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Recent Blogs from the Bio-Link Community

Blogs from the Bio-Link and Biotech-Careers sites are listed below. To view AC2 blogs, please visit the AC2 Blogs page.

Student poster presentation
By Karen Leung -- Thu, Jan 10 2019 -- Last December (12/21/2018) City College of San Francisco held its 22nd annual Biosymposium, on the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) campus.  Over 180 individuals participated. 33 CCSF students presented posters and 40+ volunteers from academia, industry and government attended to... Read the full Bio-Link blog
Kyle Montgomery with his poster
By Ruth Wrightsman -- Thu, Jan 10 2019 -- Two students from Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) in Kalispell, MT, Skye Hatfield and Kyle Montgomery, presented their research projects at the Fall 2018 CCURI (Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative) Research Colloquium in Glendale, AZ.  The FVCC students’ projects focused... Read the full Bio-Link blog
Swabbing phones' microbiomes
By Todd Smith -- Fri, Jan 4 2019 -- At this year's ABRF (Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities) annual meeting (March 23-26, 2019) Bio-Link is hosting session entitled "Community colleges: the new frontier for advanced biotechnology education and laboratory services." The goal of this session is to introduce ABRF members to Bio-Link and introduce Bio-Link members to ABRF because both groups have so many common goals that include biotech education, contract services, and technology interests.  Read the full Bio-Link blog
By EA Stewart -- Thu, Jan 3 2019 -- Math--how to teach it, how to use it, who needs it, and how to keep it from being a barrier between students and jobs.  These are all topics of discussion at the Needed Math, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Funded Conference.  This conference, held from January 12-... Read the full Bio-Link blog
By Daiyuan Zhang -- Tue, Dec 4 2018 -- 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... Read the full Bio-Link blog
By Amrita Madabushi -- Tue, Dec 4 2018 -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) held the 10th Community College (CC) Day on November 19, 2018. This provided community college students and faculty in Maryland and Virginia an excellent opportunity to visit the NIH campus and learn about careers and... Read the full Bio-Link blog
By EA Stewart -- Sat, Dec 1 2018 -- How cool is this?  Des Moines Area Community College Biotechnology program graduate Lyndsay Baker's experiment will be sent to the International Space Station for research. Lyndsay hopes that the algae... Read the full Bio-Link blog
By EA Stewart -- Wed, Nov 14 2018 -- Have you noticed how data analysis has become such a big part of our world?  Gathering data has been an integral part of science for a very long time but the ways we use data have exploded in complexity and power.  Bringing that complexity to classroom discussions is both necessary and... Read the full Bio-Link blog
By Anonymous -- Thu, Nov 1 2018 -- Last week I attended my first NSF ATE PI meeting. As a contributing member of Digital World Biology's ATE project entitled "A Bridge to Bio-Link's Future," I participated in the conference by preparing... Read the full Bio-Link blog
By Sandra Porter -- Wed, Oct 10 2018 -- Night comes early in October.  Colorful leaves give way to cold dark nights and scary creatures hide in dark alleys, ready to pounce on unwary pedestrians.  But I grew up in the era of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so Halloween-style monsters don't frighten me.  It’s the changing climate that keeps... Read the full Bio-Link blog
Automated pipetting
By Todd Smith -- Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:50 -- KeywordsBiotechnology manufacturing is changing from a one-size-fits-all paradigm to single batches of individualized therapeutics and tissues that are tailored to individuals. The new manufacturing processes require large numbers of technicians, which is increasing biotech employment opportunities.  The Skills for Biomedical Emerging Technology Applications (NSF-ATE DUE #1800909) is a three-year endeavor to develop education recommendations for the next generation of biomanufacturing for national use by educators, industry, researchers, and employers.  Read the full Biotech Careers blog
By Anonymous -- Thu, 12/06/2018 - 07:20 -- As previously discussed, immunoprofiling is the quantitative measurement of antigen receptors (ARs; antibodies or T-cell receptors) in a sample. Massively parallel (NextGen) DNA sequencing is a commonly used method for this... Read the full Biotech Careers blog
Computer screen
By Todd Smith -- Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:32 -- Biotechnology is the field of study that involves the practical use of biological processes in industrial production. The early applications of biotechnology gave rise to the making of beer, wine, and cheese. With advances in technology, vaccine development and insulin production were made possible through biotechnology. Advances in computing technology are transforming biotechnology in new ways.  Read the full Biotech Careers blog
By Anonymous -- Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:36 -- Growth of publications[1]. Key... Read the full Biotech Careers blog
Biotech Careers web site
By Todd Smith -- Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:02 -- SEATTLE, Digital World Biology LLC (, a biotechnology education company, announces that it has received a $351,000 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education... Read the full Biotech Careers blog
By Anonymous -- Wed, 07/11/2018 - 15:09 -- Scientists, and science... Read the full Biotech Careers blog
By Anonymous -- Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:23 -- Overview of the Immuno-Bioinformatics CourseIn recent posts, I... Read the full Biotech Careers blog
By Anonymous -- Tue, 01/30/2018 - 17:26 -- Lately I’ve been thinking about immunology, and not just because it is flu season, it is because Digital World Biology (DWB) is collaborating with Shoreline Community College to design a five-week bioinformatics course that will be component of their one year immuno-biotechnology certificate (1... Read the full Biotech Careers blog
By Anonymous -- Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:32 -- You’ve likely considered a career path in bioengineering. Or maybe agricultural biotechnology is still on the list of possibilities. Or the path of genomics has caught your attention. But, there is one more career path to consider -- biotech sales. Biotech sales is a lucrative and... Read the full Biotech Careers blog
By Anonymous -- Mon, 11/13/2017 - 16:59 -- A lot of our colleagues are interested in bioinformatics and data science. While it is clear that bioinformatics is important, even essential, in modern biology research, there is the question about the levels of programming and computer skills needed for different jobs. I'm not going to answer... Read the full Biotech Careers blog