Award-Winning Videos on Molecular Mechanisms of Opioid Action

05/19 PDB101 News

High school students are excellent science communicators. The submitted entries in this year's Video Challenge demonstrate tremendous creativity and used many storytelling approaches to communicate the Molecular Mechanisms of Opioid Action.

Congratulations to the 2020 Prize Winners

  • First Place: Saving Hector's Friend From Opioids by Elena Baraznenok from Bothell High School, Bothell, WA (Team advisor: Sheila Guard)
  • Second Place: Fighting Opioids: One Punch at a Time by Naomi Yu, Janice Rateshwar, and Harrison Kane from Jericho High School, Jericho, NY (Team Advisor: Michael Giallorenzo)
  • Third Place (tie): Opioidbusters by Radeha Haque, Christine Chung, Jenni Ren from The Bronx Highschool of Science, Bronx, NY (Team Advisor: Mr. Richard Lee)
  • Third Place (tie): Visualizing Opioid Action at The Molecular Level: Through Drawn Animations by Minjune Song from Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT (Team Advisor: Elliot Beck)
  • Viewers’ Choice: The Opioid Crisis: Understanding the Mechanisms Behind this Deadly Epidemic by Arya Sasne and Mishal Shafique from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, West Windsor, NJ (Team Advisor: Matthew Foret)

Our panel of expert judges (Margaret A. Franzen (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling), Steven W. Levison (New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University), and Christine D. Young (University of Illinois at Chicago) scored the videos based on Quality of Storytelling (20%), Quality of Science Communication (30%), Quality of Public Health Message (10%), Originality and Creativity (20%), Quality of Production (10%), and Proper Accreditation (10%).

The general public voted for the Viewer's Choice Award.

Many thanks to the expert judges, students, teachers, parents, and voters who made this exciting competition happen!

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