Roundtable: Educators and Employers

Professionals from educational institutions, companies, non-profits, and governments coming together to address expanding opportunities and systemic challenges.

Professionals from educational institutions, companies, non-profits, and governments coming together to address expanding opportunities and systemic challenges.

Members of this Roundtable have formed a working group to develop the Westchester Certificate. Curriculum modules in Lab Safety, Good Laboratory Notebook PracticeAseptic TechniquesSustainability in the Lab, and the Drug Development Process provide literacy and hands-on experience to accelerate success in research environments.

It happened quite naturally. During our first session, in the spring of 2018, one leader at the table mentioned a challenge in preparing new hires for safety issues in the lab. The entire group, representing seven colleges and several companies, nodded. From that point on, we have been working on a relevant and timely curriculum with input from academic and industry labs.

Our entire Roundtable takes an active role in reaching out to regional companies and healthcare providers to assure alignment in our efforts. We appreciate the generous participation of many regional colleges and universities. These collaborative organizations understand that tomorrow’s gains are built on strong relationships that are flexible, pleasurable, and international.

It’s not too late to get involved. We are seeking feedback on the Curriculum, including content, delivery, and testing modes. Do you have a moment to review? Send a quick note and we’ll share our homework. info@westchesterbiotechproject.org

Co-Chairs:
Carla Romney, D.Sc.,
Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences
and Education, Boston University
Amy Allen, Vice President, Westchester County Association


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.

Co-chairs:
Carla Romney, D.Sc., Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences and Education
Boston University
Amy Allen, Vice President, Westchester County Association


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

Co-chairs:
Carla Romney, D.Sc., Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences and Education
Boston 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., Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences and Education
Boston 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., Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences and Education
Boston 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., Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences and Education
Boston 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.

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