Archive for November, 2005

Registration form

Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Please fill out the Connecticut Science Fair Registration Form. Click on the image for the .pdf form


Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Who are you? What makes you tick? What brought all of us to this time and place together? In March, we will be making presentations to the community to share our research experiences. Our program book will contain a biography about each of you. Your task is to write that biography. Please post it here. It is always interesting to learn about the people we are in class with every day.


Igor Zelenberg is a senior at Stamford High School. He swims for the varsity team during the winter and plays tennis for the varsity during the spring. This year Igor competed in the 2003 Intel Talent Search and was named a National Semifinalist in the Siemens Westinghouse Math, Science, and Technology Competition. Igor is eagerly awaiting college admission responses. He plans to study Biomedical and Chemical Engineering.

Katelyn Imbornoni is a senior at Stamford High School. Katelyn’s interests in the environment and science in general led to her joining the Research Program last year. In school, Katelyn is involved in many clubs such as Interact, Tri-M (a national music honors society), and is a proud member of the SHS Madrigals Singers. Next year, Katelyn will be pursuing a degree in Elementary Education although she is still unsure as to what school she will be attending.

Frank LaBanca, a Biology Teacher, directs the Applied Science Research Program at Newtown High School. He has taught Biology, Marine Biology, Advanced Placement Biology, and Science Research for the past eleven years. Previously he worked at the University of Connecticut in the Berg Bacterial Genetics Laboratory. His primary project was a mapping strategy for the HLA-C region of the immune system for the Human Genome Project. He has published articles in Biotechnology and Biology Education in Gene, The American Biotechnology Laboratory, The American Biology Teacher, The Science Teacher, The Connecticut Journal of Science Education, and The Natural Selection. Mr. LaBanca is a field consultant for BSCS (Biological Science Curriculum Study) in Colorado, a Chair Judge for the New York Academy of Science’s Science and Engineering Fair, an advisory board member of the Connecticut Science Fair, and an executive board member of the Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Mr. LaBanca has been recognized nationally as a GTE G.I.F.T. (Growth Initiatives for Teachers) Fellow, a RadioShack National Teacher for Excellence in Science, Math, and Technology, the Teachers Insurance Plan Teacher of the Year, and a National Education Association Innovation Grant Recipient.

2005 Interview Series #3: Dr. Paul Mangiafico

Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Dr. Mangiafico is a physician with the Mount Kisco Medical Group . Read his education bio here.

He states:

“I am 42, and one of the docs that still loves Medicine. I work with the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, and have also spent time in several other schools talking with students. I am an Internist and work in NY state in private practice; primarily General medicine, Internal medicine, and Geriatrics.

I will come in with some general examples and topics to discuss on how science applies to human anatomy and physiology, as well as interesting medical careers topics. Many people do not know how broad the medical sciences are, as well as the vast differences between clinical, academic, and research practices. I believe that when most people think of medicine, they think of what I do; clinical practice seeing patients: preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease and injury. Obviously the part that I think is fun, but there is a lot behind the scenes going on.”

Get some info about the career of a medical doctor at
Read what a parent wrote and responses received for a child who was contemplating a career in medicine.

Using the information above as well as your own interests and further research, compose appropriate, relevant questions to ask Dr. Mangiafico when he visits us on November 10th. Questions should be conceptual, in-depth, and original (do not repeat other students’ questions). Post them here so we can share our ideas and thoughts.

Our interview will conclude with the “Big10.” . . . a series of rapid-fire, quick-response questions based on The Pivot Questionnaire. You will probably recognize them as similar to the 10 questions James Lipton asks of his interviewees on the television program Inside the Actor’s Studio.

01. What is your favorite word?
02. What is your least favorite word?
03. What turns you on creatively?
04. Who has made the biggest impact on your life? (name and relation)
05. What is your favorite scientific word?
06. What sound or noise do you love?
07. What sound or noise do you hate?
08. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
09. What profession would you not like to do?
10. What phrase or message should all people know?