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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|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.
|Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Brain Tumor Microenvironments
Physician-scientist Adrienne Boire studies metastasis to the central nervous system.
|Decoding the Complexity of the Cancer Cell Society
Cancer biologist Tuomas Tammela investigates cellular heterogeneity in lung, pancreatic and colon cancers.
|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|
|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|
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 email@example.com to learn more.
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.
|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|
|Wei Tao Zhu|
|Elert Seniors||Katzoff Seniors||Mosley Seniors|
|Bareera Abid||Zuha Ahmed||Amy Chen|
|Larissa Brijmohan||Ashley Chen||Yenny Huang|
|Kevin Chen||Maggie Chen||Humayara Karim|
|Muhammad Hamza||Ahmad Choudhry||Andrew Kobrin|
|Esrat Islam||Jia Ci Deng||Eva Lai|
|Nursat Jahan||Daniel Gaft||Zara Nadeem|
|Christal Jean-Soverall||Sevara Mallaboeva||Eduardo Peña Barrios|
|Maryam Khan||Emily Movsumova||Nathan Reder|
|Rui Ting (Toby) Li||Elizabeth Redmond||Rina Sheynin|
|Rana Mohamed||Kamille Shivwkumar||Susana Tzunun Yax|
|Fizza Nayab||Basimah Zahid|
|Kenny Pierre Louis||Amy Zheng|
|Miguel Rendon Lucero|
The Ability of Chiral Glucose Molecules to Rotate the Plane of Polarized Light
Diyora Mullaeva & Sally Gao
The effect of climate on the sustainability of solar and battery powered cars
What Birth Order Says about your Average
Conformity in Midwood High School
Sammi Lin & Vivian Chong
The Effect of Breaks on Learning New Information
RFID: Blocking Radio Frequency Identification Signals
Serena Duran & Victoria Habbchy
The Effect of Substrate Concentration on the Activity of the Enzyme Catalase
The Relative Probability of Banking a Basketball
Sarah Sookoo & Idrees Ilahi
pH and Arsenic Correlation in Baby Formula
Jubaida Mehak & Zahra Mehdi
Fermentation on the Production of Biofuels
Jessica Lin & Lameya Rahman
Corrosion of Steel and pH
Noor Mohammad & Alana Neria
Ladybugs vs. X-ray Radiation
Tanisa Rahman & Nolani Carter
Makeshift Polarimeter: Chiral Molecules and Angle of Polarization
The stage was set for sophomore researchers as they presented their projects for all research students to see during the annual science fair.
Even though the science fair was for the sophomores of AP Capstone, it was mandatory for juniors and seniors who had previously taken AP Capstone to attend.
Juniors and seniors had a job to fulfill. The job of utmost importance was that of a judge. Some students prepared the tables so that food could be placed on them.
"The science fair was the biggest ever," said Mr. Glenn Elert, the research teacher. "We had more seniors this year than last year. We had more alumni than ever before. Normally teachers are substitute judges. We had so many judges that we didn't need any teachers to judge."
Not all projects are graded the same. Depending on whether or not they worked alone or with someone else, the total points someone could receive differed. For example, if you worked alone, the presentation would be scored out of 60 points. However, if you worked with a partner, the presentation would be scored out of 70 points.
The topics that students chose weren't just random topics. Some students chose a certain topic because of their love for a certain class or the topic itself.
"I have AP Chemistry, and I want to put what I learn into use. I want to show them that AP Chemistry matters," said Alyssa Kattan '20, who did her project on the ability of chiral glucose molecules to polarize light.
Ihtsham Chaudhry said '20, "I had great interest in my science fair topic on the regeneration process of planarian worms, and it helped me develop new knowledge on a planarian worm that I didn't know before."
While some students decided to work in pairs, others decided to work alone.
"I decided to work alone. I am kind of a perfectionist. By working alone, it is easy to maintain my standards," said Kattan.
Jennifer Wu '20 said, "I find that when I work alone, I exert more choice on what I want to put on the board."
Not all students had the equipment needed to do the project. As a result, they turned to the school for the necessary equipment.
"It was a bit difficult because I didn't have the right equipment," said Jennifer Wu. "I didn't have an electronic balance net and beakers. So I did the experiment at school. All I had to do was ask the science department so that I could do the work in school."
Getting the presentation ready for the science fair wasn't an easy job. It required a lot of time and effort. Luckily, AP Capstone, including its teachers and students, were there to help each other out.
