Minority Biomedical Scientists of Harvard (MBSH) Bi-Weekly Newsletter 

Issue 151, February 28, 2019

Sharing events, career opportunities, and your milestones with the MBSH community


Dear MBSH Community,


We hope this newsletter finds you well and that you are staying warm in the cold weather.


It has been great to see some of you at our recent MBSH events. We also hope you will join us at our next “coffee/warm beverage and Insomnia cookies/snacks” gathering in Longwood on Monday, March 4th from 4:30 – 5:30 PM in the Harold Amos Graduate Student Lounge, TMEC Room 442. Join us to enjoy cookies and take a break, network, or hear about our upcoming events, such as our Annual Jocelyn Spragg Symposium, Happy Hours, community outreach and other events.


Please take a look at the great news of our MBSH member accomplishments. Many of our MBSH members are currently working on their thesis and scheduling their dissertation defense.


Please reach out to us at any time if we can be of help.



Sheila and Karina


Sheila Thomas, PhD                                                              Karina Gonzalez Herrera, PhD

Faculty Director of Diversity, DMS                                         Assistant Director of Diversity &

Dean of Academic Programs and Diversity, GSAS               Minority Affairs, DMS





1. Special Announcements

2. Upcoming Events

3. MBSH Member Talks & Presentations

4. Career & Volunteer Opportunities

5. MBSH Member Accomplishments & Announcements




Graduating May 2019?

Visit the GSAS Degree Calendar to find important dates and deadlines.


Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas

Are you writing a manuscript or a dissertation? If so, consider signing up for the Writer’s Room or a Peer Review Group at the Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas. Also, PhD candidates graduate this year are encouraged to apply to be a Graduate Writing Fellow.

For more information visit this website or contact the Director of the GSAS Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas, Suzanne Smith, at smith03@fas.harvard.edu.


Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS offers a wide range of voluntary workshops to provide a safe and supportive space for students to discuss their concerns and learn coping skills. For more details about the various groups or workshops visit this website. 


Office of Career Services

Are you looking for a job? Would you like feedback on your CV, resume, or cover letter? The Office of Career Services (54 Dunster Street, Cambridge) has GSAS Drop-in Advising from 1 – 4 PM on Wednesdays to provide you with career advising and critiques of your cover letter, CV, and/or resume. Appointments are also available in the Longwood area on select Mondays. If you are interested in a Longwood appointment, sign up here.


The Biostatistics Student Consulting Center

The Biostatistics Student Consulting Center (BSCC) at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health is now open to Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) graduate students. Graduate students seeking help with statistics questions can receive FREE help from doctoral students in the Department of Biostatistics. For more information or if you have questions about this, please email: bscc@hsph.harvard.edu.

Feel free to send any events you would like to see on the newsletter to Karina Gonzalez at knherrer@fas.harvard.edu.





Thursday, February 28


Harvard Longwood Campus Celebrates Black History Month: A Celebration of Black Cuisines and Art


TIME: 5:00-7:00 PM

DETAILS: Traditional attire welcome! Open to all.


Trivia Night

LOCATION: Dudley House Common Room


DETAILS: Beverages and snacks will be served. Open to Dudley House members and guests.


PRESENTED BY: Dudley Social and Public Service Fellows


Friday, March 1


Tea Break

LOCATION: Dudley Café Entrance

TIME: 12-1 PM

DETAILS: Learn to brew fresh tea with Jess Carbone, Dudley Food Literacy Fellow. Open to all members of the Dudley House Commuity.


Karaoke Happy Hour Wind-Down with MBSH and the Du Bois Society

LOCATION: JBM Lounge, 107 Avenue Louis Pasteur

TIME: 6 – 9 PM



Speed Friending!

LOCATION: Dudley House Common Room

TIME: 7-9 PM

DETAILS: Still up for making new friends mid-semester? Come grab a drink and get to know other GSAS students through unconventional questions and games! For more info, contact dudley.social@gmail.com.



