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UPCOMING EVENTS AT PITT PUBLIC HEALTH

Event Category
Sat 11/18/2017 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Annual Thanksgiving Distribution Volunteers Needed Community Event
Annual Thanksgiving Distribution Volunteers Needed
Sat 11/18/2017 7:30AM - 4:00PM


A Thanksgiving Distribution is an annual festive food distribution and health fair hosted by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Pitt Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Together we engage about 1,000 families. Those who attend ATD receive a wide variety of non-perishable food items to complement their holiday meal. As part of the event, there is also a Health Care & Human Services Village offering many other services such as blood pressure screening, free flu shots, and insurance information and sign-up

Volunteers are important to the success of this event! Throughout the day, 400 volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks. There are two volunteer shifts to choose from, morning and afternoon. We highly encourage volunteers to stay for both sessions.

Community
Event
Mon 11/20/2017
Call for Nominations: Alumni Awards Pitt Public Health Deadline
Call for Nominations: Alumni Awards
Mon 11/20/2017


Alumni Awards are given annually in recognition of exemplary contributions: 

  • Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for Research
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination
  • Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award
  • Early Career Excellence Award

Nominations are also open for induction into Delta Omega, the national honor society for graduate studies in public health. 

Find more information and nomination forms at publichealth.pitt.edu/AlumniAwards. 


Pitt Public Health
Deadline
Mon 11/20/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
David C. Bloom, PhD IDM Seminar Series
David C. Bloom, PhD
Mon 11/20/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

David C. Bloom, PhD
Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
College of Medicine, University of Florida


"Role of ncRNAs in Regulating Herpes Simplex Virus
Pathogenesis and Latency"


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 11/20/2017 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club
Mon 11/20/2017 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Public Health A521

The focus of this journal club will continue to be the presentation of research being conducted by the CVD training grant trainees and faculty collaborating with the URL, as it relates to subclinical cardiovascular disease. This may take the form of practice for overview/comprehensive meetings, preparation for conference talks and/or informal works in progress (WIP) presentations. In addition, we will review published articles related to subclinical cardiovascular disease measure epidemiology and methodology.

Public Health A521
Epidemiology
Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Tue 11/21/2017
Final Deadline for Application ($35 fee) December Graduation Deadline
Final Deadline for Application ($35 fee)
Tue 11/21/2017


The regular deadline to apply for December 2017 graduation (term 2181) has passed. Applications are still being accepted with a $35 fee until November 21. This is the absolute final deadline to apply for graduation. If you miss this final deadline, you will not be able to graduate until the following term.


December Graduation
Deadline
Tue 11/21/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PBPC meeting School Governance Meeting
PBPC meeting
Tue 11/21/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Monthly meeting of the Planning Budget and Policies Committee (PBPC). 

School Governance
Meeting
Wed 11/22/2017 to Fri 11/24/2017
Thanksgiving Recess for Students Academic Calendar Notice
Thanksgiving Recess for Students
Wed 11/22/2017 to Fri 11/24/2017


No classes Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24. The University is closed November 23-24. 


Academic Calendar
Notice
Wed 11/22/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Thanksgiving Break (NO CLASS) IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Thanksgiving Break (NO CLASS)
Wed 11/22/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM




IDM
PhD & MS Journal Club
Fri 11/24/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
No HUGEN seminar. Thanksgiving break Human Genetics Seminar Series
No HUGEN seminar. Thanksgiving break
Fri 11/24/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM



Human Genetics
Seminar Series
Mon 11/27/2017
Draft of Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Due December Graduation Deadline
Draft of Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Due
Mon 11/27/2017


Initial upload of your essay, thesis, or dissertation is due to the D-scholarship system. The file may be a draft. Notify Joanne Pegher of the status of the file. Format is PDF for thesis and dissertation, Word or PDF for essays. 

December 2017 graduation. Term 2181. 


December Graduation
Deadline
Mon 11/27/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Matthew Good / Jonathan Mandell IDM Seminar Series
Matthew Good / Jonathan Mandell
Mon 11/27/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)



Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 11/27/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
TBA IDM Seminar Series
TBA
Mon 11/27/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)



Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Seminar Series
Mon 11/27/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Carroline Lobo - Prescription Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania: Lessons from Medicare and Medicaid HPM Dissertation Defense
Carroline Lobo - Prescription Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania: Lessons from Medicare and Medicaid
Mon 11/27/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Public Health A622


Public Health A622
HPM
Dissertation Defense
Tue 11/28/2017
Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017 Career Services Deadline
Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017
Tue 11/28/2017


The Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program draws on the rich research environment and intellectual resources of one of the world’s premier public health training institutions, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.This initiative is geared toward expanding the diversity of those entering academic public health. The program creates a bridge between academic training in health-related disciplines and entry-level faculty positions at institutions throughout the United States. The goal of the program is to advance the intellectual and professional development of each Yerby fellow. Applications are now being accepted online for the 2018-2019 cohort.

Career Services
Deadline
Tue 11/28/2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Ultrasound for Primary Care Center for Global Health Event
Ultrasound for Primary Care
Tue 11/28/2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM



Center for Global Health
Event
Tue 11/28/2017 10:00AM - 10:50AM
ETD Workshop December Graduation Workshop
ETD Workshop
Tue 11/28/2017 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Hillman Library

Learn how to format your thesis or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template. We’ll also cover converting the finished Word document to PDF and submitting it for review.

Hillman Library
December Graduation
Workshop
Tue 11/28/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Copyright and your Thesis or Dissertation December Graduation Workshop
Copyright and your Thesis or Dissertation
Tue 11/28/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Hillman Library

What do you need to know about copyright for your thesis or dissertation? Join us for a workshop specifically about copyright and graduate student work. We'll cover copyright issues specific to theses and dissertations, including your rights as a user of others' work, the permissions you need to gain, and your own rights over your ETD. This workshop will include a 40 minute lecture followed by 20 minutes to answer questions.  

Hillman Library
December Graduation
Workshop
Tue 11/28/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Coffee Talk with the deans Pitt Public Health Meeting
Coffee Talk with the deans
Tue 11/28/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Pitt Public Health students are invited to meet the school's deans during informal office hours held once each month in the Public Health Commons. Bring your coffee and your concerns, or just stop by to say hi. Dean Burke will kick the program off on November 28.


Public Health Commons (1st floor)
Pitt Public Health
Meeting
Tue 11/28/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Mediation Analysis for Health Disparities Research BCHS Seminar Series
Mediation Analysis for Health Disparities Research
Tue 11/28/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Public Health A521


Public Health A521
BCHS
Seminar Series
Wed 11/29/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Parichat Duangkhae IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Parichat Duangkhae
Wed 11/29/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health A719



Public Health A719
IDM
PhD & MS Journal Club
Wed 11/29/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Black Minds Matter: Campus Climate & Non-Cognitive Outcomes (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Campus Climate & Non-Cognitive Outcomes (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 11/29/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Cathedral of Learning

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Campus Climate & Non-Cognitive Outcomes
Facilitator: TBD
Location: Conference Center | 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.


Cathedral of Learning
Professional Development
Event
Wed 11/29/2017 2:00PM - 2:50PM
ETD Workshop December Graduation Workshop
ETD Workshop
Wed 11/29/2017 2:00PM - 2:50PM
Hillman Library

Learn how to format your thesis or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template. We’ll also cover converting the finished Word document to PDF and submitting it for review.

Hillman Library
December Graduation
Workshop
Wed 11/29/2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM
What Graduate Students & Postdocs Writing NIH Grants Need to Know Career Services Webinar
What Graduate Students & Postdocs Writing NIH Grants Need to Know
Wed 11/29/2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM


The ability to write successful grant applications for extramural support is now more important than ever, especially with regard to funding the research training and career development of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. This webinar will address best practices for effective grantsmanship, approaches for competitive applications, common mistakes made by junior investigators, and tips to increase chances for success. The focus will be on NIH’s individual fellowships for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Topics that will be discussed include key required application components, specific content that should be included when completing these sections, and NIH’s fellowship grant review process, scoring system, and review criteria.

Career Services
Webinar
Wed 11/29/2017 3:00PM - 3:05PM
Helping Babies Breathe Master Trainer Course Center for Global Health Event
Helping Babies Breathe Master Trainer Course
Wed 11/29/2017 3:00PM - 3:05PM



Center for Global Health
Event
Wed 11/29/2017 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Grand Rounds One Book, One Community Main Event: Many Disciplines, One Discussion Pitt Public Health Panel Discussion
One Book, One Community Main Event: Many Disciplines, One Discussion
Wed 11/29/2017 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Panelists will present current research, giving a disciplinary perspective. Moderated by Dean Burke. 

Public Health Auditorium (G23)
Pitt Public Health
Panel Discussion
Thu 11/30/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
EOH Journal Club - Fall 2017 - Pattra Chunon EOH Journal Club
EOH Journal Club - Fall 2017 - Pattra Chunon
Thu 11/30/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Bridgeside Point - 339

EOH Journal Club Seminar - Fall 2017
Date: Thursday November 30, 2017
Time: 11am - 12pm
Presenter: Pattra Chunon

Paper:  Temporal Tracking of Microglia Activation in Neurodegeneration at Single-Cell Resolution

Authors: Hansruedi Mathys, Chinnakkaruppan Adaikkan, Fan Gao, Richard M. Ransohoff, Aviv Regev, Li-Huei Tsai

Abstract: Microglia, the tissue-resident macrophages in the brain, are damage sensors that react to nearly any perturbation, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Here, using single-cell RNA sequencing, we determined the transcriptome of more than 1,600 individual microglia cells isolated from the hippocampus of a mouse model of severe neurodegeneration with AD-like phenotypes and of control mice at multiple time points during progression of neurodegeneration. In this neurodegeneration model, we discovered two molecularly distinct reactive microglia phenotypes that are typified by modules of co-regulated type I and type II interferon response genes, respectively. Furthermore, our work identified previously unobserved heterogeneity in the response of microglia to neurodegeneration, discovered disease stagespecific microglia cell states, revealed the trajectory of cellular reprogramming of microglia in response to neurodegeneration, and uncovered the underlying transcriptional programs.


Bridgeside Point - 339
EOH
Journal Club
Thu 11/30/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization Professional Development Workshop
Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization
Thu 11/30/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health A312

You've collected your data. Now what? In this class we will learn how to use access Tableau as a student or faculty, connect to data sources, and how to use Tableau to maximize the visual impact of your data.

Participants must bring a laptop to this session in order to participate in the class activities. You should install the Tableau software prior to the class.


 Presented by: Rose Turner, MLS, HSLS Librarian
Register in advance.


Public Health A312
Professional Development
Workshop
Thu 11/30/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Epidemiology Seminar - Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD  Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Seminar - Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD 
Thu 11/30/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)



Public Health Auditorium (G23)
Epidemiology
Seminar Series
Thu 11/30/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Black Minds Matter: Promising Practices for Teaching & Learning (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Promising Practices for Teaching & Learning (Pitt UCTL)
Thu 11/30/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Cathedral of Learning

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Promising Practices for Teaching & Learning
Facilitator: School of Education
Location: School of Social Work Conference Center | 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.


Cathedral of Learning
Professional Development
Event
Fri 12/1/2017
Call for Abstracts - Kentucky Conference on Health Communication 2018 Community Deadline
Call for Abstracts - Kentucky Conference on Health Communication 2018
Fri 12/1/2017


The overall aim of KCHC is to promote health communication research and practice; the conference is an internationally-recognized venue for researchers, practitioners, and students to come together to share research on a variety of health-related topics, discuss current health communication issues, and develop working relationships to promote the health communication research and practice agenda. The 2018 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC) will be held April 12-14, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Kentucky.

Community
Deadline
Fri 12/1/2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Holiday Care Package Collection for PCMI students Center for Global Health Deadline
Holiday Care Package Collection for PCMI students
Fri 12/1/2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM



Center for Global Health
Deadline
Fri 12/1/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
No HUGEN seminar. SVC Research Seminar*. William Stauffer, PhD Human Genetics Seminar Series
No HUGEN seminar. SVC Research Seminar*. William Stauffer, PhD
Fri 12/1/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM



Human Genetics
Seminar Series
Mon 12/4/2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Diabetes Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Diabetes Journal Club
Mon 12/4/2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Pittsburgh, PA

The purpose of the Diabetes Research Journal Club is to discuss current literature in the area of Diabetes, bringing us all up to date with current issues in the field.

Pittsburgh, PA
Epidemiology
Journal Club
Mon 12/4/2017 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Grand Rounds Enrique F. Schisterman - SERtalks - PIttsburgh Epidemiology Seminar Series
Enrique F. Schisterman - SERtalks - PIttsburgh
Mon 12/4/2017 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

 

Public Health Auditorium (G23)
Epidemiology
Seminar Series
Mon 12/4/2017 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club
Mon 12/4/2017 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Public Health A521

The focus of this journal club will continue to be the presentation of research being conducted by the CVD training grant trainees and faculty collaborating with the URL, as it relates to subclinical cardiovascular disease. This may take the form of practice for overview/comprehensive meetings, preparation for conference talks and/or informal works in progress (WIP) presentations. In addition, we will review published articles related to subclinical cardiovascular disease measure epidemiology and methodology.

Public Health A521
Epidemiology
Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Tue 12/5/2017 11:00AM - 11:50AM
ETD Workshop December Graduation Workshop
ETD Workshop
Tue 12/5/2017 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Hillman Library

Learn how to format your thesis or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template. We’ll also cover converting the finished Word document to PDF and submitting it for review.

Hillman Library
December Graduation
Workshop
Tue 12/5/2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Grand Rounds Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Episode 2 Pitt Public Health Food for Thought
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Episode 2
Tue 12/5/2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM


Film screening and discussion featuring Jessie Burke, PhD, associate dean for education and associate professor, behavioral and community health sciences, and Ruth Modzelewski, PhD, mission coordinator at Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh and Pitt Public Health alum. 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a PBS documentary based on this year's One Book, One Community book. This film tells the story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. 

Episode 2, The Blind Men and the Elephant, picks up the story in the wake of the declaration of a “war on cancer” by Richard Nixon in 1971. Flush with optimism and awash with federal dollars, the cancer field plunges forward in search of a cure... Read more...


Pitt Public Health
Food for Thought
Tue 12/5/2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Teaching Inclusively (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Teaching Inclusively (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 12/5/2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM


This workshop introduces principles of inclusivity and offers practical advice for fostering an inclusive university environment through your teaching. Through discussion and workshop exercises, learn how promoting and practicing inclusivity can improve learning outcomes and your relationship with your students. This workshop will also address effectively articulating your inclusive approach to teaching in job applications and interviews.