"AP Capstone is a phenomenal program that allow students to pursue scientific interests that many other schools cannot provide," said Armin Pasukanovic '20.
Kattan said, "I have never done a presentation for a science fair before. Teachers and students from research helped me navigate the process step by step. They were always there for when I had questions to ask."
The judges were very impressed by the work sophomores put into their presentations.
"I think the presentations they made are very advanced. Their presentations have a very meaningful purpose and can help change the world. Sophomores, even though they are only 14 or 15, have a lot of potential. They are also very organized," said Neslani Johnson '19.
Bareera Abid '19 said, "It was interesting to see what sophomores did. It was new and unique."
The science fair didn't consist of only Midwood students and staff. Midwood alumni were also there. Some of them were even judges for the science fair.
"This is my first time in two years coming back to Midwood," said Laila Akallal, an alumni who graduated from Midwood in 2016. "It is great to see how much the research program has grown."
After a lot of research, high school and college students presented their findings at Brooklyn College Science day held on May 4 at the Brooklyn College Student Center.
Every spring, students from different communities gather to celebrate Science Day. From high school students to graduate students in universities. The Brooklyn College website states that students competed and showcased 125 projects in 14 different fields of science with over 50 faculty members as judges. Some of the fields included Psychology, Biology, Robotics, and Chemistry. In each field first, second, and third place is awarded to students with the best project.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, "This gives us an opportunity to contemplate the importance of scholarship in the science. All of our students deserve a robust and inspiring STEM education. Not only to prepare for jobs of the future, but develop skills to make them better students, employees, and citizens."
Seven Midwood students from the Biomimetic and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory (BCR Lab) who worked with professor and Psychology teacher Dr. Frank Grasso, presented their projects. These students are Kevin Chen '19, Larissa Brijmohan '19, Fizza Nayab '19, Annabel Xie '19, Aushna Saleem '18, Hafsa Fatima '18, Nila Mirza '18 and Soanne Saint Victor '18. The students were supervised by Mr. Glenn Elert and Ms. Susan Katzoff.
"It was an amazing opportunity to present in front of college professors and being able to experience public speaking as a junior," said Nayab. She presented a team project with Brijmohan on how Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) influence conspecific behaviors.
Each of these students was judged by two judges and were asked many questions, such as how the results from their project can benefit society.
Susan Katzoff (teacher), Fizza Nayab, Glenn Elert (teacher), Hafsa Fatima, Soanne Saint Victor, Joyce Chow, Aushna Saleem, Naila Mirza, Ivy Li, Kevin Chen, Beien Lin, Kathy Mania, Larissa Brijmohan, Annable Xie, Nursat Jahan
"I was very nervous while presenting to the judges and the people that came to view my project, but I was very surprised when the judges didn't really ask me many questions," said Xie. She presented a project that determined whether Monk Parakeets had a preference for the residential area or the urban area.
After all the presentations were judged, the scores were tallied up while the presenters and faculty enjoyed an amazing lunch. Midwood took 2 out of 3 wins for the high school division breaking a clean sweep streak (2014-2017). The first place winner was Chen who presented his project called "Aggression on the beach: Crowding increases aggression levels on fiddler crabs (Uca pugilator) colonies."
"I was shocked and was really thrilled when my name was announced," said Chen. "My hard work and patience paid off and I thank Dr. Frank Grasso and the BCR lab members for helping me gather my data."
Fatima earned second place with a project called "The effect of temperature on the frequency of vocalization of Myiopsitta Monachus." The third place winner was Kemal Aziz '18, from Staten Island Tech, with the project called "Cooling through quantum mechanics: Magnon-based description of magnetocaloric effects in La-Fe-Si, CoMnSi, and gadolinium."
Mr. Glenn Elert stated, "Brooklyn College Day is always good. Midwood constantly performs and it's nice to meet with other professors from different high schools and colleges. My advice for students who want to participate next year is to just do it. Give it a shot."
As for the future, these research students are continuing their projects and building on to them with help of their lab professors and research teacher Mr. Elert, so that they can be ready to present at the NYCSEF in 2019.
"A student is not going to perform well in competitions if he/she just does a presentation, they will get better by gaining experience with real judges, where they ask you questions and other procedures like in the real event," said Mr. Elert.
For the first time, Midwood High School entered the New York City Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) and won a medal in each of the five categories: STEM, humanities, performing arts, fine arts, and business. This year's ACT-SO awards were announced on Monday, May 7, at St. Francis College in Downtown Brooklyn.
