By Samantha Renee Straitz

Conversation with the Family of Henrietta Lacks, Feb. 21 4:30-6:30

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Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 4:30-6PM
Location: Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord St.
Sponsored by the School of Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Series.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Black woman who died in 1951 from cervical cancer at age 31. Prior to her death, a sample of her tumor was taken, and without her knowledge or consent, given to a tissue culture scientist who was attempting to find cells that would survive indefinitely in the laboratory. Henrietta’s cells did just that, signaling a medical and scientific breakthrough, and subsequently launching a multimillion dollar industry of which her family was unaware, and from which they never received compensation.


David Lacks Jr. is the grandson of Henrietta Lacks and son of David “Sonny” Lacks. David possesses a degree in computer information systems and has traveled around the United States and Canada setting up computer systems and labs for companies and educational institutions. He lends his talent to helping create and maintain the Lacks family website. David represents the Lacks family on the National Institute of the Health’s panel that reviews applications to conduct research using the HeLa genome.

Shirley Lacks is Henrietta Lacks’ daughter-in-law and Deborah’s childhood best friend. Since retiring from the banking industry, Shirley dedicates much of her time traveling around the country, keeping Henrietta’s legacy alive. Shirley has three children and five grandchildren.


All About Renting Housing Presentation Feb. 13 at 12 & 4PM (DATE CHANGE!)

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All About Renting: Presented by Steve Handler, Landlord, Beacon Realty Properties LLC

Date: Monday, Feb. 13th, 12:00PM or 4:00PM
Location: Instructional Building, L112

Planning on renting an apartment? Hear from the experts. Ask questions. Understand your lease. Learn about the new Off-Campus Services available apartments website.

Pizza will be provided. RSVP by Feb. 12th at

Question? Contact Barbara Attianese, Housing Resources (617-638-5125),






Spring 2017 Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop Registration

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ADVANCED RCR TRAINING: Doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers who have an RCR compliance requirement due to funding by an NIH training grant or a NSF research grant must complete the online Introductory (Step 1) & Intermediate (Step 2) RCR training modules before participating in the four Advanced RCR live workshops. Grant funded individuals, meanwhile, are required to complete Steps 1 and 2 within 30 days of the start of funding and to complete all four live, advanced RCR workshops within two years.

All other doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who will be taking advanced RCR training, including those who are meeting a departmental mandate, must also first complete Steps 1 and 2 before registering for the four workshops. Doctoral students should complete all four workshops by the end of their fourth year. Postdoctoral researchers are recommended to complete Steps 1 and 2 as early as possible and commence the four RCR workshops in the semester in which online preparation is completed. We recommend that they complete the four workshops at the rate of at least one workshop per semester.


Step 1: Introductory RCR Principles
1. Log in to your Blackboard Learn homepage
2. Click on the second tab: All Blackboard Learn Courses
3. On the left hand side of the All Blackboard Learn Courses page search for “RCR”
4. Select Introductory Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) (Ongoing) from the list and follow directions

Step 2: Intermediate RCR Principles
1. Sign up for a CITI Account
2. Affiliate with Boston University (please note that if you affiliate with Boston University Medical Campus through CITI, you will not be able to access the RCR course)
3. Click “Add a Course or Update Learner Groups”
4. Select “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR Courses)”
5. Select “BU RCR Program for Doctoral candidates and Post-Docs: All Audiences”

Register for Spring 2017 workshops here, and check which workshops you’ve already completed here.


Charles River Campus (Metcalf Trustee Ballroom, 1 Silber Way 8th Floor):

  • Workshop 1: Data Integrity – Wed Feb 1, 1-3 PM
  • Workshop 2: Collaborative Research – Tues Feb 7, 1-3 PM
  • Workshop 3: Scientific Publication – Wed Feb 8, 1-3 PM
  • Workshop 4: Objectivity in Science – Tues Feb 14, 1-3 PM
  • Workshop 1: Data Integrity – Tues Feb 21, 1-3 PM
  • Workshop 2: Collaborative Research – Tues Feb 28, 1-3 PM

Medical Campus (Hiebert Lounge, School of Medicine 14th Floor)

  • Workshop 3: Scientific Publication – Thurs Feb 2, 1-3 PM 
  • Workshop 4: Objectivity in Science – Wed Feb 22, 1-3 PM

Find more information on the RCR Program here.
For assistance or questions:

Alan Fine, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director RCR Program

Off-Campus Housing Fair 2.8.17 4-6pm George Sherman Union

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Order 2017 Faculty Regalia Online Now

December 20th, 2016 in test


Dear BUSM Faculty,


Please submit your order for your 2017 Faculty Commencement Regalia at your earliest convenience. The deadline for submission of regalia information is Friday, Feb. 10. Order regalia here.


