Data Science Fellowship at Institute for Defense Analyses

Application deadline January 31st.

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research Centers (FFRDCs). IDA’s Systems and Analyses Center is located in Alexandria, Virginia and is comprised of eight research divisions providing objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conducts related research on other national challenges.

The IDA Data Science Fellowship provides recent graduates a unique opportunity to develop and apply data science skills to important issues in national security. Data Science Fellows will investigate the ways newly available ‘big data’ methodologies contribute to national security and gain experience developing advanced data science tools. They will use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on challenging real-world national security issues. In a collaborative team environment, perform data manipulation and statistical, econometric, predictive, descriptive, and other quantitative analyses to answer national security-related research questions. Fellows should expect to learn while creatively contributing to interdisciplinary project teams.

Fellows will have an opportunity to work research questions in areas such as:
  • Appraisal of current DoD investments in a broad range of areas: from human factors to autonomous systems, from materials science to nuclear weapons effects, from social behaviors to quantum computing;
  • Analyze and research questions on DoD personnel, military readiness and efficacy, and organizational efficiency topics;
  • Assessment of federal agency information and computing architectures that support data science applications (i.e., large, distributed data sets and computational assets);
  • Application of data exploration, text analytics, forecasting, statistical inference, simulation to areas of military personnel, manpower, and acquisition of DOD weapon systems.
Over the course of the three-year program, fellowship experiences will include:
  • Involvement in workshops and discussions on relevant topics
  • Mentorship from members of the IDA research staff
  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Attendance and presentation at select professional society meetings

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Research Assistant at the Nathan Kline Institute

Applications are currently being invited for a 2-year Research Assistant position with the NKI-Rockland Sample Research Program (NKI-RS) at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) in Orangeburg, NY.

The NKI-RS is focused on understanding the impact of psychiatric illnesses on developmental processes utilizing innovative MRI-based imaging approaches to characterize brain maturation across the lifespan. Additionally, the NKI-RS is dedicated to the support of open data-sharing initiatives, such as the 1000 Functional Connectomes Project and the International Neuroimaging Data-sharing Initiative.

Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. in psychology, neuroscience, biology, social work, or related scientific fields. The ideal candidates will have prior human subject research experience, strong interpersonal skills, strong written and oral communication, and the ability to work as a member of a team as well as independently. Technical skills are a plus, but not required.

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Winter Term Internship in Puerto Rico-Apply by Nov. 14!

Puerto Rico is recovering from multiple disasters and trying to become an innovation island. You have the opportunity to participate in a historic moment in Puerto Rico, as it builds itself back from the bottom up, based on the innate resourcefulness and resilience of its communities. A high school in Bayamon (just outside San Juan) is looking for a few college students familiar with design thinking for entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, or community-based design to come to sunny Puerto Rico (Bayamon is the biggest and most innovative urban setting here) for J-term and assist by facilitating a community-based design project, and fostering grade 11 students’ “level two” deep design thinking skills and habits of mind. The school is all in, and you will be working with an outstanding team of educators and students. Shared housing will be at a reduced rate. Spanish is not a must, but it could be a great opportunity to practice!! Design Thinking and a desire to teach it are the basic requirements.  See posting in Handshake and apply immediately!

Important Deadlines for Students Planning Winter Term Internships for Credit!

Are you planning to take part in an internship for credit during Winter Term 2019? Please pay attention to these important deadlines!

Deadline – November 15:
Register for a Winter Term placeholder class in Banner Web by 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 15
if your internship has not yet been approved  by CCI and the Curriculum Committee.

Students who have already received an approval email from CCI and the Curriculum Committee must follow all instructions in their award letter and register for the internship course in Banner Web no later than November 15.

Deadline – November 30:
Secure a Winter Term internship AND complete an application for credit. No applications accepted after November 30. See steps and timeline for applying for credit for your internship at go/WTinternships.

