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Bio-Link On-Line News November 2013  

Bio-Link Connections is available for download

Bio-Link Connections Oct. 2013The October 2013 issue of Bio-Link Connections has been posted at the Bio-Link website. 

This issue contains photos and highlights from the 15th Annual Summer Fellows Forum and HI TEC 2013, a story about a new biomedical science program at Coon Rapids High School  in Minnesota, and Dr. Linnea Fletcher's impressions from this summer's Vision and Change meeting and the US-Australia Renewable Energy Education and Green Exchange Program.

Download your copy of Bio-Link Connections today!

Bio-Link bloggers never sleep!

This month we have a new student blogger joining us from Florida State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota. Kristine shares her story about switching from pre-nursing to biotech.

We also have stories from Mandy Hunter of Madison College.  In the "Queens of Troubleshooting," Mandy compares an episode of "I love Lucy" to the challenge of purifying proteins, measuring their activity, and figuring why oh why, there might be two peaks at the end.

My favorite post is the story of Mandy's trip to Washington DC to attend the NSF ATE PI conference.  The NSF ATE PI conference, in pictures captures all those wonderful things that I never think to photograph - like the movie set lobby at the hotel (it was in The Pelican Brief) or the food.  It's fun to see the conference through student eyes. 

Del Mar students win awards and Dr. Rob Hatherill is recognized by congress

Dr. Rob Hatherill from Del Mar College also joins us this month in the blogging section.  Dr. Hatherill may have been too shy to tell us about the award he won from Congress for excellence in teaching (see the photos) but he was happy to share his students' success in winning awards at the November ASM meeting in New Orleans and at the NSF ATE PI meeting in DC.

Thanks Rob!

The National Science Foundation wants your feedback on the ATE program

Many students and community college programs have benefitted from the Advanced Technology Education program at the NSF.  Now that it's time to write the new solicitation, the NSF would like to hear your input and comments.

The NSF is especially interested in hearing your comments about:

 possible changes to the current program solicitation, that could include: (1) Adding specific emerging areas to expand the pool of skilled technicians in strategic advanced-technology fields; (2) increasing focus on or highlighting gaps in the program solicitation that need to be addressed; (3) developing new types of partnerships (e.g., NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, partnerships with Discipline-Based Educational Researchers, partnerships with learning scientists, educational researchers and evaluators); and (4) adding Research & Development (R&D) on innovations in curricular, learning materials, tools, assessments, and faculty and student professional development.

The comment period ends Dec. 2nd, 2013.  More information here...

Bio-Link programs make the news!

So many Bio-Link programs have been in the news this past month, we thought they all deserved a special mention.

Students at Flathead Valley Community College know something's fishy

FVCC students have been working to identify genetic differences between rainbow trout, and the Westslope cutthroat trout.  As Dr. Ruth Wrightsman explained to me, distinguishing between the trout species is important because they can hybridize and produce sterile offspring.

Read more about "Fishing for Genes"

Bio-Link takes over Genetic Engineering News

Several articles by members of the Bio-Link community have appeared lately in Genetic Engineering News and a special Industrial Biotechnology issue.   

Stanley Kikkert's students at Mesa Community College demonstrate the downside of trying on Halloween masks

pumpkinLeave it to Dr. Stanley Kikkert (Mesa Community College, AZ) to find a way to really make the news. no less!  Halloween is over but there are still some scary bacteria hanging out on the shelves.

Check out "What's on the inside of Halloween masks is more trick than treat" for a new fun activity to try with your microbiology class.

Amgen Curriculum & Videos - on-line at Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College will be offering professional development workshops for Middle and High School Teachers Dec. 6th, 2013, Jan 31st, 2014, and June 26th- 28th, 2014.

There will also be a special workshop on Jan 11 with BioRad and ExoLabs on the BioFuel Kit and C. Elegans kit:  It's free, if 10 teachers sign up!  

They have made lab protocols and videos available on-line:

  • Amgen Biotech Experience - Make your own GMO E. coli!  Here are instructions and protocols for digests, ligation, cloning, etc.  
Learn more about Amgen and their biotech education program for high schools.

That's not how you pipette!

Although you'd never know it from the movies or TV.  

Check out Thatsnothowyoupipette for some great examples to use in class or just enjoy on your own.

We've got issues...and you can read them all

Find past issues of Bio-Link On-Line News and Bio-Link Connections at the Newsletter section of

Summer internships

It feels like school just started but now is the time to start applying 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...



Upcoming Events

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

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