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Two months to the 2019 Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 by for Science Fair.

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The 2019 Midwood Science Fair is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2019 (the Thursday after Memorial Day). Registration for judges and contestants will be set up in about a month. Add this event to your calendar and prepare your mind for an afternoon of science.

Science research update

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 by for JSHS, NYCSEF, St. Joseph's.

Dear friends of Midwood Science. Sorry I haven't posted much lately. Here's several news items to satisfy your thirst for knowledge. (Number 6 will amaze you.) Follow the links to see more words and images.

Group photo 5 Midwood students compete at the 2019 JSHS semifinals, Ahmad Choudry takes 3rd place in chemistry

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2019 by for Awards, JSHS.

Group photo Midwood seniors capture half the awards at 2019 St. Joseph's College Poster Session, Rana Mohamed takes first place

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2019 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

Students standing in front of their poster 4 Midwood students present for the 2019 Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019 by for Publications.

Group photo at Shepard Hall, City College, CUNY Midwood Science at the 2019 NYCSEF preliminaries

Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2019 by for NYCSEF.

5 Midwood students take awards at NYCSEF finals. Robots, parrots, and mice lead the way.

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 by for Awards, NYCSEF.

Two months to the Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2019 by for Science Fair.

5 Midwood students take awards at NYCSEF finals. Robots, parrots, and mice lead the way.

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 by for Awards, NYCSEF.

Group photo of the finalists next to a large moon globe
Maryam Khan, Rana Mohamed, Annabel Xie,Larissa Brijmohan, Fizza Nayab

NYCSEF First Award

  • Rana Mohamed (Engineering)
    Project: Energy monitoring systems for mobile robotic systems.
    Mentor: Mr. William Zhiren Peng and Dr. Joo H. Kim, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
    Rana also received the Naval Science Award from the Office of Naval Research.

NYCSEF Second Award

  • Larissa Brijmohan (Animal Sciences)
    Project: The effect of an audience on monk parakeet nest construction effort.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Annabel Xie (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) prefer to nest in greenspace in New York City compared to other types of land.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

NYCSEF Third Award

  • Fizza Nayab (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk to monk communication: Do monk parakeet calls influence conspecific behaviors?
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Maryam Khan (Behavioral Neuroscience)
    Project: Defining the mechanisms of memory associated neural ensembles in the hippocampus.
    Mentor: Dr. Juan Marcos Alarcon, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Group photo of the finalists next to a statue of Theodore Roosevelt Blue whale model, Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, American Museum of Natural History

NYCSEF 'periodic table' logo

Midwood Science at the 2019 NYCSEF preliminaries

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 by for NYCSEF.

Group photo by Justin Chow. Individual photos by Eva Lai.
Group photo at Shepard Hall, City College, CUNY
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The coming epidemic of neurodegenerative disease and what science is doing about it

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

The Brooklyn Subsection of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to present the Brooklyn Frontiers in Science Public Lecture — a free public seminar, entitled "The Coming Epidemic of Neurodegenerative Disease and What Science is Doing About It" delivered by Prof. Gregory Petsko of Weill Cornell Medical School.

This event is free and open to the public, so please let your friends know. The flyer can be downloaded here. Please register so we can plan refreshments accordingly. Check out the event on Facebook. Extra credit will be awarded to students who complete the usual requirements for attending a lecture.

Gregory Petsko

Date and Time
Thursday, March 14, 2019
5:30 PM–7:00 PM EDT
Location
Pfizer Auditorium
NYU Tandon School of  Engineering
5 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn NY 11245

RockEDU Presents: Live podcast with bacteria biologist Victor Torres

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

Students will join Rockefeller's Dr. Toshiki Nakashige, the host of Scientist podcast, as he interviews Victor Torres, Associate Professor of Microbiology at NYU School of Medicine. Learn about the opportunistic bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, and about Victor's scientific journey, which starts in Puerto Rico.

This event is open to all high school students in the New York City area, free of charge. Register with Eventbrite for a free ticket. Extra credit will be awarded to students who complete the usual requirements for attending a lecture.

Petri dish with bacterial colonies

Date and Time
Friday, March 15, 2019
4:30 PM–6:00 PM EDT
Location
Carson Family Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue
New York NY 10065

4 Midwood students present for the 2019 Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019 by for Publications.

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The 90th meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) was held at the Times Square Marriott Marquis Hotel over the weekend of February 28–March 2. Like most conventions, the EPA features guest speakers, workshops, and vendor booths relevant to professionals. The EPA also runs poster sessions where undergraduate and graduate students present their research projects.

