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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 17, 2018
Maya Ajmera is the President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and Publisher of its award-winning magazine Science News and its family of media properties. Founded in 1921, SSP works to promote the understanding and appreciation of science, and the vital role it plays in human advancement. It is best known for its world-class science competitions including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS. Maya is an alumna of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search which now sponsored by Regeneron. 
 
In this episode we discuss:
  • The components needed for a successful organization.
  • Launching The Advocate program to encourage students to compete in science competitions.
  • Establishing organic collaborative partnerships.

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Nov 26, 2018
Eric Hammond is the Director of Government Relations at Universities Space Research Association (USRA). USRA's mission is to advance the space-and aeronautics-related sciences exploration through innovative research, technology, and education programs; promote space and aeronautics policy; and develop and operate premier facilities and programs by involving universities, governments, and the private sector for the benefit of humanity.
In this episode we discuss:
  • Going from college to working on Capitol Hill.
  • Working with 110 universities on government STEM based initiatives.
  • The significance of mentors and sponsors to further your career outlook.
 
LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/hammonde
 

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Nov 12, 2018
Dr. Baxter D. Montgomery is a Board Certified Cardiologist with years of experience in the latest medical practices and nutritional health. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas in Houston, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the founder and president of the Houston Cardiac Association (HCA).
 
Having seen many patients suffer the consequences of chronic heart disease, Dr. Montgomery founded the Montgomery Heart & Wellness Center in 2006 with the mission to reverse and prevent life-threatening illnesses. Located in Houston, Texas, The Montgomery Heart & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art wellness facility complete with all the technology and resources to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care.
 
In this episode we discuss:
  • Becoming innovative in your food selection and creating a healthy living.
  • The difference between raw vegan and vegetarian.
  • The psychology of food selection.
 
Website: http://montgomeryheart.com
Oct 22, 2018

Laura Nelson is the Coordinator of Science Education for Portsmith Public Schools.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Laura's extensive career in STEM.
  • Obtaining a 5 million gift for STEM education.
  • Creating innovative outlets for elementary students. 

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Oct 1, 2018
Dr. Martina Ogbonna is a practicing Family Practitioner in Houston, TX. Dr. Ogbonna graduated from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and has been in practice for 12 years. She currently practices at The Methodist Academic Medicine Associates and is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Letitia Franklin is an Anesthesiology Specialist in Houston, Texas. Letitia T. Franklin, MD is a practicing Anesthesiologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Franklin graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and has been in practice for 14 years.
 
In this episode we discuss:
  • How obesity drives 80% of medical issues. 
  • Understanding your body as a machine.
  • Creating time to eat healthy as a family.

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Sep 10, 2018

Juliana Texley holds a master’s in biology and chemistry, and a PhD in curriculum development/science education from Wayne State University, and has over thirty years of teaching experience. She is a graduate-level adjunct professor specializing in educational technology and assessment, science, and science teaching at Central Michigan University. Juliana has been a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) member for thirty years, and served as president from 2014-2015.

Ruth M. Ruud has over thirty-five years of teaching experience ranging from early childhood to undergraduate studies. She has a master’s degree in education with additional coursework in all areas of science. A former Delta Education FOSS (Full Option Science System) consultant, Ruth currently works as an adjunct professor teaching physical geography courses at Cleveland State University. She served as president of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association and has chaired a number of committees of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a member of the NSTA Recommends committee, and is the head reviewer for the NSTA Shell Science Lab Challenge.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The mission of National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA).
  • The significance of introducing STEM to children at an early age.
  • The process of co-authoring Teaching STEM Literacy.

AmazonTeaching STEM Literacy: A Constructivist Approach for Ages 3 to 8 with Juliana Texley and Ruth Ruud

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Aug 6, 2018

Dr. Watkins’ research presently encompasses the areas of critical infrastructure and network security. He is also developing expertise in the area of bio-inspired cyber security. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State University where he was advised by Raheem Beyah, three M.S. degrees in Biotechnology (Johns Hopkins University), Computer Science and Physics (Both from Clark Atlanta University), and a B.S. degree in Physics (Clark Atlanta University). 

