4th Annual Life Science Research and Innovative STEM Education Symposium

Friday, February 16 (5 PM to 9 PM)

Saturday, February 17 (9 AM to 1 PM)

at UC San Diego Extended Studies – University City Center, 6256 Greenwich Drive.

This event features presentations by accomplished academics, STEM educators, life science industry leaders, and young scholars. 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.

5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Welcome from UCSD Division of Extended Studies Associate Dean, Dr. Ed Abeyta
5:10 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Maysoon Lehmeidi, UCSD Division of Extended Studies: “The effects of pre-college research immersion programs on fostering interest in STEM”
5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Ken Hirata, Boz Institute: “Metagenomics and microbiology research immersion”
5:50 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Dr. Goran Bozinovic, UCSD / Boz Institute: “Forging STEM future one research project at the time”
6:25 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Chris Stransky, Aquatic Sciences & Toxicology Group at WSP USA: “Toxicity assessment of deep-sea sediments in the vicinity of DDT waste barrels off Catalina Island, Southern California”
7:05 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Dr. Marjorie F. Oleksiak, University of Miami, FL: “Ecological, Physiological, and Genomics Networks: connecting the dots in a quickly changing environment”
7:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Intermission
8:00 p.m. – 8:35 p.m. Dr. Keith Lombardo, National Park Service: “Creating the next generation of scientists and
stewards – A Boz Institute & National Park Service collaboration”
8:40 p.m. – 9:10 p.m. Flannery McLamb, Boz Institute: “Sexually dimorphic transcriptome of Drosophila melanogaster young adult brains”

9:00 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Dr. Kari Sant, SDSU: “Where rubber meets the road: How toxic are your tires? ”
9:40 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Dr. Natalie Laub, UCSD: “The acceleration of cannabis ingestions in young children and the relentless pursuit of policy reform”
10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Dr. Douglas L. Crawford, University of Miami, FL: “Can rapid evolutionary adaptation provide a future with global climate change?”
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Intermission
11:15 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Dr. Annie Lindgren, Portland State University: “Life in Extreme Environments: inhabitants of the oxygen minimum zone”
12:00 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Zuying Feng, Boz Institute: “Spatial and temporal variations of environmental contaminants at the Tijuana River Estuary”
12:35 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Closing Remarks from UCSD Division of Extended Studies Assistant Dean, Dr. Morgan Appel