Past Event Information and Updates

The following presentations, workshops, and events have related materials, videos, or announcements that remain relevant past the event itself and are housed here for reference. If you have additional questions please contact Kat Tokarz.

An Overview of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment and have the potential to radically improve U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and environmental well-being. The agency funds technology-focused, applied research and development aimed at creating real-world solutions to important problems in energy creation, distribution, and use. This presentation by Dr. Eric A. Rohlfing, Deputy Director for Technology at ARPA-E, provided an overview of the agency, its programs and projects, and how it solicits and manages research awards to advance potentially disruptive energy technologies.

BU Technology Wonders & Potential Biomedical Applications

On March 28, 2018, the BU Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office (IBRO) presented BU Technology Wonders: Potential Biomedical Applications. For more information, please see the event flyer. See slides from the event.

CILSE Town Hall Meetings

The Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research held two Town Hall meetings regarding Boston University’s Center for Integrated Life Sciences Engineering on April 22, 2015 and December 4, 2014. Both meetings provided updates on the building’s research mission and architecture, as well as the construction schedule and its impacts. A recording of the December Town Hall is available online. Watch the recording.

Communicating with Media and Key Stakeholders

At this April 21, 2016 media-training session tailored for BU researchers, Boston University’s Public Relations team guided attendees through the world of public storytelling and showed them how to pitch reporters and editors, elevate pitches to key stakeholders, use social media, and translate often-complex research into compelling, understandable narratives.

Conversation with VA’s Scientific Program Officer for Research in Spinal Cord Injury

Dr. Audrey Kusiak, Scientific Program Manager for Regenerative Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury and Neuropathic Pain Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, presented the different avenues into the VA research system for early-stage and senior researchers. Mechanisms discussed included the Career Development 1 and 2 and Merit Review awards. Watch related VA seminars: Strategies for the Development of Career Plans for CDA ApplicantsStrategies for the Development of Mentoring Plans for CDA Applicants

Crafting Your Online Scholarly Persona

On October 25, 2017, panelists 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, presented presented their perspectives on establishing your digital identity as a researcher. Discussion included the professional and ethical uses of academic social networks (such as 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. View slides from the event. 

Crowdfunding at BU

Did you know that BU just launched its very own crowdfunding platform? Find out more at and view slides from our April 13, 2016 event that presented the new platform, provided tips for students and researchers interested in crowdfunding, and answered questions. View slides from this panel presentation

Department of Defense Health Research

On September 23, 2014 and December 7, 2015, Michael Ledford, Vice President, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, discussed the Department of Defense’s current cross-cutting trends and priorities, specific programs that engage most directly with university researchers, and techniques for navigating the DoD health landscape. He reviewed more than 15 targets for research, including the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Defense Medical Research and Development Program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Slides and video from the 2014 presentation are available to the BU community through BU’s Federal Relations website. View slides from the 2015 presentation.

Discovery and Innovation for Biological and Climate Science at the Department of Energy

On April 4, 2016, Dr. Sharlene Weatherwax, Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research (BER) at the U.S. Department of Energy presented the office’s recent highlights and future strategic directions. View slides from the event.

Effective Collaborations with Industry

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 addressed some of these issues and provided some guidelines for creating productive and mutual beneficial collaborations with industry. View slides from the event. 

Entrepreneurship and You

On February 27, 2017, Jill Becker, Entrepreneur in Residence, BUnano; Michael Koeris, Biomedical Engineering alumnus and CEO and founder, Sample6; and Deckard Sorenson, founder, NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc., discussed their own experiences and success stories to provide tips for faculty, staff, and students interested in entrepreneurship.

Engaging with DARPA

DARPA’s mission is to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security, thus catalyzing the development of capabilities that give the nation new options for preventing and creating strategic surprise. The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is one of six technical offices at the agency. DSO identifies and pursues high-risk, high-payoff fundamental research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines including materials science, computing and autonomy, engineering design and manufacturing, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and social science. This presentation, held on September 21, 2016, provided an overview of DARPA, working with DARPA and the Defense Sciences Office, and description of some of the current activities DSO’s program managers are working on. View slides from the event. View “Doing Business with DSO” document.

Faculty Early Career Development Program at the NSF

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards for junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of both within the context their organizations’ missions. In 2015, BU hosted two NSF Program Directors, who each provided an overview of the program from the perspective of his directorate:

From Idea to Award: Planning for Your First (or Next) NIH Grant Submission

The NIH funds important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Applying for NIH funding can seem like a daunting task that requires extensive knowledge about the agency and its funding mechanisms – but it doesn’t have to be. On December 2, 2015, Dr. Brett Miller of the NIH presented an overview of the NIH’s structure, mission, and operations. He framed the grant application process in the context of career development and tenure for early career researchers, while also highlighting recent changes within the agency to better position experienced researchers in their proposals. View slides from the presentation.

