The annual HI-TEC conference will be held July 22-25 in St. Louis, MO. The event is sure to be a busy one, packed with all kinds of great sessions to attend. We assembled a list of sessions presented by Bio-Link community members in order to it easier to plan your schedule. If you're planning to attend HI-TEC, send us your Twitter handle so we can be sure to follow you and make a list of conference-related tweets.
Monday, July 22
8:00 - 5:30 pm Missouri Biotech Day pre-conference session, Danforth Center Auditorium (View the agenda)
The use of new technologies such as immuno-profiling (where large numbers of immune receptors are sequenced en masse) and targeted cancer therapies (where researchers create, engineer, and grow modified T cells to attack tumors) is leading to job growth and a demand for new skills and knowledge in biomanufacturing, quality systems, immuno-bioinformatics, and cancer biology. In response to this new demand, Shoreline Community College (Shoreline, WA) has begun developing an immuno-biotechnology certificate. Part of this certificate includes a five-week course (30 hours of hands-on computer lab) on immuno-bioinformatics.
Interested in Learning about Emerging Algae Technologies? ATEC Can Help
The Algae Foundation launched the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) project, recognizing that algal production will provide a sustainable source of biomass for bio-based productions, feed, fuel, and foods, creating high-quality jobs for an educated workforce. Through algal education, students learn practical applications of farming and biotechnology, developing the skills for the next generation of algal-based jobs. The consortium's goal is to develop novel educational programs to strengthen industry workforce capabilities by focusing on the skills needed to support the commercialization of algal products. Learn how this technology intersects with ATE technologies and how you can get involved.
NBC2 Curriculum Modules: Open Educational Resources for Current Technologies in Bioprocessing
The Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2) is committed to developing curriculum and professional development for the education and training of technicians for the biopharmaceutical industry, A series of three-day workshops on current and emerging area of biomanufacturing provided faculty with the hands-on experience, knowledge, and teaching materials to incorporate the topic into existing courses and programs. These workshops have resulted in seven all-inclusive curriculum modules, available as open educational resources and downloadable from the NBC2 website (biomanufacturing.org). Several modules will be showcased and implementation strategies discussed.
Thursday, July 25
The Circle of the Center: Outreach, Programs, and Research Can Strengthen Each Other
At the Center for Plant and Life Sciences Campus of St. Louis Community College, numerous efforts synergistically overlap. These intersections produce highly valuable interactions and experiences that promote the biotechnology industry and career opportunities in the St. Louis region. The center is truly synergistic with the contract research, outreach, and STLCC programs tightly intertwined. The presenters will share the unique combination of in-depth STEM outreach efforts and high school independent research opportunities onsite at their facility.
Integrated Efforts for Promoting Broader Impacts in the NSF ATE Community Through ARIS
The NSF Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) will advance the rigor, relevance, and practice of broader impacts (BI) by (a) cultivating and strengthening the existing and emerging BI expert community; (b) building the capacity of researchers and educators to enhance and articulate the BI of their work; and (c) creating a socio-technical infrastructure that is adaptable to stakeholder needs. ARIS will provide opportunities to integrate BI efforts into NSF ATE projects to increase public understanding and meet the demand for innovative BI training. The center emphasizes support for serving historically underserved populations while providing inclusive public engagement to ensure a diverse STEM workforce.
Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion: Building a Bridge to STEM education and Employment
Now in its tenth year, the Merritt College Bioscience program has established itself as a Bay Area leader in diversity and inclusion in STEM education and career training by creating a departmental culture that supports both men and women students from all races, ages, and stages in their education and careers. This interactive session will include lessons learned and practical tools that have brought us continued success in the areas of diversity and inclusion.
Note: there are three Bio-Link-related talks in this time slot.
Coordination Networks: Perspectives and Practices for Workforce Development Through Public-Private Partnerships
This session will provide strategies for engaging community members, government agencies, academic leaders, and industry partners in cooperative efforts to build a talent pipeline from community to careers in STEM. Topics will include the development of an NSF-funded Coordination Network and the framework supporting a comprehensive approach to addressing gaps in workforce readiness for emerging technology sectors. Attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion to identify core principles that can be applied across STEM disciplines. Strategies presented will include increasing participation in underserved and underrepresented communities and engaging stakeholders by creating a value proposition.
Increase Your Social Media Presence to Improve Recruitment and Retention
Recruitment and retention of students is becoming increasingly reliant on building a strong social media presence. Learn about how social media platforms differ in their audiences and how to spread the word about your program on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You will also learn to make your own social media graphics using free web tools.
Getting buy-in from your department and college can be daunting and often the first hurdle to clear when you are ready to embrace a new project or plan. Join us to review the basics of picking ideas, practice your pitching skills in small groups, and take away insights on how to approach and sell ideas to your administration. Regardless of discipline area or industry sector, come away with tools and tips for advancing your projects.
A Summer Undergraduate Research Experience to Connect Course-Based Research Experiences at Del Mar College
S89 PRESENTERS: Daisy Zhang, J. Robert Hatherill, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
Del Mar College (DMC) has been revising science education with authentic discovery-base research courses. During the last three summers, a new Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) was developed based on our experience working with both PARE and SEA-PHAGES. During the SURE, students who completed the PARE course can use their newly discovered antibiotic-resistant bacterial strain for further study including 16s rRNA colony PCR. The student researchers have also been isolating a novel bacteriophage that infects their antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The SURE assessment data was collected by online CURE assessment surveys.