Summer Undergraduate Research Village 2014
WEEK IX - 8/4/2014
[ALL] PRESENTATION PRACTICUM TONIGHT--IMPORTANT!: As you know, the Program Assistant Fellows will be hosting the presentation practicum tonight from 7:30-8:45pm. Please refer to the table assignments attached to this message to find your group. If you don't have a laptop available, you may want to bring a flash drive or make arrangements to load your presentation onto someone's laptop who also is at your table. Each individual will get approximately 10 minutes to share their presentation draft, to practice and to get helpful feedback from other fellows. During the evening PRISE fellows also will be signing up for final presentation times next week with their host PAs, so please make sure not to miss this important event. At 7:25pm, you will be asked to begin migrating to your table assignments. You may still eat during this time, but please remember to stow your tray before the servery closes at 8:00pm.
[PRISE] DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER TOMORROW NIGHT: Our Distinguished Speaker this Thursday evening is Professor Alyssa Goodman from the Department of Astronomy, whose work investigates how new stars are formed. PRISE Fellows, as you know, your participation is expected at this and all Distinguished Speaker events. Please contact me straight away if for some unavoidable reason you are unable to attend--as we go into the final weeks your attendance is still expected, so please be aware of your obligations all the way through to the end. Please feel free to bring a guest if you wish! Professor Goodman's talk will begin at 7:30pm in Sever Hall 113.
[ALL] PBPS ALUMNI DINNER NIGHT: Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00pm a group of PBPS Fellows will share their post-Harvard experiences in small groups at dinner. Please be on the lookout for e-mail from PBPS program assistant fellow Radhika Rastogi with more information about the visit and dinner conversations.
[ALL] SPECIAL GUEST DINNER CHAT THURSDAY NIGHT: Ned Friedman, the Director of the Arnold Arboretum, will meet with a small group of fellows beginning at 6:00pm Thursday night. As of today, there are still a very small number of spots left. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jamie (email@example.com) straight away to secure your reservation.
[PRISE] FINAL PRESENTATIONS NEXT WEEK: Please make sure to alert your PI that you will need to be in Cambridge for the final PRISE presentations. In order to get all of the presentations done in three days, please plan on being in the Science Center at 2:45pm Monday-Wednesday of next week. Participation on each of these days is mandatory, to ensure that all PRISE fellows' presentations are well attended.
[ALL] PBPS 'THANK YOU' DINNER: You will have the opportunity to invite your PI and lab colleagues (up to six) for a special thank you dinner next Tuesday, August 12, from 5:30-9:00pm at Dudley House Dining Hall. Instructions will be sent out tomorrow with information about how to reserve spaces for your guests.
[ALL] PRISE/BLISS/PRIMO/SHARP CLOSING DINNER: All PBPS fellows are invited to the amazing closing dinner next Thursday evening, beginning at 5:45pm in the Knafel Center (formerly known as the Radcliffe Gym). The dinner promises to be a fantastic closing event to a fantastic summer, and will include such luminaries as Professor Rob Lue, who will give the closing remarks, Mike Smith, Dean of FAS, and Rakesh Khurana, the new Dean of the College. Please respond immediately to the RSVP prompt, which you will get later this week, so we can count accurately for the caterer.
[ALL] MOVE OUT--PRELIMINARY INFORMATION REMINDER: Just a head's up--given the very short duration between the end of PRISE and Opening Days for the fall term, ALL PRISE/BLISS/PRIMO/SHARP FELLOWS MUST VACATE BY 5:00PM ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 16. Due to the short turn-around time to prepare, there will be no bridge housing or housing beyond August 16, even in special circumstances, so please plan ahead. The storage/check-out instructions will be resent later this week, but you already should have a copy. You will be required to return your key and sign-out with a PRISE proctor, after you complete your post-program survey.
Looking forward to seeing you at the presentation practicum tonight,
Yours truly--Greg Llacer.
