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Life Sciences

A Sampling of Careers in Biology
Biology Postdoc Association
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

Academia is not the only rewarding career opportunity for scientists. Here are a few of the more interesting alternatives. This series provides professional advice for undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs who are interested in pursuing non-academic career paths. The discussions will be informal, with plenty of opportunity for discussion. For a more detailed description about each of the talks, please see
Web: http://web.mit.edu/biology/www/biology/iap.html
Contact: Prof. J. Troy Littleton, E18-672, 452-2605, troy@mit.edu
Sponsor: Biology

Science Writing and Publishing
Trisha Gura, Ph.D., Steve Mirsky, Leslie Roldan, Ph.D.
Trisha Gura, freelance writer; Steve Mirsky, Knight Science Journalism Fellow; Leslie Roldan, Scientific Editor, Virtual Text.
Tue Jan 6, 11am-12:30pm, 68-181

Science Policy
Oren Grad, M.D., Ph.D.
Oren Grad, Executive Director, Technology Assessment and Clinical Affairs, Abt Associates.
Tue Jan 13, 11am-12:30pm, 68-181

Teaching Opportunities for Scientists
Caroline Goutte, Ph.D. and Kristen Johnson, Ph.D.
Caroline Goutte, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Amherst College and Kristen Johnson, Ph.D., Biology Instructor at Phillips Academy in Andover.
Thu Jan 15, 11am-12:30pm, 68-181

Is Biotechnology for You?
Leo Liu, M.D. and Britt Rideout, Ph.D.
Leo Liu, M.D., President & Chief Scientific Officer, Cambria Biosciences LLC and Britt Rideout, Ph.D., GenPath Pharmaceuticals Scientist.
Tue Jan 20, 11am-12:30pm, Whitehead Auditorium

Career Options in Law for Ph.D.s in Life Sciences
Stephen Seckler
Stephen Seckler, Esq., President of Seckler Legal Consulting and a lawyer to be named at a later date from the law firm of Lowrie, Lando and Anastasi.
Thu Jan 22, 11am-01:00pm, 68-181

Transitioning into Venture Capital
Karen Hong, Ph.D. and Amir Nashat, Ph.D.
Karen Hong, Associate at ProQuest Investments and Amir Nashat, a Principal with Polaris Adventure Partners.
Thu Jan 29, 11am-12:30pm, 68-181

Are You Suffering?: Clinical Trials and Patient Selection
Prof. Joseph Dumit, Nate Greenslit
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Explores aspects of how clinical trial populations are sought out, and how the participants themselves come to experience themselves in these experimental settings. Clinical trial designers and managers are quite concerned about the "kinds of persons" that are appropriate for drug testing (ranging from concerns about so-called "placebo responders" to issues concerning the linkages between ethnicity, gender, race and epidemiology). This "Pharmaceuticals and Identity" symposium will investigate some of the ways in which assumptions about personhood and illness are built into clinical trials for pharmaceuticals, and how they are made meaningful by the participants themselves. This workshop is part of the Pharmaceuticals and Identity (Rx-ID) working group of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.
Contact: Nate Greenslit, E51-070, x3-6979, npg@mit.edu
Sponsor: Science,Technology & Society

Part 1
Prof. Joseph Dumit, Nate Greenslit
Thu Jan 22, 12-05:00pm, E51-278

Part 2
Prof. Joseph Dumit, Nate Greenslit
Fri Jan 23, 11am-05:00pm, E51-278

Part 3
Prof. Joseph Dumit, Nate Greenslit
Sat Jan 24, 10am-02:00pm, E51-275

Cardiovascular Genomics at the Boston Heart Foundation/HST
Dr. Robert Lees, Professor of HST and President of Boston Heart Foundation
Tue Jan 6, 01-02:00pm, at BHF, 139 Main St.

