Monday, May 31, 2010

Results of BSLUG Elections on May 19, 2010

Results from the BSLUG Election held at the Annual Board Meeting on May 19, 2010

President: Beata Panagopoulos
Vice-Presidenta: Ian Lavery
Treasurer: Erika Tarlin
Secretary: Paula Felsher
Members-at-Large: Jill Blanchard, Robin Bonner, Zoe Rath, Carter Smith, Maria von Brincken

Spring Speaker Event with Prof. Paul Lubeck--Great Dinner + Thought-Provoking Talk

Each year the Boston Chapter of the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association, aka the BSLUGS, look forward to hosting a faculty speaker for a dinner-talk event. This year we were very fortunate that the UCSC’s East Coast Regional Team made it possible for us to have a splendid speaker, Dr. Paul Lubeck, who dissected U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world and clarified many of the complexities of that relationship for us. Our event was a huge success: 18 UCSC alums and friends gathered for dinner, conversation, and discussion at the home of Mary Jane and Peter Suzman in West Newton, Mass. The topic attracted BSLUGs who have never attended previous programs. Prof. Lubeck was a very engaging speaker. If the dinner hadn’t taken place on a week night, we would have been discussing Islamic culture and U.S. politics into the wee hours. We are very grateful to UCSC for providing us the star power for this event!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Are You a Science Writer / Graduate of the UCSC Science Communications Program?

The Brandeis' Women in Science Initiative. Brandeis' Women in Science Initiative (WSI) stems from collaborative efforts among Brandeis’ Women’s and Gender Studies, Physical Science and Life Science Departments.

We seek to create a community of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty to foster the development of women in the sciences. In our short tenure, WSI has hosted women scientists from the Brandeis community as well as the greater Boston area to participate in dialogs about establishing mentor/mentee relationships, striking a work/life balance, pursuing alternative (non-academic) careers in science and finding one’s voice as a woman scientist.

We'd like to invite a local science writer, preferably a graduate of UCSC's Science Communication Program to speak with WSI about alternative careers in the Sciences. Please contact Mareisha if you are interested.
Mareshia Donald
UCSC Alum (Crown, 2004)
Programming Director, Women in Science Initiative
Doctoral Candidate in Neuroscience
Birren Lab
Brandeis University
415 South Street
MS 008
Waltham MA 02454

Monday, May 3, 2010

Annual BSLUG Planning Meeting/Elections on Wed. May 19

It's time for the annual BSLUG wine and cheese planning meeting and elections. Come if you can - it's your chance to become involved with the Board and make a difference in what we do as a local alumni chapter. It's actually a lot of fun, so think about it and come check it out.

WHEN: Wed., May 19, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Robin Bonner's home at 15 Corporal Burns Rd., Cambridge, MA 02138 (Corporal Burns is right off Concord Ave., just before the rotary and Sozio's as you head away from Harvard Square toward Fresh Pond) There is parking available, but Robin needs to tell you where. Tel. (617) 497-8463

This is when we begin planning our events for the year ahead. Do you have any ideas or suggestions about what you'd like us to do? Come to the Board meeting or send me an email!

It is also when we elect our board members - we always welcome new folks to the Board. Maybe you'd like to start as a Member-at-Large? Come to the Board meeting or email me.

Please RSVP by Sunday, May 16 if you plan on coming.

The BSLUG alumni group is a grassroots organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for UCSC alums in the New England region to get together, have fun, network and support the educational and social ideals of our alma mater.

We hope to see you at the meeting!

On behalf of the current BSLUG Board (Robin, Paula, Erika, Jill, Maria, Ian, Carter, and Zoe)


Beata Panagopoulos
Tel. 617-491-3871