Non-OPF Events & Announcements

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Harvard GSAS Consulting Club - Life After Consulting Panel
Postdocs are welcome at the return of the GSAS Consulting Club's newest panel, the Life After Consulting Panel! This year's LAC Panel will be on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 from 6:30-8:00 PM, with the introductions and Q&A over Zoom followed by half an hour of an interactive networking session over SpatialChat. Please the form to RSVP.
If you are not already a member of HGCC, we invite you to join our mailing list using your Harvard email here:
Please don't hesitate to contact us at with any questions!

HMS Postdocs may be interested in auditing the graduate program Teaching 101 quarter course offered this Spring by the HMS Curriculum Fellows Program. Teaching 101 is heavily focused on developing hands-on teaching and lesson planning experience. A full syllabus is attached. Graduate students from across the HILS programs are encouraged to register and if space allows, postdocs and others will be allowed to audit.
Please contact the instructors (, if you have any questions or are interested in auditing.

Harvard HealthTech Course - Registration is now open for the spring 2021 course Anatomy of Innovation: The Biodesign Process. We welcome students across Harvard (MBA, Post doc, PhD, MD candidates, graduate-level engineering programs, design programs, etc.), and all staff, researchers, and care providers from our affiliated hospitals to join! In small teams, students will apply classroom lectures and practicals to a real-life unmet clinical challenge, ultimately developing a real, competitively sound innovation to address it. This year, the inaugural cohort of Harvard HealthTech Fellows will be bringing the unmet needs they have gathered from their clinical observations at our partner site, Massachusetts General Hospital and acting as team mentors during the course.
The course will run every Wednesday from 5:00 - 6:30pm starting on February 10th through April 14th. All classes will be held as live, virtual sessions on Zoom. Please see the course overview for more details and information on how to register.

Knowledge is Power- Financial Strategies for Women - Sponsored by Mass AWIS
Tuesday, January 26 @ 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm | This event is free for all.
Women face unique financial concerns and considerations; the income gap, longer lifespans, multiple roles and responsibilities, life changes that impact finances. Knowledge is power for navigating these dynamics – join us for an exciting MASS AWIS event where Financial Advisor Shawn Eagle will provide valuable insights about how these topics could apply to you.
Optional Networking from 5:45PM-6PM and 7PM-7:15 PM

WEST Events - Career Possibilities Panel Series | Begins January 20
WEST (Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology; is hosting a six part career possibilities series starting in January. Over the six events, we’ll cover several diverse career paths including medical affairs, business development and project management.
For postdocs, the series is only $20.
1. New Commercial Strategy, Product Planning, and Marketing | January 20, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
2. Discovery and Research | February 10, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
3. Clinical, Regulatory, and Development | March 3, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
4. Portfolio Strategy, Project Management, and Scientific Operations | March 24, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
5. Medical Affairs - Communications, Publications, Medical Science Liaison | April 14, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
6. Business Development, Lawyers - Patent, Contract | May 5, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST

Harvard Catalyst - Clinical and Translational (C/T) Research Academy | Applications due January 29
C/T Research Academy supports, nurtures, and grows the next generation of c/t investigators at Harvard Medical School so they may become highly competitive for careers in translational and patient-oriented research in academia, industry, and regulatory affairs. The program offers advanced training to early-career c/t researchers, with a focus on the core knowledge necessary to achieve success in c/t research.
Completion of the two-year training program, which includes a carefully structured didactic curriculum and a mentor-based research project, culminates in a Certificate in C/T Research from Harvard Catalyst.

Call for nominations 2021 Dean's Community Service Award - Nomination Deadline extended to Friday, January 29, 2021
Are you or someone you know at HMS/HSDM engaged in community service? Could this community service organization use $1,000?
For more information and online submission form:

If yes, please consider nominating an HMS/HSDM faculty member, trainee, postdoc, student, and/or staff member whose dedication and commitment to community service has made a positive impact on the local, national, international or global community.  Recipients’ community service program will receive a donation for $1,000. (Organization must have a non-profit status to be eligible for the donation).
All nominations must be submitted online.  Self-nominations are accepted.
Deadline: January 29, 2021 For more information and online form:
For questions: or call (617) 432-1083

Genome Engineering Seminar Series @HMS Mondays 1:00-2:00 pm EST (Spring 2021) | Via Zoom | Visit for info
Advances in genome editing occur at a blazing speed. We created a virtual seminar highlighting recent research in the field of genome engineering and gene editing.
The primary goals of this series are to:
1)    keep researchers up to date on recent genome engineering technologies
2)    provide young scientists (e.g. grad students/post-docs/early investigators) an opportunity to present their work
Our meetings are over Zoom and anyone in the world is welcome to attend. We use the webinar format, but participants can ask the speaker questions. Despite the virtual format, we hope these meetings will stimulate critical discussion and establish new contacts for collaboration.

NCI CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences) Program is currently seeking mentors for the CURE 2021 program. This strategic training program enables high school and college students from underrepresented populations to gain research experience and be exposed to the life of a scientist. Students engage in mentored and hands-on basic, clinical, nursing, and population-based cancer research at all seven DF/HCC institutions and participate in scientific lectures, professional development seminars, and networking activities.
You (or a member of your research group) would assign or design a short-term research project for a student, oversee that student’s work, monitor their progress, and offer guidance, thereby promoting their potential cancer research career. Mentoring a CURE student can be an excellent opportunity for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to gain essential research leadership training experience while making a tremendous difference in the lives of young scientists.  In addition, all CURE student stipends are fully funded through the program, removing the responsibility of supporting additional personnel from host research environments.
The CURE program staff oversee a rigorous recruitment, application, and interview process, and provide ongoing support, including access to mentor training opportunities, for mentors and students throughout the summer and beyond. Additional information about the DF/HCC CURE program and what being a CURE mentor entails can be found here.  You can sign up to be a mentor and host a student in your lab this summer (either virtually or in-person as your guidelines will permit) jointly with your PI here and check out the attached flier for additional opportunities to volunteer with our program and our students.
2021 Program Dates: May 17, 2021 – August 6, 2021 – Undergraduates | June 21, 2021 – August 6, 2021 – High School Students
To become a CURE mentor or if you have any questions, please contact Brittany Michel.
The CURE Program is a longstanding joint collaborative effort of all the DF/HCC institutions and equal representation across the Center is very meaningful.  You can help spark the scientific curiosity of a future cancer researcher and support DF/HCC’s enduring commitment to student training. I encourage your participation in this exciting program.

2021 L’Oréal USA for Women Science program - Application Deadline is January 29, 2021
Applications for the 2021 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program are now open and will close on Friday, January 29, 2021.
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, we’ve awarded 85 postdoctoral women scientists over $4 million in grants. We’re seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.
Application FAQ & Program Fact Sheet:
Candidates are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral position by the application deadline.
The application and more information about the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at
Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact us at

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.

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.