Presentations

Event: ABRF Annual Meeting 2019

Presenter Dr. Thomas Tubon, shared information about the consortium for advanced manufacturing of cell and tissue based products. Read more
Immuno-biotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in the field of biotechnology. Digital World Biology’s Biotech-Careers.org database of nearly 7000 biotechnology employers has nearly 700 organizations that are involved with immunology in some way. With the advent of advanced DNA sequencing, and other technologies, immuno-biotechnology has significantly increased the use of computing technologies to decipher the meaning of large datasets and predict interacBons between immune receptors (anBbodies / T-Cell receptors / MHC) and their targets. The use of new technologies like immune-profiling - where large numbers of immune receptors are sequenced en masse - and targeted cancer therapies - ... Read more

Event: Florida Biotech Day

Presenter: Dr. Elaine Johnson, Bio-Link National Center California now has two programs that offer Bachelor's degrees in Biomanufacturing. In Northern California the degree is offered by Solano Community College and in Southern California the degree is offered by MiraCosta Community College. Read more
Presenter: Barbara Juncosa, PhD, MiraCosta College In September 2014 Governor Brown signed SB850 that provided the authority for 15 community colleges to pilot baccalaureate degree programs. MiraCosta College was one of those colleges and now has enrolled students into its Biomanufacturing Bachelor's degree. Take a look at what they have already accomplished and what lessons they have learned. Read more
Presenter: Alexandra Gorgevska, PhD, Palm Beach State College Palm Beach State College has 2 degree programs in Biotechnology and two college credit certificates as well! Two degree programs in Biotechnology – Associate in Science (AS) degree – Dual Associate in Arts (AA)/(AS) degree option • Designed for pre-med and other students planning to transfer to a four-year university Two College Credit Certificates in Biotechnology – 19-credit CCC • Students with a life science bachelor's degree – 30-credit CCC • Students looking to stand out from the competition and add just a few Biotech courses to their AA degree plan. • ... Read more
Presenter: Matt Thomas, PhD, State College of Florida - Manatee Sarasota (SCF) The Biotechnology program at SCF is a terrific example of what can be done when academia and industry working together to accomplish joint goals. Details of the program include: 2 year AS degree (61 credit hours) In-line 19 credit hour certificate 5 technique classes Internship capstone Created in 2011 to meet local need – petition from local employers direct to SCF Investment in program also improved general science education at SCF Increased efficiencies at SCF Read more
Presenter: Russ Read, Forsyth Technical Community College Skill Standards answer two critical questions: What do workers need to know and be able to do to succeed in today's workplace? How do we know when workers are performing well? The Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials has developed a set of standards to help answer these questions. Read more
Presenters: Dr. Linnea Fletcher, Director AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center; Dr. Tamara C Mandell, Associate Director, Education and Training University of Florida CERHB; Russ H Read, CPP(LERN) Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce The Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (c3bc) has identified the need for credentialing both at the state level and in industry. This presentation explores: Learning Outcomes — Specifics relating to the administration of the Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam — Discuss secondary-to-post secondary program content and skills in the context of the exam and the c3bc core competencies — Learn strategies for developing laddered credentialing — ... Read more
Presenter: Heather Belmont, Indian River State College Indian River State College (IRSC) is one of 28 community and state colleges in Florida. It has a comprehensive offering of over 130 programs leading to Technical Certificates, Applied Technology Diplomas, Associate and, since 2008, twenty 4-year Bachelor's Programs. It has both IRSC Sponsored Research and Industry Sponsored Research. Read more
Presenter: Abbe Kesterson, Bluegrass Community and Technical College Bluegrass Community and Technical College has a brand new (2018) incubator space with capacity for 12 students per semester. It takes its place as part of the CSO-Incubator Network, cincNet.org and is aptly named B-Cell , Bioscience Collaborative Educational Learning Laboratory. Read more
Presenter: Dr. Linnea Fletcher, PhD, Director, AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center Austin Community College's next Generation Incubator is a cutting edge program with talent, lab space and equipment. Take a look at what their partnership with business is achieving today! Read more

