Bio-Link Community News March 2018
The Days are getting Longer--more time for Science!

Bio-Link Online News March 2018
Courtesy of A. Serafini

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of Bio-Link Community news

Hi everyone!

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you in June at the Summer Fellows Forum or in July in Miami or Austin.  One of the best parts of working for Bio-Link has been the opportunity to meet so many of you and learn about the wonderful things that you're doing for students and your communities.

Last week, I had the good fortune to visit Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana.  Dr.'s Ruth Wrightsman and Jerry Manning have a project grant from the NSF ATE program that allows them to connect high school and middle school teachers from all over Montana.  If you've ever driven across Montana, or even looked at a map of the US, you know Montana is a really, BIG, state.  One of the teachers attending the workshop drove 400 miles to get there.  Another, had been teaching in a school with only 18 students.  It was really interesting to learn about the ways they were working to integrate biotech experiments in their courses and introduce their students to modern technology.

It was also really great to learn about the undergraduate research projects.  FVCC students work on barcoding plants, looking for antibiotic activity, and more.  FVCC has also developed an AS in brewing science.  After all, making beer is one the oldest manifestations of biotechnology.  We made sure to add Brewing Science to the Bio-Link web site as one of the degrees that students might pursue.  If you have a Brewing certificate or degree at your college, be sure to let me know.

You may notice, we have a lot of things going on this summer, from Stem Cell workshops to a Biotech Day in Miami, and an entire biotech track at ASMCUE.  Bio-Link is working to build partnerships with other organizations and make sure you know about the best places where you can learn and practice new techniques and new technologies.

Sandra Porter, PhD
Co-PI, Bio-Link

Register now for the Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum

Registration has opened for the 2018 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum (June 4th - 8th).  This will be the last year at the Clark Kerr Center in Berkeley and we'd love to you join us to share Bio-Link memories and salute our fearless leader and her energetic minions. 

Learn more and register here:

Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research (BLUR) internship program

The BLUR program places students from 2 and 4 year institutions to participate into paid internships in science, engineering, technical areas and public administration. Participants work with scientists, engineers, technicians and STEM professionals on projects related to the Lab's research program.

Key Dates Summer 2018
  • Application Dates: February 5th  - March 30th
  • Offer Period:  April 2nd to April 30th
  • Program Dates:  June 4th to August 10th


March 23, 1pm Eastern time:  Protein Engineered Nano Materials

Dr.'s Jin Montclare and Priya Katyal, and graduate student Lindsay Hill will talk about designing and engineering proteins for medical use. 

If you attended the ATE PI conference last fall, you might remember Dr. Montclare's wonderful talk.

Learn more and Register here:

March 29, 3pm Eastern time:  Developing Stakeholder Partnerships Internally and Externally for Successful Grants (Updated)
Experienced ATE PI's Ann Beheler (National Convergence Technology Center), Dr. Elaine Johnson (Bio-Link), and Marilyn Barger (FLATE) will share their insights on preparing grants. 

Learn more and register here 


Worthington Regional Bio Conference in the Spring

The Worthington Regional Bio Conference (WRBC) is an annual gathering of industry professionals, research scientists, and business leaders.  This conference is a great opportunity to showcase the region's health and bio-businesses sectors and provide networking opportunities. Worthington's bioscience based businesses have a story to tell, and are actively seeking partners for parts of the story that are yet to be told. 

Several Bio-Link members will be speaking, including Dr. Thomas Tubon from Madison College, Dr.'s James Guenther and Kevin Simpson from Delgado College, and, one of the Bio-Link CoPI's, Dr. Sandra Porter, from Digital World Biology LLC.  Dr. Porter will be speaking on "Building a biotech powerhouse in Worthington, Minnesota".

The conference takes place April 5th-6th.  Additional information and registration details can be found on the Bio-Link events page.

Summer Stem Cell Workshops

Bio-Link is pleased to announce the dates for the 2018 Summer Stem Cell Workshops.

The faculty and staff of Madison College and City College of San Francisco are pleased to offer this exciting summer professional development opportunity designed for high-school and two-year college science and technical education instructors.  Madison College and CCSF have partnered to bring comprehensive curriculum in both human and mouse stem cell systems.  The course will be taught five times, at four different locations in an effort to make it available to as many instructors as possible.  Be sure to register soon!


HI-TEC Conference/Florida Biotech Day

The High Impact Technology Conference 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. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy. 

This year AC2 Bio-Link, Bio-Link, and Miami Dade College, one of Bio-Link's newest program members, will be hosting a special Florida Biotech Day session in conjunction with HI-TEC.  Participants can come and learn about Biotechnology in Florida and then spend the rest of the week at HI-TEC!

HI-TEC takes place July 23rd-26th and registration is now open. 

Register here for the Florida Biotech Day,
Monday, July 23rd at Miami Dade College

CDC Ambassadors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting teachers and education leaders to bring public health into classrooms across the United States and beyond. CDC is partnering with the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to offer three, 2-day Science Ambassador regional training workshops FREE OF COST. Learn strategies to teach public health concepts and inspire interest in public heath careers. Register now! 
Who:  Teachers and educational leaders
   Chapel Hill, NC: March 28-29, 2018
   St. Louis, MO: April 26-27, 2018
What:  Topics covered include:
   Population health: Opioid overdose epidemic & obesity epidemic
   Infectious disease: Pandemic Influenza, One Health, and zoonotic disease
   Applied Epidemiology: Investigating an outbreak like a disease detective
   Public health careers: The path to becoming a disease detective
For more information, visit the CDC website:  Science Ambassadors


Are you planning to attend ASMCUE in Austin, TX, July 26-29th?  This is the 25th Anniversary of ASMCUE.  If you teach Microbiology or Biotech-related microbiology, you'll love this conference.  

There will be workshops on synthetic biology and an entire biotech track.  Submit your tastiest proposals now for the short microbrew sessions.   

Plus, Dr. Jack Gilbert will talk about the microbiome of the Earth.  

Learn more and register here:

Mira Costa Job Openings

Mira Costa College is recruiting for two positions to lead the development and instruction of both lower and upper division coursework in their biomanufacturing program, which includes a first-of-its-kind bachelor's degree.

Interested?  Check it out!

The closing date for applications is March 21, 2018.

Harford Community College Job Opening

Harford Community College, located in Bel Air, MD, is accepting applications for a 10-month, tenure-track biology faculty position beginning in August 2018.  The faculty member will be primarily responsible for teaching a range of lecture and lab courses including cell and molecular biology, general biology, introductory biology, and either anatomy & physiology or microbiology.  

For best consideration apply online by March 25th, 2018.  

Spotlight on a Bio-Link resource 

This month we spotlight our Join Bio-Link page.  If you are getting this newsletter you probably are already a member, but maybe you know someone who wants to join!   This membership page explains the different types of memberships, and how Bio-Link can be helpful for both individual members and organizations.  Help grow the Bio-Link community!

Important Dates 

April 5th-6th Worthington Regional Bio Conference
Worthington, MN
June 4th-8th Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum
Berkeley, CA
June 11th Bioscience Industrial Fellowship Program
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
June 18th-22nd Stem Cell Workshop I
Madison, Wisconsin
June 25th-29th Stem Cell Workshop II
Madison, Wisconsin
July 9th-13th Stem Cell Workshop III
Austin, Texas
June 16th-19th Stem Cell Workshop IV
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 23rd-27th Stem Cell Workshop V
San Francisco, California
July 23rd Florida Biotech Day
Miami, FL
July 23rd HI-TEC 2018
Miami, FL
July 26th-29th ASMCUE
Austin, TX
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