Connecting Youth with the World of Biotechnology
Fall Newsletter 2016

Expansion is Working!

Expansion is Working!

An unprecedented opportunity with life changing implications for youth, Biotech Partners, working together with academic, industry, and government entities throughout the Greater Bay Area, demonstrated a commitment to youth development and workforce training to positively impact the lives of students, their families, and the communities in which they reside.

This academic year we have 288 students at 5 school sites, and we are anticipating 148 internships for 2017.

Our expansion is working, and we couldn't have been this successful without the support of our funders such as you.

Many, Many thanks to you!

BRAVO! 2016 Poster Awards

Excitement flooded the air at Berkeley High School on Saturday, August 12, 2016, when a total of 66 students celebrated the completion of their 2016 paid summer internships. Our first cohort of students from our expansion sites of Antioch and South San Francisco High School joined our legacy sites of Berkeley High and Oakland Tech.

51 Volunteers from Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo counties with science, medical, public health, law, IT and business backgrounds served as judges to select the awardees.

After presenting posters on their respective internship projects, students were awarded prizes based on a variety of categories.
Tina Etcheverry, Etch Wave Consulting, commented “All the students presented their intern projects with par excellence which made the process of selection very challenging for the judges.”

Ananda Brooks, Antioch High School, interning at JBEI’s Feedstocks Division was awarded Best Overall Poster, and Emara Shabir, Berkeley High School, intern in the Fuels Synthesis Division, JBEI won Most Educational Poster. Most Creative Poster was won by Catherine Lyons, Antioch High School, intern in the Public Health Laboratory of Contra Costa Health Services, and Best Oral Presentation was awarded to Andrea Lewis, Berkeley High School, intern at East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). In acknowledgement of their achievements, all students received certificates of recognition from Biotech Partners and government representatives.
Biotech Partners Welcomes San Marin High School, Our 5th Expansion School Site
New This Fall...
Oakland Tech Biotech Program is Now a Full Academy Starting at the 10th Grade
Berkeley High - Biotech Partners has Teamed Up With NSBE Jr.

Biotech Partners Welcomes New Teachers

Jamie Bascom, Ph.D.

Jamie is a new teacher at Berkeley High School teaching Biology and Biotechnology. She taught Chemistry to high school students at Lighthouse Community Charter School before coming to Berkeley. She was a lecturer at Mills College in Biology, Genetics and Physiology before deciding to work towards earning a credential to teach high school science. She worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for over ten years doing research on mammary gland biology and breast cancer. She earned her Ph.D. in 2006 in Endocrinology at UC Berkeley. She has two sons, husband, cat and love hiking and biking
Michelle LaFevre-Bernt, Ph.D.

Science teacher, Biotechnology Pathway Coach and Biotechnology Academy Department Chair San Marin High School, Novato

Michelle received her BS in Biology with an emphasis in life science teaching reparation from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in Cell and developmental Biology from State University of New York, Stony Brook. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Sugen, Inc. and The Buck Institute for Age Research, where she studied molecular mechanisms of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. She was a senior scientist at ProteomTech, Inc. where she developed protein-based therapeutics to treat human diseases.

She received her single subject teaching credentials in biology and chemistry from Sonoma State University and a career technology education (CTE) credential in Biotechnology. She has been teaching at San Marin since 2007 and started the biotechnology program at San Marin in 2008.
Congratulations to
BCI Students...
Nia Assata, Jennifer Carrillo-Hernandez & Sam Clark for successful completion of the Bioscience Career Institute!

Mentors Rock!

Mentors are a pivotal support for our students to embrace their internship experience and gain the self-confidence to apply their learned skills within the workplace environment. All students couldn't say enough about the wonderful mentors they experienced while moving through their internship this past summer. The mentors had a profound impact upon the students' lives -- providing the professional guidance and going the distance and beyond -- to ensure the successful completion of the student's internship. Of special mention by the students were Lowell Espinosa of Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital, Brian Fairhurst of Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Maria Kuccherzki of the UCSF Neurology Department, and Kelly Riddle of the Contra Costa Public Health Lab.

Biotech Partners also recognizes Irina Silva of JBEI and Carmen Merritt of Five Prime Therapeutics for their exceptional work in supporting the Biotech Partners 2016 Internship program.
Save The Date!

Biotech Partners' 24th Gala

Friday, March 24, 2017
San Francisco Galleria Design Center
101 Henry Adams Street
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Dinner ● Live Auction ● Restaurant Raffle
Wine Cage ● Live Music

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