Monthly Archives: November 2008

From Modeling to Engineering Biological Processes

The French American Chamber of Commerce, New England, is happy to announce the following event organized by its partner,

The Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Boston

From Modeling to Engineering Biological Processes

European American Innovation Day EAID’08

The Conference Center at Harvard Medical School – Rotunda

77 avenue Louis Pasteur Boston MA 02115

On behalf of the Office of Science and Technology of the Embassy of France and the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), we invite you to attend the 7th annual French-American Innovation Day (FAID), which this year is a European-American Innovation Day on December 3rd, 2008 in Boston, MA.

World-class European and American scientists will tackle contemporary issues in the applications of computational modeling for life sciences.

  • François Fages, INRIA, France
  • Hidde de Jong, INRIA, France
  • Albert Goldbeter, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Miroslav Radman, INSERM Necker and Académie des Sciences, France
  • Hans Westerhoff, Vrije Universitat, The Netherlands
  • Alfonso Jaramillo, CNRS Ecole Polytechnique & Genopole Evry, France
  • Franck Molina, CNRS Sysdiag Montpellier, France
  • Marc Vidal, Dana Farber Cancer Institute Havard Medical School USA
  • James Collins, Boston University, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering USA
  • Laszlo Barabasi , University of Notre-Dame & Harvard Medical School USA
  • Suzanne Gaudet, Harvard Medical School USA
  • Galit Lalav, Harvard Medical School USA
  • John Tyson, Virginia Tech USA
  • Kristala Jones Prather, MIT, USA

The program will provide an in-depth discussion of the current developments of computational models of cells and tissues and their impact on many domains ranging from cell biology to medicine. This meeting will present ongoing research in the USA and in Europe on the modeling of life at the cellular level.

REGISTER NOW for this complementary program, space is limited.

For further information and program details, please visit or contact:

Aline Charpentier
Deputy Scientific Attaché
Office for Science and Technology – Consulat Général of France
31 St James Ave. – Suite 750, Boston, Ma, 02116
+1 617 832 4468

The evolution of job-hunting.

I have been clamoring for generalising video cv’s and resumes for a couple of years now.

The feedback I got was that video cv’s may be good for people in the arts and media but not for everyone. However, when someone broadcasts himself doing something relevant using youtube or podcast, it is a de-facto advertisement for that person. From there to streamlining personal videos into visual business cards is a small step to take for both job-seekers and employers.

Meantime, I have come across two websites which will highlight how creative job-hunting has become:

1. How David Murray found a new job via Twitter.

This is a blog entry which highlights how David Murray dropped traditional job-searching techniques and instead, on leveraing social-media.

2. Visual CV is a company which uses “Web 2.0 technologies, … to give professionals the tools they need to stand out and present their qualifications in a visually compelling way.”

Of course, looking for a job is itself a full-time job. No one tool may be enough by itself so it is important to understand yourself, what you are looking for (short-term and long-term) and which set of tools can help you the most.

“Seek advice from a pro: the job search

Do not try to do a job search alone. You need input from others. But be selective in who you add to the team. Friends and family generally will not tell you that you need to update your wardrobe or provide you with ways to improve your interview skills, so you need to find someone who is trusted, yet can provide criticism without harming a relationship.

Consultants and personal career coaches are available for getting you into shape. These are generally people who are well connected in the human resource community and can help you prepare for interviews and give you names of people to contact for informational interviews.

If you have been laid off, your company may provide outplacement services that include a career coach. If not, contact a college or university that has human resource extension courses. These courses are frequently taught by people who also consult. Generally, you’re trying to find someone who will provide you with several months of their time and knowledge.

From Ron’s, “The Most Important Things to do While Looking for a Job”

Wine tasting at the French-American Chamber of Commerce


In partnership with Arnold, Cointreau, Domaine Guiberteau, Domaine Select, and Richart Chocolates

One of the biggest FOOD & WINE celebrations dedicated to the LOIRE VALLEY in Boston


Join us with an estimated 100 guests for a reception hosted at

Les vins de la Loire

Les vins de la Loire

With a fabulous view over Boston and enjoy specialties from the Loire!!

