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

May 8, 2017

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

Dear MBSH Community,

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is doing well. It was great to see many of you at our Third Annual Spragg symposium on May 2nd! Our invited guest speaker, Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos,really enjoyed interacting with members of the Harvard Medical School and MBSH community.

It was also great to see some of you at the W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society Siete de Mayo Celebration yesterday!

Please join us for our next coffee and Insomnia cookies” gathering on Monday, May 15 from 4 – 5 PM in the Harold Amos Graduate Student Lounge, TMEC Room 442.

We look forward to seeing you at the our first MBSH Paint Night on Friday, May 19th from 7-9 PM in Dudley House, Cambridge!

You can access our bi-weekly newsletter on our MBSH website under the “EVENTS” section here.

We hope you have a wonderful day and week, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Sheila and Karina

Sheila Thomas, PhD                                                               Karina Gonzalez Herrera, PhD

Faculty Director of Diversity, DMS                                         Assistant Director of Diversity, DMS

Dean of Academic Programs and Diversity, GSAS




1. Special Announcements

2. Upcoming Events

3. MBSH Member Talks & Presentations

4. Career & Volunteer Opportunities

5. MBSH Member Accomplishments & Announcements




Have you heard about the New England Future Faculty Workshop for Women in STEM Fields? Female graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in STEM fields are encouraged to apply to participate in this workshop, which will cover topics which include how to stand out in an interview, developing a research statement, negotiating a job offer, and more. For more information about this event, please visit this website. If you are interested, please apply by May 26th.  

Interested in attending the Women of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference on June 15, 2017 from 10 AM – 6:30 PM at Austin Hall in Harvard Law School? If so, please contact Julie Debenedictis (Julie_debenedictis@harvard.edu) ASAP to reserve a ticket. There are 25 tickets available, which will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Please note that a Black Commencement Ceremony will take place on May 23, 2017 at 11 AM in Holmes Field. Visit this website for more details about this event!

Also note that a Latinx Graduation will take place on May 23, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Northwest Labs. If you will be graduating and are interested in participating, then click here to participate. If you would like to volunteer, sign up here. If you have any questions, please email hira_rios_hernandez@hks17.harvard.edu.

Now that the weather has changed, join us for MBSH Soccer Wednesdays! Join the Longwood Pickup Soccer League at Brookline Avenue Playground from 5:15 to 6:30 pm every Wednesday and meet new friends while playing soccer. The next soccer event will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Email: avalencia@g.harvard.edu to be added to the listserv for Soccer Wednesdays.

Have you considered receiving career advising or preparation on how to produce a strong CV, resume, and/or cover letter? If so, contact the Office of Career Services to schedule an appointment in Cambridge or Longwood via Crimson Careers. Appointments are available on the Longwood campus on select Mondays. Take advantage of this great opportunity!

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. Walk-in office hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:30 PM in the HSPH Building 2, Room 437A, or submit an online inquiry here. 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.




Monday, May 8

 HBGSA Black Faculty Tea

LOCATION: The Parlor of Phillips Brooks House (Harvard Yard, Cambridge)

TIME: 4:30 PM

DETAILS: Join us for an opportunity to meet and network with Harvard students, faculty, staff, and senior administrators of the African diaspora. There will be a discussion about the demands that HBGSA is submitting to the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging.

RSVP: here.

OP-ED Writing Workshop

LOCATION: The Jeffrey Modell Center for Immunology

TIME: 4 – 8 PM

DETAILS: Join Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) for an op-ed writing workshop led by Madeline Drexler, an acclaimed journalist. The event will be followed by a catered dinner where you can meet students from other programs and discuss the state of science in the USA.

RSVP: here.

Wednesday, May 10

NIC@HMS Transmitted Light Microscopy Workshop

LOCATION: Harvard Medical School, 45 Shattuck St., Building LHRRB, Room 113, Boston

TIME: 9:30 AM – 5 PM

DETAILS: Join us for a workshop focusing on transmitted light techniques, including brightfield, phase contrast, DIC, and darkfield to get the best transmitted light images. The workshop will consist of lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises.


