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Students needed for the 2016 Physics Bowl

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Midwood will be administering the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Physics Bowl sometime between March 30 and April 15. Participants in this competition take a 45 minute, 40 question multiple choice test written by the AAPT. This event is open to all students who are currently enrolled in an AP Physics class. Awards are given to the top students and the top schools in a geographic region. All research students who participate will receive extra credit. If you are interested in this event, contact Mr. Spergel through PupilPath or email hspergel@schools.nyc.gov. He will give you information on how to register and how to take the practice exam online. The actual exam will be administered period 9 on a date to be determined.

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5 Day DNA Science Camp

Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Are you interested in molecular genetics and modern biotechnology? Do you wish you had more time in the lab at school? Do you want to learn more about DNA? Join fellow students for a 5 day DNA Science Camp at the Harlem DNA Lab during Spring Break. High School students in grades 9–12 who have successfully completed Living Environment are eligible to apply. This camp is FREE for NYC public school students.

DNA Science Camp provides extensive lab experience with the basic techniques of recombinant DNA, including DNA restriction and ligation, bacterial transformation and plasmid isolation. Participants perform the entire lab sequence from the popular DNA Science text and will receive their own copy of the text to keep.

Apply now to attend DNA Science Camp at the Harlem DNA Lab. Students selected to participate must attend all five days April 25–29, 2016. Lunch and a metro card will be provided. Space is limited. Online applications must be completed by Friday, March 11. All supporting documents (media release, parent consent form, and teacher letter of support) are due by Tuesday, March 15. Email questions to ESC@schools.nyc.gov.

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Urooj Ansari appears on GMA with Bill and Melinda Gates

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by for Media.

Midwood Science student Urooj Ansari appeared on the ABC News television program Good Morning America (GMA) Wednesday, February 24 alongside the billionaire philanthropist couple Bill and Melinda Gates. The Gates family set out their goals for 2016 in an open letter. This year’s inspiration came from a group of high school students in Kentucky. "If you could have one superpower, what would it be?" Melinda and Bill replied, "More time" and "More energy".

We are dedicating this year’s letter to talking about the opportunities we see to overcome these often overlooked challenges. We’re writing to high school students because you’re the ones who will ultimately be solving these problems. (Our interests in time and energy are separate from our foundation’s work on health and poverty. But it’s all related. Solving these problems will make it easier to save lives and make the world a more equitable place.)

Urooj was selected by the New York Academy of Science to appear with the Gateses on GMA for her work with the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program under their Global STEM Alliance.

Urooj Ansari is doing incredibly well in the program and has become an example mentee for our students. Urooj might be a great voice for our program and will be able to serve as a pillar of encouragement to other younger students….

Group photo from the GMA website showing students with Bill and Melinda Gates and GMA host Robin Roberts
Midwood Science student Urooj Ansari (more or less in the center at sixth from left) with Bill and Melinda Gates, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, and other students representing the New York Academy of Science.

Meet with FAA engineers

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2016 by for Everyone, Lectures.

In honor of Engineers’ Week, representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Terminal Design Center will be at Midwood on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Discussion will center on careers in engineering and what it’s like to work for the federal government. The meeting will take place in room A117 during period 9. All students are welcome to attend.

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NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

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Interested in science research opportunities for high school students in NYC? The NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium of programs offer a chance to work closely with a scientist, collect and analyze data, present at conferences, and more. Here are some of their partner programs relevant to students in Science Research. Pay attention to the fast-approaching deadlines.

  • Center for K12 STEM Education logoApplied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) is a 7-week summer program at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. This selective program is for academically strong, current 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program includes 3 weeks of college level coursework, 4 weeks in a high level research experience in one of several faculty labs, and mentoring in that placement by a graduate or postdoctoral student. Follow this link for a list of possible placements in 2016. Application Deadline: March 1, 2016.
  • Columbia University logoBrain Research Apprenticeships In New York At Columbia (BRAINYAC) is a mentored research program for 10th–12th graders run by the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The program aims to open the resources of the Columbia University neuroscience community to a wider audience by placing high school students in neuroscience laboratories at Columbia University Medical Center for four weeks of mentored research. Students undergo training in basic lab skills and neuroscience fundamentals during Saturday afternoon sessions in the months preceding their laboratory placement. Enrollment is done through the State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP) at Columbia University Medical Center. Application Deadline: March 11, 2016.
  • CUNY/CREST logoHigh School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth Systems Science & Engineering (HIRES) is a 7 week summer program of the CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System (CREST) Institute at City College. It offers high school students entering grades 10–12 an opportunity to work closely with scientists in the field and in labs, collect, analyze, and interpret (mostly satellite) data, present at conferences, and more. CREST research focuses on all aspects of remote sensing and topics include global climate studies, atmosphere and weather, water resources and land processes, and ocean and coastal waters. All students that complete the entire program will receive a $800 stipend and 3 college credits. Application Deadline: March 15, 2016.
  • AMNH logoScience Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) offers high school students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects lead by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Students interested in getting accepted for this science research experience must first take three After School Program Science Research courses offered at the museum. These courses prepare students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for doing science research. Students can choose between two concentration areas: Physical Sciences or Life Sciences. Application Deadline: April 1, 2016.
  • Wave Hill logoWoodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) provides current freshman, sophomores, and juniors a unique opportunity to work with local ecologists and participate in ecological research projects. This program is coordinated by the Wave Hill public garden and cultural center in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. Students work 30 hours a week during the summer and meet on Saturdays during the school year. Application Deadline: April 3, 2016.

