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ABE Massachusetts Newsletter | February 2022
The ABE Massachusetts Team wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day! 
We love you so much, we're stuck on you like a resin bead!
Celebrating Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, ABE MA is highlighting important achievements in the life sciences made by black scientists, as well as upcoming events that amplify Black voices.

1. Black Scientists to Follow: Check out this column in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Magazine. 
2. The Whitehead Institute DEI Seminar: Recognizing and Responding to Racism: Lessons for Health and Medicine with Dr. Matthew Clair
3. The Challenger Center: Achieving the Dream of a More Diverse STEM Workforce
4. HMSC: Lessons from Plants with Dr. Beronda L. Montgomery
5. LabXchange: Meet the Faculty Steering Committee and the Project Fellows of LabXchange Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Science Education (RDEISE) Initiative 
mtDNA Lab Considerations
A recent article in Anti-Racism Daily

Unpacking Genetic ancestry Testing
A recent ARD newsletter talks about considerations when tracing your ancestral roots. Here are some takeaways to incorporate into your practice as you partake in the mtDNA PCR lab.
  • Consider: How much of your family’s history has been preserved or erased? How about for other people you know? What sort of privileges or oppression did your ancestors enact or face? Who is encouraged to be proud of their history, and what does that imply?

  • Many marginalized people can’t trace their ancestry. White people are at an advantage in both DNA testing and genealogy. 

  • The uneven erasure of familial and historical knowledge is the result of structural violence.

  • White people have used genealogy to affirm their whiteness or minimize their contributions to white supremacy. 

Read the ADR Article Here
ABE MA & SF Bi-Coastal Book Club
Spring Edition

Sign Up by February 16th
We've narrowed down your suggested reads to six books:

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Science in the City by Bryan Brow
She has her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach
Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel

Please fill out this form by Wednesday, February 16th to reserve your spot, suggest your top two books, and submit your preferred dates. If you have any questions, please reach out to Alia (ABE MA) or Maia (ABE SF).
Fill out this interest form by February 16th
Speaking of Book Club, Here's Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer!
February 9th, 4:30 PM EST
Opportunity for ABE Teachers: Classroom Visits from Amgen Staff
Learn more here
A Nature Briefing Pick
Structural secrets of Omicron’s success
Researchers have determined that, despite its myriad mutations, Omicron’s spike protein (purple, two views shown) binds tightly to the ACE2 receptor (blue) on a person’s cells.
Read this month's Nature Briefing pick here
The Code Breaker: A Conversation with Jennifer Doudna
Join Ruth Lehmann, Director, Whitehead Institute as she speaks with Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley professor and Nobel Laureate, about her role in the development of CRISPR-Cas9. They will discuss the potential applications of this world-changing genetic technology, the societal and ethical implications of gene editing as well as current research projects, collaborations, and new advances in biology. 
Register here
Community: Articles, Events, Opportunities, Talks
Wednesday, February 9, 3–3:30 p.m. ET
We'll share insights on how educators and school leaders can wade through the continued politicization and tensions around teaching and talking about race, racism, diversity, and equity. Hear from: 
  • Daren Graves, Co-Chair of HGSE's Professional Education program, Schooling for Critical Consciousness of Racism and Racial Injustice
  • Rosa Perez-Isiah, Director, Elementary Education, Equity, and Access in the Norwalk–La Mirada Unified School District, Los Angeles County, CA
Register Here
Register Here
Thursday, February 17, 1–2 p.m. ET
There are nearly 100,000 public K-12 schools in the United States occupying 2 million acres of land and producing 53,000 tons of food waste. Learn about a K12 Climate Action Plan. Hear from:
  • John King, Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust; former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Pedro Martinez, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
  • Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association
Register Here
Central Square Theater's Young Nerds of Color A Play with Music Live: February 17 - March 20 Streaming: March 14 - April 10 Hiding in plain sight in the science labs, grappling over civilization’s greatest challenges are Young Nerds of Color. Some speak with the poetry of wise sages, others subvert the establishment with renegade ways, and, finally, there are rock stars whose ideas flow like jazz improvisation – all changing the world like a bolt of lightning illuminating the night sky. If knowledge is power, their powers make them superheroes. Playwright Melinda Lopez weaves together over 60 interviews with scientists from the most underrepresented backgrounds – with original music by Nona Hendryx – amplifying the rich harmonies, breaking down boundaries and showing us what is possible. Produced by Underground Railway@Central Square Theater A Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Project Get your tickets now! 
Latinx Experiences in U.S. Schools: February 28th
Student Opportunities
Become a Space Biology Pioneer!
Learn more about the MLSC High School Apprenticeship Challenge
The Algae Prize gives students across the US an opportunity to help fight climate change by competing to develop, design, and invent algal technologies for reducing CO2 emissions. Teams will focus their projects on algae production, downstream processing, and/or identification of novel products or tools. The competition is open to students who are enrolled in U.S.-based high schools, community colleges, 4yr colleges, universities, and graduate programs. It is sponsored through a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, the Algae Foundation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. All teams must be registered by 3/2/2022.  The grand prize is $20,000.
Learn More and Register Here
Learn about this great opportunity for former ABE students (18+)
Award, Fellowship, and Grant Opportunities
2022 OBTA Nominations are due
February 15 🏆
Nominate an ABE MA Teacher for the 2022 OBTA Award

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center STEM Equipment and Professional Development Grant Program. 

Grant Deadline: March 31st, 2022

Learn more about the 2022 MLSC STEM Grant here

Teacher Development Grants from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The Teacher Development Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction

Learn more here
Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Engineering for People and the Planet: Research Experiences for Teaching Integrated STEM
  Apply now to be part of the WPI RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) Site: Engineering for People and the Planet. Middle and high school STEM teachers will conduct paid research for 6 full weeks at WPI in a team with a WPI faculty member and a pre-service teacher. Research experiences focus on the UN SDGs for an integrated approach to learning and doing science, math, and engineering through real-world problems. Teachers will participate in PD to both translate their research experience into classroom lessons and present their work to broader audiences.
Read the flyer here
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