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2017–2018 Event Calendar for Current Members

Note that more detailed information will be shared with current members and their parents via email.  If you are a current member or parent and not receiving BE WiSE updates, please contact communityalliances@rhfleet.org.

September 23, 2017: Exploring the Brain
This workshop at the Center for Neural Circuits and Behavior on UCSD'c campus starts with a talk about what it means to be a graduate student, to study neuroscience, and to do your own research. Then, participants will do a quick primer on the brain and go over concepts that will be useful during the modules. Modules will include sheep neuroanatomy, comparative neuroanatomy, spike box, and human interface. Participants will also get to do lab tours to see where the work of neuroscience happens.

October 07, 2017: Totally Turbines
Join Solar Turbines for a hands-on activity and tour of production areas including: package assembly, turbine assembly, test, and controls. The activity and tour will be followed by lunch and a question and answer panel.

October 14, 2017: Engineering Week!
Join us at the Fleet Science Center and test your engineering skills by building amazing things. Join other BE WiSE members and work in teams to create the winning derby car, learn about engineering careers and the differences between different types of engineering.

October 21, 2017: Extreme Sailing Race Village
Represent BE WiSE at a booth for the Extreme Sailing Race, US Sailing Education Zone which is an area within Race Village at the Extreme Sailing Series Act 7, San Diego on Harbor Island, October 19-22. As part of the US Sailing Education Zone, there will be interactive, STEM based displays from US Sailing. Participants will have 2 hour shifts facilitating an interactive demo and talking about the BE WiSE program. They will also be able to experience the event.

November 04, 2017: Women Working Wonders with Water
Presented by Carollo & Pure Water San Diego, a panel of women engineers will discuss their engineering career path and will share their passion for working wonders with water and how they've made contributions in the early years of their careers. The workshop will also include a brief overview of water-related projects happening in the local San Diego Community, including both the Pure Water San Diego and a tour of the recently completed Carlsbad Desalination Plant.

November 11, 2017: Career Pathways in Biomedical Sciences
In this workshop at UCSD in the School of Medicine. Participants will learn about the various college pathways in biomedical sciences, tips on how to approach your dream college and career, and about topics in scientific research in academia. They will hear from an experienced female scientist communicating her career path and current research interests, then participants will dive into several 5 minute research pop-talks given by research scientists. BE WiSE girls will also be engaged in hands on activities to learn about neuroscience based research.

December 02, 2017: Hide and Go Seagrass
Participants will join SDSU’s Coastal Marine Institute to learn about seagrass habitat and why they are important, what makes seagrass beds a healthy habitat, and how different amounts of habitat structure can affect the animals that live in seagrass. They will also meet female scientists and engage in hands on activities.

December 09, 2017: Atomic Energy
General Atomics Energy/Fusion Group Welcomes BE WiSE Participants will receive and introduction to fusion and plasma science, learn about fusion, states of matter, and tokamak. They will also participate in hands on activities and learn about related career options including electrical engineer, plasma scientist, computer engineer, mechanical engineer, or the business and governmental support of big science projects.

December 19, 2017: Energy Innovation Center’s Green Building Showcase
Do you know what it takes to build a “green” building? Participants will be going through a variety of investigations towards the creation of a green building design. Participants will interact with solar circuits, a demonstration garden walk-through, and design software.

January 09, 2018 College Prep Night
State of College Admissions/Brady College Counseling guest speakers will discuss the steps of the college admissions process and provide information on college applications and what admissions is looking for, as well as a timeline to follow.

January 27, 2018 Restoring Native Habitats for Endangered Species in San Diego County
This workshop will cover general ecological principals and sampling methodologies used in San Diego County for habitat restoration projects. Field activities for the participants will include basic plant identification, vegetation mapping and vegetation sampling in a manner consistent with practices the presenters use on existing projects.

February 10, 2018: Scientific Research at the Scripps Research Institute
Participants will tour various laboratories at the Scripps Research Institute for various demonstrations in biology, chemistry, and biophysics in order to grasp what it’s like to be a researcher at a world renowned research institution. Then a panel of female graduate and post-doctoral researchers will answer questions regarding higher education and how to pursue a future in science.

February 10, 2018: Criminal Minds
Spend the morning at the San Diego Sheriff's Regional Crime Laboratory learning how the crime lab helps law enforcement solve crimes. There will be a presentation of the disciplines in the crime lab including firearms, narcotics, and fingerprints, and BE WiSE members will then learn more about DNA through a tour of the DNA unit and actual testing in the DNA laboratory. Use new skills to help solve a crime!

