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STEMCAST with Dr. Reagan Flowers

The STEMcast Podcast is hosted by Dr. Reagan Flowers and is designed to inspire and advance STEM perspectives. Dr. Flowers interviews STEM + Art + Communications professionals from all walks of life and discusses the significance of C-STEM in their professional and personal life. You can expect a new episode each month with a complimentary newsletter.
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Dec 12, 2016

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more.

A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux has held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. Currently she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is also President of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Save A Girl, Save A World Mentorship Program celebrates the benefits of mentoring through sister to sister, woman to woman relationships. 

Email: info@saveagirlsaveaworld.org

In this episode we discuss:

  • Her journey through higher education leading up to President of Bennett College.
  • The current political climate and what do minorities need to do for improvement.
  • The importance of literacy and mentorship for our community.
Nov 28, 2016

Jacqueline Cofield, founder of J Rêve International LLC, is a multi-passionate, multidisciplinary cultural creative, educator, and yogini. Cofield has traveled to nearly 60 countries, resided in eight, and is trilingual (Spanish, French).  Her global work includes programs with MAPP International Productions, Paramount International TV, Columbia Pictures, The Sundance Film Festival – New Frontier, Disney Corporation, Sony Music,  The Peggy Guggenheim Museum, UNESCO, Give1Project, The Chicago Sinfonietta, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, The University of Southern California, Ithaca College Los Angeles, University of Rochester, and The New York City Department of Education.

J Rêve International LLC, a global culture and arts education social enterprise. As a cultural practitioner, she creates meaningful experiences for artists, educators, and students who seek intercultural experiences advancing their global awareness and arts engagements. In order to produce these programs, Cofield collaborates globally with creatives, cultural, and educational institutions and private enterprises. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Jacqueline's experience as a teacher that led her to creating J Rêve International LLC.
  • What is global citizenry? How can you participate?
  • The process to step out and pursue your dream.

For more information on Jacqueline Cofield and J Rêve International LLC visit http://www.jreveinternational.com.

For more episodes visit http://cstem.org

Nov 14, 2016

Hanh Tran is the seventh and youngest child of Vietnamese-Chinese immigrants, was raised in Houston and learned early on to teach herself and to others to foster personal growth. She received a degree in biology from the University of Houston. 

 

Hanh Tran's work with oil on canvas is based on self-study of the human form, nature, culture and emotion. Her dedication to learning – and a hands-on approach to sharing the art experience with others – is indicative of Hanh's dedication to creating and providing approachable and emotive art.  

Heavy, sweeping, broad strokes of thick oil paint that create a three-dimensional effect are trademarks of Hanh's collections and commissioned works. It is through her connection with art, nature and people that Hanh finds comfort through expression. "Art provides respite and renewal for most people,” said Hanh.“Painting, creating and sharing provide quiet comfort and establish a meaningful sense of community." 

Through donations of her original art and art + wellness teaching sessions with patients and families of patients facing health challenges, Hanh serves those in need in local and national charitable communities. Among others, Sunshine Kids, Covenant House of Houston and the North Cypress Medical Center are key community charitable partners of Hanh's. 

Hanh's collections are installed commercially and in private residences across Texas, New York, and both the east and west coasts. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Hanh created her signature style.
  • Discovering the art of networking for success.
  • How to keep art subjective and remain inspired.
  • How she remains challenged after all these years.

For more information visit http://cstem.org

 

Oct 31, 2016

A native Houstonian, Dr. Monique Y. Wells has lived a fascinating life as a veterinary pathologist and toxicologist, world traveler, entrepreneur and arts enthusiast. She has lived in Paris for 20 years and operates Discover Paris, providing Afro-centric guided tours of Paris. 

Dr. Wells is the founder of The Wells International Foundation (WIF) is a U. S. non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals – especially women and persons of African descent – by exposing them to educational and cultural opportunities that will allow them to experience a richer, more fulfilling life.

In this episode Dr. Monique Y. Wells discusses:

  • How she was inspired at an early age by reading The Story of Doctor Doolittle and The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
  • The importance of being a likable person related to your skills and education.
  • Going from STEM to STEAM with WIF.

