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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.

    086 STEM Squared, with H. Puentes

    086 STEM Squared, with H. Puentes

    Big apologies for our summer hiatus from posting new episodes....it's been a crazy, wonderful time for Bob and Shelly, but we are happy to be back at it and sharing a new episode with our amazing audience. H. Puentes is a kindred spirit and we can't think of a better way to dive back into STEM Southwest.  In addition to this amazing interview, we have some exciting interviews lined up for the Fall and can't wait to share them with you!  Thanks for joining us for this amazing interview, and please consider sharing this episode and inviting friends to join us and listen in to STEM Southwest Podcast.
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    H. Puentes is the co-founder and executive director of San Diego Squared, a nonprofit that he founded with San Diego biotech pioneer, Bill Rastetter, that works to increase diversity in STEM careers through mentoring, scholarships, and other programming. 
    As a freshman in high school, H. earned perfect scores in math for the entire year. His teachers were impressed, but that was where it ended. No one followed up to encourage him in math, to inform him about potential careers in STEM, or considered introducing him to professionals who shared his background.  “Now, I am a father to two diverse children and I want them to know that, not only do they belong in STEM, but that STEM-driven companies want them to be successful,” he says.
    San Diego Squared
    Fellows (San Diego Squared)
    Scholars (San Diego Squared)
    Interns (San Diego Squared)
    STEM Capsules (San Diego Squared)
     
    Battling Bots League (Be Greater Than Average and Electric Playhouse partnership)
    Robot Rumble (in partnership with Cottonwood Mall)
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average Family Fun!
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    H. Puentes, Co-Founder and Executive Director
    San Diego Squared
    team@sd2.org
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Linkedin (San Diego Squared)
    Twitter (San Diego Squared)
    Instagram (San Diego Squared)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    085 Regulating Cancer for the Cure, with Dr. Steve Worland

    085 Regulating Cancer for the Cure, with Dr. Steve Worland

    Today's episode will take a deep dive into the science of cancer, asking the hard questions and discussing how regulation may lead to a cure.  Our guest. Dr. Steve Worland, has a strong background in pharmaceuticals, research and molecular biology that led to a powerful discussion with Bob and Shelly.
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    Dr. Steve Worland has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eFFECTOR Therapeutics and as a member of its Board of Directors since its inception in May 2012.  Previously, Dr. Worland served as Chief Executive Officer of Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from August 2007 until its acquisition by Roche Holding AG in 2011.  Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Worland served as its Chief Scientific Officer and President, Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dr. Worland was Vice President and Head of Antiviral Research at Pfizer Inc. and Vice President at WarnerLambert Co., where he was responsible for worldwide anti-infectives strategy.  Dr. Worland has served on the Board of Directors of Tracon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, since February 2015.  Dr. Worland was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in molecular biology at Harvard University and completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.  He received his B.S. with Highest Honors in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan.

    eFFECTOR Therapeutics
    Selective Translation Regulation Inhibitors
    Pipeline of Selective Translation Regulation Inhibitors
    Patients and Clinical Trials - eFFECTIVE Therapeutics
    Investors - eFFECTOR Therapeutics
     
    Battling Bots League (Be Greater Than Average and Electric Playhouse partnership)
    Robot Rumble (in partnership with Cottonwood Mall)
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average Family Fun!
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
     
    Steve Worland, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
    eFFECTOR Therapeutics
    142 North Cedros Avenue, Suite B
    Solana Beach, CA 92075
    (858) 925-8215
    info@effector.com
    Linkedin
    eFFECTOR Therapeutics, Inc. (Linkedin)
    eFFECTOR_Rx (Twitter)
     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    084 The Economic Impact of STEM, with Alex Greenberg

