The Education Committee will be hosting several events at the upcoming World Congress in San Francisco.

Starting at 8:30 AM on Saturday, May 22, Jeffrey Janus will convene a full day workshop: Using Cell-based Model Systems in Assays and Basic Research: A Workshop in Practical Methods.

The program will focus on human cells, and will provide a valuable opportunity to learn directly from experienced experts in the use of cell-based models. The workshop will feature the use of several types of model systems, including: fully differentiated cells, stem cells, and transformed cell lines. The full workshop program, as well as registration and fee information can be accessed at our web site: www.sivb.org.

On Saturday afternoon from 1-5 PM, Carol Stiff and Judi Heitz will run a free workshop: Funding Fundamentals: How to Get the Grant You Want.

Our panel of experts will include both agency representatives and seasoned grant writers who will give short presentations and then open the floor for discussion. Come and learn what the granting agencies are looking for, including: how to determine if your idea is fundable by a particular agency, the main reasons for rejection and how to avoid common pitfalls. Space is limited, and filling fast, so please preregister on line at www.sivb.net/meetings/.

Prior to the Opening Reception on Saturday evening there will be a Special Poster Session, featuring the work of high school students. In the past these sessions have been very exciting, so I encourage everyone to come by and see what truly remarkable work some of our youngest scientists are doing.

Finally, Liz Roemer will be moderating an interactive poster session: Educating the Biotechnology Workforce: Current Programs and Future Directions, during the Opening Reception on Saturday evening.

This session will include multiple presentations by both educators and future employers. Stop by and join us in what is likely to be a very lively discussion.

The Education Committee will meet in Boardroom C on Monday morning at 7AM (ouch!!!!….but I promise to have plenty of coffee available!). Anyone interested in working on Education is welcome to join us. As you can see from the above list of events we have many areas of interest, ranging from K-12 education, through college and professional development. We are always open to new ideas, and generally have more great ideas than we have manpower. So come and help out!

Liz Roemer
Chair, Education Committee

Philip White Award Winner Announced
Dorothy Gillespie, a biology teacher at Nashua High School in Nashua, New Hampshire, is the recipient of the 2004 Philip White Memorial Award. Ms. Gillespie would like to introduce plant tissue culture next year in her Advanced Placement Biology course. She will use the White Funds to attend a workshop entitled “2004 NH Biotechnology Institute” at the Seacoast School of Technology, in New Hampshire in June and will purchase supplies for her classroom. Over the summer months Dorothy will be developing experiments and lesson plans for her classroom with the help of donated supplies from Caisson Laboratories, Inc., Plant Cell Technology, Inc, and Kitchen Culture Kits, Inc.

Carol Stiff

ERRATUM
In the last issue of the In Vitro Report, Carol Stiff was credited for the articles printed in the Jamacian Journal of Science and Technology’s special issue in December 2003. This work was completed by Sylvia Mitchell and her colleagues.