Volume 25, Number 3

HST Community Notices

HELP SPREAD THE WORD - HST!

Are you traveling for any of the following reasons?

  • Conference/workshop
  • Giving a talk
  • Visiting your alma mater

Can you help promote HST by talking to prospective students?

Contact Laurie Ward (laurie [at] mit.edu (l)aurie [at] mit.edu (aurie[at]mit[dot]edu)) for talking points and promotional materials to distribute.
A link to an HST Programs Slide to include in your presentations can be found here.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: WEEKLY INSIGHT

Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care

Each week the TWiHST newsletter includes an item (reading, video, podcast, etc.) about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM, academia, research, or medicine. Members of the community are encouraged to submit suggestions here. An archive of previous TWiHST DEI: Weekly Insight posts can be found here.

Course & Academic Resources

GRAD WORKSHOPS ON TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP (2023)

The Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership Program is pleased to announce our Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership Workshop Series for Fall 2023.

We invite you to register and attend our series, which count toward satisfying requirements toward our certificate. The workshops will be held from 5pm-7pm in 32-144 with exception of November 8*, which will be held over Zoom.

GradEL Workshops Fall 2023: 

1. Leading Through Design

- Tony Hu, Director, GradEL (September 28, 5-7pm, 32-144)

·         Apply human-centered design principles to leadership through team exercises.

2. MIT PhD to Venture-Backed Startup: A Case Study of a Make-or-Break Decision

- Shreya Dave, Co-founder & CEO, Via Separations (October 11, 5-7pm, 32-144)

·         Work through a challenging bet-the-company decision and learn what actually happened.

3. Investigating Leadership and Engineering Through Film and Media: 

The Making of the Atomic Bomb

- Chris Boebel, Producer and Multimedia Development Manager; Andrew Silver, Producer; and David Gute, Professor, Tufts University (November 8, 5-7pm, Zoom)

·         Discuss leadership and moral responsibility around the Manhattan Project through the Oppenheimer film and BBC mini-series.

4. How to Empower and Inspire Yourself and Others When Things Get Tough

- Di Ye, Lecturer, GradEL (November 30, 5-7pm, 32-144)

·         Explore coaching tools that will take your performance, relationships, and teamwork to the next level.

*If you are interested in registering for one or all of our workshops, please email Lisa Stagnone alstag [at] mit.edu (lstag[at]mit[dot]edu)

HST.590 LECTURE SCHEDULE

HST.590: The Social Context of Healthcare - Fall 2023
Meets E25-117 Selected Thursdays 4:30–6:30pm

Schedule of Lectures and Course Events:

  • September 21, 2023
    - Dr. Howard Heller - MIT Medical
  • September 28, 2023
    - Hackathon Prep
  • October 5, 2023
    - No class
  • October 12, 2023
    - Grand Hack
  • October 19, 2023
    - Michelle Bordeu, MPH; VP Public Health Programs and AIDS Action for Fenway Health
    (The social context of addiction, development of safe needle exchange programs in Boston)
    - Madelyn Murphy, MSW; Deputy Director MassHealth, Mental Healthcare Access
  • October 26, 2023
    - Dr. Mary Fleming; Co-Founder of Cayaba (The social and global context of maternal health)
    (Full 2 hours)
  • November 2, 2023
    - No class
  • November 9, 2023
    -
    Dr. Haider Warraich; Senior Advisor for Chronic Disease, Food and Drug Administration
    (Full 2 Hours)
  • November 16, 2023
    - No class
  • November 23, 2023
    - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30, 2023
    - Dr. Jim O’Connell; President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless (The social context of housing and homeless in healthcare)
    (Full 2 Hours)

MIT COMMUNITY WELLNESS CLASSES AND RESOURCES

This year, the MIT community is adapting to new ways of taking care of ourselves and others. If you’d like to connect with your community, stay active, sleep better, relieve stress, and more, Community Wellness at MIT Medical can help you find wellness programs that fit your needs.

View all Community Wellness classes here.

New this fall from Community Wellness at MIT Medical:

  • Performance Coaching workshop series
  • The Power of Self-Talk workshop
  • Brief mindfulness classes Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

Performance coaching workshops – Register here to receive Zoom links

Three 30-minute workshops intended to help manage productivity, energy, motivation, and focus throughout the semester. Workshops focus on the student semester experience, but all are welcome. Please register for the workshops to receive the materials, even if you are unable to attend.

Optimize Your Performance

Tuesday, September 19 12:30-1 via Zoom

Identify effective strategies to maintain productivity and efficiency during busy times of the semester. 

Increase Focus and Motivation 

Tuesday, September 26 12:30-1 via Zoom

Learn how to tap into feelings of motivation, improve focus, and decrease distraction and "impostor" feelings.

Sleep Reboot

Tuesday, October 3 12:30-1 via Zoom

Learn the practical science of getting sleep while at MIT. Use simple, effective techniques to get your sleep (back) on track.

In-person, one hour workshop:

The Power of Self-Talk – Register here

We all have an inner voice that provides us with feedback and narrates our day. This voice can inspire and motivate or judge and discourage. Learn and practice techniques that increase awareness of self-talk, rescript it, and harness its potential to make our lives better. Recharge your personal and professional batteries at this in-person session. Registration limited. Free journals (while supplies last) and other materials will be provided.

Mindfulness classes

Noon Unwind – Register here

Tuesdays 12-12:15

A midday break to relax and reset with stretching and meditation

Begins September 19

Register once and attend via Zoom as often as you wish

4:45 Unwind – Register here

Thursdays 4:45-5 pm

An end-of day transition with stretching and meditation

Begins September 21

Register once and attend via Zoom as often as you wish

Monday Mindfulness Mini-course – Register here

Mondays 4:30-5 pm (four sessions)

Meditation skills, breathing practices, and stress relief for mind and body

September 25, October 2, 16, 23 (no class on October 9 holiday) 

Questions? Contact Zan Barry, Community Wellness at MIT Medical at bars [at] med.mit.edu (bars[at]med[dot]mit[dot]edu)

Don’t see what you are looking for? Email wellness [at] med.mit.edu (wellness[at]med[dot]mit[dot]edu) with any questions about wellness programs at MIT.

MIT WRITING AND COMMUNICATION CENTER (WCC)

The Writing and Communication Center offers free one-on-one professional advice from communication specialists with advanced degrees and publishing experience. The WCC can help you further develop your oral communication skills and learn about all types of academic and professional writing.

Schedule Consultations with the Writing and Communication Center!

When: Mon-Fri, 9am - 6pm (except institute holidays)
Location: 18-233 (50 Ames Street, room 233) or by Zoom
Website: https://cmsw.mit.edu/writing-and-communication-center/
Contact: writing-center [at] mit.edu (writing-center[at]mit[dot]edu)

The Writing and Communication Center (WCC) is open for scheduling in-person and remote consultations. We offer free one-on-one help with your written and oral work including research papers, fellowship applications, dissertations, and presentations. We provide support at all stages of the writing and communication process: from brainstorming to the final draft. We can help you make progress through writer’s blocks including procrastination, perfectionism, demoralization, and imposter stress. To learn more about the WCC, check our website and make an appointment at https://mit.mywconline.com. See you at the WCC soon!

UPCOMING EVENTS FROM THE TEACHING + LEARNING LAB (TLL)

Our Mission
The Teaching + Learning Lab (TLL) partners with MIT educators, staff, and administrators to create a reflective educational environment where students are academically challenged, actively engaged, and personally supported.

Learn More about TLL here

Find information on upcoming TLL programs, speakers, workshops, etc. here.

For any questions about programs and resources available to graduate students through the TLL, contact Ben Hansberry, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Teaching (bhansber [at] mit.edu (bhansber[at]mit[dot]edu))

Subscribe here to the TLL Newsletter.

HARVARD CATALYST COURSES AND EVENTS

Harvard Catalyst works with Harvard University’s schools and affiliate academic healthcare centers to build and grow an environment focused on team science – where discoveries are rapidly and efficiently translated to improve human health. We catalyze research across all clinical and translational domains by providing investigators with opportunities such as pilot funding, free resources such as biostatistics consultations, training and mentoring programs, and numerous courses. To facilitate communication, collaboration, and data collection, our informatics team develops a range of open-source tools available to the community within Harvard University and beyond.

Information on courses and training through Harvard Catalyst can be found here.
A calendar of Harvard Catalyst events can be found here.
Subscribe to the Harvard Catalyst Newsletter here.

HARVARD INNOVATION LABS CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Information about the Harvard i-lab and it's upcoming events and activities can be found here.

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

FENG ZHANG LAB OPEN HOUSE

The Zhang Lab open house will be on Friday, September 22nd from 5-7pm in the Broad Institute Main Street Lobby. 

DATA + BODIES + TERRITORIES AT MIT DATA + FEMINISM LAB

We are pleased to invite you to a Data + Feminism Lab and Tierra Común conversation on data, bodies, and territories with Prof. Paola Ricaurte (ITESM, Mexico, and Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society), Prof. Julian Posadas (Yale University), Prof. Catherine D’Ignazio (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and PhD candidate Mariel García-Montes (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The conversation will center on Global Majority challenges to data colonialism. 

We would love for you to join us on Wednesday, September 20th, at 5pm at MIT Room 9-451. You can find this room by entering through the Samuel Tak Lee building (105 Mass Ave – Google Maps Link and whereis link), then taking the elevator to the fourth floor. We will have Latin American pastries, fruit, and other snacks.

MESOSCALE BRAIN MAPPING SYMPOSIUM

The Center for Mesoscale Mapping in the Martinos Center at MGH and the HST-based Neuroimaging Training Program are pleased to announce “Mesoscale Brain Mapping: Bridging Scales and Modalities in Neuroimaging,” a one-day, in person symposium bringing together researchers using a range of imaging techniques to study brain function at the intersection of the micro- and macro- scales.  Together we will explore the frontiers of our ability to visualize and quantify circuitry within a cortical column, between thalamic nuclei, and use these techniques to improve our understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders. This Symposium is for you whether you are an established investigator or an aspiring trainee, whether you work in pre-clinical models or with patients, whether you are clinician or basic scientist.

The symposium will offer:

  • Featured presentations on cutting edge research
  • A fireside chat with Jeff Lichtman, MD, PhD
  • A poster session
  • Panel discussions led by our senior faculty, with audience participation encouraged
  • Flash oral abstract presentations

When: October 10, 2023

Where: The Assembly Row campus of Mass General Brigham, 399 Revolution Dr, Somerville, MA 02145.

Featured Speakers: Elizabeth Hillman, PhD; Laura Lewis, PhD; Jeff Lichtman, MD, PhD; Jon Polimeni, PhD; Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD; Anastasia Yendiki, PhD

Moderators and Panelists: Randy Gollub, MD, PhD; Susie Huang, MD, PhD; Shahin Nasr, PhD; Roger Tootell, PhD; Brian Edlow, MD; Berkin Bilgic, PhD; Bruce Fischl, PhD; Aapo Nummenmaa, PhD; Larry Wald, PhD; Hui Wang, PhD

Symposium Organizers: Randy Gollub, MD, PhD; Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD; Larry Wald, PhD; Jonathan Polimeni, PhD; Bruce Fischl, PhD; Hui Wang,PhD; Susie Huang, MD, PhD; Aappo Nummenmaa, PhD; Meher Juttukonda, PhD; Matthew Sacchet, PhD; Amelia Kathryn Strom; Vivek Gopalakrishnan; Mark David Olchanyi

Registration is free, but space is limited. Be sure to register as soon as you are committed to attend.

For more information: Questions? Email sladieu [at] mgh.harvard.edu (sladieu[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu).

MIT SLOAN HEALTH SYSTEMS INITIATIVE: LUNCH SERIES W/DOUG WILLIAMS

Sparking a Data Revolution in Healthcare: Conversations with Leaders from Government, Industry, and Innovators

Part 1: Healthcare Industry’s Role and Outlook

  • Wednesday Oct. 4, 2023
  • Location: E62-550
  • Time: 11:30am - 1pm

Register at Sloan Groups
Lunch will be provided in person.
Join Zoom Meeting
Password: 100

Moderators:
Anne Quaadgras, Director, MIT Sloan Health Systems Initiative
Doug Williams, Product Lead, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

This is part 1 of a 3-part series; attend any or all.
Part 2: Nov 1 - Government’s Role and Outlook
Part 3: Nov 15 - What This Means for Innovators: Cloud, Generative AI, Genomics

AIMBE PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE FOR STUDENTS & POST DOCS

AIMBE is bringing back its highly acclaimed Public Policy Training Institute for Rising Leaders on October 30-31, 2023, in Washington, DC. This workshop informs undergraduate and graduate students and post docs about the policy landscape that surrounds the scientific enterprise. Top government officials, industry representatives, and senior leaders at the FDA and NIH will lead small-group discussions.  For the very first time, AIMBE will host this event in the historic Rayburn Building in the U.S. House of Representatives – setting the stage for an unmatched experience. 

Program details can be found here.

This institute is exclusively available to the AIMBE Academic Council. HST is a member of that council. As a benefit of this Academic Council membership, travel awards for underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities are available, with a September 25, 2023, application deadline.

MEMP student professional development grants are available for this event. Grant applications can be submitted here, https://forms.gle/iAW7NhhPP8BXp9Gg6,  and questions should be directed to imes_rfp [at] mit.edu (imes_rfp[at]mit[dot]edu).

NORTHEAST SYMPOSIUM ON BIOMEDICAL OPTICS (NESBO)

Registration is now open for the Northeast Symposium on Biomedical Optics (NESBO) to be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at MIT E25-111.

NESBO is a symposium organized by postdocs and graduate students where similarly early career scientists give invited talks about their research in the general area of biomedical imaging and sensing. The symposium is also a networking and professional development opportunity for early career scientists. This year's sessions in biomedical optics include: neurophotonics, translational biomedical optics, and coherent imaging at different scales.

Also included in NESBO is a poster competition (with prizes!), a panel discussion on how to choose between a career path in academia vs. industry, and a networking event at a nearby venue following the symposium (drink and food provided!).

All graduate students and postdocs are welcome to register whether they are in the field of biomedical optics or just looking to learn more.

Check out the agenda and register FREE at the link below!

https://octresearch.org/nesbo-23-tuesday-october-10/

SAVE THE DATE: VERTEX SYMPOSIUM - OCTOBER 27, 2023

Communities Reimagine Health, Safety, and Justice: Working at the Intersection of Abolition and Public Health

On 2021, the American Public Health Association adopted “Advancing Public Health Interventions to Address the Harms of the Carceral System” a policy statement that outlines strategies for “moving toward the abolition of carceral systems and building in their stead just and equitable structures that advance the public’s health.” 

On October 27, 2023, the Vertex Symposium returns for a free, hybrid program on the topic Communities Reimagine Health, Safety, and Justice: Working at the Intersection of Abolition and Public Health. In this day-long convening, we explore how communities, advocates, scholars, and policymakers are working at the intersection of abolition and public health to create an antiracist future where everyone thrives.

This is a free in-person and online event. Registration will open soon.

Find more event and schedule information here.

UPCOMING INSTITUTE COMMUNITY & EQUITY OFFICE (ICEO) EVENTS

A calendar of upcoming events is available here.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP BOSTON - EVENTS

The Medical Development Group Boston (MDG Boston) is a community of individuals professionally committed to the Medical Device and other Medical Technology Industry segments united by the belief that innovation and advances in technology lead to substantial improvements in health care.

MDG's Mission is to contribute to the continuing development of medical devices and other medical technologies by enhancing the professional development of its members, fostering and supporting entrepreneurial thinking, serving as a forum for exploration of new business opportunities, and promoting best practices in enterprise management.

MDG pursues this mission through the organization of educational programs and forums: the facilitation of cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration; the creation of venues for networking and information sharing for current and aspiring professionals, clinicians, and entrepreneurs; and the development of alliances with complementary organizations.

We would love for you to attend and spread the word in your community!

For more information on our upcoming events, visit our website.

