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Event: ATE Project Talks: Speed Networking

Event: Community Conversation: the Biotech Summit

Dr. Linnea Fletcher presented an overview of the event that InnovATEBIO is planning for June 2023 in Washington D.C. The event is titled "The Future of the Bioscience Workforce ." This event is a follow up to the Biotech Summit that Bio-Link held in 2008 on Educating Technicians for Future Needs ( read the report) . Read more

Event: A Toolkit to Implement Supply Chain Biomanufacturing Projects

Dr. Ying-Tsu Loh and Dr. Terri Quenzer discussed the materials created through the supply chain hub. To access the materials, register for an account at: https://babec.org/supply-chain-biomanufacturing-hub/ View slides from the presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1se3YRC6aM9tq2jB7IzmXpt_jODhXD4qe... Read more

Event: InnovATEBIO webinar: Solving the math problem - strategies for teaching biotech math

Description : Students often struggle to perform the math calculations required in biotechnology classes and jobs. It is therefore common for students, teachers, and employers to think that these students can’t “do” math. In reality, average students have the math skills required to perform the majority of commonplace biotechnology calculations. But they have difficulty finding and applying appropriately the math tools they possess. In our upcoming webinar on October 14th, a biotechnology instructor and a math instructor will come together to talk about strategies to help students develop the skills and confidence they need to solve math-related challenges. We will ... Read more

Event: InnovATEBIO webinar: Biomanufacturing is booming!

October 7th is National Manufacturing Day. To celebrate, three InnovATEBIO members talked about their work on biomanufacturing and biomanufacturing education. Topics and Speakers : 1. New kits for teaching biomanufacturing concepts in high school Dr. Jan Chalupny, Shoreline Community College, Cell and Immunotherapy Hub , DUE 2054990 Description : Dr. Chalupny has been working with high shool teacher partners to develop kits for teaching biomanufacturing concepts in the high school classroom. She will describe the kits, their contents, and how they were developed. - Learn about ALL of the great Shoreline Community College biotech education resources on this page . ... Read more

Event: InnovATEBIO webinar: To Reduce Variability/Increase Reproducibility: Beginning at the Beginning

Event: ATE Project Talks: Broadening Ag Science biotech and developing a biomanufacturing workforce

The goals of the project are to: Build a competent, customized workforce of under-represented students in South Texas for local and regional employment; Improve scientific literacy through course-based research activities; Incorporate NCTM instructional online technology into existing and planned certificate courses; and To provide professional development for high school and college educators. Speakers : Daiyuan Zhang PhD and J. Robert Hatherill PhD (Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX) Read more
Description : The project is designed to increase the participation of individuals from Hispanic communities in plant/agricultural biotechnology. To do so, the project team will develop stackable credentials that prepare students to enter the region’s plant/agricultural biotechnology workforce and can lead to a new associates degree in plant/agriculture biotechnology. This degree program will be designed in collaboration with local industry partners and stakeholders in K- 14 education. Local high school teachers will also receive training in biotechnology skills aligned with the new curriculum, thus creating a pathway from high school into plant/agricultural biotechnology. The project is based at Allan Hancock ... Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: Biotech education opportunities and Biotech & Engineering

Talk 1: BUENO: Biotechnology Unified Education Network of Opportunities Project Description : This project based at Texas Southmost College, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, is establishing the foundation for the first biotechnology education program in the Rio Grande Valley. The project includes developing curriculum and educational materials, professional development, and program development. Speaker : R. Deborah Overath, Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, TX Learn more about the BUENO: Biotechnology Unified Education Network of Opportunities Project ATE project Read more
Description : Bio Blend responded to biopharmaceutical manufacturing needs for a multiskilled workforce particularly for those entering process and maintenance technician positions.The project includes redeveloping four courses to merge components of both Applied Engineering (AE) and Bioprocess Technology (BT) Associates degrees for an initial smaller cohort of students. All cohort students received internship opportunities and industry-standard DeltaV training/certification in a simulated biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment as well as the potential to earn a BioWork certificate. Speakers : Melissa Robbins and Julie Griffin, Johnston Community College, Clayton, NC Learn more about the Integrating Biotechnology and Applied Engineering ATE project. Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: HS DNA Sequencing and Protein Biomanufacturing

Description : This project focuses on developing a training program for protein biomanufacturing. As part of this program, students complete internships in a student-centered Contract Manufacturing Organization. Student interns will be producing Taq polymerase and providing it to the larger bioscience community. Speaker : Aron Kamajaya, PI, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles, CA Read more
The Dual Credit High School-Community College DNA Sequencing and Genomics Project is providing research-based, hands-on, and real-world workforce experience for two-year community college and dual credit high school and biotechnology students by providing access to industry-level DNA sequencing technology. Students are working on authentic student-led research on DNA barcoding mentored by industry and academic partners. Speakers : Joseph Oleniczak, PI & Kissaou Tchedre, PhD., M.B.A., co-PI, LASA High School and Austin Community College, Austin, TX Read more

