Tag Archives: seminars

Delegate presentations and delegate seminars!

This morning delegates shared research they’ve worked on with their peers in a lecture environment. These delegate presentations are an exciting testament to the academic rigor and scientific competence the 2016 delegation possesses.

Delegate Presentation: Circadian Rhythms and Academics with Ms. Isabelle Hua

The afternoon consisted of staph and delegate seminars, from Photography 101 with Peter Gerstenberger to Creative Writing with Narisse Trippel.

Delegate Seminar: Martial Arts, the Physics, Study, and Mentality for Success with Mr. Dakota Loberger
Staph Seminar: Latin Dancing Part 2 with Lina!
Delegate Seminar: Hanging with your Chilean Friends with Mr. Nicolás Sepúlveda, Mr. Fernando Saldivia, and Mr. Matías Ramos

Tonight’s lecture was given by Mr. Freedom Dumlao, (Director of Engineering, Xively). In The Internet of Things  Mr. Dumlao discussed the IoT, a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.

The Internet of Things by Mr. Freedom Dumlao

End of Directed Studies #3

Today, the delegates finished up their last directed study block.  The morning lecture, “Getting ready to be “The Martian”: A One-Year Expedition on the International Space Station” was given by Dr. Julie Robinson (Chief Scientist, International Space Station, NASA). Dr. Robinson highlighted some of the most dramatic discoveries and benefits of the ISS, and how challenging the unknown keeps scientists and engineers on the cutting edge of discovery.

Dr. Julie Robinson
Dr. Julie Robinson: “Getting ready to be “The Martian”: A One-Year Expedition on the International Space Station”
Directed Study
Directed Study on Surgery!

In the afternoon, delegates had the opportunity to participate in seminars from Creek Sampling with Rachel to How to Make a Campfire with Gavin. Afterward, the delegates selected their last overnight trips in the outdoor lottery.

More posts to come July 1st – going on overnight trips again tomorrow!

End of Directed Studies #2

The morning lecture featured Dr. Dana Moshkovitz (MIT). Her talk explained  the basics of theoretical computer science: what are P and NP, why understanding them is important, and the limitations of approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems.

Dr. Dana Moshkovitz: "The Possibilities and Limitations of Computation and Approximation"

DS (directed study) block 2 had its last day today (see schedules on archives page)! DS’s included Combinatorial Games, Cybersecurity, and the Mathematics of Genetics.

Jonathan Powels (IL) in Directed Study: Failure Analysis

Dr. Scott Aronson (MIT) gave the evening lecture. He talked about computational complexity, discussing what can and can’t be computed. Along with a crash course of quantum mechanics, he touched on models of computation that might go beyond quantum computers.

Dr. Scott Aaronson: “Quantum Computing and the Limits of the Efficiently Computable”

Delegates and staph are heading out on overnight trips again; next update will be on June 27, 2016!

Science, Seminars, and More Science!

Today was a very busy day for the 2016 delegation, as they had two lectures, their last day of this directed study block, and a very full seminar block.

Directed Study
Directed Study: Structural Biology in a Post-Genomic Era with Dr. Pam Twigg

The morning lecture, Why Stuff Falls Apart by Dr. Mac Louthan (Consulting Scientist, Savannah River National Laboratory) was a humorous, motivational lecture that discussed the six fundamental causes of failure of large engineered systems: deficiency in design, improper material selection, defects in materials, improper processing, errors in assembly, and improper service.

Mac Louthan’s Lecture: Why Stuff Falls Apart

From Alcohol Art with Emily Holmes to Personality Types with Kiona to Hanging with Johnny G, a wide variety of seminars were available this afternoon for delegates to explore.

Delegate Kimmet Piedra
Costa Rican Delegate Kimett Piedra Garbanzo making candy in the “Art, Ethics, and Science of Food” Directed Study

The evening lecture, by Dr. Walter Stromquist (Research Associate, Bryn Mawr College), discussed fair division problems from a mathematical perspective.

Dr. Walter Stromquist: “Mathematics of Fair Division”

As Directed Studies End…Overnighters Begin!

Today, the 2016 delegates learned about “Life Lessons Learnt in the Laboratory” from Dr. Karla- Luise Herpoldt of University of Washington.  In her lecture, Dr. Herpoldt urged delegates to explore across the boundaries of the education system that separate biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt: Life Lessons Learnt in the Laboratory
Directed Study: Photovoltaic Power System Design with Mr. Jeff Gilbert

Seminars were once again held by various staph members, including, but not limited to: Creek Sampling , Dance-Dance-RevolutionHammocking 101, and Star Wars Trivia.  The delegates also received their outdoor orientation, which included how to: put together tents, use a portable stove and water filter, and make “phone calls” here in the National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ).  Just after dinner, they selected their overnight trips, which included: hiking, biking, climbing, and caving.

