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TIDINGS from TAYLOR

a grade A+ Blue Ribbon school A monthly newsletter brought to you by PFTSTA Publications.

Upcoming Dates: March 8 National Honors Society + Mu Alpha Theta Induction Ceremonies: 7-8pm, PFTSTA café March 15 PAC Meeting: 6:30—7:30pm, PFTSTA café March 20 System-wide testing March 20 1st Annual Career Day: 1—2:40pm, PTSTA café March 21—23 Report Cards Issued March 22—25 Middle School Washington D.C. trip March 24 Literary Rally – UNO March 29 Honor Roll Breakfast – HS March 20 Honor Roll Breakfast – MS

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March 2012

From the Principal’s Pen…Mrs. Jaime Zapico: The third nine weeks is coming to close already! The last day of the 3rd 9 weeks period is March 14. Report cards will be going home on Wednesday, March 21. Parents please make sure you checking your child’s grades on ECHO on a regular basis. The web address to ECHO is http://echo.newtechnetwork.org. When you log on you will be able to see your child’s courses with assignments, projects, homework assignments and their grades for each class they are taking. I wanted to invite all of you to the next PAC meeting which is Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 in the cafeteria. A presentation will be done by Ms. Durant, our counselor, on the upcoming standardized testing that will be taking place in March and April. Our teachers have been working all year to prepare your child for these tests. This progress can also be seen through the interval tests that your child takes in their core area courses. Also, Dr. Simpson will be presenting on Senior Project which is a course that can be taken by seniors only. Senior parents – Believe it or not, it is getting closer to graduation! I’m sure if you asked your son or daughter they could tell you how many days they have left probably down to the last second. Please put the following dates on your calendars. We hope to see all of you at these big events for the Class of 2012!   

Senior luncheon with Ms. Taylor: Sunday, April 1 –11:30am—1:30pm (Mardi Gras World) Senior awards ceremony: Monday, May 7 – 6:30—8:00pm (Brent House Conference Center in Ochsner Hospital) Graduation* Saturday, May 12 – 5:00pm (Alario Center)

*Doors to the arena will be close at 4:55 and will not open again until after the National Anthem. Please make sure all family is there ahead of time and in their seats.

Taylor Tigers School-Wide Expectations: Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Safe

Thoughtfulness of others Independence Global thinking Engagement in learning Responsibility Seriousness in using technology

Lines from the Librarian…Mrs. Elizabeth Kahn: I believe very strongly that one of my jobs as librarian is to help develop lifelong readers in the students at PFTSTA. One way that I can accomplish this, is to offer as many opportunities for students to connect with authors as possible. This can be face to face or virtually.


Principal – Jaime Zapico jzapico@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us Questions – Barbara Harney bharney@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us ------PFTSTA Web-site http://ptsta.jppss.k12.la.us PFTSTA Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/pftsta Jefferson Parish Public School System Web-site http://www.jppss.k12.la.us

The seventh graders were treated to a special visit on Monday, Feb. 6. Author, Jewell Parker Rhodes, visited PFTSTA. She visited Taylor for the first time in September 2010. On this trip, all the students had read her young adult novel, Ninth Ward. Her warmth and sincerity were evident as she engaged the students at Taylor, but also the students that were SKYPing in from Van Meter, Iowa. Lisa Valence has had her 7th grade English students communicating with 7th graders in Iowa who also read Ms. Rhodes book. You can find the video for an amazing interview by two of Mrs. Valence’s students here: https://vimeo.com/36434199. You can also view three videos some of the 7th grade students created after their field trip to the Ninth Ward in New Orleans: http://bit.ly/xA5bE3.

Jewell Parker Rhodes reads from her novel If I see a contest related to reading and books and teens, I always enter. There is always the chance that I might actually win. When I saw an opportunity to win a Skype visit with an author a few weeks ago, I submitted my name and email. A few days later, I found out that we had won. Author, Cecil Castellucci, will be talking via Skype with the members of Bookmarked, the high school library book group, in March. She has written several novels and several graphic novels. I am excited to have an author with high school appeal talk to us at Taylor. Teen Tech Week (TTW) is just around the corner. We will celebrate in the library at PFTSTA from March 5 through March 9. Check out the library website with all the fun activities planned for the students: http://bit.ly/wT2k00. One event that should be a lot of fun is a Skype visit with authors, Jon and Pamela Voelkel. They have visited Taylor on two occasions to talk about their series, The Jaguar Stones. They aren’t traveling south any time soon, so we have invited them to Skype during TTW. Congratulations are in order for Bookmarked, the high school book group. The group was selected by the team at School Library Journal to submit book reviews for the bi-monthly online newsletter, SLJ Teen. SLJ will publish four to six teen reviews a week from June 2012 until May 2013. Once these reviews go live, we can share them with you. Having the students’ opinions read by thousands of librarians around the country is a real honor. Keep Reading!


