July 6, 2012
This Week in HST
Volume 13, Number 13



HST Community Notices

 

Course Information

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

Student Opportunities

 

Professional Opportunities

Career Programs

 


HST Community Notices

 

KOCH INSTITUTE (KI) IMAGE AWARDS
 
The KI announces the reopening of the Koch Institute Image Awards.  If you would like to see your work displayed in one of the large backlit frames in the KI lobby where it will capture the attention of MIT community members, campus visitors, and countless others in Kendall Square, you are encouraged to enter this year's contest.  Several images from HST affiliates were selected last year.  
 
The contest is open to all MIT students, faculty, staff and members of affiliated institutions, and submissions may be any life-science-relevant visuals generated through the contributor's own research.  Submissions will be accepted until October 1, 2012 at 11:59PM.  Ten winning images will be chosen by an expert panel and displayed in the gallery from March 2013 to March 2014.
 
To submit your images (up to five per contributor per year), simply send your image to kigalleries@mit.edu along with a completed information form (attached).  Please feel free to contact Alexander Fiorentino, Public Outreach Coordinator, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, 617-324-2291, http://ki.mit.edu at the email address above with any questions about the contest.
 
The KI is looking forward to seeing another round of stunning images from your research!
 
 
 
MEMP WINS ORVILLE AND WILBUR WRIGHT GRADUATE AWARD
 
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected MEMP student Rachel Ellman to receive the AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award.
 
Congratulations to Rachel!
 
For more about this award, see this link.
 
For more about AIAA, see its website.  (6/8/2012)
 
 
 
HST REFS (RESOURCES FOR EASING FRICTION AND STRESS) INVITE CONTACT
 
The HST REFS want to remind you that they are here for you if you are feeling stressed, frustrated, or simply want to talk to someone. The team is made up of five past and present HST students who are formally trained in mediation services, and can provide confidentiality and function independently of MIT. They are here to be your first point of contact for a range of issues including conflicts within lab or matters of a more personal nature. For more information about them, visit:  http://hst.mit.edu/people/students/hst-refs.

Office hours will be held in the REFS room; this is within the HST student lounge (E25-303) on the MIT campus. Any of the REFS are also available for scheduled meetings at a mutually convenient time and location, so please feel free to email them at hst-refs@mit.edu.
 


Course Information

 

MOLECULAR, CELLULAR AND TISSUE BIOMECHANICS

This fall 2012 MIT course has been recently revamped and will be taught by a number of well-known faculty in the field of biomechanics. The course director is Dr. Roger Kamm.

For complete information, see the attached flyer.

 

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY AND PRECLINICAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

  • 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 21, 2012

A one-day workshop on medicinal chemistry and preclinical drug development is being organized by a HMS-based center grant, to be held on September 21, 2012 in Cambridge.  The primary intended audience is academic researchers who are planning or actively pursuing projects in chemical biology and drug discovery, and the overall goal of the workshop is to educate participants about the path from early discovery towards medicinal chemistry and preclinical development.

The workshop is free, but registration is required.  General information and registration are available online at:  http://nerce.med.harvard.edu/MedChem.html .

NERCE will contact registrants by August 31, 2012 to confirm participation.
 


Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

 

MILLENIUM CAMPUS CONFERENCE 2012
 
On September 14-15, 2012, at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, a mass gathering of 1,000 students and 100 professionals will take place to update the world's youth on the progress of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. 
 
This summit, called the Millennium Campus Conference, is run by students for students who have an interest in international or domestic development work.  The conference strives to provide some of the highest levels of thought on important topics such as social enterprise, gender equality, foreign aid, and technology innovation.  This is also an incredible opportunity to network with other aspiring students, NGO's, and government agencies.
 
Join us and other major keynotes speakers who in the past have included Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, K'naan, John Legend, Scott Harrison, and more.  We are looking for the right kind of attendees: those who have a deep passion or curiosity for doing work that changes lives.
 
 
P.S. Until July 15, a 15% discount code -- MIT10 -- will be running through our registration page.
 