WEEK VIII - 7/28/2014
[ALL] REMINDER: TONIGHT--THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR RESEARCH SCHOLARS (REQUIRED OF ALL PROGRAMS): Believe it or not, the time has come for all PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, and SHARP Fellows to begin preparing for presentation days. In preparation for these 150+ talks, the Art of Public Speaking for Research Scholars will be held tonight beginning at 7:45pm in the Fong Auditorium. This will be a 45-minute presentation on practical considerations for putting together, organizing and delivering a research talk and slides, which, like Research Integrity Training, is a required piece of the Summer Undergraduate Research Village experience. At the end, I will be providing information about the presentation practicum (Monday, August 4), how signing up works for slots during our 3-days of presentations during the last week (PRISE fellows only), and answering whatever questions you may have. In addition, you will receive former Dean of Social Science Stephen Kosslyn's book, Clear and to the Point: 8 Psychological Principles for Compelling PowerPoint Presentations, a superb resource for all presenters. I encourage you to arrive early if you'd like a copy of this terrific book. (If you don't get one, you can sign up for a copy to pick up at a later date.)
[ALL] REIMBURSEMENTS: If you have receipts from organizing an event that you have not submitted for reimbursement, PLEASE DO SO STRAIGHT AWAY, so we can avoid a processing bottleneck at the end of the summer. Please complete the reimbursement forms and submit them along with your receipts to Elissa Lin as soon as possible.
[ALL] DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER THURSDAY NIGHT: Our PRISE Distinguished Speaker event this week will feature Professor Shah Khoshbin from the Department of Neurology at HMS, giving his very popular lecture, “A Neurologist’s Portrait of Van Gogh.” This talk is also our final university-wide program of the summer, so please feel free to invite your friends and lab mates to join you Thursday evening, July 31, at 7:00pm in Sever 113.
[ALL] SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING DOWN: Be on the look out for special announcements that will be coming down this week, including invitations to our special trip to the Arnold Arboretum, nominations for Closing Dinner Fellow Speaker, and instructions for post-summer storage and moving out. Stay tuned!
[ALL] NEXT MONDAY NIGHT--THE PRESENTATION PRACTICUM: Although I will be speaking about the Presentation Practicum this evening, you will be getting instructions later this week with details for next Monday night, beginning right after dinner (at 7:45pm). Now that summer is winding down, you should be planning in earnest for your presentation. The Presentation Practicum is an opportunity for you to get feedback on your presentation draft in small groups before our final week of the summer.
WEEK VII - 7/21/2014
[PRISE] TONIGHT: SPECIAL GUEST DINNER CHAT WITH JACQUELINE ASHMORE: During dinner this evening, beginning at 6:00pm, Jacqueline Ashmore, the director of Projects and Planning for the Union of Concerned Scientists, will give a presentation in the Dudley House Private Dining Room. Dr. Ashmore manages scientific analyses of climate and energy issues that UCS uses to inform policymakers and the public. Previously, Jacqueline was Head of Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General Boston, leading a team fostering strategic partnerships between the New England and UK science communities to advance scientific research, especially in the cleantech and energy sectors. Her focus on sustainability and cleantech in these two positions over the last five years builds on four years of prior experience leading technology development projects in the private sector, developing hardware and software prototypes. Please contact Jamie straight away (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you'd like to participate.
[PRISE, PRIMO] DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES TUESDAY EVENING: SCOTT KOMINERS: Our PRISE Distinguished Speaker this week is PRISE Fellow/former PA and former PRIMO Head Tutor Scott Kominers '09 (AB) '11 (PhD). Scott currently is a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. Scott is the first-ever PRISE Fellow to be invited back to conduct a research talk since being an undergraduate and you’ll find he is a pretty interesting, inspiring guy. Just a reminder, PRISE and PRIMO fellows are expected at this event. Please contact me straight away if for some unavoidable reason you are unable to attend. BLISS and SHARP fellows also are invited to attend this talk. Dr. Kominers’s talk will begin at 7:00pm in Sever Hall 113. (REQUIRED FOR PRISE AND PRIMO)
[PRISE] THURSDAY NIGHT: SPECIAL GUEST DINNER CHAT WITH JEFF MILLER: Jeff Miller is the Principal Seals Engineer at Ambri, a Cambridge-based start-up commercializing a grid-level battery based on a novel liquid-metal technology. Prior to that, he was the Senior Device Scientist at Bandgap Engineering, a Boston-area start-up, where he developed a texture for silicon solar cells that currently holds the "world record" for nanotech-enhanced solar cell efficiency. Dr. Miller concentrated in Physics and Materials Science Engineering during his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, then went on to study for an M.Sc. in Semiconductor Technology at Imperial College (London), an MPhil in Statistics at Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard (where he also was a resident tutor at Leverett House for many years). Please contact Jamie straight away if you'd like to participate.