Professional Development
Event
Wed 12/6/2017 8:30AM - 10:30AM
Developing Competitive Grant Applications Professional Development Event
Developing Competitive Grant Applications
Wed 12/6/2017 8:30AM - 10:30AM
Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Presented by Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP, professor and chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, and director, Public Health Dynamics Lab, Pitt Public Health. Part of the Office of Academic Career Development's Research Series for early or mid-career and senior investigators. 

Securing research funding in the present economic climate requires more than producing good science - you must communicate transformative objectives within the context of a highly competitive research proposal. This workshop takes the mystery out of grant preparation and provides a pathway for success. 


Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Professional Development
Event
Wed 12/6/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Roberta Reis IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Roberta Reis
Wed 12/6/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health A719



Public Health A719
IDM
PhD & MS Journal Club
Wed 12/6/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Black Minds Matter: Holistic Support for Black Male Learners (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Holistic Support for Black Male Learners (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 12/6/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Cathedral of Learning

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Holistic Support for Black Male Learners
Facilitator: Derrick D. Matthews, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases & Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health
Location: School of Social Work Conference Center | 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.


Cathedral of Learning
Professional Development
Event
Wed 12/6/2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Song Zhang: Diagnostic Accuracy Analysis for Ordinal Competing Risks Outcomes Using ROC Surface Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Song Zhang: Diagnostic Accuracy Analysis for Ordinal Competing Risks Outcomes Using ROC Surface
Wed 12/6/2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health 7139

Song Zhang of the Department of Biostatistics defends her dissertation on "Diagnostic Accuracy Analysis for Ordinal Competing Risks Outcomes Using ROC Surface".


Public Health 7139
Biostatistics
Dissertation Defense
Wed 12/6/2017 2:00PM - 2:50PM
ETD Workshop December Graduation Workshop
ETD Workshop
Wed 12/6/2017 2:00PM - 2:50PM
Hillman Library

Learn how to format your thesis or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template. We’ll also cover converting the finished Word document to PDF and submitting it for review.

Hillman Library
December Graduation
Workshop
Wed 12/6/2017 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 12/6/2017 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

Students value the timely feedback on performance they receive through the Grade Center. Blackboard can help you record and track your students’ grades more efficiently and can automatically grade certain kinds of student work. In this workshop, we’ll review the grade center and how it accepts grades from within and outside Blackboard. We’ll cover the Grade Center’s options for customizing grades to meet your learning objectives, and you’ll learn how to control what grades your students see and when they see them. This workshop meets in Alumni Hall, B26.

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Locate the Grade Center, create columns, enter grades, export grades, and upload grades from outside Blackboard;
  • Create a new rubric – or reference an existing one – to clarify learning objectives and grade assignments;
  • Create calculated columns that are customized to meet your learning objectives;
  • Use Smart Views, grade history and statistics to get a deeper picture of student progress and assessment quality.

Alumni Hall
Professional Development
Event
Thu 12/7/2017
New Course Proposals for Spring to EPCC School Governance Deadline
New Course Proposals for Spring to EPCC
Thu 12/7/2017


To meet the registrars deadline, new course proposals for Spring 2018 must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by December 12. All proposals must be submitted at the December 7 meeting.


School Governance
Deadline
Thu 12/7/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
EOH Journal Club - Fall 2017 - Omar Tahtamooni EOH Journal Club
EOH Journal Club - Fall 2017 - Omar Tahtamooni
Thu 12/7/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Bridgeside Point - 339

EOH Journal Club Seminar - Fall 2017
Date: Thursday December 7, 2017
Time: 11am - 12pm
Presenter: Omar Tahtamooni

Paper: Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Childhood Asthma: Recent Advances and Remaining Gaps in the Exposure Assessment Methods

Authors: Khreis H, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ.

Abstract: Background: Current levels of traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) are associated with the development of childhood asthma, although some inconsistencies and heterogeneity remain. An important part of the uncertainty in studies of TRAP-associated asthma originates from uncertainties in the TRAP exposure assessment and assignment methods. In this work, we aim to systematically review the exposure assessment methods used in the epidemiology of TRAP and childhood asthma, highlight recent advances, remaining research gaps and make suggestions for further research. Methods: We systematically reviewed epidemiological studies published up until 8 September 2016 and available in Embase, Ovid MEDLINE (R), and "Transport database". We included studies which examined the association between children's exposure to TRAP metrics and their risk of "asthma" incidence or lifetime prevalence, from birth to the age of 18 years old. Results: We found 42 studies which examined the associations between TRAP and subsequent childhood asthma incidence or lifetime prevalence, published since 1999. Land-use regression modelling was the most commonly used method and nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) was the most commonly used pollutant in the exposure assessments. Most studies estimated TRAP exposure at the residential address and only a few considered the participants' mobility. TRAP exposure was mostly assessed at the birth year and only a few studies considered different and/or multiple exposure time windows. We recommend that further work is needed including e.g., the use of new exposure metrics such as the composition of particulate matter, oxidative potential and ultra-fine particles, improved modelling e.g., by combining different exposure assessment models, including mobility of the participants, and systematically investigating different exposure time windows. Conclusions: Although our previous meta-analysis found statistically significant associations for various TRAP exposures and subsequent childhood asthma, further refinement of the exposure assessment may improve the risk estimates, and shed light on critical exposure time windows, putative agents, underlying mechanisms and drivers of heterogeneity.

Bridgeside Point - 339
EOH
Journal Club
Thu 12/7/2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Ben Policicchio - Dissertation Defense IDM Dissertation Defense
Ben Policicchio - Dissertation Defense
Thu 12/7/2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Ben's dissertation, Use of Integrase Inhibitor to Assess the Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte Response During Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in Rhesus Macaques, 


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
IDM
Dissertation Defense
Thu 12/7/2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Epidemiology Holiday Research Symposium Epidemiology Seminar Series
Epidemiology Holiday Research Symposium
Thu 12/7/2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM
University Club - Ballroom A


University Club - Ballroom A
Epidemiology
Seminar Series
Thu 12/7/2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM
epiBRAIN Journal Club Epidemiology epiBRAIN Journal Club
epiBRAIN Journal Club
Thu 12/7/2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health A521

For our fall journal club, the eBrain group will continue our examination of the intersection of cerebral small vessel disease and neurodegenerative pathologies with a focus on vascular contributions to Alzheimer’s disease. Journal club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in this topic, regardless of discipline or expertise, and we hope to stimulate multidisciplinary discussion and collaboration.

Public Health A521
Epidemiology
epiBRAIN Journal Club
Thu 12/7/2017 1:30PM - 3:30PM
EPCC Meeting School Governance Meeting
EPCC Meeting
Thu 12/7/2017 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Public Health A521

Monthly meeting of the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC).  For more information see, including instructions on submitting a proposal, forms, and a list of your department's committee representatives, see publichealth.pitt.edu/epcc

Public Health A521
School Governance
Meeting
Fri 12/8/2017
Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Review Appointments December Graduation Deadline
Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Review Appointments
Fri 12/8/2017


Your document must be reviewed for format. Contact Joanne Pegher to schedule an appointment. 

December 2017 graduation. Term 2181. 


