Finding careers in water

San Francisco's Lake Merced

California’s history and future is defined by the access to water.

Most of the Gold Rush pioneers arrived by the sea, including African-American settlers.

Much of the state depends of the movement of water through huge water systems for irrigation and drinking water.

Last year, the state’s voters approved a large bond measure to increase water capacity, and San Francisco is embarking on a $4 billion initiative to upgrade the Hetch Hetchy system.

That translates into jobs, for those who gain the skills needed.

South East Waste Treatment Plant

Eighty percent of the waste water from San Francisco goes through the Southeast waste plant.

On Saturday, April 16, we’ll be next door at the southeast campus of City College of San Francisco for the April Biotech Brunch.

Christopher Rollins, who grew up nearby in the Alice Griffith Apartments before graduating from UC-Berkeley, is a water specialist with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 9.

Rollins will discuss the many careers one can pursue in water during the Biotech Brunch at 1 p.m.

The It Factor That Creates Science Artists

Each of the presenters during Get in the Game Saturday spoke eloquently about the moment when they connected their passion with their career.

For Charlene Coleman, it was the experience of walking with her father and a purple radio when she was two years old.   “I was just amazed that this box could produce music, so I became fascinated with electronics, and with music.”

For Rob Miles, it was the experience of meeting Gerald A. Lawson, the inventor of the first video game cartridge system at eight years old. “I thought my father was a hero, and my dad looked up to him, so I decided I wanted to be in video games.”

For Angel Inokon, it was graduate school in education at Stanford when she crafted her studies around creating games.  “I came to the Bay Area four years ago and I’ve produced 11 games since then.”

Dr. Marcus Penn told of his dilemma while completing medical school at Howard University.  His mother passed while he was taking his final board examinations.   He was in a quandary about pursuing his passion for art or his desire to help others.    “I realized I didn’t have to fit into a single frame as a doctor.  I could practice photography, become a yoga teacher and still be a public health doctor.”

While Penn spoke, a City College of San Francisco student in the audience broke down in tears,  reflecting on the moment he lost his mother five years ago.

The moving exchange spoke to the power that these scientific artists hold as a motivational force for a new generation.

Miles, customer relations manager for Sega of America, said he and his peers have the responsibility for showing youth the wide range of careers in the fast-growing fields like gaming.   He was previously operations manager for all of EA Sports titles, giving him responsibility for hiring everyone from accountants to video game testers.  “Our young people think that you have to be in art, or graphics and coding.  Those are just creative fields.  You need product marketing, you need customer service, etc.”

Coleman, now CEO of Sensory Acumen Inc., recalled working at Panasonic when she requested a transfer to the 3DO division after her first year.    She managed a marketing budget of $10 million while producing some of the most popular games.

Inokon is now producing a game called Hamster Attack about a hamster who wants to be a rock star for a Boulder, CO company.  “I get up at my home in Oakland, talk to the engineer in Colorado, and then I’ll walk to a nearby store and show the latest features in the game to people I meet.    Based on what they say, I tell the engineer whether it works for the customer.”

She said the Android mobile phone operating system allows one to create a game in mere days.

Miles said youth interested in the industry can actually go online to create new titles,which can attract the interest of major publishers.

Penn, outreach coordinator of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UC-San Francsico,  said there is a convergence between biotechnology and game technology, the two major employers in southeast San Francisco.  “We increasingly use 3-D simulations for medical images and simulations.”

The event was the kickoff for the second session of Potrero Progress, a biotechnology initiative which will focus on the science of water during the summer.

Get in the Game: Potrero Progress 2.0 kickoff

Water is an ubiquitous part of life, from the San Francisco Bay to the water being used to cool nuclear reactors.

We take it for so for granted, that many people know little about what water is and where it can be found.

The second summer session of Potrero Progress will be entitled Roll Down Like Water as we demonstrate again how to engage formerly disinterested students in advanced science careers.

On Saturday, March 19, a group of distinguished game developers will appear in a kickoff program as part of the Biotech Brunch at southeast campus of City College of San Francisco, room 413, at 1800 Oakdale.

Game developer and producer Angel Inokon

Charlene Coleman, CEO of Sensory Acumen Inc., runs an Orinda company which has created a system for providing smell as part of immersive game environments.   One of the applications has been to help war veterans recover from post traumatic stress disorder.

Angel Inokon is a veteran game developer and producer who has worked on some of the most popular games in the market.

