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Last Updated 11/17/14
Cancer cells, chemicals, solar panels, batteries and diseases were only some of the topics of the projects senior research students entered into the Siemens competition on Tuesday, September 30.
"It would be amazing if our school wins Siemens," said Dina Deng ’15, one of the competitors. "All of the research students are dedicated and worked hard to finalize their projects to meet the deadline."
In addition to Dina Deng, eight other students entered into Siemens. These include Michael Divgun, Taulant Kastrati, Sandra Lin, Patrice Sanderson, Carmine See, Richard Wu and Raymond Yu.
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is administered by Discovery Education and funded by the Siemens Foundation. Its purpose is to reward talented high school students who have strong research skills and who are willing to push themselves. Rewards include scholarships of $1,000 up to $100,000 for finalists.
To enter this competition, participants had to first be a student in high school. Individual projects required them to be seniors. Then, you had to have a project that didn’t involve behavioral or social sciences. Finally, you needed a scientific research paper regarding your topic.
In order to meet the qualifications for the contest, all students were enrolled in research labs ranging from as close as Brooklyn College and SUNY Downstate Hospital, to as far as New York University and Long Island University.
"A senior told me last year to finish my project over the summer," said Cindy Chee ’15, "so it would be easier than with all the school work. So, over the summer, I went Monday to Friday and finished my project."
Similarly other competitors also devoted most of their summers to the project. Many started their projects in June and finished by the end of the summer. The competitors entered into Siemens for multiple reasons; however their goal was all the same: to win.
"I read previous papers, and they were good," said Richard Wu ’15, "but I feel confident my project can win."
"This was a hard competition because the students had to work a month and a half faster than everyone else," said Mr. Glenn Elert, Science Research Coordinator. "Entering this is a sign of students who are harder workers, and are more advanced above their peers.
The semifinalists were announced on Thursday, Oct. 16. Unfortunately there were no semifinalists from Midwood.
Giant mechanical giraffes, a life-size human maze, 3D printers, and cereal making machines were only some of the many science spectacles shown at Maker Faire. The Maker Faire is held every year for three days in late September. This year was the 5th annual fair, and it had the theme of "Year of the Maker". People from all ages come to see the new creations and inventions by individuals, also known as "makers". Maker Faire enables us to celebrate and understand science, art, and crafts.
Midwood students have been volunteering for the fair for years and according to Mr. Glenn Elert, Science Research Coordinator, there were a total of 14 sophomore shifts, 14 junior shifts, and 19 senior shifts, making a total of 148 hours of service done by Midwood students over the course of the three day event.
"The main idea is to get students out into the world and to get immersed in the scientific field," said Mr. Elert. "Plus you might as well do some work and get some work experience!"
There was an assortment of tasks to be done, some of which were giving out safety waivers, manning information booths, and working for specific vendors. The volunteers are called “travelers” and received many perks including free entrance, so once the shift is over, travelers could explore as well.
"I was a safety waiver agent," said Raymond Yu ’15. "I gave out wristbands and people have to sign for it so they could touch certain things".
Maker Faire is broken up to 5 zones, which is one more than last year. Each zones had different activities ranging from a station for kids to make LED lights, booths that printed your picture out of binary code and a Coke and Mentos Show! It gave students an opportunity to see that science isn’t all books and formulas; it’s actually creative and can be fun. There were many stands selling hand-made items like jewelry and origami.
"The experience was pretty interesting because I not only saw volunteers from other high schools, but I was also involved in activities with my friends from Midwood which made the experience way better," said Mohammed Hasan ’15.
Maker Faire not only takes place in New York, but throughout the United States and world. Maker Faire will be held in places like Australia, Rome, Denmark, and France this year.
"It is a great way for people to look at science in a much broader light. It really gives people a chance to showcase inventions and learn from each other," said Mie Abouelkheir ’16. "It really inspires us to be motivated and to continue on with our endeavors."
Maker Media holds Maker Faire and also publishes MAKE magazine.
Midwood Science represents again at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Students heard the latest scientific research from a chemist (who spoke more like a physicist or engineer), a biologist (who reminded us that mice are not humans), and a physician (who showed us why "failed" cancer drugs are actually useful). 2014 was the ninth year of the Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research lecture series. Midwood Science students are always present at these lectures in large numbers. This year was no exception. If you missed the lecture, you can watch the video here.
All juniors in Science Research, please fill out and print (or print and fill out) this survey as soon as possible. Deposit your completed survey in my mailbox in the Research Room (A214) on or before Monday, November 10, 2014. We will use this piece of paper when we split you up across the three research teachers: Mr. Elert, Ms. Sullivan, and Ms. Mosley. Teacher assignments and meeting schedules will be announced by the end of next week (Friday, November 17, 2014).
Juniors who have a lab assignment are entitled to two-trip, "Special Program" MetroCards. These are to be used only for travel to and from your workplace, or to any events associated with your work in the lab (conferences, field work, etc.), or to any events related to the class in general (lectures and other special events). To be eligible you must have your mentor contact me saying that you are working for them, in what capacity, and for what approximate times. Records of mentor contacts are kept on the big spreadsheet of mentors. (I emailed you the link to this document several times. Contact me by email if you can’t locate it.)
Transcripts for the Intel Science Talent Search were received by the Society for Science and the Public in Washington, DC on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM. The receipt status of transcripts should be posted to individual student accounts within 3 business days. Check your application. If the receipt of your transcript is not acknowledged by Friday morning, please tell me.
The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) is an enrichment program for 10th and 11th graders at the Weill Cornell Medical College on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is a national program addressing the issues of declining enrollment rates of underrepresented minorities, specifically in medicine and generally in the health professions. HPREP exposes high school sophomores and juniors to science-related activities and teaches students about the steps needed to become a physician or other health care provider.
The program consists of ten (10) two and a half hour sessions held on Friday afternoons during the months of January, February, and March. Students will attend lectures given by physicians at The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Cornell Medical College. They will also participate in small group workshops led by Weill Cornell medical students. All participants will be required to submit a research paper on an approved topic of interest in medicine at the conclusion of the program. At the end of the program, two participants will receive a College Book Scholarship, to be used during their first year of college enrollment.
On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host its ninth 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 easy, but finding a seat with a good view isn’t. This event has gotten so popular that the folks at MSKCC needed to set up satellite viewing stations in adjacent conference rooms. Get there a bit early if possible. Light refreshments have traditionally been served before the lectures begin (pizza, chips, fruit, soda, coffee). 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 webpage for more info.) Official attendance is taken by group photo at the end of the event. Place your completed (typed) assignment in my mailbox in the Research Room at any time during the school day on Friday, November 7.
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.
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Chemist Daniel Heller focuses on biomaterials and nanoscale engineering for molecular sensors and targeted therapeutics.
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Developmental biologist Danwei Huangfu investigates the fundamental mechanisms that govern cell identity and how they could be exploited therapeutically to manipulate cell fates in regenerative medicine.
|A Study of Extraordinary Responders: Lessons Learned
Physician-scientist David Solit studies human oncology and pathogenesis, genomics, oncogenes and tumor suppressors, cancer therapeutics, and clinical trials.
Fall semester grading policies have finally been updated for the 2014–15 academic year and posted to the class website. All juniors and seniors should read their respective document. Grades are based primarily on attending meetings and submitting the required written material at least one business day before the meeting. Seniors are also required to successfully complete the applications for the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) and New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF).
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Midwood Science Research Program
Glenn Elert — Coordinator
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Michael McDonnell — Principal
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|Mr. Rosenfeld (Assistant Principal)||A200||trosenf@||schools.nyc.gov||2003|