MassBioEd will use its $250,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program to provide 10 schools with professional development for teachers, curriculum for biotech labs, access to student career exploration experiences, and up to $24,873 each for materials and equipment for school labs. MassBioEd Foundation will also fund two additional schools for the program and $5,000 towards lab equipment.
By providing Massachusetts students with lab experiences in high schools across the state through the BioTeach program, MassBioEd Foundation hopes to inspire students to pursue educational opportunities and careers in the life sciences and biotechnology industry.
The 10 schools funded by the MLSC’s grant are:
- Attleboro High School
- Bartlett Junior/Senior High School
- Boston Day and Evening Academy
- Springfield Central High School
- Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
- Global Learning Charter Public School
- Health and Humans Services High School at Lawrence High
- North High School/STEM-Early College High School
- Wakefield Memorial High School
- William Dean Technical High School
The MassBioEd supported schools for this year are:
- Uxbridge High School
- Woburn Memorial High School
These schools are all new to the BioTeach program, bringing the total number of participating BioTeach public schools in Massachusetts to 201. Read the full press release here. Learn more about MassBioEd and BioTeach at MassBioEd.org.
Congratulations and welcome to the new BioTeach schools!
Guest Post by Gwen Acton, PhD, CEO of Vivo Group
Sometimes people confuse “tough” negotiation with “good” negotiation. They think that if they push hard and argue adamantly, they will get what they want. The problem with this approach is that they might succeed in achieving short-term outcomes, but they often fail with longer-term objectives that arise from building better relationships with colleagues.
It is tempting to focus on the short-term results of a negotiation. However, a far more valuable outcome is the ability not only to reach a mutually agreeable solution to the current situation, but to have the negotiation process actually contribute to a stronger relationship with the other party over the long term.
One of the best ways to achieve this is by seeking a “win-win” solution to negotiations, rather than a “win-lose” outcome. In the former approach, parties are happy with the solution, which enhances their ability to collaborate together in the future. In contrast, a win-lose approach can leave one party unsatisfied, putting strains on an on-going working relationship.
To achieve win-win solutions often requires understanding the underlying “interests” of the other party. People will often state a “position” on a subject – what they say they want. But is more valuable to understand what drives and motivates their position – in other words the desires and goals that explain why they want the stated outcome. With that information, you can look for ways in which there are solutions that are a “win” for both parties.
About the author:
Gwen Acton, PhD is CEO of Vivo Group, a firm that specializes in improving the leadership and management capabilities of technical experts so they can be more productive and innovative in industry. She is the instructor for MassBioEd‘s upcoming Negotiation Tactics for Scientists, Transitioning from Individual Contributor to Leader/Manager, and Strategic Thinking courses.
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1) Biotech Futures event at WPI tries to get high schoolers into life sciences - Boston Business Journal, May 29, 2014
A program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute aimed at getting high school kids interested in the life sciences hosted 240 students from eight Massachusetts high schools in the past week. Link
2) Franklin get biotech industry nod - Worcester Business Journal, May 27, 2014
Franklin is as ready as it can possibly be for biotechnology companies, according to a statewide industry group. The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) upgraded Franklin’s biotech readiness (BioReady) status Friday from “gold” to “platinum” due to improvements in zoning bylaws, building codes and other business-related criteria. Link
3) Sarepta’s new manufacturing facility will be in Andover – Boston Business Journal, May 28, 2014
Sarepta is buying an 18-year-old manufacturing facility in Andover from Tokyo-based drug maker Eisai in a deal expected to close by July 8. Link
4) Bristol-Myers adds $1.24B deal plus a partnership in immuno-oncology deal frenzy - Fierce Biotech, May 27, 2014
Following fast on the heels of two earlier immuno-oncology partnerships, Incyte has agreed to partner its prolific IDO inhibitor INCB24360 with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s marquee PD-1 program for nivolumab. Link
5) AbbVie heralds early success with its brain cancer-fighting armed antibody - Fierce Biotech, May 30, 2014
While a host of cancer immunotherapies angle for attention at Chicago’s American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, AbbVie is touting early data on an antibody-drug conjugate with promise in a tough-to-treat form of brain cancer. Link
Over the course of two days – last Thursday and today – more than 240 Massachusetts high school students and teachers participated in Biotech Futures, a career exploration event featuring scientist speakers, panel presentations, company presentations, science demonstrations and laboratory projects at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
The program, organized by MassBio’s sister organization, MassBioEd, is part of an ongoing effort to increase interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Throughout the day, students participated in several hands-on labs showcasing cutting-edge topics and techniques. They used microscopy to learn how fluorescent proteins can be used to identify cells, cellular structures and in screens for new therapeutics. Students explored how the brain translates sensory stimuli into behavior using honey bees as a model. They also worked with nano-scale materials to make a functional solar energy cell. Read the rest of this entry