network representation

SLI Events

STEM Outreach Events

SLI partners up with others to organize events to draw in an audience of students in STEM. 

Community College in Hindsight

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 11:30am - 1pm

Note this is a date change

Foothill College, Room 4605, PSEC Quad

Hear from a panel of Ph.D. students about their path from community college to a research institution. 

Lunch provided for this in-person event


Earth Day Eventearthday22

Celebrate Our Changing Earth:

Dimensions of Restorative Action

Organized by Foothill's Science Learning Institute in partnership with NASA-AMES
Friday, April 22, 2022, 1pm - 4pm

Access the Recording

Find out more on the Earth Day Canvas page


1:00 - 2:10pm

  • Introductions
  • Sensing and Modeling: How Scientists Look at the Earth

2:10pm: Break

2:20 - 3:05pm: Stewardship for Sustainability: Managing Our Impact

3:05 - 3:20pm: Now It's Your Turn Breakouts

3:30 - 3:35pm: Citizen Science at NASA 

3:35 - 3:55pm: Student Internships at NASA-Ames Research Center

3:55 - 4:00pm: Closing


Find out more on the Earth Day Canvas page

Marissa Yañez, STEM Workforce Specialist with SLI and part-time Engineering faculty:  is a Foothill alum who transferred to U.C. Berkeley and majored in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and then went on to get a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. As a scientist, she researched the use of biomimetically coated nano-particles to develop novel diagnostic techniques with applications in developing countries.

Wenonah Vercoutere, Astrobiology research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, CA); has three decades of experience coordinating events which facilitate collaboration and support student STEM engagement.

Robert Cormia, Nanoscience instructor at Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, CA), supports students in informal science learning as well as in the classroom; long-time interest in tracking global climate changes and methods of carbon sequestration that would help mitigate.

Fabian Reith is a Postdoc in the Biogeochemical Modeling Group at GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Northern Germany. After studying physical geography at Kiel University, Reith received his PhD at GEOMAR in 2018 as part of Priority Program 1689 of the German Research Foundation (DFG), in which he investigated the effects of different climate engineering methods on the carbon cycle using numerical models. After establishing the Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit for Earth and Environment at the Research Institute Hereon, he returned to GEOMAR in 2020 to develop the interactive digital Global NBS and NETs Atlas, a decision-support tool for the development of viable climate change mitigation strategies.

Edil Sepulveda Carlo studies remote sensing for climate.

Kate Duffy- Former Ames intern, Kate Duffy is a research scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute and the NASA Earth Exchange. She completed her Ph.D. in Engineering at Northeastern University in 2021, where she studied climate science, ecology, and machine learning. From 2019-2021, Duffy was a NASA Pathways Intern in the Biospheric Sciences Branch at the Ames Research Center. Duffy has publications applying deep learning techniques to remote sensing datasets and is an elected member of the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on AI Applications to Environmental Science. Duffy also holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and has several years experience working as an environmental engineer at Arcadis in New York, NY.

Rick Wayman is CEO of Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR), a nonprofit whose mission is to restore the climate by 2050.  It uses global dialogue and initiatives to unite the public, policy-makers, and technical and business experts behind the common goal of reversing global warming and restoring a healthy climate for future generations. The F4CR encourages and spotlights achievable solutions to permanently remove excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

Erica Dodds is the COO of Foundation for Climate Restoration. She is committed to removing the excess carbon from our atmosphere. Erica spends much of her time speaking about how proactive optimism is the most rational response to the existential threat of climate change. Erica has presented at the UN Headquarters and at climate convenings across the country.

John Scarboro is a professional industrial engineer who helps organizations optimize their systems to meet their mission and business goals, become more efficient and minimize their impact on natural systems. At NASA Ames Research Center he coordinates environmental management system activities; bringing together people to minimize environmental impacts, improve resilience and meet regulatory requirements. Outside of NASA he works to make communities more sustainable and equitable. He cofounded Carbon Free Mountain View and served as a Commissioner on the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission, chairing the commission in 2017. He earned a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at Florida State University, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of Central Florida and an Associate in Arts from Valencia Community College.

Lauren Wibe is an Environmental Protection Specialist at NASA Ames Research Center, where she manages the sustainability program and assists with water management.

Piper Henthorne is a Lead Sustainability Specialist at NASA Ames Research Center. 

Sophia Kim is the Director of the Science Learning Institute (SLI) at Foothill College.  The SLI's mission is to advance equity in STEM by supporting students from underrepresented groups in their academic and career pathways in STEM and through initiatives working with faculty, within the institution, and in partnership in the community.

Saba Hussain is the Program Manager for Research and Development, Collaborations, and University Engagement at NASA Academic Mission Services.

Have ideas for more workshops or topics or want to share your expertise? Contact us to collaborate!

STEM Resources & Opportunities

Sign up to receive emails about internships, scholarships, conferences, and other opportunities for students in STEM.

Sign up for Emails

PSME sculpture

I'm Here to Help!

Sophia Kim, SLI Director