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ABE Massachusetts Newsletter | February 2023
To our ABE Massachusetts Community; Breathe, Relax, and Just Be

We know this newsletter is going out during February break for most of you, but we hope you can enjoy it with a lovely cup of tea or coffee. Possibly an iced beverage somewhere on an island. Wherever you are, we hope you find time to reset - whatever that means for you. 
Celebrating and Amplifying Black History Month

STEMconnector's Knowing the Past Opens Doors to the Future:  How Historical Representation Plays a Critical Role in Advancing Black and African Americans in STEM Historical figures play a critical role in forming aspirations for young people as they look to their future study and career paths. Unfortunately, the historical record that is presented to many students does not reflect the diversity of those whose contributions shape the world we inhabit today. A lack of representation of people who share commonalities around race, gender, and expertise has a damaging effect on outcomes through a phenomenon known as imposter syndrome. As we celebrate Black History Month, this virtual event will examine how presenting students with historical figures can advance a sense of belonging and improve outcomes in STEM and other fields. The event will include Q&A. 

February 23, 2023 2:00 PM EST
Gutman Library Virtual Book Talk - Making Black Girls Count in Math Education: A Black Feminist Vision for Transformative Teaching

Nicole M. Joseph investigates factors that contribute to the glaring underrepresentation of Black female students in the mathematics pipeline. Joseph’s unflinching account calls attention to educational structures and practices that contribute to race- and gender-based stratification in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. The author also disentangles a complex network of historical and sociopolitical elements that influence the perception and experiences of Black girls and women both inside and outside of mathematics education.
February 27, 2023 12:00 PM EST

REVISE-ing the Conversation
The new REVISE resource center for the NSF AISL program is holding their "REVISE-ing the conversation" inaugural webinar on February 28th, from 3- 4:30 PM EST, during which they aim "to revise the conversation about informal sciences by centering equity and the voices of those in the informal sciences field who have been historically excluded, marginalized, and negatively impacted".

February 28, 2023 3:00 PM EST
Special Guest for our Spring ABE Bi-Coastal Book Club Meeting in March

Did we email Carl Zimmer and invite him to our spring book club? Yes.
Did he respond back in less than 2 hours? Yes.
Well, is he coming? YES!

This spring, we are reading Life's Edge: The Search For What It Means To Be Alive by Carl Zimmer. Although our book club is closed, if you are interested in attending our meeting with Carl on Thursday, March 9th at 7PM EST, please email Alia

What We're Watching: The Next Generation of Coronavirus Vaccines
MLSC Launches New Round of STEM Equipment & Professional Development Grant Program

The MLSC is excited to launch the next round of our STEM Equipment and Professional Development Grant program. Through this program, the MLSC awards grant funding to schools and curriculum providers for the purpose of teacher professional development and the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies, and technology needed to support new or expanded curriculum. Applicants can request grant of up to $200,000 for capital expenses and up to $40,000 for professional development. Funding will enable schools to educate students in real-world scenarios that will prepare them for career opportunities in the life sciences. Funding for teacher professional development will ensure that educators receive the technical training needed to effectively use newly acquired equipment and technology.  

If you are interested in applying for the MLSC grant and would like a letter of support from the ABE MA Site and the Program Office, please email Alia

Grant Deadline is March 30, 2023 | Read more about the grant here
Applications Open for the 2023 Ragon Institute Summer Experience (RISE)
Our friend and former ABE MA teacher, Don Pinkerton, now the Director of Education and Outreach at the Ragon Institute of MGH, is accepting applications from current high school juniors and seniors, community college students, and undergraduates for the RISE Program. Students need to have attended high school in Boston, Cambridge, or a Massachusetts gateway city. Please share with your students and your networks, and feel free to reach out to Don with any questions.
Application Due: March 24, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST
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NABT Awards
Nominations are open for many NABT awards. Check out some of the awards below.

The Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award
The Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award, sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories, recognizes a teacher who demonstrates outstanding and creative teaching of biotechnology in the classroom. The award includes a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, one-year complimentary membership to NABT and up to $500 toward travel to the NABT Professional Development Conference and Bio-Rad materials. Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award
This award, sponsored by Pearson, the Neil A. Campbell Educational Trust and NABT, recognizes outstanding teaching (grades 7-12 only) by a "new" biology/life science instructor within their first three years of teaching (when nominated) who has developed an original and outstanding program or technique and made a contribution to the profession at the start of their career. Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

Genetics Education Award
Sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the Genetics Society of America (GSA), the Genetics Education Award recognizes innovative, student-centered classroom instruction to promote the understanding of genetics and its impact on inheritance, health, and biological research. The award includes a combined $1000 honorarium ($500 from each
 sponsor), a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and one-year complimentary membership to NABT. Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2023

See all of the NABT Awards Here
MOS's Biotechnology & Society: Stem Cells in Space
February 22, 2023 at 12:00 PM EST (virtual)
Life Science Cafe's Mini Movers & Shakers: A Panel on Cell Biology
February 23, 2023 at 6:00 PM EST (virtual and in person)
Whitehead Institute's Expedition: Bio Summer Science Program for Rising 7th and 8th Grade Students
Exchange your swimsuits for lab coats this July and August, and join us for Whitehead Institute’s popular summer science program for middle school students, Expedition: Bio. Registration is now open online. For more information visit ExpBio23 or contact Amy Tremblay, Manager of Public Programs.
Learn More and Register Here
LEAH Know Data Science and Biomedical Research Summer Internship
The LEAH Knox Data Science and Biomedical Research Summer Internship is a 2-year program that includes biology and data analysis lab training at MIT, mentorship opportunities with STEM professionals, and future internship placements. It is open to high schoolers aged 16+ who live within a 1hr commute via transit to MIT/Chinatown. This is a stipended opportunity; students will earn approximately $2250 for summer 2023. 
Applications Due March 12
We are trying out a new Classifieds section! Have a job posting or opportunity you want to share? Maybe a piece of biotech equipment that you want to donate? Or something you're ISO (in search of)? Email Alia and she will add it to the next newsletter!
  • Harvard Site ISO styrofoam boxes and ice packs (please return to Alia)
  • FREE P20/P200 tip boxes (tips not included; ask Alia)
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