4 TASTINGS will be organized!

Cointreau : Liquor

Domaine Guiberteau : Domaine Rouge 2005, Domaine Blanc 2005

Domaine Select : Gratien & Meyer wines

Richart Chocolates : Gourmet French chocolates

Sponsors for the Silent Auction already include:

Arnold Worldwide: 2 Tickets for a Patriots game on Dec 21, 2008 ($2,000 value)

Air France: One Air France Travel bag ($260 value) + One Pachmina scarf ($230 value)

Brasserie Jo: Dinner for 2 ($100 value)

The Colonnade Hotel: Overnight stay in luxe room at the Colonnade Hotel with Breakfast in Brasserie Jo ($500) + a 2 night-stay in a Concorde Hotel in Paris ($1,500 value)

Domaine Select: Gratien and Meyer Wines : 1 case of Saumur Blanc ($264 value) + 1 case of Saumur Rose ($264 value)

Domaine Guiberteau: One case of ‘Les Clos 2004 Cuvee Superieure’ ($562)

France Amérique Magazine: 1 Year subscription ($45 value)

France Today Magazine: 1 Year subscription ($45 value)

Francois Ducroux: 5-course gastronomic dinner for 6 ($500 value)

French Home: One Turkey Baker ($219.99 value)

French In the City: French classes Corporate + Individuals ($750 value)

The Langham Hotel / Café Fleuri: The Award-Winning Sunday Brunch for 4 ($220 value)

Longchamp on Newbury St: 2 gift certificates ($125 and $145 value)

Life Style Vacations: A weekend Stay “Saveurs d’Anjou” including 2 night-accommodation and breakfasts for 2 at the Chateau de l’Epinay, cooking class and a tasting lunch or dinner at l’Atelier Culinaire in Savennieres – France ($900)

Pierrot Bistrot Restaurant Français: Lunch for 2 ($50 value)

Pont Neuf Bis: 2 Luxury hand-decorated Limoges porcelain Tableware ($325 value)

Richart Chocolates: One luxury box of delicious French chocolates ($200 value)

Sonia Rykiel, 280 Boylston St: One elegant “2008 40 ans de mode – Collector Edition” leather shoulder bag ($945 value)

Venue: Prudential Center 17th Floor – Arnold Worldwide Offices – 101 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Time: From 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Cost: Admission is $30 for one ticket/ $50 for 2 tickets (FACCNE member + guest); $35 one non member/$60 for 2 non members.

RSVP is required by Nov 12.

Please note that for security reasons, NO REGISTRATION WILL BE POSSIBLE AT THE DOOR.

Kindly register by filling the attached invitation and fax it to (617) 520-2144, email or call (617) 520-2121

You can now also register and pay online on our website

Career in Social Media – NYC Location

Work for the coolest Social Media company on the block. Buddy Media, every Brand needs a buddy.. looking for rock star sales directors!!!

The Social Web is growing. Consumers are more connected. A new era of digital marketing has begun. Do you have what it takes to join our team and become part of the social media revolution?

Buddy Media helps the world’s largest and most trusted brands navigate through the social media space and extend their advertising campaigns into the social world. Through Buddy Media’s unique Brand Advocate Process, Buddy Media plans, develops, promotes and monitors “app-vertising” campaigns – branded social applications – that increase engagement and interaction between people and brands. By working with major brands to develop interactive and engaging social applications, Buddy Media ultimately creates social brand loyalty.

We are looking to add a Rockstar Sales Director to help grow revenues and expand our already incredible client roster. Buddy Media currently works with the largest brands in the world (Anheuser Busch, Intel, Time Warner, Fedex, Reebok, New Balance, Bacardi and HBO to name a few) We are committed to hiring the best, most enthusiastic team of talented individuals in the industry.

In the Director of Sales role, you will be tasked to prospect, negotiate and close strategic business partnerships for large brands. You will collaborate with Buddy Media departments in creating/presenting proposals leveraging Buddy Media’s customizable products for brands. You will be the force behind driving strategy and partnership terms. The ideal candidate will be personable, fun, creative and can recommendations to tailor strategies to help clients achieve and improve their business goals.


Jeff Ragovin
Vice President, Sales and Business Development
Buddy Media | |
1845 Broadway | New York, NY 10023
P: 646.786.1414 | M: 917-523-6266 | F: 646-304-7749
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Same data, contradictory articles.

Yet another reason why people are cynical of the press.

The following screen shots were taken a few seconds apart at 22:40 EST on 2nd Novembre.

The Independent leads with:

“Obama surges ahead as US prepares to vote”

The Independent

The Independent

Meanwhile, National Public Radio, states:

Final Pew Poll Shows McCain Narrowing Gap

Obama still has a significant lead, but it’s suddenly a much tighter race than last week” McCain McCain