• Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Changing the Face of STEM

    9 AM – 3 PM

    CHANGING THE FACE OF STEM
    THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE IMPACT
    A CALL TO ACTION

     

    SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019
    9 AM – 3 PM
    University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center 2400 Tucker Ave NE,
    Albuquerque, NM 87131

    FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    EVENT PARTICIPANTS

    PRESENTERS

    KARISSA CULBREATH

    Karissa Culbreath, Ph.D., Dr. Karissa Culbreath is Medical Director of the Infectious Disease Laboratory at TriCore Refence Laboratories and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In this role, Dr. Culbreath oversees the clinical service for the largest diagnostic laboratory in the State of New Mexico. She is actively engaged in research to design and evaluate new diagnostic tests for complex medical conditions. Additionally, she is passionate about providing diagnostics to rural communities throughout New Mexico and internationally. Dr. Culbreath is passionate about creating a more inclusive environment for girls and students of color who are interested in STEM. She is the director of the Building Outstanding STEM Students Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Driven by her passion to empower girls to be anything they desire to be, Dr. Culbreath authored her first children\'s book which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, “Daddy\'s Little Girl.” Dr. Culbreath earned her bachelor\'s degree at Fisk University, PhD at Vanderbilt University and post-doctoral fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

    CRYSTAL R. EMERY

    Crystal R. Emery is a dynamic producer, author and filmmaker known for producing narratives aimed at creating a more equitable society on a variety of platforms. She is also the founder and CEO of URU The Right To Be, Inc., a nonprofit content production company that tackles the intersection of humanities, arts, science, and technology. She is a member of the Producers’ Guild of America, New York Women in Film and Television and she sits on the committee of 100Kin10’s Increasing Women’s Visibility in STEM. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, Crystal R. Emery began her professional career in theater and film, with an apprenticeship with renowned theater director Lloyd Richards (The Piano Lesson) and polished her craft under the tutelage of film industry giant Bill Duke (A Rage in Harlem). She went on to attain her Masters in Media Studies from The New School for Public Engagement and has received numerous awards and accolades. She received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Connecticut. As the commencement speaker, she was the first ever to receive two standing ovations of 20,000 people in attendance. Emery is a sought-after author, educator, social activist and filmmaker with a wide-ranging platform and an expansive following, having published numerous titles independently and with established publishers. Her body of work covers a broad range of topics, from diversity, inclusion, and equity, to children\'s books, sociopolitical issues, and STEM. Her speaking engagements have included National Security Agency, National Institutes of Health, Kaiser Permanente, National Organization of Disability, Capitol Hill. Her online presence includes webinars for 100Kin10 and presentations with TEDx. She was hailed as “inspiring,” by the Los Angeles Times and a “leader in science and technology” in Good Housekeeping’s “50 over 50”; Women Who are Changing the World”. She has extensive credits, having been published in TIME, Variety, Ms.Magazine.com, Rebecca Minkoff Superwoman and HuffPost. To date, her published works include the first two volumes of the Little Man children’s book series, Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine and Master Builders of the Modern World: Reimagining the Face of STEM. Her groundbreaking feature-length documentary, Black Women in Medicine, has now been seen by over 12 million viewers globally and screened in American embassies around the world. On September 10, 2018, the National Academy of Medicine released her discussion paper Stat! An Action Plan for Replacing the Broken System of Recruitment and Retention of Under-represented Minorities in Medicine with a New Paradigm. In 2015, Emery conceived, designed and launched the innovative Changing the Face of STEM national educational and workforce development initiative, which most recently held its national tour kickoff at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., June 12, 2018, in conjunction with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is currently designing and implementing a Virtual Reality learning experience – You Can’t Be What You Can’t See – which will debut on June 10, 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences. Triumphing over two chronic diseases as a quadriplegic, Emery continues to shape a successful personal and professional life. She attributes her breakthrough as a producer and writer, and growth as a human being, to her participation in the classes taught by Guru Madeleine at The New School of Learning in New Rochelle, New York. Emery believes that faith and trust in a power greater than ourselves and perseverance is the road to success

    ELIZABETH KELLER

    First Lady Elizabeth Keller was born and raised in Albuquerque. She went on to earn her B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her Masters and PhD in International Development Studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. After several years of international work on global water conflict and cooperation, she returned home and currently works in systems research and analysis at Sandia National Laboratories. She and the Mayor are raising their family right here in Albuquerque.

