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New Horizons mission to Pluto event

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) will host a program highlighting NASA’s New Horizons mission — the first-ever mission to the Pluto system and the Kuiper belt. This mission, which will have its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015, will help us understand ice worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the planet Pluto and its moons, and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper belt — a relic of solar system formation.

Students will have an opportunity to listen to AMNH’s Director of Astrovisualizations, Carter Emmart, New Horizons Deputy Project Scientist Cathy Olkin, New Horizons Co-Investigator Marc Buie and, Science Operations Team, Tiffany Finley present a dynamic and richly-illustrated overview of the mission and the men and women who make it possible, leaving time for interaction and one-on-one encounters.

This event is being coordinated by Mr. Spergel. He is taking everyone in his AP Physics 1 class, but he has room for a few more students. Contact Mr. Spergel directly if you are interested. This is a field trip, so paperwork needs to be done. The group will depart period 3 on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Extra credit will be awarded to research students who participate and complete the public lecture assignment for any one of the speakers.


Source: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

NOAA-CREST Weather Camp

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2015 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

The CUNY-NOAA-CREST Weather Camp is a two week program for high school students from the New York City metropolitan area. It runs August 3–14, 2015 and is offered free of charge to 10–15 students. Applications are due Sunday, May 31.

The first week is a day camp on the campus of the City College of New York. Concepts of meteorology are demonstrated by hands-on activities whenever possible, and applied to weather observations both locally and around the country. Experts on such topics as severe storms and climate will speak and answer questions.

During the second week the camp moves to Long Island to be near the local National Weather Service (NWS) office at Brookhaven National Laboratories. Students will camp within walking distance of a beach on the north shore of Long Island, and will go to the NWS for in depth study of weather phenomena. There will be opportunities to go inside a radar dome and help launch weather balloons. Afternoons will be devoted to field observations of the sea breeze effect, urban heat island, surface environment, and clouds.

For people who like acronyms CUNY is the City University of New York, NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and CREST is the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Science and Technology.

NYU Poly to hold STEMagination event in April

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Sophomores.

Polytechnic School of Engineering will be hosting a series of workshops for high school students as part of an all day event called STEMagination on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Each workshop consists of different activities ranging from challenges to competitions. Activities will be fun and engaging, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to succeed. By the end of the day, the basic principles of engineering and science will be revealed to you — principles you might not know you already now. You will also be able to speak to admissions office personnel about NYU Poly or college in general.

STEMagination is organized by the NYU Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) in partnership with the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). This event is open to high school students of all ethnicities. Interested students should register using this Eventbrite web page. Space is limited. Students that provide evidence of participation will receive extra credit.

Message for you, Sir.

Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015 by for Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Everyone received a message at the end of Midwinter Break. If you "lost" yours, here’s a copy.

Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Sophomores.


HPREP 2015 Application Packet

Must be postmarked no later than
Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) is an enrichment program for 10th and 11th graders at the Weill Cornell Medical College on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is a national program addressing the issues of declining enrollment rates of underrepresented minorities, specifically in medicine and generally in the health professions. HPREP exposes high school sophomores and juniors to science-related activities and teaches students about the steps needed to become a physician or other health care provider.

The program consists of ten (10) two and a half hour sessions held on Friday afternoons during the months of January, February, and March. Students will attend lectures given by physicians at The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Cornell Medical College. They will also participate in small group workshops led by Weill Cornell medical students. All participants will be required to submit a research paper on an approved topic of interest in medicine at the conclusion of the program. At the end of the program, two participants will receive a College Book Scholarship, to be used during their first year of college enrollment.

2014 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors, Sophomores.

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host its ninth annual Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research lecture for high school and college students. (Members of the public are also welcome to attend.) The event will take place from 5:30–7:30 PM on the first floor of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Rockefeller Research Laboratories building (430 East 67th Street, between York and First Avenues).

Registration is easy, but finding a seat with a good view isn’t. This event has gotten so popular that the folks at MSKCC needed to set up satellite viewing stations in adjacent conference rooms. Get there a bit early if possible. Light refreshments have traditionally been served before the lectures begin (pizza, chips, fruit, soda, coffee). Single use MetroCards will be made available for any student who needs one to attend.