Monday, March 4


Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference

LOCATION: Microsoft Nerd Center, Cambridge

TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

DETAILS: A one day conference to bring together local academic leaders, industrial professionals and students to hear about the latest data-science related research in a number of domains. For more information and to register, visit this website.


Commencement Orators’ Workshop

LOCATION: Emerson Hall


DETAILS: More information can be found here.


Wednesday, March 6


Breads and Soups Cooking Class

LOCATION: CSG Kitchen @ 80 JFK Street

TIME: 4-7 PM

DETAILS: Learn how to master some winter weather breads and soups! Our instructors will show you how to prepare two different breads and soups during this class time (be sure to bring containers to take home leftovers!) Limited to 12 people.



MBSH Board Meeting


TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

DETAILS: Interested in becoming more involved with MBSH? Would you like to find out about our upcoming events or share ideas about additional events? If so, please reach out to our co-Presidents, Lara Roach (lroach@g.harvard.edu) or Talia Hart (thart@g.harvard.edu), or to knherrer@fas.harvard.edu to RSVP for the meeting.


Thursday, March 7


Wonder Women of Boston Bi-Annual Networking Event

LOCATION: Back Bay Social Club, 867 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

TIME: 6 – 8 PM

DETAILS: Attend this event to meet and network with over 100 ambitious and accomplished women of all ages and backgrounds. For more information and to register visit this website.


Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8


Science at the Chemistry-Biology Interface: A Symposium Honoring Christopher T. Walsh

LOCATION: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, New Research Building @ HMS

DETAILS: Featured speakers include…

·      Emily Balskus, Ph.D. from Harvard

·      Catherine Drennan, Ph.D. from MIT / HHMI

·      Michael Fischbach, Ph.D. from Stanford / HHMI

·      Danica Galonic Fujimori, Ph.D. from UCSF

·      Chaitan Khosla, Ph.D. from Stanford

·      Dennis Kim, M.D., Ph.D. from Boston Children’s Hospital

·      Rahul Kohli, M.D., Ph.D. from UPenn

·      Michael Marletta, Ph.D. from UC Berkeley

·      Melissa Moore, Ph.D. from Moderna Therapeutics

·      Elizabeth Nolan, Ph.D. from MIT

·      Elizabeth Sattely, Ph.D. from Stanford / HHMI

·      Stuart Schreiber, Ph.D. from Broad Institute / HHMI

·      Peter Schultz, Ph.D. from Scripps Research Institute

·      Yi Tang, Ph.D. from UCLA

·      Thomas Wandless, Ph.D. from Stanford

·      Ellen Yeh, M.D., Ph.D. from Stanford



Friday, March 8


Dudley House Talent Show

LOCATION: Dudley House Common Room

TIME: 7 – 11 PM

DETAILS: Have you ever found yourself absentmindedly belting out powerful and moving tunes in the shower? Can you not help but bob your head and tap your foot in an unexpectedly well-coordinated manner to a beat? Do you sometimes catch yourself performing magic tricks or comedy routines at random points in your day? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should definitely sign up for the talent show. Prizes will be awarded and snacks and beverages will be served.

REGISTER: Sign up to perform here!


Thursday, March 14


Spring 2019 CFP Education Workshops: Finding the write level of engagement: Getting Students to Present at the Board


TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

DETAILS: Hear from curriculum fellows: Tari Tan (Neurobiology) and Madhvi Venkatesh (BCMP)



Saturday, March 23


Save the Date: New England Regional SACNAS Meeting

LOCATION: Brandeis University

TIME: 9 AM – 5 PM

For more information and to register, visit this website: https://sites.google.com/brandeis.edu/2019sacnas-brandeis/home


Monday, March 25 – Wednesday, March 27


HGSE Mixed Event

LOCATION: 2nd Floor Arts Wing of the Smith Campus Center

TIME: 5 – 8 PM

DETAILS: Join the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s MIXED (Multiracial Students eXchanging and Encouraging Dialogue) student group in exploring the identities of multiracial students at Harvard.