Counselor’s Corner…Ms. Wendy Durant: Parents, students, and faculty as we near the close of the winter season (the first day of Spring is March 20th), this is the perfect time to get organized and continue preparing for the next chapter in our lives. Our seniors will soon be leaving and entering college, while all other students prepare to transition to the next grade. Here are a few helpful reminders that will aid in a smooth transition for all: Students, please submit community service reports as soon as you have them. Both Ms. Laura and Ms. Kim are very willing to make a copy of any community service forms you have for your records. Don’t forget, in order to graduate from Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, students are required to earn 50 hours of community service. As per the Jefferson Parish Public School System’s policy, students with 70+ community service hours will be recognized with a seal on their diploma. Another very important reminder for all students registering to take the ACT test please be sure to include your Social Security Number when registering for the ACT. According to Mrs. Mack, Public Information and Communication Supervisor at the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, your Social Security Number is the only identifying number that links your FAFSA, TOPS, and ACT score report. If you fail to include that number when registering for the ACT, it could delay the processing of your TOPS awards. Finally, students in grades 8-12 registered for Louisiana Connect during advisory on February 24 th. The Louisiana Connect portal is designed to give students and parents as much information about college access as possible. Students will have the opportunity to search for scholarships, internship opportunities, seek financial aid information etc… I will soon begin working with students to complete their Individualized Graduation Plans and schedule forms for the 2012-2013 school year (much of what will be completed through the LA Connect Portal). Parents of students in grades 8th-12 are also encouraged to create an account and browse the amazing resources available on this site. Parents may enroll by visiting: www.louisianaconnect.org, and clicking the first time login icon, then selecting the parent option, and entering their child’s information.

APES Students Plant Cypress Trees: Members the PFTSTA Junior and Senior classes planted over 300 cypress trees in Couturie Forest in City Park, New Orleans as part of a partnership with the Coastal Roots program of LSU. The cypress seeds were planted last year in the school tree nursery. Cypress trees are an essential part of the ecosystem restoration of one of the largest urban forests in the United States. By taking part in this planting, the AP Environmental Science students completed Year 2 of a Virtual Field Trip. For a documentation of their efforts, visit the Google Site: https://sites.google.com/a/pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us/couturie1/ Pictured from left to right: Stephen Kreller, Raymond Hendrix, Archit Shukla, Tyler Dantin, Dennis Tran, Shannon Vitrano, Jenna Zeringue, Jeffrey Prado, Sara Adoue, Logan Leslie, Linda Tran, Daniel Gutierrez, Fatmeh Ali, Michael Roussell , Courtney Beamer, Anthony Tran, Darion Toups, Nathalie Argueta, Emmalyn Buquoi, Jeffrey Sturcke, Kenia Carvajal, Alex Soniat, Ben Gothard, Jack Felty. Not pictured: Amy Olson.


Accolades for Academic Games: Propaganda Tournament Results: Individual Winners 

1st Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr

4th Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino

On-Sets Tournament Results: Individual Winner 

3rd Place (Junior Division) – Derick Pillai

3rd Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr

Linguishtiks Tournament Results: Team Winners 2nd Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr, Carson Chauvin, Derick Pillai, Edward Johnson, Darla Nguyen

2nd place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr, Carson Chauvin, Derick Pillai, Edward Johnson, Micquel Downs

4th Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino, Daniel Pillai, Ty Dugas, Rachel Indest, Dylan Vasquez

Team Winners

2nd Place (Junior Division) – Derick Pillai

Equations Tournament Results: Individual Winners

Team Winners

2nd Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr, Carson Chauvin, Derick Pillai, Edward Johnson, Micquel Downs

4th Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino, Thanh “Michael” Pham, Daniel Pillai, Ty Dugas, Rachel Indest

Team Winners 

1st Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr, Carson Chauvin, Derick Pillai, Edward Johnson, Micquel Downs

4th Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino, Thanh “Michael” Pham, Daniel Pillai, Ty Dugas, Rachel Indest

