The HI TEC schedule is out and the registration deadline (July 11th) is upon us. If you haven’t registered yet, or even if you have, we thought this would be a good time to let you what’s in store to help you plan your time at the conference (see HI TEC event page)
Wednesday, July 27th
8:30 – 9:45 am – Keynote
9:45 – 10:15 Exhibits open
10:15-noon (Continued at 11:15)
Funding Opportunities at the NSF: Programs of Interest to Two-Year Institutions
This session will provide an overview of programs at the National Science Foundation of interest to two-year Institutions. A main focus will be on Division of Undergraduate Education programs, but other programs will also be presented. Tips for crafting a competitive proposal will be provided.
Celeste Carter, Tom Higgins, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
Biotechnology Incubators at Community Colleges: Update and the Search for New Partners
Attendees will learn about biotechnology incubators and similar business models at community colleges. The focus will be on what is happening at Austin Community College as the result of a $4.9M grant from the state of Texas, and at Bluegrass Technical and Community College in Kentucky, as a result of NSF ATE’s funding of the AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center. Attendees will explore how they can establish similar models at their institutions, and will brainstorm how more institutions can be recruited to establish similar activities.
Linnea Fletcher, AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center, Spicewood, TX; Jeanne Wages, Austin Community College, Austin, TX; Tyler Drake, Bluegrass TCT, Lexington, KY
12:00- 1:00 pm – Lunch
Learning from Working Technicians Who Tell Their Stories from ATE Programs
Back by popular demand, this session features technicians who learned critical skills at community colleges. The technicians share their stories with each other in a unique “fishbowl” session. The audience will listen to the technicians discuss their careers, their preparation, and their goals. Following the interactive discussion, the audience will be invited to ask questions and make comments. The process is one that is used in industry to build leadership skills. The interactive nature of the session provides an opportunity for industry representatives and educators to hear the perspectives of former students who are now working technicians.
Elaine Johnson, BioLink National Center, San Francisco, CA; Terryll Bailey, The Allison Group, Seattle, WA; TBD – Techs
2:15 – 3:00 – Concurrent Sessions
3:00 – 3:45 pm Exhibits
3:45 – 4:30 – Concurrent Sessions
4:30 – 6:00 pm – Technology Showcase Reception
Thursday, July 28th
7:30 – 8:15 – Continental breakfast in Exhibit Hall
7:30 – noon Exhibit hall open
A Collaborative Approach to Biomedical Engineering Technology at St. Petersburg College
Funded by a TAACCCT grant, the biomedical engineering technology program is a true collaboration between industry and education. The program at SPC prepares students for careers as medical device technicians at hospitals, manufacturers, and outside service providers. Biomedical Engineering Technicians (BMETs) install, inspect, maintain, repair, calibrate, modify, design biomedical equipment, and support systems to adhere to medical standards and guidelines. We will demonstrate how to integrate industry and multiple disciplines into a degree structure. Attendees will learn how to create an academic pathway for an A.S. Technology degree using our guidelines.
Brian Bell, Lara Sharp, St. Petersburg College TAACCCT, St. Pete Clearwater, FL
Enhanced Learning of Biology Through 3D Printing
This session will familiarize attendees with free resources that support the creation of projects and curricula involving 3D printing. 3D printing has important educational implications: 3D printing a physical object gives students the ability to understand with touch topics that were previously only accessible through 2D diagrams or animations (for example, by enlarging very small objects). 3D printing also offers a clearer pathway to understanding for students who are not well served by 2D representations. Come learn of the presenters’ successes in using 3D at Wake Tech Community College.
Brian Roach, Model 3D; Russell Wahrman, Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC
10:00 – 10:30 am – Exhibit hall
10:30 – 11:15 Concurrent Sessions
11:30 – 12:15 Concurrent Sessions
12:30 – 1:30 pm Keynote
1:45 – 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Creating Future Scientists using Undergraduate and High School Research
One of the best ways to get young students excited about science is to get science into their hands. The presenter will talk about projects high school students can do with a little guidance from a scientist. The presenter will also discuss how undergraduate research using biotechnology program students is moving in-house projects forward while providing great research lab experience, making the students more valuable to future employers. Suggested criteria for student projects will be discussed, along with the practices that have been the most successful.
Elizabeth Boedeker, St. Louis CC Center for Plant & Life Sciences, Creve Couer, MO
Bioscience Industrial Fellows Program
The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) of Forsyth Tech recently hosted biotechnology “bootcamps” at community colleges in Winston-Salem, NC. The purpose of the month-long program was to have participants visit bioscience sites and demystify the bioscience industry by developing and delivering modules for teacher professional development. This session will present highlights of the experience.
Russ Read, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, Winston-Salem, NC; Allison Nestor, Forsyth Tech, Winston-Salem, NC; Denise Schweizer, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, NC