 
 
SCIENCE SHAPING OUR WORLD (SHOW):  BEYOND TREADING WATER: FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF TUMOR INITIATION AND MAINTENANCE
  • Thursday, July 26, 2012
  • 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Harvard Institutes of Medicine
, Bray Room - First Floor
, 4 Black Fan Circle, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Keynote Speaker: Craig J. Ceol, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School
Attendance is free but pre-registration is required.  Register at: http://showjuly2012.eventbrite.com/
 
July’s SHOW will focus on the genetic pathways that drive the development of cancer. Specifically, we will look at melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, which has been on the rise of late. Though making up only five percent of skin cancers cases, melanoma is responsible for a large number of the deaths associated with skin cancers, having a particularly poor prognosis when diagnosed in its later stages. Our special guest speaker, Dr. Craig J. Ceol, has been working to identify the genetic defects responsible for the growth of tumors, specifically malignant melanoma.
 
Dr. Ceol’s research goal is to identify genes and cells that will be useful as diagnostic and prognostic markers of disease as well as therapeutic targets. Prior to joining UMass Medical School in 2010, Dr. Ceol was an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and prior to that a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Leonard I. Zon, MD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and at Children’s Hospital Boston. He earned his PhD in the lab of Nobel Laureate H. Robert Horvitz, PhD, HHMI Investigator, at MIT and has also worked as an associate scientist at Eli Lilly and Company.
 
Please join us for an evening of science, innovation, and networking. Event registration is free and required with event sign-in beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Harvard Institutes of Medicine. Presentation and discussion will follow from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Further, you are encouraged to bring your business cards, and enthusiasm, for an evening of networking following the presentation from 8:00-9:00 p.m. with a networking icebreaker led by Lauren Celano, CEO of Propel Careers. Light food and refreshments will be provided during the networking portion of the evening.
 
 
 
IEEE-EMBS HEALTHCARE INNOVATION CONFERENCE
 
This fall's IEEE Healthcare Innovation Conference will integrate medicine and healthcare with engineering.  The conference will take place in Houston, Texas from November 7-9, 2012.  
 
The conference organizers are looking for one-page abstracts or four-page papers in research that applies to medicine and technology that might not precisely fit in either medical or engineering journals.
 
For more information, see:  http://healthinnov.embs.org/2012conf/.
 
 
 
HMS JOINT PROGRAM IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE (JPNM): SEMINAR SERIES IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING AND INTRO TO MOLECULAR IMAGING COURSE
 
The HMS JPNM offers a weekly seminar series from September through May and a course from September through April. Sessions for the course will be held in a new location--the Goldenson Building, HMS Quad, Room 122. Seminars are held in Fred S. Rosen Lecture Hall, HMS Quad, 1st Floor, Modell Center, Armenise Building.

Seminars are held on Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. The course is held on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

A schedule of upcoming course lectures can be found here.  The course is organized by Amin I. Kassis, PhD, (amin_kassis@hms.harvard.edu).

A schedule of upcoming seminars can be found here.

Please see both calendars for weekly updates.

S. Ted Treves, MD, Program Director, ted.treves@childrens.harvard.edu.

If you would like to be added to the weekly email distribution list for the lectures, please send an email to:
Jennifer Duane, JPNM Program Administrator, jpnm@childrens.harvard.edu.

 

BRAINMAP SEMINARS

Here is a link to the 2011/2012 Brainmap season.

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 are held on Wednesdays at noon in seminar room CNY2204, MGH/Charlestown, Building 149.

To sign up for the mailing list, please go to: https://mail.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/brainma

The Brainmap Seminar Series will continue in September.  All recorded talks will be available on the website shortly.

 


Student Opportunities

 

MIT GSC DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP (DBC)

The DBC is a one-and-a-half week camp that provides students who are currently working on their dissertation with a quiet and focused environment. Breakfast and coffee are provided each day, and various speakers will be joining us to discuss dissertation writing strategies, ways to maintain healthy habits during dissertation writing, and positive stretching techniques. The details of the camp are listed below:
 
When:     9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., July 16-25
 
Where:    Pritchett, Walker Memorial
 
Contact:  Pavitra Krishnaswamy, pavitrak@mit.edu

 

SKTECH/MIT INNOVATION WORKSHOP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education has recently learned of an exciting summer professional development opportunity for graduate students who are beginning programs in September 2012 and can arrange to arrive on campus early, as well as for eligible continuing students. 
 
