Project updates and news for the Bio-Link Community
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Welcome to Bio-Link News!

Introducing our newsletter

The Bio-Link community has been working on so many projects, and there are so many things going on that we thought it would be good to summarize some of the items we've been writing about in one place.  This is where we will keep you informed about some of the community events, news, and on-going projects.

Since many of you have program pages or blogs on the Bio-Link web site, we're including some web site information in this edition of the newsletter.  Later on, we'll send web site tips in a separate newsletter.

If you know anyone who would like this newsletter please forward this or send them to this page to subscribe.

Bio-Link News July 10 2013
  • Introducing our newsletter
  • Updates to Degree and Certificate descriptions at
  • Blogging the internship
  • Contributing to the community - measuring the benefits of a college run CRO
  • What skills do all biotech students need to know?
  • STUDENTfacturED needs your help! 
  • What webinar topics interest you?
  • Upcoming events

Updates to Degree and Certificate descriptions at

We've noticed that many of you have added new kinds of degrees and certificates.  We've been working to add these new options and describe them on the web site.  Please take a look at our list of Degrees and Certificates and let us know if there are changes you'd like to see in these descriptions.

If we've made mistakes in describing your degrees / certificates please let us know!  

Please check your program pages, too, to make sure that the degrees and certificates offered by your program are shown on your Bio-Link program page.  If you need help in adding these, please contact us:  We can either add them for you or show you how to add these on your own.

Blogging the internship

You'll certainly enjoy the on-going adventures of a Bio-Link student blogger from Portland Community College. Jennifer Newsted has started blogging about her internship in the Center for Life in Extreme Environments.  Hear about the fun things she's doing in lab and how she's putting her biotech program skills to the test.  Lab math anyone?  


How much does a college-run CSO contribute to the local community?  And - how do you measure the economic contribution?

In recent years, a few Bio-Link programs have started their own college-run Contract Services Organizations (CSOs).  Although the majority of these CSOs were started as a means to provide students with internships, the types of services they offer have expanded to include consulting, research, manufacturing, equipment rental, staffing, and incubator space.  
After Bio-Link held a summit on CSOs in April 2012, the St. Louis Community College biotechnology program worked with their CSO, BRDG Park, and the STLCC-FV business students to measure the economic impact of the BRDG Park CSO.  

You can learn how they measured the economic value of the BRDG Park CSO and and log in to the Bio-Link web site to read the pre-print.  


What skills do all biotech students need to know?

Members of the Bio-Link community have been collaborating with other biotech programs to arrive at consensus answers to this challenging question.

If you're interesting in participating, or simply want more information, take a look at the slides, draft proposal, and documents from this year's Summer Fellows Forum.  

If you wish to be notified about progress or want to evaluate the draft, please sign up for the Common Core mailing list.

STUDENTacturED needs your help!

One of the great things about being a Bio-Link student is that you get to learn about all the kinds of jobs in life science companies and get experience in class with many of the steps that go into researching, developing, testing, and manufacturing a biotech product.  

One Bio-Link program at Salt Lake City Community College is working to give students experience with the marketplace as well by having them manufacture a product for educational use.

They would really appreciate your feedback on their product ideas and it may help you, too!  
Read more.

What webinar topics do you want to hear?

We've been having fun this year using Google Hangouts and realized that we could do Hangouts on the Air with all of you!  If you can attend, great!  If not, the hangouts will be recorded and available for you to watch at a later time. We've come up with a preliminary list of topics but would love to get your feedback to know which ones are your favorites.  We'd also like to know if you have other topics to suggest or you'd be willing to give a presentation.  

The survey is quick, so please take a moment and let us know what you'd like to hear about!  

Take the survey.  No more than 5 minutes, we promise!

Upcoming Events

July 15th-18th Bioman 2013, at Montgomery County Community College
July 21st - 24th HI TEC in Austin, TX
August 5-9 Genomic Approaches in Biosciences - Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
August 12-16 Genomic Approaches in Biosciences - Seminole State College, Sanford, FL
August 19-23 Genomic Approaches in Biosciences - Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY
October 14-18 Genomic Approaches in Biosciences - Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY

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