6th Annual Research Symposium Highlights Wide Array of Student Research!

Last week, Wheatley’s 6th Annual Research Symposium was held in our lobby (for the poster sessions) and a Room 450 (for the senior research presentations). The breadth and scope of the topics covered a large range of science research topics.

We are thankful to have such wonderfully motivated students along with the faculty to support their efforts. Particular thanks to our Science Research Coordinator, Ms. Alexis Blondrage, for her work with these students and her coordination of the evening.


Science Research Topics and Presentations

Independent Science Research
  • Sufia Ainechi – Solar Panel Pressure Plate: An Interactive System
  • Ananya Bansal – The Effect of Coconut Oil on the Alzheimer’s Homologue Gene apl-1 in C. elegans and APP in Murine Neuroblastoma Cells
  • Rachel Fuzaylov – Analysis and Barcoding of Native Species within the Hempstead Plains; Effect of BAMLET in Reversing Antibiotic Resistance in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Rikki Gassman – Analysis and Barcoding of Native Species within the Hempstead Plains
  • Jakob Gilbert – Creating Stable Housing in Earthquake-Prone Areas Using Semi-Rigid Arch Systems With Dynamic Wedge Foundations
  • Sana Haroon – The Effect of Thymoquinone on brc-1 and brc-2 Expression in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Abdullah Hassan – Dissolution of generic vs brand name drugs in the stomach
  • Farah Hasan – Designing a CRISPR/dCas9 System to Knock Down SOD1 Expression in Mammalian Cells
  • Arvin Jadonath – The Eradication and Prevention of Biofilm Growth  Using Various Organic Substances
  • Ansh Jhaveri – Effects of a Parabolic Reflector on the Strength and Range of WiFi Signal
  • Brett Katz – Effect of BAMLET in Reversing Antibiotic Resistance in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Megan Kirschner – The Effect of Coconut Oil on the Alzheimer’s Homologue Gene apl-1 in C. elegans and APP in Murine Neuroblastoma Cells
  • Abhishek Kumar – An Analysis of the Integration of Robotics in the Medicinal Field, Implementation of Robotics into the Medical Field
  • Nirav Kumar – The Eradication and Prevention of Biofilm Growth  Using Various Organic Substances
  • Vani Kumar – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • John Li – Scientometric Analysis of the Highly Cited Database Indicates Significant Shifts in Fields of High Impact Research
  • Karen Li – Scientometric Analysis of the Highly Cited Database Indicates Significant Shifts in Fields of High Impact Research
  • Michelle Lin – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island; Do oviposition deterring pheromones reduce competition between same vs. different varieties of Strauzia flies?
  • Gil Lotzky – Working at the New York Head and Neck Institute
  • Samrah Mitha – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island
  • Samrah Mitha – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island
  • Dylan Nektalov – The Effect of Superconductivity for Doped Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide
  • Jax Nussbaum – Music Exposure’s Effect on the Provocation of Autobiographical Memories
  • Michelle Raja – Reducing Toxicology of Nanoparticles while maintaining maximum antibacterial properties through shape control
  • Aidan Roldan – Effects of a Parabolic Reflector on the Strength and Range of WiFi Signal
  • Sumughan Pitchayan – Natural Lighting in Classrooms
  • Jessica Poomkudy – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • Madison Ramos – The Survival and Development of Artemia salina When Exposed to Low Doses of Diclofenac
  • Manan Shukla – The Utilization of Cellular Technology and Medicobox as Effective and Inexpensive Solutions to Medical Nonadherence in Healthcare
  • Anne Yan – The Effect of Nitrulline on the Expression of Dys-1 and Dyc-1 Genes in C. Elegans
  • Emily Wang – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • Josh Wolff – Dissecting The Effects of Biased Social Media on Millennials’ Views of Presidential Candidates
  • Aiden Wong – An Analysis of the Integration of Robotics in the Medicinal Field, Implementation of Robotics into the Medical Field
  • Kenton Wu – Carbaryl-Induced Cytotoxicity and Inflammation in both Mytilus edulis and Human Tissues Implicate the Pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Introduction to Science Research
  • Kavina Amin – The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli bacteria
  • Kaya Amin – Optimizing Energy Output in a Mudwatt
  • Alex ArbitalJacoby – What Biological Material Produces the Greatest Volume of Biogas?
  • Zachary Azevedo – The Effectiveness of Sunscreen Against UV Radiation
  • Ethan Bao –  Flame Retardancy
  • Alyssa Belle – The Effect of Sweeteners on Black Worms
  • Derek Gilbert – The Effects of Pesticides on the Growth Rate and Development of Zebrafish
  • Hitangee Jain – Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics
  • Megan Kaye – The Effect of Ethyl Alcohol on the Heart Rate of Daphnia Magna
  • Hema Kumar – The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli bacteria
  • Ilana Nimkoff – Optimizing Energy output in a Mudwatt
  • Jacob Mohebban – The Effects of Pesticides on the Growth Rate and Development of Zebrafish
  • Karthik Pitchayan – Flame Retardancy
  • Chris Santoli – The Effect of Xylitol on the Heart Rate of Daphnia
  • Rebecca Sparacio – The Effect of Caffeine and Ethanol on the Expression of the CEP-1 Tumor Suppressor Gene in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Rebecca Zeltsman –  The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli Bacteria
  • Danyal Zulfiqar – The Effect of Earthworms on Soil Quality

