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WVHS students present original research at Annual Science Research Symposium

on June 10, 2016
Group pose of four students who presented their research work at the Annual Science Research Symposium.

Pictured left to right are Science Research Seniors Bria Metzger, Taylor Thomas, Josie Genetti and Robert Keane.

To present and celebrate student innovation in science and research, Warwick Valley High School held its annual Science Research Symposium on June 6.

Participating students are part of a three-year Science Research Program offered through SUNY Albany. Throughout the course, students work on a topic of their choosing and connect with professionals in their field of study for support and advice to advance their research.

Student discusses her research work with guests at the Annual Science Research Symposium.

Mika Leonard, a Junior, discusses her research work with a guest.

This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Alida Coppi, is currently a senior staff scientist in the Infectious Disease Department at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, NY.  She presented her postdoctoral work which studied proteolytic cleavage of the major surface protein of the malaria parasite. Researchers hope that by disabling key aspects of this protein an effective anti-malarial product might be developed.

Senior presenters:

Josina Genetti presented her work on adolescent sleep deprivation and the study she designed to assess the benefits of implementing a sleep questionnaire to improve sleep hygiene in high school students.

Robert Keane’s research on methane hydrates found that rising global temperatures could result in a shrinking gas stability zone, thereby releasing methane locked in the ocean floor and creating an endless loop of further climate change.

Student discusses his research work with guests at the Annual Science Research Symposium.

Lee Emmerich, a junior, talks with symposium guests.

Bria Metzger presented her study on the variability of thermal thresholds using the model organism Aiptasia pallida. She found that sudden temperature changes can lead to the organism bleaching or expelling the helpful endosymbionts dwelling in its tissues more exponentially.

Taylor Thomas researched the effect of replacing sodium chloride with potassium chloride in crackers. She compared height, weight, breakability, and the effect of the substitute on the quality of the cracker.

The evening concluded with tri-fold presentations by all members of the Science Research class.

Additional student presenters:

· Lee Emmerich – The effect of air quality on starch levels in apple fruit

· Julia Keys – The effect of technology usage on the ability to recognize facial expressions of emotion

· Mika Leonard – The roles of stress and coping on psychological distress and maladaptive eating behaviors; a comparison between high school athletes and non-athletes

· Jack Pennington – Emergency and Disaster preparedness education in young adults

· Alexa Yuen – The effect of exercise on fatigue levels in influencing return to work rates of breast cancer survivors

· Mackenzie Cauda – Influence of different sports on fat mass and lean mass in growing girls

· Emma Davis – Improving the Dromedary Antibody Response: The hunt for the ideal Camel adjuvant

· Jacob Gaydos – Bats regulate biosonar based on the availability of visual information

· Thomas Gardiner – Effects of footwear on treadmill running biomechanics in preadolescent children

· Jacqueline Grundfast – The Planet microlensing follow up network; Results and prospects for the detection of extrasolar planets

· Hannah Hamling – Evaluation of force, vibration, and thermal tactile feedback in prosthetic limbs

· Samuel Langer – Tunable complete photonic band gap in anisotropic photonic crystal slabs with non-circular air holes using liquid crystals

· Traci Montelbano – Dawn simulation and bright light therapy in the treatment of SAD: a controlled study

· Alyssa Schaechinger – A clinically feasible kinematic assessment method of upper extremity motor function impairment after stroke

· Jack Schenkman – Application of Graph theory to unsupervised classification of materials by Laser Induced breakdown Spectroscopy

· Garret Van Gelder – Functional roles in mixed species foraging flocks; a field manipulation

 

 

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