MEDTECH BOSTON INFORMATION SOURCE & CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Boston has long been known as a medical mecca of scientific discovery. Boston’s healthcare professionals and administrators are adopting practices from other high-risk and service industries. The ‘big data’ movement is thriving, fundamentally changing our healthcare delivery systems. Digital health investments are higher than ever before. Medical hackathons and un-conferences are now an every-weekend occurrence. And both redesign and innovation promise to change medicine as we know it. It’s all happening right here, right now. But the problem is that many of us don’t know it. Despite Boston’s innovative energy and a solid medical infrastructure, many medical providers and health care entrepreneurs remain in the dark about the opportunities, events and work happening in and around the city of Boston – and across the country. That’s where we come in.

At Medtech Boston, we highlight exciting medical innovation work in and around the city of Boston. We aim to start a discussion about the most exciting and controversial new healthcare offerings, igniting a new reputation for Boston as a city with first-class medical research and patient care, but also as a city full of passionate people who use new technology to think big thoughts about medicine’s most pressing problems.

More organizational information and event postings from Medtech Boston is available here.

BRAINMAP SEMINARS

Future topics will be similar to the previous Brainmap season, with some talks on Optogenetics, MR-PET, BOLD physiology, ultra-high field MRI, multimodal integration, contrast agents, and many more exciting topics! Unless otherwise noted, seminars (webinars) are held on Wednesdays at noon.

Find out about Brainmap here. Sign up here for our mailing list, in order to receive notices about our upcoming seminars.

Student Opportunities

FLARE CAPITAL PARTNERS – 2024 FLARE CAPITAL SCHOLAR PROGRAM

Passionate about transforming healthcare through technology? Applications are now open to join the growing community of Flare Scholars – 300+ of the industry’s rising founders, operators, investors, and innovators in healthcare. The Flare Capital Scholar Program is a development program for healthcare enthusiasts interested in learning about how VC works, and especially valuable for aspiring leaders with entrepreneurial ambitions or interest in joining early-stage startups. Want to learn more? Three virtual informational sessions are scheduled for September 27 (5pm – 6pm ET, Zoom), October 5 (3pm – 4pm ET, Zoom) and October 13(12pm – 1pm ET, Zoom). To apply, click here.

About Flare Capital: Flare Capital Partners is the leading early-stage healthcare venture capital firm advancing innovation-driven companies to improve health outcomes, broaden care access, and lower healthcare costs. We partner with exceptional founders solving healthcare’s hardest challenges, supporting each with our deep sector expertise, unparalleled industry resources, and proven access to commercial opportunities. Our team of established investors and senior operating executives has invested in 50+ companies and has nearly $1 billion in assets under management. To learn more about Flare Capital Partners, visit our website.

THE CHANCELLOR'S COMMUNITY INNOVATION FUND IS BACK!

Founded and supported by the Office of the Chancellor, the Community Innovation Fund seeks to leverage the creativity and problem-solving skills of MIT students, staff, and faculty to strengthen the fabric of our community. This year, MindHandHeart invites all members of the MIT community to submit applications for programs that support the Chancellor’s Whole Student initiative via one of three themes: 

1.      Knowledge is Power: Building a More Dynamic MIT

2.      Building Belonging: Fostering Community and Wellbeing

3.      Cultivating a PEMS Mindset: Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Growth 

If you are interested in applying to or learning more about the Chancellor's Community Innovation Fund, please visit the MindHandHeart website

Applications will open September 18th, 2023, and close October 6th, 2023. 

MIT IGNITE: GENERATIVE AI ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION

As part of a series of activities related to Generative AI taking place across MIT this upcoming academic year, we are pleased to announce the “MIT Ignite: Generative AI Entrepreneurship Competition” taking place on Monday October 30. This team-based competition is co-organized by the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and chaired by Dean Anantha Chandrakasan of the School of Engineering and Dean David Schmittlein of Sloan School of Management.

The competition is open to all MIT undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who have transformative ideas for innovative projects related to generative AI and its applications across all disciplines. Below are more details:

  • Teams should be of 2-5 members who are MIT students or postdocs
  • A brief interest form to submit by September 22 at 5:00pm EDT
  • An application form including a brief project overview and team profile to submit by October 2 at 5:00pm EDT
  • Selected teams will be contacted by Monday, October 16
  • On Monday October 30 from 3:00-5:00pm selected teams will present to MIT leadership, faculty, and industry leaders at the main prize competition.
  • Five $15,000 MIT Ignite Flagship Prizes will be awarded, as well as a special first-year undergraduate student prize and several runners-up prizes.

Learn more at the MIT Ignite website

THE ACTIVATE FELLOWSHIPS FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS PROGRAM

Activate is the premier program for scientists on a mission. The two-year fellowship provides early-stage hard-tech science entrepreneurs $100K in research funding, yearly stipends of up to $110K, intensive entrepreneurial training, mentorship, networking, and other benefits. Applications open this fall. Sign up for updates.

