Invitation for WISRD Poster Presentation and Lecture Series





2016 – 2015

10/10 CA STEM Symposium, Anaheim
10/15 InnovatED.LA, Wildwood
11/7 WISRD Fall Lecture Series, Wildwood


WISRD Fall Poster Session and Lecture Series

Wildwood School Gathering Space

November 14, 2016

6:30 – 7:20

Poster Session

Featuring WISRD Research/Projects 

7:30 – 9:00


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Dr. Shannon Mumenthaler                                        Dr. Colin Flinders                  

Dr. Shannon Mumenthaler is an Assistant Professor of Research Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Lab Director for the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC and the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. Shannon helps guide the scientific planning of the Institute, ensure the faculty have the tools they need for their research, and strategize the partnerships and goals of the Institute. Dr. Mumenthaler completed her BS in Genetics at UC Davis and earned a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology at UCLA. She pursued this degree to work in translational research, where her work could impact patients, find cures and alleviate suffering. She applies a unique multidisciplinary approach toward her research program, partnering with mathematicians, clinicians and engineers to explore critical areas in cancer research. She is inspired by working with colleagues from diverse scientific backgrounds to think outside the box, devise new ways of approaching cancer, create new model systems, and push the limits of cancer research.

Dr. Colin Flinders is a postdoctoral scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Shannon Mumenthaler. Dr. Flinders earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley in Genetics and Genomics before continuing his studies at the University of California at Los Angeles where earned his doctoral degree in Biological Chemistry. His doctoral work focused on integrating multi-omic approaches including whole genome sequencing, gene expression microarrays, ChIP-seq, and quantitative peptide mass spectrometry to study drug resistance in Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Since moving to the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine at USC Dr. Flinders’ research has centered on the tumor microenvironment in colorectal cancer with particular emphasis on how hypoxia effects tumor cell migration and metastasis.




WISRD Community Lecture Series and
Poster Session


Dr. Jess McIver

Spacetime and Black Holes!: LIGO Observes Gravitational Waves
from a Binary Black Hole Merger 

May 9th

6:30 – 8:30

Wildwood School, Gathering Space

Dr. Jess McIver is a postdoctoral scholar in experimental physics at Caltech. She grew up in upstate New York, and earned degrees in physics and magazine journalism from Syracuse University. She recently graduated with a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst after writing a dissertation on detecting gravitational waves with Advanced LIGO. She was based at the LIGO Livingston detector in Louisiana at the time of the recent discovery, and works on a mix between LIGO experiment instrumentation and astrophysical data analysis.





WISRD Lunch Lecture Series

Tuesday February 16th

12:10 sharp

East Gallery

Restored 1905 Indian Motorcycle and More


Restored 1941 Indian Scout

Malcolm Croxton

After a 5 year apprenticeship at a major British aircraft company I began working on aircraft first in England and then Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Canada and finally settling down in Southern California working for Northrop Grumman.

I have worked on many types of aircraft both commercial and military. I retired from NG in 2009 and went to work in Kuwait and finally retired for good in 2014.

Restoring cars and motorcycles has been a hobby of mine for decades and I have over 30 motorcycles some of which I keep in my hanger in Camarillo along with my ultralight aircraft and my Autogyro. I also collect and build small model engines.  I also write articles about some of my collection for magazines. I was in the news recently after one of my E type Jaguars was caught in the El Cajon pass wildfire and severely damaged. A proposed TV show about its restoration never got past the demo reel stage.


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Lunch Lecture Series

Tuesday November, 24

12:10 sharp

Chem Lab

lucienLucien Vattel, CEO GameDesk

Lucien Vattel currently serves as CEO and Executive Director of GameDesk, one of the leading educational game research centers in the United States. GameDesk reshaping modes of learning and engagement through interactivity and play. Lucian, with over 14 years of experience, is a leader and visionary in interactive learning, educational game development, research, and curriculum. He has designed and produced over a dozen distributed educational games. GameDesk was listed in 2013 as #6 Most Innovative Education Company in the World by Fast Company. Vattel secured the largest grant in AT&T history to develop a national learning portal; (released in the summer of 2013).  Vattel was Founder/Co-Director of the PlayMaker School: developed and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Vattel co-founded and was co-architect of the University Of Southern California’s Undergraduate and Master’s CS Program in Game Development. He served as a faculty lecturer and Associate Director for Games Research at IMSC. As faculty, he authored and taught several courses around game development, production, the history of the medium, and process of building serious games. Lucien is a writer and director of over 7 films in show or distribution, a ollege educator, and world lecturer on games research and education.



