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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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Blue Tech Dreams on the USS Midway

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – May 24, 2017 – The latest STEAM Leadership Series event “Blue Tech Dreams: Water & Jobs Everywhere” will take 300 San Diego Unified high school students aboard  the USS Midway Museum, Thursday, June 1, from 9:00 – 10:30 AM PT to learn about San Diego’s new high tech and traditional ocean economy. Keynoters will be champion sailor and philanthropist Malin Burnham, author of Community Before Self, and Dr. Jyotika Virmani, prize lead for the $7 million Shell Ocean X-Prize.  Students will learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math,) hear career experiences from five local innovators and tour a festival of exciting ocean exhibits from startups and major companies alike.  Exhibits will include a robotic lifeguard named “Emily” (live water demo)

Students will be welcomed by RADM Mac Mclaughlin (US Navy Ret.) President and CEO of the USS Midway Museum. Following the keynotes, emcee Greg Murphy, executive director of the Maritime Alliance, will lead a career panel on the future of ocean technology, careers and jobs, with a discussion based on questions from students in the audience.

Career Panel speakers include (short bios below):

  • Rusty Jehangir, Founder, Blue Robotics
  • Dr. Daniel Rudnick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Professor of Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography (Autonomous Ocean Platforms and Global Ocean Observing Systems)
  • Kathryn Carrillo, Senior Contract Administrator, BAE Systems
  • Captain Matt Kallenberg Pacific Tugboat Services,
  • Shannon Waters, Project Manager Smart Fin/Surfrider,

 “We are excited for our students to learn about the growing Blue Economy and the variety of job opportunities that accompany that growth,” said Michael Goodbody, from the office of secondary schools. “One of the coolest things about the Blue Economy is that it is providing jobs that touch so many different career fields. For this event we have recruited students enrolled in a variety of career themed pathways, from transportation to engineering.”

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Speaker and Company Bios

  • BAE Systems, Kathryn Carrillo, Senior Contract Administrator BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair is a compact modern shipyard with fully-equipped shops and can plan, manage and perform all levels of repair or modernization, both emergent and regularly scheduled, for more than 50 U.S. Navy vessels home-ported in San Diego and the various commercial ships that make port calls here.
  • Blue Robotics, Rusty Jehangir, Founder ,Elisa Miller. Blue Robotics’ mission is to provide low-cost, high-quality components to enable the future of marine robotics. The BlueROV2 is a capable, flexible and affordable mini-ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle).  BlueRov2.

  • Pacific Tugboat Services, Captain Matt Kallenberg. Pacific Tugboat Service is a locally owned Small Business specializing in marine services & equipment.  The Pacific Tugboat Service fleet of ocean and harbor tugs, crew boats, landing craft, work boats, skiffs, deck barges, tank barges, floating cranes and marine equipment represents the most diverse and capable fleet in southern California.
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Professor of Oceanography Daniel Rudnick, ARGO Float and SPRAY GLIDER, Autonomous Ocean Platforms and Global Ocean Observing Systems.  There are over 4000 Argo floats measuring the world’s oceans in many ways.

  • Smart Fin/Surfrider, Shannon Waters, Project Manager (swaters@surfrider.org) The SmartFin is a surfboard fin with sensors that measure important ocean properties that help researchers and coastal communities understand trends in ocean health. With the SmartFin, surfers become citizen scientists, turning wave sets into data sets simply while surfing their favorite breaks.

Other EXHIBITORS

  • Hydronalix, EMILY Robot Video and another.  Founded in 2009, Hydronalix has become recognized as a leader and international symbol in robotics innovation for beach and flood rescue with our successful patented EMILY product line.
  • Aquaai : robotic fish Liane Thompson, CEO and Simeon Pieterkosky, CVO.   applies bio-mimicry excellence to marine robotics creating robotic fish that mimic real fish. We call these agile and efficient platforms BIV, as in Bio-Inspired Vehicles. BIV platforms maneuver quickly, carrying a payload with interchangeable sensors, gathering data per client need.

