CMG 'Youngster' Wins Science Award
Brian Kindinger, son of Jack (and Mary) Kindinger
of the St. Petersburg Field Center, was awarded Best of Show at the Pinellas County Regional
Science and Engineering Fair, held during the first week of February. Judges included community
doctors, engineers, environmentalists, professors from the University of South Florida, St.
Petersburg Junior College, and Eckerd College, and officials from the U.S. Army and the U.S.
Navy. The competition's 14 categories included botany, biology, zoology, chemistry, and
team projects. Brian's project, which dealt with radium and groundwater/seawater
interactions in Everglades National Park, had to out-compete more than 300 highly qualified
posters. Through careful research efforts both in the field and in the lab, he is now bound for
State and International competitions. The State Fair will be held in Gainesville, FL, in April.
The International competition will be held in Detroit, MI, in May.
Brian, a senior at the Center for Advanced Technology (C.A.T.) of Lakewood
High School in St. Petersburg and a volunteer with the SPFC, is mentoring under guidance
of chemical oceanographer Peter Swarzenski to develop the field and laboratory
techniques used in his Everglades project. He and Swarzenski collected water
samples at Everglades National Park to prove that water inland has a higher rate of seepage
than water by the coast. After studying the different types of radionuclides, chemicals that
can determine the age of water, Brian measured how long water had been
sitting in different areas. He found that water near canals had higher rates of seepage,
possibly because it flows faster. The experiment raised concerns about underground
freshwater supplies being replaced by salt water.
Two years ago, Brian won Best of Fair for a study on natural versus chemical
pesticides. In fourth grade he won Best of Fair for a study of the effects of saltwater
solutions on plant growth. This year, Brian's environmental study was awarded
the American Society of Civil Engineers plaque for outstanding research related to the field
of civil engineering. He also won a certificate from the Water Environmental Federation,
a presentation folder, ultimate daypack, a bronze medallion from the U.S. Army, the Intel
Excellence in Environmental Health and Safety certificate along with $200, and an Intel
memento. In the Fall he plans to attend the University of Florida or Tulane University to
pursue a major in biomedical engineering. Congratulations Brian, and best of
luck in Gainesville and Detroit!!!!
in this issue:
Moloka'i Coral Reef Study Pt. 1
Moloka'i Coral Reef Study Pt. 2
Massachusetts Bay Cruise
Two New Web Sites
Sandwich High School
English & Metric Units
NOAA/USGS Benthic Habitat Initiative
USGS/Geological Survey of Canada
Science Education Partnership
Thomas Jefferson Medal
CMG "Youngster" Wins Science Award
BRD in St. Pete
Woods Hole Community Activities
Dillon & Winters on BBC Radio
March Publications List