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May 23, 2013
Sacramento area students show science, engineering chops

Three Sacramento area students received honors in Phoenix last week at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

Nathanial Varghese, a 15-year-old sophomore from Folsom High School, received second place honors in Engineering in the category of materials and bioengineering in the Phoenix event.

His design, "A Robust Human Fall Detection Wireless System," involved a wireless device to be worn by an elderly person. The device would alert remote emergency personnel if the wearer had a bad fall.

Shyamal Buch, a senior at Vista del Lago High School in Folsom, won third place in the Chemistry category for his project, "An Atomistic, First-Principles Analysis of N-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide." Buch, 17, also won special awards from NASA and United Technologies Corp.

And Nikhil Kotha, a senior from Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, received an award from the Bruno Kessler Foundation, a leading research center in Italy, for his project, "Prediction of Tyrosine Sulfation in Viral G-Protein Coupled Receptors; Subversion of Host Response by Viruses."

Kotha, 16, was this year's first-place winner in the Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair held in March.

The international fair, which occurred May 13 - 17, is the world's largest pre-college science competition. It annually draws more than 1,500 students, grades 9 - 12, from over 70 countries.

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About Report Card

Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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