Fall Community Poster Session and Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

6:30 – 9:00

6:30 – 7:30 WISRD Poster Presentations


Featured Speaker
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Dr. Kian Kani

Assistant Professor of Research Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of USC

Current Trends in Cancer Research

The first documented case of cancer dates back to the 1500 b.c. in Egypt.  A number of seminal discoveries since the ancient Egyptians have redefined our understanding of cancer.  In fact, over the past several years, cancer researchers have begun to reclassify tumors based on the molecular signaling pathway(s) that cause malignant transformation. As a result, medical oncologists can prescribe drugs that specifically target the aberrant signaling pathway irrespective of the location of the tumor. Modern cancer therapeutics have therefore become “targeted” rather than “systemic.” This has brought upon a significant paradigm shift in medical treatment decisions and spurred the precision medicine era.  Over the next decade, cancer researchers will need to integrate various types of in vitro, in silico, and in vivo data into unified models of tumor growth and response to therapies.  These approaches will require a broad array of skill sets with expertise in computer science, math, chemistry, physics, and biology.  The goal of this lecture is to provide a historical framework for our current understanding of cancer and discuss future trends.


Lunch Lecture Series

Tuesday September 29th

12:10 sharp

RM 142
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Marc Rayman, Chief Engineer/Scientist Dawn Mission, JPL

Marc Rayman grew up in Toledo, Ohio and earned an A.B. in physics from Princeton University.  His undergraduate work focused on astrophysics and cosmology.  He received an M.S. in physics from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he conducted investigations in nuclear physics.  He then performed research at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) on experimental tests of special relativity and atomic and laser physics, and received his Ph.D. there.  He continued at JILA as a postdoctoral researcher.  He spent his six years at JILA working with Dr. John Hall, who subsequently won a Nobel Prize in Physics.

Dr. Rayman combined his scientific training with his lifelong study and interest in the exploration of space by joining NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1986.  His work there has spanned a broad range, including optical interferometry missions for detecting planets around other stars, a Mars sample return mission, a Mars laser altimeter, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the development of systems to use lasers instead of radios to communicate with interplanetary spacecraft.

In 1994, he helped initiate a new NASA program to characterize highly advanced and risky technologies for future space science missions by flying them on dedicated test flights.  The first mission of this New Millennium program, Deep Space 1, was launched in October 1998, and he worked on it from its inception in 1995 to its conclusion in 2001.  During the course of the project, Dr. Rayman served as chief mission engineer, mission director, and project manager.  The new technologies that were tested on DS1 (including such exotic systems as ion propulsion and artificial intelligence) were designed to reduce the cost and risk and to improve the performance of subsequent interplanetary missions.  The primary mission was extremely successful and led to a very productive and exciting extended mission, culminating in a spectacular encounter with Comet Borrelly that yielded the best images that had ever been taken of the nucleus of a comet.  The spacecraft remains in orbit around the Sun.

Now he is mission manager and chief engineer on a mission that builds on DS1 to study two of the largest unexplored worlds in the inner solar system.  Launched in September 2007, Dawn will visit the two most massive asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, in an ambitious mission that should reveal much about the dawn of the solar system.

Dr. Rayman is the recipient of numerous honors.  Among his awards from NASA are two Exceptional Achievement Medals and the Outstanding Leadership Medal.  In addition, he is the only person to have won both the Exceptional Technical Excellence Award and the Exceptional Leadership Award, two of JPL’s highest honors.  Asteroid Rayman was named in recognition of his contributions to space exploration.


Lunch Lecture October 27th, 2015


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