You will find all the information you need about Winter Term internships at go/WTinternships, including the personal essay prompt and sample academic sources. For additional questions, please contact Cheryl Whitney Lower.

Who’s Responsible for Our Health? An Active Approach to Personal Wellness with Dr. Catherine Florio Pipas

Monday, November 12th at 6:00 p.m. in BiHall 104

Catherine Florio Pipas, MD will be joining the Middlebury College community to present her tool kit for sustaining wellness and building resilience to balance out stressful lifestyles, especially for health professionals. She will be sharing insights from her recently published book,  A Doctor’s Dozen: 12 Strategies for Personal Health and a Culture of Wellness.

In this book, Dr. Pipas shares twelve lessons and strategies for improved health that she has learned from patients, students, and colleagues over her twenty years working as a family physician. Each lesson is based on observation and research, and begins with a story of an exemplary patient whose challenges and successes reflect the theme of the lesson. Along with the lessons, the author offers plans for action, which taken together create the framework for a healthy life. Each lesson concludes with resources and a “health challenge.

Dr. Pipas is a professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Immediately after the talk ends at 7:00, Dr. Pipas will join Director of the Global Health Program and Professor of the Practice of Global Health, Pam Berenbaum and 8 students for dinner in the President’s dining room.  Please RSVP to Pam Berenbaum if you can come to the talk AND would like to join them for dinner.  The dinner should be fun, and the meal will be served in the room, so no waiting in lines in the dining hall!

Sponsored by the Global Health Program.

The Bar-Peled Lab at MBH/HMS Has Open Research Positions!

The Bar-Peled Lab of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at Harvard Medical School is accepting applications
for a Research Technician position. The laboratory studies the cellular response to altered metabolic states in multiple cancer
models. Specific studies relate to discovering druggable vulnerabilities in genetically defined cancers and elucidating the
mechanisms of reactive oxygen species in cancer growth using cutting edge chemical proteomic technologies. More about
their research can be found at:

Dr. Bar-Peled seeks exceptionally motivated candidates who enjoy conducting research and involving themselves in the
dynamic environment of the laboratory. She or he will have the opportunity to become fully involved with all the steps of
research being completed in their laboratory, often working directly with Dr. Bar-Peled, which will lead to numerous
publications. Investigators in their laboratory will present at regular laboratory meetings and will be encouraged to attend talks conducted by scientists visiting the Harvard Medical School campus. The experience gained in the lab will be very helpful for pursuing a career as a researcher or physician. Exceptional technicians may have a further opportunity to engage in their own primary research project.

Job Requirements:
College degree with a preference in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, or biochemistry is preferred. Candidates with a
strong computational background are also encouraged to apply. 1-3 years of research experience is highly recommended.
The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, organized, and able to work independently as well as part of a team in a fastpaced
evolving environment. Excellent communication and organizational skills are necessary.

Please send a cover letter, your CV and a list of three references to Dr. Liron Bar-Peled at

Pre-Health Society Update: The Conversation – The Ethics of Organ Donation


Conversation Starter: Saturday, 11/10 at 6:30 p.m. in the LaForce Seminar Room (bring your Ross dinner!)

This week’s topic: The Ethics of Organ Donation.

Listen to BBC’s The Opt Out Podcast to know what they will be discussing at this conversation starter.

  • What are Conversation Starters? Often, as students on the pre-health track, we are so consumed by our academic work, that we neglect to pay attention to actual news and issues of the real world. These “Conversation Starters” will aim to foster interdisciplinary conversations about important health and medical-related subjects and furthermore allow us to engage with our fellow pre-health students. Additionally, we hope that these conversations provide practice for our MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) skills, a critical part of most health-related graduate school admissions. Developing these skills will give us the necessary tools to ace these interviews! We hope you all will come to join us for some thought-provoking and skill-honing conversation. Please feel free to submit any topic ideas, podcasts, articles, and/or papers for our next Conversation Starter.
  • Supplemental Reading: