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Students are able to select four choices from a variety of fun workshops and will be assigned two of their choices.  We will make every effort to accommodate their choices.  All workshops are conducted in English.

STUDENT WORKSHOPS MARCH 4, 2023

Let’s Take a Cell-fie
You will never look at the vegetables on your plate the same way.  What part of the plant did they come from? Which vegetables are closely related to one another? Plants are composed of cells—what do the cells look like?  Be prepared to get up close and personal with vegetables and learn how this information is helping scientists improve farming.  We will virtually tour a research laboratory at Cornell that researches plant cells.
Adrienne Roeder, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University 

Slime Therapy
Making slime is extremely fascinating and stress-relieving for everyone, but you may not be familiar with basic slime science.  Slime is all about polymers just like Jell-O or plastic soda bottles.  First you will make colorful slime and then squeeze, stretch, fold, or poke your slime.  Making slime is a soothing, aromatic, and therapeutic experience.
Yelda Balkir, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Manhattan College

Little Organisms, Big Discoveries
The “Little Organisms, Big Discoveries” workshop will feature the power of tardigrades (eight-legged segmented micro-animals) and how they can be used to study the environment, ecology, evolution, and human biology.  Participants will use microscopy and computer science to investigate different aspects of tardigrade research such as their natural habitat, how they walk, and how our understanding of tardigrades can help us understand human diseases such as Parkinson’s disease or Muscular Dystrophy.
Te-Wen Lo, Associate Professor Biology, Ithaca College; Sara Dingee, CSTEP Coordinator, Ithaca College; Lori Armstrong, Noeline Luyineula, Melanie Sepulveda-Rosado, Adriana Sulca, Students, Ithaca College

From Idea to Patient’s IV to CURE!
How are elements combined in the right ways to create medicines that actually work to treat diseases?  Who volunteers for and performs safety testing?  Where does all the “stuff” come from (tubes, needles, pumps) to make sure patients get medicines in the right way?  We will quickly explore the roles of the following:  Molecular Scientists/chemical studies, Animal Studies (sometimes!), Clinical Researchers: Phases III-IV (from patient scheduler to Principal.
Erin Colarusso, Senior Research Manager for Pharmaceutical Companies

Brain Games
Put on your thinking cap and learn all about brains.  Make a model brain cell, look at animal brains, and use a microscope in our study of all the mind-boggling things a brain can do – from recognizing words and colors, to making memories, to controlling your movements.
Jenny Libien, MD PhD, Chair of Pathology, Downstate Health Sciences University

Liquid Candy
Ever wonder what’s the big deal about drinking soda?  After all, you only live once, right? Might as well have a little fun!  Come learn about added sugars in drinks like soda. We will discuss how added sugars in drinks affect the body, what you might want to think about when choosing a drink for your health, things to consider when deciding policy, how you can make a difference, and how policy can impact larger society.
Jen Cadenhead, PhD, RDN, Executive Director, Tisch Food Center Research, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Crafting With Circuits
Learn the basics of circuits:  voltage, current, resistance, and power.  Then learn how the design of your circuit can influence these factors.  Practice what you’ve learned by designing your own light-up card that you’ll be able to take home with you.
Emily Evans, Electrical and Date Engineer; Sonica Saraf, Neuroscience PhD Student at NYU

Make Your Own Website!
Girls will learn the basics of making a website:  Getting text on a page, styling it, and making it interactive.
Sami Caby, Senior Software Engineer, Climb Credit

Grow Fish!
See how zebrafish grow from embryos to adults. You will learn how human development is similar to fish development and that by studying fish we can learn about ourselves.  Due to special optical clarity of zebrafish embryos, you will literally see how dominant and recessive genes shape the fish’s future and how scientists make new discoveries.
Rena Orman, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Downstate Health Sciences University

Lipstick Chromatography Lab
In this chemistry lab, we will use forensic science to solve a crime. The technique of thin layer chromatography will be used to compare some lipstick found at a crime scene with the lipstick from multiple suspects.  By comparing the different chromatograms, we will identify which of the suspects was present at the scene and find the killer!
Patricia Gonzalez Periche, PhD, Doctoral Lecturer, Chemistry Department, Lehman College

How Popular is Your Name?
Using real data on all children born in the U.S. we will explore your name, how popular it is today, and whether it was more or less popular in the past.  We will compare your name to others and explore whether celebrity names and names from movies become more or less popular.
Elin Waring, Professor, Sociology, Lehman College

A Colorful Tour of the World of Graphs
Which doodles can you draw without picking up your pencil or retracing?  How can you color a map so no two neighboring countries are the same color?  How can you seat family at dinner so that people who are arguing don’t have to share a table?  In this workshop, you will learn the simple but elegant mathematical idea that allows you to solve these problems and will give you a new way of looking at lots of images and problems in your daily life.
Renee Bell, Professor of Mathematics, Lehman College