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CSUPERB Newsletter - Issue #33

CSUPERB Newsletter - Issue #33
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We wrapped the 32nd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium on Saturday evening in Santa Clara. For those of you trying to follow along at home, the Twitter #csuperb live feed is a good look back! Amanda Melanese from CSU San Marcos tweeted: “Thank you #csuperb for hosting a great conference! We learned, laughed, shared, and met some amazing people. Leaving feeling inspired and grateful to be a part of  @calstate.”
This year the 2020 CSUPERB Award recipients are:
2020 Andreoli Faculty Service Award: Edith Porter (Biological Sciences, CSU Los Angeles)
2020 CSUPERB Faculty Research Award: Vas Narayanaswami (Biochemistry, CSU Long Beach)
2020 Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Awards: Alex Ku (Master’s degree candidate, Chemistry, CSU Fullerton) and Felix Munoz (Masters’s degree candidate, Medical Physics, San Diego State University) 
 2020 Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Research Award: Jacob Parres-Gold (CSU Los Angeles, Yixian Wang group)
2020 Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award: Tyler Powell (CSU Los Angeles, Edith Porter group)
The symposium is a culmination of volunteer hours, workshop design, committee work, award nominations, abstract selection and name badge assembly. The many thanks received should be distributed across the community that pulls this event off each year. We don’t have symposium images back from our photographer yet, but one group is pictured below as representative of the CSU-wide energy gathered at the symposium. This was the faculty-student group from Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Bakersfield and San Francisco State that designed and ran the Deep Learning in Biotechnology workshop on Thursday afternoon. I hope Ms. Melanese’s Tweet above demonstrates some of the good work the CSU’s biotechnology community did in Santa Clara this week!
One theme of the symposium was making connections with our alumni. This year the newly-formed CSUPERB Alumni Relations taskforce rejuventated our LinkedIn Group. You can join here if you’re interested in connecting with CSU biotech alumni: We used the LinkedIn group to recruit speakers and mentors to the symposium. After hearing from our alumni, the FCG recommends that faculty dust off (or create) their own LinkedIn profiles if they are interested in keeping in touch with alumni or connecting with the biotech ecosystem beyond campus!

The symposium kicked off with Thursday workshops. This student-faculty team ran the Deep Learning in Biotechnology workshop. Find details at:
The symposium kicked off with Thursday workshops. This student-faculty team ran the Deep Learning in Biotechnology workshop. Find details at:
Open CSUPERB Calls and Deadlines
Links to all requests for proposals (RFPs) and nominations can be found at the CSUPERB home page ( 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
  • Presidents’ Commission Scholars Program - Deadline: February 18, 2020
We ran a CSUPERB Proposal Writing Workshop on January 16 during the symposium in Santa Clara. If you didn’t attend in person, take advantage of the webinar recorded in November and call the program office with questions unanswered.
What We're Reading, Attending, and Listening To
Register by Jan. 30 for a “CSU Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs)” Webcast
Short Fuse Student Opportunity (Feb. 15 deadline)
CSU CURE Expertise: Tiny Earth Network Meeting in July at CSU Sacramento & New CUREs Blog
Employment: The Much Needed Ultimate Student Learning Outcome
Barriers to integration of bioinformatics into undergraduate life sciences education
The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM
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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:

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