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NYCSEF Showcases Young Scientists

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 by for Media, NYCSEF.

Students across New York City schools, private and public, were able to showcase their creativity and intelligence through their experiments in the yearly New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSWEF) preliminary round, which was under way on Sunday, March 5 in City College.

“This fair ultimately isn’t about winning. It’s that you know what your talking about and a project you worked hard on is heard,” said Angel Zou ’17.

Seven hornets were accepted to participate in the finals. Mahmoud Abouelkheir ’17 and Amna Aslam ’17 in the category microbiology, Lilin Liu ’17 and Allan Nosov ’17 in the category earth and environmental sciences, Vivian Luu ’17 in the category chemistry, Nomon Mohammad ’17 in the category engineering and Minna Zeldin ’17 in the category medicine and health science qualified. The finals will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at the museum of natural history. Then, those finalists will have the opportunity of competing in nationals located in Los Angeles.

“This is an amazing chance to showcase all the hard work students put in and the broad range of topics that science covers,” said Mahmoud Abouelkheir ’17. “everyone can learn something new from this fair.”

Some projects were printed out on large posters, while others were on tri-boards. Each experiment had an introduction (background research), a hypothesis, a data, an analysis of that data, and a conclusion.

This fair had a specific judging system. Each experiment was assigned 3 judges and they asked questions based on the experiment’s methodology. Student scientists weren’t allowed to move away from their project until they were evaluated by the judges.

Mahmoud’s project was titled Intra Microcolony Spatial Positioning Affects Antibiotic Susceptibility In Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. This complex project tested the physical properties of bacteria.

Group photo at the front of Shepard Hall

“The purpose of this kind of fair is to get students involved in taking part in something big,” said Minna Zeldin ’17, “the fair allows students to present information and discoveries that might turn into something much bigger in the future.”

Minna created an experiment that tried to prove that DNA strands can move around from cell to cell in search of a specific marker that is found on cancer cells.

Angel Zou ’17 partnered with Whitney Wong ’17 created an experiment that uses microscopic water dwelling organisms called tardigrade to see how they affect E. coli.

“One can’t become a scientist without acting first. This fair gives students the opportunity to work in labs and become mini scientists,” said Angel Zou ’17.

Many people came to observe the science fair. Md Hoque ’18 and his friends were astonished by all the different, elaborate experiments. Md mainly focused on the biology section because he is currently working on a project where he uses a fungi, a yeast, to clean tap water and get rid of the pharmaceutical drugs found in it. He is trying to find a way to insert human liver enzymes into yeast and have them metabolize the drugs inside New York tap water. The goal of this project is to cleanse the water so marine species don’t die.

Hoque ’18 said, “every single project has their unique future implications, whether it’s creating a safer traveling regime for vaccines or making us age slower or even helping to find a cure cancer. Plus we are most likely going to continue our projects and aid in real world issues.”

This research competition was sponsored by the New York City Department of Education and the City University of New York (CUNY).

NYCSEF isn’t the only fair for the next generation to try to make a difference. Seniors are preparing for the next competition, Teptu STEM Research Conference, which will take place on Monday, April 3.

Written by Jonathan Krimgold and Klyve Morisseau (Class of 2018).
This article originally appeared in the March 2017 edition of Argus.

7 Midwood students advance to NYCSEF finals

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by for Awards, NYCSEF.

The New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) is the city’s largest high school research competition. More than 700 students from around the city submitted applications in 2017. The top 130 projects were selected to advance to the Finals Round on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the American Museum of Natural History. Midwood High School sent 7 students to this year’s competition under the big blue whale. Awards will be presented on Friday, March 31, 2017 in the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College 4:00–6:00 PM.

7 students arranged around a large lunar globe
Vivian Luu, Amna Aslam, Nomon Mohammad, Allan Nosov,
Mahmoud Abouelkeir, Minna Zeldin, Lilin Liu

  • Mahmoud Abouelkheir
    "Intra-microcolony spatial positioning affects antibiotic susceptibility in Neisseria gonorrhoeae." Mahmoud worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Amna Aslam
    "Role of nucleolar stress factors in DNA damage response." Amna worked under the supervision of Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Vivian Luu
    "A variable temperature study of the conductivity and activation energy of aqueous solutions of VOSO4 in 1 M TFSA." Vivian worked under the supervision of Mr. Domenec Paterno and Dr. Sophia Suarez in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
  • Lilin Liu
    "The effectiveness of x‑ray fluorescence on lead contaminated vegetables." Lilin worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Nomon Mohammad
    "Anthraquinone as an effective electrolyte for redox flow batteries." Nomon worked under the supervision of Mr. Domenec Paterno and Dr. Sophia Suarez in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
  • Allan Nosov
    "Lapse rate analysis — model versus observations." Allan worked under the supervision of Dr. Brian Vant-Hull in the office of NOAA-CREST at City College.
  • Minna Zeldin
    "Circuit amplification with DNA strand displacement cascade for the evolution of cell surfaces." Minna worked under the supervision of Dr. Sergei Rudchenko in the Department of Flow Cytometry at Hospital for Special Surgery.

