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CSUPERB Newsletter - January 2021

CSUPERB Newsletter - January 2021
By CSUPERB Newsletter • Issue #47 • View online
Oi! Tudo bem? Ola! Como estas? Hello! How are you?
The 33rd annual (first virtual) CSU Biotechnology Symposium is a wrap. I am so proud of all the students that joined us, including those that presented their posters. Your poster sessions were fantastic! I am also so thankful to the faculty who joined us too. A big shout to all the faculty that organised special sessions. Your extra effort exemplifies the best in our CSUPERB community. Last, but not least, I want to thank ALL the speakers; if this was your first symposium, I hope we made a great first impression and that you will join us again. For those who are returning, I trust our virtual version did not disappoint. We are beginning to think about next year’s symposium already! Survey feedback will help inform our next steps so if you haven’t already taken a few minutes, please complete our survey:
Also, I want to highlight our award recipients from the symposium. Thank you CSU Chancellor’s office for helping us celebrate them. They are truly exceptional:
Thank you for joining us at our virtual CSUPERB symposium. Best wishes for a wonderful semester and great 2021!
Contributed by Dr. Paula Fischhaber, Deputy Chair, CSUPERB Faculty Consensus Group and Strategic Planning Council
The Chancellor’s Office circulated a revised draft of the CSU Sustainable Procurement Policy in early October, 2020 after receiving significant feedback on its July, 2020 draft.
The CSUPERB leadership was disappointed that the proposed revisions did little to address CSUPERB’s core concerns and sent a follow up response to the CSUPERB President’s Commission in December, 2020 and updated the CSUPERB Faculty Consensus Group at its January, 17, 2021 meeting. 
Our understanding is that the Chancellor’s office is continuing to consider feedback, and the drafting process may continue into Spring 2021. CSUPERB encourages all faculty to communicate to their Provosts and AVPs of Research that, if implemented, the October, 2020 version of the policy would create significant barriers to carrying out faculty-led research and stands to undermine the investment the CSU has made in research over the last several decades. 
Here are the texts of the policy documents and CSUPERB’s responses:

Open CSUPERB Calls and Deadlines
What We're Reading, Attending, and Listening To
Twins With Covid Help Scientists Untangle the Disease’s Genetic Roots - The New York Times
Biden picks geneticist as science adviser, elevates position to Cabinet | PBS NewsHour
Science journals to offer select authors open-access publishing for free | Science | AAAS
Biden proposes a science-led New Deal to end pandemic suffering | Science | AAAS
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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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