December news for the Bio-Link Community
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Bio-Link On-Line News December 2013  

Live from our student bloggers!

In her most recent blog post, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota's Kristine Cerbone explains the Hurry Up and Wait process that accompanies her work with proteins. 

 No more bubblegum? No problem!  Mandy Hunter of Madison College  describes her foray into the world of  biotech troubleshooting in her blog, The  Queens of Troubleshooting. 

 Everything from pandas to touring the J.  Craig Venter Institute, Mandy Hunter shares the 2013 NSF ATE PI  Conference in pictures

IUSE and ITEST solicitations and grant writing help

The new ITEST solicitation is available.  ITEST supports Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers. 
Proposal deadlines are Feb 6, 2014 and Nov. 6, 2014.

The deadline for the new IUSE program (Improving Undergraduate STEM Education) is Feb. 4th, 2014.  See the IUSE solicitation for more details. 

A Virtual Faculty Collaborative composed of AAAS, Louisiana State University, and Higher Education Services is offering some Interactive Web-based Workshops to provide faculty with some guidance in writing these proposals. Learn more...

The National Science Foundation highlights ATE and Bio-Link

The National Science Foundation presents an in-depth look at the importance of both the Advanced Technology Education (ATE) centers and Bio-Link in keeping the biotechnology workforce stocked full of highly skilled workers. 
  • Preparing High-Tech Workers, Meeting Needs of Employers discusses the importance of the 39 ATE centers and their 292 active grants. The article explains how they help to prepare students for the biotech workforce by “increasing the knowledge and skills of technicians who are educated at associate-degree-granting colleges."

Workshops at this year's ATE PI conference

You Have Developed a Patentable Product on an ATE Grant. Now What? Dr. Judith Fitzpatrick, a lecturer at Bergen Community College, addressed a new issue that might arise for entrepreneurial and research based ATE projects.  Not only do you need to know the science, now you need to understand intellectual property. 

Small companies and ATE’s education programs  rely on each other: businesses need skilled  workers and schools need internship sites and industry partners. To encourage these partnerships, the National Science Foundation offers several kinds of  supplemental funding to companies with SBIR phase II grants.  Companies can get supplements to hire students, faculty, and veterans, and up to 40K to work with a community college.  Working  with SBIR Phase II Grantees describes the supplements and presents step by step instructions for finding these companies in the NSF award database.

Florida State College Jacksonville's ATE grant project makes the news

The October International Innovations magazine, featured the Food Safety Technician program at FSCJ.   Check it out!
"Academics from the Florida State College at Jacksonville and industry professionals have collaborated to create the Institute for Food Safety, a unique laboratory where industrial food testing is carried out in parallel with the training of the next generation of food safety technicians."

This month's biotech successes!

The National Science Foundation’s ATE@20 blog highlighted some of the many amazing things going on in the world of biotechnology. These articles by Madeline Patton outline the value of providing students with good job information, the Biofuels Workforce Summit’s success at keeping colleges up to date with new technology, the accomplishment of the research mentoring program at Del Mar College, and the innovative techniques in the biomanufacturing program at Salt Lake Community College.

Time is running out. Submit your proposal now if you want to present at the 2014 HI-TEC conference!

Apply to give a presentation: here.
  • The deadline for workshops is January 15.
  • The deadline for sessions and poster sessions is February 1.
About the conference:
"HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy."

Holiday treats enjoyed by Bio-Link


See more festive holiday fungi at the Science Creative Quarterly.

Summer internships

Although the holidays are around the corner, remember that now is a great time to apply for summer internships.  Several places have posted application information and many have deadlines in early January.  Faculty can also apply for summer internships through programs like the Visiting Faculty Program at the Dept. of Energy. 

DOE visiting faculty program

Want to learn new lab techniques?  Have some fun doing research?  Spend the summer in one of the Dept. of Energy labs.  

Apply by January 10th, 2014

Learn more...


Department of Homeland Security Internships

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM)"

Apply by January 6th, 2014

Learn more...


Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Applications for the Dept. of Energy's Summer Internships at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab in Berkeley, California are available now. 

The DOE's SULI program encourages full-time students at 2 year or 4 year colleges in the US to apply for research internships at one of 17 DOE National Labs.  

Applications are due January 10, 2014

Learn more...


Community College Internships in DOE labs

"The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers."

Apply by Jan 10th, 2014

Learn more...

Summer Internships for Community College students at the National Institutes of Health

"We are pleased to announce the 2014 NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP). The purpose of this program is to increase the number of community college students who participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP)."

Apply by  January 31, 2014

Learn more...


The National Center for Toxicological Research is looking for students for its summer research program. 

"Selected individuals will participate in research projects on the biological effect of potentially toxic chemicals and the solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment."
  Apply by  March 7, 2014

Learn more...


Upcoming Events

June 2-6, 2014 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum
Berkeley, CA
June 22nd Community College Day at BIO2014
San Diego, CA
July 21-24th HI TEC
Chicago, IL
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