The symposium discussed the theory and practice of teaching STEM and science workforce skills in college and high school science teaching. Biotechnology techniques were used to demonstrated as a unifying theme for the integration of biology, chemistry, engineering, math, and physics into the each specific discipline. Dr. Sulatha Dwarakanath (Bio-Link Representative and Co-ordinator for Bioscience Consortium/Adjunct professor at Austin Community College) talked about Workforce readiness for STEM careers and how ACC is preparing there students for the industry needs. She talked about the inerface with industry and aligning our program to adivse from the Advisory Board comprised of the local Biotech industry professionals.
Also, the presentation included the Bio-link information. All the resources available from bio-link was explained. Lot of the attendees did not know about Bio-link. They were very pleased to discover a site with so much information for their class. Surprisingly, the attendees thought that it was paid subscription to Bio-Link. They were very pleased that it is an open and free for all to use it for benefitting the Biotech professionals.
At the end of the talk on of the professors from Columbia University came up and asked dr. Su to give the same talk at Columbia Univresity in NY. They wanted to learn how the program at ACC benefited the industry and incorporating the feedback from the industry.