SEEKING TEACHING ASSISTANTS FOR HST STUDY ABROAD IAP COURSE - HST.434 - EVOLUTION OF AN EPIDEMIC

HST.434 - EVOLUTION OF AN EPIDEMIC

  • January 10-22, 2024 | Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa

Course Directors: Dr. Bruce D. Walker & Dr. Howard M. Heller

Course Description: Examines the medical, scientific, public health and policy responses to a new disease, by focusing on the evolution of the AIDS pandemic and comparing/contrasting with COVID-19 and other outbreaks/epidemics/pandemics. The course begins with a review of how HIV was first detected in the US, followed by the scientific basis as to how HIV causes profound dysfunction of the body’s immune defense mechanisms, the rational development of drugs, the challenge of an HIV vaccine, and how patient advocacy and public health policy decisions have influenced the course of the global pandemics. Comparing and contrasting with COVID-19 will illuminate the lessons learned and lessons not learned that affect the evolution of pandemic diseases. Class conducted in Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa by MIT instructors.

Applicants are encouraged to view the video filmed during the course in 2018.
https://ragoninstitute.org/get-involved/education/evolution-of-an-epidemic/

Teaching Assistant
Available: January 2024 (IAP)
Eligible: Current graduate students, with preference for individuals enrolled in an HST program (MD, PhD, MEMP, GEMS)

Pay: Travel, accommodation and most meal expenses covered. Stipend TBD
Time commitment:  

  • November - 4 hours
  • December - 4 hours
  • January 10-11 (travel) - 1 day
  • January 12-21 (Johannesburg/Durban) - 12 hours/day
  • January 21-22 (travel) - 1 day

Job description

The Teaching Assistant will work with faculty and the academic administrative assistant to assist in many of the details and logistics associated with the class. Responsibilities will include:

  • Review applications with faculty.
  • Attend all lectures and field trips in Cambridge and South Africa.
  • Facilitate student group discussions.
  • Guide students as needed in developing solutions to problem sets.

Requirements:

  • Enrolled as a full-time graduate student in good standing with degree program.
  • Permission of PI.
  • Eligible for visa to South Africa.

To apply, please email a brief statement of interest with resume/CV to Maddie Rimsa mrimsa [at] mgh.harvard.edu (mrimsa[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)

STUDENT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: SCHAEFER LAB (BWH)

The Schaefer Laboratory is looking for motivated graduate students who are interested in conducting lab-based research – applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Our translational research efforts are centered on the biology, genetics, and molecular mechanisms of sarcomas with the goal to develop novel therapeutics. We use a combination of genomic, structural, functional, and multiplexed imaging studies to uncover the biologic mechanisms driving sarcoma oncogenesis. One major focus of our current research efforts is to decipher the mechanisms of cell cycle perturbations in sarcoma, paving the way for the discovery of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

Please reach out to Dr. Schaefer if you are interested in working in a collaborative, supportive, and inspiring environment dedicated to translational sarcoma research.

We’d love to have you join!

Email: ischaefer [at] bwh.harvard.edu (ischaefer[at]bwh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)

Twitter: @im_schaefer

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/inga-marie-schaefer/

Website: https://schaeferlab.bwh.harvard.edu/

KOCH INSTITUTE IMAGE AWARDS COMPETITION NOW OPEN

The 2024 KI Image Awards competition is now OPEN.

Submissions should be sent along with accompanying information to kigalleries [at] mit.edu (kigalleries[at]mit[dot]edu) —the deadline for submission is October 16th, 2023.  

All MIT students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate and each contributor may submit up to five high-resolution images taken as part of their original MIT research. 

Winning images will appear in the 2024 Image Awards exhibition, opening in May 2024 with lightning talks given by the image creators.

Details and information form are available at https://ki.mit.edu/image-awards

NUCLEATE BOSTON 2024 ACTIVATOR

Nucleate Boston is thrilled to announce that applications are open for the 2024 activator! Have a technology you are interested in commercializing? Want to technically contribute to a commercialization? Want to launch a life-science venture on the business side?

Register and learn more at an Activator info session!

Ready to apply? Apply here.
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About Nucleate
Nucleate is a student-run nonprofit organization that facilitates the commercialization of promising technologies into viable life-science ventures. Our equity-free Activator program supports companies that tackle the biggest challenges in human health (Bio Track) and sustainability (Eco Track). The program connects scientific trainees and business students with a world-class advisor network of startup founders, executives, venture investors, and renowned scientists. 

Visit our website to learn more: https://nucleate.xyz/
Follow us on LinkedIn: https://lnkd.in/eVVbBTFy
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NucleateHQ , https://twitter.com/NucleateBoston

GRADUATE COMMUNITY FELLOWS POSITIONS

Grad students, interested in improving graduate life & community at MIT while earning a partial stipend? Apply to become a Graduate Community Fellow!

When would I start? Start dates are flexible and based on the Fellow and the hiring organization. If you’re looking for a job starting this semester, over IAP, or next semester, these openings may be a great fit for you!

What would I do? Graduate Community Fellows work on projects and assignments that enhance the graduate community at MIT in targeted, impactful ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the OGE or a partner organization. See specifics below.

What are the requirements? Must meet minimal eligibility requirements and agree to the terms of appointment. Appointment periods for Fellow positions vary. All positions serve 10 hours per week, and receive compensation of $700 per month.

International students with full-time RA/TA appointments should note that there are eligibility restrictions.

Available positions are listed at the current Fellow positions page.

Some current positions are listed below; find more info on each position at the current Fellow positions page.

How do I apply? Once you’ve reviewed position details, download the application to apply. Applications for all positions are reviewed on a rolling basis. We hope to hear from you!

Questions? Contact Jessica Landry, jlandry [at] mit.edu (jlandry[at]mit[dot]edu).

MITAC OPPORTUNITIES

Welcome! The MIT Activities Committee offers discounted tickets to the MIT community for local arts and culture, sporting events, and family activities.

