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Fall teacher assignments

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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Science research update

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by for ACT-SO, Awards, Brooklyn College, Media, NYCSEF, Science Fair.

To celebrate the last two days of the academic year, here's all the news that happened at Midwood Science in the past two months. Have a great summer and see you in September.

Fizza Nayab and Emily Movsumova win at 2019 Brooklyn College Science Day

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2019 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

3 Midwood students awarded gold medals at 2019 NYC ACT-SO

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

2019 Science Fair Abstract Book (and more from the past)

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2019 by for Science Fair.

2019 Science Fair in action

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2019 by for Science Fair.

Alyssa Kattan represents Midwood High School and Brooklyn College at the 47th annual MARM

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2019 by for Publications.

Midwood Science students volunteer at the 2019 World Science Festival

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019 by for Everyone.

2019 Midwood Science Fair Awards

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019 by for Awards, Science Fair.

NYCSEF competitors strive for success

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 by for Media, NYCSEF.

Research students debut findings at Science Fair

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 by for Media, Science Fair.

2019 Midwood Science Fair Awards

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019 by for Awards, Science Fair.

And the winners are…

1st Place

Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Nichole Gutierrez
The Effect of Varying Magnetic Fields on Planarian Regeneration
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Tiffany Ng & Jacklyn Vu
The Viability of Ferrofluids on Oil Spills

2nd Place

Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Aliyeh Khan
Impact of Gene Expression on Effectiveness of Transcription Factors
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Nitu Farhin & Malayka Mudassar
Constructing an Artificial Pancreas
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Jessica Serheyeva
Environmental Pollutants and Their Effect on Ivy Plant Transpiration Rates

3rd Place

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Ivy Chen & Emily Chen
Desalination vs. Salt Water
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Walter Rosales
The effect of various metals on electrical conductivity

Honorable Mention

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Jenane Benhalima & Lyna Ammi
The Effect of pH on the Regeneration of Planaria
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Alina Ongeyberg
The Electrolyte Challenge
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Zainab Ishfaq & Nicole Kravets
Best and Safest Paint Remover?
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Harmain Munir
Man vs. Nature: Comparing the Effectiveness of Different Antacids
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Michelle Tcherevatenko & Jeanine Jourdain
Beasts of the Meat
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Mohinur Abdullaeva
pH vs. Bacteria
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Christina Lamar & Ellen Mokhevishhvili
Filthy Phones

Bonus Photos

Trophies about to be awarded
Trophies waiting to be awarded
Alumni and teacher
Almas Shafiq (2014), Mr Elert, Chris Ayala (2014)
Research teachers posing with a skelton
Mr. Elert, Ms. Katzoff, Mr. A. Skeleton, Ms. Goldstein, Ms. Mosley

Junior research exit meetings and summer school MetroCards

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 by for Juniors.

Airplane emergency card exit cartoon   ☜ All of juniors should meet with their supervising teacher during the last week of classes for an exit meeting. Bring your lab log. Topics for discussion include spring semester grades and summer research plans.   MetroCard Man at 2011 Maker Faire with 2 Midwood students
 
☞ 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.

Senior exit meetings, keys, tubes, trifolds, binder clips, …

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 by for Seniors.

 
World Science Festival red logo   Email proof of service at the World Science Festival by 10:30 AM Tuesday, June 11. Email photos of yourself working each day and your volunteer itinerary.
 
A cabinet full of small keys   Return your drawer key on Wednesday, June 12. You may continue to use your drawer up until Friday, June 14 but you may not lock it. All drawers must be cleaned out by 3:30 PM Friday, June 14.
 
A blank, uncolored service sheet   Bring your 3rd marking period service log with you on Wednesday, June 12. Bring it even if it is blank. Return any poster tubes, trifold boards, and binder clips if you still have them.

Midwood Science students volunteer at the 2019 World Science Festival

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019 by for Everyone.

The World Science Festival has been New York City's biggest and best scientific event since 2008. With over 50 events from lectures and panel discussions, to performance pieces, to demonstrations and hands on experiences there's something for everyone interested in science at every level. There's so much science that one day isn't enough. This year's festival started on May 22 and ended on June 2. Midwood Science has a proud history of supporting this event through volunteer service — 2019 was no exception. Thank you to all the juniors who donated their time to this year's Festival.

