The 2017 Midwood Science Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Registration for judges and contestants will be set up in about a month. Add this event to your calendar and prepare your mind for an afternoon of science.
Here’s what we’ve been up to in 2017 so far (plus one story from 2016 I finally got around to writing). More good news is sure to follow.
|Midwood collects top awards at St. Joseph’s College|
|Nomon Mohammad and Hufsa Tasnim are JSHS Semifinalists|
|Robotics Team Rolls into Victory at FTC|
|Ocean Science Team prepares for competiton|
|Nomon Mohammed receives 2 badges in the 2017 Regeneron STS|
|Urooj Ansari and Bilal Azhar appear on News 12 Brooklyn|
Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action will provide a unique platform for students, organizations, and employers to meet and learn about exciting opportunities in fields related to urban sustainability.
Topics will include local ecosystem restoration and resilience, urban transportation, tools for urban sustainability, avenues of community involvement, and the rise of citizen science. The goal of the event is to introduce high school and college students to the concept of urban sustainability and create awareness for opportunities to get engaged. Speakers include.
AP Enviromental Science students and anyone else is welcome to attend. Register through Eventbrite. Extra credit will be awarded for students who complete the usual public lecture assignment for one of the speakers.
You are invited to this Friday’s LAB Out Loud [LOL] at The Rockefeller University — Microbial Engineers: The Science of Fermented Foods (Friday, March 10, 2017 4:30 PM–7:00 PM).
Microbes, like bacteria, yeast, and mold, are the invisible engineers of the planet. They have the power to transform rocks into minerals, logs into soil, and raw ingredients into delicious fermented foods like cheese, chocolate, and pickles. In the Wolfe lab, we use fermented foods as model systems to better understand these invisible engineers, including how microbes interact with each other and with their environments. From fungal superhighways in cheese rinds to slimy biofilms in fermented tea, our talk will highlight the surprising microbial communities living in your favorite fermented foods.
Come hear scientists Dr. Benjamin Wolfe and Elizabeth Landis from Tufts University share their work using food to study microbial ecosystems! Following the talk, students will have a chance to network with scientists and determine their microbial soul-mates through a fun activity.
This event is open to all high school students in the New York City area, free of charge! Registration must be submitted by attending high school students directly — a change from previous Lab Out Loud [LOL] events. All students under age 18 must obtain parental consent while completing the online form. Extra credit will be awarded to all students who provide proof of attendance and complete the usual assignment by the next school day.
Run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide with locations in Manhattan and Westchester County, Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro are 1-week summer day camps open to high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.
Sophomore research students are gearing up to submit their AP Capstone assessment to the College Board at the end of this week. Since Ms. Mosley is unable to give direct feedback, we would like juniors and seniors to help the sophomores with their papers. Each junior/senior will work with 2 two sophomores, go over their paper, and help them edit it against a provided rubric.
This activity will take place Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16 during period 4. Each day you participate adds 1 point toward your final grade.
Please see Ms. Mosley by the end of the day today if you are interested and available.
The Center for K12 STEM Education at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is accepting applications for our fourth cohort of NYC high school students to participate in Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE), a free summer research program in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. In addition to performing authentic research while being mentored by a graduate student and/or faculty member in a faculty lab on NYU’s campus, students are taught public speaking skills, complete a presentation on their work, and learn about the history and ethics of science and research. Some of the previous ninety ARISE participants have continued their research into the school year, co-authored scientific papers, attended professional conferences, or entered science competitions based on their work.
Please forward this email directly to eligible students and interested adults. The application deadline is 5PM, March 1st, 2017.
