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By Chris Sutton | February 24, 2005
The student members of the Bridges Institute at La Cañada High School are gearing up to start teaching the seventh and eighth graders next month how to construct a nucleotide using gummy bears for the atoms and toothpicks for the chemical bonds, in order to better understand the structural formula of DNA, which the junior high students have been studying. As part of LCHS' Institutes for the 21st Century, a professional mentor program, teacher Patty Compeau developed Bridges 10 years ago. It is a cross-age teaching program, where high school students teach science labs to both the middle school and elementary school aged students, using lessons created by Occidental College.
March 25, 2004
The eighth grade students at St. Bede's went all out this year with projects that fell into two categories, life and physical science, at the annual science fair recently held in the parish hall. The projects ranged from Corey McCarthy's "Can Guppies Learn Using Conditioning?", Patrick Degnan's "Does the Weight of the Putter Affect the Putting Stroke?" and Amanda O'Toole's "Effect of Temperature on Plant Oxygen Production." The winners in each category are as follows: First place Amanda O'Toole (life)
March 3, 2005
For the eighth year in a row, Pasadena City College brings junior high and high school girls closer to a career in the sciences by hosting "Girls Day in Science" on Saturday, March 5. Sponsored by PCC and the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the event invites students from local schools to enjoy a day of scientific exploration on the PCC campus. "It's getting bigger and bigger and better and better," said Terry Trendler, PCC instructor of natural sciences, and co-chair for the event.
March 30, 2006
Join hundreds of fifth- through eighth-grade girls for an exciting day of science and socializing at the Sally Ride Science Festival April 1 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The festival features an action-packed street fair with experiments, food, music and fun, a chance to meet and listen to world-famous astronaut Tammy Jernigan, and exciting workshops given by women ranging from veterinarians to aerospace engineers. Parents and teachers are also encouraged to attend.
May 3, 2007
La Cañada eighth grader Amir Mojarradi took third place this past weekend in the Los Angeles County Science Fair in the physics, electricity and magnetism category. Roughly 1,000 students across the county competed at the fair held April 28 at the L.A. Convention Center. Mojarradi's parents, Nikki and Mohammad Mojarradi, said that it was their son's own idea and desire to participate and represent the 7/8 program at La Cañada High School. His enthusiasm and perseverance led him to win the award.
July 9, 2009
The following La Cañada students have graduated from Trinity University. Commencement exercises were held May 16 on the San Antonio campus. Joseph Serxner graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and minors in film studies. Brett Shaw graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and minors in music. Kenneth Sugimura graduated with a bachelor of science degree in marketing and minors in speech communication, communication management and finance.
November 16, 2006
Five Glendale Community College science students interning at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will present research papers at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) to be held Saturday, Nov. 18 at Occidental College. The students are Shirley Mims, Jessica Lotozinski, George Hernandez, Jessica Soler and Julia Torres. All are in the Student Independent Research Intern (SIRI) program and are the only community college students represented in the sciences at the conference.
September 10, 2009
Joe Puglia Part 2 Two weeks ago I wrote about the significance of faith and its role in solidifying humanity, providing the center for both individual and collective well-being. If you recall, I resurrected Sergeant Wolfgraham from my journal titled “1970”; we served together in Vietnam. He was the son of a preacher man, a believer from the rural South, a hard-nosed Marine who took the liberty of spreading the Word. I used Sarge as the story line to explain faith, and its role as the essential ingredient in making life significant.
October 14, 2004
Sarah M. Wolf, a student at Flintridge Preparatory School, was named one of the winners of the Rensselaer Medal by Renssaeler Polytechnic Institute. The Rensselaer Medal, the oldest prize of its kind in the United States, is awarded by more than 2,000 secondary schools throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. This award is given to students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. To be honored with the Rensselaer Medal, a student must be a member of the junior class and the high school's single most promising science and math student.
By Mary O'Keefe | March 9, 2006
Women in science and the future were the topics of conversation at Wednesday's luncheon at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. The Director's Advisory Council for Woman at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrated Women's History Month with its annual luncheon. The theme this year was "Celebrating the Voice of Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams." The advisory council has been in existence for more than 20 years. It has sponsored programs like Wednesday's luncheon and take your daughter to work day. This year ACW's guest speaker was the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Shirley Ann Jackson.
