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Weekly Update: What's Happening at Pitt Public Health

9/22/17

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Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Environmental Health Disparities and Public Health Practice

Students or postdocs may use the award to defray the costs of tuition, travel to a conference, membership in a professional organization, textbooks, courses in public speaking or scientific writing, or other opportunities that would enhance your training as a public health practitioner. ►Read more

Russell Rule Rycheck Award for a Promising MPH Student

December 5 deadline
For promising MPH students committed to the practice of public health to develop skills to add to their professional tool bag. ►Read more

William T. Green Award in Public Health Studies

December 5 deadline
Supports special student projects - use it for direct research costs, travel, books, memberships, etc. ►Read more

New Emergency Alert System

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for the University's new emergency alert system by logging in to their my.pitt.edu page and clicking on Emergency Notification under My Resources or typing ENS into the Ask Cathy! search bar. ►Read more

Hot Picks

Navigating Work Authorization as an International Student

Wednesday, September 27, noon-1 p.m., A521 Crabtree
Workshop is presented by Sara Jones, associate director, Office of International Services. This is a brown bag lunch and learn - bring your own lunch and we will provide cookies and beverages. ►Read more

A New Strategy for U.S. Health and Healthcare

Wednesday, September 27, Noon - 2 p.m., University Club 
Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, will discuss a practical pathway to reforming U.S. healthcare and public health with aims of reducing disease, increasing longevity, and substantially cutting health care costs. The event will be moderated by CB Bhattacharya, H. J. Zoffer Chair of Sustainability and Ethics at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. 

Global Health Student Association (GHSA) Film Series - Out and Around

Monday, September 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., G23 Public Health
Come join the Global Health Student Association for their first film series screening of the year, Out and Around. Food and light refreshments will be served. Film Synopsis: Jennifer Chang and Lisa Dazols travel to 15 countries in the attempt to find people that serve as leaders for the gay, lesbian, and transgender equality movement, capturing the changes that are occurring in the status of queer people around the world. 

Healthy U Fair

Monday, September 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., WPU Lawn
Stop by to learn more about how you can benefit from Healthy U, including group fitness classes, fitness centers on campus, special events, fitness assessments, and personal training. Featuring displays from Pitt graduate and professional students showcasing their contributions to health and wellness!  ►Read more

Pittsburgh's Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally - POWER for Precision Medicine

Tuesday, September 26, 6-8:15 p.m., North Side
Six women highlighting the startling discoveries that fuel the engine of precision medicine, covering clinical perspectives as well as impact on patients, health care, and health insurance in Pittsburgh and across the globe. Sponsored by Pitt's Innovation Institute and Women in Bio (among others). ►Read more

Upcoming Events from Student Public Health Epidemic Response Effort:

Medical Reserve Corps Orientation

Wednesday, September 27, 5:50-7:30 p.m., Lawrenceville
An Allegheny County Health Department training for individuals interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer organization of health care workers and community members that would be called upon to help county and state officials during a public health emergency. 

Point of Dispensing Training

Thursday, September 28, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 3, 5-7:30 p.m., Lawrenceville 
Learn how to assist in operating local point of dispensing (POD) sites for delivery of medications in certain public health emergencies or disasters. 

Contact Kailey Hughes to participate in any of these trainings. 

Mark Your Calendar

Fall Break for Students

Monday, October 9
No classes. Make-up for fall break classes on Tuesday, October 10 (Monday classes are held on Tuesday. No Tuesday classes that week). 

Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity 

Friday, October 13, 9 a.m. - noon, 4128 Parran
Come work on your class papers, report, manuscript, grant proposal, thesis or dissertation – or whatever you need to write! We take advantage of kind peer pressure. Open to students, faculty and staff. Those who attend come from multiple schools and disciplines including public health, education, social work, anthropology, business, medicine, dental health and psychology.

