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Designed to create STEM connections, cohesion, and elevation within the Southwest region of the United States. You have discovered a place where STEM enthusiasts gather to learn about the amazing STEM rockstars of the region as well as STEM activities that are impacting the world!

Whether you are looking to learn more about STEM innovations in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and California you are in the right place! If you have longed to be united with other STEM nerds, then you have found your people here at STEM Southwest!

Check out our family-friendly show and events calendar designed to build problem solvers, thinkers, and innovators for the future. New episodes are released every other week.

STEM Southwest Podcast Bob And Dr. Shelly Gruenig

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Designed to create STEM connections, cohesion, and elevation within the Southwest region of the United States. You have discovered a place where STEM enthusiasts gather to learn about the amazing STEM rockstars of the region as well as STEM activities that are impacting the world!

Whether you are looking to learn more about STEM innovations in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and California you are in the right place! If you have longed to be united with other STEM nerds, then you have found your people here at STEM Southwest!

Check out our family-friendly show and events calendar designed to build problem solvers, thinkers, and innovators for the future. New episodes are released every other week.

    052 The Digital Playground of Electric Playhouse, with John-Mark Collins

    052 The Digital Playground of Electric Playhouse, with John-Mark Collins

    This week's episode is a great example of how business and technology meet at a crossroads to entertain! As a creative technologist, John-Mark Collins uses his STEM knowledge to build immersive technology-driven experiences.  His most recent project, Electric Playhouse, puts his background in Computer Engineering, Art, and Architecture to the test. Join us to hear about this special place where fun and learning collide and how technology is changing the way we play and learn!

    Show Notes
    John-Mark Collins is a creative problem solver with a wide variety of skills ranging from technical and creative to managerial and business related. As a creative technologist, John-Mark aims to build immersive technology-driven experiences that both push the boundary of current technology and adapt to shifting HCI paradigms. Having a background in Computer Engineering, Art, and Architecture, as well as a number of years in management of large teams, gives John-Mark me a unique perspective and skill-set to contribute in a multitude of ways towards building new user experiences.
    Electric Playhouse
    Electric Playhouse (Careers and Opportunities)
    Electric Playhouse (Special Events - Immersive Dinners and Coding Camps)
    Electric Playhouse (Annual Passes and Gift Cards)
    Bitsbox - Coding for Kids
     
    Contact:
    info@electricplayhouse.com
    Linkedin (John-Mark Collins)
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Linkedin
     

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    051 Connecting through STEM Media Platforms, with the hosts of Nerd Talk

    051 Connecting through STEM Media Platforms, with the hosts of Nerd Talk

    Find out what happens when nerds meet across the miles. Turning COVID Quarantine into opportunity, these rockstars do their part to connect the world, have interesting discussions, and throw in a bit of quirkiness for fun! We can't wait to share this special episode full of nerds from across the nation! Join us when STEM Southwest meets Nerd Talk!
     
    Show Notes
    Citizens Television, Inc.
    Video Interview with Nerd Talk
    Citizen's Television Videos
     
    Contact:
    Facebook
     

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    050 Small Business in the COVID-19 Environment, with David Hughes and Dr. Simon Woodruff

    050 Small Business in the COVID-19 Environment, with David Hughes and Dr. Simon Woodruff

    Businesses both big and small are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are shutting doors while others are facing unprecedented growth. During this time in history, what predictors can we use to determine success of our small businesses and employers? While the unemployment rolls may be growing, the truth is that we are still facing an unprecedented STEM workforce crisis. Join us in this episode where we interview two different business owners, David Hughes and Dr. Simon Woodruff, who share their journey and how they are responding to the pandemic. We will also hear about how COVID-19 is shifting the job search and how there are still plenty of STEM career opportunities in the Southwest.
     
    Show Notes – David Hughes
                                                                                                                                                                 
    David Hughes was born in Montreal and, at age 15, moved to England with his family. David went to an English boarding school for three years, and then to university in Scotland to study philosophy and history. After university, David moved to Iowa where he developed an interest in energy; this led to a degree in Environmental Technology with a focus on renewable energy. After working in the energy efficiency field in Michigan, David moved to New Mexico and was able to start a career in the solar industry, eventually starting Affordable Solar in 1998, using an old Airstream trailer as his first office. David is married with two adult daughters and has lived in Albuquerque since 1994.
    Affordable Solar
    Federal Investment Tax Credit
    New Mexico Solar Tax Credit
    Affordable Solar - Careers
                        
    Book Recommendation:
    21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari
     
