Category: Department News

Video from this Year’s School of Medicine Anatomical Gift Fund Gratitude Service

June 16th, 2016 in Department News

Graduate students received grant to launch urban service group

February 29th, 2016 in Department News


In February, two graduate students from the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Jessica Hill and Julia Lai, received recognition and full grant funding from the Santander Bank-Boston University Urban Impact Program to launch their community initiative within the city of Boston. Educan!, spearheaded by Julia and Jessica, is an urban community service group comprised of 23 BU graduate students. It has received a total of $2,000 to start a pilot growth mindset program this spring for 15 elementary school-aged scholars from Williams Blackstone Elementary School located right in South End.

Every Wednesday from 5-6 PM, for seven weeks, BU graduate student mentors provide 1-on-1 mentorship and support to their young mentees through challenging games and activities to help them become familiar with the importance of a growth mindset in school and in life. The mission of Educan! is to help mentees focus on efforts as opposed to achievements, and to help them foster a growth mindset that they can practice and implement in their daily lives. A fixed mindset is where you believe intelligence is fixed, and no matter how hard you try, you won’t get any better at, say, mathematics or basketball; this is one of the most influential misconceptions young students possess that prevents them from putting in more effort in school work when they are already failing. In contrast, growth mindset is “if I put in effort and change my strategy, then I will improve” and “if I encounter a difficult time in school or in life, I ask, ‘What can I do differently to find my way ! around it?’”

The first mentoring session took place on February 24th, 2016. The afterschool program director noted that while the Williams Blackstone Elementary School is just 8-minute walking from the Boston University School of Medicine, Julia and Jess are the first group of students from BUSM to reach out to Blackstone to form a community service partnership in the past five years.

With the grant, Educan! is able to support work beyond the BU Med Campus and beyond the BU community. Through their service, Jess and Julia hope to further encourage the BUSM graduate students to step out of the laboratories in their spare time, and to use their unique skill sets to address challenges that their neighbors beyond campus are facing.

Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory in The News

December 8th, 2015 in Department News

Dr. Schon and her research team in the Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory have recently been featured on Boston University’s School of Medicine Research Page, and the story has been picked up by a few news outlets. Find the links to the stories below. Keep up the great research Dr. Schon and the Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Team!



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Two Anatomy Lab Members Featured in “Brainiacs” Article in CAS Magazine

November 16th, 2015 in Department News

Ben Coleman (Brain Plasticity & Neuroimaging Lab) and Samantha Calderazzo (Cognitive Neurobiology Lab) have been featured in the most recent CAS Magazine. The article, entitled, “Brainiacs” focuses on the “coolest” discovered that current neuroscience students have learned about the human brain. Read the full article here.



Congratulations Dr. Karin Schon

October 19th, 2015 in Department News

Last Friday, Dr. Karin Schon was recognized with an Outstanding Mentor Award at Boston University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program’s 2015 Symposium. This is the second year the symposium has recognized outstanding mentors. The award is based on student nominations. Congratulations, Dr. Schon.

For more information on the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, please follow the link here.

Dr. Kasthuri featured in BUToday

September 15th, 2015 in Department News

Dr. Bobby Kasthuri’s research creating a new system for imaging and analyzing neurons  has been highlighted in BUToday. Read the aritcle!

Dr. Grgicak is featured on BU’s Research Website

September 15th, 2015 in Department News

Dr. Catherine Grgicak has been written up for her work developing computational algorithms to help decipher crime scene DNA. Read the article here!

Congratulations Fredric Majonun

September 8th, 2015 in Department News

Recently, Fredric has won the Perkins Award for Distinguished Service to Boston University for his 14 years of service to Boston University and development of MED’s Office of Financial and Grant Administration.

Read the full story on BU Today.

Dr. Ron Killiany discusses BU’s Biomedical Imaging Center

September 8th, 2015 in Department News

Watch here

Congratulations Corie Nagel

September 8th, 2015 in Department News

Corie, an MS student, has recently been awarded first prize at the American Association Anatomists Meeting for her poster on Educational Neuroscience/Anatomy.