November 18, 2016


Dear MBSH Community,


We hope this message finds you well. Sheila and I can imagine that regardless of your political opinions, the rhetoric of this very long campaign and the outcome of the presidential election may leave many of you feeling uncomfortable, nervous, and anxious. We want you to know that we value and treasure everyone’s contribution and the diversity that you bring to Harvard and we are here to support you in your endeavors. If you are looking for a space to share your feelings openly and honestly we hope you will join the conversation at the next coffee andInsomnia cookies” gathering to a conversation about the election. Please join us on Monday, November 21st from 4 – 5 PM in the Harold Amos Graduate Student Lounge, TMEC Room 442.


Please take a few minutes to read our newsletter (attached and below) and find out about special announcements, new upcoming events that may be of interest to you, and accomplishments from some of our fellow MBSH members. 


We look forward to seeing you soon!



Sheila and Karina


Sheila ThomasPhD                                                 Karina Gonzalez HerreraPhD

Faculty Director of DiversityDMS                            Assistant Director of DiversityDMS

AssocDean of Academic Programs and DiversityGSAS






1. Special Announcements

2. Upcoming Events

3. MBSH Member Talks & Presentations

4. Career & Volunteer Opportunities

5. MBSH Member Accomplishments & Announcements






Interested in sharing your beautiful scientific images with others? Share your scientific artwork with fellow life scientists at our annual HILS Gallery Exhibit! The images will be exhibited in the Knafel building on Harvard’s Cambridge campus from early January to March. A celebration reception will be held on February 23, 2017. Submit your artwork by December 10


The Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas has formed several new writing groups, which include Writer’s Rooms, Proofreading Groups, and Peer Review Groups. The groups will meet regularly during the academic year and are a great resource to students writing manuscripts or dissertations. Join the groups to write in company of others, provide feedback to peers on their papers, or receive feedback on your paper from other peers. Visit this website to get more information on the writing groups! If you are interested in participating in a writing group, please send an e-mail to the Director of the Writing Center, Dr. Suzanne Smith at, providing information about your year in graduate school, the days and times you would be available to participate, and your objectives and interests.


Fellowships: Please note that the deadline for some fellowships is quickly approaching:


December 9, 2016 – National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship


If you have not already met with Dr. Cynthia Verba, Director of Fellowships, please make sure to schedule an appointment with her to receive some feedback on your fellowship application. Dr. Verba has expertise on fellowships and can provide you with excellent advice. Please send her an e-mail at


Feel free to send any events you would like to see on the newsletter to Karina Gonzalez at






Friday, November 18


Neurodiversity: Inclusion, Acceptances, and Human Rights

LOCATION: Harvard T.H. Chan School, Kresge G-1

TIME: 3:30 – 5 PM

DETAILS: Join us for a conversation with Steve Silberman and Ari Ne’eman. Mr. Silberman is the author and editor of the New York Times Bestseller “Neuro Tribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.” Mr. Ne’eman is the Co-Founder and President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and the Council’s Committee Chair for the National Council on Disability.

RSVP: here.

PRESENTED BY: The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Saturday, November 19


LGBTQ at GSAS Night Out

LOCATION: Dudley House Game Room (3rd floor), Harvard Yard, Cambridge

TIME: 8:30 – 10:30 PM

DETAILS: Join the Harvard LGBTQ community for a night of games and fun. This is an opportunity to meet old friends and make new friends. There will be a social hour with snacks and drinks from 8:30 – 10:30 PM before going to Paradise Club in Central Square. Bring your ID and money to cover the T ride and the club’s cover fee.

SPONSORED BY: LGBTQ@GSAS and Dudley Social Events


Tuesday, November 22


COOP Public Service Grants

DETAILS: Every year, the Harvard Cooperative Society (The COOP) funds student projects aimed to improving Cambridge/greater Boston community. All Harvard students from professional and graduate programs (GSAS, HMS, HLS, KSG, GSE, etc.) are eligible to apply for a grant. Students can also apply on behalf of their organization. The awards are expected to average $500 and may be higher depending on the funding requests of the proposed projects. The deadline for the application is Tuesday, November 22nd. A cover page, proposal (no more than two single-spaced pages), and budget are required to apply for a grant. Submit your application to For more details on how to apply or the requisites for these grants please visit this website.


Wednesday, November 30


Speed Dating with Career Paths, a Networking Event

LOCATION: TMEC Atrium, 260 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115

TIME: 5 – 7 PM

DETAILS: Join us to learn about diverse career paths! Some of the career paths include biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, education, consulting, patent law, entrepreneurship, science policy, and more. This event will provide an opportunity to learn about the multiple paths and meet and network with professionals working in these paths.  

