Time is running out. We need to stop global warming from heating the earth’s temperature by another 1.5 °C before it’s too late. We must do this no later than 2050, preferably sooner, and we’re already late to the party.
Race Against the Clock (RATC) is a call to our future leaders, i.e., today’s students, to take charge with synthetic biology/biological engineering, entrepreneurship, and storytelling for a sustainable, environmentally friendly future that feeds, heals, cleans, and fuels the world.
Built with Biology, Ginkgo Bioworks, and Schmidt Futures recognize that the future of our planet lies in the hands... Read more
The Workforce Expansion in Biomanufacturing Emerging Technologies (WE-BET) initiative (NIIMBL Project 2.2-152) has been working to address the challenge of expanding the workforce for producing cell-based and gene therapies. Recently, WE-BET published two documents that will helpful for colleges that are interested in offering education programs in these areas.
The first document is a labor market report for cell and gene therapy. This report addresses the demand for these technologies and the need for technicians.
The second document describes skill standards for gene therapy technicians, cell therapy technicians, technicians who work in both areas, the curriculum for training... Read more
Note : This article was written by Daria Sharko, a biotech student at MiraCosta College in California. Ms. Sharko contributed the photos as well.
Having biotechnology classes during the pandemic took an unexpected turn in Fall 2020. As an international student of the AS biotechnology program at MiraCosta College, I was preparing myself for a challenging atmosphere of COVID-19-impacted classes on campus. At least, the full PPE and the do-not-breath, do-not-touch ambiance of strict safety restrictions were anticipated. My experience with virtual labs and simulations last semester when colleges and students had to adapt to the rapidly... Read more
In June 2019, a group of STEM educators from across the country came together to discuss a widely-misunderstood approach to laboratory work: design of experiments (DOE). DOE is a system that optimizes processes through the methodical varying of key parameters and a formalized statistical approach to analyzing and interpreting data, and applying the results. However, as it is not commonly used in academia outside of engineering fields, many STEM educators have little to no experience with DOE.