Tuesday, March 26


The Art of Communicating Science: A Conversation with Mariette DiChristina

LOCATION: Raytheon Theater, Northeastern University

TIME: 6-7:30 PM

DETAILS: The Northeastern Graduate Science Policy Group will be hosting Mariette DiChristina, editor in chief of Scientific American.


Friday, March 29


2019 Scientista Symposium STEM Career Fair

LOCATION: Inn at Brookline, Downtown Boston

TIME: 1 – 5 PM

REGISTER: Tickets available here.


Monday, April 1


Tea with the Dean

LOCATION: Dudley House Fireside Room

TIME: 4 – 6 PM

DETAILS: Connect with Dean Emma Dench in an informal setting while enjoying tea and treats.



Tuesday, April 2


Harvard Hears You: The 2019 Summit for Gender Equity

LOCATION: Smith Campus Center

DETAILS: More information can be found here.


Saturday, April 6


2019 New England Science Symposium

LOCATION: The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School

TIME: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

DETAILS: The Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) invite you to the eighteenth annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) to be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. 

AUDIENCE: Postdocs (research and clinical); medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American/Alaska Native individuals)

There is no registration fee for this symposium, but pre-registration is required.

To register: http://www.NewEnglandScienceSymposium.org

For more information, please contact Rodolfo Ramos: rodolfo_ramos@hms.harvard.edu or 617.432.5580.


Spring to Action: Harvard University for Roles and Relationships: A Summit on Mentorship in Grad School and Beyond

DETAILS: Please follow this link to take our survey. We’ll use the responses to tailor the summit and provide better resources to make the event as useful as possible. Please fill it out by March 1st!


Thursday, April 11


Spring 2019 CFP Education Workshops: All of the above: How Multiple Choice Questions Can Support Diverse Learning Goals


TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

DETAILS: Ryan Lee (Landry Cancer Biology Consortium)



Saturday, April 13


MIT Teen Café


TIME: 6 – 8:30 PM

DETAILS: The theme that we will be introducing this time is "Biotechnology". We are interested in having an activity during the event for the high school attendees. Please let us know if you would like to participate at hgwise@gmail.com


Monday, April 22


Annual Jocelyn Spragg Symposium

Please save the date for MBSH’s annual Spragg Symposium in memory of Dr. Jocelyn Spragg, a strong advocate for minorities and women in science. Stay tuned for more details!


Monday, April 29


Toxic Ivory Towers: Reception and talk with Dr Ruth Zambrana

LOCATION: Linda K. Paresky Center, Simmons College

TIME: 5 – 7 PM

DETAILS: Reception and talk with Dr Ruth Zambrana.  Zambrana is leading a discussion about her recent publication Toxic Ivory Towers: The Health Consequences of Work Stress on the Health of Underrepresented Minority Faculty. Dr. Zambrana’s scholarship applies a critical intersectional lens to structural inequality and racial, Hispanic ethnicity, and gender inequities in population health and higher education trajectories. Dr. Ruth Enid Zambrana, Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland.



Monday, May 6


Landry Cancer Biology Spring Symposium & Karin Grunebaum Poster Competition

LOCATION: New Research Building

DETAILS: Symposium speakers include Tyler Jacks, Ph.D, Aaron Hata, M.D., Ph.D., and Alice Shaw, M.D., Ph.D. The four top Graduate Student Posters will win $1000 Karin Grunebaum Professional Development Awards!


Thursday, May 9


Spring 2019 CFP Education Workshops: Creating Effective and Engaging Whiteboard Videos


TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

DETAILS: Kate McDonnell-Dowling (HMX)





Please come and show your support!



Some of our colleagues and friends will be defending their dissertation this semester. Below are the dissertation defense details:


Lola Fagbami’s dissertation defense will be on May 3rd, 2019 at 3 PM in the Armenise Amphitheater (Longwood campus).


