Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

The Rensselaer County Health Department will be hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics this summer throughout the county. The vaccine is free and walk-ins are welcome. Clinics include: Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush, NY (Tuesday, August 10, 5-7 p.m., J&J); North Greenbush Town Hall, Wynantskill, NY (Sunday, August 22, 5-7 p.m., J&J); Stewart’s Shops, Nassau, NY (Tuesday, August 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Pfizer or J&J). You can also find a COVID-19 vaccine at https://www.vaccines.gov/search

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Research presentation slide

A slide from Maria Rybakov’s presentation about Myotonic Dystrophy, which is the most common form of adult-onset muscular dystrophy.

Columbia High School hosted its Science Research Mini Symposium on Wednesday morning in which students presented their projects virtually to classmates and teachers. Students explained the research they conducted from this past summer and discussed plans for the remainder of their projects.


  • Nathan Davis – “The Correlation Between Muscle Strength and LESS Score In A Group of Male and Female Subjects Using a Jump-Landing Technique”
  • Maria Rybakov – “Analysis of Differential Gene Expression Between Males and Females with Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 in Cardiac Tissue”


  • Brandon Biggane – “The Motivational Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Applications and Physical Education Teachers on Adolescents”
  • Julia Hawkins – “The Effect of Coaching on Tackle Technique in American Football”
  • Maddie Ingoldsby – “The Impact of the Security of Adolescent Living Status on Adolescent Connectedness”
  • Trenyce Rios – “Cell Communication in Connection to Pain”
  • Bailey Tator – “Summer with Case Western University”
  • Megan Washock – “The Correlation of Academic Self-Regulation and Student Engagement”

Columbia’s Science Research program accepts applications from freshmen every spring. The application includes an essay, two teacher recommendations (at least one from a science teacher) and a 1-on-1 interview with Mrs. Gleason.