RSVP: here!



Thursday, December 1


HMS Research Cores Poster Showcase and Reception

LOCATION: TMEC Atrium, 260 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115

TIME: 3 – 5:30 PM

DETAILS: Join us to learn about new resources and technologies available at HMS Cores. This is also a great opportunity to meet with colleagues. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.


Friday, December 2


Networking Event for Boston-area STEM Students

LOCATION: Scholars-Boston (25 School Street, Boston, MA 02108)

TIME: 6 – 9 PM

DETAILS: Graduate students at Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Tufts, and recent alumni are welcome to join us for networking events at downtown venues (must be 21 or older to attend). If you are interested in joining a sports league, come and join us! The fields are ready when you are. You can join us and when you have time, and the networking events are FREE. Consider participating in a poll by Nov. 22 to let us know which sports you may be interested in: Poll here!


Wednesday, December 6


Business Strategy for Scientists

LOCATION: Northwest Building, Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA (Room B-101)

TIME: 5 – 7 PM

DETAILS: Join us for a workshop designed for lab bench researchers to learn a company’s strategy when it comes to identifying candidates for a job. This workshop is great for students pursuing a careers in industry or business or science. The workshop is only open to GSAS students. Registrants will receive pre-workshop assignments.


SPONSORED BY: Harvard Graduate Business Club, the Harvard Graduate Consulting Club, and the FAS Office of Career Services.


Thursday, December 8


Next Gen PhD: Where PhDs Land and What the Data Say

LOCATION: Biolabs 1080

TIME: 12 – 1:30 PM

DETAILS: Join us to learn about the current career landscape for science PhDs. Come and learn strategies for landing the job for advanced degree candidates.


SPONSORED BY: The FAS Office of Career Services the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Fellows, Harvard Integrated Life Sciences, the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the Department of Physics. This event is open to GSAS students and Postdocs.

REGISTER: GSAS students: here, and post-doctoral fellows: here.


Tuesday, December 13


Harvard Program in Therapeutics Sciences (HiTS) 2nd Annual Symposium

LOCATION: The Cambridge Innovation Center, 20th floor50 Milk St., Boston, MA 02109

TIME: 8 – 5:15 PM

DETAILS: Join HiTS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and Therapeutics Graduate Program students for the second annual HiTS symposium. For more information on this event, visit this website.




Friday, February 3


Startup Career Fair

LOCATION: Harvard Innovation Lab (125 Western Avenue, Allston, MA)

TIME: 1 – 4 PM

DETAILS: This will be an educational and career-focused event and a great opportunity to network with representatives from entrepreneurial and startup organizations. Join us to learn about exciting internships and jobs in the startup field. Bring your Harvard ID and copies of your resume. Visit this website for more information.

SPONSORED BY: The Harvard FAS Office of Career Services, the Harvard Innovation Lab, Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and Harvard Business School MBA Career & Professional Development.


Friday, February 17


Evidence-Based Teaching Approaches

LOCATION: Robinson Hall Seminar Room, Basement, Cambridge, MA 02138

TIME: 2:15 – 3:45 PM

DETAILS: This event is part of the Teaching Fellow Workshop Series.


Saturday, March 25, 2017


2017 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 submit an abstract for the sixteenth annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) to be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. The deadline to submit is January 5, 2017. There is no registration fee for this symposium, but pre-registration is required. To submit abstracts or to register visit:

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)

For more information, CONTACT: Rodolfo Ramos by phone at 617-432-5580, or by e-mail at




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No announcements this week.


Please submit the titledateand time of your upcoming talk to the editorKarina Gonzalez (




Description summaries are shown for the “NEW” postingsFor details regarding older postingsplease correspond with the contact listed.



1. Career: Postdoctoral Positions at the Computational Breast Imaging Group (CBIG) at the University of Pennsylvania

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates should have completed or be in the process of completing a PhD (or equivalent) in Biomedical, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer and Information Science, or related fields. CBIG is seeking highly motivated individuals with excellent track-record, including first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants should have a background on biomedical image analysis, computer vision, pattern recognition and/or machine learning. Proficiency in computer programming and quantitative analytical methods is required.


CONTACT: Despina Kontos at for more details and to apply.

MBSH POST DATE: 11/3/2016


DESCRIPTION: Applications for the postdoctoral positions should include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three references. Successful applicants will join a collaborative research environment and will work closely with clinical investigators. In addition, successful applicants will gain a first-hand experience of the CBIG breast imaging program. For more information, please visit the Computational Breast Imaging Group here.


