The 2018 Texas ASM Fall meeting was hosted by the Texas A&M University and co-hosted by Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, November 8-10th. Both faculty and students gave oral presentations, on topics that ranged across microbiology, as well as molecular and cellular biology. The conference also had an afternoon dedicated to undergraduate and graduate student poster presentations and with prizes awarded for the best talks and posters in each category.
Dr. Daisy Zhang and Dr. John Robert Hatherill from Del Mar College organized the judging and award ceremonies. Dr. Linnea Fletcher and Dr. Daisy Zhang organized and co-chaired... Read more
The Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI) released the 2018 Life Sciences Workforce Trends Report June 5, 2018 at the BIO International Convention held in Boston, Massachusetts June 4-7. The report provides a national snapshot of the current and anticipated talent needs of the nation’s dynamic life science industry.
The biotech industry continues to be a leading driver of employment across the country, providing 1.73 million jobs in 85,000 companies. In 2017, employers listed almost 264,000 postings for life science positions.
Building on the success of its three prior reports, the 2018 CSBI Workforce Trends Report identifies the... Read more
Stem cell research holds great promise for improved healthcare and regenerative medicine. However because the field is so new, instructors need help in learning what to teach and how to teach it.
Funding from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technology Education program allowed teachers to learn about this new area through workshops last summer at Alamance Community College, Austin Community College (ACC), and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).
Bill Woodruff, retired department head of Alamance's biotechnology program, taught professors from around the country about stem cell technology, both its potential and the practical aspects needed... Read more
Are you going to HI-TEC 2013 ? Bio-Link community members will be heading up sessions on topics ranging from biotech credentialing to bioluminescent bacteria. Since members of the Bio-Link community are involved in so many sessions, we compiled this guide to help you find out where and when Bio-Link sessions are being held.
The symposium discussed the theory and practice of teaching STEM and science workforce skills in college and high school science teaching. Biotechnology techniques were used to demonstrated as a unifying theme for the integration of biology, chemistry, engineering, math, and physics into the each specific discipline. Dr. Sulatha Dwarakanath (Bio-Link Representative and Co-ordinator for Bioscience Consortium/Adjunct professor at Austin Community College) talked about Workforce readiness for STEM careers and how ACC is preparing there students for the industry needs. She talked about the inerface with industry and aligning our program to adivse from the Advisory Board comprised of the local... Read more
Last year, five Texas community college biotechnology programs, worked together to produce a manual documenting how they assess student knowledge and skills related to the Texas Biotechnology Skill Standards. The purpose of this activity was to share what was being done by these programs to assess students, and to produce a manual that can be used by existing programs and new biotechnology programs for the purpose of producing employees that meet the needs of the industry across the state.
All of these programs had already been recognized by the Texas Skills Standard Board (TSSB)... Read more
If you haven't discovered some of the free educational seminars hosted by companies and magazines who are selling equipment, you should consider them for yourself and your students.
Yes, the companies are trying to sell you a piece of equipment BUT they are also providing information how the equipment can be used, the best way to use the equipment, and what are some of the most important applications in relationship to the biotech market. Some of my favorite webinars sources are Illuminia (sequencing), LC-GC (GC and HPLC), and BioTechniques.
What are some of your favorites? Please share them... Read more
One of the hot topics discussed at this year's Bio-Link Summer Fellows was the increasing number of programs that are starting contract research organizations (CROs) in order to meet the internship needs of students and at the same time, help companies with projects; especially start-ups.
Based on discussions at this meeting, it became obvious that programs have, and are, establishing CROs and other related programs, with and without the benefit of funding and not disseminating this information. As such, Tami Goetz and I (Linnea Fletcher) volunteered to collect this information and write at least one article about this activity... Read more