Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by A Student for ACT-SO, Seniors.
Saturday, April 12th, 2014 is the Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics or ACT-SO at Wingate High School from 10:00am–5:00pm. Any student interested will need to go to registration on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at P.S. 84 in Manhattan beginning at 10:30am and lasting till about 12:00pm. Students must bring the following to registration:
- Six copies of their research paper (seven suggested). Papers can only be 5 pages max. Similar to what we did for NYCSEF, copies of your paper can be made in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200). One of these copies must be notarized. (The school treasurer, Ms. Ferrarin will take care of this. Bring your paper and your Midwood ID to room 255. She is expecting you.)
- A one to two page autobiography (you can simply use the the autobiography that you wrote in the beginning of the year for college)
- A small picture of yourself for identification purposes (passport type picture)
- A copy of your poster (suggested, not necessary)
Students are allowed to work in teams. If students are in a team, only one member of the team is needed to register on Saturday, April 5th, however, an autobiography and picture are needed for both students. (No group pictures.) Also, if a student cannot make it, another student can give in the papers for them. (If you want someone else to register for you they will need your name, address, phone number, etc. so it is suggested that you register yourself.) All you need to do is drop off your papers, sign the registration forms, and leave. You can also go over your board with them if you want. (This is suggested).
Only students in the following categories can enter. Even if your project isn’t exactly in one of these categories, it might be possible to enter in a related category.
- Computer Science
- Earth and Space Sciences
- Medicine and Health
For rules on how to format your paper go to this web page. Then click on your category to see the requirements. (They are basically all the same.)
On the date of registration be sure to write under “Student Ambassador” the name of one of the Midwood recruiters: Chukwunonso Nwasike, Christopher Ayala, M. Tasnim Kabir, or Raquel Hosein.
Message to Seniors
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Elert for Seniors, St. Joseph's.
I sent all the seniors a message today. I’m placing a copy on the website as a backup. I suggest you read it.
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by Elert for Seniors.
It’s time to make a poster of your research project. If your mentor is giving you help with this, send at least one draft to me by midnight Wednesday, January, 29. Everyone else must attend a meeting in the Research Room on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday for about an hour. Time slots start every hour on the half hour (8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30). Please select one and email me before Sunday evening. Time slots are available on a first come, first served basis. We have 5 good computers for this (4 Dell workstations and 1 iMac), which means no more than 5 students per time slot. You may also bring your own laptop if you feel more comfortable working that way.
Posters are made with Microsoft PowerPoint. (Other applications can be used, but our computers all have PowerPoint.) Bring an electronic copy of your research paper and electronic copies of all diagrams, photos, graphs, etc. All artwork must be original. No one will tell me, "I got that picture from Google". One exception to this would be organizational logos. I have high resolution copies of many university logos that I got from their public affairs offices (Brooklyn College, SUNY Downstate, NYU Langone Medical Center, etc.). Midwood Science also has a logo.
Black and white printing should be done at Staples. A 48" × 36" engineering print is about $7 or $8. Not all Staples locations offer this service, however. Check before you go. They may tell you they need one business day to complete your order. Do not plan on going to Staples on Friday. You may not get your poster back before they close.
The best buy for color posters is probably through PhD Posters. The charge something like $50 for a 48" × 36" color inkjet print. Make your order through their website. The pick up location is at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Once again, expect to wait at least one business day for your order to be fulfilled.
Your mentor may also have a budget for posters or access to a large format printer. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
L’azote liquide est arrivé!
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 by Elert for Seniors.
The liquid nitrogen has arrived. Seniors, that means it’s time for the annual "Relaxation Experiment" Check your email for details.
NYCSEF Paperwork Delivered
Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 by Elert for Seniors.
The NYCSEF paperwork for 2014 was delivered at 2:16 PM, Friday, December 2013.
NYCSEF Signature Pages
Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 by Elert for NYCSEF, Seniors.
Seniors, I need your signature pages as soon as possible (on or before this Wednesday, December 11). I need them before the rest of the paperwork is due (on Thursday, December 12) so that the Principal will be able to sign all of them.
The Rockefeller University “Christmas Lecture” for 2013
Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 by Elert for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors.
The Rockefeller University invites you to participate in Epigenetics: Inheriting More Than Genes. An event for high school students featuring award-winning molecular biologist C. David Allis, Ph.D. Spend a day on campus to learn about the science of epigenetics and how groundbreaking discoveries are revolutionizing our understanding of heredity, evolution, and medicine.
