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2012 DAVIDSON FELLOWS'
Positive Contributions to Society

Davidson Fellows are students 18 and under who have completed a significant piece of work in science, mathematics, technology, music, literature, philosophy or outside the box. The work of a Davidson Fellow must have the potential to make a positive contribution to society. Since 2001, the Davidson Institute has recognized 206 Davidson Fellows, each receiving a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship.

Positive contributions to society made by the 2012 Davidson Fellows include:

  • Discovering how intracellular signaling in plants works to produce an effective immune response against bacterial pathogens.

  • Contributing to a better understanding of consciousness with implications in fields ranging from medicine to artificial intelligence.

  • Identifying the biomechanism to provide a therapeutic target to curing Parkinsonís disease.

  • Creating a flexible, biocompatible and biodegradable gelatin-chitosan gel substrate suitable for a low toxicity, bio-friendly biosensor.

  • Investigating a tumor suppressor gene and its usefulness as a biomarker for liver cancer.

  • Fabricating a novel dual hydrogen production and water purification device using wastewater as its sole fuel source.

  • Developing algae as an effective oil source for biodiesel.

Contributions of Davidson Fellows recognized since 2001 include:

  • Invented a new type of solar panel.

  • Designing an efficient and inexpensive method for detecting landmines.

  • Developed a system to identify bone marrow donors in a fraction of the time and cost than previous methods; potential for use with organ transplants.

  • Research in the field of number theory, with results that have broad implications in cryptography, specifically to protect against identity theft.

  • Researching the effectiveness of a natural component of the spice turmeric in treating cardiovascular diseases.

  • Used antimicrobial properties from beesí honeystomachs to create a preventative measure protecting honeybees from the fatal American Foulbrood Disease, which affects the pollination of billions of dollars in agriculture crops worldwide.

  • Developing a predictive model to detect adolescent depression with an overall correct classification of 83.66 percent.

  • Creating an algorithm that automates the diagnosis of bladder cancer.

  • Used antimicrobial properties from beesí honeystomachs to create a preventative measure protecting honeybees from the fatal American Foulbrood Disease, which affects the pollination of billions of dollars in agriculture crops worldwide.

  • Developed a new drug delivery method to increase the efficiency of chemotherapy treatments, thereby controlling tumors in areas where surgery is not an option.

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