NIMBioS is cooperating with the GAMES program to host a series of virtual events. The Girls Achieving in Mathematics, Engineering, Science (GAMES) program aims to promote girls' interest and self-efficacy in STEM using chess and other strategy games. We have chosen to focus on strategy games because they are great examples of effective and entertaining tools to teach metacognition, computational thinking, and problem-solving. Webinars are streamed live and recorded for later viewing. NIMBioS hosts a Q&A via Zoom. Viewers are able to submit questions throughout the talk, which are answered at the end of the talk.
Watch recorded webinars online:
Date: 4 p.m., July 30, 2020
Speaker: Virginia Dale, Adjunct professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee; Corporate Fellow Emeritus, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Moderator: Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director and Chancellor's Professor of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee
Topic: From suburbia to ski bum to succession. This webinar is designed for middle school students.
Virginia Dale is a landscape ecologist known for her work on recovery after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, sustainable energy and agriculture, and ecosystem management in the context of large disturbances and climate change. She spent 34 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and in 2018 transitioned to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee.
Webinar slides (pdf)
Date: 4–5 p.m., August 6, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Carolina Blanco, Chess Master, Orthodontist, Entrepreneur
Topic: Making the right moves in chess and in life
This inspirational seminar was presented to K-12 students and their parents by the Girls Achieving in Mathematics, Engineering, Science (GAMES) program at the University of Tennessee. The seminar discussed how to utilize chess as a tool to improve students' academic performance and develop their emotional intelligence, as well as build their skills for future careers. Watch the seminar to learn the benefits of chess and how to make the right moves in chess and life.
Moderator: Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao, Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE), Tickle College of Engineering (TCE), UTK
About the speaker Dr. Carolina Blanco, a Women's International Chess Master, is an entrepreneur and orthodontist. Dr. Blanco earned her dentistry degree in 2003 and completed her post-doctoral course in 2006 while still being an active chess player, coach, and women ambassador. She has been the top female player in the state of Georgia and has been working in the entrepreneurial field of orthodontics. Blanco knows the dedication and time needed to become a professional and to reach the top not only in chess, but also in the academic field. She has experience teaching in different countries in three languages including (Spanish, English and Portuguese). She enjoys the critical thinking in a game that highly encourages people to focus, besides all the other benefits that chess provides. Blanco represented Venezuela in more than 35 countries, winning prizes and awards in many chess competitions. She obtained the title of Women's Fide Master at the age of 12 and the title of Women's International Chess Master at the age of 19 by The World Chess Federation F.I.D E. Among her accomplishments are: two-time Pan-American Women's champion; 15-time Women's and Girls Champion of Venezuela from U-10 section until the Adult Master Category; 4-time member of the National Olympic team of Venezuela; 14-time Athlete of the Year by the Venezuelan chess federation from categories U-10 until senior category; Athlete of the Year of overall sports by The University of Carabobo-Venezuela; and was on the "Honor Roll" in the University of Carabobo-Venezuela College of Dentistry during all years of her dental career.
Webinar slides (pdf)
Date: 4 p.m. August 20, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Ozlem Kilic, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee
Topic: One girl's journey in engineering – Pave your own path!
Dr. Kilic talks about her work related to electronic engineering and shares her career experiences as a scientist. This webinar is designed for middle school students and their parents.
Dr. Ozlem Kilic is the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for the Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before this, she was a Professor and served as the Associate Dean of Engineering at the Catholic University of America. She was also an electronics engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, where she managed Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Programs for the development of hybrid numerical electromagnetic tools. Dr. Kilic's research interests include antennas, wave propagation, satellite communications systems, microwave remote sensing, computational electromagnetics, and high performance computing for electromagnetic and other applications.
Webinar slides (pdf)
This program is funded under the One UT Collaboration & Innovation Grant program.