October news for the Bio-Link Community
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Welcome to Bio-Link On-line News!

Another school year is underway!   

The government can close but that doesn't shut down Bio-Link.  

Lots of things have been happening these past few months.  Our career site, was featured in ASBMB Today, Oklahoma community member contributions have been in the news, the NIH Community College Day happens soon, and it's time for students to start working on internship applications.  Plus, some enterprising community members are raising funds to train biotechnologists in Haiti.

Many community members are currently working on presentations and talks for the ATE PI meeting next week in Washington DC.  If you're going to be in town, look for our booth in the opening session and our presentations at the conference.  We hope to connect with many of you at the annual ATE PI meeting and hear about your experiences.

Bio-Link October 2013

Spotlight on

We were excited to see an article by Angela Hopp (@angelahopp) on in this month's issue of ASBMB today.  

Hopp writes:

Bio-Link website shows students that the scientific enterprise has the room — and the need — for workers of all sorts

For students with interests in science and technology but with limited knowledge of related professions, figuring out what steps to take toward those careers can be intimidating and deflating. This is especially true for students who could become the first in their families to go to college and for students who want to attend college but can’t afford the rising cost of four-year degrees.

Read the article


And speaking of Photo Journals ...

We'd like to see biotech career photo journals featuring alumni from as many Bio-Link programs as possible.  If you're a biotech instructor, please talk to your alumni about submitting a photo journal showing them on the job. If you're a student or alumni, please consider sharing your experience and letting young people know about your work.

Photos of real biotech alumni in real jobs helps students to better visualize themselves working in a biotech career.  If your alumni are interested in helping other students, and making a few extra $$ for the holidays, have them contact


Wondering how to use in your classroom?

Julie Reis, a National Board Certified Science Teacher from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, CA, shared her student career search activity with us and let us post her materials.

Read more.... 


Updates from Bio-Link student bloggers

If you are going to the ATE PI meeting, you'll have a chance to meet Bio-Link student bloggers Mandy Hunter and Jennifer Newsted.  I'm sure they'll autograph something if you ask nicely.  

In her recent posts, Mandy tells us about trying to photograph gels with a cell phone and learning that transfections can be more challenging than they sound.

Dr. Diana Spencer teaches collaboration - and an occasional grad student

Jim Stafford, from NewsOK, has great story about the origins of the Tulsa Area Bioscience Education and Research Consortium (TABERC).  He describes conversations with Ken Miller, a professor at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, and Diana Spencer, head of the Tulsa Community College Biotech program.  

It all began with a Tulsa-based grad student supervised by Miller.

The student was pursuing a doctorate in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Pharmaceutical Program in Oklahoma City, but needed a Tulsa-based mentor and access to a research lab. He had also been a pharmacist for 15 years and needed lab skills.

Miller advised the student to enroll in Dr. Diana Spencer's program at Tulsa Community College to learn biotech laboratory techniques.

He took all the TCC courses but one. 


Bio-LInk related presentations at the ATE PI conference

A list of sessions where one or more of the Bio-Link community members will be speaking.


Pre-conference session:  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Workshop B: Advancing Innovation and Disseminating Impact: How to Spread the Word 

Presenters:  Elaine Johnson, Linnea Fletcher, Sandra Porter, Deb Newberry, and Jennifer Newsted
Famous Bio-Link student blogger Mandy Hunter will also be attending!



10:30 – 11:45 am  

Empire Room:  Emerging Technologies Lightning Round

Ten presenters will each spend six minutes (and a few slides) providing participants with an overview of recent changes and innovations in their field— including photonics, information technology, vitacology, manufacturing, nanotechnology, biotechnology and much more. 

  • Kevin Cooper, Director, RC-NET, Indian River State College, FLMarilyn Barger, PI and Executive Director, FLATE, Hillsborough Community College, FLDan Hull, PI and Executive Director, OP-TEC, TXGordon Snyder, PI and Executive Director, ICT Center, Springfield Community and Technical College, MA
  • Sandra Porter, Co-PI, Bio-Link, WA
  • Michael Lesiecki , PI, Executive Director, MATEC, Maricopa Community Colleges, AZ
  • Steve Kane, Managing Director, SpaceTEC, FLMel Cossette, PI, MatEd, Edmonds Community College, WA 
  • Ken Patton, PI, RapidTech, Saddleback College, CA
  • Michelle Norgren, Director and PI, VESTA, Missouri State University, MO
  • Kristi Jean, Co-PI, Nano-Link, North Dakota State College, ND
  • Edgar Troudt, Co-PI, Student Entrepreneurs Video Project, Kingsborough Community College, NY
  • Moderator: Rachael Bower, PI, ATE Central, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
2:30 - 3:45 p.m
Regency:  Working with NSF's SBIR program to benefit your college and support small business in your community
  • Dave Brown, Program Director, National Science Foundation, VA
  • Ben Schrag, Program Director, National Science Foundation, VA
  • Moderator: Sandra G. Porter, President, Digital World Biology, WA

Diplomat Room:  You Have Developed a Patentable Product on an ATE Grant.  Now What?

  • Patricia E. Campbell, Director, School of Law, University of Maryland, MD
  • Dorian Grumet, Director, Licensee Relations and Reliance, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,   NJ
  • Ned Israelsen, Partner, Knobbe Martens, CA
  • Moderator: Judith Fitzpatrick, Director of Quality Assurance Program, Bergen Community College, NJ
  • Moderator: Judith Fitzpatrick, Director of Quality Assurance Program, Bergen Community College, NJ

Cabinet Room:  Exploring In-Demand Skills from Employer Job Postings Metadata
  • Elaine Johnson, Executive Director and PI, Bio-Link, CA
  • Levi Thiele, Research Director, AIM Institute, NE

4:00 - 5:15 pm  

Congressional A:  How Do I Help My College Transform Its Infrastructure to Support Entrepreneurial Endeavors?
  • Vivian Ngan-Winward, Director, Biomanufacturing Program, Salt Lake Community College, UT
  • Judith Fitzpatrick, Director, Quality Assurance Program, Bergen Community College, NJ

Calvert:  Determining Readiness for Scalability and Sustainability – How Do You Know and How Can You Prepare?

  • Deborah Boisvert, PI, BATEC, University of Massachusetts-Boston, MA
  • Elaine Johnson, Executive Director and PI, Bio-Link, CA
  • David McNeel, Senior Consultant, University of Massachusetts-Boston, MA
See more of the ATE conference schedule

Summer internships at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab

It's never too early to start thinking about internships. 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 for Summer Internships are due January 10, 2014.

Learn more...

The Haitian Bioscience Initiative

Hit by an earthquake in January 2010 and a virulent strain of cholera in the fall, Haitian students need to learn basic biotech and microbiology techniques to assess water quality and monitor the environment. 

Bio-Link community members from across the US are working together with the Solano Community College Education Foundation to raise $8,000 for a study to evaluate the feasibility of working with Haitian educators to bring biotech education to Haiti.  

Dr. Phil Gibson (Gwinnett Technical College, GA), Dr. James Dekloe, (Solano Community College, CA), Dr. Jose Perez Jimenez, Ph.D, (Universidad del Turabo, PR), and Dr. Edgar Troudt, Ph.D, Kingsboro Community College (CUNY), are the Bio-Link community members involved in this project.

Learn more....

Upcoming Events

October 14-18 Genomic Approaches in Biosciences - Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY
ATE PI conference, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC
October 25th 5th Annual Community College Day at the NIH Natcher Conference Center. 

Visit: to register and find more information.

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