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.

The Many Facets of Cybersecurity Research

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 4-6 p.m.
Photonics Colloquium Room
8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Floor

Hosted by Ran CanettiProfessor, Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences, and Director, Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security (RISCS) 

Cybersecurity, or the study of information systems that are accessible to the public and yet resilient to malicious subversion, has become acutely relevant. This study is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-faceted. It covers basic issues such as engineering computer systems that are resilient to errors and hacking, designing algorithms that guarantee the privacy and authenticity of information and computations, social issues such as our expectations for personal privacy, fairness, and ubiquity in information systems, economic incentives for consumers and vendors, legal and political issues thrusting liberty against government control and international power struggles, and many more. Furthermore, all these aspects are intermingled in the design of a relatively small number of information systems. This Research on Tap session meeting will feature some of the fascinating research done at BU in this area.


Illuminating How the Brain WorksWith the Help of BU Neurophotonics

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 4-6 p.m.
Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering
610 Commonwealth Avenue

Hosted by David Boas, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Advances in photonics technologies are driving a revolution in the neurosciences. Optical methods for imaging and manipulation of brain structure and function span from visualization of intracellular organelles and protein assemblies to noninvasive macroscopic investigation of cortical activity in human subjects. Join us to see how BU faculty are advancing neurophotonics methods to unravel the mysteries of the brain.


Connecting Tissues and Investigators: Fibrosis in Health and Disease

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 4-6 p.m.
Evans Biomedical Research Center (X Building), Rooms 714/715
650 Albany Street

Hosted by Katya Ravid, Professor, Medicine and Biochemistry, School of Medicine; and Director, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office (IBRO)

Understanding and controlling fibrosis, whether as an integral part of the extracellular matrix or evoked during pathology, requires interdisciplinary approaches and expertise. This Research on Tap event will feature researchers who aim to develop a comprehensive interdisciplinary program that addresses unmet needs in the field of research of tissue fibrosis in health and disease, using innovative ideas and leveraging on an array of expertise, from imaging technologies to molecular, biochemical, and clinical approaches, to name a few.


Research How-To’s

Crafting Your Online Scholarly Persona

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 12–1:30 p.m.
Trustee Lounge
1 Silber Way, 9th Floor

Featuring Dino Christenson, Associate Professor, Political Science, CAS; Neha Gondal, Assistant Professor, Sociology, CAS;  Jacob Groshek, Associate Professor, Emerging Media Studies, COM; Tom Hohenstein, Data Services Librarian, BU Libraries; Anthony Petro, Assistant Professor, Religion, CAS; and Christopher Schmitt, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Biology, CAS

Establishing your online presence as a scholar and researcher can increase the visibility of your research and publications, help you find potential collaborators, and allow you to engage more fully in professional dialogues. But, developing this persona is a “craft,” requiring skill and strategic thinking. At this event, panelists will present their perspectives on establishing your digital identity as a researcher. Discussion will include the professional and ethical uses of academic social networks (such as Academia.edu or ResearchGate), the role of social media in research communication, the advantages of sharing your work openly, and preserving your privacy/rights to your data in the open online world.


Working with the Media

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 3-5 p.m.
Kilachand Center Colloquium Room
610 Commonwealth Avenue

Featuring Bruce Gellerman, WBUR Reporter; Evan Hadingham, NOVA Senior Science Editor; Helen Branswell, STAT Infectious Disease and Public Health Reporter; and David Corcoran, former editor of Science Times and Associate Director of Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.

Join your colleagues for our “Working with the Media” event, the second session in BU’s Strategic Communication Series, focused on communication tools and best practices for sharing your work with the public. During this panel discussion, hear from members of the media who cover science, research, and new discoveries in Boston and throughout the world. Journalists, editors, and producers from television, radio, and print will discuss what makes a good story, what makes a good interview, and how Boston University faculty, researchers, and scientists can best share their findings and expertise with a wider audience. Moderated by BU colleagues Sara Rimer and Barbara Moran from BU Research and featuring panelists from NOVA, WBUR, The New York Times, and more, this event will help you effectively communicate your work in a meaningful, significant, and media-friendly way.


HIPAA and Human Subjects Research

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 1:30-3 p.m.
LAW Charles River Room (Room 525)
Redstone Addition, 765 Commonwealth Avenue

Featuring Diane Lindquist, Director of Health Privacy and Compliance

Do you understand your obligations as a researcher to protect your research data? Can you tell whether your data is PHI, or not, and say why it matters? This workshop will clearly explain when research data falls under HIPAA, as well as other kinds of sensitive research data. We will take a look at how to access PHI for research, and explain your obligations to protect both PHI and non-PHI research data.


Affiliated Events

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.

A How-To Session on Raising Funds from Private Foundations

Fall 2017

Hosted by Foundation Relations

Curious about the steps needed to develop a relationship with a foundation that can lead to funding your proposal? Sign up to learn about the BU process and resources from BU’s Foundation Relations office! The Foundation Relations team within Development & Alumni Relations will convene 90-minute workshops for humanities faculty during the fall 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.

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