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CMG 'Youngster' Wins Science Award

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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!!!!

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