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St. John's University UAN Reflects on Boston

SJU UAN 2013 uncroppedDr. Timothy Carter and his UAN chapter traveled to Boston in April to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting. Dr. Carter and his students reflect on their experiences.  

We very nearly did not attend the meeting this year, because of the terrorist attacks in Boston and the murder of the campus police officer at MIT occurred during the 5 days preceding the conference.  We had planned to travel to Boston by train on Friday afternoon, but because one of the suspected attackers was still at large in the Cambridge area (where we were supposed to stay), I changed our Amtrak reservations to Saturday and sat glued to the newsfeeds.  Upon hearing late Friday that the fugitive had been apprehended, I sent word to the students on Friday evening that the trip would take place after all, starting a day late.  

Although we missed the student poster sessions and orientation on Saturday, we arrived in time for all the other science events.  Our off-site activities centered around Cambridge, and MIT in particular.  Three of the girls stayed with one of our trip alumnae at the Women’s Cooperative Living Unit at MIT and were co-hosted by Serbian graduate students working on Artificial Intelligence.  Both these women helped to arrange our group activities at MIT and personally conducted us on a fascinating tour of the campus that included a visit to the Koch Cancer Research Institute and a research seminar by one of the graduate students.  They also arranged for us to visit the drug production facility at the Biotech firm, Biogen Idec Right, where we saw the entire process involved in manufacture of the recombinant anti-hemophilic drug Factor VIII.  The same day, we squeezed in a walking tour of historic Boston sites along the Freedom Trail. 


St. John's University UAN Chapter is led by Dr. Timothy Carter, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. To learn about the upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego, go to: