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Bintia Keita presents research on Tor latency at INFOCOM 2021

Posted on Friday, May 14, 2021 by for Publications.

The International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) is a venue for researchers to present and share innovative contributions in the field of networking and closely related areas. Sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) INFOCOM is a top-ranked conference on networking in the research community. The 2021 conference lasted from May 10 to May 13. Like all events this academic year it was held virtually, which seems entirely appropriate for a conference on computer networks. Midwood was fortunate to have one student present at this event — the first ever.

Monitoring Tor circuit connections Bintia Keita presented her research project "A controlled, reproducible, and extensible experiment for evaluating the impact of Tor latency". Bintia presented during the workshops on Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds (CNERT). This work was supported in part by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Center for K12 STEM Education and was supervised by Mr. Ashutosh Srivastava, Dr. Fraida Fund, and Dr. Shivendra Panwar. You can also read about Bintia’s project on her lab’s blog.

Anthony Nosoff and Taylor Leung present proposal at 2021 Metro New York MAA Meeting

Posted on Sunday, May 2, 2021 by for Publications.

Saturday, May 1 was the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) — the second to be presented in all virtual form. This year’s program consisted of 80 presentations highlighting research in mathematics, pedagogy, and technology usage. Presenters included mathematicians and industry professionals, graduate and undergraduate researchers, and high school students — including two from Midwood Science.

Conference abstract book cover Anthony Nosoff and Taylor Leung presented their proposal "Using Generative Adversarial Networks for the Production of Common Core Algebra Questions". Anthony and Taylor are free agents looking for a machine learning platform to execute their project. If you are a computer scientist and would like to be a mentor to these students, please contact Midwood Science.

Alyssa Kattan presents at 47th Annual MARM

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2019 by for Publications.

I was not aware when I started working for Dr. Alexander Greer that he'd soon be shipping me off to present at out-of-state chemistry conventions, but it came as a welcome surprise.

I started working at Dr. Greer's organic photochemistry lab at Brooklyn College in February of 2019. A late start, but a start nonetheless. In the lab, I work on the synthesis and characterization of fluorinated alkyl chain pterins. Essentially, we're trying to construct a photosensitizer using pterin and a fluorous tag that can produce singlet oxygen in a biphasic system. A biphasic system is a heterogeneous solution with an interface that mimics a cell membrane, and singlet oxygen is a reactive oxygen species notorious for disrupting basic cellular function. The production of singlet oxygen within this "cell" creates a means of studying the mobility of cytotoxins within living systems, a novel concept that we coin "fluorous biphasic photocatalysis".

"Marm" became part of my vocabulary in late March, when the word first started to flit around the lab. Time (and meetings) taught me that "Marm" was not actually a word but rather an acronym — as in the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society — and apparently, I was supposed to go.

The American Chemical Society is a national organization that seeks to unite chemists in order to advance chemistry. The regional meetings are opportunities for chemists from all over the United States to come together and share their research, almost exclusively at the collegiate and professional level. This year, MARM was being held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (a.k.a. UMBC). My professor told me that he wanted me to present my research at the convention, so I bought a blazer and off to Baltimore I went.

Sarah, a doctoral candidate presenting her own pterin research, and I were the only two representatives from Brooklyn College. I was the only high schooler at the event, which was just mildly terrifying. The convention attracted lots of local Baltimoreans, granting me the opportunity to present to some Johns Hopkins University professors — a real treat. Chatting with a few of the tech vendors that came out to market their newest products was another highlight; a gentleman from Magritek tried selling me on a benchtop NMR spectrometer, but I'm not really in the market right now.

Overall, presenting at MARM was an absolute honor. It pushed me out of my comfort zone just enough to create an experience that was equally as thrilling as it was rewarding. More importantly, I was able to gain much-valued exposure to the world of collegiate research and beyond. I'm grateful to Dr. Greer not only for trusting me enough to represent the lab, but for allowing me to take Midwood Science on a little field trip south of the (Brooklyn) border.

Written by Alyssa Kattan (Class of 2020)

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4 Midwood students present at 2019 EPA Meeting

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019 by for Publications.

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The 90th meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) was held at the Times Square Marriott Marquis Hotel over the weekend of February 28–March 2. Like most conventions, the EPA features guest speakers, workshops, and vendor booths relevant to professionals. The EPA also runs poster sessions where undergraduate and graduate students present their research projects.

This year Midwood was proud to send two teams of high school researchers to present alongside the college students. Seniors Basimah Zahid and Zuha Ahmed presented in the Clinical Psychology session. Juniors Serena Duran and Naffisat Atanda with their mentor Dr. Laura Egan presented in the Cognitive Psychology session.

The Eastern Psychological Association is the oldest of the regional psychological associations in the United States. Its purpose is to advance the science and profession of psychology through the dissemination of professional information.

  • Basimah Zahid and Zuha Ahmed (Clinical Psychology)
    Project: Child maltreatment, adult attachment styles, and emotional dysregulation.
    Mentor: Dr. Sara Chiara Haden, Department of Psychology, Long Island University
  • Serena Duran and Naffisat Atanda (Cognitive Psychology)
    Project: The impact of ambiguous threat on behavioral inhibition in social anxiety
    Mentor: Dr. Laura Egan, Department of Psychology, St. Francis College
Basimah Zahid, Zuha Ahmed Dr. Laura Egan, and Serena Duran, Naffisat Atanda
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Amna Aslam presents at 2017 AACR Meeting in Washington, DC

Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017 by for Publications.

Amna Aslam, a Midwood senior, and Iqra Nadeem, a Brooklyn College junior, were poster presenters at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC this past Sunday, April 2. Their project was entitled, "Higher nucleolar index of nucleolin as an indicator of aberrant cellular DNA damage response (DDR)". Additional authors included Midwood class of 2016's Rumsha Javed and Jingyuan Wang, Anna Kozlova, Danielle Gordon, Ruchama Steinberg, Rachele Dolce Rameau, and Xinyin Jiang of Brooklyn College. Dr. Anjana D. Saxena of Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center was the supervising scientist.

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Zainab Iqbal presents at 2015 SPA Convention

Posted on Friday, March 6, 2015 by for Publications.

Midwood Science senior Zainab Iqbal was a presenter at the 2015 Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) on Thursday, March 5, 2015. This year’s SPA convention was held at the Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge. Zainab’s project was entitled "PTSD Symptoms, Aggression, and Crime Exposure in a Sample of Young Adults". She was the only high school presenter at this year’s event. Special thanks to Zainab’s mentor Dr. Sara Chiara Haden of the Long Island University Department of Psychology for nominating Zainab as a presenter.

2013 Published Papers

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2012 Published Papers

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2011 Published Papers

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2010 Published Papers

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2009 Published Papers

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Two students who graduated in 2005 coauthored academic works.

2008 Published Papers

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2007 Published Papers

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Three students who graduated in 2007 coauthored academic works.

2005 Published Papers

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Four students who graduated in 2005 coauthored academic works.