The big blue whale suspended over the Millstein Hall of Ocean Science
Under the big blue whale

Apply now for a STEM Matters NYC summer program

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

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The STEM Matters NYC initiative offers authentic, experiential, hands-on science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) enrichment programs for schools, teachers, and students to promote and reinforce science knowledge and practices, strengthen science teaching, and build schools’ capacity to support students pursuing careers in STEM fields.

Programs for high school students are at the NYC DOE’s Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education with connections to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and SUNY Old Westbury. Programs feature 2-week camps, high school internships, and a 4-week college credit bearing course. Programs run during July and August. Application deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017. High school programs require applicants to submit a Teacher Letter of Support, which is due on Monday, April 3. Click here to apply.

Plants and Society

An Introduction to Plants and Their Importance in Society is a lecture/laboratory course in plants and society. This course will introduce students to the diversity of form and function in plants. It will emphasize sustainability and plants’ importance in society. Group and individual projects will include the use of light and dissecting microscopes, study of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, cultivation of common vegetables, and exploration of vegetation. Students who have successfully completed Living Environment are invited to apply. Students who successfully pass this course will earn 4 SUNY College credits.

Earth Climate Institute

Have you ever wondered how scientists study Earth’s changing climate? Did you know that NASA has a lot to do with it? Learn how NASA contributes to our understanding of climate by participating in the Earth Climate Institute. Students will explore climate change through the lens of NASA’s Earth Observing System, discover how remote sensing works, learn how the Earth Observing System satellites collect data, and use computer programs to investigate the meaning of the data. Students will also visit NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to learn about careers at NASA and meet the scientists who are doing this research. On the final day of the Institute, students will take a simulated mission to the International Space Station, putting all they have learned to the test, as they work as a team to solve a developing crisis in Earth’s orbit to complete their mission and return safely back to Earth.

Internship

  • Environmental Study Center
  • July and August; multiple sessions available
  • Teaching Assistant 8:30–3:30 every day
  • Animal Care and Gardener Internship 8:30–1:30 every day

The Environmental Study Center (ESC) is looking for responsible, motivated, and energetic high school students to participate in an exciting internship opportunity. ESC offers a variety of internships including teacher assistants, gardeners, and animal care providers. Interns will create and complete a culminating project at the end of the internship. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a certificate verifying the number of hours worked and the contributions made to ESC.

Internship

Are you a high school student experienced with LEGO Mindstorms? Do you want to help teach younger students how to use it? The NYC Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE) is looking for responsible, motivated, and energetic high school students to participate in an exciting internship opportunity. Our weekly camps have an aerospace and robotics theme. Selected interns will work with elementary and middle school campers using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotic kits, and will create and lead a LEGO Mindstorms activity as a culminating project. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a certificate verifying the number of hours worked and the contributions made to NYCCSSE.

Applications open for 2017 Joint Science and Technology Institute (free tuition)

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

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The Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) is a two-week, fully-funded, residential STEM research program for current high school students sponsored by the US Army Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Students will participate in research projects mentored by Department of Defense research scientists and other subject matter experts. The purpose of the program is to inspire and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, increase STEM literacy, and expose students to the importance of STEM through hands-on, relevant research. All expenses are paid for the students, including travel to and from the program location in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be age 15 by July 1, 2017
  • Must be entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the 2017–18 academic year
  • Must have a submitted reference to be considered. Reference requests are sent automatically from your application submission.
  • Must be willing to follow all program and safety instructions
  • Must be able to participate in all activities for the full program period, July 22 to August 4, 2017

All students are encouraged to apply, regardless of GPA. A diverse group of students will be selected. High School students apply here. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Two months to the Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 by for Science Fair.

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The 2017 Midwood Science Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Registration for judges and contestants will be set up in about a month. Add this event to your calendar and prepare your mind for an afternoon of science.

News update from Midwood Science

Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2017 by for Awards, ISEF, JSHS, Media, Ocean Science, Robotics, St. Joseph's, STS.

