The Young Scientist Awards were presented at the valedictory function of the 22nd Kerala Science Congress here on Sunday.
The winners included Surya Sankar (Fisheries and Veterinary Sciences); S. Lakshmi (Biotechnology); Sampath Srinivasan (Chemical Sciences and Technology); S. Arjun (Earth system science and geo-informatics); R. Suja (Engineering Science); S. Babu (Environmental science); Praveenkumar B. Ravindran (Health Science); and S. Nishant Kumar (Life science). The subjects chosen by the winners in various categories included �Development and evaluation of whole cell and membrane protein vaccines against Mycloplasma gallisepticum� (Fisheries and veterinary sciences); �Anti-tumour potency of 5,7-dihydroxyflavone, a bioactive compound isloated from Alpinia galanga� (Biotechnology); �A
bioinspired self-cleaning nanocomposite� (Chemical sciences and technology); �Numerical validation of Kallakadal � coastal flooding due to remote forcing� (Earth system science and geo-informatics); �Rehabilitation of Thiruvananthapuram water supply network for improving its reliability� (Engineering Science); �Distribution and conservation status of owls in the southern Western Ghats� (Environmental science); �Germine hMLHI mutations in Indian colorectal cancer patients with suspected lynch syndrome� (Health science); and �New bioactive cyclic peptides from bacteria associated with entomopathogenic nematodes� (Life science).
K.V. Sankaran, director, KFRI; E.P. Yesodharan, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE); R.V.G. Menon, chairman of the Science Congress; C.G. Ramachandran Nair, former chairman of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (STEC); and V. Ajit Prabhu, joint director, KSCSTE, spoke.