Event: ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators

This session described a three-part strategy for identifying which kinds of knowledge and skills that you might need to learn and how you might going about learning these. We discussed online tools like Biotech-Careers.org , Bio-Link related resources such as Making the Call - an interactive movie that can help with learning about biomanufacturing, and the NSF Grant database to identify business activities and companies in your area. Knowing more about the business areas of your local companies and research institutions will help you provide better advice to your students and provide focus when looking for professional development. We also ... Read more

Event: 2018 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum

Soil Microbiome Project at CCC: On Campus Internship, Authentic Service to Community Customer, Recruiting STEM Students Workshop Presenter: Katie Krolikowski In response to analysis of labor needs for the high concentration of R&D firms in the region, the biotechnology program at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA has been increasing its focus on making its training attractive to STEM students intending to transfer to 4-year institutions, while continuing to serve certificate- and associates degree populations. Learn how we have contextualized our ’standard’ training curriculum to a research project that surveys the changes in the microbiome in the soil of ... Read more
Presenters: Mary Slowinski and Abbe Kesterson AC2 Regional Bio-Link is building Communities of Practice for bioscience education, and at last year's Summer Fellows Forum the team recognized an increasing community interest in CSOs & incubators. The CoP leadership team decided to focus on CSO network building and the result is cincNet.org, a website built with two overarching recommendations in mind: to form a Bioscience CSO/incubator network and to develop a comprehensive CSO/incubator toolkit. The intentions of the website are: Facilitate a distributed leadership, expertise (classic CoP) Collaboration network grant Development of nodes Contributors are welcome, please visit the website and ... Read more
Presenters : Sandra Porter, PhD, Digital World Biology, Bio-Link National Center, Austin Community College, Shoreline Community College and Todd Smith, PhD, Digital World Biology The wide application of DNA sequencing has made it possible to identify numerous missense mutations. Unfortunately, the act of translating the potential impact of these mutations to practical advice requires either an in-depth understanding of biochemistry and molecular interactions or access to a knowledgebase containing this kind of information. If we can teach students how to predict the effects of mutations, we could have students participate in annotating molecular structures and build that knowledgebase for clinicians, ... Read more
Presenters : Mary Slowinski (AC2 Bio-Link) and Abbe Kesterson (Bluegrass Community and Technical College, AC2 Bio-Link) Getting buy-in on your ideas and proposals from your department and college administrators can be daunting and often the first hurdle to clear when you are ready to embrace a new project or plan. Join us for this interactive session to review the basics of pitching ideas, practice your pitching skills in small groups, and take away insights on how to approach and successfully sell your ideas to your administration. Read more
Presenters : Lisa Seidman, (Bio-Link Leadership Team, Madison College), Jennifer Lazare, (Anderson High School, Austin Community College, AC2 Bio-Link), Bridgette Kirkpatrick (Collin College) Employers, instructors of technical subjects, and mathematics educators who participated in a three-day conference on January 12-15, 2018, focused on how mathematics education might better reflect the concepts and skills that are needed for success in the workplace. Making math instruction relevant can change math from a barrier that keeps students out of STEM to a pathway for success. Read more
Presenters : Linnea Fletcher (AC2 Bio-Link, Austin Community College) and Sheela Vemu (Waubonsee Community College) Biology education research (BER), where biology faculty investigate teaching and learning within their own discipline, is considered a vital tool for transforming undergraduate biology education and enhancing student success. However, even though approximately half of biology majors complete coursework at community colleges (CCs), including disproportionate numbers of under-served students, only 3% of recent BER papers included a CC author or CC study context. This raises concerns that existing BER may have failed to characterize the educational experiences of half of the relevant undergraduate population and ... Read more
Presenter : Candiya Mann, (Advisory Group for the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Evaluation Community of Practice) An evaluator can be an incredibly valuable asset to your project team, but how can you make sure that you get the most out of this relationship? This session will give tips and guidance on how to select an evaluator and how to work with them through proposal development and project implementation. Special emphasis will be placed on evaluation of National Science Foundation grants. Read more
Presenter : R. Deborah Overath, (Texas Southmost College) Whether students just need a little review or "brush up" or need to deal with math anxiety, many resources are now available that can help students improve their quantitative skills. The presentation will start with a couple of short activities that can help students have a more positive mindset towards their quantitative skills and lead participants through some of the resources available on the web by having them perform parts of some of the available exercises. Participants will leave with a list of links to resources explored, as well as some activities ... Read more

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