Here’s what we’ve been up to in 2017 so far (plus one story from 2016 I finally got around to writing). More good news is sure to follow.

Midwood collects top awards at St. Joseph’s College

Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2017 by for St. Joseph’s.

Nomon Mohammad and Hufsa Tasnim are JSHS Semifinalists

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 by for JSHS.

Robotics Team Rolls into Victory at FTC

Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2017 by for Robotics.

Ocean Science Team prepares for competiton

Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2017 by for Ocean Science.

Nomon Mohammed receives 2 badges in the 2017 Regeneron STS

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by for Awards, STS.

Urooj Ansari and Bilal Azhar appear on News 12 Brooklyn

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 by for ISEF, Media.

Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action will provide a unique platform for students, organizations, and employers to meet and learn about exciting opportunities in fields related to urban sustainability.

Topics will include local ecosystem restoration and resilience, urban transportation, tools for urban sustainability, avenues of community involvement, and the rise of citizen science. The goal of the event is to introduce high school and college students to the concept of urban sustainability and create awareness for opportunities to get engaged. Speakers include.

AP Enviromental Science students and anyone else is welcome to attend. Register through Eventbrite. Extra credit will be awarded for students who complete the usual public lecture assignment for one of the speakers.

You are invited to this Friday’s LAB Out Loud [LOL] at The Rockefeller University

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

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You are invited to this Friday’s LAB Out Loud [LOL] at The Rockefeller University — Microbial Engineers: The Science of Fermented Foods (Friday, March 10, 2017 4:30 PM–7:00 PM).

Microbes, like bacteria, yeast, and mold, are the invisible engineers of the planet. They have the power to transform rocks into minerals, logs into soil, and raw ingredients into delicious fermented foods like cheese, chocolate, and pickles. In the Wolfe lab, we use fermented foods as model systems to better understand these invisible engineers, including how microbes interact with each other and with their environments. From fungal superhighways in cheese rinds to slimy biofilms in fermented tea, our talk will highlight the surprising microbial communities living in your favorite fermented foods.

Come hear scientists Dr. Benjamin Wolfe and Elizabeth Landis from Tufts University share their work using food to study microbial ecosystems! Following the talk, students will have a chance to network with scientists and determine their microbial soul-mates through a fun activity.

This event is open to all high school students in the New York City area, free of charge! Registration must be submitted by attending high school students directly — a change from previous Lab Out Loud [LOL] events. All students under age 18 must obtain parental consent while completing the online form. Extra credit will be awarded to all students who provide proof of attendance and complete the usual assignment by the next school day.

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Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

Scholarship and standard applications have just opened up for Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro 2017.

Run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide with locations in Manhattan and Westchester County, Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro are 1-week summer day camps open to high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Students may learn more and apply by visiting campcardiac.org and campneuro.org. In addition, you may download PDF flyers by clicking on the following links:

Paper It Forward

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Sophomore research students are gearing up to submit their AP Capstone assessment to the College Board at the end of this week. Since Ms. Mosley is unable to give direct feedback, we would like juniors and seniors to help the sophomores with their papers. Each junior/senior will work with 2 two sophomores, go over their paper, and help them edit it against a provided rubric.

This activity will take place Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16 during period 4. Each day you participate adds 1 point toward your final grade.

Please see Ms. Mosley by the end of the day today if you are interested and available.

NYU summer research program

Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2017 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

The Center for K12 STEM Education at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is accepting applications for our fourth cohort of NYC high school students to participate in Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE), a free summer research program in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. In addition to performing authentic research while being mentored by a graduate student and/or faculty member in a faculty lab on NYU’s campus, students are taught public speaking skills, complete a presentation on their work, and learn about the history and ethics of science and research. Some of the previous ninety ARISE participants have continued their research into the school year, co-authored scientific papers, attended professional conferences, or entered science competitions based on their work.

Please forward this email directly to eligible students and interested adults. The application deadline is 5PM, March 1st, 2017.

We are looking for:

  • New York City residents who are currently in 10th or 11th grade.
  • Academically prepared, highly motivated students.
  • Applicants with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Students who will attend the entire program, full time, from July 5, 2017 to August 18, 2017.
  • Responsible students who have demonstrated:an ability to make and fulfill commitments, timeliness and persistence.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the program’s website here.

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Junior teacher assignments for the spring semester

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 by for Juniors.

