2020 Virtual NYSCamp design by Annie Griffith

Welcome

The 2020 NYSCamp delegation will have the opportunity to tune in from home for an exclusive virtual lecture series curated just for them. Speakers are being selected from among prestigious and up and coming STEM professionals who are making a difference in their fields of study and changing the world for good. Topics will range from exploring and understanding the vastness of space to the microcosms of potential COVID-19 treatments. We’ll explore the wonders of mathematics, the powerful potential of technology for education, adventures of paleontology, cutting edge neuroscience research, and the varied possibilities of shaping STEM policy. Delegates will also have opportunities to interact and connect with one another and to join in interactive Q&A sessions with our presenters. Even though we can’t gather in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, the 2020 Virtual National Youth Science Camp will be an engaging, exciting, and unforgettable experience!

Camp Guidelines

We want you to know that we are 100% committed to create an inclusive and safe environment at camp and beyond. We do not condone or tollerate any words or actions that would promote a sense of inequality, prejudice, or discrimination (whether racial, ethnic, religious, economic, relating to identity or sexual orientation, or any other way). We’re thrilled with the diversity of our 2020 delegation as a representation of the great diversity in our nation and friends from other nations.

The NYSCamp setting is designed to be very intimate. Delegates, staph members, and guests share a virtual space and should respect each other’s diverse backgrounds and tastes. Expectations for personal space varies by individual and culture. Please collectively and individually adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Consider your actions and attitudes carefully as you participate in the NYSCamp experience.
  2. Respect your fellow delegates, staph members, and guests of the camp.
  3. Refrain from harassment of any kind as it is strictly prohibited.

The underlying principles of mutual appreciation and respect form the basis of most of these guidelines. As we all follow these guidelines, we will ensure that the NYSCamp is a safe environment for everyone involved, engenders equality, justice, and inclusivity, and bring added value for the camp to all of us.

Our Mission Statement which was noted in the official statement: http://www.nysf.com/w/about/

Delegate Yearbook

Here are your photos and some basic information about our 2020 Delegates:
http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nyscamp/2020_virtual_nyscamp/2020-virtual-nyscamp/2020-delegate-yearbook/

2020 Virtual NYSCamp Lecture Series

The centerpiece and highlight of this year’s Virtual NYSCamp is the nightly lecture series. Each weeknight during the three weeks of camp delegates can tune in at 8 PM for a world-class lecture by an expert in a STEM field. We hope you will join us live for all of the scheduled lectures. Recognizing the challenges of tuning in from home during a pandemic, we will also be recording the lectures for later viewing. Be sure to turn in on Monday, June 1st for an orientation to the virtual camp and some surprise speakers who will welcome you to the camp. You can browse the lecturer bios and lecture abstracts here.

Lecture Date Lecture Time Topic Activity/Lecturer Title
Mon
June 1
8 PM
EDT
Welcome & Orientation NYSCamp Director Brian Kinghorn
Tues
June 2
8PM
EDT
NASA Mars Missions Julie Robinson, Ph.D. (ID 1985)
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Preparing for Human Missions to Mars: Strategy for using ISS and Artemis as Analogs

Evaluation Survey

Wed
June 3
8PM
EDT
Social Connection in Our Virtual Lives Ernie Ting
(NJ 1972)
Founder & CEO, CivImpact Labs

How to Use Science and Technology to Improve the World

Evaluation Survey

Thurs
June 4
8PM
EDT
Intersections of Technology, History, and Education David Trowbridge, Ph.D.
Clio Founder & Associate Professor of History at Marshall University

Using Technology to Connect People to the Science, History, Art, and Culture that Surround Us

Evaluation Survey

Friday
June 5

8PM
EDT
Paleontology Ryan J. Haupt
Ph.D. Candidate at the
University of Wyoming/Science Fellow at the Geological Society of America

The Wild and Wonderful Sloths of WV (and Beyond): Using paleontological techniques on modern sloths to better understand their extinct relatives

Evaluation Survey

Mon
June 8
8PM
EDT
Managing Stress and Improving Sleep Kara Christensen, Ph.D. (SC 2007)
Postdoctoral Researcher

Stress Management
101

Evaluation Survey

Tues
June 9
8PM
EDT
Genetics & Neuroscience Nathan Okerlund, Ph.D.,
Research Scientist at the University of Utah/Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Genetics, Model Organisms, and You: Or, What You Can Learn from a Worm!

