We regularly have guest scientists visit our school for "Lunch with a Scientist"
Here are some of the scientist friends we have made!
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Dr. Judith Absalon, 4-11-2014
Director of Vaccines Clinical Research, Pfizer
Dr. Absalon joined us to share her knowledge of the high school - college - medical doctor career path. As we learned, there are lots of ways of finding your way into a career in medicine. Lots of chemistry students were interested in medicine, chemicals, and molecules after last unit's molecular geometry exhibition so it was great to hear Dr. Absalon share her expertise on vaccines.
Dr. Ryan Ungaro, 3-27-2014
Gastroenterologist, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Ryan Ungaro, a gastroenterologist, spoke with 6th grade science students about his career path, his past research, and his current practice. While in medical school, Dr. Ungaro conducted research using mouse test subjects, investigating the role of the TLR4 receptor in irritable bowel syndrome. At our scientist lunch, he shared his experimental design, photos of his cell cultures, his data, and his data analysis. He then showed videos of actual medical procedures he had completed laparoscopically on patients' stomachs and intestines, as part of his work as a doctor. His presentation allowed students to see real-world applications of the science they'd been learning all year - experimental design, bias in experimentation, the ethics of animal experimentation, graphing, and data analysis.
Dr. Andres Gomez, 12-13-2013
Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), American Museum of Natural History
Dr. Gomez joined us to share his knowledge of communicable diseases. Danielle's 7th grade science students were studying a unit in his expertise called Epidemiology so this was great chance for them to connect what they were learning in class to current research in the field.
Dr. Ben Davis, annually in May since 2010
Professor of Chemical Engineering, The Cooper Union
Every May since 2010, I have been collaborating with Joe Vincente at East Side Community High School (ESCHS) to give his students a lesson and hands-on activity on wastewater treatment and what it's like to be an engineer in charge of treating water. The lesson consists of Joe Vincente and I explaining what the various methods are for wastewater treatment, posing a problem to the students wherein they are engineers in charge of treating a certain amount of wastewater (one million gallons per day), and having them perform tests using the techniques they have learned in their chemistry class in order to quantify the cost of achieving their engineering goal.
Typically we do the activity with five sections of 10-20 students and then have an afterschool pizza party where I answer students' questions about Cooper Union, what engineers do, what my background was, etc.