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[17 Mar 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,165 views]
Student Perspective: Lessons of a Human Autopsy

By Jennifer Manzo, Grade 11
On Tuesday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. my physiology class, along with two other classes, made their way to the St. Margaret’s Library in order to view a live commentary on a previously recorded human autopsy. Going into this autopsy I didn’t know what to expect since I had never seen a cadaver being cut open before, but I was sure it was going to be a very interesting experience.
When we went into the Library we were handed a packet with the patient’s medical history. It …

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[11 Mar 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,735 views]
St. Margaret’s JETS Team Takes First Place at Competition

By Joe Ingalls, Upper School Chemistry and Physics Teacher and JETS Advisor
Eight St Margaret’s students traveled to University of Southern California on Saturday to compete in the 2011 Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS). The students finished as the top team in their school level division and took first place over all teams competing at USC, regardless of size. A follow-up showed that this year’s team also took first place in Division 2 for all of California, which included schools competing at Stanford University on the same day. The team consisted …

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[3 Mar 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,512 views]

Last week, Laguna Beach native, professional surfer and John Kelly Environmental Award winner James Pribram judged an ocean-themed science project contest for St. Margaret’s Middle School students. In his editorial piece published in the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, he gave the students high praise for their enthusiasm and for knowing the risk factors associated with our environment and our oceans.
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[28 Jan 2011 | admin | One Comment | 3,737 views]
Johnny Li Named 2011 Intel Science Talent Search Finalist

On Wednesday, St. Margaret’s senior Johnny Li was named one of 40 high school seniors from across the U.S. selected as a finalist in the country’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search. All 40 finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. from March 10-15 to compete for $630,000 in awards. The top winner will receive $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.
In addition to being named a finalist for his project titled, “Effects of Cell Compressibility, Motility and Contact Inhibition on the Growth of Tumor Cell Clusters,” …

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[21 Jan 2011 | admin | One Comment | 3,863 views]
SMES Science Students Participate in UCI Summer Internship

Since 2005, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine Engineering Department, in collaboration with St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, has extended to science students at St. Margaret’s a unique opportunity for summer enrichment through a research internship program. Current high school juniors who have a passion for and a talent in the sciences are invited to participate as a member of a university research team. Working daily in an engineering laboratory with UCI graduate students under the supervision of a professor, the interns gain valuable experience …

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[10 Dec 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 2,389 views]
Marine Science Students Explore the Marine Life in Dana Point

On Friday, December 3 Dr. Jennifer Ross-Viola’s marine science class got the opportunity to take a field trip to the Dana Point tide pools and on Wednesday the same marine science class was given the opportunity to participate in a video conference with the Dana Point Ocean Institute.

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[7 Dec 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 1,107 views]

Thursday, January 13, 8 a.m. Location: Sillers Hall
Please join Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut, Academic Dean Dr. Regina McDuffie, division principals and Science Department Chair Dr. Jennifer Ross-Viola for our third Tartan Talk of the school year. Coinciding with the focus of the January/February Tartan Newsletter, we will present the science department’s philosophy and best practices, an overview of the scope and sequence of the curriculum across the divisions of the school and the professional development program for members of the department. Time will be provided for questions and answers. Additionally, …

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[2 Dec 2010 | admin | One Comment | 2,307 views]
Venturing into a Giant Plant Cell

Recently, the seventh grade science class studied and learned the valuable meaning of the cell theory, along with the structures and functions of cells. Mr. Eric Harrington created a ten-by-ten-foot plant cell, and the students devised a model of an organelle that corresponded with the structure’s size.

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[19 Nov 2010 | admin | One Comment | 1,597 views]
A Field Trip Out of This World!

The Upper School intro to engineering class took a recent field trip to the Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, to take a tour of its headquarters and learn about one of the top aerospace firms in the nation.

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[11 Nov 2010 | admin | One Comment | 2,560 views]
Marine Biology Students Participate in Videoconference Live from the Arctic Tundra

On Tuesday, Dr. Ross-Viola’s marine biology class was given the opportunity to participate in a live videoconference with four polar bear field researchers who work to help limit the decline in polar bears by researching potential threats, going out into the tundra by means of “tundra buggies” and educating others on how to help conserve energy and decrease the amount of green house gases.

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