Visit MITAC​ ~ Your Ticket to Fun for movies, museums, sports, theatre, music, family, seasonal & special events since 1984!

  • Online Website: https://mitac.mit.edu/
  • On campus: The MITAC Stata Center ticket office is open Tues-Fri 12-4pm.

Feel free to stop by and visit!  

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Members of the MIT community: subscribe here (at the bottom of the page) to our mailing list/newsletter to receive the latest updates delivered right to your inbox!

OFFICE OF GRADUATE EDUCATION - FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOPS & FINANCIAL LITERACY RESOURCES

Fellowship Newsletter
Our Fellowship Newsletter is a monthly/bimonthly occurrence that includes upcoming opportunities and events, tips on applying to fellowships, announcements, and generally an avenue for us to relay fellowship related information. 

Interested in receiving the newsletter? Please sign up for our mailing list by clicking here. Future Graduate Fellowship Bulletins will be sent right to your email inbox.

Other financial literacy resources:

iGrad!

Check out the completely free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union).

Customized for MIT, iGrad includes videos, articles, games, job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, and spending-smarts. It is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general. Find more information at https://mit.igrad.com/. We encourage everyone to sign up!

OGE website’s Financial Literacy section: https://oge.mit.edu/finances/financial-literacy/

OGE website’s fellowships section: https://oge.mit.edu/finances/fellowships/ including Fellowships Tipshttps://oge.mit.edu/finances/fellowships/fellowship-tips/

Please reach out to the OGE at grad-ed [at] mit.edu (grad-ed[at]mit[dot]edu) with questions about our workshops or our financial literacy resources.

If there are further questions about fellowships, the OGE Fellowship section can be found here, especially the Fellowships Tips content here.  

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFFICE NEWSLETTER

Read current and past issues of the ISO Newsletter here. For non-students, you can also subscribe to receive published copies by email.

MIT GRAD DIVERSITY & ICEO NEWSLETTERS

The Office of Graduate Education (OGE)’s GradDiversity seeks to support the success of underrepresented and under-served graduate students at MIT. This takes place through a series of programs designed to strengthen recruitment, enhance community, and ignite development in academic, leadership, and professional skills.

Together with the Institute Community and Equity Office and our faculty, students, and staff from across the Institute, we are committed to fostering a more inclusive and caring climate that intellectually engages and values all members of our MIT community.

Sign up for the GradDiversity Newsletter here.

Sign up for the ICEO Newsletter here.

MIT SPOUSES & PARTNERS CONNECT AND MIT LANGUAGE CONVERSATION EXCHANGE

We connect people across MIT for conversation, cultural exchange, and friendship.

MIT Spouses & Partners Connect - open to significant others of MIT students, postdocs, and staff

KERBEROS and ID CARDS for SPOUSES & PARTNERS

MIT students and employees may sponsor a guest Kerberos account for their spouse or partner to establish their digital identity in MIT's systems. Once registered, the spouse or partner may activate their digital MIT ID and obtain a physical card if needed. 

Get started at https://ist.mit.edu/idPlease read the instructions carefully as there are different processes for those who live in an MIT residence and for those who live off campus.

For more information about where you can use your MIT ID card, see this page.

EVENTS FOR NEWCOMERS

The best way to stay up to date on all of our events and activities is to subscribe to our email newsletter!

Boston Scavenger Hunt
Saturday September 16 at 11am

Spend a great time with your family, enjoy the sights Boston has to offer while solving riddles that will teach you more facts about this amazing city. Boston's hidden treasures and surprises are waiting for you! This is a competitive game. We will have two categories of teams: adults only and adults with kids. We will assign you (and your family members if you bring them) to a team. Subscribe to our email newsletter to get notified when registration opens.

Private Consult with MS&PC Staff
Facilitated by Program Manager, Jennifer Recklet Tassi, this private appointment via Zoom or in-person is a time to ask questions, voice concerns, and reimagine your life here in Boston. We can spend the time talking about whatever is on your mind - from job search and career development to navigating a new city to figuring out how to make your experience in Boston productive and meaningful.

Appointments will be available at various times during the week.

Book a 30-minute private Zoom or in-person appointment here: https://mspc.youcanbook.me/

FALL PREVIEW

Subscribe to our email newsletter or visit our event calendar for all of the dates and details

  • Weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 2pm starting September 13
  • Career Connect Communications Group starting mid-September
  • For Parents –Open Swim, Music Classes, Kids Clothing Exchange
  • English Conversation Group on Fridays
  • Monthly Crafternoons
  • MS&PC Professional Development Fund
  • And much more…

BEST WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT OUR EVENTS

MIT Language Conversation Exchange - open to all members of the MIT community

Save the Date for our Fall Events – Meet Eat Speak!

Practice a language with a group of native speakers and other language learners, meet other language enthusiasts, and learn about the LCE.

  • 12 noon in 10-105 on October 2, November 13, December 11 (lunch provided)
  • 5pm in 10-105 on September 21, October 20 (snacks provided)          

How to find a conversation partner at MIT so you can practice a language you are learning or want to improve with a native speaker.

