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STEM-NET All Things STEM

All Things STEM Podcast

All Things STEM Podcast

On this show we will explore all things STEM. Most importantly we will highlight the incredible work of our CSU STEM faculty, students, staff, administrators and programs.

May 2022
The Power of Mentorship​


“Why is it important to mentor students, especially students of color in STEM areas?” In this episode, host Dr. Frank A. Gomez sits down with Dr. Keith Trujillo, a Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Marcos, to discuss his leadership in mentoring underrepresented students and his personal mentorship experiences that impacted his life.

“Science and academia are not the world that many folks inhabit prior to considering a career in that area, and this is where mentorship becomes essential…I have seen people come into the field and experience brick walls and challenges at multiple times and feel that they are failures. Getting small success along the way is very important to feel that you are competent and can pursue this career, and this is where a mentor can be very helpful”.

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April 2022
Discovering the Mysteries of the Universe and Paving the Way for Black Women in Astronomy and Physics

Dr. Louise Edwards

“I was always making an effort to find those affinity groups…for mentorship.. and support”. In this podcast, host, Dr. Frank A. Gomez, sits down with Dr. Louise Edwards, Assistant Professor of Physics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, to discuss her journey as the first Black Canadian t​o receive a Ph. D. in Astronomy, her passion for helping students of color enter STEM fields, and her research in evolution of galaxies. “Maybe your whole experiment collapsed or maybe somebody made a racist comment to you and it really brought you down…this is the time to reach out to those people who you have been building those relationships within your affinity groups. My advice is find your people, find your network. Whether or not it is in the physics department. Everyone has tough times, but if you’re having more positive than negative and your enjoying what you’re doing and you have a goal that you want to achieve. Just keep going”.


March 2022
Sometimes it All Adds Up: Math Professor’s Journey from the Barrios of Los Angeles to the White House

Richard Tapia and President Obama

Minority “Underrepresentation endangers the mind of a nation not the health of various STEM fields”. In this podcast, host, Dr. Frank A. Gomez, sits down with National Medal of Science awardee and Computational & Applied Mathematics University Professor, Dr. Richard A. Tapia, to discuss his incredible life journey, his mathematics contributions, and his amazing work in influencing and inspiring underrepresented minority and female students in science and math.

“When I argue with the math department I don’t say that bringing in blacks, browns, and women are going to improve the quality of mathematics. Mathematics is in good shape and it is going to keep going. On the other hand, not having a STEM workforce in Silicon Valley that has the flavor of black and brown, now that does hurt the nation. With 18% brown and 13% black, that’s a large group of people and if they are not in the backbone of this country, which is science and technology, then the country will be weakened”.

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December 2021
Cybersecurity at Cal State San Bernardino

Listen to our conversation with Dr. Tony Coulson, Professor of Information and Decision Science in the Jack H. Brown College and Executive Director of the Cybersecurity Center at California State University, San Bernardino. We discuss the Cybersecurity Center he directs at CSUSB, and the educational impact he is making on students and the institution.


October 2021
Utilizing Citizen Science as a Lens for Research Projects

In this month’s episode, Dr. Brittney Beck, assistant professor of teacher education and director of the Citizen Scientist Project at Cal State Bakersfield (CSUB), and Dr. Antje Lauer, professor of biology at CSUB, discuss the importance of citizen science and its impact on communities such as KERN County.


September 2021
One on One with a CSUN STEM Graduate

Join us on this episode for our one-on-one with Justice Mena, a recent chemistry graduate from California State University, Northridge. We discuss his CSUN experience, his current research projects, and his future goals.


August 2021
Critical Race Theory in Education

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a topic of fierce political debate in the US and has most prominently played out in public school districts as parents, teachers, and school administrators grapple with how to teach race, discrimination, and inequality in the classroom. In today's episode, we discuss these issues with Dr. Gabriela Chavira, a Professor of Psychology and NIH BUILD Principal Investigator at California State University, Northridge. We also discuss how CRT is a tool to enhance CSU STEM programs and research.


May 2021
Fire Science, Wildfires, and its Impact on the State of California

Over the years, wildfires have severely impacted the State of California. Today, dry conditions across California raise concern for an early fire season. Listen to our conversation with Dr. Craig Clements, a Meteorologist Professor, as we discuss his Fire Weather Research Laboratory at San Jose State University. He talks about how his research analyzes wildfire behavior. In addition, he discusses how they are preparing the next generation of scientists on wildfires and what to expect this summer.


April 2021
Institutional Barriers, Change and Powerful Student Advising

Dr. Frank A. Gomez sits down with Dr. Katy Pinto, a Sociology Professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills, to discuss campus institutional barriers and implementing institutional changes to help students navigate those barriers. She also talks about the meaningful connections and partnerships she has made with her students to help them achieve their academic goals.


March 2021
Health Disparities Among Communities of Color During COVID-19

Listen to our conversation with CSULA’s Public Health Professor, Dr. Melanie Sabado-Liwag, as we take a deep dive into the ongoing health disparities within communities of color. We discuss these disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the serious ramifications that may lie ahead, and how this impacts the CSU campuses post COVID-19.


February 2021
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP) in STEM fields

Listen to the insightful conversation we had with Dr. Heather Macias, Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach, on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP). We discuss what CRP really means and how it can empower students. We also address some of the best ways CRP can be used within STEM fields, for both k-12 and higher education.


January 2021
San Francisco State’s Build Program

Learn about the San Francisco State's BUILD program and how Dr. Leticia Marquez-Magana, the Lead Principal Investigator, is enabling full representation in science at SFSU. Join the conversation, as she discusses various topics from why she applied to the BUILD grant, its' impact on San Francisco State's students, the importance of research within the California State University system, and how compositional diverse representation in higher education is important.


December 2020
All Things STEM Episode 0

Start listening January 11, 2021 and join us on this STEM journey and listen to the incredible stories and research our California State Universities are doing.

All things STEM-NET podcast Host is Dr. Frank Gomez, Executive Director of the STEM-NET affinity group within the California State University system.