Manan and Brandon Named 2019 Regeneron Scholars!

On 9 January, Wheatley Seniors Manan Shukla and Brandon Zhu were named scholars in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search!

In 2017, Regeneron became only the third sponsor (after Westinghouse and Intel) of the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. As part of its 10-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually to better reward the best and brightest young minds. Founded and led by two Science Talent Search alumni, Regeneron recognizes and prioritizes the need to inspire more young people to engage in science.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,964 applications, which were received from 601 high schools in 48 states, two U.S. territories and eligible students living in seven other countries. The scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. This year, research projects cover topics from bioengineering to environmental science to physics.

Manan’s project, “Creating Affordable and Objective Healthcare Solutions Using IoT and Cloud Technology,” was created in response to a problem he identified in the current health care system: physicians cannot treat their patients effectively because they lack accurate patient information to make proper decisions. This manifests itself in particular with patients who do not accurately report their medication intake. As a result, Manan created a smart pill dispenser that uses IoT cloud connectivity to not only quantify patient behaviors and determine medication usage but can also send this information to their physician so that patient treatment is based on objective data rather than inaccurate reporting. Manan’s project was highlighted earlier this year in this blog. You can read about it through this link.

Brandon’s project, “Efficient Zero-Knowledge Using Garbled Circuits Under the Plain Model,” was designed in response to the reality that our online security is constantly at risk of data breaches. To tackle this, Brandon created a secure encryption protocol based on cutting-edge techniques, such as commitment schemes and zero knowledge, that maintains security regardless of an attacker’s computational power. This enhanced protocol preserves full security without detrimental assumptions such as non-malleability and has even been tested to run more efficiently than less-perfect protocols.

On January 23, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists.

You can read Newsday’s coverage of Long Island’s scholars through this link: Regeneron Scholars Newsday 9Jan19

You can view all of the 300 Regeneron Scholars here: STS 2019 Scholar Book

Congratulations Manan and Brandon!

 

7th Annual Science Research Symposium Showcases Impressive Work of our Students!

Last night, Wheatley’s 7th 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 Secondary Chair for Science, Mrs. Alexis Pace, for her work with these students and her coordination of the evening. Thanks as well to Mr. DJ Paulson, a Science Research Teacher, for his assistance with the students and the evening.


Science Research Topics and Presentations

Introduction to Science Research Topics

  • Umar Ahmad – The Effects of Antihistamines on the Cell Cycle
  • Zain Akhtar – The Effect of Acid Rain on Lichen Growth
  • Manav Bansal – Identification of Candidate Therapeutics using a Drosophila Model
  • Anya Chabria – A New Look at Writing: Investigating the Presence of Fractal Patterns in the Sentence Structures of Fictional Classic Literature
  • Ubaidullah Hassan – The Effect of Acid Rain on Lichen Growth
  • Aarushi Jain – The Effects of Various Chemicals on Digestive Tract Bacteria
  • Viraj Jayam – Projecting onto the Generalized n-Sphere via Stereographic Projections
  • Olivia Palmieri – The Effects of Various Chemicals on Digestive Tract Bacteria
  • Iman Pirzada – The Ikea Effect and How it Affects Student Learning
  • Avani Rambharose – The Ikea Effect and How it Affects Student Learning
  • Avinash Reddy – Cloning: Balancing Science and Ethics
  • Samar Saleem – The Effects of Various Chemicals on Digestive Tract Bacteria
  • Brian Seo – The Effect of Acid Rain on Lichen Growth
  • Neil Shah – Efficiency of Composting Using Eisenia fetida
  • Arham Sheraz – The Effects of Antihistimines on the Cell Cycle
  • Dean Sheinman – Christopher Morley Park: Invasive vs Native Tree Species
  • Aaron Zachariah – Sustainability of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Lucy Zha – The Effect of Auto Correct on High School Students’ Classwork
  • Sharon Zhong – The Effect of Dairy Products As Compared To Alternative Dairy Products On Plant Development