Sponsor: The SkTech/MIT Initiative (the new collaboration between Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and MIT)
http://web.mit.edu/sktech/index.html. There will be no cost to the selected graduate students or to their departments.
 
When: August 6 – August 31, 2012
 
Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Networking events and other social activities may take place during evening hours.
 
Where: MIT campus
 
Eligibility:
  1. For incoming graduate students entering terminal masters or doctoral programs in September 2012.
  2. For continuing graduate students enrolled in terminal masters or doctoral programs. 
  3. Note: Students who have already committed to work for a faculty member during the program dates (with either RA support or fellowship support) must have written approval from this faculty member to participate in the workshop.
Room and Board:  Participants who do not have an alternate source of stipend during this period may apply for a stipend of up to $2,758 to cover room and board costs for the duration of the program.
 
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SkTech) in Skolkovo, Russia (http://www.skolkovotech.ru/) has admitted an initial class of 21 graduate students.  As SkTechdoes not have a campus yet, these students will spend next year at one of four universities:  MIT, Imperial College London, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and ETH Zurich. Before starting the academic year, all of these students will come to MIT for the month of August for an Innovation Workshop. They will be joined by another dozen or so student participants from the partner schools (Imperial, HKUST, ETH Zurich) and from other Russian Universities.
 
There is an opportunity for four MIT graduate students to participate in this month-long, intensive workshop.  Attached please see a draft prospectus for the workshop, designed by Prof. Charlie Cooney (Chemical Engineering) and his associate, Dr. Luis Perez-Breva (Chemical Engineering). This workshop is a distinctive educational opportunity to learn about technological innovation, as well as a valuable opportunity to interact with this select group of visiting students.
 
Interested students should send the following as a single PDF file to Jessica Landry, jlandry@mit.edu by 5:00 PM on Thursday, July 12, 2012:
  • Cover letter as to why this opportunity would benefit their graduate education
  • CV or resume
  • Unofficial transcript or grade report
  • Half-page research summary, including current summer activities
  • Brief statement of approval from the student’s MIT thesis advisor, if relevant (if already in a thesis program)
Feel free to contact Jessica with any questions.
 
 

 PILOT PROGRAM LAUNCHED FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN MEDICAL DEVICE ENTREPRENEURSHOP

Are you interested in starting a medical device company? Do you want a closer look at the market than you’ve ever had before?

MA Medical Angels (MA2)--www.massmedangels.com--is working with physicians at Bay State Medical Center          (www.baystatehealth.org) in Springfield, MA who have agreed to embed a small number of graduate students and medical device entrepreneurs in their clinical practice.  As part of a limited pilot launch of this program, they are accepting applications for four slots. Successful applicants will follow one or more physicians in various specialties, for 3-6 sessions spread overthree weeks in mid-July/August 2012.  Follow-up meetings with the physicians and experienced medical device entrepreneurs and funders will follow, to develop ideas and discuss commercialization.
 
Bay State Medical Center was recently ranked as one of the top 15 hospitals in the US by Thomson Reuters and just opened their “Hospital of the Future” expansion wing.  Together with the physicians at Bay State, we hope to learn about exciting clinical unmet needs and formulate potential approaches for solving these important medical problems.
 
Please contact Andrea Stamp, stamp@massmedic.com, for more details.

 

VOLUNTEERING AT ROSIE'S PLACE

Rosie's Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women, is looking for people to volunteer over the summer. One of the tasks that they need help with is escorting shoppers in their food pantry. This means that we would be would be distributing produce, stocking shelves, and making pre-made bags of groceries. 
 
To gauge interest, please email Rachel Horwitz, horwitzr@MIT.EDU, with which of the days listed below you'd be available from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to help out.  Rachel will notify those interested once a date is confirmed. 
 