Underwater Biospheres for growing herbs and vegetables with full monitoring capability from the surface.

  • Planck Aerosystems, Josh Wells, CEO  and Dave Twining, COO  Planck Aerosystems builds unmanned aerial systems (drones) for the maritime industry– a future where there are drones on every boat.
  • SeaPerch , Dave Massey. SeaPerch is an underwater ROV competition that allows students to build their own ROV and compete against other teams in regional events.  Successful teams advance to the national competition.  They will exhibit their SeaPerch kit and answer questions.
  • Training Resources Limited , Ray Gillip, President.  Leading private maritime training school based in San Diego that trains students to be merchant mariners—exhibiting a sit-down ship’s pilot simulator

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The Future of Personalized Medicine at the Illumina Theater/Alexandria

 SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 28, 2016 – The latest STEAM Leadership Series event will introduce 250 San Diego Unified middle and high school students to “The Future of Personalized Medicine” on Friday, October 28th from 9:00 AM PT – 10:30 AM PT at the Illumina Theater/Alexandria. Students will learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) career experiences from keynoters Dr. Eric Topol, Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now, Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, President and CEO of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, and Dawn Barry, Vice President of Marketing for Applied Genomics at Illumina, the San Diego company that leads the world in genetic sequencing.

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STEAM Opportunities in Engineering and Business at the Institute of the Americas

Institute of the Americas, December 1, 2017

 

 The Institute of the Americas is collaborating with the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series, the San Diego Unified School System, lead sponsor the Moxie Foundation, and others, in a major event in December 6, 2017, in order to underscore the importance of education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to the future careers of the youth of the region – from all sectors of society. 

Three-hundred junior high and high school students, many of Latin American origin, with interests in STEM participated in this event. 

Through interactive narratives with the participants, Latin American professionals showcased their experience and demonstrate how their achievements and personal pathways to success can serve as practical examples and models for students towards achieving their own potential. 

The participants learned about the new high-tech, business, and entrepreneurial STEM careers from exciting and knowledgeable experts. 

We aim to inform and inspire high school students from across the San Diego District and Tijuana with the variety of business, research and academic, as well as not-for-profit opportunities offered by the San Diego / Baja California mega region. Our objective is to enrich and empower these youth to be able to set their own goals and aspirations and to position themselves for the future to take advantage of the richness of opportunities. 

Special pilot: As a first for the STEAM Leadership Series, the main sessions and breakouts will be live-streamed to a host of academic institutions in Latin and South America – including, but not limited to, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. 

Some 400-hundred junior high and high school students, many of Latin American origin, with interests in STEM will participate in this event.

Through interactive narratives with the participants, Latin American professionals will showcase their experience and demonstrate how their achievements and personal pathways to success can serve as practical examples and models for students towards achieving their own potential.

The participants will learn about the new high-tech, business, and entrepreneurial STEM careers from exciting and knowledgeable experts.

We aim to inform and inspire high school students from across the San Diego District and Tijuana with the variety of business, research and academic, as well as not-for-profit opportunities offered by the San Diego / Baja California mega region. Our objective is to enrich and empower these youth to be able to set their own goals and aspirations and to position themselves for the future to take advantage of the richness of opportunities.

Special pilot: As a first for the STEAM Leadership Series, the main sessions and breakouts will be live-streamed to a host of academic institutions in Latin and South America – including, but not limited to, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.

THE PROGRAM;

WELCOME REMARKS AND SPEAKER INTRODUCTIONS:

MICHAEL GOODBODY, Strategic Partnerships, Sand Diego Unified School District

STEVE CHAPPLE, Exec. Director of the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series

JAMAL KHOKHAR, President and CEO, Institute of the Americas  (https://www.iamericas.org/en/)

MARCELA CELORIO, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego

KEYNOTE: WENDY MARTINEZ, MANAGER ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, RAYTHEON CORP.