40% of finalists in new STEM competition are Midwood Science students

Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Teptu is an organization dedicated to promoting educational opportunities and fostering awareness in both entrepreneurship and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).​ Teptu Brink is a new STEM competition open to students from New York City and South Africa. The 48 NYC finalists were announced on Friday, February 12, 2016 including 19 from Midwood. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 40% for the home team. The Teptu Brink finals event will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Baruch College.

Teptu. NYC & South Africa. Young Leaders Changing the World.

  • Yusra AbdurRob
    Project: "Photoreceptor layer thickness in Parkinson’s disease during circadian rhythm."
    Mentor: Dr. Ivan Bodis-Wollner, Department of Neurology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Urooj Ansari
    Project: "The physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis."
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Kieran Bissessar
    Project: "A new perspective on the lupus malady."
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Leutrim Cahani
    Project: "The role of vitamin D in Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection in human epithelial cells."
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Xiao Jun (Gloria) Cao
    Project: "The effect of tenofovir on bone homeostasis."
    Mentor: Dr. Bruce Cronstein, Department of Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Matthew Chung
    Project: "Effects of multiple-episode neonatal sevoflurane treatment on adult behavior."
    Mentor: Dr. Ira Kass, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Quetourah Dalencourt
    Project: "How does peer pressure affect one’s perception of beauty?"
    Mentor: Dr. Denis Pelli, Department of Psychology, New York University
  • Michelle Do
    Project: "Location dependent properties of LTP and LTD-like synaptic activity on action potential generation assayed in NEURON."
    Mentor: Dr. Juan Marcos Alarcon, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Xiao Ying Huang
    Project: "Effective synthesis of cyclooctyne compounds: Cyclization and purification of cyclooctynes and a tricarbonyl iron (0) vinylketene complex."
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Emily Hui
    Project: "Paternal investment in male-pregnant pipefish Syngnathus fuscus."
    Mentor: Dr. Tony Wilson, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Sana Ilyas
    Project: "Simulating the TBR1/CASK protein interface to understand risk for autism spectrum disorder."
    Mentor: Dr. Richard Bonneau, Department of Biology, New York University
  • Rumsha Javed
    Project: "DNA-damage induced and p53-dependent nucleolin translocation in breast cancer cells."
    Mentor: Dr. Anjana D. Saxena, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Jessica Lauv
    Project: "To utilize a new lithium reagent derivative to produce hydrazone vinyl ketenes to create steroids."
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Shang (Chris) Lee
    Project: "The mechanisms of hydralazine and quinidine on lupus."
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Nga Ying Lo
    Project: "Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketenes."
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Christine Ly
    Project: "Capturing cancer cells with the use of microfluidic chips."
    Mentor: Dr. Weiqiang Chen, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Maya Miller
    Project: "Grain v. liquid culture in growing mycelium in contaminated soil."
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Max Miloslavsky
    Project: "MYEXOHAND."
    Mentor: Dr. Victoria Bill, Department of Student Programs, Cooper Union
  • Shanayah Renois
    Project: "Nitrendipine reduces agar invasion in Candida albicans."
    Mentor: Dr. Peter Lipke, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College

Kai Saunders advances to Finals at 2016 JSHS

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016 by for Awards, JSHS.

Congratulations to Kai Saunders for her First Place win in the category of Earth and Space Science at the 2016 New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). Kai moves on to the finals round Saturday, February 27. Joshua Pilipovsky received Third Place in the category of Physics.

The JSHS Semifinals were held at York College in Jamaica, Queens on Sunday, February 7, 2017. Individual students compete at JSHS for scholarships and recognition by presenting original research projects before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Midwood entered 11 students and had 7 semifinalists this year.

