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2013 CTY Distinguished Alumni Award

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JAndrakaJack Andraka, the 2013 CTY Distinguished Young Alumnus, is a junior at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He won the Gordon E. Moore Award at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Inspired by a close family friend who died of pancreatic cancer, Jack created a simple, non-invasive sensor to identify the disease in its early stage. His approach is faster, more accurate, and less expensive than current detection methods. Jack has spoken at conferences including the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and Stanford Medicine X. He has been featured on CNN, BBC, ABC World News, and profiled in Cogito, Forbes, Popular Science, and The Washington Post. Last year, he was one of the first recipients of Smithsonian magazine’s American Ingenuity Award. Jack studied science at two CTY Summer Programs and took two CTY Online Programs math courses.


CMetzgerChristine Metzger is an assistant professor of critical studies at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and teaches paleobiology at CTY’s Summer Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She worked as an assistant professor at Whittier College, and as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon. Christine is a frequent presenter at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting, and she has received several grants from the National Science Foundation for her research on geoscience education, ancient soil, and past climates. She earned her Doctorate in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon, a Master of Science in Geology from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Washington and Lee University. As a CTY student, Christine studied science and writing at four CTY Summer Programs and took one distance education course.


MPooranMilad Pooran is a critical care surgeon at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Virginia and the Washington Hospital Center. He studied biodefense and the H1N1 pandemic at the United States Department of Health and Human Services and researched HIV as a staff clinician at the National Institutes of Health. Milad earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland. He took Individually Paced Mathematics at CTY’s Summer Program at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Milad served as a combat medic and operational surgeon in several military efforts, including Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently a reserve member of the Maryland Air National Guard.