Robert Miles, customer support manager at Sega of America, is a living testament to the importance of role models for inclusion in advanced science careers.   When he was eight years old, he met Gerald A. Lawson, the African-American engineer at Fairchild who created the first video game console.

Miles saw Lawson for the first time in 30 years at the 25th annual Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center to tell him that Lawson had inspired him to go into the game industry, one of the major employers in the South of Market and Mission Bay areas, along with biotechnology.

Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn, outreach coordinator of the Radiation Oncology Department at UC-San Francisco, will also appear to discuss the In the House summer internship for 10 students to spend eight weeks learning and working at the university.  Dr. Mack Roach, chair of the department, is an alumnus of Balboa High School.

3.8 million new jobs in health care

The BLS projects the health care industry, in response to a spike in the elderly population, will create 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018. Nearly 105,600 dental assistants will be hired over the decade, joining medical and health services managers (45,400 new jobs) and medical and health information technicians (35,100 new jobs) as fields with tremendous growth in health care.

The BLS reports some 581,500 registered nurses (RNs) will be added to the labor force during the 10-year period from 2008-2018. Medical assistants, too, will find their value increase as a rise in medical services will necessitate more administrative and clinical duties.

No limit to where biotechnology can take you

Chemical engineer Tokiwa Smith shows links from classroom to biotech careers

If you think science is hard, try being a nurse in Vietnam.
That’s what Kathryn Summers, a retired major in the U.S. Army who taught nursing for 31 years at City College of San Francisco, will tell you.
She found, as she related during the December Biotech Brunch Saturday, that serving in the military paid for her nursing degree from Dillard University.    Although she was only required to complete two years, she continued for seven, including a year in the Vietnam War serving the likes of Gen. William Westmoreland.

It was a point seconded by another historically black college and university alumnae, Tokiwa Smith, founder of SEMLink.  Her chemical engineering degree from Florida A&M led to a job with Johnson Wax, but she decided to focus on education through Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia State University and Spelman College.

Smith embraced the national priority to increase the diversity of the science, engineering and mathematics workforce.   Many people and companies give it lip service, but actually convincing underrepresented groups to overcome their fears and hurdles is hand to hand combat, classroom by classroom.

The Biotech Brunch,  a continuation of our Potrero Progress initiative,  spotlights the opportunities available through the Bridges 2 Biotech program at southeast campus of City College of San Francisco.  Originally begun with a National Science Foundation grant, it offers two semesters of classes and internships with companies such as Bayer and the Gladstone Institute leading to certification to work as a laboratory research assistant.

Bridge 2 Biotech Coordinator Marlene Walker describes the two-semester program at southeast campus of City College

The free-wheeling discussion to follow produced a number of examples of how biotechnology training can lead to work in a variety of industries beyond health care.

Derek Tolliver, a marketing professional with experience in medical devices and mobile applications, noted that two of the most important figures in modern biomedicine grew up in Bayview/Hunters Point.

Dr. Kenneth B. Simon, a senior medical officer with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helps decide physician reimbursement rates for doctors across the country.

John William Templeton shares 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology role models

Eric Williams, son of the namesake of the Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre at Bayview Opera House, is listed on 19 patents for cardiovascular stents, the miniature devices which have been implanted in millions of blood vessels in the past decade to prevent clogging.

He founded a company Advanced Stent Technology which was purchased by Boston Scientific in 2004 for $120 million.

Here’s a list of his patents:

Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
7815675 Stent with protruding branch portion for bifurcated vessels October 19, 2010
A stent for use in a bifurcated body lumen having a main branch and a side branch. The stent comprises a radially expandable generally tubular stent body having proximal and distal opposing ends with a body wall having a surface extending therebetween.
7771462 Catheter with side sheath and methods August 10, 2010
A catheter system comprises a catheter having a catheter body with a distal end, a proximal end, a main vessel guidewire lumen for receiving a main vessel guidewire and a balloon disposing at the distal end of the catheter body.
7655030 Catheter balloon systems and methods February 2, 2010
An apparatus for treatment of a bifurcation of a body lumen, the bifurcation having a main vessel and a branch vessel, the apparatus includes a bifurcated balloon with a first branch portion and a second branch portion.
7544170 Guidewire management devices and methods June 9, 2009
A method of performing a medical procedure on a living body is provided. The method comprises inserting a leading end portion of a guidewire into the living body and advancing a trailing end portion of the guidewire into a container, the container being arranged to coil the trailing end.
7387639 Short sleeve stent delivery catheter and methods June 17, 2008
A stent delivery catheter comprises a catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a guidewire lumen extending from the distal end to at least part way between the proximal end and the distal end. A balloon is disposed over the catheter body near the distal end.
7341598 Stent with protruding branch portion for bifurcated vessels March 11, 2008
The present invention is directed to a stent for use in a bifurcated body lumen having a main branch and a side branch. The stent comprises a radially expandable generally tubular stent body having proximal and distal opposing ends.
7220275 Stent with protruding branch portion for bifurcated vessels May 22, 2007
The present invention is directed to a stent for use in a bifurcated body lumen having a main branch and a side branch. The stent comprises a radially expandable generally tubular stent body having proximal and distal opposing ends.
6884258 Bifurcation lesion stent delivery using multiple guidewires April 26, 2005
A method for placing a stent into a main vessel such that the stent side hole aligns with a branch vessel ostium comprises inserting a main vessel guidewire into the main vessel and a branch vessel guidewire into the main vessel.
6862467 Imaging catheter assembly with distal end inductive coupler and embedded transmission line March 1, 2005
A catheter assembly includes an elongate catheter body having a proximal end and a distal end with a drive cable disposed therein, the drive cable having a proximal end and a distal end, and rotatable relative to the catheter body. A first electro-magnetic element is disposed proximate t
6706062 Extendible stent apparatus March 16, 2004
The present invention concerns novel stent apparatuses for use in treating lesions at or near the bifurcation point in bifurcated cardiac, coronary, renal, peripheral vascular, gastrointestinal

, pulmonary, urinary and neurovascular vessels and brain vessels.

6692483 Catheter with attached flexible side sheath February 17, 2004
A method of positioning a main stent at a vessel bifurcation such that a side opening in the main stent is positioned at the ostium of a branch vessel, comprising: positioning a main guidewire in the main vessel such that a distal end of the main guidewire extends past the bifurcation;
6682536 Guidewire introducer sheath January 27, 2004
Systems and methods for positioning a first guidewire (25) in a primary vessel (M) and a second guidewire (27) in a branch vessel (B).
6596020 Method of delivering a stent with a side opening July 22, 2003
A method of aligning a side opening in a primary stent in registry with the ostium of a branch vessel includes advancing a first guidewire through a primary vessel such that a distal end of the first guidewire extends past an intersection of the primary vessel and the branch vessel.
6450965 Imaging catheter assembly with distal end inductive coupler and embedded transmission line September 17, 2002
A catheter assembly includes an elongate catheter body having a proximal end and a distal end with a drive cable disposed therein, the drive cable having a proximal end and a distal end, and rotatable relative to the catheter body.
6325826 Extendible stent apparatus December 4, 2001
The present invention concerns novel stent apparatuses for use in treating lesions at or near the bifurcation point in bifurcated cardiac, coronary, renal, peripheral vascular, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, urinary and neurovascular vessels and brain vessels.
6245020 Catheter assembly with distal end inductive coupler and embedded transmission line June 12, 2001
A catheter assembly includes an elongate catheter body having a proximal end and a distal end with a drive cable disposed therein, the drive cable having a proximal end and a distal end, and rotatable relative to the catheter body.
6027475 Catheter shaft with an oblong transverse cross-section February 22, 2000
A balloon dilatation catheter having a catheter shaft with an oblong transverse cross-section with one transverse dimension in a first direction being significantly larger than a second transverse dimension in a direction perpendicular to the first direction.
6013069 Catheter shaft with an oblong transverse cross-section January 11, 2000
A balloon dilatation catheter having a catheter shaft with an oblong transverse cross-section with one transverse dimension in a first direction being significantly larger than a second transverse dimension in a direction perpendicular to the first direction.
5743875 Catheter shaft with an oblong transverse cross-section April 28, 1998
 

Potrero Hill History Night at International Studies Academy

This year’s Potrero Hill History Night will be this Saturday Oct. 23 at
I.S.A., 655 De Haro at 18th St. There will be a barbeque from 5:30-6:30PM
accompanied by the Apollo Jazz Group (pulled pork or vege burgers $6,
dessert $2, drinks $1). The free program in the school auditorium will be
from 7-9. BAYCAT’s video, a history of public housing on Potrero Hill, will
premiere.This year, Goat Hill Phil will interview 3 men who grew up in
Potrero Hill public housing in the 50s & 60s who have been close friends
all their lives. You’ll hear what happened when a train car full of candy
broke down at the foot of Potrero Hill! Also interviewed will be the woman
who started the community garden at 20th & San Bruno (the one with
spectacular Mission district views) in 1969. I hope you can come! For more
information call 415-8630784.

