Featured Events

The Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research is committed to supporting BU faculty in their research endeavors. The following presentations, workshops, and events are sponsored by the Office to provide information and advice and generate discussion and collaboration. Please check back frequently for updates on upcoming events, as well as after events for related materials, videos, and announcements.

Research on Tap: Discover how your work is part of the conversation

We are excited to announce another year of “Research on Tap” events. These gatherings, each organized by a different faculty member, bring together groups of BU researchers focused on a specific topic. Each participant presents a three-minute micro-talk on his/her work. Attend these wine and cheese receptions to network with your colleagues and perhaps meet your next research collaborator. Please note: “Research on Tap” events are for faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.

Targets, Tools, and Drugs: Advances in Molecular Discovery at BU

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 4-6 p.m.
Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Ave.

Hosted by John A. Porco, Jr., Director, BU Center for Molecular Discovery (BU-CMD), and Professor, Chemistry, CAS

Connecting different scientific disciplines, molecular discovery focuses on the design, optimization, and development of small molecules for use as pharmacological tools in the early stages of drug discovery. At this Research on Tap, faculty from various biomedical research fields will discuss groundbreaking work in the synthesis and study of molecules for a number of important diseases and therapeutic applications. RSVP

Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 4-6 p.m.
Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Ave.

Hosted by Richard Myers, Director, BU Genome Science Institute, and Professor, Neurology, MED; and Anita DeStefano, Associate Director, BU Genome Science Institute, and Professor, Biostatistics and Neurology, SPH and MED

One of the biggest challenges in translational research is the development of methods to predict phenotype—an organism’s physical characteristics—from what we know about the genome and environment. Unpacking phenotypic complexity will require the convergence of research across biology, computer science, medicine, engineering, and others.* Attend this Research on Tap to learn what BU faculty are doing to unlock the mysteries of phenotype. RSVP

*Description courtesy National Science Foundation


Research How-To’s

Improve Your Relationship with Federal Research Agencies

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Kenmore Conference Room
1 Silber Way, 9th Floor

Will they notice me? Should I write? Should I call? Every federal research agency is different. This workshop will explain how to work with different funders to give you the best possible chance to receive support for your research. Presenters from BU Federal Relations and Washington, DC, consulting firm Lewis-Burke Associates will describe the most successful ways to introduce yourself or deepen your relationship with federal agencies. Covered agencies will include: the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute for Education Sciences. RSVP

Home Away from Home: Capitalizing on BU’s Cross-Discipline Research Centers

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 3:30-5 p.m.
Photonics Colloquium Room
8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Floor

Featuring Tom Bifano, Director, Photonics Center, and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, ENG; Ronald Corley, Director, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), and Professor, Microbiology, MED; and Michael Hasselmo, Director, Center for Systems Neuroscience, and Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, CAS

Boston University is home to 13 University-level centers and institutes, standalone entities that cross disciplines, schools, and campuses to promote research in and solutions to society’s most pressing problems. At this event, leaders from three of these groups – the Photonics Center, the NEIDL, and the Center for Systems Neuroscience – will discuss their units’ missions, structure, and available resources, as well as the exciting projects made possible through interdisciplinary collaboration. Attend to meet new colleagues, find research collaborators, and learn about the benefits of becoming affiliated with a University-level research center.

The Photonics Center is an interdisciplinary hub for education, research, scholarship, innovation, and technology development associated with practical uses of light.

The NEIDL is part of a national network of secure facilities studying infectious diseases that are – or have the potential to become – major public health concerns. The laboratories are dedicated to the development of diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments to combat emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Systems neuroscientists study how the interactions of populations of neurons in brain circuits underlie behavior. The Center for Systems Neuroscience facilitates the innovative and interdisciplinary systems neuroscience research across BU’s campuses. RSVP

K Award Checklist: Putting Together a Competitive Application for K99 Awards

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 2:30-4 p.m.
Trustee Lounge
1 Silber Way, 9th Floor

Featuring Sarah Hokanson, Director, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs

Hear a general overview of the Mentored K series of awards from the National Institutes of Health and bring questions about your upcoming application during this interactive session led by Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs. RSVP


Affiliated Events

Grant Seeking Workshop for Humanities Faculty: A How-To Session on Raising Funds from Private Foundations

March/April 2017

Hosted by Foundation Relations and Gene Jarrett, Professor, English, and Associate Dean of the Faculty/Humanities, CAS

In coordination with Professor Gene Jarrett, Associate Dean of the Faculty/Humanities, CAS, the Foundation Relations team within Development & Alumni Relations will convene 90-minute workshops for faculty during the spring semester. Each workshop is designed to gather a group of BU humanities faculty to guide them through the process of identifying potential donors, analyzing funding opportunities, and crafting effective inquiries to foundations. Depending on faculty availability, this “how-to” session, which includes a demonstration of funder databases that are accessible to BU faculty, will include lunch.

Interested in participating? Please sign up and Foundation Relations will follow up with you to coordinate details.

2017 a2ru National Conference
Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement

November 1-4, 2017

Hosted by Northeastern University, with additional events hosted by BU, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is pleased to announce its 2017 National Conference, which will use the city of Boston as a starting point for discussion and engagement within the public sphere. a2ru is currently inviting proposals from researchers, field leaders, and practitioners investigating the intersections, synergies, and interfaces of arts in the public sphere and their influence on civility, advocacy, and engagement. Learn more


For a full listing of research-related events taking place throughout BU, please view our calendar.