Previously known as the "Olympics of the Mind," ACT-SO is a youth program of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Its goal is to give recognition to students who demonstrate academic, scientific, and artistic achievement. Those who participate in the competition must enter in a project under the five categories.
The winners received medals and cash awards starting at $300.
"This year's competition was great," said Mr. Glenn Elert, a physics and research teacher here at Midwood. "We did really well."
He and Ms. Susan Katzoff, a chemistry and research teacher, served as mentors and offered the students help with their posters, presentation skills, and paperwork.
While only 15 students entered the competition, Midwood won a total of 16 medals: five gold, three silver, and eight bronze. Those who won gold, such as Rana Mohamed '19, Kiandra Peart '19, and Calvin Huynh '18, will be going on to participate in Nationals this July. It will be a three day event taking place at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas where they will be competing against over 8,000 students from other states.
"I am extremely excited for Nationals because it'll be a new experience and I will get the opportunity to meet people from all over the country who are also researching and doing amazing things," said Mohamed.
Peart earned the most medals: a gold in Entrepreneurship for her self-made business Kustoms By Ki, another gold in Poetry for her piece titled "The Nation", and a bronze medal in sculpture.
For Peart's independent business, Kustoms By Ki, she customizes various things such as sneakers, wallets, and purses. To enter this project into the competition, she had to create an 18 page business plan to show marketing strategies such as inventory, cash flow, and two year projections. She then presented the display of her work to a judge who graded her on her content.
"I know the competition will be tougher, but I'm ready for it," said Peart. "Going to Nationals makes me feel like all my hard work paid off."
Mohamed brought home a gold in Engineering for her project of decreasing the energy consumption within a robotic system with the implementation of an energy monitoring system. She used two types of robotic systems: a two degree of freedom robotic arm that she varied the voltage and frequency on to see how those conditions affected the energy consumption, and a passive walker that she will use to vary the stop length and step frequency to see how those conditions also affect the energy consumption.
"Winning gold was very rewarding because I felt recognized for all my hard work," said Mohamed. "I worked on my research for over ten months."
Huynh entered his project, "Conditions that promote the sub-cellular migration of nucleolin (NCL) to the cell surface," under the category of Microbiology. The nucleolin is a protein that migrates to the cell surface in cases of cancer, HIV, and infection. In his project, he tried to find the mechanisms that were responsible for allowing the protein (nucleolin) to migrate. He found that only full-length, non-cleaved variations of the protein are allowed to migrate to the cell surface.
"I'm excited to be going to Nationals in Texas and I'm proud to represent NYC Microbiology," said Huynh. "But I'm also a bit nervous because I know that competitions on the National level are notoriously difficult."
As he conducted this research, he was supervised by Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
"Winning gold was great because it really was a chance for me to gain some recognition for my research," Huynh added.
Saba Iqbal '18 won a gold medal in the Earth & Space science category for her project on indicating an atmospheric mercury pollution source using moss as a biomonitor. She conducted her project at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she began to intern for her research project around November of 2016. There, her research mentor, Dr. Erin Mann, helped her throughout the two years she was there and made sure everything went smoothly.
"I honestly didn't think I would win because there were so many other great projects there as well," said Iqbal. "Nevertheless, I was really happy."
Although Iqbal received first prize, she will not be attending Nationals due to college orientations and summer classes.
"I'd like more people to participate next year," said Mr. Elert. "Anyone should enter."
|Email proof of service at the World Science Festival by 10:30 AM Monday, June 4. Email photos of yourself working each day and your volunteer itinerary.|
|Return your drawer key on Monday, June 4. You may continue to use your drawer up until Monday, June 11 but you may not lock it. All drawers must be cleaned out by 3:30 PM Monday, June 11.|
|Bring your 3rd marking period service log with you on Monday, June 4. Bring it even if it is blank.|
|☜ All juniors need to meet with their supervising teacher during a mutually available free period on Wednesday, June 6 for an exit meeting. Bring your lab log. Topics for discussion include spring semester grades and summer research plans.|
|☞ Summer school MetroCards will be arranged for students that need them. Have your mentor contact me stating that you will be working in their lab over the summer. MetroCards will be available in the first or second week of July and will expire in the middle of August.|
The Midwood Science Fair is almost upon us. Thursday, May 31, 2018 will be here before you know it. Juniors and seniors meet in the Library period 9. Alumni and other registered celebrity judges show up around 2:45–3:00 (a little early is better than a little late). Sophomores be in your assigned spot by the start of period 11 (your board will be waiting for you). Everyone be prepared for an afternoon of science and celebration.