Non-OPF Events & Announcements

- Non-OPF Announcements & External Events -
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.

Boston Children's Hospital PDA - Registration is now OPEN for the 2020 All-Star Mentoring Event on Nov 5th starting at 5pm on Zoom.
Register here:
Join us for this highly interactive event where you can get all of your career questions answered by our panel of expert mentors from academia, industry and everything in-between! Registration is required, spaces are limited.


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


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?

NEW - Harvard Chank Bioinformatics Core - “Introduction to bulk RNA-seq Data Analysis (from raw data to count matrices)” workshop
This workshop will instruct participants on how to design a bulk RNA-seq experiment, and efficiently manage & analyze the data using the command-line interface and high-performance computing (HPC) on HMS-RC’s O2 cluster. This workshop covers the first part of the bulk RNA-seq analysis workflow, from raw sequencing data to quantifying gene expression.
Please note that this workshop has a pre-requisite, registrants should fulfill at least one (or more) of the following criteria:
- Taken the Introduction to command-line interface workshop recently
- Be familiar with using a high-performance compute cluster with the Slurm job scheduler
- Have a working knowledge of the shell (bash) command-line interface
The hands-on workshop will be held via Zoom on November 17th, 20th and 24th from 9:30 to noon each day.
More details, including eligibility criteria, about this workshop are available below, on the registration page. Please note that we are using our online format, so please read through the updates below before registering.

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

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

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.