This month (Oct) The Bio-Link community gained a new and important member. As many in the community know, NSF funding for Bio-Link, as a national center for biotechnology education, ended in 2018 - 20 years after it's initial funding. It was quite a run. While this first national center ended, the community has not, and continues to thrive. In part this is because Digital World Biology (DWBio) has been supporting the Bio-Link website and community via the monthly (mostly) newsletter and other social media activities through DWBio's own NSF grant - A Bridge to Bio-Link's Future (DUE 1764225).
More importantly, however, the community as stayed active. Members have kept in touch, sent us news, event posts, and added items on the Bio-Link Facebook page. The Bio-Link website continues to grow, especially with new K-12 (mostly high school) members.
During our "gap" year a team, led by Dr. Linnea Fletcher at Austin Community College, developed a new ATE center proposal entitled, "InnovATEBIO National Biotechnology Education Center." During the first part of this year (2019) it was reviewed in depth and awarded in late July. Funding began October 1, 2019 and we're gearing up to support the community in many ways.
To start, a new website has been launched to describe the center. While the new site will serve to describe center activities, the Bio-Link site will continue and grow. Community College Program and K-12 affiliate pages will remain on Bio-Link along with numerous assets such as publications, presentations, courses-in-a-box, and the newsletter archive. Over the coming months events and news will be posted on Bio-Link and cross posted on InnovATEBIO. In this way our members who advertise events with us will receive an additional benefit by advertising on two sites.
For those attending the ATE-PI meeting (Oct 23-25, 2019), be sure to join us Friday from 10:15 am to 12:30 pm, in the Congressional room for a High Impact Workshop, "Shaping the Future of the Biotechnology Workforce," to talk about the new national center.
Workshop Abstract: The active and connected members of the biotechnology community have proposed and managed numerous ATE projects, two regional centers, and the Bio-Link National Center. A new national center, InnovATEBIO, has been funded, and one of its roles is listening to and mentoring this community. Please join the center’s leadership for a collaborative discussion about InnovATEBIO’s structure and goals, best practices for collaborating, supports you would like to see, and visions for our collective future.