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May 26, 2022

What It’s Like to be a Working Dog in the Lab

Service animals help their owners in many areas of their lives, including their academic and professional careers. While that may be limited to office spaces for many professionals, scientists often bring their animals into the lab to help while they’re performing their research. Many people tend to think of guide dogs first when it comes… 

May 20, 2022

COIL Pedagogy: Giving Biotechnology Students an International Experience at Home

Opportunities for students to go abroad remained scarce as the pandemic impacted yet another school year. However, some instructors in the Biotechnology Program have created opportunities for students to interact with their peers abroad through implementing Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) pedagogy in the classroom. Dr. Stefanie Chen and Dr. Melissa Srougi both worked with… 

Apr 29, 2022

New BIT Course is Working with Students to Address the E-Waste Problem

Biotechnology is a truly unique field because it touches so many other fields- in science and beyond. While this is clear in all of the BIT courses, a new course, BIT 295 Biotechnology and Sustainability, drives this idea home by teaching students not only about biotechnology, but also about how it interacts with sustainability efforts… 

Apr 10, 2022

Teaching Postdoc Program Trains Thoughtful and Effective Instructors

Many of the instructors in the Biotechnology Program are participants in the teaching postdoctoral program, which is a three-year program focused on mentoring postdocs through teaching experiences. Unlike other teaching postdoctoral positions, the BIT Program emphasizes honing the craft of teaching by providing a mix of opportunities, both in the laboratory and the classroom, designed… 

Mar 28, 2022

Meet Dr. Noel!

Dr. Sophie Noel joined the BIT Program in January as our newest Teaching Postdoctoral Scholar. A former doctoral student at NC State, she was especially interested in joining the Program after her former positive experiences completing the BIT minor. “[When coming to NC State for graduate school], I saw a lot of value in having this resource… 

Mar 8, 2022

Annual NC School for the Deaf Outreach Hosted on Zoom

The BIT Program’s biannual outreach event to the middle and high school science students at the NC School for the Deaf (NCSD) is always one of the highlights of the year. In early Fall, the lead science teacher, Daphne Peacock, reached out about a potential visit. Most years, the BIT instructors would make the trek… 

Feb 18, 2022

Introducing… Environmental DNA Analysis and Applications

This semester, the BIT Program will be offering a new course to introduce students to the concept of “environmental DNA,” or eDNA, which is essentially free-floating DNA or DNA from free-floating cells in an environment. It will be taught by Dr. Hasley, who joined the Program last spring. “It’s not really a field of research,… 

Jan 28, 2022

BIT SURE Provides Summer Research Opportunities for NC State Students

Each year, the Biotechnology (BIT) Program hosts the BIT Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BIT SURE) program, which allows NC State students to work one-on-one with instructors from the BIT Program on a novel research project. This year, students could work with Dr. Dums on viral ecology, Dr. Srougi on cancer biology, Dr. Noel on developmental biology,… 

Jan 14, 2022

Introducing… Comparative Plant Transcriptomics!

Are you interested in bioinformatics, but too intimidated to take a class or try to teach yourself? Or are you interested in how bioinformatics could be applied to plants? If you answered yes to either of those questions, the BIT Program’s new course, Comparative Plant Transcriptomics (BIT 495/595), might just be for you!  Dr. Carly… 

Dec 10, 2021

Annual MBTP Symposium Returns to In-Person Poster Presentations

The 2021 Molecular Biology Training Program (MBTP) Symposium was able to partially return to an in-person format this year, after being forced online last year. The student poster session was held in-person at the McKimmon Center on November 4th. This year’s panel discussion on Molecular Sensing, Diagnostics, and Surveillance was held via Zoom on November…