Speakers 2018-2019

Kimberly Moore Dalal


Kimberly Moore Dalal, MD, FACS is the Medical Director of Surgical Oncology, Mills-Peninsula, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Medical Director, Pancreas Surgical Oncology, California Pacific Medical Center, Bay Area Sutter Health, California. Having graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as Alpha Omega Alpha, she matched in general .surgery at the University of California at San Francisco where she completed her internship.  She finished her general surgery residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. On the National level, Dr. Dalal was selected to represent the American College of Surgeons to the Commission on Cancer. She was also chosen to serve as a member of the High-Risk Upper GI Working Group of the American College of Surgeons that will set standards of excellence for pancreas cancer surgery in the United States; she is the only community private practice surgeon in the pancreas subgroup. Dr. Dalal’s pride and joy are her family, including her two children and new puppy, with whom she likes to travel, cook, and run.


Gabriel Guillén


Dr. Gabriel Guillén is an Assistant Professor in Spanish at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). At MIIS, Dr. Guillén teaches language courses such as Spanish Social Entrepreneurship, Spanish Storytelling, and Spanish in the Community, connecting Spanish and English learners in the Monterey County.  His research focuses on language learning social networks for both formal and informal learners, which led him to launch the first community of blogs for the interchange of languages back in 2006. Thirteen years later, Dr. Guillén is still an active researcher and practitioner in the field of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) with a new focus on local intercultural exchanges.


Reverb, Student-led Performance Club

Reverb is an instrumental, songwriting, and performance group dedicated to making music. We hope to bring people from all musical backgrounds together to create new styles of expression and cultivate a love of innovation and harmony.



Eugene Cordero

IMG_7350Dr. Eugene Cordero is currently employed as a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University.  His research interests are aligned with understanding how our climate is changing as a result of both natural and anthropogenic processes, dealing with climate change and atmospheric dynamics. Some of his present projects in this field include “detection and attribution of climate change” and “wave-ozone feedbacks and the solar cycle.” Dr. Cordero elaborates that he is “presently interested in developing new methods for teaching climate change that engage the public and ultimately stimulate social change.”


Kakani Katija

katija_kakaniDr Kakani Katija is a bioengineer dedicated to developing underwater technologies to better observe biological and physical processes where they happen in the ocean. She is currently a Principal Engineer and Principal Investigator at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and heads the Bioinspiration Lab. Dr. Katija was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2011 and a Kavli Research Fellow in 2013. Although Dr. Katija currently does her research in the ocean, her education began in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, before receiving her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Katija is also a former ice dancer and member of the U.S. International Figure Skating Team.