Non-OPF Events & Announcements

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October 2021 - Harvard Longwood Campus, Office of Employee Development and Wellness - Newsletter and Events
Please note, registration for most of these events requires the Harvard Key.
We encourage you to take time for your development and wellbeing by registering for the workshops this month and viewing the additional resources.


HMS Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnership - October 2021 Events
For more DICP events, details and updates, please visit our website at


ANNOUNCEMENT of Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Awards


HMS DICP Invitation - Connections: Muslim Students, Trainees, Faculty and Staff
Wednesday, October 27 | 6:00-7:00pm | Online
Registration is required. Zoom link will be sent after registration. Questions:


Harvard’s Benefits Open Enrollment for 2022 will take place October 26 - November 4, 2021
Your digital guide includes information about your plan options and costs, and provides access to resources and tools for:
- Evaluating your options
- Estimating out-of-pocket costs
- Determining if a Flexible Spending Account could save you money
- Learning about your various Harvard benefits, including informative videos
- Accessing lists of covered medications
- And much more
Make informed choices - So that you can choose the benefits that best meet your needs, we encourage you to review this digital guide and share it with your family members, as appropriate, before the Open Enrollment period begins.
If you have questions, please email Harvard Benefits at

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core - Online Introduction to R workshop!
This workshop will be held via Zoom on November 2nd, 5th, 9th and 12th from 10 AM to Noon each day.
More details, including eligibility criteria and the workshop description, are available on the registration page.
Register soon at!
Please note the format of our Introduction to R workshop. Between the four online meetings, we will be requiring workshop participants to spend between 2-3 hours on reading and doing exercises from selected lessons. The Zoom sessions will focus on going over exercises, discussing questions and teaching. Please make sure you take the workshop format into account when you sign up. More details on the workshop are available on the registration page.

Harvard Catalyst Mini-Symposium: The Five Senses
October 19, 2021 | 11:30am-1:00pm | via Zoom – Registration is required
Register to attend by October 18
Please join us to kick off our new pilot grant opportunity on senses and perception at this virtual event featuring four Harvard University investigators working in this exciting research area. In addition to learning about their leading-edge research, our discussion will focus on potential areas for investigation as you consider submitting your funding proposals.
Introduction: Eva C. Guinan, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Program Director, Translational Innovator, Harvard Catalyst
Layout Parser: A Unified Toolkit for Deep Learning Based Image Analysis
Melissa Dell, PhD, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Function, Dysfunction, and Restoration of Auditory Transduction
Jeffrey Holt, PhD, Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
The Sense of Smell in the Age of COVID
David Brann, BA, PhD Student in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School
Harnessing Sensory Processing for Improving Speech in Neurological Voice Disorders
Kristina Simonyan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Register by October 18

NPA Webinar: U.S. Immigration and Visas in the Age of COVID
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET
This webinar will discuss visa and immigration issues that have come to the fore during COVID. This will include a discussion on the administrative and procedural changes within United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the pandemic as well as the current state of play in international travel. We will also discuss how the immigration landscape has changed with regards to the different visas that are applicable to the postdoctoral community and describe how international postdocs can navigate the different avenues in front of them as they determine the next career path to explore. This will also entail a discussion over how best to utilize the different options that may be available to them in exploring U.S. permanent residency and how they may be able to apply their professional credentials and attributes to strengthen their application when the time is right.

HGBC Social Entrepreneurship Series -- The Journey of A Social Entrepreneur: Do you have what it takes to be a Social Entrepreneur?
Thursday, October 14 | 5 pm - 6pm EST
Join the Session I of the 2021-2022 Social Entrepreneurship Workshop Series at Harvard GSAS Business Club, which offers insight into the role of social entrepreneurship in business and society.
Social enterprises aim to bring about transformative social change by addressing problems that are not currently covered by legislative action, activism, or private capital. Therefore, the entrepreneurship journey and how success is defined differs compared to traditional business.
Back by popular demand, in this first session, we will explore the mindset and motivation of social entrepreneurs. We will ask questions like, can I become a social entrepreneur? (Spoiler: answer is yes!) Do I have the necessary skills and qualities to succeed? How will choosing a social impact business change my career and life? If you want to know whether starting or working for a social startup is the right choice for you, join us!  
Join us on October 14th at 5 PM EST to be inspired and have your questions answered!
Register here!

