Category: Outside Announcements

The HIV epidemic in Russia- and the difference academic international collaboration can make

March 2nd, 2017 in GH Events, Outside Announcements

Global Health Session with Dr. Robert Heimer at BMC.  

Jeffrey Samet, chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine, will host Prof. Heimer as the inaugural Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit Visiting Professor

“The HIV epidemic in Russia- and the difference academic international collaboration can make”

Wednesday, March 15th, 9:00-10:00 AM, second floor of 801 Massachusetts Ave (Crosstown Building), Room TBD. 

The session will discuss Dr. Heimer’s projects in Russia and their implications for affected people, engaging the audience in considerations on how Russia can control the HIV epidemic in the given country context. I am hoping that you will join us as discussants to explore the question of what difference academic international collaborations can make in Russia’s HIV epidemic. 

Contact Rich Feeley for more information

“Beyond the Biological Basics of Disease: The Social and Economic Causation of Illness” in Haiti

February 2nd, 2017 in Outside Announcements

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EqualHealth would like to invite you to apply for the fifth annual Social Medicine Course, “Beyond the Biological Basics of Disease: The Social and Economic Causation of Illness” in Haiti. This annual three-week course, which will be held from July 9- 29, 2017 in Haiti’s Central Plateau, is designed for health professional students of all levels and links clinical medicine with social medicine teaching. 


The course merges a number of unique pedagogical approaches including field visits, classroom- based presentations and discussions, group reflections, student presentations, films, and patient interaction. These approaches are utilized to create an innovative, interactive learning environment in which students participate as both learners and teachers. We hope to advance the entire class’ understanding of the interactions between the biology of disease and the social, cultural, economic, political, and historical factors that influence illness presentation and social experience.


Eligibility criteria for applicants:

-Graduate-level health profession students of any year (undergraduates considered on a case by case basis)

-Working proficiency in French

-Availability for the entire length of the course (July 9-29, 2017)


This course is offered by EqualHealth ( in collaboration with SocMed (


More information about the course and how to apply may be found at Please reach out to Casey at with any questions or concerns. 

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2017 Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows Program

February 2nd, 2017 in Outside Announcements


Application deadline: Monday, March 13, 2017
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows Program, which offers graduate students from across Boston University an opportunity for intensive interdisciplinary research and writing on topics aligned with the broad research interests of BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

The Pardee Center conducts interdisciplinary, policy relevant and future-oriented research that can contribute to long-term improvements in the human condition. The Center is especially interested in rigorous analysis relating to longer-range human development. We especially encourage proposals for research that has the potential to identify actions that can be taken today to make our collective global tomorrow better.

The 10-week fellowship (May 30 – August 4, 2017) includes a financial stipend of $6,000, structured interaction with Pardee Center affiliated faculty and research fellows, and a collegial atmosphere that fosters peer support and intellectual growth. Summer Fellows occupy workspace provided at the Pardee House while they conduct independent research, and produce a substantive research paper that may be considered for publication by the Pardee Center. Fellows are expected to work at the Pardee House each Monday through Friday for the duration of the Fellowship and to participate fully in Pardee Center activities and all Summer Fellows’ events.

The Graduate Summer Fellowships are open to all Boston University graduate students. First-year master’s and early to mid-stage doctoral students, including ABDs, are especially encouraged to apply. (Students completing degrees in May 2017 are not eligible.) Research proposals that link positively to the student’s own and/or BU faculty’s ongoing research are especially desirable.

Proposals for any research topic related to the Pardee Center’s longer-range global human development mandate will be considered, especially including (but not limited to) those relating to (a) sustainability issues related to rapid urbanization, especially in developing countries, (b) issues related to large-scale global environmental change, (c) a “systems perspective” of development programs, incorporating issues related to sociology, ecology, and economics, and (d) improved understanding of how academic knowledge connects to policy decision-making at various scales (i.e. local to global). Successful proposals will clearly convey how the research is related to improving quality of life; clearly articulate how the research is relevant to the longer-range future; and explain why and how it can be completed in a 10-week period. Applications are especially encouraged from fields such as global public health, engineering, the humanities, and natural sciences.

The deadline for applications is close of business on Monday, March 13 and candidates will be notified of the outcomes in mid-to-late April. Detailed application instructions are available here.

Questions regarding the Summer Fellowship Program may be directed to




Water: New Directions Through Arts and Science – The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Emerging Creatives Student Summits:

December 1st, 2016 in Outside Announcements

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Emerging Creatives Student Summits bring together students who have an interest in the arts, crossing disciplinary boundaries, and developing collaborative projects. Each year, 100 undergraduate and graduate students attend the summit from a2ru partner universities across the country, along with 20 administrators, faculty, and staff. These summits have a strong project-based component with activities such as panel discussions with special guests, keynote speakers, site visits or field trips, performances and exhibitions, networking opportunities, and “bootcamp” or skill-building experiences built in throughout.

