Environmental Science Research and Innovative STEM Education Seminar Symposium

October 21st (4-9pm) and 22nd (8am-1pm)

Please join our second annual Science Research and STEM Education symposium focused on life science research and STEM innovation.  This event features presentations by accomplished academics, STEM educators, government and life science industry leaders, and young scholars; conversations about.  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.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students’ Poster Session

5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Welcome from UCSD Division of Extended Studies Associate Dean, Dr. Ed Abeyta

5:10 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. Dr. Goran Bozinovic, UCSD / Boz Institute: “The STEM student paradox: let them play early (and often)!”

5:40 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Chris Stransky, Toxicology and Aquatic Sciences Group Manager at Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions: “The San Diego Regional Harbor Monitoring Program”

6:20 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dr. Francie Barron, Cardea Bio: “From CPUs to BPUs – A true multiomics platform for measuring the signals of biology”

7:05 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Dr. Damian Shea, Statera Environmental: “Measuring our exposures to chemicals: The known knowns, the known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns”

7:50 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. Dr. Kari Sant, San Diego State University: “Developmental toxicity and molecular impacts of exposures to the DDT co-contaminants Tris(4- chlorophenyl)methane and -methanol”

8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Kesten Bozinovic, Georgetown University / Boz Institute: “900,000 things to know about your estuary: non-targeted analysis of environmental contaminants in Tijuana River Estuary via composite integrative passive sampler”

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Students’ Poster Session

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Maysoon Lehmeidi, UCSD Division of Extended Studies, and Armando Vazquez, Boz Institute: “Promoting student engagement in bio conservation using eDNA to monitor endangered white and black abalone”

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Dr. Keith Lombardo, National Park Service: “Building bridges: Scientific partnerships in southern California’s National Parks”

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Salem Yohannes and Miguel Pesqueira, Boz Institute: “Metagenomics: what’s lurking in 10mg of your soil – friends or foes?”

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Intermission

11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Dr. Rick Gersberg, San Diego State University: “Effect of Sewage Treatment on Microbial Water Quality of Coastal Waters in the U.S-Mexico Border Region”

12:15 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Flannery McLamb, Boz Institute: “Target chemical analysis of sediments and water reveals site-specific contaminants of concern at the Tijuana River Estuary”

12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks