Category: Academics

GMS Graduation Workshops 1/22 at 12:00pm (PhD) and 3:00pm (MA/MS)

January 3rd, 2013 in Academics, General News, Graduation

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 tdavies@bu.edu

BU Awarded Addiction Training Grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

October 30th, 2012 in Academics, General News, Homepage

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.”

GMS Participates in October 25th Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair

June 18th, 2012 in Academics, General News, Prospective Student

Please join the Division of Graduate Medical Science at the upcoming Virtual Grad Fair.  Learn about our 26 different MA, MS, PhD and MD/PhD Degrees online while talking to representatives from many of our programs.  Please see details below.


biomed_october-2012-bigbannerVirtual Biomed Grad School Fair :
October 25, 2012

Biomedical Sciences Graduate students–Decide where you want to go to school!
Unique opportunity to meet Admission Representatives from more than 21 renowned Biomed grad schools
Registered Schools Listed Herehttp://biomed.careereco.net/virtual-fair/chat-with-organizations/

Connect real-time with schools without leaving your home or office.  Attend the fair online from anywhere!
Register here: http://biomed.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-fair-registration/

See BU’s Graduate Medical Sciences Profile page here: http://biomed.careereco.net/2012/08/19/bu-medical-sciences/

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What students have said about prior events:

“The Virtual Fair was extremely convenient and useful. I was able to communicate with multiple schools of my interest and ask questions. This Virtual Fair also saved me time and traveling fees if I were to visit the schools’ campuses instead.”

“I thought the virtual fair was extremely helpful. Chatting with the school representatives helped give me some direction for what I’d like to pursue, as well as some helpful tips/expectations for the application process.”

“I feel that this was great concept…It gave me an opportunity to ask questions that may not have been answered on their website and to see other potential students’ questions that I may not have thought to ask.”
“It was perfect. I loved the fact that school representatives gave out their e-mail addresses and encouraged us to contact them.”

“The whole system was very user friendly.”

Begin or refine your grad school search at the Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair on September 12th.

Questions: biomed@careereco.com or 770-980-0088

2012 Russek Day Abstracts extended to April 26.

April 19th, 2012 in Academics, Research, Student Spotlight

Abstracts are currently being accepted for the 18th annual Russek Student Achievement day.    Information and abstract submission details can be found here.

Patriots Day – GMS Classes Suspended

April 11th, 2012 in Academics, test

April 16th is Patriots day and GMS classes are suspended.

MA/MS Thesis Title Approval Form Due

April 11th, 2012 in Academics, Graduation

All MA and MS students planning to graduate in September 2012 should have submitted their Thesis Title page ASAP.   MAMS students, if completing a research-based thesis should also submit the Thesis Agreement Form.  For students with readers who are not GMS faculty, a Special Appointment form must be submitted. All forms can be found on the MAMS and MA & MS student forms pages.  All Thesis Deadlines can be found on the Graduation Calendar.

Transition from PhD Chemist to Filmmaker, April 5 Lecture

April 3rd, 2012 in Academics, General News, Postdocs, test

Chemist and filmmaker Valerie Weiss, PhD will be on the Medical Campus Thursday, April 5, from 2-3 p.m. in room L-112, BUSM Instructional Building, to talk about her film, Losing Control. She will discuss how she transitioned from a successful career in science to filmmaking. All students, faculty and staff are invited to this seminar. Dr. Weiss will show the film trailer and several clips from the film.

Losing Control, her first feature film, is a romantic comedy based on her experience in a Harvard University lab, filmed in Cambridge and Boston. It is being shown at the Kendall Square Cinema this Friday, April 6. She will be available at the screening for Q&A.

So take a break from studying or work, learn how she transitioned from science to film; how being a scientist prepared her well for her career as a filmmaker, a career in which she wears many hats, entrepreneur, creator, fundraiser, manager, promoter; and why she thinks science is a great springboard to many careers.

There is more information about the film at  http://coveringmedia.com/movie/2012/03/losing-control.html

For more information contact Yolanta@bu.edu

Diverse Careers in Science: A Panel Discussion – June 4th from 4-6pm

March 30th, 2012 in Academics, General News, Postdocs

Join in a panel discussion and learn about the many diverse career paths of a Ph.D. in the biological sciences.  Panelists will share their background, experience, and career path; they will also share briefly their personal story, ideas, and what let them to diverse careers.

Date and Time:  Monday, June 4, 2012 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location:  BU School of Medicine Hiebert Lounge 14th Floor

Open to GMS students and postdocs
Reception to follow

Teaching Opportunities for Students & Postdocs April 9

March 28th, 2012 in Academics, General News, Postdocs

The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences (MET/BUSM program) present Teaching Opportunities for graduate students and postdocs.

Learn about opportunities to tutor, TA, and instruct undergraduate courses at BUSM.

Monday, April 9, 2011 12:00pm-1:00pm

L-109 ABC

Lunch will be provided

Contact Name: Gloria Vachino

RSVP: biomed@bu.edu

Summer Registration Begins March 1

March 1st, 2012 in Academics

Pre-Registration for Summer I and II begins March 1st.    Summer I classes begin May 22  and run to June 29th and Summer II classes begins July 2 and run through August 10, 2012.  For more information and registration please see the Summer II Registration page.