During each semester, the Science in Action Seminar Series is held every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 pm, accessible via THIS Zoom Meeting link. Please note that the Zoom Link requires a password to join the Zoom Meeting, which can be obtained from your professor or Bryan Swartout. You may also view older Science in Action seminars on our Youtube channel.

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 seminar 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!

If you're interested in presenting and attending the Science in Action Seminar Series, please contact Bryan Swartout.

Fall 2021 Seminar Schedule

Due to COVID-19 and closure of Skyline College campus, all remaining Science in Action seminars will be held VIRTUALLY until the end of the spring 2020 semester. To join us via Zoom, please click the respective link for a seminar. If you aren't able to watch the seminars live, visit our YouTube Channel, or click the respective link in each seminar description to be taken to a recording of the seminar you're interested in.

Preview our upcoming speaker schedule for this semester

Experiences in a Virtual Summer Research Internship  

September 14, 2021 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  | Meeting Link | YouTube 

Carissa Avina-Beltran, Hollywood Banayad, & Aidan Morson | Students at San Francisco State University

Get a chance to hear a first-hand perspective on what it is like to do a summer research internship virtually. Join us for Science In Action to hear from three San Francisco State University (SFSU) students who participated in a virtual research internship during the summer of 2021!

Carissa Avina-Beltran is a rising senior majoring in Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics at San Francisco State. After transferring from Santa Monica College, she had the opportunity to assist in cube satellite integration and prep at USC's Space Engineering Research Center. This, along with a summer at the Center for Astrophysics characterizing exoplanets, fueled her interest in the spectrograph installation she is currently working on through the Exoplanets group at SFSU. Carissa will share her research from studying TYC 8830 410 1, a ~600 million-year-old solar-mass star surrounded by inner planetary system dust. This dust lies along our line of sight and blocks out significant portions of the star's light. The research focuses on assessing the origin and evolution of the dust by analyzing multi-band monitoring obtained from the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescopes. 

Hollywood Banayad is a rising senior at SFSU majoring in physics. He transferred from Skyline College in 2020 and earned an AS-T in Physics & Mathematics. He plans on applying to graduate school at the end of the year and eventually earn a PhD in Biophysics. Hollywood's research focused on utilizing MATLAB Interface to communicate with Hardware (Lock-in Amplifier) Techniques, such as lock-in amplifier (LIA), which are commonly found in engineering and physics research labs. MATLAB interfacing is useful to communicate with various instruments and data acquisition, thereby data analysis as well. There are normally three main types of devices we aim to communicate within the lab: having only input, only output, and both input & output. His research goal is to build a MATLAB library with codes to communicate with LIA in terms of sending read, write, and status query commands.

Aidan Morson is involved in two research groups, one at San Francisco State and one at the University of Washington. At San Francisco State he does computational work with photonic crystals and quasicrystals studying bandgap geometry. The second group is with the University of Washington doing computational work with the international collaboration working on the HERA telescope. HERA is a radio interferometer trying to look at the Epoch of Reionization by observing the 21cm line produced by Hydrogen. His future research interests lie in high energy physics, specifically neutrinos and their role in explaining the early universe.

Identifying Ways to Support Students in STEM  

September 7, 2021 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  | Meeting Link | YouTube 

Jing Folsom & Emilie Hein | Skyline College Professors

The STEM Division at Skyline College is applying for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant titled “NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)”. 

The main goal of this grant is to support our students to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. Ultimately, this program wants to increase the number of students who graduate and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. 

In addition to providing scholarships, this is also an opportunity for us to figure out how we can meet your needs better. To better support you (students), we need your feedback and look forward to facilitating a conversation with you to get to know the type of support you really need, may it be financial or academic, as well as in developing resume writing skills or looking for internship…. any support you need to be successful in the STEM field of your choice. 

We need your participation, please join us at Science In Action!

Learn about RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK - The Bio-Economy Welcome Party 

August 31, 2021 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  | Meeting Link | YouTube 

Ivan Rodriquez Jaubert & Seth Peachey | SynBioBeta/Gingkgo Bioworks

Business will forever be about WHO you know! So we want to introduce YOU to the existing bio-economy community, who KNOW how to get your ideas and products to market faster. On October 6th, SynBioBeta and Ginkgo Bioworks will host the 1st annual Race Against the Clock student and start-up welcome party that will introduce and celebrate the next generation of bio-based "Gonna Be's" to the current bio-economy community. This is a unifying networking event, as we can only win the race to true sustainability by working together! We will introduce the current bio-economy companies, thought leaders and investors to the next wave of students and start-ups who want to use biology to make our planet a better place. 
So, if you are a bio-founder in need of strategic connections or a student considering using your gifts to further the bio-economy, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Science in Action Fall 2021 Kick-Off: What is Science in Action and who do you want to hear from? 

August 24, 2021 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  | Meeting Link 

Nick Kapp & Bryan Swartout | Skyline College Professors


Our Science in Action Speaker Series started in 2014 with the aim to connect Skyline students with researchers and professionals related to the STEM industry. Our speakers focus on two main themes during our sessions: sharing their research work and the educational journey that brought them there, providing a first-hand perspective to students interested in or exploring various STEM-related careers. What careers and research are you interested in? Who do you want to hear from? Spend our kick-off session with Science in Action hosts Nick Kapp and Bryan Swartout to learn about the speaker series and make requests! Hope to see you there!