Team Winners 

3rd Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino, Thanh “Michael” Pham, Daniel Pillai, Ty Dugas, Rachel Indest

Key Club Clippings: The Patrick F. Taylor Key Club participated in a dance-a-thon fundraiser. The event was held at Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans. This was an important community fundraiser for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The Key Club helped raise $689 for the cause. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. Way to go Key Club, thank you for living up to the club motto: Caring – our way of life. Next big event for Key Club will be new officer training. This is a district wide event and is held in Baton Rouge on March 23 and 24. District convention will also be held in Baton Rouge on April 20 – 24. Parents are responsible for travel and lodging to the events. Yours through service, John J. McCloskey Faculty Advisor – Key Club


STEM plus ART = STEAM at Taylor: While there has been a big push for STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) in schools across the nation, Taylor Academy adds Art to STEAM up the program up a bit! Preengineering students are currently learning basic skills of drafting and sketching: multi-view, oblique, isometric, and 1-point and 2-point perspective. Recently, they were able to enhance their measurement skills by using steel rules that measure to the nearest 64th of an inch and calipers that measure to the nearest thousandth of an inch. Putting these two sets of skills together, IED students in grades 8-12 will work on two reverse-engineering projects in which they use their hand-drawn sketches and recorded measurements to construct 3-D models using Autodesk Inventor in Taylor’s computer lab: (1) a class set of wooden geometric blocks and (2) their own personally designed Puzzle Cubes. Next, they will move into design teams to plan and construct 3D models of pet homes (dog houses, bird houses, fish tanks, etc). Our 7th grade GTT students will complete a large, detailed, 2-point perspective sketch of a city block as their culminating project for the unit on sketching. In their next unit, they will work through a set of tutorials on Autodesk Inventor in the computer lab to develop basic 3-D modeling skills. They will learn dimensioning and geometric constraining along with basic sketching and extruding techniques to construct an assortment of parts and ultimately assemble a pegboard toy or shape sorter toy for toddlers. March should be a fun and interesting month for our pre-engineering students!

Breakfast of Champions: We are proud that so many of our students were invited to attend the annual JPPPS Breakfast of Champions on March 1. This prestigious ceremony is held to award stellar 6—12 grade students. In order to attend, high school students must have earned an "A" in Carnegie unit courses and no lower than a "B" in honors courses during each of the nine weeks of the first semester, excluding physical education. Middle school students must have earned an "A" in each course taken and no lower than a "B" in honors courses during each of the nine weeks of the first semester, excluding physical education. 6th grade Paige Bass Joseph Blanco Elizabeth Bundick Jake Leblanc Grayce Mores Tiffany Quach Holly Wilkinson 7th grade Kristen Clement Marco Flores Mustafa Hamed Henry Hazlett Hilary Keyes Gavin Morrow Isabelle Ordonez Claire Pantell Alexcia Perilloux Daniel Pillai Andrew Souther Stefan Suazo Kala Thomas Mason Varuso 8th grade Alanah Cottingham Jason Hall Kiara Horton Alexandra Miserendino Thanh Pham Madison Pierce Valerie Ruiz Sierra Torres Rayne Torry Ariel Walker

Freshmen Warren Abadie Quentin Andrus Madison Berard Edward Johnson Kirsten LeCompte Sydney Monix Derick Pillai Kristen Stamp Abdullah Syed Kayla Tarr John Tran Sophomore Carson Chauvin Daniel Colosino Nicklas Dang Micquel Downs Jasmyn Hall Paris Evans Arielle Laurent Abrania Marrero Nicholas Melara Louis Messina III Evan Michel Ricky Nguyen Mary Beth Oliver Thomas Sostarics Stephen Torry Alicia Tran Kaylynn Tran Lauren Tran Celia Zaeringer

Junior Sara Adoue Krishna Allam Alexandra Baldassaro Courtney Beamer Emmalyn Buquoi Benjamin Gothard Daniel Gutierrez Tiffany Lou Linda Tran Senior Mohammed Choudhury Courtney Constant Raymond Hendrix Zarik House Hunter McDaniel Caitlin Mitchell Nikki Nguyen Amy Olson Jaylen Parquet Jeffrey Prado Arlo Spear Mohammed Samarra’e Archit Shukla Dennis Tran Shannon Vitrano Jenna Zeringue Blaine Ziegel


Social Studies Fair Winners: The following Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology students will compete in the regional Social Studies fair – in order to qualify for regionals, they had to win 1st or 2nd place at in their category the PFTSTA Social Studies fair.