    FACILITATORS

    CAMILE BUMBRAY

    Camille Bumbray is an educator with 18 years of experience in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and DC Public and Charter Schools. She specializes in pedagogy and practice for culturally, linguistically diverse and exceptional learners. Her areas of expertise include math education, teacher education and curriculum development. She holds triple licensure in Special Education, English as a Second Language and Bilingual Special Education. Camille has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Education. Her research examines Black girls’ in-school math experiences to identify barriers and build bridges to careers in STEM

    DR. NDIDIAMAKA (DIDI) OKPAREKE

    Dr. Ndidiamaka (Didi) Okpareke began her professional career after graduating with honors from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, class of 2008. She has extensive experience in hospital and retail pharmacy, with a firm knowledge in pediatric, neonatal, general surgery, and geriatric pharmaceutical care. She embarked on her dream to become an entrepreneur in January 2016, and her vision is to ameliorate the provision of customized pharmaceutical care, one client at a time. Dr. Okpareke is a treasured mother, daughter, sister, and friend. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the world and playing soccer with her three young children in their neighborhood park.

    JAHARI SOWARD

    Jahari Soward received a bachelor’s of science in chemistry from Tennessee State University. Jahari went on to further her education by receiving an MBA in business administration and an additional MBA in risk management from Georgia State University. Soward wears many hats serving her community as not only a Scientist but also serves as a recruitment leader, entrepreneur, My ESTEAM Tech Founder, career coach, and public speaker.

    ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION LEADERS

    LISA PAZ

    Lisa Paz, Director of Membership Engagement and Advocacy, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Albuquerque, NM Lisa Paz is a Citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. She has been with AISES since 2012 in various capacities. She started as an administrative assistant, worked in the Development and Communications departments and eventually became the Director of Membership Engagement and Advocacy, the position she holds now. Lisa’s experience includes an extensive back ground in sales, event coordination, communications, and business administration. Lisa grew up in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and still lives there with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is currently working on her Masters of Public Administration degree at UNM.

    BOOK SIGNERS

    SANDRA BEGAY

    Sandra K. Begay is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and is a former Regent (Trustee) for the University of New Mexico. Sandra leads Sandia’s technical efforts to assist Native American tribes with their renewable energy developments. Sandra received a Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering degree from the University of New Mexico. She worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories before she earned a Master of Science - Structural Engineering degree from Stanford University. Sandra is recognized in a book profiling women engineers, “Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers.\" Begay-Campbell is included in the chapter \"Women in Power\", which describes her effort to provide electricity through solar panels and other alternative energy solutions to hundreds of remote tribal members on the Navajo Reservation. Honored with awards for her work, Sandra is a recent recipient of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Life-time Achievement Award; the University of New Mexico’s 2007 Zia Alumnus Award; the 2005 UNM School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award and she received the Stanford University 2000 Multicultural Alumni of the Year Award. She was also selected as a recipient of the Governor\'s Award for Outstanding Women from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women.

    EDWARD CASTILLO

    Edward Castillo is currently a Research Scientist in the Radiation Oncology Department at the Beaumont Health Research Institute. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Computational and Applied Mathematics Department at Rice University, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medical Physics at Oakland University (Rochester Hills, MI). Dr. Castillo is originally from San Antonio, TX, where in 2001 he graduated as an Honors Scholar from St. Mary’s University with a B.S. degree in mathematics. He went on to earn M.A. (2005) and Ph.D (2007) degrees from the Computational and Applied Mathematics department at Rice University for his work on medical image processing and then continued this line of research as a postdoctoral scholar in the Mathematics Department at the University of California, Irvine. In 2009, Dr. Castillo joined the department of Radiation Oncology research staff at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and in 2012 was promoted to Assistant Professor. During this time, Dr. Castillo became well known for his work on medical image processing and, in collaboration with his research team, for pioneering the CT-derived ventilation imaging modality. In 2014, Dr. Castillo joined the Beaumont Health Research Institute where he continues his work on the mathematical development, numerical implementation, and clinical application of novel methods for medical image analysis. His current research projects include radiotherapy dose response modeling, numerical methods for computing CT-derived functional imaging, and computer-aided diagnostics. During his career, Dr. Castillo has coauthored over 35 research publications and over 30 conference abstracts. He is a co-investigator and principal investigator on numerous funded projects, including grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Michigan MTRAC for Life Sciences, and the Beaumont Research Institute’s Nederlander Family Seed Grant Award for Cancer Research.

