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2015 Science Fair Abstract Book

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2015 by for Science Fair.

Join us in the Annex from 3:30–5:30 PM on Thursday, May 28th for the 2015 Midwood Science Fair. Special thanks to Carmine See (class of 2015) who designed the cover for this year’s abstract book.

Abstract Book Cover

         
         

Team NYCSEF at 2015 Intel ISEF Public Viewing

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 by for Intel ISEF.

NYC students head out to 2015 Intel ISEF

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by for Intel ISEF.

2015 Intel ISEF Opening Ceremony

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by for Intel ISEF.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2015 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania has begun. 2000 science, technology, engineering, and math students from across the globe — with 18 from New York City including Lucy Lin from Midwood High School.

Midwood wins 18 awards and $5000 in prizes at 2015 ACT‑SO

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by for ACT-SO.

The New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACT-SO is an enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among under-served minority high school students. Near the end of every academic year, ACT-SO students participate in an “Olympics of the Mind”, which was held on Saturday, April 18 at the George Wingate Educational Complex. The awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 5, 2014 at St. Francis College.

Midwood received 6 gold medals, 4 silver medals, 4 bronze medals, 3 ambassador awards, and 1 outstanding teacher award. The big winner was Tanisha Williams with 2 gold medals in the humanities (poetry and short story). All medalists receive an honorarium from a New York City branch of the NAACP — $500 for gold, $300 for silver, $200 for bronze, and $125 for ambassadors (student recruiters). Gold medalists go on to compete in the National ACT-SO in Philadelphia July 11–15, 2015.


Left to Right: Dina Deng, Carmine See, Samar Syeda, Sandra Lin, Charlynn Trish Ben, Donald Ceus, Samantha Chee, Mr. Glenn Elert, Zainab Iqbal, Rolens Ambroise, Cindy Chee, Hillary Syeda, Aarin Chase

Gold Medal + $500

  • Aarin Chase received a Gold Medal in Microbiology for his project "Study of invasion of human epithelial cells by bacteria from the Neisseria genus: Focus on pathogenic Neisseria gonorrhea and commensal Neisseria elongata." Aarin worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College. Aarin also received an Ambassador of the Year award and $125 for his exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter.
  • Colleen Chasteau received a Gold Medal in Medicine & Health for her project "The Comparison of Pulse Wave Velocity and QKD Velocity Methods in Congestive Heart Failure Patients." Colleen worked under the supervision of Dr. Jason Lazar in the Department of Cardiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Colleen also received an Ambassador of the Year award and $125 for her exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter. Colleen’s brother, Christopher Chasteau, received gold medals in Instrumental, Classical and Instrumental, Contemporary for his performances on the steel pan.
  • Sandra Lin received a Gold Medal in Chemistry for her project "Isolation of isomeric catechols 4-chloro-2-ethoxy-5-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol and 5-chloro-2-ethoxy-4-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol." Sandra worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter at Long Island University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Hillary Syeda received a Gold Medal in Biology for her project "Characterization of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) Production, Secretion, and Target Cells for LIF within the Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) Niche." Hillary worked under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Lange in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Tanisha Williams received a Gold Medal in Poetry for "Sankofa" and a Gold Medal in Short Story for "Misunderstood".

Silver Medal + $300

  • Charlynn Trish Ben received a Silver Medal in Biology for her project "A shark homolog of REV3, a DNA translesion polymerase." Charlynn worked under the supervision of Dr. Ellen Hsu in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Samantha Chee & Samar Syeda received a Silver Medal in Medicine & Health for their project "Does Media Shape Body Image?" Samantha and Samar worked under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Restrepo in the School of Medicine at New York University.
  • Dina Deng received a Silver Medal in Biology for her project "Determining the Effectiveness of the Biomarker SSEA5 in the Enrichment of Endometrial Cancer Stem Cell Populations Using the Hybrid Spheroid Assay." Dina worked under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Lange in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Valeriya Falkovich received a Silver Medal in Engineering for her project "Which Catalyst is Most Efficient for a PEMFC?" Valeriya worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.

Bronze Medal + $200

  • Rolens Ambroise received a Bronze Medal in Biology for his project "A role for amyloids in yeast invasion and pseudohyphae formation." Rolens worked under the supervision of Dr. Peter Lipke in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College. Rolens also received an Ambassador of the Year award and $125 for his exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter.
  • Cindy Chee received a Bronze Medal in Chemistry for her project "The Synthesis of Three Tricarbonyl Iron(0) Vinylketene Complexes." Cindy worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Donald Ceus received a Bronze Medal in Earth & Space Science for his project "The Benefits of Using Reusable Bottles Rather than Disposable Plastic Bottles." Donald worked under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Restrepo in the School of Medicine at New York University.
  • Carmine See received a Bronze Medal in Medicine & Health for her project "The Effect of Hydralazine on the Development of Lupus. Carmine worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Teacher Award

  • Mr. Glenn Elert received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.

Brooklyn College Science Day 2015 — 2nd sweep in a row

Posted on Sunday, May 10, 2015 by for Brooklyn College.

Brooklyn College Science Research Day has been an annual tradition for the past 25 years. It’s a one day event that showcases the research of undergraduate and graduate students at Brooklyn College and from local high schools. Nearly 170 students presented their research across 14 categories in STEM, with over 50 faculty members from the college serving as judges. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in the high school, undergraduate and the graduate divisions. The 2015 Science Research Day was held on Friday, May 8. For the second year in a row, Midwood Science students received every award in the high school division.

