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Hello Cello!

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The sounds of a cello filled the air during a recent outdoor lesson for Edna Louise Spear Elementary School students when music teacher Mr. Christian Neubert demonstrated the orchestral string instrument to second grade students. Under his guidance, students are learning to explore and experience the concepts of music.

Relevant Research for Senior Peggy Yin

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Senior Peggy Yin took part in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s High School Research Program, a highly competitive summer educational opportunity for students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies. The program, which took place virtually this year, offered Peggy and other Suffolk County High School students an opportunity to conduct research under the mentorship of application architect Hubertus van Dam as part of the newly formed National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory. Their collective research was on a topic relevant for the times: COVID-19.

Peggy and her colleagues conducted computational studies and explored how inhibitor drugs can disrupt viral proteins that help infectious particles escape from cells. To learn how the virus protein works, the students conducted numerous docking studies to model how the viral protein and tetherin (an interferon-induced protein) interact, as well as the interactions of the virus protein with small druglike molecules to see which might work to stop the virus from blocking glycosylation. Their research was conducted with access to BNL’s supercomputing clusters to run molecular dynamics simulations.

Peggy, who applied for the program in late winter – before COVID-19 became a pandemic – highlighted her desire to perform computational biology research in her essay. As her awareness of the magnitude of the virus expanded, she inquired about the possibility of performing COVID-19 research.

“My hope is that our research could shed light on the mechanisms of how these viruses work, and our research could help with other areas of coronavirus research and prevent other pandemics in the future,” she said.

Trio Selected as National Merit Semifinalists

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Congratulations to Earl L. Vandermeulen High School students Gani Ates, Grant Samara and Peggy Yin, who have been selected as semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These three academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Gani, Grant and Peggy must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Censo 2020

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2020 Census

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Friday, September 25, 2020