The Graduate Program in Forensic Anthropology, within the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine has been invited to participate in a multi-site international taphonomy (decomposition) study to establish the natural decomposition of tissues from day zero until they become fully skeletonized or mummified. BU’s team, including Program Director, Dr. Tara Moore, Associate Director, Dr. Donald Siwek and Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist Dr. James Pokines has committed to the placement of 10 pigs in their decomposition field, located on 32 acres in Holliston, MA. They will be documenting temperature, rain and the progression of decomposition. The data collection includes recordings of a Total Body Score subject to a graded scale for the head and neck area, trunk and limbs. The ultimate endpoint is when samples achieve full skeletonization and the decomposition process has come to a stop. This particular project is expected to reveal how decomposition is affected by temperature changes around the globe and contribute to the understanding and interpretation of taphonomic data.
Along with Boston University, The Taphonomic Research in Anthropology: Centre for Experimental Studies (TRACES) has invited 4 other institutions, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Central Lancaster, U.K., Turkish Police Forensic Laboratory-Ankara Turkey and The Ministry of Justice-Bangkok, Thailand.
The Forensic Anthropology program at BUSM is designed to train individuals in the theory, practice, and methods of biological and skeletal anthropology employed by forensic anthropologists in medicolegal death investigations. Students receive extensive training in osteology, forensic anthropological techniques and procedures, forensic anthropology field methods, biological anthropology theory, taphonomy, human anatomy, crime scene investigation and methods of human identification. This is a full-time 42 credit Master of Science program. To learn more about this program and others, please visit the Graduate Medical Sciences website.
Registration for fall is ongoing for continuing students. Please see the summer registration page.
IMPORTANT: Attendance does not require paper tickets, however each graduate is allowed 4 guests.
Please join us in celebrating the success of GMS masters and doctoral students at the 2014 GMS Commencement Ceremonies.
The Masters ceremony will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10AM in the George Sherman Union. For specific information, please see the following document.
The Ph.D. and M.D. ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9:30AM in Agganis Arena. For specific information please see the following document.
Visit the GMS Commencement page for further details. We look forward to seeing you there!
GMS will have 3 new courses for the upcoming year including
(i) GMS MS 585 Infectious Diseases: Agents, Epidemiology, and Clinical Manifestations which explores principles of infection, host factors, epidemiology, treatment, prevention, and clinical approach to infection of different organs and systems, Spring 2014
(ii) GMS MS 710 Transdisciplinary Training Program in Addiction Science an introductory course that covers the broad field of addiction with a focus on drug dependence. In one segment of the course, students will learn about the spectrum of drug dependence disorders and modalities for diagnosis, Fall 2013
(iii) GMS OH 770 Evidence Based Dentistry that covers topics from basic study design, research methodology and statistical analysis to dental ethics and critiques of evidence based research articles, Fall 2013.
April 8th, 10th, and 11th @ 11am-2pm:
Stop by our table in the main lobby to learn about sarcoma research and the Sonia Sethi Foundation.
Go to Andres Café as 5% of all proceeds will be donated to the Sonia Sethi Foundation.
April 11th @ 11:30am-12:30pm, Baskt Auditorium:
Join us for a presentation by Dr. David D’Adamo, Clinical Director at the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to learn more about sarcomas, current research trials, and case studies. A reception is to follow.
2013 Education Day will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. BUMC faculty, fellow, residents, students and staff are invited to submit proposals for workshops and abstracts of ongoing or completed education projects. Abstracts must be submitted by Friday April 19, 2013. Cash prizes awarded for top abstracts. For more information please see flyer or link.
The 19th Annual Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day 2013 will be held on May 10th, 2013 in Hiebert Lounge from 8:30-5:00.
On this day we honor our graduate students by hearing about their exciting research efforts in a poster session and share their excitement as they congratulate their friends after winning the coveted Achievement Award. We also share our ideas with a scientific luminary that serves as a Visiting Professor for the student award winners. For our 19th year we are thrilled to announce that Dr. James Darnell will deliver the keynote address ”Be Curious—-AND Stay Curious!
Abstracts are due May 1st. More information and the Abstract application can be found here.
The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences is hosting an Open House on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 3-6PM at Boston University School of Medicine, Room L-201.
The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Program introduces students to a broad range of topics in the medical sciences while strengthening their academic credentials for admission to medical and other professional schools. It is a 32-credit program, with a required thesis, that can be completed in one or two calendar years. All coursework is taken in the first year but many student elect to use the second year to gain valuable research and volunteer experience at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center or off-campus.
Please RSVP to:
Dr. Gwynneth Offiner
Information session for students graduating in May 2013 will be held on Jan. 22.
PhD Candidates will meet at 12pm in room R103 for lunch.
MA/MS Candidates will meet at 3pm in Bakst Auditorium.
For more information, please contact Dr. Theresa Davies email@example.com
Congratulations to Dr. Lindsay Farrer and Dr. Timothy Heeren, as well as their colleagues at Boston University, on receiving a five year training grant on addiction from Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support specialized later stage PhD training “Transformative Training Program in Addiction Science (TTPAS)”.
“Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and illicit drugs are among the nation’s most critical public health and societal problems. The genetic vulnerability, environmental exposures, and individual behaviors that contribute to the brain dysfunction and compulsive tendencies that mark addiction make it one of the most complicated diseases to study and treat. Some researchers, especially at Boston University, have developed multi-disciplinary collaborations, but training addiction scientists still proceeds in disciplinary silos, preventing emergence of the broad skill set needed for genuine breakthroughs. TTPAS will prepare investigators to apply diverse approaches to addiction research using tools from bench science, medicine, population studies, statistics, and computational biology.
Three core components anchor TTPAS: a biweekly joint seminar focusing on how different disciplines approach a similar issue in addiction; multiple mentors from different disciplines for each trainee and multi-disciplinary dissertation committees; and a clinical module enabling trainees to experience people in addiction treatment/recovery. The program includes a concentrated effort to achieve student diversity and to assure that all trainees have a thorough understanding of the intellectual bases, techniques, and the languages of reporting in all the disciplines to facilitate effective communication across lay and professional audiences.
Professors Lindsay Farrer (an addiction genetics researcher) and Timothy Heeren (a senior biostatistician with 25 years of addiction research experience) will lead TTPAS. Dr. Farrer co-directs the nation’s largest genetics study of addiction to cocaine, opiates, alcohol, and nicotine among Caucasians and African Americans. Dr. Heeren is currently studying the effects of maternal cocaine use on child development and the impact of alcohol addiction on HIV treatment outcomes.
The co-leaders are supported by a unique and large group of established Boston University addiction scientists in medicine, psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, biology, psychiatry, social work, engineering, biostatistics, informatics, health services research and public health who already are linked together through multi-disciplinary faculty seminars. Boston University faculty investigators currently direct more than 50 funded addiction-related research projects including pharmacological and neurocognitive mechanisms regulating drug withdrawal and relapse in animal models; the relationship between long-term alcohol abuse and decrements in brain structure and cognitive-emotional functioning among adult alcoholic men and women; and the efficacy of pharmacological treatments for alcoholism in a clinic population.”