Presentation Winners

Chelsea Smith, School of Education (Dr. Rosemary Perez)

"White Tears in the Classroom"

CJacques Overdiep, Food Science and Human Nutrition (Dr. Angela Shaw)

"Educating Small Fruit and Vegetable Processors in the North Central Region about the Food Safety Modernization Act"

CJamiahus Walton, Human Computer Interaction (Dr. Stephen Gilbert)

"Developing an optimized UI for traffic incident managers"

Britt Moore, Agronomy (Dr. Tom Sauer)

"The Potential of Rye Cover Crops to Improve Soil and Water Management in the US Corn Belt"

Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Amy Ramos combines her training as an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist with an extensive background in both academic and community research. As a professor, Amy takes pride in helping non-traditional and first generation students fulfill their higher education goals. Prior to joining the California Community College systems, Amy conducted research examining the human selective attentional process. Dr. Ramos changed her career trajectory by leaving the research laboratory environment to focusing on teaching and applied community research.

Amy uses her quantitative research expertise to create and validate research tools and assessments, as well as conduct sophisticated statistical analyses for some of several complex community research projects. Amy blends this skill set with a passion for using research to address the needs of underserved communities.

Amy is a tenured faculty member of the Behavioral Sciences Department at Grossmont Community College in San Diego California. She regularly serves on grant review panels for the Children’s Bureau, an office of the federal Administration of Children and Families and several other federal, CA state and local county review panels. Outside of the office, Amy enjoys spending time in her organic garden. She cultivates sustainable living and is always eager to help friends start their own gardens!

Amy earned the Ph.D. in 2006 from Iowa State in Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience. Her dissertation topic was “Exploring the Role of Visual Selective Attention in Synesthesia” co-advised by Dr. Veronica Dark and Dr. Eric Cooper. She earned the B.A. and the MA in Experimental Psychology from California State University San Marcos. As a graduate student at Iowa State, Amy was a teaching assistant as well as an administrative assistant in the Graduate College working on diversity related projects and initiatives with the late, great Dr. George Jackson, former Assistant Dean of the Graduate College.

Past Program

The 2017 Sympsoium program can be downloaded here.