Evaluation Survey

Wed
June 10
8PM
EDT
Adventures at the Science Museum Mrs. Kylie Conover, M.A. (NV 2009)
Museum Educator at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Adventures at the Museum: A Journey to Becoming a Science Communicator

Evaluation Survey

Thurs
June 11
8PM
EDT
The Race to Find a COVID-19 Treatment Michael James Kinghorn, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Gilead Sciences

Cutting Edge Antiviral Treatments for HIV, Hepatitis C and Coronaviruses: An Overview of
Small Molecule Research & Development

Evaluation Survey

Friday
June 12
8PM
EDT
Fighting
COVID-19 Disinformation
David Troy
CEO of 410 Labs

Division, Disinformation, Pandemic, and Politics: Making Sense of 2020

Evaluation Survey

Sat
June 13
8PM EDT Concert Peter Mulvey Peter Mulvey NYSCamp Concert
Mon
June 15
8PM
EDT
Colorectal Surgery Emily Huang, MD, MEd
(NJ 2001)
Assistant Professor of Surgery, The Ohio State University

The Rectum’s Boss!

Evaluation Survey

Tues
June 16
8PM
EDT
Electric Vehicles Frederick “Rick” Walker, MD
(OH 1964)

Electric Vehicles—Altering the Future of Transportation

Evaluation Survey

Wed
June 17
8PM
EDT
Neuromodulation Jessica Frey, MD (PA 2008)
Chief Neurology Resident, West Virginia University

Neuro-modulation: Clinical and experimental applications

Evaluation Survey

Thurs
June 18
8PM
EDT
STEM Policy -Josh Shiode
Moderator
(NV 2003)
-Liz Neeley
-Ana Ferreras, PhD
-Richard-Duane Chambers
-Meredith Drosback, PhD

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Panel Discussion

Evaluation Survey

Friday
June 19
8PM
EDT
  Farewell Gathering Farewell Gathering

Evaluation Survey

CANCELLED
We have also been invited to a special lecture event on Saturday June 6 at 5:00 PM EDT as part of the National Youth Science Camp Alumni Association (NYSCAA) webinar lecture series. The lecture will given by Dr. Robert Livingston (AR 1967) about Neurological ‘Soft Signs’ and their hard impact upon children. Join at: join.freeconferencecall.com/lauradilldininghall1

Directed Studies

Directed studies provide opportunities to delve deeper into a topic with an expert. They are designed as mini courses with a level of engaging and interesting course work (whether it is creating an online Clio entry, using online modeling tools, working with a team to think and plan ways to communicate science, etc.). One of the keystones of directed studies is small facilitator to delegate ratio (maximum 15 unless otherwise stated), which allows for deeper learning, discussions, conversations, and mentorship. Within the first 24 hours of camp 2020 delegates have an opportunity to sign up for one directed study on a first come first served basis. Once that time period has passed and everyone has at least had the opportunity to sign up for a directed study, we’ll open it up for delegates to fill in any empty slots (as a second or third selection) on a first come first served basis. The directed studies are cumulative so you must plan on attending all scheduled sessions of the directed study you enroll in. Information on how to sign up will be provided at the Welcome & Orientation Lecture at 8 PM (EDT). You can browse the presenter bios and directed study abstracts here.

