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.

Medicine in the Molecular Era: Single Cell Sequencing

Monday, October 1, 2018 | 4-6 pm
Rooms X714 and X715
Evans Biomedical Research Center
650 Albany Street

Hosted by W. Evan Johnson, Associate Professor, Medicine, MED, and Biostatistics, SPH; and Co-Director, Single Cell Sequencing Core

Biological samples contain a complex ecosystem of different cell types which coordinate to perform normal tissue-related functions. These ecosystems can be disrupted in a variety of ways that contribute to disease initiation and progression. Recent advances in microfluidics and next-generation sequencing allow for very small amounts of RNA from single cells to be amplified and profiled, a process known as single cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq). By profiling individual cells, scRNA-seq provides insights into cellular heterogeneity within a sample that was previously unobtainable with “bulk” RNA sequencing. The abundance of different cellular subpopulations can be compared across tissues or conditions to elucidate the role of various cellular subpopulations in disease. Researchers at BU are at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology, and the Department of Medicine has established a Single Cell Sequencing Core to support researchers in this area. Attend this Research on Tap to learn about this resource and how researchers at BU are applying this scRNA-seq technology to better understand the biology of disease.


Current Research on Autism at Boston University: From Cells to Society

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 4-6 pm
Photonics Colloquium Room
8 St. Mary’s Street | 9th Floor

Hosted by Helen Tager-Flusberg, Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, CAS, and Director, Center for Autism Research Excellence

In the last two decades rates of autism diagnoses have risen exponentially. Scientists at Boston University were at the forefront of research into the pathophysiology of this enigmatic neurodevelopmental disorder even before the current wave of interest. Now, work on both campuses spans the full spectrum of disciplines working toward advancing our understanding of the causes and neural mechanisms that underlie the core and associated symptoms, moving the needle on earlier screening and more precise diagnosis, optimizing clinical care in the community, and improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. During this event we will hear from experts whose work addresses these key topics.


Understanding and Forecasting Change in Our Natural World

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 4-6 pm
LAW Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue

Hosted by Michael Dietze, Associate Professor, Earth & Environment, CAS

As society increasingly faces unprecedented environmental challenges, ecologists are being asked to provide the best available scientific information about future events. The field of ecological forecasting connects data and models to project our current understanding of ecological processes into new places and times. Attend this Research on Tap to find out how BU researchers are working to build a forecast capacity and leverage existing ecological data to understand and manage the world around us.


Re-Engineering Life: Tissue Engineering in Health and the Environment

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 4-6 pm
Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering
Howard Eichenbaum Colloquium Room
610 Commonwealth Avenue

Hosted by Thomas Bifano, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering, ENG; and Director, Photonics Center; and Christopher Chen, Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, ENG

Tissue engineering aims to restore, maintain, and improve damaged tissues or whole organs. BU researchers are working to understand the interactions between cells and their surroundings, combining emerging and traditional technologies to identify cell function and guide cell and tissue growth. Attend this Research on Tap to learn more about BU’s research in engineering artificial tissues and building hybrid biological/artificial devices for medical and other applications.


High Tech and High Touch: Digital Innovations from BU’s Mobile and Electronic Health-ARC

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 4-6 pm
Trustee Ballroom
1 Silber Way, 9th Floor

Hosted by Belinda Borrelli, Professor, Health Policy & Health Services Research, and Director, Center for Behavioral Science Research, SDM; and Director and PI, Mobile and Electronic Health-ARC

Mobile and Electronic Health provides an unprecedented opportunity to prevent, assess, inform, and treat health behaviors across large segments of the population. Platforms include text messaging, apps, wearables, sensors, social media, gaming, virtual reality and robotics.  The benefits of mHealth interventions include their availability and accessibility, cost-effective delivery, scalability, ability to personalize and tailor content, facilitation of patient-provider communication, coordination of patient care across systems, and provision of evidenced-based treatment in real-time and in real-world settings. The mission of the Mobile & Electronic Health ARC (ME-ARC) is to conduct transdisciplinary research and training in mobile and electronic health to improve health across the lifespan, particularly among the most vulnerable populations. The ME-ARC is comprised of a PI/Director (Belinda Borrelli), two Co-Directors (Lisa Quintiliani, Tibor Palfai), a steering committee, an external advisory board, trainees, and over 100 member affiliates across numerous schools at Boston University. Steering committee members have expertise in: implementation science, behavioral science, medicine, informatics/bioinformatics, software development, health literacy, engineering, and global health.  Since January 2016, the ME-ARC has hosted invited speakers at monthly seminars, held yearly symposiums, and funded and conducted pilot projects. The ME-ARC coalesces mobile health resources and researchers at Boston University. This Research on Tap will highlight some of the many innovative projects in mobile and electronic health at Boston University.


Research “How-To’s”

The Current Changing Landscape at NSF with Focus on Geosciences

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 3:30-5 pm
Trustee Lounge
1 Silber Way, 9th Floor

Please join us for a talk by Dr. William E. Easterling, III, Assistant Director of Geosciences at the National Science Foundation.

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Distill Your Message

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 3-5 pm
Bay State and Castle Rooms
Florence & Chafetz Hillel House
213 Bay State Road

Your research and expertise are important, but how do you convey them to your peers, funders, and the public? In this message and media training workshop conducted by Philips Media Relations, one of the nation’s premier media training and presentation training firms, participants will learn methods, tools, and techniques to communicate complicated concepts succinctly and clearly through a blend of interactive demonstrations and hands on-learning. You’ll learn how to deliver a crisp 15-second description of your work, remain on-message without being redundant, and redirect media interviews that wander into areas of secondary importance. These tips and tools will help inform your communication activities from media interviews to social media, lectures, and presentations.


    Campus Visit with Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Head of NASA’s Science Mission

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, will visit Boston University on Dec. 4 to discuss NASA’s funding priorities and learn more about BU’s research partnerships with the agency. The Office of Research and Federal Relations invites faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and students who would like to meet with Dr. Zurbuchen to communicate their interest.

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