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Midwood magnolia

Posted on Monday, April 12, 2021 by for Everyone.

I took this photo when I was at Midwood last Thursday but forgot about it. The magnolia tree only blooms like this for a couple of days. No, it's not fake. They sky really was that blue.

Magnolia tree and blue skies in front of Midwood

Midwood Science students volunteer at the 2019 World Science Festival

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019 by for Everyone.

The World Science Festival has been New York City's biggest and best scientific event since 2008. With over 50 events from lectures and panel discussions, to performance pieces, to demonstrations and hands on experiences there's something for everyone interested in science at every level. There's so much science that one day isn't enough. This year's festival started on May 22 and ended on June 2. Midwood Science has a proud history of supporting this event through volunteer service — 2019 was no exception. Thank you to all the juniors who donated their time to this year's Festival.

World Science Festival logoWorld Science Festival header

Alyssa Kattan represents Midwood High School and Brooklyn College at the 47th annual MARM

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

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)

Student presenting her poster to a conference participant
Excerpt from the official program ACS member café and lounge. ACS: Chemistry for life.

Interview with Science Fair documentarians on Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by for Everyone.

Talk Nerdy logo

Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles area journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. Cara is the creator and host of a weekly science podcast called Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria and cohosts the popular Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast.

In episode 235 of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined in studio by documentarians Christina Costantini and Darren Foster. They talk about their wonderful new film, Science Fair, which Cristina describes as a love letter to the subculture that saved her and that critics agree will restore your faith in humanity.

Midwood High School will be screening this film for students, alumni, and their families on Friday, December 14 from 5 to 7 PM. Please register if you are interested in attending.

More Science. Less Fear.

Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2018 by for Everyone.

We here at Midwood Science have always appreciated the work of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Their annual lecture series for high school students, Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research, was especially inspiring this year. They have mentored several of our students throughout the years, one of whom was a finalist in the Intel (now Regeneron) Science Talent Search. We thought the theme of their latest ad campaign agreed with our general sentiments.

Merry Newtonmas everyone!

Posted on Monday, December 25, 2017 by for Everyone.

Sheldon holding a bust of Sir Isaac Newton

Massive blizzard to slam NYC with over a foot of snow Tuesday

Posted on Sunday, March 12, 2017 by for Everyone.

Here is the very latest update with timing and conditions, model predictions, and the new snowfall forecast, which is likely over a foot across the entire NYC area. A final call to come tomorrow, so like and follow AllanWeather NYC on Facebook or Twitter for the latest!

Posted by Allan Nosov (Class of 2017)

Trifecta of storms

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by for Everyone.

With a late-season arctic blast due to invade the East late this week and into next week, three chances for snow are possible in the Tri-State through next week!

Weather map 1
STORM #1, High Confidence, Friday: A couple to several inches likely from NYC to DC with a moderate-strength clipper system ushering in the arctic air.
Weather map 2
STORM #2, Low Confidence, Sat./Sun: A storm coming from the Central Plains will redevelop as a coastal storm late Saturday. Many factors will decide the track of the storm, which currently by the models is far enough south of the area.
Weather map 3
STORM #3, Low Confidence, Tuesday: This one could be the biggest one of the bunch just before the arctic air departs. The problem, its still a week away. Three main scenarios, and each has widely varying effects.

Visit Allan’s Facebook page, AllanWeather NYC, for more updates!

Heavy, significant snow Thursday night

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by for Everyone.

BREAKING: DeBlasio has decided to CLOSE SCHOOLS TOMORROW. 12–18" expected!

The VERY latest on tomorrow’s potentially crippling snowstorm, which will likely be a blizzard for Eastern Long Island! Updated models and forecast accumulations! For more information, visit AllanWeather NYC on Facebook.

AllanWeather NYC Map of snow accumulations through Thursday night

Written by Allan Nosov (Class of 2017)

7 things Midwood Science students did this year (and 2 things they did last summer)

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by for Everyone.

So much happens at Midwood Science, it’s hard to find the time to write press releases. Now that the school year is nearly over, it’s time to catch up. In this first installment…

Standard pose at an award cermony. Everyone in a line holding an award. Raquel Hosein wins 10 Under 20 award from the NYC Economic Development Corporation

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

2 Midwood students holding an ACT-SO banner. One in the background. Hillary Syeda wins gold, Sandra Lin silver at 2015 National ACT‑SO

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

All the Midwood finalists at Teptu standing in front of logo filled backdrop. Midwood shows strong in the first year of Teptu

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood’s Ocean Science Team navigates to a top ten finish at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 by for Ocean Science.

NAACP NYC ACT-SO Outstanding School of the Year Award. Midwood Science receives 20 awards and over $5,000 in prize money at the 2016 NYC ACT‑SO

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

The 4 award winners. Researchers Dominate Brooklyn College Science Day

Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2016 by for Brooklyn College, Media.

Team NYC standing in front of desert plants in preparation for the ISEF judging day Researchers Compete at ISEF

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for ISEF, Media.

One of the competition rooms full of students Sophomore Researchers Take Spotlight

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Media, Science Fair.

5 Midwood students in WSF volunteer tee shirts posing for a selfie Midwood Science students contribute over 250 hours to the 2016 World Science Festival

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Everyone.

Midwood Science students contribute over 250 volunteer hours to the 2016 World Science Festival

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Everyone.

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.

Engineer's Week banner FAA seal

Happy π Day!

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015 by for Everyone.

In the United States, dates are indicated using the number of the month followed by the day of the month and the number of the year. March 14th, 2015 then becomes 3/14/15. Compare this with the first five digits of the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle π = 3.1415. For extra fun, celebrate at 9:26:53 AM local time. The first ten digits of π are 3.141592653.

And remember — π are not squared, π are round, brownies are squared.

Midwood Science knows cold

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 by for Everyone.

Winters in Brooklyn are cold, but Midwood Science students know a much colder cold — liquid nitrogen. Nitrogen is the primary component of air. In its liquid phase it boils at −196 °C, just 77 degrees above absolute zero (77 kelvin). It’s hard to find anything colder than that. Pour it on the floor and it’s cold enough to make micro-clouds. Midwood Science seniors traditionally celebrate the end of the fall semester with 30 second liquid nitrogen ice cream and other cryogenic experiments like the one shown below. Because science is just that awesome.

A group of midwood Science students posing in a liquid nitrogen fog.

We are Midwood Science Research

Posted on Sunday, June 1, 2014 by for Everyone.

We are Midwood Science Research. Don’t call us the "Intel" class. We participate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) events throughout the year. The Intel Science Talent Search is just one of many. Don’t call us the "Intel" class. We are much, much more than that. We are Midwood Science Research.

Updated Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The World Science Festival needs you

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

Watch the upcoming asteroid flyby live on NASA TV

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by for Everyone.

NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 2:00 PM EST on Friday, February 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. At the time of its closest approach to Earth at approximately 2:25 PM EST, the asteroid will be about 27,600 km (17,150 miles) above Earth’s surface — closer than geostationary telecommunication satellites.

Trajectory of Asteroid 2012 DA14

Weather Data

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 by for Everyone.

When Hurricane Irene passed over Brooklyn in 2011 I used our weather station to collect data on the storm. The time-series for atmospheric pressure (in purple) and wind direction (in tan) looked the most interesting. I decided to repeat the experiment for Hurricane Sandy, but given how much worse this storm was I extended the data collection from 24 hours to 3 days.

The first thing to notice are the dramatic drops in atmospheric pressure. Storms are always associated with low pressure. The drop is sharper for Hurricane Irene because the eye of the storm essentially passed right over Midwood. The drop for Sandy is softer since the eye of the storm made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey, 125 miles to the south. This means that the minimum pressure in the eye of Sandy must have been lower, which is true. (In fact, it may have set a record for lowest pressure ever recorded on the east coast of the US.)

The second thing to notice are the changes in wind direction. Winds swirl around low pressure systems counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere. As Hurricane Irene approached from the South it gave us east winds in New York. As it passed overhead and headed north, the winds switched to west. Hurricane Sandy, on the other hand, mostly stayed to our south. This meant the winds shifted gradually from the southeast to the southwest. The coastlines of New York and New Jersey meet at roughly a 90° angle. Seawater pushed by a southeast wind gets trapped in the vertex of this angle — New York City. It was the sustained winds from the southeast that made Sandy’s storm surge so unusually large.

Irene Graph Sandy Graph
August 2011 — Hurricane Irene October 2012 — Hurricane Sandy

Space Shuttle Enterprise to barnstorm New York City Friday morning

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012 by for Everyone.

Weather permitting, on 4/27/12 between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier with Space Shuttle Enterprise mounted on top, will fly at low altitudes around the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum before landing at JFK Airport. It will also be accompanied by two T-38 aircraft serving as photo support.

Text and image source: Notify NYC

Free access to Encyclopedia Britannica Online for one week

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 by for Everyone.

Encyclopedia Britannica Logo

The Encyclopedia Britannica Online is free until next Wednesday. They are doing this to promote (if that is that the right word) the fact that they are ceasing publication of the print edition.

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