February 24, 2018: Delving into Diabetes Research
Join the UCSD Biomedical Sciences department to discover how physiological, histological and morphological tests and techniques are applied when discovering new therapeutics for one of the largest growing health epidemics in the US: Diabetes. In a series of hands-on workshops, students will learn about diabetes and its side effects. In the morphometry lab students will learn about what skin samples of different species look like under a microscope, what tissue processing is, and how nerves can be stained and quantified. Participants will also have one-on-one time with scientists at lunch to talk about their path and their personal trajectory into careers in science.

March 10, 2018: Math Collaboration Adventure
Invented by Girls’ Angle (a math club for girls), the Math Collaboration is an interactive workshop where the group will work together to reach a common goal by solving math problems. To win, participants must organize, communicate and collaborate with each other. The Math Collaboration turns the math competition concept on its head; in the collaboration there’s no point in hiding an idea or observation from others because participants will only succeed by combining the efforts of all. Math Collaborations are fun and empowering. This will be a mathematical adventure participants won’t soon forget. This Math Collaboration Adventure is supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).

March 30, 2018: Illuminating Illumina
Visit Illumina, the global leader in genomics. During this workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn about genomics, how genomics may impact the future of healthcare, various real-world applications and patient stories. Students will then tour the campus, visit a customer training lab and interact with a panel of employees to hear about their education and career pathways.

April 7, 2018: SAT Diagnostic Test with Sylvan Learning
The Sylvan Learning team will be offering BE WiSE members the opportunity to take a practice run of the SAT. By taking full-length, timed practice tests students can experience test-day conditions and build their confidence. They will also figure out which subject areas need more attention before the exams. Taking a diagnostic test can help students gain a competitive advantage heading into the exams. Get ready for the big day when the scores really count!

April 14, 2018: ACT Diagnostic Test with Sylvan Learning
The Sylvan Learning team will be offering BE WiSE members the opportunity to take a practice run of the ACT. By taking full-length, timed practice tests students can experience test-day conditions and build their confidence. They will also figure out which subject areas need more attention before the exams. Taking a diagnostic test can help students gain a competitive advantage heading into the exams. Get ready for the big day when the scores really count!

April 21, 2018: Cyber Security in Defense
Go behind the scenes at the Northrop Grumman corporation to learn the importance of cyber security in our nation’s defense from today’s threats. Participants will learn and debunk myths around cyber security, engage in hands-on activities, do a mixed reality lab tour and get a chance to apply their knowledge to win prizes. Workshop participants will also have an opportunity to meet women in the cyber security field and learn more about their career trajectories.

April 28, 2018: Pfenex, From Genes to Vaccine
Discover what the components of a vaccine are and learn, through hands-on activities, about all the steps involved from designing and cloning DNA coding for specific proteins, to fermenting and purifying large amounts of protein that will be used to make a vaccine.

May 5, 2018: Bioengineering Women’s Health
In this workshop brought to us by the UCSD Biomedical Engineering Society participants will learn about the various ways in which bioengineering can be applied to improve women’s health. Participants will engage in a hands-on exploration of gel electrophoresis, a critical tool in biotechnology labs, as a means of identifying genetic mutations related to breast cancer. Participants will hear about current research about women’s health from graduate students who will present their projects and explain how they address health concerns with bioengineering tools such as devices, regenerative biomaterials and drug delivery platforms. Women scientists will also discuss the ways in which bioengineering is a diverse field, one that tackles a diverse set of problems and requires engineers with diverse skill sets and perspectives.

May 19, 2018: Wonders of Worms
Join female scientists from the Sandford Burnham Prebys corporation for this wormy workshop! Participants will learn about the microscopic roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, commonly found in soil and rotten fruit and how it is a model organism for research. After a presentation on the worm’s anatomy and life cycle, the participants will team up in groups of two and will look at different kinds of C. elegans mutants under the microscope. They will learn about worm anatomy and movement patterns and complete a hands-on activity with the goal of highlighting the scientific approach of observing, describing and making conclusions. In addition, participants get to meet women scientists, tour the Sandford Burnham Prebys labs and learn more about how they could become researcher scientists.