Delegate Nicolás Aguerre (Argentina) in Directed Study

Cancer is Smart, can we be Smarter?  by Dr. Rick Walker, Instructor in Human Anatomy, Marshall University, was the evening lecture topic.  He discussed a variety of topics relating to treating cancer and why we may not necessarily want to cure cancer.

Dr. Rick Walker
Dr. Rick Walker, (1964 Delegate!) sharing his knowledge from 40 years as a cancer surgeon

Due to overnight trips, look out for the next update on June 21st!

Ink, Inventions, and Interstellar Science!

Today, delegates continued their first Directed Study block, went to seminars, and attended not one, but two guest lectures!

Delegates Richa Beher (MD) and Rachel Snyderman (DC) making earrings during seminar time

This morning’s lecture, Inventing Things with a few Case Examples by  Dr. David Hackleman, was an eclectic presentation that revealed the process of inventing and discussed the surprises and ramifications of inventions. Dr. Hackleman, part of a team that invented and delivered Thermal Ink-Jet printing to the world from Hewlett-Packard, shared his experience and passion for creating new things, hoping that the delegates would realize the potential in their own capabilities .

Dr. David Hackleman discussing thermal ink-jet printing

In the afternoon, delegates had the opportunity to participate in more seminars from Portuguese 101 with Hunter to Earring Making with Hallie. Also during seminar time, delegates had open Comp Sci to check email or social media and time to call home.

California delegate Grace Bower knitting during seminar time

Tonight’s lecture was by Dr. Maria Hamilton, Professor of Physics at Marshall University. In  A Cosmic Discover: The First Detection of Gravitational Waves, Dr. Hamilton explained what happens when two black holes collide, and demonstrated how gravitational waves are detected. Hamilton introduced the delegates to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), which allowed us to hear the gravitational waves that come from the far reaches of space into the past that Galileo, Newton, and Einstein only dreamt of detecting.

Dr. Maria Hamilton
Dr. Maria Hamilton explains the electromagnetic spectrum

Directed Studies and Seminars Begin!

Today after breakfast, the 2016 delegates selected their first Directed Studies through a lottery system. Directed Studies (DS) are hands-on, interactive small group experiences. Lasting 60 to 75 minutes on each of three consecutive days, directed studies are frequently investigative in nature and provide opportunities for full student involvement. During the study, a presenter provides a model and a close guiding hand. The participants are able to pose questions, develop conceptual understanding through exploration, and draw conclusions.

Delegates Danielle Damon (NV) and Samantha Harper (NH) with Dr. David Hackleman extracting essential oils from plants.

Directed Study Block I:

Solvent Free Microwave Extraction of Essential Oils with Plants with Dr. David Hackleman Nat Sci
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones with Dr. Rick Walker Rec Hall
Photovoltaic Power System Design (plus some other fun solar activities) with Mr. Jeff Gilbert Circus Tent
Holography with Dr. Ralph Oberly Men’s Bathhouse
Computational Protein Design: Making old proteins learn new tricks with Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt Comp Sci
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Aether: Radio Frequency Engineering with Dr. Mike Elsbury Phys Sci
Cancer: A Genetic Disease with Dr. Ximena Bonilla PAC
Screenprinting with Mr. Jordan Perry Art Shack
The Great Outdoors with NYSC Outdoor Staph The Great Outdoors

After DS’s and lunch, the delegates headed to afternoon seminars. Seminars are informal presentations or group discussions that provide an opportunity for interaction and sharing among the participants. Unlike a directed study, a seminar concludes at the end of a single meeting. The presenter may choose from a wide range of topics which may include technical subjects, hobbies, philosophies, and personal experiences. Generally guests are invited to present directed studies or lectures and volunteer to present seminars spontaneously. From Typography with Chalice to  Ultimate 101 with Jordan, delegates had the opportunity today to explore and investigate a wide range of program areas.

Staph Miranda Ella leading a seminar on American Sign Language (ASL)
Staph Miranda Ella leading a seminar on American Sign Language (ASL)

The day concluded with our first lecture at Camp Pocahontas: Paradise Under the Knife by Mr. Allan Daly.  Coupling science, technology, and the willingness to look outside his own sphere of existence, Mr. Daly shared his experiences in the Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands, encouraging  delegates to follow the roads that will help change this world for the better.

Paradise Under the Knife
Paradise Under the Knife with Mr. Allan Daly