Life Science Industry Speaker Series for Educators

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The Life Science Industry Speaker Series for Educators Ashley Van Zeeland, Illumina VP of Product Integration & Customer Collaboration

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Life Science Industry Speaker Series for Educators

The Biocom Institute is thrilled to connect industry experts with K12 educators to discuss topics in life science and biotechnology. Our industry experts from Biocom member companies bring years of experience and knowledge to share with educators who are teaching our aspiring scientists and learners. This virtual series is an opportunity for educators to connect with experts and get access to relevant resources for their classrooms.

Keynote Speaker Ashley Van Zeeland, VP of Product Integration and Customer Collaboration at Illumina

Join Ashley Van Zeeland, VP of Product Integration and Customer Collaboration at Illumina as she shares about her professional journey and how we are “decoding COVID-19”. COVID-19 has affected our everyday lives and we will dive into how genome sequencing is accelerating our response to the pandemic. We are witnessing the largest global pandemic in recent history, but – unlike outbreaks or global pandemics that have happened, we’ve never had the scientific tools to enable what is truly an unprecedented response to this crisis.

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Part 1: Welcome & Keynote Speaker (4:00-4:20pm)

  • Welcome & Introductions of Biocom Institute, Illumina & Genomic Discoveries
  • Illumina’s- Ashley Van Zeeland - VP of Product Integration and Customer Collaboration - Decoding COVID-19

Part 2: Life Science Biotech High School Educator Resources Overview (4:20-5:00pm)

  • DNA Decoded - Learn more about DNA Decoded an open education resource that Discovery Education & Illumina have developed to provide classroom-ready lessons and activities designed to help educators teach students the real-world applications and impact of genomics.
  • Career Exploration - Illumina has created an educational resource dedicated to discovering the various careers in the genomics industry, learn how to use these career resources with your students.
  • Skype a Scientist - Bring research and industry scientists into your classroom virtually to cover all kinds of science focused topics – including employees from Illumina.
  • K12 Life Science/ Biotech Educator Group - Learn how to join our community space for educators to share knowledge, resources and connect with others who are passionate about Life Science and Biotech education.
  • Q&A - We’ll be here to answer any questions you have about the online Genomics education resources available for educators.

Illumina Foundation

At Illumina, giving back is in our DNA. Through our Illumina Cares program, we aim to share our time, talent and technology with the communities where we live and work. And to ensure we can make a meaningful difference, we focus our efforts on genomic literacy through STEM education, rare and undiagnosed genetic diseases, oncology, and community service.

Biocom Institute

Biocom Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2008 by Biocom, the largest and most experienced advocate for California’s life science sector. Our mission is to develop and promote a skilled and diverse pipeline of talent to accelerate the growth of the California’s life science ecosystem. We collaborate with the life science industry, government, non-profits, the K-12 and community college systems, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders to meet and anticipate the workforce needs of the life science community, and to promote the advancement of life science talent throughout the world.

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