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Science in Action

During each semester, the Science in Action Lecture Series is held every Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Building 7, Room 7106.

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 Kapp, or Alana Utsumi.

Spring 2017 Lecture Schedule

August 28, 2017 First Science in Action Meeting for Fall 2017
September 4, 2017 Labor Day Holiday, No Lecture
September 11, 2017

The Great American Eclipse 2017

On August 19 to 21, a group of 15 students accompanied by faculty and staff traveled to the Linn Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon to view the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017. Come hear about the adventure and the experiments that the students participated in. It was an amazing experience for all and they will share it with you! Light dinner will be provided. Please visit to let us know you plan to be there!

September 18, 2017

Human Microbiota and our Growing Appreciation of its Impact on Health and Disease; Steven Weinstein, San Francisco State University

You are encouraged to browse the three articles below, and bring electronic versions or paper copies to the seminar, for an interactive discussion.  

Article 1  , Article 2  , Article 3  

September 25, 2017

The Path of a Biologic Drug: from research to manufacturing to trials to patients; Tim Tian, PhD - Biopharma Project Leader, Avantor/JT Baker, Inc.

Tim Tian's graduate education was in molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley and his postdoctoral training was in immunology at UC San Francisco has been in the biotech industry for over 15 years, with recent 10+ years focused on bio-manufacturing as senior scientist, BD director & project manager.  Currently he acts as a technical applications manager for Avantor, a cGMP material supplier for biomanufacturing.

October 2, 2017 Research Talks and Participating in SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science); 
Carlos Segura, Miriam Valenzuela, B.S. and Josue Ceron, Former Skyline and current SFSU students
October 9, 2017 Daniel Bravo; Genentech
October 16, 2017

Christina Chu; Proto Biospace wetware, hardware and co-working space in San Mateo

Katie Charm; Hapax Science, A Co-working Community focused around Blockchain, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.  A new organization with a focus on technologies for the future. 

October 23, 2017

Harnessing the genome's autocorrect system to cure blindness and other disease with CRISPR-Cas genome surgery; Kathleen Keough, PhD candidate at UCSF 

Kathleen is current a PhD candidate jointly advised by Prof. Katie Pollard and Prof. Bruce Conklin at UCSF and the Gladstone Institutes. Her research aims to better understand our genome, particularly the noncoding part, using bioinformatics and genome-editing tools including the CRISPR-Cas system. Prior to graduate school, Kathleen earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. During her undergraduate studies, she pursued research opportunities to develop mathematical models of microRNA expression as well as better understand platelet activation. After her undergraduate studies, she worked for two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health associate, working to prevent hepatitis B and other vaccine-preventable diseases as well as to prevent outbreaks of other communicable diseases. Aside from research, she enjoys going to the beach with her dog, Frodo, rock climbing, mountain biking, reading, traveling, and trying to keep her plants alive. 

October 30, 2017

Understanding tissue formation during embryo development; Akela Kuwahara, PhD Candidate at the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program UCSF

Akela Kuwahara is a PhD student at UCSF in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program. She studies how tissues form during embryonic development using mouse models and embryonic stem cell culture systems. Prior to starting at UCSF, Akela did her undergraduate studies at Humboldt State University and majored in biology. She is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM and helping undergraduates to become familiar with the scientific thought process and explore their future career paths.

November 6, 2017

Defining the stromal contribution to the aging niche in the lung; Nabora Soledad Reyes De Mochel, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Medicine and the Cardiovascular Research Institute UCSF


Soledad was born in Durango, Mexico and raised in California's central valley (Merced, CA). She completed her PhD from UC Irvine investigating the function of BMP signaling and dynamic transcription factor gene expression in preimplantation mouse development.  Her free time is divided between climbing, dancing salsa, and spending quality time with friends and family.​

November 13, 2017


Science in the Era of Big Data; Emilie Hein, PhD, High Energy Physics

Emilie Hein is a Physics instructor here at Skyline College. She grew up in France and earned a MS in Physics from the Universite Joseph Fourier in Grenoble in 2003, and a PhD in High Energy Physics from the University of California, Irvine in 2009. Her thesis was on the study of matter and antimatter asymmetries in particle interactions using the BaBar detector at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. More recently, her interests have been in data mining and machine learning applied to business, science and technology. She will share her journey from struggling with Physics in high school to earning a PhD in the field, and how she applies today what she learned along the way.

November 20, 2017


Veronica Romo; Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student and member of the SJSU Biomedical Engineering Society, San Jose State University

November 27, 2017 Lisa Razon, B.S.; Former Skyline student, Vector Laboratories Inc.
December 4, 2017 Kirk Lombard; Author of “The Sea Foragers Guide to the Northern California Coast”
December 11, 2017

Final Science in Action Meeting for Fall 2017; Meet the Climate Corps Fellows working on the Skyline College Campus