Event: Ignite Your Students’ Passion for Biology with Biotech-Careers.org

We are living in the century of biology. Vaccines are winning the pandemic battle, the biotech industry is rapidly growing, and biotechnology, synthetic biology, and genomics are top priorities for government investment. Biology is the future, and the future is here. Your students may know that new biomedical technologies can treat once incurable diseases. But do they know that biotechnology products are being used in tennis shoes, fabric dyes, and food, and that biotechnology is beginning to play a major role in addressing climate change, pollution, and food security? Our data show that when students learn about the variety of ... Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: Developing Training for Inclusive Lab Environments and Developing Genome Editing Coursework

Description : Our grant funding is supporting, with the input of our local area bioscience industry, the development of two genome editing courses to be implemented into our biotechnology program at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley. These courses will provide advanced coursework in the technologies and procedures used in the genome editing laboratories locally, while providing a great overview and understanding of the editing of a genome, and the ethics and concepts involved. Students will learn the basic history and ideas behind each of the hands-on laboratory techniques they will actually do in the lab, guided by instructors well ... Read more
Description : Our CCSF-UCSF team developed training to promote more inclusive workplace practices for biotechnology community college students and mentor-managers working within an academic research setting. We are currently enhancing those trainings to promote similar practices within industry workplaces. Along with this adaptation, we’ll be disseminating those trainings nationwide to community college students and biotech-bioscience mentor-managers through online platforms to foster the knowledge and skills needed to encourage more inclusivity and dismantle systemic barriers for community college students in the biotech-bioscience workplace. Speakers : James Lewis & Karen Leung, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: Science Attitudes and Career Goals and Work-Based Biotech for High School Students

Description : Our ATE grant in part researches influences on students’ career goals at a diverse, urban community college. Specifically, we look for links between career goals and demographic characteristics, science identity, self-efficacy, and intrinsic motivation. This research helps us to understand motivations of major choice and helps us to better design program marketing and course content to encourage groups underrepresented in science to pursue scientific fields. Speaker : Kristyn VanderWaal Mills (Co-Principal Investigator), Saint Paul College, St. Paul, Minnesota Read more
Description : This NSF funded project supports City College of San Francisco’s Biotechnology program to work with local high schools to spark the interest of high school students in biotechnology. The project includes hand-on activities in the form of field trips or classroom visits and work-based experiences that include paid internships. In addition, we will develop outreach and instructional videos to supplement the instructional material and strengthen the student learning experience. Speaker : Golnar Afshar PhD, Biotechnology Instructor, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks - Opening a New Door into Biotechnology Careers: Developing the Core Technology Workforce

Description : Did you know that universities and research institutions are major biotechnology employers? And, did you know that shared research resource facilities (core labs) support modern research in these institutions and need an advanced technical workforce with the kinds of skills we teach our students? Core labs enable efficient and widespread access to state-of-the-art technologies and scientific expertise that have accelerated research for over 40 years. These technologies include genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, imaging, flow cytometry, and others to form the foundation of biotechnology research, development, and production. Many core lab directors and staff are members of the Association of ... Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: Technician Training in CRISPR-based Gene Editing AND BIOTECH Pathways

The Technician Training in CRISPR-based Gene Editing project aims to bridge the gap in the rate of development and training of community college students to meet industry needs in the rapidly evolving field of gene editing. This NSF-funded ATE project brings cutting-edge techniques and tools developed by researchers at the Gene Editing Institute (GEI), ChristianaCare Health System, to students in the biotechnology program at Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC). To spread the impact, faculty professional development workshops have been conducted focusing on Community College faculty to assist in incorporation of CRISPR curricula to technician training programs across the country. Speaker ... Read more
Harford Community College’s “Building Interest and Opportunities Through Engagement and Collaborative Pathways” (BIOTECH Pathways) program creates paths for high school students to progress through Harford Community College (HCC) to a biotechnology career or further study at a four-year institution. Supported by an NSF ATE grant, HCC has developed an A.A.S. in Biotechnology and a revised Biotechnology Certificate to align with industry skills, knowledge, and competencies. Furthermore, HCC aims to increase the number of students, including those historically underrepresented in STEM, who enroll in and complete the biotechnology programs through outreach workshops and summer programs for high school students and parents. ... Read more

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