[ALL] REIMBURSEMENTS: If you have receipts from organizing an event that you have not submitted for reimbursement, PLEASE DO SO STRAIGHT AWAY, so we can avoid a processing bottleneck at the end of the summer. Please complete the reimbursement forms and submit them along with your receipts to Ellie Lin as soon as possible.
[ALL] PBPS ABSTRACT BOOK: You should have received a reminder message to submit your abstract for the PBPS 2014 Abstract Book, our historic document of all of the research that you have participated in this summer. Please submit your abstract draft to https://docs.google.com/a/college.harvard.edu/forms/d/1oyqyd8s-BAQQVx2cWU48HbQj3aYjUcnZv0jKKqqqQwQ/viewform . So we can avoid experiencing production delays, please take care of this as soon as possible! Be sure share your draft with your PI and get their approval BEFORE submitting! If you have any questions, please direct them to the Abstract Book team, email@example.com .
[ALL] EARLY INFORMATION ON STORAGE AND MOVING OUT: More detailed information about storage and moving out will be available in the coming weeks. However, to help you plan, here is some information that you might find valuable: Storage will work in reverse for moving out: Refrigerator day will be the evening of Monday, August 11. Boxes may be stored, after dinner on Tuesday-Wednesday, August 12/13, Thursday afternoon, August 14, and hours TBA on Friday, and Saturday August 15. Formal check out will be all day Friday and Saturday, and all fellows must be vacated by 5:00pm Saturday, August 17. If you need to check out early, you will be able to contact the on-call proctors, who will check out your room and take your key. If you are making plans to travel, you should try to make them for Friday or Saturday. If necessary you may leave Thursday, but you would miss the closing dinner (which I highly encourage you to attend). Please try to hold your questions until the more detailed information is made available once we have the parameters sorted out.
[ALL] NEXT MONDAY NIGHT: THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR RESEARCH SCHOLARS: Believe it or not, the time has come for all PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, and SHARP Fellows to begin preparing for presentation days. In preparation for these 175+ talks, the Art of Public Speaking for Research Scholars will be held beginning at 7:45pm in the Fong Auditorium. This will be a 45-minute presentation on practical considerations for putting together, organizing and delivering a research talk and slides, which is a REQUIRED event (like research integrity training). At the end, I will be providing information about the presentation practicum (Monday, August 4), how signing up works for slots during our 3-days of presentations during the last week (PRISE fellows only), and answering whatever questions you may have. In addition, you will receive former Dean of Social Science Stephen Kosslyn's book, Clear and to the Point: 8 Psychological Principles for Compelling PowerPoint Presentations, a superb resource for all presenters. So, don't be late next Monday night! (REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS—SIGN IN EVENT)
Stay cool, drink lots of water, and have another great week!
Yours truly—Greg L.
WEEK VI - 7/14/2014
[ALL] PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES SEMINAR TONIGHT: Tonight I will be offering a presentation on Harvard fellowships, national honors and graduate school awards that is recommended for rising seniors (who may not have attended my House meetings in the spring), but also sophomores and juniors who are considering applying for these top-tier academic opportunities. While I will address the well known national honors (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, etc.), I will also be spending some time to talk about science awards, such as Goldwater and Churchill and those for graduate school such as the NSF, Hertz Foundation, and NDSEG awards), as well as awards for public service (Truman), and postgraduate teaching. The purpose of this seminar is to offer a roadmap to explore possibilities, and to learn what is necessary to put together an outstanding application. The seminar will be held in the air conditioned comfort of Sever Hall 214, from 7:30pm-8:15pm.
[PRISE] DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES TUESDAY EVENING: KARINE GIBBS: Our PRISE Distinguished Speaker this week is Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Karine Gibbs. Professor Gibbs’s research focuses on bacterial biofilms, and she employs experimental techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry to understand social behaviors of bacteria that cause infections in humans. Please remember, as a faculty-speaker event, PRISE fellows are obliged to attend; however, BLISS, PRIMO, and SHARP fellows are also invited. Professor Gibbs's talk will begin at 7:00pm Tuesday night in Sever Hall 113.
