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2021 Event Calendar for Current Members

Note that more detailed information will be shared with current members and their parents via email.  If you are a current member or parent and not receiving BE WiSE updates, please contact communityalliances@rhfleet.org.

January 30, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.—Career Panel with Scientists from Rady Children's Hospital
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego in partnership with the UC San Diego School of Medicine is committed to discovering treatments and cures for childhood diseases. With the best minds in medicine working together, children are benefiting from basic, clinical and translational research along with whole child care. During this panel you will be hearing from some of the brightest up-and-coming women in pediatric medicine and research; Gretchen Bandoli, PhD, Brittany Winckler, MD and Keriann Schulkers Escalante, DO, MPH. This panel represents the many different paths that lead to productive careers at Rady Children’s and the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego.
Gretchen Bandoli, PhD is an assistant professor and perinatal epidemiologist. Dr. Bandoli completed her doctorate in epidemiology at UCLA, and her masters of public health in epidemiology at San Diego State University. She started in this field when realizing that she could combine her interests in health and statistics to answer questions that moms have in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Britanny Winckler, MD, MBA is a pediatric hospital medicine fellow. Dr. Winckler completed her residency at the Baylor College of Medicine and attended medical school at UCI. She completed her post-baccalaureate program at the National Institutes of Health and majored in molecular biology during her undergrad at UCLA. Even back in high school Dr. Winckler knew she liked biology and volunteered at a hospital. She is looking forward to completing her fellowship in July and starting her career as a pediatric hospitalist.
Keriann Schulkers Escalante, DO, MPH, is a neonatal-perinatal fellow. Dr. Schulkers Escalante recently completed her pediatric residency where she has been studying breast milk and its effect on the microbiome. Before that, she obtained her master’s in public health, global health and spent years working on projects in East Africa. She received her bachelors in physiology with a minor in chemistry and always had a driving passion in medicine, global public health and disease prevention. Now in her fellowship program, she is learning to be a neonatologist and continuing her research to one day study breast milk and the microbiome in developing countries to understand how it affects all of us.
Drs. Bandoli, Winckler and Schulkers Escalante are all women of science dedicated to the next generation and discovering treatments and cures for childhood disease. They will be sharing more about the many twists and turns that led them to where they are now. They are ready to answer your questions, share advice and more for the next generation of scientists.

January 30, 2 to 4 p.m.—Third BE WiSE Social: Let's Make a Pop-up Valentine's Card!
Yay for our third BE WiSE Social! This time we combine science and art! The Fleet Science Center's Akiko Hicks will lead us through how to make a pop-up card for Valentines. You certainly don't need to be an artist, engineer or mathematician to have fun with this activity and create a beautiful card, but those are the disciplines this activity relates too :)

February 2, 4 to 5:45 p.m.—Voices of the Sea Workshop with the National Marine Mammal Foundation
Most marine mammals rely on sound for communication, foraging, navigation and predator avoidance. Scientists at the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) explore the sounds marine mammals make, the sounds they hear, and the effect of human-made sound has on them. The NMMF has developed instrumentation that allows hearing of stranded wild marine mammals to be tested. They have also determined the threshold criteria for exposure to sound that could affect marine mammal behavior and physiology, including hearing. This workshop describes the novel ways the National Marine Mammal Foundation studies acoustics and then engages the students in a variety of activities to demonstrate the science of sound and how we measure it. 

February 6, 9 to 10:15 a.m.—Perspective Drawing
Join BE WiSE Advisory Board Chair and local art teacher Shari Duran as she guides us through learning how to create the illusion of depth on a 2 dimensional picture plane.  Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw things as we see them in real life? Why does a road or sidewalk appear to get smaller as it gets further away from you? Learn how to create depth in your drawings. Learn linear perspective techniques to make objects look 3 dimensional. Shari will demonstrate how to apply these techniques and answer any questions you have regarding linear perspective. You can use drawing paper, copy paper, a sketch book, or any kind of paper that is blank, but you definitely need a ruler or straight edg  of some kind and any kind of pencil.

February 13, 3 to 4:15 p.m.—Exploring Mitochondrial Signals to Fight Cancer, Understand Metabolism & Slow Aging! The amazing, adventurous life of a scientist! 
Anila Kanchan Madiraju is a scientist working at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla. Ever since she was a young woman in high school, she was fascinated by biochemical pathways and human physiology, and spent her career on studying ways to treat metabolic diseases like diabetes as well as cancer. Anila was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and came to the United States to attend college at Yale University. She went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Molecular & Cellular Physiology from Yale, after which she came to San Diego to complete her postdoctoral training at Salk in the lab of Dr. Marc Montminy. Here, she studied the role of fat tissue expansion in maintaining metabolic balance and discovered a previously unknown, critical role for a gene in fat tissue that is important to protect against diabetes. Recently, Anila started projects in the lab of Dr. Gerald Shadel at the Salk. Her focus is now on understanding the role of mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, in normal signaling in healthy cells and how these signals are altered in diabetes, cancer and with aging. Her work in this area may lead to the discovery of new treatments to fight cancer and diabetes, and may even allow us to understand how humans age and if there may be a way to slow the negative aspects of aging, allowing us to age more gracefully and stay healthier, longer! In addition to her passion for science, Anila loves hanging out with her two Boston terriers, cooking different cuisines from around the world, painting and going on hikes. She also dedicates a lot of her spare time volunteering to teach science workshops and share her research with the community, and to advocate for diversity, inclusivity and positive change within her workplace and local communities. 

February 20, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.—Honoring Black History Month with Black Female Leaders
In honor of Black History Month and in an effort to provide diversity and representation in our BEWiSE worksho
ps we are offering a special q&a panel with four outstanding female black leaders.  Please join our discussion with these amazing women: 
Savannah Barker: VP of Leadership Development at Notley Ventures. Notley’s mission is to scale and support businesses, nonprofits, individuals and programs making positive change in the world; 
Kimberly Garner: Student at Howard University, Miss Blu N' White, 2019-2020, and budding researcher with experience in epidemiology, nutrition, and peripheral neuropathy; 
Nene and Ekene Okolo: two sisters who are doing phenomenal work in advancing diverse curriculum within the Poway school district. 

February 27, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.—Mindfulness and a Day in the Life of a Psychologist / Therapist?
Join local family therapist Dr. Aleksandra Drecun as she leads us through a mindfulness exercise and shares more about what it's like to be a licensed psychologist, who founded the Association for Compassionate Transformation. She has a profound passion and derives immense gratitude from assisting individuals, couples and families in realizing their fullest potential. Her practice includes treatment of children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups. In addition, she provides consultation services to individuals and organizations and life-coaching services for individuals, couples and executives. Her specialties include body focused repetitive disorders, treating anxiety and depression, premarital counseling, working with couples to increase relational satisfaction, hypnotherapy, addressing issues unique to the gay, lesbian and bisexual population and conducting fitness for duty and forensic competency evaluations. Dr. Drecun is enthusiastic about the field of psychology and its application in facilitating a successful life in the individuals she works with. She received a Doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University California School of Professional Psychology. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. Her undergraduate degree includes a bachelors in Psychology from the University of California Riverside, where she gained experience working as a research assistant. 


More details and events will be added throughout the year!