February 4, 2018 was a busy Sunday morning for Midwood Science. As has been custom for the last 10 years, York College in Queens hosted the annual New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). 12 Midwood students representing 9 projects made it to the Semifinals round — the largest number we’ve ever had. Benjamin Nguyen (Engineering) and Saba Iqbal (Environmental Sciences) placed Second in their respective categories. Katie Nikishina (Engineering) and the team of Kathy Mania and Beien Lin (Environmental Sciences) placed Third.
HYPOTHEkids and the Columbia School of Engineering have two FREE summer opportunities for promising underrepresented students who attend NYC public or charter high schools. The application deadline for both programs is March 9th.
Hk Maker Lab (Grade 10 and 11 students)
Students spend six weeks at Columbia’s School of Engineering learning the engineering design process. Students work in teams to create solutions to real world health problems and pitch the idea to a panel of judges.
NY Bioforce (Grade 11 and 12 students)
Students get 140 hours of training for cutting edge jobs in the biomedical field. They are then placed in paid internships in research labs and a biotech start-ups.
|Elert Juniors||Katzoff Juniors||Elert Seniors||Mosley Seniors|
|Bareera Abid||Zuha Ahmed||Yiming Dai||Noran Abo Donia|
|Larissa Brijmohan||Rubhiyah Chaudhry||Sarah Elmosbah||Rafaella Bruzual|
|Jessica Chan||Amy Chen||Ellen Gyulbudaghyan||Linda Chen|
|Kevin Chen||Ashley Chen||Judy Huang||Joyce Chow|
|Miao Yan Chen||Maggie Chen||Saba Iqbal||Jennifer Duong|
|Muhammad Hamza||Ahmad Choudhry||Hebah Jihad||Hafsa Fatima|
|Basirie Hoxha||Nicole Demetrashvili||Elizabeth Rose Joseph||Md Hoque|
|Emily Huang||Jia Ci Deng||Sabina Kubayeva||Calvin Huynh|
|Esrat Islam||Dougeny Francois||Beien Lin||Shanjida Kamal|
|Nursat Jahan||Daniel Gaft||Wendy Lliguichuzhca||Albina Kukic|
|Christal Jean-Soverall||Nick Guo||Alice Mo||Ivy Li|
|Neolani Johnson||Abdullah Hafeez||Katie Nikishina||Shawal Malik|
|Maryam Khan||Yenny Huang||Emily Orman||Kathy Mania|
|Sara Khasib||Nusrat Jahan||Soanne Saint Victor||Naila Mirza|
|Eva Lai||Humayara Karim||Aushna Saleem||Christina Ng|
|Cong Wing Li||Andrew Kobrin||Alma Samarxhiu||Benjamin Nguyen|
|Rui Ting (Toby) Li||Sevara Mallaboeva||Mei Mei Weng||Vincent Wang|
|Rana Mohamed||Emily Movsumova||Michelle Zinger||Jessie Zheng|
|Zara Nadeem||Jason Nisanov|
|Fizza Nayab||Nathan Reder|
|Eduardo Peña Barrios||Elizabeth Redmond|
|Kenny Pierre Louis||Kamille Shivwkumar|
|Miguel Rendon Lucero||Tiffany Tang|
|Rina Sheynin||Susana Tzunun Yax|
|Zuzana Simonova||Basimah Zahid|
|Yvette Somersel||Amy Zheng|
|Annabel Xie||Shamima Sharmin|
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.
Since 2013, the Society for Science and the Public has been awarding digital badges as part of the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS). The Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based upon his or her own independent science research. The Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in her or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her. 9 Midwood Science students collected 8 Research Report Badges and 6 Student Initiative Badges.
Dr. Erez Levanon from the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel will be presenting a public lecture on A-to-I RNA editing at the New York Genome Center in Tribeca this Monday, December 18 from 4:00–5:30.
"The role of RNA modifications in gene regulation is becoming increasingly appreciated. RNA editing, specifically A-to-I editing by ADAR enzymes, is unique in altering not only the fate of the RNA molecule, but also the genetic information it contains (recoding)."
Ms. Ross is awarding extra credit to all Advanced Placement Biology students that attend. Science Research students will also receive extra credit if they attend and complete the usual assignment. Due to the technical nature of the lecture, only students who have completed or are currently enrolled in AP Bio may attend. Register online through the Eventbrite website. In addition, please email a screen shot of your ticket along with a photo of yourself at the event to Mr. Elert.
Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 11, 2017 starting period 5. All copies will be made at this time using the heavy duty photocopiers in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200) or Ms. Kornaker's office (A300). I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including…
The World Science Festival City of Science returns to Brooklyn on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Park Slope Armory (361 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215). Join the World Science Festival and Con Edison for this larger-than-life, touring event where the wondrous properties of science, technology, engineering, and math collide. Filled with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and enormous exhibitions, this free program unleashes everyone’s inner scientist.
Volunteers are needed to help with assisting science explainers, line management and greeting guests. You’ll be asked to join one short conference call with your zone leader prior to the event date. Midwood Science Research students who volunteer will receive +2 points of credit toward their final grade for the fall semester. (Forward a copy of your itinerary and provide a photo of yourself at the event for attendance and publicity purposes.) All volunteers also receive a T-shirt, food, beverages, and discounts to select 2018 World Science Festival programs.