    DR. MARIA CHRISTINA VILLALOBOS

    Dr. María Cristina Villalobos, holds the Myles and Sylvia Aaronson endowed professorship in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (SMSS) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and is the Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in STEM Education, which focuses on strengthening STEM academic programs and providing resources for the academic and professional development of faculty and students, especially increasing the numbers of underrepresented students attaining STEM graduate degrees. Dr. Villalobos served as Interim Director of SMSS from 2015-2017 transitioning the school through the first two years of UTRGV. Her research areas include optimization, optimal control, and STEM education. In addition, she has been recognized at the national level for student mentoring and STEM leadership with the 2013 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and a 2012 HENAAC Luminary Award from the Great Minds in STEM. She is also a recipient of the 2013 University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and recently received the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Service/Teaching Award. She also served on the SACNAS Board of Directors (2015-2017). Dr. Villalobos is a Ford Foundation Fellow and Alfred P. Sloan Scholar. Dr. Villalobos was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, is a first-generation college graduate, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas-Austin and her Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice University in 2000.

    MELANIE MOSES, PH.D

    Melanie Moses, Ph.D – Professor of Computer Scientist & Biology at the University of New Mexico. We live in a complex world. From the spread of disease in increasingly interconnected human populations to the impact of fossil-fueled economies on global climate, the greatest challenges in modern science and engineering require understanding complex systems, what makes them efficient and resilient, and why they fail. Dr. Moses’ lab studies complex biological systems including the adaptive immune system and ant colonies. Dr. Moses uses this understanding to design efficient, robust, adaptive and scalable engineered systems, including autonomous robots that mimic ant behaviors to collect resources cooperatively

    SCHEDULE

    9 AM

    Registration & Continental Breakfast

      9:30 AM

      Interactive Stem Workshops For Youth: Engaging The Next Generation

      • • CGI/Game Development (Ages 12-18)
        Workshop participants will receive an introduction to using the professional game development platform, Unreal Engine. Each student will be provided computers to work on their own, as the group investigates several components of game development and design, including building basic worlds and how to create and animate characters. Presented by the Brain Hackers Association.
      • • The STEM Apothecary (Ages 13-18)
        Take a dive into the world of a Compound Pharmacist and see where that profession fits in the world of the pharmaceutical industry. Each student will be tasked to complete pharmaceutical equations, build medication formulas, and use real-life equipment to compound specialty medications. This is where the passion for the art and science of pharmacy begins! Presented by Olive Tree Pharmacy.
      • • Chemistry in our World (High School/College)
        Cosmetics is a billion dollar industry that produces items used to cleanse, beautify or alter appearance without affecting the body. Merchandise is generally mixtures of chemical compounds that can include both natural and synthetic components. Although cosmetics are used daily, many young people do not understand the science behind the products. This workshop will discuss what chemists do to create the cosmetics we use every day as well as the vast job career opportunities in the field. Students will reinforce their understanding of chemistry through hands on production of lavender, sandalwood and rose-scented lotions. Presented by URU The Right to Be.
      • Community Science (Ages 5-7)
        Presented by Explora Science Center.
      • • Cyber Journalists (Ages 13-18)
        Today’s young people interact in a new age of online media, interfacing and communicating across multiple platforms as digital natives. URU harnesses this generational engagement through a directed process of cyber journalism, allowing students at our events to become digital ambassadors, documenting and recording our Changing the Face of STEM events in real time. By reporting live during CFS, Cyber Journalists engage beyond the walks of a single event on a peer-to-peer level, rewriting the existing narrative in their own words and explaining from their own perspective the importance of Changing the Face of STEM.
      • Build a Supercomputer (High School/College)
      • Building Robots (Ages 13-18)
        Presented by hands On Minds On Technology.

      9:30 AM

      Workshop For Parents And Professionals

        9:30 AM

        The Power Of Collective Impact: A Call To Action

        • • Moderator: Karissa Culbreath, PhD, University of New Mexico

        11:30 AM

        Book Signings

        • • Sandra Begay, Civil Engineer
        • • Edward Castillo, Research Radiotherapy
        • • Melanie Moses, Computer Scientist
        • • Cristina Villalobos, Mathematician
        • • Elizabeth J. Kistin Keller, Systems Analyst
        • • Olivia Underwood, Materials Scientist