[ALL] PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES SPECIAL DINNER GUEST THURSDAY NIGHT: Kathryn Kosuda is a founder of Vaxess Technologies, a a company started by a team of four graduate students from Harvard that commercializes a Tufts University technology to stabilize vaccines so they can be shipped and stored without refrigeration. Kathryn will meet with fellows Thursday evening in the private dining room at 6:00pm for dinner and conversation at 6:30pm. This event is filled, but if you are interested in being placed on the waiting list, please send Jamie a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will let you know if space opens up.
[ALL] FACULTY CHATS REMINDER: As you certainly now know, faculty chats are informal, small group gatherings during which PRISE fellows have the opportunity to discuss the research of principal investigators in a small-group setting. To be eligible for a food budget, you simply need to select a date (all dates and times are good, except seminar and distinguished speaker evenings) print out the faculty chat form, from the PRISE web site fellows page (http://prise.harvard.edu/PRISEFacultyChatForm2013.pdf ), find at least seven of your research colleagues who promise to attend, have them co-sign your hosting form, and return to me. I hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to invite faculty to join us this summer--I am sure your PI would be honored by the invitation. Time is of the essence at this stage of the summer--please make arrangements soon if you intent to host a faculty chat!
[ALL] SECURITY REMINDER: Please remember to lock your rooms and to make sure suite and entryway doors close behind you. Also, if someone you don’t know is waiting at an entryway door and requests to be let in, please ask them to call the person who they are visiting and wait for them to escort them through the House. Recently we have had reports of missing/stolen items and cash (don’t keep large amounts of money in your room!!!). It is very easy as the summer progresses to become more casual about who is let into building. Unfortunately, that tends to historically coincide with the number of thefts reported. Please continue to be vigilant!
Have a great week, and stay cool!
Yours truly--Greg L.
WEEK V - 7/7/2014
[ALL] PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES SPECIAL DINNER GUEST TONIGHT: Tonight’s guest, Luke Winston, is a Harvard College graduate and Rockefeller Fellow who created Voluntarios Esperanza, a non-profit organization connecting Santiago, Chile-area orphanages with after-school learning and sports programming. Since then, Luke has received MPP and MBA degrees (at HKS/HBS), and is now working as an operations lead at Formlabs in Cambridge, where he is is interested in and focused on the intersection of sustainability and human development. Luke will meet with fellows tonight in the private dining room at 6:00pm for dinner and conversation at 6:30pm. This event is filled, but if you are interested in being placed on the waiting list, please send Jamie a note (email@example.com) and she will let you know if space opens up.
[ALL] DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES TUESDAY EVENING: LISA GENOVA: Our Distinguished Speaker this week is hosted by BLISS, and features Lisa Genova, a Harvard-trained neuroscientist and novelist whose works focuses on the impacts of diseases and how families approach them. Crossing life science, social sciences, and humanities, Dr. Genova’s talk has something to offer to the whole H-SURV community. In addition, as an open university lecture, you are encouraged to bring your friends. Dr. Genova's talk will begin at 7:15pm in Sever Hall 113.
[ALL] WHALE WATCH THIS WEEKEND: Don’t miss the SPECTACULAR annual Summer Undergraduate Research Village Whale Watch this Sunday, July 13! The whale watch tends to be one of the highlights of the summer and we have a block of 80 tickets, which will be distributed by the program assistants on a first-come, first-served basis. Check you e-mail and Facebook for the distribution schedule later this week.
[ALL] IMPORTANT! ABSTRACT BOOK SUBMISSIONS: Even though we are but halfway through the summer, it is time to compose and submit abstracts for inclusion in our annual “Abstract Book,” which will be distributed during final presentations. I have been asked by the Abstract Team to send this message to you: "All PBPS fellows may submit their abstract from now until Wednesday, July 23rd on the PBPS Abstract google-form. Any forms, directions, and abstract examples can be found in your email which was sent out on Sunday. This is mandatory for all fellows and is also a wonderful opportunity to be part of a professional culmination of your summer together. Any questions can be directed toward the abstract team via the email address in the email.”
