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Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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NYCSEF paperwork delivered

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by for NYCSEF.

Assembled paperwork for NYCSEF 2019. 27 projects. 34 students. Weight in the Earth's gravitational field: 66 newtons. Delivered today at 2:25 PM.

Interview with Science Fair documentarians on Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by for Everyone.

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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.

Are you ready for NYCSEF paperwork day?

Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2018 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

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.

Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory tossing papers into the air Konan from Naruto showing her paper magic skills Kittens playing in a pile of papers

RockEDU Presents: Knowledge is power: Can you own an idea?

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors.

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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LOCATION
Carson Family Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave. New York, NY 10065
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2018 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research

Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

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Wednesday
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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.

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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 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.

Portrait Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Brain Tumor Microenvironments

Physician-scientist Adrienne Boire studies metastasis to the central nervous system.

Portrait Decoding the Complexity of the Cancer Cell Society

Cancer biologist Tuomas Tammela investigates cellular heterogeneity in lung, pancreatic and colon cancers.

Temporary teacher assignments

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 by for Seniors.

Temporary teacher assignments Updated Thursday, October 25, 2018
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
Basimah Zahid  

Temporary teacher assignments

Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2018 by for Juniors.

Temporary teacher assignments Updated Sunday, October 21, 2018
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
Kevin Ng  
Defne Sener  
Sarah Sookoo  
Shakira Thompson  

Poly Prep presents Women In Science and Engineering (Poly W.I.S.E.)

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

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 wise@polyprep.org to learn more.

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STEM Career Day

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

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.

Junior teacher assignments

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 by for Juniors.

Midwood Science Research 2019
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    

Updated senior teacher assignments

Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018 by for Seniors.

Midwood Science Research 2019
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    
Yvette Somersel    
Annabel Xie    

And the winners of the 2018 Midwood Science Fair are…

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 by for Awards, Science Fair.

1st Place

Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Alyssa Kattan
The Ability of Chiral Glucose Molecules to Rotate the Plane of Polarized Light
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Diyora Mullaeva & Sally Gao
The effect of climate on the sustainability of solar and battery powered cars

2nd Place

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Naffisat Atanda
What Birth Order Says about your Average
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Duha Mousa
Conformity in Midwood High School
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Sammi Lin & Vivian Chong
The Effect of Breaks on Learning New Information

3rd Place

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Jaylene Cruz
RFID: Blocking Radio Frequency Identification Signals
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Serena Duran & Victoria Habbchy
The Effect of Substrate Concentration on the Activity of the Enzyme Catalase

Honorable Mention

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Nadzeya Fliaha
The Relative Probability of Banking a Basketball
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Sarah Sookoo & Idrees Ilahi
pH and Arsenic Correlation in Baby Formula
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Jubaida Mehak & Zahra Mehdi
Fermentation on the Production of Biofuels
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Jessica Lin & Lameya Rahman
Corrosion of Steel and pH
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Noor Mohammad & Alana Neria
Ladybugs vs. X-ray Radiation
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Tanisa Rahman & Nolani Carter
Makeshift Polarimeter: Chiral Molecules and Angle of Polarization

2018 Science Fair Abstract Book (and more from the past)

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 by for Science Fair.

2010 abstract book 2018 abstract book 2014 abstract book
2011 abstract book 2015 abstract book
2012 abstract book 2016 abstract book
2013 abstract book 2016 abstract book

All seniors need to meet with Mr. Elert for an exit meeting

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by for Seniors.

 
World Science Festival red logo   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.
 
A cabinet full of small keys   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.
 
A blank, uncolored service sheet   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 for an exit meeting

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by for Juniors.

Airplane emergency card exit cartoon   ☜ 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.   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.

One week to the Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018 by for Science Fair.

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Thursday
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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.

Team NYC at 2018 Intel ISEF Public Viewing

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 by for ISEF.

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Team NYC collects over $22,800 in prize money at the 2018 Intel ISEF

Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2018 by for Awards, ISEF.

Team NYC sent 14 students off to the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last week. By noon Friday, they had collectively amassed over $22,800 in prize money. (I have to use the word "over" since some of the special awards do not have well-defined monetary values.) The awards are distributed over two days — Thursday evening is for Special Awards, sponsored by a variety of professional organizations, and Friday morning is for Grand Awards, sponsored mostly by the Intel Foundation.

The Intel ISEF is the largest pre-college science competition in the world. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for $4 million in prizes.

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Every year, millions of students worldwide compete in local and school-sponsored science fairs. Only the best projects form these affiliated fairs are accepted into the Intel ISEF. Students in the five boroughs compete in the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF), a joint venture between the City University of New York and the New York City Department of Education. NYCSEF is itself a large event, with something like 450 projects passing the rigorous standards of the Scientific Review Committee. NYCSEF is so huge that it has to be broken down into two events: a preliminary round and a finals round.

