About Us

The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) mission is to develop a professional biotechnology workforce by mobilizing and supporting collaborative CSU student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, and partnering with the life science industry.

CSUPERB believes that the best way to recruit, engage, and help students persist in
life science careers is to provide access to experiential (active) learning opportunities in
biotechnology research and entrepreneurship. We know that these experiences are particularly effective at engaging and retaining students who are the first in their families to attend college or are from communities underrepresented in the life sciences. By working with CSU faculty scholars on solutions for real-world problems in the classroom and on research teams, all students can build a solid foundation for successful life science careers.

This blog will offer up not only program news for CSU faculty and students, but also news and opinions about biotechnology education, research and workforce development.

The editor of this blog is Susan Baxter, the Executive Director of CSUPERB.  She’s usually a very-early-adopter of technology but resisted authoring a blog until October 2011. With encouragement from the CSUPERB Strategic Planning Council and help from the CSUPERB program office staff (James Schmitt, Tyson Gadd and Pam Branger), she decided to take the plunge into communicating to a wider audience.  This means she had to hone her thoughtful writing skills and move away from the 140 character mindset! James, Tyson and Pam are contributors to the blog as well – sharing news, information and updates on CSUPERB programs.  We also invite special guest authors from the CSUPERB organization, CSUPERB-supported PI’s system-wide and students across the 23 CSU campuses.

We invite you to click on the little Cartoon Bubbles (at top right of each blog post) to leave comments or click on the Share links (at the bottom of each post) to forward news on to friends and colleagues.

Frequently Used Acronyms in Blog:  CSUPERB (CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology), I-Corps (Innovation Corps or listen to the 30 second sound bite here), STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), FCG (Faculty Consensus Group), SPC (Strategic Planning Council), PI (principal investigator).  The FCG and SPC serve as campus representatives in CSUPERB’s “congress” – you can see the individuals involved here.

The header image is credited to Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan (CSU Monterey Bay, Division of Science and Environmental Policy) and her student colleague Kevin Johnson. In the Fall of 2012 Mr. Johnson entered UC Santa Barbara for his PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, as a recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The image is of Anabaena flos-aquae and Anabaena circinalis in environmental samples collected in June 2010 at Pinto Lake in Watsonville, California. The image was taken with a Olympus DP72  on an Olympus IX71 Inverted research microscope at 10x magnification.  Beautiful!

(We should also make the disclaimer that posts and comments do not not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of the university.)

Program website: www.calstate.edu/csuperb

CSUPERB on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csuperb

CSUPERB on LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2073023

CSU I-Corps: http://www.csuperb.org/csuicorps

Scoop-It Annotated Reports, Resources, and Publications on CSUPERB-relevant topics:

A sample of recent reports and papers on undergraduate research:

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