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2019 Science Fair in action

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2019 by for Science Fair.

Photos by Justin Chow

2019 Science Fair Abstract Book (and more from the past)

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2019 by for Science Fair.

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One week to the 2019 Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 by for Science Fair.

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The Midwood Science Fair is almost upon us. Thursday, May 30, 2019 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.

3 Midwood students awarded gold medals at 2019 NYC ACT-SO

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

On Saturday, April 13, 2019 Midwood students traveled once again to George Wingate High School in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn for the 31st annual New York City Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics. ACT-SO, as it is usually known, is an "Olympics of the Mind" where high school students compete for medals in STEM, humanities, fine arts, performing arts, and business categories.

2019 saw Midwood High School students compete and medal in a diverse range of categories. Return gold medal winners Rana Mohamed and Kiandra Peart lead the team — Rana in Engineering and Photography, Kiandra in Entrepreneurship and Sculpture. Chad Chasteau brought home gold in Instrumental Classical Music. Another 12 silver and bronze medals were collected by 10 Midwood students in Medicine and Health, Earth and Space Science, Biology and Microbiology, Spoken Poetry, Written Poetry, and Traditional Dance. Awards were announced on Monday, May 6, 2019 at St. Francis College in Downtown Brooklyn.

Gold medalists will be competing at the National ACT-SO from July 20–24. The National ACT-SO is a part of the 110th Annual NAACP National Convention, which is being held this year at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan. The five-day conference will bring together over 10,000 people including NAACP members and delegates from across the country. Rana, Kiandra, and Chad are sure to have an exciting time.

Gold Medal Winners

  • Rana Mohamed won a Gold Medal in Engineering for her project "Energy efficient design for a partially actuated passive walker". Rana worked under the supervision of Mr. William Zhiren Peng and Dr. Joo H. Kim in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Rana also received a Gold Medal in Photography for her work entitled "Asymmetric reality".
  • Kiandra Peart won a Gold Medal in Entrepreneurship for her independent business "Kustoms By Ki" and a Bronze Medal in Sculpture for a piece entitled "Taj Mahal".
  • Chad Chasteau won a Gold Medal in Instrumental Classical Music for his piano performance of "The girl with the flaxen hair" by Claude Debussy.

Silver Medal Winners

  • Ashley Chen won a Silver Medal in Medicine and Health for her project "The effect of interictal discharges on hippocampal oscillations and memory formation: A prospective memory study". Ashley worked under the supervision of Dr. Beth Leeman-Markowski in the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center.
  • Basimah Zahid and Zuha Ahmed won a Silver Medal in Medicine and Health for their project "Child maltreatment, adult attachment styles, and emotional dysregulation". Basimah and Zuha worked under the supervision of Dr. Sara Chiara Haden in the Department of Psychology at Long Island University.
  • Anne Mania won a Silver Medal in Instrumental Classical Music for her piano performance of "Sonata in D Major" by Joseph Haydn and a Bronze Medal for her Original Essay entitled "Nuclear Weapons".

Bronze Medal Winners

  • Susana Tzunun Yax won a Bronze Medal in Earth and Space Science for her project "Analyzing the impact of Dendrobaena veneta earthworms on the bioavailability of heavy metals in soil" Susana and her partner Amy Chen worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Kenny Pierre Louis and Miguel Rendon won a bronze medal in Medicine and Health for their project "Sleep deprivation and stress: Their troubling connection in adolescents". Kenny and Miguel worked under the supervision of Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.
  • Nursat Jahan won a Bronze Medal in Biology and Microbiology for her project "Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) audience effect on stick manipulation during nest construction". Nursat worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Serena Duran won a Bronze Medals in Spoken Poetry her work entitled "Repeat" and a second Bronze Medal in Written Poetry for her piece entitled "Dusk".
  • Kamille Shivwkumar won a Bronze Medal in Traditional Dance for her performance entitled "Pinga".

Fizza Nayab and Emily Movsumova win at 2019 Brooklyn College Science Day

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2019 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

Brooklyn College Science Research Day is an annual event that showcases the work done by students with research mentors at Brooklyn College and other CUNY schools. This year, around 125 students presented their research across 14 categories in STEM, with over 50 faculty members and students from the college serving as judges. First, second, and third place prizes were awarded in each of the three divisions: high school, undergraduate and graduate.