Commencement schedule:


MD & PhD candidates

2 p.m. Thursday, May 18, Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave.


Master’s candidates

9 a.m. Friday, May 19, Track & Tennis Center, 100 Ashford St.

All-University Commencement

1 p.m. Sunday, May 21, Nickerson Field


Questions? Contact Kayleigh Klegraefe, GMS Graduate Affairs, at 638-5205 or Jessica Smith, BUSM Student Affairs, at 638-4166.


Thank you. 

Grad Student Competition: 3-Minute Thesis

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Introducing the M.S. in Health Sciences Education Degree Program

December 8th, 2016 in test

New Degree Program Focuses on Health Sciences Educationcom-markuns-jeffrey-e1481224189144

This October, a new program – the Master’s of Science in Health Sciences Education (MSHSE) – was unanimously approved by BU School of Medicine, the University Council Committee on Graduate Programs and Policies and the University Council. The program is offered through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS), in collaboration with the School of Education (SED); Jeffrey Markuns, MD, EdM,  assistant professor of Family Medicine serves as  Program Director. Recruitment is underway for the inaugural class, who will matriculate in fall 2017. For more information, go to

The program offers those with degrees in nursing, medicine and other health-related areas an opportunity to pursue graduate studies in medical education. The MSHSE provides training in the principles of education and teaching that are applicable and adaptable to a specific health sciences discipline. It is designed to improve teaching skills and other aspects of health sciences education to help students advance their careers.

“This program will educate and train faculty from all the health professional fields who are committed to establishing themselves as master educators,” said Markuns. “The broad range of required courses along with a mentored practicum will produce world-class faculty in health sciences education.”

A certificate option is available for those with limited time and resources or who already have a strong background in general education, as well as the part- and full-time options to pursue the Master’s degree  The certificate and Master’s degree options are available for the tuition remission benefit for eligible BU faculty and staff The program is expected to be initiated on campus in the classroom, but then students will be able to pursue a schedule that allows for part-time participation.  Practicum based, it is designed for students to apply new skills from their studies directly to issues they already are seeking to tackle in their daily work.

The MSHSE provides numerous benefits to the University:

  • It provides an opportunity for those faculty interested in developing additional skills in teaching and education to pursue an advanced degree directly relevant to their daily work using BU tuition remission.
  • The program raises the profile of educational faculty throughout BU and creates new partnerships with educators from throughout the institution.
  • With an eye towards additional distance-learning options, the MSHSE offers faculty development mechanisms for internationalteachers in the health sciences from institutions around the world.


 The Certificate and Master’s in Health Sciences Education are offered through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS), in collaboration with the School of Education (SED), plus electives offered in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health

  • Strong focus on practical skills application
  • Core courses emphasizing curriculum development, research, evaluation, and teaching
  • Robust practicum experience personalized for specific career goals
  • Support and mentorship

Toys for Tots Drive Dec. 5-16, 2016

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Call for Abstracts: New England Science Symposium 2017

December 5th, 2016 in test

What: New England Science Symposium
Where: The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
When: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Deadline to submit abstracts: January 5, 2017

On behalf of the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP), we are asking for your help in identifying fellows/students (particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaskan Native individuals) involved in biomedical or health-related scientific research who would benefit from presenting their research projects at the sixteenth annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) to be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 7:30AM to 4:30PM at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

There is no registration fee for this symposium, but pre-registration is required.

To submit abstracts or to register, please visit this website.

For more information, please contact Rodolfo Ramos via email or phone at 617-432-5580.

Holiday Book Drive Nov. 16th-Dec. 9th

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GMS is holding a book drive for the youth-run bookstore training program, More Than Words!  This organization strives to empower youths in struggling situations so that they can take charge of their lives through business development.

There is a large bin in the GMS Office, L-317, where we ask that you drop off any books, CDs, and DVDs that you’d like to donate to the cause. There is no genre or age limit in terms of content; however, if you are leaving a textbook, please only leave if it was published or re-edited in the last five years. Please refer to this file for more detailed guidelines on what materials to donate.