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Happy graduation day to the class of 2021

Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2021 by for Seniors.

Although we were never together in one physical space, we were always united in science. Thank you class of 2021 for keeping Midwood Science alive and well.

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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

STEM Matters NYC summer programs

Posted on Monday, April 12, 2021 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

This summer, unplug and explore STEM with STEM Matters NYC programs Students entering grades 10–12 in September can apply to work with field experts in real-world learning experiences in urban farming, industrial design and manufacturing, glass blowing, computer science, or art and architecture. Apply now for a one or two week program this summer at MakerSpace NYC, New York Historical Society, The Battery Conservancy, The Green-Wood Cemetery, or UrbanGlass. All participants receive a daily MetroCard.

Seats are limited! An online application and teacher reference form is required. Participants are selected by a review committee. Learn more and apply by Friday, April 23. For questions, contact STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov.

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2021 HOPP Summer Student Program at MSK

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Students who attended the 2020 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research lectures at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), or students who are just interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences, should check out their Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program (HOPP) Summer Student Program. This program gives motivated high school students an opportunity to participate in independent research projects, extracurricular activities, training, and more at MSK. All current high school students from freshman to seniors are eligible to apply.

Typically, the program runs from the end of June to mid-August, but obviously due to COVID-19 restrictions this schedule is subject to change. It is a full-time internship, so students are expected to commit to 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Participants are required to complete the full eight weeks of the program from the first day to the last, so do not apply if you know you will be doing any traveling during the summer.

Applications for the 2021 HOPP Summer Student Program will open sometime in December 2020. All interested students should sign up for their mailing list now so that they can receive notifications when the application process goes live.

2020 Major trends in modern cancer research

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2020 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors.

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On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host its 15th annual Major trends in modern cancer research lecture for high and college students and their teachers. (Members of the public are also welcome to attend.) The event will take place virtually from 6:00–7:30 PM. Registration is required.

This event is a free community education program designed to engage and inspire the next generation of progressive researchers and scientists. MSK has a wide range of opportunities to volunteer at our labs, find mentors at MSK, and potentially join our research community.

One point of extra credit will be awarded to all students who attendon the day of the event and complete this assignment for any one of the speakers. Email your completed (PDF) assignment to Mr. Elert by Friday, November 20.

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Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Karuna Ganesh, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist, and Physician-Scientist

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Justin Perry, PhD, and Immunologist

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Thomas Norman, PhD, and Systems Biologist

Splash: Columbia University Educational Outreach

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020 by for Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Columbia University Educational Outreach is running a free, one-day, educational program called Splash on Saturday, November 7th from 10 AM to 1 PM and then from 2 PM to 5 PM. This semester, Splash is running over Zoom. With Splash, you can register to take fun, exciting, and unique classes taught by Columbia students to get exposed to material you may have not been exposed to before. You can check their catalog here:

https://columbia.learningu.org/learn/Splash/2020_Fall/catalog

Registration will open Thursday, October 22 at 6 PM EDT, and close on Saturday, October 31st at 11:59 PM. Please note registration is first come first serve. Please register here:

https://columbia.learningu.org/learn/Splash/2020_Fall/studentreg

You can choose to take as few or as many classes as you want. Make sure to click "Confirm Registration" after you choose your class(es). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact columbia.splash@gmail.com.

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Happy graduation day class of 2020

Posted on Friday, June 26, 2020 by for Seniors.

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Quarantine Blog: Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by for Quarantine Blog, Science Fair.

My phone reminded me that today was supposed to be the 2020 Midwood Science Fair. It even gave me a heads up so I'd have enough time to get there by public transit.

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Virtual ISEF recommended events

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020 by for ISEF, Juniors, Seniors.

The 2020 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) has gone virtual and is happening now. There is new programming everyday from May 18–22. The full schedule is online now. View Finalist's projects from around the world or watch live panel discussions and interviews. Anyone with an interest who registers is welcome to attend.

I would like to recommend three, highly relevant events for the juniors and sophomores in science research. All are scheduled for Thursday, May 21.

  • 3 PM: Research at Home: Life Sciences Edition (add to calendar)
    • Anna Rhymes, Society for Science & the Public, Washington, DC
    • Bill Wallace, PhD, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC
    • Tina Gibson, PhD, The Mississippi School for Math and Science, Columbus, MS
  • 4 PM: Behind the Curtain of Uncertainty: A Statistics Crash Course (add to calendar)
    • Caitlin Sullivan, Society for Science & the Public, Washington, DC
    • Paul Strode, PhD, Fairview High School, Boulder, CO
  • 5 PM: Research at Home: Big Data and Engineering Edition (add to calendar)
    • Anna Rhymes, Society for Science & the Public, Washington, DC
    • David V. Black, New Haven School, Spanish Fork, UT
    • Vincent Joralemon, Frank McCourt High School, New York, NY
    • Michael Carapezza, Hk Maker Lab & NY Bioforce, New York, NY

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Brooklyn College Science Research Day

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2020 by for Brooklyn College.

