Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Smith presenting her research in Silicon Valley at AOL's #BUILTBYGIRLS competition last fall. Photo provided by Erin Smith.
Smith presenting her research in Silicon Valley at AOL’s #BUILTBYGIRLS competition last fall. Photo provided by Erin Smith.

SM West’s Erin Smith advances in Regeneron’s Science Talent Search. The accolades just keep coming for SM West senior Erin Smith. Smith, who has already won research honors from AOL and MIT’s Research Science Institute, learned Tuesday that she is among just 300 pre-college students in the country to be named a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar. The company will select 40 finalists from among the 300 student field, and 10 students will win monetary awards to fund their research. Smith’s work focuses on early identification of Parkinson’s disease.

New York Times quotes Parker in story on Brownback’s status as governor. A New York Times story looking at Gov. Sam Brownback’s limbo between being Kansas’s top elected official and the Trump administration’s ambassador for religious freedom quoted Overland Park Democrat Brett Parker. “I don’t think he’s doing a service to citizens of Kansas,” Parker said. “There’s a lot of sentiment that says, ‘Can he just go to Washington already?’” [Awkward: Brownback Said He Was Leaving as Kansas Governor. He Hasn’t. — New York Times]

Text alert system will let Shawnee Mission parents know about bus delays. As we enter the inclement winter weather season, the Shawnee Mission School District is reminding parents that they can receive notifications about delays to their children’s bus routes by signing up for a text alert system from DS Bus Lines. You can sign up for the service here. “When you sign up, you’ll provide your name, time zone, zip code, mobile number, cell carrier, school name(s) and bus number(s),” reads a message from the district. “At the bottom of the form, you can select the schools your children attend. Please note, DS Bus Lines is not using the email option, so check ‘text messages’ as your option.”