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Updated Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2016 by for Juniors.

Junior Teacher Assignments — Spring 2016
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley
Mahmoud Abouelkheir Amna Aslam
Aruba Areej Zenab Jamil
Noor Asif Jasleen Kaur
Angela Baraker Sophia Khoja
Ruthbernick Bastien Pauletta Lazarevskiy
Rachel Chen Erica Levin
Michelle Fogel Lilin Liu
Michael Grandel Danielle LoPresti
Danielle Itshaik Hui Yi Fiona Ng He
Bitan Kar Jennifer Phu
Brianna Ku Marzana Rafa
Vivian Luu Zainab Salahudin
Nomon Mohammad Elizabeth Skapley
Abeer Naeem Hufsa Tasnim
Allan Nosov Whitney Wong
Marco Ramirez Wensi Wu
Minna Zeldin Yang Fan (Angel) Zou

NYCSEF Paperwork Delivered

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by for NYCSEF.

41 NYCSEF applications were delivered to 16 Court Street at 2:20 PM.

PowerPoint Presentations for Seniors

Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by for Seniors.

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The spring semester is full of events where you are expected to talk about your project to the public. In January, you will practice for this eventuality. All seniors will deliver a PowerPoint presentation to an audience of junior and senior research students and teachers.

A preliminary draft of your presentation slide deck (a .pptx file) is due on the morning of the last Monday before Winter Break (9:00 AM Monday, December 21, 2015). The final draft of your deck will be due on the morning of the first Monday after Winter Break (9:00 AM Monday, January 4, 2016). Email your slide decks to and put "pptx file" in the subject line. This will ensure that it goes to the correct mailbox. Mr. Elert will keep the official copy of these files, but Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Mosley will also need copies from their respective students. They will give you instructions at your pre-NYCSEF meeting.

All presentations will start with a 30 second executive summary. Describe the essence of your project using language that can be understood by people who are generally well-educated but who are not experts in your particular scientific field. The executive summary will not be read off a slide, index card, or any other medium.

The remainder of the presentation should not exceed 8 minutes. Each slide will use text sparingly (except for the reference slide at the end). All images will be the work of the student, a colleague from the lab, or a referenced scientific source. No images "from the Internet" are allowed.

Attend 5 days of the possible 10 days of presentations. Present on one of these 5 days. Students who entered the Intel STS need only attend on 1 day — the day they present. You are welcome to attend extra days, but extra credit will not be awarded. Clap politely after every presentation and try to ask each presenter at least one good question. Fill out a scoring sheet after every presentation.

NYCSEF Paperwork Day

Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2015 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 14, 2015 starting period 6. All copies will be made at this time using the heavy duty photocopier in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200). I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including …

See you Monday.

Rolls of paper for a Heidelberg Contiweb press

NYCSEF Signature Pages

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors, I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Tuesday, December 8, 2015 so the Principal and I can sign them. Please print the Principal’s name (Michael McDonnell) for him, but do not sign or date the form (obviously). Please do the same for my name (Glenn Elert). I will sign part b as the Science/Research Teacher for all 43 seniors. The rest of the paperwork along with a complete research paper must be ready by Monday, December 14, 2015. All photocopying will be done at Midwood with the exception of pages in your report that contain color images or diagrams. Copies of those pages are the responsibility of the student.

Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 by for Juniors.

Junior Teacher Assignments Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley Ms. Sullivan
Aruba Areej Ilham Ahmed Mahmoud Abouelkheir
Noor Asif Zenab Jamil Amna Aslam
Angela Baraker Jasleen Kaur Brianna Ku
Ruthbernick Bastien Sophia Khoja Pauletta Lazarevskiy
Rachel Chen Erica Levin Danielle LoPresti
Michelle Fogel Lilin Liu Abeer Naeem
Sabrina Gorodetsky Hui Yi Fiona Ng He Hufsa Tasnim
Michael Grandel Jennifer Phu Whitney Wong
Reanna Hyatt Marzana Rafa Wensi Wu
Danielle Itshaik Zainab Salahudin Minna Zeldin
Bitan Kar Elizabeth Skapley Yang Fan (Angel) Zou
Vivian Luu    
Nomon Mohammad    
Allan Nosov    
Marco Ramirez    

2016 Talking Science

Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2015 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

Contact me immediately if you wish to attend this lecture AND are available. It runs from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the second Saturday in January. Space is limited and I must register early on Tuesday, December 1. Last year, we were only allowed 2 students because I waited until the end of the day to register. It filled up that quickly. Because demand is so high for this event, students who register and don’t show up (thus locking out other students) will have their grade lowered.

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Save the Date

The Rockefeller University
invites your school to participate in

Talking science

Spend a day on campus at The Rockefeller University with preeminent biochemist and physician,Thomas P. Sakmar, M.D., to learn the science of drug discovery, and how new technology is transforming medicine.

Drug Discovery 101:
Precision Medicine for the 21st Century

Saturday, January 9, 2016 


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


Talking Science is intended for high school students only (preferably juniors and seniors) with a strong interest in science. 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 Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Information packets will be mailed to your school in advance of the registration open date.

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

Posted on Monday, November 23, 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 fall semester of 2015 must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher along with an up to date lab log. See your supervising teacher on Monday, November 30 unless you were told to do something different.

For seniors, an "active" placement in the fall is one with 16 hours (on average) of lab log entries per month for September, October, and November.

For juniors, an "active" placement in the fall is one that began any day before Thanksgiving. 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 your mentor and ask them to email me as soon as possible.

I count 48

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by for Lectures.

Midwood Science was well represented at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) for the 10th annual lectures on Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research. This year’s lectures were more about general biomedical research than specific research on cancer. Dr. Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis (or "Anna-Kat" as the President of MSKCC Craig B. Thompson called her) talked about her amazing imaging technique that allowed her to make 3D movies of cells in developing mouse embryos. Dr. Cole Haynes taught us how mitochondria (the cell’s powerhouses) are affected by many different diseases from cancers to bacterial infections. Closing the show was Dr. Joao Xavier, a systems biologist who talked about everything from the growth of biofilms, to the spread of cancers, to the microbiome living inside our guts. "It’s about finding common principles in biology," he said.

Midwood was the best represented school at the event with what looks like 48 students in attendance. I know that it may seem like I am always writing about how some event is our "best" or "biggest" ever, but this honestly is our biggest year ever at MSKCC. The lectures were great, the students were great, and the pizza was pretty good too.

Public Lectures for the Fall Semester

Posted on Sunday, November 8, 2015 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

Tue. Nov.
What: Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research
When: Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:30–7:30
Where: Rockefeller Labs
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
430 E 67th St (between First and York Avenues)
New Work NY 10065
Registration: Now!
Thu. Dec.
What: Brooklyn Frontiers in Science (Art & Chemistry)
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:30–7:00
Where: Pfizer Auditorium
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
5 Metrotech Center
Brooklyn NY 11201
Registration: Anytime before the end of November.
Sat. Jan.
What: Talking Science (Medicine)
When: Saturday, January 9, 2016,10:00–3:00
Where: Caspary Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York NY 10065
Registration: Opens on Tuesday, December 1. Limited to 10 students.
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