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30 completed applications are on their way to the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) offices in downtown Brooklyn. Thank you students, teachers, and mentors for all your hard work.
NYCSEF will be held this year at CitiField on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Wish our students good luck whenever and wherever you see them.
Seniors (and a few juniors), I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Monday, December 2, 2019 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 seniors. The rest of the paperwork along with a complete research paper must be ready by Wednesday, December 11, 2019. All photocopying will be done at this time. Do not make any copies before this date.
On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host its fourteenth 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 15.
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.
Seeking order in genomic chaos: how chromosomal instability shapes cancer evolution
Radiation oncologist Samuel F. Bakhoum is working to understand more about how cancer grows and spreads.
Metabolic Regulation of Cell Fate Decisions
Cell biologist Lydia Finley investigates how cellular metabolic pathways regulate cell fate decisions in stem cells and cancer cells.
Immunotherapy for Patients with Lung Cancer
Medical oncologist Matthew D. Hellmann’s research focuses on developing innovative and effective ways to harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer.
|Elert Seniors||Katzoff Seniors||Mosley Seniors|
|Ihtsham Chaudhry||Ashley Chin||Naffisat Atanda|
|Hong Wei Chen||Daniel Drozdov||Serena Duran|
|Oliwia Dankiw||Kelly Guan||Tristan Ene|
|Nadzeya Fliaha||Victoria Habbchy||Gloria Glenn|
|Tanzena Haque||Jasmine Huang||Idrees Ilahi|
|Henry Hua||Anum Jabeen||Emily Ly|
|Mariyum Jahan||Suraiya Khoja||Tanisa Rahman|
|Alyssa Kattan||Jessica Lin||Defne Sener|
|Esther Lee||Noor Mohammad|
|Blessin Mcfarlane||Lameya Rahman|
|Almedina Mulic||Stella Ruan|
|Kevin Ng||Jessica Zheng|
|Elert Juniors||Katzoff Juniors||Mosley Juniors|
|Mohinur Abdullaeva||Alexiz Aguilar||Sarah Akram|
|Fariha Ahmed||Lyna Ammi||Muskan Ali|
|Zilola Ashurboyeva||Emily Chen||Jenane Benhalima|
|Anna Chen||Victoria Garcia||Jason Calangi|
|Ivy Chen||Nichole Gutierrez||Treazure Da Breo|
|Tinnie Chen||Zainab Ishfaq||Nitu Farhin|
|Maham Ghori||Aliyeh Khan||Darryl Francois|
|Suzayet Hoque||Declan Lin||Jenny He|
|Judy Huang||Rachel Malinkovich||Xinyi Huang|
|Aya Ibrahim||Marlen Mendieta-Camaron||Shehan Hussain|
|Nicole Kravets||Monica Mesiha||Lazizakhon Ibrakhimova|
|Tamari Kvaratskhelia||Zita Mimer||Ilana Kolomiyets|
|Helen Pan||Malayka Mudassar||Edward Li|
|Hong Bin Pan||Evelyn Schwartsman||Sonya Liang|
|Tasnia Shadat||Jessica Serheyeva||Tiffany Ng Li|
|Tahreem Sittar||Kirsten Shyu||Hassan Rizwan|
|Jaden Thomas||Victoria Tatarynova||Oscar Rojasperez|
|Samiha Uddin||Jacklyn Vu||Madelynn Yung|
Last update Friday, December 20, 2019
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|
|3 Midwood students awarded gold medals at 2019 NYC ACT-SO|
|2019 Science Fair Abstract Book (and more from the past)|
|2019 Science Fair in action|
|Alyssa Kattan represents Midwood High School and Brooklyn College at the 47th annual MARM|
|Midwood Science students volunteer at the 2019 World Science Festival|
|2019 Midwood Science Fair Awards|
|NYCSEF competitors strive for success|
|Research students debut findings at Science Fair|
And the winners are…
The Effect of Varying Magnetic Fields on Planarian Regeneration
Tiffany Ng & Jacklyn Vu
The Viability of Ferrofluids on Oil Spills
Impact of Gene Expression on Effectiveness of Transcription Factors
Nitu Farhin & Malayka Mudassar
Constructing an Artificial Pancreas
Environmental Pollutants and Their Effect on Ivy Plant Transpiration Rates
Ivy Chen & Emily Chen
Desalination vs. Salt Water
The effect of various metals on electrical conductivity
Jenane Benhalima & Lyna Ammi
The Effect of pH on the Regeneration of Planaria
The Electrolyte Challenge
Zainab Ishfaq & Nicole Kravets
Best and Safest Paint Remover?
Man vs. Nature: Comparing the Effectiveness of Different Antacids
Michelle Tcherevatenko & Jeanine Jourdain
Beasts of the Meat
pH vs. Bacteria
Christina Lamar & Ellen Mokhevishhvili
Trophies waiting to be awarded
Almas Shafiq (2014), Mr Elert, Chris Ayala (2014)
Mr. Elert, Ms. Katzoff, Mr. A. Skeleton, Ms. Goldstein, Ms. Mosley
|☜ 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.|
|☞ 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Project: Monk to monk communication: Do monk parakeet calls influence conspecific behaviors?
Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
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
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.
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…
Volunteer benefits include…
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@
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.
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.
|5 Midwood students compete at the 2019 JSHS semifinals, Ahmad Choudry takes 3rd place in chemistry|
|Midwood seniors capture half the awards at 2019 St. Joseph's College Poster Session, Rana Mohamed takes first place|
|4 Midwood students present for the 2019 Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting|
|Midwood Science at the 2019 NYCSEF preliminaries|
|5 Midwood students take awards at NYCSEF finals. Robots, parrots, and mice lead the way.|
|Two months to the Midwood Science Fair|