[ALL] REMAINING OBLIGATORY DATES: Just a brief reminder that along with the distinguished speakers for your respective programs, all PBPS fellows should mark the following two dates on their calendars: Monday, July 28 is the presentation on public speaking and slide presentations for researchers, which will be held in the Fong Auditorium (Boylston Hall) beginning at 7:45pm and will include instructions for final presentations. The following Monday, August 4 will be the Presentation Practicum, where you will be invited to bring your laptop and conduct a practice run of your presentation around the table after dinner. Then, each of the programs will have their final presentations during Week X. More information will follow, but please put these dates on your calendar now!
[ALL] FACULTY CHATS REMINDER: Please begin now to plan for your faculty chat, as these events tend to crowd the final weeks of the summer. As you know, faculty chats are informal, small group gatherings during which PRISE fellows have the opportunity to discuss the research of principal investigators in a small-group setting. To be eligible for a food budget, you simply need to select a date (all dates and times are good, except seminar and distinguished speaker evenings) print out the faculty chat form, from the PRISE web site fellows page (http://prise.harvard.edu/PRISEFacultyChatForm2013.pdf ), find at least seven of your research colleagues who promise to attend, have them co-sign your hosting form, and return to me. I hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to invite faculty to join us this summer--I am sure your PI would be honored by the invitation.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Yours truly—Greg L.
WEEK IV - 6/30/2014
[ALL] ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND RESEARCH—A SPECIAL DINNER AND I-LAB PRESENTATION TONIGHT: A reminder that tonight the dining hall will be closed, as an informal dinner will be served as part of our PBPS introduction to the Harvard Innovation Laboratory, hosted by director Gordon Jones. Dinner will be served beginning at 6:30pm, during which Gordon will give a presentation on entrepreneurship and its relationship to research. The iLab is located on the HBS campus in Batten Hall, about a 10-15 minute walk from Mather House. Cross the Weeks Footbridge from the corner of DeWolfe and Memorial Drive, then continue through the HBS campus past the Spangler Center and across the parking lot to get to Batten Hall, which is on the edge of campus along Western Avenue. A map of HBS shows Batten Hall along the bottom edge of the image: https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=42.36668,-71.124619&z=17&t=m&hl=en-US&skstate=action:mps_dialog%24apiref:1 .
[PRISE] PRISE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES TUESDAY NIGHT: This week’s PRISE Distinguished Speaker is Joanna Aizenberg, who has a multitude of academic appointments in FAS, SEAS, and research enterprises of the university. Prior to becoming a member of the faculty at Harvard, Professor Aizenberg was a researcher at Bell Labs and made several pioneering contributions in biotechnology. Please remember to exit the dining hall before 7:00pm to arrive at Sever Hall 113 before the lecture begins. While these Distinguished Speaker lectures are obligatory for PRISE Fellows, PRIMO, BLISS and SHARP fellows also are invited, and PRISE fellows may bring guests.
[ALL] DINING HALL CLARIFICATION: There have been reports of individuals filling food containers and taking them out of the dining hall, which is prohibited. Special requests to URAF must be made in advance for approval to take food out. Please do not put the dining hall staff in the unpleasant position of having to police the door, which is not why they are there. Of course, you may take some fruit or cookies with you as you exit, but not a midnight meal, unless you ask Jamie or Bilal (and get approval) first.
[ALL] FACULTY CHATS: Now that we are moving into the middle of the summer and the fellow-initiative activities are set, it is a great time to schedule a faculty chat. Faculty chats are informal, small group gatherings during which PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, and SHARP fellows have the opportunity to discuss the research of principal investigators in a small-group setting. To be eligible for a food budget, you simply need to select a date (all dates and times are good, except seminar and distinguished speaker evenings) print out the faculty chat form, from the PRISE web site fellows page (http://prise.harvard.edu/PRISEFacultyChatForm2013.pdf ), find at least seven of your PBPS colleagues who promise to attend, have them co-sign your hosting form, and return to me. Typically we see a high volume of faculty chats at the end of the summer, which become difficult to schedule; please consider putting one together in the early or middle part of July!