Dr. Watkins is currently a Senior Professional Staff member at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Prior to joining APL, he worked for over 10 years in industry. He first worked at the Ford Motor Company and then later at AT&T where he held roles such as systems engineer, network engineer, product development manager, and product manager. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • First African-American to complete a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Georgia State University.
  • The importance of challenging students with rigorous coursework and supporting them through the process.
  • Making the leap into biotechnology and the correlation with cybersecurity.

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Jul 16, 2018
Dr. Marc Davidson has over 30 years of industry experience. He leads technology for Production Enhancement, Cementing and Multi-Chem units for Halliburton. Marc holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT.  
 
In this episode we discuss
  • Understanding the range and connectivity within STEM.
  • Identifying mentors and sponsors within the workplace.
  • How to transition from a contributor to a leader.

 

Jul 2, 2018

Myoshia Boykin-Anderson is the founder of AndTech Solutions LLC specializing in information technology consulting and training services for organizations of all sizes. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Overcoming 63 no's and starting her business with $10
  • With 20 years of experience becoming a thought leader in her industry
  • Building and leveraging personal and business credit

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Jun 18, 2018

Damian Gilling, Ph.D is a scientist by trade and currently does medical device testing. Gilling is a five time published author regarding his work within microbiology and currently holds a patent.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The ability to utilize his English degree within STEM.
  • The significance of becoming a first author in academic publishing.
  • Understanding how the future of STEM is creating a wide range of career opportunities.

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Jun 4, 2018

Dr. Mokysha Benford, aka DrB!Real, has been an educator for the past eighteen years and has served at the elementary, middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.  She started out as a long-term substitute and worked her way up to becoming a building principal.  She is an educator, speaker, coach, and consultant who has traveled nationwide to build capacity in educators.  She is also the author of Any Given Monday: An Urban Educator’s Journey.  In this book she discusses lessons, relationships, leadership, and perspectives.  She calls for a paradigm shift and begs the question, “How can we do school differently?” DrB!Real is unrivaled in her passion for education and challenges the status quo through powerful communication.  She resides in Houston, TX, and is the proud mother of two sons, Thomas (19) and Shelton (14).

In this episode we discuss:

  • Advocating for herself at eleven years old
  • Overcoming obstacles during college
  • Using your gifts to live a fulfilled life and inspire others

Contact DrB!Real:

Websitewww.drb-real.com
Book: Any Given Monday: An Urban Educator's Journey
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrB_Real
Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/drbreal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drbreal/
 
May 14, 2018
 

 

Denzil Ross, MBA, MHA Chief Operating Officer at HCA Metropolitan Methodist Hospital.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Strategically leveraging his computer science degree within the health industry.
  • Identifying key people for career growth.
  • Understanding the C-Suite within the healthcare industry.

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Apr 30, 2018

Danny Samuels, FAIA, is a Professor in Practice at the Rice School of Architecture, Director of the Rice Building Workshop (now Construct), and, since 1972, a founding Partner of Taft Architects. Since 1996, students of the Rice Building Workshop have designed and built various projects at Project Row Houses, including research and development in affordable housing.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The different aspects between architecture and engineering.
  • How important are communication skills in the work that you do?
  • How does STEM intersect with your work?

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Apr 13, 2018
Aquaponics, Hydroponics and Healthy Eating with Lynn Henson

Lynn Henson discovered aquaponics for health reasons and shares with us the benefits of aquaponics and hydroponics.       
 
In this episode we discuss:
  • The difference between aquaponics and hydroponics.
  • The relationship between fish and plants.
  • The significance of community gardens such as Urban Harvest.

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Apr 2, 2018

LaToya Bullard-Franklin is CEO of The Bulsard Group, LLC-a firm focused on partnering with clients to uncover value, create value, and deliver value in the pursuit of Operational Excellence. She believes her POWER Principles are the way to ensure success: “Persevere, Own, Win, Empower, and Respect.”

She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University, a M.S. in Project Management from Boston University; and an experienced Master Black Belt Facilitator of Lean Six Sigma, Change Management, and Organizational Strategy Development. 

In her spare time, she instills excellence and provides scholarships to young students through her non-profit, the Girl POWER Network with Principles to ensure success: “Persevere, Own, Win, Empower, and Respect.”

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Mar 19, 2018

Dr. Reagan Flowers shares with us the vision of C-STEM and new changes in store for 2018.

  • The impact of Hurricane Harvey throughout Houston schools.
  • The importance of rebranding the organization.
  • C-STEM's influence on the community and national recognition. 

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