Ivan Santiago’s dissertation defense will be on May 6th, 2019 at 1 PM. Stay tuned for location details (Longwood campus).


Please submit the title, date, and time of your upcoming talk to the editor: Karina Gonzalez (knherrer@fas.harvard.edu).




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Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program (SMDP)

SMDP is a year-long career mentorship program which pairs scholars with industry mentors to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching.  As part of the program, scholars and their mentors create personalized mentoring plans, which they implement over the course of the year following the training session. The program begins with a five-day training session. SMDP Biotech will be June 1-5, 2019, in Philadelphia and SMDP MedTech will be September 21-25, 2019, in Boston. Participants will also attend a major industry conference. Successful student applicants will receive fellowships to attend one of the programs and virtually all expenses for the one-year SMDP are covered. To qualify, applicants must be interested in a career in biotechnology, medical technology or consumer healthcare industries and seek to receive career mentoring and training from industry leaders. Interested candidates are invited to apply online at http://smdp.icpdprograms.org/.  Special consideration is given to how many weeks prior to the April 1, 2019 deadline students apply.


ComSciCon 2019

All graduate students in STEM and related fields are welcome to apply for ComSciCon 2019. ComSciCon is the annual Communicating Science workshop, and this year it will be help in San Diego, CA on July 11-13, 2019. Attendance to the workshop is competitive and the application deadline is March 1st. If accepted to attend the workshop, travel support, lodging, and attendance will be provided. This is a great opportunity to strengthen communication skills necessary to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and peers. For more information and to apply, please visit this website.


The Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship at Science

The program is designed for individuals with a deep commitment to extending the reach of science journalism into communities where there is currently limited participation. By training science journalists with a commitment to diverse communities, the program will help to build the capacity of those individuals to report on scientific issues to a general audience and expand access to the profession to persons including, but not limited to, individuals from diverse populations. The internship takes place each summer at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of AAAS’s Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world. Interns spend ten weeks at Science under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors practicing what science writers do for a living. Interns receive a weekly stipend as well as the cost of round-trip travel to and from Washington, D.C. The internship runs from early June to mid-August. This year’s application deadline is Feb. 1, 2019. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate academic program at the time they submit their application. Learn more and apply here!


The Scientista Foundation Conference

The Scientista Foundation is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to empowering and advancing young women in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) careers. Each year we host a three-day conference for young women (and those who support them!) to network with others in their fields, learn critical professional and technical skills, meet recruiters and representatives from top companies and academic programs, present their work, and compete for over $100,000 in scholarships. The dates for this year’s conference are Friday, March 29th – Sunday, March 31st, 2019.

REGISTER: Submit your abstract for our poster session here. Register for discounted Early Bird Tickets here.


Teaching Assistant Opportunities for 2019 Harvard Summer School Pre-College Program

·       BIOS P-13510: Why Haven't We Cured Cancer Yet? Insights from Evolution, Ecology, and Paleontology (2 Sessions offered, 2 TA Positions available)

·       BIOS P-13515 The Promises of Regenerative Medicine (1 Session offered, 1 TA Position available)

Course websites for the 2018 edition can be found here. Each course is organized in lectures, journal clubs, and student active learning sessions. Each course runs for 2 weeks (Summer 2019 Session I June 23–July 5, Session II July 7–July 19, Session III July 21–August 2). Class meets for 3 hours a day, every day Monday to Friday. TA responsibilities include attendance of all lectures, grading, holding office hours, writing student evaluations and attending 2 organizational meetings.

Requirements: B. Sc. in biology and research experience in cancer or stem cell biology.

Preferred: current PhD or Master students in cancer biology or stem cell and regenerative biology.

