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Here is a recap of the inspiring speakers and presentations:

Erin Hanlon '95, our keynote speaker, spoke about her path into neuroscience research. In particular she talked about the impact that mentors had in helping her navigate her path. She also gave a glimpse into the questions that her lab at the University of Chicago are exploring around the detrimental effects of sleep loss and how sleep benefits health. 

Clare H. '20 spoke about her summer internship at a genetics lab at Northwestern where she worked alongside geneticists who were interested in exploring how the physical location of genes change when they are activated or repressed. She also shared an inside look into the research that she is hoping to do this summer on examining the stem cell component to certain tumors, such as glioblastoma. 

Julia F. '19 spoke about her work in computational genetics where she worked with a researcher on finding matching drugs for segments of RNA implicated in various medical conditions such as HIV. She gained experience working with a specific piece of software to do this and she spoke about the interesting connection between biology and computer science. She also explained how visualizing these molecules inspired her to create art with them. 

Sophie F. '19 spoke about her summer internship at the Field Museum where she was able to sequence DNA belonging to a new species of rodent. She was then able to place that rodent in the appropriate branch on an evolutionary tree. She also spoke about her experience teaching at the Field Museum in her rotations at the DNA discovery center. 

Tobbi M. '22 and Izzi O. '22 represented a group of freshmen students who have competed in the GEMS Global Design Challenge with their methane filtration system. They talked about some of their new ideas around finding ways to repurpose plastic products. 

Learn more about Latin's Women in STEM club and all the great things they are doing!

 

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Upper School Celebrates International Women and Girls in Science Day

International Women and Girls in Science Day was on February 11, but thanks to Latin's Women in STEM club, upper school students celebrated all week long.

Here is a recap of the inspiring speakers and presentations:

Erin Hanlon '95, our keynote speaker, spoke about her path into neuroscience research. In particular she talked about the impact that mentors had in helping her navigate her path. She also gave a glimpse into the questions that her lab at the University of Chicago are exploring around the detrimental effects of sleep loss and how sleep benefits health. 

Clare H. '20 spoke about her summer internship at a genetics lab at Northwestern where she worked alongside geneticists who were interested in exploring how the physical location of genes change when they are activated or repressed. She also shared an inside look into the research that she is hoping to do this summer on examining the stem cell component to certain tumors, such as glioblastoma. 

Julia F. '19 spoke about her work in computational genetics where she worked with a researcher on finding matching drugs for segments of RNA implicated in various medical conditions such as HIV. She gained experience working with a specific piece of software to do this and she spoke about the interesting connection between biology and computer science. She also explained how visualizing these molecules inspired her to create art with them. 

Sophie F. '19 spoke about her summer internship at the Field Museum where she was able to sequence DNA belonging to a new species of rodent. She was then able to place that rodent in the appropriate branch on an evolutionary tree. She also spoke about her experience teaching at the Field Museum in her rotations at the DNA discovery center. 

Tobbi M. '22 and Izzi O. '22 represented a group of freshmen students who have competed in the GEMS Global Design Challenge with their methane filtration system. They talked about some of their new ideas around finding ways to repurpose plastic products. 

Learn more about Latin's Women in STEM club and all the great things they are doing!

 

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Freyja Brandel-Tanis '14 has been named a 2022-2023 Fulbright Scholar. Brandel-Tanis will graduate from Georgia Tech with a master's in city and regional planning and MS in civil engineering this spring.

She has been awarded a Fulbright research award at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway and will be conducting stakeholder focus groups on the role of digital twins in sustainable transportation modeling. Her work will be an early stage in long-term research at NTNU to ensure the complexity of transportation systems is considered in future digital twins.

(Digital twins have established use in manufacturing and rocketry to virtually replicate physical environments and test potential scenarios, and some modelers and officials see their potential to improve on current transportation modeling technologies.)

Outside of her research, Brandel-Tanis is planning to engage with local queer organizations and ride her bike as well as exploring the Trondheim's public transit system. After her Fulbright, she plans to return to the US and work as a city planner/civil engineer before eventually pursuing a PhD.