Carol Massey: new frontiers in emergency medicine

CCSF Biotech 2 Brunch Coordinator Marlene Walker with UC-SF's Carol Massey and SEMLink's Tokiwa Smith at Biotech Brunch

Carol Massey decided not to complete her pre-medicine studies at UC-Santa Barbara, but has spent more than three decades in health care.  She went to Howard University in Washington, D.C. to get an M.B.A. with a specialization in health care administration.

Speaking at the Biotech Brunch at southeast campus of City College of San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 16, Massey discussed her career as evidence of the diversity of occupations in health care.

Brunch included catfish, fried chicken, yams, red beans and rice and macaroni salad from Auntie April’s, 4618 Third St., recently featured on KQED’s Check Please.

Along the way to her current position as chief administrative officer of emergency medicine for UC-San Francisco, the Bakersfield native’s been deputy director of mental health for Kern County and director of women’s health programs for the State of Georgia.

Her current responsibilities included administering the first emergency medicine department at UC-SF, which includes 37 full-time physicians, 50 part-time and volunteer physicians, 20 staff, and 100 residents and interns who staff both San Francisco General and Moffett Hospitals.

“It’s the newest department in the school of medicine and working with doctors is not always easy, but I give them a pass because everyday they’ve saved somebody’s life,” said Massey. “It’s very dynamic and very exciting.”

”If something happened to a visiting dignitary, they would bring them here,” said Massey.  ”We get the best of the best interns and residents because of our reputation.”

Part of her responsibility is insuring that the doctors maintain their required professional development and certifications, while doing research and handling patients.    A patient’s stay in the emergency rooms is for a limited time, must be less than  24 hours before being discharged or moving on to other services within the hospital.

She gave tips on finding jobs in health care from the perspective of both a job seeker and an employer.   “I’m hiring for a manager position right now and I’ve looked at 150 resumes, but only a few  have demonstrated experience aligned with  the specifications in the job announcement,” Massey noted.

“I have a hospital resume, a public policy resume, and a private business resume because each area is seeking different skill sets,” quipped the Howard alumnae.    “ It is important to pay attention to the job description and emphasize the things that the employer is looking for,” said Massey.

However, students may have the opportunity to gain access to the jobs just by being helpful to the faculty.  Massey noted that five undergrad students work with some of her doctors, doing Internet searches and other tasks, in answer to a San Francisco State student’s query about qualifications.

“There is always something that they need to do that they don’t have time to do,” said the chief administrative officer. “Don’t take yourself out of the running. Be assertive, look up their profiles on the web page and send them an e-mail expressing your interest”

She also advised that learning should be a constant endeavor. Although she already has securities and insurance licenses in addition to the M.B.A., she recently passed her real estate licensing exam.

Between UC-SF and San Francisco General, two new hospitals are under construction, with completion dates in the next five years.  Massey is part of a human resources task force at the university, looking at its future staffing needs.  ”My education was paid for completely; my parents couldn’t afford to send me to college, so I have a life-long commitment to give back.”

Biotech Brunches are a satellite event of the USA Science and Engineering Fair, which will culminate with two days of exhibits on the National Mall Oct. 23 and 24.

 

Bridges to Biotech offers five student ambassador jobs

Learn about these openings during the Biotech Brunch on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. in room 413 at Southeast Campus, City College of San Francisco, 1800 Oakdale.

STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY

AT CCSF SOUTH EAST CAMPUS

Department of Outreach and Recruitment

The Outreach and Recruitment Department at City College of San Francisco is looking for student Ambassadors to work at the Southeast Campus  (1800 Oakdale Ave.)

The Outreach and Recruitment Department provides high-quality comprehensive college readiness services to prospective students, high school and middle school students, K-12 faculty, staff, administrators from both public and private sectors, and community-based organizations.

Ambassadors will provide the following services:

CCSF overview presentations

Campus tours

Attend college fairs

Application workshops

Ambassador panels

On-campus event assistance

Provide assistance in the office

Attend all Ambassador meetings and training.

Greet all visitors and answer questions

Outreach to Community Base Organizations, High Schools and Churches

Ambassadors must meet the following requirements:

Must commit a minimum of 5 hours a week  to Southeast Campus Outreach Agenda

Must have at least one year remaining before graduation.