Visit our websitehttp://lce.mit.edu

  • Search and contact native speakers of languages you want to practice for one-on-one conversation held at your convenience
  • Watch this video to learn how our website works

Join our Slack Spacehttps://bit.ly/lce-slack

  • Join or create channels for the languages you are interested in
  • Practice your writing skills while meeting other people at MIT who share your language interests

Subscribe to our newsletterhttps://lce.mit.edu/subscribe

  • Stay informed about upcoming small group meetings & events

GET IN TOUCH WITH THE LCE

Email us at lce [at] mit.edu (lce[at]mit[dot]edu)

Follow us on Facebook @MITLCE

Visit our calendar

COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEKLY BULLETIN

At the heart of the MIT mission statement is a call to serve the nation and the world—and this charge is embodied by the MIT Public Service Center. Every year, we send thousands of students into communities locally, across the nation, and around the globe to apply their skills and knowledge for the betterment of humankind. In the Institute's best traditions of hands-on experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative problem solving, these students donate their time, create new technologies, form communities and companies—and ultimately change lives everywhere they go.

As part of MIT's Division of Student Life, we provide a central point of communication and support for the outreach and humanitarian efforts of the MIT community. We engage students, alumni, staff, faculty, and others in life-changing initiatives and social entrepreneurship ventures that provide needed resources to individuals and communities.

Sign up for the weekly Community Service Bulletin of Events and Programs here.

News and upcoming events are posted on the homepage.

Professional Opportunities

FDA-NIOSH-MIT ORISE: OPEN POSITION

A joint project with FDA-NIOSH is open. It requires rapid action to fill a position that would be a type of ORISE fellowship (2 years).

https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/FDA-ORA-2023-04

The posting  is written in broad terms and does not include all the specifics and is written with emphasis on the protective equipment side. Depending on qualifications of the fellow, the project will include work with BSL1 or 2 organisms and fluorescence/RNA technology developments in addition to nano- or micro-particles and complex fluids to address a number of fundamental questions on the fragmentation from human-like exhalations and their persistence. 

The fellow will in practice spend a lot of time in our Fluids and Health Network at MIT (and primary The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory at MIT for biological work) and rest of the time in other labs at MIT-IMES and FDA in MA  and with our collaborating team involving NIOSH as well. 

Expression of interest are time-sensitive and can be done via the submission site or email to bgadmin [at] mit.edu (bgadmin[at]mit[dot]edu) are needed this and next week as the posting will close imminently. 

For questions about the position and project contact bgadmin [at] mit.edu (bgadmin[at]mit[dot]edu)

STANFORD PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS HUB POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS PROGRAM

We’d like to invite you to apply for the Pandemic Preparedness Hub Postdoctoral Fellows Program.

Overview

Stanford University is recruiting outstanding postdoctoral fellows for a fellowship in Pandemic Preparedness. This interdisciplinary fellowship will train recent doctoral graduates from any field who would like to pursue a career in advancing science to prevent or mitigate infectious disease pandemics. Fellows may work with any Stanford faculty members who are affiliated with the new Pandemic Preparedness Hub. Relevant disciplines may include epidemiology, community health, ecology, immunology, clinical-translational science, genetics, biomedical data sciences and health policy. Trainees who have trained in other disciplines and would like to transition their career to focus on infectious diseases are encouraged to apply and should demonstrate their commitment to this path. Each fellow will create a professional development plan with a professional mentorship team that includes their scientific mentor and senior faculty in the Pandemic Preparedness Hub. Faculty and fellows will convene regularly to share their work and identify opportunities for synergies across disciplines. In addition to salary and benefits, each fellow will research a research fund to utilize for pursuit of their own ideas.

Benefits

  1. Competitive salary and benefits for two years
  2. A research budget for each fellow for two years
  3. Senior faculty mentorship, professional development, and networking support
  4. A diverse community of scholars with common professional interests and value

Requirements

  1. MD within 3 years of completion of clinical training or PhD within 3 years of graduation as of September 1, 2024

Application

To apply, please submit a 500 – 1000 word personal statement that describes your experience, interests, and goals for a fellowship with the Pandemic Preparedness Hub via our online form. For trainees who are currently working in a research lab, the Pandemic Preparedness Hub Fellowship should support a new research direction, training and project that is fundamentally distinct from the candidate’s existing research; continuation of existing projects will not be supported. Please indicate how your training and research plans will represent new areas of research, training and professional growth.

To learn more about the program, including application requirements, please visit pandemichub.stanford.edu, or contact Lauren Hailey, lohailey [at] stanford.edu (lohailey[at]stanford[dot]edu)

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY AND SHIRLEY RYAN ABILITYLAB POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OPENINGS

Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), announces several post-doctoral fellowship positions. All positions are two-year, full-time fellowships that provide an opportunity for individuals who have completed a PhD or other terminal degree to gain expertise and experience in health services research broadly, with the goal of preparing for a scholarly career. All openings are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; research activities must relate to NIDILRR’s Long Range Plan.

Information about and application requirements are available on the Integrated Program in Health Services and Outcomes Research website: https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/cehs/fellowships/index.html

Contact Allen Heinemann at 312.238.2920 or a-heinemann [at] northwestern.edu (a-heinemann[at]northwestern[dot]edu) for questions about eligibility and program fit. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are affirmative action, equal opportunity employers.

MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER - RECRUITING POSTDOCS - APPLY NOW

Postdoctoral training opportunities are available in Biological, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is actively recruiting talented researchers to join us for the next phase of their career. MSK is a top-ranked cancer center that consistently produces innovative research aimed at preventing, controlling, and ultimately curing cancer among other diseases. We write to actively invite your graduating or recently graduated PhD students as well as postdocs seeking more experience to apply to be a part of MSK. We’d greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word amongst your students.

