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In This Issue

Science and Medical

Featured Resources in Biotechnology

From Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2):

Introduction to Biomanufacturing Textbook

NBC2 has created this introductory textbook on Biomanufacturing that features twelve industry SME-authored units. Chapters cover Facilities, Metrology, Validation, Environmental Health & Safety, Operational Excellence, Quality Assurance, Microbiological Control, Quality Control Biochemistry, Upstream Processing, Downstream Processing, Process Development, Manufacture of a Drug Product, and Biofuels. Individual chapters may be read online or downloaded, and the complete textbook is also available for purchase.

From Biosciences Industry Fellowship Project:

Bioscience Industry Fellowship Project 2016 Presentations

This resource contains presentations from the 2016 cohort of the Biotechnology Industry Fellowship Program at Forsyth Technical Community College. In June 2016, nine Fellows spent four weeks traveling throughout North Carolina to gain hands-on skills and practice in lab techniques utilized in biotechnology and to learn about the areas of research and industry related to, or resulting from, biotechnology. At the end of their time in North Carolina, Fellows worked in pairs to develop presentations ("learning modules") that they will share with colleagues at their home institutions (e.g. community colleges, K-12 school, etc.) to promote involvement in the biosciences. This PDF contains slides from five presentations.

From Bio-Link: Educating the BioTechnology Workforce:


Community Connection

The ATE Blogosphere—Projects and Centers in the News

When it comes to sharing information about the ATE community and its dedication to improving the education of America’s technical workforce, blogs offer a great platform to engage and inform others. Over the past few weeks, a number of blog posts covering inspirational stories, detailed research, and personal experiences have appeared. Below are a few that we hope will inspire further reading, and maybe a little bit of writing of your own:

If you don’t happen to have a blog of your own (or even if you do), ATE Central can help celebrate and share your stories and showcase the valuable work being done by your project or center. If you have a story to share or accomplishments to highlight, please let us know at


ATE Success Tips: Social Media

Timing is Everything: When to Post on Social Media

Effective scheduling of social media efforts is a central component of a successful outreach plan. Scheduling allows you to reach your target audience at the times when they are online and also increases the relevance and timeliness of your posts, tweets, and networking. But when is the best time to post on social media and is it the same across all platforms? Here are some guidelines for three of the major social media platforms used by members of the ATE community:

Twitter users are most active during the daytime between 8am and 7pm. Tweets posted during these hours will generate the most interaction, but there are several smaller time slots that see a significantly higher engagement rate. To get the most out of your tweets, consider posting between 8am and 10am, 11am and 1pm, or 4pm and 7pm.

Facebook usage tends to be a little more constant than Twitter, but some times are still better than others to reach your audience. The best times to post on Facebook are between 1pm and 4pm and between 6pm and 10pm. There is also significant usage over the weekend, so consider scheduling posts to be released between 10am and 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

LinkedIn is the largest business network and is great for connecting with industry partners, educators, administrators, and students. On average, users check their accounts twice per day, allowing for two time slots to attract and touch base with others in your network. The social rush hours on LinkedIn are between 8am and 10am and between 4pm and 6pm, and Thursdays and Sundays are the most active days of the week.

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Did You Know?

According to the Pew Research Center, more than one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34). This makes them the largest generation in the labor force, with 53.5 million workers in 2015.

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News & Reminders

Get involved with NSF’s Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

The National Science Foundation invites teams of community college students to participate in the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). Teams will submit innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems across three themes: Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and Environment, and Security Technologies. All entries must be received during the competition submission window, from October 17, 2016 to February 15, 2017. More information can be found on the challenge website.

Archiving your deliverables with ATE Central is now easier than ever!

Upload your curriculum, professional development materials, or other deliverables created with ATE funding directly to the ATE Central resource portal via the new archive submission form.

Is your project/center on Facebook, Twitter, or another social media site?

If so, please make sure we've found that site and added it to the ATE Social Media Directory. Having your social media presence linked through the directory will help ensure that interested parties can find you online. In addition, if you currently publish a newsletter, please let us know, as we will be adding links to newsletters to the information available on ATE Central.

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