AAAS 2011 Bio-Link


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AAAS 2011 Bio-Link

  1. 1. Elaine Johnson February 17, 2011
  2. 2. Historical Perspective 1992 – U.S. Congress asked the National Science Foundation to create a program that would take advantage of the resources of community and technical colleges in areas of emerging technologies. NSF created the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program 1998 – Bio-Link was funded as the National ATE Center for Biotechnology in San Francisco
  3. 3. <ul><li>Mission: </li></ul><ul><li>increase the number and diversity of well-trained technicians in the workforce </li></ul><ul><li>meet the growing needs of industry for appropriately trained technicians </li></ul><ul><li>institutionalize community college educational practices that make high-quality education and training in the concepts, tools, skills, processes, regulatory structure, and ethics of biotechnology available to all students. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>The new National Center of Excellence will: </li></ul><ul><li>strengthen and expand biotechnology education programs across the nation </li></ul><ul><li>enable biotechnology faculty, students, and technicians to work more efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>support a smoother transition of students to the technical workforce in the biosciences and related industries </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><li>The new National Bio-Link Center of Excellence: </li></ul><ul><li>delivers direct services including consulting, professional development, maintenance and replication of an equipment depot, instructional clearinghouse, and faculty internships </li></ul><ul><li>shares information and promotes collaboration with web-based community through the use of Web 2.0 tools, conference presentation, and Synergy collaboratory </li></ul><ul><li>expands and improves information for students and life-sciences companies with national survey information, career matrix, and video career scenarios </li></ul>
  6. 6. Biotechnology = Collection of Many Industries Agricultural, chemical, pharmaceutical, environmental, forensic, military, medical device, biomaterials companies use biotechnologies in research development and processing. Jobs are available for people with various skills and educational levels .
  7. 7. Biotech Careers
  8. 8. Biomanufacturing
  9. 9. Algae Biofuels
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  11. 11. A Collaboration of ATE Centers for Achieving Scale Research, Practice and Transformation Through Synergy
  12. 12. <ul><li>Next Generation Bio-Link </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leader-Links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project & Center Advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum & Instructional Materials Clearinghouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment Distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses in a Box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Internships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dissemination of Best Practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Longitudinal Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. AAAS/Bio-Link Alignment Strong interest & involvement in undergraduate biology education Commitment to hands-on skills Dedication to preparing workforce Belief in access for all students Engagement of partners Interdisciplinary focus
  14. 14. Where We Are Now? Bio-Link has moved from a Center of Excellence to a National Resource Center and last year to a Next Generation ATE Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences ($12.5M NSF Support) Elaine Johnson Bio-Link Director [email_address]