Students in Dana Schaefer’s Seminar in Science and Engineering class are
hard at work with their ongoing research project investigating the
health of the pond that sits on the high school property and working to
facilitate a revitalization of the surrounding ecosystem.
As part of a yearlong investigation the four students – Brianna
Donnelly, Torre Ann Parrinello, Taylor Peperno and Jalal Sawas – removed
sediment core samples from in and around the pond and then performed
initial chemical analyses on extractions of the samples to identify
particular elements. The samples were then prepared for further analysis
at the National Synchrotron Light Source-II at Brookhaven National
Laboratory, (a particle accelerator used for high resolution X-rays and
spectroscopy, among other applications).