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Free Kaplan MCAT Prep Study Break starts December 21

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Free MCAT Prep Study Break, December 21-30

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Clinical Research Coordinator Position in the Snapper Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital

Brought to you by Sarah Wall ’16

At Boston Children’s Hospital, success is measured in patients treated, parents comforted and teams taught. It’s in discoveries made, processes perfected, and technology advanced. In major medical breakthroughs and small acts of kindness. And in colleagues who have your back and patients who have your heart. As the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, their reach is global and their impact is profound. Join their acclaimed Division of GI/Nutrition and discover how your talents can change lives. Yours included.

They are looking for a talented and motivated Clinical Research Assistant I to join Dr. Scott Snapper’s Lab in the IBD Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. You will be working with a research team that is focused on better understanding the genetic, environmental, and microbial factors that lead to the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. To advance their understanding of this complex disease, they leverage expertise in gastroenterology, mucosal immunology, genomics/bioinformatics, and translational medicine. They are looking for a person who is motivated, eager to learn and will work well in a quickly adaptive environment.

This Clinical Research Assistant I will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating various clinical and translational research studies.
  • Recruiting and enrolling study participants in an inpatient and outpatient clinical setting.
  • Collecting and processing of biological specimens.
  • Completing data entry for active studies.
  • Assisting with the analysis of clinical metadata compiled through various databases.
  • Performing a variety of innovative translational and clinical research studies.
  • Opportunities that exist, depending on interest and need, for involvement in studies related to analysis of human sequencing data, as well as translational research techniques.

Learn more about the position on their website.

Call for Applicants: NSF/REU Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Water Science and Engineering 

Call for Applicants: NSF/REU Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Water Science and Engineering  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia Application Deadline: February 15, 2019 (11:59 PM, EST) Rising sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students from all U.S. colleges/universities are invited to apply for a 10-week NSF/REU summer research program in interdisciplinary water science and engineering at Virginia […]

Is the outlet out? Report it!

Report it!Is the outlet out? Is the carrel light dark? Please, report it!

It’s finals week, and students are making use of every desk, table, carrel and recliner in the libraries. Surely, someone will find something amiss.

Please feel welcome to alert library staff to outages and other problems in the building. Visit the Circulation Desk, or report the issue via our Library Feedback Form at We want to keep our facilities in top-top shape for you!

Thank you!

Weekly Web Updates – December 10, 2018

WordPress 5.0 was released this week, but we have not yet applied this update to the and network. This release includes a significant change to the editing experience and we want to get feedback from the community before making this change. We have set up a copy of the live site on one of our development machines which you can use while on-campus or using a VPN client. As this is a development copy, it’s not as fast as the live site and you may encounter some glitches or things which didn’t copy over from the live site.

Please try the new editor on the copy of some of your sites and let us know how it works. We’re especially interested in whether there are technical issues we need to remediate before applying this to the live site, but are also interested in hearing from you about its ease of use and accessibility concerns.


  • WordPress appointments plugin 2.4.1
  • WordPress jetpack plugin 6.8.1
  • WordPress liveblog plugin 1.9.4
  • WordPress ml-slider plugin 3.10.3
  • WordPress social-icons-widget-by-wpzoom plugin 3.0.13
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.7.1
  • WordPress accelerate theme 1.3.8
  • WordPress garfunkel theme 1.17
  • WordPress hemingway theme 1.70
  • WordPress sydney theme 1.53
  • WordPress twentyeleven theme 2.9
  • WordPress twentyfifteen theme 2.1
  • WordPress twentyfourteen theme 2.3
  • WordPress twentyseventeen theme 1.8
  • WordPress twentysixteen theme 1.6
  • WordPress twentyten theme 2.6
  • WordPress twentythirteen theme 2.5
  • WordPress twentytwelve theme 2.6

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We’re investigating an issue which may have caused the All Faculty and All Staff groups to be dropped from the permissions list on some Drupal pages and forms, preventing people in those groups from being able to log in and access the content. We have restored permissions to several pages and expanded the documentation on how to add these permissions for those who need to going forward.
  • Added new inquiry call to action menu items for the Middlebury Institute academic programs.
  • As we previously announced, MiddMedia will no longer allow new video and audio uploads. Panopto is available and can be used for most of the needs MiddMedia was meeting. Existing videos in MiddMedia will remain available until January 1, 2020 and you can log into the service and delete media you no longer need.

Ongoing Work

  • Sunsetting MiddMedia.
  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site
  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

Resources to Quit Smoking

With the new year right around the corner there is no better time to take action toward improving our health.  One of the best ways to stay healthy is to refrain from using tobacco products. The use of tobacco products is one of three behaviors that contributes to fifty percent of all deaths in Vermont.  Quitting is hard and some support can go a long way in helping us be successful. Through the VT Department of Health and 802 Quits there are lots of resources to help us move toward a tobacco free lifestyle.  Check out these free resources and move one step closer toward having the level of health you want and deserve.  If you’re interested in participating in a free tobacco cessation group on campus, please contact Rebecca Schubert, GMHEC Employee Well-being Coordinator at

-Rebecca Schubert, MS RDN NBC-HWC
GMHEC Employee Well-being Program Coordinator

Frankel Cardiovascular Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Application opens December 14th! Deadline January 31.

The Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is pleased to offer a 10 week undergraduate summer fellowship program to support undergraduate students who are interested in cardiovascular research. Each student will be matched, based on his or her interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty member of the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center.

This collection of laboratories is involved in nationally recognized research in topics such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure.

Read more about the fellowship and gain access to the application link on December 14th.