Symposium on The State of Women in Biomedical Science

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There’s an upcoming symposium that focuses on women in the biomedical sciences, which everyone who can should attend. It is sponsored through funds from Claire’s Natalie Zucker Chair.  We hope everyone can engage with the speakers on this subject.

The State of Women in Biomedical Sciences: A Call to Action

March 19, 2018 from 2-6 pm

Behrakis Auditorium

150 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA.


The goal of the symposium is raise awareness of the challenges facing women biomedical scientists in academia and industry, and to discuss ways to promote equal opportunities for women and men. The format will be four talks followed by a panel where all four speakers will take questions from the audience. A reception will follow the panel to give everyone a chance to meet the speakers and to network.


Here are our speakers and their topics:

  • Nancy Hopkins, PhD, Professor, MIT
    • We’ve come a long way – but not far enough
  • Vicki Lundblad, PhD, Professor, Salk Institute
    • Women scientists need to tell their stories
  • Joanne Kamens, PhD, Executive Director, Addgene
    • Implicit Bias – Tactics for Change
  • Judge Nancy Gertner, (Retired), Professor, Harvard Law School
    • In Defense of Women: Stories from a Lifelong Advocate

Thy symposium is open to the public and free of charge.  Be sure to register at as seating is limited.  Also, please help us get the word out and forward this e-mail to any interested colleagues or post the attached flyer in your building.

We think this symposium will address an issue of broad impact at a time when women are feeling more encouraged to speak up about their concerns, and we hope that it will inspire efforts from both scientists and administrators to insure greater gender equity in biomedical science.

See you there!


Claire Moore



Claire Moore, Ph.D
Natalie V. Zucker Professor
Director, Training in Education and Critical Research Skills (TEACRS) Postdoctoral Program

LiCor scientific reproducibility seminar – Lunch provided

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We are co-sponsoring an event on reproducibility and publications with LI-COR. Mark your calendars!

LiCor scientific reproducibility seminar – Lunch provided

When: Tue, March 20, 12:00 – 13:00

Where: Boston – Sackler 507


LiCor scientific reproducibility seminar – Lunch provided

When: Wed, March 21, 12:00 – 13:00

Where: Medford – SciTech 134

Due to the reproducibility crisis, guidelines for publishing experimental data, including those from Western blotting experiments, are becoming more rigid in scientific journals. In this seminar, we will address the sources of variability in Western blot data acquisition and analysis and explore how LI-COR’s technology minimizes variability and simplifies data analysis in Western blots, allowing for more accurate, reproducible data. We will also discuss new journal guidelines for publishing Western blot data and tools that can help researchers meet these new standards. From this seminar, researchers will learn the best practices for acquisition and analysis of Western blot data and which tools can help them obtain robust and reproducible data from their Western blotting experiments.

Science Careers Job Fair

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We received this event invitation for those looking to pursue industry positions in the future. We recommend registering for this free event in advance!

I’m delighted to let you know that Science Careers has partnered with Harvard University to produce a unique Science Career Fair open to all on March 14, 2018. I would be grateful if you could help to advertise this event widely!

Join us for a chance to meet with top scientific organizations and get important advice from career experts. The combination of valuable career development seminars, company presentations, and exciting career opportunities make this a free “must-attend” event for scientists. The event will include 4 sessions: Exploring Bioscience and Entrepreneurship; Networking for Scientists; Science Communication and Public Engagement Fundamentals; and Transitioning into a Non-academic Career.

In addition, the following companies will offer presentations: Pfizer; EMD Serono; MilliporeSigma & EMD Performance Materials; FAPESP -Sao Paulo Brazil Research Foundation; Jackson Laboratories; and Moderna Therapeutics.

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Location: Northwest Science Building, 52 Oxford Street, B100, Harvard campus, Cambridge, MA
Time: 11:00 am – 5 pm EST

For more details and to register, visit

Short Course – Navigating the Corporate Environment

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The Sackler School has opened registration for their next short course, focused on preparing individuals for industry. If you’re heading to industry, register soon — seats are limited.

We are pleased and proud to announce a new short course “NAVIGATING THE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT”. This course continues our series of courses and seminars designed to educate and train students and postdocs toward career excellence in academia and across the biomedical workforce. This course will provide an introductory understanding of working in biotech, pharma and research organizations.

This course will combine lecture and interactive activities from a Northeastern University Business faculty with discussions with alumni and others from a variety of companies.  Topics will include managing people, understand culture, working in groups, teamwork, organizational structure, company overviews, the market and associated peers, roles within an organization and how to be successful in a corporate environment.

This course will consist of five 2-hour sessions on Thursday evenings from 6 – 8 pm, starting on Thursday, March 1.  Subsequent sessions will be on March 8, 15, 22 and 29.  Attendance at all five sessions is mandatory as are pre -and post-course surveys and a $20.00 course fee. The class size is limited to 30, and will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please note this is a not-for-credit course.  A light dinner will be served for each seminar!

Register for this event, now!

Monthly Coffee Hours – February 2018

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Just a friendly reminder to take a break for coffee and cookies!


When: Thursday, Februrary 1st, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Jaharis Cafe


When: Thursday, Februrary 1st, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: SEC Room 120

Special Guest!

Elissa Milto

Director of Outreach Programs

Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO)