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Alison Stace-Naughton, student intern in the Brinker Lab, has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Finalist. Alison's research during summer 2008 and winter quarter 2009 focused on creating a nucleic acid delivery into bacterial cells (E. Coli cells), specifically to construct vehicles to bring nucleic acids into a cell. Alison tested gold nanoparticles with bacterial cells and DNA to determine if, together, they were permeable through the cell wall. The same tests were performed with CTAB and using electroporation. An Engineering Sciences major at Dartmouth, minoring in Applied Mathematics, Alison's emphasis is on bio-engineering. She's a violist with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, Society of Women President, and co-creator of Teen Talk Newsletter -- the first e-newsletter for teenagers with bleeding disorders. Alison first came to Sandia as an International Science and Engineering Fair award winner in summer 2007, when she spent time at the Advanced Materials Lab on a materials science forensics activity.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is a competitive program for scientists and engineers who wish to pursue graduate study. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees considers the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. For more information, visit http://www.act.org/goldwater/

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