The National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program is a powerful economic driver for biotechnology programs at community colleges. This presentation by V. Celeste Carter provides background and context on the program to add to colleges' grant writing efforts. Read more
Presenters : Linda Rehfuss, Jeanette Mowery, Lisa Seidman, Elaine Johnson, Linnea Fletcher In 2016, the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials, funded by a Department of Labor grant, published a set of core technical skills and competencies that are held in common across the bioscience industry subsectors of Bioscience Laboratory Skills, Biomanufacturing, and Medical Devices. Consortium partners recognized the need to focus skill standards efforts on fundamentals that all entry-level bioscience technician would need in order to succeed, regardless of industry subsector, geographic location or individual job description. This webinar will discuss how these new skill standards can be valuable ... Read more
Together CRISPR and Cas provide bacteria with an adaptive immune system that allows them to identify and defend against new viral invaders. While characterizing the basic biology of this system, researchers discovered that the Cas9 protein could be harnessed to engineer genomic DNA. In this session, we discuss the basic biology of the CRISPR / Cas system and discuss how researchers are using this system in new ways to engineer living things. Presenters : Thomas Tubon, Ph.D. Madison College, WI Sandra Porter, Ph.D. Bio-Link, Digital World Biology LLC Read more
Bio-Link goes to the movies! A Bio-Link webinar
Learning how to navigate within a biopharmaceutical quality system isn’t something that can be taught easily in a classroom. The stakes are high -- one error can cost a company millions of dollars, lead to investigations by the FDA, or worse, cause harm to a patient. To show what it’s like to work in biopharmaceutical facilities, Bio-Link (the Next Generation National ATE Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Life Sciences), and Pellet Productions, Inc. (the creators and producers of ATETV.org) have collaborated to produce Making the Call: Quality in Biomanufacturing. ... Read more
Panelists discussed: How to start a CSO using existing infrastructure; Using a CSO experience to prepare students for the biotech workforce, Where to find funding, The path from CSO to incubator, Opportunities for partnering with companies that can market some of the products produced in a CSO, and lastly, Achieving sustainability Moderator : Sulatha Dwarakanath, Speakers : Tyler Drake, Ph.D Director Bioscience Incubator Austin Community College Mary Nelson, Ph.D Director of InnovaBio & STUDENTfacturED Salt Lake Community College Elizabeth Boedeker BioBench CRO Coordinator Deborah R. Davis, PhD Acting Biotechnology Coordinator Co-PI, AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center Bluegrass Community and Technical College ... Read more
This second Bio-Link webinar focuses on Bio-Link's popular website: Biotech-Careers.org(link is external)
The biotech industry has been growing faster than other areas of the US economy. Biotech positions offer good salaries and benefits, interesting work, and opportunities for advancement. Nevertheless, many biotechnology education programs struggle with student recruitment. Two contributing factors are the lack of knowledge among high school teachers and students concerning jobs in biotechnology and the misconception that all STEM careers require an advanced degree. This webinar will showcase Bio-Link’s interactive career website that addresses misconceptions and informs students about the many ... Read more
Did you miss Bio-Link's webinar on April 1st, 2016? You can still catch the recorded the presentation. Webinar Slides Link: http://www.matecnetworks.org/webinars/pdf/Biolink_%20April_1_webinar.pdf Read more
Presenter : Sonia Wallman, PhD Description : Biomanufacturing education and training at community colleges took off in the late 1980's through the development of the earliest biotechnology hands-on education and training programs in industry clusters in California, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Community college biomanufacturing programs follow local industry need-early programs focused on biopharmaceutical production and analysis. Recent growth of industrial biotechnology in locales across the nation has led to the development of programs focusing on bioenergy; sustainable energy production and distribution; production and analysis of microalgae, yeast and bacterial industrial bioproducts and biodiesel production and analysis. The presentation shows the ... Read more
Presenter : Ellyn Daugherty, Rock Star Science Participants learn strategies to plan and implement innovative STEM biotech curriculum for all students at all levels, leading students to do science in adult environments. Participants will conduct 2 computer activities (molecular modeling and primer design) from the new edition of Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium, 2017. Read more
Presenter : Dr. Mayasari Lim, SE3D Education, https://www.se3d.com/
This 3D bioprinting workshop covered concepts and applications of bioprinting technology in the biotech and biomedical industry. The workshop showcased an example of how an industry application can be transferred into a classroom setting and included a hands-on activity showing participants how to use a desktop 3D bioprinter. SE3D's classroom 3D bioprinter, r3bEL, can be used to print biological arrays and models efficiently and serves as a robust lab equipment for illustrating different examples across the biotech and biomedical fields.
