BAR HARBOR – Students wanted it and now it’s here. The MDI Biological Laboratory’s Center for Science Entrepreneurship is now holding courses.
Students are looking to adapt to the constant evolution of technology by collaborating with those across varying scientific backgrounds.
“We challenged students who took this course to tour each of the labs and find out more about the big questions that are seemingly unanswerable,” said Jane Disney, Ph.D., director of education.
The “Bridging Disciplines” course is not only exciting for students, but it’s also challenging.
“They are problems that are going to take people from different disciplines to address,” said Disney.
It’s a program that was demanded by a few students looking to have a place to challenge what they know and find new ways of being innovative.
“It’s important to communicate not only your designs and what it is your project does, but also how you disseminate that information,” said Sam Landry, a student at the University of Maine.
They are researching different issues in biomedicine such as heart disease and cancer treatment. They are using animal models to learn about regeneration, tissue repair and wound healing.
“Being able to bring everyone aboard and work toward the same goal is very important,” said Landry, “Especially if you want to bring it to production.”
The new center provides students with a less structured environment, which allows them to come up with creative ways of tackling issues.
“It’s really important because I believe that’s what employers are looking for these days,” said Isaiah Mansour, a student at the University of Maine.
Students have the opportunity to not only work in various laboratories but also with scientists in the field. The institution believes that this course will provide students with necessary skills to be successful and are hoping to hold it regularly.
“We need to find new ways to tackle problems,” said Mansour. “A lot of times we end up just putting band-aids on old issues and coming out with ways to circumvent reoccurring problems that could have been avoided in the first place by coming up with a new system altogether.”
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