For more information on Dr. Monique Y. Wells:

Web site: www.discoverparis.net/
Website: www.wellsinternationalfoundation.org

For more information visit http://cstem.org

Sep 19, 2016
Isaiah Samuels, a 7th grader of Northeast Christian Academy, is the 2016 1st place winner of the African American National Spelling Bee Championships, Inc. ("AANSBC"). 
 
Jacqueline Terrell is Executive Director of AANSBC a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2010 by Houston businessman Robert Garner. 
 
In this episode we discuss:
  • Isaiah's preparation leading up to the event.
  • Best practices for competition.
  •  The development of  AANSBC. 
The mission of the organization is to train students in grades 6-8 in decoding and spelling techniques to enable them to expand their literacy skills and knowledge, improve language development and increase reading and writing levels. To learn more about The Bee, visit their website at www.bee-aboutit.org.
 
For more information visit http://cstem.org
Sep 6, 2016

Orthopedic surgeon turned dermatologist, Dr. Barbara Sturm transferred her knowledge into a successful skin care line. Her products have been used by a number of celebrities along with the collaboration with Angela Bassett to create a skincare line for women of color. In this episode Dr. Sturm shares with us the importance of positivity while managing risk and the science and technology in her business.

For more information visit our CSTEM website.

Aug 23, 2016

Rodney Batten is "the gold standard."  For more than 30 years, he has been a member of The White House Press Corp as a senior camera person with NBC Networks. He has covered five seated Presidents, from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. This past June, The White House honored the "heart and sole" of the Press Corp Rodney Batten with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rodney Batten ~ The White House Presents Life Time Achievement Award (Video)

For more information visit our CSTEM website.

Aug 9, 2016
Jade Cowans is a Credit & Collections Specialist at National Oilwell Varco. 
 
In this episode, Jade shares with us her first encounter with Dr. Reagan Flowers, experiences while at Texas A&M University, and the importance of contributing to our youth. 
 
For more information visit http://cstem.org.
 
Jun 6, 2016
Dr. Valentine joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in July 2006. She examines semiconductor patent applications including phase-change memory, nanoscale memory and spintronic devices. She became a primary examiner in 2012, and full time tele-commutes to her Washington DC area office from sunny Orlando FL.
 
In this episode, Jami shares with us her childhood influence that led her to STEM and earning a doctorate degree, striving to change the face of physics and her role with the USPTO.
 
For more information on STEMCAST visit http://cstem.org.
May 2, 2016

 

Krista Bourne is the president over a twelve state market for Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless carrier. In this role, Bourne leads
the team responsible for delivering extraordinary customer service and growing the sales, marketing, operations and financial performance in the market.
 
Bourne, a 15-year veteran of the wireless business, has held positions of increasing responsibility within Verizon including director - Customer Service in the Northeastern U.S., director - Customer Service for Verizon in the Southeast, director - Retail Sales for Upstate New York and region president for the Houston and Gulf Coast markets. Most recently, Bourne was president of Verizon’s Carolinas where she
led sales, service, leadership development and business transformation efforts.
 
Bourne has been an active member in her community and most recently served on the Boards of the Houston Area Women’s Center and Houston Technology Center. Bourne’s enthusiasm to serve customers, her eagerness to lead change and her natural ability to develop leadership has propelled her through the leadership ranks and helped the company navigate in a time when the industry and Verizon’s
product offerings continue to evolve.

In this episode, Krista shares with us her journey growing with the company over the past 15 years, managing work life balance, teamwork and community involvement. 

Be sure to check out the Verizon initiatives: 

For more information on STEMCAST visit http://cstem.org

Apr 25, 2016

Justin Garcia is one of Houston's premiere artist by being acknowledged in 2013 as one of the top “100 Creatives of Houston” by the Houston Press, and was chosen by the Houston Press Editorial Board as the 2013 Artist of the Year. In 2014, Garcia was named one of Houston's Top 10 Painters for 2014 by the Houston Press Editorial, and 2016 Hunting Prize finalist. 

