May 22

Greene to be Published in Journal of Neuroscience

The Magnet class of 2015 is intent on squeezing every last bit of potential out of their senior year.  We learned just today that Magnet senior Rachel Greene, who worked in an internship this year at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), will receive a co-author credit in the July, 2015 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience for her work exploring the effects of exercise as treatment in a mouse model of Parkinson’s Disease.

According to Ms. Greene, “Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenetive disorder caused by a dopamine deficiency in the substantia nigra that affects an estimated four to six million worldwide. The most prevalent symptoms of PD include tremors, rigidity, freezing of gait, and some mental health issues such as depression. Since there is no cure for PD, researchers are continually looking for possible methods to stop the progression of the disease. My experiment is focused on exercise as one such method. Using a mouse model of PD, I analyzed a number of PD and exercise-related proteins, namely tyrosine hydroxylase, in the brain using western blotting and immunohistochemistry procedures. However, I did not find data suggesting that exercise is an effective method to alter the progression of the disease.” You can read the first page of the soon-to-be-published article here:  Intervention with Exercise

Greene joins three other Class of 2015 MST Magnet students who, based on their internship work, have been published in major journals this year.  She plans on attending Northwestern next fall and studying biological sciences with an emphasis on neurobiology.


May 21

2015 Magnet Student Research Symposium

Magnet students in grades 9-12 presented this year’s research and project work at our 8th annual CHS MST Student Research Symposium. This year’s showcase included more than 45 original research projects.  Accenting the scientific overtones of the showcase were several student musicians from the program who provided piano entertainment in the Commons.

After the open house fair in the Commons, several projects were showcased  and presented on the main CHS theater stage.  Seniors Jonathan Ho, Jonathon Bartlett, Sophie Shoemaker, Megal Sheth, and Reese Pathak spoke on behalf of the Class of 2015.  Freshmen William Sun, Gabe Mukobi, Noah Thompson, and Daniel Fan represented the underclassmen.

In addition to the presentations, the junior Magnet class, who organize and play a key role in the planning of the Symposium every year, presented special project-based awards that were voted on by their class. The following recognitions were made:

  • Best Poster Design: Maxine Hood (12)
  • Project Most Likely to Change the World: Reesab Pathak (12)
  • Project with Best Jargon: Sophie Shoemaker (12)
  • Project with Most Magnet-esque Appeal: Jackson Merle (12)
  • Best Calves (Honorary Gag Award): Sam Greene (Staff)

We’d like to thank all the student presenters, their mentors, and parents who have faithfully supported these students in their project journeys this year.  It’s a lot of work, but this level of quality is attained only with the help and cooperation of our larger Magnet community and village.

Thank you!

May 19

Magnet Alumna Plays Key Role in UW Coal Divestment

2014 Magnet/CHS Alumna Carly Marshall has been working hard all year long with the student group Divest UW to convince the UW Board of Regents to “divest” from its investments in coal.  Her efforts have paid off with the following announcement and Board action this past week:  “The University of Washington (UW) will divest roughly $2 million of its endowment from coal companies, citing ‘the seriousness of the climate change problem,’ after a vote by the school’s board of regents Thursday night [03/14/15]“ (Common Dreams).

In response to the announcement, Marshall, an environmental science major studying at the University of Washington (UW), stated, “I’m proud of our school. The ‘Yes’ for coal divestment makes the UW a leader in the moral fight of our generation” To date, the UW is the largest university to divest from coal.  In a recent email to Magnet staff, Marshall also shared that she “wouldn’t be involved with all of this (and also majoring in environmental science) if it wasn’t for Magnet.”

Congratulations, Carly!  And thanks for the nod to how your Magnet experiences inspired you!


Carly Marshall, shown on the left, is a 2014 graduate of CHS and the MST Magnet program. While in the program, she co-authored and conducted award winning projects that took top honors in state and regional competition, earning the program more than $10,000 dollars that will support student project study for years to come.

May 14

Much Ado about Ashland!

Friends, Papermakers, Magnetos, lend me your ears!  The CHS MST Magnet program will travel to Ashland, Oregon next September, 2015, to attend performances of Guys and Dolls and Much Ado about Nothing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). We will miss all of Friday 09/18/15, leaving very early that morning (6 AM) so we can make the matinee showing of Guys and Dolls, followed by the evening showing of Much Ado. As usual, we’ll stay at the Ashland Commons Youth Hostel and take over the entire establishment, with the guys in one area, the gals in another.  We should be back to Camas High School by about 5-6 PM Saturday night.

This year we have slots for 53 students.  A block of about 15 slots will be reserved for the incoming freshmen, with the rest of the slots going on a first-come-first-served basis to other interested Magnet students. The cost is $145/student, which covers transportation, lodging, and two shows, including a pre-show prologue for Much Ado and a post-show discussion Saturday morning with actors and OSF staff. We do have a few need-based scholarships available. Contact Sam Greene if you’d like to look into this. Payment can be made to the CHS ASB office by check or cash.  You also have the option of paying for this online with credit card (3.5% service fee):

After you’ve paid for and secured a spot, please download the Ashland Perm Slip and return it to Mr. Greene in room 710 at CHS or via email.


Apr 28

College Admissions Event Part II

There will be a second college event in Portland at it will be held on the 19th of May and it will feature reps from eight smaller, liberal arts schools.


Claremont McKenna College
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Grinnell College
Haverford College
Kenyon College
Macalester College
Sarah Lawrence College


The event will be held at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront

1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201
6:30 p.m. – Check In
7:00 p.m. – Program

Pre-register for this free event at:

Take care,

Mrs. Liebe

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