Maclean's names three alumni among eleven "Bright Lights: Top Canadians Under 25"

Thu, 2011-06-02 21:50 -- Reni Barlow

The June 13th issue of Maclean's magazine names three Youth Science Canada alumni among eleven "Leaders of Tomorrow."

In his report titled, "The ones to watch," Nicholas Köhler highlights Adelina Corina Cozma and Rui Song, both members of Team Canada-ISEF 2011, as science leaders, and Ben Gulak of Team Canada-ISEF 2007 in the business category.

Cozma, from Richmond Hill, Ontario won three awards at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for her work with autistic students. Based on her finding that high-functioning autistic kids needed a longer time to process sounds, she designed an audio-visual system that can personalize the delivery of sound and images based on an individual's specific needs.

Saskatoon's Rui Song won a Second Place Grand Award at the 2011 Intel ISEF for research that identified a genetic method to differentiate between two fungi that attack lentils and reduce yields by as much as half. Her new approach could be of significant help to farmers in more easily determining the risk to lentil crops, particularly important in Saskatchewan, which produces one-third of the world's lentils.

For Ben Gulak, of Milton Ontario, it started with the Uno, a self-balancing electric unicycle that earned awards at the 2007 Intel ISEF and led to the cover of Popular Science magazine as "Invention of the Year" in 2008, and a highly successful appearance on CBC-TV's "Dragon's Den." The latest version of the Uno transforms into a two-wheeled motorbike, but recent attention on Gulak - particularly from the U.S. military - is focused on his DTV Shredder, a motorized all-terrain personal transporter that's a "gnarly" mash-up of skateboard, scooter, and tank.

Youth Science Canada congratulates these three alumni on this latest recognition.