Alex Orak: A Future STEM LeaderNov. 16, 2016
Alex Orak has had a lifetime love affair with science. Orak recounted, “One of the earliest and fondest memories of my childhood was the excitement that I experienced building various structures from toy bricks.” When Orak’s family emigrated to the US from Ukraine in 2006 when he was 14, Orak faced the difficulty of not only moving to a new country and trying to fit in with his peer group, but also learning English. As they began to settle in Brooklyn, Orak quickly came into his own within math and sciences classes where he said “the language of equations and formulas was universal.”
Houda Khaled: The Next Generation of Female ScientistsNov. 15, 2016
This year Houda Khaled graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Biochemistry. During her time at Wellesley she completed a thesis entitled “Song Exposure Affects HVC Ultrastructure in Juvenile Zebra Finches” working with Dr. Sharon Gobes. Khaled’s specifically looked at what happens in our brains as we learn. This means that she looked for “changes at the synapse, which is the point of connection between neurons and where information is transmitted between them; thus, a likely place for memory to be "encoded" in the brain.” Interestingly she used zebra finches, a type of songbird, as a model for learning. Khaled said, “The way zebra finches learn to sing is remarkably similar to how human babies learn speech, so this work could help us better understand the neural mechanisms underlying this learning process.”
1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Participant Audrey Lee Shines at Clinton Global Initiative Annual MeetingOct. 19, 2016
Audrey Lee is currently a first year undergraduate student at Columbia University’s School of Engineering but last year she joined the inaugural class of 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures. The Academy started the program in 2015 as part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action. It seeks to empower young women through STEM-based education. The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is modeled as a 1:1 mentorship opportunity in which young women ages 13-19 are paired with female STEM professionals working across the globe. Through this unique opportunity, each girl is matched with a mentor who shares similar research interests and together, they design a curriculum that works for them.
Meet James, Member of The Junior AcademyAug. 24, 2016
The Junior Academy is a virtual community for exceptional 13-19 year olds who are passionate about addressing the world’s challenges through STEM. But to truly understand what The Junior Academy is and its impact, we invite you to get to know standout mentee James.
Meet Noor, a 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures MenteeAug. 24, 2016
1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is a virtual program designed to engage and support young women interested in STEM through mentorship and skills development. But to demonstrate why 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures exists, we invite you to get to know standout mentee Noor and learn her story.
First Global STEM Alliance Summit Brings Together Students From Around the WorldAug. 19, 2016
At the end of July the New York Academy of Sciences hosted the first annual Global STEM Alliance Summit, which brought together more than 120 students from 13 countries to gain skills, network, and interact with STEM leaders. Students from three Global STEM Alliance education programs—The Junior Academy, 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures, and Scientist-in-Residence, came together across continents and cultures to exchange ideas, discuss research, and investigate STEM careers.
The Junior Academy Announces Innovation Challenge FinalistsJuly 8, 2016
The Global STEM Alliance is pleased to announce the team finalists in The Junior Academy’s first round of innovation challenges! Six teams were named finalists for their outstanding work creating novel solutions addressing one of two challenges in low-resources locations. The teams included Junior Academy Members from around the world. Team members worked together—across time zones and cultures—to develop solutions, working with a mentor (a STEM professional) along the way for expert guidance.
Meet Mentee Sophie G.July 6, 2016
Learn a bit more about Sophie G., a mentee participating in our 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program, who lives in Scotland and has a passion for physics and math.