The Day of the March

March for Science - San Antonio: April 14, 2018
WHAT TO EXPECT

Welcoming Remarks: Mayor Ron Nirenberg

It is a distinguished honor to have the Mayor of the City of San Antonio join us to greet those participating in March for Science - San Antonio 2018; he will begin his comments about 10:45 AM, prior to the March. As the Mayor, Ron Nirenberg is responsible for helping guide the growth of the City, which is expected to experience population increases estimated at up to 1 million additional residents from 2010 to 2040.​ The wellbeing of the citizens are dependent on the guidance provided by the Mayor, the City Council, and other regional leaders.​​
Use of applied sciences throughout city planning processes is essential. This illustrates one more important means by which science impacts the life of every citizen.
Please don't miss his January 17, 2018  interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, in which he shares a March for Science 2017 t-shirt with the famous astrophysicist. By the way, Dr. Tyson's comments explain the telescope included in this year's March logo.

Guest Speakers

It is our pleasure to welcome three accomplished scientists with deep ties to San Antonio and South Texas to speak before the March for Science. They will offer their comments during the Rally, beginning approximately 12:30 PM.
  
Dr. Rodolfo Jimenez, Jr. specializes in the field of Cellular and Molecular Biology / STEM Education. He is Director of STEM Initiatives for the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. As a STEM Coordinator he is responsible for assisting students in the Life Sciences academically, as well as advising students wanting to attend a health profession programs or graduate school after completion of their undergraduate degree. Dr. Jimenez is a native Texan coming from the Rio Grande Valley area. He obtained a B.S. in biochemistry from Texas State University and his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His dissertation focused on the characterization of the cytoplasmic domain of the anthrax toxin receptors. Since his undergraduate career, Dr. Jimenez has been involved in helping underrepresented minorities succeed in STEM, primarily through the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) and The Society of Advancement for Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Currently, Dr. Jimenez sits on the advisory board for STEMed Labs, a nonprofit aimed at closing the gap in STEM education for the underserved in Austin, and on the Hispanic Quality of Life Commission for the City of Austin.
  
  
Dr. Marina Suarez specializes in the field of Geology. She was born and raised in San Antonio. After graduating from Marshall High School, Dr. Suarez attended Trinity University, graduating cum laude in 2003 with a B.S. in geosciences. Dr. Suarez received an M.S. from Temple University, and a PhD in 2009 from the University of Kansas. Dr. Suarez was awarded the Blaustein Post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in 2009. In 2011, she returned to San Antonio as an assistant professor in geological sciences at UTSA. Dr. Suarez is an expert in non-marine paleoclimate proxies and stable isotope geochemistry. She is a professional member of SACNAS.

  
Dr. Stephanie Perez specializes in the field of Neuroscience. She received her B.S. in Biology in 2004 and her M.S. in Biology in 2007, both from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2014 Stephanie received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from UT Health San Antonio in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Lodge.  As a graduate student Stephanie successfully obtained an individual NRSA from NIMH and published 9 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, 6 of those as first author. She also received many awards and honors including the Armand J. Guarino Award for Academic Excellence and the Pharmacology/Neuroscience Award for academic excellence. As a post-doctoral fellow, Stephanie continues to excel as she secured her own funding from the San Antonio Life Sciences Initiative and continues to publish her research in peer-reviewed journals. The current focus of Stephanie’s research is aimed at understanding the etiology and pathophysiology of schizophrenia in order to identify novel targets for the development more effective therapies.
    

Dr. Rodolfo Jimenez, Jr.

Dr. Marina Suarez 

Dr. Stephanie Perez 

Closing Remarks: Congressman Lloyd Doggett

It is a distinguished honor to have Congressman Lloyd Doggett representing the 35th District of Texas, give closing remarks to the March for Science - San Antonio 2018.