Dear friends of Midwood Science,

Today would have been the 29th annual Brooklyn College Science Research Day — but you know how things have been going lately. This day has always been special to us at Midwood Science because (somewhat obviously) we are across the street from Brooklyn College, but also because (and to me more significantly) it represented the end of the science research "season".

Science has competitions much like sports do. If there's some way Midwood Science students can show off their skills, you know they are going to do it: Siemens, STS, St. Joe's, JSHS, NYCSEF, Teptu, ACT-SO, ISEF. It's a busy year full of significant events. Brooklyn College Science Research Day was our rock that anchored the research "season". In this year of 2020 we lost that rock.

Here's a string of photos from Brooklyn College Science Research Days past. These were days away from the daily grind that always felt special. When the weather was nice, it felt extra special (that and they always fed us really well).

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I would like to thank the following scientists at Brooklyn College for giving Midwood Science students an opportunity to participate in the research they do this year — no matter how short that opportunity might have been.

Check the calendar

Posted on Saturday, April 18, 2020 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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8 Midwood Finalists at NYCSEF 2020

Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2020 by for Awards, NYCSEF.

On Sunday, March 8, the 2020 New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) was held at CitiField. 34 Midwood Science students representing 27 projects were there — 8 were declared Finalists. Not a bad showing.

In a normal year, our 8 Finalists would be preparing for the next round of the competition at the American Museum of Natural History. What happens this year remains to be seen. Watch thse blogposts for news as we get it.

The 8 students' winning projects

Scientific posterMeghan Stern
Project: Home is where the support is: A reason why monk parakeets prefer man made structures
Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
Scientific posterOliwia Dankiw and Blessin McFarlane
Project: Need for speed: Decomposition rates of conventional plastics versus bioplastics
Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
Scientific posterLameya Rahman
Project: Effect of iron on Neisseria gonorrhea's Type IV pili (TFp)
Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
Scientific posterKelly Guan and Jessica Zheng
Project: Analyzing the effects of media multitasking on academic performance for disordered and non-disordered adolescents
Mentor: Dr. Sung Hun Kim, Department of Psychology, St. Francis College
Scientific posterMaham Ghori and Tahreem Sittar
Project: Role of uncertainty in governing attraction to food cues
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Delamater, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

All 34 students

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The venue

CitiField Students waving from a high window

Midwood Science students attend virtual (and viral) Q&A at Rockefeller University

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020 by for Lectures.

Just because you're stuck at home avoiding a virus doesn't mean the science stops. This morning, 13 Midwood Science students and 2 teachers remotely attended a live event at The Rockefeller University. Director of Science Outreach Jeanne Garbarino and virology graduate student Gabrielle Paniccia presented a live Q&A for about 120 participants. Topic of discussion: COVID-19 Science. Here's what our students had to say about today's event.

  • The most interesting aspect is the explanation for the reason for social isolation and how difficult it is for such a social society.
  • Viruses are really old and have been around for a long time and infect many species, even bacteria. 40% of bacteria are actually destroyed by viruses each day. Viruses technically don't live so they infect other cells and "take them over".
  • The most interesting part was getting to know how N95 masks are fitted. Health workers have to test if they can taste artificial sweeteners in the air to see if things can still leak through.
  • Do you think that playing outside with your neighbor children is not a good activity during this time and also, is it reasonable for schools to open again on April 20th?
  • The virus's genetic material is RNA and it can be easily degraded. Therefore, the procedure to stabilize the RNA is complicated. This is why the testing kits are currently limited.

Was your brain as engaged as ours were at 11:00 AM on a Thursday morning?

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Almedina Mulic is a finalist at the 2020 NYC Metro JSHS, Tanisa Rahman wins 2nd in chemistry

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 by for Awards, JSHS.

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The NYC Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) only accepted about 120 projects citywide for this year's competition. On Sunday, February 8, 2020, 6 Midwood students made it to the semifinals round. Almedina Mulic was declared first place in environmental science and a finalist overall. Tanisa Rahman received second place in chemistry. 4 additional Midwood students were declared semifinalists. Wish Almedina good luck as she prepares for the finals round in one week. Send congrats to all 6 of our winners. JSHS set a high bar that these 6 students deftly surmounted.