This year Midwood was proud to send two teams of high school researchers to present alongside the college students. Seniors Basimah Zahid and Zuha Ahmed presented in the Clinical Psychology session. Juniors Serena Duran and Naffisat Atanda with their mentor Dr. Laura Egan presented in the Cognitive Psychology session.

The Eastern Psychological Association is the oldest of the regional psychological associations in the United States. Its purpose is to advance the science and profession of psychology through the dissemination of professional information.

Basimah Zahid, Zuha Ahmed Page from the abstract book
  • Basimah Zahid and Zuha Ahmed (Clinical Psychology)
    Project: Child maltreatment, adult attachment styles, and emotional dysregulation.
    Mentor: Dr. Sara Chiara Haden, Department of Psychology, Long Island University
Dr. Laura Egan, and Serena Duran, Naffisat Atanda Page from the abstract book
  • Serena Duran and Naffisat Atanda (Cognitive Psychology)
    The impact of ambiguous threat on behavioral inhibition in social anxiety
    Mentor: Dr. Laura Egan, Department of Psychology, St. Francis College
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Midwood seniors capture half the awards at 2019 St. Joseph’s College Poster Session, Rana Mohamed takes first place

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2019 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

St. Joseph's College coat of arms

Saturday, February 9, 2019 was the 23rd Annual Research Poster Session for High School Students at St. Joseph's College New York. This event is open to all high school students in any field of scientific research and is sponsored by the Chemical Education Committee of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Midwood Science students collected half the awards this year with Hudson County, New Jersey's Union City High School and High Tech High School sharing the other half. Midwood's Rana Mohamed and her "passive walker" robot took First Place.

First Place

  • Rana Mohamed
    Project: Energy monitoring systems for mobile robotic systems.
    Mentor: Mr. William Zhiren Peng and Dr. Joo H. Kim, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Honorable Mention

  • Ahmad Choudhry and Daniel Gaft
    Project: Synthesis and cycloadditions of vinylketene iron (0) complexes using 2,4,6-triisopropylbenzenesulfonyl hydrazones.
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Andrew Korbin, Humayara Karim, and Yenny Huang
    Project: Phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soils using Brassica juncea.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Emily Movsumova
    Project: Unknown Streptococcus strain specific to killing and inhibiting growth of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria elongata.
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Maryam Khan
    Project: Defining the mechanisms of memory associated neural ensembles in the hippocampus.
    Mentor: Dr. Juan Marcos Alarcon, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Nathan Reder
    Project: Analysis of writing quality by automated scoring systems to identify factors to support poor college writers.
    Mentor: Dr. Mark Lauterbach, Department of Early Childhood and Art Education, Brooklyn College
Individual photos by Eva Lai. Group photo courtesy of SJC High School Poster Session on Flickr.
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5 Midwood students compete at the 2019 JSHS semifinals, Ahmad Choudry takes 3rd place in chemistry

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2019 by for Awards, JSHS.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019 was the 11th occurrence of the New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at York College in Queens. JSHS is a program sponsored by the US Department of Defense to promote original STEM research and experimentation at the high school level. Select students present their findings to their peers and a panel of expert judges at regional symposia held across the US.

The NYC Metro JSHS only accepted about 120 projects for this year's competition. 5 Midwood students representing 4 projects made it to the Semifinals round with the team of Ahmad Choudhry and Daniel Gaft taking Third Place in Chemistry.

Third Place

  • Ahmad Choudhry and Daniel Gaft (Chemistry)
    Project: Synthesis and cycloadditions of vinylketene iron (0) complexes using 2,4,6-triisopropylbenzenesulfonyl hydrazones.
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University

Semifinalists

  • Rana Mohamed (Engineering)
    Project: Energy monitoring systems for mobile robotic systems.
    Mentor: Mr. William Zhiren Peng and Dr. Joo H. Kim, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Fizza Nayab (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk to monk communication: Do monk parakeet calls influence conspecific behaviors?
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Annabel Xie (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) prefer to nest in greenspace in New York City compared to other types of land.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
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Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 by for Juniors.

