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ABE Massachusetts Newsletter | June 2022
Happy June and Congratulations to all of the Graduates in our Community!
ABE Massachusetts teachers and students; you've made it to June! We have so much joy to celebrate in this month's issue of the ABE MA newsletter.
Let's get to it, starting with the inspiration of this month's graphic.
ABE-Inspired Graduation Cap 🧫
ABE MA 2021 co-op intern from Essex North Shore, Alexa Carr, decorated her cap with a 250mL flask of pink culture, a 15mL Falcon tube of LB, and an LB/amp/arabinose plate. Why? During her co-op internship with the ABE MA Program, Alexa worked on optimizing ABE Lab 6. 
Explore Alexa's research and associated lab suggestions here
ABE MA Site Director now HGSE Graduate
On May 26th, ABE Massachusetts Site Director, Alia Qatarneh, graduated with her Masters in Education in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

"I want to thank the LSO and ABE community. This degree is, in part, because of you and your dedication to change and challenge education. And to Rob Lue for enthusiastically supporting my decision to apply to the Ed School."  
Congratulations to the 2022 ABE MA High School Interns
We are so proud of our 2022 MASCO and Essex North Shore biotech co-op students, Brennan, Aly, and Gianna. After presenting their research to ABE MA staff, teachers, and other students, the interns came to Harvard to receive their certificates for completing their internships. 
End-of-Year ABE MA Teacher Survey about Recognition and Community
Let us start off by saying survey fatigue is real. If you have the ability to fill out this survey, please do, but know that is it not required. 

Background: For Alia's S010B course (Designing Surveys and Questionnaires: Principles and Methods), she wanted to create something useful. 

The ABE MA Program Site is known, anecdotally, to have a thriving teacher community. This is exhibited by the high number of returning teachers to the site’s annual professional development workshops, attendance at annual teacher recognition events, as well as volunteer participation in piloting new curricula and/or lab experiences. 

This survey aims to collect data on whether participating teachers in the ABE Program at the Massachusetts site feel a sense of belonging within the community. Simply put, I designed questions to gather data about teacher recognition (feeling of value) and teacher community (sense of belonging) within the ABE Massachusetts Program.

Fill out the ABE MA Teacher End-of-Year Survey about Recognition and Community
ABE MA to Host First Summer PDI since 2019
We know; it's been a while. That's why we are excited to announce that we are planning a summer PDI for new and returning teachers this July! The ABE MA Team is working with Amgen Massachusetts (AMA) for a hopeful in-person visit. Please note, dates have not been finalized as we are waiting to hear back from AMA, however, we are hoping to schedule a few days of PD during the weeks of either July 11th or July 18th. In the meantime, please fill out this form if you are interested in attending. 
Interested in attending our Summer PD? Fill this form out by July 1st.
Registration is still open! Summer Workshop with miniPCR ft. Bandit™️ 
ABE MA is teaming up with our friends at miniPCR to host a free PD workshop on Wednesday, July 13th from 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM at the Harvard University Science Center where teachers will get their hands on their new lab tool, Bandit™️.
This workshop is intended for middle and early high school science teachers. 
Register here
ABE MA Teacher, Linda Tanini, Named 2022 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Massachusetts 
Congratulations to ABE MA Teacher, Dr. Linda Tanini of Chelmsford High School for receiving the 2022 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) for Massachusetts! This award reflects her commitment to her students, to student-centered and inquiry-based learning, her training and content knowledge, and her professionalism, all of which exemplify what it means to be an outstanding biology teacher.
'The future is right here in Brockton'
Students get real world life science training

11 Brockton High School students completed an MLSC-funded after school biotechnology lab-training program and are now heading to regional life science employers for internships.

Read the full story here
What We're Reading
The 2022 Massachusetts Life Sciences Employment Outlook Report

MassBioEd released its 2022 Massachusetts Life Sciences Employment Outlook, a report that serves as a guide and resource for critical near- and long-term talent development efforts. The Outlook provides high-level context on industry employment trends, examines the current pipeline of life sciences talent, aligns demand and supply analyses for insights, and offers recommendations that will inform efforts undertaken by MassBioEd and its partners going forward.

Key findings include:
  • The percentage of life sciences degree graduates who identify as Black or African American and Hispanic or Latino has remained stagnant over the past five years, with those who identify respectively as Black or African American at 6% and Hispanic or Latino at 9%.
  • Over the last decade, Massachusetts’ life sciences industry has grown its employment base by 50% to exceed 121,000 jobs which includes biopharmaceutical research and manufacturing, medical device and equipment production, and the biomedical research workforce embedded within Massachusetts’ hospitals and the state’s colleges and universities.
  • Talent deficits in Massachusetts will exceed 11,000 jobs over the next five years compared with the supply of new degree candidates.
  • The industry represents a steady and reliable economic growth engine for Massachusetts. Despite challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, industry employment grew by 5.4% while the state’s private sector lost 6.5% of its employment base—a 11.9 percentage point performance differential.
  • Growth in degree graduates has slowed, only increasing by 3% over the 2018-2020 period. The 5% decrease among those earning doctoral degrees in life sciences since 2018 is another factor impacting the life sciences job pipeline.
Download the report here
Community: Articles, Events, Opportunities, Talks

Henri A. Termeer Student Scholarship Applications are now being accepted for the Henri A. Termeer Student Scholarship, which recognizes one outstanding high school or community college student who plans to enroll in an eligible 2- or 4-year life sciences undergraduate program. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2022. Please encourage your students to apply!  

Henri A. Termeer Educator Grant Nominate yourself or a fellow teacher for the Henri A. Termeer Champions in Biotechnology Teacher Award! This award is open to New England high school teachers who are expanding innovative biotech and life sciences curricula in their classroom. Nominations are due by June 30, 2022.  

Visit the MassBioEd Awards & Scholarships page here
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