Science Academy

Science Academy

The Science Academy is a dynamic after-school enrichment program, designed to encourage student engagement and inspire a love of science without the stress of formal exams. Labs and lectures take place in one-hour blocks of time, one day a week. In the Academy setting, students have opportunities to experience lab inquiry and develop the necessary transformations in the scientific process that evolve during experimentation. This ideology is in line with the philosophy of Abraham Joshua Heschel, who believed that the “greatness of life is in the experience of facing a challenge rather than just having satisfaction.” The Academy is a place where students have the luxury of being challenged without being graded. Students are free to experience the enjoyment and passion, learn the art of technique, and practice the logical thinking that is born from countless inductive and deductive experiments.

Breaking Brain
Biology of Cancer
Colloquium
Forensic Science
Robotics
Intro to Rocket Science
Marine Biology
Psychology of Current Events

ENDOCRINOLOGY: THE STUDY OF HORMONES AND THE HUMAN BODY
LAUREN FICKS, M.D.
Primary Medical, Endocrinology, Private Practice, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA

JPL: BRINGING THE UNIVERSE TO YOU
MATTHEW BENNETT, M.S.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

SCIENTIFIC WELLNESS: A STUDY TO PREDICT AND OPTIMIZE HEALTH
ORA KARP GORDON, M.D., M.S.
Medical Director Integrative Medicine and Genetics, Heredity Cancer Prevention Program, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Professor of Genetics, John Wayne Cancer Institute 

THE INNER WORKINGS OF PROSTHETICS
TRAVIS HALL
Director of Sales Arthrex/Micromed

CULTIVATING FOOD-MOOD AWARENESS
JORDAN HOFFMAN
Jordan Hoffman Acupuncture

A CAREER AS A PHYSICIAN – AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST’S/INTERVENTIONAL PAIN DOCTOR’S PERSPECTIVE
JEFFREY B. GLASER, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine, Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Management

NEW FRONTIERS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR HUMAN DISEASE
JOSH OFMAN, M.D., MSHS
Senior Vice President, Global Value, Access and Policy, Amgen, Inc.

OUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE
ROBERT PICCIONI, PH.D.
Professor, Osher institute, UCLA and Cal State Channel Islands
Former Harvard professor, Author of over 30 books on High-Energy Physics

THE QUEST FOR LIFE: OCEAN WORLDS OF THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM
WLADIMIR LYRA, PH.D.
Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy Department, CSUN

EXPLORING SPACE: FROM TELESCOPES TO WARP DRIVE
KEVIN R. MARK
Aerospace Engineering B.S., UCLA ’16
UCLA Rocket Project – Chief Propulsion Engineer (15′-16′)

CHINESE MEDICINE AND ITS ROLE IN MODERN DAY HEALTH CARE
JORDAN HOFFMAN
Jordan Hoffman Acupuncture

COMMON SPORTS INJURIES EXPLORED
CARLO ORLANDO, M.D.
Spine and Orthopedic Center
Glendale Adventist Medical Center

THE NEUROSCIENCE OF STRESS MANAGEMENT
TRACY WALLACE, M.PH., CLE
Founder, Can We Talk Health Education

ENGINEERING: APPLIED PHYSICAL UNDERSTANDING TO CREATE
JONATHAN MERSEL, M.S.
Northrop Grumman Corporation, Retired

ANIMALS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
WILDLIFE LEARNING CENTER
Live Animals!!

IMMUNOTHERAPY TODAY
SOL HAMBURG, PH.D
Hematology, Medical Oncology, Cedars Sinai Hospital
Faculty, UCLA

 

The Science Academy’s approach is based on the Jewish tradition’s four integral ways to think about science as we approach new knowledge: Ben Adam L’Havero (between person and community), Ben Adam L’Teva (between person and nature), Ben Adam L’Makom (between person and God), and Ben Adam L’Atzmo (between person and self).

We ask: How does the science help the community? Could it solve problems in communication, hunger, justice, health, safety, and environment?

We ask: How does the science impact the environment? Does this science have implications for maintaining God’s creation?

We ask: How does this knowledge bring me closer to God? Often science, or even the limitations of science, sheds light on the intricate fabric and implications underlying all of existence. For many, there are wonderfully evolved connections between the Divine and scientific study which actually bolsters faith. We challenge our students to consider such connections without demanding them.

We ask: Have I exercised integrity in my work and findings? Scientific work should be measured against the highest professional standards. Science that does not openly share its implications, especially negative ones is dangerous.

Students participate in an intensive experiential program exploring the full spectrum of biological and physical science-reaching for the highest ideals for how science can be taught in our schools. The goals of the Academy program are:

• to enrich students at the highest level with a wide spectrum of scientific knowledge;

• to motivate even those who have not been science-oriented in the past;

• to infuse students with a synergistic knowledge of Judaism and science;

• to allow students to see science as a process and encourage scientific innovation;

• to engage in scientific research at the university level, and

• to give back to the community

Today’s headlines are filled with scientific issues with which environmentalists, religious and community leaders, and lawmakers grapple passionately, among them, stem cell research, abortion, and health care issues. Indeed, the world community faces immense challenges in the present and future that can only be met with tools found in science, medicine, and technology. Myriad examples from history and current debates illustrate the power of science, as well as the dangers of science that lacks moral vision. The Science Academy concept, pioneered at de Toledo High School, is an effort to synthesize powerful science education with the moral responsibility found in the world of Jewish values and ideals. The Academy program reflects our efforts to address our nation’s pressing need for outstanding scientific minds, shaped and guided by Jewish values, to provide leadership in government, industry, education, and medicine.