The Western Pennsylvania Healthcare Summit 

Friday, October 13, 7:45 a.m.- 7 p.m., Monroeville Convention Center

A one-day event featuring the industry's leading professionals as well as two separate educational tracks, one focusing on the advancements in healthcare administration and financial management and the other highlighting upcoming improvements to healthcare information technology and providing a detailed look into the technology's applications. ►Read more

International Education Week - 2017 Theme: Displacement

October 15-21
For one week every year, students at universities and colleges across the U.S. celebrate and experience the benefits of international education and exchange. Pitt actively participates in this joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Hosted by the University Center of International Studies. ►Read more

Minimize Upcoming Deadlines

Coming Up in the Next Two Months:

  • Application Deadline: Abstract Submissions for Global Health Day | Center for Global Health Application Deadline Center for Global Health Application Deadline
    Application Deadline: Abstract Submissions for Global Health Day
    Thu 9/28/2017


    For information on abstract submissions, including qualifications, categories, and submission forms, please visit the Global Health Day website

  • Application Deadline: Submissions for Center for Global Health Photo Contest | Center for Global Health Application Deadline Center for Global Health Application Deadline
    Application Deadline: Submissions for Center for Global Health Photo Contest
    Fri 9/29/2017


    Submissions for the Center for Global Health Photo Contest are due by 5 pm on Friday, September 29, 2017. Judging will be held at the 2017 Global Health Day on October 12 in the BST South Foyer. 
    For guidelines and information on submitting photos, please click here

  • NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program- Accepting Applications | Career Services Application Deadline Career Services Application Deadline
    NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program- Accepting Applications
    Tue 10/3/2017


    Applications must be submitted via the Fi2 funding mechanism. PRAT fellows conduct research in scientific areas within the Institute’s mission while in an NIH intramural research program (IRP) lab. Before applying, applicants must identify a potential preceptor in the NIH IRP and develop a research proposal.  
    PRAT fellows receive 3 years of stipend support and additional benefits such as health insurance, a travel allowance and professional development training activities, including a monthly seminar series designed specifically for fellows. 
  • Existing Course Proposals for Spring to EPCC | School Governance Deadline School Governance Deadline
    Existing Course Proposals for Spring to EPCC
    Thu 10/5/2017


    To meet the registrar's deadline, existing course modifications for spring 2018 must be submitted by October 19. Existing course modifications must be presented at the October 5 EPCC meeting. 

  • CHE Master's & Doctoral Student Scholarship Award | Center for Health Equity Application Deadline Center for Health Equity Application Deadline
    CHE Master's & Doctoral Student Scholarship Award
    Mon 10/9/2017


  • Academic Integrity and Plagiarism | Pitt Public Health Deadline Pitt Public Health Deadline
    Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
    Fri 10/13/2017


    We want to ensure you have all the resources needed to participate in your education with the highest standards of academic integrity.
  • Graduation Application Due ($25 fee) | December Graduation Deadline December Graduation Deadline
    Graduation Application Due ($25 fee)
    Mon 10/23/2017


    The regular deadline to apply for December 2017 graduation (term 2181) has passed. Applications are still being accepted with a $25 fee until October 23. The final deadline to apply is November 21. 

  • Call for Pilot Project Grants - Center for AIDS Research | University of Pittsburgh Deadline University of Pittsburgh Deadline
    Call for Pilot Project Grants - Center for AIDS Research
    Fri 11/3/2017


    A unique pilot grant funding opportunity, encompassing all disciplines of HIV/AIDS research, but with interest in 1) HIV persistence and curative strategies, 2) AIDS-related cancers, co-infections and co-morbidities, 3) novel approaches to prevent HIV infection. 
  • Reflection in Global Health Essay Contest - Submission Due Date | Center for Global Health Deadline Center for Global Health Deadline
    Reflection in Global Health Essay Contest - Submission Due Date
    Sun 11/12/2017 11:55PM - 11:55PM


  • Call for Abstracts for the American Osler Society Meeting | Community Deadline Community Deadline
    Call for Abstracts for the American Osler Society Meeting
    Wed 11/15/2017


    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. Abstract for paper presentation for the May 13-16, 2018 American Osler Society meeting in Pittsburgh, PA should be sent by e-mail to: aosrenee@gmail.com.
  • Goldstein Award | Pitt Public Health Application Deadline Pitt Public Health Application Deadline
    Goldstein Award
    Thu 11/16/2017


    A $2,000 scholarship for tuition, travel, professional organization membership, books, courses, etc. available to students or postdocs working in public health practice with a faculty member who has an association with the Center for Public Health Practice (available to students working in environmental health disparities in alternate years). 

  • Call for Nominations: Alumni Awards | Pitt Public Health Deadline 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. 

