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2017 Talking Science at The Rockefeller University

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

Let me know if you're interested in attending this event. I will register you on Thursday. A link to an online form has been emailed to you. Students are not allowed to register themselves. Please note the date and time. Do not sign up if there is even the slightest chance you will back out. Space is very limited.

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The Rockefeller University


invites your school to participate in

Talking Science

Spend a day on campus at The Rockefeller University with

Jean-Laurent Casanova, M.D., Ph.D.

pioneering immunologist, pediatrician, and geneticist, to learn how genetics plays a major role in human susceptibility to infectious diseases.


Are Infectious Diseases Only Infectious?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Rockefeller University
Caspary Auditorium
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

Talking Science is intended for high school students (preferably juniors and seniors) with a strong interest in science and their teachers only. Student attendance is limited to ten per school. Registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is provided at no cost to the school or students.

Registration opens on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Information packets will be mailed to your school in advance of the registration open date.


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Weill Cornell Medical College Annual Regional Pre­-Medical Conference

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

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Weill Cornell Medical College will conduct its Annual Regional Pre­-Medical Conference for high school and undergraduate college students on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Conference objectives include: workshops on preparing for a career in the health professions and networking opportunities with medical students, physicians, and administrators. Lunch will be provided. The conference will be held in the Uris Auditorium, 1300 York Avenue at 69th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The nearest subway is the 6 train at 68th Street–Hunter College.

Due to the large number of responses in past years, and the limited seating capacity of the auditorium, the conference organizers are requesting that guidance counselors only register students who are keenly interested and in attending the conference. High schools are being asked to register no more than 10 students per school. See Ms. Murdoch in room 134 for information on how to register through Eventbrite. The deadline for registration is Thursday, November 10, 2016. This event has no website. For more information contact Sahira Torres at sjt2003@med.cornell.edu or 212-746-3390.

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GoViral at The Rockefeller University

Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors, Sophomores.

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Come learn about viruses and other infectious diseases at a new lecture series at The Rockefeller University on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 4:30–6:30 PM. GoViral Mapping the Spread of Viruses in the Community is lecture-discussion presented by Sofia Ahsanuddin. Ms. Ahsanuddin is a researcher in the Chunra Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Mason Lab at Weill Cornell Medical College and a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College. She has been instrumental in a series of related public health projects: Pathomap, MetaSUB, and GoViral.

Pathomap is a research project by Weill Cornell Medical College to study the microbiome and metagenome of the built environment of NYC. Pathomap has since expanded into MetaSUB, a global initiative in 39 cities on six continents. "From the sidewalk to the subway pole, our cities are living laboratories of genetic information." For a quick (11 minute) summary of Pathomap and MetaSUB, watch Ms. Ahsanuddin’s 2015 TEDxCUNY presentation.

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Cracking the Genetic Code of Our Cities
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GoViral is a community participatory research study that aims to map, monitor and measure the spread of acute respiratory infections. Participants sign up on goviralstudy.com and record survey data weekly, including information about any symptoms they may have. They are also sent a respiratory sample kit that is easy to use at home and ship back to the lab. A PCR respiratory assay is then performed to determine which viruses are present in the participant’s sample. Data gathered are presented on the project’s website in an interactive, visual display that can be used by participant’s to learn more about their own health and for researchers to learn more about public health and epidemiology (the spread of infectious diseases).

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GoViral Introductory Video
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LAB Out Loud is The Rockefeller University’s interactive, science-cafe-style discussion series designed specifically for high school students. During these events, high-profile scientists from New York City will present their cutting-edge research to a high school student audience, allowing plenty of time for questions. After the talk, students are invited to network with each other, and with a variety local scientists over snacks and refreshments.

Ms. Mosley and I have obtained 35 tickets each for this event. Students cannot register on their own or show up without a ticket. Details on how to obtain a ticket from one of us will follow in a subsequent email.

One point of extra credit will be awarded to all students who attend and complete this assignment. Submit your completed (typed) assignment to your supervising teacher at any time during the school day on Monday, November 7.

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2016 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research

Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors, Sophomores.

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On Thursday, November 3, 2016, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host its eleventh 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. Submit your completed (typed) assignment to your supervising teacher at any time during the school day on Monday, November 7.

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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 Hijacking the Genes: How Transcription Factors Promote Tumor Formation

Physician-scientist Yu Chen studies the role of transcription factors that are critical for prostate cancer development.

Portrait Ion Channels in Calcium Signaling: Understanding the Atomic and Chemical Mechanisms

Structural biologist Stephen Long studies the mechanisms of ion channels and enzymatic membrane proteins using a combination of scientific approaches.

