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    MaPS Tuesday Seminar Series: Peter Belenky, PhD, Presents, “Antibiotics Metabolism and the Microbiome”

    MaPS Tuesday Seminar Series: Peter Belenky, PhD, Presents, “Antibiotics Metabolism and the Microbiome” AS8.2072 noon - 1 p.m.

    Peter Belenky, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Brown University, Providence, RI
    https://sites.brown.edu/belenkylab/

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    Lamar Soutter Library Presents: 3rd Annual Spelling Bee

    Lamar Soutter Library Presents: 3rd Annual Spelling Bee Lamar Soutter Library noon - 1 p.m.

    Are you the first to notice a typo in a paper or the first person your colleagues turn to when they want to know how something is spelled? Then you could be the next Spelling Bee Champ! Take on your peers and the devilishly difficult multi-syllabic List of Words and spell your heart out to win the title and take home the prize. Register today! https://forms.gle/8GEBdgrgBKxUnAaC6

    Even if you don’t register to compete, come enjoy the show, eat some snacks, and cheer for your friends!

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    Breaking the barriers: Women impacting science

    Breaking the barriers: Women impacting science AbbVie Bioresearch Centre 100 Research Drive, Worcester, MA 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Come to this illuminating panel discussion with women who are breaking barriers and impacting the world with their science. Learn about their experiences and become familiar with how you too can find your scientific niche and beneficially contribute to society.

    Space is LIMITED, so don't wait to register.

    Early Bird Registration:
    FREE for AWIS members and AbbVie employees, $5 for non-members

    After January 31st: 
    FREE for AWIS members and AbbVie employees, $10 for non-members

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    Lunch and Learn - The Venture Forum: Your Access Point to Worcester’s Business Community

    Lunch and Learn - The Venture Forum: Your Access Point to Worcester’s Business Community AS6-2072 noon - 1:30 p.m.

    Ron Fraser, Chair, Venture Forum (Worcester), Vice President, Avidia Bank, will discuss how investment banking can help you start a business and then introduce the Worcester Venture Forum. This is your chance to learn more about the business ecosystem in Worcester. The Venture Forum is a fantastic community that will give you access to other entrepreneurs in central mass while holding several events for learning, networking, and bringing the community together. I highly encourage you to attend and take this opportunity to learn more about the forum and how you can be involved. Career Chat will follow Ron's presentation.

    Lunch will be served.

    Please RSVP here if you are attending 

    GSBS Interview Weekend Coffee Session

    GSBS Interview Weekend Coffee Session LRB 203 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    The GSBS Diversity Interest Group (DIG) and the UMMS chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will host late afternoon coffee sessions during the GSBS interview weekends for interviewees to attend and learn more about the student-led diversity initiatives that are occurring in GSBS. 

    The coffee sessions are an opportunity for DIG and SACNAS leaders to introduce themselves and their diversity-focused projects to potential future GSBS students. Additionally, all GSBS students are invited to attend these sessions to chat with interviewees about UMMS, answer any questions that interviewees may not have had the chance to ask during the rest of the interview day, and create a welcoming environment to discuss the current diversity and inclusion initiatives in GSBS and UMMS as a whole. 

    If you'd like to attend any or all of these coffee sessions to share your perspective with GSBS interviewees, please RSVP

    Student Giving Gala

    Student Giving Gala Albert Sherman Center 7 p.m.

    This annual formal event, formerly known as “COMECC”, is a wonderful evening for the UMass community to enjoy each other’s company while raising funds for students throughout Worcester. Proceeds will be donated to the North Quadrant Support Services.

    For this formal event, dozens of local businesses contribute annually by donating auction items that include gift certificates, gift baskets, private classes, and much more! In addition, members of the UMass community also donate items and services for bidding. In the past, this has included gift certificates to Cafe Reyes, private scenic plane rides, or dinner for you and your friends with a Professor! 

    Please note that you do not need to participate in the auction to attend the event. Complimentary dinner and drinks will be served to all! Should you choose to participate, we recommend bringing cash, a checkbook, and/or a non-AMEX credit card.

    Check out more info at the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455241967966333/

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    MaPS Tuesday Seminar Series: “Quantifying Infection Model Accuracy”

    MaPS Tuesday Seminar Series: “Quantifying Infection Model Accuracy” AS8.2072 noon - 1 p.m.

    Marvin Whiteley, PhD, Professor of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Co-Director, Emory-Children’s CF Center (CF@LANTA), Georgia Research Alliance eminent Scholar

    https://biosciences.gatech.edu/people/marvin-whiteley

    Valentine's Day Cupcake Decorating

    Valentine's Day Cupcake Decorating Student Lounge 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    We want to celebrate this Valentine’s Day the sweetest way possible!

    Come join us to decorate yummy cupcakes!!! We will provide the cupcakes, frosting and utensils. (If you are gluten-free just let us know!)

    Family and friends are welcome!

    RSVP here

    We ask that you bring 1 non-perishable item per person for donation to our local food bank!

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    Translating Science for a Lay Audience: Write for The Conversation

    Translating Science for a Lay Audience: Write for The Conversation S2-351/352 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

    Are you interested in learning to write about science in general and/or your science for a lay audience?  UMMS is a supporter of The Conversation, a website that provides content on all topics that is written by academics in collaboration with editors at The Conversation.  

    https://theconversation.com/us (home page)

    https://theconversation.com/us/health (health and science page)

    Come listen to Jen Berryman, vice-chancellor for communications at UMMS, talk about contributing to The Conversation and the opportunity to expand your skill set by learning to write for a general audience.

    Please let us know if you will be attending.  RSVP here.

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    Lab Archives ELN Training

    Lab Archives ELN Training Hiatt Auditorium (S1-608) 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    LabArchives ELN live webinar training session for new or beginner users.

    If you’ve used or tried lab archives but it didn’t catch on, then here’s a chance to refresh your experience and give it another try.

    If you’re lab is using LabArchives and has a new lab member that could use some training, please share this with them.

    You can register for this training in 30 seconds and reserve your seat by using our Quick Base web registration form.

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    Lunch and Learn: Laura Sepp-Laurenzino, Chief Scientific Officer, Intellia Therapeutics presents, “Leading Innovation at Intellia”

    Lunch and Learn: Laura Sepp-Laurenzino, Chief Scientific Officer, Intellia Therapeutics presents, “Leading Innovation at Intellia” AS4-2072 noon - 1:15 p.m.

    Laura is currently the chief scientific officer at Intellia Therapeutics, biotech company that develops biopharmaceuticals using CRISPR gene-editing technology. Laura is an innovative leader in drug discovery and development of small molecule and oligonucleotide therapeutics, with over 20 years of experience in academic and industrial settings. 
    She defines and implements internal and external research strategy, incorporating disruptive, enabling technologies. Dr. Sepp-Lorenzino builds responsive, collaborative teams across geographies and functions and nurtures a learning environment across the organization; coaching, mentoring. She optimizes operations and cost structures, delivering on objectives.

    12:00-12:45 pm Seminar  |  12:45-1:15 pm career chat

    Lunch will be provided

    Please RSVP here if you are attending 

    Neuroinflammation Data Club: Javier Irazoqui, PhD presents, “Cholinergic control of innate immunity via transcription factor TFEB"

    Neuroinflammation Data Club: Javier Irazoqui, PhD presents, “Cholinergic control of innate immunity via transcription factor TFEB" AS7-2072 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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    Climate Open House and Idea Session

    Climate Open House and Idea Session Faculty Conference Room noon - 3 p.m.

    If climate change, sustainability and environmental stewardship are important issues to you, attend our Open House and Idea Session.

    Learn more

    DIG Presents: Race in Science

    DIG Presents: Race in Science AS8-2072 5 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Our Race in Science Panel Discussion will feature a diverse set of faculty and trainees here at UMMS with the goal of creating a space to openly share and encourage conversations about how race and ethnicity may influence our everyday lives as scientists and medical professionals at UMMS.