To learn more and/or to apply please email your CV to Maurizio Fazio (mauriziofazio@fas.harvard.edu)


Leadership Alliance Career Development Workshop

The Leadership Alliance Executive Office is pleased to announce the 4th annual Biomedical Career Development Workshop at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium [LANS] on July 24-25, 2019. The goal of the workshop is to increase the readiness and competitiveness of underrepresented scholars as they train for and enter careers in academia and the broader biomedical research workforce by assisting graduate students and postdocs in setting career development priorities. This workshop will provide our attendees with resources and strategies for navigating key transitions along the myriad academic or professional career paths they may take. Find more information and register to attend here.






Be on the lookout for various fellowship opportunities open now. Some of the fellowships to consider include:


·       2019 Landry Cancer Biology Fellowship: February 15, 2019 – For details, please visit this website.

·       AACR Science Policy Fellowship: February 20, 2019

·       California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) Science Policy Fellowship: February 28, 2019






NED Biosystems Fellowship Internship

NED Biosystems, a biotech company based in Cambridge focused on the development of therapies for the treatment of complex chronic diseases, including cancer, seeks talented (soon to graduate) PhD students and post-docs to join our growing team in NED’s Drug Discovery and Development Fellowship Program. Fellow will work closely with NED’s founder and Executive Chairman and NED’s scientific team to advance novel drugs. Compensation of $100/month plus expenses.

Candidates should be:

• Passionate about translating your scientific expertise to develop medicines for patients with complex chronic diseases of high unmet need

• Excited about biotech entrepreneurship

• Eager to learn drug discovery and development in a fast-moving environment

• Energetic and collaborative

• Endlessly curious and with expert research skills

Please email your CV and a brief cover letter that describes your interest in biotech entrepreneurship and translational medicine to: admin@nedbiosystems.com


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity at UPenn and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

“One of the world’s premier pediatric hospitals and research institutions, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) views diversity as a key driver of achievement, particularly when innovation is critical. As such, CHOP is committed to contributing to and supporting an inclusive and representative biomedical research workforce.”

This fellowship includes the following:

·       Salary ($50,000 in year 1, increasing in $2,000 increments in years 2 and 3) and benefits

·       Annual allowance for travel ($2,000) and supplies ($5,000), and a one-time relocation allowance for external candidates (up to $5,000)

·       Supports the fellow to develop into an independent investigator, create his/her professional network, and understand the process of attaining independent funding

·       Includes a personalized mentoring component to support trainees with various career goals

·       Facilitates the fellow's participation in all programming provided by Penn’s Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs

·       Provides workshops and seminars to prepare fellows for the next step in their careers

For more information and application instructions, please visit their website.”


Multiple Postdoctoral Fellowship Openings, Dynlacht Lab at NYU

Currently, the Dynlacht Lab has openings for postdoctoral fellows in the following positions:

·       Investigating the role of primary cilia and centrosome amplication in tumor biology

·       Epigenetics and gene expression of stem cell biology

·       Cell biology of the centrosome to ciliary transition

·       The role of IncRNAs and epigenetics in Breast Cancer

For more information, visit our website at https://med.nyu.edu/dynlacht/careers/.






Assistant Professor in Quantitative Biological Sciences at UC Davis

“As part of a campus-wide initiative to hire leading research faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research and service that will promote the success of underrepresented minority students (African-American, Latino (a)/Chicano (a)/Hispanic, and Native American) and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state, UC Davis announces an Assistant Professor faculty position in the College of Biological Sciences. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong disciplinary background in computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics or related discipline that will fit within one of the College’s departments. 

In addition to a strong record of research and teaching excellence, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of underrepresented minorities in higher education. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment. 

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. or equivalent degree awarded by time of hire, where the topic of the work is in or related to computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics, or in biological sciences with demonstrated expertise in at least one of these topics.

Additional Qualifications

We desire applicants who have identified strengths and experiences in the following areas:

· Excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the college and the potential to attract extramural funding.

· Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for underrepresented minority students and groups (African-American, Latino (a)/Chicano (a)/Hispanic, and Native American), and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.

· Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to perform well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

We encourage applications from candidates with strong disciplinary background in any current or emerging area that will fit within one of the following departments and/or centers:

· Department of Evolution & Ecology 

· Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

· Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

· Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior

· Department of Plant Biology

· Genome Center

· Center for Neuroscience

· Center for Population Biology

Please explore these departments at https://biology.ucdavis.edu/research/departments and these centers at https://biology.ucdavis.edu/research/cores

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree awarded by time of hire, where the topic of the work is in or related to computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics, or in biological sciences with demonstrated expertise in at least one of these topics. Participation in department, college, and university service is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.”

Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Biology (Genetics) – Northeastern University

The Department of Biology at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts invites applications from qualified candidates for a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with significant opportunity for career advancement. Primary responsibilities include course coordination with other faculty teaching multiple sections of our required Genetics & Molecular Biology course, along with design and implementation of assessment and research-based revisions to our existing Genetics & Molecular Biology course and labs, teaching Genetics & Molecular Biology and Advanced Genomics course lecture sections, and oversight of the Genetics & Molecular Biology laboratories, which are taught by Teaching Assistants. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or another closely related discipline prior to the start of the appointment, with expertise in molecular genetics and genomics, experience teaching undergraduate lecture courses, and excellent communication, collaboration and leadership skills. Experience in course and/or laboratory curriculum development is preferred. To be considered for this position, apply online here.



Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences (Tenure Track) – Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek applicants with training in Biology and STEM Education. The successful candidate will share responsibility for teaching secondary science methods, supervising student teachers, preparing education program reports, and also offer upper-division courses in the candidate’s area of expertise or in non-majors courses in biology. Candidates should exhibit potential for independent and innovative research involving Master’s and undergraduate students. Requires a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or doctorate in Education with a strong emphasis in biology. Pre-college teaching experience, post-doctoral teaching, and research experience in biology education are preferred.

To apply, send a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests and goals, curriculum vitae, copies/scans of all transcripts, and no more than three reprints. Three confidential reference letters should be sent directly to the department. All materials should be sent to:

Chair, Biology Educator Search Committee
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Department of Biological Sciences
Box 1651
Edwardsville, IL  62026-1651

Electronic submission is encouraged. Electronic documents in PDF format should be e-mailed to: biologyeducator@siue.edu

Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability (Tenure Track) – Western Colorado University

The School of Environment & Sustainability at Western Colorado University seeks

applicants for a tenure track position in environment and sustainability. Specifically

seeking candidates with special expertise on diversity and inclusion in regional, national,

and global environmental movements. Responsibilities may include directing the 25-year-old,

150-student undergraduate Environment & Sustainability program; mentoring

Master’s Projects; recruiting for undergraduate and graduate programs; co-conducting an

intensive residency for all Master in Environmental Management students each summer;

preparing students for sustainability careers; and general service to initiatives across


This is a 12-month commitment, with summer stipend as long as MEM enrollment stays strong. Summer stipend is on top of a base salary of $50,000-$55,000 depending on

experience. Ph.D. in Environmental Studies or Sustainability Studies (or related degree) with an

interdisciplinary focus on environmental movements required before July 1, 2019. To apply, please go to http://www.western.edu/jobs and use our online application.


Teaching/Mentoring Opportunity at Wellesley College

The Wellesley Biochemistry Bootcamp is an incredible opportunity for graduate students and post-docs interested in pursuing a career in teaching. As part of the program, mentors guide first year undergrad students at Wellesley College who are interested in STEM. For more information or if you have any additional questions, please contact Ayano Kohlgruber at akohlgruber@gmail.com


Assistant Teaching Professor in Biology - Rutgers University

The Division of Life Sciences, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway/New Brunswick campus, has an opening for an annually renewable, non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor position starting in the Fall 2019 semester. Primary teaching responsibility will be in upper-level courses aimed at students majoring in the life sciences, particularly in the areas of cell biology and cancer biology. A Ph.D. in a relevant life sciences discipline and multiple years of experience teaching at a University level are required. Experience teaching with a class size greater than 200 students and experience in educational research is preferred.


