Archer’s annual STEM Symposium is an opportunity for Los Angeles high school students who have completed independent or small group projects in STEM to present their findings. Students are invited to present their research in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

The Archer RISE Award honors exceptional young women for their innovative scientific research or engineering design projects that further existing knowledge or develop solutions to pressing scientific challenges. Finalists for the RISE Award are noted in throughout the online program and will be awarded at lunch on May 21.

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Saturday, May 21 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Effects of Natural Hallucinogens Salvia divinorum and Myristicin on Aggression in D. Melanogaster

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Salvia and nutmeg are potent natural hallucinogenic agents that alter human processing and behaviour. Their effects on aggression remain poorly understood and further research into the effects could better our understanding of natural psychoactive drugs. The extracts from hallucinogens salvinorin A in Salvia divinorum and myristicin in nutmeg will be used to test their effects on aggression in Drosophila melanogaster. Two strains of Drosophila will be used to test the effects of the hallucinogens; a regular, wild-type strain as the experimental group and a hyperaggressive strain as the control group. Each strain of Drosophila will be tested for increased aggression with either no drug, salvinorin A or myristicin. A fighting arena will be used to carrying out the testing of the hallucinogens on aggression.


Haley Kerner

The Archer School for Girls
The Archer School for Girls; Grade 12

Saturday May 21, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Dining Hall