Perspectives in Entrepreneurship: from Ideation to Activation

LOCATION: 240 Longwood Avenue, Building C, Room 114 (Cannon Room – Longwood)

TIME: 5 – 6:30 PM

DETAILS: Are you a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or a medical student with an idea and want to get started with it? Join us for a conversation with Dr. Kiran Reddy, and entrepreneur at Kleiner Perkins, who will discuss what the process can look like when going from ideation to activation!

Friday, May 12

2017 Innovation Grant Program Symposium

LOCATION: 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, New Research Building, Boston (Longwood area)

TIME: 2 – 5 PM

DETAILS: Join us from 2 – 4 PM to hear about the work of current junior investigators and stay for a reception and ice cream social from 4 – 5 PM.

FUNDED BY: the Biogen Foundation

Tuesday, May 16

The Future of Data Analytics: Impact on Careers

LOCATION: Office of Career Services, 54 Dunster Street, Cambridge

TIME: 3:30 – 5 PM

DETAILS: Join us for a conversation with GSAS alum Tom Davenport, an expert on data analytics. He will discuss the developments in the field and where the field is headed.


Free Screening of HIDDEN FIGURES

LOCATION: Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Auditorium, 33 Binney Street, Boston

TIME: 5:30 PM

DETAILS: Join us for a free screening of Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures is an untold story about brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who were key to one of the greatest operations in history. The film screening will be followed by a small group discussion and a raffle.

PRESENTED BY: The Continuing Umbrealla of Research Experiences (CURE) and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Friday, May 19

MBSH Paint Night

LOCATION: Dudley House (Cambridge)


DETAILS: MBSH is organizing this event as a fundraiser for a charity. Join MBSH and MassArt for a fun and creative night at our annual Paint Night Fundraiser open to the entire community. All of the proceeds will be directly donated to the Jimmy Fund to support the fight against pediatric cancers. Seats are limited! Reserve a seat here.

Landry Cancer Biology Symposium & Karin Grunebaum Poster Competition

LOCATION: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center

TIME: 2 – 4:30 PM

DETAILS: Join us for the Landry Cancer Biology Symposium featuring: Drs. Galit Lahav, Cathy Wu, and Scott Armstrong. A $1000 Karin Grunebaum Professional Development Award will be awarded to the four top graduate student posters. The deadline to submit the abstract is April 15, 2017.


Tuesday, May 23

13th J. Worth Estes, M.D. History of Medicine Lecture – Spare Parts, Hope, Drama and Dispute: Heart Transplantation and Total Artificial Heart Implant Cases in the 1960s

LOCATION: Cannon Room, Building C, Harvard Medical School, 240 Longwood Ave., Boston

TIME: 5:30 PM

DETAILS: Join Boston Medical Library for the 13th J. Worth Estes, M.D. History of Medicine Lecture.

RSVP: to Kerry O’Connor at 617-432-5169 or BostonMedLibr@gmail.com

Friday, August 18

International Student Welcome Reception

LOCATION: Dudley House, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138


DETAILS: Join us for reception to meet and greet new international students and GSAS leadership and staff.



Please come and show your support!


Join us to support our colleague and friend Ivan Santiago as he presents his research on May 19th at 12 PM in the Armenise Amphitheater, Longwood Medical Area.

The Annual Landry Cancer Biology Spring Symposium & Karin Grunebaum Poster Competition is on May 19, 2017. Come and support some of your fellow MBSH members as they present their research posters.

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



Description summaries are shown for the “NEW” postings. For details regarding older postings, please correspond with the contact listed.




