September 22, 2015

Published on: Sep 25, 2015
Moderators: Dr. Stanley Maloy & Dr. Stephen Welter.
Video & Audio: Eric Ackerman

Amy Schmitz Weiss

Amy Schmitz Weiss, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Journalism

School of Journalism & Media Studies

Amy Schmitz Weiss is an associate professor in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. In 2011, she was named a Dart Academic Fellow.

She is also the 2011-2012 Recipient of the AEJMC Bridge Grant with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that led to the creation of a mobile news app, AzteCast for the San Diego State University campus population in spring 2012.

Dr. Schmitz Weiss is the founder and director of the Virtual Journalism Learning Center in Second Life, which is used to train journalism students and journalists on how to cover natural disasters and crisis situations. She also is a former journalist who has been involved in new media for more than a decade. She has worked in business development, marketing analysis and account management for several Chicago Internet media firms.

Dr. Schmitz Weiss has presented her research at several national and international conferences. Her research interests include online journalism, media sociology, news production, multimedia journalism and international communication. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, as book chapters and in a book she co-edited. You can find out more about her on her personal website:

Daniel Goble

Daniel (Dann) Goble, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Exercise and Nutrional Sciences


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2007
  • Masters of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor, 2002
  • Honours Bachelor of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor, 2000

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), Univ Cal San Diego
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • International Society of Motor Control (ISMC)
  • Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM)

Research Areas

  • Sensorimotor Neuroscience
  • Motor Control
  • Biomechanics
Tom Huxford

Tom Huxford, Ph.D.

Professor, Biochemistry

College of Sciences

  • B.S. Biochemistry, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1995
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, 2001, Advisor: Dr. Gourisankar Ghosh
  • Postdoc Structural Biology, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, 2005, Fellow of the University of California University-wide AIDS Research Program
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, San Diego State University, 2005-present
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Molecular Biology Institute, San Diego State University, 2005-present

In this laboratory we use our knowledge and experience in the area of protein structure and function to determine the chemical mechanisms employed by interesting biological factors. The major focus of the laboratory is in understanding regulation in the transcription factor NF-kappaB signal transduction pathway. NF-kappaB is a relatively small class of proteins that respond to diverse stimuli by activating the expression of numerous genes. NF-kappaB responsive genes include many of the key components of the cellular survival program including inflammatory cytokines, mediators and effectors of both innate and adaptive immunity, and inhibitors of apoptosis. Although proper NF-kappaB function is integral to a cell’s ability to fight off infection and respond to stress, too much of an NF-kappaB response can contribute to states of chronic inflammation such as arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and colitis. Recently, it has been shown that chronically inflamed tissues can serve as hotbeds for tumor formation. Cellular processes that recognize and kill tumors in healthy tissues fail to function effectively under the influence of the NF-kappaB cell survival program. Chronic inflammation due to hyperactive NF-kappaB has also been shown to contribute to sclerotic formation in arteries and heart disease.