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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 by for Science Fair.

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Midwood Science sweeps Brooklyn College on Science Research Day

Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

No, we didn’t clean the campus. Brooklyn College has enough paid professionals to do that without our help.

Brooklyn College Science Research Day is the annual, campus-wide science fair held at the end of the spring semester. Posters are presented by Brooklyn College undergraduate and graduate students — and also by students from partner high schools in the borough. More than one hundred posters were exhibited in the Brooklyn College Student Center on Friday, May 9, 2014. The other meaning of "sweep" is to win every award in a contest. Every award in the High School Division at Brooklyn College Research Day was won by a Midwood Science student in 2014 — an unprecedented accomplishment.

First Place: High School Division

  • Xin Yi Chen
    Project: Fermented Food Waste and Plant Growth: A Greenhouse Study
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Brooklyn College
  • Allen Barbarovic
    Project: Link Between Systemic Cobalamin Deficiency and CNS Demyelination in a CD320/TCblR KO Mouse Model
    Mentor: Dr. Edward V. Quadros, Department of Biochemistry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Second Place: High School Division

  • Raquel Hosein
    Project: Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy
    Mentor:Dr. Jonathan Viventi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Third Place: High School Division

  • Chris Ayala
    Project: Encoding Information with Light’s Angular Momentum
    Mentor: Dr. Giovanni Milione, Department of Physics (Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers), City College

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2014 ACT-SO: Midwood wins big

Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

The New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACT-SO is an enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among under-served minority high school students. Near the end of every academic year, ACT-SO students participate in an "Olympics of the Mind".

On Monday, May 5, 2014 at St. Francis College, Midwood received 7 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 2 bronze medals, and 2 ambassador awards — more than any prior year. We also entered in more categories than ever before — the sciences (of course), visual arts, performing arts, and humanities. (The only category we missed was business.) All medalists receive an honoraria from a New York City branch of the NAACP (Brooklyn, Mid-Manhattan, or Williamsbridge). Gold medalists go on to compete in the National ACT-SO in Las Vegas July 19–23, 2014.

  • Chris Ayala received a Gold Medal in Physics for his project "Encoding Information with Light’s Angular Momentum". Chris worked under the supervision of Dr. Giovanni Milione in the Department of Physics at City College. Chris also received an Ambassador of the Year award for his exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter.
  • Yasmine Brown-Williams received a Bronze Medal in Medicine for her project "The Effect of a High-Fat Diet on Whole-Body and Muscle Insulin Resistance". Yasmine worked under the supervision of Dr. Kathleen Axen in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Samuel Genchikmakher received a Silver Medal in Instrumental, Classical for his piano performance of "La campanella" by Franz Liszt.
  • Stefanie Henry received a Gold Medal in Medicine for her project "Promoting Repair of Damaged Corticospinal Tract". Stefanie worked under the supervision of Dr. John (Jack) Martin in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at City College.
  • Raquel Hosein received a Gold Medal in Engineering for her project "Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy". Raquel worked under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Viventi at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.
  • Mosammed Tasnin Kabir received a Gold Medal in Microbiology for her project "Anti-cancer peptide PNC-27 associates with Mitochondria in Cancer Cells". Tasnin worked under the supervision of Dr. Josef Michl in the Department of Pathology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Anna Li received a Silver Medal in Painting for her work entitled "Desdemona". Anna worked under the supervision of Mr. Jonathan Pincus in the Department of Art and Music at Midwood High School.
  • Chukwunonso Nwasike received a Gold Medal in Short Story for a composition entitled "1862". Nonso worked under the supervision of Mr. Peter Vilbig in the English Department at Midwood High School. Nonso also received an Ambassador of the Year award for his exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter.
  • Akeem Pinnock received a Gold Medal in Medicine for his project "Iron’s Involvement in the Diagnosis of Lupus". Akeem worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Gabrielle Rios received a Gold Medal in Drawing for her work entitled "Many Leaves, One Tree". She also received a Bronze Medal in Painting for her work entitled "España". Gabrielle worked under the supervision of Mr. Jonathan Pincus in the Department of Art and Music at Midwood High School.

If you think so … Then ACT-SO !

