Bio-Link Community News December 2016
Grab your popcorn and check out an exciting interactive Bio-Link movie

Bio-Link Online News December 2016

  • Funding Successes for Bio-Link Programs
  • Check out our Educational Interactive Video!!
  • The Bio-Link Depot has been cloned
  • Internship Deadlines are coming up soon
  • Spotlight on Bio-Link Web resources
  • Upcoming Events

Welcome to the December 2016 edition of Bio-Link Community news! 

I hope your fall semester / quarter is ending on a good note.  As usual, we have so many things happening we often run short of time to write about them.

Our web 2016 webinar series was a great success.  Links to the videos can be found on our web site in the webinar schedule.  The 2017 series will begin at the end of January with a webinar on CSO's and college-run incubators.

Be sure you take a look at "Making the Call," an interactive movie discussed below.  This movie will be a wonderful resource for teaching students what it's like to work in a company and how to address day to day challenges like record keeping and decision making under pressure.  The characters are engaging and when they get called into the boss's office after a bad decision, even I find myself cringing.  

I hope all of you have a great holidays and I look forward to seeing you in 2017.
Sandra Porter, PhD
Co-PI, Bio-Link

Successful Funding Efforts

Do you have ideas for innovations in biotech education?  At least 34 Bio-Link programs have gotten grants from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technology Education program.  If you're looking for help or advice, check out Bio-Link's Program Funding report.  You can see which programs have gotten funding and use the link's on their program pages to read about their projects.  

If your program is missing from the list on the Program funding report, let us know!  Please email Beth Stewart with any questions or updates.  Thank you!

An Educational Interactive Video Just for Biotech!

Experience Making the Call: Quality in Biomanufacturingthe new interactive video produced by Pellet Productions with help from Bio-Link.  This video is designed to help students can prepare for careers in a regulated biomanufacturing environment by presenting them with the types of challenges they're likely to face on the job and letting them view the consequences of different decisions, both good and bad.

Read more about this exciting resource in a Bio-Link blog by Lisa Seldman of Madison College, and check out our October 21st webinar for approaches to teaching with this new movie (maybe popcorn?).  Webinar slides are also available.

A New Equipment Depot is Now Open!

We are excited to announce the opening of a new Bio-Link depot. Our first depot has enriched the science community since 2002 by connecting science educators with the equipment and supplies they need through generous donations by the biotech industry. Now, teachers in another area can benefit from company donations as well.  Learn more about the new depot at the Irvine Valley College web page.

If you have multiple biotech companies in your area, you might want to consider starting a depot.  Check out the Bio-Link Depot page on our web site or go straight to Bio-Link Depot to learn more.

A New Equipment Depot is Now Open!

We are excited to announce the opening of a new equipment depot. Our first depot has enriched the science community since 2002 by connecting science educators with the equipment and supplies they need through generous donations by the biotech industry. More information about the depot can be found on the Irvine Valley College web page.

NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP)  - Apply Now

The NIH CCSEP is a 10-week (June 5-August 10) summer internship program that provides an opportunity for community college students to receive hands-on paid biomedical research experience. You may apply for the Bethesda, Baltimore or Frederick locations. The application deadline is January 4, 2017.

Qualifications for the internship:
1.  US Citizen or Permanent Resident
2.  GPA of 3.0 or higher
3.  Majoring in a STEM/health related major
4.  No prior research experience (besides small projects at your school--biotechnology projects are okay)

Detailed information about the internships is available

For questions please email

Department of Energy Internships for Students and Faculty

The Office of Science / US Department of Energy  (DOE) is pleased to announce paid research internship opportunities for undergraduate students and faculty in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for the summer of 2017. The application deadline for all three programs is January 13, 2017 at 5:00pm ET.

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.
Apply at

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program places students from 2 and 4 year undergraduate institutions as paid interns in science and engineering research activities at DOE national laboratories and facilities, working with laboratory staff scientists and engineers on projects related to ongoing research programs.
Apply at

Visiting Faculty Program (VFP), formerly called Faculty and Student Teams (FaST), seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas.
Apply at​ 

Faculty Opportunity:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Fellowship - Apply Now

The CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship is the only program of its kind offered by the CDC for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health sciences into current middle-and high-school classrooms. This fellowship, previously known as the Science Ambassador Workshop, includes a 5-day summer course at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity.The application deadline is February 15, 2017.

Applications and supporting materials are available online

Detailed information about the fellowships is available online at the CDC website

Spotlight on a Bio-Link resource 

We have other videos that go well with popcorn too. This month we spotlight our Video resource webpage, and in particular all the terrific program videos (take a look at one of our favorites of the program at Madison Area Technical College).  We have added a lot of new ones--if we have missed yours please send a link to Beth Stewart and we will add it.  

Upcoming Events 2017

January 4th Application deadline for NIH CCSEP Internship
January 13th Application deadline for DOE Internships
January 27th Bio-Link webinar:  CSO's and incubators
Deborah Davis, Bluegrass Community & Technical College 
February 15th Application deadline for CDC fellowship
Atlanta, GA
June TBD Biosciences Industry Fellowship Program (BIFP)
Winston-Salem, NC
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