December Graduation
Deadline
Fri 12/8/2017
Spring Term Registration Deadline for Continuing Students (no late fee) Academic Calendar Registration Dates
Spring Term Registration Deadline for Continuing Students (no late fee)
Fri 12/8/2017


Continuing students should register for spring 2018 term (2184) and all sessions by December 8 to avoid a late fee. No registrations will be accepted after January 8. Add or drop classes until January 19.

Academic Calendar
Registration Dates
Fri 12/8/2017 9:30AM - 1:15PM
Annual Practicum, Internship, and Research Experience Symposium Pitt Public Health Event
Annual Practicum, Internship, and Research Experience Symposium
Fri 12/8/2017 9:30AM - 1:15PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Are you interested in how to locate an experience at a new site, apply for a practicum at the county or state department of health, hearing from students who have just completed experiences, talking to area agencies and organizations looking for students?  This event is for you. Attend all or just a session or two.

For more information, contact Kimmy Rehak at rehak@pitt.edu.


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Pitt Public Health
Event
Fri 12/8/2017 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Yongli Shuai: Multinomial Logistic Regression and Prediction Accuracy for Interval-Censored... Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
Yongli Shuai: Multinomial Logistic Regression and Prediction Accuracy for Interval-Censored...
Fri 12/8/2017 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Public Health 7139

Yongli Shuai of the Department of Biostatistics defends his dissertation on "Multinomial Logistic Regression and Prediction Accuracy for Interval-Censored Competing Risks Data".


Public Health 7139
Biostatistics
Dissertation Defense
Fri 12/8/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Brett Kaufmann, PhD - "Mitochondrial genome regulation and disease resilience" Human Genetics Seminar Series
Brett Kaufmann, PhD - "Mitochondrial genome regulation and disease resilience"
Fri 12/8/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Human Genetics
Seminar Series
Fri 12/8/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Best Practices in Online Teaching (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Best Practices in Online Teaching (Pitt UCTL)
Fri 12/8/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Alumni Hall

Best Practices in Online Teaching – Faculty who teach online or hybrid classes want to know how to design and teach courses that are pedagogically effective. This workshop will summarize and synthesize research about the most effective practices in teaching learner-centered courses and point to CourseWeb tools that can help you implement engaging teaching strategies. Topics covered will include strategies and tools for planning sequenced assignments and activities, managing the course, and evaluation. The workshop will be of interest to faculty who teach online or who are interested in incorporating online components into their traditional courses. Bring your questions, ideas and experiences to share.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Organize materials for your course in CourseWeb
• Use CourseWeb to communicate with your students
• Design collaborative learning activities by selecting tools such as Groups, Discussion Board, Wiki, Blog or Journal
• Provide feedback to students with tools such as the rubric or quizzes

Alumni Hall
Professional Development
Event
Mon 12/11/2017 9:00AM - 10:00AM
MPH Committee Meeting School Governance Meeting
MPH Committee Meeting
Mon 12/11/2017 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Public Health A521

A formal sub-committee of the EPCC, the MPH committee is composed of the MPH program directors, core course teaching faculty, the associate dean for education, educational programs coordinator, and student reps. They meet to discuss curriculum, core courses, and other related curricular needs. Learn more at publichealth.pitt.edu/mphcommittee. 

Public Health A521
School Governance
Meeting
Mon 12/11/2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Developing a Syllabus (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Developing a Syllabus (Pitt UCTL)
Mon 12/11/2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Alumni Hall

Putting together a syllabus for the first time can be a daunting task. In this workshop, we cover the basic components of a syllabus, as well as practical and stylistic "do's-and-don'ts" of syllabus construction. Participants will leave the workshop knowing how to construct their own syllabus so that course information is clearly presented to students, and so that students' confusion over course assignments and expectations is kept to a minimum.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Identify and produce necessary features of a syllabus
• Identify optional features of a syllabus 
• Construct a syllabus for a class

Alumni Hall
Professional Development
Event
Tue 12/12/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Coffee Talk with the deans Pitt Public Health Meeting
Coffee Talk with the deans
Tue 12/12/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Pitt Public Health students are invited to meet the school's deans during informal office hours held once each month in the Public Health Commons. Bring your coffee and your concerns, or just stop by to say hi. 

This month will be hosted by Nobel Maseru, Associate Dean for Diversity; Eleanor Feingold, Senior Associate Dean; and Velpandi Ayyavoo, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.


Public Health Commons (1st floor)
Pitt Public Health
Meeting
Tue 12/12/2017 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Improving Your Teaching Evaluations (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Improving Your Teaching Evaluations (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 12/12/2017 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Take a deep breath, brace yourself, maybe even pour a glass of wine — your student evaluations of teaching have just appeared in your inbox. Instructors’ responses to the end-of-semester arrival of student evaluations vary widely. For some, the possibility of harsh critiques produces anxiety, while others relish confirmation of a job well done. Some dismiss student evaluations as simply reflecting particular students’ idiosyncratic preferences. Others welcome the feedback to help them improve their teaching. Despite the diverse perceptions, research indicates that student evaluations are, in fact, generally more reliable than other methods of assessing teaching effectiveness, such as peer evaluation or self-ratings. Student evaluations of teaching, administered in most Pitt schools through the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching (OMET), can be effective sources for improved teaching. The question is how best to use them.

Alumni Hall
Professional Development
Event
Wed 12/13/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Black Minds Matter: Advancing Black Male Policy, Support, & Research Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Advancing Black Male Policy, Support, & Research
Wed 12/13/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Cathedral of Learning

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Advancing Black Male Policy, Support, & Research
Facilitator: TBD
Location: School of Social Work Conference Center | 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.


Cathedral of Learning
Professional Development
Event
Thu 12/14/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
EOH Journal Club - Fall 2017 - Amrita Sahu EOH Journal Club
EOH Journal Club - Fall 2017 - Amrita Sahu
Thu 12/14/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Bridgeside Point - 339

EOH Journal Club Seminar - Fall 2017
Date: Thursday December 14, 2017
Time: 11am - 12pm
Presenter: Amrita Sahu

Paper: Bioengineered constructs combined with exercise enhance stem cell-mediated treatment of volumetric muscle loss

Authors: Marco Quarta, Melinda Cromie, Robert Chacon, Justin Blonigan, Victor Garcia, Igor Akimenko, Mark Hamer, Patrick Paine, Merel Stok, Joseph B. Shrager & Thomas A. Rando

Abstract: Volumetric muscle loss (VML) is associated with loss of skeletal muscle function, and current treatments show limited efficacy. Here we show that bioconstructs suffused with genetically-labelled muscle stem cells (MuSCs) and other muscle resident cells (MRCs) are effective to treat VML injuries in mice. Imaging of bioconstructs implanted in damaged muscles indicates MuSCs survival and growth, and ex vivo analyses show force restoration of treated muscles. Histological analysis highlights myofibre formation, neovascularisation, but insufficient innervation. Both innervation and in vivo force production are enhanced when implantation of bioconstructs is followed by an exercise regimen. Significant improvements are also observed when bioconstructs are used to treat chronic VML injury models. Finally, we demonstrate that bioconstructs made with human MuSCs and MRCs can generate functional muscle tissue in our VML model. These data suggest that stem cell-based therapies aimed to engineer tissue in vivo may be effective to treat acute and chronic VML.

