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Bio-Link Community News June 2016
Bio-Link's Webinars are just the listening you need to get your summer started.   In case you missed them on their first airing dates, click here for another chance.
 
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Bio-Link Online News June 2016
 
  • Bio-Link Webinars available for listening
  • Presentations & photos online 
  • Updating your Bio-Link page
  • HI TEC Registration
  • Stem Cell Academies
  • Alumni Opportunities
  • Bio-Link Blogs
  • Spotlight on Bio-Link Web resources
  • Upcoming Events

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

 
June has been a busy month for the Bio-Link community.  Bio-Link co-sponsored the Community College Day Program at BIO (CCP@BIO), in San Francisco, and celebrated the annual Summer Fellows Forum across the bay in Berkeley, just a day later.  

Now it's time for summer workshops, writing reports, and reflecting on a busy year.  To help this process, I've compiled a list of resources from these events for your reading pleasure. 

Have fun!

Sandra Porter, PhD
Co-PI, Bio-Link

Updating Bio-Link program pages


Every summer, we embark on a quest to update all 109 Bio-Link program pages.  As part of this journey, we are asking many of you to review your Bio-Link program page and make sure the information is complete and up-to-date.  If you're comfortable with logging in to the Bio-Link site and filling out forms, we're grateful to have your help.  If you're not sure how to log in or not sure what to enter, feel free to email me (Sandy@bio-link.org) and I'm happy to either enter it for you or show you what to do.  

You may not realize it, but we use the information you contribute to generate reports about the state of biotech education and what our programs are doing.  Our Biotech Employers report, for example, shows where Bio-Link students have been hired, and sends a powerful message that helps convey the impact of Bio-Link programs on the national economy and the number of jobs.  We have some exciting plans for these data, but more on that in another issue.  In the Degrees and Certificates report, we list all 36 of the different degrees and certificates that Bio-Link programs have created in response to local needs.  While it may not be too surprising to find out that 76 programs offer degrees in biotechnology, the appearance of new certificates like Biosafety (Manhattan Area Technical College, Kansas), and the increased number of programs with degrees or certificates in biomanufacturing and regulatory affairs can alert us to trends in the life science industry. State governments many be interested in the Programs by state report with the number of Bio-Link programs in each state and the high schools that are part of Bio-Link.  If a state is trying to entice biotech companies, it would be good to demonstrate that the state invests in educating the potential workforce.  Recently we've added a report to capture data on grants to Bio-Link programs and CSO's, incubators, High School partners.  Look for this report to expand in future months as we obtain new data. To see a list of reports, click any link on the Bio-Link site and look in the REPORTS menu on the left side of the page.

If your college or has a workforce oriented biology or biotechnology program, do consider joining as a Bio-Link college program.   If your high school has a biotech program or a vocation program that emphasizes biotech or bioscience workforce skills, consider joining as a Bio-Link affiliate.
 

HI TEC registration


The 2016 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI TEC) is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills.  The event will be held in Pittsburgh July 25-28 and Bio-Link members can register for the HI TEC conference at a reduced rate.

Contact Dr. Elaine Johnson [EJohnson@biolink.ucsf.edu] for a HI TEC registration code.

Register here.

Read session descriptions here.

 

 

Stem Cell Academies--Hands on professional development!

Madison College is partnering with Austin Community College and Bluegrass Community and Technical College to provide hands-on training opportunities in stem cell technology.  Stem Cell Academies will be held this July in both Austin, TX, and Lexington, KY.

The Austin Stem Cell Academy is full but the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Stem Cell Teacher Academy has a few spaces left.  The Bluegrass workshop will be held between July 18th-21st in Lexington, KY at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  Registration closes July 1st, so register now!  

 

ALUMNI OPPORTUNITY

Be a star on Biotech-Careeers.org!


We are looking for Bio-Link alumni to help high school students and others learn what jobs are like  in biotech by sharing your story and few photos in a Biotech-Careers photo journal.  See examples.

If you are interested please Contact Us.

Worthington--It's worth it!

"After two years of attending the Worthington Bio Conference, I am convinced that it is one of the most enjoyable experiences of my post-teaching career."

See what else Ellene Lyons has to say about the Worthington Bio Conference in her blog

Summer reading from the National Academies

"If you end up with spare time this summer, or you need a book for an airplane ride the National Academies Press has published three books of interest to the Bio-Link community."

What are community colleges doing to prepare students for jobs in STEM areas and what do we know about the challenges students face?  

Find links to download free reports from the National Academies.

ATE is great, read all about it!

The Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation supports the development of innovative approaches for educating highly skilled technicians in economically-important industries. In 2014, over 114,000 students were enrolled in ATE programs and over 45,830 educators participated in ATE-funded professional development activities.  

Learn how the ATE program supports Advanced Manufacturing technologies, Information technology, Micro and Nanotechnology, Security, Engineering, Environmental technologies, and agriculture and biotechnology through 40 ATE centers across the US in the Annual ATE Impact book.

Read more and download the report here.

Your chance to hear the Bio-Link webinars again or for the first time!


Recordings of the Bio-Link webinars have been made available for your listening pleasure.  On one of those lazy summer days tune in and catch up with Bio-Link!

Find links to recorded webinars here.

Spotlight on a Bio-Link resource 


Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading.  A good place to start is the Bio-Link Blog section.  From the Bio-Link.org home page, look for Blogs in the Key pages section in the site map at the bottom of the page.  Recent blog posts include posts on reports from the National Academies, the ATE impact book, the Worthington Biotech conference, and a great series from Lisa Seidman on making the interactive movie:  Making the Call:  Quality in Biomanufacturing

Check out Bio-Link's Blogs here.

Upcoming Events 2016

 
 July 11th-15th Austin Stem Cell Teacher Academy
Round Rock, TX
July 18th-22nd AC2 Bio-Link High School Teacher Workshop
Austin, TX
July 18th-21st Bluegrass Community College Stem Cell Teacher Academy
Lexington, KY
July 25th-28th HI TEC Conference
Pittsburgh, PA
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