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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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2016 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research

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

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On Thursday, November 3, 2016, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host its eleventh 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. Submit your completed (typed) assignment to your supervising teacher at any time during the school day on Monday, November 7.

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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.

Portrait Hijacking the Genes: How Transcription Factors Promote Tumor Formation

Physician-scientist Yu Chen studies the role of transcription factors that are critical for prostate cancer development.

Portrait Ion Channels in Calcium Signaling: Understanding the Atomic and Chemical Mechanisms

Structural biologist Stephen Long studies the mechanisms of ion channels and enzymatic membrane proteins using a combination of scientific approaches.

Portrait Getting to Know Cancer: Using the Genome to Understand How Cancer Behaves

Molecular geneticist Elli Papaemmanuil studies patient data from clinical trials to explore how the genes in leukemia and other cancers affect disease progression and clinical outcomes.

World Maker Faire 2016 needs volunteers

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

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The World Maker Faire 2016 takes place at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd from 10 AM to 6 PM. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

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You can be a part of Maker Faire for free if you volunteer to help them out. Sign up for the Maker Faire Traveler Program. Register for either Saturday or Sunday. Choose a convenient shift. Let them know what skills you have or what jobs you might like to do for them. When they ask if you have a group affiliation be sure to tell them you are from Midwood High School.

Extra credit will be awarded with the proper documentation, of course. After you sign up for a shift that works for you, forward your Eventbright email ticket to elert@midwoodscience.org. While you are there working, have someone take pictures of you doing something active — something that would look good on our website. Email me a couple of the best ones at your earliest convenience. If you see me there on Saturday, say "Hi".

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Exit Meetings

Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2016 by for Juniors, Seniors.

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. It’s time for exit meetings.

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  • All juniors will meet with their supervising teacher this week. Mr. Elert is available periods 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10. Juniors have priority on Monday. Seniors have priority on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ms. Mosley is available period 9. She will give you instructions on what day to show up.
  • Check the "grades" spreadsheet NOW. Check it for errors or omissions. Pay close attention to World Science Festival entries. To receive credit you need to email me a copy of your itinerary and a photo of yourself at the Festival (one photo per day of work). This spreadsheet will be made non-public Monday morning so that actual grades may be added (actual grades as opposed to attendance records).
  • Bring your lab log with you. This is your last opportunity to receive class credit for lab work done in January, February, March, April, or May.
  • Campus Road exit in the main buildingSummer MetroCards will be arranged for students that need them. Have your mentor contact me stating that you will be working with them over the summer and that a MetroCard is needed. MetroCards will be available in the first or second week of July and will expire sometime around August 15. Students are responsible for their own transportation expenses outside of this date range. Details will follow in future emails.

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  • All seniors will meet with me this week. He is available periods 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10. Seniors have priority on Tuesday and Wednesday. Juniors have priority on Monday.
  • Check the "grades" spreadsheet NOW. Check it for errors or omissions. Pay close attention to World Science Festival entries. To receive credit you need to email me a copy of your itinerary and a photo of yourself at the Festival (one photo per day of work).
  • Bring your service sheet to the meeting. Bring it even if is blank.
  • Bring your drawer key with you. Losing a drawer key is the same as losing a textbook. You will not be allowed to attend graduation if you fail to settle any school accounts.

I would like to thank all upperclassmen for judging the Midwood Science Fair. Your work was done quickly and efficiently. Awards will be announced sometime this week. I look forward to seeing the seniors come back next year as alumni judges.

Students needed for the 2016 Physics Bowl

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Midwood will be administering the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Physics Bowl sometime between March 30 and April 15. Participants in this competition take a 45 minute, 40 question multiple choice test written by the AAPT. This event is open to all students who are currently enrolled in an AP Physics class. Awards are given to the top students and the top schools in a geographic region. All research students who participate will receive extra credit. If you are interested in this event, contact Mr. Spergel through PupilPath or email hspergel@schools.nyc.gov. He will give you information on how to register and how to take the practice exam online. The actual exam will be administered period 9 on a date to be determined.

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5 Day DNA Science Camp

Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Are you interested in molecular genetics and modern biotechnology? Do you wish you had more time in the lab at school? Do you want to learn more about DNA? Join fellow students for a 5 day DNA Science Camp at the Harlem DNA Lab during Spring Break. High School students in grades 9–12 who have successfully completed Living Environment are eligible to apply. This camp is FREE for NYC public school students.

DNA Science Camp provides extensive lab experience with the basic techniques of recombinant DNA, including DNA restriction and ligation, bacterial transformation and plasmid isolation. Participants perform the entire lab sequence from the popular DNA Science text and will receive their own copy of the text to keep.