Regeneron Postdoctoral Training Program - Application open now
The Regeneron Postdoctoral program is a multi-faceted program that integrates cutting edge science with didactic training, discussion groups, and focused, multi-tiered mentoring.
The program seeks to:
1.    Nurture and support the growth of developing scientists
2.    Bolster the scientific pipeline, both internally and externally
3.    Increase visibility and engagement with developing scientists and academic institutions
4.    Excite current scientific staff by giving them an opportunity to pursue creative non-pipeline projects and mentor talented trainees
5.    Continue and enhance Regeneron’s strong tradition of publishing innovations in basic science
Details and application link:

FAS Science Education office invites your research group to present a poster at the Harvard Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Science (HUROS) Fair on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
The HUROS 2021 will be held at the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) first floor located at 59 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Poster abstracts are due on October 17, 2021. Space is limited, please register early. The event has had a waiting list the past years; please register early to secure your space.
During the HUROS fair, Harvard faculty, Harvard-affiliated faculty and researchers present posters describing their research to Harvard College undergraduates interested in conducting science research. The HUROS annual fair provides the opportunity for you to discuss your current scientific projects with undergraduates who are interested in joining a lab for Spring or Summer 2022. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and researchers are all welcome to present a poster and represent their labs. At the HUROS many researchers have recruited undergraduates to join their labs, and many students have found host labs.
You can submit your poster abstract here. Each research group/laboratory can submit only one abstract. If you have more than one abstract, please contact Dr. Anna Babakhanyan at, so that she can add your name to the waiting list. Abstract submission and HUROS registration is free of charge. Presenters will also have a research abstract included in an abstract booklet given to students at the fair. For more information about the event and poster dimensions please check HUROS website.
The FAS Science Education office in the Division of Science have sponsored this event since 2010. We thank you for the mentoring, training, resources, and research guidance that you and your research group provide to undergraduates.

Hinton Scholars AP Biology Tutor Positions - Help Produce the Next Generation of Young Scientists
Would you like to help Boston High School students learn AP Biology? The Hinton Scholars AP Biology program is a unique mentoring program sponsored by Harvard Medical School's Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership. Hinton students attend monthly tutoring and hands-on labs. Harvard University and Harvard Medical School students and postdoctoral fellows who are passionate about science education and mentoring young scientists are encouraged to apply. Multimedia Hinton Tutor page.
Hinton tutors work with a group of approximately 8 Boston Public School students enrolled in AP Bio throughout the year from October to May. Tutors will also receive training and support on using digital technologies to engage students and facilitate formative assessment.  We've found that successful tutors are sensitive to the unique challenges urban youth encounter when undertaking the rigors associated with the AP Biology curriculum.
Attached is the job description. Interested candidates should complete the online application.
For questions please email Robert Simpson


Harvard Catalyst pilot funding opportunity: Five Senses: Input & Response
Applications are due 5:00 pm EDT on November 10, 2021
·         Up to 10 grants to be awarded, up to $50,000 each for direct costs
·         Topic: The Five Senses
·         Application deadline: November 10, 2021
Overview and Goals
This funding opportunity will support investigations on any aspect of human sensory systems, or systems-enabling sensory perception, in human health or disease. Proposals on both traditional sensory systems – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch – which gather, organize, and integrate external stimuli, as well as on internal sensory systems (vestibular, spatial orientation, pain, and others) are both welcome.
Proposals can address, but are not limited to: sense functionality, injury, disease states, treatment, mitigation, social and societal impacts, and/or public policy.
This RFA is intended to offer applicants opportunities to conduct important translational research across a wide range of topics.
Proposals addressing healthcare disparities and health equity or focus on or actively recruit underserved, understudied, or special populations, and impacts across the lifespan are encouraged.
Areas of inquiry should focus on translational research and human health. Proposals requiring the use of non-human samples/models will only be considered if there is a clear and direct link to subsequent investigation of some aspect of human health. Proposals investigating basic research questions or those solely limited to pre-clinical applications will not be considered.
Investigators from any field are encouraged to apply.
Applications are due November 10, 2021
Please email to learn more or if you have any questions.


Announcing the Fall 2021 series of Current Topic in Bioinformatics, presented by the Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core and The Cancer Data Sciences Program at DF/HCC
Workshop Series Details:
- Leaders in single-cell genomics at Harvard present their latest tools (including demo or tutorial)
- Once a month for 2-3 hours
- Free and open to everyone at Harvard University and its affiliates
Fall 2021 schedule:
October Topic: scRNA-seq - 10/13/2021 - 1-4pm - Peter Kharchenko, Ilya Korsunsky, and Soumya Raychaudhuri. Register here
November Topic: scATAC-seq - 11/10/2021 - 12-3pm - Luca Pinello, Huidong Chen, Jayoung Ryu (SIMBA), and Ming Tang (MAESTRO). Register here
December Topic: single cell multimodal analyses - Details and speakers TBD


Harvard T32 Program: Educational Program in Cancer Prevention Control

The joint Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – Dana–Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) Educational Program in Cancer Prevention, in its 28th year, trains the next generation of scientists who will be skilled in transdisciplinary approaches to cancer prevention and control.
Research Mentorship and Other Oportunities
— Mentored research relationships with a primary and secondary mentor
— Monthly seminar series focused on career development and trainees’ presentations
— Opportunity to take courses across Harvard University & funding for research and professional development
Learn more about the program:


21st Annual New England Science Symposium | Virtual | Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2022
The New England Science Symposium (NESS), established in 2002, provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.
Abstract submission portal is now live! Students/fellows may now submit abstracts for presentation consideration.
The deadline to submit abstracts: January 14, 2022.
Please click here to submit your research.
NEW! Abstract Feedback Session - December 4, 2021.  This session is designed for individuals who wish to receive feedback on their abstract from advisors and peers before submitting it. The meeting will be set-up in small groups (5-7 individuals) where students will give 2-4 minute elevator pitch to the group. Please click here to register by November 16. Participating in this session is not required, nor does it guarantee acceptance.
Registration for the general public will open Spring 2021.
More information to come. You can also follow us on twitter: @NESS_News


NIH Loan Repayment Programs  - Application is now open

Have you thought about applying for an NIH Extramural LRP award? Do you know someone that should?

Awardees can receive up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract.

The NIH LRPs are unique programs, with tremendous benefit to early-stage researchers, so we strongly encourage those that were not successful in getting their applications funded to apply again.   
The Extramural LRP application cycle will close on November 18, 2021.  Be sure to visit our website to take advantage of our resources, and to learn more about eligibility requirements, application dates, and benefits of receiving an NIH LRP award!


Apply for the new BII & Science prize for Innovation
Behind every life-changing solution is an entrepreneurial scientist. A creative mind who proved an idea in the lab and dared to carry it out in the world.
To encourage more scientists to translate their research, BioInnovation Institute (BII) & Science present a new annual award.
Our three winners will have their essays published in Science magazine and will be invited into BII’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, the Grand Prize winner will receive a prize of USD 25,000 and each runner-up will receive USD 10,000 at a grand award show celebration in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The call for applications has just opened. Click the apply button to submit your 1000 word essay to the editors at Science Magazine. Submissions due by November 1, 2021

Havard University Employee Credit Union Financial Support - Members may be eligible for several Loan Payment Relief options, or for one of the Hardship Loan options. See details:

The HMS-HSDM-HSPH Ombuds Office provides highly confidential, impartial and independent services to faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral trainees and affiliate institution appointees to help identify issues, goals and potential options available to help manage or resolve concerns.  ANY issue may be brought to the Ombuds Office, including anything related to COVID-19.  Ombuds Melissa Brodrick and Justin Neiman are available for Zoom, phone and Skype appointments.  Call 617-432-4041 or email.

Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Online Resources and Workshops - available to HMS Quad-based postdocs
SfN is excited to announce a new benefit for all Institutional Program (IP) members – unlimited access for trainees affiliated with your program to articles, videos, and webinars on Neuronline, SfN’s home for online learning. Any trainee associated with an IP member program is eligible for this access.
To access this benefit, trainees must:
Sign up for a free account on, preferably using their institutional email address
Sign in to the IP Affiliate Registration page using their SfN account
Fill out the form and choose their program from the drop-down list
Click “Register”
Once registered, trainees will receive an email confirming that the process is complete and that they now have access to Neuronline using their account.
If you have any questions about this new benefit, please contact

Countway Library - open for online services, including Research Data Management classes, and individual research assistance
Countway Classes (online)

Research Data Management
Research & Instruction Services

Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Postdoctoral Association | Literature in Research Survey
Survey on the scientific reading habits of HMS postdocs. Available HERE.

HMS Teaches at Emmanuel
We are happy to announce a new collaboration between Emmanuel College and HMS that will give HMS postdocs the opportunity to gain teaching experience in an undergraduate setting.  Emmanuel College is a liberal arts college located down the street a couple blocks from the HMS quad, so this will be a convenient opportunity for anyone interested in teaching.  Emmanuel College has teaching needs each semester for many undergraduate science courses, and as part of this collaboration, HMS postdocs will be able to apply early for these positions. We look forward to the success of this exciting new collaboration and the opportunities it will provide the HMS community. 
Please fill out the survey below if you are interested in participating. By signing up, postdocs will continue to receive announcements about teaching opportunities each semester.

Bioinformatics Club, formed in July 2017, aims to provide a weekly meetup for those who like bioinformatics to learn and share knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary field. We focus on three categories of topics: Statistics & Artificial Intelligence, Tools & Resources, and Data Visualization & Presentation. Each time a short talk (30-45min) for a specific topic will be given by a speaker, with a step-by-step tutorial and practical demo. It’s open & free to everyone, incl. all slides and learning materials. However, to keep the club running, we strong recommend that every member could present at least once in the club per year.