Non-OPF Events & Announcements

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This page is used to advertise non-OPF Events and Announcements that may be of interest to our community. Please contact us if you wish to have an announcement or event posted here.

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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:

Benefits Open Enrollment for 2021 is coming: November 10-19, 2020 | This is your annual opportunity to review your benefit options and choose the ones that best meet your needs. Visit the Benefits website to preview benefits changes for 2021, the 2021 health rates, and more.

HMS/DICP Excellence in Mentoring Awards - Deadline: October 23, 2020
he Excellence in Mentoring Awards were established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching, and administration. Excellence in mentoring is recognized with the following Harvard Medical School awards:
- William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award
- A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award
- Young Mentor Award
Details and nomination form:


Harvard Office of Technology Development - Harvard Startup Stories: Aldatu Biosciences
Monday, October 26, 12:00-1:30pm Eastern Time
Hear the founding story of Aldatu Biosciences, from its roots in Harvard-led AIDS research in Botswana, through the founding team's key decision points, and most recently, the company's nimble pivot into rapid COVID-19 testing. Featuring Iain MacLeod, former HSPH postdoc and now cofounder, CEO, and Chief Science Officer of Aldatu Biosciences


2020 HMS I-Hub and HMS Translator Symposium
Please mark your calendars for a special event and join us on Wednesday, October 28, from 1:00pm to 3:30pm ET via Zoom Webinar to celebrate the launch of the HMS Ideation Hub (I-Hub) and HMS Translator. The symposium will feature a special discussion about emerging techniques, the future of medicine, and the direction of the industry as well as presentations by (in order of appearance):
- George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University, Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- Tim Mitchison, PhD, Director of the I-Hub, Harvard Medical School, Hasib Sabbagh Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School
- Ifat Rubin-Bejerano, PhD, Director of Translational Research Programs, Harvard Medical School
- Mark Namchuk, PhD, Executive Director of Therapeutics Translation, Harvard Medical School
- Len Blavatnik, MBA ’89, Founder and Chairman, Access Industries
The "Frontiers in Therapeutics" panel discussion will be moderated by Mark Namchuk and feature the following panelists:
- Linda Avey Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Precisely, Inc.
- Kevin Bitterman, PhD, Partner, Atlas Venture
- Jose-Carlos Gutiérrez-Ramos, PhD, Vice President, Global Drug Discovery, AbbVie
- Timothy A. Springer, PhD, Latham Family Professor of Medicine, Professor Pediatrics, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Institute for Protein Innovation
The I-Hub (Ideation Hub) at Harvard Medical School is a new initiative that aims to build community and catalyze ideation in therapeutics science, help faculty and students assemble interdisciplinary teams to prosecute translational projects, and provide early-stage support.
The Translator at Harvard Medical School is a new organization that is tasked with accelerating the movement of fundamental science at Harvard Medical School toward the medicines of tomorrow. The Translator works across a number of disease areas and therapeutic modalities via several translational research programs.
Registration Link:
Please note that once you register, you will receive the confirmation email with the Zoom meeting link.


Harvard Office of Technology Development - Commercializing Innovation: Legal Strategy
Monday, November 9, 2020 / 12:00-1:30pm / Zoom
If you’re hoping to commercialize innovation through a startup and/or license, legal expertise can and should inform your business strategy. In this event in our Commercializing Innovation series, we're moving beyond, "What is a patent and how can I get one?" (though we'll answer that, too), to matters of strategic importance to innovators and company founders


Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core announces “Introduction to the command-line interface” (basic data skills) workshop
Please note that we are using our online format, so please read through the updates below before registering.
This workshop will be held via Zoom on November 3rd, 6th and 10th from 9:30 AM to Noon each day. More details, including eligibility criteria and the workshop description, are available on the registration page and in the attached flyer.
Register soon at
The format of our workshops is as follows: instruction will be mostly learner-centric requiring workshop participants to spend between 2-3 hours on reading and exercises from selected lessons before the workshop sessions. Online classes will be focused on exercises and discussion. Please make sure you take this into account when you sign up for the workshop!
This workshop does not require any prior programming knowledge, but it is a prerequisite for the upcoming bulk RNA-seq workshop.


Better Together: Diversity in Leadership - “Oliver Wendell Holmes, Racism, and Remembrance” a discussion about difficult leadership choices, and the legacy of poor decisions.
Featuring Scott Podolsky, MD, Professor of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 1:30pm—2:30pm (EDT) | Rescheduled from Spring 2020  | Webinar Registration LINK


Race in Academia: A Journal Club Series - How Racism Needs Science: Today | Sponsord by the The Social Issues in Biology Club | Monday, November 2 | 6:00-7:30pm
All are welcome, club meets bi-weekly on Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm.
Sign up for the mailing list to receive the Zoom links:
Series dates:
October 5 - What is Race?
October 19 - How Racism Needs Science: Throughout History
November 2 - How Racism Needs Science: Today
November 16 - How Science is Institutionally Racist

November 30 - How to be an Ally in Science
December 14 - What do we do Now?