DateTimeTopicFacilitatorTitle
6/3, 6/5, & 6/102:30-4:00 PM EDT
How Statistics Shape PolicyAlyson Wilson
(WV 1985)
Associate Vice Chancellor for National Security and Special Research Initiatives & Professor of Statistics, North Carolina State University
How can we invest to make science more innovative and impactful? A case study for the Director of the National Institutes of Health.
(max 15)
6/4, &
6/11
6:00-7:00PM
EDT
Communicating ScienceKylie Conover, M.A. (NV 2009)
Museum Educator at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
“Wait- how does that work again?”
(max 15)
6/8,
6/9,
& 6/10
4:30-5:30PM EDT SynesthesiaJessica Frey, MD (PA 2008)
Chief Neurology Resident, West Virginia University
Synesthesia: Hearing Color and Smelling Sound
(max 15)
6/8,
6/9, &
6,10
1:00-2:30PM EDT Virtual Presence TechnologySimon Solotko 
(OH 1990)
The Emerging Technology of Virtual Presence
(max 15)
6/8,
6/9, & 6/10
3:00-4:00PM
EDT
Developing a COVID-19 VaccineKarla Herpoldt, PhD
(Germany 2006)
Senior Fellow, Institute for Protein Design, University of Washington
Fold Proteins: Cure COVID-19
(max 15)
6/9,
6/16, & 6/19
6:00-7:00PM
EDT
Creating a Clio EntryDavid Trowbridge, Ph.D.
Clio Founder & Associate Professor of History at Marshall University
Building Virtual Nature Trails, Museum Tours, or Walking Tours in Clio
(max 8)
6/11,
&
6/15
1:00-2:00PM
EDT
3D Printing DesignMary Pyrdol 
(MA 2019)
Maker Mentor, Brockton Public Library Makerspace
&
Alex Arment
Graduate Student at CU Boulder
3D Print Designing with Autodesk Fusion 360
(max 15)
6/15,
6/16, & 6/18
4:00-5:00PM EDTDesign
Thinking in Entrepreneurship
Aaron C. Morris, PhD
Co-founder and CEO, Allvision IO
It’s Time to Start Something—Lessons in Entrepreneurship
(max 15)
6/16
&
6/18
2:00-3:30PM EDTRadio AstronomyEllie White
Undergraduate Physics Student at Marshall University and Co-Founder and Co-Director of Open Source Radio Telescopes
Explore the Invisible Cosmos with Radio Astronomy
6/16, 6/17, & 6/186:30-7:45PM Microbial EcologyKara Tinker, PhD
Environmental Microbiologist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) – Pittsburgh
Investigations in Applied Microbial Ecology
(max 15)
You can browse the presenter bios and directed study abstracts here.

Breakout Seminars

Breakout seminars are designed to be an interactive experience where you can have discussions about a topic (STEM related or not) with someone who is passionate about the topic. Seminars are sometimes presented by experts, but the only real requirement is that the presenter be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the topic. Many of our presenters have kindly agreed to run their seminars multiple times (on different days and times) to accommodate most delegates who might want to participate. Seminars will be limited to 20 delegates. Please do not sign up for the same seminar twice. You can browse presenter bios and seminar abstracts here.

