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Bio-Link Online News April 2014

MentorLinks: Request for Mentor Applications

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has announced a national call for applications for the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program.

Are you a two-year college professional who is interested in serving as a mentor? You would get to work with a college whose faculty and administration want to develop or strengthen a certificate or degree program for technicians in a science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics field.

*Up to ten institutions will be selected as MentorLinks 

*Up to ten individual mentors will be named to the MentorLinks Mentor Team for a two-year grant period beginning October 1, 2014.

If selected as a mentor, you will receive an honorarium and travel support to attend a mentor training and orientation meeting, national project meetings, and to conduct college site visits.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2014.

Click here for more information!

Still time to register for the Bio-Link grant writing webinar

Bio-Link is sponsoring a webinar on April 22nd at 12:45 pm (Central time)! Tune in to find out about the many opportunities for grants from the National Science Foundation. Participants will also find out about creative ways to fund student internships by working with companies that have received phase II grants through the NSF SBIR program.

Dr. Linnea Fletcher (Bio-Link Co-PI) and Dr. V. Celeste Carter (NSF) will be the presenters.  
Register now!

Info about registering for Summer Fellows

The 16th ANNUAL SUMMER FELLOWS FORUM is coming up very soon. Sponsored by the Bio-Link National Center, it will begin on Monday, June 2, 2014 - 1:00pm - and end Friday, June 6, 2014. Visit Bio-Link today to register or apply for a Summer Fellows fellowship.  

View Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum information and registration.

Graduate from FSCJ Biotech Program Assists with Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic

In this inspiring article in ATE@20, Madeline Patton describes Davitte Khauv's internship at a Mayo Clinic research lab while she was at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), which led to a wonderful full-time job.

Read more here!

"Khauv, whose family immigrated to the United States from Cambodia when she was 18 months old, was influenced by her cousins' success in computer science and initially started work on a bachelor’s degree in this field before deciding she was more interested in laboratory work." 

St. Louis Public Radio: Community College Innovation Builds Skilled Biotech Workforce

Check out this insightful article written by Dr. Eilene Lyons, about the role that St. Louis Community College (STLCC) has had on the biotech investment and infrastructure in St. Louis:
“St. Louis Community College (STLCC) was at the forefront by forming a new Center of Excellence that offers advanced technology training in plant and life sciences, providing the skilled workforce necessary to support biotech investment and infrastructure in St. Louis.en." 
About the writer:
Eilene Lyons is a consultant for Bio-Link, the Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Life Sciences. 

Selected Summer internships

Make sure you find some time this month to apply for these great summer internships for both students and faculty!

Faculty internships


CDC Science Ambassadors

Are you interested in public health or infectious disease?  If you're a high school, middle school, or college faculty member you can become a Science Ambassador this summer with the Centers for Disease Control. Science ambassadors spend 5 days at the CDC in Atlanta, GA, learning about public health and collaborating with CDC scientists on learning activities.

Application deadline April 15th

Learn more..

Student internships


There are all kinds of Research Experiences for Undergrads listed on the National Science Foundation's website. 

"NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. "
  Application deadlines vary

Learn more...


Two year colleges are a force to be reckoned with!

Two year colleges are often underappreciated. Matthew Tuthill, of Kapiolani Community College, explains all about the many amazing career options and research opportunities they offer in an article in The Scientist Magazine. Click here to find out more!

About the author:
Matthew Tuthill is an assistant professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Kapiolani Community College in Hawaii. He completed his PhD research on regulation of the N-myc oncogene at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center.

"Nearly a quarter of science and engineering faculty members currently populating two-year campuses hold PhDs.  Researchers at two-year schools can investigate diverse topics with less emphasis on academic competition and market pressures."

Protecting yourself from the Zombie Apocalyse

The zombie apocalypse is no laughing matter. And if you work in a chemistry lab, it's seriously deadly business. Fortunately for the lab crew, chemistry professor (@Dr. Rubidium on Twitter) has created a video to answer all of your questions about protecting yourself from the chemical zombie apocalypse. Don't this video today!

"Chemist and zombie film buff Raychelle Burks has come up with what could be a life-saving solution. Behold, the future of zombie apocalypse survival: Death Cologne!"

Hi-TECH - register now

Just a reminder that HI-TEC registration is now available!

Register online or use the printable form to mail in your payment. Register by May 31 to get the Early Bird Registration discounted rate.

View the conference schedule / program

Pre-conference workshops / industry tours will be held on Monday and Tuesday and main conference sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Register for pre-conference workshops.

Be sure to make your hotel reservations at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Chicago right off of Michigan Avenue. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, shops, museums, and many things to do.

Upcoming Events

June 2-6, 2014 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum
Berkeley, CA
June 23 Community College Day at BIO2014
San Diego, CA
July 14-17 Bioman
Salt Lake City Community College
July 21-24 HI TEC, Register now!
Chicago, IL
June- August Protein is Cash - workshops for high school teachers
Various locations
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