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STEM Pathways

STEM Pathways

STEM World Classroom Guest Speaker Series

Upcoming Speakers

Stem Cell and Cytogenetics Laboratories

Christine Grandizio
Coriell Institute for Medical Research​
Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 11 AM
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I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology. Prior to working at Coriell, I worked at an animal hospital for many years. I have been with Coriell for over 13 years. I started as Laboratory Technician in the Cell Culture Laboratory and moved to the Stem Cell Laboratory in 2011. I have been managing the day-to-day activities of the Stem Cell Lab in one capacity or another for over 7 years. I am responsible for managing all contract and production work in the Stem Cell and Cytogenetics Laboratories. I oversee all cell line work, troubleshooting, exploration of new opportunities with R&D, and much more. I work closely with many departments in Coriell including the other laboratories, New Business, Finance, and all Project Management teams.

The Career of a USDA Agricultural Research Service and Public Affairs Specialist and the Career Steps Taken to Land the Job

Janice López-Muñoz
USDA Agricultural Research Service & Public Affairs Specialist
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 2 PM
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Janice López-Muñoz has been working in the science field for the past 19 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüe​z Campus and a master's degree in Industrial Hygiene from the School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus. Her commitment to Public Health motivated her to obtain, in 2015, a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Communications and Marketing at the Milken Institute School of Public Health-The George Washington University, Washington, DC. As part of her professional development during the month of July 2016, Janice completed a Public Relations intensive course at Sacred Heart University, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Janice joined USDA in 2014 and had served as bilingual spokesperson providing Spanish and English interviews to numerous news outlets, managed multiple communications campaigns, developed partnerships, handled social media and media relations among other responsibilities. Her previous professional experiences include electronic, pharmaceutical, printing and banking industries assuring a healthier work environment through the administration of preventive, compliance and training programs. In her spare time Janice enjoys traveling, attending concerts, theater, museums and movies. Janice was born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and is fluent in English and Spanish.

An introduction to the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), how colleges can form their own ASHE student chapters, and  the advantages of joining a student chapter

FrankSeney ​
Manager of Remington & Vernick Engineers, Infrastructure Group’s South Jersey Region 
Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 11 AM
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The American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) is actively encouraging the development of student chapters throughout is operating area. The benefit to students in running and participating in ASHE student chapters is significant. This presentation will introduce ASHE through a short video and will describe how the two New  Jersey sections - North Central New Jersey and Southern New Jersey - operate and how students can become involved. The second part of the presentation will explain how colleges can form their own ASHE student chapters by emphasizing the components needed to not only form the chapter but also to ensure their sustainability. The presentation will also demonstrate the tremendous advantages in joining a student chapter and the professional career opportunities that will develop as a result. They can also use the Society to meet engineers of numerous firms to discuss career opportunities and learn to network at the Society functions.  ​
Mr. Seney has 35 years of design, planning and project management. He supports bridge design and condition inspection, roadway, pavement management, traffic, parks, recreation, stormwater management, grading and drainage and various other public improvement projects for municipal, county and agency clients. He is the Manager of Remington & Vernick Engineers, Infrastructure Group’s South Jersey Region and is responsible for both Engineering Design and Construction Management/Construction Inspection (CM/CI).
Licenses and Certifications:
New Jersey Professional Engineer
Pennsylvania Professional Engineer
New Jersey Professional Planner
FHWA Certified Bridge Inspector
PennDOT Certified Bridge Inspector

How NASA observes & studies ice sheets & how computer models help us to estimate how ice sheets will change in the future​

