Stories that Inspire and Amaze

This spring I had the opportunity to interview a number of amazing Spartan scientists. Among them:

Steven Valdespino, ’19 Biochemistry, Mulatwa Haile, ’19 Biological Sciences, SJSU Biological Sciences Associate Professor Katie Wilkinson, Apoorva Karekal, ’20 MS Biological Sciences. Photo by Josie Lepe.

Steven Valdespino, ’19 Biochemistry, Mulatwa Haile, ’19 Biological Sciences, SJSU Biological Sciences Associate Professor Katie Wilkinson, Apoorva Karekal, ’20 MS Biological Sciences. Photo by Josie Lepe.

Finding One's Way: Proprioception and Biological Research: How do we use sensory information to move, balance, and position ourselves? Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Katherine Wilkinson developed a neurophysiology lab at SJSU to explore how and why the human body interacts with the world around us.

L-R: Idan Siman-Tov, ’19 Biological Sciences, Veronica Bi, ’20 Biological Sciences, Jordan Mitchell, ’19 Biological Sciences, Nebat Ali, ’19 Biological Sciences, Muhammad Taha Muqtadir, ’19 Biological Sciences, Anjana Baradwaj, full-time research associate and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Miri VanHoven. Photo courtesy of Miri VanHoven.

L-R: Idan Siman-Tov, ’19 Biological Sciences, Veronica Bi, ’20 Biological Sciences, Jordan Mitchell, ’19 Biological Sciences, Nebat Ali, ’19 Biological Sciences, Muhammad Taha Muqtadir, ’19 Biological Sciences, Anjana Baradwaj, full-time research associate and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Miri VanHoven. Photo courtesy of Miri VanHoven.

Solving DNA Puzzles, One Worm at a Time: How do neurons transmit messages throughout the body? How are memories formed? Miri VanHoven’s neurogenetics lab at San Jose State explores big questions.

Jaime Alcala, ’19 Geology; Hollianne McClure, ’20 Geology; Alianora Walker, ’20 MS Geology; SJSU Geology Professor Manny Gabet; and ranger Rob Cala of San Mateo County Parks’ Fitzgerald Marine Preserve examine a site at the San Gregario fault at Pillar Point Bluff, Calif. Photo courtesy of Assistant Professor of Geology Kim Blisniuk.

Jaime Alcala, ’19 Geology; Hollianne McClure, ’20 Geology; Alianora Walker, ’20 MS Geology; SJSU Geology Professor Manny Gabet; and ranger Rob Cala of San Mateo County Parks’ Fitzgerald Marine Preserve examine a site at the San Gregario fault at Pillar Point Bluff, Calif. Photo courtesy of Assistant Professor of Geology Kim Blisniuk.

Geology From the Ground Up: SJSU Assistant Professor of Geology Kim Blisniuk explores how geologists measure seismicity and communicate earthquake risk to the communities that could one day be affected.

California Assemblymember Evan Low. Photo by David Schmitz.

California Assemblymember Evan Low. Photo by David Schmitz.

Evan Low’s American Dream: Evan Low, ’03 Political Science, was the youngest openly gay mayor of an American city.