On February 2 the Browning community was treated to its first SciCafé featuring guest speaker Professor Martin Speight of Oxford University. A researcher in tropical ecology and zoology, Dr. Speight discussed his work, developments in the field of conservation biology, the future of biodiversity and how high schools can get involved.
Interim Middle School Head Sam Keany thanked Science Department Chair Emilie Wolf for organizing this program and said, “This was a great evening with a very entertaining conservation biologist. Dr. Speight’s fascinating stories about the science done by researchers and citizens were enjoyed by students, parents and faculty.”
The US Math team participated in the Interschool Math Bowl at Brearley on Saturday. Despite the single-digit windchill and missing three strong members, nine US boys represented the school with great spirit and pride. The boys showed good sportsmanship and teamwork! They solved perfectly many problems, but the buzzers were not our friend in two out of the four initial rounds. In the final, collaborative round they solved a tricky problem beautifully!
On February 16, the Middle School Student Council’s program "Hoops for Hope!" sponsored a school-wide Dress Down Day to continue its support of The Fleischer Foundation, which sponsors promising Nairobi students who would otherwise not be able to afford a secondary education. In addition to covering secondary school tuition and fees for these young Kenyans, the foundation also provides both a mentorship and job placement program. The initiative was combined with a Clash of the Advisories Dodgeball Tournament, which saw students from Form II and up play against each other and the faculty.