This message is from Connie Packard, Director of Public Safety, Control Center and Parking Services.
Sept. 18, 2013
Personal safety and security are the shared responsibility of everyone at BU Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC). The days have begun to be shorter and we want to remind you about how to stay alert and safe. As always, the Public Safety Department urges you to take precautions to protect your personal and BUMC/BMC property.
The following safety tips can help keep you safe and secure.
In the Neighborhood:
- Be aware of people distracting you so they can have an opportunity to take your belongings. Asking you what time it is, if you have a match or for directions are the usual methods.
- Do not use cell phones, iPods or any mobile device when going to and from an outside location. Not only do these items appear valuable to a thief, but they also distract you from paying attention to your surroundings.
- When parking your vehicle, keep doors secured until you are ready to exit. There have been incidents where suspects have opened passenger doors and taken visible property from the front seat.
In the Workplace:
- Never compromise safety or security for the sake of convenience. For example: use our escort shuttle service on campus instead of walking alone, especially when it gets dark.
- Wear your Boston University or Boston Medical Center Identification Badge at all times.
- Always lock your office or work area when you leave for any period of time.
- Never prop doors open.
- When entering “CARD ACCESS ONLY” areas, do not to allow non-ID employees or visitors in behind you.
- If you are using a laptop computer, do not leave it unattended at any time.
- Keep your purse, wallet, keys and other valuables with you at all times or locked in a drawer or cabinet.
- Carry a minimal amount of cash and credit/ATM cards while at school or in the workplace.
- Do not carry passports, visas, or social security cards unless absolutely necessary.
- Immediately report suspicious activity to Public Safety at 414-4444.
- Remain in well-lit, well-traveled areas. Avoid shortcuts and remain alert.
- Do not use cell phones or iPods or other devices with earphones while walking to your destination— this includes walking to garages and waiting at bus stops. When wearing earphones, your hearing is diminished and you become a target for crime. Make yourself familiar with the location of the blue BUMC Public Safety Emergency Call boxes around the campus.
- Travel with a friend or in a group when possible. Utilize the shuttle services or request a public safety escort after hours by calling 617-414-4444 for on campus destinations.
- Have your car or building key in your hand before you reach the door of your car or destination. Do not spend time at your car door or at your destination searching for your keys.
- Always secure your vehicle. Never leave any valuables or contents in plain view. GPS navigation systems, laptop computers, iPods, electronics devices, bags and money left in vehicles are targeted by thieves. If you use a suction device to mount electronic equipment, remove the device and clean the ring left on the windshield or dashboard. The suction device or ring on the windshield is a sign to thieves that devices might be hidden in the vehicle. Lock all property in the trunk prior to parking your vehicle or take it with you.
Please visit our website www.bumc.bu.edu/publicsafety for additional crime prevention information and brochures on personal protection, workplace safety and home security.
Should you have any questions or concerns about your personal safety here at Boston University Medical Campus or Boston Medical Center and would like to speak to me personally, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me (617-638-4935)
Congratulations to Fadie Coleman, PhD candidate in the Department of Microbiology for being recognized as one of two students to receive the Sarber Award for research excellence and potential, sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
Fadie will be presented this award at the ASM General Meeting Awards Banquet and Dinner on Sunday, May 18, 2014 here in Boston. Please join us in congratulating Fadie!
GMS will be participating in the Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair hosted by CareerEco on September 10th and October 24th from 9AM-4PM EST. If you are interested in learning more about our PhD and MD/PhD programs, please complete this free registration and live chat with our faculty and administration.
GMS is excited to share that two of our faculty members have received Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium (MNC) Awards. David Harris, MD, PhD, Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Benjamin Wolozin, MD, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine have received Alzheimer’s Disease Grants. Read More.
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.
Welcome! On behalf of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences faculty and staff, we are excited for you to join us at Boston University School of Medicine. Orientation is fast approaching so please take a moment to visit our Incoming Students page for information that will prepare you for the transition into graduate school.
July 31: Oral Health Sciences Program Orientation, 9am, room L109.
August 29: Masters of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS)
August 30: All GMS Orientation
September 3: Laboratory Safety Training (if required)
We look forward to meeting you in the fall. Have a safe and happy summer!
Congratulations to our GMS faculty Drs. Cathy Costello and Vickery Trinkaus Randall. For more information see Biochemistry.
Congratulations to Catherine E. Costello for her appointment as a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, which was just announced by President Brown! This is major university honor, recognizing Cathy’s superlative scientific accomplishments and scholarly contributions. This is the first time the professorship has been awarded to a faculty member whose primary appointment is at the medical school. Additional information Professorship.
Congratulations to Dr. Vickery Trinkaus-Randall who was recognized with the GMS Faculty Recognition Award for her years of tireless efforts on behalf on all of the students of GMS. Dr. Trinkaus-Randall has served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the CMB Program, taking each student under her wing from the date of matriculation to the day of graduation. In addition, Dr. Trinkaus-Randall has been instrumental in creating the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences curriculum and one of the newest GMS initiatives, the Program in Biomedical Sciences.
Masters Students Celebrate their Accomplishments!
Group counseling sessions have been arranged to serve students who have been affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Any student may attend the groups, whether they were at the Marathon or are simply distressed by this awful event. Attendance at the groups is free of charge. The groups are on the following dates, times and locations. Registration is recommended, but not required.
Thursday, April 18th, 4 pm. CARD (Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders), 648 Beacon St, 6th floor. Call 617-353-9610 to register.
Friday, April 19th, 12 Noon. The Danielsen Institute, 185 Bay State Road. Call 617-353-3047 to register.
Friday, April 19th, 4pm. The SARP Center (Sexual Assault, Response & Prevention), 930 Commonwealth Avenue. Call 617-353-3569 to register.
Monday, April 22nd, 4pm. The SARP Center, 930 Commonwealth Ave. Call 617-353-3569 to register.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 3pm. The Danielsen Institute, 185 Bay State Road. Call 617-353-3047 to register.
Wednesday, April 24th, 4pm. CARD, 648 Beacon Street, 6th floor. Call 617-353-9610 to register.
Thursday, April 25th, 12noon. The SARP Center, 930 Commonwealth Ave. Call 617-353-7277 to register.
Friday, April 26th, 1pm. CARD, 648 Beacon Street, 6th floor. Call 617-353-9610 to register.
Additional groups will be held the week of April 29, details to follow.
If you are interested in working to arrange another support group, please contact Jenna Vaillancourt at SARP or Mitzi Kane at Behavioral Medicine.
Though group counseling is a preferred method for assisting survivors of trauma, students can also call to inquire about individual support at the following numbers.
Mitzi Kane at Student Health Services, 617-353-3569
Bonnie Brown at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, 617-353-9610.
The Danielsen Institute, 617-353-3047.
For funded graduate students, Faculty and Staff Assistance Office, 617-353-5381.
Emily Peschel, a first year student in our MS in Forensic Anthropology program, is the recipient of the Malmberg Scholarship from the American Swedish Institute for Scholars. You can read more about Emily’s research here or the MS degree in Forensic Anthropology on their website.