 

Vani Kumar Published in Online International Magazine!

Wheatley Junior Vani Kumar is one of our extraordinary science research students. In the spring, she had an article published in The Epoch Herald, a new online international magazine (of which she is the Chief of Editing).

Vani’s article was entitled “CRISPR- The Little Known Technology Which Will Change the Future of Humanity” and was based on her science research work. The magazine article is quite approachable, so please take a moment to read it here: http://wp.me/p7Mlzz-Ro

Congratulations to Vani and thanks to our Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage, for her support of all of our research students.

English 10P Talks Reveal a Wide Range of Student Interests and Passions!

On Wednesday, 31 May, students in our English 10P Honors courses invited friends, family and special guests to the second annual “Ten P Talks.” Modeled after the well-known Ted Talks, these student presentations aimed to answer the question, “What Matters?” Students chose topics that reflected their passions and interests, aiming to educate and inform the audience in under ten minutes.

The topics and presenters were quite impressive! Congratulations to the students, and thank you to Lauren Blum and Stephen Collier, who organized and helped the students through their presentations!

My one regret was that the two-hour block prevented me from seeing more than seven of the presentations!

The students and topics presented include:

  • Dina Aldad: “Sleepwalking Through Life”
  • Karan Amin: “Perfecting the Happiness Formula”
  • Sarah Amselem: “Living Abroud: Its True Importance”
  • Lucy Brancaccio: “Serial Killers: Evil or Ill?”
  • Megan Chau: “Speak Up—You’re Too Quiet”
  • Tony Deluxe: “The Perils of Populism”
  • Lauren Druz: “Social Media: Is it a True Connection?”
  • Lainey Fordin: “Traveling Away from the Resort”
  • Charlotte Goldbaum: “Criticism Makes Us Stronger”
  • Sofia Greenfield: “Shoulda Woulda Coulda (Battling Regret)”
  • Brittney Guerra: “Your Beauty Products are Killing You”
  • Jonathan Hahami: “Creating Teenage Millionaires—Corporations and Basketball”
  • Farah Hasan: “Why Humanity should NOT Strive for a Utopian Society”
  • Tiffany Jiao: “Fashion: More than Just Clothes”
  • Amanda Kim: “Putting Things Off—The Right Way”
  • Diana Kokotos: “That’s Not Me—Presenting Our True Selves”
  • Matt Kreitzer: “Professional Brain Damage (Football and Concussions)”
  • Kristen Leong: “Give Stress a Big Hug”
  • Pricilla Prasad: “The Teen Brain: Navigating Adolescence Through Biology”
  • Avani Ramnarayan: “Changing Traditional Ideas—with a Little Bit of Make-up”
  • Jacob Ribotsky: “Evolutionary Psychology’s Biggest Flaw”
  • Brooke Schwartz: “Feed the World—Not Your Phone”
  • John Scudero: “Stuck in the Middle With You (On Civil Discourse)”
  • Manan Shukla: “The Fermi’s Paradox: Life on Other Planets”
  • Vedant Singh: “Deriving the Relevance of Mathematics”
  • Caleb Varghese: “Chess: A Social and Educational Remedy”
  • Dustin Wong: “Why We Need Slang”
  • Justin Wu: “Pollution? Haven’t Heard That Name in Years”
  • Kenton Wu: “The Hidden Benefits of Laziness”
  • Camellia Ye: “Listening to the Dying Language of Trees”
  • Brandon Zhu: “Stop Trying to do Everything: The Real Recipe for Success”
  • Mara Zuckerman: “755 Months—Don’t Count Your Days; Make Your Days Count”

Wheatley Travelers Arrive in Peru!

We received the following update from Mrs. Simoes, Mrs. Principe-Franco and Mr. Rivero:

We would like to inform you that we arrived this morning to Lima , Peru. We were welcomed by every host family and then, transferred to SJM school as planned. Had a hearty breakfast,then the children were taken home to spend some time with their families before our day tour. We had an amazing day touring Lima downtown and other important landmarks. 