Ask Me About My Science

What is science? What scientific research is being performed in San Antonio within which disciplines, where in the city, and by whom? We have invited guest scientists and researchers here in San Antonio to answer these questions. They will both march with us and attend the rally after in order to answer questions posed by marchers in the crowd who want to understand what science is, discuss what science means to them and why they love science. What better way to promote a popular understanding of science than by asking scientists about their science? They'll be wearing buttons that simply say, "Hi! Ask Me About My Science"!

Walk Thru Science

This year's event has a sub-theme of San Antonio Science., with a special focus on Jefferson High School.

William E. Moerner and Robert Floyd Curl Jr. share a dual distinction. Both are Jefferson High School graduates (Moerner in 1971, Curl in 1950) and both have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry (Moerner won in 2014, Curl in 1996). This was the reason for which we chose Jefferson High School as our March location this year. There are other distinctions in science research, scholarship and achievement here in San Antonio which we will highlight during the march itself.

We do this by establishing posters along the march route. The posters will be maintained by volunteers during the march; the posters will display the achievement with the scientist's name and date/year of the achievement; and the volunteers have additional information to respond to questions which the marchers may ask. This year, our March route leads us from Jefferson to Woodlawn Lake Park along Kampmann Boulevard. "Walk Thru Science" was a popular feature for the first March for Science - San Antonio in 2017.

Accessibility

The march itself will be along the streets, sidewalks, and parking lots in the immediate area, and is just over two miles total. That said, please do not overexert yourself. The Rally with featured speakers will take place on the highly-accessible band marching practice area of Jefferson High School. Our goal is for this march to be as accessible as safely possible.

Parking

There is parking available in the surrounding neighborhood areas, but no parking will be available on the school campus.
Please of course be courteous and respectful 
of our neighbors in parking near their homes and properties!

Route

From the Jefferson High School marching band practice field, we will head south on Kampmann Blvd to W. Woodlawn, turn east on W. Woodlawn to S. Josephine Tobin Dr., then south on S. Josephine Tobin to W. Craig Pl, east on W. Craig Pl to Rouse Ave, north on Rouse Ave to Bancroft, west on Bancroft up to W. Woodlawn, then east on W. Woodlawn to Kampmann Blvd and return to Jefferson. Please be aware that the path is uneven gravel on Bancroft. Watch your step!

Energy

This march has created a very diverse coalition of individuals. The energy will be super high, please be respectful to others as well as to our San Antonio streets.
TIMELINE: April 14, 2018
  1. 8:30am
    Setup Begins
    Our volunteers will begin arriving at this time. The entire event will be staged in the Jefferson High School marching band practice area on the northeast side of the campus (http://bit.ly/2v5YJ3i).
  2. 9:00am
    Partner Arrival and Setup
    Partners may offload their tables and materials in the No Parking area immediately adjacent to the March Rally location (http://bit.ly/2GSqDoN). Volunteers will guide you within March for Science.
  3. 9:30am
    General Parking
    Please park in the neighborhoods near the March location area. Please of course be courteous and respectful of our neighbors in parking near their homes and properties!
  4. 10:00am
    March Assembly Begins
    We anticipate marchers arriving at about 10:00 am.
  5. 10:30am
    Official Welcome and Remarks
    We will officially welcome the marchers at 10:30 AM within the Jefferson High School marching band practice area on the northeast side of the campus. Mayor Ron Nirenberg will welcome us to the March.
  6. 10:45am
    March Begins
    After the remarks, a few of the chairs will lead the march south on Wilson Avenue towards Woodlawn Lake.
  7. 12:00pm
    March Last Heat
    This will conclude the march as the final marchers are wrapping up. Rally will begin.
  8. 12:30pm
    Rally and Final Speakers
    We will hear from Drs. Rodolfo Jimenez, Jr., Marina Suarez, and Stephanie Perez. We will hear from our special guest, Congressman Lloyd Doggett. March Organizers will thank the marchers and close the Rally.
  9. 2:00pm
    Event Conclusion and Clean Up
  10. 2:15pm
    Vehicle Pickup
    Vehicles will be allowed for pickup.
  11. 3:00pm
    Jefferson Grounds Cleared
    The high school grounds needs to be cleared out.