Portrait Getting to Know Cancer: Using the Genome to Understand How Cancer Behaves

Molecular geneticist Elli Papaemmanuil studies patient data from clinical trials to explore how the genes in leukemia and other cancers affect disease progression and clinical outcomes.

World Maker Faire 2016 needs volunteers

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

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The World Maker Faire 2016 takes place at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd from 10 AM to 6 PM. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

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You can be a part of Maker Faire for free if you volunteer to help them out. Sign up for the Maker Faire Traveler Program. Register for either Saturday or Sunday. Choose a convenient shift. Let them know what skills you have or what jobs you might like to do for them. When they ask if you have a group affiliation be sure to tell them you are from Midwood High School.

Extra credit will be awarded with the proper documentation, of course. After you sign up for a shift that works for you, forward your Eventbright email ticket to elert@midwoodscience.org. While you are there working, have someone take pictures of you doing something active — something that would look good on our website. Email me a couple of the best ones at your earliest convenience. If you see me there on Saturday, say "Hi".

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7 things Midwood Science students did this year (and 2 things they did last summer)

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by for Everyone.

So much happens at Midwood Science, it’s hard to find the time to write press releases. Now that the school year is nearly over, it’s time to catch up. In this first installment…

Standard pose at an award cermony. Everyone in a line holding an award. Raquel Hosein wins 10 Under 20 award from the NYC Economic Development Corporation

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

2 Midwood students holding an ACT-SO banner. One in the background. Hillary Syeda wins gold, Sandra Lin silver at 2015 National ACT‑SO

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

All the Midwood finalists at Teptu standing in front of logo filled backdrop. Midwood shows strong in the first year of Teptu

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood’s Ocean Science Team navigates to a top ten finish at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 by for Ocean Science.

NAACP NYC ACT-SO Outstanding School of the Year Award. Midwood Science receives 20 awards and over $5,000 in prize money at the 2016 NYC ACT‑SO

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

The 4 award winners. Researchers Dominate Brooklyn College Science Day

Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2016 by for Brooklyn College, Media.

Team NYC standing in front of desert plants in preparation for the ISEF judging day Researchers Compete at ISEF

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for ISEF, Media.

One of the competition rooms full of students Sophomore Researchers Take Spotlight

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Media, Science Fair.

5 Midwood students in WSF volunteer tee shirts posing for a selfie Midwood Science students contribute over 250 hours to the 2016 World Science Festival

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Everyone.

2016 Midwood Science Fair Results

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016 by for Awards, Science Fair.

And the winners are…

1st Place

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Calvin Huynh
Effect of Calcium on Hatch Rates of Brine Shrimp
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Alice Mo & Md Hoque
The Buzz about Honey: Testing the reliability of honey labels from DNA

2nd Place

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Katie Nikishina
The Truth Behind the Vitamin C Concentration in Homemade and Brand Name Juices
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Shawal Malik
Vitamin C Concentration in Orange Juices
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Noran Abo-Donia & Saba Iqbal
Is your cereal genetically modified?

3rd Place

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Christina Ng
The Fizzy Chemistry of Bath Bombs
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Jessie Zheng & Jennifer Duong
The Buzz about Honey: Determining the Botanical Origins of Honey Using DNA Barcode

Honorable Mention

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Savlatjon Rahmatulloev
Aloe Vera Preservation
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Amy Leong
The Effect of Magnetic Fields on Water Flow
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Renata Sakaeva
Testing the Effectiveness of Natural Antifungal Agents vs. Drugstore Antifungal Agents
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Benjamin Nguyen
The Effect of Temperature and Direct vs. Refracted Light on a Solar Cell’s Ability to Absorb Voltage
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Hebah Jihad
What’s in a Face? Are Composite Faces More Attractive than Real Faces?
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Hafsa Fatima & Naila Mirza
The Verification of a Non-Genetically Modified Protein Bar
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Elizabeth Joseph & Sarah Elmosbah
To Be or Tu-Nah To Be
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Lisa Lu & Beien Lin
Phantom Sensations

Researchers Compete at ISEF

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for ISEF, Media.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) winners were announced on May 12 and 13. Urooj Ansari ’16 and Bilal Azhar ’16, along with 14 other high school seniors, represented New York in this international competition.

The competition is split into several categories of science. Some categories include Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physics, Materials science and many more.

Ansari competed in Microbiology, while Azhar competed in Physics. Ansari and Azhar both got into the competition by winning the ISEF award in NYCSEF on April 1.

“The competition was a lot of fun. It required a lot of work, but the experience was worth it,” said Azhar.

Within each category, awards are given to first, second third and fourth place. In addition, “special awards” are given to competitors for specific criteria.

Ultimately, the Grand Prize is a special award given to the best presenter. Awards are given through judging.

