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The Places Your Imagination Takes You — The 5th Annual Women in Biotech at the Salk

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9 am – 11 am

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium

10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies Present:

“The Places Your Imagination Takes You”–The 5th Annual Women in Biotech at the Salk

SAN DIEGO – On Wednesday, November 13th, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies will host the 5th Annual Women in Biotech with the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series.  Dr. Karen E. Nelson, president of the J. Craig Venter Institute will keynote, followed by an all-women panel from Illumina, the non-profit Match Your Need, and Salk Institute–300 young women from eight San Diego High schools will be welcomed as part of the 18th event in the successful 5-year STEAM Leadership series, a program of Intellectual Capital and KidsEcoClub.

Karen E. Nelson, PhD

President of the J. Craig Venter Institute


Dr. Nelson, a 2017 inductee to the National Academy of Sciences and an expert in the gut microbiome, will explain her own path from Jamaica to La Jolla.

The keynote will be followed by a panel of young science and business leaders who will answer questions from the audience and share their experiences as women in STEAM careers.  The panelists include:

Ida Khodami

Associate Director,Global Business Operations at Illumina


Pantea Khodami

Associate Director, Global Marketing at Illumina


M. Fernanda (Gandara) Coelho

CEO Coelho Consulting and “Match Your Need”


Dr. Elena Blanco-Suarez

Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory of Nicola Allen, Salk


Dr. Yuan Xue

Gene Expression Laboratory of Juan-Carlos Ipzua Belmonte, Salk


Dr. Charlotte Miller

Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory of Wolfgang Busch, Salk




ABOUT THE PROGRAM The STEAM Leadership Series mission is to bridge the science, education and high-tech business communities along career pathways that inspire young people to live their dreams and explore great careers and jobs in Smart City San Diego, adding value and impact to educational experiences. The STEAM Leadership Series is a program of Intellectual Capital and Kids Eco Club in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). Support includes lead sponsor The San Diego Foundation, the USS Midway Museum, the Samuel Lawrence Foundation, the Moxie Foundation, and others.  

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Diabetes & You at the Salk Research Institute

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 9 am – 11 am

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium

10010 N Torrey Pines Rd,  La Jolla, CA 92037


San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies Present:

 “Diabetes & You”

SAN DIEGO – On Tuesday, December 10th, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series will host a special event “Diabetes & You,” around the alarming rise of diabetes among teenagers.  Dr. Anila Madiraju, innovator, explorer, and scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Marc Montminy at Salk, will keynote along with former NBA star center, Chris Dudley, a graduate of Torrey Pines High School.  They will be followed by a panel consisting of David Winkler, co-founder of the Diabetes Research Connection; celebrity chef Rob Ruiz; metabolic disease expert David Clayton, M.D; and Efren Aguilar, health educator from Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute.  More than 300 juniors from six San Diego High schools will be welcomed as part of the 19th event in the successful 5-year STEAM Leadership series, a program of Intellectual Capital through The Samuel Lawrence Foundation. The event includes funding by the Diabetes Research Connection, and lead sponsor The San Diego Foundation.

The panel will answer questions from the audience and share their experiences both over-coming diabetes, and explaining how the disease – both Type 1 and Type 2 –may be combatted or prevented. 

Meet The Panel

Dr. Anila Madiraju

ANILA KANCHAN MADIRAJU

Research Associate

Anila Kanchan Madiraju earned her Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Physiology from Yale University, where she studied the role of redox and mitochondrial energetics in whole body physiology and metabolism. As a part of her thesis work in the lab of Dr. Gerald I. Shulman, she investigated the mechanism of the widely used diabetes drug metformin. Additionally, she discovered signaling mechanisms that integrate ureagenesis and amino acid catabolism with glucose metabolism and energy homeostasis in the liver. In January 2015, she joined the Montminy lab where she currently studies signal transduction pathways involved in adipocyte differentiation, and is continuing her work on amino acid metabolism and ureagenesis. Outside of the lab, Anila is an active member of the Society for Research Fellows at the Salk Institute, and is a community science educator. She was named the 2016 Jonas Salk Fellow.

