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CSUPERB Newsletter - Issue #35

CSUPERB Newsletter - Issue #35
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I’m seeing many lists of COVID-19 responses and resources (like this and this) go by in my Twitter feed and email inbox. Biotech labs in California are shuttering or slowing down R&D, but re-tooling spaces and volunteering to host reagent prep and scale up of new diagnostics. Calls have gone out to donate reagents and personal protective equipment. These are unprecedented times as we all adjust to COVID-19-associated realities.
The adjustments faculty and students are making is breath-taking in scope. Not only is the CSU faculty redesigning in-person courses to go online, mentors are talking students and researchers through shutting down their wet-lab projects and figuring out how to keep projects alive by working remotely. Those same students are facing relocation, loss of jobs, and a re-framing of life trajectories. Likewise, faculty are grappling with giant disruptions to experiments, tenure clocks, and grant timelines. The advice I keep seeing from organizational experts is to avoid panic-working and to “forgive yourself and give yourself a break.” I hope you have safe shelter, stay healthy, and find work that helps.

Image credit: David Goodsell ( For the parents out there sheltering in place, you should know he has a coloring book too:
Image credit: David Goodsell ( For the parents out there sheltering in place, you should know he has a coloring book too:
Open CSUPERB Calls and Deadlines
We are still holding open the call for CSU I-Corps Summer Sprint (June 8-12 ; However, the Sprint depends on CSU travel restrictions lifting by end of May and BIO 2020 holding their international convention.
We sent out a special newsletter March 18, when we began working remotely. Clearly, we’ll be working remotely past the end of March now that the Governor issued the order to shelter in place. We’ll keep you updated on CSUPERB policy changes and news via this newsletter.
I’m seeing many folks sharing ideas about transitioning courses and mentoring from in-person to Zoom (remote) on Twitter. I will retweet nuggets I see go by with the #CSUPERB hash tag and hope you will too!
To get you started, check out Pleuni Plenning’s video on How COVID-19 spreads ( She says on Twitter: “We made a video about how #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 spreads! With @big_data_kane @SenayYitbarek and editing by @OliviaPhamNow! Feel free to share & download & use for your online classes! @SFSU @SFStateBIO
What We're Reading, Attending, and Listening To
How Will the Coronavirus End?
When Coronavirus Closes Your Lab, Can Science Go On?
Underrepresented college students benefit more from ‘active learning’ techniques in STEM courses
La Salle University and Merck Partner to Prepare Students for Careers in Life Science Industry
Citizen Scientists Are Helping Researchers Design New Drugs to Combat COVID-19
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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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