January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Top San Diego Science Students to Be Recognized by The College of American Pathologists

Posted: Saturday, September 1st, 2012

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) will honor six San Diego high school students with the College’s 2012 “Path to a Future in Medicine” award.

The students will be invited to attend and display their winning projects at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’12 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™, on Sunday, September 9, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA.  In addition, they will have the opportunity to tour the CAP ’12 meeting and discuss possible careers in medicine and science, as well as general science issues, with a select group of pathologists and residents. They, along with their parents and guests, are invited to attend the Spotlight Event, featuring national pollster, Scott Rasmussen. Mr. Rasmussen is the president and founder of Rasmussen Reports, one of the nation’s premier sources of public polling information.

“It’s inspiring to see the dedication to science that these six young people have shown through their research projects,” said CAP President Stanley J. Robboy, MD, FCAP.  “We are honored to feature their work at the College’s annual meeting, as well as provide them with the opportunity meet and discuss their science projects with some of the most highly recognized pathologists from around the country and the world.”

The students who competed at the 2012 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair in March were judged for excellence in five areas: creativity, scientific thought, attention to detail, skill, and clarity. The winners are:

Eric Chen
Project: MicroRNA: A New Way to Fight Pancreatic Cancer
School: Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Calif.
Eric will be a junior at Canyon Crest Academy, and he enjoys doing research to help solve problems facing the world.

Wynton Goulding
Project: Finding the Genetic Changes That Led to Movable Limbs in Vertebrates
School: Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Calif.
Wynton is beginning his senior year at Canyon Crest and is pleased to have received the CAP award.

Daniel King
Project: Preventing Cellular Death: The Role of TLR2 in the Kidney
School: Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Calif.
Daniel will be attending the University of California, Berkeley and furthering his academic interests.
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Emily Kuo
Project: Production of Monoclonal Antibodies to Oxidation Specific Epitopes
School: La Jolla High in Calif.
With a bright future ahead of her, Emily, as a sophomore in high school, is one of the youngest recipients of The Path to a Future in Medicine award.

Brian Sadler
Project: Preventing Cellular Death: The Role of TLR2 in the Kidney
School: Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Calif.
Brian hopes to further explore his interests and eventually go on to study in a field of science.

Cooper Wedge
Project: The Effect of Chemicals on Glial Cell Counts
School: Granite Hills High in El Cajon, Calif.
Cooper loves science and plans to go to medical school in order to become a neurosurgeon.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society serving more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care.

CONTACT: Julie Monzo, College of American Pathologists, +1-800-323-4040 ext. 7538, jmonzo@cap.org

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STEM Conference Hosted by CMSESMC

Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County will be hosting the 41st annual STEM Conference this February 4, 2017 at the San Mateo County Office of Education. This STEM Conference is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12. With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.

Teachers, administrators, and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education and learn about and discuss the latest news, information, and issues. This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching. Register online today!

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Submit Your NGSS Lessons and Units Today!

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

Achieve has launched and is facilitating an EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science–a group of expert reviewers who will evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the standards–in an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging high-quality lesson and unit plans designed for the NGSS.

If you or your state, district, school, or organization has designed NGSS-aligned instructional materials, please consider submitting these in order to help provide educators across the country with various models and templates of high-quality lesson and unit plans. Learn More…

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Opportunity for High School Students – Los Angeles County

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

An upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles, CA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. Learn More…

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Science Education Policy Update

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

January 2017 has proven to be a very busy month for science education policy and CA NGSS implementation activities. CSTA has been and will be there every step of the way, seeking and enacting all options to support high-quality science education and the successful implementation of CA NGSS.

California Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education Science Double-Testing Waiver Hearing

The year started with California Department of Education’s (CDE) hearing with the U.S. Department of Education conducted via WebEx on January 6, 2017. This hearing was the final step in California’s efforts to secure a waiver from the federal government in order to discontinue administration of the old CST and suspension of the reporting of student test scores on a science assessment for two years. As reported by EdSource, the U.S. Department of Education representative, Ann Whalen, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary John King Jr., committed to making her final ruling “very shortly.” Deputy Superintendent Keric Ashley presented on behalf of CDE during the hearing and did an excellent job describing the broad-based support for this waiver in California, the rationale for the waiver, and California’s commitment to the successful implementation of a new high-quality science assessment. As previously reported, California is moving forward with its plans to administer a census pilot assessments this spring. The testing window is set to open on March 20, 2017. For more information visit New CA Science Test: What You Should Know.

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NSTA Los Angeles Conference Features Many CA Science Leaders

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

The early-bird registration rates for the 65th NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles is just days away (ends Feb. 3). And as the early-registration deadline approaches excitement is building for what is anticipated to be the largest gathering of science educators (both California and nationwide) – with attendance expected to reach 10,000 or more. If you have never had the pleasure of attending the NSTA National Conference, I recommend you visit their website with tips for newcomers that describe the various components of the event. A conference preview is also available for download. Learn More…

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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.