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Bio-Link On-Line News January 2014

You can blog for Bio-Link!

Interested in sharing your thoughts and experiences with the rest of the biotech community? Become a Bio-Link blogger. From first-person accounts of notable events, to those experiment frustrations we can all relate to, there are countless topic possibilities. We want to hear from you! 

How do I set up a blog for my program?
Log in to the Bio-Link website and go to the User Guide section on blogging and learn how.

Why create a blog? Blogs are a great way to showcase your many accomplishments and experiences. Whether you’re trying to mentor other instructors and share what you've learned about teaching, find an internship, or satisfy the dissemination requirements for a grant, keeping a blog and writing about your experiences can benefit your career. If you're a student, a blog can serve as an on-line portfolio.  You can send prospective employers to your blog to verify your experience with different techniques and show what you've learned.

Bio-Link students:  If you want to blog as a Bio-Link student, please contact Dr. Sandra Porter (  

Bio-Link Resources: Bio-Link How to Guides

Bio-Link’s How to Guides are an amazing wealth of information vital for anyone in a biotechnology or life science program at a two-year college. 

What do we have? 
There is everything from a lab activity that teaches you how to Detect Genetically Modified Food, to a detailed guide for the supplies necessary for a biotech lab, to even useful pointers on lab report writing.


All of your biotechnology questions are answered on a single page!

New Video: Preparing for a career in genomics

"Anything that's living involves DNA…And that's genomics."

"The field of Genomics is growing at more than an exponential rate."

Check out this incredible video all about the Merritt Genomics program located at Merritt College in Oakland, California, where you can learn valuable skills to prepare for a career in this emerging field. 

New career profile: Mandy Hunter

Over the past few years, we've been asking Bio-Link students and alumni to contribute photo diaries, telling us about their careers and sharing these at

A new career profile comes from Mandy Hunter, a talented blogger and, now a Laboratory Technician at ABS, Global, who's main duty is collecting semen from bulls for use in artificial insemination. She took some time to tell us about the work she does on a day-to-day basis and share advice for students looking to work in agricultural biotechnology.

"Set aside any squeamishness you may be harboring."

Check-out her interview here!

What would you like to learn at the 2014 Summer Fellows Forum?

College faculty in awe of the Summer Fellows ForumWe're starting to plan for Summer Fellows Forum 2014! 

We'd like to hear from you and get your ideas. Come visit the Summer Fellows Forum 2014 planning Wiki.

If you've never been to the Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum, the wiki will help explain what it's all about. If you have suggestions, want to volunteer for something, or help organize a session, drop by, make an account, log in, and share them with the Bio-Link community.  

Help us make this year's Summer Fellows Forum, the best ever!


Summer internships

Now that the holidays are all finished, it's a great time to buckle-down and apply for some 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


Summer Internships for Community College students at the National Institutes of Health

"We are pleased to announce the 2014 NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP). The purpose of this program is to increase the number of community college students who participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP)."
**Apply now!  The deadline was just extended to Jan 24th, 2014, 11:59 pm EST.

Learn more...

The National Center for Toxicological Research is looking for students for its summer research program. 

"Selected individuals will participate in research projects on the biological effect of potentially toxic chemicals and the solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment."
  Apply by  March 7, 2014

Learn more...

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...


Survey: Tell us about your favorite biotech texts!

We've been updating our biotech book reviews. And we would like to add your favorite books to the list! Take our survey and let us know about your favorite books for teaching tissue culture.

An example review from Jim DeKloe:


What kinds of animals can you make with pipette tips?


Upcoming Events

June 2-6, 2014 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum
Berkeley, CA
June 22nd Community College Day at BIO2014
San Diego, CA
July 21-24th HI TEC
Chicago, IL
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