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BCS students complete service projects abroad Support from MIT’s Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center enabled students to work on capacity-building projects.

Cailey Talbot ’19 spent nine weeks in Uganda helping develop the health of Jinja, specifically working on support for HIV positive mothers in efforts to increase treatment adherence and help prevent vertical transmission of HIV (mother to child). She interned at the Iganga Islamic Medical Center in the maternal and antenatal unit of the clinic. There, Cailey was involved in the screening, vaccination, and treatment of patients. With the help of the Counseling Center, Cailey helped create a support group for the HIV positive mothers and also initiated an incentivizing chicken project within the group. Each mother was given a few chickens to raise, breed, and sell in order to increase the mothers’ nutritional and financial support. Photo: Talbot with Mothers of the Support Group

Graduate student Tuan Le Mau spent his summer in Vietnam and Boston to grow his Dream Project Incubator (DPI) program. Each year, DPI brings five fellows from Vietnam to Boston to learn from mentors and plug themselves into the Boston ecosystem to seek resources to grow and own dream project. With PKG center support, Tuan canvased support from corporate sponsors and increased the reach of DPI program in Vietnam. Photo: Le Mau leads a weekly reflection session for DPI fellows during their immersion trip in Boston.


Sonal JhaveriLongtime BCS staff member retires
Dr. Sonal Jhaveri retired from MIT this summer. Jhaveri began her decades long career with BCS as an undergraduate student, graduating in 1970 with a degree in Physics. She then pursued her masters in psychology here in BCS, graduating in 1973. In 1978 she received her Ph.D. in anatomy from Harvard University and continued on with her postdoc in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. In 1982, Jhaveri was appointed as a Research Scientist in BCS and during her tenancy received promotions to Principal Research Scientist and Sr. Research Scientist where she focused her studies on the neural pattern formation and regeneration during development, after brain damage, with transplantations, or following genetic alterations. Most recently, Jhaveri served our community as Director of Postdoctoral Affairs in Building 46 where she was an active ear and voice for the postdoc community and has been instrumental in many of the recent improvements within the postdoc community. While she may be stepping down, her contributions will continue to impact our department well into the future. Her research, education, service, and dedication over the years has been invaluable, and she will be greatly missed. Photo: Dr. Sonal Jhaveri

Joint retreat in Newport, RI
The second BCS, Picower and McGovern Institute joint retreat was held in June 2016. Featuring talks from members of all three units, the twoday event also included a poster session, New England clam bake, and a dance party! Photo: Retreat attendees 2016