Fall Themed Months
Presented By: Dr. Candice Bridge - University of Central Florida
October 7, 2021 at 11:30 AM
Candice Bridge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the National Center for Forensic Science. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Bridge was a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Research and Education of Optics and Lasers at UCF before joining the Department of Chemistry faculty at Howard University. She then worked at the U.S. Army’s Defense Forensic Science Center as a Forensic Scientist in the Trace Evidence Division and then as a Research Scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist. Her current research at NCFS focuses on the analysis of trace evidence forensic materials to understand the uniqueness of chemical features. Using a variety of mass spectrometry techniques, they look to develop analytical methods that can increase the validity and evidentiary value of forensic evidence, which is determined using chemometric statistical techniques.
Presented By: Stefan Price - Roundtable Productions
October 12, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Stefan Price has been working as a professional artist for over 24 years in the Film, Entertainment, and Themed Attractions industry. Founding Roundtable Productions LLC as a props and special effects company and growing it to also encompass custom fabrication and scenic theming work. His personal artwork is created under the brand name Mechanical Oddities, incorporating whimsical mechanical designs. Stefan has earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Theater from UCF and is currently earning his MFA in Themed Experience. He is an active member of the Maker community and has co-founded a professional makerspace in Central Florida called Makers Hollow. He has served in the FL Army National Guard as a Machinist. His skill set incorporates art direction, creative design, 3D CAD/CAM, digital fabrication, sculpting, metal fabrication, carpentry, painting, mold making, casting, animatronics, prosthetics, FX make-up, electronics, miniature construction, leather work, rigging, mechanical FX, pyrotechnics, and working with a multitude of materials and techniques. Stefan constructs permanent and temporary props, sets, displays, and FX installations for Film, TV, theme parks, museums, trade shows, conventions, restaurants, retail stores, businesses, and more. His work can be seen in Disney parks and resorts (Orlando, Anaheim), Universal parks (Orlando, Hollywood, Japan, Beijing), films, TV shows, music videos, national commercials, theatrical stage productions, concerts, live events, and other attractions.
Presented By: Barbara Clark - Florida Public Archaeology Network
October 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Anthropology of the Undead
Presented By: Dr. Sandra Wheeler - University of Central Florida
October 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Zombie Ants: Real Life Zombies!
Presented By: William Beckerson - University of Central Florida
October 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Dr. Beckerson is a new NSF postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of Central Florida. He is a fungal geneticist whose research is focused on the proteins secreted by fungal pathogens to manipulate their hosts. At UCF, Dr. Beckerson is exploring the role of proteins secreted by Ophiocordyceps to zombify ants! In addition to genetics research, Dr. Beckerson is also active in pedagogical research and community science. He is interested in how social personality affects student performance and information retention in active learning classrooms, and is the co-creator of the Zombie Fungus Foray, a community science outreach initiative geared towards engaging K-12 students in the Biological sciences in Central Florida.
Succeeding at Entrepreneurship
Presented By: Clinton Day - Entrepreneurship Resources, Inc.
November 5, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Building a Powerful Business
Presented By: Rosie Paulsen - Rosie Paulsen Enterprises
November 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Rosie Paulsen, who has been honored as one of the Fifty Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in Florida, is a native of Ecuador who came to the United States as a teenager. A public speaker and business trailblazer, Rosie owns Rosie Paulsen Enterprises and S&R Services, a company that brokers Medicare coverage for people all over Tampa Bay. She has received a Leadership Award from the Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage and is an alumnus of Smart Start Pasco and Inner-City Capital Connection. Rosie currently serves as a commissioner of The Florida Commission on the Status of Women and City of Tampa Equal Business Opportunity Council. She lives in Tampa with her husband and children.