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2015 LSSI 6-Day Program Overview

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From July 9th to July 16th biology and chemistry teachers from all over San Diego county attended this 6-day program, their challenge – to learn the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) curriculum.  The class was taught at San Diego Miramar College by Sharon Price, Dr. Gloria Bañuelos, Dr. Sandra Slivka and past LSSI ABE teacher alumni.  The program certifies and gives teachers the necessary tools in order to facilitate the implementation of the curriculum into their classrooms.  By introducing students to ABE with the relevant biotech lab techniques, curricula and tools, high school and middle school students are more likely to be interested in careers in scientific discovery.

Lab 6 results: success!
Lab 6 results: success!

Besides completing labs and interactive activities, teachers heard from Octavio Espinosa from BioSurplus, Inc. speak about his path through a biotechnology career. Teachers also participated in industry site visits to Pharmatek, Ballast Point and Pfizer in order to be informed on what working in a biotechnology lab is like as well as the interconnected career paths many scientists can take.     

Hands-on activity at Pharmatek
Hands-on activity at Pharmatek with teachers and James Keegan.

Pharmatek speakers included: Lisa Caralli, Amy Fager, Collin Burger, Jon Hendricks, Scott Stirn, Christine Obana, Jenn Samore, Roger Parks and Vivian Hansen.

Pfizer speakers included: Oleg Sten and Mike Greig.

To learn more about the ABE or register for next summer, please visit www.amgenbiotechexperience.com or contact: Erika Arangure, Erika@workforce.org

LSSI Workshops with Industry Site Visits! Sign-up today.

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The LSSI-ABE San Diego Team is hosting a one-day refresher course on the ABE labs, including an industry visit. The workshop will provide LSSI alums an opportunity to improve upon their skills and knowledge within specific lab sequences:

-Tools of the Trade and What is Genetic Engineering? (think Insulin and Diabetes) -Lab 1

Pipetting, Gel Electrophoresis

-Gene Cloning:  Making and Verifying Recombinant Plasmids-Labs 2-4

Plasmid DNA, Restriction Enzymes and Gel Electrophoresis

-Getting Recombinant Plasmids into Bacteria and Bacteria Multiplication to Make Protein -Labs 5 and 6

Bacterial Transformation and Protein Purification

We plan to tailor this workshop to fit the needs of its participants.  In your RSVP email reply, please include which labs you would like to focus on:  Lab 1, Labs 2-4, or Labs 5-6.

 Date: Wednesday July 22, 2015

Time: 8-5pm

Location: San Diego Miramar College, Science Building S5-102

Lunch is provided. 

Limited Space is available so please sign-up today!

Email: biotech@workforce.org to RSVP

Additional Workshops Available:

ELISA Workshop

July 23rd 8:30-5pm
Open to all new and alumni LSSI teachers. Workshop includes an industry site visit to Pfenex, Inc. Lunch and transportation is provided to an from the industry visit.

Limited Spots available for all workshops. Please sign-up ASAP at: biotech@workforce.org
For more information on the workshops, please visit: http://www.sdbioteched.org