1st Prize: High School Division

  • Lucy Lin
    Project: Degradation of Diesel in Soil through Mycoremediation.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College

2nd Prize: High School Division

  • Melissa Lee
    Project: Food Waste to Natural Organic Fertilizers: The Leachates from Composting Processes.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Yukie Wong
    Project: Seasonal Variation in Group Size of Monk Parakeets.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

3rd Prize: High School Division

  • Muhammad Abdulla
    Project: Monk Parakeet Chambers.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Xiao Yan Hu
    Project: Soil Carbon Dioxide Respiration in Urban Environments.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Carmine See
    Project: The Effect of Hydralazine on the Development of Lupus.
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, SUNY Downstate, Department of Medicine

Midwood Science collects 5 Young Naturalist Awards

Posted on Saturday, May 9, 2015 by for Miscellaneous.

Five Midwood Science students were Semifinalists in this year’s Young Naturalist Awards — a competition for students in grades 7–12 who explore the natural world around them in a scientific manner. Students summarize their findings in a research paper of 1,500–4,000 words which is then judged by a panel of experts. This competition is supervised by the American Museum of Natural History.

This year’s winners were mentored by two professors at Brooklyn College with outstanding histories of support for Midwood Science: Dr. Frank W. Grasso in the Department of Psychology and Dr. Zhongqi Joshua Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.


Left to right: Monique Powell, Dr. Frank Grasso, Muhammad Abdulla, Victor Lee, Elliot, Yukie Wong

Dr. Grasso’s students and collaborators study the feral population of monk parakeets in and around Brooklyn College. Like many Midwood Science students, these birds are the decedents of recent immigrants. Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) are native to Argentina and surrounding countries but have managed to start numerous, small colonies scattered across North America and Europe. All monk parakeets outside their original habitat are most certainly the descendants of escaped or unwanted pets. Midwood Science students Muhammad Abdulla, Monique Powell, and Yukie Wong studied various aspects of the behavior of these intelligent and entertaining birds.

  • Muhammad Abdulla
    Project: Chamber Analysis of Monk Parakeet Nests.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank W. Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Monique Powell
    Project: Kinematics of the Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) During Courtship Rituals.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank W. Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Yukie Wong
    Project: Seasonal Variation in Group Size of Monk Parakeets.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank W. Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College


Left to right: Dr. Theodore Muth, Kate Lenahan, Dr. Jessica Joyner, Lucy Lin, Alonso, Wen Li Wang, Jan Mun, Danielle Wagner, Dr. Joshua Cheng

Dr. Cheng’s students and collaborators have been working on ways to clean up contaminated soil in and around the Newtown Creek area on the northwestern border between Brooklyn and Queens. The New York Times reported that an estimated 17 million to 30 million gallons of oil, benzene, naphtha and other carcinogenic chemicals pollute Newtown Creek and a 55 acre, 25 foot deep swath of soil in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Contamination wasn’t due to a single catastrophic release, but was the result of 100 years of lax environmental protection. Midwood Science students Lucy Lin and Wen Li Wang are working on ways to clean up the soil using oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus). Lucy and Wen Li worked alongside and under the supervision of Ms. Kate Lenahan (Research Assistant), Ms. Danielle Wagner (Lab Technician), and Ms. Jan Mun (Media Artist and Director of The Greenpoint Bioremediation Project).

  • Lucy Lin
    Project: Degradation of TPH-Diesel in Soil through Mycoremediation.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi Joshua Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Wen Li Wang
    Project: Remediation of Contaminated Soil in Urban Environments with Pleurotus ostreatus and Microorganisms
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi Joshua Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College

Application for Advanced Science Research (a.k.a. 1.05)

Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2015 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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All juniors and seniors with a currently active research placement who would like to apply for a 1.05 weighted research course (Advanced Science Research) for the spring semester of 2015 must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher along with an up to date lab log. An "active" placement is one with 16 hours (on average) of lab log entries per month for the first four months of 2015. Seniors should take care of this on Thursday, April 30 or Friday, May 1 (your choice). Juniors should do this during the week of May 4–8 at their regularly scheduled meeting.

Special note just for the juniors. A placement is not official until your mentor has contacted me saying you have been accepted to work in their lab. It should also state the date you began working there. Some of you have done this and some of you have not. The official record of this is kept in the Google Docs spreadsheet called “mentors (shared)”. You were all sent an invitation to this spreadsheet in October. View it and check your status. If you see a date next to your mentor’s name, you’re OK. If not, contact them immediately and ask them to email me before the end of the marking period (Monday, May 4, 2015).

5 weeks to the Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015 by for Science Fair.

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The Midwood Science Fair is only 5 weeks away. Right now as you read this the sophomore research students are diligently working on their projects, formulating hypotheses, and plotting the best way to gather and analyze data. The juniors and seniors are sharpening their metaphorical pencils as well as their literal questioning skills. The alumni judges are looking forward to seeing old friends at Midwood once again. The teachers are keeping their students focused. Everyone is coordinating their schedules to make sure they’re ready for Thursday, May 28, 2015.

2015 High School Physics Photo Contest

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

The High School Physics Photo Contest is looking for high school students who can explain physical principles through photography and writing. Photos may be entered in one of two categories and will be judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the written explanation.

  • Natural photos are those that demonstrate physical concepts in everyday situations.
  • Contrived photos are those that are set up to show a particular physical concept or set of related concepts.
  • Photos with multiple images or other computer manipulation will be placed in a separate category.

I will be glad to give anyone advice on photographic composition or copy writing, but Dr. Riemersma will be supervising this competition for Midwood. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 15, 2015, but if you give Dr. R your photo for the first time on this day you will not be allowed to enter. There is a limit of 15 entries per school.

Please read the Student Rules before beginning. You may already have a photo in your archives that could be used for this competition. Look to the past winning entries for inspiration. This event is sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

           
           
 
           
           
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