  1. Kai Saunders
    was a finalist and received First Place for her project "Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts." Kai worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  2. Joshua Pilipovsky
    was a semifinalist and received Third Place for his project "Accuracy of the Ising approximation in quantum computation." Josh worked under the supervision of Dr. Vladimir Tsifrinovich in the Department of Applied Physics at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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Midwood’s 7 JSHS Semifinalists: Kieran Bissessar, Joshua Pilipovsky, Nga Ying Lo, Victor Lee, Kai Saunders, Quetourah Dalencourt, Christine Ly

  1. Kieran Bissessar
    was a semifinalist for his project "A new perspective on the lupus malady." Kieran worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  2. Quetourah Dalencourt
    was a semifinalist for her project "How does peer pressure affect one’s perception of beauty?" Quetourah worked under the supervision of Dr. Denis Pelli in the Department of Psychology at New York University.
  3. Victor Lee
    was a semifinalist for his project "Variations and similarities of nest construction behaviors amongst monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) of identical and different nest sites." Victor worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  4. Nga Ying Lo
    was a semifinalist for her project "Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketenes." Nga Ying worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  5. Christine Ly
    was a semifinalist for her project "Capturing cancer cells with the use of microfluidic chips." Christine worked under the supervision of Dr. Weiqiang Chen in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Midwood Science dominates again at St. Joseph’s College

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 marked the 21st High School Poster Session for scientific research at St. Joseph’s College New York. Midwood Science students excelled once again, collecting half of all the awards — one first place, one second place, and five honorable mentions.

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  1. Mie Abouelkheir
    was awarded First Prize and a $75 Amazon gift card for her project "How does the type of substrate affect the size of monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) nests?" Mie worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  2. Bilal Azhar
    was awarded Second Prize and a $50 Amazon gift card for his project "Comparison of heat to work conversion in first order and second order magnets." Bilal worked under the supervision of Dr. Karl Sandeman in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
Mie Abouelkheir Bilal Azhar
  1. Urooj Ansari
    was awarded Honorable Mention for her project "The physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis." Urooj worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  2. Leutrim Cahani
    was awarded Honorable Mention for his project "The role of vitamin D in Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection in human epithelial cells." Leutrim worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  3. Nga Ying Lo
    was awarded Honorable Mention for her project "Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketenes." Nga Ying worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  4. Joshua Pilipovsky
    was awarded Honorable Mention for his project "Accuracy of the Ising approximation in quantum computation." Josh worked under the supervision of Dr. Vladimir Tsifrinovich in the Department of Applied Physics at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
  5. Kai Saunders
    was awarded Honorable Mention for her project "Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts." Kai worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
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Updated Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2016 by for Juniors.

Junior Teacher Assignments — Spring 2016
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley
Mahmoud Abouelkheir Amna Aslam
Aruba Areej Zenab Jamil
Noor Asif Jasleen Kaur
Angela Baraker Sophia Khoja
Ruthbernick Bastien Pauletta Lazarevskiy
Rachel Chen Erica Levin
Michelle Fogel Lilin Liu
Michael Grandel Danielle LoPresti
Danielle Itshaik Hui Yi Fiona Ng He
Bitan Kar Jennifer Phu
Brianna Ku Marzana Rafa
Vivian Luu Zainab Salahudin
Nomon Mohammad Elizabeth Skapley
Abeer Naeem Hufsa Tasnim
Allan Nosov Whitney Wong
Marco Ramirez Wensi Wu
Minna Zeldin Yang Fan (Angel) Zou

3 Midwood students receive Intel STS badges

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Three Midwood students received digital badges for their entries in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search. The Society for Science and the Public in partnership with the Intel Foundation awards digital badges to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment, and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.

  • Rumsha Javed
    received a Research Report Badge for her project "DNA-damage induced and p53-dependent nucleolin translocation in breast cancer cells." Rumsha worked under the supervision of Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Sabrina Bernstein
    received a Research Report Badge for her project "Autism and its impact on siblings". Sabrina worked under the supervision of Mr. Daniel Krieger in the Social Science Research program at Midwood High School
  • Leutrim Cahani
    received a Student Initiative Badge for his project "The role of vitamin D in Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection in human epithelial cells." Leutrim worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
Intel STS Research Report Badge
An Intel STS Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based upon his or her own independent science research.
Intel STS Student Initiative Badge
An Intel STS Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in his or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her.
Intel STS Entrant Badge
To earn an Intel STS Entrant Badge, all portions of the application must be completed at the high level expected, provide complete and thoughtful responses, and accurately cite sources and not claim the work of others.
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