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Students are encouraged to prepare/design their posters with creativity and depth, and present with emphasis and clarity.

The specific rubric can be found on the Intel ISEF website. Mr. Glenn Elert, one of the Midwood Research teachers, said, “A lot of the science competitions have awards that are basically invites to other competitions.”

Students get individual awards; however, each competitor is part of a team representing a state/country. Virginia, New York, Canada, and even Japan competed in ISEF on May 12-17 in Phoenix, Arizona.

New York won several awards in a variety of categories. Ultimately, Canada has won the Grand Prize, The Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000.

“ISEF is a lot of work, a lot of fun, and a lot of eating. We spent most of the time figuring out where we will eat,” said Elert.

The first place award was given to the project that developed a better microbial fuel cell that creates electricity effectively.

Ansari’s project focused on a “chemical warfare” between two oral bacteria. Azhar focused on the energy conversion in two different types of magnets used in solid state refrigeration.

Written by Michael Grandel (Class of 2017).
This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of Argus.

Midwood Science students contribute over 250 volunteer hours to the 2016 World Science Festival

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Everyone.


Sophomore Researchers Take Spotlight

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Media, Science Fair.

From projects on honey and bees to acid rain and corrosion, the science fair covered a wide range of topics and food. Mr. Glenn Elert coordinates the science fair each year, along with help from Ms. Stacy Goldstein and Ms. Shaniece Mosley.

According to Mr. Elert, he has been coordinating the science fair for about eight years, but Midwood itself has been holding the science fair ever since the school opened.

"The fair is a really exciting event," said Mr. Elert. "There’s a lot of energy and it’s a really great thing to experience, especially since some of the alumni come back."

Sophomore research students had to present their projects while the junior and senior research students were the judges. According to Mr. Elert, the judges score the presenters in different categories, then tally up the scores. Afterwards, Ms. Mosley and Ms. Goldstein look at all the scores on a spreadsheet since the presenters are seen by multiple judges, and decide on first, second and third place, along with honorable mentions. Winners will be decided in June after the scores are calculated.

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Presenters and judges at work.

Junior judge Mahmoud Abouelkheir ’17, reminisced about when he was a presenter and compared his presenting experience with his judging experience.

"It’s definitely a new experience from being in that presenter position last year to judging this year," said Abouelkheir. "It’s exciting but at the same time I’d prefer not to do it because I don’t like to be critical, especially to these students that worked so hard on their projects."

Abouelkheir said that he prefers presenting over judging because he feels he can better express himself in presenting instead of judging.

Other junior judge Zenab Jamil ’17, shared Abouelkheir’s excitement over judging, but would rather judge than present.

"It feels kind of nostalgic judging these projects because I was in their position last year," said Jamil. "I would definitely much rather judge though. It’s a lot less pressure and a lot less intimidating."

Senior judge Laila Akallal ’16, has already had her experience with presenting and judging, preferring the former.

"It’s really nice to see how the projects differ from year to year and see everyone come together," said Akallal. "Personally I like presenting a little more because I love sharing what I’ve learned and presenting is gonna be something that you’ll have to do later on in life as well."

The judges knew how stressed and worried the presenters were, so they tried to make it as smooth as possible. Abby Beginyazova ’18, is one of the many presenters and praised the judges for making the whole event comfortable for them and as easy as possible.

"Ms. Mosley and the judges really helped to make things easier for us. We had three weeks and I feel like that was a really short time since the first week was all AP tests," said Beginyazova. "Ms. Mosley and the judges gave us leeway because they knew how stressed we all were and how hard we all worked."

Beginyazova also said that she wished she had more time to work on the project so she could’ve done more trials, but she feels confident in her ability and her project.

Presenter Jessica Rakhamim ’18, shared Beginyazova’s appreciation of the judges and how they made the event as smooth as possible and the presenters comfortable.

"My partner and I worked on the project together. She’s a very artistic person and we described the project in a way that showed that music can be applied to science, and I think the judges made it a lot easier to do that," said Rakhamim. "For our project, we had to present our topic and discuss our data and show how it applied to real life. The judges asked questions that were simple and valid enough. Everyone was really nice."

After presenting, students were offered a variety of food, including  sandwiches, snacks and a multitude of sodas to reward them for their hard work. Elizabeth Skapley ’17, was gracious of the fact that the faculty had ordered food for everyone involved in the science fair.

"I think it’s a really nice thing that the school did to help. There were maybe more than a hundred of us and so much food. I’m surprised there were leftovers," said Skapley. "After a long day, it felt good to sit down with my friends and talk about what projects we liked the most. Overall, I’m happy with the results."

Written by Kaelah Blanchette and Yumna Ahmed (Class of 2017).
This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of Argus.

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