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Meet Julie Mangada, Research Scientist at the Buck

On NPAT's 'Sounding Board' show, Mangada talks about her career and how it evolved.

Julie Mangada is an amazing research scientist who works at our own local Buck Institute. She is a wonderful role model for any young woman considering this field.

Watch the attached video from our Sounding Board show to learn how Julie’s career evolved, how she was paid to get her education, and how she now has an enviable job at the Buck here in Novato. Even though I sound like I have a bag over my head, you will love listening to Julie! Awesome!

The Sounding Board programs on Novato Public Access Television are produced by club members of Soroptimist International of Novato. This blog is a review of a program recently shown on a Wednesday evening at 7 or 7:30 p.m. and repeated on Saturday morning at 9 and 9:30 a.m. NPAT is our local Channel 26. NPAT's full programming can be viewed at www.npat.org/.

Remember that the statements, opinions, and views expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect those of Soroptimist International of Novato nor that of Novato Public Access Television.  

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Tina McMillan February 20, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Syliva The program base of Math and Science prerequisites narrows the field of applicants considerably. Since they come in as Freshman the program will already be planning for additional students. My concern is to make this accessible to all qualified applicants because for many it represents what they want to study. I see young people grow bored with High School. Boredom leads to at risk behavior. At risk behavior is linked to substance and alcohol use. When we talk about helping students choose a different path it has much more to do with giving them a meaningful focus than the DARE concept of just saying No. STEM Curriculum: 9th Grade: Algebra 2, Physics, and Principles of Engineering 10th Grade: Geometry, Biology, and Bioengineering/Biotechnology 1 11th Grade: Precalculus, Chemistry, and Biotechnology 2 OR two semester-long Engineering Electives 12th Grade: AP Calculus, Senior Project Engineering, and Science Course of Choice (AP Biology, AP Physics, or Marine Biology) I can't find any explanation of enrollment procedures. Will they be accepting students from outside the district? If these are students from Novato I thought one purpose was to increase attendance at San Marin. This is a great opportunity. I just want them to consider the number of qualified applicants before limiting it to 60.
Baxter February 20, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Here is a "fact" for you. Congratulations to Dr. Julie Mangada, who is interviewed in the video above. She is doing incredible things reaching out to the community and educating our youth throughout the Bay Area and here in Novato. I have been to one of her lectures and attended the high school student's Summer Scholar Internship presentation held at the Buck Institute at the end of August, where the students discussed and presented their summer lab research experience, In the video above, Dr, Julie states that her outreach projects are not only for K through 12th grades, but K through "grey". We are never too old to learn, And, as far as the San Marin High students who are not selected/qualified to enter the STEM program as a freshman, I believe they still have the opportunity to take the same hard-science classes and same math classes required by the UC's. It just won't be in a specialized curriculum. And, not every student wants to be a chemical engineer. Those students interested in the science field and who are not a part of the STEM program will not be bored taking the UC required classes.
Tina McMillan February 20, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Dr. Mangada is an inspiration! I was not trying to take away from her accomplishments but to build on her goal of providing programs like STEM to girls and women here in Novato. Not all students are interested in STEM but the ones that want this challenging, specialized curriculum are concerned that there will not be space for them. That is my main concern. I am delighted that Dr. Mangada did this interview. I think its purpose was to reach out to girls and women everywhere. It is a wonderful interview.
Not_a_Troll February 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM
My word, *somebody* could use a little schooling in the art of self control. Here we have a lovely, light yet informative piece about what a wonderful member of the community is doing at a wonderful community institution. It segues into a running commentary about how unfortunate it is that San Marin isn't doing "enough" when it launches a great new science-oriented program? I for one am glad that San Marin is approaching this STEM program cautiously. Indeed, it shows great promise. But the school shouldn't be reckless about something they hope and assume will be a hit. And not every kid is into science. Thank you, San Marin, for not blowing the whole potato on one area of interest. I was pleased to read that NUSD is on the verge of a perfectly balanced budget - no pink slips expected this year. Well done, NUSD, navigating these tough economic times by minding the money and STILL being able to launch test programs like STEM. (And of course, bravo, Julie Mangada).
Ventress Dugan February 22, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Not a Troll, Baxter, Point On! Do us a favor and get a name!!

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