November 2013 Update

Join us Friday 11/22 at the Sunset Cantina at 5 pm for our first BSA Happy Hour of the semester!

Can’t join us this time? Watch for email announcements on upcoming events!

Quick Update!

Hello all!

A couple quick announcements:

1. BSA will hold it's first Happy Hour on Friday, March 1. The plan is for Happy Hour (tentatively at Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston) to start at 5 pm and Ice skating at Agganis Arena at 8 pm. A different location may be chosen and we will communicate that via e-mail.

2. The first LaTeX seminar will take place on Friday, March 8th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Crosstown, room TBD. This seminar, which will be taught by Jacqui Milton & Paula Griffin, is the first of a two-part series and will cover basics & the thesis template. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops and follow along with the material and examples. Lunch will be provided by the BSA. Instructions on how to download and install LaTeX will be provided a week before the first seminar and you MUST get LaTeX on your laptops before the seminar.

Also, a quick note... the BSA e-mail is not checked on a regular basis. Should you have any questions for the BSA, please e-mail the officers directly.

Welcome Back & Hello 2013!

Hello wonderful Biostat students!

This greeting & post is a little delayed (okay, VERY delayed!) but welcome to 2013! We hope that your Spring 2013 semester is off to a good start.

A few updates:

"We" is now a collaboration of FOUR officers! We welcome Liz Kane & Meredith Stevenson to the Secretary & Treasurer positions of the BSA. Please see the "Officers" section for their respective bios and contact information.

The first BSA meeting of 2013 will take place on Thursday, February 14th at 1:00 pm in the Biostatistics Student Room. Topics to be discussed will be upcoming LaTeX seminars, a future presentation on the dos-and-don'ts of presenting statistical data, and future BSA events. Please join us to provide your feedback! Can you really think of a better way to spend your Valentine's Day??

Hope to see everyone on the 14th!

November Meeting Minutes & BSA Happy Hour

Hey all,

This is just to let you know that the meeting minutes from the 11/8/2012 meeting have been posted on the BSA blog.

A couple quick announcements:

Voting for the open positions took place during the meeting and we have two new officers! We'd like to welcome Elizabeth Kane and Meredith Stevenson as the new Secretary & Treasurer. The website will be updated accordingly soon. 🙂

The first BSA HAPPY HOUR will be taking place on Friday, November 16th @ 5:00 pm at the Sunset Grill and Tap located at 130 Brighton Ave. in Allston. We hope you can all make it!!


Hello, Biostat students!

We hope that the semester is going well for you!  Midterms should be finishing up so that's a plus.  We hope everyone did well!

We've got some updates for you so PLEASE mark your calendars!

REGISTRATION LUNCH -- WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 -- 12:00 pm-1:30 pm -- CT332
We will be hosting our annual Registration lunch.  Please come with your questions (and comments) about recommended courses, qualifiers, schedules, etc.  and we will try to help you make some decisions for upcoming semesters.  Lunch will be provided by the BSA (free food!!!).

NOVEMBER BSA MEETING -- THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 -- 1:15 pm -- CT345 (Biostatistics Student Room)
Some topics to be covered: New officer positions, upcoming events for the Spring semester, community service, ice skating, and t-shirts!

BSA HAPPY HOUR -- FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 -- 5:00 pm -- Location TBD
Come kick back, have a drink, and relax a bit before the stress of finals in upon us!

Also, please keep an eye on your e-mails for the officer polls... we want to fill our open Secretary & Treasurer positions soon!

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the Registration lunch!

Updates, Reminders & Upcoming Events

Greetings from the BSA!

First off, the minutes from the first BSA meeting of the semester have been uploaded. You can access them in "Meeting Minutes" towards the bottom of the column to the right of this post. All of the meeting minutes are listed in chronological order so the most recent meeting minutes are the very last entry.

A few highlights that were discussed in the meeting:

1.) Meetings will now be scheduled on the second Thursday of every month at 1:15 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 8th in the Biostatistics Student Room (CT345).

