CSUMB gets $1 million biomedical data science grant; Workforce agency unveils Youth Ambassadors for Peace program; Tour of California route to include Monterey.
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Friday, Nov. 13 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, Seaside. Special guest speaker will be Dave Stoldt, General Manager of the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, who will give an overview of local water issues and where things currently stand with drought conditions, desalination projects and El Niño.  Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP at Eventbrite  or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, Dec. 11 – Our next MCBC "Eggs & Issues" quarterly breakfast forum will take place Friday, Dec. 11. 7:30-9 a.m., Bayonet &  Blackhorse. Luis Alvarez of Alvarez Technology will be among the speakers discussing "Cybersecurity." See Eventbrite for details or to register. Contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington about sponsorship opportunities at  831.216.3000 or via email.

SAVE THE DATE: MCBC 21st Anniversary Gala and Annual Economic Vitality Awards, Feb. 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. To find out about  sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian E. Turlington at 831.216.3000 or via email

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Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

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$1 million grant will help CSUMB  students prepare for careers in data science

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Cal State Monterey Bay (BCM) $1 million to train a diverse workforce in biomedical data science as part of its Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative.

There is a growing demand for new ways to store, manage, analyze and use the massive amounts of electronic data being generated, especially medical data. The five-year grant will help to train professionals for that field and will target students from historically underrepresented and low-income backgrounds.

The grant will support research experiences for students and faculty as well as curriculum development. It will be used for three major efforts:

  • To establish a summer research program for CSUMB students at the Center for Big Data in Translational Genomics at UC Santa Cruz. The center works to help the biomedical community use genomic information to better understand human health and disease. Visiting CSUMB students will spend the summer working side-by-side with UCSC scientists and data specialists, learning research skills to manage and interpret genomic data.
  • To develop new programs, such as an interdisciplinary statistics major, that will include math, statistics, biology, behavioral and computer sciences to prepare students for graduate school and careers in research or industry.
  • To create opportunities to extend CSUMB faculty training and research in biomedical data science in collaboration with UCSC faculty members and researchers.

“The collaboration promises to create deep connections with UCSC and to create an educational pipeline for our students to achieve graduate degrees in biomedical data science,” said Dr. Judith Canner, associate professor of math and statistics and principal investigator on the grant.


2015 Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit sponsors

We extend our gratitude to each of the sponsors and partners who helped make possible this morning's annual Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit. Major sponsors of today's event include our Platinum Sponsor, California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM), and Gold Sponsors Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (BCM), Scudder Roofing (BCM) and PG&E (BCM).

We would also like to give thanks to our media sponsor, KRML (BCM), and to the County of Monterey (BCM) for its ongoing support and partnership.










Youth Ambassadors for Peace enlists community and employer involvement

Backed by a $3 million U.S. Department of Labor grant, the Monterey County Workforce Development Board (BCM) is launching a multi-layered program to provide alternatives to violence and lifelong poverty among Monterey County youth.

A year in the making, the Youth Ambassadors for Peace program was developed in collaboration with the Monterey County Gang Violence Prevention Initiative to address key components believed to contribute to cycles of violence and poverty: disengagement from education, lack of connection to community and limited opportunity for achievement of sustainable employment.

To accomplish that, Youth Ambassadors for Peace is designed to engage and improve education outcomes, career pathway awareness and connection to community leadership through intergenerational mentorship and volunteerism. 

The program, which targets youth ages 16-21, will include two 18-month cohorts, with a goal to serve a total of 240 youth countywide. To be eligible, youths must either have been involved in the juvenile justice system or have not attended secondary school for the most recent complete school year quarter.

Designed to provide assistance toward completion of educational goals and the development of work skills leading to fulfilling employment, the Youth Ambassadors for Peace program is described as "an intensive, relationship-oriented, hands-on youth workforce and leadership development experience."

Its multi-faceted approach addresses work readiness, personal money management, life skills education, vocational training, mentoring, internships and dedicated case management.