[ALL] UNIVERSITY CLOSURE FOR FOURTH OF JULY: All university services and offices (including Dudley House Dining Hall) will be closed for Independence Day, Friday, July 4. A notable PBPS impromptu outing is staking out real estate on the Esplanade early for the fireworks Friday night. If you never have been in Boston for the 4th of July, you may want to consider this pretty amazing evening!
The weather is starting to heat up and the humidity is rising—please make sure to stay well hydrated and take care of yourself! Have a fun week and see you soon,
Yours truly—Greg L.
WEEK III - 6/23/2014
[ALL] ACTIVITIES CALENDAR: You should have received a message this weekend about the activities calendar, which now includes all of the fellow-initiated activities resulting from our very successful presentations and calendaring session. You may view the events now in Google-calendar format put together by Ian Dunn here. The PRISE calendar on the website also will be updated to include all of the weekly meetings and events shortly.
[BLISS, PRIMO, SHARP] COMMUNITY MEETINGS: You will be getting e-mail this week about the details of your community meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday. Stay tuned, and make sure to attend!
[PRISE] PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES SPEAKER AT DINNER TONIGHT: PRISE Fellows who have RSVP’d for Dan Rudoy’s talk tonight and received a confirmation e-mail should arrive at Dudley House when dinner opens at 6:00pm, and proceed to the Private Dining Room (at the left side of Dudley Dining Hall, next to the grand piano). Unfortunately the demand was very high, and we have a wait list. If space should open up, Jamie will contact wait-listers to confirm possible openings.
[PRISE] DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES TUESDAY EVENING: This week’s Distinguished Speaker for PRISE is Emery Brown, professor of computational neuroscience at MIT and the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, who will give his talk about how anesthetic drugs act in the brain to create the state of general anesthesia. Just a reminder, your participation is expected at this and all Distinguished Speaker events for PRISE fellows. Professor Brown’s talk will begin at 7:00pm in Sever Hall 113. Please make sure to go to dinner early and leave before 7:00pm to get to Sever so we can begin as soon after 7:00pm as possible. PRISE fellows returning from labs outside of Cambridge should make sure to leave those locations by 5:00pm to negotiate the commute. Please contact me straight away if for some unavoidable reason you are unable to attend. By the way, BLISS, PRIMO, and SHARP fellows also are invited to attend these talks, and if you have a friend not in PRISE who might be interested in this topic, feel free to bring them along.
[ALL] SPECIAL GSAS EVENTS ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will be holding two special events to which PBPS fellows are invited: the GSAS Graduate School Admissions Panel event, to learn about applying to graduate school at Harvard, which will be held from 2:30pm-3:45pm in Jefferson 250. Then, from 4:00-5:15pm, the GSAS Graduate School Fair, including social, life, physical, engineering, and applied sciences departments, will be held in the Loker Commons area in the basement of Memorial Hall (adjacent to the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub). Then, GSAS will host us along with other summer research programs at the annual Summer Research Barbecue, from 5:15pm-7:00pm in the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub. ALL PBPS Fellows should plan on attending the barbecue, which will give you an opportunity to meet your peers conducting research in Cambridge and Longwood this summer.
[ALL] LIMITED MEAL SERVICE WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Due to the barbecue event Wednesday evening, there only will be very limited meal service served at Dudley during regular dinner hours. Please make a point to stop by the barbecue!
[ALL] FACULTY CHATS: Along with our effort to fill in the calendar scheduled fellow- and program-initiated activities, you are now invited to host faculty chats at Mather or another place of your choosing. Faculty chats are informal, small group gatherings during which PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, and SHARP fellows have the opportunity to discuss the research of principal investigators in a small-group setting. To be eligible for a food budget, you simply need to select a date (all dates and times are good, except seminar and distinguished speaker evenings) print out the faculty chat form, from the PRISE web site fellows page (http://prise.harvard.edu/PRISEFacultyChatForm2013.pdf ), find at least seven of your PBPS colleagues who promise to attend, have them co-sign your hosting form, and return to me. I hope you take advantage of this great opportunity this summer, and I am sure your PI would be honored by the invitation.
Have a terrific week; see you in the dining hall!
Yours truly—Greg L.