Grant Writing for Early Stage Investigators

Dean Chris Moore, Sargent College, used his NIH and VA expertise to outline the steps junior faculty members or early stage investigators can take to get funded. A recording of the event is available to BU faculty and staff.

Higher Education and Development

On October 29, 2015, Dr. Barbara Schneeman, USAID’s first appointed Higher Education Coordinated, shared her insights on the agency’s priorities and discussed opportunities for federal-academic partnerships to improve global health. View slides from the presentation.

HIPAA and Human Subjects Research

On November 14, 2017, Diane Lindquist, Director of Health Privacy and Compliance, presented at this workshop to explain when research data falls under HIPAA, as well as other kinds of sensitive research data. The event took a look at how to access PHI for research, and explain your obligations to protect both PHI and non-PHI research data. View slides.

The HistoryMakers: Refashioning American History

The BU Libraries have recently acquired licensed access to The HistoryMakers database of over 78,000 oral history interviews with African Americans who have made important contributions to our national story, some well-known, many unsung. By preserving and sharing the life stories of thousands of African Americans, from President Barack Obama to the oldest living black cowboy, The HistoryMakers is helping to educate and enlighten millions worldwide through refashioning a more inclusive record of American history. This October 20, 2016 event provided an overview of the database delivered by the founder and executive director of the collection, Julieanna Richardson.

Home Away from Home: Capitalizing on BU’s Cross-Discipline Research Centers (Part I)

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 October 31, 2016 event, leaders from three of these groups – Pardee Center, Initiative on Cities, and Institute for Sustainable Energy – discussed each unit’s missions, structure, and available resources, as well as the exciting projects made possible through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Home Away from Home: Capitalizing on BU’s Cross-Discipline Research Centers (Part II)

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—discussed their units’ missions, structure, and available resources, as well as the exciting projects made possible through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Improve Your Relationship with Federal Research Agencies

Will they notice me? Should I write? Should I call? Every federal research agency is different. This workshop explained 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 described the most successful ways to introduce yourself or deepen your relationship with federal agencies. Covered agencies included: 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. See the slides.

Inside Nature: Visual Communications Strategies

On February 26, 2016, Kelly Krause, Creative Director at Nature, discussed the behind the scenes world of scientific publishing. She presented strategies for communicating science through visualization in a publishing context, with plenty of case studies and tips. Kelly also led a short tutorial session on best practices for design of scientific figures for publication. Watch the recording from “Inside Nature.” See the recording from the tutorial. View  slides from both presentations.

Introduction to PCORI

On January 29, 2015 the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research held an informational workshop on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, and Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer at PCORI, introduced the Institute and its mission and research and discussed its proposal review and award processes. A recording of the event is available to BU faculty and staff.

Introduction to Survey Research Methods and Design

Thanks to survey research we have a greater understanding of public opinion and behavior, but designing effective surveys can often be challenging. This February 18, 2015 presentation by Dr. Dino P. Christenson introduced essential concepts in the design of surveys and highlighted the potential for error at various stages in the process. This presentation is applicable to faculty from all disciplines. View slides from the presentation.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

On December 3, 2014, the JSPS held an informational session at BU for interested faculty and postdoctoral students. To request information, please contact Kat Tokarz.

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

At this April 26, 2016 interactive session, Sarah Hokanson, Director of Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, provided a general overview of the Mentored K series of awards from the National Institutes of Health. View slides from this workshop.

Mentoring Plan Development and Implementation – A Guide for Faculty Mentors

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 learned 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. View slides | Download sample “welcome to my lab” letter | Download sample postdoc mentoring plan

Mentoring Plans for Grant Submissions

Federal sponsors, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, are increasingly requiring the inclusion of mentoring plans in grant applications. Development of such strategies can often be challenging, with guidelines that ask for custom plans tailored to the research program and needs of the individual, the development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP), structured training activities, and periodic assessment. The Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research has hosted two events to help researchers write effective mentoring plans for grant submissions: How to Write a Mentoring Plan on November 9, 2015, and an overview of the MyIDP Tool on April 8, 2015. For more information about the November event, please contact Kat TokarzView slides from the April presentation.