1. Graduate Writing Fellows Position - GSAS

LOCATION: The Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas of Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must have successfully defended their doctoral dissertation to be considered for the position. The Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas is looking for three graduate writing fellows with excellent communication skills to work with students in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Natural Sciences. Graduate Writing fellows will help to program and organize events and workshops for the Center, as well as work with students one on one through individual consultations to help with writing and communication projects. If interested, please send in (1) a cover letter describing your qualifications, reasons for you interest, and long term goals, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information for three individuals who will serve as references, and (4) a research article of no more than 25 double-spaced pages in 12pt font with one inch margins, within two weeks to: sarine_derkaloustian@fas.harvard.edu

MBSH POST DATE: 04/24/2017 (NEW)

 2. Allston Burr Assistant Dean

LOCATION: Office of Student Life, Harvard College, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

ELIGIBILITY: Must have a doctorate degree. The Assistant Dean is responsible for advising undergraduates living in one of the 12 upperclass houses (400-550 students). The Assistant Dean represents the students at the Administrative Board, teaches one class per semester, and provides academic advise and counseling for the students. Appointments in the houses begin on July 1st, 2017.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact crabill@fas.harvard.edu

MBSH POST DATE: 04/24/2017 (NEW)

3. Teaching Position at Smith College

LOCATION: Smith College, Massachusetts

ELIGIBILITY: A PhD in Biology is required, and knowledge should include bioinformatics and molecular and cellular biochemistry. Non-tenure track, full-time, one-year position. Candidates must be prepared to teach four courses for the academic year. For more details about this position, please visit www.smith.edu/biology/

CONTACT: Visit http://apply.interfolio.com/41425

MBSH POST DATE: 04/24/2017 (NEW)

4. Citizen Science is recruiting for faculty!

LOCATION: Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

ELIGIBILITY: Citizen Science is a core course focused on scientific literacy, and Bard College is looking for instructors for the January 2018 course (Sunday, January 7th – Wednesday, January 24th, 2018). Candidates should possess a PhD and be willing to engage with students from all disciplines. Candidates with training or experience are preferred, although teaching experience is not a requirement. For more details, please visit this website.

MBSH POST DATE: 04/07/2017

5. Teaching Position at Tufts

LOCATION: Tufts University (Medford, MA)

ELIGIBILITY: The department of Biology at Tufts University is looking for a non-tenure track faculty member to start on July 1st, 2017. The lectures would be responsible for teaching and organizing the lecture for an introductory course on Organisms and Populations (2 sections containing about 175 students each). The candidate should have expertise in in teaching courses in ecology or physiology. Candidates must also have a PhD and evidence of successful teaching or research in intermediate biology courses. For more information about this position, please visit this website.

MBSH POST DATE: 04/07/2017

6. Healthcare Consulting Analyst

LOCATION: Fletcher Spaght, Inc., Boston, MA

ELIGIBILITY/DETAILS: Fletcher Spaght, Inc. is a company that focuses on strategies for life sciences, healthcare and information technology companies, as well as their investors. The company provides clients with recommendations and information to facilitate their decision making process. As part of this position, the Analyst will learn and contribute to this effort and responsibilities include gathering information, data analysis, and presentation writing. Typical projects last one to three months and the analyst will most often work on two projects at a time. New analysts work with senior members of the consulting teams. A degree in the biological sciences is required for this position, and candidates with a PhD or Master’s are preferred. Candidates are required to have strong oral and written communication skills, as well as strong analytical and problem solving skills. Additional positions have opened up! To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to recruiting@fletcherspaght.com.

CONTACT: recruiting@fletcherspaght.com

MBSH POST DATE: 03/24/2017

7. Curriculum Fellow in Cancer Biology

LOCATION: Harvard Medical School (HMS)

ELIGIBILITY/DETAILS: The HMS Curriculum Fellows Program is looking for a curriculum fellow to develop and support courses and programming for the Landry Cancer Biology Consortium, which is a graduate program that brings students into the cancer research network. The Cancer Biology Curriculum Fellow will work independently and in collaboration with Harvard-affiliated faculty to manage the training program in cancer biology, develop and implement para-curricular activities and events, develop curriculum for the Consortium, and provide administrative support for the Consortium. Preferred candidates will have a doctorate degree in cancer biology or a related biomedical field, post-secondary teaching experience, and post-doctoral research or teaching experience is also preferred. For details about the responsibilities, qualifications, job skills and competencies for this position, please e-mail Bradley Coleman, PhD or Ms. Naima Abdullahi (cfp@hms.harvard.edu).