Let the hunt for professors begin! Starting October, students in the research program are emailing and going to colleges to ask professors if they can join their labs. If students don't find a professor by the second term, they will be transferred to another elective like robotics or medical issues. After the students join the lab, they study with the professor and perform experiments in professional environment doing scientific breakthroughs. After a year of joining, students will have to enter competitions using what they have learned in their lab.
Susana Tzunun '19 is a research student with a 4.0 GPA, is on the soccer team, and has many AP classes under her belt. You would think a perfect student like this would get into any lab he/she wanted. On the contrary, Tzunun said, "The whole process was nerve-racking."
Tzunun had a hard time finding professors. She sent 15 emails to different professors in different fields with no success. Some responded with apologies that their lab was full and others didn't even give an answer. After a month of scouting and hard work, Tzunun went to a lab interview with her friend and fellow classmate Amy Chen '19, and they both were accepted to the lab. She felt as if a heavy burden was lifted from her chest and thankful for the opportunity. She now researches environmental science at Brooklyn College.
Rubhiyah Chaudhry '19 is another research student who had trouble finding a professor. Although the process was lengthy and dense, it showed promise.
"I knew it was going to be difficult from the start because many professor don't accept high school students, but it was an all worthwhile despite being tedious." Chaudhry said.
The class has a large payoff, intrinsically and extrinsically. The students are not only going to learn how to properly research and grow as professionals, but they look good on college resumes than any other.
Mr. Glenn Elert, Physics teacher and research coordinator talks about his experience with the research program.
"Research is very interesting. It is the best kind of class. All students get attention because it a one on one class. It is never the same thing," he said.
Junior research makes students more professional. When they leave Midwood, they are experts on their projects.
"Students learn to be scientists, which makes it the only real science class in the building." Mr. Elert said.
All juniors and seniors with a currently active research placement who would like to apply for a 1.05 weighted research course (Honors Science Research) must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher during the first week of December. Bring your lab log at this time as well.
Special note just for the juniors. 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 "mentors (shared)". You were all provided with a link to this spreadsheet in September. View it and check 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, I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Monday, November 27, 2017 so the Principal and I can sign them. Please print the Principal’s name (Michael McDonnell) for him, but do not sign or date the form (obviously). Please do the same for my name (Glenn Elert). I will sign part b as the Science/Research Teacher for all seniors. All seniors will meet with their supervising teacher during the first week of December to give an update on the progress of their application. The rest of the paperwork along with a complete research paper must be ready by Monday, December 11, 2017.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host its twelfth 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 preferred for this free event. Get there a bit early if possible to get a good seat. Pizza and refreshments will be served before the lecture beginz. 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 Mr. Elert's Research Room mailbox by Friday, November 10.
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.
|Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer: Rewiring the Molecular Circuitry of T cells for Cancer Immunotherapy
Cancer immunologist Andrea Schietinger investigates immune responses to cancer, molecular mechanisms underlying tumor-induced T cell dysfunction, and new approaches for cancer immunotherapy.
|Develop the Organism, Kill the Cancer: Understanding the Evolutionary Origins of New Forms of Cell Death and Their Effects on Cancer
Cell biologisy Michael H. Overholtzer studies the mechanisms of tumor initiation and progression, cell adhesion, and cell death.
|Shedding Light on Inflammation: Imaging White Blood Cell Recruitment in Live Zebrafish
Cell biologist Philipp M. Niethammer investigates wound responses using advanced imaging approaches in zebrafish.
Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26, 2017 are resume review days (a.k.a. Resumania). Juniors registered to Ms. Katzoff’s section of the class show up on Monday. Juniors in Mr. Elert’s section show up on Tuesday. We will meet in room A220 during period 9 on both days.
Seniors show up on both days for full extra credit or one out of two days for half extra credit. It is entirely possible that the meeting will run into period 10. If you have some need to leave quickly during this event, you should not volunteer to participate. Resumes will be divided as evenly as possible between the seniors that arrive on either day. More seniors means less work and a quicker departure.
Juniors will revise their resumes and then resubmit them. Place the second draft of your resume in your supervising teacher’s mailbox in the Research Room (A214) one business day before your next scheduled small group meeting. Groups assignments and meeting dates will be announced soon.
Seniors, the application for the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) is now open. In order to apply, you'll need to submit a research report, request recommendations from a mentor and an educator, request a high school report from a counselor, complete a series of essays about your research, and answer several questions about yourself. Instructions are available for review on multiple PDFs, but the entire application is electronic — no paper documents are needed. The application website closes on Wednesday, November 15 at 8:00 PM EST. Team projects are not allowed.
All eligible seniors should give serious consideration to this competition. Start the process as soon as possible. Summer is a good time to deal with things like this. Review the FAQs, the rules, and the application questions. Work on the research report that you will be using throughout the year. Write a first draft of the essays. Contact a person in your lab who knows you and your project and would be willing to recommend you. (This is not necessarily the head of the lab.) Let your supervising teacher at Midwood know that you are applying so they can give you advice on the application process and begin working on their educator recommendation. Wait until October to deal with the high school report.
Steve Jobs of Apple used to end his keynote speeches with the phrase "One more thing". Well I can do better than Steve Jobs. I have three more things I want to tell you. Steve Jobs pretended like he almost forgot to tell you Apple's one impressive thing, but I actually forgot to tell you about Midwood Science's three impressive things. (And probably another three, but we'll save them for another day.)
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