Raytheon, the world’s largest maker of guided missiles, has 63,000 employees and a significant presence in San Diego and California.  Martinez, one of the highest ranked Latina engineers in the country, overseas a senior team of 10, all men.

CONFERENCE EXPECTATIONS: Luisa Reyes, STEM Manager, Institute of the Americas

FIRST BREAKOUT PANEL: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING & IT

Wendy Martinez, Chief Engineer, Manager, Electrical Engineering, Raytheon

Felipe Fernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Jelp, Software Engineering Visionary

Guillermo Mejia, Director Tijuana’s Mind HUB, Consortium of Software and IT Startup Companies

Luisa Reyes, STEM PROGRAMS MANAGER, INSTITUTE OF THE AMERICAS, MODERATOR

SECOND BREAKOUT PANEL: BUSINESS: BINATIONAL ECONOMY OPPORTUNIES

Gabriela Dow, Moderator & Owner, Mora Dow Consulting; Director, NV5; and Co-founder, “Plug & Play San Diego”

Adriana Herrera, Entrepreneur, Consultant/Advisor, Co-founder of GradIntent and Fashioning Change

Miguel Marshal, CEO, Centro Ventures

Adriana Heldiz, Reporter, Digital Editor, Voice of San Diego

 

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From the Skies to the Streets on the USS Midway

Some 300 San Diego Unified high school students learn about STEAM career experiences from five innovators who present new technologies including electric cars, satellites that provide internet connections to airplanes and other moving vehicles, an algae-fueled Baja 1000 motorcycle, and state-of-the art bicycles.

MORE: The speaker program kicks-off with Kristi Jaska, vice president of Strategy and Innovation at ViaSat as the keynote, with emcee David Wagner, science and technology reporter with KPBS to lead a panel on the future of transportation with a discussion based on questions from students in the audience as well as live-streamed classroom interaction from students around San Diego County. The live stream will be accessible at XX. Students will use #steamleadsd to ask questions via Twitter.

Panel speakers include:

  • Benno Baenziger, Co-Founder, The Electra Bicycle Company and Benno Bikes
  • April Bolduc, Electric Vehicle Customer Engagement Manager, SDG&E
  • Kristian Gustavson, Research Team Lead, Field Division for Asymmetric Research Group
  • Kristi Jaska, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, ViaSat
  • Eric Maglio, Conceptual Design Engineer, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

    “Our goal is to inspire San Diego students through interactions with the latest technologies and innovative thinkers in our region,” said Steve Chapple, series founder and author of the Intellectual Capital column about game-changing people and ideas.
    “This is an important opportunity for our students to interact with professionals in the community and to connect their interests with a real career option,” added Daniel Barone, teacher on special assignment at the San Diego Unified School District. “We match students in Linked Learning career pathway classes based on the theme of each event, so for this one we’ll have students from engineering and automotive pathways.”

 

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Oceans, Sustainable Seafood, Humans and the Sea

Experts from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NOAA and UC San Diego capture the imaginations of high school students interested in green technology as they demonstrate how their research helps to protect and preserve the ocean. Ralph Keeling and Stephen Mayfield keynote on CO2 emissions and algae biotechnology, followed by Chef Rob Ruiz, Noelle Bowlin of NOAA and Jessica Blanton of Scripps on their careers in studying and serving sustainable fish.

 

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Women in Biotech at the Salk Institute #1 – Tina Nova

Heartily dismissing negative stereotypes of scientists, legendary biotech entrepreneur Tina Nova, co-founder of Genoptix, and Salk Institute professor Janelle Ayres rocked an auditorium full of high school girls with stories of how hard work and confidence led to their joyful lives and satisfying careers in science. Following these two keynotes, Ayres joined Salk senior scientist Carol Marchetto and Natalie Calatayud and Kaitlin Croyle of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research as they each shared their own paths to success.