National Geographic’s BioBlitz Events

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BioBlitz
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Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as director of neurological surgery for the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, chief of St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Division of Neurological Surgery, and consultant for SI-Joint, St. Jude Medical, and Nuvasive. Beyond helping others through his profession, Ali Mesiwala, MD, supports National Geographic.

The National Geographic Society, a educational and scientific organization, supports hundreds of exploration, research, conservation, and educational projects throughout the world, including BioBlitz.

Hosted throughout the United States at more than 250 schools and other natural areas, BioBlitz events challenge participants of all ages to find and identify plants, fungi, animals, and other organisms within a specific area. Teachers, families, scientists, students, and community members work together to search out and count species.

During BioBlitz, participants are taken on an informative tour of their area, led by scientists and highlighting nearby natural attractions. Teams are then tasked with taking and uploading photos of different species on iNaturalist, allowing them to record observations and receive help with species identification. They also help create a comprehensive species inventory of their area.

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The Rhoton Collection – Funded by the AANS

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Rhoton Collection
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Experienced neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as the chief of the Division of Neurological Surgery and Department of Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center in California. Possessing more than two decades of medical experience, Ali Mesiwala, MD, belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

As part of its efforts to advance the specialty of neurological surgery, the AANS is funding the creation of the Rhoton Collection alongside the Neurosurgical Research & Education Foundation (NREF). Created by Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., MD, FAANS(L), this online archive was designed to help professionals increase their knowledge of neurosurgical anatomy in the most efficient way possible. It is free to AANS members who enter a username and password.

Within the Rhoton Collection, professionals will find thousands of resources from Dr. Rhoton’s teaching material. This material includes video lectures and an interactive atlas of anatomical structures. Tens of thousands of slides are being scanned for inclusion in the collection, and volunteers are creating drawings to accompany the anatomical components found in the interactive atlas.

All the material found in the Rhoton Collection can be downloaded in high resolution and used for publications, media use, or education presentations. However, credit must be given to the Rhoton Collection if any materials are used and watermarks cannot be removed from videos or images.

Facebook and National Geographic Team up for Live 360 Launch

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Live 360
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A neurosurgeon for more than 20 years, Ali Mesiwala, MD, leads the Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center and functions as a consultant for such companies as SI-Bone, Inc., and Nuvasive, Inc. Outside of his professional life, Ali H. Mesiwala, MD, supports of the National Geographic Society.

Last December, Facebook and National Geographic teamed up to launch Live 360 video that gave users the unique opportunity to view operations 24 hours a day at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Journalist Cara Santa Maria toured the facility with commentary from scientific experts John Grunsfeld, Stephen Petranek, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The live stream gave viewers the chance to see the unique conditions that scientists have been living in for months. Completely isolated from mainstream society, these simulators were designed to emulate what life on Mars would be like. The video offered a behind-the-scenes look at these living conditions and a live look at the scientists as they left the pods for the first time. Viewers were also able to participate in a Q&A with the scientists.

ARToon at the Claremont Museum of Art

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ARToon
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A resident of Claremont, California, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a neurosurgeon with years of experience as a doctor, educator, entrepreneur, and consultant. Ali Mesiwala, MD, applies his expertise as chief of the St. Bernardine Medical Center Division of Neurological Surgery and the medical director of Chaparral Medical Group. Outside of his career, Dr. Mesiwala supports the Claremont Museum of Art.

The Claremont Museum of Art was incorporated in 2004 to promote the city of Claremont’s art and cultural history. In addition to exhibition and events, the Claremont museum maintains several educational programs in support of its mission. These include ARToon, an after-school education program that targets preteens.

Currently in its second year of operation, ARToon is an after school art instruction program for pre-teens. The program teaches skills related to the development of unique cartoon characters with the ultimate goal of creating a comic book or graphic novel concept.

While enrolled in the ARToon program, up to 40 students create a large format page for their concept, which is later exhibited at a public art reception. ARToon is made possible through a partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and is led by an art teacher and a professional cartoonist.