Exploring STEM

Tenley Rooney
Students in the Applied Science and Engineering Program kick off the 2019-20 Science Lecture Series

Arctic sea adventures, automated watercraft, and the worst weather in the world are just a few of the topics up for discussion during the 2019-20 St. Paul’s School Science Lecture Series. The yearlong program of free and open to the public lectures begins this Friday, November 1, at 7 p.m. with presentations from the 11 students in the School’s Applied Science and Engineering Program (ASEP). The Sixth Formers interned in labs across the country, from Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas, and The GW School of Engineering & Applied Science in Washington, D.C., to the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire, and the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as part of their course requirements. The students will share insights from their summer experiences and explain their ongoing capstone research. Presentations include:

  • William Belcher used artificial intelligence to predict failures in materials and machinery at the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Ashley Davidson analyzed data collected by the Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS) at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Tate Ellinwood created autonomous watercraft using Tupperware at the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire.
  • Sarah Hughes studied the connection between common cosmetics and vulvodynia at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Olivia Lee worked at The GW School of Engineering & Applied Science in Washington, DC, to help develop a new concept for the seismic design of post-tensioned shear walls.
  • At Rockefeller University in New York City, Liam Pharr investigated the mechanisms that put organisms into a state of embryonic diapause, or suspended animation.
  • Michaela Purvis studied the locations where CrebA, an important transcription factor, binds during salivary gland organogenesis at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Varun Reddy investigated the efficacy of an FDA-approved drug used to treat Sickle Cell Disease at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.
  • Christofer Robles used his computer programming knowledge at The Applied Logic, Programming Languages, and Systems Laboratory (ALPS) at The University of Texas at Dallas in Dallas, Texas.
  • In San Diego, California, Harrison Sweet worked at Cibus, a biotech company that aims to enhance native plant traits to transform food and agriculture responsibly.
  • Abhi Yerramreddy completed a virtual internship at Swensa; an IOT tech company focused on creating products and solutions to simplify complex business processes.
Additional talks in the School’s Science Lecture Series include:
Friday, December 6
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science presents “Raptor Encounters.” Handlers will bring a hawk, owl, and falcon to the talk.
Friday, January 10
Andrea LaMoreaux, vice president of the nonprofit, New Hampshire Lakes, will present on the state of Granite State lakes.
Friday, April 3
William Brousseau, of the Mount Washington Observatory, will discuss “Tales from the Home of the World’s Worst Weather.”
Friday, April 10
Retired research geophysicist Dr. Terry Tucker, of the Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab, will discuss “30 Years of Arctic Sea Ice Adventures."
Friday, April 17
Dr. Ryan Walker, a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, will give a talk on his work in biochemistry
The School’s Science Lecture Series is made possible by the Bishop, Sears, Birckhead, and Lovejoy Funds. All talks are free and open to the public, and begin at 7 p.m. in the Friedman Community Center, Raffini Commons, 325 Pleasant St., Concord, N.H., unless otherwise noted. Visit www.sps.edu, or contact Kim Esposito, 603-229-4756 or kesposito@sps.edu, in the Science Department for more information.