Updated 01/31/2019
Elert Juniors Katzoff Juniors Mosley Juniors
Shaireen Akter Sezer Benoit-Savci Naffisat Atanda
Anna Azaryev Ashley Chin Zyhra Casero
Ihtsham Chaudhry Kelly Guan Justin Chow
Hong Wei Chen Victoria Habbchy Serena Duran
Oliwia Dankiw Jasmine Huang Tristan Ene
Nadzeya Fliaha Anum Jabeen Gloria Glenn
Tanzena Haque Alyssa Kattan Henry Hua
Mariyum Jahan Suraiya Khoja Idrees Ilahi
Nasrin Kashem Ali Leventeli Emily Hoan Ly
Esther Lee Jessica Lin Nisha Manahil
Blessin McFarlane Noor Mohammad Tanisa Rahman
Alana Neria Lameya Rahman Robiyakhon Ramziddinova
Kevin Ng Laura Rosas Vidal Defne Sener
Gabriella Shalumov Stella Ruan Linda Zhang
Sarah Sookoo Tracy Shi Rebecca Zhang
Meghan Stern Jessica Zheng Victor Zheng
Shakira Thompson    

NYCSEF paperwork delivered

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by for NYCSEF.

Assembled paperwork for NYCSEF 2019. 27 projects. 34 students. Weight in the Earth's gravitational field: 66 newtons. Delivered today at 2:25 PM.

Interview with Science Fair documentarians on Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by for Everyone.

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Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles area journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. Cara is the creator and host of a weekly science podcast called Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria and cohosts the popular Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast.

In episode 235 of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by documentarians Christina Costantini and Darren Foster. They talk about their wonderful new film, Science Fair, which Cristina describes as a love letter to the subculture that saved her and that critics agree will restore your faith in humanity.

Midwood High School will be screening this film for students, alumni, and their families on Friday, December 14 from 5 to 7 PM. Please register if you are interested in attending.

Are you ready for NYCSEF paperwork day?

Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2018 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 10, 2018 starting period 6. All copies will be made at this time using the heavy duty photocopiers in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200) or Ms. Kornaker's office (A300). I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including…

Print everything single sided and do not staple anything yet.

Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory tossing papers into the air Konan from Naruto showing her paper magic skills Kittens playing in a pile of papers

RockEDU Presents: Knowledge is power: Can you own an idea?

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors.

The Founding Fathers called for a patent system in the Constitution to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts." On June 19, 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued patent number 10 million. Patent 10 million marked a historical point in the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years ago by George Washington on July 31, 1790, and issued to Samuel Hopkins for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. Since then, the patent system has grown with applications across all scientific disciplines. While supporters of the patent system argue that it drives innovation, others argue that the system is skewed to favor large corporations and encourages monopolies. Laura Macro, PhD, JD is an Associate at a large New York law firm and she will lead the discussion.

Dr. Macro earned her PhD in Cellular Biophysics from The Rockefeller University in 2012 and her JD from Fordham University in 2017. Dr. Macro focuses her practice on patent litigation and prosecution in the life sciences sector. Dr. Macro is well versed in a variety of technologies, and her experience includes representing a wide range of companies, from start-ups to large research universities.

This event is open to all high school students in the New York City area, free of charge. Register now! Extra credit will be awarded to students who complete the usual requirements for attending a lecture.

DATE AND TIME
Fri, November 16, 2018 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST
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Carson Family Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave. New York, NY 10065
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2018 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research

Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

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On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host its twelfth annual Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research lecture for high school and college students. (Members of the public are also welcome to attend.) The event will take place from 5:30–7:30 PM on the first floor of Memorial Sloan Kettering's Rockefeller Research Laboratories building (430 East 67th Street, between York and First Avenues).

Registration is preferred for this free event. Get there a bit early if possible to get a good seat. Pizza and refreshments will be served before the lecture begins. Single use MetroCards will be made available for any student who needs one to attend.

One point of extra credit will be awarded to all students who attend and complete this assignment for any one of the speakers. (Consult the Extra Credit web page for more info.) Official attendance is taken by group photo at the end of the event. Submit your completed (typed) assignment to Mr. Elert's Research Room mailbox by Friday, November 9.

Portrait Moderator

Memorial Sloan Kettering President Craig B. Thompson studies molecular signaling pathways that regulate nutrient uptake and the role these pathways play in the regulation of cell growth and survival.

Portrait T-Cell Immunotherapy for Solid Tumors

Physician-scientist Prasad Adusumilli studies tumor immunology and the development of T-cell-mediated immunotherapy for thoracic malignancies and pleural-based diseases.

Portrait Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Brain Tumor Microenvironments

Physician-scientist Adrienne Boire studies metastasis to the central nervous system.

Portrait Decoding the Complexity of the Cancer Cell Society

Cancer biologist Tuomas Tammela investigates cellular heterogeneity in lung, pancreatic and colon cancers.