If these dates do not work for you but you would like to volunteer another time, please let Rachel know:
  • Thursday, July 19
  • Friday, July 20
  • Monday, July 23

 

OPENING FOR BME DOCTORAL STUDENT IN BIOMECHANICS OF HEART VALVE BIOMATERIAL BEHAVIOR

Biomechanics Experimental Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences The University of Texas at Austin
 
The Biomechanics Experimental Laboratory, housed in the BME building, of the Center for Cardiovascular Simulation (CCS) has an immediate opening for a highly motivated student interested in pursuing a Doctorate in Biomedical or Mechanical Engineering.  The focus of this project is to work on a new NIH-funded project on developing novel models of fatigue damage in bioprosthetic heart valve biomaterials. Some specifics include characterizing novel biomaterial behaviors, acquiring novel biomechanical data from large animal studies, quantifying structural changes at the molecular, fiber, and tissue levels, and assisting in developing novel fatigue damage models.  The ideal applicant will have:
  • BS and MS degrees in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering.
  • Significant previous experience in tissue level biomechanics.
  • Strong interest in biomaterials.
  • Strong interest in designing and conducting biomechanical experiments.
  • Strong interest in conducting microscale morphology studies.
  • Performing detailed data analysis and simulations of the fatigue damage process.
  • Have superb communication skills and be willing to travel to collaborator's laboratories to conduct studies.
Please send a complete CV, publications, and reference contacts by email to msacks@ices.utexas.edu
 
For further information, please contact:
Michael Sacks, Ph.D.
W. A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr. Simulation-Based Engineering Science Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) The University of Texas at Austin
201 East 24th Street, ACES 5.438
1 University Station, C0200
Austin TX 78712-0027  U.S.A. 

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS IN NEUROTECHNOLOGY

RA positions are available in the Yanik Lab at MIT (www.rle.mit.edu/Yanik) in:

  • development of novel technologies for neurobiology and bioengineering,
  • discovery of genetic pathways and drug candidates targeting neural degeneration/regeneration and directed neuronal differentiation using advanced in vivo and in vitro high-throughput methods, and 
  • translational research using cellular reprogramming, neuronal tissue engineering, and in vivo implantation of somatic and/or induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) derived neurons. 
We use a variety of methods including microfluidics, micromanipulation, robotics, ultrafast optics, advanced microscopy, machine learning, genetics, photochemistry, and biochemistry. 
 
We also work with a variety of organisms and preparations ranging from zebrafish, primary rodent and human brain tissues and cultured brain slices to human embryonic stem cell derived neurons. 
 
Candidates with experience in neuroscience, bioengineering, and/or engineering/ physics/ chemistry disciplines are sought. Good communication skills and willingness to work in a highly multidisciplinary and friendly team with other engineers, bioengineers, biochemists, and neurobiologists are expected. 
 
The positions will be supported through NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, NIH EUREKA Award, NIH Transformative Research Award, NIH Director's New Innovator Award, and Packard Award in Science and Engineering, as well as other prestigious awards. 
 
Please send a brief email describing research experience and CV to yanik@mit.edu. (6/8/2012)
 
 
 
SUMMER TA COURSE DEVELOPMENT POSITION FOR HST.583:  FUNCTIONAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING:  DATA ACQUISITION AND ANALYSIS
 
A full- or part-time TA position is available for summer 2012 term.  Flexible hours.  
 
Duties include:
  1. assisting with development of fMRI data acquisition and analysis laboratories, problem sets and exams and
  2. assisting in the selection of required reading materials.  
If interested, please contact course director Randy Gollub at rgollub@partners.org.
 
 
 
TA POSITION FOR HST.583:  FUNCTIONAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING:  DATA ACQUISITION AND ANALYSIS
 
A part-time TA position is available for the Fall 2012 term.  
 
Class meets Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
 
Duties include minimal administrative tasks, attending class regularly, holding review sessions, assisting with development, administration and grading of laboratories, problem sets and exams.  
 
If interested, please contact course director Randy Gollub at rgollub@partners.org.
 
 
 
GRADUATE COMMUNITY FELLOW APPLICATIONS
 
MIT's Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) has openings for Graduate Community Fellows beginning in the summer of 2012.  
 
Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance MIT graduate community in unique ways. Each fellow reports to a staff member in the ODGE or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project.  Fellows receive partial stipend support for the length of their appointment period. 
 
