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The Institute for STEM Education at CSU East Bay, in partnership with Bayer Healthcare, Wareham Development, UC Berkeley, Berkeley City College, and the EastBay EDA hosted their annual STEM Career Awareness Day on April 11th at Wareham Development in Emeryville. Wareham Development provided every student with a video camera and a video challenge, with a first prize of $500 and a private theater showing of the winning video. Approximately 120 students from Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Oakland Tech, and McClymonds High Schools participated. There were students from the Groundwork Richmond Project as well.

Participating students viewed a Women in STEM video by CaTameron Bobino, Graduate Student, CSU East Bay were treated to remarks from Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of  Supervisors, and Sarah Kobrinsky, Poet Laureate, City of Emeryville.

Next students learned about STEM Careers: Pathways, Pitfalls & Possibilities from a panel facilitated by Trina Ostrander, Associate Director, Public Policy and Communications, Bayer Healthcare.  Panelists included:  Ridder Alvarez, Transportation Engineer, Caltrans; Jack Cunniff, Ph.D., Regional Sales Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Jateen Bhakta, Co-Founder, Ninja Pandas; Clare Bhakta, Instructor, CSU East Bay; Colleen McMahan, Acting Research Leader, US Department of Agriculture.

Afterwards the students loaded onto buses for site tours, hands-on demonstrations and Q&A sessions at local businesses including Balfour Beatty Construction, Bayer Healthcare, Ex’pressions College, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Kinemed, Meyer Sound, Swerveco, and Wareham Development.

After a catered lunch, students played Network Bingo.  Julie Sinai, Director, Berkeley School Board & Community Relations, UC Berkeley provided closing remarks.

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Posted by: In: events 25 Nov 2013 0 comments

Unique partnership between life science industry, health and education leaders launch I Am A Scientist film for California high school students

Sacramento, Calif. (November 19, 2013) – To inspire youth about the benefits of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and elevate career opportunities in the life science industry, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the Department of Education, The California Endowment, California Biotechnology Foundation and Lybba today released the film I Am A Scientist. The film connects what learning STEM education can do for expanding career paths.

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Posted by: In: events 24 Sep 2013 0 comments

Second Annual STEM Career Awareness DaySTEM Career Awareness Day which was held at Berkeley City College.  The event was hosted in partnership with Bayer Healthcare, the Institute for STEM Education at CSU East Bay, Berkeley City College, Biotech Partners, I-SEEED, and Alliance for Education Solutions.  Representatives from the Offices of Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner and the Office of Senator Loni Hancock’s office spoke of the importance STEM Literacies and Networking.  STEM-based workshops were provided by CSU East Bay Faculty, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the East Bay Teacher Pathway at Chabot College and by many other volunteers from industry and academia.  .  Keynote remarks were provided by the Honorable Barbara Lee.  To view remarks on behalf of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Industry, and Education representatives, please visit the following link below:





Posted by: In: events 29 Jul 2013 0 comments

GIS Project PictureTo further support the GIS project in the Institute for STEM Education, undergraduates in Professor Bergman’s Political Science courses have been engaging in a research project over the last two quarters to uncover STEM learning opportunities afforded to K12 students in local school districts in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  Student researchers are examining how and in what ways STEM opportunities are being made available both in and out of school time settings.









Posted by: In: events 17 Jul 2013 0 comments

TorlaksonThe Institute for STEM Education and Bayer Healthcare convened a group of 60 regional leaders in STEM education for a day long discussion with State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. The meeting was hosted at Bayer Healthcare in Berkeley, CA. After opening remarks from Kevin Pegels, VP of Supply Chain Management, Bayer Healthcare, Leroy M. Morishita, President, CSU East Bay, Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor, UC Berkeley, and Superintendent Torlakson, the attendees broke into working group to review and provide comments on five draft white papers about STEM Education policy in California. The papers described ways different types of community stakeholders need to alter their work and develop new capabilities/capacity to support the new K-12 Common Core Standard in English and Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards. Students from Biotech Partners and the Institute from STEM Education participated in a panel discussion, which uncovered their perspectives and experiences in STEM. The day concluded with each group presenting its recommendations to Superintendent Torlakson.







Posted by: In: events 04 Apr 2013 0 comments

Dr_Couch_1The national theme of the 2013 Women’s History Month is “Technology, Science, and Innovation.” The speakers for this year’s Hayward Honors Women Teach-In event are three experts who have built their careers recruiting girls and women for careers in technology, science and innovation; they have taught future science scholars and applied-science skills to make sure communities and neighborhoods are safe throughout Alameda County.








Posted by: In: events 17 Jan 2013 0 comments

IMG_9962Professor Murray organized an event to be held on CSUEB’s Hayward campus called a “Brain Bee”, a neuroscience competition for high school students. This spelling bee-like event includes questions about the nervous system. Current funding will support the second annual Brain Bee at CSUEB, the only local brain bee to be held in northern California. Local Brain Bees are independently and locally funded, but are part of a national program sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience. so The winner of the local Brain Bee will be able to participate in the national Brain Bee, supported by funds from this project. With more than 150 chapters in more than 30 countries and six continents, students advance through three tiers of competition from local to national and eventually to the International Championship. Approximately thirty thousand students compete annually. Winners have been recognized by Presidents and Ambassadors and other public officials. Many former competitors are now working in neuroscience, neurology, psychology and related fields.