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  • Sayville RISE Student Competes in New York City Submerge Competition and RISEs as Top Contender!


    Within the first week of the school year, Sayville Junior Jack Novak and Sophomore Jahan Rahman were hard at work preparing their research reports for the New York City Marine Science Submerge Competition. Their submissions made it past the initial round, and both students were honored with an invitation to participate in the Hudson River Park Trust and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) event that was held in October, 2014 on Pier 26, Hudson River Park, TriBeca.


    Over 4,500 people attended this free NYC Marine Science Festival that highlighted ocean and estuary science as well as how people influence and are influenced by local waterways.


    Judged by renowned scientists Dr. Robert F. Chen, University of Massachusetts Boston and Dr. Stephen M. Uzzo, Jahan Rahman’s research was ranked as one of the Top Three in the entire Fair and is now on display at the New York Hall of Science located in Corona, New York throughout the holiday season in the Horowitz Gallery. Congratulations, Jahan!


    Sayville Research teacher, Maria Brown  explained that Jahan Rahman’s research on the Effect of geographic location and substrate on DNA variation in Limulus polyphemus has been two years in the making. “Jahan has spent the past two summers working in the Sayville High School Genetics Laboratory extracting DNA, and conducting PCR and DNA Purification processes on nearly 150 horseshoe crab samples from six of the 13 beaches he will be studying.  Molloy College provides frozen egg samples under their NYSDEC Permit to collect for the high school to study the genetic variation of the horseshoe crabs within and between beaches from Brooklyn to Montauk.”


    According to Mrs. Brown, the Long Island samples are compared to variations found in studies conducted in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. As their numbers have steadily decreased over the past 30 years, it is important to understand the gene flow dynamics within their populations to best manage the allowable “take” for the medical industry.  Horseshoe crab blood provided Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) which is very important for the detection and quantification of bacterial endotoxins.


     “Jahan is a pleasure to work with.” Mrs. Brown added. “He is a mature young man who is passionate about science.  He is hard working and spends most of his days in the genetics laboratory each summer and after school on many days each week throughout the school year.  He is well-deserving of this recognition.  I am sure that his research will provide new and important information to the scientific community when he completes the analysis of the 13 beaches. His research will be presented at the International Symposium on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs in Sasebo City, Japan from June 15-19, 2015. It is very exciting that his preliminary research findings will be on display throughout the month of December for the New York community see! I hope the Sayville Community will get out for a fun-filled day of science to visit!”

     The New York Hall of Science presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations and design spaces that explain science, technology, engineering and math. A visit to NYSCI is a hands-on, energetic educational experience where you can indulge your curiosity and nurture your creativity. NYSCI offers professional development for teachers, produces curricula and resources for classrooms, and studies how technology, gaming and play affect how we learn. NYSCI was founded at the 1964-65 World's Fair and has evolved into New York’s center for interactive science serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year.

    NYSCI is open Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 5 pm and weekends, 10 am – 6 pm. General admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children (ages 2-17), college students with valid ID, and seniors (62+). For directions and other information, visit or call 718-699-0005. Follow NYSCI on Twitter and Instagram: @nysci, and on Facebook at: