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Focus Speakers are highly regarded scientists and education experts who present one-hour, in-depth sessions on subjects relevant to science teaching. The Focus Speaker series allows you to expand your understanding in a wide range of critical topics. Focus Speaker sessions are included with your conference registration.

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2013 Focus Speaker Schedule (as of July 18, 2013):

 Friday, October 25, 2013

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Power of Non-Verbal Communication in Classroom Management by Kendall Zoller, President, Sierra Training Associates, Inc.

Use the often neglected power of non-verbal communication to make your classroom a happy and productive one. Learn what TIMSS research from real science classrooms tells us about non-verbals and effective classrooms.


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Focus Speaker: Shark Tracking Robots by Chris Lowe, Professor, California State University, Long Beach

Making waves in how we research shark behavior. In an effort to track shark motion, Dr. Lowe and his colleagues have developed a shark tracking robot to monitor and track shark movements. The development of the robot requires input from a team of partners, engineers, programmers, and mathematicians. Getting a diverse group of experts to share a common language starts with mathematics, the truly common language of all STEM fields. Dr. Lowe will share with the audience how the team answers scientific questions through the design and development of the robots. This promises to be an engaging and informative session.

 Saturday, October 26, 2013

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Focus Speaker: The Salton Sea as an Opportunity for Science Pedagogy by Tim Krantz, Professor, Environmental Studies Program, University of Redlands

Dr. Krantz will virtually fly us around the Salton Sea, California's largest and very troubled lake. The flight will not only give you a birds-eye view of its austere beauty and incredible biodiversity, but also of its complex environmental problems and potential solutions. This focus of the talk will be on opportunities for science faculty and students to explore the wide range of topis involved in Salton Sea science. The talk will feature the art and science of the Salton Sea Atlas project.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Focus Speaker: An Integrated, Multidisciplinary Approach to Tissue Development and Engineering by Kaustabh Ghosh, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at UC Riverside

In this talk, we will see how the multidisciplinary principles and techniques related to science, technology, engineering and medicine are being seamlessly integrated to increase our understanding of how cells behave in health and disease so that more effective therapies can be developed in the future.


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Understanding the World with Scientific Computing by Emmett McQuinn, Software Engineer at IMB Research - Almaden. Sponsored by the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Discover how scientists are pioneering exciting computational tools today that will be the future of science tomorrow. Explore several large challenging scientific questions across domains from geophysics to neuroscience and how these challenges incorporate simulation, visualization, and analytics. Gain insight into current and future trends that may be useful for the scientists of tomorrow.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: What Is Nanoscience and What Can We Do with It? by Dr. Maria Chiara Simani, Executive Director, California Science Project and a lecturer at UC Riverside

Nanoscience is at the basis of the enabling technology of the 21st century. This involves all academic disciplines as well as impacting electronics, energy, medicine, and all the future innovative technological applications. Be introduced to emerging research and applications of nanoscience and its fundamental link to a more in-depth K-12 science education.