Independent Science Research Topics

  • Sufia Ainechi – The Tipping Point of Buildings; An Analysis of Future Renewable Energy
  • *Karan Amin – Meditation’s Correlation with Higher Levels of Dispositional Mindfulness and Resilience and its Application to the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
  • Alex ArbitalJacoby – The Effects of Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles Compared to the Effects of 10 Nanometer Store-Bought Silver Nanoparticles on Energy Production of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae Microbial Fuel Cell
  • Zachary Azevedo – How Does Turf Affect Bacterial Growth?
  • Matthew Cornacchia – Analyzing Peridotites Ability to Sequester Carbon Dioxide as a Potential Solution to Global Warming
  • *Antony Deluxe – The Prevalence of Stigma Against Depression Amongst High School Students
  • *Lauren Druz – The Effects of Coconut Oil on Alzheimer’s-homologue APL-1 in C. elegans
  • *Roxane Ghadami – How can we revise our criminal justice system in order to  reduce racial profiling and stereotyping?
  • *Sana Haroon – MiR30-c Reduces Apob Secretion in HUH-7 Cells
  • *Farah Hasan – The Effects of Coconut Oil on Alzheimer’s-homologue APL-1 in C. elegans
  • Hitangee Jain – Pretreatment of Pyrabactin Increases the Tolerance of Brassica rapa to High Salinity Levels
  • Ansh Jhaveri – The Effects of Colloidal Silver on the Growth of E. coli
  • *Tiffany Jiao – The Construction of False Memories: Factors That Contribute to the Confabulation of Events and Production Errors in Memory Recall
  • Brett Katz – The Effect of BAMLET on Reversing the Antibiotic Resistance in Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
  • Theodore Koutsoftas – The Effects of Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles Compared to the Effects of 10 Nanometer Store-Bought Nanoparticles on Energy Production of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Microbial Fuel Cell
  • *Abhishek Kumar – Performance Analysis of a Parallelized Restricted Boltzman Machine Artificial Neural Network Using OpenACC Framework and TaU Profiling System on the HPC1 High Performance Computer
  • Vani Kumar – Simulating the BRAF-D630045J12Ri Fusion in Hek-293t Cells Using the CRISPR/Cas9 Genetic Engineering System
  • John Li – Three Efficient Inventions That Work Together to Reduce the Time and Cost of Automobile Transmission Fluid and Filter Changes by 3/4th
  • Karen Li – TP53 Mutations as Potential Prognostic Markers for Specific Cancers: Analysis of Data from the Cancer Genome Atlas and the Internation Agency for Research on Cancer TP53 Database
  • Victor Li – TP53 Mutations as Potential Prognostic Markers for Specific Cancers: Analysis of Data from the Cancer Genome Atlas and the Internation Agency for Research on Cancer TP53 Database
  • Akiva Mohebban – The Effects of Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles Compared to the Effects of 10 Nanometer Store-Bought Nanoparticles on Energy Production of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Microbial Fuel Cell
  • Jacob Mohebban – Analyzing Peridotites Ability to Sequester Carbon Dioxide as a Potential Solution to Global Warming
  • *Alexandra Ostad – Analyzing Domestic Violence Health Education in Nassau and Suffolk County, New York
  • *Alex Pannullo – Exploring the Effect of the Installation of Metal Detectors on Student Perception of their School
  • *Mahesh Pitchayan – How Effectively the Musical Elements of the Leitmotifs in Star Wars: A New Hope Change with the Emotional Development of Characters
  • Michelle Raja – Reducing Toxicology of Silver Nanoparticles While Maintaining Maximal Antibacterial Properties Through Shape Control
  • Aidan Roldan – The Effects of Colloidal Silver on the Growth of E. coli
  • *Brooke Schwartz – The Effects of Age, Gender, and Degree of Education on Compassion and Empathy Levels of Parents
  • *Manan Shukla – Reprogramming Tumor Associated Macrophages for Optimizing Triple Negative Breast Cancer Therapy
  • *Vedant Singh – Evaluating the Effects of Graphhene-Loaded Poly(4-vinylpyridine) Electrospun Fiber Scaffolds and Spun-cast Thin Films on the Proliferation, Morphology, and Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells in vitro
  • Rebecca Sparacio – The Identification and Characterization of the DELLA Protein in Lemna minor

* Denotes AP Research participant

 

Wheatley Students Earn Accolades at NYSSEF!

On 19 March 2018, four Wheatley students earned accolades at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair (NYSSEF):

  • Emily Wang – 2nd Place in Environmental Engineering
  • Vani Kumar – 2nd Place in Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Rebecca Sparacio – 3rd Place in Plant Sciences
  • Vedant Singh – Honorable Mention in Biomedical Engineering

Emily Wang also received two special awards from The American Meteorological Society and from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award.  These awards recognized Emily’s project for excellence in environmental sustainability.

[Thanks to Alexis Pace, Secondary Chair for Science, for the photo and the write-up!]

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Wheatley Students Succeed at LISEF!

On Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12 students attended the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) held at Crest Hollow Country Club.  The students participating in the second round of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) division were:

  • Emily Wang – 2nd Place in Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Vedant Singh – Honorable Mention in Biomedical Engineering
  • Rebecca Sparacio – Honorable Mention in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Hitangee Jain – Honorable Mention in Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • John Li – Honorable Mention in Engineering Mechanics

Emily Wang also received a special award from the Stockholm International Water Institute.  This recognition allows her to enter her project into the US division fair where she has the opportunity to represent the US at the international level.

Wheatley also had a number of students competing in the Junior Varsity Division of LISEF. These students included:

  • Viraj Jayam – 2nd place in Mathematics and Computers
  • Manan Shukla – Honorable Mention in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Victor Li – Honorable Mention Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Karen Li – Honorable Mention in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Emily Yagoda – Engineering and Physical Science
  • Brooke Schwartz – Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Kenton Wu – Cellular and Molecular Biology

It should be noted this was the first time the Wheatley School had students compete in the mathematics and computer division of LISEF.

We are proud of all of the students who participated in this prestigious competition. Those recognized as honorable mention and above represent the top 10% of their category.  Achieving at this level is an extraordinary achievement.

Thank you to Alexis Blondrage Pace (our Science Department Chair and Research Coordinator) for working with our students. Thanks to Robert Teseo for the group photo!

LISEF Group Photo

John Li Recognized by Town of North Hempstead!

Earlier this year, John Li was recognized as a Regeneron Scholar for his project, “Three Efficient Inventions That Work Together to Reduce the Time and Cost of Automobile Transmission Fluid and Filter Changes by 3/4th.” As part of his research, John looked at streamlining the current procedures for changing transmission fluid and filters.  The proposed three inventions work in conjunction to reduce cost and time for not only the consumer but the automobile industries as well.

During a ceremony at the Town of North Hempstead’s Town Hall on Tuesday evening, John was recognized for this wonderful accomplishment!

Thank you to our Science Department Chair, Alexis Blondrage Pace, for the photos!

Wheatley Hosts a Women in STEM Forum!

On Thursday evening, Wheatley’s Room 450 was packed with students, teachers and parents for a wonderful Women in STEM Forum. The brainchild of senior Jamie Horowitz, the purpose of the forum was to provide information and encouragement to females interested in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. To this end, four outstanding professionals participated in the panel discussion:

  • Elizabeth Giradi Schoen: As Vice Present of Environment and Sustainability for Teva Pharmaceuticals, her role is to champion responsibility in business practice for this global company with more than $20 billion in income. Ms. Giradi Schoen has her bachelors and masters in chemical engineering and has been working in this field for 35 years. She is a parent of four Wheatley graduates.
  • Laurie Cantileno-Lillis: Currently the Service Delivery Executive for Cisco, Ms. Cantileno-Lillis was formerly Vice President of Global Network Services at Broadridge Financial. She holds a Magna Cum Laude degree in Computer Science from NYIT as well as an ITIL v3 certification for Service Delivery. She was a catalyst of The Internet of Women. She continues this leadership by providing guidance and mentoring to girls, young women, and colleagues as a former Board Member of Girls Inc, former Broadridge Financials Inclusion & Diversity Board Member and its Senior Women’s Leadership Forum.
  • Jeannie Guglielmo: She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Stony Brook, where she teaches Clinical Chemistry and Forensic Science. Dr. Guglielmo has 10 years of experience as a Forensic Scientist and has been an educator for the last 18 years.
  • Noelle Cutter: She worked as a research associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the NASA Space Radiation Labs before receiving her doctorate from Stony Brook University. She completed her BS as a double major in Biology and Chemistry from Molloy College in 2004 graduating Summe Cum Laude. She was captain of the Molloy Women’s Soccer Team and has been awarded the Chasman Scholarship for her dissertation work. Currently, Dr. Cutter is a co-PI for the National Science Foundation MRI grant and the C-STEP grant at Molloy College.

With Jamie serving as the moderator, each panelist had an opportunity to share her professional journey, discuss some of the challenges unique to women in the STEM field and argue the important role the humanities play in STEM-related fields. Finally, every professional was given an opportunity to provide advice to the audience.

Thank you to our Secondary Science Chair, Ms. Alexis Pace, and our Director of Technology, Innovation and Information Services, Mr. Ed Kemnitzer, for their support of Jamie’s initiative!

[Thanks to Randy Horowitz for some of the photos.]

 

Abhishek Kumar Presenting Research in Denver!

Congratulations to Abhishek Kumar (Class of 2018) who was invited to present his research at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. Abhishek departed for Denver this past Sunday and will spend the week at the conference—including a presentation session!

Abhishek will present his project titled: Performance Analysis of a Parallelized Restricted Boltzmann Machine Artificial Neural Network Using OpenACC Framework and TAU Profiling System.

This SC17 conference brings together the international high performance computing community—a gathering of scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and developers that is unequaled in the world—for an exceptional program of technical presentations, papers, informative tutorials, timely research posters and Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions.

The SC17 Exhibition Hall features the latest technologies and accomplishments from the world’s leading vendors, research organizations and universities; SC17 provides the unique opportunity to see the latest technologies that will shape the future of large-scale technical computing and data-driven science.

Abhishek worked under the guidance of Senior Technology Engineer Dr. Abid Malik at Brookhaven National Laboratories in Upton, New York.

You can view Abhishek’s presentation board here: Abhishek Kumar Research Board

Congratulations to Abhishek! [Thanks to Ms. Pace, our Science Department Chair, for the write-up!]