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Intel science competition semifinalist Samantha Garvey has been invited to attend US President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Garvey, whose tale of academic excellence in the face of adversity has turned her into a media darling, will have a great seat in the gallery at the President's speech, as the guest of New …


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  1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    I feel sorry for the poor girl. World + dog is going to try to use her for marketing and/or politics. Indeed, it's already started hasn't it?

  2. FunkyEric

    I'm sure she'll put up with it for a while....

    Gotta be better than being homeless surely?

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    I'd decline

    Would anyone with a clue want to listen to a politician lie to the public in another manipulative speech?

  4. stuartnz
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    If she had the drive and determination to succeed academically in difficult surroundings, I'm sure she'll be bright enough to tolerate the exploitation and see through the attempts at manipulation. Yes the politicos are trying to use her for their gain, but if she and her family get something out of it, and especially if enhances her prospects to advance her education, then it will have been worth it for her.

  5. Peter Murphy

    I can imagin the spin now.

    "Plucky women uses her genius to rescue her family from adversity"

    But perhaps the real headline should be:

    "Millions living in poverty"

    Good luck to Samantha Garvey. May she and her family return to a level of stability. I'm even quite confident. Look at her abstract. That's MEATY.

    "Elevational differences in a salt marsh have created very different habitats in terms of the physical environment. These differences translate into differences in biotic interactions for organisms, including the risk of predation. Four salt marsh habitats were studied for this experiment: creek region, low marsh, middle marsh and high marsh; within these four habitats, the differences in the risk of predation. It has been previously documented that crab predation is greatest in lower elevational areas where bivalve recruitment is higher (Low marsh and Creek Region). To understand juvenile recruitment of the ribbed mussel, Geukensia demissa, in these different habitats in the salt marsh, laboratory and field experiments were performed. Laboratory experiments were used to assess whether the ribbed mussel have different morphological defenses against predators. Juvenile ribbed mussel were exposed to cues from the crab predator, Hemigrapsus sanguineus, to assess whether chemical cues from crabs could induce defensive morphologies, or phenotypic plasticity. The shells of mussels exposed to chemical cues from predators and control animals were digitally analyzed (using ImagePro), to assess if there were any changes in shell morphology due to exposure to crabs. Field experiments were performed to assess mussel morphology from different regions in the marsh where mussels were exposed to different levels of predation. Data were collected from 40 individuals from four different habitats included: shell mass, shell length, shell width, shell thickness, and soft tissue mass. "

    But damnation to the financial charlatans that got her and millions like her into the economic scrapheap in the first place.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    It takes courage to say NO

    You should have seen the look on the faces of two Senators I told to go pound salt... It takes courage to tell the evil criminals to go to Hell. I hope this young girl is smart enough to stand up for herself and not indulge the scum.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Your anonymous and detail-free story is inspiring, sir.

  7. lambda_beta

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    If she had competed in sports, she would get more than $1000. She would be recruited by a major University, given a scholarship and make much more of a headline (ESPN). They would probably write a book, make a movie and lots of people would get rich. But she's only smart and that doesn't count in this country.

    We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. - Carl Sagan

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