Gifts At Work


An incurable case of generosity

Gifts-1Burton Golub (MED’65) knew from an early age that he wanted both to help people and to work with his hands; his top career choices were doctor and concert pianist. “But,” he says I’m not a good enough piano player.”

After giving generously to the School of Medicine for many years, Golub recently set up a charitable gift annuity and targeted his funds to scholarships. “Why not do something good with your money,” he says, “and help other people who will benefit from it?” Read more »


BUSM and the Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Foundation, a growing partnership

Gifts-2For more than 30 years, the Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Foundation has generously supported the training of physician-scientists in cancer biology and research at BUSM. “The continued commitment of the Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Foundation in supporting fellows and junior faculty not only provides support for cancer research but also develops the next generation of faculty committed to preventing and treating cancer,” says Dean Karen Antman. Read more »


Class Spirit, and a Suite Remembrance

Gifts-3What Dr. Roberta Apfel remembers most from her time at the Boston University School of Medicine are the supportive, close relationships. Everyone from the dean to the janitor was invested in the lives of students. “It was a comfortable and supportive place that was very focused on patients and the craft of medicine,” says Dr. Apfel, “and that was very important to me.”

While she and her husband discussed a planned gift to BU, her 50th reunion planning committee began discussing the mark they would leave on their alma mater: a suite in the new Medical Student Residence. Read more »


Alexander Graham Bell Professor of Health Care Entrepreneurship

Gifts-4Anonymously established in 1996, the Alexander Graham Bell Professor of Health Care Entrepreneurship at BU has passed from Richard Egdahl, MD, to Professor of Medicine Avrum Spira, MD, MSc, an internationally recognized leader in cancer-based genomics and pulmonary bioinformatics.

Spira was named BU Innovator of the Year in 2011, which recognizes a faculty member “whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.” He is co-inventor of five patents using airway gene expression for early detection of lung cancer, and co-founder of Allegro Diagnostics in Maynard, Mass. Read more »


Center for Neuroscience at BU gets $1.5 million boost from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Gifts-5Neuroscience undergraduates will get broader laboratory experience, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that bolsters BU’s increasingly popular brain research program.

The program will use the funds to revamp its introductory neuroscience course from a lecture-based model to one that embraces hands-on research. The new lab space and course will debut in the 2011-2012 academic year. Read more »