  • Final Deadline for Application ($35 fee) | December Graduation Deadline 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.

Teaching Tip of the Week

A Few Strategies to Nip Plagiarism in the Bud 

Having students submit written assignments through plagiarism prevention tools like Turnitin and SafeAssign is one way to spot academic integrity violations. However, there are other simple strategies to help to avoid plagiarism, including:

  1. Instead of having students submit one large assignment at the end of term, have them submit smaller parts of the assignment throughout. This enables process writing, offers a chance for you to give feedback intermittently, and prevents students from procrastinating and panicking right before the due date. The end-of-term panic is, of course, a driving force behind plagiarism. 
  1. Incorporating reflective statements within assignments—not only because personal reflections are more difficult to copy and paste from other sources, but also because they offer students a chance to get metacognitive.
  1. Having students give quick, oral status updates of their projects if there are a few extra minutes at the beginning or end of class. They can quickly tell their ideas to a partner, share within a small group, or present in front of the entire class. If students know that they are expected to provide status updates on their work throughout the semester, they won’t be tempted to leave all the work until the last minute. This is also a great opportunity for students to hone their oral presentation skills.

So as not to plagiarize, here’s the citation for this week’s Teaching Tip: 
Wangaard, D. (2017, July 13). Strategies to resist plagiarism. Retrieved August 16, 2017, from Turnitin Blog: turnitin.com

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School News

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Hernandez on outcomes-based pricing for PCSK9 inhibitors 

Hernandez on outcomes-based pricing for PCSK9 inhibitors

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MANAGED CARE - An article by alumna INMACULADA (INMA) HERNANDEZ (HPM ’16) discusses the impact of the outcomes-based pricing arrangements proposed by Amgen on the pricing of PCSK9 inhibitor therapy, and provides recommendations for payers on the design of outcomes-based contracts... (09/24/2017)
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Gellad questions CVS Health move to limit access to opioid painkillers 

Gellad questions CVS Health move to limit access to opioid painkillers

WALL STREET JOURNAL - One of the largest managers of pharmaceutical benefits in the U.S. says it will start limiting the duration and dose of some prescriptions for opioid painkillers, in an effort to combat widespread addiction. The restrictions, based on CDC recommendations published last year, co... (09/21/2017)
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Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker 

Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker

Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08) was guest lecturer for the September 21, 2017, epidemiology seminar with a talk titled “Cardiac Arrest, Resuscitation and the Opioid Epidemic.” He began his resuscitation research work in 2006. Since then he has developed interests in cardiac arrest physiology (acute ... (09/21/2017)
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Carolinas HealthCare System names DeFurio as new CFO 

Carolinas HealthCare System names DeFurio as new CFO

CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL - After a natioinwide search, NC-based Carolinas HealthCare System has tapped alumnus ANTHONY DEFURIO (HADM ’89) to serve as executive vice president and CFO, effective October 2017. Carolinas recently announced it would merge with Chapel Hill-based UNC Health Care, formin... (09/19/2017)
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Upcoming Events

Visit publichealth.pitt.edu/calendar for a detailed, searchable list of events at Pitt Public Health.

Coming Up this Week:

  • Idealist Grad Fair - Philadelphia | Community Recruitment Event Community Recruitment Event
    Idealist Grad Fair - Philadelphia
    Tue 9/26/2017


  • Toxic Inequality | University of Pittsburgh Lecture University of Pittsburgh Lecture
    Toxic Inequality
    Tue 9/26/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
    Cathedral of Learning

    Presented by Tom Shapiro, PhD, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy, director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Brandeis University. 

    Part of the School of Social Work's Center for Race and Social Problems' lecture series, an opportunity for faculty, students, and community members to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest. 