        12:00 PM

        Lunch

          12:30 PM

          Film Screening And Presentations

          • • Karissa Culbreath, University of New Mexico
            Karissa Culbreath, Ph.D., Dr. Karissa Culbreath is Medical Director of the Infectious Disease Laboratory at TriCore Refence Laboratories and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In this role, Dr. Culbreath oversees the clinical service for the largest diagnostic laboratory in the State of New Mexico. She is actively engaged in research to design and evaluate new diagnostic tests for complex medical conditions. Additionally, she is passionate about providing diagnostics to rural communities throughout New Mexico and internationally. Dr. Culbreath is passionate about creating a more inclusive environment for girls and students of color who are interested in STEM. She is the director of the Building Outstanding STEM Students Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Driven by her passion to empower girls to be anything they desire to be, Dr. Culbreath authored her first children\'s book which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, “Daddy\'s Little Girl.” Dr. Culbreath earned her bachelor\'s degree at Fisk University, PhD at Vanderbilt University and post-doctoral fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
          • • Crystal R. Emery, URU The Right To Be, Inc.
            Crystal R. Emery is a dynamic producer, author and filmmaker known for producing narratives aimed at creating a more equitable society on a variety of platforms. She is also the founder and CEO of URU The Right To Be, Inc., a nonprofit content production company that tackles the intersection of humanities, arts, science, and technology. She is a member of the Producers’ Guild of America, New York Women in Film and Television and she sits on the committee of 100Kin10’s Increasing Women’s Visibility in STEM.

            After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, Crystal R. Emery began her professional career in theater and film, with an apprenticeship with renowned theater director Lloyd Richards (The Piano Lesson) and polished her craft under the tutelage of film industry giant Bill Duke (A Rage in Harlem). She went on to attain her Masters in Media Studies from The New School for Public Engagement and has received numerous awards and accolades. She received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Connecticut. As the commencement speaker, she was the first ever to receive two standing ovations of 20,000 people in attendance.

            Emery is a sought-after author, educator, social activist and filmmaker with a wide-ranging platform and an expansive following, having published numerous titles independently and with established publishers. Her body of work covers a broad range of topics, from diversity, inclusion, and equity, to children\'s books, sociopolitical issues, and STEM. Her speaking engagements have included National Security Agency, National Institutes of Health, Kaiser Permanente, National Organization of Disability, Capitol Hill. Her online presence includes webinars for 100Kin10 and presentations with TEDx.

            She was hailed as “inspiring,” by the Los Angeles Times and a “leader in science and technology” in Good Housekeeping’s “50 over 50”; Women Who are Changing the World”. She has extensive credits, having been published in TIME, Variety, Ms.Magazine.com, Rebecca Minkoff Superwoman and HuffPost. To date, her published works include the first two volumes of the Little Man children’s book series, Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine and Master Builders of the Modern World: Reimagining the Face of STEM. Her groundbreaking feature-length documentary, Black Women in Medicine, has now been seen by over 12 million viewers globally and screened in American embassies around the world. On September 10, 2018, the National Academy of Medicine released her discussion paper Stat! An Action Plan for Replacing the Broken System of Recruitment and Retention of Under-represented Minorities in Medicine with a New Paradigm.

            In 2015, Emery conceived, designed and launched the innovative Changing the Face of STEM national educational and workforce development initiative, which most recently held its national tour kickoff at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., June 12, 2018, in conjunction with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is currently designing and implementing a Virtual Reality learning experience – You Can’t Be What You Can’t See – which will debut on June 10, 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences.
            Triumphing over two chronic diseases as a quadriplegic, Emery continues to shape a successful personal and professional life. She attributes her breakthrough as a producer and writer, and growth as a human being, to her participation in the classes taught by Guru Madeleine at The New School of Learning in New Rochelle, New York. Emery believes that faith and trust in a power greater than ourselves and perseverance is the road to success.
          • • Film: Changing the Face of STEM
          • • Comments by Dr. Elizabeth Keller, Sandia National Laboratories
            STEM provides important technological advances in industries across the country and around the world, but it can also be a force for social justice and change right in our own back yards, bringing technology to communities one individual at a time. Partnering with GoBabyGo, Changing the Face of STEM utilized engineering and technology to gift custom-created, modified toy cars to otherwise paralyzed children, granting the gift of mobility where before there was none. Students will get to work alongside GoBabyGo STEM professionals and volunteers to create and donate a custom-built mobility vehicle for a child in their home community, all in the span of an afternoon’s CFS event.

          2:00 PM

          Post-event Fellowship And Reception