Middle School Winners:

High School Winners:

First Row, L—R: Elizabeth Baudoin, Dominic Scheurer, Bailey Bourgeois, Jake Leblanc, Henry Hazlett

Top, L—R: Tyler Nguyen, Nicholas Melara, Jeffrey Prado, Hunter McDaniel, Jeffrey Sturcke, Kashif Mustahsan, Sara Adoue, Arthur McGee III

Second Row, L—R: Matthew Trochez, Brennan Silva, Alex Walsh, Daniel Pillai, Valerie Ruiz, Joseph Blanco, Drew Ordoyne, Madison Pierce, Rayne Torry, Kiara Horton

Middle, L—R: Nick Dang, Abrania Marrero, Caitlin Mitchell, Mary Beth Oliver, Addison Hinson, Amy Olson, Sidney Monix, Kirsten LeCompte, Agathe Carrier, Tiffany Lou

Not pictured: Dylan Craigie

Bottom, L—R: Louie Messina, Edward Johnson, Brandon Clancey, Nikki Nguyen, Kristen Stamp, Brittany Lehmann, Alexandra Baldassaro

Music Musings…from John J. McCloskey: This year just keeps moving right along. In the last newsletter I gave an account of the district honor band performances that occurred in January. Well, you guessed it, we had one final honor band performance in February. On February 5, 2012 at the University of New Orleans, our own Quint Adkins performed in the District Junior High Jazz Ensemble (as a sixth grader!). As usual, he did a fantastic job and was quite noticeable as the Conga player for the group. Way to go Quint. The following Friday February 10, 2012 the band and cheerleaders marched in the Excalibur parade in Metairie, LA. I couldn’t have been more proud of the band! They did a great job and everyone gave their all. We were able to “hit the street” with a variety of tunes and Gimmie Some Lovin’ seemed to the crowd (and students’) favorite. The cheerleaders under the direction of Ms. Mandy Simoneaux were simply superb. I was extremely proud of the percussion section with their performance at the parade, and owe a great debt of gratitude to parent volunteer Mr. Jay Adkins for working with the drummers. There were many other parade helpers. Please forgive me if I inadvertently leave your name out. Thanks go out to Veronica and Joe Blanco for their work with uniform fittings and alterations. The Blanco’s also provided the chase vehicle that followed the band as well as rain gear and other things I probably don’t know about! Also a big thank you to Ms. Giffin who coordinated the volunteer chaperones at the parade. Thanks to all the chaperones and to Ms. Kathy Hill for her help with the particulars like busses, vests, and supplies for the marchers, etc. Finally, a big thank you to Ms. Zapico for her support and for marching along with us. Tuesday and Thursday practices will resume March 6, 2012. Practice will be in the cafeteria from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. We need to hit it hard for concert season. See you Tuesday.


Sports Shorts…Track Schedule & Roster: Date Wed. March 7 Wed. March 14 Wed. March 21 Fri.March 23 Wed. March 28 Thurs. April 5 Wed. April 11 Wed. April 18 Wed. April 25 Fri. May 4

Meet Bonnabel Riverdale Haynes Pat Taylor Meet King Mike Conlin Meet Eastbank Championship District 8-B Meet Region 3 Meet State B Championship

Time 3:00-6:30 3:00-6:30 3:00-6:30 3:00-9:30 3:00-6:30 3:00-9:30 3:00-6:30 3:00-7:00 TBA TBA

Boys Head Coach – Elmo Steinert; JV/Asst Coach – Brad Womack Girls Head Coach – Vicki Foster; JV/Asst Coach – Warren Donley Taylor Girls Track – Roster 2012 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

Allred, Sarah Commagere, Claire Cooper, Courtney Horton, Kiara Lehmann, Brittany Morrison, Sarah Nguyen, Darla Nguyen, Marissa Pierce, Madison Shargois, Tiara Smith, Laura Suggs, Crystal Tally, Da’Nesha Tran, Kaylynn Walker, Ariel Walsh, Alex Wells, Jazmine

Taylor Boys Track – Roster 2012 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

Campbell, Kihren Colosino, Daniel Gothard, Ben Gutierrez, Daniel Johnson, Edward Melara, Nick Michel, Evan Montgomery, Lee Morrow, Gavin Nguyen, Dillian Nguyen,Ricky Sturke, Jeffrey Souther, Andrew Suazo, Stefan Torry, Stephen Tran, Anthony Varuso, Mason

18. Zaeringer, Celia

Yearbook Ads + Yearbooks For Sale: Mrs. Johnson’s Publications class is selling ads for the 2011-2012 yearbook. $100 (full page) $25 (1/4 page)

$50 (1/2 page) $12 (1/8 page)

2012—2013 yearbooks can now be pre-ordered – they are $35!

