Application Deadline Extended!

Hello everybody! We hope you’re enjoying the last few days of your summer before the Fall 2022 semester starts. If you’re still looking for something to do or people to meet in the new semester, our staff and writer application deadlines have been extended to September 4th, 2022. SBYIR publishes an official journal every semester, provides training, and looks great on your résumé! Currently, we … Continue reading Application Deadline Extended!

SBYIR Staff and Writer Applications for Fall 2022 Now Open!

Do any of the following apply to you?Are you…? Looking for a way to gain and/or practice writing, editorial, and management skills? Looking for a role that provides training and fits nicely on your résumé? Interested in science and in learning the shocking and useful results of current day research? Just bored? Just looking for friends? Then look no further and apply today to be … Continue reading SBYIR Staff and Writer Applications for Fall 2022 Now Open!

What We Owe to Ourselves and the Future Generation

Sophia Augier, Grade 11 There is an entire universe of endless possibilities just waiting for humankind to uncover. However, as a nation we struggle to recognize the benefits space research has on human life. Neither the broadening of earthbound scientific research, or the advancement of space research and exploration are mutually exclusive investments. Each is achievable and vital to sustaining human life, and should be … Continue reading What We Owe to Ourselves and the Future Generation

Synthetic Biology in the Medical Field: Should It Be Used in the Development of Vaccines and Future Medical Research?

Sara Maltempi, Grade 10 Synthetic biology is a scientific field in which the genomes of organisms are redesigned to give them new useful abilities by combining the principles of engineering and biology (1). Synthetic biology has only been around for a couple of decades but it has already created a new industry making “chemicals, drugs, proteins, probiotics, sensors, fertilisers, textiles, food and many other things … Continue reading Synthetic Biology in the Medical Field: Should It Be Used in the Development of Vaccines and Future Medical Research?

The Future of Education: A Blended Approach to Virtual Learning

Julia Froese, Grade 12 IntroductionIn the past decade, technology has experienced a pattern of exponential growth within industry, business, and now, education. With the advent of the digital age, communication has become much more fluid and accessible, leading to a rise in investments regarding social media and computer science. However, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, educational institutions had only touched the surface of … Continue reading The Future of Education: A Blended Approach to Virtual Learning

The Safety Behind Synthetic Biology Vaccines

Jennifer Zhong, Grade 11 As COVID-19 deaths and cases rise, rapid vaccine safety, development, and distribution become extremely important to potentially solve this world crisis. A myriad of people, over 105 million, have been infected with COVID-19 and well over 2 million have passed away as of February 2021 [7]. The numbers continue to climb. During a global pandemic such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, … Continue reading The Safety Behind Synthetic Biology Vaccines

Plastic Pandemic of 2020: How Our Growing Expectations for Nature Conservation Through Recycling Tumbled by Global Crisis

Isabella Oliveros, Grade 10 In 2020, a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 left a destructive aftermath on the wellbeing of the United States of America and the world alike. The virulent strain was classified as a pandemic on March 11, 2020, and has devastated millions of people, businesses, families, and workers since (1). 14% of Americans have been hospitalized by this global pandemic, and the quality of … Continue reading Plastic Pandemic of 2020: How Our Growing Expectations for Nature Conservation Through Recycling Tumbled by Global Crisis

The Environmental Cost of COVID-19: A Plastic Pandemic

Angela Zhu, Grade 12 While the COVID-19 virus has halted economies and separated families around the world, it has unintended yet devastating consequences on the environment in the form of plastic. From masks to gloves, the personal protective equipment (PPE) that is necessary in the fight against the pandemic is piling up in landfills and polluting oceans. While many other industries have been on the … Continue reading The Environmental Cost of COVID-19: A Plastic Pandemic

Stabilization of BBB Junction Protein Attenuates Epileptic Brain Activity

Vignesh Subramanian ’24 Epilepsy is a chronic central nervous system disorder characterized by abnormal neuronal activity in the brain that triggers repeated, spontaneous seizures. Treatment-resistant epilepsy has previously been linked to disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a semipermeable network of close-packed endothelial (border) cells and capillaries that controls the influx of solutes circulating in the bloodstream into the extracellular fluid of the brain. The … Continue reading Stabilization of BBB Junction Protein Attenuates Epileptic Brain Activity

The Effect of Coffee and Caffeine on Healthcare Workers in Iran

Yukta Kulkarni ’22 Coffee, specifically the consumption of caffeine, is prevalent across the world. When studying the effects of caffeine on psychological disorders, previous studies have led to inconclusive results. However, most of the research has been completed in Western and first-world countries. Since there are differences in culture and nutrition in varying regions, it is important to see the effects of caffeine in other … Continue reading The Effect of Coffee and Caffeine on Healthcare Workers in Iran

A New Treatment Can Reprogram Macrophages to Kill Cancer Cells

Yukta Kulkarni ’22 Cancer is a disease in which there is uncontrollable cell growth in any part of the body. The migration of the cancer cells from the origin to other parts of the body is called metastasis, causing malignant tumors. Cancerous cells can be aided by other cells found in tissues such as tumor-associated macrophages (TAMS) that stimulate tumor growth, prompt metastasis, and promote … Continue reading A New Treatment Can Reprogram Macrophages to Kill Cancer Cells

Monocytes as Potential Targets for Early Intervention of Mild Cognitive Impairment

Thumyat Noe ’23 In addition to the psychological trauma inflicted on responders and survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC), research has found that this group is experiencing earlier signs of mild cognitive impairment as they age. Currently, scientists do not understand much about the progression of this condition in WTC responders. However, a study headed by Dr. … Continue reading Monocytes as Potential Targets for Early Intervention of Mild Cognitive Impairment