One point of extra credit will be awarded to all students who attend and complete this assignment for any one of the speakers. (Consult the Extra Credit webpage for more info.) Official attendance is taken by group photo at the end of the event. Place your completed (typed) assignment in my mailbox in the Research Room at any time during the school day on Friday, November 7.

     
Craig B. Thompson     Moderator

Memorial Sloan Kettering President Craig B. Thompson studies molecular signaling pathways that regulate nutrient uptake and the role these pathways play in the regulation of cell growth and survival.

     
Daniel A. Heller, PhD     Tiny Solutions to Big Problems: The Impact of Nanotechnologies on Cancer Research

Chemist Daniel Heller focuses on biomaterials and nanoscale engineering for molecular sensors and targeted therapeutics.

     
Danwei Huangfu, PhD     Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: A New Model for Studying Disease — Including Cancer

Developmental biologist Danwei Huangfu investigates the fundamental mechanisms that govern cell identity and how they could be exploited therapeutically to manipulate cell fates in regenerative medicine.

     
David B. Solit, MD     A Study of Extraordinary Responders: Lessons Learned

Physician-scientist David Solit studies human oncology and pathogenesis, genomics, oncogenes and tumor suppressors, cancer therapeutics, and clinical trials.

     

Maker Faire needs volunteers

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Maker Faire has been described as carnival sideshow meets science fair, with robots, engineers, rockets, computer geekery and body paint. Imagine, you can get all that for FREE by volunteering. Just four hours gets you a day pass, eight hours gets you in for the weekend. Learn to solder, pick locks, and screen print on fabric. See the Life-Sized Mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos show, and 3D printer village. Dodge Cupcake Cars. Buy a Utility Kilt.

Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. As the World’s Largest DIY festival, this two-day family friendly Faire has something for everyone — a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset. This year’s Maker Faire will be held at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

You can learn about all your volunteering options here. (Volunteers are called "Travelers" at Maker Faire.) Midwood Science students who volunteer will, of course, receive extra credit. Contact Mr. Elert if you have any questions about Maker Faire in the Research class.

 

Electrochemical Devices Workshop

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by for Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Dr. Sophia Suarez in the Physics Department at Brooklyn College will be conducting a two-day workshop for high school students on Electrochemical Devices: Research, Applications, and Energy on Tuesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 2, 2014. At the workshop, you will learn how to build supercapacitors, fuel cells, and batteries. This workshop is open to current sophomores and juniors and graduating seniors. Contact any one of the research teachers if you would like to join Dr. Suarez and her team. Lunch will be provided both days. Extra credit cannot be awarded since this event takes place outside of the regular school year.

World Science Festival needs volunteers

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

World Science Festival

The World Science Festival will be held from Wednesday, May 29th to Sunday, June 2nd at various times and locations across New York City. The festival organizers are looking for high school students who have a passion for science and are willing to contribute time, talent, and enthusiasm.

A list of qualifications and assignments is available at this web page. Register at this web page. Tell them when you are available and how you think you can help. A brief interview and/or training session will be required of all potential volunteers. Extra credit will be awarded, of course, and transit will be covered.

DNA Day Essay Contest

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 8th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. This year there is one question, which deals with discoveries in genetics that have occurred in the 60 years since Watson and Crick published their model of the DNA double helix.

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick and the 10th anniversary of the first sequencing of the human genome. Choose either of these breakthroughs and explain its broader impact on biotechnology, human health and disease, or our understanding of basic genetics, such as genetic variation or gene expression.

Justify your answer in detail and be sure to include one or more specific examples of broader impact. Use reliable references and citations to support your argument, for example, research published by experts in scientific journal articles and books.

Interested students should contact Ms. Ross. (Obviously, current and former AP Biology students are strongly encouraged to apply.) Deadline for submission is Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM EST. Extra credit will be awarded to any Science Research student (senior, junior, or sophomore) who writes an acceptable essay as judged by Ms. Ross and submits it through the ASHG website before the deadline.

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