Category: General News
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On September 14th, Graduate Medical Sciences held their inaugural Distinguished PhD Alumni Award Event. Faculty, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni enjoyed networking with one another as well as witnessing the presentation of the award to the two recipients, Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle ’12 and Dr. Steven Perrin ‘95. “It was a great to get to reconnect with our alumni and we look forward to connecting with even more next year,” said Dr. Linda Hyman, Associate Provost of Graduate Medical Sciences.
Boston—Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation ((NSF) for its pilot project BEST BET: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training – Beginning Enhancement Track.
The goal of BEST BET is to engage undergraduate students from populations generally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) earlier in their career exploration. Specifically, the project will target undergraduates who may not be aware of the multitude of career options available to them. These include opportunities in academia, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, science communication, science policy and technology transfer/patent law.
BUSM was one of 27 institutions to receive this award through NSF’s Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) program, which is aimed at enhancing leadership in STEM discoveries and innovations through a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“The critical contributions of a diverse and inclusive community are essential to progress in all STEM fields. By promoting diversity in education, we hope to engage undergraduate students at a point in their professional development that could enable participation in a wide range of workforce opportunities so as to advance the progress of science and national health,” explained Linda Hyman, PhD, associate provost for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. “The underlying premise is that career exploration focused on opportunities that go beyond physician training will enable engagement of this community of learners in the life science workforce beyond the pre-med track and keep them engaged in degree completion,” added Hyman, who is also principal investigator on the grant.
Multiple strategies will be used to attain the goals of BEST BET. The first will focus on “career exploration” and offers strategies to build career and skill development capacities. The second is an enhanced experience of BEST site visits (Boston University, Cornell University, University of Colorado-Denver, University of North Carolina and Wayne State University) whereby undergraduates will have the opportunity to envision life as a graduate student and beyond. Hyman believes these strategies will likely enhance persistence to complete the baccalaureate degree and move onto doctoral programs.
“Broadening participation in STEM is necessary for the United States to retain its position as the world’s preeminent source of scientific innovation,” said NSF Director France Córdova. “The National Science Foundation has a long history of working to address difficult challenges by creating the space for inventive solutions. NSF INCLUDES breaks new ground by providing a sustained commitment to collaborative change with the goal of bringing STEM opportunities to more people and communities across the country.”
Provost Workshop “Moving the Needle on Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce” Monday, Oct. 16th, 3-5 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 16 3-5 p.m.
Instructional Building, Hiebert Lounge
Over the next 30 years, less than half of the general population will be non-Hispanic whites, making the United States a majority-minority nation. Despite this, scientists in the U.S. remain a distinctly homogeneous group. Universities play a key role in developing the future biomedical workforce and have invested in initiatives that support biomedical and STEM pipeline programs, training grants, research experiences for undergraduates, faculty development and mentorship. However, progress has been slow. To increase the growth in doctoral degree completion, research and medical institutions must reexamine the approaches used in moving UR students along the biomedical pipeline.
Join us as we discuss tools and best practices in building a more diverse biomedical workforce.
|David A. Acosta, MD
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
|Medeva Ghee, PhD
Executive Director of the Leadership Alliance and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University
|Kenneth Gibbs, PhD
Program Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD), and Genetics and Developmental Biology (GDB), National Institute of General Medical Sciences
|Rafael Luna, PhD
Executive Director of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Principal Investigator of the Administrative Core of NRMN, Boston College
Sponsored by the NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program and NIH’s Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program.
BU ARC is presenting at the Museum of Science Lee and Nile Albright Annual Symposium November 15, 7-9pm at Cahners Theater
BU ARC is presenting at the Museum of Science Lee and Nile Albright Annual Symposium
Wednesday, November 15, 7-9pm; Cahners Theater
Open to the Public. Admission: Free
Precision Medicine:Precision Health
Synopsis: The talk will focus on tools used to approach precision/personalized medicine, with a focus on Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Diseases.
Welcome by Prof. Gloria S. Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, Boston University (BU). Introduction by Prof. Katya Ravid, founding director, BU Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office and Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research.
An hour presentation by ARC Directors Prof. Lindsay Farrer, BU Distinguished Professor of Genetics, Chief of Biomedical Genetics; Prof. Rhoda Au, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and senior investigator/director of neuropsychology of the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) , and Prof. Alice Cronin-Golomb, co-director of BU Center for Clinical Biopsychology, and director of the Vision and Cognition Laboratory
Advance registration begins at 9am, Wednesday, November 1 (Monday, October 30 for Museum members) at mos.org/events.
Funding provided by the Lee and Nile Albright Annual Symposium Fund. This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.
BU is home to nearly 400 postdoctoral scholars, each one bringing a fresh perspective to research across a variety of fields. Join us to learn how their work helps develop tools and strategies that impact our everyday lives, from the tiniest particles to complex brain functions and societal impacts on our health.
Date: September 18, 2017
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road
Audience: BU Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, and Postdoctoral Scholars
Refreshments will be served.
- Zhaoli (Joy) Dai, Clinical Epidemiology Research & Training Unit, MED (Mentor: David Felson, Medicine)
- Vural Kara, Mechanical Engineering, ENG (Mentor: Kamil Ekinci, Mechanical Engineering)
- Imane el Meouche, Biomedical Engineering, ENG (Mentor: Mary Dunlop, Biomedical Engineering)
- Abigail Noyce, Psychological & Brain Sciences, CAS (Mentors: David Somers, Psychological & Brain Sciences; and Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Biomedical Engineering)
- Dries Sels, Physics, CAS (Mentor: Anatoli Polkovnikov, Physics)
- Todd Sponholtz, Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology, MED (Mentor: Vasan Ramachandran, Medicine)