East Side Science In The News
Awards and Accomplisments
The best part of Kimberly Dempsey’s summer research in the Columbia Stem Cell Initiative is her daily discussion with her mentor, Amélie Collins, MD, PhD, a postdoc in Professor Emmanuelle Passegué’s lab at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Dempsey, a 10th grade chemistry teacher at East Side Community High School in Manhattan, is helping to develop a protocol for comparing hematopoietic stem cells in neonatal and adult mice.
“The most exciting part of the experience has been talking with Dr. Collins about her experimental design, listening to her think through her choices for controls, and her responses when unexpected data come back,” says Dempsey. “It is wonderful to witness the creativity and logic inherent in good scientific research.”
Dempsey is one of 15 high school teachers conducting research this summer in Columbia University’s Summer Research Program for Science Teachers, now in its 29th year. The program provides paid fellowships for two consecutive summers to New York metropolitan area secondary science teachers to do hands-on research with faculty members in Columbia University and New York Stem Cell Foundation laboratories. Through a grant from NYSTEM, New York state’s stem cell initiative, the program currently focuses on educating teachers about stem cell biology....click here to read full article >> Secondary School Teachers Trade Vacation for Stem Cell Research at Columbia
Almost all of East Side's math and science teachers have been, currently are, or will soon be MfA Master Teacher fellows. As such they participate in frequent professional development workshops to grow their teaching skills!
Learn more about MfA Master Teacher Fellows.
MƒA Master Teachers exemplify what it means to be an outstanding teacher. By becoming an MƒA Master Teacher, great STEM teachers are provided the support to keep doing what they do best – continuing to teach and making an impact on their students.
The MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship brings together exceptional, experienced public school mathematics and science teachers with more than four years of teaching experience who demonstrate profound knowledge of their subject, their students, and the complex craft of teaching. Through ongoing professional and leadership opportunities built by the teachers themselves, MƒA Master Teachers continue to grow, learn, and reflect on their teaching. MƒA Master Teachers also serve as leaders in their schools, in the MƒA community, and in the larger educational community by mentoring early career teachers, leading professional courses and workshops, and attending or presenting at conferences.
On April 6-10, 2010, inspired by Sylvia Earle's TED Prize wish, a group of 100 scientists, activists and philanthropists set sail on an epic adventure into the blue. During five days of cruising the Galapagos Islands, we developed a new model of radical collaboration that could significantly impact the way we protect our oceans. (For details, read the blog post "Ocean Hope at Mission Blue.")
New York City Students Get Down and Dirty for National Lab Day
Posted by Beth Noveck on May 06, 2010 at 09:48 AM EDT
With a major water main break in Boston and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in the news these days, it is obvious how much our country needs well-trained chemical engineers with expertise in pollution prevention and treatment. Professor Benjamin Davis of The Cooper Union College is just such an expert. He had been looking for a way to teach young people the field he loves so that they, too, might know about and choose chemical engineering as a college and career option.
Thanks to an article in the newspaper, he came across a link for National Lab Day—a nationwide initiative to foster collaborations among volunteers, students, and educators—and signed up. Yesterday, at the East Side Community High School on the lower east side of Manhattan, Professor Davis taught 10th graders (as well as this U.S. Deputy CTO) how waste water is treated on an industrial scale. In keeping with the basic tenet of National Lab Day, this wasn't just a lecture. It was a hands-on experiment through which we learned how to clean and purify "contaminated" water—namely 100 ml of tap water that the good Professor had mixed with 18 g of dirt, 10 g of flour, 2 ml of salad dressing, and some dish soap that science teacher Joe Vicente had provided for the experiment.
This get-your-hands-dirty experiment can be traced in part back to last November, when the President launched the "Educate to Innovate" campaign to motivate and inspire students to excel in science, technology, engineering, and math. At that White House event, he announced the launch of National Lab Day and challenged Americans to get involved in a historic grassroots effort to bring hands-on learning to students by upgrading science labs, supporting project-based learning, and building communities of support for STEM teachers.
Since its launch the effort has quickly gained momentum, with National Lab Day projects now scheduled in every state, involving over 1,500 schools already and over 200 science and engineering societies and organizations representing millions of potential volunteers. National Lab Day matches volunteers with schools and teachers to coordinate face-to-face learning opportunities. New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who attended today's event, complimented the innovative approach of National Lab Day, which brings knowledgeable experts into America's middle and high schools to get kids interested science.
"Yo-Yo Ma is in New York today and he can visit five schools," Klein remarked. "But a program like National Lab Day can put a ‘Yo-Yo Ma’ of science and technology in every classroom." And you never know what these match-ups will lead to, he added. "I had a physics teacher in high school who helped me get a science grant that let me go to college."
And although Yo-Yo Ma was not part of today’s water treatment experiment, TV stars Tim Daly and Andrea Bowenturned up to add some chemistry to the chemistry. And of course, there was pizza.
May 12th is the official National Lab Day kick-off, but National Lab Day isn't just a single day. It's an ongoing, year-round, grassroots effort in participatory citizenship designed to encourage young people, as President Obama has said, "to be makers of things, not just consumers of things."
Students at East Side Community High School in New York learn how to clean up dirty water as part of a National Lab Day experience. (Photos by Beth Noveck)
Beth Noveck is U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer
Erica Ring, East Side Community High School Garden Planting BedsErica is an 11th grade biology teacher at East Side Community High School in New York City. She is passionate about the Environmental Committee comprised of 20-30 students who have taken on the huge project of revitalizing the school’s garden after years of neglect. Their plans include renovating a pond, reseeding a lawn and creating planting beds and gardening. Erica says that rodent proofed, raised garden beds are key to transforming the space. They will use Pollination Project funding to build wood garden beds for flowering plants and herbs. During the winter, 30 students already worked very hard to produce compost from the school’s waste stream and this compost will be used in the planting beds. Planting beds will be made available to students at ESCHS as well as the neighboring schools and members of the local community. GRANT AWARD DATE: APRIL 27, 2013
ACS Award for Incorporating
Sustainability into Chemistry Education
Andrea Swenson and Joe Vincente presented at the Spring Conference of the American Chemical Society. They were recognized for infusing sustainability themes into chemistry education. See a video of their presentation here and a Huffington Post article here. They presented the 10th Grade Chemistry Water Sustainability PSA Video project.