Environmental Science Research and Innovative STEM Education Virtual Seminar Symposium

June 9th and 10th 3-5 pm PT

Please join our first annual Science Research and STEM Education symposium focused on environmental science and public health research and STEM innovation.  This event features presentations by accomplished scientists, STEM educators, and government and life science industry leaders.  We anticipate a diverse audience, ranging from students to academic and industry professionals.  Our goal is to cultivate an environment where young scholars and professionals  present their work and synergize via a constructive life sciences / STEM dialog.

This event is free and open to the public.

3:00 Introduction

3:10 Dr. Keith Lombardo, Director of the Southern California Research Learning Center – Parks for Science: Facilitating scientific partnerships in our Southern California National Parks

3:25 Dr. Margie Oleksiak, Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami – Saltwater Semester: involving undergraduates in research intensive learning

3:40 Angela Zhao, Isaiah Hyler, Andrea Sawaya, Tatenda Nenguke, Boz Research Immersion Program Students – Ecological Risk Assessment of Tijuana River Estuary: building a student-driven, long-term community research commitment?

3:55 Dr. Richard Gersberg, Professor, School of Public Health, San Diego State University – Wastewater-based Epidemiology: Prevalence of Stimulant Drugs of Abuse and Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in a San Diego Community

4:10 Jeanne Vu, Sora Haagensen, Boz Institute Team – Relative genetic diversity of the rare and endangered Agave shawii ssp. shawii and associated soil microbes within a Southern California ecological preserve

4:25 Dr. Keaton Lesnik, Co-Founder and CEO of MAIA Analytica – Forging the Water and Wastewater Workforce of the 21st Century

4:40 Barbara Hurd, Director of Business Development and Marketing for Biomed Diagnostics – The Biodiversity in Scientific Careers – but something’s missing…

4:55 Afterword

3:00 Introduction

3:10 Dr. Goran Bozinovic, Boz Institute, UC San Diego Biology, San Diego State University – Boz Institute Overview and Update

3:25 Dr. Liz Bui, Vice President & Intellectual Property Counsel and Diversity & Inclusion Officer at ViaCyte – So what can you do with a biology or chemistry interest?

3:40 Flannery McLamb, Katie O’Connell, Natalie Olander – Trends in ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in the United States

3:55 Dr. Damian Shea, President and Principal Scientist of Statera Environmental, Inc.– Linking the environmental chemical exposome to biological effects: Combining passive sampling and high-resolution chemical analysis with toxicology

4:10 Chris Stransky, Manager of the Aquatic Sciences and Toxicology Group at Wood Environment & Infrastructure – Southern California Regional Monitoring – San Diego Bay Highlights

4:25 Lori Lindburg, President & CEO of California Life Sciences Institute – Life Science Workforce Trends, the Industry Perspective

4:40 Dr. Kari Sant, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, San Diego State University – Developmental toxicity and molecular impacts of Tris (4-chlorophenyl)methanol, a SoCal marine contaminant

4:55 Afterword