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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
|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.
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.
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.
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.
Midwood Science won two of the three awards in the high school division at Brooklyn College's annual Science Research Day on Friday, May 4, 2018 ending a four year long streak of clean sweeps (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). Kevin Chen and Hafsa Fatima placed first and second, respectively. Both students worked under the supervision of long-time friend of Midwood Science, Dr. Frank Grasso in the Biomimetic and Cognitive Robotics (BCR) lab at Brooklyn College. Third place went to Staten Island Tech student Kemal Aziz, who worked under the supervision of Dr. Karl Sandeman in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College. Both Dr. Grasso and Dr. Sandeman have mentored projects good enough to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Festival (ISEF) — Dr. Grasso in 2018 and Dr. Sandeman in 2016.
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.
|Glenn Elert (teacher), Kevin Chen, Hafsa Fatima, Susan Katzoff (teacher)||Glenn Elert (teacher), Dr. Frank Grasso (professor), Fizza Nayab, Larissa Brijmohan|
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
Saturday, April 21, 2018 marked the 30th time the three New York City branches of the NAACP sponsored ACT-SO — the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics. ACT-SO is an "Olympics of the Mind" with up to 32 different categories and chances to win medals and cash prizes. This year's New York City ACT-SO was once again held at George Wingate High School — it's home for most of the past 30 events. Awards were announced on Monday, May 7, 2018 at St. Francis College in Downtown Brooklyn.
2018 marks the first time Midwood High School entered and medalled in each of the five major categories: STEM, humanities, fine arts, performing arts, and business. Kiandra Peart lead the team, earning a pair of gold medals in Entrepreneurship and Poetry and a bronze medal in Sculpture. Calvin Huynh, Rana Mohamed, and Saba Iqbal brought home gold in Microbiology, Engineering, and Earth & Space Sciences, respectively. Soanne Saint Victor earned bronze in Biology and Instrumental Classical. The total medal count for Midwood was 5 gold, 3 silver, and 8 bronze.
Kiandra, Calvin, and Rana will be competing in the National ACT-SO July 13–15. The National ACT-SO is a part of the NAACP Annual Convention, which is being held this year at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. With over 8000 delegates expected to attend Kiandra, Calvin, and Rana are sure to have an exciting time.
Applications are now open to high school students in grades 9–11 for the Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
|Who:||Motivated 9th–11th grade minority students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.|
|What:||Students will participate in anatomy dissections, a group research project, and a college preparatory workshop. Through involvement in group activities and discussions, participating students will further develop the academic skills that will prepare them for college and better qualify them to study health-related disciplines. Students will work in groups to research one medically related topic and give a final presentation at the end of the program.|
|Where:||SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 395 Lenox Rd, Brooklyn NY 11203|
|When:||Seven 3 hour seminars (10:00 AM–1:00 PM) on Saturdays (October 6 – November 17, 2018). Lunch will be provided.|
|Why:||Great exposure to medicine, college, and medical school.|
|Cost:||None! Students must be able to get to and from SUNY Downstate Medical Center.|
|How:||The application must be completed online and can found at www.downstatehprep.wordpress.com. External documentation (such as school consent forms, and transcripts) must be sent to email@example.com. Please submit all application materials together. All items must be received by Monday, September 24th, 2018. Admissions will be on a rolling basis.|