    Panelists
    Peter Cruz-Gordillo (MD/PhD Student)
    Aurian Garcia (MD/PhD Student)
    Kristopher Holloway (GSBS Student)
    Dr. Deborah Harmon-Hines (Professor Emeritus)
    Dr. Brian Lewis (Associate Professor of Molecular, Cell & Cancer Biology and Assistant Vice Provost for Outreach and Recruitment
    Canary Ly (GSN Student)

    Food and refreshments will be provided!​

    RSVP Here

    *Please note that the panel discussion is not intended to be an informational session or professional resource for behavioral healthcare, but a forum to initiate discussion on emotional challenges faced by researchers and clinicians in their endeavors to pursue science and medicine in the hopes of developing more supportive wellness initiatives at UMMS for doctors and scientists.

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    Projects in Process Seminar Series (PiPSS)

    Projects in Process Seminar Series (PiPSS) AS7-2072 11 a.m. - noon

    The Projects in Process Seminar Series (PiPSS) is designed to give CCTS trainees and junior faculty an opportunity to present their work in a structured format and in a forum of peers and faculty, with the goal of ensuring continuous, professional feedback and cross-fertilization that is required for excellence in research.

    • 11:00am Lauren Westafer DE-Implementation of Low-Value Evaluation in Pulmonary Embolism (DELVE PE)

    • 11:30am Young Suh Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Primary Care Providers in Suicide Related Care of Patients

    This meeting is available through the Zoom webinar platform.

    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://umassmed.zoom.us/j/5682209338

    Or Telephone:
        Dial:
        +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
        Meeting ID: 568 220 9338

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    Tri-School Salsa Dancing Extravaganza

    Tri-School Salsa Dancing Extravaganza ABL Dance Studio 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

    Come beat the winter blues and heat things up at the Tri-School Salsa Dancing Extravaganza​!

    Partial proceeds going to the Worcester Healthy Baby Foundation.

    More info / RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/70185798613

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    PhD Thesis Defense of Rujapak Sutiwisesak, “Natural Polymorphism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and CD8 T cell Immunity”

    PhD Thesis Defense of Rujapak Sutiwisesak, “Natural Polymorphism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and CD8 T cell Immunity” AS8-2072 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Mentor: Samuel Behar, MD, PhD

    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Program:
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    32nd Annual Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Speaker: Robert L. Satcher, MD, PhD

    32nd Annual Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Speaker: Robert L. Satcher, MD, PhD Faculty Conference Room - University Campus 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Remembering... Through Service “Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve" -Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Our annual MLK Celebration of Service is an opportunity for our community to come together and share the legacy of Dr. King by highlighting the importance of service. Our theme incorporates Dr. King’s message that “everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”

    Featured Speaker: Robert L. Satcher, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Satcher is leading institutional efforts to establish the clinical enterprise for virtual care at MDACC. Additionally, his work with MD Anderson’s Global Oncology enterprise is focused on building relationships with international healthcare partners that will lead to the construction of a Cancer Center in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Satcher co-founded the eHealth Research Institute (eHRI), a collaborative endeavor between Rice University, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and MD Anderson Cancer Center, to bring together physicians with academic and industry researchers to improve access to specialized health care using the latest in research and technology.

    11:30 am: Lunch available
    12:00 pm: MLK Celebration Presentation

    RSVP

    MaPS Tuesday Seminar Series: “Combating Drug Resistance: From Base-Editing to Machine Learning in Drug Design”

    MaPS Tuesday Seminar Series: “Combating Drug Resistance: From Base-Editing to Machine Learning in Drug Design” AS8-2072 noon - 1 p.m.

    Celia Schiffer, PhD, Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology              

    https://www.umassmed.edu/schifferlab/

    Pizza will be served following the seminar

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    PQHS Special Seminar “The Health of Sexual and Gender Minorities” Presented by: Carl G. Streed, Jr., MD, MPH, FACP

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    Jobs and Java: Webinar with Yasmeen Hussain on Careers in Science Policy

    Jobs and Java: Webinar with Yasmeen Hussain on Careers in Science Policy AS6-2072 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    How does a graduate-level basic science, medical, and/or nursing degree contribute to a policy career?
    Are there specific jobs that define science and healthcare policy?
    How do I gain experience in science and/or healthcare policy as a researcher and/or clinician?

    Join UMMS Paths2Policy and Dr. Yasmeen Hussain (Washington State Academy of Sciences) for a casual conversation over coffee and donuts that will help answer these questions and more!

    Contact paths2policy@umassmed.edu for webinar link

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