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ABE Massachusetts Newsletter | January 2023
Happy New Year to our ABE Massachusetts Community!

Welcome to the new year, ABE Massachusetts! We hope that you had a restful and enjoyable holiday season and are ready to jump into 2023 with us. We have a lot of exciting events and resources planned for the coming months, and we can't wait to share them with you. Let's make this year a great one!
Spring ABE Bi-Coastal Book Club

This spring we will be reading Life's Edge: The Search For What It Means To Be Alive by Carl Zimmer. Sign-up for our spring Bi-Coastal Book Club is closed, however, if you are still interested, please email Alia as soon as possible. A survey to collect preferences for meeting dates and times will be sent out in a few weeks. 

Speaking of Carl Zimmer: Whitehead Institute's Director's Dialogues with Ruth Lehmann and Carl Zimmer

Whitehead Institute Director Ruth Lehmann and award-winning science writer Carl Zimmer discuss why broad science literacy is important, especially in the face of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a hybrid event, held both in-person and online.

January 26, 2023 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Another Congratulations to ABE MA Teacher and Site Support, Deb O'Reilly

A little late but ABE MA Teacher and Site Support, Deb O'Reilly, was officially recognized in the fall as one of the 2022 Champions for Biotechnology Education. The awards reception was held at the Museum of Science, with nearly 200 attendees joining to celebrate the award winners for their outstanding advocacy for science education and workforce development. 

And the ABE Massachusetts Community was by her side! Brad Lepak, Don Pinkerton, Cara Bak, Amanda Dillingham, Senila Yasmin, Denise Puopolo, and Stacey Chapley were all in attendance! Congratulations again, Deb! 

ABE MA Co-Hosts CRISPR PD Workshop with miniPCR bio
Saturday, February 4 from 9 am - 3 pm | Apply Now
Science & Cooking PD Workshop
Saturday, February 11 from 9 am - 5 pm | Apply Now
What We're Reading: Interview with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, the outgoing chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, has retired after five decades in public service.  In an interview with Issues in Science and Technology, she discusses her legislative legacy – including, most recently, the CHIPS and Science Act – and her leadership on advancing diversity.
Read the article here
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
Genes in Space Opens
January 12, 2023
Save the date! Our next contest will open January 12, 2023! That means it's not too early to put on your thinking caps and start formulating your proposal. We've got all kinds of tips for you on the blog.  Check them out here.
Explore Genes in Space here
Community: Articles, Events, Opportunities, Talks
Broad Summer Scholars Program for High School Students
The Broad Summer Scholars Program (BSSP) invites highly motivated high school students with a strong interest in science to spend six weeks at the Broad Institute. We match students with Broad scientists to conduct original, cutting-edge research projects in areas such as: cancer biology, psychiatric disease, chemical biology, computational biology, infectious disease, and more. In addition to original research, students will get to explore scientific careers; attend interesting scientific talks; present their research to the Broad community in a scientific poster session; attend a college fair; participate in fun social events; and meet other students who share similar interests.
Application Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2023
STEM Pathways Hackathon for high School Students at Boston University
To help foster STEM education and inspire students to learn more about computer science, STEM Pathways is proud to announce our first hackathon in partnership with Nona Research Foundation. Our bioinspired hackathon challenge will encourage students to think about coding under a Synthetic Biology lense. We invite high school students in the Greater Boston Area to join us on Saturday, January 28th, 2023 from 11 am - 5 pm at Boston University. No coding experience required!
Register by January 17, 2023
Reflective Teaching: Engaging Students in STEM
January 17, 2023 7 PM EST
PRISM 2023 Science Club for High School Students
Application due February 3, 2023
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!
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