A Statement from Associate Provost C. James McKnight

Dear GMS Community, As we mark the first day of Black History Month, Graduate Medical Sciences and the Community Catalyst Center stand in solidarity with our students, faculty, staff and wider community following the horrific killing of Tyre Nichols by Memphis police officers. Mr. Nichols’ death follows a string of harrowing acts of violence that have occurred across the United States in recent weeks, including a deadly attack on a community celebrating the Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, California. Locally, a family and community in Mattapan are mourning the loss of Tyler Lawrence, a young teenager shot and killed in a... More

Join C3 on Wednesday, Feb. 1 for “Histories and Futures of Genetic Essentialism: On Bias, Its Origins, and Its Harms”

Join the Community Catalyst Center on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a seminar on "Histories and Futures of Genetic Essentialism: On Bias, Its Origins, and Its Harms." The seminar, hosted in L-112, will be facilitated by Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD. Dr. Dasgupta is the Assistant Dean of Admissions, Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and Director of Graduate Studies, Genetics and Genomics at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.   Click here to register now!

GMS Student Spotlight: Elle Timmerman (BMFS ’23)

Elle Timmerman is a third-year student in the MS in Biomedical Forensic Sciences program at Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences. She is a Vice Commander in the BU Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and will commission as a United States Air Force Officer working in criminal investigations upon graduation. Read more about Elle’s journey below. Tell me about your journey to Boston. I was born in Newport Beach, California, and I spent my entire life in California. I had never lived anywhere but at the beach until I moved to Boston. I got my bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of... More

January Public Health Reminders

Please find a message regarding Spring 2023 public health reminders from Chief Health Officer Judy Platt, MD, below. Dear Members of our Boston University Community, Welcome back to campus as we head into the spring semester! Please read below for important public health reminders about:  Masking requirements and recommendations COVID-19, including US travel requirements and updated recommendations for rapid antigen test use Influenza (flu) and flu vaccinations Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) We continue to see high levels of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV circulating in our communities. There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and others against all respiratory conditions... More

Maintaining a Healthy Campus

To: BUMC Faculty, Staff and Students From: Karen Antman, MD, BUMC Provost and Dean, Chobanian & Avedisian SOM Date: Jan. 1, 2023 RE: Maintaining a Healthy Campus Happy New Year! As we return to campus, Boston continues to have high levels of COVID-19, influenza and RSV. Masks: Massachusetts continues to require masks in all health-care locations. We also strongly recommend wearing a mask in crowded areas, including classrooms and the BU Shuttle, for the first two weeks until we evaluate the situation. COVID-19 Testing: Please test before returning to campus if you are experiencing any symptoms or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Depending on your travel over intersession, you may... More

Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD, and Karin Schon, PhD, selected as Assistant Deans for Diversity & Inclusion

Congratulations to GMS faculty Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD and Karin Schon, PhD, both selected as Assistant Deans for Diversity & Inclusion at the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine! They will serve in their roles alongside Alexis Ramirez, MD, and Ebonie Woolcock, MD. Read the full message from Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion Angelique Harris, PhD, below. To: Faculty, Staff, & Students From: Angelique Harris, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion RE: New Assistant Deans for Diversity & Inclusion I am pleased to share that Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD, Karin Schon, PhD, and Alexis Ramirez, MD, have been selected by an advisory search committee comprising faculty and staff... More

Cheers to a Successful Fall 2022 Semester at GMS!

To the GMS Community: Congratulations on closing out yet another successful semester at GMS! It has been a busy few months of classes, campus events, research and activities, and we have been thrilled to share it all with you. GMS truly thrives on the hard work, dedication and collegiality of each member of this special community, and we are proud to continue watching you make a difference in your work each and every day. Through the Community Catalyst Center, GMS Student Affairs and our many cross-campus partnerships, we hosted a wide variety of events this semester aimed at professional development, More

Enhancing Security on the Medical Campus

Boston University Medical Campus Office of the Provost Dec. 8, 2022 Enhancing Security on the Medical Campus We are enhancing the security posture on the Medical Campus. You will see an increased presence of public safety officers doing walk-rounds to deter non-affiliates from accessing our buildings. Beginning Dec. 17, IDs for all employees and students entering buildings will be required. If you do not display your ID, you will need to call a BU person to come down to escort you into the building. Visitors will need to sign in. Beginning Jan. 3, 2023, buildings on the Medical Campus will go to card access only from 7 p.m.-7... More

Volunteering Opportunities in and Around Boston This Season

Throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season, there are thousands of people in need throughout the Greater Boston area. Many organizations exist in and around the city that are critical to meeting these needs, and many of them are accepting volunteers. Below is a list of organizations accepting help that you can volunteer with this holiday season and beyond. Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) You can volunteer at BHCHP by becoming a patient navigator escorting patients to outside appointments, assisting in the waiting room and reminding patients of their appointments, or becoming an AA/NA group assistant conducting support... More

“‘Tis the Season to Mingle” Brings GMS Cheer to the End of the Semester

GMS students, faculty and staff celebrated the fast-approaching end of the semester at the 2022 'Tis the Season to Mingle mixer event, hosted on Thursday, Dec. 1 in the newly renovated L-405 space. Co-sponsored by the Community Catalyst Center and GMS Student Affairs, the mixer brought the GMS community together for an evening of holiday cheer after a busy fall semester. The event included appetizers and a bar from Catering on the Charles, games, and live music from Boston-based pianist Bobby Butler. Toward the end of the celebration, Associate Provost and Dean C. James McKnight and Assistant Dean of Master's Programs Theresa... More