Bridgeside Point - 339
EOH
Journal Club
Fri 12/15/2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity Center for Health Equity Workshop
Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity
Fri 12/15/2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health 4128


Public Health 4128
Center for Health Equity
Workshop
Fri 12/15/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Schoolwide Holiday Party Pitt Public Health Event
Schoolwide Holiday Party
Fri 12/15/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)



Public Health Commons (1st floor)
Pitt Public Health
Event
Sat 12/16/2017
Official Date for Award of Degree December Graduation Notice
Official Date for Award of Degree
Sat 12/16/2017


Official date for award of degree for December 2017 graduation (term 2181). 


December Graduation
Notice
Sun 12/17/2017
Final Upload and all Paperwork Due December Graduation Deadline
Final Upload and all Paperwork Due
Sun 12/17/2017


The final copy of your essay, thesis, or dissertation must be uploaded and all required paperwork must be submitted to Joanne Pegher. 

December 2017 Graduation. Term 2181. 


December Graduation
Deadline
Mon 12/18/2017 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club
Mon 12/18/2017 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Public Health A521

The focus of this journal club will continue to be the presentation of research being conducted by the CVD training grant trainees and faculty collaborating with the URL, as it relates to subclinical cardiovascular disease. This may take the form of practice for overview/comprehensive meetings, preparation for conference talks and/or informal works in progress (WIP) presentations. In addition, we will review published articles related to subclinical cardiovascular disease measure epidemiology and methodology.

Public Health A521
Epidemiology
Subclinical CVD Journal Club
Tue 12/19/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PBPC meeting School Governance Meeting
PBPC meeting
Tue 12/19/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Monthly meeting of the Planning Budget and Policies Committee (PBPC). 

School Governance
Meeting
Wed 12/20/2017 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Council Meeting Public Health Graduate Council Meeting
Council Meeting
Wed 12/20/2017 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Public Health A521

The Pitt Public Health council is the top-level governance body for the school. Meetings generally occur on the third Wednesday of each month.  Attendance at  is open to all.

Public Health A521
Public Health Graduate Council
Meeting
Fri 12/22/2017 to Mon 1/1/2018
Winter Recess - University Closed Academic Calendar Notice
Winter Recess - University Closed
Fri 12/22/2017 to Mon 1/1/2018


Winter recess for faculty and staff. University closed. 


Academic Calendar
Notice
Fri 1/5/2018
New Student Orientation for Spring 2018 Pitt Public Health Event
New Student Orientation for Spring 2018
Fri 1/5/2018
Public Health A521

New students starting spring term are invited to get an important overview of Pitt Public Health. Meet department faculty, new, and continuing students and learn about the academic requirements and opportunities that await you during your Pitt Public Health education. Time and other details TBD and further information will be sent to all incoming students by admissions staff.

Public Health A521
Pitt Public Health
Event
Mon 1/8/2018
Spring Term Begins Academic Calendar Notice
Spring Term Begins
Mon 1/8/2018


Classes begin for Spring 2018. 


Academic Calendar
Notice
Mon 1/8/2018
Spring Term Registration Deadline (late fee applies for continuing students) Academic Calendar Registration Dates
Spring Term Registration Deadline (late fee applies for continuing students)
Mon 1/8/2018


This is the final registration date for spring 2018 term (2184) and all sessions. Continuing students must pay a late fee between December 8 and January 8. Add or drop classes until January 19.


Academic Calendar
Registration Dates
Mon 1/8/2018 4:00PM - 4:00PM
MPH Committee Meeting School Governance Event
MPH Committee Meeting
Mon 1/8/2018 4:00PM - 4:00PM


MPH Committee Meeting A521 Crabtree 4p.m.-5p.m.

School Governance
Event
Thu 1/11/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
EPCC Meeting School Governance Meeting
EPCC Meeting
Thu 1/11/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Pitt Public Health

Monthly meeting of the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC).  For more information see, including instructions on submitting a proposal, forms, and a list of your department's committee representatives, see publichealth.pitt.edu/epcc

Pitt Public Health
School Governance
Meeting
Fri 1/12/2018 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Maternal and Child Health Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Maternal and Child Health Journal Club
Fri 1/12/2018 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC


Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC
Epidemiology
Journal Club
Mon 1/15/2018
Collaborative, Inter-institutional, Interdisciplinary HIV/AIDS-related Catalytic Project Grants University of Pittsburgh Application Deadline
Collaborative, Inter-institutional, Interdisciplinary HIV/AIDS-related Catalytic Project Grants
Mon 1/15/2018


The Center for AIDS Research at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals and the University of Pittsburgh are inviting applications for a unique, inter-institutional catalytic grant opportunity, encompassing all disciplines of HIV/AIDS research, but with particular interest in HIV persistence and cure strategies, HIV-related cancers, co-infections, and co-morbidities, novel approaches to prevent HIV infection, and substance abuse in HIV-infected populations. Contact Dr. Nic Sluis-Cremer for more information.

University of Pittsburgh
Application Deadline
Tue 1/16/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PBPC meeting School Governance Meeting
PBPC meeting
Tue 1/16/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Monthly meeting of the Planning Budget and Policies Committee (PBPC). 

School Governance
Meeting
Tue 1/16/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Coffee Talk with the deans Pitt Public Health Meeting
Coffee Talk with the deans
Tue 1/16/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Pitt Public Health students are invited to meet the school's deans during informal office hours held once each month in the Public Health Commons. Bring your coffee and your concerns, or just stop by to say hi. 

This month will be hosted by Nobel Maseru, Associate Dean for Diversity; Eleanor Feingold, Senior Associate Dean; and Velpandi Ayyavoo, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. 


Public Health Commons (1st floor)
Pitt Public Health
Meeting
Tue 1/16/2018 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Social Media in Teaching & Learning (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Social Media in Teaching & Learning (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 1/16/2018 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Location: Alumni Hall Room 815

This workshop is designed to help faculty identify solutions to social media issues that arise in course design. We will explore three platforms found often in teaching and learning environments - Twitter, LinkedIn, and Wikipedia. Our focus will be on looking at ways to connect these platforms to learning objectives in a variety of disciplines. Please be sure to bring a laptop or tablet with internet access in order to participate in all of the workshop activities. 

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

This workshop is available to remote participants (you must have a computer and internet connection).  If you are from a regional campus, or not able to travel in to Oakland for the workshop, please email us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu at least 5 business days prior to this workshop.  Please register for the event as you normally would if you were attending in-person.


Alumni Hall
Professional Development
Event
Wed 1/17/2018 11:30AM - 12:50PM
CHE Seeks Research Presenter: January 17 CRAB Meeting Center for Health Equity Meeting
CHE Seeks Research Presenter: January 17 CRAB Meeting
Wed 1/17/2018 11:30AM - 12:50PM
Public Health A521


Public Health A521
Center for Health Equity
Meeting
Wed 1/17/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Council Meeting Public Health Graduate Council Meeting
Council Meeting
Wed 1/17/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Public Health A521

The Pitt Public Health council is the top-level governance body for the school. Meetings generally occur on the third Wednesday of each month.  Attendance at  is open to all.