Talented Art Students Featured at Lakeside Mall: JPPSS Talented Art students will have their annual exhibition on Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at Lakeside Shopping Center. Please look for our students’ beautiful painted tiles, as well as the wonderful work of talented students at other schools .

Eighth grader Alyssa Duffourc Wins Writing Contest: Alyssa’s essay on why Louisiana's wetlands are worth saving in the America's Wetlands "Keep Your Eye on the Prize" contest has won a $5,000 grant for our school! The money is to used on a wetlands restoration project with Alyssa's class, as well on other educational materials. Special thanks go to Ms. Giffin, Alyssa’s Louisiana History teacher, for entering her essay into the contest!


Taylor Seniors Named National Merit Finalists: Three of our seniors, Arlo Spear, Dennis Tran and Amy Olson, have been named National Merit Finalists. In order to advance to

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PFTSTA Students Place in the Teen Tech Challenge:

Congratulations to Ms. Maher and all of the students who participated in the 6 th annual Louisiana High School Technology Challenge. Students participating were: 12th graders: Linda Arellano and Darion Toups; 11th graders: Krishna Allam, Nathalie Argueta, Ben Gothard, Daniel Gutierrez, Tiffany Lou, A.J. McGee, Kashif Mustahsan, Michael Roussell, Jeffrey Sturcke, Linda Tran; and 10th graders: Tameka Aych, Paris Evans, Thomas Sostarics. Taylor placed 5th in the state for the second year in a row! This project is always an enormous task with many components and the students only have a couple of hours to complete everything. This annual online technology competition encourages high school students to prepare for Louisiana's future. For more information, visit the Teen Tech Challenge site: http://www.ulm.edu/techchallenge/

Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair: Category Winners 1st Place

Linda Arellano

Brenna Gourgeot 2nd Place

Mohammad Chowdhury

Raymond Hendrix, Blaine Ziegel, Dennis Tran 3rd Place

Abdullah Syed Sara Adoue

4th Place

Caitlin Mitchell, Hunter McDaniel

Thomas Sostarics

Linda Tran

How do age, gender, and race correlate to the incidence of precancerous polyps detected at initial screening? What is the effect of skyglow on the darkness of the night sky? Cloning and Expression of Phycoerythrin in Alpha Subunit from Fremyella diplosiphon UTEX 481 inside E. coli How does the volume of a fractal square rotated around an axis of revolution change as the number of iterations increases? Do herbs affect bacterial growth? Comparison of water quality in Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River Finding a trend for extreme normal lines and the area underneath the function f(x) = (x2)n, where n is a positive integer How do growth rate and chlorophyll content compare in stressed and unstressed Taxodium distichum? Lactase digestion of milk and milk substitutes


Special Award Winners Mohammad Chowdhury

Archit Shukla

AJ McGee Linda Arellano

Dennis Tran

Cloning and Expression of Phycoerythrin in Alpha Subunit from Fremyella diplosiphon UTEX 481 inside E. coli Comparison of pharmacological and nonpharmacological diabetes treatment Purity of distillates from solutions of varying levels of salinity How do age, gender, and race correlate to the incidence of pre-cancerous polyps detected at initial screening? Reflectance levels in vegetation before and during the drought of 2011 at Bayou Sauvage

Brenna Gourgeot

What is the effect of skyglow on the darkness of the night sky?

Stephen Kreller

What is the effect of certain weather phenomena on the path and strength of hurricanes in the North Atlantic Ocean?