https://montminy.salk.edu/personnel

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CHRIS DUDLEY

NBA Star

Chris Dudley was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 16 while living in San Diego.  He was a sophomore in high school and was diagnosed soon after basketball season was over. Chris was devastated and one of his biggest fears was not being able to play the sport he loved–basketball. Thanks to a supportive health care team, Chris was not only able to play basketball again but went to the pinnacle of the sport and played in the NBA. Chris played with diabetes for 16 years while many players only last in the league for a few years due to the intense competition to make an NBA  squad.

www.chrisdudley.org/about-chris-dudley

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DAVE WINKLER

Diabetes Research Connection

“Several of my family members have or had diabetes. I have lived with T1D for over 50 years. I am committed to ensuring that the Diabetes Research Connection becomes one of the most significant forces funding innovative diabetes research that will rid the planet of this disease and its complications.”

www.diabetesresearchconnection.org

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CHEF ROB RUIZ

The Land & Water Co.

An outspoken advocate for responsibly sourced and traceable seafood, Oceanside, California, native Rob Ruiz spent a decade honing his craft in Hawaii, where he worked with the James Beard award-winning Chef Alan Wong before earning an apprenticeship under Japanese sushi master Chef Etsuji Umezu. By 2014, Ruiz was back in San Diego and opening his first restaurant, The Land and Water Co. The menu is hyper-local with ethically raised ingredients, and it has earned Ruiz his first critical notices. Since returning to San Diego, Ruiz has also focused on the culinary community’s role in saving the endangered vaquita porpoise. The San Diego Tribune named Ruiz “Chef of the Year” in 2016 for his uncompromising commitment to quality, sustainability, and innovation.Ruiz recently received global recognition for his dedication to improving fishing and seafood industry practices at the inaugural Ocean Awards in London, presented by the Blue Marine Foundation, Boat International Media, and Yacht Carbon Offset. Ruiz was the 2016 Ocean Award winner in the “Chef/Restaurateur” category for having the most outstanding commitment to ocean conservation and his ongoing mission to raise awareness and promote the consumption of environmentally friendly seafood.

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DAVID CLAYTON, MD

Expert in Exercise for Diabetes and “Metabolic Disease”

Dr. David Clayton is an internal medicine doctor and healthcare entrepreneur tackling the problem of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. He pioneered San Diego’s first chronic disease program based on the popular CrossFit workout, and is now working to create an online behavior change program for first-line treatment of diabetes. Dr. Clayton trained at Scripps Clinic and his company is based in San Diego, California.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and 90% to 95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes most often develops in people over age 45, but more and more children, teens, and young adults are now developing it.  https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/type2.html   Latin youths now have the fastest growing rates of diabetes (https://nbclatino.tumblr.com/post/24896490063/latino-youth-have-the-fastest-growing-rates-of

The STEAM Leadership Series bridges the science, education and high-tech business communities along career pathways that inspire young people to live their dreams and explore great careers and jobs in Smart City San Diego, adding value and impact to educational experiences. The STEAM Leadership Series is a program of Intellectual Capital through the Samuel Lawrence Foundation, which promotes education, science and the arts (DONATIONS MATCHED BY PATAGONIA UNTIL DECEMBER 31 http://www.samuellawrencefoundation.org/ ) Support for this event includes lead sponsor The San Diego Foundation, as well as the Diabetes Research Connection, the Moxie Foundation, KEC, and others, in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District.  

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San Diego Zoo puts on Virtual Field Trip

Author: Shannon Handy (Reporter)

Published: 5:31 PM PDT May 28, 2020

Students watched via a computer or phone, where they were able to ask questions and chime in.

SAN DIEGO — The world famous San Diego Zoo may be closed to the public, but that has not stopped many from going inside – virtually. For the past two months, students all over San Diego have been doing virtual learning thanks to the partnership between San Diego Zoo Global and San Diego Unified and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

On Thursday, wildlife educator Maya O’Connor and her co-workers took about 300 high school students from all over San Diego on a tour of the elephant exhibit, followed by a stop at the giraffes encounter.

Students watched via a computer or phone, where they were able to ask questions and chime in.

