February news for the Bio-Link Community
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Bio-Link On-Line News February 2014

A Warm Winter Fellows is a Wild Success

With much of the continental U.S. suffering from sub zero temperatures, a group of Bio-Link instructors traveled to sunny Puerto Rico for fun in the sun with warmth and genomics. We thank Deborah Davis, Biotechnology Coordinator at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, for her photos and summary of the event.

Held at the Universidad del Turabo, the Genomic Approaches in Biosciences is an NSF-funded project from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC).

Who is Dr. José Pérez-Jiménez? Not only was he the gracious host for the event, he is the PI of a subaward from DNALC intended to increase the training of community college and secondary school teachers in the area of emerging genomics and bioinformatics. 

The Mad Scientist and the Violet Clones


Ever wonder what it's like to clone African violets? Well look no further! Kristine Cerbone, a student at the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota takes us through her experience cloning them for the first time and just how cute the plants were.

"Every time I think of a clone my immediate image is alien shaped pods with a ton of goo oozing out, nd the mad scientist in the corner wearing a lab coat with a crazed look in their eye. And now, I know what it's like to be that mad scientist."


When doing the math just doesn’t add up

Bio-Link leader Lisa Seidman shares her results from a research study on math education.

“What does it really mean to be college and work ready”?

"Chart 1: This summarizes the coding results for core courses for all nine disciplines from the NCEE report (provided with permission). Observe that the math topics most often found were ratios and proportions, expressions and equations at the middle school level, and the three underappreciated domains. The high school level topics were limited and typically involved exponents.."

About the study: Last Spring, the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE) completed a research study, which analyzed the math and English requirements for community college students who are going into nine different fields, including biotechnology . 

Summer Fellows is just around the corner!

The Summer Fellows Forum is a chance for Bio-Link community members to reconnect and contemplate the things we’ll tackle together in the coming year. If you have suggestions or ideas you’d like to share or just want to find out more about Summer Fellows, please check out the Summer Fellows Planning wiki. Request an account and we’ll happily approve it!

We want to hear from you!! Visit the Summer Fellows Forum 2014 planning Wiki.

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

There's a new way to find internships at

Now that Groundhog Day has passed, many students and a few faculty start thinking about internships. To make the search easier, we’ve created a new tool. Our new data table lets you filter and sort internship listings by:
  • Target audience (community college students, high school students, or faculty members)
  • Due date
  • Location

*If your organization offers internships for students or faculty, and you would like us to post this information, please contact us through our feedback form.


Attention Bio-Link Program leaders!

Please log in and update the list of companies that have hired your students. We have an impressive list of companies and institutes who've hired Bio-Link students. 

We want to make sure your college is on that list and share the summarized data with you at Summer Fellows Forum.  Thanks!

Check out our article on Adding employer information to your Bio-Link program page for instructions and details.

Selected Summer internships

Make sure you carve out a little time this month to apply for some of these awesome 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


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...


Mentor Connect Webinar

Are you thinking about writing a grant to the National Science Foundation? Mentor Connect will help.

They're having a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 27th at 1 pm EST. Learn more and sign up!

"Let Mentor-Connect help you avoid common mistakes and do a better job with your grant submission."

Great new opportunity for Biotech Faculty!

Have you ever wanted to spend some time in biotech companies, calibrate your lab skills, and make sure that you're teaching students current information? You can do this and more in Winston-Salem!

Twelve community college instructors will be chosen to spend a month in North Carolina working with folks from:
  • Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM)
  • Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) at North Carolina Central University
  • The BioNetwork’s Pharmaceutical and Analytical Training Lab and Capstone Center
  • The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at UNCG
  • The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI)
  • Commercialization at Wake Forest Innovation
  • Biogen Idec
  • Targacept
  • Patheon (formerly, Banner Pharma)
  • TransTech Pharma
  • Tengion
Applications are due Feb 21st and applicants will be notified by March 21st. 

And now, the winner from the 2014 Lab Grammys..

Dr. Vivian Ngan-Winward, Director of the Biomanufacturing Program at Salt Lake Community College, contributed this wonderful item in the Bio-Link LinkedIn group.   We couldn't resist and we know you'll enjoy it too.


Bohemian Rhapsody (aka "The tale of a Post Doc") - Laboratory Parody
A parody of the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, recorded and sung and produced by James Clark (Lecturer in Aerospace Medicine, KCL). The video was recorded with the generous help of the staff and students of the Rayne Institute, King's College...

Thanks for reading! Do you have suggestions for topics to cover in the next newsletter, ideas you'd like us to cover in a blog post, or articles you've found interesting?  We'd love to hear from you!

- Sandra, Hallie, and the Bio-Link news team

Upcoming Events

March 2-6 Pittcon
Chicago, IL
June 2-6, 2014 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum
Berkeley, CA
June 23 Community College Day at BIO2014
San Diego, CA
July 14-17 Bioman
Salt Lake City Community College
July 21-24 HI TEC, Register now!
Chicago, IL
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