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Syosset HS: Two Intel Semifinalists

Syosset High School seniors Michelle Long and Jared Weiss have been named semifinalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. The prestigious honor was awarded to 300 high school seniors across the nation.

Conducting her research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Weiss Laboratory for Synthetic Biology, Long fabricated DNA circuits that can control genetic expression. This allows scientists to study the formation of tissues outside of the body and serves as a stepping stone towards examining tissue engineering that reflects realistic cell patterning. The aim of her work was to produce self-assembling micro-tissues that can control cell-to-cell attachments.

Weiss worked under Dimitris Samaras, Ph.D., during the Simons Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University, to study the application of the human gaze in computer vision. Developing an algorithm that facilitates automatic image annotation and possesses accuracy similar to human vision, Jared sought to comprehend how humans view images in order to formulate a more accurate assessment of the validity of proposed detections. This allows for the automatic annotation of a large number of images with minimal human involvement.