Date and Time*PresenterTitle
6/4 @noon
6/4 @5PM
6/12@noon
6/12@5PM
Mona Abdelrahman
(ND 2017)
America’s Next Top (Machine Learning) Model: Learn the basics behind machine learning.
6/4@3PM
6/9@4PM
6/17@3PM
6/19@4PM
Joseph Tibbs
(IA 2016)
Science of Sound Waves
6/4 @10PM
6/8 @7PM
Patrick Robichaud
(ID 2016)
Climate Change Discussion
6/5@1PM
6/8@5PM
6/12@1PM
6/16@5PM
Brian Thornber
(RI 2017)
Product Design: Making Cool Stuph
6/5@5PM
6/8@4PM
Art StormerA Science Song Sing-Along
6/5@6:30PM
6/8@7PM
6/11@7PM 
Chelsea Maher 
(AL 2010)
Fauxligraphy: An Introduction to Calligraphy
6/6@2PM
6/12@10PM
Kim Phillip (WI 2014)Codename: Delegates Next Door
6/6 @4PM
6/12@6:30PM
Kai Cui
(CO 2016)
&
Monica Mah
(CO 2016)
Houston, we have a problem … AND we need YOU to solve it!
A taste of mission control from NASA interns
6/7@4PM
6/12@4PM
6/17@3PM
6/19@3PM
Juanca Badilla Rojas
(Costa Rica 2014)
Spanish 101 
6/9@2:30PM
6/11@4PM
Tate Greene
(KY 2016)
What You Wished You Learned in Health Class: Taking Care of Minor Ailments in College
6/9 @5PM
6/11 @4PM
6/17 @6PM
Liv Gotte
(LA 2018)
The Built Environment and its Role in Health Outcomes in a Population
6/10@4PM
6/18@2PM
Juanca Badilla Rojas
(Costa Rica 2014)
A Brief Talk about Tapirs and Conservation through Education 
6/10 @5PMKara Christensen, Ph.D.
(SC 2007)
Sleep from A to Zzz
6/10 @6PM
6/17@5PM
Brian Thornber
(RI 2017)
Hackathons: Ivy League Competitions for Everyone
6/11@2PM
6/16@5PM
Juanca Badilla Rojas
(Costa Rica 2014)
Let’s Try to Learn Some Python and Data Analysis in an hour (or more!)
6/11@3PM
6/18@5PM
Toby Arment
(WY 2019)
Society Shapes Science and Science Shapes Society
6/14@3PM
6/15@7PM
Chelsea Maher
(AL 2010)
Beginning Calligraphy: Brush Lettering for Beginners
6/14@5PMSidney Taylor
(NV 2019)
Juggling
6/15@6PMEverett RirieIntro to Astrophysics
6/16@noon
6/18@noon
Victoria Rose
(WV 2019)
Avalon, But Make It Virtual
(max 9 delegates)
6/16@1PM
6/17@2PM
Shantanu Kadam (AL 2018)Creating Happiness
6/16@3PM
6/18@3PM
Chelsea Maher 
(AL 2010)
Leveraging your STEM knowledge in a non-STEM career: A look at Commercial Real Estate
*All additional dates are repeats of the original seminar.
Please only sign up for one date and time for each seminar.

Cabin Meetings

Each night at camp, the delegates in each cabin gather together with their Cabin Leader to engage in a reflective experience or discussion. Cabin Leaders select a variety of topics to help facilitate these discussions and reflective experiences. Some camp staph (intentional misspelling to connote the infectious enthusiasm of our staff) have kindly volunteered to host some virtual cabin meetings. We hope you will join in and engage in your own reflections on your life and the Virtual NYSCamp. Many of the cabin meetings have followed camp tradition and played Ashoken Farewell at the end of the meeting. This is the song that is played at bedtime at Camp Pocahontas. Bios for cabin meeting presenters can be found here.

Date(s)Time (EDT)PresenterTopic
6/110:30 PMKylie Conover (NV 2009)Opening Cabin Meeting
6/211 AMKylie Conover (NV 2009)REPEAT: Opening Cabin Meeting
6/56 PM
EDT
Liv Gotte (LA 2018)Imposter Syndrome
6/86 PM
EDT
Liv Gotte (LA 2018)Building Connections in College
6/810 PM EDTKim Phillip (WI 2014)Change
6/910:30 PM
EDT
Kylie Conover (NV 2009)Embracing Challenges
6/1010 PM
EDT
Patrick Robichaud (ID 2016)What does Science Mean to You?
6/115 PM
EDT
Liv Gotte
(LA 2018)
Trailblazing (First generation college students, immigrants, POC, etc.)
6/1110PM EDTJessica Frey, MD (PA 2008)Dealing with Struggles
6/1211 PM
EDT
Toby Arment
(WY 2019)
Independence
6/1410 PM EDTTate Greene (KY 2016)Self Confidence—How is it formed? How does it evolve? How do we know if we have the right amount?
6/1510:30 PM
EDT
Kylie Conover (NV 2009)Finding Joy
6/1610:30 PMEmily Gentles
(AR 2015)
Learning from Failure
6/1710 PM
EDT
Patrick Robichaud (ID 2016)Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking In
6/1810 PM EDTTate Greene
(KY 2016)
Fear

