Category: General News

STaRS Student Symposium August 7

July 21st, 2014 in General News

Please Join us for the Summer Training as Research Scholars Program Symposium on Thursday August 7 in room K 103.  Please see the  STaRS symposm flyer and the Program Abstracts.

STaRS is located on the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) in the South End of Boston, a  small multicultural neighborhood with a lively arts community.  Boston is defined by its neighborhoods .  As a major college-oriented city Boston offers many cultural and recreational activities to engage the varied interests of  a large and diverse student population.   STaRS provides opportunities for research scholars to explore Boston, visit major attractions, and meet other like-minded students enjoying summer in the city.


Forensic Anthropology Program Joins TRACES in Decomposition Project

July 2nd, 2014 in Academics, BMFS, General News

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.

RCR Summer Workshops

May 29th, 2014 in General News


Summer 2014

Registration for the Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)


Online Preparation (Step 1 of the Advanced RCR Program) was expanded as of September 1, 2013 to include two parts.  To enroll:

Part A, go to Blackboard and self-enroll in the course entitled Introductory Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) (Ongoing) (about 1 hour; PowerPoint with quiz). To self-enroll: go to your Blackboard Learn homepage, click on the second tab all blackboard learn courses, and on the left hand side of that page search for RCR and the course will be displayed in a list.; and

Part B, go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative CITI and

  1. Sign up for a CITI account using your Boston University email address.
  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. Enroll in and complete the BU RCR for Doctoral Candidates and Post-docs course (about two hours; three online modules with quizzes).

New RCR participants (those who commence the RCR program on or after September 1, 2013) must complete both Step 1A and 1B prior to attending any workshop or alternative RCR course.  NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR ATTENDANCE AT A WORKSHOP IF YOU DID NOT COMPLETE BOTH PARTS A AND B OF ADVANCED RCR ONLINE PREPARATION BEFORE ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP.

Continuing RCR Participants (those who commenced the RCR program prior to September 1, 2013 either by attending at least one  workshop or by completing BU Advanced RCR Online Preparation in the old format) will be given credit for Step 1 upon completion of BU Advanced RCR Online Preparation in the old format on Blackboard.  You will not be required to complete Part B of Step 1, although you are urged to do so for your own benefit.


Doctoral candidates are recommended to complete Steps 1 (A and B) in the second year of their doctoral program; commence Step 2 (the four Core RCR workshops) in their second or third year; and complete the four workshops at the rate of one workshop per semester, so that all workshops are completed, at the latest, by the end of the fourth year.

Postdoctoral researchers are recommended to complete Step 1 as early as possible in their position at BU; commence Step 2 (the four Core RCR workshops) in the semester in which Step 1 is completed; and complete the four workshops at the rate of at least one workshop per semester.

Participants with NIH or NSF compliance requirements (of which your PI will inform you) must complete Step 1 within 30 days of receiving support from NIH or NSF. If you are a doctoral candidate or postdoctoral researcher, Advanced RCR Step 2 must then be commenced as soon as available and completed within not more than four semesters (not less than one workshop per semester).

Please register NOW for Summer 2014 Workshops at:

To check the status of your attendance, please go to:


At CRC: Photonics Center, Colloquium Room (9th Floor) 

Workshop 1: Data Integrity – Tuesday, May 27, 1-3 PM


Workshop 4: Objectivity in Science – Tuesday, June 17, 1-3 PM

At BUMC: School of Medicine, Hiebert Lounge (14th Floor) 

Workshop 2: Collaborative Research – Wednesday, June 4, 1-3 PM


Workshop 3: Scientific Publication – Wednesday, June 11, 1-3 PM



For information on the overall RCR Program, including the changes, go to:

MAMS Symposium April 7

April 3rd, 2014 in General News

MAMS Symposium Flyer 4

2014 BUMC Arts Days 3/31-4/1

March 26th, 2014 in General News

BUMC Art Days 2014

Monday-Tuesday, March 31-April 1
BUSM Instructional Building, 14th Floor Hiebert Lounge
Submissions due Friday, March 28

All students, faculty and staff at BUMC are encouraged to submit artwork of any medium to the 24th annual “Art Days,” initiated by BUSM Dean Emeritus Aram Chobanian, MD, to foster the support and growth of the creative arts at BUMC. The exhibition is mounted by the Creative Arts Society.


