It seems everything takes longer than it should these days. But - I’m thrilled to shout out that the SYMPOSIUM PHOTOS ARE IN
! Surf over to: https://bit.ly/2VqAhVN
to find your favorite colleagues and read about sessions you weren’t able to attend. Even though our photographer was relatively slow getting images to us, he took beautiful images.
I also feel like I’m looking over my shoulder a lot these days; the news on the COVID-19 front seems to move faster than I expect. We’re considering whether gathering and convening people (one of CSUPERB’s best and favorite tactics) is a good idea this spring and summer. Zoom meetings might become a bigger part of CSUPERB operations.
However, we can’t move the CSU I-Corps Summer Sprint
to Zoom. The huge perk of joining CSU I-Corps this June is attending the BIO 2020 International Conference in San Diego. What a great opportunity to work with industry professionals to learn about biotechnology commercialization, grow professional networks, and explore entrepreneurial opportunities that build on basic research! This summer we’re accepting applications from individual researchers OR research teams. NSF will cover the cost of travel to San Diego and your participation; all you need to do is figure out to block out June 8-12 on your calendar! Read more here ( https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/research/csuperb/Pages/csu-i-corps-summer-sprint.aspx
) or call the program office (619-594-2822)
Congratulations to San Francisco State University on the very large grant Genentech Foundation made to the campus to support undergraduate and master’s researchers (read more below). Carmen Domingo (Dean of Science & Engineering) & Frank Bayliss (Andreoli Award recipient 2003) have been singled out in press releases for their efforts to justify a large grant like this. I think the SFSU grant is a giant “mic-drop” for CSUPERB’s strategy these last 12 years or so. We’ve heard consistently that employers and graduate schools highly value academic, undergraduate/masters’ team-based research experience, as well as a diverse workforce. Most biotech companies recognize they can’t offer internships to enough students to meet their hiring goals. So, FINALLY, a research-based life science corporation put big money behind that view. We have only a few more California-based, publicly-traded biotech/pharma companies large enough to make a grant/gift like this (I’m looking at you Illumina, Amgen, Gilead, Allergan…). SFSU and Genentech have made our case that hands-on research at the CSU is a great investment in the future of biotechnology. Keep up the good work out there, CSUPERB-ians, stay the course and be patient as the world bends our way!