Finalist and first place in environmental science

  • Almedina Mulic (environmental science)
    Project: Do Geukensia demissa change how they feed in the presence of predators?
    Mentor: Dr. J. Stephen Gosnell, Department of Environmental Science, Baruch College

Semifinalist and second place in chemistry

  • Tanisa Rahman (chemistry)
    Project: Novel method of cycloaddition of cyclooctyne and trapping with a vinylketene complex and other cycloaddition reactions using benzyne precursors
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University

Semifinalist

  • Ashley Chin (behavioral science)
    Project: How does body awareness and parental bonding differ among black and non-black young adults?
    Mentor: Dr. Sara Chiara Haden, Department of Psychology, Long Island University
  • Henry Hua (environmental science)
    Project: Food consumption rates of Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (green sea urchin) in a high CO2, low pH environment
    Mentor: Dr. Kestrel Perez, Department of Biology, St. Joseph's College
  • Jasmine Huang (behavioral science)
    Project: Effects of reversed Pavlovian learning in differentiating sex
    Mentor: Dr. Andrew Delamater, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Mariyum Jahan (behavioral science)
    Project: Male and female fiddler crabs prefer to group with members of the opposite sex
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

Finalist Almedina Mulic
Finalist Almedina Mulic

All 6 semifinalists
All 6 semifinalists plus one teacher

Tristan Ene and Nadzeya Fliaha win first place awards at 2020 St. Joseph’s College High School Poster Session

Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2020 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

St. Joseph's College coat of arms

Saturday, February 1, 2020 was the 24th Annual Research Poster Session for High School Students at St. Joseph's College New York. This event is open to all high school students in any field of scientific research and is sponsored by the Chemical Education Committee of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Midwood Science students collected most of the awards this year — 2 first place awards, 1 second place award, and 7 honorable mentions. Brooklyn's Edward R. Murrow High School won the other second place award. Hudson County, New Jersey's Jose Marti STEM Academy and High Tech High School won 3 and 2 honorable mentions, respectively. Congratulations all around.

First Place

  • Tristan Ene
    Project: The effectiveness of DEP water quality testing in Jamaica Bay
    Mentor: Dr. Brett Branco, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Nadzeya Fliaha
    Project: Probing the meta-magnetic order using magnetocaloric data and data analysis
    Mentor: Dr. Karl Sandeman, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College

Second Place

  • Anum Jabeen
    Project: Deep sequencing anemone mitogenomes: Understanding evolutionary relationships
    Mentor: Dr. Mercer Brugler, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History

Honorable Mention

  • Naffisat Atanda and Serena Duran
    Project: The relationship between academic performance and social anxiety in college students
    Mentor: Dr. Laura Egan, Department of Psychology, St. Francis College
  • Oliwia Dankiw and Blessin McFarlane
    Project: Need for speed: Decomposition rates of conventional plastics versus bioplastics
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Daniel Drozdov and Victoria Habbchy
    Project: Expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and production of nitric oxide (NO) by human monocytes after freezing and storage
    Mentor: Dr. Maja Nowakowski, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Kelly Guan and Jessica Zheng
    Project: Analyzing the effects of media multitasking on academic performance for disordered and non-disordered adolescents
    Mentor: Dr. Sung Hun Kim, Department of Psychology, St. Francis College
  • Lameya Rahman
    Project: Effect of iron on Neisseria gonorrhea's Type IV pili (TFp)
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Defne Sener
    Project: Biofuels from brown grease
    Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Pratt, Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Medgar Evers College
  • Gabriella Shalumov
    Project: The effect of naturalistic visual stimuli on axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) motor behavior
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
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New teacher assignments

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2020 by for Juniors, Seniors.

