SMART Team | The DSHA SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Team, presented their 2021-22 project to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) in Philadelphia in April. The SMART Team co-curricular gives students the opportunity to practice being research scientists while working on a year-long project alongside professionals from the Medical College of Wisconsin. This process culminates in presenting the project at the ASBMB Conference in company with university level and professional presentations. This year, their project was entitled Shut the F(AAH) Up: Inhibiting Fatty Amide Hydrolase as a Novel Approach to Pain, which described the FAAAH inhibitor that can be used to relieve symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions. This FAAH inhibitor reduces the extreme effects that opioid-based drugs can present. Stay tuned to the upcoming 2021-22 DSHA Annual Report to hear more about the DSHA SMART Team from Lidia Mora Gallegos, DSHA ’23.
Record-Breaking Robotics | The Hilltopper Robotics Team, composed of leaders and members from both DSHA and Marquette University High School, designed a world record-breaking robot this spring. The team competes under the name Team 1732 through the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization. During the Lake Superior regional competition, the robot was designed to throw cargo balls into a two-tiered hub and climb rungs. They claimed victory while setting a world record for the highest scoring play-off match at that point in the season. Additionally, their robot was named a finalist at both the Wisconsin Regional and Midwest Regional competitions. As they entered the FIRST World Championship in mid-April, the team was undefeated in qualifying matches, and ranked second in their division. The season ended in a tie-breaking match in the quarter-finals. Over the course of the season, they earned three FIRST Excellence in Engineering awards and finished with a record of 50-12-2.