By Michael Bruer | April 10, 2014
Nearly 530 teens considering a career tending to injured athletes turned out Saturday when Saint Francis High School hosted its 13th annual Sports Medicine Competition. Over the years the event has grown from just four schools participating to 39 schools, making it the largest high school sports medicine competition in the nation. Local schools like Arcadia, Pasadena and La Cañada highs were represented, along with long-distance travelers, such as Enumclaw High School, hailing from Enumclaw, Wash.
By Sara Cardine, | March 13, 2014
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The plan sets aside $1.28 billion for planetary exploration - an amount one elected official is calling a far cry from what will be required to get JPL missions to Mars and Europa off the ground by 2020. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said in a news release last week the overall outlook of planetary science funding appears better than years past but is still insufficient to meet priorities laid out in NASA's decadal survey.
April 19, 2013
Don't cut planetary science funding, members of Congress urged NASA on Friday. In a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden , Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), urged the space agency to maintain funding levels for missions to Mars and the outer planets that were allocated by Congress this spring -- and not to react to budget pressures by making disproportionate cuts to the science budget. "While we fully understand that the funding levels ... are subject to change to reflect across-the-board and sequester cuts, we expect that the balance among programs will remain consistent with the structure directed by Congress," they wrote.
By Carol Cormaci, | March 13, 2013
Christine Driessen, a teacher and practitioner of Christian Science healing, will present a lecture on the topic, “Healing with Scientific Certainty through the Christ” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 600 Foothill Blvd. Driessen will be introduced by the church's First Reader, Dean Boesen. Driessen is a co-author of the book, “Soul of Medicine: Spiritual Perspectives and Clinical Studies from Harvard Medical School in Boston.” “There are divine laws which govern and maintain us - laws which are universally accessible,” Driessen says.
By Anita S. Brenner | January 16, 2013
On Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m., Palm Crest Elementary School will host a science fair in its multi-purpose room. The purpose of a science project is “to find out something that you didn't know before.” When the notice went out parents all over La Cañada exclaimed, “Hello, Internet? Do you have any science fair projects for my kid?” La Cañada is known for parent involvement in elementary school projects. In the 1980s, Palm Crest parents focused on the time-consuming California Mission Project.
By Tiffany Kelly, | December 26, 2012
Two longtime residents of La Cañada Flintridge will take a trip to the White House early next year to receive recognition for their groundbreaking scientific work. Frances Arnold, a Caltech professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry, was recognized Friday as one of 11 recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Solomon Golomb, a mathematician and professor of electrical engineering at USC, is one of 12 recipients of the National Medal of Science.
May 19, 2012
The reported Metropolitan Transit Authority payment of $3.7 million to subcontractors including Pasadena-based Wiltec for environmental impact studies on the proposed 710 connector project is a total waste of money if the reports include junk science. What good does it do to have observers report vehicle trips on local roads and freeways only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when the impact of any 710 connector will be felt 24/7/365? (“Count for gap study starts,” May 12.)
By Daniel Siegal, | May 2, 2012
Singing in a chorus might not be rocket science, but that hasn't stopped Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers from forming their own company of singers. The JPL Chorus will make its debut at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a free concert with the Pasadena City College Chamber Singers at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. The NASA research facility in La Cañada Flintridge formed its first choral group in February, the idea born out of a discussion between Stephen Kulczycki, JPL's deputy director of communications and education, and Pasadena Symphony Chief Executive Paul Zdunek.
By Bill Kisliuk, | April 4, 2012
Several budding scientists from La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta stood out from the crowd of 1,100 participants in the Los Angeles County Science Fair last weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. Christopher Sercel, a St. Francis High School junior, earned the competition's Earthwatch Award in ecology for his project, “A Toasty Worm is a Happy Worm: A Study of the Effect of Temperature On the Metabolic Rate of Mealworms.” Sercel earned the right to participate in an international expedition with working environmental scientists studying topics such as sea turtles, endangered zebras or migrating gray whales.
January 25, 2012
Flintridge Preparatory School science teacher Theresa Cheng has been selected by the National Science Teachers Association to be a Dow-NSTA Fellow in the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy. Cheng was one of hundreds of applicants to receive the chance to participate in the NSTA's year-long fellowship, which includes mentoring, web seminars and financial support to attend the NSTA 2012 National Conference in Indianapolis.
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