November Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Technical Forum – 6:00 pm
Business Meeting – 6:45 pm
Technical Program – 7:15 pm
SSP Technology Forum
Jonte’ Lee, Calvin Coolidge High School
“Removing the 4 Walls of the Classroom and Becoming a Teacher of the Community”
We are teaching in unprecedented times. Our classroom has transformed into our living room, and we are interacting with students via web cameras and chatrooms. How can we, teachers, deliver dynamic and engaging lessons online? Is it possible to build a strong student/teacher relationship when you may have never met your students face-to-face? During this workshop, I will demonstrate that the classroom is everywhere and not bound by four walls inside of a building. We will cover how to build a robust supportive classroom community and, most importantly, how to check for understanding in a virtual environment. We are not just teachers; we have the superpower of turning nothing into something. We will tap into our creative tool kit and produce energic lessons.
Jonte’ Lee has been teaching STEM in DC Public Schools for eight years. Before becoming a high school teacher, he worked in the corporate sector as a marketing specialist. His first call to teaching was when he volunteered for the Big Brother Big Sister program while working in the private sector. There Jonte’ would read to his little brother twice a week. He first taught college in the school of business part-time while still working in corporate America. It was through “Ready To Teach,” an alternative teaching certification program at Howard University that he earned his teaching license, enabling him to become a full-time teacher. Through teaching, he found his life’s passion, and cannot see doing anything else. Jonte’ enjoys making meaningful connections with students, and pushing them academically forward. His greatest joy is seeing them grapple and learn a concept.
SACP Technical Program
Wei Min, PhD, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University
“Imaging Chemical Bonds in Biomedicine”
All molecules consist of chemical bonds, and much can be learned from mapping the spatiotemporal dynamics of these bonds inside cells, tissue and animals. Since its invention in 2008, stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy has become a powerful modality for imaging chemical bonds with high sensitivity, resolution, speed and specificity. The past dozen years have witnessed the blossoming of SRS microscopy, where advances in both optical instruments and imaging probes have found broad applications in life sciences. Here I will present the latest innovations in SRS microscopy. In particular, I will highlight exciting development in our group along single-molecule vibrational imaging, metabolic imaging in animals, and super-multicolor tissue imaging.
Dr. Wei Min graduated from Peking University in 2003. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2008 studying single-molecule biophysics with Prof. Sunney Xie. After continuing his postdoctoral work in Xie group, Dr. Min joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2010, and was promoted to Full Professor there in 2017. He is also affiliated with the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and NeuroTechnology Center at Columbia University. Dr. Min’s current research interests focus on developing novel optical spectroscopy and microscopy technology to address biomedical problems. In particular, his group has made important contributions to the development of stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy and its broad application in biomedical imaging. Dr. Min’s contribution has been recognized by a number of honors, including Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award (2019), Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship (2018), Coblentz Award of Molecular Spectroscopy (2017), the ACS Early Career Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry (2017), Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2015), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2013), and NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2012).