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Croton’s Grossman Named Intel Semifinalist

January 9, 2015

Croton-Harmon High School senior Emily Mina Grossman was named an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist on Jan. 7.

Grossman is one of just 300 honorees nationwide selected for this prestigious pre-college science competition who will be awarded $1,000. Croton-Harmon High School will also receive $1,000. She was recognized for her research on assessing the range of motion of the upper limb in a modified box and block test.

“It is not a complex idea, but it has a lot of benefits,” said Grossman, who holds interests in advanced prosthetics and physical therapy.

Grossman worked last summer at the University of Alberta’s Calgary Centre Laboratory with her mentors, scientists Jacqueline S. Hebert and Craig Chapman. There, she created four versions of a box and block to assess various ranges of motion in the arm by having her subjects pick up a block and move it over a barrier to a designated near or far spot in the box. Subjects wore motion sensors to track their movement and range of motion.

“I am so happy the judges saw how excellent her work really is,” said science research teacher Donna Light-Donovan. “She has a lovely project and has been a great student.”

Grossman, who plans to study biology in college, said her research and its findings can offer the country’s increasing number of amputees an effective therapy method.

“It’s important for them to have appropriate practice tools to use prostheses to their full potential,” she said.

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