This is the third year of a university-wide arts initiative with an annual keyword to be used as a thematic organizer for various courses and events. The Keyword for this year is “transformation.” Transformation is marked by metamorphosis or a process of profound or radical change. See While there may be a special section at Art Days displaying works addressing transformation, it is also fine to submit work not related to the keyword.


Submissions should be delivered on Friday, March 28. Paintings, photos, poetry, sculpture, needlework, etc. will be accepted. Pieces should be framed if possible. Security will be provided. Works will be returned April 2. Specific instructions including where to deliver your work will be sent at a later date to those who respond to this announcement.


To be placed on the submit list or if you have any questions please contact Keith Tornheim, PhD, 638-8296 or


2014 Fall Registration

March 25th, 2014 in Academics, Homepage

Registration for fall is ongoing  for continuing students.  Please see the summer registration page.

PhD Dissertation Seminars

March 20th, 2014 in General News, PhD Thesis Defense, Research

CANDIDATE -Anna Eisenstein

DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM: Molecular and Translational Medicine
TITLE OF DISSERTATION: “The Role of the A2B Adenosine Receptor in Adipogenesis and in Obesity-Induced Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus”
DATE, TIME, AND PLACE: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:00a.m.
Boston University School of Medicine , 650 Albany Street, Room X-715

3/14 Deadline – Educator of the Year Nominations

March 13th, 2014 in General News

To: BUSM Students in the MD, MD/PhD, MA, and PhD Programs:




The BUSM Committee on Faculty Affairs (CFA) established four annual awards to recognize the teaching excellence of faculty as determined by student recommendations. The awards are for BUSM faculty who teach in:

1-    The Pre-clinical Medical Sciences; 

2-    The Clinical Sciences;

3-    The Graduate Sciences, Masters Programs;

4-    The Graduate Sciences, Doctoral Programs.

A nomination form and description of the award are available on the Office of Medical Education webpage:

Please ACT NOW to nominate faculty whose teaching has especially contributed to excellence at BUSM for you and your classmates. The selection is based in part on the number of nominations for a faculty member, so take part in expressing your recommendation through the nomination process. Nominations for this year’s awards will be accepted until March 14.

Many thanks for your help in identifying those faculty who have made a positive impact on you and an outstanding contribution to the school with their work this year in the MD, MD/PhD,  MA, and PhD programs. The awardees will be honored at our graduation ceremonies.

For the Committee on Faculty Affairs Educator of the Year Awards, Edward B. Feinberg, MD, MPH, Chair



Social 2/28: Open to all Students

February 27th, 2014 in General News

Student social 2.28

Scholars Day 4/15/14

February 26th, 2014 in General News, Research, test

Scholars Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday, April 15th in the George Sherman Union with abstract submissions due 4/6.  

The abstract submission form for Scholars Day 2014 will be available between March 17-31 (starting and ending at noon on those dates) at  Advisors will be asked to approve student abstracts by Sunday, April 6th.  Students whose abstracts are not approved by the deadline will not have a designated location at the event.

All graduate students in a degree-granting program at Boston University who are also engaged in research in any area of study are invited to participate. Postdoctoral researchers are also welcome, but are not eligible for awards.

This event is intended to honor and celebrate research by our graduate students and has been held at Boston University for nearly two decades. Originally, the event focused on science and engineering research, but was expanded in recent years to include the arts, humanities, and social sciences.  Over time, the number and quality of presentations has grown enormously, as has the number of awards presented by schools, college, centers and institutes.  The judging forms used by schools and colleges provide feedback to students from faculty reviewing the work.

This year, we hope to further encourage submissions from the arts and humanities by including panels, the conventional format for presenting research in these disciplines.  Panels will be built around scholarly areas that emerge from the abstracts submitted.

Those students presenting posters will be asked to set up beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Poster judging will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Please plan to be present during as much of this time as possible, as you may need to assist the judges in their understanding of your work.  Panel judging will take place during the sessions themselves, which will be scheduled in advance.

If you are a graduate student or post-doc, we hope you will consider participating (Post-docs are not eligible for awards).  If you are a member of the faculty, we hope you will consider volunteering to judge and provide feedback, encouraging your graduate students to become involved, and persuading your undergraduate students to attend.

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