BU Profiles has a new mentoring module. Please share any
- Indicate your willingness to be a mentor on your profile page
- “Find Mentors” by role, department, keywords and other criteria
See other new features and details below.
- Indicate your willingness to be a mentor
BU Profiles now allows you to identify yourself as a mentor. Members of our community
with a profile can log in and edit their mentoring roles, provide a narrative about
their mentoring philosophy and areas of expertise, and provide contact information.
Please see the Mentor
FAQs for more information.
Some suggested topics to include in your mentoring philosophy narrative are:
- Who you are open to mentoring (e.g. students, residents, fellows, post-docs, faculty).
- A brief description of areas you are interested in mentoring in (specific research
area, education expertise, career development, work-life integration).
- Your mentoring experience (e.g. approximate numbers of mentees, mentees’ career
stages, mentoring roles you have held).
- What aspects of mentoring you are most passionate about (e.g., your approach to
working with mentees).
- New “Find Mentors” search option
BU Profiles now allows you to search for mentors by mentoring role(s), department/division,
keyword or concept, and other criteria, using the “Find Mentors” menu item or search
Previous "What's New"
- A personalized URL for your profile page (e.g. profiles.bu.edu/jane.smith).
- Enhanced search to find people, publications, concepts and other items. (view)
- Integration with Twitter, SlideShare, and YouTube to leverage existing content.
- View individual timelines by publication, concept (using publication MeSH
terms), and co-author collaborations. (view)
- Your ORCID iD is displayed under your email address, and links to your public
ORCID record. If you don’t have one, you can learn more at http://sites.bu.edu/orcid/creation/.
- New privacy options give you the option to show information as publically
visible, visible only to people logged into BU Profiles, or only to you and your
New Visualizations when exploring Expert Networks
- Personalized URLs
Now it’s easy to remember your profile page web address, and to share it on business
cards, email signatures, etc. Your new BU Profiles address is typically based on
your first and last name (e.g. profiles.bu.edu/john.smith). Find your customized
address in the browser address bar when you visit your profile.
- New Search Options
BU Profiles now allows you to search by a keyword or concept and return not only
the list of experts within Profiles, but recent publications from BU on a topic,
and other information. You will see the option to “Find People” versus “Find Everything”
on both the menu and search screen. “Find People” will look by name or concept and
return only people, by searching publications, research & professional
interests, awards & honors, and other information. “Find Everything” will search
the same content, but return all data - allowing you to go right to the publication
or other content. The “filter by type” area to the right of the search results will
allow you to target specific information.
You can now enhance your profile page with YouTube videos. In the Featured Videos
section, simply enter the title and web address for your YouTube video. Be sure
to “Show” the Featured Video section, which makes it publically visible. Videos
should appear on your profile page within a few minutes.
- Share Slides
You can now enhance your profile page with
SlideShare presentations. In the Featured Presentations section, simply
enter your SlideShare username and click Save/Preview. Be sure to “Show” the Featured
Presentation section, which makes it publically visible.
- Connect to Twitter
You can now enhance your profile page by connecting to
Twitter. In the Tweets section, simply enter either your Twitter username
or a Widget Id and click Save/Preview. Be sure to “Show” the Tweets section, which
makes it publically visible. More detailed instructions are available within the
Tweet section on your edit profile page.
- View publication timeline
You can view a publication timeline on each profile by clicking the Timeline link
above an individual's list of publications.
- New edit screen and privacy options
The edit screen has been altered to better organize content. Simply click on a content
section to edit it. There are arrows to re-order items, a trash can to delete (this
will warn you first), and a pencil icon is used to edit a specific record. Click
on “Edit Visibility” to select from the four new privacy levels for each section.
The default is Public (and indexed by search engines), but you can opt to restrict
a section to be visible to Users (limited to people logged into BU Profiles), visible
only to the Owner (and their Proxies), or “No Search” (publically visible, but ask
search engines not to index the site).
(the column on the right
of each profile)
- View individual timelines by concept, using publication MeSH terms derived from an individual’s publishing history (currently
limited to publications in Profiles from PubMed). To view, click “See all concept(s)”
under an individual’s “Concepts” passive network, and then click on the “Timeline”
tab. The “Details” tab is also new in this release.
- View BU co-author collaboration timelines
Co-author collaboration helps identify recent versus long-past co-author collaborations.
To view, click “see all people” under an individual’s “BU Co-Authors” passive network,
and then click on the “Timeline” tab. The “Details” and “Cluster” tabs are also
new in this release.
- New publication notification
Notification will be sent via email when disambiguation adds a new PubMed publication
to your profile. The email will include the publication details, allowing you to
spot issues right away. While adding a publication that does not belong to you should
be extremely uncommon, this would provide an alert for you to login and remove the