Roundtable: Educators and Employers

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Watch for:
Westchester Certificate Work Session
February TBD Online
, 2019

Co-Chairs:
Carla Romney, D.Sc., Associate Dean for STEM &
Pre-Health Education, Fordham University
Amy Allen, Vice President, Westchester County Association

By bringing together stakeholders across academic institutions, research hospitals, and companies throughout the region, we nurture cross-pollination that can drive improved outcomes for companies, educators, and the scientists who contribute to human health research.

We invite you to share your expertise.
Let's chat: info@westchesterbiotechproject.org

New Committee Forming: Committee on Career Services
Professionals from educational institutions, companies, non-profits, and governments coming together to address expanding opportunities and systemic challenges.

The Westchester Certificate

Members of this Roundtable have formed a working group to develop the Westchester Certificate. The curriculum is focused on providing students with the essential Lab Safety, Good Laboratory Notebook PracticeAseptic TechniquesSustainability in the Lab, and the Drug Development Process knowledge needed to accelerate their transition into a research environment.

Certificate Curriculum (key areas identified by regional life science employers)

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• Laboratory Safety (lowering risk for labmates and employers)
Co-Chairs:
- Raymond Houston, Ed.D., Dean, School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
       Westchester Community College
- Carla Romney, D.Sc., Associate Dean for STEM & Pre-Health Education, Fordham University
Committee:
- Matthew Anderson, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, New York Medical College
- Glenetta Phillips, Program Specialist, Center for Career Education and Applied Learning
Westchester Community College

• Good Laboratory Notebook Practice (assuring clean, clear and reproducible data)
- Jim Rotolo, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research, Sapience Therapeutics

• Aseptic Techniques (preparation for learning your employers' specific processes)
- Jim Rotolo, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research, Sapience Therapeutics

• Sustainability in the Lab (capturing resources to improve funding for research)
- Stephen Harris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Purchase College, SUNY
- Allison Paradise, Founder and CEO, My Green Lab

Understanding the Drug Development Process (underscoring scientific, regulatory, and commercial issues)
Co-Chairs:
- Kevin Freiert, Principal, Salem Oaks Consulting
- Geoff Garabedian, Founder and President, TriRadial Solutions
Committee:
- Antonio Biancardi, CEO, Centrific Technology Partners
- Leo Dodds, Partner, TriRadial Solutions

One of our Alliance Partners, My Green Lab, has released a free resource:
A Guide to Green Chemistry Experiments for Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Labs
The packet includes both Safety and Sustainability material - Click for More
Recent Article:
My Green Lab Assessments - Your Lab Can Be Greener Too


Past Sessions

Virtual Roundtable: Educators and Employers, Westchester Certificate Work Session
January 16
, 2019

Members of this Roundtable have formed a working group to develop the Westchester Certificate. The curriculum is focused on providing students with the essential Lab Safety, Good Laboratory Notebook PracticeAseptic TechniquesSustainability in the Lab, and the Drug Development Process knowledge needed to accelerate their transition into a research environment.


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Roundtable: Educators and Employers
November 1
, 2018, Iona College

Co-chairs:
Carla Romney, D.Sc., Associate Dean for STEM & Pre-health Education,
Fordham University
Amy Allen, Vice President, Westchester County Association


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Virtual Roundtable: Educators and Employers
August 7
, 2018
Westchester Community College
Gateway Building, Room 110
75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595

Host:
Professor Glenetta Phillips,
Program Specialist, Center for Career Education and Applied Learning
Westchester Community College

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Co-chairs:
Carla Romney, D.Sc., Associate Dean for STEM & Pre-health Education,
Fordham University
Amy Allen, Vice President, Westchester County Association


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Virtual Roundtable: Educators and Employers
May 16
, 2018
Co-chairs:
Carla Romney, D.Sc., Associate Dean for STEM and Pre-health Education
Fordham University
Amy Allen, Vice President, Westchester County Association

Guest from our Alliance Partner My Green Lab:
Erika Daley, Program Manager, My Green Lab

At our last session, some great ideas emerged about developing programs covering critical concepts for young scientists including: lab safety, notebook procedure, sterile cell culture, and sustainable lab practices. In this session we will discuss ways to implement in-person and online programs.

In addition we will share ongoing programs in development to benefit our early-career biotech community. This is a great way to get involved and impact the programs planned for 2018, 2019, and beyond. 

Each Roundtable session provides a platform for discussion and collaboration to address the changing requirements for life science careers. By bringing together stakeholders across academic institutions, research hospitals, and companies throughout the region, we strive to nurture cross-pollination that can drive improved outcomes for companies, educators, and the scientists who contribute to human health research.


Roundtable: Educators and Employers
March 1
, 2018
Fordham University, Westchester Campus
400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, NY 10604

Co-chairs:
Carla Romney, D.Sc.
, Associate Dean for STEM and Pre-health Education
Fordham University
Amy Allen, Vice President, Westchester County Association

Discussant:
Nancy Dong, Vice President, Finance & Administration, Contrafect

Companies in the biotechnology and life science sectors report to us their difficulties finding ideal candidates. Educators have shared their interests in a deeper understanding of industry’s needs for today and tomorrow. In an effort to help align these perspectives, we are collaborating with the Westchester County Association on this series.

Each Roundtable session provides a platform for discussion and collaboration to address the changing requirements for life science careers. By bringing together stakeholders across academic institutions, research hospitals, and companies throughout the region, we strive to nurture cross-pollination that can drive improved outcomes for companies, educators, and the scientists who contribute to human health research.

Both Dr. Romney and Amy Allen serve on our Advisory Boards.