Monday, March 16, 2009

Bio-Link is on facebook!

Looking for a quick way to communicate with your Bio-Link buddies? We started a Bio-Link facebook group and we'd like all of you to join.

  1. Just sign up for a free facebook account.
  2. Search for our group (Bio-Link) and join.
It's that easy.

You can post pictures from workshops and let everyone know what your school is doing.

Join the fun!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The 11th Annual Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum: Time to Apply

Berkeley is lovely the first week in June.  It's even lovelier if you're spending it at the Clark Kerr center attending the 11th Bio-Link summer fellows' workshop.

It's hard to believe that 10 years have passed since the first workshop I attended.  Every year, I learn so much and meet so many wonderful people. 

I'll be doing a workshop in the computer lab on Thursday morning.  This year, we're going to learn about Next Generation DNA Sequencing and take a look at some cool things we can do with Next Gen Data.

We'll also get to hear from the folks at the Joint Genome Institute, learn about Web 2.0, and of course, get to tour interesting places, eat fantastic food, and most of all, enjoy the chance to learn from each other.

Go get the info, download the schedule and I'll see you in June.   

P.S. I'm really hoping we get George Cachianes to come tell us about IGEM.  Hint, hint.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Biotechnology Faces of Success

Graduates of Community and Technical Biotechnology Programs continue to find rewarding careers in the biotechnology industry.  We showcased some of them on a panel at the Community College Workforce Day at the BIO Conference in San Diego.  The presentations from eight successful workers are posted on the Bio-Link website at  We will also have biotechnician representation at the ATE-PI meeting in Washington, DC at the end of October.

If you have success stories from your program, I would love to hear about them.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Does your biotech class have a blog?

Many teachers are exploring the idea of setting up blogs for the classroom and sometimes, having the students blog themselves.

One interesting side effect is that scientists and researchers might just drop by, have a look, and leave a comment.

I'm collecting a list of classroom science blogs. If you've got a classroom blog, drop by Discovering Biology in a Digital World and leave your URL for the list.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Finding a job in life sciences: Dr. Elaine Johnson talks about the easiest way to a biotech career

Originally posted in Discovering Biology in a Digital World

A little over ten years ago, Dr. Elaine Johnson obtained funding from the National Science Foundation to start Bio-Link, an Advanced Technology Education center, focused on biotechnology. Since that time, Dr. Johnson has become a national leader in biotech education, enlisting the country's top educators and industry captains to ensure that community college students receive a quality education and the best preparation possible for entering the workforce.

In this radio interview from Tech Nation, Dr. Johnson talks with Dr. Moira Gunn about the easiest way to a biotech career.

A Career in Biotech
Tech Nation

23 minutes, 10.7mb, recorded 2008-05-21