Navigating Research at BU: Welcome Event for New Faculty

At this October 4, 2017 presentation and networking session, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars heard an in-depth look at research administration, support, and resources at BU. Topics addressed included making the most of services in sponsored programs, bringing a product to market, staying compliant, and interacting with industry, government, and the media. View slides from Navigating Research

NEH Funding and Digital/Networked Scholarship

The past several decades have seen fundamental developments in humanities and social science scholarship, many of them involving computation and networked communication. Digital humanities has taken root as an area of research overlaying most humanities fields and residing partly at their intersections. Digital research methods and online scholarly communication have become an essential part of humanities research—and one that is increasingly funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. On March 19, 2015, Vika Zafrin, BU’s Institutional Repository Librarian and a digital humanist by training, offered a brief overview of digital humanities and networked scholarship and how the last few years’ grants from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities have changed focus over time and discussed trends in the federal funding of digital humanities projects and the role of open access in federal funding of the humanities. The slides and transcript from the presentation are available to the BU community.

New Frontiers in Social Media to Share Your Research with the Public: Reddit AMA and Facebook Live

In this third session of BU’s Strategic Communication Series, faculty who have participated in Reddit AMAs and Facebook Live events discussed why they decided to venture into social media, how they engaged their audiences, and the value they derived from it. View the video from New Frontiers in Social Media.

NIH Policies and Clinical Trial Requirements

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

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

The discussion provided insight into what is required for investigators to be in compliance with these policies. View slides from the presentation.

NSF Broader Impacts: A Special Conversation with Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director, NSF Directorate for Engineering

On December 4, 2015, Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director, NSF Directorate for Engineering, discussed successful models for the implementation of broader impacts to help BU faculty in connecting their research with the greater goals of science. View slides from the presentation.

Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on open access and related topics. It takes place globally during the last full week of October in a multitude of locations both on- and offline. On October 22, 2014, the The Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research held a forum to discuss BU’s open access initiative recommendation of 2008. Please see BU’s Open Access Policy FAQ for more information. On October 22, 2015, the Office held a workshop titled Data Management: Plans, Resources & Security, during which representatives from the BU Libraries, IS&T, the Data Coordinating Center, and the Clinical & Translational Sciences Institutes discussed University-wide resources and best practices that allow researchers  to evaluate the current state of their data and identify areas of focus for improving data management at BU. View slides from this workshop.

Open Science at BU: Success Stories

This October 28, 2016 event brought together faculty from across BU and in a variety of disciplines who have embraced open methods in their research to address pressing societal questions and advance scholarship. The movement to open science has included initiatives such as publishing open research, creating open source software, and supporting open access policies. The workshop answered critical questions, such as: Why have some of our faculty embraced open science? How has this affected scholarly output and advancement?

Research Computing Services Tutorials, Spring 2015 Series

The Research Computing Services (RCS) group, as part of Boston University Information Services & Technology, offered a series of tutorials on programming, high performance computing, and scientific visualization from January 21 through February 20, 2015. Visit the RCS page for the most up-to-date information and details on the tutorials.

Science Through Video: How to Tell a Compelling Story

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.

This session of BU’s Strategic Communication series addressed 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 examined 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. View the video from this event.

Supporting Humanities Research and Grantseekers

For faculty seeking grants to support humanities research, writing successful grant proposals and navigating the process of submitting materials to potential sponsors is a demanding and time consuming process. During this February 9, 2016 event, faculty and staff representatives from across BU discussed the grant lifecycle and BU sponsored programs infrastructure. The speakers wee: Diane Baldwin, Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs; Gene Jarrett, Associate Dean of the Faculty (Humanities) and Professor, English, CAS; Marla Krauss, Proposal Development Specialist, CAS; and Russell Powell, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, CAS. View slides from the event.

Supporting Humanities Research and Grantseekers: Success Stories

Back by popular demand, “Supporting Humanities Research and Grantseekers: Success Stories” focused on the experiences of humanities faculty who have been successful at writing grant proposals and navigating the process of submitting materials to potential sponsors. On October 17, 2016, multiple CAS faculty described their scholarly work, explaining why they seek grants to support humanities research, and provided tips for mastering the demanding process of grantseeking.

Supporting Social Sciences Research and Grantseekers (Part I)

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. At this November 7, 2016 event, faculty and staff representatives from across BU discussed the grant lifecycle and BU sponsored programs infrastructure. View slides from the event.

Supporting Social Sciences Research and Grantseekers (Part II)

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 discussed the grant lifecycle and BU sponsored programs infrastructure. View slides from the event.

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

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 hosted by John A. Porco, Jr., Director, BU Center for Molecular Discovery (BU-CMD), and Professor, Chemistry, CAS, faculty from various biomedical research fields discussed groundbreaking work in the synthesis and study of molecules for a number of important diseases and therapeutic applications.

Working with the Media

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 the New York Times’ Science Times; Senior Editor, Undark; and Associate Director of Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, the “Working with the Media” event focused on communication tools and best practices for sharing your work with the public. View the video from Working with the Media.

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

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? This panel featured 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. The session helped researchers understand how they can engage in meaningful and impactful opportunities at the local and national level. View the slides from Welcome to Federal Relations | View the video from Welcome to Federal Relations