    084 The Economic Impact of STEM, with Alex Greenberg

    Today's guest brings a perspective on the economic development impact of STEM as the newly appointed Director of the Office of Science and Technology for the New Mexico Economic Development Department.  With a biomedical background, Alex Greenberg shares his unique perspective on the powerful impact that science is making on business and in the state.  He shares how the important collective partnership of government agency, private business, and education will continue to improve the trajectory of all things STEM in the state, and encourages listeners to reach out and leverage the many resources available.
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    Alex Greenberg is the Director of the Science and Technology office for New Mexico State Economic Development Department (EDD).  Alex has a background in project management and entrepreneurship.  He holds a BA in psychology, and an MBA with a concentration in management of technology from the University of New Mexico.
    Most recently, Alex served as the Financial Program Specialist for the New Mexico EDD and, prior to that, worked in healthcare as a Clinical Project Manager in healthcare business development and as a strategist for a New Mexico biomedical startup.  He has also worked extensively with local startups to address financing, long-term strategy, and system optimization.  Alex’s focus is to supporting technology commercialization and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Mexico.

    Office of Science & Technology - New Mexico Economic Development Department
     
    Science & Technology Business Start-Up Grants
    2022 Grant Recipients
     
    New Mexico Small Business Innovation Research Grant
    2022 Grant Recipients
     
    Technology Research Collaborative
    State Small Business Credit Initiative
    Statewide Strategic Plan (Economic Development Department)
     
    Battling Bots League (Be Greater Than Average and Electric Playhouse partnership)
    Robot Rumble (in partnership with Cottonwood Mall)
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average Family Fun!
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    Alex Greenberg, MBA
    Director, Science and Technology Office
    NM Economic Development Department
    (505) 690-4593
    AlexanderM.Greenberg@state.nm.us
    Linkedin
    Twitter

    • 53 min
    083 Illuminating STEM, with Paul Pickard

    083 Illuminating STEM, with Paul Pickard

    Join Bob and Shelly today as they shine a light on the science of circadian rhythms and how guest, Dr. Paul Pickard, is using advances in technology to make life better for all of us.  Today, you can listen in as we get nerdy over all things lighting, and explore how innovation is being used by physicists, light scientists, and data scientists at Korrus and other companies to ensure that we all have a brighter future!
    Show Notes
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    Paul Pickard is the Chief Technology Officer of Korrus, Inc, a Los Angeles-based startup dedicated to improving human health and wellbeing through the power of light.  A Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of New Mexico, Paul has worked the help launch the first volume white-light LED luminaires and lamps with LLF and Cree, and was a member of the team that launched the first sub-$10 LED light bulb at Home Depot.  A prolific inventor, Paul has over 250 granted US patents with many more pending.

    Korrus
    Lighting Science
    Lighting Technology
     
    Battling Bots League (Be Greater Than Average and Electric Playhouse partnership)
    Robot Rumble (in partnership with Cottonwood Mall)
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average Family Fun!
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    Paul Pickard
    Paul.pickard@korrus.com
    (855) 632-6737
    Linkedin
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    082 New Mexico Innovation Triangle, with John Rizzo

    082 New Mexico Innovation Triangle, with John Rizzo

    Join Bob and Shelly as they interview John Rizzo, the CEO and co-founder of the New Mexico Innovation Triangle.  John is leveraging the power of innovation and tech for the common good.  John shares about some of his Silicon Valley experiences with Apple and Intel with the STEM Southwest listeners, and his current work with the New Mexico Innovation Triangle.
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    John is currently the CEO and co-founder of the New Mexico Innovation Triangle
    John Rizzo is an entrepreneurial transformation agent, focused on leveraging the power of innovation and technology for the common good.  John has more than 40 years of experience helping guide some of the world’s most successful technology companies through start-up phases, major product launches, branding and marketing campaigns, rapid growth, acquisitions, and initial public offerings (IPOs).  He has raised well over $200 million in venture capital financing, and was a key early-stage contributor to companies that are today delivering well over $325 billion in combined sales with combined market capitalizations well in excess of $2 trillion.   
    You’ve probably heard of two companies in Silicon Valley that John Rizzo has worked for:   Apple and Intel.  At Apple, John was on the first Macintosh team with Steve Jobs.  At Intel, John was responsible for what is FLASH memory today, which enables almost all of our consumer electronic devices.