Please see the website for available assignments and an application form:  http://odge.mit.edu/community/gcf/.   Additional positions became available on June 30
 
 

Professional Opportunities

 

BURROUGHS-WELLCOME FUND (BWF) - 2012 CAREER AWARDS AT THE SCIENTIFIC INTERFACE

SELF-NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED: Now Accepting Proposals

Advancing the careers of physical, chemical or computational science researchers and engineers whose work addresses biological questions.
 
Preproposal Deadline: September 4, 2012
 
BWF’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface provide $500,000 to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first years of faculty service.  These awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences and engineers whose work addresses biological questions. 
 
These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents.
 
Eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate by submitting a preproposal by September 4, 2012. 
 
Preproposals will be reviewed by the Interfaces in Science Advisory Committee and selected candidates will be invited to submit a full application. Full invited applications must be submitted by January 10, 2013.
 
 
For full grant details, see www.bwfund.org.
 
Prior to 2010, candidates for this award were nominated by North American degree-granting institutions.  Since 2010, eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate by submitting a preproposal.
 
An eligibility quiz has been created to assist you in determining whether you are eligible to apply for this award. Successful completion of the quiz will take you directly to the preproposal application. You will be notified upon conclusion of the quiz if you are not eligible to continue.
 

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION

I am seeking a postdoctoral fellow who would work with me in collaborative research on statistical analysis of neural data. The research topics will be selected based, in part, on the skills and interests of the candidate. 

Currently I am interested especially in developing new methods for analyzing data from multiple spike trains, LFP, fMRI, MEG, and diffusion imaging in order to investigate visual attention, visual perception including face and object recognition, olfactory coding, brain damage due to trauma, movement disorders, and psychiatric disorders. 
 
Candidates should have strong programming skills. Some background in statistics and machine learning is desirable. The appointment would be in Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and could include cross-appointment in the Department of Statistics and/or the Machine Learning Department. Salary will be highly competitive.
 
To apply, or to get further information, please contact me and send a CV.
 
 
 

Career Programs

 

MANY NEW POSITIONS AND INTERNSHIPS LISTED ON MIT'S CAREERBRIDGE; COUNSELING AVAILABLE DURING THE SUMMER

More than 200 positions--ranging from internships to full-time experienced types--have been posted in the past few weeks, with many related to the HST focus.

See: www.myinterfase.com/mit/student/

To schedule an appointment with a counselor, login to CareerBridge (www.myinterfase.com/mit/student) and select "Make an Appointment" on the left.  You’ll be able to select a Career Appointment (one hour) or Resume/Cover Letter appointment (half an hour). 
 
To find jobs and internships, login to CareerBridge and select Job Search from the top menu.  Make your search as general as possible, as many employers do not specify degree types or graduation dates.  Just enter whether you are looking for Internship or Full Time, and then look through all active postings posted since the last time you looked.
 
If you are looking for an internship, don’t forget the postings available through iNet as well (https://inet-csm.symplicity.com/students/).
 
 
 
PROPEL CAREERS FUTURES IN LIFE SCIENCES (FILS) EVENTS FOR 2012
 
Below is the schedule of events for the 2012 FILS Event Series. These events will occur in Kendall Square, Cambridge.
 
September 11, 2012
Bio-Informatics/Modeling Career Paths
 
October 16, 2012
Commercialization 2 (Reimbursement, Pharmacoeconomics, and Market Access) Career Paths
For more details and to register: http://fils72012.eventbrite.com/ 
 
November 20, 2012
Finance, Legal, Operations Career Paths
For more details and to register: http://fils82012.eventbrite.com/

 

LIVE AND ONLINE WORKSHOPS: MIT GLOBAL EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Attend career development workshops on campus and from the comfort of your home! Access online workshops on career-related topics (such as resumes, cover letters, interviewing, presentation skills, and networking) and view the GECD event calendar to learn about upcoming workshops and events being held at MIT. Do a general search on CareerBridge under Job Search! Make an appointment to meet with a counselor at the Career Development Center by calling 617-253-4733; you may also sign up for appointments online via CareerBridge. More information at careers.mit.edu.

 

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