Garcia describes his style as abstract expressionist using oils and acrylics on canvas. Through years of life experiences and creative ideas in 2015, he released his first book One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream, a retrospective of his seven series in which Garcia's personal truth carried some universal meaning.

*Leonardo da Vinci Quote: To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything you see.

If you are looking to explore art the Texas Art Supply holds classes as well as visiting local studios and galleries. 

Garcia defines success not by monetary value, but by respect. Evolving your mind, having respect for yourself, and by people speaking highly of you when you leave the room. With respect you can do anything. 

For more information on Justin visit https://justin-garcia-mhj6.squarespace.com and @JustingarciaArt. For more information on STEMCAST visit http://cstem.org

 

Apr 11, 2016
For over thirty years Nathelyne Kennedy has led a successful career as an engineer in Houston. Founder of Nathelyne A. Kennedy & Associates specializes in civil and structural engineering. Her firm has worked on major projects with the City of Houston, Harris County Toll Road Authority, and the Texas Department of Transportation. 
 
Nathelyne's personal accomplishments include being the 1st woman engineering graduate student from Prairie View A&M University and the 1st woman professional engineer registered with the state of Texas. In 2006 Prairie View named the Nathelyne Archie Kennedy Building, housing the School of Architecture and Art, in her honor. She has been honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration with their prestigious Minority Business Woman of the Year Award and by U.S. Black Engineer as Entrepreneur of the Year.
 
In this episode Nathelyne shares with us her journey, overcoming challenges, and how to support our youth. 
 
Nathelyne defines success by reaching the goals you set out, keep moving the bar, and helping others.
 
For more information on Nathelyne Kennedy visit her site http://www.nakennedy.com/home.html  and for STEMCAST visit http://cstem.org.
Mar 28, 2016

Scott Bembenek is a Principal Scientist at Johnson & Johnson and author of The Cosmic Machine: The Science That Runs Our Universe & The Story Behind It. In this episode, Scott discusses his love for chemistry and how to make science fun.

Scott suggest the idea of creating a healthy lifestyle challenge for the program. The importance of making yourself marketable for the workforce while in college and how to become successful.

For more information visit http://cstem.org.

 

 

Feb 29, 2016

Makeda Ricketts founded PinkThink, an education technology company in 2013. PinkThink is an interest-oriented and peer-supported web and mobile platform that makes (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, and (M)ath education powerful, relevant, and engaging for girls. PinkThink is known for creating cStyle Bracelets, a wearable that girls can code to change colors based on things like ambient light and body temperature. PinkThink has won numerous awards, and Makeda was recently named Maker of the Year by the International Alley Awards. PinkThink has also been featured in several publications including Edsurge, FW Magazine, and Chicago Inno.

Makeda shares with us how she has applied her MBA degree, the process of developing a product, and the preparation needed to become an entrepreneur. For more information on PinkThink visit http://www.thepinkthink.com.

Be sure to check out http://cstem.org

Feb 8, 2016
Emile has become an accomplished and traveled photographer
whose approach to commercial photography is business first.
While photography requires a sense of creativity, spatial
awareness, and timing, commercial photography requires
understanding how the correct image can be translated into
revenue. Emile Browne's business first approach takes into
account the business needs first and then translates those
needs into the required visual representation.
 
Emile's early professional background is in Finance
and IT, which gives him a decidedly distinct perspective on
how, when and why to shoot. His process driven method, a
skill honed from his IT experience, is used to ensure consistent
and replicable results. His finance background shapes his
understanding of efficiency, balanced with cost, all the
while ensuring images delivered to spec.
 
To view Emile's work visit his website http://www.emilecbrowne.com
 
For more information visit http://cstem.org.
Jan 25, 2016

Kimberly Kiel is a Senior Clinical Research Associate and Manager in the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology industry. At an early age she was drawn to science and was able to find her way through the support of loving parents, mentors, and educators. 

For more information visit http://cstem.org.

 

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