Del Mar College Students From left to right Daniel...
Thu, Dec 6 2018
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... 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,... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
This weekend I attended the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Marcos. I was there representing the new partnership between VESTA and the AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center. Scott Kohls, co-PI for the VESTA Center, manned the booth and trained me to deliver the "correct spiel" to interested participants. Austin Community College is the latest college to join the consortium of schools who support VESTA. VESTA offers online courses in wine making (enology), viticulture, and the business of wine making. The online components include an hour each... 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 ... 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 reference sequences; this is a... 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... Read more
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.
Mon, Mar 7 2016
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... 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