2013 NIDA Addiction Science Award Winners (from left to right): Dr. Janet Neisewander; 1st place winner Zarin Ibnat Rahman; 3rd place winner Alaina Nicole Sonksen; Carol Krause, NIDA’s Communications Director; and 2nd place winners Emory Morris Payne and Zohaib Majaz Moonis
In May, NIDA announced the 2013 Addiction Science Award winners. Check out their amazing projects!
First Place: Screen Time and Teens
Zarin Ibnat Rahman of Brookings High School in South Dakota won first place with her project, The At-Risk Maturing Brain: Effects of Stress Paradigms on Mood, Memory, and Cognition in Adolescents and the Role of the Prefrontal Cortex. She explored how the amount of time spent looking at computer, phone, and other electronic screens affected teens’ mood, academic performance, and decision-making. Zarin found that too much screen time shaped teens’ sleeping patterns, which hurt their academic success and emotional health.
Second Place: Alcohol and Zebrafish
Emory Morris Payne and Zohaib Majaz Moonis of Bancroft School in Massachusetts won second place with their project, The Effect of Ethanol on Beta Cell Development in Zebrafish. Emory and Zohaib looked at the relationship between alcohol exposure and the risk for type 1 diabetes in zebrafish. They found that as zebrafish embryos were exposed to more ethanol, a pure form of alcohol, the worse their pancreatic beta cells functioned. Pancreatic beta cells create insulin and are important for preventing diabetes.
Third Place: Bath Salts and Fruit Flies
Alaina Nicole Sonksen of Camdenton High School in Missouri won third place with her project, Determining the Behavioral and Physiological Effects of Pentedrone-Based Bath Salts on Drosophila Melangaster. Alaina examined how two types of baths salts affected the activity, feeding patterns, and death of fruit flies. She found that many flies died from exposure to bath salts and that bath salts made fruit flies eat less and act dazed.