Minimum Education and Experience: Ph.D. in a relevant life sciences discipline.


Online App. Form: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/84497


Assistant Teaching Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Rutgers University

The Division of Life Sciences, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway/New Brunswick campus, has an opening for an annually renewable, non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor position starting in the Fall 2019 semester. Primary teaching responsibility will be in upper-level courses aimed at students majoring in the life sciences, particularly in the area of genetics. A Ph.D. in a relevant life sciences discipline and multiple years of experience teaching at a University level are required. Experience teaching with a class size greater than 200 students and experience in educational research is preferred.


Minimum Education and Experience: a Ph.D. in a relevant life sciences discipline.


Online App. Form: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/84496


Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences - Vanderbilt University

The Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University seeks a highly motivated candidate with a strong commitment to undergraduate education and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, or a related discipline, to fill a non-tenure track, full-time instructional faculty position for AY 2019-2020. The successful candidate is expected to have a history of undergraduate instruction and mentoring and a demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive instructional environment.


Preferred qualifications include ability to teach in our Introductory Biology laboratory and to provide additional instructional support for the Introductory Biology lecture course in the department (https://as.vanderbilt.edu/biosci/). Initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of 3-year re-appointments following.


Click here to apply: http://apply.interfolio.com/59785 and the click the Apply Now button. During the process, the system will prompt you to upload a cover letter that summarizes teaching interests and experiences and that includes the names of three references. The system will also ask you to upload your curriculum vitae and three of your most recent evaluations, if available. You'll also be asked to enter your current and past employment and your degrees.


Applications will be accepted through March 14, 2019.


Online App. Form: http://apply.interfolio.com/59785


Biology Education Specialist, Claremont McKenna College

This position is responsible for the set-up and preparation of the laboratory curriculum for the department's Introductory Biology laboratories, teaching introductory lab sections as specified, and teaching Introductory Biology lecture sections or upper division courses as needed in areas of expertise. Responsibilities also include updating laboratory curricula to match best practices in biology education.


Minimum Education and Experience: A Ph.D. in Biology, Biological Education, or related fields is required. Prior experience teaching and/or designing inquiry-based labs in the areas of molecular biology, cell biology, or genetics is preferred.


This is a three-year appointment. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019, with some flexibility. Review of applications begins March 11, 2019. To learn more and apply, visit this website.


Assistant Teaching Professor – Science – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Irvine

You are invited to apply for the post of Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at UC Irvine. Teaching Professor Faculty are full members of the Academic Senate. Advancement in this series is based on excellence in teaching, research in your specific discipline and/or pedagogy, and service. You will contribute to the undergraduate teaching mission of the department, in part by teaching in the core microbiology lecture and lab courses. You can also develop new and innovative lab and/or lecture courses. We expect that you will play a prominent role in biology education research, working with teaching and research faculty to develop, implement and assess innovative pedagogical initiatives.


A Ph.D. in Microbiology or a broadly related discipline and a teaching record at the university level are required (even if not specifically in Microbiology). Candidates with postdoctoral training and/or prior education research experience are preferred.


The position will be open until filled. Review of applications will begin March 25, 2019. Applications completed by April 19, 2019 will be granted full consideration. For application instructions and to apply for the position. please visit this website.




1. AVID at Hopi - Guest Speaker via Skype

One of the chaperones and a teacher from the Harvard Native American High School Summer Program (NAHSSP) is running the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program at Hopi for 8th grade students. AVID is a program that prepares students for college. If you are interested in being a guest speaker (via Skype) and sharing information about what college is like or different career options with the AVID class, please reach out to Jane Riccardi (jane_riccardi@hms.harvard.edu) as soon as possible to let her know that you are interested.