“We love being here on site and coming to the zoo and seeing all the animals but this is a way we can still interact with everyone at home,” said O’Connor.

The program is called Biodiversity and You.

San Diego Zoo Global teamed up with San Diego Unified as part of its STEAM Leadership Series. STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math-helps connect high school students with experts in those fields.

Normally, students do that in person, but due to pandemic regulations, they had to get creative.

Steve Chapple, Executive Director of the STEAM Leadership Series said Often times, field-trips here are self-guided and students aren’t allowed to be this close.

“It gives you a more intimate feel to see how the elephants react with the experts there,” he said.

Prior to this so-called field-trip, participating students watched modules provided by the zoo’s My Academy website about elephants and giraffes to get them prepared.

They also received school credit. Moving forward, those involved said they hope to continue creating experiences like this, making them even more accessible to kids near and far.

“They get to see some really neat stuff,” said O’Connor.

To watch a virtual tour of the San Diego Zoo, click here. To help support the San Diego Zoo, click here.

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5th NGSS STEM Conference

5th NGSS STEM Conference

Heading Into the First Dimension: Science and Engineering Practices

 

Saturday, March 3, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Exploratorium, Pier 15

Tickets are limited, so register today!

Travel to a new dimension at our 2018 STEM Conference, Heading Into the 1st Dimension: Science and Engineering Practices. This full-day conference includes a variety of workshops designed for teachers of grades 3–12 and featuring Dimension 1 of the California Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs).

The SEPs emphasize the major practices that scientists and engineers engage in as they investigate the world and design and build systems. The conference sessions will focus on engaging, hands-on activities that highlight the implementation of the SEPs in school classrooms. Presented by the Exploratorium’s Teacher Institute and the Institute for Inquiry, this full-day conference features:

Breakfast and lunch will be included, and participants will have access to all the conference handouts and activities online. One semester unit of Continuing Education credit will be available for an additional fee.

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Symphony Meets Science

Spend a wonderful evening exploring the relationship between music and the science of listening. All ages will be delighted by performers spanning jazz, classical, and percussion – from Bartok to Beethoven to Bjork. The Balboa Theatre will be filled with sounds of music from the Danny Green Trio and the Mainly Mozart Quartet, along with a multimedia presentation from three renowned hearing specialists: Dr. Kevin Franck who heads Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Department of Audiology, Neuroscientist Nina Kraus of BrainVolts at Northwestern University, and Audiologist Michael Santucci who runs Sensphonics Hearing Wellness.  These compelling demonstrations will show how sound gets from the artist into the listener’s ear to inspire. (note: ASL + CART for D/HH)

This event will be preceded by a special pre-show Science Fair for all ages, from 6 to 7pm, including interactive displays created by hearing research postdocs/students in collaboration with ARO.

 San Diego welcomes 1,600 hearing scientists at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Mid-Winter Meeting!

www.bit.ly/symphonyscience

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SD Union Tribune – Women in Biotech Salk

Bradley J Fikes, 3/23/2017

For 300 teenage women, Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn shared words of encouragement and issued an appeal to duty Thursday.

Science is a fascinating career, opportunities in it for women are increasing and the world depends on the contributions of female scientists, she said.

And Blackburn, president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, pointed to examples of this work from scientists on the Salk campus. Clodagh O’Shea uses viruses to fight cancer. Corina Antal led a study that explained why certain drugs intended to fight cancer actually make the disease worse.

“Science is knowledge,” Blackburn said, quoting O’Shea. “Knowledge improves the human condition. In the purest sense, it’s a celebration of life.”

“STAY CURIOUS! SCIENCE NEEDS YOU!” read the last slide of Blackburn’s pep talk.

Students not only heard from Blackburn, but also from a panel of six female scientists who told of their own challenges and successes. The speakers were two Salk researchers and scientists at the San Diego Zoo & Wildlife Park and DNA-sequencing giant Illumina.

What brought everyone together was the second annual “Women in Biotech” event, presented at the Salk Institute as part of the STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math) Leadership Series. The audience consisted of the 300 students from six high schools in the San Diego Unified School District.

