Past Events

Fri, Jun 26 2020
algae experiments

Algae have become increasingly popular in biotechnology for multiple purposes. They are used to manufacture products like nutritional supplements, oils, dyes, and textiles. Companies use algae to treat wastewater, capture carbon, and provide fertilizer. Adidas even makes a running shoe with foam from algae. Learn more about algae companies and what they do .

Speakers : Ira Levine, PhD, Professor, Natural & Applied Sciences, and Fulbright Scholar and Schonna Manning, PhD, University of Texas ... Read more

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Fri, Jun 19 2020
Sarcina flava colonies on blood agar from the CDC/ Dr. V.R. Dowell 1976

Some of us use microbiology regularly in our kitchens for baking bread or making yogurt. Many people even make their own beer and wine. Still, even as a microbiologist, I never considered teaching Microbiology through distance learning. Ms. Consani is the first person I've met who does this. She has taught Microbiology online for the past five years using a kit from in addition to seven years of experience teaching online labs in general biology and histology.

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Wed, Jun 17 2020
Artwork - The future is bright

This webinar is designed to provide an introduction to the NSF ATE program and to encourage colleges to submit ATE proposals by the October 1, 2020 deadline. If you have colleagues that may find this information of interest and could benefit from applying for ATE funding, please share this information with them. We thank you for your assistance!

Addressing STEM Workforce Needs in a Virtual World – How ATE Grants Can Help and Why You Should Apply Wednesday, June 17, 2020 • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

For more than 25 years, the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological ... Read more

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Sun, Jun 14 2020 to Thu, Jun 18 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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