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Developing a Science Identity at ABRCMS

Developing a Science Identity at ABRCMS

For this CSULB BUILD post, I email interviewed several of the students who went to ABRCMS with the BUILD program that year. During the second week of November 2018, CSULB BUILD trainees had the opportunity to attend the 18th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Scientists (ABRCMS) in Indianapolis, Ind. For many of them, this was their first professional conference, as well as their first opportunity to present their research at this level. Before the SURGE program, which is the first phase of the Scholars program for new trainees, Hannah Rattu Mandias had limited experience with research. She said that ABRCMS was the perfect environment for undergraduate students who had never presented before. “The conference provided poster presentation practice rooms, which helped me a lot in terms of practicing effectively beforehand,” she said. The practice paid off for Mandias, a Marine Biology major, as she received an award for outstanding

A CSULB BUILD Success Story: Wilma Figueroa

For this CSULB BUILD post, I interviewed one of the program’s students about her experience with BUILD. Becoming a successful scientist is a team effort. A community of mentors, teachers, colleagues, friends, family members, and others train and mold future scientists through internships, science courses, hands-on research, emotional support and more. That’s where the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program can greatly help. It provides a variety of educational opportunities, training, and near-peer and faculty mentorship to students who might not have considered pursuing a career in research. A major goal of the BUILD program is to provide a supportive environment for students while they explore their scientific interests and gain valuable research experience. Wilma Figueroa, a Year Two Scholar in the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) BUILD program, is an excellent example of how this National Institutes of Health funded program can make a positive impact on

BUILD Graduate Mentors Learn About the Validity of Their Work

BUILD Graduate Mentors Learn About the Validity of Their Work

For this CSULB BUILD post, I email interviewed several graduate mentors about their experience attending a seminar. A sense of belonging and growth mindset are two key components addressed by Graduate Mentors (GMs) in the CSULB BUILD (BUilding Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) program. Numerous studies from researchers at Stanford, Washington State University, Columbia University, and others have shown that when students feel that they belong and believe that they can develop their abilities through hard work and dedication, they are likely to be more successful in all areas of their lives. On Sept. 7, BUILD GMs attended a symposium titled, “Symposium on Inclusive Pedagogy and Growth Mindset,” that discussed the efficacy of these two concepts. Hosted by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the intention of the symposium was to help attendees apply the new psychology of success and the principles of social-emotional learning to their teaching and advising.

Guest Speaker Encourages Students To Shoot for the Stars

Guest Speaker Encourages Students To Shoot for the Stars

For this CSULB BUILD post, I email interviewed several students who attended the speaker session. When Jacob Barrera, MPH, decided not to be a doctor, his parents pulled their support for his education. But that didn’t stop him. He went on to earn a double major Bachelor’s degree (Psychology and Dance) and continued on to earn a Master’s in Public Health at Harvard. “I personally thought that today’s colloquium gave me more motivation to follow my passion and to continue to do what I love,” said Year One Scholar Brady Carbajal. Barrera shared his story during the first Fall 2018 Colloquium held Friday, Sept. 28. He shared the ups and downs of his career and encouraged attendees to be unapologetic about their goals and who they are as individuals. To continue reading, download the screenshot.

Year 1 Scholars Share Their Thoughts About SURGE 2018

Year 1 Scholars Share Their Thoughts About SURGE 2018

For this CSULB BUILD article, I email interviewed several of the scholars who participated in the SURGE 2018 program. “The SURGE experience was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to decide if graduate school was really the path that I wanted to embark upon,” said Year 1 Scholar Madison Kane. “After completing SURGE, I knew that I wanted to continue my education after receiving my bachelor’s degree.” Every summer, the new class of Year 1 Scholars and Fellows, attend CSULB BUILD’s Summer Undergraduate Research Gateway to Excellence (SURGE 1) program. The purpose of SURGE is to onboard new trainees and give them the information they need on a variety of topics that will help them prepare for the graduate school application process. It gives them a solid foundation for preparing for a career in research. This year SURGE 1 was led by Dr. Jesse Dillon from CNSM and Dr. Perla

ABRCMS Inspires Future Researchers

ABRCMS Inspires Future Researchers

For this CSULB BUILD article, I email interviewed several BUILD scholars who attended ABRCMS 2017. “ABRCMS is a great first conference experience for anyone who has never attended one,” said BUILD Year One Scholar Rhea Mehta. “My experience at ABRCMS was amazing,” said Wendy Miranda, a Year One Scholar. “I liked how there are many students from all parts of the U.S. and various backgrounds coming together for research.” At the beginning of November 2017, CSULB BUILD Scholars and Fellows had the opportunity to attend the 17th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Scientists (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, Ariz. For many of them, this was either their first professional conference or the first time presenting their research at a professional conference. To continue reading, download the screenshot.

‘Bionic Woman’ Producers Defend Hiring Washington

The recently announced decision to hire actor Isaiah Washington for a role in the remake of the cyborg NBC series Bionic Woman came under fire by reporters at this week’s Television Critics Association press tour, but producers apparently were already prepared for the onslaught. Washington was recently fired from the ABC series Greys Anatomy for making homophobic slurs regarding a co-star on the show. Continue reading on airlockalpha.com…

Strange Happenings On Set Of ‘Driftwood’

Driftwood

Filming at the abandoned Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility in Whittier, Calif., turned out to be just as spooky an experience as the one portrayed in the movie, “Driftwood,” cast revealed at a screening late Friday night at Haunt X. “Driftwood,” director Tim Sullivans latest release, takes place in an “attitude correction” camp for boys. But when 16-year-old David Forrester, played by Ricky Ullman, is sent to the camp by his misguided parents for writing in his blog the “wrong thing” about his grief over his brothers death, he uncovers a mystery no one wants to talk about. Continue reading on airlockalpha.com…

George Romero Speaks His Mind At Haunt X

George Romero

George Romero stands tall in the VIP Suite at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, his long grey hair pulled back in a ponytail, his head leaning forward to look over the rims of his large black-rimmed glasses, and a small group of adoring fans standing casually around him. A young man with a mohawk animatedly tells him about how Romeros business partner once gave him grief over requesting an autograph on his copy of “Night of the Living Dead.” Turns out the video, which he received when he was just 8 years old, was a bootleg. Romero smiles and they all have a carefree laugh at the story. Continue reading on airlockalpha.com…

Shatner Never Wanted To Trek To Space

William Shatner

Despite life’s problems, the actor who played Captain James T. Kirk would rather stay here on Earth. “Who the heck wants to go out into space?!” William Shatner told The Ottawa Citizen, dismissing with a laugh the rumors that he purchased a seat aboard Virgin Galactics planned flights for 2008. The Montreal-born actor has two Emmy awards to his name and is happy with his life here on Earth. Continue reading on airlockalpha.com…