2.) We have an some officer nominations! As you know, we have open spots for Secretary and Treasurer. We have received three self-nominations thus far for these positions and we will be accepting nominations up until November 1st. Once all nominations are in, we will send around an e-mail poll for voting in the Officers, with introductions about each of the nominees. Again, the nomination period is still open so if you are interested in either the Secretary position or the Treasurer position, please send an e-mail to Danielle at

3.) There was much talk about requested student events, both academic and social, as well as community service. A couple scheduled events to add to your calendar:

The Biostatistics Department / DCC Halloween Party - Wednesday, October 31 at 12 pm in CT332 (Information to follow via e-mail)

BSA Happy Hour - Friday, November 16 at 5 pm - Location TBD (probably in the Allston area)

We are also planning a Registration Lunch for either 11/7/2012 or 11/9/2012, which is a chance for the new students to ask the returning students about courses, qualifiers, thesis writing, etc., as well as eat provided lunch and socialize! As soon as this event is scheduled, we will update you with the time, room, etc.

A lot more than the above listed topics was discussed at the meeting so again, please check out the Meeting Minutes from 10/11/2012.

Hope to see you at the upcoming events and the meeting on 11/8! 🙂

New semester, new officers… just NEW!

Hello there, students! This welcome post is a little on the late side (our apologies) but better late than never! We hope you all had a fantastic summer and that your Fall semesters are going well so far. We know how busy everyone gets with classes, RAs, TAs, jobs, etc but we have some exciting announcements!

First off...

We keep saying "we"... and by "we", we now mean Danielle Enserro & Sean Lacey, your new President and Vice President. Sarah and Carlee, after years of being amazing officers, have moved on to bigger things (you know... like drowning in their theses) so we've taken over! Think of this as the BSA remixed... BSA v2.0 if you will. 🙂 However, now that we've moved up to Prez and VP, we now have TWO officer positions open!! Whoa, whoa.. don't all jump up at once. Seriously, we need to fill our Secretary and Treasurer positions, neither of which require a lot of time, just a few basic duties for each. If you are interested at all or if you have questions about what being either Secretary or Treasurer entails, please e-mail Danielle at Please, we really hope to hear from you!


The first BSA meeting of Fall 2012 is scheduled for Thursday, October 11 at 1:30 pm in the Biostatistics student room on the 3rd floor of Crosstown. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come by, even if just to check in and say "hi". There will be some sort of snack item(s) there, although we've not decided what yet. We'd love to see your awesome faces there, whether it be the returning students or the new students. The agenda for this meeting is to discuss the direction the BSA is taking this year and to get any ideas you may have on events or gatherings you'd like to participate in, be it social or informational. The BSA is here for YOU, so it's important that you tell us what you would like to get out of it. We will do our best to make what we can happen.

That's about it so far. Be sure to check back here for updates, announcements, events, etc!

Have a great rest of September/start to October and we hope to see you on October 11! 😀

LaTeX Files – Intro. to Latex Seminar

Here are the files from the intro to latex seminar that Paula Griffin conducted on Friday February 24th.

README - read this file first

simpleExample - R code (change file extension to .R to run)

texdemo_bibliography - Bibtex file (change file extension to .bib to run)

texSeminar_demo_v01 - Tex file with examples (change file extension to .tex to run)

womenRegression - Tex file example (change file extension to .tex to run)

Images used in examples:





Publishing Seminar – Summary

Notes from our publishing seminar from November can be found HERE.  Hope you take a look and can attend next time!

What’s up Wednesdays!?

Need a break from homework or studying?  Not sure what classes to take in the spring?  Uneasy about the upcoming qualifier?  Ready to pull your hair out over your thesis?  Miss your biostats friends?  Want an excuse to procrastinate?

IF you have answers YES to any of these questions - join us on Wednesdays from noon-1pm in CT 302 for a group lunch!  Bring your lunch, chat, complain, laugh, cry, (jk there's no crying allowed)...or just hang out!

We'll be meeting starting November 2nd and will continue through on the end of the semester!

We will def. be there!