Six seniors from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy have been invited to present their research work at Sakharov's Readings, a highly selective research conference to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sunday through May 21. The IMSA students' trip is being underwritten in part by the Lucent Technologies Young Scientist Fund.
One Fox Valley area student, Akhil Narang of Crystal Lake, is traveling with the group to present "Optimization of Magnetic Field Homogeneity with Respect to the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer Coil Geometry." Narang is working with Samir Meghani of Naperville on this topic from the field of imaging technology. This research work involves refining the imaging equipment with applications for medicine, such as more sensitive diagnosis of brain tumors. Narang and Meghani's mentor is Dr. Alan Feinerman of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Other student researchers are Rebecca Elsenheimer of Lisle, presenting "Probing the Birth of the Solar System" from the field of geophysics; Jennifer Creamer of Brimfield, presenting "Underhair Structure of Castor Canadensis and its Historical Implications" from the field of imaging technology; Mita Patel of Mattoon, presenting "Monitoring the Anti-Platelet Effects of New Drugs for the Management of Acute Myocardial Infarction" from the field of pathology; and Clara Shih of Arlington Heights, presenting "Development of a PVDF Film Sensor for Infrastructure Monitoring" from the field of engineering. …