Wheatley Students Recognized at LISEF 2017!

The Long Island Science and Engineering Fair is the local regional organization that sponsors the Intel Division Fair and the JV Fair.  The top winners from the Intel Division fair earn a spot at the International Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by The Society for Science and Intel.

This year, Wheatley students submitted 8 projects to the Intel Division fair.  In total there were over 450 projects submitted from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The JV Fair provides an opportunity for young scientists to get a glimpse of what science competitions are like; gearing the students up for opportunities in following years to compete at the Intel Division.  Wheatley had 6 projects enter the JV Fair.

  • Ananya Bansal and Megan Kirschner got honorable mention in the category of Cellular and Molecular Biology and an award from The Society for In Vitro Biology for an Outstanding and Creative Project. The title of their project is Coconut Oil Decreases the Gene Expression of Apl-1 in C. Elegans and APP in Neuroblastoma Cells
  • Anne Yan received Honorable Mention for her project titled: The Effect of Nitrulline on the Expression of Dys-1 and Dyc-1 Genes in C. elegans

Other students who participated:

  • Arvin Jadonath
  • Nirav Kumar
  • Rebecca Sparacio
  • Kavina Amin
  • Hema Kumar
  • Rebecca Zeltsman
  • Kaya Amin
  • Ilana Nimkoff
  • Jacob Mohebban
  • Derek Gilbert

NYSSEF is on Monday April 3.  Long Island Science Congress is on Wednesday April 5.

Thanks to Mary Alexis Blondrage for her support of the students and the write-up of the competition!

Wheatley and National Rankings

Over the past several years, there has been a proliferation of organizations promoting lists of the top high schools in the country. Readers of this blog may recall some of my posts outlining some of the serious errors in these ranking lists (see http://wp.me/p3RKEP-4io and http://wp.me/p3RKEP-9iI, for example).

At last night’s Board of Education meeting, I presented an overview of the state and national ranking of high schools. As part of the presentation, I described the steps Wheatley could take if it wanted to focus on its national rankings.

You can view the presentation through the link below:

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Wheatley and National Rankings Feb17

Wheatley’s Midterm Experiences Bring the World to Students (Part 1)

Wheatley’s Midterm Experience is designed to give our 9th and 10th grade students hands-on workshops to provide insight into how English can be used in future endeavors. On Wednesday, over the course of two hours, students worked with acclaimed authors, poets, comedians and creative artists in activities designed to engage students in a way that can be challenging during the regular school day.

The Midterm Experience occurs thanks to the dedication of our Secondary English Chair, Mr. Steve Collier, our extraordinary librarian, Mrs. JoBeth Roberts, and our dedicated English teachers.

Some of the workshops given include:

Thinking Like a Writer
by Todd Strasser (Wheatley Class of 1968)

Wheatley graduate and renowned author Todd Strasser (The Beast of Cretacea, Fallout, Wish You Were Dead series) shared with participants what makes stories work. Many films, plays, and novels share common story elements, such as exposition, conflict, rising action, crisis, climax, and resolution. In the first part of the workshop, students identified these elements in popular films and novels. In the second, highly interactive, part of the workshop Mr. Strasser guided students in discovering why these elements are essential, helping them create a story of their own. In the process students discussed character and plot development, theme, back story, foreshadowing, subplot, and many other aspects of creative writing. By the end students not only had a greater understanding of story structure, but experienced “thinking like a writer” as well.


We All Have a Story to Tell
by April Armstrong, award winning performer and storyteller

Professional storyteller April Armstrong, winner of the 2015 Bronx BRIO award, helped to bring storytelling to life. This workshop examined the art of storytelling as a vibrant and necessary form of communication. Using voice, character, dialogue, gesture and song, students explored stories and their personal relationship to them. Emphasis was on story writing and telling prompts, using drama exercises as well as other sensory and visual exercises to help make story telling memorable.


Stealing Poetry (or Every Poet is a Thief stolen from U2’s Mysterious Ways)
by Leah Umansky, poet, collagist, teacher, pop-culture fanatic

This workshop was designed for students who love television, movies or theatre, often finding themselves thinking about a certain character, or something a character said in a TV show or movie, days after they saw it! This workshop was designed to help students find what inspires them as a writer. Leah Umansky read from her Game of Thrones and Mad Men inspired poems and discussed the genesis of her inspiration.  Participants learned how to be inspired by their surroundings – including pop culture!  This workshop was designed to break the stigma often applied to poetry, opening students up to new ways of approaching and entering poems. Emphasis was on writing prompts and reading contemporary poetry.  Participants were asked to share their work!