Two Italian high schools tie for first place in Argonne, University Web site contestBy Steve Koppes
Two high schools in Italy have been named the winners of the Enrico Fermi Web Site Contest jointly sponsored by the University and Argonne National Laboratory. Istituto díIstruzione Superiore G.W. Leibniz of Bormio, Sondrio, and ISI Keynes of Castelmaggiore, Bologna, tied for first place. Each team will receive $700 in prize money.
Receiving second prize and $300 was Istituto Statale di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore Carlo Anti of Villafranca di Verona. Receiving third prize and $200 was Istituto Statale di Istruzione Tecnica e Scientifica B. Russell-I. Newton of Scandicci, Florence, and Liceo Scientifico Statale L. Da Vinci of Crema.
Four schools received honorable mentions and $100: Liceo Classico Dante Alighieri of Ravenna; Istituto Tecnico Statale per Il Turismo Carlo Piaggia of Viareggio, Lucca; Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale Enrico Medi of San Giorgio a Cremano, Napoli; and Istituto Statale di Istruzione Classica, Scientifica, Magistrale e Artistica P. Aldi of Grosseto.
The contest was open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors attending high schools in the United States and Italy during the 2001-2002 academic year. Sites could be created in either English or Italian. Thirty-one entries were received.
The contest was organized to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Enrico Fermi on Sept. 29, 2001.
Fermi, recipient of the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics, is widely known for his role in producing the first controlled, nuclear chain reaction at the University during the Manhattan Project in 1942.
He also made major contributions to the statistics of electron gas, the statistical model of the atom itself and to the understanding of radioactivity.
The sites can be viewed at http://projects.dep.anl.gov/webcontest/.