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Signup by: 06-Jan-2004
Limited to 12 participants.
Single session event

Come and learn what's going on at this new program, which combines the clinical strength of the Boston Heart Foundation and its large population of heart disease or at-risk subjects with the multiple strengths of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Our goal is to determine the inherited factors which relate to heart disease risk, to diagnose their presence early in life, to learn how to prevent heart disease in subjects at risk, and to learn how to treat better those who have heart disease. Dr. Lees will present examples of these inherited conditions, how to diagnose and how to prevent coronary disease.
Contact: Dianne Brennan, BHF, x3-3012, dbrennan@mit.edu
Sponsor: Health Sciences & Technology

Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Neurobiology at MIT: Pathfinding into the Next Decade
Prof. J. Troy Littleton
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

This series of discussions will highlight neurobiology research and future directions for the field. MIT has made a recent commitment to promote the development of neurosciences, with the formation of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the Picower Center for Learning and Memory, together with the construction of a new building to house the neuroscience community. Find out what the excitement is about and gain exposure to where neurobiology is at MIT, where it originated and where it is going in the next decade. For a more detailed description about each of the talks, please see
Web: http://web.mit.edu/biology/www/biology/iap.html
Contact: Prof. J. Troy Littleton, E18-672, 452-2605, troy@mit.edu
Sponsor: Biology

An Introduction to the Picower Center for Learning and Memory: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Mind
Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D.
Mon Jan 12, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

What Does the Brain Do During Sleep?
Matt Wilson, Ph.D.
Tue Jan 13, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

The McGovern Institute for Brain Research: An Exploration of Higher Brain Function
Phil Sharp, Ph.D.
Wed Jan 14, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

Seeing the Light and Feeling the Heat: Neuronal Wiring and Sensation in Drosophila
Paul Garrity, Ph.D.
Thu Jan 15, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

Beginnings: Initiation of Vertebrate Nervous System Development
Hazel Sive, Ph.D.
Tue Jan 20, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

The Past and Present History of the Neurogenetics of Learning and Memory
Chip Quinn, Ph.D.
Wed Jan 21, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

What the Retina Says to the Developing Brain and How the Brain Talks Back
Martha Constantine-Paton, Ph.D.
Thu Jan 22, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

Learning to See: Neuronal Plasticity in the Visual System
Mark Bear, Ph.D.
Mon Jan 26, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

Bidirectional Communication at Synapses: A Two Way Dance Between Neurons
J. Troy Littleton, M.D., Ph.D.
Tue Jan 27, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

The History of Neuroscience at MIT
Wed Jan 28, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

How the Brain Wires Itself
Mriganka Sur, Ph.D.
Thu Jan 29, 03-04:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Lecture Series
Speech & Hearing Bioscience and Technology PhD Students
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Have you ever wondered how you can tell where sounds are coming from, how your brain processes language, or why loud sounds are harmful? Explore these and other topics in the science of human communication.
Web: http://websis.mit.edu/iap/nshst.html
Contact: Laura Dilley, (617) 253-5957, dilley@mit.edu
Sponsor: Health Sciences & Technology

After the Tone: Auditory Strategies for Encoding and Analyzing Pitch
Nick Malyska
This lecture will trace sound from reception in the inner ear to interpretation in the brain & explore "tools" we use to meet challenges of pitch perception.
Wed Jan 7, 01-02:00pm, E25-111

The Secret Lives of Everyday Speech Processing Devices
Nick Malyska
From cell phones & answering machines to voice disguisers & pitch shifters, this lecture introduces modern technology used to manipulate the human voice.
Mon Jan 12, 01-02:00pm, E25-111

Aphasia and Apraxia of "Speech"
Tony Okobi
This talk will discuss aphasia, the loss or impairment of the ability to comprehend or produce language due to brain damage, and apraxia, a neurological motor deficit.
Wed Jan 14, 01-02:00pm, E25-111

Noise and Its Effects on Hearing (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Keith Darrow
A discussion of the hazardous effects of noise, acoustic injury of the peripheral auditory system & the neural system's function in protecting the cochlea.
Wed Jan 21, 01-02:00pm, E25-111

