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Science Welcomes Alumni with "Alumni in the Classroom" Series

Thursday, June 26, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ben Austin
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Bronx Science welcomed fourteen alumni back to campus in May and June as part of the Alumni in the Classroom Series, created by Principal Jean Donahue (’77, Parent ’10). The student-driven initiative invites alumni to speak about their career, research and path since Bronx Science with Advanced Placement classes the completion of exams.

Alumni guest speakers spanned from the Class of 1954 to the Class of 2002 and represented industries as diverse as music, publishing, medicine and epidemiology. Steve Karmen (’54) spoke about his career as a jingle writer while Patricia Park (’99) and Tejas Desai (’99) spoke to students about their careers as novelists.

Composer Steve Karmen ('54) returns to Science

Todd Gitlin (’59) interviewed students for his new radio show, Listen In… which chronicles what it means to live in NYC today, while also telling students about his career as a college professor and novelist.

Jay Pasachoff (’59) showed students the stars in a lecture about astronomy while Alexander Pasik (’79), Robert Gezelter (’77) and Jorge Ortiz (’99) talked code with students in Computer Science. 

Jay Pasachoff (’59) with current Science students

Bob Kurtz (’59) enraptured students with his stories about being a trauma surgeon while Heather Hume (’99) and Jonathan Zagzag (’01) spoke with students about their first years as doctors. Joshua Brumberg (’88) walked students through his research in neuropsychology, but also shared anecdotes about his time on the Speech & Debate team.

Trauma surgeon Bob Kurtz (’59) with current students

Emma Sacks (’02) explained to students what being an epidemiologist means and Adam Auslander (’80) regaled students in the drama program about his career as an actor, juggler and professional clown.

The entire series is a terrific way for students and alumni to bond together and for alumni to give back.

The Alumni in the Classroom Series also inspired industry experts to come speak to Bronx Science students. These professionals with no connection to the school, volunteered to come to the Bronx to speak with our students because of the school’s terrific reputation.

One speaker said it best, “I speak to students at the top business schools across the country and you are asking me the same questions they do.”  Bronx Science welcomed Michael Simon of HaystaqDNA, Hannah Morris and Matthew Napolitano of the American Museum of Natural History, Tim McCollum of Madecasse and Sam Marder, professional musician and Holocaust Survivor.

The highlight of our guest speakers was our annual Davidson Lecture series hosted by Gene Davidson (’44) and his wife Eve Barak, who invited a leading scientist to speak about their research and to challenge our students. Ivana Hughes, a professor at Columbia, delivered the lecture this year about Nuclear Physics.

It is terrific for our students to hear from so many guest speakers, especially alumni. To learn more about the Alumni in the Classroom Series, please contact Eleanor Coufos (’99) at or 212-721-1397.


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