Visit www.rockefeller.edu/talkingscience to view a full schedule for the day, more information about Dr. Allis, criteria for selecting students, and an online registration form. The Talking Science event is intended for high school students and teachers only. Please note: all attendees must be registered online by their school by Friday, December 20, 2013.
Contact Mr. Elert before the deadline if you would like to go.
Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013 by Elert for NYCSEF, Seniors.
All seniors should have registered for the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) by now. You should also be scheduled to meet with your supervising teacher sometime during the week of December 2–6. Be prepared to show progress on your application at this meeting. If you have any concerns or questions, now is the time to deal with them. This is also the time to complete the Application for Change to Weighted Research Course (a.k.a. 1.05). Bring the completed form and be prepared to show your lab log.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 will be paperwork day. The only thing you should be doing on this day is printing, photocopying, collating, and stuffing envelopes. No one should be filling out forms or writing their Research Plan. On this day, students will submit …
- TWO copies of the online application confirmation page (ONE photocopy for NYCSEF and ONE original for the school records)
- TWO sets of all necessary forms (ONE set of photocopies for NYCSEF and ONE set of originals for the school records)
- THREE copies of the research paper (TWO for NYCSEF and ONE for the school records)
We will provide printers (black and white and color in room A214, the Research Room), a high volume photocopier (black and white in room A200, Mr. Rosenfeld’s Office), paper, paper clips, binder clips, envelopes, and labels. I will deliver all applications directly to NYCSEF headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday, December 13, 2013. This counts for 10 points of your fall semester grade.
We keep the original versions of all paperwork. If your application and paper are approved in January, good for you. If the people at NYCSEF detect an error in your application we retrieve the originals, you add corrections, you photocopy the corrected paperwork and then return the originals to us, and lastly you mail or deliver it to them. Repeat this process until your application is approved. This counts for another 10 points of your fall semester grade.
There are more things to say about NYCSEF (and also the St. Joseph’s College High School Poster Session), but they will have to wait for another day.
Application for Advanced Science Research (a.k.a. 1.05)
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Elert for Juniors, Seniors.
All juniors and seniors with a currently active research placement who would like to apply for a 1.05 weighted research course (Advanced Science Research) must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher on or before Friday, December 6, 2013. Bring your lab log at this time as well.
Special note just for the juniors (and one senior). A placement is not official until your mentor has contacted me saying you have been accepted to work in their lab. It should also state the date you began working there. Some of you have done this and some of you haven’t. The official record of this is kept in the Google Docs spreadsheet called "shared copy of mentors". You were all sent an invitation to this spreadsheet in October. View it and see your status. If you see a date next to your mentor’s name, you’re OK. If not, contact them immediately and ask them to contact me at their earliest convenience.
Seniors: Notes on Completing the Intel STS
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Elert for Intel STS, Seniors.
- Make sure your research paper has a footer with the page numbers on the right and nothing else (not your name and not the title). Do not add a header. The website will add one automatically with your name and registration number.
- Show your supervising teacher that the application is complete. All parts of the application must be filled in — including all applicable optional questions. Your supervising teacher must approve and witness your final submission.
- When you are almost done the website will give you a PDF of your entire application. Save a copy for yourself and give one copy to Mr. Elert via email or sneakernet (i.e. save it on a Flash drive, then walk over and hand it to him).
- Everything must be done in school before the end of period 10 on Wednesday. No one is allowed to stay after school to finish or to complete the application from home.
2013 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research
Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Elert for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.
Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research, features a group of leading scientists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center presenting their work to high school students and science teachers, offering a chance for them to interact and ask questions about the latest advances in biomedical research. Midwood has always supported this event with a large number of research students.
The seminar will be held at the Rockefeller Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street (between First and York Avenues) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. One point of extra credit will be awarded to all students who attend and complete this assignment for any one of the speakers. 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 Thursday, November 7.
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.
||Craig B. Thompson
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.
||Omar I. Abdel-Wahab
The Cancer Epigenome: Biology’s New Frontier.
Physician-scientist Omar Abdel-Wahab studies the functional genomics of hematopoietic malignancies.
||Emily A. Foley
Travels on the Bi-Orient Express: Cell Division in Normal Cells and in Cancer.
Cell biologist Emily A. Foley investigates the molecular mechanisms of mitosis.
||Richard M. White
Making Cancer Transparent: Studying Cancer in Fish from Beginning to End.
Cancer biologist Richard M. White investigates the evolution of metastases in zebrafish.