Temporary teacher assignments

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 by for Seniors.

Temporary teacher assignments Updated Thursday, October 25, 2018
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley
Zuha Ahmed Rubhiyah Chaudhry
Ashley Chen Ahmad Choudhry
Sevara Mallaboeva Jia Ci Deng
Elizabeth Redmond Daniel Gaft
Kamille Shivwkumar Emily Movsumova
Basimah Zahid  

Temporary teacher assignments

Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2018 by for Juniors.

Temporary teacher assignments Updated Sunday, October 21, 2018
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley
Hong Wei Chen Zyhra Casero
Justin Chow Serena Duran
Tristan Ene Gloria Glenn
Henry Hua Jason Goyfman
Idrees Ilahi Esther Lee
Alyssa Kattan Victor Noel
Emily Ly Meghan Stern
Jessica Meza Pineda Alina Zanub
Kevin Ng  
Defne Sener  
Sarah Sookoo  
Shakira Thompson  

Poly Prep presents Women In Science and Engineering (Poly W.I.S.E.)

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Women In Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E.) is a free annual symposium, founded by Poly Prep educators, Fleurette Turkenkopf and Jamie Nestor. Since it began in 2012, the one-day conference has inspired NYC middle and high school girls to pursue science and engineering and has introduced them to a wide range career options in STEM fields.

Each year, girls from all over the tri-state area descend on the beautiful Poly campus in Brooklyn for a day of inspiration and creativity. They meet accomplished women who work in STEM fields and enjoy a day of hands-on experiences in a variety of workshops specifically designed for grades 5–12. In the workshops, girls collaborate to solve problems using creative design processes. Run exclusively by women, the girls who participate in W.I.S.E. are able to see themselves in the program’s leaders. They leave empowered with the confidence to pursue higher education in STEM and a better understanding of a wide range of career opportunities they may pursue. Through W.I.S.E. and its philosophy, Poly continues to attract girls interested in STEM and to inspire women who are already here.

If you enjoy science, technology, or math, love to tinker and see how things work, or wonder what engineers do, W.I.S.E. welcomes you. This year’s W.I.S.E. event is on Sunday, November 11 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Poly Prep Country Day School, 9216 7th Ave, Brooklyn NY 11228. Please visit polywise.org to register or email wise@polyprep.org to learn more.

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STEM Career Day

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Do you know any high school students interested in learning about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? If so, encourage them to register now for the 7th Annual STEM Career Day on Tuesday, November 6!

High School students interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), are invited to participate in STEM Career Day on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to learn first-hand about career pathways in these fields by visiting up to two New York City companies for an inside look. There are so many STEM careers in unexpected places. High school students sign up for the event individually and travel on their own to the companies. Sessions take place at each company and occur from 10:00–11:30 AM and 1:00–2:30 PM. Registration is required. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and a round-trip MetroCard. Sign up now for this amazing experience! Learn more about this opportunity and register to participate. Registration deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018. For questions, email STEMCareerDay@schools.nyc.gov.

Junior teacher assignments

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 by for Juniors.

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Elert Juniors Katzoff Juniors Mosley Juniors
Naffisat Atanda Zyhra Casero Shaireen Akter
Anna Azaryev Hong Wei Chen Lachin Beginyazova
Sezer Benoit Savci Justin Chow Ihtsham Chaudhry
Carolynn Cortez Serena Duran Ashley Chin
Basit Ejaz Tristan Ene Oliwia Dankiw
Nadzeya Fliaha Gloria Glenn Kelly Guan
Sally Gao Jason Goyfman Tanzena Haque
Edward Guiracocha Henry Hua Sofia Jules
Victoria Habbchy Idrees Ilahi Nasrin Kashem
Anum Jabeen Alyssa Kattan Jessica Lin
Suraiya Khoja Esther Lee Sammi Lin
Ali Leventeli Emily Ly Nisha Manahil
Lameya Rahman Jessica Meza Pineda Blessin Mcfarlane
Robiyakhon Ramziddinova Kevin Ng Noor Mohammad
Stella Ruan Victor Noel Almedina Mulic
Gabriella Shalumov Defne Sener Diyora Mullaeva
Tracy Shi Sarah Sookoo Alana Neria
Linda Zhang Meghan Stern Tanisa Rahman
Jessica Zheng Shakira Thompson Laura Rosas Vidal
Victor Zheng Alina Zanub Rebecca Zhang
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