Two of the three awards at the high school level went to Midwood High School students. Fizza Nayab in the Biomimetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab (BCR) placed second and Emily Movsumova in the Mechano-microbiology Lab placed third. First place went to another member of BCR — Maya Tariq of George W. Hewlett High School in Nassau County. Congratulations to all.

Award winners: Emily Movsumova and Fizza Nayab
Award winners: Emily Movsumova and Fizza Nayab

Maya Tariq (George W. Hewlett High School)
Project: How monk parakeets choose where to live: The importance of cherry trees.
Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

Fizza Nayab
Project: Monk to monk communication: Do monk parakeet calls influence conspecific behaviors?
Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

Emily Movsumova
Project: Unknown Streptococcus strain specific to killing and inhibiting growth of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria elongata.
Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College

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An unexpectedly large group photo. Midwood Science students are known for their
ability to respond quickly and in amazing numbers when the call to action is sounded.

One month to the 2019 Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by for Science Fair.

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The 2018 Midwood Science Fair is only a month 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 30, 2019.

The volunteer application for the 2019 World Science Festival is now open

Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2019 by for Extra Credit.

Join the World Science Festival for an exploration of groundbreaking discoveries, encounters with the trailblazing scientists, and youth and family events that will inspire the next generation. The 2019 Festival returns to the 5 boroughs with over 70 events at more than 20 venues spanning 6 days (Tuesday, May 28 – Sunday, June 2).

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the festival, serving as a welcoming face to visitors and providing support to the many production teams. To be a part of the largest celebration of science on the planet volunteers should…

  • Be comfortable working with people of all backgrounds, ages, and levels of familiarity with science
  • Have excellent communication skills (computer skills are a plus)
  • Exhibit dedication, commitment, reliability, flexibility and professionalism
  • Have a background in science or a passion for learning and sharing knowledge
  • Be at least 16 years old
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Volunteer benefits include…

  • A welcome orientation, with food and networking opportunities
  • A World Science Festival volunteer t-shirt
  • Involvement in an amazing line-up of science lectures, demonstrations and events
  • Free admission to select WSF programs (based on availability)
  • A wrap party with pizza, prizes, and appearances from WSF staff
  • An official Certificate of Completion of volunteer services (upon request)

The World Science Festival is so important to science that people have been know to travel thousands of miles to participate. If you're reading this, you probably live within a subway's ride of every event. Click here to volunteer. Contact volunteers@worldsciencefestival.com if you have any concerns or questions.

Do not volunteer for anything on Thursday, May 30 since that is the day of the Midwood Science Fair. Juniors will be awarded +2 points of extra credit for each day they volunteer. Seniors will receive +5 points of regular credit.

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Two months to the 2019 Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 by for Science Fair.

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The 2019 Midwood Science Fair is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2019 (the Thursday after Memorial Day). 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.

Science research update

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 by for JSHS, NYCSEF, St. Joseph's.

Dear friends of Midwood Science. Sorry I haven't posted much lately. Here's several news items to satisfy your thirst for knowledge. (Number 6 will amaze you.) Follow the links to see more words and images.

Group photo 5 Midwood students compete at the 2019 JSHS semifinals, Ahmad Choudry takes 3rd place in chemistry

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2019 by for Awards, JSHS.

Group photo Midwood seniors capture half the awards at 2019 St. Joseph's College Poster Session, Rana Mohamed takes first place

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2019 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

Students standing in front of their poster 4 Midwood students present for the 2019 Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019 by for Publications.

Group photo at Shepard Hall, City College, CUNY Midwood Science at the 2019 NYCSEF preliminaries

Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2019 by for NYCSEF.

5 Midwood students take awards at NYCSEF finals. Robots, parrots, and mice lead the way.

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 by for Awards, NYCSEF.

Two months to the Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2019 by for Science Fair.

5 Midwood students take awards at NYCSEF finals. Robots, parrots, and mice lead the way.

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 by for Awards, NYCSEF.