  • Sustainable Development Goals for a Better World: A Conversation with Jeffrey Sachs | Center for Global Health Event Center for Global Health Event
    Sustainable Development Goals for a Better World: A Conversation with Jeffrey Sachs
    Tue 9/26/2017 4:30PM - 6:00PM


    Join development economist and advocate Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University) for a discussion with Pitt faculty experts about the purpose and process of Sustainable Development Goals, ranging from global health and natural resource management to gender inequality and the role of data itself, including the implications for the transformation of Pittsburgh and the globalization of universities like ours.
  • Pittsburgh's Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally | Career Services Event Career Services Event
    Pittsburgh's Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally
    Tue 9/26/2017 6:00PM - 8:15PM


  • Navigating Work Authorization as an International Student | Career Services Workshop Career Services Workshop
    Navigating Work Authorization as an International Student
    Wed 9/27/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health A521

    Presented by Sara Jones, associate director, Office of International Services. This is a brown bag lunch and learn - bring your own lunch and we will provide cookies and beverages. 
  • Michael Kujawa | IDM PhD & MS Journal Club IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
    Michael Kujawa
    Wed 9/27/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health A719


  • A New Strategy for U.S. Health and Healthcare (Katz lecture) | University of Pittsburgh Lecture University of Pittsburgh Lecture
    A New Strategy for U.S. Health and Healthcare (Katz lecture)
    Wed 9/27/2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM
    University of Pittsburgh

    Columbia University professor and best-selling author Jeffrey Sachs will discuss a practical pathway to reforming U.S. healthcare and public health with aims of reducing disease, increasing longevity, and substantially cutting health care costs. The event will be moderated by CB Bhattacharya, H. J. Zoffer Chair of Sustainability and Ethics at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, will start at noon in in MERVIS HALL 115. 

    ** Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. **

  • Developing a Lesson Plan (Pitt UCTL) | Professional Development Event Professional Development Event
    Developing a Lesson Plan (Pitt UCTL)
    Wed 9/27/2017 2:00PM - 3:30PM
    Alumni Hall

    Whether it’s scribbled on the back of a napkin or filed in a formal record of course instruction, planning ahead for a class session makes for a more effective class. A detailed description of instructional activities for each class provides a roadmap for the instructor and structure for the students. It can also help you determine how well class goals have been met. 
    Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
    • Identify the major components of a lesson plan
    • Develop a lesson plan based on their own course’s learning objectives
  • SPHERE- Medical Reserve Corps Orientation | Student Organization Meeting Student Organization Meeting
    SPHERE- Medical Reserve Corps Orientation
    Wed 9/27/2017 5:50PM - 7:30PM


    Stacey Randolph, Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator at the Allegheny County Health Department is hosting an orientation for individuals interested in joining the Medical Reserves Corps. Contact Kailey Hughes, if interested in participating in this upcoming training.
  • HPM Alumni Association Reception in DC | HPM Reception HPM Reception
    HPM Alumni Association Reception in DC
    Wed 9/27/2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM


    The HPM alumni association will be hosting a reception in Washington, DC at Clyde’s of Gallery Place
    (707 7th Street NW).  Connect with fellow HPM alumni, get an update from department chair, Mark Roberts, and meet new graduate programs director, Kevin Broom.
  • Grove City College Grad Fair | Community Recruitment Event Community Recruitment Event
    Grove City College Grad Fair
    Wed 9/27/2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM


  • SPHERE- Point of Dispensing (POD) Training | Student Organization Workshop Student Organization Workshop
    SPHERE- Point of Dispensing (POD) Training
    Thu 9/28/2017 9:00AM - 12:30PM


    Stacey Randolph, Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator at the Allegheny County Health Department is recruiting volunteers to learn how to assist in operating local Point of Dispensing (POD) sites for delivery of medications in certain public health emergencies or disasters.
  • Farmer's Market | University of Pittsburgh Event University of Pittsburgh Event
    Farmer's Market
    Thu 9/28/2017 10:30AM - 2:00PM
    William Pitt Union

    Buy fresh produce, baked goods, and more. And drop off your food waste for composting! Thursdays through October. 
  • EOH Journal Club - Fall 2017 - Antonella Marrocco | EOH Journal Club EOH Journal Club
    EOH Journal Club - Fall 2017 - Antonella Marrocco
    Thu 9/28/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Bridgeside Point - 339