WEEK II - 6/16/2014
[ALL] LOST/STOLEN ITEMS: Please be aware of your surroundings and your belongings. We already have had a rash of lost (and found) and stolen (and found!) personal items, around Mather House and in the vicinity. Also, please remember to travel in groups in the late evening, especially around Harvard Square and the River. Stay safe!!
[ALL] RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT IN RESEARCH SEMINAR TOMORROW NIGHT: Tuesday evening is the mandatory research integrity training certification seminar, hosted by Logan McCarty, Director of Physical Sciences Education. The seminar will take you through four interesting case studies that will encourage you to consider how to recognize matters of responsible conduct in research. The seminar will be held beginning at 7:45pm in Science Center C. At the beginning of the seminar, you will be asked to sign in for verification of participation that will be kept on record to show you have completed the training workshop, so please arrive on time.
[ALL] PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS MEETING WEDNESDAY NIGHT: I very much am looking forward to the proposal presentations Wednesday night. Because of the huge interest in submitting, we will meet in the JCR at 8:00pm. The process will include proposal presentation, question and answers and review of budgets. Organizers of selected proposals will receive an e-mail inviting them to the scheduling meeting, which will be held Thursday night at 6:30pm during dinner at Dudley House. Once the schedule is set, the next iteration of the calendar showing the new activities will go up on the PRISE website. BLISS/PRIMO/SHARP fellows will get updates from their program directors that will include their activities as well.
[BLISS, PRIMO, SHARP] COMMUNITY LUNCH AND DINNER MEETINGS: You will be getting e-mail this week about the details of your community lunch and dinner meetings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Stay tuned, and make sure to attend!
[ALL] FACULTY CHATS: Along with our effort to fill in the calendar scheduled fellow- and program-initiated activities, you are now invited to host faculty chats at Mather or another place of your choosing. Faculty chats are informal, small group gatherings during which PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO and SHARP fellows have the opportunity to discuss the research of principal investigators in a small-group setting. To be eligible for a food budget, you simply need to select a date (all dates and times are good, except seminar and distinguished speaker evenings) print out the faculty chat form, from the PRISE web site fellows page (http://prise.harvard.edu/PRISEFacultyChatForm2013.pdf ), find at least seven of your PRISE/BLISS/PRIMO/SHARP colleagues who promise to attend, have them co-sign your hosting form, and return to Radhika Rastogi. I hope you take advantage of this great opportunity this summer, and I am sure your PI would be honored by the invitation.
[ALL] THANK YOU: I want to thank all of you, including the program assistants and the proctors, for making such a concerted effort to keep the common areas in good order. I appreciate your good help on the behalf of our hosts in Mather House.
Have a great day, and I look forward to seeing you at the research integrity training workshop tomorrow tonight. With all best wishes,
Yours truly—Greg L.
WEEK I - 6/9/2014
[ALL] SUMMER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: In the summer we are always wary about stranger dangers, out in the open and in broad daylight even, and problems someone trying to get into the building to “see a friend.” Please be vigilant and if possible travel in groups, and do not allow individuals you do not know into the building. If you are expecting visitors, please meet them at the entryway door and escort them in and out. I know this is a hassle, but someone whose laptop or other valuable could otherwise be stolen at some point will be thanking you in advance. (This happened last summer.)
[ALL] SUMMER ACTIVITIES MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT!: Now that all of our programs are in full swing, one of the most important meetings of the summer takes tomorrow (Tuesday night), at 8:30pm in the Mather House D-Hall: the research and social activities groups will convene to develop Fellow-initiated proposals to fill the rest of the summer calendar. This meeting is really the beginning of what defines each cohort of PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO and SHARP, and all four programs together--so, I encourage you to actively participate, and challenge you to think creatively and expansively about how you can contribute to defining your cohort this summer!
[ALL] DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES THURSDAY EVENING: Our PRISE Distinguished Speaker this week is Professor Noam Elkies, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, delivering his typically amazing lecture about the mathematical properties of music, from the seat of the concert grand piano. This is a special, open university lecture, so please feel free to invite your friends and lab colleagues. As this lecture will take place in Dudley House Dining Hall. PLEASE NOTE—ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE WORKING IN LONGWOOD: Dinner will end promptly at 7:00pm so we can convert the space to a concert hall to begin the lecture at 7:300pm.