Registration day at PS 84 on the Upper West Side.

   

Competition day selfie at the
Wingate High School campus.

Presentation of awards at St. Francis College.

 

The always dynamic President of ACT-SO,
Mr. Anton Tomlinson speaks to the medal winners.

   

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Junior PowerPoint Schedule

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 by for Juniors.

Here’s the tentative schedule for PowerPoint pesentations. Please notify me immediately of any conflicts. If I have accidentally scheduled you on a legitimately bad day (like an AP exam) you should swap that day with someone else (and let me know about it, of course).

  A115   A219  
Monday
May 12
Jacquelyne Gilman
 
Mosley
 
   
 
Tuesday
May 13
Patrice Sanderson
Marisol Morales
Mosley
Mosley
Jocelyn Yeung
Valeriya Falkovich
Elert
Elert
Wednesday
May 14
Melissa Lee
Meghan Ng
Mosley
Elert
Shanna Huang
Emily Tung
Sullivan
Sullivan
Thursday
May 15
Mohammed Hasan
Saba Sakhi
Elert
Mosley
Isheta Khanom
Taulant Kastrati
Sullivan
Sullivan
Friday
May 16
Hussain Bokhari
Xiaoyan Hu
Elert
Mosley
Zainab Iqbal
Syeda Hillary
Sullivan
Sullivan
Monday
May 19
Michael Divgun
Sandra Lin
Elert
Mosley
Colleen Chasteau
Rosa Basevich
Sullivan
Sullivan
Tuesday
May 20
Vivian Cheng
Lucy Lin
Mosley
Mosley
Richard Wu
Charlynn Trish Ben
Elert
Sullivan
Wednesday
May 21
Jing Wei Hu
Wenli Wang
Elert
Mosley
Dina Deng
Jessica Yip
Sullivan
Sullivan
Thursday
May 22
Carmine See
Cindy Chee
Mosley
Mosley
Muhammad Abdulla
Yukie Wong
Elert
Elert
Friday
May 23
Raymond Yu
Monique Powell
Elert
Elert
Rolens Ambroise
Aarin Chase
Sullivan
Sullivan

Last Updated: Thursday, May 8

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A message to all juniors

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

Juniors,

There are 3 important dealines approaching …

  • Submit the final draft of your NYCSEF Research Plan to your supervising teacher before he or she leaves the building on Friday, May 2, 2014.
  • Submit the first draft of your PowerPoint Presentation by email to Mr. Elert before midnight Sunday, May 4, 2014. (PowerPoints only. No Open Office, Google Docs, Apple Keynote, or Prezi files.) Submit the final draft the same way before midnight Sunday, May 11, 2014.

You also need to check the calendar. Everyone must see their supervising teacher next week. (I am having my juniors schedule themselves. See me on Wednesday, May 7 or Thursday, May 8, period 4, 7, 8, or 9 — your choice.) Topics for discussion include …

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Lab logs for April (if you forgot to bring them to the last meeting)
  • 1.05 (Your supervising teacher has records of your lab logs and a confirmation email. The only new paperwork you need is a completed course change form.)

Some other important days …

 
 
 

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A message to all seniors

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

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 …

  • Service Sheets
  • Evidence that you have almost completed entering the Google Science Fair (if you are entering)
  • Paperwork for the change to a weighted class (if you are still working in a lab)
    • lab logs for each month of this marking period (February, March, April) showing 16 hours of work per month (on average)
    • a completed course change form

We will discuss …

 
 
 

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The World Science Festival needs you

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

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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.

  • Natural photos are those that involve everyday situations that may demonstrate a variety of physics concepts.
  • Contrived photos are those that are set up to show a particular physics concept or related set of concepts.

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.

           
           
           
           

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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!

  • Kharene Gittens
    Project: Removing lead and arsenic from contaminated soil.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Samuel Genchikmakher
    Project: Effect of an audience on the calling behavior of monk parakeets.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Tasnim Halim
    Project: Myiopsitta monachus, the monk parakeet, prefers Rosaceae, fruit tree wood, for nest construction.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Jeffrey Tsui
    Project: Brooklyn monk parakeets respond to recorded alarm calls from Florida, Uruguay, and Brazil.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

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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)

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