We are looking for:
To learn more about this opportunity, visit the program’s website here.
|Mr. Elert||Ms. Mosley|
|Aysheh Barqawi||Noran Abo Donia|
|Linda Chen||Nadine Adham|
|Joyce Chow||Fern Bromley|
|Yiming Dai||Rafaella Bruzual|
|Jennifer Duong||Oran Chak|
|Hafsa Fatima||Dan Hong Chen|
|Ellen Gyulbudaghyan||Sarah Elmosbah|
|Judy Huang||Ramy Fata|
|Hebah Jihad||Jose Guzman|
|Elizabeth Joseph||Md Hoque|
|Charles Kambourakis||Calvin Huynh|
|Sabina Kubayeva||Saba Iqbal|
|Albina Kukic||Shakila Islam|
|Ivy Li||Shanjida Kamal|
|Wendy Lliguichuzhca||Beien Lin|
|Gabrielle Milman||Shawal Malik|
|Naila Mirza||Giuseppina Mammoliti|
|Christina Ng||Kathy Mania|
|Benjamin Nguyen||Evelyn Martinez|
|Katie Nikishina||Alice Mo|
|Olexandr Pustovoyt||Emily Orman|
|Soanne Saint Victor||Savlatjon Rahmatulloev|
|Aushna Saleem||Jessica Rakhamim|
|Rianna Segal||Alma Samarxhiu|
|Allan Shikh||Leah Shteinberg|
|David Shikh||Iryna Svezhenets|
|Vincent Wang||Eddie Xu|
|Mei Mei Weng||Joanna Yan|
|Andrew Zhang||Michelle Zinger|
Midwood Science senior Nomon Mohammad received two digital badges for his entry in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS). The Society for Science and the Public in partnership with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals awards digital badges to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment, and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills as part of the STS. Nomon was awarded the Research Report Badge for "a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report" and the Student Initiative Badge for "extraordinary effort and dedication in pursuit of scientific research" and "great accomplishments relative to the resources available".
Nomon worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College. The title of his project was "Anthraquinone as an effective electrolyte for redox flow batteries". Dr. Suarez has been a strong supporter of high school science research having worked with 31 Midwood students in the past 8 years (and with students from Murrrow, Madison, and elsewhere). Mr. Paterno is an outstanding undergraduate student with past degree work and professional experience in economics and mathematics education. Extra thanks to Dr. Suarez and Mr. Paterno.
The Science Talent Search is as old as Midwood — 75 years. The STS has been sponsored by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation (1942–1998), the Intel Corporation (1998–2016), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (2016–????). You will sometimes hear old-timers refer to the STS as "The Westinghouse" or "The Intel". Some even call the Science Research program at Midwood by these names — but they shouldn’t. We are Midwood Science Research.
The question for this year’s American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) DNA Day Essay Contest is now available. This competition is ideal for AP Biology students (current or former) or research students interning in a lab focused on genetics — especially genetics as it relates to medicine.
Question: In the early 1990s, gene therapy was hailed as a potential treatment or cure for many genetic diseases and conditions. Unfortunately, problems during clinical trials, including the death of a patient due to a fatal immune reaction, forced scientists to re-think their strategies. Recent advances in biology have made gene therapy more promising than ever and expanded the field beyond its original concept of providing an additional, functional copy of a malfunctioning gene to specific cells. Choose one modern example of gene therapy (since 2005), describe the disease or condition researchers are attempting to treat, and explain how the therapy/approach might repair the underlying cause of the disease or condition.
Have a quick read of the 2017 contest rules, rubric, and deadlines before beginning. This contest is open to students in grades 9–12 worldwide. Essays must be written in English and are limited to 750 words, not including references. (Essays must include at least one reference. More than one reference is recommended.) Entries must be authenticated by a teacher. No entries may be submitted without the approval of Ms. Ross. Essays must be submitted electronically on or before March 11, 2017. Essays are expected to be well reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the question. Each essay will be read by three judges from the ASHG.
|Mr. Elert (Coordinator)||A214||elert@||midwoodscience.org||2141|
|Mr. McDonnell (Principal)||127||mmcdonn2@||schools.nyc.gov||1270|
|Mr. Rosenfeld (Assistant Principal)||A200||trosenf@||schools.nyc.gov||2003|