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ABE Massachusetts Newsletter | October 2021
Happy October to all of our ABE Massachusetts Educators!

The ABE MA Team would also like to take this time to acknowledge that the land we are on is the original homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag, Aquinnah Wampanoag, Nipmuc, and Massachusett tribal nations.
We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we live.
You can learn more about Land Acknowledgment here
ABE Community Spotlight: Stacey Chapley, MassBioEd's 2021 Champion Teacher

ABE MA Teacher, Stacey Chapley, from Frontier Regional High School, has been awarded the 2021 Champion Teacher - Henri A. Termeer Educator Award from MassBioEd! Please join us in congratulating Stacey on this well-deserved award!

Teachers can attend MassBioEd's 20th Anniversary Celebration, Honoring Champions of Biotechnology Education, for free virtually! The event is on October 26th from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. 

Read More About Stacey Here
Register for MassBioEd's 20th Anniversary Celebration Here
The ABE MA Community: A Different Kind of Warm and Fuzzy

It's no longer a secret. Our ABE MA Teachers received a special gift in the mail! Share your photos sporting your new ABE MA gear; email a photo to Alia or post on social media with the hashtag #ABEMA! 

A Special MASS STEM Week Event

Kick-off MASS Stem Week with Alia on Monday, October 18th at 12:00 PM

New Feature: A Nature Briefing Pick

Here we will highlight articles and resources from Nature Briefing. You can sign up for their daily newsletter here. It's a great way to stay current on what's going on in science news (plus they state how long each piece takes to go through or interact with).  

This Month's Pick: Nanotech virus-hunters target SARS-CoV-2

Drug makers are looking to nanotechnology for new ways to tackle viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. Antiviral nanomaterials can encapsulate viruses in origami cages, mop them up with nanosponges, and target the lipid membrane surrounding enveloped virus particles. Researchers’ aspirations go beyond the key part that nanomaterials have already played in the fight against SARS-CoV-2: the Pfizer–BioNtech and Moderna vaccines both rely on lipid nanoparticles to carry messenger RNA into cells.

Read More Here
LabXchange Content
Purifying a Protein Interactive
Harvard News: Cassandra Extavour Becomes HHMI Investigator

MCB and OEB faculty Cassandra Extavour is one of the 33 distinguished scientists to be named as a 2021 HHMI Investigator. The prestigious award, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), provides HHMI Investigators a minimum of $9 million in research funding over a period of 7 years, with the option of subsequent renewals.

Read More Here
NEB Highlight: A Timeline of Discoveries Towards mRNA Therapeutics
The rapid development of synthetic mRNA-based vaccines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. However, these remarkable achievements are built on over 70 years of research in RNA biology and other fields. To learn more about the seminal basic research leading to the development of these vaccines, NEB has put together a selection of publications and resources that span over seven decades of discoveries in their new interactive timeline tool.
Explore NEB's Interactive Timeline
What We're Reading
Read the Article Here
Community: Articles, Events, Opportunities, Talks
Harvard Book Store joins Celadon Books to welcome JANE GOODALL—internationally renowned primatologist and conservationist—for a discussion of her latest book, The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times, co-authored by Douglas Abrams. She will be joined in conversation by DR. EVAN ANTIN, host of Animal Planet's Evan Goes Wild and author of World Wide Vet: Encounters in the Animal Kingdom.
Event is on October 20 at 12:00 PM EST
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The 2021 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM (NDiSTEM) Digital Conference
October 25 – 29, 2021
Registration is now open

Register for SACNAS
Award, Fellowship, and Grant Opportunities
Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET)

As a benefit to membership, the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) has established the GET opportunity for educators (formal and informal) to purchase non-consumable items that engage and enrich student learning.

This grant opportunity is open to all MAST members. You must be a current MAST member to apply. Every year five $200 awards will be presented to applicants who demonstrate the use/value of a particular item for their students and science education.

Application deadline: November 15, 2021
Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET) Application: Apply Here
Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant

All current members of the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) are eligible to apply for the Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant, established in memory of Elaine Adams, chemistry teacher at Phillips Academy and one of the four founders of the former Science Teachers Area Resource Swap (STARS).

Each year one $500 award will be presented to an applicant who proposes pursuing a professional development venture that is interesting and new for themselves and that has the potential to be of use/value for their students and science education. Recipients are expected to present a workshop at an upcoming MAST Conference. Prior winners may apply again however new awardees will be given priority over previous winners.

Application deadline: November 15, 2021
Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant Application: Apply Here

Are you wondering how you might blend your love of STEM teaching and working with other educators into an engaging, innovative, and sustainable leadership pathway? Do you crave and celebrate diversity and believe that when different backgrounds, ideas and experiences come together, a complete and more interesting whole is formed? Then you have come to the right place!

Apply to the 2022-2023 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program.

Apply to the AEF Program | Deadline is November 19, 2021
The Laboratory Robotics Interest Group of New England (LRIG-NE) is providing up to $2,500 will be awarded to those science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in secondary schools throughout New England who best meet the criteria below. The objective of these grants is to provide funds to expand project-based activities in educational settings.
LRIG-New England Marsha Paul Education Grant Application: Deadline is December 31, 2021
The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program is an intensive and cohesive, five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.
Knowles Teaching Fellows Program | Deadline is January 9, 2022
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