Presenters : Linnea Fletcher (AC2 Bio-Link, Austin Community College) and Sheela Vemu (Waubonsee Community College) Biology education research (BER), where biology faculty investigate teaching and learning within their own discipline, is considered a vital tool for transforming undergraduate biology education and enhancing student success. However, even though approximately half of biology majors complete coursework at community colleges (CCs), including disproportionate numbers of under-served students, only 3% of recent BER papers included a CC author or CC study context. This raises concerns that existing BER may have failed to characterize the educational experiences of half of the relevant undergraduate population and ... Read more
Presenter : Candiya Mann, (Advisory Group for the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Evaluation Community of Practice) An evaluator can be an incredibly valuable asset to your project team, but how can you make sure that you get the most out of this relationship? This session will give tips and guidance on how to select an evaluator and how to work with them through proposal development and project implementation. Special emphasis will be placed on evaluation of National Science Foundation grants. Read more
Presenter : R. Deborah Overath, (Texas Southmost College) Whether students just need a little review or "brush up" or need to deal with math anxiety, many resources are now available that can help students improve their quantitative skills. The presentation will start with a couple of short activities that can help students have a more positive mindset towards their quantitative skills and lead participants through some of the resources available on the web by having them perform parts of some of the available exercises. Participants will leave with a list of links to resources explored, as well as some activities ... Read more
Presenters : Bridgette Kirkpatrick (Collin College) and Kevin Simpson (Delgado Community College) This workshop will be a hands-on activity, which includes a novel approach to introducing quantitative data analysis in an engaging contextual setting. Using a previously prepared ELISA based format, the class will be able to complete “disease” (or other) diagnostics and analysis in a BSL-1 environment with no specialized chemicals or equipment needed. The activity is designed to introduce students (secondary and college) to basic statistical analysis and the importance of proper curve generation and quality control. Examples of variability in standard curves and out of range control ... Read more
Moderator : Kristen Wolslegel, (Executive Director, Bay Area Bioscience Education Community) There are a wide variety of options for partnering with your local K-12 schools. This session covered 4 innovative new strategies that take articulation agreements and dual enrollment to new levels. These efforts can increase enrollment in community college biotech programs, and will help create strong career pathways for students from an early age. Four models for outreach were presented, however many more are being used throughout the community. 1. Dual enrollment model - early stage Jennifer Lazare, Associate Professor at Austin Community College, Austin TX. High School Outreach ... Read more
In this age of emerging technologies, many students and their parents have not been exposed to the great variety of careers open to them. Career exploration is taking on an increasingly important role in community college programs. The Centers Collaborative for Technical Assistance (CCTA) hosted a host a webinar on Career Exploration and provided examples of career exploration tools that are available to students, teachers, faculty members, counselors and others who are interested in assisting students make wise career choices. A recording of the webinar can be found on the CCTA website.
Elaine Johnson, PI and Executive Director ... Read more
Presenters: Carole Twichell and Bridgette Kirkpatrick Take a look at a great classroom activity/exam question about restriction enzymes. The learning objectives for the activity are: •Proper use of restriction endonucleases •Tying restriction fragmentation to electrophoresis •Critical Thinking •Use of internet resources Students will need to develop strategies using only restriction endonucleases and electrophoresis to solve plasmid cloning problems. Read more
Presenters: Bridgette Kirkpatrick & Carole Twichell Description: We will present a classroom activity that can be used to teach plasmid cloning and the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system for gene editing. The activity uses paper models to illustrate the action of restriction endonucleases, ligation, and recognition and cleavage by CRISPR/Cas9. Participants will receive materials and instructions to take back to their institutions. Read more
Presenters: Jeanette Mowery and Lisa Seidman Agenda •Introduction; reproducibility in science, a contemporary hot topic •The causes of irreproducibility that everyone talks about •The causes of irreproducibility that we talk about – but they don’t •Bio-Linker’s contributions to the discussion •A call to action – what comes next? Read more
Presenter: James Guenther 6/7/2017 This session is intended to give an overview of the process used by many entrepreneurs, and pioneered by Steve Blank. Each section of the "business model canvas" will be discussed and related back to new business startups or how a biotechnology program is a really a small business startup. Participants are encouraged to come with business or product ideas that can be explored in the session. Presented 6/7/2017 Read more
Presenter: Ellyn Daugherty Learn how to use hard and soft (laboratory) skills and authentic assessment to prepare students to enter adult bioscience workplace experiences. Since 1995, The San Mateo Biotechnology Career Pathway (SMBCP) has placed over 1000 students in paid and unpaid internships at one of their 25 local biotechnology partner facilities. SMBCP courses prepare students of all academic levels to enter industry and academic biotech lab facilities and function as productive individuals and team members. Part of the success of the SMBCP program is that students are evaluated in methods similar to those in industry. This session will share ... Read more
Presenter: Vivian Ngan-Winward, PhD, CMQOE The in vitro diagnostics sector should be very familiar to the Bio-Link community with products such as test kits and analyzer instrumentation. Changing regulations now impacting this sector mean companies will need to adapt their quality systems and increase internal competencies. The salient regulatory changes will be presented and those where biotech educators may be able to work with companies to address will be highlighted. In addition, industry-critical career tracks alternative to the traditional research and manufacturing paths and how biotech educators can prepare students for these will be presented. Presented 6/6/2017 Read more
Bio-Link Webinar: Third Party Certification & Entry-Level Certificates in Biotechnology was presented 3pm ET on Friday, May 12, 2017. A recording of the webinar is available on YouTube, and slides for the event are also available
Speakers from several areas will share their experiences and discuss student outcomes:
Tamara Mandell, Lori Wojciechowski, from Biotility(link is external) will describe how the exam is administered and the historical outcomes.
Jeff Bush, Vero Beach High School, Florida, and Fiona McAlister, PhD., Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, OK, will talk about their experiences.
Neil Glynn, PhD, and Joe Wuerffel, ... Read more
Tom Tubon leads a discussion of CSO strengths, programs and partnership strategies. Panelists: Sandra Porter (Bio-Link), Bryony Ruegg (Bio-Rad), and Abbe Kesterson (Bluegrass Community and Technical College), and James Guenther (Delgado Community College) Read more