CONTACT: Ms. Naima Abdullahi (cfp@hms.harvard.edu)

MBSH POST DATE: 03/10/201

8. Diversity & Inclusion Programs Associate

LOCATION: The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, MA

ELIGIBILITY/DETAILS: The Diversity & Inclusion Programs Associate is a 1.5 year position part of the NIBR Diversity and Inclusion team. The Associate will report to and work half of the time with the Associate Director and the other half of the time with the Global Head. This is an opportunity to develop skills in scientific administration and program management. Some of the major responsibilities include leading summer undergraduate and post-baccalaureate scholars programs, as well as outreach programs in the US. In addition, the Associate will continue to build and develop partnerships with institutions and organizations that support underserved populations. For more details about responsibilities or requirements for the position, please contact future.talent@novartis.com. To apply email a cover letter and a curriculum vitae.

CONTACT: future.talent@novartis.com

MBSH POST DATE: 03/10/2017









1. Opportunity to Teach: Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE) Program Seeks Journal Club Facilitators

The CURE program at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center is recruiting journal club facilitators for summer 2017. The journal clubs take place weekly for 90 minutes each week and each journal club section is composed of three to six CURE students and two facilitators. Papers discussed at journal club focus on cancer related research and are selected by the program. An orientation for the journal club facilitators will be held on May 25th from 2:30 – 4:30 PM. High school journal club dates are June 26 to July 31st. The dates for college journal club are June 5 to July 31st. For more information about this and to sign up to facilitate the journal club discussions, please contact Emily McMains: EmilyA_McMains@dfci.harvard.edu.


2. Volunteer to mentor students for the Genes in Space Competition

The Genes in Space competition is open to students in grades 7-12, and in the contest, the student teams design experiments to solve a space exploration problem through DNA analysis. The group is currently seeking scientist volunteers to mentors the student groups. Volunteer mentors will work with the student teams for 6-8 weeks to help the students shape their proposals and to help with scientific presentation skills. The winning team’s experiment will be flown to the International Space Station (ISS). For more details about this, please contact Emily Gleason at genesinspace@minipcr.com.




1. The Harvard Big Data Club is seeking your participation in their student group. The deadline to apply to become part of the Executive Board is Wednesday, May 10th at 5 PM. Use this link to apply.

Stay tuned for additional upcoming career & volunteer opportunities! 


If you know of any volunteer opportunities that you would like to share, please submit the title, date, and contact person to the editor: Karina Gonzalez (knherrer@fas.harvard.edu).


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I am happy to announce the following accomplishments from members of our community:

Congratulations to our friends and colleagues, Dr. Liz Ransey, Dr. Enrique Garcia-Rivera, Xavier du Maine, Brandon Woods, Sarah Wang, Francheska Lopez Rivera, and Alfredo (Freddy) Valencia for their most recent accomplishments:

Liz and Enrique had successful thesis defenses over the last couple of weeks and have completed their PhDs!

Xavier and Brandon successfully passed their Preliminary Qualifying Exam (PQE) over the last couple of weeks!

Sarah Wang was accepted to the MD-PhD program at UVA!

Francheska recently received a pre-doctoral fellows, and Freddy, in addition to receiving the Ford fellowship, also received the NIH F31 pre-doctoral fellowship!

We are happy to hear from you and share your achievements with our community. Please submit your accomplishments and announcements (publications, grants, graduation, qualifying exam completions, promotions, births, marriages, birthdays, etc.) to the editor: Karina Gonzalez (knherrer@fas.harvard.edu).


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