Mario having an informal discussion with Del Mar College undergraduate...
Dr. Capecchi is best known for his pioneering work on the development of gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem (ES) cells. This technology allows scientists to create mice with mutations in any desired gene. The power of this technology is that the investigator chooses both which gene to mutate and how to mutate it. Read more
Erin Dolan sent me this notification and I thought this may be of interest to the community!
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is piloting regional meetings to promote professional development and networking among life science educators who don’t have the time or funds to travel to national meetings.
I’m excited to announce that the first of these meetings is Teaching Tomorrow’s Scientists: An ASCB Regional Meeting, which is a day-long meeting is designed for a teaching-intensive audience of life scientists and will be held on May 31, 2019, at the University of Georgia... Read more
Del Mar College Students From left to right Daniel...
The 2018 Texas ASM Fall meeting was hosted by the Texas A&M University and co-hosted by Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, November 8-10th. Both faculty and students gave oral presentations, on topics that ranged across microbiology, as well as molecular and cellular biology. The conference also had an afternoon dedicated to undergraduate and graduate student poster presentations and with prizes awarded for the best talks and posters in each category.
Dr. Daisy Zhang and Dr. John Robert Hatherill from Del Mar College organized the judging and award ceremonies. Dr. Linnea Fletcher and Dr. Daisy Zhang organized and co-chaired... Read more
We had over 500 people attend the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Science Saturday Event this past weekend! Please consider examining the following video (it's only about 60 seconds long) to see a sampling of the exciting things that took place at this AC2 science outreach event for our community.
Article by: Melinda Eddleman The competition was all about innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Del Mar College’s (DMC) team was among 10 finalists selected from across the country to move to the final round and compete this month as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) third annual Community College Innovation Challenge.
The annual competition cultivates team innovation using students’ knowledge and skills in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas to develop solutions to complex, real-world problems.
Last month we told you about a group of Del Mar College students who believe they may have found a revolutionary way to combat antibiotic resistance . This week those three students traveled to Washington D.C. to present their idea as part of a national competition, and today they were named the first place winners of that challenge.
Now with support from some Congress members and possible investors, there is a lot of potential for their product to move forward.
The AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center recently sponsored two DMC students to present at the student poster competition at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting held in Boston, MA February 16-20, 2017. AAAS is the largest general scientific society in the world and is international in scope.
At the AAAS student poster competition SEA-PHAGES student Mr. John Ramirez and Danial Nasr competed against 4-year university and graduate students from Tier I research universities. It is noteworthy that they were not competing against any 2-year college students. The student’s ability to conduct independent research is unprecedented... Read more
Stephanie Stoelb, Instructional Specialist at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and AC2 Project Manager, along with her two research students, Monsi Serrano and Joe Basel, attended the 2016 IdeaFestival in Louisville, Kentucky. Here is her take on the experience:
“Last week, I purchased a bottle of saliva off of the internet” began one of the morning sessions last week at IdeaFestival 2016 in Louisville, KY. The audience continued to listen as Heather Dewey-Hagborg, a Chicago based artist, discussed her creative, yet sometimes controversial work as she explores the intersection between art and science. She is often referred to as... Read more
I attended the ASMCUE conference in N Bethesda, MD in July. Below are some of the notes that I look at the sessions I attended. This meeting great for those wanting to learn about new teaching strategies. Though its an ASM meeting, the materials can be applied to many different science classes, not just microbiology. I got a lot of great ideas, below are just a few.
The opening keynote speaker was Eric Brown talking about FDA Food Safety
Genomics in food safety. Now use whole genome to trace food borne illness; have a library of... Read more
This summer two Del Mar College students are working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), which is part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL) in Berkeley, CA. John F. Ramirez and Lorie Leyva are working on projects that involve E. coli membrane protein expression, isopentenol tolerance, production, and secretion for use as a potential biofuel. Some membrane proteins improve isopentenol production and a knockout strain of E. coli also improves membrane protein expression. John and Lorie are also testing the effects of multiple plasmid transformations have on the growth dynamics of their production strains of E. coli.
There is a new group in town, ASCN, Accelerating Systemic Change Network. I attended the first meeting two weeks ago and realized everything they were talking about is what we are trying to do in Texas and Kentucky! Read more
Students grabbing samples for field-testing solar disinfection prototypes.
Tapping into a goal of providing collaborative learning in our S-STEM scholarship grant, our scholars were challenged to submit a research proposal to the EPA p3 Sustainable Design project. ("p3" stands for "people, planet, and prosperity".) Different teams that included students in the biotechnology, environmental sciences, engineering, and geological sciences programs developed their own ideas for a research proposal during fall of 2013. Following team presentations of their research proposals to their peers, our scholars voted on which project they wanted to submit, using feasability, potential impact, and commercial viability that the project might have on society. The winning team... Read more
Del Mar College was one of the few and first 2-year schools accepted into the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institutes Science Education Alliance (SEA) program. The SEA program allows undergraduate students to participate in actual research in multiple disciplines across biology such as molecular biology, microbiology and finally the emerging field of bioinformatics.
Our SEA-Phage Team (Drs. Daisy Zhang, R. Deborah Overath and J. Robert Hatherill) recently sponsored five DMC students to present at the student poster competition at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting held in Washington DC, February 11-15, 2016. AAAS is... Read more