Did you miss the impressive October CUREs Network Webinar presented by Dr. Kelly McDonald (Sacrament0) and Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan (Monterey Bay) (& hosted by Paula Fischhaber at CSU Northridge during the Saddleridge fire)? You can watch the recording here and learn about CUREs, as well as Catherine Riegle-Crumb’s 2019 study findings about STEM opportunity hoarding (among other things!): http://bit.ly/CUREintro
We’re getting ready to publish the “at-a-glance” program for the 32nd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium. Every other year we try very hard to invite alumni speakers. I’m happy to announce we have some influential alums from the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) signed up to speak: Pete Pellerito (CSU Northridge alum & Senior Policy Adviser for Federal and State Economic Development and Technology Transfer Initiatives) and Mike Guerra (San Jose State University alum & President and Chief Executive Officer at the California Life Sciences Association). Dr. Craig Lindsley (CSU Chico alum & Vanderbilt University) has also signed up to join us in January. Poster abstract acceptances should go out around Halloween. Symposium registration should open up November 4th or 5th and close December 2. I hope you’re planning on joining us in Santa Clara this January!
The Cal State alumni who participated at our summer FCG meeting encouraged us to re-imagine and re-boot our CSUPERB LinkedIn Group. The alumni want to get biotech-relevant news from Cal State campuses, but also are willing to help out current students (and faculty) with career planning and advice. So that’s what we’re doing. Join the 550+ CSU faculty, administrators, students and alumni at: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2073023/
Upcoming CSUPERB Webinars
Mark your calendars; the recurring series of one-hour Zoom webinars will be scheduled on Fridays midday going forward.
Friday, November 15, 2019 (noon - 1 pm) - CSUPERB Proposal Writing Webinar. Susan Baxter and James Schmitt (CSUPERB) will give a shorter, webinar-based version of the in-person workshop always offered during the annual symposium in January. If you’re itching to get started on New Investigator, Research Development or Curriculum Development seed grant proposals due Feb.3, 2020 (good instinct!), join the Zoom webinar using this weblink: https://SDSU.zoom.us/j/466428917
We’re putting the webinars on hiatus until February. We think the upcoming workshops and sessions at the symposium should fill the gap! Check future newsletters for upcoming webinar topics and dates.
Open CSUPERB Calls and Deadlines
Links to all requests for proposals (RFPs) and nominations can be found at the CSUPERB home page (www.calstate.edu/csuperb). All deadlines are at 5 p.m. pacific time.
Curriculum Development Grants – Deadline: February 3, 2020
New Investigator Grants – Deadline: February 3, 2020
Research Development Grants – Deadline: February 3, 2020
“Life experience and travels led CSUSM biology senior Jeff Jaureguy, 30, on the path to a Ph.D. in bioinformatics.” Mr. Jaureguy worked in Dr. George Vourlitis’ group (16-17 CSUPERB Research Development grantee).
CSU Fullerton’s Maximizing Access to Research Careers program got press this month! The article features Shaina Nguyen (17-18 CSUPERB Presidents’ Commission Scholar) who works in Dr. Nicholas Salzameda’s group at CSU Fullerton. Dr. Amybeth Cohen (2017 CSUPERB Andreoli Award recipient) runs the program.
The 2020 California State University - Interdisciplinary Cancer Meeting (CSU-ICM) is on Friday, November 6 @ California State University, Northridge. Keynote is Dr. Carlos Arteaga of UT Southwestern Medical Center. Patient advocate is Ms. Michele Rakoff of BCCRF. This is a great opportunity for CSU faculty and trainees to present their work, network with doctoral program representatives and exchange ideas with experts. Talk and poster presentation opportunities will be available.
CABSCon4 is a one-day meeting aimed at creating a fairly informal atmosphere to explore and discuss the advances in biotechnology. Featured speakers are Simon Baker (Illumina), Mario Feldman (VaxNewMo/Washington University), Albert Syriaporn (UC Irvine) and Veronica Jimenez (CSU Fullerton). Participation is free but registration is required (attendance limited to 100).
“We are particularly interested in enrolling investigators who are preparing R-/SC-series proposals (e.g. R01, R21, R03, R15, SC1, SC2, SC3) …in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences.
“Informed by the theoretical lens of opportunity hoarding, this study considers whether STEM postsecondary fields stand apart via the disproportionate exclusion of Black and Latina/o youth.” HT to the CSUPERB CUREs Network Editors
The Bay Area I-Corps training is focused on helping research teams, who have a fundamental science, technology, or engineering innovation, through the Customer Discovery process. Academic teams with existing NSF research grants [Entrepreneurial Lead, Technical Lead] *without* an Industry Mentor (one will be provided for them) are eligible. Watch their website for upcoming training cohorts.
“Strengthen California’s vast precision medicine network by helping us build a first-of-its-kind statewide Precision Medicine Asset Inventory. The goal is to facilitate relationships and spark innovation by allowing researchers, clinicians, community groups, and industry partners to easily find each other…”
They asked us to help spread the word! “The candidate’s area of specialty is open to agriculture, bioengineering, biofuels and renewable energy, biomedical applications, genetic engineering, or any other research area within the broad umbrella of biotechnology.”
The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology provides grant funding to seed research projects and curriculum redesign efforts. We also run CSU I-Corps to help researchers investigate biotechnology commercialization. We organize the annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium. The CSUPERB newsletter publishes the fourth Friday of each month. CSUPERB Data Dashboard: https://csuperb.org/grants/csuperb-data-dashboard/