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.

Inequality in the United States

Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 4-6 pm
Photonics Colloquium Room
8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Floor

Hosted by Spencer Piston, Assistant Professor, Political Science, CAS

This Research on Tap event will bring together faculty from across BU who seek to understand the root causes of inequity in the contemporary United States. Faculty will share their latest research findings and remedies related to disparities in health, education, development, economic opportunity, housing, and criminal justice, and will propose important new solutions for moving forward.

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Broadening Participation in STEM

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | 4-6 pm
Photonics Colloquium Room
8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Floor

Hosted by Crystal Williams, Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

This research on tap will be focused on highlighting the exciting array of initiatives and scholarship taking place across BU’s Charles River and Medical Campuses that explicitly seek to increase embodied diversity, improve department/school climate and culture, develop innovative pedagogical interventions, and create stronger pathways for people traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. We will further seek to understand and identify important synergies and opportunities for possible partnership and mutual learning across BU.

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War and Peace: Causes, Consequences, and Alternatives

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 4-6 pm
Kilachand Center Colloquium Room
610 Commonwealth Avenue

Hosted by Neta C. Crawford, Professor, Political Science, CAS

William Tecumseh Sherman said “War is hell.” It is also an enormously complex process and problem which calls for multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches. Sherman also said, “You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war.” What are the causes of war and peace? What are the consequences of war on governments and individual soldiers and civilians? How can cutting edge research on conflict prevention and resolution make war less likely or shorten its duration? Faculty from across the University will discuss their research on war, peace, and related topics.

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Research “How-To’s”

NIH Policies and Clinical Trial Requirements

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 3-4:30 pm
LAW Charles River Room
765 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor

This “Research How-To” session will provide an overview of the following NIH policies:

  1. Clinical trials registration;
  2. Good clinical practice (GCP) training; and
  3. Certificates of Confidentiality.

During this presentation, we will discuss what is required for investigators to be in compliance with these policies.

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Science Through Video: How to Tell a Compelling Story

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 1:30-3 pm
Bay State and Castle Rooms
Florence & Chafetz Hillel House
213 Bay State Road

Journals, funding agencies, and media outlets often seek video assets when reporting on science. The good news: all of us have a camera—our cell phones—on us at all times. How can we best use this tool? No matter your resources or skill-level, you can learn to capture video of your science for use beyond the lab.

Join your colleagues for this next session in BU’s Strategic Communication series, and learn how video can help bring your science, proposals, and research to life. Whether you are creating your own video or working with a team, this panel discussion will examine what makes a good visual story, how to distill your message and how you can use video to help bring attention and awareness to your research. Hear from professionals as well as faculty who have collaborated on captivating and engaging videos. You’ll come away from the discussion with techniques and tips as well as resources to help you incorporate video into your work.

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Effective Collaborations with Industry

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 1-2:30 pm
Kilachand Center Colloquium Room
610 Commonwealth Avenue

Featuring Brian Goodman, Interim Director, Corporate Relations; Michael Pratt, Managing Director, Technology Development; and William Segarra, Director, Industry Contracts and Agreements, Sponsored Programs

Collaboration with industry can often lead to excellent research opportunities. However, it is often difficult to find the right partners, and discussions can get bogged down around confidentiality, intellectual property, and budgeting concerns. This panel presentation will unpack some of these issues and provide with you some guidelines for creating productive and mutual beneficial collaborations with industry.

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Supporting Social Sciences Research and Grantseekers

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 12-1:30 pm
LAW Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue

Featuring Nancy Ammerman, Associate Dean of the Faculty (Social Sciences), and Professor, Sociology, CAS and STH; Diane Baldwin, Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs; Cheryl Knott, Associate Professor, Anthropology, CAS; and Marla Krauss, Proposal Development Specialist, CAS

For faculty seeking grants to support social sciences research, writing successful grant proposals and navigating the process of submitting materials to potential sponsors is a demanding and time consuming process. Faculty and staff representatives from across BU will discuss the grant lifecycle and BU sponsored programs infrastructure. Attend to hear about best practices and network with colleagues who want to help you obtain funding for social sciences research.

Please note: this event is open to the entire BU community, and researchers in all non-grant-intensive fields are welcome to attend to learn about BU’s Sponsored Programs structure.

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Welcome to Federal Relations: How to Connect with Policymakers and Funding Agencies to Get Your Message Heard and Deliver Impact

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 3:30-5 pm
Kilachand Center Colloquium Room
610 Commonwealth Avenue

Join your colleagues for this next panel discussion in BU’s Strategic Communication Series. From connecting with key policymakers in your area of expertise to drafting testimony or seeking federal funding opportunities, learn the best ways for you to engage with stakeholders across local and national government.

Effective communication with members of Congress and federal funding organizations is more important now than ever before. It’s critical that the education and science community actively participate in conversations about significant federal decisions affecting science and research universities. But what are the best ways to provide clear, relevant information to help shape policy or advocate for scientific research, the humanities, or for student financial aid?

Hear from Jennifer Grodsky who leads BU’s federal relations efforts, consultants from Lewis-Burke Associates – a leading government relations firm for research, health care, and education – and BU faculty members who have taken their work and expertise directly to policymakers. This event will help you understand the resources available to you, how to get your voice heard in DC, and how best to craft your message for maximum impact. You’ll come away from the discussion with a better understanding of how you can engage in meaningful and impactful opportunities at the local and national level.

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Mentoring Plan Development and Implementation – A Guide for Faculty Mentors

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 1:30-3 pm
Bay State and Castle Rooms
Florence & Chafetz Hillel House
213 Bay State Road

Mentoring plans, sometimes referred to individual development plans, are now required by many federal agencies to support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. However, so often these plans stall in their implementation, becoming more of an administrative item than a framework to support productive mentoring relationships. In this workshop, faculty will learn how to develop comprehensive mentoring plans and put them into action, with a tour of the resources, tools, and templates that can benefit both faculty and their trainees.

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Affiliated Events

BU Technology Wonders: Potential Biomedical Applications

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 2-5 pm
650 Albany Street, Rooms X714 and X715

Hosted by The Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research and BU IBRO

Join us for an afternoon exploring new technologies developed by BU investigators from the Charles River and Medical Campuses. Clinicians and basic and clinician scientists are invited to explore applications to their work.

The afternoon will include eight-minute presentations, separated with a coffee break and followed by wine and cheese around table discussions/explorations. Tables will be headed by the speakers and selected clinical chairs. These round table discussions are intended to give greater opportunities to directly explore specific topics in greater detail. An anticipated outcome is to follow up pilot grants to support two-three best Charles River-Medical Campus collaborative technology development applications.

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Please address inquiries to Katya Ravid via Robin MacDonald at: remac@bu.edu


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