2. Postdoctoral Research Position in HIV Prevention at Brown University

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates should have a doctoral degree in behavioral, social, statistical, public health, or medical sciences with a strong interest and experience in HIV prevention. Candidates must possess a command of quantitative research methodology; some experience using mixed methods preferred. Other specific skillsets of interest include social networking analysis, quantitative survey design, or qualitative interviewing analysis. Candidates with experience in the areas of LGBQ or transgender research are encouraged to apply. To apply send a cover letter and a CV in an e-mail to Philip Chan.

CONTACT: Philip Chan at to apply or ask questions. 

MBSH POST DATE: 11/3/2016


DESCRIPTION: This postdoctoral research position offers the opportunity to participate in cutting edge clinical and translational research on HIV prevention and sexually transmitted diseases (STD). The group conducts NIH-funded research on social and behavioral determinants of HIV/STD transmission and development and testing of HIV prevention interventions, including a strong emphasis on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The postdoctoral researchers would be responsible for: 1) helping to lead NIH-funded studies in collaboration with experienced investigators; 2) assisting with quantitative and possible qualitative data collection and analysis; 3) assisting in the implementation of public health initiatives such as HIV testing in public high schools and primary care centers.


3. Regeneron’s Postdoctoral Training Program

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates should have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. Scientists interested in looking for a first of second postdoctoral training experience are welcome to apply. Candidates should also have demonstrated success with publications in peer-reviewed journals and should be able to interact dynamically and constructively with scientific peers.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2016  

MBSH POST DATE: 11/3/2016


DESCRIPTION: Successful candidates will have the opportunity to conduct innovative and creative research to address a novel scientific question and have the opportunity to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Candidates will also assist with mentoring and teaching interns and junior trainees and will also participate in postdoctoral program activities. The program consists of three years of formal postdoctoral training in a program directed by an award-winning educator and will expose successful candidates to the biotechnology industry. In addition, successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in weekly postdoctoral scientist meetings to provide an opportunity for critical reasoning, creative thinking, and career advancement. For more information on this opportunity and how to apply for this program, please visit


4. Career: HMS Innovation Grant Program

DEADLINE: Letter of Intent Deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2016

CONTACT: For inquiries, please e-mail Dr. Ted Feldman at 617-340-9428 or Dr. Davie Van Vactor at

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


5. Career: AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship Program

DEADLINE: January 15, 2017

CONTACT: For inquiries, please e-mail

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


6. Career: Scientist Position at Foundation Medicine

ELIGIBILITY: Foundation Medicine is searching for a highly motivated scientist to help unlock the value of a database of over 100,000 sequenced tumor samples. Candidates must have a deep understanding of biology, computational ability, scientific rigor, attention to detail, and superb communication skills with the ability to communicate to widely different audiences.

CONTACT: Dr. Lee Albacker at

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


7. Career: Jobs at The Francis Crick Institute

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to candidates with a PhD and postdoctoral experience.

DEADLINE: November 10, 2016

CONTACT: if you have any questions.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


8. CareerHHMI Competition – Hanna HGray Fellows Program

ELIGIBILITYThe program is open to individuals who are from genderracialethnicand other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program,including those from disadvantaged backgroundsApplicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or equivalentby the start of the grant term and can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoralresearch experience at the time of the application due dateThe program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoralfellow at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all biomedical and life sciencedisciplines.

DEADLINEApplications are due February 15, 2017 at 3 PM (Eastern Time) (program staff) for questions.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


DESCRIPTIONThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMIis pleased to announce the


9. CareerPostdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

LOCATIONThe Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

ELIGIBILITYCHOP is seeking late stage graduate students or early stage postdoctoral fellows to apply for this fellowshipPostdoctoral fellows who have been at CHOP less than one year atthe time of application are eligiblehowever preference will be given to external candidates.

DEADLINEApplications are due November 15, 2016

CONTACTPlease contact Paulette McRaePhD (mcraep@email.chop.eduwith any questions you may haveFor more information and to apply please visit

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


10. CareerProgram ManagerDiversity & Inclusion

LOCATIONNew York University Langone Medical Center

ELIGIBILITYBachelors degree and Masters degree and/or three or more years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experienceExperience in graduate schooleducation and in development of educationalculturaland social programs designed to improve the quality of the educational and social experiences of graduate students in general andwomen and underrepresented minority students in particular is preferred.

