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2018–2019 Event Calendar for Current Members

Note that more detailed information will be shared with current members and their parents via email.  If you are a current member or parent and not receiving BE WiSE updates, please contact communityalliances@rhfleet.org.

July 9, 2018: Energy Innovation in Action
Join the Strategic Energy Innovations team for this interactive tour of the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center. The center features the latest in energy and environmental technologies and is 1 of only 10 buildings in the world to achieve double LEED Platinum® certification. Platinum is the highest rating in the LEED® - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - certification system of the U.S. Green Building Council®. Learn about different green building technologies including energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, water efficiency and passive design. Hands-on activities are incorporated throughout the tour and include energy auditing using watt meters, optimizing solar energy efficiency using mini solar panels, creating mini generators, and acting as a LEED professional surveying the building.

July 14, 2018: Composting and Climate Change
Learn about the effects of trash on our environment and the relationship between composting and soil health in this interactive workshop at the El Corazon Composting Facility in Oceanside, California. In addition to learning about the science behind composting, participants will get a tour of the facility, make a home-sized compost bin and learn about being a female business owner. Lunch will be included.

July 21, 2018: Behavioral Neuroscientists in Academia
Get ready for a brainy day! Learn what a day in the life of a Behavioral Neuroscience professor is like and gain perspective on the value of teaching, research, and service to the community. Then put your own brains to the test with a variety of hands-on activities including: the Stroop Effect Test, exploring neuroanatomy with sheep brains, and a hands-on experiment recording living neurons on a SpikerBox (what is that? Join us to find out!). Come meet two first-generation, female, Latina behavioral neuroscientists who will share their pathways to the PhD and will take you on a tour of their respective laboratories at California State University San Marcos. This will be a workshop to remember!

July 24, 2018: The Road to Drug Discovery
Join the scientists at Pfizer La Jolla to learn about process taking an idea from research to marketing a life-saving/changing drug. Participants in this workshop will tour of the structural biology labs at Pfizer where they study the structure and function of various proteins which are the key drivers of many of the tumors and are the primary targets of directed cancer therapies. At the lab, you’ll get to try and harvest a protein crystal under a microscope and learn about what happens when compounds react with water and air. Participants will meet women role models and learn about their trajectories in becoming scientists.

August 11, 2018: BE WiSE does SpaceX
Meet the scientists at one of the most exciting and innovative space exploration company in operation today. SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. Learn about how company was founded to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Participants in this workshop will tour the SpaceX headquarters and meet and engage with women scientists who work there. This workshop will be out of this world!

August 25, 2018: The Heart of the Matter
BE WiSE participants in this workshop will use microscopes to visualize primary cardiomyocytes (heart cells) and have hands on learning to isolate protein from the heart cells and calculate protein concentration. They will learn about an important technique (Western blotting) in cell and molecular biology to identify specific proteins within the cell. Participants will also meet and get to interact with women biomedical researchers and get to see their lab.

September 8, 2018: Mouse Dissection & Histology
Mice are one of the most common research subjects, but why? Join researchers from UCSD for this BE WiSE workshop that explores the ethics of animal use in research. Participants in this workshop will experience mouse anatomy by dissecting a real mouse. Learn more about how and why researchers dissect brain and nerve tissue, skin samples, and many other large organs from mice. Participants will also learn about different fixation techniques and the rational for their uses.

September 22, 2018: The Physics of the Heart
What makes the heart beat? How does it beat and pumps blood through your body? Participants in this workshop will get to tour the UCSD Bioengineering Daniela Valdez Jasso Laboratory to learn about the physics of the heart, how we quantify the changes in health and disease, and how physics and mathematics are used in the cardiovascular mechanics world. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet Latina scientists and learn about their unique paths in becoming scientists.

October 06, 2018: Totally Turbines
Join Solar Turbines for a hands-on activity and tour of production areas including: package assembly, turbine assembly, test, and controls. The activity and tour will be followed by lunch and a question and answer panel. Participants will also get to meet female engineers and learn more about their paths in science.

October 20, 2018: San Diego Who Con 2018
Represent the Fleet Science Center and BE WiSE at the Doctor Who convention! At this booth you will be joined with other BE WiSE Who Fans and will be interacting with convention goers doing a fun science demo. Now that the new Doctor will be a woman, you are encouraged you to chat with booth visitors about the importance of women in science careers and let girls know about the BE WiSE program.

October 20, 2018: Extreme Sailing Series
Join us for this family-friendly event and witness, for the second time in San Diego, the Extreme Sailing Series! Whether you’re a hard-core sailing fan or a wide-eyed newbie, the Extreme Sailing Series has something for everyone. Represent the Fleet Science Center and BE WiSE at the Education Zone where we will have a booth doing hands-on interactive demonstrations with booth visitors. As part of the US Sailing Education Zone, there will be interactive, STEM based displays from US Sailing. Participants will have 2 hour shifts facilitating an interactive demo and talking about the BE WiSE program. They will also be able to experience the event.

October 27, 2018: Pollution & Marine Mammals
Do you know what oil exposure does to dolphins? What would you do if an oil spill happened on your beach?! Join the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) and learn about the extraordinary steps being taken to assess wild dolphin populations affected by oil exposure. NMMF Scientists have been doing research in the Gulf of Mexico to learn about the ongoing effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on cetaceans including reproductive failure, lung disease, and other infections. Meet these fantastic female marine biologists and learn about what it takes to be a leader as a woman in the field of science.

November 3, 2018: Women Working Wonders with Water
Presented by Carollo & Pure Water San Diego, a panel of women engineers will discuss their engineering career path and will share their passion for working wonders with water and how they've made contributions in the early years of their careers. The workshop will also include a brief overview of water-related projects happening in the local San Diego Community.

December 8, 2018: The Colorful World of Chemical Biology
Chemical Biology is a relatively new scientific discipline that involves using the principles of chemistry to manipulate and/or study biological systems. Join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD for this stimulating workshop that will expose BE WiSE members to this new and exciting field of science! Participants will interact with several women faculty members and PhD students and tour their lab spaces that have been newly renovated to support Chemical Biology research. The workshop will end with a hands-on demonstration with bacterial cells that have been engineered by chemical biologists to glow different colors under black light.


More details and events will be added throughout the year!