Rachel Mashal Earns Third Place at ISEF

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Rachel Mashal, a senior at Kennedy High School and Intel Talent Search semifinalist, recently earned third place in the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Addiction Science Awards.

Her project, titled Development of a Caffeine Addiction Paradigm to Examine How Dietary Restriction and Level of TOR Signaling Modulate the Effects of Drugs, found that dietary changes protected adult fruit flies from the negative effects of caffeine.

“While caffeine is not considered an addictive drug, her project found that male fruit flies are more vulnerable to some of the negative effects of caffeine during development and in adulthood than are the female flies,” according to the ISEF website.

ISEF is considered the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The awards are coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, and Friends of NIDA, a coalition that supports NIDA’s mission. The Intel ISEF Addiction Science Awards were presented at a ceremony on May 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.