Public Health A521
Public Health Graduate Council
Meeting
Thu 1/18/2018
Application Deadline: Graduate Nationality Room Scholarships Center for Global Health Application Deadline
Application Deadline: Graduate Nationality Room Scholarships
Thu 1/18/2018


Applications for Nationality Room Scholarships are now open. For more information on scholarships and how to apply, please visit the University of Pittsburgh's Nationality Rooms website here. Graduate applications are due by January 18, 2018


Center for Global Health
Application Deadline
Fri 1/19/2018
Spring Add/Drop Period Ends Academic Calendar Registration Dates
Spring Add/Drop Period Ends
Fri 1/19/2018


Add or drop classes for spring 2018 (term 2184) term, first session, or second session between October 30 and January 19, 2018. The monitored withdrawal deadlines are March 14 (term), February 15 (first session), and April 12 (second session); January 25 (5 WK1), March 1 (5WK2), April 12 (5WK3).


Academic Calendar
Registration Dates
Wed 1/24/2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Grand Rounds Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Episode 3 Pitt Public Health Food for Thought
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Episode 3
Wed 1/24/2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM


Film screening and discussion featuring Jessie Burke, PhD, associate dean for education and associate professor, behavioral and community health sciences, and Ruth Modzelewski, PhD, mission coordinator at Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh and Pitt Public Health alum. 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a PBS documentary based on this year's One Book, One Community book. This film tells the story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. 

Episode 3, Finding the Achilles Heel, picks up the story at a moment of buoyant optimism in the cancer world: Scientists believe they have cracked the essential mystery of the malignant cell and the first targeted therapies have been developed, with the promise of many more to follow. Read more...


Pitt Public Health
Food for Thought
Thu 1/25/2018 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Becoming a Grading Guru: The Grading Process and Providing Effective Feedback (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Becoming a Grading Guru: The Grading Process and Providing Effective Feedback (Pitt UCTL)
Thu 1/25/2018 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Location: Alumni Hall Room 815

When we think of grading, we often think of assigning a value to a piece of student work (or a stack of student work, come finals week). Grading is actually a process that, with some instructor planning, yields information that both students and instructors can use to improve student learning.
This workshop will introduce participants to types of student assessment and the steps in the grading process. Employing the alignment model, participants will have the opportunity to evaluate an assignment prompt and practice offering effective feedback. We will briefly discuss models of grading, including grading on a curve.

As a result of completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define assessment.
  • Articulate the difference between formative and summative assessment.
  • Describe characteristics of an effective assessment
  • Explain steps in the grading process
  • Create an assignment prompt which aligns with a learning objective and communicates grading criteria to students
  • Provide effective feedback to students
  • Identify situations in which grading on a curve might be appropriate

This is the first workshop in the Become a Grading Guru series. The series includes:

  1. The Grading Process and Providing Effective Feedback
  2. Designing Rubrics
  3. Designing Better Test Questions

Participants may complete the entire series or can pick and choose individual workshops to develop specific knowledge and skills. This workshop includes an overview of grading best practices and foundational ideas that will be relevant in the Designing Rubrics and Designing Better Test Questions workshops; We recommend taking this workshop prior to the others if possible.

This workshop may be counted toward the Pedagogy concentration of the Achievement in Pedagogy badge, offered through the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative. For more information, see: http://teaching.pitt.edu/pedagogy-credential/ or contact tahelp@pitt.edu.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.


Alumni Hall
Professional Development
Event
Mon 1/29/2018
Innovation in Education Award Proposals University of Pittsburgh Deadline
Innovation in Education Award Proposals
Mon 1/29/2018


The Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) is now accepting proposals for 2018 Innovation in Education Awards, which are granted to University faculty for projects that enhance teaching and foster new instructional approaches that represent advances over existing methods. The annual program assists faculty with funding for the development of advanced and innovative teaching techniques. The deadline for proposals is Monday, January 29, 2018. You can read more about the Innovation and Education Awards on the Teaching Center website. 


University of Pittsburgh
Deadline
Thu 2/1/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
EPCC Meeting School Governance Meeting
EPCC Meeting
Thu 2/1/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Pitt Public Health

Monthly meeting of the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC).  For more information see, including instructions on submitting a proposal, forms, and a list of your department's committee representatives, see publichealth.pitt.edu/epcc

Pitt Public Health
School Governance
Meeting
Fri 2/9/2018 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Maternal and Child Health Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Maternal and Child Health Journal Club
Fri 2/9/2018 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC


Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC
Epidemiology
Journal Club
Mon 2/12/2018 4:00PM - 5:00PM
MPH Committee Meeting School Governance Event
MPH Committee Meeting
Mon 2/12/2018 4:00PM - 5:00PM


MPH Committee Meeting A521 Crabtree 4p.m.-5p.m.

School Governance
Event
Tue 2/20/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PBPC meeting School Governance Meeting
PBPC meeting
Tue 2/20/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Monthly meeting of the Planning Budget and Policies Committee (PBPC). 

School Governance
Meeting
Tue 2/20/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Coffee Talk with the deans Pitt Public Health Meeting
Coffee Talk with the deans
Tue 2/20/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Pitt Public Health students are invited to meet the school's deans during informal office hours held once each month in the Public Health Commons. Bring your coffee and your concerns, or just stop by to say hi. 

This month will be hosted by Nobel Maseru, Associate Dean for Diversity; Eleanor Feingold, Senior Associate Dean; and Velpandi Ayyavoo, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. 


Public Health Commons (1st floor)
Pitt Public Health
Meeting
Wed 2/21/2018 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Becoming a Grading Guru: Designing Rubrics (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Becoming a Grading Guru: Designing Rubrics (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 2/21/2018 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Location: Alumni Hall Room 815

Asking students to perform authentic, complex tasks can provoke higher-level learning, but how can we assess a complicated assignment when it has no “correct” answer? Using rubrics can help you assess the seemingly-unassessable. Rubrics also help clarify and communicate your expectations to your students and make for a simpler, faster, and fair grading process. In this workshop, we’ll present different types of rubric, review rubric design best practices, and guide participants through the process of beginning to create a rubric to use in their courses.

As a result of completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define a rubric and identify its components
  • Recognize when it might be appropriate to use a rubric
  • Describe types of rubrics
  • Describe best practices in rubric creation
  • Explain how rubrics can be used as instructional tools
  • Begin to create a rubric which demonstrates alignment to a learning objective, clear performance criteria, and distinct levels of performance

This is the second workshop in the Becoming a Grading Guru series. The series includes:

1. The Grading Process and Providing Effective Feedback
2. Designing Rubrics
3. Designing Better Test Questions

Participants may complete the entire series or can pick and choose individual workshops to develop specific knowledge and skills. We recommend that participants enroll in the first workshop in the series, The Grading Process and Providing Effective Feedback, before completing Designing Rubrics if possible, because it includes an overview of grading best practices and foundational ideas that will be relevant in other workshops in this series.

This workshop may be counted toward the Pedagogy concentration of the Achievement in Pedagogy badge, offered through the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative. For more information, see: http://teaching.pitt.edu/pedagogy-credential/ or contact tahelp@pitt.edu.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.


Alumni Hall
Professional Development
Event
Wed 2/21/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Council Meeting Public Health Graduate Council Meeting
Council Meeting
Wed 2/21/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Public Health A521

The Pitt Public Health council is the top-level governance body for the school. Meetings generally occur on the third Wednesday of each month.  Attendance at  is open to all.