CONTACTPlease contact Susanne TranguchPhDMBA (susanne.tranguch@nyumc.orgwith any questions.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


11. VolunteerHealth Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

LOCATIONHarvard Medical School (Longwood)

DATENovember 2016 to February 2017

DEADLINEOctober 8th

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


12. Volunteer: Hinton Scholars AP Biology Tutor Application

LOCATION: Tosteson Medical Education Center at Harvard Medical School (Longwood)

DATE: October to May

DEADLINEas soon as possible (ASAP)

CONTACTRobert Simpson ASAP by email at or by phone at 617-432-1557 to obtain an application.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


13. Volunteer: National Science Foundation (NSF): Panelist for the 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)  

DEADLINEAs soon as possible!

CONTACT: E-mail with questions, or call the GRFP operations center at 866-673-4737.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


14. Volunteer: Wellesley Winter Session Bootcamp

LOCATION: Wellesley College

DATE: January 12-13 and 17-20, 2017

DEADLINE: Submit the application by October 31, 2016

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please e-mail

MBSH POST DATE: 10/18/2016


15. Volunteer: GeniConnect: Teaching Genetics through Games

LOCATION: Putnam Avenue Upper School (located near Harvard and Central Squares)

DATE: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:15 PM, October 18 – November 3, 2016

DEADLINE: as soon as possible!

CONTACT: Giovanna Castro Matos by email:, or all 617-876-444

PRESENTED BY: East End House’s Community Programs

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


16. Harvard Biotech Club Leadership Team

DATEWednesdayOctober 5th

The GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club is recruiting students and post-doctoral fellows to join their leadership teamThe following positions are openDirector of ProgrammingDirector ofSponsorshipsDirector of CommunicationsDirector of Marketingand Director of Journal ClubTo apply for a leadership positionsend an e-mail with resume/CV and a brief description of theinterests within the club toharvardbiotechclub@gmail.comTo learn more about the club or eventsplease visit their website


17. Seeking Members for the Harvard GSAS Big Data Association



DETAILSWe are a new student group that serves GSAS students of all backgrounds and majors interested in topics related to big datadata sciencemachine learning and statisticsWe willorganize seminarsworkshopsdiscussion panels and data analysis projects for our members to enable them to discover and pursue their individual interestsimprove their data analysis skills,and connect with fellow like-minded graduate studentsYou dont have to be an expert or an active participant in these fields to get involved - interest alone is enoughInterestedGreatWeneed people like you to help this club grow - into something BIGTo learn morego to

DEADLINEnone posted

CONTACTMore information here

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/16


18. Seeking Members for the Journal of Emerging Investigators


DATEany time

DETAILSJEI is looking to fill several leadership positions for the 2016-17 yearincluding Vice PresidentSecretaryTreasurerand Director of Technology.  Please find information regardingeach position belowand if interestedemail with your CV and a few sentences describing your qualifications for the position.  No prior experience for any of thepositions is necessary -- we're just looking for anyone who would like to contribute to JEI in a new and exciting way!

DEADLINEnone posted


MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/16


19. Open LabsSeeking Scientists Interested in Outreach!


DETAILSOpen Labs is a fellowship of graduate and professional students devoted to mentoring and educating 6-12th gradersTailored for students at a crucial time in the development oftheir empirical and critical thinking skillsOpen Labs fosters a safe space for young scholars to connect with graduate students & professionals and explore the possibilities of pursuing STEMcareersSince the inception of Open Labs at Yale University in 2012, chapters have been established the University of PennsylvaniaPrinceton UniversityColumbia UniversityWe are excitedto announce a new chapter opening at Harvard this falland encourage members of the HGWISE community to get involvedFor more informationplease visit

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/16


Stay tuned for additional upcoming career & volunteer opportunities



If you know of any volunteer opportunities that you would like to shareplease submit the titledateand contact person to the editorKarina Gonzalez (



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Postdoc career opportunities are posted hereContact to subscribe to their newsletter.








Congratulations to Christalyn Rhodes in the Biological Sciences and Public Health (BSPH) program for being selected as one of the Harvard Horizon Finalists!


Congratulations to Joseph Beyene in the Biological Sciences and Public Health (BSPH) program for passing his qualifying exam!


Congratulations to Michka Sharpe for co-authoring a paper in Development earlier this year. To access her publication click here!


We are happy to hear from you and share your achievements with our community. Please submit your accomplishments and announcements (publicationsgrantsgraduationqualifying examcompletionspromotionsbirthsmarriagesbirthdaysetc.) to the editorKarina Gonzalez (