BNL’s Research Library hosted 34 students and 11 librarians and teachers from six local high schools – Hauppauge, Islip, Patchogue-Medford, Riverhead, Southampton and Westhampton – for the Laboratory’s 20th “Partners in Science” program on November 18. The Research Library co-sponsors this program with the Eastern Suffolk BOCES School Library System to encourage scholarship in science and math through the use of reference and research materials not readily available in school or public library collections.
In the daylong program held annually, students are introduced to research activities at BNL, listen to lectures by scientists, and learn the latest techniques for searching literature from the librarians. The morning session began with bibliographic orientations by the library staff members Michiko Tanaka and Stacey Kuczewski.
Efstratios Efstathiadis, Brookhaven Computational Science Center, and Ofer Rind, Physics Department, discussed, respectively, New York Blue, the supercomputer based at BNL that is the centerpiece of the New York Center for Computational Sciences, a joint venture of BNL and Stony Brook University; and the RHIC/ATLAS Computing Facility. Afterwards, the students, teachers and librarians accompanied the scientists on a tour of BNL’s computing facilities, including New York Blue.
Also, BNL scientists Michael Blaskiewicz, Collider-Accelerator Department; David Grills, Chemistry Department; Ernie Lewis, Environmental Sciences Department (ES); Lee Newman, Biology Department; and Arthur Sedlacek, ES, spoke informally with the students about their areas of research and research methods.
Later, the students searched databases and retrieved articles for their own research. For the next six months, the students will have the opportunity to return to the Research Library to use its resources and services. So far, this annual event has attracted more than 650 students and their teachers to Brookhaven’s Research Library.
2009-1543 INT/EXT | Media & Communications Office