Midwood Science Research Spring 2020 Last updated Friday, February 7, 2020
Elert Juniors Katzoff Juniors Mosley Juniors
Mohinur Abdullaeva Sarah Akram Suzayet Hoque
Fariha Ahmed Jason Calangi Xinyi Huang
Muskan Ali Emily Chen Shehan Hussain
Lyna Ammi Ivy Chen Zainab Ishfaq
Zilola Ashurboyeva Treazure Da Breo Ilana Kolomiyets
Tinnie Chen Nitu Farhin Nicole Kravets
Maham Ghori Victoria Garcia Rachel Malinkovich
Nichole Gutierrez Judy Huang Marlen Mendieta-Camaron
Jenny He Aya Ibrahim Monica Mesiha
Tamari Kvaratskhelia Aliyeh Khan Tiffany Ng Li
Edward Li Malayka Mudassar Hassan Rizwan
Sonya Liang Victoria Tatarynova Oscar Rojas Perez
Hong Bin Pan Jaden Thomas Kirsten Shyu
Tasnia Shadat Jacklyn Vu Samiha Uddin
Tahreem Sittar Madelynn Yung  
Nelly Zhang    
Amanda Zhou    
Elert Seniors Katzoff Seniors Mosley Seniors
Ihtsham Chaudhry Ashley Chin Naffisat Atanda
Hong Wei Chen Daniel Drozdov Serena Duran
Oliwia Dankiw Kelly Guan Tristan Ene
Nadzeya Fliaha Victoria Habbchy Gloria Glenn
Tanzena Haque Jasmine Huang Idrees Ilahi
Henry Hua Anum Jabeen Emily Ly
Mariyum Jahan Suraiya Khoja Tanisa Rahman
Alyssa Kattan Jessica Lin Defne Sener
Esther Lee Noor Mohammad  
Blessin Mcfarlane Lameya Rahman  
Almedina Mulic Stella Ruan  
Kevin Ng Jessica Zheng  
Tiffany Ngo    
Gabriella Shalumov    
Meghan Stern    

NYCSEF 2020 Delivery Day

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2019 by for NYCSEF.

30 completed applications are on their way to the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) offices in downtown Brooklyn. Thank you students, teachers, and mentors for all your hard work.

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NYCSEF will be held this year at CitiField on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Wish our students good luck whenever and wherever you see them.

NYCSEF 2020 Signature Pages

Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2019 by for Juniors, NYCSEF, Seniors.

NYCSEF Signature Page

Seniors (and a few juniors), I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Monday, December 2, 2019 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. The rest of the paperwork along with a complete research paper must be ready by Wednesday, December 11, 2019. All photocopying will be done at this time. Do not make any copies before this date.

2019 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

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On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host its fourteenth 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 begins. 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 web page 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 15.

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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.

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Seeking order in genomic chaos: how chromosomal instability shapes cancer evolution

Radiation oncologist Samuel F. Bakhoum is working to understand more about how cancer grows and spreads.

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Metabolic Regulation of Cell Fate Decisions

Cell biologist Lydia Finley investigates how cellular metabolic pathways regulate cell fate decisions in stem cells and cancer cells.

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Immunotherapy for Patients with Lung Cancer

Medical oncologist Matthew D. Hellmann’s research focuses on developing innovative and effective ways to harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer.

Fall teacher assignments

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019 by for Juniors, Seniors.

Midwood Science Research 2020
Elert Seniors Katzoff Seniors Mosley Seniors
Ihtsham Chaudhry Ashley Chin Naffisat Atanda
Hong Wei Chen Daniel Drozdov Serena Duran
Oliwia Dankiw Kelly Guan Tristan Ene
Nadzeya Fliaha Victoria Habbchy Gloria Glenn
Tanzena Haque Jasmine Huang Idrees Ilahi
Henry Hua Anum Jabeen Emily Ly
Mariyum Jahan Suraiya Khoja Tanisa Rahman
Alyssa Kattan Jessica Lin Defne Sener
Esther Lee Noor Mohammad
Blessin Mcfarlane Lameya Rahman  
Almedina Mulic Stella Ruan  
Kevin Ng Jessica Zheng  
Tiffany Ngo    
Gabriella Shalumov    
Meghan Stern    
Elert Juniors Katzoff Juniors Mosley Juniors
Mohinur Abdullaeva Alexiz Aguilar Sarah Akram
Fariha Ahmed Lyna Ammi Muskan Ali
Zilola Ashurboyeva Emily Chen Jenane Benhalima
Anna Chen Victoria Garcia Jason Calangi
Ivy Chen Nichole Gutierrez Treazure Da Breo
Tinnie Chen Zainab Ishfaq Nitu Farhin
Maham Ghori Aliyeh Khan Darryl Francois
Suzayet Hoque Declan Lin Jenny He
Judy Huang Rachel Malinkovich Xinyi Huang
Aya Ibrahim Marlen Mendieta-Camaron Shehan Hussain
Nicole Kravets Monica Mesiha Lazizakhon Ibrakhimova
Tamari Kvaratskhelia Zita Mimer Ilana Kolomiyets
Helen Pan Malayka Mudassar Edward Li
Hong Bin Pan Evelyn Schwartsman Sonya Liang
Tasnia Shadat Jessica Serheyeva Tiffany Ng Li
Tahreem Sittar Kirsten Shyu Hassan Rizwan
Jaden Thomas Victoria Tatarynova Oscar Rojasperez
Samiha Uddin Jacklyn Vu Madelynn Yung
Nelly Zhang    
Amanda Zhou    

Last update Friday, December 20, 2019

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