2. Oklahoma Science Project

“The Oklahoma Science Project is an online resource created by Harvard graduate students with the goal of encouraging more Oklahoma students to pursue STEM degrees. The Oklahoma Science Project is made up of a blog that details the academic and career paths of Oklahoman’s who are in STEM and provides free online lessons that teach both beginner level python language and computational science. We are seeking talented science communicators for paid positions to write biographic articles based on collected interviews and to consult on the accessibility of our programming lessons. Students will be compensated with $30 amazon gift cards per article or lesson consulted. Interested students can apply by filling out this form.


3. Three Minute Thesis Judge

The organizers of the 2019 IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) are seeking Three Minute Thesis Competition judges for the symposium to be held on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 from 2 to 4 PM. Judges do not need to have specialized knowledge of microwave technology. For details about IMS visit this website and for competition details, visit this website. If interested please send an email to sitnboston@gmail.com or to Erin Kiley at emkiley@mcla.edu.   


4. DayCon 2019

Science in the News (SITN) is looking for volunteers for DayCon 2019. DayCon is a one day science conference geared towards the general public that covers various scientific disciplines. The conference is typically held in early to mid-June, and SITN needs volunteers to organize and plan the event. The event will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, and SITN is currently recruiting volunteers interested in organizing and planning the event. If you are interested in working with SITN to coordinate this event, please reach out to Eileen (efablondi@g.harvard.edu) or Kate (katherinelachance@g.harvard.edu) with any questions.


5. The Social Scientist

The Social Scientist is a networking and outreach community of scientific professionals. Volunteers dedicate time to answering questions that will benefit your interests, including a view of their work, environment and what it took for them to get there. The goal is to provide an accessible and engaging atmosphere to help both scientist and science enthusiasts looking for guidance. From the high school student interested in science but unsure where to start, to the assistant professor on tenure track, we want to provide support for all those in the scientific community. Contact a volunteer today or chat with the organizers directly on how you can help with their initiative!



6. Skype a Scientist Project

This project provides an opportunity for K-12 students throughout the world to meet and talk to a scientist for 30-60 minutes over video in their classrooms. For more information about this project, please visit this website.


7. Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair

The Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF) showcases the "best of the best" independent research & innovation projects by middle and high school students from across Massachusetts each year. Please consider becoming a member of the distinguished judging panel in 2019.


Just a few hours of your time to share your expertise with these students can make a difference! If you have received at least a four-year college degree in a science or technology field, and work in a related field, you are eligible to be a judge. There is a high demand for professionals in the life sciences due to the number of students with a keen interest in these fields.


To Register:


If you created an account in a previous year:

Click here to log in with your Username and Password. IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT BEFORE REGISTERING YOU REVIEW YOUR PROFILE AND SAVE ANY CHANGES NECESSARY! On the Judges Homepage, scroll down to Upcoming Events and click on "Register Now" under "Actions" for the 2019 Event.


If you are a new judge:

Click here to create your own judge account and follow the directions above to Register Now.


IMPORTANT: Your "access code" is mssef@mit


For assistance: Click here to email us


8.  The Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences Program

CURE aims to contribute to the pipeline of talented and diverse cancer researchers by providing access to Massachusetts youth and facilitating essential management training for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior investigators. Volunteers are asked to commit to mentoring a CURE student for 8-12 weeks during summer 2019 (May 20 – Aug 9, May 28 – Aug 16, or June 24 – Aug 9); attend a mandatory orientation; provide feedback, access to space and resources necessary for their student to succeed; and oversee their student’s creation of a learning plan, abstract, and final presentation. For more information, visit www.dfhcc.harvard.edu/cure. To apply to be a CURE mentor this summer, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019dfhccmentors.






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Congratulations to our friend Dr. Mary Salcedo for a successful thesis defense yesterday! Also congratulations to our colleagues Carmen Sindhu, Luciann Cuenca, Lola Fagbami, and Ivan Santiago for receiving approval to write and defend their dissertation this semester. We are very proud of you and look forward to attending your thesis defense.


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