Presenter : James DeKloe, Solano College Description : An increasing number of biotechnology companies are introducing single-use (disposable) technologies into their biomanufacturing process. These technologies reduce upfront capital costs, increase manufacturing times,and reduce the risk of cross contamination of products. They also eliminate the need for cleaning and sterilization, reducing the use (and cost) of water, cleaning solutions, steam, and energy. The introduction of these technologies into the classroom better prepare students to work with this innovation. Read more
Presenter : Lori Wojciechowski, Biotility, University of Florida Description : The Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) is an industry-recognized exam designed to assess core skills and knowledge sets identified by industry, and represented within the academic and performance standards of Florida’s secondary Biotechnology program. The test has been vetted by the state’s industry organization BioFlorida, representing more than 3,000 companies and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and bioagriculture sectors. About the Biotechnology Certification Program The Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) is offered by Biotility at The University of Florida’s Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology (UF ... Read more
Presenter: Damon Tighe Algae beads can be used in colormetric assays to study both photosynthesis and cellular respiration in authentic inquiry investigations (AP Biology Big Idea 2: Labs 5 and 6). This lab can be extended to study the effects of light intensity, light color, temperature and other organisms on these processes. Read more
Presenters: Bridgette Kirkpatrick and Carole Twichell This presentation introduces the concept of team-based learning (TBL) and it's applications in biotechnology education. TBL fosters higher-level thinking skills, encourages team/group dynamics and makes students accountable for their own performance. The session includes examples of how to adapt a class for TBL and how to use flipped classrooms to make better use of class time. We will demonstrate these concepts with interactive activities throughout the session. Read more
Presenter : Sandra Porter, PhD, Digital World Biology LLC , and Bio-Link
This will be a hands on workshop where participants will have the opportunity to use bioinformatics tools to look for and evaluate drugs to treat Zika virus. We will use BLAST, multiple alignments, and molecular modeling to identify potential drugs and determine if they might work. The example below shows Sofosbuvir bound to the RNA polymerase from Hepatitis C virus.
Presenters : Thomas Tubon, PhD, Madison College, Sandra Porter, PhD, Digital World Biology and Bio-Link
Together CRISPR and Cas provide bacteria with an adaptive immune system that allows them to identify and defend against new viral invaders. While characterizing the basic biology of this system, researchers discovered that the Cas9 protein could be harnessed to engineer genomic DNA. In this session, we will discuss the basic biology of the CRISPR / Cas system and discuss how researchers are using this system in new ways to engineer living things.
We also explored molecular models of Cas proteins ... Read more
The Department of Labor is funding twelve Bio-Link programs to work together on identifying core competencies for biotechnicians.
Presented by : Dr. Jeanette Mowery, Madison College, and Dr. Linnea Fletcher, Austin Community College
WHAT ARE THESE STANDARDS? - Jeanette Mowery
There have been many efforts over the years to determine what biotechnology technicians must know to be successful in their jobs. These have been published in regional and national skill standards documents that can be accessed through the Bio-Link Clearinghouse. The current effort focuses on the identification of skills ... Read more
Presenter: Duncan McBride, PhD, National Science Foundation
Dr. McBride spoke about the NSF's interest in funding biotechnology projects and regional centers and the elements of a good proposal.