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Museum Program Pairs Teens with Scientist Mentors

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Ailan Hurley-Echevarria removed a pebble-sized piece of dark amber from the variable speed grinder-polisher and looked at the now-smooth and clear surface under the dissecting microscope.

“I think there’s something here in the corner,” he said.

Hurley-Echevarria had uncovered an ancient biting midge (Ceratopogonidae) which had been trapped in amber about 52 million years ago, perhaps after feeding on an Eocene mole or other small mammal in the prehistoric tropical jungles of India.

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2011 Urban Advantage Science Expo at the Museum

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Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott of the New York City Department of Education joined Museum President Ellen V. Futter, families, teachers, and New York City Council Member Gale Brewer in the Museum’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life on June 12 as more than 800 middle school students presented research projects in a citywide science expo to mark the end of a successful seventh year for the Urban Advantage Middle School Initiative.

Urban Advantage—a public-private partnership between the Department of Education and a Museum-led consortium of eight institutions that also include the New York Hall of Science, the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Queens Botanical Garden, and the Staten Island Zoo—emphasizes evidence-based inquiry in science teaching and learning. More than 300 science exit projects were on display in the 2011 expo, reflecting a wide range of topics investigated by students during visits to Urban Advantage institutions.

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NYC High School Students Graduate from Museum Research Program

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The sense of accomplishment–and promise of things to come–was palpable last week as more than 40 students from high schools across New York City graduated from the Museum’s Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP), which pairs Museum researchers with New York City teens for two years of intensive research on an original project.

“Being in this program helped me pick my major,” said Anastasia Bromberg, a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School who studied the diversity of snakes in Southeast Asia and will be attending the University of Miami in the fall. “I was thinking about psychology but now I know I want to be a researcher in marine biology. This program cemented that.”

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