A current or new CCSF student, who is taking a minimum of six units or 15 non-credit hours.

Must take classes at the Southeast Campus or Reside in the Southeastern Sector, or the surrounding districts, such as, Potrero Hill or Visitation Valley.

We are looking for individuals who are: effective oral communicators, contain leadership skills and have excellent pubic speaking skills (bilingual skills are a plus!).

Compensation

Ambassadors are paid $9.00 per hour and are eligible to work from 5 to 15 hours per week.

Application Details: Please pick up and submit the completed application form and recommendation form to Outreach and Recruitment Services: MUB 130A (Ocean Campus) or at the SE campus Room 200 Attn: Marlene Walker.

You can find the application online: http://www.ccsf.edu/NEW/en/student-services/outreach-and-recruitment/ambassador-program.html

Application Deadline: Opened until filled

New speaker series with Bridges2Biotech

Carol Massey, chief administrative officer of emergency medicine at UC-San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital, will be the initial guest speaker during the Potrero Progress/Bridges2Biotech Biotech Brunches on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the southeast campus of City College of San Francisco, 1800 Oakdale, in room 413 at 11 a.m.

The event is a satellite event of the nationwide USA Science and Engineering Festival.   Festival mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings in the United States.

Potrero Progress is an initiative of the Potrero Family Resource Center of the Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco designed to connect residents of southeast San Francisco with biotechnology employment opportunities and improve science education among students.     It completed a summer session in which nine of 15 teens made it through an intensive project entitled From Salt to San Francisco General.  Funding for the summer session was provided through the Community Service Block Grant of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

One of the student milestones was developing the first Biotech Brunch on July 31 at the Family Resource Center with Dr. Alan Trounson, president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Lydia Tekie, a graduate researcher funded by the institute.

A research finding of the summer project was the motivational impact of direct contact with industry and research leaders.

Bridges2Biotech is a two semester series of courses designed to prepare participating students for jobs as lab technicians and to serve as a gateway to additional academic courses at City College and other campuses.

Dr. Henry Augustine, assistant vice chancellor of Southeast and Evans campuses, embraced the idea of extending the series.  R. Marlene Walker is Bridge 2 Biotech Program Coordinator.  She can be reached at 415-550-4326 or in room 200  at 1800 Oakdale.

Potrero Progress commencement

Investigators Edwin Potasi, Filoi Sevaitaasi, Sosephina Suisala, Young Potasi, Krystal Kendrix and Xaviour Beasley with principal investigator John William Templeton and chemistry instructor Raquel Everett

Investigator Octavious White and father Isiaac White flank principal investigator Templeton

Investigators prepare to receive the certificates of completion

Raquel Everett and Ray Tompkins, director of the Daniel Webster Summer Academy, teamed to present Potrero Progress investigators in a skit "The Princess and Salt"

Who needs Angelina Jolie?

Geoscientist Dr. Lisa White gives the investigators a presentation on salt in the oceans

Although the advertisements for a new movie ask “Who is Salt?”, Potrero Progress investigators learned from a real-life action hero, “What is Salt?

Dr. Lisa White, professor of geosciences and associate dean of engineering and science at San Francisco State University, studies siliceous rocks from the Miocene epoch between 25 and 5 million years old around the Pacific Rim and in the Gulf Coast. These are the rocks which often have deposits of oil.  White, whose grandfather moved to the Potrero neighborhood during World War II, is the daughter of the first black dean at San Francisco State.  She also graduated from State and converted to geology after a summer internship with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Her multi-university program METALS takes minority high school students on similar summer adventures in national parks to inspire them to pursue science careers.  She also created SF Rocks to get local youth interested in the geology of the San Francisco Bay.

Dr. Lisa White with a periodic table created by Potrero Progress investigators

Dr. Lisa White's presentation shows how organisms adjust salt while in the ocean

The composition of sodium chloride is part of Dr. Lisa White's presentation

Components of salt in the oceans

Taking notes from Dr. Lisa White's presentation

CIRM’s Trounson headlines Potrero biotech fair

Dr. Alan Trounson, president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, meets Potrero Progress investigators at ISSCR public event. Dr. Trounson will visit Potrero Family Resource Center as part of a Biotech Job Fair to connect the community with the innovative industries which surround their neighborhood. The Family Resource Center is part of the Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco. EOCSF photo by Nathan Shepherd