13th Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC)

The timing and location of this conference would seem to make it ideal for undergraduates to present their research — follow the links below if interested.

April Jewell of the NSYCC wrote:

As Chair of the Northeast Section Younger Chemist Committee (NSYCC), I would like to invite the Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Candidates from your department to participate in the 13th Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC). I would appreciate it if you would forward this information on my behalf. The NSCRC will be held at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center on Saturday, April 30th, 2011.

The Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) is organized for students by students. It is devoted to the research of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral chemistry students, providing a relaxed atmosphere for students to share their work. The day-long event features student poster and oral research presentations, a keynote speaker, awards, and catered lunch. The conference encourages students to network and get feedback from their peers. The 1st NSCRC was held April 24, 1999 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, April 8th, at 5pm. Please visit our website at nsycc.org for submission instructions.

Inaugural Neuro + MCB Graduate Student Social a Success

On Friday January 14th the first of an anticipated quarterly series of social events for Biology graduate students took place.  The concept for this entirely student-funded gathering was developed by myself (Scott Neal, MCB) and co-organizer Sean O’Toole (Neuro) with two goals in mind.  First, it would represent an opportunity to introduce first year students to their more senior classmates, many of whom they have not yet had occasion to interact with.  Additionally, it would generate a greater sense of community amongst all students in the Neuroscience and MCB graduate programs.  We strongly believe that social interaction is an integral part of graduate student life.  Too often students become isolated within their own labs and we wished to provide a means to change this.  By encouraging our colleagues to engage each other outside of the academic forum their graduate student experiences, and by extension their scientific productivity, might be improved.  This interaction may also foster inter-lab collaborations and promote mentorship opportunities.

Nearly half of all enrolled graduate students in the MCB and Neuroscience programs were welcomed to this event where they enjoyed snacks, beverages and conversation.  It provided an opportunity for graduate students to breach the normal social barriers (e.g. working in different buildings) and to learn about the interests of and approaches taken by our classmates as they develop their young careers. One attendee commented “We really need to do this more often; this was a great idea!”  Based on the success of this event we hope to expand future gatherings to include post-doctoral fellows and other life science graduate students.  These inclusions might create additional mentorship opportunities and will broaden the perspectives of all participants.

We all stand to benefit from camaraderie within the Brandeis Life Sciences community, whether it be from the ease at which we can walk down the hall to borrow a reagent or by the simple pleasure of recognizing each other and exchanging a brief “hello” as we rush to our next experiment.  Thank you to all of the students who participated and otherwise contributed to the success of this inaugural event.

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Quantitative Biology Retreat 2010

Grad students, postdocs and faculty from the Graduate Program in Biochemistry & Biophysics and from the interdisciplinary program in Quantitative Biology gathered for their Annual Retreat October 21-22, 2010 at Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. See the program here.

Announcing the First Annual Shapiro Science Center Chili Cook-off!

Friday, June 4th

4:30pm

2nd floor Shapiro Science Center atrium

This Friday, amaze your colleagues with your culinary prowess and throw together your favorite chili recipe– who knows, it could get you inducted into the Waltham Academy of Colon Chaos!

Just bring in some chili, crockpotted or not, cornbread optional (but encouraged!), and enjoy a drink and good company while you sample the chilies of your peers.  You will have the chance to vote for your favorite, and a winner will be chosen.  There are already at least FOUR confirmed competitors– and we hope to see YOU there!

From sequence to consequence: Petsko-Ringe lab celebration

From Sequence to Consequence: Celebrating 30 Years of Science with
Dagmar Ringe and Greg Petsko

June 18-19, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shapiro Auditorium

On September 4, 1980, Drs. Dagmar Ringe and Greg Petsko entered into an official collaboration, and the scientific community has never been the same since.  Now, 30 years later, their joint lab at Brandeis University is putting together a symposium to celebrate their combined lifetimes of achievement.  This 2-day event features 20 speakers who either trained or collaborated with the lab, plus a dinner reception on Friday night.  Registration is now open to all members of the Brandeis community.  Details and registration can be found at http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/PRSymposium2010/.  The registration code is scc30.

Dagmar and Greg

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