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Science in Action

During each semester, the Science in Action Lecture Series is held every Monday at 5:00 p.m. in Building 7, Room 7307.

This weekly series is presented in partnership with the San Francisco State University Bridges to Baccalaureate Program, the Skyline College Science and Math Division, and the Math, Engineering, Science Achievement Program (MESA).

The lecture series is free and open to the public. The topics vary and are geared not only towards science, but the entire college experience, so we encourage non-science students to attend. Attendance confirmation slips will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information on the Science in Action Lecture Series, please contact Nick KappStephen Fredricks or Alana Utsumi.

Spring 2017 Lecture Schedule

February 6, 2017 Steve Weinstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director NIH Bridges Program; SFSU
Topic: Undergraduate Research Programs and Summer Research Internships
February 13, 2017 Mayra Pastore, Ph.D., Stride Postdoctoral Fellow; UCSF
Topic: Hormone Receptors' Role in the Development of non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Dr. Pastore was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She attended John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA and obtained her B.S. degree in Biochemistry from San Francisco State University. Dr. Pastore obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology. She is currently an IRACDA- Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Francisco where her research focuses on elucidating the development and progression of Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is characterized by accumulation of excess fat. Due to the increasing obesity rate in the U.S. we have also observed increased NAFLD prevalence. NAFLD can progress to steatohepatitis, cirrhosis or hepatocellularcarcinoma, which has a high mortality rate. The incidence of NAFLD in women after menopause increases from ~40% to ~60% of all diagnosed patients, suggesting that estrogen plays a role in protecting women from developing NALFD. Dr. Pastore is an avid gardener and long-distance runner, having completed several full and half-marathons in the last few years.

February 20, 2017 HOLIDAY - No Lecture
February 27, 2017 Nate Perry, B.S., former Skyline student and current SFSU MS applicant
Topic: From Vegetables to Vectors:  A journey from Horticulture to Plant Biology

Nate Perry’s life has been full of transitions.  Starting with a bachelor’s degree in English, he spent ten years in the music industry, taught horticulture at a San Francisco non-profit, and is now making the leap to an advanced science degree.  He attended Skyline College from 2015-2016, and has worked in labs at UCSF and SFSU.  He will discuss the importance of networking, how to land a lab internship, and his current research with Dr. Zheng-Hui He (SFSU), in which he studies the role of UVB signaling and vitamin B6 in plant development.

March 6, 2017 Michelle Azurin, MPH, Diversity Outreach Coordinator; Diversity Respect Equity Action Multiculturalism Office UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Are you committed to addressing the health needs of your community? Learn about the ‘best kept secret’ in the health field – an area that encompasses science, culture, research, policy, advocacy, education, social media and much more – all with the overarching goal of helping people lead healthier lives! Also interested in medicine, nursing, dentistry or another health field? Learn about how getting an MPH will provide you with additional skills to be the best health professional you can be. Students with any undergraduate degree can be competitive applicants to graduate programs in public health; so all students are encouraged to attend. Come learn more about this amazing field at this special presentation by the D.R.E.A.M. Office from UC Berkeley's School of Public Health.

March 13, 2017

Egle Cekanaviciute, Ph.D., Stride Postdoctoral Fellow; UCSF
Topic: The connection between the microbiome and the development of autoimmune neurological disorders 

March 20, 2017

Jasmine To, former Skyline student, IND Safety Coordinator/Senior Regulatory Specialist; UCSF


Jasmine To attended Washington High School, then Skyline College for 3 years.   She then went on to Cal Poly and graduated in 2 years.  Her major was Animal Science, and she minored in Poultry Management.  She has been at UCSF since 2015, first starting in animal procurement. She will talk about how UCSF creates and has new drug candidates screened by the FDA.   She will also talk about the entry level position of Clinical Resource Coordinator.   If you are interested in drug discovery, med school, or wondering what you can do with your degree after college, this is the place to be.

March 27, 2017

Hector Gomez, B.S., Former Canada College student and UCSD Graduate; Current Research Assistant at Sandler Neurosciences Center; UCSF
Topic: Building the Brain, One Gene at a Time

  Hector Gomez attended Canada College and CSM.  He got his first taste of research (in summer 2014) as a participant in the Bridges Program, doing an internship in neurobiology at a UCSF lab. He subsequently transferred to UCSD  and gained further research experience in neuroscience as part of the McNairs Scholars Program.  Upon graduating from UCSD with a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology this winter, he has returned to the Bay Area to become a research assistant at his original UCSF lab, while he prepares for applying to medical school.
April 3, 2017 HOLIDAY - No Lecture
April 10, 2017 Lecture Cancelled
April 17, 2017 Camilla Sloan, B.S., Former Canada College Student and RPI Graduate; Current Technical Sales Specialist, St. Jude Medical
Topic: Engineering the Future: Biomedical Technology is right for you.
  Camilla Sloan is on a journey from community college to fulfilling her dream of making a real difference in the world of healthcare.  After high school,  Camilla attended  CSM and Canada College before transferring to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York State.  There, she graduated in 2.5 years with a degree in biomedical engineering with a concentration in biomechanics.  Since graduating this past winter, she has started working for Abbott, a llarge medical products company, as a Technical Sales Specialist.  At the same time, she is in the process of founding her own  medical device company. 
April 24, 2017 Lecture TBD
May 1, 2017 Corin White, Ph.D., Stride Postdoctoral Fellow; UCSF
Topic: Two Universities and Two Host-Pathogen Peculiarities: My Journey in Science
  Corin is an IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award) postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Joseph DeRisi's lab at the University of California, San Francisco. The DeRisi lab employs a number of omic and bioinformatic approaches to understand and determine the causal agent of various diseases. Corin has a general interest in host-pathogen interactions and is most intrigued by the following question: What genes are required on either side of a biological interaction in order for that symbiotic relationship to occur? Her current project involves work with the protist pathogen, Balamuthia mandrillaris, a free-living amoeba that causes a deadly central nervous system disease. Other projects involve using gene expression to determine a host signature for bacterial or viral infection and to characterize the viruses in patients with various respiratory complications. Corin is originally from Santa Clara, California and loves traveling, hiking, trying new things and Reebok Spartan races. In addition to biomedical research, she also has a passion for science outreach, mentoring and teaching and is enjoying the exploration of these career paths.   
Cancelled - Have a wonderful Summer; we'll be back in the Fall!