March news for the Bio-Link Community
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Bio-Link On-Line News March 2014

Planning for summer in March

It's going a busy summer with many different educational opportunities available to members of the Bio-Link community.  Every time I sat down to put this together, someone emailed me with a new workshop or conference.  

I'd to remind all of you that it takes you the same amount of time to log in to the Bio-Link web site and post an event as it does to email me.  As an added bonus, if you log in and post your events, you get them posted right away!

If you're not sure how to post an event, I'm including instructions below and we have a Bio-Link User guide available if you're logged in to the site.

How to post an event on the Bio-Link web site in six easy steps

Any Bio-Link program member can post an event at Bio-Link.  
1.  Log in
2.  Click "Events."
3.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Add a Bio-Link Event."
4.  Fill in as much of the form as you can.  
5.  Click the "Published" box.
6.  Click the "Save" button.

If you're short on time and you want me to look over your work before publishing, click the Save button and let me know (  


Grant writing webinar in April

Bio-Link is sponsoring a webinar on April 22nd, 12:45 pm, Central time, to let all of you about opportunities to apply for grants from the National Science Foundation or work with others who have already been funded through grants from the SBIR program.

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

Register now!

Room for more in the Bioscience Industrial Fellowship Project

Have you ever wanted to spend some time in biotech companies, calibrate your lab skills, and make sure that you're teaching students current information? You can do this and more in Winston-Salem.

Biosciences Industry Fellowship Program(BIFP)
The BIFP is sponsored by a NSF - ATE DUE Award #1304010.  It is a four week observational fellowship program where selected instructors will reside in Winston - Salem, North Carolina for the month of June 2014. During their stay, they will visit NC Biosciences industrial facilities, community colleges and university labs and research parks. Working in pairs, twelve awardees will write about their experiences and produce contextualized modules as grant products. The BIFP is open to interested instructors in good standing with their employers, who are currently teaching at the high school, community college or university level. Travel expenses are paid and a competitive stipend is available for those who qualify.  Applications for the remaining positions will be accepted on a first come first serve basis for those who meet the requirements.

Contact Russ Read, or Mica Welsh, at the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce to apply.

Registration and fellowship application materials for the Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum are available now

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

If you haven't attended Summer Fellows Forum before, you may eligible for a fellowship to help defray expenses.  Fellowship applications are due by April 4th.

View Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum information and registration.

bio-ITEST high school bioinformatics curriculum now available at Digital World Biology

Make sure to check out these great resources for high school teachers. Plus it's free! Digital World Biology has posted all of the curriculum materials developed through the NSF bio-ITEST project, DRL-0833779.

The Genetic testing curriculum strand is designed for those new to working with bioinformatics.  As part of this strand, students identify mutations related to breast cancer and discuss the ethical implications of genetic testing.

The Genetic research strand explores evolution of different species and DNA barcoding.

iBiology, part of The American Society for Cell Biology, will be hosting a  Live Q&A session on April 10th, with Lydia Villa-Komaroff about her career in academia, industry, and science outreach.
“A PhD is a degree of opportunity (…) What you learn in the lab is a way of asking questions, a rigor of thinking that will stand you in good stead with any problem." 

Before the session, watch Lydia Villa-Komaroff's iBiology videos:

About the speaker:
Lydia Villa-Komaroff has had an exemplary scientific career.  During graduate school at MIT, she worked jointly in David Baltimore and Harvey Lodish’s lab on viral translation. As a postdoctoral fellow with Wally Gilbert, Lydia Villa-Komaroff was a key member of the team that showed for the first time that bacteria could be induced to produce insulin.  She spent the next twenty years researching growth factors and development before moving to administration at Northwestern and then the Whitehead Institute.  This got her interested in business and biotechnology and today she is Chief Scientific Officer at CytonomeST.  Lydia Villa-Komaroff was the third Mexican-American woman in the U.S. to receive a Ph.D. in the hard sciences, and is a co-founder of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Next generation sequence analysis at Dolan DNA Learning Center

The National Science Foundation will be funding a project to help bring the resources and training for NGS analysis into the undergraduate education. The training will happen through the Dolan DNA Learning Center.

here for application 

"The project focuses on RNA-Seq as the most tractable analysis for faculty who are new to NGS and provides the first easy biological "on ramp" to the national supercomputing highway."

Selected Summer internships

Make sure you carve out a little time this month to apply for some of these awesome summer internships!

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...


Genes in Space

There's a new game to help scientists cure cancer!

Anyone can download this exciting game and instantly be transported to space where you are the captain of a spaceship who must collect valuable and powerful ‘Element Alpha’. You get to have fun at the same time you join the fight to cure cancer. What could be better?

"We’ve been working with our scientists and gaming experts for months to build the game, which on the surface is a simple and entertaining caper through space. But underneath it’s a data crunching powerhouse that’s helping our scientists identify the DNA faults that could lead to cancer."

Wanted: recommendations for a lab safety textbook.

Some instructors have asked about recommendations for lab safety materials. If you've had a good experience with a certain lab safety textbook, we'd love to hear from you! Give us a quick idea of why it worked, so that we can make sure to spread the word across the bio-tech community.

*Please send all recommendations to Sandy:


For those of you who are job searching, be sure to check out this great article about ways to use LinkedIn

Award winning journalist, Luke Timmerman, wrote an article called, "Hiring in Biotech is Tricky. But Algorithms Won’t Save the Day." It's all about how businesses cannot rely on data when it comes to evaluating job candidates...especially in the bio-tech industry.


"The thing about algorithms is they can’t imagine how a talented person who lacks a few qualifications might be resourceful, and able to adapt and grow into a top performer if given a chance in the right environment."

Hi-TECH - register now

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

You can register online or use the printable form to mail in your payment. But make sure to do so by May 31 so that you can get the Early Bird Registration discounted rate
  • Click here to view the conference schedule/ program.
  • Click here to learn more about workshops and tours. 
                    -Pre-conference workshops / industry tours will be held on Monday and Tuesday.
                    -Main conference sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.

Don't forget 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 plenty of 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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