Everyone who attends the Intel ISEF is automatically a winner. Walking through the doors of the convention center into the project space is a reward unto itself for months or even years of toil. An Intel ISEF is five days of practice, competition, entertainment, excitement, rewards, and new friends. What Team NYC accomplished in the week of May 13–18 is not entirely measurable. But for those of you who like hard data, here are the awards we brought back.

First Award of $3,000

  • Ella Feiner (Cellular and Molecular Biology) Horace Mann School
    Project: Exploring Posterior Growth in D. rerio Using a Live Cell Cycle Biosensor.
    Ella's project was declared Best of Category in Cellular and Molecular Biology, which comes with an additional $5,000. She also received an all-expense paid four week trip and scholarship to the Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute from the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Second Award of $1,500

  • Suha Hussain (Systems Software) Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
    Project: A New Method for the Exploitation of Speech Recognition Systems.
    Suha received four special awards: a Fourth Award of $500 from the Association for Computing Machinery, a $1,500 Data Award from GoDaddy, a $1,000 Second "Science Security" Award from the National Security Agency Research Directorate, and a $1,800 STEM Cloud Award in Systems Software from the Shanghai STEM Cloud Center.
  • Eeshan Tripathii (Environmental Engineering) The Dalton School
    Project: The Air We Breathe: Reducing Health Risks by Improving IAQ: An Innovative, Smart, and Responsive Ductless System Optimized by Stochastic Simulation and Machine Learning.
    Eeshan also received a $1,000 Thermo Fisher PPI Award "for driving Practical Process Improvement in science".

Third Award of $1,000

  • Timur (Timmy) Ibragimov (Physics and Astronomy) Staten Island Technical High School
    Project: Stochasticity on Astronomical Scales: A Half-life formalism for Predicting the Disruption of Small-N Body Systems.
    Timmy also received a $2,500 First Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • Vera Zarubin (Materials Science) Bronx High School of Science
    Project: Novel Fabrication of Organic Multifunctional Materials via Magnetic Alignment

Fourth Award of $500

  • Brendon Choy (Chemistry) Hunter College High School
    Project: Cutting off Cancer: Design, Analysis, and Synthesis of Novel Vascular Disrupting Agents.
  • Ryan Bose Roy (Translational Medical Science) Hunter College High School
    Project: Novel Warning Mechanism for At-Risk Stroke and Epilepsy Patients Through Detection of Harmful Levels of Cortisol.
  • Alexandria Ang (Earth and Environmental Sciences) Bronx High School of Science
    Project: A Destructive Invader: How Rising Atmospheric CO2 Is Aiding Noctiluca scintillans in Taking Over Tropical Oceans.

Special Awards

  • Brian Wu & Bi Tian (Jack) Yuan (Physics and Astronomy) Horace Mann School & Columbia Preparatory School
    Project: Finding the Next Tatooine: Discovery of Giant Planets, Brown Dwarfs, and the First-Ever Circumbinary Planet Using Doppler Spectroscopy.
    Brian and Jack each received a Renewable Tuition Scholarship Award to West Virginia University.
  • Phoebe Yates (Behavioral and Social Sciences) Institute for Collaborative Education
    Project: The Impact of Emotionally Targeted Branding on Social Behavior.
    Pheobe also received a Certificate of Honorable Mention and a one-year student membership with the American Psychological Association.

Participants

  • Aushna Saleem (Animal Sciences) Midwood High School at Brooklyn College
    Project: The Effects of Monk Parakeet Age on Sociality.
  • Ari Firester (Environmental Engineering) Hunter College High School
    Project: Desalinating Water Using Electric Fields.
  • Hanna Yip (Robotics and Intelligent Machines) The Spence School
    Project: A Fast and Accurate Open-Source Solo Musical Instrument Classifier.

Team NYC arrives in Pittsburgh for ISEF 2018

Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 by for ISEF.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the largest international pre-college science competition on the planet. Approximately 1,800 high school students from 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for $4 million in prizes. The 2018 ISEF is being held once again on two floors of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The 14 students in Team NYC were selected from an original 450 during the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) in March. Aushna Saleem is Midwood's contribution to this outstanding group of young people.

ISEF is a week long event starting with one day each for registration, setup, and practice, one long day of judging, and another day of public viewing. There are so many awards given at ISEF that it takes two days to present them all. Special Awards are given out on Thursday, May 17 in the evening and Grand Awards are given out on Friday, May 18 in the morning.

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