Group photo of the finalists next to a large moon globe
Maryam Khan, Rana Mohamed, Annabel Xie,Larissa Brijmohan, Fizza Nayab

NYCSEF First Award

  • Rana Mohamed (Engineering)
    Project: Energy efficient design for a partially actuated passive walker.
    Mentor: Mr. William Zhiren Peng and Dr. Joo H. Kim, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
    Rana also received the Naval Science Award from the Office of Naval Research.

NYCSEF Second Award

  • Larissa Brijmohan (Animal Sciences)
    Project: The effect of an audience on monk parakeet nest construction effort.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Annabel Xie (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) prefer to nest in greenspace in New York City compared to other types of land.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

NYCSEF Third Award

  • Fizza Nayab (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk to monk communication: Do monk parakeet calls influence conspecific behaviors?
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Maryam Khan (Behavioral Neuroscience)
    Project: Defining the mechanisms of memory associated neural ensembles in the hippocampus.
    Mentor: Dr. Juan Marcos Alarcon, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Group photo of the finalists next to a statue of Theodore Roosevelt Blue whale model, Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, American Museum of Natural History

NYCSEF 'periodic table' logo

Midwood Science at the 2019 NYCSEF preliminaries

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 by for NYCSEF.

Group photo by Justin Chow. Individual photos by Eva Lai.
Group photo at Shepard Hall, City College, CUNY
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The coming epidemic of neurodegenerative disease and what science is doing about it

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

The Brooklyn Subsection of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to present the Brooklyn Frontiers in Science Public Lecture — a free public seminar, entitled "The Coming Epidemic of Neurodegenerative Disease and What Science is Doing About It" delivered by Prof. Gregory Petsko of Weill Cornell Medical School.

This event is free and open to the public, so please let your friends know. The flyer can be downloaded here. Please register so we can plan refreshments accordingly. Check out the event on Facebook. Extra credit will be awarded to students who complete the usual requirements for attending a lecture.

Gregory Petsko

Date and Time
Thursday, March 14, 2019
5:30 PM–7:00 PM EDT
Location
Pfizer Auditorium
NYU Tandon School of  Engineering
5 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn NY 11245

RockEDU Presents: Live podcast with bacteria biologist Victor Torres

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

Students will join Rockefeller's Dr. Toshiki Nakashige, the host of Scientist podcast, as he interviews Victor Torres, Associate Professor of Microbiology at NYU School of Medicine. Learn about the opportunistic bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, and about Victor's scientific journey, which starts in Puerto Rico.

This event is open to all high school students in the New York City area, free of charge. Register with Eventbrite for a free ticket. Extra credit will be awarded to students who complete the usual requirements for attending a lecture.

Petri dish with bacterial colonies

Date and Time
Friday, March 15, 2019
4:30 PM–6:00 PM EDT
Location
Carson Family Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue
New York NY 10065

4 Midwood students present for the 2019 Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019 by for Publications.

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The 90th meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) was held at the Times Square Marriott Marquis Hotel over the weekend of February 28–March 2. Like most conventions, the EPA features guest speakers, workshops, and vendor booths relevant to professionals. The EPA also runs poster sessions where undergraduate and graduate students present their research projects.

This year Midwood was proud to send two teams of high school researchers to present alongside the college students. Seniors Basimah Zahid and Zuha Ahmed presented in the Clinical Psychology session. Juniors Serena Duran and Naffisat Atanda with their mentor Dr. Laura Egan presented in the Cognitive Psychology session.

The Eastern Psychological Association is the oldest of the regional psychological associations in the United States. Its purpose is to advance the science and profession of psychology through the dissemination of professional information.

Basimah Zahid, Zuha Ahmed Page from the abstract book
  • Basimah Zahid and Zuha Ahmed (Clinical Psychology)
    Project: Child maltreatment, adult attachment styles, and emotional dysregulation.
    Mentor: Dr. Sara Chiara Haden, Department of Psychology, Long Island University
Dr. Laura Egan, and Serena Duran, Naffisat Atanda Page from the abstract book
  • Serena Duran and Naffisat Atanda (Cognitive Psychology)
    The impact of ambiguous threat on behavioral inhibition in social anxiety
    Mentor: Dr. Laura Egan, Department of Psychology, St. Francis College
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