Dr. Josh Cuzzone ​
Scientist at the University of California Los Angeles
Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 11 AM
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Dr. Josh Cuzzone studies how glaciers and ice sheets change across various timescales – from the geologic past to our future.  He uses and develops computer models that encapsulate the relevant physics of ice flow to simulate the various factors that control how glaciers and ice sheets change and travels to the Greenland Ice Sheet during summers to collect data on how the ice sheet is currently changing. Currently, we know that ice sheets will continue to melt into the future and contribute significantly to sea-level rise, which has the potential to affect populations globally.  However, we are less certain on How Much and How Fast the ice sheets will change. His research helps us understand how fast glaciers and ice sheets will respond to future climate change and ultimately how they will contribute to sea-level rise globally.  Here, he will discuss how NASA observes and studies ice sheets and how computer models help us to estimate how ice sheets will change in the future. 
Dr. Cuzzone is originally from Connecticut where he grew up admiring the strength and power of wintertime storms that often hit the East Coast, known as Nor’Easters.  His fascination with weather led him to obtain a Meteorology degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin.  While taking a glacial geology course at Wisconsin, he became interested in studying how climate change affects glaciers and Ice Sheets.  This led to a move to Oregon State University where he obtained a PhD in Glaciology in 2015, where he studied glacier change in Scandinavia.  His skills in Meteorology and Glaciology took him to sunny Pasadena, Ca where he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  There he helped develop computer models used to study how the Greenland Ice Sheet responds to climate change and he continues to use these models today as a Scientist at the University of California Los Angeles. 

​Past Speakers​​
Studying Ice Sheets and Glaciers to Predict Future Climate Change

Dr. Aaron Barth
Department of Geology at Rowan University
April 29, 2021
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 Ultrafast Laser Chemistry Field and Oil/Gas/Energy IndustriesTim Bohinski
Ametek Process Instruments/​Chemistry Adjunct at RCSJ
​April 19, 2021
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Epitranscriptomics (aka RNA epigenetics)

Emilia Arguello
Grad Student - Princeton University, Department of Chemistry
April 1, 2021
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Interactive Effects of Natural Disturbances - Fire, Grazing & Climate Extremes - On Grassland Ecosystems 

Scott Collins​
Department of Biology at University of New Mexico
March 4, 2021
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Infectious Control Strategies

Dr. Helene Paxton
Rowan University
March 11, 2021
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​​Cybersecurity Capabilities for Shipboard Machinery Rooms

Joseph Kain
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)​
March 22, 2021
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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering  ​Dr. Melissa Green
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
February 25, 2021
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Nathaniel Nucci
Rowan University

January 28, 2021
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Dr. Adrian Roitberg
University of Florida, Department of Chemistry​
September 17, 2020
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Kevin Metrocavage

NASA, ISS Operations Manager​
September 22, 2020
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Examine the Electronic Properties of Functional Materials​
Kyle Munson
Penn State Chemistry DepartmentUsing Transient Absorption Spectroscopy 
October 1, 2020
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Analytical Chemistry & Liquid Chromatography
​Dr. James Grinias
 Princeton University
October 6, 2020
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Melinda Einsla

Research Scientist at DOW Chemical
October 8, 2020
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Film & Science

Stephanie Castillo​

Science Communicator & Filmmaker
Vanderbilt University
October 14, 2020
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Dr.​Valeria Kleiman

Associate Professor at University of Florida
October 15, 2020

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Dr. Erum Ilyas, MD, MBE, FAAD

Montgomery Dermatology, LLC
October 22, 2020

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein

Professor of Zoology, Program in Environmental Studies, at Princeton University
October 23, 2020
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Gloria Diaz

Graduate Student at University of Michigan
October 27, 2020

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Dr. Camila Quinonez​
University of Westminster London
October 29, 2020

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Dr. Dan Saltzberg

Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF School of Pharmacy, Dept. of Bioengineering
November 5, 2020
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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
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Casey O'Brien

Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the National
CyberWatch Center
November 10, 2020
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​Health Science
Dr. Esther Biswas-Fiss

Professor and Chair of Medical & Molecular Sciences at University of Delaware
November 12, 2020

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Addriana Montalvo-Andujar
Life coach and author of Shoes for Yana
November 12, 2020

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Christine Grandizio​

November 17, 2020

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Environmental Engineering
Dr. Sarah Bauer

Majors Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
November 19, 2020
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Lillian Melcher and AGLENNCO​​

Illustrator and Multimedia Artist
November 24, 2020

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