Junior teacher assignments, Spring 2017
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley
Aysheh Barqawi Noran Abo Donia
Linda Chen Nadine Adham
Joyce Chow Fern Bromley
Yiming Dai Rafaella Bruzual
Jennifer Duong Oran Chak
Hafsa Fatima Dan Hong Chen
Ellen Gyulbudaghyan Sarah Elmosbah
Judy Huang Ramy Fata
Hebah Jihad Jose Guzman
Elizabeth Joseph Md Hoque
Charles Kambourakis Calvin Huynh
Sabina Kubayeva Saba Iqbal
Albina Kukic Shakila Islam
Ivy Li Shanjida Kamal
Wendy Lliguichuzhca Beien Lin
Gabrielle Milman Shawal Malik
Naila Mirza Giuseppina Mammoliti
Christina Ng Kathy Mania
Benjamin Nguyen Evelyn Martinez
Katie Nikishina Alice Mo
Olexandr Pustovoyt Emily Orman
Soanne Saint Victor Savlatjon Rahmatulloev
Aushna Saleem Jessica Rakhamim
Rianna Segal Alma Samarxhiu
Allan Shikh Leah Shteinberg
David Shikh Iryna Svezhenets
Vincent Wang Eddie Xu
Mei Mei Weng Joanna Yan
Andrew Zhang Michelle Zinger
Jessie Zheng  

Nomon Mohammed receives 2 badges in the 2017 Regeneron STS

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by for Awards, STS.

Midwood Science senior Nomon Mohammad received two digital badges for his entry in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS). The Society for Science and the Public in partnership with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals awards digital badges to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment, and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills as part of the STS. Nomon was awarded the Research Report Badge for "a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report" and the Student Initiative Badge for "extraordinary effort and dedication in pursuit of scientific research" and "great accomplishments relative to the resources available".

Nomon worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College. The title of his project was "Anthraquinone as an effective electrolyte for redox flow batteries". Dr. Suarez has been a strong supporter of high school science research having worked with 31 Midwood students in the past 8 years (and with students from Murrrow, Madison, and elsewhere). Mr. Paterno is an outstanding undergraduate student with past degree work and professional experience in economics and mathematics education. Extra thanks to Dr. Suarez and Mr. Paterno.

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The Science Talent Search is as old as Midwood — 75 years. The STS has been sponsored by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation (1942–1998), the Intel Corporation (1998–2016), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (2016–????). You will sometimes hear old-timers refer to the STS as "The Westinghouse" or "The Intel". Some even call the Science Research program at Midwood by these names — but they shouldn’t. We are Midwood Science Research.

2017 DNA Day Essay Contest

Posted on Sunday, January 8, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

The question for this year’s American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) DNA Day Essay Contest is now available. This competition is ideal for AP Biology students (current or former) or research students interning in a lab focused on genetics — especially genetics as it relates to medicine.

Question: In the early 1990s, gene therapy was hailed as a potential treatment or cure for many genetic diseases and conditions. Unfortunately, problems during clinical trials, including the death of a patient due to a fatal immune reaction, forced scientists to re-think their strategies. Recent advances in biology have made gene therapy more promising than ever and expanded the field beyond its original concept of providing an additional, functional copy of a malfunctioning gene to specific cells. Choose one modern example of gene therapy (since 2005), describe the disease or condition researchers are attempting to treat, and explain how the therapy/approach might repair the underlying cause of the disease or condition.

Have a quick read of the 2017 contest rules, rubric, and deadlines before beginning. This contest is open to students in grades 9–12 worldwide. Essays must be written in English and are limited to 750 words, not including references. (Essays must include at least one reference. More than one reference is recommended.) Entries must be authenticated by a teacher. No entries may be submitted without the approval of Ms. Ross. Essays must be submitted electronically on or before March 11, 2017. Essays are expected to be well reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the question. Each essay will be read by three judges from the ASHG.

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NYCSEF paperwork delivered

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by for NYCSEF.

At 2:30 PM today, 20 Midwood Science research papers were delivered to NYCSEF headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn. At 2:31 PM, CUNY employees tore open the white protective envelopes and began poring through the carefully prepared application materials. This is the first step in the largest science fair in New York City.

Animated GIF of a CUNY employee opening a white envelope containing a research paper for NYCSEF. A pile of similar envelopes is in the foreground.

Each year, hundreds of students from all five boroughs participate in the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF). The 2017 preliminary round is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, 2017 and will be held at City College's Shepard Hall in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan.

This year's top awards include scholarships to study at the City College of New York and Hunter College as well as an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, California to represent Team NYC at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

NYCSEF is sponsored by the New York City Department of Education and the City University of New York.