Apply now to attend DNA Science Camp at the Harlem DNA Lab. Students selected to participate must attend all five days April 25–29, 2016. Lunch and a metro card will be provided. Space is limited. Online applications must be completed by Friday, March 11. All supporting documents (media release, parent consent form, and teacher letter of support) are due by Tuesday, March 15. Email questions to ESC@schools.nyc.gov.

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NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

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Interested in science research opportunities for high school students in NYC? The NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium of programs offer a chance to work closely with a scientist, collect and analyze data, present at conferences, and more. Here are some of their partner programs relevant to students in Science Research. Pay attention to the fast-approaching deadlines.

  • Center for K12 STEM Education logoApplied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) is a 7-week summer program at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. This selective program is for academically strong, current 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program includes 3 weeks of college level coursework, 4 weeks in a high level research experience in one of several faculty labs, and mentoring in that placement by a graduate or postdoctoral student. Follow this link for a list of possible placements in 2016. Application Deadline: March 1, 2016.
  • Columbia University logoBrain Research Apprenticeships In New York At Columbia (BRAINYAC) is a mentored research program for 10th–12th graders run by the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The program aims to open the resources of the Columbia University neuroscience community to a wider audience by placing high school students in neuroscience laboratories at Columbia University Medical Center for four weeks of mentored research. Students undergo training in basic lab skills and neuroscience fundamentals during Saturday afternoon sessions in the months preceding their laboratory placement. Enrollment is done through the State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP) at Columbia University Medical Center. Application Deadline: March 11, 2016.
  • CUNY/CREST logoHigh School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth Systems Science & Engineering (HIRES) is a 7 week summer program of the CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System (CREST) Institute at City College. It offers high school students entering grades 10–12 an opportunity to work closely with scientists in the field and in labs, collect, analyze, and interpret (mostly satellite) data, present at conferences, and more. CREST research focuses on all aspects of remote sensing and topics include global climate studies, atmosphere and weather, water resources and land processes, and ocean and coastal waters. All students that complete the entire program will receive a $800 stipend and 3 college credits. Application Deadline: March 15, 2016.
  • AMNH logoScience Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) offers high school students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects lead by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Students interested in getting accepted for this science research experience must first take three After School Program Science Research courses offered at the museum. These courses prepare students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for doing science research. Students can choose between two concentration areas: Physical Sciences or Life Sciences. Application Deadline: April 1, 2016.
  • Wave Hill logoWoodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) provides current freshman, sophomores, and juniors a unique opportunity to work with local ecologists and participate in ecological research projects. This program is coordinated by the Wave Hill public garden and cultural center in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. Students work 30 hours a week during the summer and meet on Saturdays during the school year. Application Deadline: April 3, 2016.

Updated Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2016 by for Juniors.

Junior Teacher Assignments — Spring 2016
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley
Mahmoud Abouelkheir Amna Aslam
Aruba Areej Zenab Jamil
Noor Asif Jasleen Kaur
Angela Baraker Sophia Khoja
Ruthbernick Bastien Pauletta Lazarevskiy
Rachel Chen Erica Levin
Michelle Fogel Lilin Liu
Michael Grandel Danielle LoPresti
Danielle Itshaik Hui Yi Fiona Ng He
Bitan Kar Jennifer Phu
Brianna Ku Marzana Rafa
Vivian Luu Zainab Salahudin
Nomon Mohammad Elizabeth Skapley
Abeer Naeem Hufsa Tasnim
Allan Nosov Whitney Wong
Marco Ramirez Wensi Wu
Minna Zeldin Yang Fan (Angel) Zou

Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 by for Juniors.

Junior Teacher Assignments Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley Ms. Sullivan
Aruba Areej Ilham Ahmed Mahmoud Abouelkheir
Noor Asif Zenab Jamil Amna Aslam
Angela Baraker Jasleen Kaur Brianna Ku
Ruthbernick Bastien Sophia Khoja Pauletta Lazarevskiy
Rachel Chen Erica Levin Danielle LoPresti
Michelle Fogel Lilin Liu Abeer Naeem
Sabrina Gorodetsky Hui Yi Fiona Ng He Hufsa Tasnim
Michael Grandel Jennifer Phu Whitney Wong
Reanna Hyatt Marzana Rafa Wensi Wu
Danielle Itshaik Zainab Salahudin Minna Zeldin
Bitan Kar Elizabeth Skapley Yang Fan (Angel) Zou
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