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Fourth grade student at middle school

It's middle school Project Week, which means it's 4@45 where fourth grade students get the full middle school experience at 45 N. Dearborn!
Students got a locker for the week. They got to meet fifth grade teachers. Fifth graders gave them a tour of the middle school. And they get to have their classes in the middle school building this week. 

Students were greeted by fifth grade buddies, who gave them tips on opening lockers followed by special tours of the Middle and Upper Schools. The fourth graders followed their usual schedule but they also were introduced to the fifth grade teachers and had a special RoundTable class with the middle school counselor. They loved walking independently through the buildings. The highlight was always the lunchtime choices!

Check out some photos!

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Wooden Roman head

Lower School Computer Science and Tech Integration Specialist Fiona Deeney, Middle School Technology Coordinator Mike Demopoulos and Upper School Innovation Studio Manager Shane Enderle offered an inside look at Latin's maker spaces for parents/guardians.

Maker Space Teachers

At the start of the event, the team shared information about each division's maker space and projects created in them. Then they gave a tour of the upper school maker space to show some of the equipment and supplies students can access in all three divisions.

Upper School

EQUIPMENT
3D Printers
Vinyl Cutters
Laser Cutter
CNC Router
Soldering Irons and accessories
iPad Pro’s with Apple Pencils
VR Headset

SOFTWARE
Adobe Suite
Illustrator
Photoshop
In Design
Fusion 360
Sketchbook Pro
Procreate
Silhouette Studio
Mint Studio

Middle School

EQUIPMENT
3D Printer (x3)
Vinyl Cutter (x2)
Laser Cutter
CNC Router
MacBook Air (x2)

SOFTWARE
PrusaSlicer
Silhouette Studio
Mint Studio
iMovie

Lower School

EQUIPMENT
3D Printers
Vinyl Cutter
Laser Cutter
Digital Embroidery Machine
Sewing Machines 
LittleBits Pro Library and STEAM Kits

SOFTWARE
Doodle 3D
TurtleStitch
Silhouette Studio
Mint Studio
Drawing Pad

Afterward, parents/guardians got the opportunity to laser engrave on a pre-cut wood roman head. They also visited stations to make leather key chains, play with Little Bits electronics from the lower school, see embroidery and sewing machines in action, and a few physical projects that students have created.

The maker spaces at Latin aid students with designing and problem-solving, as well as develop skills, talents, thinking and mental rigor.

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upper school students on project week

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, upper school project week is back! Students chose to spend the week on one of the 25 in-town projects or 11 out-of-town projects.

The in-town offerings included:

  • Ad-RAP-tation: the Latin School and Q Brothers' Collective
  • Art and Anatomy
  • Chicago: Walking, Food, and Art
  • Code Your Own 2D Games and Build a Mini Arcade Cabinet
  • Curling in Chicago
  • Cycle Chicago: Riding & Wrenching
  • Dancing with culture
  • Design a Chicago Bike Tour
  • El mundo Latino in Chicago: An Exploration of Chicago's Latinx Community  
  • Exploring Chicago’s Queer History
  • Find Your Inner Chef
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Just for Kicks
  • Make Your Escape (Room)
  • Making Music
  • PADI Scuba Diving Certification and Training
  • Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective
  • Survivor
  • Theatre in Chicago
  • The Greatest City in the World Chicago Gospel
  • Treemendous Forest Preserves 
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Wellness: Mind & Body
  • What Makes a Neighborhood?: Art, Advocacy, and Food
  • Yarn Bombing

The out-of-town offerings included:

  • Canyoneering & Rock Climbing Adventure
  • Civil Rights Trail 2022
  • Coral Reef Experience in Florida Keys
  • Cycling Through the Sonoran Desert
  • Detroit: Invention and Reinvention in a Great American City
  • Exploring the Pacific: Oceanography of Southern California
  • Latin Iditarod: Dogsledding
  • Mountain Biking in Moab
  • The Ancestral Heritage of The Land of Enchantment
  • The Raw & The Cooked: A Literary Feast in Michigan
  • There is No Business Like Show Business!: LA TV & Film

Check out more photos and videos from our PWeek take over on Latin's Instagram @latinschoolofchicago at #latinpweek.

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