The 2017 a2ru Student Summit will be hosted by the University of Florida, February 8-11, 2017, in Gainesville, FL. This year’s theme is WATER: New Directions Through Arts and Science. No community on this planet is without it’s water-based challenges. Water-centric grand challenges are many, ranging from access and social justice issues in local and global contexts, to environmental degradation, to toxicological challenges, to saltwater incursion into freshwater, to sea level rise. Uniquely situated less than two hours from the Gulf Coast and from the Atlantic Ocean in an area known for its numerous freshwater springs, the University of Florida has great strength in local, regional, national, and international research and creative activity when it comes to these and other water-centric grand challenges. This summit will feature panels and working group leadership from distinguished professor in the life sciences and the arts at the University of Florida, as well as leading artists and water scholars from around the country. Join us this coming February 8-11 to advance your own creative work or research through interdisciplinary collaboration with your peers at leading institutions across the U.S. Undergraduate and graduate students in any and all fields are welcome, particularly those that care about and have a deep interest in water and the environment. We especially encourage student research teams from biology, ecology, and related fields, as well as artists/designers, to apply.

There is no fee to attend this summit and a limited number of student travel grants are available.

STUDENT APPLICATION – deadline to apply is Friday, December 9, 2016

For more info: 

D-Prize Competition $20,000!

November 17th, 2016 in Outside Announcements

D-Prize supports new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions.

The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the Distribution Challenges below?

If selected we will award you up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

At D-Prize, we have researched poverty interventions that have been proven effective — and we are now searching for young leaders who can distribute them. Our winter competition will award a handful of students up to $20K to launch a pilot of their distribution idea.

Interested in applying? Visit for details.

Nominate a Colleague for CUGH Leadership Awards

November 3rd, 2016 in Outside Announcements

Nominate a Colleague for CUGH Leadership Awards

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is accepting nominations for 3 awards: the CUGH Distinguished Leadership Award, the CUGH/Wasserheit Young Leader Award, and the CUGH Hall/Sewankambo Mid-Career Leadership Award.

The awards will be presented at CUGH’s annual Global Health Conference in April.

Watering the Seeds of Change- With Salva Dut

October 31st, 2016 in Conferences/Seminars, Outside Announcements


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Social Entrepreneurship Institute

October 31st, 2016 in Conferences/Seminars, Outside Announcements, Outside BU Events

You may be interested in participating in the upcoming 4th annual Social Entrepreneurship Institute, which will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016, at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.  Presented annually by Unite For Sight, the Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides mentoring, guidance, and successful strategies for participants to apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. In addition to unique interactive sessions by leaders in global health and social entrepreneurship, the Institute also includes a lunch networking reception with the speakers.

Register by October 31st for a 50% reduced registration rate.  

Social Entrepreneurship Institute
Friday, December 2, 2016
Presented by Unite For Sight
Shubert Theater, New Haven, Connecticut

Keynote Addresses

  • “Wanted: Innovative, Disruptive, Out of the Box Ideas — Risk-Takers Need Not Apply,” Jordan Levy, Chief External Relations Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund
  • “How Texting is Saving Lives,” Nancy Lublin, Founder, Crisis Text Line

Lessons Learned From The Experts

  • “Healthcare Social Enterprise: Proven Paths to Failure,” David Aylward, Senior Advisor, Global Health and Technology, Ashoka — Innovators for the Public
  • “Business Models for Social Enterprises in a Grant-Dominated World,” Jason R.L. Kass, Senior Director of Finance, Dimagi, Inc.
  • “What it Takes to Lead in Today’s Nonprofit Environment,” Mark Roithmayr, Chief Development Officer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

What Should You Do With Your Ideas? Navigating Responsible Global Engagement

  • “Scaling a New Revenue Model,” Jane Aronson, President and CEO, Worldwide Orphans Foundation
  • “Narrative Justice: Who Has the Right to Tell Development Stories?” Lisa Russell, Emmy-Winning Filmmaker and Global Health Advocate, Governess Films
  • “Growing Better Health: Taking Community-based Models to Scale,” Jessie Cronan, Executive Director, Gardens for Health International

Key Strategies in Entrepreneurship

  • “Title TBA,” Rodney North, Fair Trade, Marketing and Communications Consultant
    “High School Health Hackathon: Involving Young People in Solving Global Health Challenges,” Luk Hendrik, Sana
  • “Title TBA,” Elizabeth Johansen, Technology & Design for Global Health

Complete details and the Institute schedule can be seen on the Social Entrepreneurship Institute website.

Apply to be on BU’s team for the 2017 Emory Global Health Case Competition! **Updated

October 27th, 2016 in Conferences/Seminars, GH Announcements, Outside Announcements

Apply to be part of BU’s team for the 2017 International Emory Global Health Case Competition!
*Updated announcement 

Looking for innovative ways to engage in Global Health? Interested in working with a diverse team of students from the BU Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Engineering, Law, and Business?  Apply to be part of BU’s team for the Emory Global Health Case Competition in March!  The application is here and it will close on the November 6th at 11:59 pm.  Although BU was placed on the waitlist for the competition, we are conducting a mini case competition onDecember 3 to select BU’s team in preparation for coming off the waitlist.  For more information about the competition, please email this year’s co-captains, Betsy Hinchey at and Chia-Ying Lin at

Boston Global Health Dinner and Discussion Series: Health Partnerships with American Indian Communities in the Northern Great Plains

October 27th, 2016 in Outside Announcements


To RSVP for this event please click here