1st place American Physiological Society, 1st Place US Navy ($50) 1st place US Public Health Services American Society of Civil Engineers ($150) Bruce Heim Foundation ($125)

2nd place National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2nd place Sierra Club ($25) 1st Place Pontchartrain Astronomy Society (Telescope) US Air Force Award 1st Place Yale Science & Engineering Award 1st Place American Meteorological Society

Alumni Spotlight: Mai Vu: Class of 2009 

Tulane University – Class of 2013

Business Management (Major) + Biochemistry (Minor) – Pre-Med

Tulane University Vietnamese Association Organization (President) – this club promotes Vietnamese culture to Tulane and surrounding communities

Project GrandPeople (Project Co-Coordinator) – organizes community service with senior citizens – particularly, we play bingo with the residents of the St. Charles Health Center

When Truisms are True: by: Suntae Kim, Evan Polman and Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks (The New York Times, published: February 25, 2012)

WHAT ignites the engine of creativity? A popular metaphor in American business urges you to think “outside the box.” Folk wisdom advises that problem-solving is helped by thinking about something “on the one hand” and then “on the other hand.” Is there any psychological truth to such metaphors for better thinking?


Our research suggests that the answer is yes. When people literally — that is, physically — embody these metaphors, they generate more creative ideas for solving problems. Recent advances in understanding what psychologists call “embodied cognition” indicate a surprisingly direct link between mind and body. It turns out that people draw on their bodily experiences in constructing their social reality. Studies show, for example, that someone holding a warm cup of coffee tends to perceive a stranger as having a “warmer” personality. Likewise when holding something heavy, people see things as more serious and important — more “weighty.”

However, until recently it was not known whether bodily experiences could help in generating new ideas and solutions to problems. Our research, which will be published soon in the journal Psychological Science, discovered that it can. For example, we asked 102 undergraduates at New York University to complete a task designed to measure innovative thinking. The task required them to generate a word (“tape,” for example) that related to each of three presented clue words (“measure,” “worm” and “video”). Some students were randomly assigned to do this while sitting inside a 125-cubic-foot box that we made of plastic pipe and cardboard. The rest got to sit and think outside (and next to) the box. During the task we tracked the number of correct responses suggested by the students. We found that those thinking outside the box were significantly more creative: compared with those thinking inside the box, they came up with over 20 percent more creative solutions. Even the outline of a box can influence creativity. In another study, our team examined the originality of ideas among 104 students at Singapore Management University. First we showed students pictures of objects made of Lego blocks. Then we asked them to think of original uses for the objects, either while walking along a fixed rectangular path indicated by duct tape on the floor (marking out an area of about 48 square feet) or by walking freely as they wished. The differences were striking: students who walked freely were better at generating creative uses for the objects — coming up with over 25 percent more original ideas. Such creativity was assessed in terms of fluency (the number of ideas generated), flexibility (the number of unique categories that described the generated ideas) and originality (as judged by independent raters). Something similar happens when thinking about a problem on one hand and then on


the other. In another study, 40 undergraduates from the University of Michigan were asked to lift and hold a hand outstretched (as you might while addressing an audience from a stage). Some were asked to lift just one hand, while others were asked to switch between hands. While they were doing this, we asked them to generate novel uses for a new university complex. Among students who were allowed to switch hands — in other words, to think about a problem on “one hand” and then “on the other hand” — we found a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of uses generated. By showing that bodily experiences can help create new knowledge, our results further undermine the strict separation between mind and body — another box that has confined our thinking for a long time. In addition, although we’re only starting to grasp how catchphrases shape how people think, it’s possible to begin prescribing some novel suggestions to enhance creativity. For instance, if we’re performing a job that requires some “outside the box” thinking, we may have to avoid working in cubicles. But we shouldn’t avoid cubicles altogether: to think outside the box, you first need a box. Suntae Kim is a doctoral candidate and Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks is an associate professor, both in management and organizations, at the University of Michigan. Evan Polman is a visiting assistant professor of management and organizations at New York University.

Parents and Teens: Resolutions for a New Year: Please join us! Interactive Session for all Junior and Senior Parents March 23 from 1:30 – 2:30 Presented and Sponsored by: CARE – Center Children’s Hospital Program “Teens Not Gone Wild” Preventing Interpersonal Violence Knowledge, Attitudes and Assertiveness Skills for Breaking Free and Ending the Silence Around Abuse of all Kinds This is a FREE event focused on issues that affect all people in our society! Parents welcomed and encouraged to come! Key Note Speaker: Anne Troy, RN, FNP—BC: Forensic Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Topics Covered: Media Influences on Behavior from substance abuse to high risk physical behaviors Warning signs of abuse and debunking myths around the who what and where of abuse Darkness to Light as a means to preventing sexual abuse: How we all have a role!

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