CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology
About this group
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Please monitor www.calstate.edu/csuperb for official RFPs, etc. The CSUPERB blog (www.csuperb.org/blog) features news, opinion and program updates. The Biocompass website (www.csubiocompass.org) has biotechnology workforce and jobs information. Finally you can monitor the CSUPERB Facebook Page (general biotechnology research, education and industry news updates for students and faculty)
CSUPERB’s mission is to develop a professional biotechnology workforce by mobilizing and supporting collaborative CSU student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, responding to and anticipating the needs of the life science industry.
What We Believe
CSUPERB recognizes that modern biotechnology preparation requires the integration of coursework, hands-on practice and participation in multi-disciplinary, team-based research projects. CSUPERB believes that the best way to engage, recruit and retain students in life science industry careers is to provide access to and opportunities in real world biotechnology research settings. We know that these experiences are particularly effective at engaging and retaining students who are the first in their families to attend college or are from communities underrepresented in the life sciences. By working with CSU faculty in the classroom and on basic and applied research problems, students build a solid foundation for successful life science industry careers. CSUPERB knows that the CSU plays a critical role in California’s biotechnology industry success by providing not only a professional, entrepreneurial workforce but also the innovative ideas that drive the growth and evolution of the industry. CSUPERB can best serve the evolving life sciences industry by reaching out and partnering with external advisors to stay informed of and responsive to its needs.
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Associate Professor / Cal Poly
Assistant Professor of Biology / CSUMB
Professor / CSUDH
Assistant Professor / CSUB
Associate professor / CSUF
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics / CSUSM
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First Report from NIH-NSF-HHMI Vision & Change Fellows
The first Vision & Change Leadership Fellows Workshop brought together the 40 Vision & Change Leadership Fellows from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, comprehensive universities, and research universities. We began the four day workshop by expressing our hopes and fears for the workshop and the demanding work ahead. During the workshop, we discussed and identified an array of opportunities for, and barriers to improving undergraduate life sciences education in the US through the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the Vision & Change document. What emerged was a staggering “challenge wall” filled with post-it notes that reflected the complexity and enormity of the task ahead!
What we found interesting was that many of the challenges were common to all of our institution types, and we also identified some challenges that are often overlooked as barriers to change (e.g. engaging adjunct faculty and lecturers in V&C initiatives).
The “challenge wall” formed the basis of several facilitated activities throughout the workshop, with Fellows identifying and prioritizing key projects that were actionable within the first six months with an explicit goal to drive cultural change at the departmental/institutional level.
Four working groups emerged to move PULSE forward within an ambitious timeframe of two years:
1. Raising the PULSE – This group is devoted to raising awareness of Vision & Change, celebrating the good work already underway around the country, and inspiring other departments to embrace the challenge.2. Taking the PULSE – This group is devoted to helping departments/institutions use existing assessment evidence, and will be designing new tools to evaluate progress in departmental/institutional efforts to implement Vision & Change. Ultimately the group plans to develop a recognition (certification or accreditation) for departments that meet the PULSE goals of a transformed undergraduate experience in the life sciences. 3. Faculty Networks – A group devoted to building regional and national faculty networks and disseminating a blend of new and existing resources for faculty development.4. V&C Ambassadors – A group devoted to recruiting and training PULSE members to work as departmental V&C facilitators through departmental visits.
Each group has developed a 6 month plan that includes a timeline of what will be done, why the work should be done, and who is responsible for each part.
In the coming weeks, each working group will provide an overview of our implementation initiatives to the broader PULSE community using the “Groups” feature on the PULSEcommunity.org website. As engaged stakeholders in implementing Vision & Change we invite the broader community to review these initiatives and urge you to provide feedback so that these efforts will be aligned with the needs of the greater life science education community. We will also be exploring ways to involve you and your institutions more directly in our efforts and activities. Following the initial announcements, each group will provide updates once a month as follows:
First Friday - Raising the PULSESecond Friday - Taking the PULSEThird Friday - Faculty NetworksFourth Friday - V&C Ambassadors
The 40 Fellows thank you for your devotion to ensuring that all students have the Life Sciences education that best prepares them to be engaged citizens and positive change agents in the 21st Century. We also thank HHMI, NIH and NSF for setting a collaborative “PULSE” for this important work!
Visit PULSE at: http://www.pulsecommunity.org/?xg_source=msg_mes_network