Environmental Science Research and Innovative STEM Education Seminar Symposium

October 21st (4-9pm) and 22nd (8am-1pm), 2022

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