The Three Scholarship Amigos

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Cheers and congratulations to Shafieul Alam of East New York, Sarah Hamerling of Brighton Beach, and Isis Wyche of Bedford-Stuyvesant on receiving scholarship grants to continue with their scientific research.

The teens were part of a group of more than 100 teenage scientists from across the city that presented their research gathered during the Science Research Mentoring Program Colloquium held at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan on June 5. Students in grades 10 through 12 worked on various research topics including neuroscience, evolution, anthropology, astrophysics and planetary science.

Standing O pal Shafieul worked with Celene Martin and studied the chemical composition of mica to understand the fluid circulation that occurs in the Earth’s mantle to piece together clues about plate tectonics, subduction zones and volcanoes.

Sarah, under the supervision of Adric Riedel, a fellow in the Museum’s Department of Astrophysics, worked on expanding the number of stars in the Celestia, a space simulator that enables scientists to fly though galaxies in real time, from approximately 120,000 to more than 50 million stars using a new mathematical model.

Isis studied a potentially invasive species of millipedes (Boraria stricta) that has recently expanded its range from the South Appalachian Mountains to the Mianus River Gorge Preserve in New York. She has been working with Anthony Caragiulo, a postdoctoral fellow at the Museum’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics.

These three scientific amigos will receive the Science Scholars Award of $30,000 in college tuition to support their undergraduate work.

Standing O says, “Go Brooklyn teens.”

American Museum of Natural History [Central Park West and 79th Street in Manhattan, (718) 769–5100].


Hats off to Hatzalah

The amazing students from the Yachad School raised a ton of gelt to donate to United Hatzalah, at the 5K charity Race to Save Lives event held on Roosevelt Island on June 8. The developmentally challenged youngsters raced, ran, and competed in this second-annual race hosted by the United Hatzalah organization that hosted more than 300 people and raised more than $1 million dollars.

The funds raised support the emergency medic group that uses “ambucycles” — supped up motorcycles equipped with triage equipment — that races to emergencies around Israel to stabilize patients before traditional paramedic squads arrive.

Yachad School (1301 E. 18th Street and Avenue M in Midwood).


Stop the traffic!

It’s a green light for Gabriella Santora of PS 204 for being chosen second place winner of the 2014 Annual Traffic Safety Poster and Video Contest hosted by the Automobile Association of America-New York.

The artistic student was soft-drinked and dined at a special luncheon at the Davenport Press Restaurant in Mineola for her submission to the competition.

The campaign helps to make children aware of basic pedestrian, bicycle, and motorist safety as well as vehicle occupant protection and impaired-driving prevention.

Our pal Gabriella was chosen out of nearly 1,600 entries.

Standing O says, “Thanks Gabriella, Brooklyn needs safer streets.”

PS 204 [8101 15th Ave. at 81st Street in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–2906].

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Save the date

The new date for Senior Idol competition is Oct. 24 at 7 pm at Xaverian High School, auditions are still scheduled for Sept. 8.

Xaverian High School [7100 Shore Rd in Bay Ridge, (718) 836–7100].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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