The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences hosted the 4th annual summer research symposium on Thursday, August 1, 2013 showcasing research projects conducted by visiting students. Jasmin Alves (Westminster College), Carolina Amorim (Weidner University), Lynisha Farrell (University of Virgin Islands), Norma Hernandez (Georgia State University), Victor Otano-Rivera (University of Puerto Rico), Carlo Quintanilla (San Diego State University), Mayara Lorena de Souza (Washington and Jefferson University), Igor Rodrigues Ramos (Washington and Jefferson University) and Charmonix Williams (Jackson State University) presented their projects to 60 attendees from the medical campus research community. Dr. Karen Antman, Dean, Boston University School of Medicine, welcomed attendees and thanked them for contributing to the success of the program.
What is SURP? The summer research program (SURP) is a pipeline program initiated by Dr. Linda Hyman, Associate Provost, to offer exceptional basic science research opportunities to academically talented students traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Students in the program aspire to professional careers as medical scientists and other important roles within the research enterprise. The progression of SURP from pilot program to competitive summer internship for underrepresented (URM) students began in the summer of 2010 with ten students from Xavier University (Louisiana). Over four years, under the leadership of Linda Zimmerman, Program Manager, SURP increased the number of URM applicants by 200%. The remarkable increase in applications was due to conscientious marketing and outreach activities implemented by faculty and staff.
Key components of SURP include: daily, mentored scientific research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and lab community; weekly professional development activities and journal club; cohort-based housing on the Boston University campus; social activities focused in Boston and led by a peer group leader; and an end-of-program symposium. Graduates of SURP are encouraged to present their research at national meetings such as the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and Advancing Hispanics, Native Americans and Chicanos in Science (SACNAS), and to continue pursuing career interests in medical research and health care.
The following is a list of student presenters and abstract titles with full abstracts available in the Program Booklet.
- Jasmin Alves (Farmer Lab): Gelsolin Expression is Regulated during Brown and White Adipogenesis and is more prominent in White compared to Brown Adipose Tissue
- Carolina Amorim (Genco Lab): Regulation of small RNA in Neisseria Gonorrhoeae.
- Lynisha Farrell (Corkey Lab): Alterations in Extrecellular Redox States Affect Pancreatic Beta-Cell Insulin Secretion Levels
- Norma A. Hernandez (Wolozin Lab): Protein translation inhibitor reduces TDP-43 inclusion formatio
- Mayara Lorena de Souza (Cruikshank Lab): Cockroach allergen changes the balance between ciliated and secretory cells in the respiratory epithelium
- Victor Otano-Riviera (Sherr Lab): Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Human Breast Cancer Cell Chemo-Resistance
- Carlo Quintanilla (Zhdanova Lab): Age-Related Differences of Adult Neurogenesis in Zebrafish
- Igor Ramos (Garcia-Marcos Lab): GIV regulates integrin signaling pathways upon Extra Cellular Matrix stimulation
- Charmonix Williams (Bullitt Lab): Is Erythrocyte Spectrin really 190nm in Length?
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.
The 2013 John McCahan Medical Campus 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.
Attend Education Day to:
- Network with other creative educators in the BUMC community
- Showcase your innovations and ideas in classroom, clinical and lab teaching
- Cultivate your teaching skills
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
BUMC faculty, fellows, residents, students and staff are invited to submit proposals for workshops and abstracts of ongoing or completed education projects.
**Cash prizes awarded to top abstracts**
Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, April 19
Information 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
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, L-317, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118
Adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) are living longer than ever before, but aging and elderly women with ID face significant health disparities and other challenges. This population can sometimes be invisible. Growing Older, Growing Stronger is a photography exhibit featuring the work of aging women with ID. It was produced using Photo Voice, a participatory research technique where participants become co-researchers in the project and are given cameras and asked to document their worlds. This exhibit of co-researcher photography explores themes of community inclusion, belonging, relationships, loss and joy, as documented by the artist co-researchers. This project is part of GMS’s Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice master’s student Nechama Greenwood’s thesis work researching aging with ID. Co-researcher artists will be on hand to answer questions and light refreshments will be served.
Now available Boston Symphony Orchestra College Cards. Stop by the GMS Office, L315 (Evans 8 while under renovation ), to pick one up. Cards are limited to one per person, first come, first serve.
Register your College Card on the BSO’s website to find out what performances are available, as well as to sign up to receive e-mail alerts when new performances are added.
Featuring: Anne Copeland, PhD
Founder and Executive Director, the Interchange Institute
Tuesday, June 19 │3:30 – 5:00 pm │Wilkins Boardroom 120 Evans, 72 East Concord St.
Today’s university is a mini-United Nations. The most productive labs, departments and work groups are the ones that understand the cultural values that affect relationships, communication style and scientific reasoning, and whose members share the ability to recognize and adapt to these differences. When everyone on a team – Americans and internationals alike – shares an understanding of these cultural dimensions and a vocabulary for discussing them in a neutral, balanced way, they can proceed to their shared core work more quickly and productively. In this workshop, we will briefly review the international research on cultural values that affect work assumptions and relationships, and differences in scientific reasoning approaches that affect collaborations in multicultural teams. We will look at core cultural values in communication style and work relationships, including relationships between lab directors and staff, decision-making, work commitment, and other topics suggested by attendees.
Open to all postdocs, PhD students, faculty, and staff
To register: email Yolanta@bu.edu
April 16th is Patriots day and GMS classes are suspended.
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