Bio-Link Update April 2016
Graduation is coming soon!  Bio-Link's Webinar about is just in time (Friday May 13th, 1pm ET).

Bio-Link Online News April 2016
  • Bio-Link Webinar on
  • New Bio-Link programs
  • Summer Fellows Registration
  • Community College Day Program at BIO Registration
  • HI Tec Registration
  • STEM Cell Academies
  • Student Opportunities
  • New ATE programs
  • Spotlight on Bio-Link Web resources
  • Upcoming Events
Happy April everyone!

This spring has been an incredibly busy time for Bio-Link and our sister ATE center, the Austin Community College Bio-Link Regional Center.  As you can see from this newsletter, we've been planning a jam-packed summer with lots of workshops and exciting events. The most exciting event of all, of course is the annual Summer Fellows Forum.  This year, we'll have sessions on exciting projects like the Small World Initiative, exciting technologies like the CRISPR / Cas system, disposable bioreactors, 3D printing, and electronic lab notebooks, and exciting methods for researching current topics like Zika virus.  Teaching practices will be foremost with sessions on team-based learning and evidence-based practices.  We'll even get to preview an exciting new interactive movie to help students understand what it's like to work in a biotech company.  If you haven't registered yet, register now!  

We're looking forward to seeing you!

Sandra Porter, PhD
Co-PI, Bio-Link

Bio-Link Webinar

Graduation is coming soon!   Bio-Link's Webinar about is just in time. Join us on line Friday May 13th, 1pm ET.

In this webinar, we will discuss information that can be found at and demonstrate how to use this web site to:

  • research different types of careers,
  • learn about people who work in those careers,
  • learn about the education requirements for various jobs,
  • learn how to find a college that offers the right degrees,
  • learn how to find a job or internship in biotechnology  

We will also describe how teachers are using as a tool to help students of all backgrounds imagine themselves in meaningful STEM careers.

For more information or to register click here.

Welcome to our Newest Bio-Link Programs!

A warm welcome to Virginia Western Community College and Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska (our first in Nebraska)!  Visit their program pages for more information about these exciting options.  

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

(Instructor Opportunity)

It's time to register!  Each year Bio-Link Fellows from across the nation come to Clark Kerr Campus (CKC) in Berkeley, CA to learn about the latest practices in biotechnology education. Participants learn new skills and techniques, catch up on the latest issues, and examine new materials. Fellows then take this information back to their own regions for implementation.  

Check in for Summer Fellows 2016 will be Tuesday, June 7th at 1:00pm and check out will be Friday, June 10th before 12 noon.  Learn about the Summer Fellows Forum

Register for Community College Day at BIO

(Instructor Opportunity)

Join NBC2, Bio-Link, the Austin Community College Bio-Link Regional Center, and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce for the 13th annual Community College Program at BIO. The event takes place in San Francisco on Monday, June 6th, 2016.  For more information or to register click here.

HI TEC registration

(Instructor Opportunity)

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 [E] for a HI TEC registration code.
For more information about the conference click here.

Stem Cell Academies--Hands on learning!

(Instructor Opportunities)

Austin Stem Cell Teacher Academy
Austin Community College Biotechnology Program is partnering with Madison College to bring their Stem Cell Education Initiative to Texas.  This hands-on workshop will be July 11th to July 15th at Austin Community College.  For more details click here.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Stem Cell Teacher Academy  
Bluegrass Community and Technical College Biotechnology Program is partnering with Madison College to bring their Stem Cell Education Initiative to the Bluegrass.  This hands-on will be July 18th to July 21st at Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky.  For more details click here.


The American Association of Immunologists is coming to Seattle May 13-17th. 

Undergraduate students, high school students, and high school teachers can attend for free. Participants must register on site in Seattle. Registration will not be accepted in advance.

To receive a complimentary registration, please bring a student/teacher ID card or a letter signed by your department head, research advisor, principal, or teacher.  High school students be accompanied by a registered adult at all times. For more information click here.


BIO Career Fair (Students and Alumni)

BIO will be hosting the BIO Career Fair on Thursday June 9 from 2:00 to 7:00 in San Francisco.  As an extension of BIO's online job board--BIO Jobs--the Career Fair will give you the chance to meet top biotech employers.  For more information click here.

CSO Caucus, July 22nd, Lexington, KY 

In 2012, Bio-Link convened a group of educators to discuss creative strategies for supporting local companies and providing students with the workplace experience needed to prepare them for biotech jobs.  We learned about community college incubators, non-profit "companies", housing companies on-site and a variety of other strategies that were summarized in the Bio-Link 2012 CXO Summit report.  

This summer, the
Austin Community College Bio-Link Regional Center will be leading the effort to uncover what we've learned since 2012 and showcase efforts to build incubators at Austin Community College and Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Kentucky.

Register now!

Read the 2012 Bio-Link CXO Summit report.

Spotlight on a Bio-Link resource

There are a lot of resources on the Bio-Link website, so many that you may not have discovered all of them!  This month we highlight the Bio-Link Careers website, the site where you can find great information about possibilities in your future!

Upcoming Events 2016

Cancelled Biotech and the Law
Madison College, WI
May 13th Bio-Link Webinar
May 13th-17th American Association of Immunologists
Seattle, WA
June 6th-10th Community College Program at BIO
San Francisco, CA
June 7th-9th Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum
Berkeley, CA
June 9th Bio Career Fair
San Francisco, CA
 July 11th-15th Austin Stem Cell Teacher Academy
Round Rock, TX
July 18th-21st Bluegrass Community College Stem Cell Teacher Academy
Lexington, KY
July 22nd CSO Summit
Lexington, KY
July 25th-28th HI TEC Conference
Pittsburgh, PA
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