Public Health A521
Public Health Graduate Council
Meeting
Mon 2/26/2018 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Group Projects: Best Practices in Creating Collaborative Learning Assignments and Why it Matters Professional Development Event
Group Projects: Best Practices in Creating Collaborative Learning Assignments and Why it Matters
Mon 2/26/2018 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Location: Alumni Hall Room 815

Many of us can see the teaching and learning benefits of assigning group projects. We also see the hurdles in motivation and grading that can make these projects cumbersome. This workshop will help you design group projects that are aligned with your course learning objectives and built for efficiency and effectiveness. We will explore several types of collaborative projects, identify assignment structures that motivate students, and investigate grading tools that evaluate both individual and group success levels.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.


Alumni Hall
Professional Development
Event
Thu 3/1/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
EPCC Meeting School Governance Meeting
EPCC Meeting
Thu 3/1/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Pitt Public Health

Monthly meeting of the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC).  For more information see, including instructions on submitting a proposal, forms, and a list of your department's committee representatives, see publichealth.pitt.edu/epcc

Pitt Public Health
School Governance
Meeting
Mon 3/12/2018 4:00PM - 5:00PM
MPH Committee Meeting School Governance Event
MPH Committee Meeting
Mon 3/12/2018 4:00PM - 5:00PM


MPH Committee Meeting A521 Crabtree 4p.m.-5p.m.

School Governance
Event
Thu 3/15/2018 1:00PM - 8:00PM
Board of Visitors meeting Pitt Public Health Meeting
Board of Visitors meeting
Thu 3/15/2018 1:00PM - 8:00PM
Pitt Public Health

Closed meeting of the Chancellor's advisory board for the Graduate School of Public Health with Dean Burke. 


Pitt Public Health
Pitt Public Health
Meeting
Fri 3/16/2018 to Sat 3/17/2018
70th Anniversary, Building, and Alumni Reunion Celebration Pitt Public Health Event
70th Anniversary, Building, and Alumni Reunion Celebration
Fri 3/16/2018 to Sat 3/17/2018
Pitt Public Health

 A grand celebration is planned to mark the conclusion of Parran Hall renovations, the first 70 years since the founding of the school, and our second-ever all-years alumni reunion. Save the date for MARCH 16-17, 2018 and stay tuned for more information


Pitt Public Health
Pitt Public Health
Event
Fri 3/16/2018
NAC Meeting (HPM National Advisory Council) HPM Event
NAC Meeting (HPM National Advisory Council)
Fri 3/16/2018
Pitt Public Health

The next meeting of the National Advisory Council (NAC) for the Department of Health Policy and Management is currently being planned.  Contact Doreen Hernandez of Sam Friede for details. 


Pitt Public Health
HPM
Event
Fri 3/16/2018 7:30AM - 10:00AM
5th Annual Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast Career Services Event
5th Annual Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast
Fri 3/16/2018 7:30AM - 10:00AM


Connect with your future at the Fifth Annual Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast! Students can practice networking skills with alumni while learning about diverse career paths open to the future public health workforce.  


Career Services
Event
Fri 3/16/2018 8:00AM to Sun 3/18/2018 4:00PM
9th Annual CUGH Conference: Health Disparities: A Time for Action Center for Global Health Conference
9th Annual CUGH Conference: Health Disparities: A Time for Action
Fri 3/16/2018 8:00AM to Sun 3/18/2018 4:00PM



Center for Global Health
Conference
Fri 3/16/2018 11:40AM to Sun 3/18/2018 11:45AM
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 2018 Annual Global Health Conference Center for Global Health Conference
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 2018 Annual Global Health Conference
Fri 3/16/2018 11:40AM to Sun 3/18/2018 11:45AM



Center for Global Health
Conference
Tue 3/20/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PBPC meeting School Governance Meeting
PBPC meeting
Tue 3/20/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Monthly meeting of the Planning Budget and Policies Committee (PBPC). 

School Governance
Meeting
Tue 3/20/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Coffee Talk with the deans Pitt Public Health Meeting
Coffee Talk with the deans
Tue 3/20/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Pitt Public Health students are invited to meet the school's deans during informal office hours held once each month in the Public Health Commons. Bring your coffee and your concerns, or just stop by to say hi. 

This month will be hosted by Nobel Maseru, Associate Dean for Diversity; Eleanor Feingold, Senior Associate Dean; and Velpandi Ayyavoo, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. 


Public Health Commons (1st floor)
Pitt Public Health
Meeting
Wed 3/21/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Council Meeting Public Health Graduate Council Meeting
Council Meeting
Wed 3/21/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Public Health A521

The Pitt Public Health council is the top-level governance body for the school. Meetings generally occur on the third Wednesday of each month.  Attendance at  is open to all.

Public Health A521
Public Health Graduate Council
Meeting
Thu 3/22/2018
Movie Screening and Discussion - How I Live With Cancer Student Organization Film
Movie Screening and Discussion - How I Live With Cancer
Thu 3/22/2018
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Time TBD 

Sponsored by the Center for Global Health, Global Health Student Association, and the Office of Student Affairs. 

Attending Accepted Applicants Day the next day? Join us! 


Public Health Auditorium (G23)
Student Organization
Film
Fri 3/23/2018
CBHL Medical Ethics Conference 2018 University of Pittsburgh Conference
CBHL Medical Ethics Conference 2018
Fri 3/23/2018
Scaife Hall

Taking place in the Scaife Hall Conference Center, the Center for Bioethics & Health Law's Medical Ethics Conference 2018 will focus on a range of ethical issues associated with drugs, from the opioid epidemic to tremendously expensive drugs, to the use of drugs to treat addiction and medicinal marijuana.

Scaife Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Conference
Fri 3/23/2018 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Accepted Applicants Day Pitt Public Health Recruitment Event
Accepted Applicants Day
Fri 3/23/2018 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Pitt Public Health

Accepted applicants are invited to learn more about Pitt Public Health, Pitt, and the city of Pittsburgh.

Pitt Public Health
Pitt Public Health
Recruitment Event
Sun 3/25/2018 to Wed 3/28/2018
ENAR 2018 Spring Meeting - - Hyatt Regency Atlanta Biostatistics Conference
ENAR 2018 Spring Meeting - - Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Sun 3/25/2018 to Wed 3/28/2018


The premier biostatistical convention in North America, the ENAR Spring Meeting is the annual meeting of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometrics Society (IBS). The meeting covers a wide range of topics of interest to both researchers and practitioners, such as data science, genomics clinical trials, neuroimaging, biomarkers, health policy, electronic health records and epidemiology. Faculty and students in the Department of Biostatistics regularly participate in short courses, tutorials and roundtables and give invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations.

 


Biostatistics
Conference
Mon 4/2/2018 to Sun 4/8/2018
National Public Health Week Community Event
National Public Health Week
Mon 4/2/2018 to Sun 4/8/2018


During the first full week of April each year, Pitt Public Health partners with APHA and communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.  Every year, the APHA develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues and to raise awareness about public health and prevention.  Pitt Public Health organizes a variety of special events around NPHW including the annual Dean's Day student research competition. 

Community
Event
Tue 4/3/2018 to Thu 4/5/2018
Dean's Day Student Research Competition Pitt Public Health Event
Dean's Day Student Research Competition
Tue 4/3/2018 to Thu 4/5/2018
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Learn about student research as presenters compete for prizes and students complete peer evaluations for GR credit during multiple poster sessions over three days. View the full schedule at publichealth.pitt.edu/deansday. 