    The New Mexico Innovation Triangle
    Proposed Innovation Villages in Los Alamos
    New Mexico Angels
    Film Prize New Mexico
     
    Battling Bots League (Be Greater Than Average and Electric Playhouse partnership)
    Robot Rumble (in partnership with Cottonwood Mall)
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average Family Fun!
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    John Rizzo
    John.rizzo@nmit.net

    • 1 hr 8 min
    081 Getting Girls Into Tech, with Dr. Shelly Gruenig

    081 Getting Girls Into Tech, with Dr. Shelly Gruenig

    How do we get Girls Into Tech and keep Girls Into Tech?  In today’s episode, Shelly shares her emotional STEM story and how her 6th grade science fair project boosted her desire to learn more science and tech. Shelly shares about her first Radio Shack computer that was purchased with money that she earned delivering newspapers.  She grew up in what we now call an underserved rural community with no mentors that could help to guide her pathway to tech, which impacted her access and her future career. She hopes to open doors of opportunity to girls in a way that no program has ever offered before.
    Show Notes
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    We often hear Shelly share that we owe it to every daughter to open the doors of opportunity and fill them with hope while equipping them with skills and confidence that they can be successful in STEM.
    Growing up as a shy country girl, Shelly was an innovator and problem solver who would eventually become a community leader inducted into the STEM Hall of Fame.  With a PhD in Workforce Education and Career Development, she believes that young people need two things to make their best career decisions:
    -Broad Range of Experiences
    -Great Role Models
    Shelly is committed to using her philosophy and experiences in working with young women in order to ensure that they have the opportunity to become a Girl Into Tech.  She shares that “Girls Into Tech is my answer on how we encourage and support more Girls Into Tech - we need women’s viewpoints in the marketplace and the only way for that to happen is by knocking down the barriers that our daughters face.”
    Mimi Vandermolen, Ford Motor Company: Mimi Vandermolen, the Ergonomics Genius Behind Ford's “Rounded Edge Revolution” - Core77
     
    What makes Girls Into Tech special:
    -ongoing support and mentoring community, not simply one and done
    -by girls for girls, growing them into peer leadership
    -monthly programming
    -workshops and training
    -access to scholarships and opportunities
     
    Special thanks to:
    Meta/Facebook for sponsoring the first cohort of girls in Valencia County, New Mexico
    R4Creating as Girls Into Tech sponsor: R4 Creating
    Founding sponsor, Market Ascent: Market Ascent - Home
     
    How to support Girls Into Tech:
    Learn more about Girls Into Tech: Girls Into Tech How It Works – Be Greater Than Average
     
    Contact:
    Become a sponsor of Girls Into Tech: Girls Into Tech – Be Greater Than Average
    Sign up a Girl: Girls Into Tech – Be Greater Than Average
    Share your genius – send us an email on how you want to get involved: info@BeGreaterThanAverage.org

    • 22 min

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JohannaJ. ,

Great resource for all things STEM

I have listened to every episode and have really gained so much from each one. The show notes are great since I listen while I drive and can't write down thing. I was excited to see there will be a livestream of the upcoming robotics competition. I haven't attended one yet and want to introduce that to my young son. Thank you!

Hungrypuppy1 ,

Fantastic Launch of this Podcast!!

What a fantastic breadth of topics you are covering right out of the gate!!! Thank you for making STEM accessible. You two make a great team and I appreciate your interaction and thoughtful questions to the interviewees! Keep up the great work.

JaredCannon ,

STEM Southwest

I am not big podcast listener but after being told this was a great project I tried it an loved it. Hearing about the STEM events and people here in the Southwest is super cool.