RA Capital's "The Business of Biotechnology” Virtual Short Course | November 5, 12, 19 (5-7 PM) |
RA Capital Management "Business of Biotechnology" short course, free to accepted applicants. Live sessions will be held November 5, 12, and 19, or students may opt to work through the materials independently on their own time. Our application is now open and will close on November 2.
Lecturer: Peter Kolchinsky, Ph.D., Managing Partner, RA Capital

Cost: Free to all admitted
We can probably all remember a single course, a single lecture, or even a single book that fundamentally changed our thinking and repeatedly guides our decisions. That’s the kind of course we have designed: a short, intense upgrade for people planning on a career in or related to biotechnology, whether in companies, as investors, as lawyers, academic founders, or government.
Session 1: Introduction to the Biotech Social Contract
Session 2: Game Theory in Biotech
Session 3: Covid-19 As A Microcosm of American Healthcare
Though this course and its content are geared toward participants with a background in science and/or biotechnology, anyone who wants to learn how biomedical innovation is funded and can be affordable to patients is eligible to apply.


Countway Library - Online Research Data Management (RDM) Seminars for Fall 2020
Whether you are still remote or returning to the lab, keep building and advancing your data management skills with weekly webinars.
This fall we will introduce "advanced skills" seminars, and include a mixture of 30-minute and 60-minute sessions.
There is something for everyone. We hope to see you online!
- Get Your Data Tidy | Thursday, October 8
- Advanced OpenRefine | Tuesday October 13
- Data Horror Stories | Friday, October 30
All sessions begin at 1:00pm. More info and register

Harvard Catalyst $50,000 Pilot Grants – Harvard University Translational Innovator
Environmental Toxins: Everday Exposures - Toxins and Health
Request for Applications (RFA) | Deadline: October 23, 2020, 5:00pm (EDT)
This pilot grant opportunity will focus on the effects of environmental toxins on human health. Environmental toxins are frequently, but not exclusively, derived from human activity and may be present in the air, water, land, food, or manufactured products in concentrations affecting human health. Details and application

The Science Education Office in the FAS Division of Science - opportunities to engage with Harvard undergraduates. We have many undergraduates who are interested in conducting remote research and we appreciate your help in making it possible.
1. This Fall most of Harvard undergraduates will be conducting research remotely. Please consult the official guidance about the Fall 2020 undergraduate research for more information.
2. The Science Education office invites your group to present your research virtually to Harvard undergraduates during the Fall 2020 at the Harvard Science Research Showcase. This event will have a panel of 10 scientists, each researcher will present a 5-minute lightning talk, followed by Q&A. Deadline for registration is Sep 19, 2020. Space is limited, please register early. If you are interested, please register online for 1 of the 4 events this Fall (10 panelists for each).
Note, HUROS event is cancelled this year due to pandemic. Harvard Science Research Showcase in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will be an excellent way to connect with students as an alternative.
Registration links (click on the date for which you want to register):
Sept 25, 2020
Oct 16, 2020
Nov 20, 2020
Dec 3, 2020
3. If you had students who conducted remote research this summer, please take few minutes to share your tips for mentoring undergraduate remotely here. This information will help our undergraduates to prepare for remote research.m

Harvard Initiative for Teaching and Learnin (HILT) Virtual Conference 2020: Championing Equitable Instruction and Inclusive Classrooms | A virtual event: Friday, October 16, 2020
 Registration will open in late September!
The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with newly energized movements opposing inequality and oppression of Black communities and people of color, highlights the importance of effective pedagogy in diverse classrooms and about difficult subjects. The transition to remote teaching has only emphasized the wide variety of challenges and privileges that students carry into their learning, and there is an increased need to address issues around socioeconomic constraints, accessibility, and differentiated learning. These issues, among many others, directly impact students’ ability to navigate hidden curricula, participate in charged/difficult conversations with their peers and instructors, and ask for help when they need it. As a result, faculty and academic professional staff across Harvard are implementing—or searching for—new approaches to bolstering equitable classroom instruction in our community and beyond.
The ninth annual HILT Conference will bring together a diverse, engaged, and engaging set of speakers and panelists to share their successes and challenges in building equitable learning opportunities, facilitating charged or difficult class discussions, and supporting students as they navigate rapidly shifting circumstances.
In line with the University’s focus on achieving sustainable inclusive excellence, this year’s conference is the cornerstone of ongoing HILT events for faculty and academic professional staff on diversity, inclusion, belonging, and more. Before and after the conference, HILT will continue these important conversations through our regular programming including small faculty gatherings (virtual colleague conversations), speaker series events, and themed Affinity Group Events. These events provide multiple modalities for the Harvard community to deepen our commitment to inclusive teaching strategies and implementation models. Additional details are forthcoming!

Global Conference on Regulatory Science 2020 - October 20 - 21, 2020
Virtual conference hosted by the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science
Save the date for the first annual “Global Conference on Regulatory Science,” hosted virtually on October 20-21 by the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science.
This conference will convene academic scientists and physicians, international regulators, industry experts and patient groups to explore emerging topics at the intersection between regulatory science and therapeutic development. This year’s theme is “Machine Learning and Data Science,” covering the diverse ways in which new computational approaches are integrating preclinical and clinical trial data, real-world evidence, information from electronic devices etc. to change drug development and medical care.
For more information visit the Harvard-MIT CRS website
here or submit a poster here (submission deadline is September 18)

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.

Harvard Longwood Campus Employee Development and Wellness - has free virtual offerings and additional resources available, resources and programming.
Upcoming resources available for postdocs are listed here
Care@Work Coronavirus Resource Guide
The most recent issue of’s newsletter features stories and ideas for how to navigate work and life during this pandemic. Specifically, they have prepared a resource guide for parents and caregivers to help during this time. Please read more information at Care@Work: Coronavirus Resource Guide.

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.