June 9, 2018: Cyber Secrets and Super Computers
Increase your Cyber Security awareness with this workshop! Do you know how much information is shared on the web through your accounts? Join the Identity Theft Resource Center and the San Diego Super Computing Center (SDSC) for this interactive workshop that will empower BE WiSE members on their mobile devices and teach them how STEM careers are playing a role in the digital world. Participants will also hear from women working in computing and cyber security and tour the SDSC to learn more about what a super computer is and goes on behind the scenes.

July 9, 2018: Energy Innovation in Action
Join the Strategic Energy Innovations team for this interactive tour of the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center. The center features the latest in energy and environmental technologies and is 1 of only 10 buildings in the world to achieve double LEED Platinum® certification. Platinum is the highest rating in the LEED® - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - certification system of the U.S. Green Building Council®. Learn about different green building technologies including energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, water efficiency and passive design. Hands-on activities are incorporated throughout the tour and include energy auditing using watt meters, optimizing solar energy efficiency using mini solar panels, creating mini generators, and acting as a LEED professional surveying the building.

July 14, 2018: Composting and Climate Change
Learn about the effects of trash on our environment and the relationship between composting and soil health in this interactive workshop at the El Corazon Composting Facility in Oceanside, California. In addition to learning about the science behind composting, participants will get a tour of the facility, make a home-sized compost bin and learn about being a female business owner. Lunch will be included.

July 21, 2018: Behavioral Neuroscientists in Academia
Get ready for a brainy day! Learn what a day in the life of a Behavioral Neuroscience professor is like and gain perspective on the value of teaching, research, and service to the community. Then put your own brains to the test with a variety of hands-on activities including: the Stroop Effect Test, exploring neuroanatomy with sheep brains, and a hands-on experiment recording living neurons on a SpikerBox (what is that? Join us to find out!). Come meet two first-generation, female, Latina behavioral neuroscientists who will share their pathways to the PhD and will take you on a tour of their respective laboratories at California State University San Marcos. This will be a workshop to remember!

July 24, 2018: The Road to Drug Discovery
Join the scientists at Pfizer La Jolla to learn about process taking an idea from research to marketing a life-saving/changing drug. Participants in this workshop will tour of the structural biology labs at Pfizer where they study the structure and function of various proteins which are the key drivers of many of the tumors and are the primary targets of directed cancer therapies. At the lab, you’ll get to try and harvest a protein crystal under a microscope and learn about what happens when compounds react with water and air. Participants will meet women role models and learn about their trajectories in becoming scientists.


August 11, 2018: BE WiSE does SpaceX
Meet the scientists at one of the most exciting and innovative space exploration company in operation today. SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. Learn about how company was founded to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Participants in this workshop will tour the SpaceX headquarters and meet and engage with women scientists who work there. This workshop will be out of this world!


August 25, 2018: The Heart of the Matter
BE WiSE participants in this workshop will use microscopes to visualize primary cardiomyocytes (heart cells) and have hands on learning to isolate protein from the heart cells and calculate protein concentration. They will learn about an important technique (Western blotting) in cell and molecular biology to identify specific proteins within the cell. Participants will also meet and get to interact with women biomedical researchers and get to see their lab.


September 22, 2018: The Physics of the Heart
What makes the heart beat? How does it beat and pumps blood through your body? Participants in this workshop will get to tour the UCSD Bioengineering Daniela Valdez Jasso Laboratory to learn about the physics of the heart, how we quantify the changes in health and disease, and how physics and mathematics are used in the cardiovascular mechanics world. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet Latina scientists and learn about their unique paths in becoming scientists.


October 27, 2018: Pollution & Marine Mammals
Do you know what oil exposure does to dolphins? What would you do if an oil spill happened on your beach?! Join the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) and learn about the extraordinary steps being taken to assess wild dolphin populations affected by oil exposure. NMMF Scientists have been doing research in the Gulf of Mexico to learn about the ongoing effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on cetaceans including reproductive failure, lung disease, and other infections. Meet these fantastic female marine biologists and learn about what it takes to be a leader as a woman in the field of science.


December 8, 2018: The Colorful World of Chemical Biology
Chemical Biology is a relatively new scientific discipline that involves using the principles of chemistry to manipulate and/or study biological systems. Join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD for this stimulating workshop that will expose BE WiSE members to this new and exciting field of science! Participants will interact with several women faculty members and PhD students and tour their lab spaces that have been newly renovated to support Chemical Biology research. The workshop will end with a hands-on demonstration with bacterial cells that have been engineered by chemical biologists to glow different colors under black light.


More details and events will be added throughout the year!