    EOH Journal Club Seminar - Fall 2017
    Date: Thursday September 28, 2017
    Time: 11am - 12pm
    Presenter: Antonella Marrocco
    Paper: Succinate Dehydrogenase Supports Metabolic Repurposing of Mitochondria to Drive Inflammatory Macrophages
    Authors: Evanna L. Mills, Beth Kelly, Angela Logan, Christian Frezza, Michael P. Murphy, Luke A. O’Neill
    Abstract: Activated macrophages undergo metabolic reprogramming, which drives their pro-inflammatory phenotype, but the mechanistic basis for this remains obscure. Here, we demonstrate that upon lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation, macrophages shift from producing ATP by oxidative phosphorylation to glycolysis while also increasing succinate levels. We show that increased mitochondrial oxidation of succinate via succinatedehydrogenase (SDH)andanelevation of mitochondrial membrane potential combine to drive mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. RNA sequencing reveals that this combination induces a pro-inflammatory gene expression profile, while an inhibitor of succinate oxidation, dimethyl malonate (DMM), promotes an anti-inflammatory outcome. Blocking ROS production with rotenone by uncoupling mitochondria or by expressing the alternative oxidase (AOX) inhibits this inflammatory phenotype, with AOX protecting mice from LPS lethality. The metabolic alterations that occur upon activation of macrophages therefore repurpose mitochondria from ATP synthesis to ROS production in order to promote a pro-inflammatory state.
  • Epidemiology Seminar - Panagiotis (Takis) Benos, PhD | Epidemiology Seminar Series Epidemiology Seminar Series
    Epidemiology Seminar - Panagiotis (Takis) Benos, PhD
    Thu 9/28/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G23)


  • Biostatistics Seminar: David Choi - Carnegie Mellon University | Biostatistics Seminar Series Biostatistics Seminar Series
    Biostatistics Seminar: David Choi - Carnegie Mellon University
    Thu 9/28/2017 3:30PM - 5:00PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G23)

    Biostatistics Seminar guest speaker, David Choi, Carnegie Mellon University, will present, "Estimation of Monotone Treatment Effects in Network Experiments".
  • Grand Rounds A Night with the Physician General: Current Topics in LGBTQ Health and the Opioid Epidemic in PA | Pitt Public Health Food for Thought Pitt Public Health Food for Thought
    A Night with the Physician General: Current Topics in LGBTQ Health and the Opioid Epidemic in PA
    Thu 9/28/2017 6:30PM - 9:00PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G23)

    Rachel Levine, physician general and acting secretary of health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will speak on health topics in the LGBTQ community, about her background as a transgender physician, and her efforts to combat the state's ongoing opioid epidemic. As physician general, Levine has made significant strides in combating the opioid epidemic and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ population.  
    Co-sponsored by the Coalition for Pre-Health Professions and the Rainbow Alliance. 

  • Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity | Center for Health Equity Workshop Center for Health Equity Workshop
    Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity
    Fri 9/29/2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM
    Public Health 4128

  • Laura Hercher, MS, MA - "Long reads and short straws: crystal ball gazing in 2017" | Human Genetics Seminar Series Human Genetics Seminar Series
    Laura Hercher, MS, MA - "Long reads and short straws: crystal ball gazing in 2017"
    Fri 9/29/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM


  • CPH Webinar: Everything You Need to Know About the Certified in Public Health Credential | Professional Development Webinar Professional Development Webinar
    CPH Webinar: Everything You Need to Know About the Certified in Public Health Credential
    Fri 9/29/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM


    This one hour webinar will cover everything from determining eligibility, exam contents and study materials, exam schedule and testing locations, along with CPH recertification.

    Register in advance.

  • Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom (Pitt UCTL) | Professional Development Event Professional Development Event
    Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom (Pitt UCTL)
    Fri 9/29/2017 1:00PM - 2:30PM
    Alumni Hall

    Teaching isn’t always or even usually “easy,” and a wide array of challenging situations can arise in the course of a semester. You may encounter students who are disengaged, distressed, combative, or suffering from addiction. Perhaps you find that you are not connecting with your students, or that some students do not get along with one another. You may have students who frequently complain—justifiably or not—about various aspects of your teaching, such as grading. While you may not encounter all of these issues, it is best to be prepared beforehand with some strategies for addressing such challenges.
    Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to…
    • Evaluate possible courses of action that can be taken in the difficult situations;
    • Apply the University of Pittsburgh’s policies in dealing with difficult situations;
    • Identify distress in students and respond accordingly.
  • Idealist Grad Fair - Washington, D.C. | Community Recruitment Event Community Recruitment Event
    Idealist Grad Fair - Washington, D.C.
    Mon 10/2/2017


  • Grand Rounds PHDL/CTSI Workshop on Modeling the Opioid Epidemic | PHDL Workshop PHDL Workshop
    PHDL/CTS