At MSK, postdoctoral trainees are embedded in a scientifically invigorating environment in the heart of NYC, an exciting hub for biomedical research. Postdocs would join a vibrant community of nearly 500 others pursuing a fertile range of scientific topics, all the while developing their skills and professional potential among a diverse mix of talented colleagues.

MSK provides postdoctoral researchers with a highly competitive salary and benefits package with yearly increases; full medical, dental, and vision coverage for themselves and any eligible dependents; low-cost housing options, affordable childcare, and minimum of 12 week paid parental leave.

To learn more about the diverse laboratory specialties in SKI and in Memorial Hospital and to peruse currently open positions, please visit our Postdoctoral Opportunities page HERE and the Career portal HERE, where candidates can also upload their CV to be contacted about future opportunities.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education offers an extensive range of clinical research training opportunities to prepare the next generation of clinician-scientists. Brief descriptions of the programs are provided below. As world’s largest biomedical research agency, the NIH encourages future clinician-scientists and medical researchers to consider adding an NIH experience to their portfolio.

Graduate Medical Education
NIH currently sponsor 17 medical specialty or subspecialty programs which have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We also jointly sponsor clinical training programs with extramural training partners, to include Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and the National Capital Consortium. In addition, we sponsor numerous "one of kind" translational medicine fellowship training programs. https://cc.nih.gov/training/gme/programs1.html

Clinical Elective Programs
Short term—4 to 12 week—clinically oriented elective rotations for senior medical and dental students; unique mentored specialty/subspecialty clinical research rotations are also available for combined program students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD). https://cc.nih.gov/training/students/clinical_electives.html

Postdoctoral Research Training Awards
Provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postdoc_irp

Graduate Partnerships Program
This program is designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/gpp

IIE EU - U.S.  EDUCATION COOPERATION FOR RESEARCHERS

For information on EU – U.S. cooperation in doctoral and postdoctoral education opportunities for U.S. researchers and organizations. Visit IIE online at www.iie.org. Please contact the programs directly for additional information or with any questions you may have.

A quote from a recent Fulbright U.S. student, "My advice to Fulbrighters of the future is that which was given to me. Go at it with an open mind; your experience will not be anything like you predicted and will mark you indelibly, but it will be great."

Career & Financial Guidance Programs

MCKINSEY AND COMPANY RECRUITING

The Advanced Professional Degree (APD) recruiting team is excited to share our March APD recruiting newsletter with you. Below you’ll find more information about our upcoming virtual recruiting events, including details for our flagship programs - Insight & Diversity Connect! Scroll down for more information.

Virtual Events
Join us for our upcoming virtual events! Stay up to date with our full list of events by clicking here.

You can view a full list of upcoming affinity-specific events here.

CAPD'S NEW FACULTY JOB SEARCH SERIES

Join us for CAPD’s New Faculty Job Search Series and prepare yourself to strategize, anticipate, and effectively execute a faculty job search. These workshops will help you understand the conventions and expectations for required documents (CVs, cover letters, diversity statements, teaching statements, and research statements); revise, polish, and perfect your application materials; develop interview skills; and be ready to negotiate salary, benefits, research provisions, and more. These workshops are open to MIT Graduate Students and Postdocs, and you may register for all the workshops or just the few that you need.

You’ll find the latest updates on upcoming workshops in your CAPD Newsletters or you can always check the CAPD Events page. Sign up for our newsletters and automated emails by updating your uConnect profile and preferences.

Have questions? Contact us.

MIT ALUMNI ADVISORS HUB - ADVISING OPPORTUNITY FOR MIT STUDENTS

The MIT Alumni Advisors Hub is an online platform that students can use to ask for advice when they need it—from MIT alumni around the world. Students can get advice on their job and internship search, conduct a mock interview or informational interview, explore career paths and future entrepreneurial pursuits, and navigating life at MIT.

Sign up to gain access to a community of alumni who are eager to share their advice at https://alumniadvisors.mit.edu/.

Find an advisor today!

UPCOMING MIT CAREER FAIRS

MIT has a diverse range of career fairs, only a few of which are run by Career Advising & Professional Development. Others are managed by student organizations or academic departments. MIT students are also welcome at some fairs hosted by companies, professional organizations, and other universities.

To get the most of your career fair experience, see our Tips for Career Fair Success. You can also view the CAPD events calendar for career fair workshops.

Find out more about career fairs at MIT.

MIT'S IGRAD FINANCIAL LITERACY & CAREER RESOURCES PORTAL

The OGE sponsors MIT's iGrad financial literacy portal, with resources to help with financial support.

The iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered for free to the entire MIT community in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union) is customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending smarts, etc. it is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general.

More information can be found at oge.mit.edu/finances     

GRADUATE STUDENT CAREER EVENTS - WEBSITE & CALENDAR

For those who are looking for other resources, recordings of career related workshops and sessions for grad students available here: http://capd.mit.edu

The CAPD Event calendar can be found here. 

Sign up for the Graduate Student Career Advising mailing list here.

CAPD OFFERS THE VERSATILE PHD RESOURCE TOOL

MIT Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) is pleased to announce MIT’s subscription to The Versatile PhD, a web-based resource for PhDs considering careers beyond academia. Our subscription, generously supported by OGE, can be accessed by students and alumni via CAPD’s webpage and student CareerBridge accounts. Once students register, they can simply log in to the site directly (www.versatilephd.com)

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