WVII reports on MDI Biological Lab’s Center for Science Entrepreneurship, new course

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the MDI Biological Laboratory’s Center for Science Entrepreneurship and its new course, Bridging Disciplines: Navigating Successful 21st Century Careers in Biomedical Science. The center and course aim to help University of Maine and College of the Atlantic science and engineering undergraduates explore approaches to biomedical research using concepts and tools that promote collaboration across disciplines, according to an MDI Biological Laboratory news release. The course was launched at the suggestion of UMaine students Isaiah Mansour and Samuel Landry, both of whom were 2016 summer fellows at the lab, the release states. The students were looking to have a place to challenge what they know and find new ways of being innovative, WVII reported. The new center provides students with a less structured environment, which allows them to come up with creative ways of solving issues, according to the report. “We need to find new ways to tackle problems,” Mansour said. “A lot of times we end up just putting Band-Aids on old issues and coming up with ways to circumvent recurring problems that could have been completely avoided in the first place by coming up with a new system entirely together.” Bio-IT World published the MDI Biological Laboratory release, and Mount Desert Islander also reported on the center.