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Pitt Public Health Walking Advocate Receives National Award from America Walks

America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced Wednesday that Carol Reichbaum, M.S.L., M.S.P.A., of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship. 

Pitt Public Health Nutritional Epidemiologist Selected to Serve on Federal Panel Shaping Pregnancy Diet and Health Guidelines

For the first time, federal dietary and health guidelines for Americans are being updated to include comprehensive advice for pregnant women. 

There's No Vaccine Yet for CMV

Work on a vaccine for CMV has been going on for many years, said microbiologist Charles Rinaldo, PhD, an expert in cytomegalovirus in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Pitt Public Health. 

Bukowski Receives Award for Groundbreaking LGBT/HIV Research Study

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For Leigh Bukowski, MPH, having the opportunity to present her LGBT-related research at the 2016 AIDS International Conference in South Africa was a dream come true.A few short hours after her presentation, the experience was made even more special when she was awarded the 2016 Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren Prize for Young Investigators for Track D, Social and Political Research, Law, Policy and Human Rights. Her abstract, “Physical ass... 

Newman Named as GSA’s Next Medical Sciences Journal Editor

The GSA has named Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, as the next medical sciences editor-in-chief of The Journal of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 

Most powerful obesity gene yet boosts risk by 40 per cent

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NEW SCIENTIST - It could be in your DNA. A gene variant that increases a person’s obesity risk by 30 to 40 per cent is the strongest genetic predictor of body weight discovered in humans so far. Having just one copy of a particular variant of a gene called CREBRF is associated with a 1.5 increase in BMI... The genetic variant was uncovered during a genomic analysis of more than 5000 people in Samoa, where obesity rates are among the highest in t... 

Revolutionary Acts: How the discussion of HIV risk matters for the health of Black men who have sex with men

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Derrick D. Matthews, assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, focuses his research upon the disproportionate burden the HIV epidemic has on black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S....  

Pitt researchers taking new approach on opioid epidemic

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Christina Mair has a question: What causes addiction? Studying alcohol and marijuana use in California, Ms. Mair focused on the social determinants that might lead to dependency. While genetics play a role, she learned, it’s often environmental factors that lead a user to take his first hit (or sip). Everything from a community’s demographics to the presence of liquor stores on its streets can impact levels of addictio... 

Birmingham Free Clinic Community Fellowship Application

Now accepting applications for Fellowships for the Fall Session. Applications due July 29, 2015 by 5:00 pm 

Recent Cancer Patient Urges HPV Vaccine for All Children

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Dr. Steve Wilson, a pathologist in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, discusses how he discovered his human papillomavirus-linked throat cancer, and the treatment he received at the UPMC CancerCenter. Even though the Allegheny County Board of Health’s HPV vaccine requirement did not passed, Dr. Wilson and the UPMC CancerCenter urge parents to get their children vaccinated by middle school to prevent this devastating cancer. 

Explaining the Importance of Vaccinating Children for HPV Virus

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To show support of the Allegheny County Board of Health’s vote on whether to mandate the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, UPMC oncologists this week held a press briefing to share facts about the lifesaving vaccine. UPMC’s experts explained the importance of vaccinating children to protect against HPV-related cancers, including cervical, oropharyngeal and cancers of other reproductive organs. The vaccine is proven to be safe and effective in p... 

amFAR/Pitt Scholars Study HIV Health Disparities

The current cohort of amfAR fellows, who hail from Paraguay, South Africa, Indonesia, and Brazil, are developing public health responses to HIV health disparities.  

Congratulations Don Jones!

Don Jones has accepted a position as Project Manager at AHN Revenue Cycle. 

Scott Becker Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-2017

HPM is pleased to announce that Scott Becker, CEO, Conemaugh Health System (bio attached) will be the Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-20 

HIGH TEMPERATURE DAYS demand Pitt sustainability efforts

During days of very high temperatures, as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s continuous efforts to advance campus sustainability, Facilities Management will be voluntarily curtailing electric consumption in most Pitt buildings.   This will be accomplished automatically by slightly adjusting temperature set points through our building automation system. In most cases, the changes will be minimal and may not be apparent to building occupants.  ... 

BCHS Doctoral Student Doing Research in Brazil this Summer

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Lycia Tramujas Vasconcellos Neumann's research is titled "The Role of Community Support for Healthy Aging: A study with low income community dwelling seniors in Brazil." 

Funding opportunities for Year of Diversity announced by Provost's Office

Provost Beeson announces matching funds of up to $ 5000 to support lectures, workshops, and other events as part of lively year of student, faculty, and staff discussions around the topic of diversity. Apply online at pitt.edu/year-of-diversity . 

Older adults addressing obesity in Pitt research study

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE -  “The goal (of Pitt’s MOVE UP study) is for people to lose weight in as healthy a way a possible. So it’s not simply about not eating — It’s about a healthy lifestyle,” said Anne Newman , an epidemiologist who is director of Pitt’s Center for Aging and Population Health and principal investigator for the study. “Studies that have been done on weight management over the long term have shown [there to be] good health an... 

Fall construction timeline and booking meeting rooms

Construction Phase 2a will be completed around mid-September. At that time, the south half of Parran, including all the new conference rooms, will open.  Phase 2b will begin the month after the end of 2a, with moves into that space and then closing off all of the north half of Parran plus the bottom three floors of Crabtree to start 2b for demolition and renovation.  Locations of classrooms and conference rooms for the duration of 2b will change... 

Edward Gregg, PhD (EPI ’96), awarded ADA 2016 Kelly West Award

For his extensive dedication to the field of diabetes epidemiology,  Edward Gregg,  PhD  (EPI ’96) , was recognized by the American Diabetes Association as their 2016 Kelly West Award recipient. Given in memory of Kelly West, widely regarded as the “father of diabetes epidemiology,” this award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field. Gregg is currently Chief of the Epidemiology and Statistics Branch in the Div... 

Martha Terry on Faculty Giving

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“I donated because I wanted my students to have a really good learning experience here. The space does matter.” - Martha Terry, Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences  

Bernie Goldstein on Faculty Giving

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“Now is the time that we can make a difference. Now is the time that we need all faculty to come on board.” - Bernie Goldstein, Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health  

Graduating This Year? Here’s Where to Move

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BLOOMBERG - You did it! Now, where to next? Pittsburgh’s sounding awfully nice. The Steel City comes in first place on the new Graduate Opportunity Index . Compiled by Trulia in partnership with LinkedIn, the index rates “40 of America’s strongest job markets based on what they have to offer recent college grads.” Three equally weighted factors go into each metro area’s score on the index: the share of entry-level job openings for recent grad... 

Massoudi Receives Alumni Award for Practice

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Mehran Massoudi (EPI '92, '93) was awarded the Pitt Public Health Alumni Award for Practice on May 20, 2016, at the Alumni Awards dinner. 

Slaugenhaupt, Recipient of Alumni Award for Research

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Susan Slaugenhaupt (HUGEN '88, '91) was honored with the Alumni Award for Research on May 20, 2016, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

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