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STEM Pathways

STEM Pathways

STEM World Classroom Guest Speaker Series

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M​elissa A. Green​
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

February 25, 2021
1 - 2 p.m.
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Melissa Green received her BS in Aerospace Engineering in 2003 and her PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2009. She was an NAS/NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Naval Research Laboratory from 2009 to 2011. She joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty at Syracuse University in 2012, and is now an Associate Professor. Her research interests are primarily in the field of experimental fluid dynamics, particularly in vortex-dominated and bio-inspired applications.

The locomotion of fish and aquatic animals is achieved by the oscillation of fins and flukes, which creates highly three-dimensional and unsteady fluid flows that are not yet well-understood. In my research group, we used a method called stereoscopic particle image velocimetry in the wake of a pitching fin model to investigate these unsteady 3D flow fields. This results in movies of 3D vortex structures that grow from the fin edges, deform while they convect downstream, and eventually break apart and dissipate. The shape and strength of these structures is related to how much thrust the fin model is creating. In more recent work, we use virtual reality as an immersive way to explore and interact with these experimental results and form a more intuitive understanding of how fish and aquatic mammals push on the fluid around them to propel themselves forward.


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Scott Collins​
Distinguished Professor and Loren Potter Chair
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico

March 4, 2021
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.​
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I have served as Chair of the US Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. The LTER Network comprises 26 long-term ecological research sites with a total of nearly 800 scientists, students and technicians funded by the National Science Foundation. I am currently on the Board of the Global Drylands Center (Arizona State University) and INTECOL. I have also served as President of the Ecological Society of America, the largest society for professional ecologists. I’ve been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America. In 2018 I was awarded the annual Distinguished Service Citation from ESA and in 2019 I received the Annual Research Lecture Award from the University of New Mexico, the highest award conferred on faculty by their peers at UNM.
My research focuses on the interactive effects of natural disturbances - fire, grazing and climate extremes - on grassland ecosystems. I have worked extensively on climate change impacts on desert grasslands in New Mexico and in tallgrass prairie in Kansas. My work in Kansas led to the Nature Conservancy adopting natural fire and grazing regimes as management protocols in their tallgrass prairie preserves. I have also worked in Kruger Park, South Africa, for the past 16 years as part of the Ecosystem Convergence project comparing fire, climate and herbivore effects on savanna grasslands in North America and South Africa. I have served as the lead PI on our NSF-funded Sevilleta LTER Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program since 2008. The REU program supports independent research by undergraduate ecology and fine arts students each summer at the Sevilleta Field Station.​


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Dr. Helene Paxton

March 11, 2021
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Regulatory affairsand consulting in Infectious diseasefor medical devicesand hospital-based practice. Work experience demonstrates emphasis on matters of patient safetyand staff compliance in the workplace with proper education and support. Dr. Helene Paxtonhas 40 plus years’ experience in medical devices and Infectious diseaseconsulting. Has been an Infection Preventionist in Acutecare Hospitals and LTAC’s. Is CIC certified with a PhD in Epidemiology. Member of APIC, SHEA, and ASM. As a Founderof a medical device companyshe developed over 70 IVD products, many are still on the marketplace. Products were distributed worldwide. Recipient of multiplegrants from the DOD for development of infectious diseasekits. Expert in Bio-Safety considerations with selectagents. As an IVD consultant, Dr. Paxton specializes in designing studiesfor 510k submission and site coordination, data analysis, writing 510k and other regulatory submissions, FDA liaison,design control and GMP and FDA inspection readiness.  She is currently a Professor at Rowan University, teaching Microbiology and biochemistry.  She  has submitted to EUA’s for a German Company for COVID-19 antibody testing.  She remains involved with Infection Control strategies and advises companies and hospitals on appropriate disinfectant modalities.




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Joseph Kain

March 22, 2021
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Joe Kain is a Mechanical Engineer with a passion for cybersecurity and industrial controls. After graduating from Drexel University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2009, Joe began working at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) as an automation engineer for shipboard propulsion and electrical generation systems. This position allowed him to work on machinery controls in the engine rooms of US Navy ships around the world in places like Italy, Japan and Dubai. Joe’s experience in machinery rooms and his love for computer programming prepared him to develop a training console for boiler operators of the LHD-1 WASP ship class. The simulator is regularly used to train sailors in Navy schoolhouses around the United States. 
 
Since 2017, he has worked as the NSWCPD Software Lead for SABER - a project that provides cybersecurity capabilities for shipboard machinery rooms. The project utilizes open source & commercial tools as well as cutting-edge tools developed by national research labs. 
 
On most days, Joe and his software team can be found in the lab tackling challenges related to software engineering, networking, cybersecurity, data science and various other disciplines. Team members are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone and take on tasks that require them to learn new skillsets.



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Past Speakers​​

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Dr. Adrian Roitberg

University of Florida, Department of Chemistry​
September 17, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Kevin Metrocavage

NASA, ISS Operations Manager​
September 22, 2020
11 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Kyle Munson

Postodctoral Researcher
Penn State Chemistry DepartmentUsing Transient Absorption Spectroscopy to Examine the Electronic
Properties of Functional Materials​
October 1, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Dr. James Grinias

Analytical Chemistry & Liquid Chromatography at
Princeton University
October 6, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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​​​Melinda Einsla

Research Scientist at DOW Chemical
October 8, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Stephanie Castillo

Science Communicator & Filmmaker
Vanderbilt University
October 14, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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​Dr.​Valeria Kleiman

Associate Professor at University of Florida
October 15, 2020
12-1 p.m.
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Dr. Erum Ilyas, MD, MBE, FAAD

Montgomery Dermatology, LLC
October 22, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein

Professor of Zoology, Program in Environmental Studies, at Princeton University
October 23, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Gloria Diaz

Graduate Student at University of Michigan
October 27, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Camila Gaspar Quinonez​ 

October 29, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Dr. Dan Saltzberg

Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF School of Pharmacy, Dept. of Bioengineering
November 5, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Dr. Daphney Chery 

2020-2021 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Department of Defense (DoD) Basic Research Office
November 10, 2020
12 - 1 p.m.
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Casey O'Brien

Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the National
CyberWatch Center
November 10, 2020
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
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Dr. Esther Biswas-Fiss

Professor and Chair of Medical & Molecular Sciences at University of Delaware
November 12, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Addriana Montalvo

Life coach and author of Shoes for Yana
November 12, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Christine Grandizio​

November 17, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Dr. Sarah Bauer

Majors Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
November 19, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Lillian Melcher and AGLENNCO​​

Illustrator and Multimedia Artist
November 24, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Nathaniel Nucci

January 28, 2021
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