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Finding Community Beyond Borders in Science

Q&A with Kristina Folta
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This Q&A is part of the Inspiring Islanders series.

ASP: Can you tell me a little bit about your research as an Amgen Scholar?

A Journey From West Philadelphia to Cambridge in Pursuit of Understanding the Human Brain

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Ask Ivan Simpson-Kent who his early idols were and he would give a surprising response: criminals. This is despite growing up in a dangerous neighborhood in West Philadelphia, where he lived across from drug dealers, often heard gunshots at night, and nearly daily stories of people, mostly youth, getting murdered. “I perceived these criminals as invincible outlaws going against the limits society had placed upon them,” he says.

A Local Boston Scientist Making a Big Impact in a Global Biotech World

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“My teacher is amazing. This is my second year speaking English for the first time, and she has provided me with help to improve my English skills while learning biological concepts and lab skills. She promotes multiculturalism and diversity, and she deserves some recognition for her hard work.” -Student of Mary Jo Renear at East Longmeadow High School in Western Massachusetts

Nurturing Teachers and Giving Back in Puerto Rico

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Héctor L Ayala-Del-Río recently received an unexpected thank you card: It was from a local high school science teacher, explaining that she was having a challenging time in her classroom, but how a recent event that Ayala-Del-Río and his team organized made all the difference. She had attended an Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) teacher appreciation event at the Caguas Science Center, and the act of being recognized “made her feel that everything was worth it and that she should keep going,” says Ayala-Del-Río of the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao.

Inspiring Islanders: Crossing an Ocean to Pursue Biotechnology

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At the U.S. Amgen Scholars symposium at UCLA in July, an unexpected reunion occurred. When Janielle Cuala took the stage to explain her summer research at Caltech, Kristina Folta couldn’t believe her eyes: It was a friend of hers from Guam with whom she played rugby. “I was so excited to see someone else coming out of Guam and entering the STEM field,” Folta recalls.

Cool Labs From Amgen Scholars: All About the New Science

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We asked Amgen Scholars attending the U.S. symposium at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the Europe symposium at the University of Cambridge to tell us something cool about their labs this summer. In this video, the scholars answered: the science. Hear students discuss their experiences exploring new areas of science, from bioinformatics and spores to exoskeletons and clinical neuroscience.

Decoding the New Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Curriculum

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Science is a passion for Vivienne Watson that goes beyond her professional life as a Senior Scientist and Scientific Project Manager at Amgen. She is actively involved in outreach to students of all ages, including setting up a hands-on science night for her kids’ school when they were younger. “We really tapped into something, creating a strong community event that has continued past my involvement,” she says.

Curiosity Cube Helps Stoke Lowell Students' Excitement for Science

By Elizabeth Dobbins
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LOWELL -- Students at Moody Elementary School pressed virtual reality goggles up to their faces Wednesday afternoon outside the Curiosity Cube, a traveling science lab inside a shipping container.

They were in a different, much smaller, world -- the inside of a cell.

"You know what's inside of vesicles?" one of the volunteer instructors, an employee at MilliporeSigma, asked.

Read more at LowellSun.com

Green Chemistry: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Makes it Possible

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Wie kann man umweltfreundliche Chemikalien entwickeln, die aber genauso wirkungsvoll wie herkömmliche Substanzen sind? Diese Frage hat sich das Wissenschafts- und Technologieunternehmen Merck gestellt. Und darauf auch Antworten gefunden: Im Rahmen des Programms für „Grüne Chemie“ entwickelt und produziert der Konzern nachhaltige Alternativen zu den bisher üblichen chemischen Produkten.

Nachhaltige Entwicklung und Produktion

In Depth With a Program Powerhouse: 12 Years of Amgen Scholars With Patty Phelps

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Over the past 12 years, Patty Phelps has mentored more than 250 students in her role as faculty advisor for the Amgen Scholars Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Among those students is: a young woman who came from the University of Washington in bioengineering and is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego; a hard-working young man who returned to UCLA for graduate school in neuroscience; and the wonderful UCLA students who each year welcomed those from out-of-town and developed long-term friendships.

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