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A message to all seniors

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by for Seniors.


Everyone needs to see me on Monday, May 5 or Tuesday, May 6, during period 4, 7, 8, or 9 (your choice). Bring the following items to this meeting …

We will discuss …

The World Science Festival needs you

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by for Everyone, Extra Credit.

Physics Photo Contest

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by for Extra Credit.

For many years the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) High School Physics Photo Contest has provided teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts. Students compete in an international arena with more than 1,000 of their peers for recognition and prizes. The contest is open to high school students in grades 9–12. Entries are welcome every year between March 1 and May 15 for that year’s competition. Photos may be entered in one of two categories described below, and will be judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the physics in the explanation that accompanies the photograph.

If you have a photo you would like to submit to this contest, please email it to me as soon as possible. I will give you advice on what to write for copy. The deadline for this competition is May 15, but if you give me your photo for the first time on this day you will not be allowed to enter. Please read the Student Rules before contacting me. You may already have a photo in your archives that could be used for this competition. Look to the past winning entries for inspiration.


2014 Young Naturalist Awards Winners

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science. Four Midwood students were semifinalists in the 2014 competition — the most in one year!

Midwood Students place first in State STEP Competition

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood seniors Kiara Nuñez and Sade Seidu with Crystol Thomas from the Preparatory Academy for Writers in Queens were finalists at the Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) Statewide Student Conference held in Albany from March 28–30. They received First Prize in the Senior Division of Human Services for their project, "Limited Access: How much do you know about Diabetes?" Kiara, Sade, and Crystol were supervised by Mr. Carlos Restrepo at the New York University School of Medicine. Approximately 60 New York State universities participate in STEP, which is funded by the New York State Department of Education.

Sade Seidu (Midwood) and Kiara Nuñez (Midwood)
with Crystol Thomas (Preparatory Academy for Writers)

ACT-SO Reminder

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by for ACT-SO, Seniors.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 is the Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics or ACT-SO at Wingate High School from 10:00am–5:00pm. Any student interested will need to go to registration on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at P.S. 84 in Manhattan beginning at 10:30am and lasting till about 12:00pm. Students must bring the following to registration:

Students are allowed to work in teams. If students are in a team, only one member of the team is needed to register on Saturday, April 5th, however, an autobiography and picture are needed for both students. (No group pictures.) Also, if a student cannot make it, another student can give in the papers for them. (If you want someone else to register for you they will need your name, address, phone number, etc. so it is suggested that you register yourself.) All you need to do is drop off your papers, sign the registration forms, and leave. You can also go over your board with them if you want. (This is suggested).

Only students in the following categories can enter. Even if your project isn’t exactly in one of these categories, it might be possible to enter in a related category.

For rules on how to format your paper go to this web page. Then click on your category to see the requirements. (They are basically all the same.) On the date of registration be sure to write under “Student Ambassador” the name of one of the Midwood recruiters: Chukwunonso Nwasike, Christopher Ayala, M. Tasnim Kabir, or Raquel Hosein.

2014 Brooklyn Frontiers in Science Public Lecture

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

The Brooklyn Subsection of the American Chemical Society and the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering present a free lecture to the public.

Professor Jacqueline K. Barton
Signaling through DNA
Brooklyn Frontiers in Science Lecture

Thursday, April 3, 2014
5:30–7:00 PM

Pfizer Auditorium
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
5 Metrotech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201

We think of the DNA double helix as the library of the cell, encoding all that we are. But DNA can also serve as a conduit for the flow of electrons, a medium for signaling. Like a stack of copper pennies, the stack of DNA base pairs is conductive. Recent experiments have shown that DNA can serve as a conduit for the transport of electrons over long molecular distances. We can use this to chemistry design sensitive DNA-based diagnostic sensors. Nature uses this chemistry to find where DNA is damaged and in need of repair — an important mechanism in maintaining our genetic library against the damage associated with aging, cancer, and oxidative stress.

Dr. Jacqueline K. Barton is the Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. She is a native New Yorker. Barton was awarded the A.B. summa cum laude at Barnard College in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Columbia University in 1978 in the laboratory of Stephen J. Lippard. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Bell Laboratories and Yale University with Robert G. Shulman, she became an assistant professor at Hunter College. In 1983, she returned to Columbia University, becoming an professor of chemistry and biological sciences. In the fall of 1989, she joined the faculty at Caltech. In 2009, she began her term as Chair of the Division. Dr. Barton has won many prestigious awards, including the 2010 National Medal of Science from President Obama.

If you are interested in attending, please register here. Midwood Science Research students will receive extra credit if they submit the public lecture assignment to their supervising teacher the day after. An attendance photo will also be taken.

The PhysicsBowl Approaches

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 by for Extra Credit.

The PhysicsBowl is a competition for high school students and schools. Each year, approximately 10,000 students take a 40 question, 45 minute timed, multiple choice test under their school’s supervision. Students compete in Division I (first-year physics students) or Division II (second-year physics students). Students and schools compete against each other by geographical region. (Specialized math and science schools are treated as a separate region.) Awards are given to the top students and schools in a division and region.

The questions for the PhysicsBowl are taken from high school physics classes at all levels (conceptual physics, AP Physics B/C, modern physics, etc.). It is NOT expected that any one student or school will have covered all the topics on the test. Practice exams can be printed out or taken online.

The 2014 PhysicsBowl will be administered at Midwood period 9–10, Wednesday, April 9 in room A320. Mr. Spergel is coordinating this event. Registration instructions will be emailed to all research students. Space is limited. Interested students should register and take the practice tests as soon as possible.

2014 New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) Awards

Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by for Awards, ISEF, NYCSEF.

NYCSEF First Award and Intel ISEF Alternate

NYCSEF Second Award

NYCSEF Third Award

Additional Awards

Gene Therapy: A Forever Fix

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

This event has no public webpage.
Click the image above to read the
dust jacket for Dr. Lewis’s latest book.

Ricki Lewis is a science writer with a PhD in genetics. She is author of the true story The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It, the college textbook Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, co-author of two human anatomy and physiology textbooks, and has also published a short genetics book, an essay collection, a novel about stem cells, and more than 3,000 articles. She also writes the Public Library of Science (PLoS), Medscape Medical News, Scientific American, the Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum, the Genetics Society of America and the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation. She is a genetic counselor at CareNet Medical Group in Schenectady, NY, and teaches Genethics online for the PhD program at the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College. Dr. Lewis is a frequent public speaker and lives near Schenectady, New York.

Gene Therapy: A Forever Fix
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
43rd Annual Nelson Rosenthal Convocation
New York University — Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
60 Washington Square South, New York NY 10002

Contact Ms. Ross if you would like to go. Attend, listen, and take notes. Retain your admission ticket, program, or any other handout given at the lecture. Have your photo taken at the event by a teacher or other approved attendance taker. Complete this assignment while the lecture is still fresh in your mind. Bring the completed, typed assignment to your supervising teacher with proof of attendance to your next meeting. Be prepared to answer additional questions.

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