September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

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.
Path to a Future in Medicine Press Release / Add One

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

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

Leave a Reply

LATEST POST

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2017 Finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Posted: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today nominated eight exceptional secondary mathematics and science teachers as California finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

“These teachers are dedicated and accomplished individuals whose innovative teaching styles prepare our students for 21st century careers and college and develop them into the designers and inventors of the future,” Torlakson said. “They rank among the finest in their profession and also serve as wonderful mentors and role models.”

The California Department of Education (CDE) partners annually with the California Science Teachers Association and the California Mathematics Council to recruit and select nominees for the PAEMST program—the highest recognition in the nation for a mathematics or science teacher. The Science Finalists will be recognized at the CSTA Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Learn More…

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

Thriving in a Time of Change

Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

by Jill Grace

By the time this message is posted online, most schools across California will have been in session for at least a month (if not longer, and hat tip to that bunch!). Long enough to get a good sense of who the kids in your classroom are and to get into that groove and momentum of the daily flow of teaching. It’s also very likely that for many of you who weren’t a part of a large grant initiative or in a district that set wheels in motion sooner, this is the first year you will really try to shift instruction to align to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a challenging year – change is hard. Change is even harder when there’s not a playbook to go by.  But as someone who has had the very great privilege of walking alongside teachers going through that change for the past two years and being able to glimpse at what this looks like for different demographics across that state, there are three things I hope you will hold on to. These are things I have come to learn will overshadow the challenge: a growth mindset will get you far, one is a very powerful number, and it’s about the kids. Learn More…

Powered By DT Author Box

Written by Jill Grace

Jill Grace

Jill Grace is a Regional Director for the K-12 Alliance and is President of CSTA.

If You Are Not Teaching Science Then You Are Not Teaching Common Core

Posted: Thursday, August 31st, 2017

by Peter A’Hearn 

“Science and Social Studies can be taught for the last half hour of the day on Fridays”

– Elementary school principal

Anyone concerned with the teaching of science in elementary school is keenly aware of the problem of time. Kids need to learn to read, and learning to read takes time, nobody disputes that. So Common Core ELA can seem like the enemy of science. This was a big concern to me as I started looking at the curriculum that my district had adopted for Common Core ELA. I’ve been through those years where teachers are learning a new curriculum, and know first-hand how a new curriculum can become the focus of attention- sucking all the air out of the room. Learn More…

Powered By DT Author Box

Written by Peter AHearn

Peter AHearn

Peter A’Hearn is the Region 4 Director for CSTA.

Tools for Creating NGSS Standards Based Lessons

Posted: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

by Elizabeth Cooke

Think back on your own experiences with learning science in school. Were you required to memorize disjointed facts without understanding the concepts?

Science Education Background

In the past, science education focused on rote memorization and learning disjointed ideas. Elementary and secondary students in today’s science classes are fortunate now that science instruction has shifted from students demonstrating what they know to students demonstrating how they are able to apply their knowledge. Science education that reflects the Next Generation Science Standards challenges students to conduct investigations. As students explore phenomena and discrepant events they engage in academic discourse guided by focus questions from their teachers or student generated questions of that arise from analyzing data and creating and revising models that explain natural phenomena. Learn More…

Written by Elizabeth Cooke

Elizabeth Cooke

Elizabeth Cooke teaches TK-5 science at Markham Elementary in the Oakland Unified School District, is an NGSS Early Implementer, and is CSTA’s Secretary.

News and Happenings in CSTA’s Region 1 – Fall 2017

Posted: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

by Marian Murphy-Shaw

Cal

This month I was fortunate enough to hear about some new topics to share with our entire region. Some of you may access the online or newsletter options, others may attend events in person that are nearer to you. Long time CSTA member and environmental science educator Mike Roa is well known to North Bay Area teachers for his volunteer work sharing events and resources. In this month’s Region 1 updates I am happy to make a few of the options Mike offers available to our region. Learn More…

Written by Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw is the student services director at Siskiyou County Office of Education and is CSTA’s Region 1 Director and chair of CSTA’s Policy Committee.