16 episodes

When Adela de la Torre, Ph.D., became president of San Diego State University last year, she embarked on a listening tour involving hundreds of conversations and fireside chats (charlas) with SDSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. They shared stories of the university’s 121-year legacy as a catalyst for groundbreaking teaching, research, innovation, and creative activities.

In Fireside Charla, President de la Torre shares those stories through casual conversations with diverse leaders and trailblazers who comprise the greater SDSU community. The topics range from aerospace to augmented reality, from SDSU history to innovative classrooms and learning experiences that are preparing the global citizens, compassionate leaders, and ethical innovators who will impact their communities and the world.

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When Adela de la Torre, Ph.D., became president of San Diego State University last year, she embarked on a listening tour involving hundreds of conversations and fireside chats (charlas) with SDSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. They shared stories of the university’s 121-year legacy as a catalyst for groundbreaking teaching, research, innovation, and creative activities.

In Fireside Charla, President de la Torre shares those stories through casual conversations with diverse leaders and trailblazers who comprise the greater SDSU community. The topics range from aerospace to augmented reality, from SDSU history to innovative classrooms and learning experiences that are preparing the global citizens, compassionate leaders, and ethical innovators who will impact their communities and the world.

    #014 - Cancer Research at SDSU

    #014 - Cancer Research at SDSU

    In this episode, we will hear from three of SDSU’s cancer researchers: Dr. Cristal Sohl, Dr. Elva Arredondo, and Dr. Wayne Beach, who address research from three different angles. They are a part of SDSU’s Cancer CORE, which is a large cross-disciplinary cancer research group that brings together many researchers across many colleges. We will hear that the research they’re doing helps us understand this destructive disease, some types of preventative measures, and the importance of clear communication

    • 35 min
    #013 Autism Research at SDSU

    #013 Autism Research at SDSU

    About two in every hundred people worldwide have autism spectrum disorder. Due to an up picking of education and research, diagnoses have increased by fifteen percent in just two years! More resources are dedicated to investigating autism and its foreign ways to improve the lives of people with this disorder. 

    In this episode, you will hear from two researchers who study Autism from two different perspectives.

    • 27 min
    #012 - The Impact of Astronomy Research at SDSU

    #012 - The Impact of Astronomy Research at SDSU

    In this episode, you will hear from two of our own world-renowned Astronomy researchers: Dr. Jerome Orosz and Dr. William Welsh, who have recently made international news in the world of Astronomy.

    They will talk about their amazing discovery, but also why these space discoveries should matter to the rest of us, their collaboration with NASA, and how our Astronomy programs are impacting students and their future as scientists.

    • 20 min
    #011 - RE:BORDER and the Water We Share

    #011 - RE:BORDER and the Water We Share

    In this episode, I chat with Dr. Natalie Mladenov, Dr. Trent Biggs, and Dr. Matthew Verbyla—three of our leading water researchers from the Blue Gold Group, one of SDSU’s centers of excellence focused exclusively on water research.

    Among other things, we discuss RE:BORDER 2019, the inaugural binational conference that kicks off this November as US and Mexican researchers, public policy experts, and community practitioners come together to discuss water-related challenges and innovative solutions

    • 27 min
    Bonus: The Daily Aztec Expanded Interview

    Bonus: The Daily Aztec Expanded Interview

    In this bonus episode, I chat with Devin Whatley, SDSU journalism student and staff writer for The Daily Aztec and respond to his questions about...

    - Why Fireside Charla...
    - Lessons learned from producing a podcast...
    - A day in my life as president...
    - Our strategic planning process...
    - Our envisioned Mission Valley campus...
    - What is it like to raise to the role of president - - from humble beginnings...

    • 18 min
    #010 - SDSU's Research Is making an Impact

    #010 - SDSU's Research Is making an Impact

    Vice President of Research Stephen Welter and Associate Vice President for innovation, Stanley Malloy, join this Charla to talk about where SDSU has been on the research front and where we are going. 

    • 22 min

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