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  • andrea.vasquez 10:13 am on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    STEM From Dance- Nov. 19- South Campus Fine Arts Center (S15) 

    Please join the San Jacinto College South Campus Lyceum Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the South Campus fine arts center (S15) for a special event featuring STEM From Dance founder and CEO, Yamilée Toussaint Beach.

    STEM From Dance is a national educational outreach organization that works with under-served communities to show students how diversity, technology, and dance merge together to empower, educate, and encourage the next generation of technical innovators.

    Beach will give a presentation, workshop, and performance that illustrates how STEM and dance can live and thrive in the same space, while providing innovative educational opportunities. See flyer for the schedule of events. Hope to see you there!

  • andrea.vasquez 11:17 am on January 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: internships, research, STEM   

    Summer research internships at Rice, ASU, and UTEP 

    Please share this information with your students about summer research internship opportunities at Rice, ASU, and UTEP. If you have any questions about REU, please feel free to contact Selena Zermeño, R-STEM Communications & Marketing Coordinator, at selena.zermeno@rice.edu or (713) 348-8211.

    Nanotechnology Research Experience for Community College Students (Nano REU)

    Nano REU is a 10-week program for students enrolled in Greater Houston Area schools. Students will work in independent research projects in a Rice University nanotechnology research laboratory and attend seminars and presentations based on Rice research. Students will also present their research as a poster at the Smalley-Curl Institute Summer Research Colloquium. Students can earn up to $6000 in stipends!

    NEWT Research Experience for Community College Students (NEWT REU)

    NEWT REU is a 10-week program for students enrolled in schools in the Houston, TX; El Paso, TX; and Phoenix, AZ areas. Selected students will work in research labs focused on water treatment at either Rice University, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), or Arizona State University (ASU). Students will also present their research as a poster at the Smalley-Curl Institute Summer Research Colloquium. Non-Houston students will receive travel support to present their research poster in Houston, TX and can earn up to $6000 in stipends!

  • andrea.vasquez 4:23 pm on January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations Nate Wiggins, IEEE Best Presenter Award 

    Nate Wiggins, professor of mathematics and engineering at San Jacinto College North Campus, was recently recognized with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Best Presenter Award for his presentation in the virtual reality and artificial intelligence category at the IEEE Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Wiggins presented a mixed reality homework system which creates holographic lessons for about 10 percent of the current cost, with no cost to the student, while providing artificial intelligence for automated feedback and remediation. Wiggins has been working on the research for a few years which was spurred from another project he was working on. He also uses his own homework system that he created for his classes, which he says has been working very well. Congratulations on your award, Nate!


  • andrea.vasquez 2:19 pm on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: STEM, STEM Council   

    Science Talks Speaker Series- Dr. B. Paul Padley, April 27 

    The San Jacinto College STEM Council presents Dr. B. Paul Padley on Friday, April 27, as he discusses the role of engineering in discovering the Higgs Boson.

  • andrea.vasquez 2:16 pm on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: research symposium, STEM   

    Undergraduate Research Symposium April 27 

    Join the South Campus STEM departments for the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 27.

  • andrea.vasquez 2:50 pm on April 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Space Center Houston, STEM   

    Science faculty tour JSC and Space Center Houston 

    Members of the San Jacinto College South Campus science faculty went on a behind the scenes professional development tour of Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston. The tour included access to Rocket Park, Historic Mission Control and the Space Center Houston Educational Resource Center. Thank you to all who attended, especially to Dr. Sheema Nassir for coordinating the visit, and to tour host, Norman Chaffee, one of the first engineers at the NASA Space Shuttle Program.

    • Mary Wisgirda 11:10 am on April 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      This was a great experience all around! It was amazing to find that our tour guide Sara was a San Jac South student. This is just the beginning of a closer relationship with NASA and finding ways to get our students involved in the adventure of space exploration.

  • andrea.vasquez 2:29 pm on February 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Feinberg, , Pixar, STEM   

    Pixar’s Danielle Feinberg presenting at Feb. 28 Lyceum event 

    The San Jacinto College Lyceum Committee invites you to join us for a special presentation featuring Pixar Animation Studios’ Danielle Feinberg as the keynote speaker for the “Extraordinary Mystery: Unlocking your Potential” lecture event on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the San Jacinto College South Campus.

    This year’s event will focus on the College’s eight career pathways and will feature a morning session and afternoon session with faculty speakers from a wide range of disciplines. Feinberg will give her keynote presentation at both sessions.

    Feinberg is the director of photography for lighting at Pixar Animation Studios. She began her career at Pixar in 1997, after receiving her bachelor of arts in computer science from Harvard University. She first worked as a render wrangler for “A Bug’s Life” and went on to light many of Pixar’s films, including “Toy Story 2” and “Monsters, Inc.” Since then she has served as the director of photography for lighting on the Oscar-winning films “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Wall•E,” “Brave” and the 2018 Oscar-nominated “Coco.”

    “Extraordinary Mystery: Unlocking your Potential” takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Proscenium Theatre inside the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center (Building 15) at the South Campus. The morning session begins at 10 a.m., and the afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

  • andrea.vasquez 1:29 pm on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , landscaping, STEM   

    Collaborative annual landscaping project with Facilities Services and Central botany class 

    The Facilities Services department and the Central Campus botany class recently completed their semester landscaping project at the front entrance and parking lot of the Central Campus music building #5.  In collaboration with Mr. Jeff Tschappatt, the District Grounds Supervisor, his grounds crew and Professor Barbara Schumacher, a campus planting has been incorporated into the semester syllabus for more than 10 years.  Learning about specific plant selections, their characteristics and placement in horticulture design under the guidance of Mr. Tschappatt always enhances the student’s botanical experience.

    This semester, two entrance beds were planted with a colorful, cold-hardy variety of “Sunshine Ligustrum” (Ligustrum sinense) and the popular “Chinese fringe flower” (Loropetalum sp.) shrubbery.  Smaller cover plants of society garlic and African Iris filled in six more parking lot beds to beautify the area.

    As part of this project students were able to:  calculate bed dimensions, draw beds to scale, analyze soil samples for type and nutrient content, place and plant over 100 plants and finish all beds with a mulch covering.

    This partnership with Facilities Services allows for an improved student learning outcome,  providing Facilities Services a direct avenue to interact with San Jacinto College students, impacting their education in a positive manner and improving campus appearance.  We are grateful for this annual collaborative opportunity.

  • andrea.vasquez 3:46 pm on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: aerospace academy, , STEM   

    Space Day at South Campus 

    The San Jacinto College Aerospace Academy hosted their Space Day event at the San Jacinto College South Campus on Oct. 19, which featured a variety of STEM activities, college and university transfer representatives, student projects, department information booths and local STEM industry booths that provided career information. Former NASA Astronaut David Leestma also held a special meet and greet session. Leestma graduated first in his class from the U.S. Naval Academy, flew on three space missions and was later a senior engineering executive at Johnson Space Center.

  • andrea.vasquez 1:36 pm on September 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    STEM Speaker Event Series- Shiela Ford 

    The event STEM Speaker Series began with a big success at the South Campus on Thursday, Sept. 21 with Ms. Shiela Ford, San Jacinto College South Campus nursing department chair. There were 303 attendees for the talk, some of which included students from other colleges and the general community thanks to great outreach efforts with the help of the College’s marketing department. Natural science faculty, the South Campus biology department chair, allied health science faculty, staff, LVN students and a numbner of students from other programs and the other College campuses came to hear Ms. Ford discuss the LVN to BSN career pathway.

    Ms. Ford talked about all the programs that San Jac offers for nursing majors.  She also announced and acknowledged the collaboration efforts between her department and the South Campus natural science department.  The first step in this exciting collaboration is the implementation of a service-learning project in our anatomy courses.  Ms. Ford and professor Sheema Nasir will be piloting the project this fall, along with support from Dr. Mary Wisgirda, South Campus natural sciences department chair.  We are excited to see how this collaboration evolves!

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