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         Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Farmingdale High School Senior Nakul Gupta on being chosen as a national semi-finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search.

         “This is an extraordinary accomplishment and Nakul should be very proud to have earned a place among the nation’s top young scientists. Nakul’s tireless efforts and many hours of hard work and research have advanced him into an elite group of young men and women. This incredibly bright, hard-working young man will no doubt accomplish great things as he enters his collegiate years,” said Senator Fuschillo.

         Participants from all across the country, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands compete in the talent search, considered the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Nakul is one of only 300 semifinalists chosen from entries nationwide. Nakul’s research project can potentially help find practical solutions to cardiac problems involving Long QT Syndrome and cardiac arrhythmia.

         Senator Fuschillo presented Nakul with a copy of a legislative resolution which was recently passed by the Senate in honor of his accomplishment. With the passage of this resolution, sponsored by Senator Fuschillo, Nakul’s name and achievement will forever be part of the New York State Senate’s official record.

         Senator Fuschillo (right center) is pictured as he congratulates Nakul Gupta (left center) on being named semi-finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. They are joined by Farmingdale High School Principal Glen Zakian (left) and Nakul’s science teacher, Peter Macchia (right).

    Text of the Legislative Resolution:

    Senate Resolution No. 286

    BY: Senator FUSCHILLO      

    CONGRATULATING  Nakul  Gupta  of  Farmingdale High
            School  upon  the  occasion   of   being   named   a
            semifinalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search

      WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend and pay
    tribute  to  those  who,  by  achieving  outstanding  success  in  their
    educational and scientific endeavors, have inspired and brought pride to
    our majestic Empire State; and

      WHEREAS, It is also the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize
    the dedication and  commitment  of  our  young  people  who  distinguish
    themselves through excellence in science competition; and

      WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and in full accord with its
    long-standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to
    congratulate Nakul Gupta of Farmingdale High School upon the occasion of
    being named a semifinalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search; and

      WHEREAS,  Once  known  as  the  Westinghouse  competition, the Intel
    Science Talent Search is the oldest of its type in the  nation,  and  is
    the country's most prestigious science scholarship competition; and

      WHEREAS, For more than 60 years, the Intel Science Talent Search has
    recognized and rewarded the country's top young science students; and

      WHEREAS,  Over  the years, this competition has gained broad acclaim
    in the  academic  and  scientific  communities;  educators,  scientists,
    engineers   and   journalists   throughout   the   United   States  have
    enthusiastically supported this annual event; and

      WHEREAS, Six former Intel Science  Talent  Search  competitors  have
    gone on to win the prestigious Nobel Prize; and

      WHEREAS,  The  Intel  Science Talent Search was created to encourage
    high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional ability in science, math
    and engineering through individual research projects; and

      WHEREAS, Colleges and universities regard the Intel  Science  Talent
    Search  semifinalist  award  to  be  evidence  of exceptional scientific
    promise; and

      WHEREAS, Nakul  Gupta,  a  senior  at  Farmingdale  High  School  in
    Farmingdale,  New  York, was recently named a semifinalist in the annual
    Intel Science Talent Search which awards scholarships to  recognize  the
    outstanding science research of high school seniors; and

      WHEREAS,  Nakul Gupta's 2013 Intel Science Talent Search project was
    entitled, "Employing siRNA to Recruit KCNQ1 through  microRNA  Pathways:
    implications for Long QT Syndrome"; and

      WHEREAS,  For  his  project,  Nakul  Gupta focused on RNA silencing,
    KCNQ1 protein pathways,  and  cardiac  disease;  with  the  patch  clamp

    apparatus,  he  measured the currents of potassium channels and analyzed
    the quantitative data; and

      WHEREAS,  Nakul  Gupta's  results  indicated that this silencing RNA
    strand increased the amount of outward potassium current; this  research
    can  potentially  lead to improved methods to study Long QT Syndrome and
    cardiac arrhythmia; and

      WHEREAS, It is appropriate to celebrate and applaud  the  individual
    accomplishments of remarkable students in this great Empire State; and

      WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to congratulate Nakul
    Gupta of Farmingdale High School upon the occasion of his designation as
    a  semifinalist  in  the  2013  Intel Science Talent Search, and for his
    noteworthy educational and scientific endeavors  and  achievements;  his
    outstanding performance has clearly made a contribution to the spirit of
    excellence  which  is  a  tradition  of  his  school and community; now,
    therefore, be it

      RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
    congratulate Nakul Gupta of Farmingdale High School upon the occasion of
    being  named a semifinalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search; and
    be it further

      RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
    transmitted to Nakul Gupta.