Are you ready for NYCSEF Paperwork Day?

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 12, 2016 starting period 7. All copies will be made at this time using the heavy duty photocopier in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200) or Mr. Spergel's office (A300). I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including …

See you Monday.

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NYCSEF Signature Pages

Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors, I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Wednesday, December 7, 2016 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 Monday, December 12, 2016. All photocopying will be done at Midwood with the exception of pages in your report that contain color images or diagrams. Copies of those pages are the responsibility of the student.

2017 Talking Science at The Rockefeller University

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

Let me know if you're interested in attending this event. I will register you on Thursday. A link to an online form has been emailed to you. Students are not allowed to register themselves. Please note the date and time. Do not sign up if there is even the slightest chance you will back out. Space is very limited.

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The Rockefeller University


invites your school to participate in

Talking Science

Spend a day on campus at The Rockefeller University with

Jean-Laurent Casanova, M.D., Ph.D.

pioneering immunologist, pediatrician, and geneticist, to learn how genetics plays a major role in human susceptibility to infectious diseases.


Are Infectious Diseases Only Infectious?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Rockefeller University
Caspary Auditorium
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

Talking Science is intended for high school students (preferably juniors and seniors) with a strong interest in science and their teachers only. Student attendance is limited to ten per school. Registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is provided at no cost to the school or students.

Registration opens on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Information packets will be mailed to your school in advance of the registration open date.


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Weill Cornell Medical College Annual Regional Pre­-Medical Conference

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

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Weill Cornell Medical College will conduct its Annual Regional Pre­-Medical Conference for high school and undergraduate college students on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Conference objectives include: workshops on preparing for a career in the health professions and networking opportunities with medical students, physicians, and administrators. Lunch will be provided. The conference will be held in the Uris Auditorium, 1300 York Avenue at 69th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The nearest subway is the 6 train at 68th Street–Hunter College.

Due to the large number of responses in past years, and the limited seating capacity of the auditorium, the conference organizers are requesting that guidance counselors only register students who are keenly interested and in attending the conference. High schools are being asked to register no more than 10 students per school. See Ms. Murdoch in room 134 for information on how to register through Eventbrite. The deadline for registration is Thursday, November 10, 2016. This event has no website. For more information contact Sahira Torres at sjt2003@med.cornell.edu or 212-746-3390.

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GoViral at The Rockefeller University

Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors, Sophomores.

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Come learn about viruses and other infectious diseases at a new lecture series at The Rockefeller University on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 4:30–6:30 PM. GoViral Mapping the Spread of Viruses in the Community is lecture-discussion presented by Sofia Ahsanuddin. Ms. Ahsanuddin is a researcher in the Chunra Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Mason Lab at Weill Cornell Medical College and a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College. She has been instrumental in a series of related public health projects: Pathomap, MetaSUB, and GoViral.

Pathomap is a research project by Weill Cornell Medical College to study the microbiome and metagenome of the built environment of NYC. Pathomap has since expanded into MetaSUB, a global initiative in 39 cities on six continents. "From the sidewalk to the subway pole, our cities are living laboratories of genetic information." For a quick (11 minute) summary of Pathomap and MetaSUB, watch Ms. Ahsanuddin’s 2015 TEDxCUNY presentation.

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GoViral is a community participatory research study that aims to map, monitor and measure the spread of acute respiratory infections. Participants sign up on goviralstudy.com and record survey data weekly, including information about any symptoms they may have. They are also sent a respiratory sample kit that is easy to use at home and ship back to the lab. A PCR respiratory assay is then performed to determine which viruses are present in the participant’s sample. Data gathered are presented on the project’s website in an interactive, visual display that can be used by participant’s to learn more about their own health and for researchers to learn more about public health and epidemiology (the spread of infectious diseases).

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GoViral Introductory Video
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LAB Out Loud is The Rockefeller University’s interactive, science-cafe-style discussion series designed specifically for high school students. During these events, high-profile scientists from New York City will present their cutting-edge research to a high school student audience, allowing plenty of time for questions. After the talk, students are invited to network with each other, and with a variety local scientists over snacks and refreshments.

Ms. Mosley and I have obtained 35 tickets each for this event. Students cannot register on their own or show up without a ticket. Details on how to obtain a ticket from one of us will follow in a subsequent email.

One point of extra credit will be awarded to all students who attend and complete this assignment. Submit your completed (typed) assignment to your supervising teacher at any time during the school day on Monday, November 7.

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