Where is That Sound Coming From?
Sasha Devore
This talk describes the process of spatial localization, the utilization of acoustic cues to determine which direction a sound came from.
Wed Jan 21, 01-02:00pm, E25-111

Perceiving a Linguistic Feature
Steven Lulich
How do percieve differences between letters like 'p' and 'b'? We will review recent findings on the way our auditory system encodes some linguistic distinctions.
Mon Jan 26, 01-02:00pm, E25-111

Deaf Culture, Sign Language, and Cochlear Implants
Brad Buran
We will explore cochlear implants and other speech and hearing topics relevant to the Deaf community.
Wed Jan 28, 01-02:00pm, E25-111

Taking the Next Step in Academic Science
Biology Postdoc Association
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

The academic path is well laid out and a familiar one, but it is sometimes rocky. These sessions focus on the transitions we make as our careers progress and provide professional advice for undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows pursuing academic research careers. The discussions will be informal with plenty of opportunity for questions. For a more detailed description about each of the talks, please see
Web: http://web.mit.edu/biology/www/biology/iap.html
Contact: Prof. J. Troy Littleton, E18-672, 452-2605, troy@mit.edu
Sponsor: Biology

Funding Opportunities for Senior Postdocs and Junior Faculty: K Awards, Bridging Grants & R01
Prof. Frank Solomon, Prof. Paul Garrity & Elsa Flores, Ph.D.
Wed Jan 7, 11am-12:30pm, 68-181

Preparing for an Academic Career: From Postdoctoral Life to the Application Process
Prof. Robert Sauer and Prof. Amy Keating
Mon Jan 12, 11am-12:30pm, 68-181

Thesis Writing, Choosing a Post-doc Lab, and Writing Post-doc Fellowships
Prof. Steve Bell and Prof. Terry Orr-Weaver
Wed Jan 14, 11am-12:30pm, 68-181

Balancing Family and Science
Panel discussion
Prof. Hazel Sive, Prof. Monty Krieger, Laurie Boyer, Ph.D. and Melissa Kosinski-Collins, Graduate Student
Wed Jan 21, 10:30am-12:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

Women in Science
Panel discussion by women professors
Professors Jackie Lees, Nancy Andrews, Andrea McClatchey and Karen Cichowski
Mon Jan 26, 11am-12:30pm, 68-181

The Healer's Art: Awakening the Heart of Medicine
Nancy Oriol, Harvard Medical School, Mary Kraft
Thu Jan 8, Thu Jan 22, 07-10:00pm, MEC

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: none

Learning how to preserve and strengthen your own humanity, your sense of a physician's work, and your ability to handle loss, grief, and remain open-hearted may make the difference between professional burnout and a rich fulfilling life. We will be talking about meaning and service, sharing loss, finding healing, strengthening our personal commitment and uncovering the spiritual dimensions of the practice of medicine for ourselves. Class format includes both presentation and small group discussion in a discovery model around the topics. Come prepared to share, learn, and grow! Jointly sponsored by the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and Harvard Medical School.
Contact: Patricia Cunningham, (617) 432-1738, pcunningham@hms.harvard.edu
Sponsor: Health Sciences & Technology

The Human Engineered: How Biomedical Engineering Can Affect You
Johanna Gaiottino, Sponsered by VaNTH Undergraduate Association
Schedule: TBD
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: None

The MIT chapter of VaNTH presents the second annual IAP BioMedical Engineering
Lecture Series. Last year's series featured Dr. Ioannis Yannas and Dr. Hugh
Herr and their research within organ regeneration and the design of mechanical
limbs respectively. The lectures were very successful and this year's series
promises to be just as interesting. Each week of IAP 2004 one faculty member or
representative of industry within Biomedical Engineering will present their own
unique perspective on their position and research within Biomedical Engineering
in a lecture format, followed by question & answer sessions. Refreshments will
be provided. All specific times and locations will be announced our website and the HST calender. HST calendar.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/vanth/www
Contact: Johanna Gaiottino, johannae@mit.edu
Sponsor: Health Sciences & Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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