Past Events

Sun, Jun 14 2020 to Wed, Jun 17 2020

Do you have an idea but need funding? Participants in this ATE grant writing workshop will learn about the NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program and how to most effectively apply for grant funding. Faculty must propose a specific project to improve an ATE-eligible technical program in a one page proposal. Full-time STEM discipline faculty involved in technician education programs from two-year colleges are eligible to apply. Two faculty per college are eligible and colleges may also send a grant writer as a ... Read more

Fri, Jun 12 2020
Six protective antibodies bound to HIV fusion structure

Antibodies are one of the most common products made by biotech companies. They are used to provide passive immunity to certain kinds of viruses and some bacterial toxins. They are used to treat many forms of cancer. At least 41 companies are currently working to develop, test for, or isolate antibodies against COVID-19 .

A few weeks ago, we heard Dr. Margaret Bryans from the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2), at Montgomery County Community College, ... Read more

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Wed, Jun 10 2020 to Thu, Jul 23 2020

NOTE - this week's schedule is now online! Live presentations from vendors are this Thursday.

Live Biotechnology Vendor Sessions, July 23rd Time (all times are in Central Daylight Time) Company 10:30 - 11:15 am MiniOne Systems 11:15 - 12:00 pm Bio-Rad 12:00 - 12:45 pm Pasco 12:45 - 1:30 pm LabXchange 1:30 - 2:15 pm MiniPCRbio 2:15 - 3:00 pm Carolina Biological Supply 3:00 - 3:45 pm iGEM

Are you a high school teacher who would like to teach biotechnology? Or an experienced high school biotechnology teacher who would like to learn more or help ... Read more

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Fri, Jun 5 2020
An antigen presenting cell presents a peptide antigen to a T cell

This Friday, we will have a guest speaker from the University of Washington, Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease, share basic concepts around vaccines. This lecture will help us prepare for a later discussion when we dive into vaccines against COVID-19 in greater detail.

Speaker : Dr. David Koelle , Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease, University of Washington.
Dr. Koelle studies virology and immunology, along with viral oncogenesis, tumor immunotherapy, practical vaccinology issues such as adjuvants and delivery systems ... Read more

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Fri, May 29 2020
A trace file from Sanger sequencing presented in FinchTV, a free program from Digital World Biology

DNA barcoding is a popular technique for undergraduate research projects. In this webinar, Dr. Linnea Fletcher will describe how this technique can be adapted for use in biotechnology education programs by incorporating principles of working in a regulated environment such as GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices).

The Austin Community College (ACC) Biotechnology program introduces students to the 5 P’s of GMP [people, premises, processes, products and procedures (paperwork)] while they're using DNA barcoding to identify samples. Combining GMPs with DNA barcoding makes learning cGMPs ... Read more

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Fri, May 22 2020

In this webinar, we will introduce basic concepts in immunology and demonstrate how to use the Immune Epitope Database to investigate immunity to COVID-19 and gain insights into key requirements for developing antibodies and vaccines to COVID-19. We will also present an activity that students can use for a research project and investigate immunity to whatever they choose.

Speaker : Dr. Sandra Porter, Shoreline Community College, Digital World Biology, and InnovATE BIO .

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Fri, May 15 2020
Biomolecule profiles - photo credit Todd Smith, Digital World Biology

Performing assays and testing samples is fundamental to all biotechnology workplaces, from basic research laboratories to large-scale production facilities. With the COVID-19 pandemic, diagnostic assays have entered the limelight. Last week, we discussed the use of molecular diagnostics to identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. This week, we will talk about testing for the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 proteins. The presence of anti-SARS-COV-2 antibodies tells us if a person has been infected.

In this webinar, we will introduce basic assay principles so that you and your ... Read more

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Sat, May 9 2020
Logo for Bay Area Bioscience Education Community

The Bay Area Bioscience Education Community is a non-profit organization that has been working with community college and high school teacher partners in the San Francisco Bay area since 1996. In this talk, representatives from BABEC will describe their model for making biotech lab resources sustainable.

To access the webinar, join the InnovATEBIO High School Mentor Facebook group .

Once you join the group, click the Events link to locate a Zoom link for this event. Read more

Fri, May 8 2020
We got this mural

This Friday, we will discuss the design and use of molecular diagnostic tests for detecting SARS-CoV-2, specifically, quantitative RT-PCR. This test uses Reverse transcriptase to make a copy of the novel coronavirus RNA, and fluorescent probes to measure the amount of viral RNA in a sample.

Dr. Meei-Li Huang from the Virology division at the University of Washington will join us. Dr. Huang is part of a group that has been working on the front lines since late February to evaluate quantitative PCR assays and test people for COVID-19.

We will also talk ... Read more

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Fri, May 8 2020 to Sat, May 9 2020
Professional Development for Teachers at Shoreline Community College: Cancer Biology Kit Workshop

This workshop will be held Friday, May 8 (4pm - 9pm) and Saturday, May 9 (9am - 4:30pm) and will be open to up to 24 teachers. The Cancer Biology: Diagnostics and Treatments curriculum provides a foundation in cancer biology using a hypothetical case study of breast cancer patients to explore how Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISAs), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), genetic testing (bioinformatics), and ... Read more

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