Posts in Academics

  1. Scientific Journal to Publish Manuscript Written by Students, Teacher

    [ April 30, 2014 ]

    A student/teacher collaboration, a manuscript entitled “Evidence for Intraspecific Endocrine Disruption of Geukensia demissa (Atlantic Ribbed Mussel) in an Urban Watershed,” was recently accepted for publication in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, a top tier, fully peer-reviewed journal that publishes on molecular and biochemical processes in diverse species. “A big congratulations is in order for Zach Halem ’14 and Dustin Ross ’14, who dedicated an enormous amount of effort to the research, the lab work, the writing, and the revising,” says Dr. Rachel Cox, who co-wrote the manuscript with the students as part of her work overseeing the Summer Science Research Program. “This acceptance clearly signals the relevance of our research program to the greater scientific community, and forms a solid base for our future ...

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  2. Six Students Present Research, Facilitate Discussion at Roundtable Conference

    [ April 29, 2014 ]

    YPARconference2014Members of Riverdale's YPAR (Youth Participatory Action Research) group recently presented their research at a roundtable conference held by the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at UPenn.

    Seniors Emma Brick and Olivia Irby, and sophomores Nicole Beckman, Stephen Brand, Madeleine Goldberg, and Kayla Waterman, facilitated a research-supported discussion on how Riverdale's Middle School curriculum influences students' character development. Riverdale’s YPAR group was one of three to do an actual presentation; other schools presented posters of their work.

    Riverdale’s research project was the culmination of two years of research, all done by the students, notes Dr. Sarah McErlean, Riverdale’s Institutional Researcher and the YPAR faculty advisor. The YPAR students evaluated data from ...

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  3. Lower School Celebrates Earth Day

    [ April 26, 2014 ]

    On April 22, aka Earth Day, the Lower School celebrated planet Earth is several ways.

    First, guitarist Mike Messer played “earth friendly” songs while the children got off the bus. Director of Early Learning Rebecca Greller greeted them in an adorable flower costume, while Director of Upper Learning (Grades 3-5) Ellen Greengrass sported a sun costume that could rival the one in the Jimmy Dean commercials. “Many children gathered to sing along, as well as play rhythm instruments. It was a joyous occasion,” notes Educational Environmental Facilitator Ella Pastor, who wore a plant hat.

    Each child cut out a hand shape and wrote on it a pledge that they personally could make regarding helping the earth (i.e. recycling, saving water, trees,

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  4. Four Students Receive Awards for Excellence in Science

    [ April 25, 2014 ]

    Two juniors and two seniors were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.

    Junior Robert Proner won The Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award for excellence in science, while classmate Kirk Thaker was awarded the Rensselaer Medal for excellence in science and mathematics. Seniors Jill Shah and Zachery Halem both received the Charmatz Award, which is presented to those seniors who have demonstrated four years of excellent work in science courses.

    The Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, sponsored by the University of Rochester, recognizes outstanding academic achievement in science by high school juniors; the junior who is selected must have completed three years of excellent work in science, and preferably has done or is

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  5. Local Author Visits Early Learning Classes 

    [ April 25, 2014 ]

      Andrew Kranichfeld, a local children’s book author, recently visited the students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 to discuss Karen’s Garden, the book he wrote as a tribute to his mother.Andrew told the students that the entire book is true, “even the crazy parts.” He said he hopes the book will introduce the children to the joys of growing their own gardens. In the book, children learn about gardening basics while enjoying the illustrations of flowers, fruits, and vegetables that were drawn by Andrew’s friend, illustrator Andres A. Pratts. Karen’s Garden has been translated into ...

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  6. 6th Grader Receives A Better Chance Young Leaders Award

    [ April 24, 2014 ]

    ABC_scholar_awardsLucy Pan '20 is one of only a half-dozen middle school students nationwide to be awarded A Better Chance Young Leaders Award for 2014. The annual award is presented to middle school A Better Chance (ABC) Scholars who demonstrate academic excellence as well as leadership within their school community. The award is presented to up to six ABC Scholars – two per grade – nationally. Each winner receives a gift of $250. Lucy's parents, Yumei and Jian, told the school they are "very proud of her achievements in Riverdale Country School. We really appreciate the help and the support she has received. We hope that Lucy ...

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  7. History Teacher Participates in University Symposium

    [ April 24, 2014 ]

    HistorySymposiumShawnUpper School history teacher Shawn Redden will participate in an upcoming roundtable discussion at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).Shawn will be a participant in a discussion on "The Utility of Theory, Theorizing Utility" as part of the 10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, "Illuminating France's Nineteenth Century," being organized by SIUE's Department of Historical Studies.

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  8. Yale Professor Delivers Annual Jan Falk Carpenter ’71 Lecture

    [ April 24, 2014 ]

    Advanced Science students heard from Vincent Pieribone, Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neurobiology at Yale School of Medicine, as part of Riverdale's annual Jan Falk Carpenter ’71 Lecture. Dr. Pieribone spoke about his work on biofluorescence in fish.

    Dr. Pieribone shared images from his work with the team of researchers—led by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History—who has released the first report of widespread biofluorescence in the tree of life of fishes, identifying more than 180 species that glow in a wide range of colors and patterns. He also explained how researchers hope to use the knowledge they have gained from this work to further advances in neuroscience.

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  9. Hill Campus Celebrates William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday in Style

    [ April 23, 2014 ]

    It was a day of all things Bard-related at the Hill Campus on April 23, when the Middle and Upper School students and faculty celebrated William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a variety of fun and interactive events. Faculty members Erica Babad and Sarah Banks started things off with music from Shakespeare’s plays, played on the recorder and violin, respectively. Corey Morrison ’15 followed with an original composition for Macbeth, and Assistant Director of Middle and Upper School Admission Joy Hurd oversaw “Vote with Your Head,” a portrait contest. Miranda Hoyt-Disick ’15 entertained with “Mr. Shakespeare,” a birthday song, followed by some faculty entertainment: “MacSclafanis in the Kitchen,” featuring history teachers Emily Sclafani, Mike Sclafani, and Blair Parker, and “Ill Met by Moonlight, Proud KNF,” featuring ...

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  10. Artist Shantell Martin Spends the Day with Riverdale Art Classes

    [ April 22, 2014 ]

    British visual artist Shantell Martin, best known for her stream-of-consciousness drawings and light projections, recently spent a day with Riverdale's Upper School art students. Shantell shared her story with several art classes, producing one of her signature black-and-white line drawings in each class. She also joined the Projects in Contemporary Art (PICA) students in creating an installation on the PICA wall in the lobby of the John R. Johnson Student Center.Shantell encouraged students to do what they love and continue to break the rules (at least when it comes to their artwork). By sharing her story she hopes to inspire other creative spirits to follow their dreams.  

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