Lecturer and CAS Director of Special Projects
B. A. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph. D. Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco
Biology 188 STEM Education and Social Justice
Work in my lab is centered around support of K-12 schools and working with community programs to strengthen science education. The Santa Clara County Biotechnology Education Partnership (SCCBEP) was formed by teachers in 1992 to support hands-on lab curricula in high schools and to provide teachers with professional development in biotechnology and molecular biology. Our mobile kits and engaging curricula have supported the growth of biotechnology electives, pathway programs, ROP and CTE programs and forensics electives through the Bay Area and the country. Many of the reagents, materials and equipment are donated by generous companies to enable hands-on biotech labs to be accessible to all students.
Beyond curricula kits, we also facilitate donations of supplies, equipment and furniture from local companies to schools and other non-profits. These Educator Giveaways have supported all levels of schools, community colleges, universities and other community programs since 2001.
The Silicon Valley STEM Internship program was developed in 2002 with Johnson & Johnson and LifeScan, Inc. (formerly Bridge-to-Employment Milpitas and Bridge-to-Employment Silicon Valley) to link science classroom relevance to real work experience, mentorship and professional networks. High school students intern during the summer for 6 weeks at local university research labs and various industry sectors. 2 company tours and presentation deliverables are part of the paid internship experience.