The series is supported by the school district, the San Diego Foundation, Intellectual Capital and others. Its next event is scheduled for June 1 on the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego, said Steve Chapple, an organizer of the series.

More information can be found at stevechapple.com. Previous events can be viewed at j.mp/steamsd.

Blackburn shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her role in discovering telomerase, an enzyme that repairs telomeres, the protective ends of chromosomes.

Driven by her innate curiosity about how life works, Blackburn studied a single-celled organism that has numerous telomeres, leading to the discovery of telomerase. As it turned out, this enzyme is used widely in life, including in humans. Telomere dysfunctions are involved in both aging and cancer, which has made the field a hot subject of study.

“Bringing young women and diverse people into science is absolutely critical,” Blackburn said before the talk, underscoring the importance their achievements can make. “Science needs all the brains that can be brought into it. And the more we attract people from every way of thinking, the better it is for science.”

Blackburn said she got considerable support when she was starting out at an all-girls’ school. But once she entered college, she had to look for mentors and make her own path. While all scientists have to formulate career choices, it’s easier if they know starting out what the possibilities are.

In addition, Blackburn said it’s vital to keep people excited about science over the long term.

Megan Moreau, an 11th grader from Clairemont High School, belongs to that school’s health and medical academy — reflecting an interest she’s had since being a freshman. She heard of STEAM from a teacher, and on Thursday, she was looking to get examples from the speakers of how they have forged scientific careers as women.

Karen Ngo, a senior at Mira Mesa High School, said she became acquainted with STEAM through her own volunteer work at elementary schools.

“Hopefully, I’ll get a little insight into what it’s like to be in biotechnology, especially since I’m a biology major,” Ngo said.

Originally Posted by the San Diego Union Tribune

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NBC Covers Drones on the USS Midway

San Diego middle and high school students got a special treat Friday morning. Local high-tech leaders talked with students about the latest inventions they are working on.Speakers also shared how students can start working toward a career in the industry. NBC 7’s Elena Gomez was at the Midway Museum for the event. (Published Friday, Jun 5, 2015)

Link to NBC7 SD Coverage Here

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SD Foundation – Women in Biotech #2 Salk

“Stay Curious! Science Needs You!”

These were the encouraging words Nobel Prize winner and Salk Institute for Biological Studies CEO Elizabeth Blackburn shared with 300 teenage girls as her presentation came to a close at a recent event held at Salk’s auditorium in La Jolla.

The all-female audience consisted of students from six different high schools in the San Diego Unified School District, all of whom gathered to attend “Women in Biotech”.

The event was the most recent installment in the STEAM Leadership Series that aims to connect students with local executives in STEAM-oriented careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

The San Diego Foundation is a founding sponsor of the program, which is put on by Intellectual Capital and Kids Eco Club, in partnership with San Diego Unified School District.

“I learned that it really means a lot to be a woman in [the biotech] field,” said San Diego High School student Deandra Escanuela, who hopes to pursue a career in Medicine. ”To be a Hispanic girl, it would mean a lot to me to pursue this career and have this influence from these women.”

In addition to Blackburn, the 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine, students heard from a panel of six local female scientists who shared stories of their ups and downs on their way to professional success, including:

  • Asako Navarro, M.S. Research Coordinator, San Diego Zoo & Wildlife Park
  • Megan Owen, PhD, Associate Director, Applied Animal Ecology, San Diego Zoo & Wildlife Park
  • Ida Khodami, Sr Manager, Engineering at ILLUMINA
  • Pantea Khodami, Manager, Market Development at ILLUMINA
  • Corina Antal, Evans Gene Expression Lab at Salk
  • Elena Blanco-Suarez, Allen Molecular Neurobiology Lab at Salk

Watch the first “Women in Biotech” event here >

The STEAM Leadership Series has reached more than 29,000 students in 25 San Diego high schools.

The second annual “Women in Biotech” event continued the mission of the STEAM Leadership Series to bridge the science, education and high-tech business communities along career pathways that empower young people to live their dreams and explore their options.

The next STEAM event is scheduled for June 1 on the USS Midway Museum. For more information, contact Steve Chapple at steve@stevechapple.com.

Originally Posted by the San Diego Foundation