Monthly Archives: June 2014

Dr. Smith Featured in “Career Girls” Video!

Career Girls, Marine Biologist Dr. Smith.

Career Girls is an organization dedicated to providing young girls of all income levels and ethnic backgrounds with the academic tools and support they need to achieve their professional aspirations. They do this by providing a “real world” context for a child’s academic studies, specifically through interviews with positive female role models and a comprehensive collection of easy-to-follow educational resources.

By hearing from successful women they can identify with, and learning about the educational paths these professionals took to reach their goals, female students can take direct steps toward nurturing their own intellects, skills and talents in order to create fulfilling and productive lives of their choosing.

Today, Career Girls® is a registered trademark with over 200 role models and over 4,000 video clips. Career Girls has shared videos and collaborated with a wide variety of organizations from Girl Scouts to Young Women in Bio to the Charles H. Wright Museum of Aftrican American History in Detroit. Career Girls videos are now seen around the world on multiple platforms.

Dr. Smith was recently featured in one of these videos, check it out!! Career Girls, Marine Biologist Dr. Smith.


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Smith Lab Undergraduate Niko Kaplanis wins Best Poster!

The Smith Lab Congratulates Niko!!

Niko Kaplanis, a UCSD undergraduate who has been working in the Smith Lab for 3 years, won $500 for the Best Poster at the inaugural SIO Undergraduate Research Symposium on June 3rd, 2014. Niko’s poster describes his research on the detection, spread, and ecological impact of invasive seaweeds along San Diego’s coastline.

Niko has been leading the research project on invasive seaweeds since 2012 when he discovered Sargassum horneri, previously not known in San Diego, growing in Mission Bay. Since then, he has expanded the scope of the project to include sites from San Diego Bay to Oceanside.
Niko is graduating from UCSD this June and will continue to work on the project with the Smith Lab over the summer.
We are very proud of his accomplishments!
Niko Kaplanis at the poster show with his co-authors: Dr. Jennifer Smith and Jill Harris

Niko Kaplanis at the poster show with his co-authors: Dr. Jennifer Smith and Jill Harris

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