Today, the 2015 delegates learned more about “How Molecular Medicine and precision Genomics will Revolutionize Cancer Therapy” from Dr. Chuck Clevenger of Northwestern University. Genomics are rapidly progressing, leading to massive changes in the way doctors are able to deal with cancer. Later, cancer is brought up again in Dr. Rick Walker’s Lecture “Why We Won’t Find a Cure For Cancer And Why We Don’t Want To”. Although the topic is controversial, apparently it may be better to control cancer rather than to destroy it with chemotherapy.
Seminars were once again held by various staph members, including, but not limited to: crayon melting, creative writing, fly fishing, and Portuguese 101. The delegates also received their outdoor orientation, which included how to put together tents, use a portable stove and water filter, and, most importantly, to make a “phone call” (code for using the bathroom in the woods). Just after dinner, they selected their overnight trips, which included: hiking, biking, climbing, or caving.
Due to overnight trips, look out for the next update on June 23rd!
Today the delegates enjoyed lectures by Dr. Jim Tucker, a Senior Biospheric Scientist for NASA, Dr Aaron Morris of Autodesk, and Dr. Alyson Wilson of North Carolina State. Dr. Tucker’s lecture, entitled “Ebola Virus Outbreak: Where, When, and Why?” informed delegates of the intricate complexities of the Ebola virus. Dr. Aaron Morris dove into the practical uses of his state of the art 3-d modeling technology. Dr. Alyson Wilson’s lecture, “Statistics and Big Science”, covered her experience with air defense artillery systems.
The staph members hosted seminars today, covering a range of topics, including: Italian, Ultimate Frisbee, Dance Dance Revolution, and Business 101. Many delegates have also joined the National Youth Science Camp Choir, which had its first rehearsal today.
The 2015 delegation had their first “typical” day at NYSC today, though no days are really “typical”. They embarked on their first of three days in directed studies offered by guest scientists. This block’s directed study options for delegates include:
Ss and Science Policy with Dr. Alyson Wilson
The Science of Reality Computing: Turning Things into Data, Data into Things, and What Happens in Between with Dr. Aaron Morris
Photovoltaic Power System Design (plus some other fun solar energy stuff) with Mr. Jeff Gilbert
Structural Biology in Post-Genomic Era with Dr. Pam Twigg
Cybersecurity with Ms. Diane Miller and Mr. Terry Levoy
Holography with Dr. Ralph Oberly
The Heart is a Pickled Thing with Dr. Kyle Duff
The Human Brain: Sampling Structure and Function! with Dr. Jim Culbertson
The Great Outdoors: Hiking, Biking, and Climbing with NYSC Outdoor Staph
In the afternoon, staph members offered seminars in a variety of areas, including acapella, table-top Role Play Games, and Origami. The evening lecture “Paradise Under the Knife,” by Mr. Allan Daly, discussed his work as the Medical Mission Coordinator for the Marovo Medical Foundation, in the Solomon Islands.
Rohith Venkataraman participates in a Structural Biology directed study
The 2015 delegation woke up this morning at the University of Charleston and began their day on campus, with breakfast, a lecture, and lunch. The Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture at the University of Charleston Ballroom by Charles Patton, the President and COO of Appalachian Power, was a great start to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).
After lunch, delegates and staph boarded sleek and shiny coach buses to head towards Camp Pocahontas. The evening activities included dinner, a camp tour, official staph introductions, evening snack (the Pluto of meals), and finally cabin meetings.
CHARLESTON, WV–The 2015 session of the National Youth Science Camp starts today as delegates arrive at Charleston’s Yeager Airport and begin their nearly month-long experience with science enrichment. As delegates arrive, they will be transported to Coonskin Park to kick off their participation in the program.
Afterwards, they will travel to the nearby University of Charleston to spend the night in the dorms. They will hopefully start to adjust to the 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. sleep schedule that is structured at the camp. The next day, Charles Patton, the president of Appalachian Power, will deliver the Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture at the University of Charleston Ballroom (3rd Floor–Geary Student Union). The lecture will give a broad introduction to the energy industry and policies that it regulates and impacts. The event is free and open to anybody interested in coming.
Katie Edwards will represent Massachusetts this summer coming to us from Sterling. Katie currently attends Bancroft School but will be attending Bucknell University of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in the fall. Katie is active in tennis at her school and enjoys traveling, reading, movies, writing and GIMP. This summer, Katie hopes to be able to learn juggling!
Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Katie Edwards!
Ashi Agrawal comes to us from Ellicott City as a representative of Maryland. Currently attending Centennial High School, Ashi plans to major in Computer Science and Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. At her school, Ashi is active in drama and golf and she is also involved in scouts. Ashi enjoys cards, water activities (such as kayaking and white water rafting) and hiking and biking. While at camp this summer, Ashi would like to teach meditation and learn salsa dancing!
Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Ashi Agrawal!
Stephanie Hou also represents Oklahoma this summer and comes to us from Edmond. Stephanie is a student of Edmond Santa Fe High School and plans to study Computer Science at the University of Rochester in the fall. Stephanie plays the violin in her school orchestra and is also heavily involved in church activities. Additionally, Stephanie enjoys biking, reading and traveling.
Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Stephanie Hou!
Evan Shrestha joins us this summer from Tulsa as a representative of Oklahoma! Currently as student of Holland High School, Evan plans to study Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma to pursue medicine. Evan is active in both his school orchestra and tennis team, but also enjoys cards, chess, music, movies and video games. Evan plays the piano, violin and guitar so hopefully, we can convince him to join in an ensemble!
Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Evan Shrestha!
Natalie Duncan represents New Hampshire this summer and will be joining us from Concord where she attends the Derryfield School. Natalie plans to study Environmental Science at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Natalie is active in tennis, field hockey and the Spanish and environmental clubs. Natalie also enjoys hiking, cards, sports frisbee and painting! While at camp this summer, Natalie hopes to learn the art of Hacky Sack!
Welcome to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp, Natalie Duncan!