Perspectives on Science is a monthly seminar series for science teachers. The seminar typically focuses on recent developments in the guest scientist’s area of expertise, with particular emphasis on those aspects that are of greatest interest and significance to science teachers.  Each POS meeting begins with refreshments at 4:30 p.m., followed by the scientist’s formal seminar presentation beginning at 5:00 p.m. We start out in the Fermanian Business Center (southeast part of campus) and move to Cunningham Dining Room (Nicholson Commons building) for dinner.

2016 - 2017 Schedule

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October 4, 2016:  Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, (Pediatric Genomics Researcher; President and CEO of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego)  

Webpages:  http://www.rchsd.org/research/genomics-institute/ and http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/world-renowned-genetics-researcher-named-to-lead-rady-pediatric-genomics-institute/

Seminar Title:  “Genomics as a Tool in Pediatric Medicine”

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November 8, 2016:  Dr. Floyd Romesberg, (Professor of Chemistry for The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla)

Webpages:  https://www.scripps.edu/research/faculty/romesberg and http://www.scripps.edu/romesberg/

Seminar Title:  “A Novel Approach to Antibiotic Discovery”

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December 6, 2016:  Dr. Debi Kilb (Project Scientist and Science Director of the SIO Visualization Center for the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla)

Webpages:  http://quakeinfo.ucsd.edu/~dkilb/ and http://scrippsscholars.ucsd.edu/dkilb

Seminar Title:  "Regarding our Next Earthquake"

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January 17, 2017:  Dr. Ron Swaisgood (Brown Chair/Director of Applied Animal Ecology; General Scientific Director, Cocha Cashu Biological Station; and Co-Head, Giant Panda Conservation Unit for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conversation Research, San Diego)

Webpages:  http://institute.sandiegozoo.org/ronald-swaisgood-phd and http://cochacashu.sandiegozooglobal.org/

Seminar Title:  “The Role of Science and Policy in the Remarkable Recovery of a Conservation Icon, the Giant Panda”

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February 7, 2017:  Dr. Donatella Zona (Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, England and Assistant Professor of Biology and the Global Change Research Group at San Diego State University, San Diego)

Webpage:  http://gcrg.sdsu.edu/

Seminar Title:  "Why Study Climate Change in the Arctic?"

Chien_Shu.jpgMarch 14, 2017:  Dr. Shu Chien (Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Bioengineering, Founding Director of the Institute of Engineering in Medicine for UC San Diego, Recipient of both the 2010 National Medal of Science and the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal)

Webpages:  http://iem.ucsd.edu/; http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/faculty/faculty_bios/index.sfe?fmp_recid=11; https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/21/welcoming-winners-2010-national-medals-science-technology-and-innovation-white-house; and http://iem.ucsd.edu/news/announcement-details/franklin_award_shu_chien.html

Seminar Title:  "Interplay of Physical and Chemical Factors in Cardiovascular Regulation of Health and Disease"

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Webpages:  http://www.scripps.edu/research/faculty/loring and http://www.scripps.edu/loring/

Seminar Title:  "The Secret Lives of Stem Cells:  Unraveling the Molecular Basis of Pluripotence"

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Webpages:  http://www.salk.edu/scientist/jan-karlseder/ and http://karlseder.salk.edu/

Seminar Title:  “What Telomeres Can Teach Us About Aging and Cancer”

Event Format and Time

Each POS meeting begins with refreshments at 4:30 p.m., followed by the scientist’s formal seminar presentation beginning at 5:00 p.m. The seminar typically focuses on recent developments in the scientist’s area of expertise, with particular emphasis on those aspects that are of greatest interest and significance to science teachers. The seminar is followed by a sit-down dinner, during which time teachers are able to dialog with each other informally in smaller groups about how the concepts of the seminar can be effectively incorporated into their classrooms. The last half hour of each session (7:00 to 7:30 p.m.) is set aside as a time for the teachers and the guest scientist to clarify and exchange ideas that might help facilitate more effective, enthusiastic student learning.

Event Location

POS events take place in the Fermanian Business Center and the Nicholson Commons building on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University. Driving directions and a map of the PLNU campus will be sent to all those who register for the program.

Registration Details

The subscription fee for the POS program is $80 which covers ~1/3 of the annual cost of the POS program per teacher (see "Program Sponsors" link below).  Please use the "Registration/Payment" link below in order to sign up for this year's program.

Academic Credit

Point Loma Nazarene University offers one unit of continuing education credit per year (at a subsidized rate of $75 per unit) to teachers who participate in both the seminar and dinner/discussions of at least seven of the eight POS events (this arrangement may be repeated up to a total of 6 units).  Those who meet the minimum attendance requirement receive a letter and form shortly after the final POS event of the year.   The form includes instructions and a deadline to abide by in order to receive academic credit.  Credit may only be applied for and received within 3 months of receiving the form. 

Teachers who are enrolled in PLNU graduate course BIO692 receive 2 units of credit for POS (1 unit in the Fall and 1 unit in the Spring), pay regular graduate level tuition and are required to fulfill other assignments relating to the POS presentations.  BIO692 students must also pay the $80 POS program subscription fee (see "Registration Details" above).  This fee helps subsidize the cost of meals and various other expenses related to running the POS program.

Program Sponsors

The Perspectives on Science Lecture/Dinner Series has received financial support over the years from several outside organizations and businesses, including:  San Diego Science Educators Association, George's at the Cove, the CA Science Project, SEASAND-the Science Education Association of San Diego, the Girard Foundation of La Jolla, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.   From the outset, the Point Loma Nazarene University Administration provided strong support for POS (~33% of annual operating expenses from 1998 through 2008).   When the financial crisis hit the nation in 2008, the University raised its support level to ~67%.  By 2012, though, the higher level of support could no longer be sustained and the POS program was facing cancellation.   It was at this point that several dozen teachers who were participants in POS began contributing gifts so that the program could continue.  We are grateful to all of these science educators, and especially to Steve Rodecker of Chula Vista High School, whose leadership in this fund raising effort helped save the day.  The future for POS looks bright! 

Need More Information?

Contact Michael McConnell at mmcconne@pointloma.edu or LeAnne Elizondo at Lelizond@pointloma.edu or 619-849-2205.