iSciWNY to celebrate the next generation of life sciences professionals at induction ceremony

Release Date: January 21, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s life sciences career pathways program, iSciWNY, will celebrate the next generation of life sciences professionals today at an induction ceremony for the 2013-14 class of the West Seneca Central School District’s Academy of Life Sciences.

Featured speakers at the event will include:

  • Norma Nowak, PhD, founder and CSO of Empire Genomics
  • Charlie d’Estries, president of SciBizInternational
  • and Gretchen Neureuter, sales representative for Life Technologies.

iSciWNY, introduced in 2008, is a comprehensive, life sciences workforce development program dedicated to preparing all Western New Yorkers — not just scientists — for new positions in Buffalo Niagara’s growing life sciences industry.

With a special emphasis on educating students, iSciWNY uses workshops, training programs, an interactive website and a career pathways kit to demystify the life sciences industry and prepare students for the career opportunities.

The West Seneca School District utilizes iSciWNY as a resource for students to learn about the many career pathways available in the life sciences. The students being inducted today are sophomores and in their first year of the academy program.  As they progress through the academy curriculum, they will choose a path that will prepare them for either the business or lab sciences component of life sciences. 

The event takes place from 5-7 p.m. today, Jan. 21, at UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., Buffalo

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