As employer engagement is key to being able to provide meaningful work experiences, the Workforce Development Board is reaching out to build partnerships with local businesses and organizations.

For more information, or to set up an onsite presentation for your business or organization, contact Terri Gallardo,, or 831.796.6410.

And if you know someone interested in applying, have them fill out a pre-application or call 831.796.3600.

Read the full story online.


Building Carbon Zero California conference set for Nov 13 

International expert on global climate change, Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, will be the keynote speaker at Building Carbon Zero California, Nov. 13 in Palo Alto. Dr. Ürge-Vorsatz is director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy and a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. She is vice chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and was Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC report awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Her focus on residential and commercial greenhouse gas mitigation in buildings continues to influence policymakers, leaders and builders around the world. 

“The building sector offers the largest low-cost potential in all world regions to lower emissions,” said Dr. Ürge-Vorsatz, while addressing the North American Passive House Network in Vancouver, British Columbia, recently. “If we target very high efficiency systems, we can have our cake and be paid to eat it too!” 

More than 15 other presenters will cover topics ranging from natural materials use, new technologies and the building industry’s influence in lowering carbon emissions  to reports from local occupants of high performance buildings. The afternoon sessions will dig deeper into economics, mechanics and data collected on a number of local projects.

A PedalHaus Bicycle Tour of five completed buildings in Palo Alto will follow Building Carbon Zero California on Nov. 14.  

For more information on Building Carbon Zero California and to purchase tickets, visit

CoolCalifornia Small Business Award nominations sought

Are you a Green Business? The CoolCalifornia Small Businesses Award is a chance for you to get recognized for your sustainable actions.

The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program recognizes leadership and innovation among small businesses that take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promote climate-friendly practices, and integrate sustainability throughout their operations. Since 2009, the program has recognized California businesses and organizations for exemplary environmental leadership, many of which have used the tools on to determine their carbon footprint, reduce their emissions and save money.

To apply for a CoolCalifornia Small Business Award, click here or pass along the information to noteworthy businesses. Application deadline is Nov. 2.

Also make sure to check out their resources for small businesses works to provide Californians with the tools they need to take action to help Californians save money and reduce their impact on the climate. Founding partners include state government agencies, universities and Next10, a nonprofit organization. 

Inside Data Science 2015 Conference coming to Monterey

The Inside Data Science 2015 Conference (IDS2015), to be held Nov. 3-4 at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, will focus not on the storage or volume of data, but rather the importance of what you do with it. To synchronize the processing, exploitation and dissemination of information, you must leverage the proper organization, extraction and analysis of data. In today’s data-driven society, your best offense to stay ahead of the game is to become scientific in your approach and systematic in your execution. 

The conference will draw speakers and attendees from academia, Department of Defense, Army, U.S. Air Force, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Navy, other government organizational representatives, as well as industry partners. 

Check the website for current topics, sponsors and speakers and registration info. The conference aims to combine federal, state, commercial and educational organization’s perspectives, in order to cover the full spectrum of analytical approaches and issues including cyber security, continuous evaluation, data discovery and more.   

Inside Data Science conference creates an ideal setting for learning and networking. Registered guests will have the option to attend open-panel discussions, workshops, training exercises, presentations and a private networking reception.

Monterey County to serve as  Stage 4 host for 2016 Amgen Tour of California 

Monterey County will be part of the 2016 Tour of California professional bicycle race. The route was announced by its organizers at a news conference in San Diego on Thursday.

The 2016 race will run 800 miles from San Diego to Sacramento from May 15 to May 22. This year will also be just the second time out of 11 previous races that the route runs south to north.

Stage 4 on May 18 will run from Morro Bay to Monterey County along the Pacific Coast Highway. This stage will highlight two first-time hosts this year, Morro Bay and Monterey County. The riveting and technical race day conclusion will be at a venue known for speed - the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, host to auto and motorcycle racing at the highest level.

Source: Pacific Coast Business Times


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