[BLISS, PRIMO, SHARP] COMMUNITY LUNCH/DINNER MEETINGS: You will be receiving an e-mail message from your program coordinators about the details of your community meetings. Stay tuned, and make sure to attend!
[ALL] MEAL SERVICE: Dinner service at Dudley House began last night (as you no doubt know), and is available each week night from 6:00-8:30pm (except for PRISE Fellow, when dinner must conclude by 7:00pm on nights of Distinguished Speaker talks), and requires your HUID to swipe in. Although the dining hall generally is open until 8:00, please try to get there by 7:40 at the latest to get food, so the dining hall staff is not delayed in closing. Please note that guests may not enter on your swipe--you must sign up with Jamie to have guests at dinner, and receive a guest swipe card so we can keep accurate records of meals served. You will be turned away at the entrance to get your HUID to dine, so please be aware.
A very limited early-riser breakfast cart in the JCR, for those of you on the move between 6:30-8:00am. The cart will carry continental breakfast items such as cold cereal, oatmeal, fruit, and coffee. Please note that the intention is not to provide a full breakfast but something modest to get early bird starters, and items will be available only until they run out each morning (so very sorry up front if you miss out). That having been said, please do not take an unreasonable amount of food. We are going to see how this goes as a service over the next few weeks and will try to gauge interest as well as our own capacity to figure out on a daily basis what to stock. I would appreciate it if you could make sure to dispose of whatever items you use and keep the JCR clean during the early morning.
[PRIMO] PRIMO fellows will get information directly from the PRIMO staff about eating on the HBS campus.
[PRISE, BLISS] RESEARCH AND TRAVEL SUPPORT: We are in the final stages of generating checks to those of you who are eligible for research support from PRISE or BLISS. You already should have received a message from Jamie about accepting the research award on line if you are eligible. Please note that if you are an international student, there is a delay in processing due to other steps that are required by FAS to issue payment. Most of these payments will be made within the next week, if you have not already, and Jamie will send you more information about the payment breakdown (i.e., stipend/meals/travel).
[ALL] SUMMER SAVINGS OBLIGATION FOR FINANCIAL AID: Any PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, or SHARP fellow who is a financial aid recipient will receive summer savings support as a term bill credit. You will be notified after July 1 when we get the verification list from the financial aid office. If you are a Herchel Smith recipient and a PRISE fellow, your summer savings credit will come from the Herchel Smith program instead of PRISE.
[ALL] PRISE CALENDAR: Please check the PRISE calendar (http://prise.harvard.edu/calendar.html) on line often, as the latest all-program activities will be updated there. In addition, these announcements will be repeated on the PRISE Fellows' page (http://prise.harvard.edu/fellows.html), if for some chance you miss the e-mail transmission. Please note: BLISS and PRIMO fellows are invited to all events on the PRISE calendar (which is serving as our “Summer Research Village” calendar). BLISS and PRIMO fellows will receive direct-mail calendars from their respective program directors; PRISE fellows invited to BLISS and/or PRIMO events will be notified by e-mail.
[ALL] PRISE-LIST: Please make sure the content of your PRISE-list email does not include requests for information about housing, dining, swiping, building matters, or other operational concerns. Please send those requests for information to me or Jamie directly so we can make sure you get the accurate information you need. Please remember there may be a lag time for approval if your message is too long, contains an attachment, or is sent from an unsubscribed e-mail address.
[ALL] ACTIVITIES LOTTERIES: This weekend we have FOUR great traditional Boston events to choose from to enter the lottery, activities for which we get a small block of tickets for PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, and SHARP fellows: a Cirque de Soleil in Boston early Friday evening; a Boston Pops concert in beautiful Boston Symphony Hall Friday night; a trip on Codzilla, the super-power speed boat in Boston Harbor Saturday afternoon; and a Sunday afternoon Red Sox game (versus the Cleveland Indians) in Fenway Park . You will receive instructions about entering the lotteries tomorrow by e-mail. Be sure to reply when prompted!
[ALL] URAF OFFICE HOURS: To accommodate your research schedule this summer, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at 77 Dunster will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00am-6:00pm, and Friday 8:00am-12:00noon (unless you are otherwise notified).
With all best wishes for a great week, and looking forward to seeing you Tuesday night at the activities meeting,
Yours truly—Greg L.