Program: PKAL Regional Network Meeting


7:30-8:00 am  

8:00-8:30 am
Welcome and logistics for the day - Educational Nano-Hackaton

Lilliam Casillas, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Technology, University of Puerto Rico-Humacao.

8:30-10:00 am 
Keynote Speaker –The TIDES initiative as a central aspect of an equal kaleidoscope image

Kelly Mack, Ph.D., Vice President and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, American Association of Colleges and Universities

10:00-10:15 am  
¡Hola! Break

10:15- 11:00 am
Implementation of the Small World Initiative to create equity and improve critical thinking skills in the undergraduate classroom.
Esther Vega, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, UPR-Humacao.

11:00 am- 11:45 am
Teaching gender issues transcends the undergraduate classroom
Rafael Diaz Torres, M.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, UPR-Humacao. 

11:45-1:00 pm 
¿Trabajamos Juntos? Lunch

1:00-1:45 pm 
Strategies to improve computational skills of biology students through revamping of core courses

Denny Fernandez, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, UPR-Humacao

1:45-2:30 pm
Include girls and SHILAC: Initiatives to recruit more Latinas into Computational Sciences
Patricia Ordonez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, UPR-Rio Piedras

2:30-2:45 pm
¿Trabajamos Juntos 2? Break

2:45 pm
Beginning of Educational Nano Hackaton
Organizers: Patricia Ordonez, Ph.D. and Denny Fernandez, Ph.D. 

3:15 pm
Proposing ideas

4:15 pm
Assembly of teams for brainstorming

6:00 pm
Reception – assignment of duties for 3 minute presentations


7:30-8:00 am

8:00-8:30 am
Welcome and logistics for the day
Lilliam Casillas, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Research and Technology, UPR-Humacao.

8:30-10:00 am
Keynote Speaker – Latinas in Technology and the Tecnolochicas Program
Ruthe Farmer, MBA., Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Director of K-12 Alliance, National Center for Women Information Technology (NCWIT)

¡Seguimos! Break

10:15-11:15 am
Do we have equity at Hispanic Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges?  
Orlando Taylor, Ph.D., Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research, Fielding Graduate University  

11:15 am- 12:00 pm

Cybernetic girls can be pinky: An empowering program to allure biology majors into computational biology
Wilson González-Espada, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics and Science Education, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, Morehead State University

12:00-1:00 pm
¿Estamos listos? Lunch

1:00-1:45 pm a Latino cybernetic tool for equal access to achieve academic excellence in STEM fields
Giovanna Guerrero, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ciencia Puerto Rico, Yale Educacional Center

1:45-2:00 pm
¡Si se puede! Break 

2:00-5:00 pm
Educational Nano-Hackaton - Finishing team presentations 

5:00- 7:00 pm 
Educational Nano-Hackaton -Three-minute presentations

7:00 pm
Viernes Social Award Ceremony