The Morning Show on Channel Pi

Each morning at Camp Pocahontas delegates are welcomed with a morning “radio” show on the green over the loudspeakers at camp. The comedy news show incorporates jokes related to what happened at camp the previous day. As the 2020 Virtual National Youth Science Camp got underway, one of our lecturers suggested the possibility of a morning show. I passed the idea on to our volunteer staph and they took the idea and ran with it in an entirely new video format. With the need to edit videos rather than read a script over a PA system, we’re only able to produce a handful of Morning Shows. One thing is for sure though! Because the sound system at Camp Pocahontas has a lot to be desired, you are the first delegation in NYSCamp history to actually be able to hear and understand every word of the morning show.

2020 Virtual NYSCamp Chanel Pi (Ep. 1): https://youtu.be/sfRQiqLYqHM
2020 Virtual NYSCamp Chanel Pi (Ep. 2): https://youtu.be/ifd-4OZAuDI
2020 Virtual NYSCamp Chanel Pi (Ep. 3): https://youtu.be/9h8pdBWjh_k

Laura Dill’s Porch

As part of the 2020 Virtual National Youth Science Camp the 2020 Delegates have been beta testing a new social media platform designed by Ernie Ting (NJ 1972) and his team at CivImpact Labs. The application, called qXtro, is designed to create a space for small group conversations at a virtual conference that mirror what might happen around a lunch table, talking in the hall between sessions, or gathering to get coffee at a physical conference. We’ve called our lobby Laura Dill’s Porch (referring to the porch at the dining hall at Camp Pocahontas) because we’re trying to provide a space for some of the informal conversations that might have happened with delegates, staph, and presenters on the porch at camp or around the breakfast, lunch, or dinner tables.

As the first beta testers of the application, we’ve also been providing Ernie and his team feedback on the glitches in the program along with suggestions for improvement. It has been wonderful to both provide a space for informal conversations and allow the delegates to be part of the testing/design process for this platform that CivImpact Labs will be marketing to big conferences who will be meeting virtually instead of in real life.
Delegates can log into the porch here: https://beta1.qxtro.net/account/login/

Lectures on Demand:
From the NYSCamp Vault

Since this is a virtual camp, we’ve selected some of our favorite lectures from years past to share with you. Feel free to watch them on demand. Lecturer bios and lecture abstracts can be found here.

SpeakerYearTitle
Dr. Maria Hamilton2019Gravitational Waves and Messengers from Space
Dr. Daniel Cohan (TX 1994)2019Solving the Climate Challenge
Dr. Katie Inderbitzen2019What’s Underneath the Underneath?
Dr. Emily Jacobs (IL 2000) and Dr. Michael Goard2019Brains
Mr. David Masunaga (HI 1975)2019Mathematics and Chaos
Dr. Andres Most Radji2019How Do We Make a Brain?
Dr. Leo Ramos Ferreira2019Designing Cells as Living Drugs
Dr. Jason Best2018Astronomy
Dr. Jerry Gilbert (MS 1973)2018Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Rahul Gupta2018What’s in Your Water?
Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt2018Avoid Boring People (Folding Proteins)
Ms. Diane Miller2018Cybersecurity
Dr. Kara Tinker (Staph 2018)2019Who run the world? Microbes

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