    Contact:
    David@affordable-solar.com
     
    Show Notes – Dr. Simon Woodruff

    After a decade of research into innovative fusion concepts at the University of Manchester (PhD), Lawrence Livermore National Lab (Postdoc), UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering (Visiting Scholar), and the University of Washington (Research Scientist), Dr. Woodruff founded Woodruff Scientific to help accelerate the development of economic fusion energy. Dr. Woodruff has performed work under contract to the U.S. Department of Energy, universities, national laboratories and to the private sector, building research devices, performing modeling and simulations primarily directed at simply-connected (hence more compact and simpler-to-engineer) fusion systems. Dr. Woodruff hosts an annual Scientific Computing Bootcamp for undergraduates, introducing many of the tools in common use for High Performance Computing. Dr. Woodruff has organized national workshops in fusion energy sciences, and is a current participant in two International Atomic Energy Agency initiatives on compact fusion neutron sources and private fusion development. Dr. Woodruff is a member of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics.
    Woodruff Scientific
    SciVista
     
    Contact:
    simon@woodruffscientific.com
     

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    049 Infectious Diseases impacted by Technology, with Dr. Jason Harper

    049 Infectious Diseases impacted by Technology, with Dr. Jason Harper

    Join us in this week's episode as our guest, Dr. Jason Harper, shares his STEM story. Jason has been involved as a research scientist for a national lab and shares his thoughts on how technology is impacting infectious diseases. Jason serves the community through his important work as a scientist, and also serves the community as an elected member of the New Mexico House of Representatives since 2013. We caught up with Jason on a Saturday as he squeezed our interview into his extremely demanding schedule.

    Show Notes
    Jason Harper was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2013, representing the northern Rio Rancho area. After serving one term, Jason was asked to serve as Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which deals with tax policy and administration of state government programs. Tax reform is an issue Representative Harper is passionately pursuing, with special emphases on gross receipts tax reform. Dr. Harper is also a research scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. He recently developed a stand-alone, low-cost, lab-in-your pocket cartridge for detecting anthrax in challenging environments. This sensor received an R&D100 Award, a Federal Laboratory Consortium Excellence in Technology Transfer Award, and was selected by Popular Science Magazine as one of the greatest technological innovations of 2016. vThe anthrax sensor recently completed a successful pilot program in Afghanistan. Jason is married to Mary, a New Mexico Tech alumni with a Materials Science & Engineering degree, and is a proud father of four children.
    Sandia National Laboratories (Main Page)
    Sandia National Laboratories (Careers)
    Anthrax Detection Sensor
    Pathogen Management Kits
     
    Contact:
    Jason Harper
    505-554-7970

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    048 The Science of Covid-19, with Dr. Paul Szauter

    048 The Science of Covid-19, with Dr. Paul Szauter

    In this week's episode, we dive deep into the science behind COVID-19 with one of our favorite previous guests, Dr. Paul Szauter. During quarantine, Paul has worked hard to digest scientific research and share the results in more user-friendly language so that more people can understand what is happening and how science is impacting the fight against COVID-19. Join us as we discuss this important topic with a true STEM rockstar who is deeply involved in supporting entrepreneurs in the Southwest!
                                                                                                                                                                
    Show Notes
    EquiSeq, Inc.
    How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes
    UW starts testing people with COVID antibody test that boasts nearly 100% accuracy
     
    Contact:
    Facebook
    Pszauter@gmail.com

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    047 #3Dprintingforgood during the COVID 19 Pandemic, with R4Creating

    047 #3Dprintingforgood during the COVID 19 Pandemic, with R4Creating

    What started as a challenge by Shelly to her robotics team to look around and identify a way to serve others resulted in the spark of an idea to use the 3D printers that team members had built themselves to print visors that would be assembled into life-saving face shields. What started as a project to help a neighbor by printing 10 face shields quickly grew into a project that is involving more than 40 students and 23 printers running 24 hours a day. In the first two weeks of the project, over 1500 shields were delivered to hospitals, Indian pueblos and reservations, clinics, urgent care facilities and fire departments. R4Creating is committed to continuing to serve the community through its efforts and technology to ensure that the heroes on the front line are protected. What a wonderful way to use Science and Technology to make an impact on the world!
     
    Go to www.R4Creating.org to:
    -Request PPE face shields
    -Donate money or supplies
    -Connect with the team about meeting space
     
    Go to www.BeGreaterThanAverage.org 
    -Sign up for the newsletter if you want information about upcoming 3D printer camps and workshops

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