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Spotlight on San Diego Science

Teacher Workshop Series

Leilani Cruz
Leilani Cruz
Dr. Jose Agraz
Dr. Jose Agraz

Dr. Pinter-Wollman
Dr. Pinter-Wollman
Dr. Meriah Arias-Thode
Dr. Meriah Arias-Thode
Dr. Jeremy Long
Dr. Jeremy Long
Trevor Joyce will speak on May 12
Trevor Joyce
Dr. Stephanie Venn-Watson
Dr. Stephanie Venn-Watson
Dolphins & Diabetes
Dolphins & Diabetes
Dr. Dorian Houser working with marine mammals
Dr. Dorian Houser
Dr. Dorian Houser
Dr. Dorian Houser

John deGrassie
John deGrassie

This was an excellent series, and we'd like to thank everybody who participated.  Each month, a different local scientist, engineer or researcher shared their passion for what they do and provided information for use in teachers' classrooms. We focused on connecting the real science happening in San Diego with the Next Generation Science Standards. This series has come to an end, but we are looking for possibilities of offering a similar series again in the future.


Detect, Measure, and Interpret using Sensors and Algorithms

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Community Forum

M. A. Yanagi will explore the use of biotechnology sensors, from everyday life to military operations, for a huge variety of purposes. Includes a discussion of Next Generation Science Standards connections and classroom activity ideas.
 
Light refreshments will be provided.
 
FREE, thanks to support from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and the BEST Foundation.
 
 

Lessons from White Milk, Blue Skies, and the Green Flash

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Community Forum

Mr. John deGrassie will explain the fundamental interactions the earth's atmosphere with propagating lasers, and how white milk, blue skies, and the green flash affect imaging, communications, and laser defense systems.
 
Light refreshments will be provided.
 
FREE, thanks to support from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and the BEST Foundation.
 
 

Prior Teacher Events: 


Dr. Pinter-Wollman presented Social Interactions from an Ant's Perspective – February 9, 2016

When we think of social creatures, we rarely imagine something smaller than a fingernail. However, some of the smallest creatures actually have intricate social dynamics. Dr. Pinter-Wollman explained how the collective behavior of an ant colony emerges from the social interactions among the individuals that comprise it. Included a discussion of Next Generation Science Standards connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and the BEST Foundation.

 

Jim Rohr presented The Dolphin’s Secret – January 12, 2016

For nearly a century, scientists have tried to determine what exactly provides dolphin’s the ability to achieve extraordinary swimming speeds. Former Navy researcher, Jim Rohr, explored this topic and shared some of the studies with which he has been involved. Included a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and the BEST Foundation.

 

Immunologist Leilani Cruz presented Understanding How Our Immune System can Defend Ourselves from Autoimmune Diseases – December 8, 2015

PhD candidate Leilani Cruz shared her research on how miRNAs, short non-coding sequences, can target regulatory T cells in preventing autoimmune diseases. Included a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and the BEST Foundation.

 

Dr. Jose Agraz presented Increasing Breast Cancer Survivability: First Steps in Imaging Cancer at the Cellular Level – November 10, 2015

Dr. Jose Agraz shared his research on the development of instruments that aid Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners to image breast cancer at its earliest onset. Included a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and the BEST Foundation.

 

Dr. Aaron Thode presented The Sea is Not Silent—How to Give a Sound Education using Acoustic Oceanography – October 13, 2015

Dr. Aaron Thode shared his research on sperm whale interactions with Alaskan fishermen, and how scientists use whale recordings and basic trigonometry to conduct research. Included a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from the Waitt Foundation.

 

Dr. Meriah Arias-Thode presented Microbial Fuel Cells—FREE POWER From Mud! – September 8, 2015

Dr. Meriah Arias-Thode shared her research on benthic microbial fuel cells, which act as bio-batteries, and explained the potential to access free power from bacteria living in mud. Included a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from the Waitt Foundation.

 

Dr. Jeremy Long presented Surprisingly Stressful: Life in the Sea – June 9, 2015

Using a unique blend of hip-hop and science, Dr. Jeremy Long promotes awareness about the effect humans have on entire marine ecosystems without realizing it through his intriguing research. Participants enjoyed an evening of diving into discoveries of the mysteries of the ocean! Included a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from the Waitt Foundation.

 

Trevor Joyce presented Diving Deep: Making a Living in the Deep Ocean – May 12, 2015

Trevor's team studies the strategies by which toothed whales find food and avoid predators in the twilight and permanently dark zones of the pelagic ocean. Trevor shared his research based in the deep-water channels of the northern Bahamas, which provides an unprecedented window into the behaviors of some rarely observed marine mammals. Included a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from the Waitt Foundation.

 

Dr. Stephanie Venn-Watson presented Dolphins & Diabetes – April 14, 2015

Dr. Stephanie Venn-Watson shared amazing similarities between dolphins and humans... and how these similarities may help prevent, manage, and cure diabetes. Included a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from the Waitt Foundation.

 

Dr. Dorian Houser presented Dolphin Echolocation – March 10, 2015

Through an engaging presentation that can be brought back to the classroom, Dr. Houser brought the magic back to learning as he taught about sound and its powerful effects through dolphin echolocation. Included a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. This event was FREE, thanks to support from the Waitt Foundation.