Bio-Link Update December 2015

Bio-Link Online News December 2015
  • Make a Recruitment Video Workshop
  • AAAS Community College Day
  • NASA Community College Opportunities
  • 2016 NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program
  • Community College Day at BIO 2016
  • Summer Fellows Forum 2016  
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Hi everyone!

It's been a busy fall semester.  We are working hard on getting the new web site up and running and trying to keep up with all the workshop announcements and learning opportunities that have been appearing in our email these past two weeks.  Plus, we've been making movies!  You'll hear more about that exciting project in January.

We have an incredible feast of events listed in this newsletter.  Some of our favorites will be a community college pre-conference workshop at the February AAAS conference in Washington DC.  And, the annual Community College Day Program at BIO will be held in San Francisco this year!  We hope many of you will travel across the Bay to Berkeley for our flagship event, the Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum, June 7-10th.  Expect to see information about submitting workshop proposals in our January newsletter. 

Hope your holidays are filled with interesting science and good cheer!

Sandra Porter, PhD
Co-PI, Bio-Link

How to Make a Recruitment Video Workshop
June 10, 2016 in Florence SC

(Instructor Opportunity) and Pellet Productions have partnered to develop a Build-Your-Own Recruitment Video customization tool. This workshop will allow selected beta testers to receive training and support in the building and use of the tool and videos they produce.

Applications are due December 15, 2015 at 5:00pm (applicant's time zone)

If interested please download further information and an application form:
Limited to one application per college

This opportunity is funded by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program.  

Bringing RNA-Seq into Undergraduate Education
June 2016 Virtual Workshop

(Instructor Opportunity)

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's DNA Learning Center (DNALC) invites you to apply to participate in a free 2-week online workshop for an NSF-funded project,  Infrastructure and Training to Bring Next-generation Sequence (NGS) Analysis Into Undergraduate Education This workshop will introduce the knowledge and tools needed to analyze an RNA-Seq experiment, and help participants develop teaching strategies and materials that use these experiments in the classroom. Applicants may either propose to obtain their own eukaryotic RNA-Seq data which will be sequenced as part of the course or propose to use existing eukaryotic datasets.

Applications are due December 30, 2015 

If interested, you can learn more about the workshop and find application materials at:

This opportunity is funded by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program.  

AAAS Community College Day
February 11, 2016 in Washington DC

(Instructor Opportunity)

The AAAS Community College Forum will highlight international collaboration on educational programs moving beyond national boundaries to share knowledge and address pressing global concerns.

Pre-registration required, registration closes January 19, 2016.

The event will take place  from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Marshall Ballroom West (Marriott Wardman Park).

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

(Student Opportunity)

NCAS gives community college STEM students an exciting NASA experience and encouragement to finish their 2 or 4 year degree to pursue a NASA-related field or career. 

Aerospace Scholars have an opportunity to:

Participate in interactive web-based activities including:
Approximately twenty hours of work online.
Online interaction with participants across the country
Webinars with NASA engineers/scientists
Design a 3D rover model using programs such as Sketch-Up or Autodesk123d
Plan a mission to Mars
Students who successfully complete the interactive web-based activities may be eligible for an onsite experience at NASA, where you will:
Work on an exploratory team project directed by NASA engineers
Attend briefings by engineers and scientists
Tour NASA facilities

Visit the NCAS website to learn more

Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2015, 2:00pm Central Time.


2016 NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP)

(Student Opportunity)

Summer enrichment programs at the National Institute of Health provide an opportunity to work at the NIH with leading scientists for a summer. In addition to performing full-time research in a laboratory or on a project at the NIH, CCSEP interns will meet each week as a group to participate in workshops and courses focused on the development of academic and professional skills in preparation for careers in health care and in social, behavioral, and biomedical research.

CCSEP interns are a part of the larger NIH Summer Internship Program or SIP, so all opportunities and responsibilities that apply to SIP interns also apply to CCSEP interns.

More information can be found here

The application process is online, all applications must be received by January 25, 2016. 

Community College Day at the BIO International Convention
June 6, 2016 in San Francisco CA

(Instructor Opportunity)

The pre-conference Community College Day workshop at Bio is June 6th, 2016.
Here is a link to the 2015 Community College Day, so you can see the fun!

Registration will open in early January 2016.


Summer Fellows Forum 2016
June 7-10 at the University of California, Berkeley

(Instructor Opportunity)

Check in for Summer Fellows 2016 will be Tuesday, June 7th at the Clark Kerr Center, and check out will be Friday, June 10th.

More information will be available in January 2016.
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