Public Health Commons (1st floor)
Pitt Public Health
Event
Thu 4/5/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
EPCC Meeting School Governance Meeting
EPCC Meeting
Thu 4/5/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Pitt Public Health

Monthly meeting of the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC).  For more information see, including instructions on submitting a proposal, forms, and a list of your department's committee representatives, see publichealth.pitt.edu/epcc

Pitt Public Health
School Governance
Meeting
Mon 4/9/2018 4:00PM - 5:00PM
MPH Committee Meeting School Governance Event
MPH Committee Meeting
Mon 4/9/2018 4:00PM - 5:00PM


MPH Committee Meeting A521 Crabtree 4p.m.-5p.m.

School Governance
Event
Thu 4/12/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Annual Sutton-Tyrrell Lecture Series: Matthew Allison, MD, MPH, FAHA Epidemiology Seminar Series
Annual Sutton-Tyrrell Lecture Series: Matthew Allison, MD, MPH, FAHA
Thu 4/12/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)


Public Health Auditorium (G23)
Epidemiology
Seminar Series
Thu 4/12/2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Greg Yothers - Director, NRG Oncology SDMC, Division of Biostatistics and Science Pitt Public Health Food for Thought
Greg Yothers - Director, NRG Oncology SDMC, Division of Biostatistics and Science
Thu 4/12/2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Yothers is a research associate professor of biostatistics and the director of the NRG Oncology Statistics and Data Management Center with a primary research interest in the design, implementation, and analysis of phase II and III clinical trials for cancer research. 

Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
Pitt Public Health
Food for Thought
Fri 4/13/2018 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Maternal and Child Health Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Maternal and Child Health Journal Club
Fri 4/13/2018 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC


Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC
Epidemiology
Journal Club
Sat 4/14/2018 7:00AM to Sun 4/15/2018 4:00PM
Global Health & Innovation Conference Center for Global Health Conference
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Sat 4/14/2018 7:00AM to Sun 4/15/2018 4:00PM



Center for Global Health
Conference
Tue 4/17/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PBPC meeting School Governance Meeting
PBPC meeting
Tue 4/17/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Monthly meeting of the Planning Budget and Policies Committee (PBPC). 

School Governance
Meeting
Tue 4/17/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Coffee Talk with the deans Pitt Public Health Meeting
Coffee Talk with the deans
Tue 4/17/2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Commons (1st floor)

Pitt Public Health students are invited to meet the school's deans during informal office hours held once each month in the Public Health Commons. Bring your coffee and your concerns, or just stop by to say hi. 

This month will be hosted by Nobel Maseru, Associate Dean for Diversity; Eleanor Feingold, Senior Associate Dean; and Velpandi Ayyavoo, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. 


Public Health Commons (1st floor)
Pitt Public Health
Meeting
Wed 4/18/2018 9:30AM - 1:30PM
Genetic Engineering: Hubris, Man's/Manifest Destiny, or Ethical Obligation? University of Pittsburgh Lecture
Genetic Engineering: Hubris, Man's/Manifest Destiny, or Ethical Obligation?
Wed 4/18/2018 9:30AM - 1:30PM
Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces

Lisa S. Parker, professor of human genetics and director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, will begin by examining some of the basic scientific developments that make intentional genetic engineering increasingly possible. Participants will then discuss the range of views and try to illuminate the beliefs underlying these different views, their strengths, and their problems.  Part of the "Science! Conversations and Community Series" of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (616 North Highland Avenue).


Outside Conference and Meeting Spaces
University of Pittsburgh
Lecture
Wed 4/18/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Council Meeting Public Health Graduate Council Meeting
Council Meeting
Wed 4/18/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Public Health A521

The Pitt Public Health council is the top-level governance body for the school. Meetings generally occur on the third Wednesday of each month.  Attendance at  is open to all.

Public Health A521
Public Health Graduate Council
Meeting
Thu 4/26/2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Commencement (Graduate) University of Pittsburgh Event
Commencement (Graduate)
Thu 4/26/2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM


The University of Pittsburgh's annual Commencement ceremony for graduate students. Stay tuned for more details! Contact The Office of Special Events (University-level) for more information at 412-624-7100.

 


University of Pittsburgh
Event
Thu 5/3/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
EPCC Meeting School Governance Meeting
EPCC Meeting
Thu 5/3/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Pitt Public Health

Monthly meeting of the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC).  For more information see, including instructions on submitting a proposal, forms, and a list of your department's committee representatives, see publichealth.pitt.edu/epcc

Pitt Public Health
School Governance
Meeting
Fri 5/11/2018 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Maternal and Child Health Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
Maternal and Child Health Journal Club
Fri 5/11/2018 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC


Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC
Epidemiology
Journal Club
Sun 5/13/2018 to Fri 5/18/2018
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) Community Conference
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
Sun 5/13/2018 to Fri 5/18/2018
Pittsburgh, PA

Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students selected from millions of students worldwide are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research in the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, competing for $4 million in prizes. A program of Society for Science & the Public, Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.

Pittsburgh, PA
Community
Conference
Sun 5/13/2018 to Wed 5/16/2018
American Osler Society Meeting Community Conference
American Osler Society Meeting
Sun 5/13/2018 to Wed 5/16/2018
University Club

The American Osler Society is an international meeting, primarily of physicians, that honors the memory of Sir William Osler, a key founder of modern internal medicine. Papers examine various aspects of the medical humanities broadly defined, with most having a history of medicine aspect in their coverage. Questions about the May 13-16, 2018 AOS Pittsburgh meeting should be sent to the LAC co-chair, Jonathon Erlen, at erlen@pitt.edu

University Club
Community
Conference
Tue 5/15/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PBPC meeting School Governance Meeting
PBPC meeting
Tue 5/15/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Monthly meeting of the Planning Budget and Policies Committee (PBPC). 

School Governance
Meeting
Wed 5/16/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Council Meeting Public Health Graduate Council Meeting
Council Meeting
Wed 5/16/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Public Health A521

The Pitt Public Health council is the top-level governance body for the school. Meetings generally occur on the third Wednesday of each month.  Attendance at  is open to all.

Public Health A521
Public Health Graduate Council
Meeting
Thu 6/7/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
EPCC Meeting School Governance Meeting
EPCC Meeting
Thu 6/7/2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Pitt Public Health

Monthly meeting of the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC).  For more information see, including instructions on submitting a proposal, forms, and a list of your department's committee representatives, see publichealth.pitt.edu/epcc

Pitt Public Health
School Governance
Meeting
Tue 6/19/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM
PBPC meeting School Governance Meeting
PBPC meeting
Tue 6/19/2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Monthly meeting of the Planning Budget and Policies Committee (PBPC). 

School Governance
Meeting
Wed 6/20/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Council Meeting Public Health Graduate Council Meeting
Council Meeting
Wed 6/20/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Public Health A521

The Pitt Public Health council is the top-level governance body for the school. Meetings generally occur on the third Wednesday of each month.  Attendance at  is open to all.

Public Health A521
Public Health Graduate Council
Meeting
Wed 7/4/2018
Independence Day Holiday Academic Calendar Notice
Independence Day Holiday
Wed 7/4/2018


University Closed

Academic Calendar
Notice
Wed 7/18/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Council Meeting Public Health Graduate Council Meeting
Council Meeting
Wed 7/18/2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Public Health A521

The Pitt Public Health council is the top-level governance body for the school. Meetings generally occur on the third Wednesday of each month.  Attendance at  is open to all.

Public Health A521
Public Health Graduate Council
Meeting

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