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Theme: Use tech & media to promote positive message

This event occurred on
November 19, 2011
8:30am - 3:30pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Perris, CA, CA
United States

Sharing new ideas with high school students and giving them varied perspectives on life in order to create thought and dialogue.

Val Verde High School
972 West Morgan Street
Perris, CA, CA, 92571
United States
Event type:
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Charlie Fitzpatrick

ESRI (geographic information systems) -Charlie Fitzpatrick is Manager of K12 Education for Esri, a company based in Redlands, CA, that makes geographic information system ("GIS") software. Charlie was trained in Minnesota as a geographer and teacher. He taught social studies in grades 7-12 for 15 years, with most time in 8th grade (by choice). He spent free time helping teachers learn how to teach with computers (especially geography), and directed multi-week teacher institutes on that for IBM and the National Geographic Society. In 1992, he shifted to Esri to help administrators, teachers, and students learn about the many layers of the world, global to local, and solve problems through geographic analysis. Geospatial technology is a fast-growing arena, and Esri's sole business is GIS, because people with geospatial skills are needed in every single industry, in governments, businesses, and agencies all over the world.

Kimberly McWhorter

ANIMAL VENOM RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL (AVRI) -Creating an anti-venin for the people of Sri Lanka to combat fatal snakebite cases associated with venomous snakes of the country. Associate Executive Director, Kimberly McWhorter, MPH, CPH, DrPH(c) Board Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners; Program Coordinator/Educator for Riverside County, California Community Health Agency; Program Planner; Grant writer; Recipient California State Association of Counties Merit Award for creation and implementation of an innovative local government program.

Michael Horton

RIVERSIDE COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION (RCOE) - Mike Horton is the AVID Administrator at the Riverside County Office of Education and taught science for more than 10 years. Mike is the author of two science books, "Take-Home Physics" and soon-to-be-released "Take-Home Chemistry" which provide experiments that can be performed for homework with household materials. He is the host of the ScienceInquirer Science Misconceptions Podcast and the RIMS AVID Podcast. He has published articles several times in The Physics Teacher journal as well as co-authored research in the Journal of Condensed Matter Nuclear Science.

Dr. Susan Wessler

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT RIVERSIDE (UCR) -Distinguished Professor of Genetics - Susan Wessler is the University of California President’s Chair and Distinguished Professor of Genetics at the University of California Riverside and Home Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a molecular geneticist known for her contributions to the field of transposon biology, specifically on the roles of plant transposable elements in gene and genome evolution. Her laboratory has pioneered the use of computational and experimental analyses in the identification of actively transposing elements. A native of New York City, Wessler received her bachelor's degree in biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1974 and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in 1980. She was a postdoctoral fellow of the American Cancer Society at the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1980-1982. She began her career at the University of Georgia in 1983 where she remained until moving to UC Riverside in 2010. At present she is an Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is on the Editorial Board of Current Opinions in Plant Biology and on the Board of Reviewing Editors of the journal Science. She is also a Director of the Genetics Society of American. Wessler has contributed extensively to educational initiatives, including co-authorship of the widely used genetics textbook, Introduction to Genetic Analysis, and the popular reference book The Mutants of Maize. As a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, she adapted her research program for the classroom by developing the Dynamic Genome Courses where incoming freshman can experience the excitement of scientific discovery in the state-of-the art Neil A Campbell Science Learning Laboratory. She is the recipient of several awards including the Creative Research Medal (1991) and the Lamar Dodd Creative Research Award (1997) from the University of Georgia, the Distinguished Scientist Award (2007) from the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), the Stephen Hales Prize (2011) from the American Society of Plant Biologists, and the Excellence in Science Award from FASEB (2012). She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

Joshua LaCross

VISUAL EFFECTS - Visual effects, Compositor for major Hollywood films including Conan the Barbarian, The Last Airbender, Shutter Island, Alice in Wonderland, Hereafter, 2012, Superman Returns, 3:10 to Yuma, Sin City and more. Past work includes compositing for George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). Winner of the Visual Effects Society Award for "best composting in a broadcast program or commercial for John Adams (2008)" Former Rancho Verde High School student.

Dr. Thomas Baldwin

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT RIVERSIDE (UCR) -Thomas Baldwin is Dean, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of California, Riverside; Associate Director, Agricultural Experiment Station, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, State of California Dr. Baldwin was appointed dean of CNAS in July 2008. He came to UCR from the University of Arizona, where he had been head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and was the founding director of the Institute for Biomedical Science and Biotechnology. He had held previous faculty appointments at Texas A&M University and the University of Illinois and a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and doctorate in zoology from the University of Texas, Austin. A biochemist, Dr. Baldwin is best known for his research on “protein folding,” the biochemical process, vitally important to all of life’s processes, by which a protein assumes its three-dimensional structure. Protein misfolding leads to a number of disease states, including prion diseases such as “mad cow” disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. The recipient of numerous awards for scholarship and research, including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Fogarty Senior International Fellowship, Baldwin was recognized as a Faculty Fellow for excellence in science and academic leadership by Texas A&M and the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station.

David Burns

FALLEN FRUIT - David Burns is an artist who currently lives and works in Southern California; he received his BFA from CalArts and his MFA from UC Irvine. Recent projects from his art collaboration Fallen Fruit include: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Intermediae @ Matedero for ARCO, Madrid; Ars Electronica; Salt Lake Art Center; Machine Project, and others. Burns is one of the co-founders of the art collaborative Fallen Fruit, founded in 2004. They originated as an art project that uses neighborhoods and the fruit growing in public space as a means of re-examining our relationship with the world around us. Using fruit as a lens to examine the world, Fallen Fruit investigates urban space, ideas of neighborhood and new forms of located citizenship and community. From proposals for new urban green spaces to exhibition projects in Art Museums, Fallen Fruit aims to reconfigure the relation between those who have resources and those who do not, to examine the nature in and the nature of the city, and to investigate new, shared forms of art practices. David's solo projects have been shown in exhibitions and festivals including: The Getty Center, The Tate Modern, Artist's Space, Chicago Underground Film Festival, MIX, NEWFEST, and others. His recent curatorial projects include: eatLACMA for Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Sight of Place for University Art Gallery at UCIrvine, The Drama of the Gifted Child for The Armory Center for the Arts and Embodied Technologies for Art Interactive & Leonardo. Reviews and publishing on this recent work may be seen in Art in America, ArtForum, X-tra, Frieze, Cabinet, Artillery, The Los Angeles Times, and more.

Jessica Rath

ARTIST - Acting as an aesthetic liaison between food scientists and the public, Los Angeles-based artist Jessica Rath has created Take me to the apple breeder, a collaborative project with Cornell University’s Plant Genetics Resource Unit in Geneva, NY, a living laboratory famously referred to as the “Noah’s ark of orchards” in Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire. The resulting porcelain sculptures of odd, endangered apples and a photographic series capturing the extreme architecture of new apple breeds is traveling exhibition premiering at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in 2012. Jessica has recently exhibited solo projects at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design and at the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA. She is the recipient of a Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, two Artist Completion Grants from the Durfee Foundation, a Metrolab Commission Grant, and the Bridge Residency Award from Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. She received her B.A. in Sociology from University of Missouri and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1996.

Dr. Bahram Mobasher

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE (UCR) - Department of Physics and Astronomy Research Interests: Observational Cosmology, Formation and Evolution of Galaxies, Multi-waveband Galaxy Surveys, Search for High Redshift Galaxies, Photometric Redshift Techniques, SED Fitting and Measurement of Stellar Mass of Galaxies, Quantitative Galaxy Morphologies, Nature of Massive and Evolved Galaxies at High Redshifts, Star Formation Activity, Dark Energy

Organizing team


Perris, CA, United States
  • Phil Harding
    Technology Integration Coordinator
  • Michael McCormick
    Assistant Superintendent
  • Rob DelCampo
    TeenVision Coordinator
  • Jim Taylor
    Print Graphics
  • Kalista Imaging
    Event Photographer