Speaker Series and Events
In the academic year, we host speaker workshops, activities, and field trips. Here you'll find details about each of our scheduled events.
For study groups and workshops offered at the STEM Center, please visit here.
Below is our schedule of events for the Fall '22 Semester!
Speaker Series: Vivian Liu
Wednesday, September 14th, from 12pm-1pm
Interested in how to get into research? Join us as we invite Vivian Liu to talk about her experience working in clinical research, such as at Stanford's Sleep Medicine! Come by to gain insight on the clinical research field and how to get into research as a college student and as a career.
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 14th, from 12pm-1pm
Bio: Vivian Liu completed her undergraduate education at University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior. While at UCI, she worked in a cognitive emotion lab and found research quite interesting. From there she has worked as a clinical research associate at Stanford Sleep Medicine and enjoyed experiencing the transformative outcomes patients had from clinical trials. In hopes to pursue a more focused field, Vivian decided to venture into the field of sports medicine as she was active in sports throughout her life.
After her time working in research for the past three years, Vivian rediscovered her passion for school and will be pursuing her research in PhD in the next academic cycle.
Speaker Series: Parker Williams
Thursday, September 29th, from 12pm-1pm
Interested in career paths in the math field? Want to learn about Rivian, the electric vehicle automaker and automotive tech company? Join the STEM Center as we invite Parker Williams to talk about his great experience working in the math field. Come by to hear about his educational experience, current position as a Senior Staff Research Scientist at Rivian, and learn about typical careers found within the math field.
Date & Time: Thursday, September 29th, from 12pm-1pm
Location: Zoom, available for viewing at the STEM Center
Bio: Parker is a former community college student that eventually took an interest in mathematics, and has used math in a variety of fields now. Parker has jumped between fields frequently, such as financial markets, submarines, industrial kitchens, and, most recently, trucks. The common thread between all these jobs is understanding how to articulate problems in their domains in mathematics.
Parker transferred from citrus community college to UCSD, studied finance at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and then a PhD at UCR.
UCR School of Medicine Pathway Programs Presents: Medical School Roadmap
Tuesday, October 11th, at 11am-12pm
Interested in medical school? Join the STEM Center as we invite Esmeralda Trejo from the UCR School of Medicine's Pathway Program to talk about applicant requirements, application timeline, what to expect while in medical school, and more!
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 11th, at 11am-12pm
Location: Zoom, and available for viewing at the STEM Center
Speaker Series: Yuki Toy
Wednesday, October 12th, from 1pm-2pm
Interested in how science and art can overlap in a career? Yuki Toy will talk about her background in medical illustration and how its led her to be published in multiple medical illustration books, which have been part of the curriculum at USC and Cal Tech. Come by to Yuki's talk to gain insight on her medical illustration journey and, afterwards, we'll visit her solo exhibition at CHC's Art Gallery.
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 12th, from 1pm-2pm
Talk Location: LRC 226, Solo Exhibition Location: CHC Art Gallery
Bio: Yuki Toy (Yuki Toyooka Smith) is an artist and author in Los Angeles. She grew up in Hokkaido, Japan, and taught Medical Illustration, Artistic Anatomy, and Figure Drawing at several colleges in Los Angeles. She has been published in multiple medical illustration books and her art work has been part of the curriculum at USC and Cal Tech. Yuki received an MFA from CSU Los Angeles, and a BFA from SUNY New Paltz, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Known for anatomical illustration in pastel tones, her color pencils create a subdued and nostalgic feel, evoking a tradition that spans from historical medical illustrations in the 19th Century to modern digital art techniques.
Speaker Series: Peter Gend
Wednesday, October 26th, from 12pm-1pm
Interested in how art, science, and technology come together to produce visual effects and animation? Peter will talk about what it is like working in the world of animation, video games, and visual effects and how these unique areas provide an amazing blend of science, technology and art. Peter will show some of his past work, talk about life in digital media and working on shows like the Simpsons, and will also give a live demonstration of his digital sculpting techniques that are taught in the Multimedia department at Crafton Hills College.
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 26th, from 12pm-1pm
Location: STEM Center (CNTL 218)
Bio: Peter Gend has spent much of his life working in the three areas he loves- Education, Animation and Game Design. Peter had the good fortune of growing up during the rise of the video game industry and the inception of digital computer effects- spurring him on to one of the earliest degrees in computer animation offered in Southern California. Peter spent many years working on projects such as The Simpsons, The Fantastic Four, Sex and the City, The Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, and over 40 other feature films, TV shows, and video games. After teaching his first class in game design, Peter gained a love for higher education and has since obtained his Master of Fine Art in Animation and Visual Effects and has gone on to teach at nearly a dozen schools including the Rochester Institute of Technology, Cal State Los Angeles, Mt. San Antonio College, Crafton Hills College, Columbia College Hollywood, Pixl Visn Media Arts Academy, and the Art Institutes. In higher education, Peter has held roles as full time faculty, adjunct faculty, department chair, program coordinator, academic director, associate dean of the arts, and interim dean of academic affairs. In addition to his work in education and the digital arts, Peter is also an avid sculptor, rapid prototyping enthusiast, and devotes his time to the study and preservation of animation and video game history.