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Weekly Update: What's Happening at Pitt Public Health

7/14/2017 Issue

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Access Between Parran and Crabtree - Changing to Seventh Floor on July 24

Access between Parran and Crabtree will be available on the seventh floor starting July 24 and lasting for two weeks. Access will then resume via the sixth floor. 

Server Maintenance on Website

The Pitt Public Health website will be down on Wednesday, July 19, 6-7:30 a.m. for server maintenance. 

Call for Submissions - The Heinz Journal 

September 1 deadline
Submit to Carnegie Mellon's student-run public policy journal, showcasing original research from graduate students, faculty, and policy professionals across disciplines. The Heinz Journal is dedicated to publishing relevant, high-quality research that offers insight into a current political issue and advances the policy debate. ►Read more

Global Health Communications Internship

July 21 deadline
A position with the Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development, Washington D.C. Part of the Global Health Fellows Program. ►Read more

UPCOMING DEADLINES

HOT PICKS

Postdoc to Postdoc: A Mixed Methods Study of Socioeconomic Standing, Masculinity, and Concurrent Sexual Partnerships among Black Men

Wednesday, July 19, noon-1 p.m., Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Postdoc to Postdoc is a monthly forum for postdocs to practice their scientific presentation skills to an audience of fellow postdocs. This month's presentation is by Andre L. Brown, PhD, MPH. Complimentary lunch for those that register in advance

Human Library Launch

Monday, July 31, 6-7:30 p.m., Carnegie Library - East Liberty
An initiative for social change growing from the power of a person's story. Community members who have lived with and been affected by behavioral health will share their stories. Come listen and deepen your understanding of the breadth of mental and behavioral health. Engage in honest dialogue to move past silence and toward connection. Organized by the Consumer Health Coalition, including alumnus Kali Stull. ►Read more

Mark Your Calendar 

Important Academic Calendar Updates

The University has made the following changes to the official academic calendar: 
  • Spring Term 2018 starts Monday, January 8, 2018
  • University of Pittsburgh Commencement for Graduate Students will be held on Thursday, April 26. Further details TBD. 

Graduation Events for 2017-18 Pitt Public Health graduates
University Academic Calendar

Phipps Conservatory Science Communication Workshop

Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Phipps
Broaden your impact by bringing science to the public. As part of a dedicated effort to break down barriers between the scientific community and the public, this workshop is open to graduate students and other STEM professionals and includes the opportunity to return to Phipps to share your work with their guests. ►Read more

Submissions

Submit events and announcements at www.publichealth.pitt.edu/submit

Recent Job Postings

This Week from ASPPH

Read the letter from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health featuring the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) 2017 Fall Institute, NIH funding opportunities, and more.

School News

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EPI's Rosso explores role of exercise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay 

EPI's Rosso explores role of exercise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay

MEDICAL NEWS TODAY - Epidemiologist ANDREA ROSSO set out to uncover why some people respond to physical exercise inventions better than others. Her hunt for these super-responders saw her looking at genes involved in dopamine regulation. Rosso speculates that higher dopamine levels may play a role i... (07/20/2017)
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CPHP’s Van Nostrand launches ELI, new award-winning legal tool for emergency volunteers 

CPHP’s Van Nostrand launches ELI, new award-winning legal tool for emergency volunteers

In May 2017, ELIZABETH VAN NOSTRAND and her team from the Center for Public Health Practice were honored with the Medical Reserve Corps Program National Partner Recognition Award for the development of ELI, the Emergency Law Inventory tool — a repository of statutes and regulations that impact volun... (07/20/2017)
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First HUGEN chair John Mulvihill earns American Society of Human Genetics 2017 Mentorship Award 

First HUGEN chair John Mulvihill earns American Society of Human Genetics 2017 Mentorship Award

EDMOND SUN - The American Society of Human Genetics has given its 2017 Mentorship Award to JOHN J. MULVIHILL, first chair of Pitt Public Health's Department of Human Genetics and co-director of the Pittsburgh Genetics Institute until 1998. (07/20/2017)
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Goldstein on Herbert Needleman, who made groundbreaking discoveries on lead poisoning in children 

Goldstein on Herbert Needleman, who made groundbreaking discoveries on lead poisoning in children

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - “Herb’s science — to use a term already used by others — was an inconvenient truth,” said BERNARD GOLDSTEIN, former dean of Pitt Public Health and EOH professor emeritus. “It was ground-breaking work of the highest importance.... He was a hero to all of us in the public hea... (07/20/2017)
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Upcoming Events

Visit publichealth.pitt.edu/calendar for a detailed, searchable list of events at Pitt Public Health.
Preview major upcoming events for the term (PDF). 

Coming Up this Week:

  • Oakland Restaurant Week | Community Event Community Event
    Oakland Restaurant Week
    Mon 7/24/2017 to Sat 7/29/2017


    6 days of $6 lunches at various Oakland locations, such as Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza, Peter's Pub, Top Shabu-Shabu, and many more. Sponsored by Only in Oakland.
  • Draft of Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Due | August Graduation Deadline August Graduation Deadline
    Draft of Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Due
    Tue 7/25/2017 12:00AM - 11:55PM


    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. August 2017 graduation. Term 2177.
  • Encouraging Student Participation (Pitt UCTL) | Professional Development Event Professional Development Event
    Encouraging Student Participation (Pitt UCTL)
    Tue 7/25/2017 10:00AM - 11:30AM
    Alumni Hall

    Few things are less comfortable than asking a question and seeing a classroom of blank faces staring back at you in silence. In this workshop, we cover concrete strategies for eliciting meaningful student participation, and facilitating that participation so that students meet course learning objectives. Participants will gain strategies to engage all of their students in the learning process.Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
    • Describe the role of participation in student learning and course design
    • Employ strategies for increasing quality student participation

    Location: Alumni Hall, Room 815

  • Diploma Mailing Begins | June Graduation Notice June Graduation Notice
    Diploma Mailing Begins
    Wed 7/26/2017 12:00AM - 11:55PM


    The Registrar begins mailing diplomas and complimentary transcripts to June 2017 graduates (term 2177).
  • Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL) | Professional Development Event Professional Development Event
    Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL)
    Thu 7/27/2017 10:00AM - 11:30AM
    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. 

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

    Room B26, Alumni Hall

  • Writing Assignments: Design, Assessment, and Feedback (Pitt UCTL) | Professional Development Event Professional Development Event
    Writing Assignments: Design, Assessment, and Feedback (Pitt UCTL)
    Thu 7/27/2017 1:00PM - 2:30PM
    Alumni Hall

    There are few things as painful as reading a poorly written student essay, and few things as rewarding as reading a well-crafted response to a writing assignment. Effective design and assessment of student writing can be challenging. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify characteristics of an effective writing assignment, design grading criteria and rubrics, assess writing assignments, and provide constructive feedback.

    Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to… 
    • Identify characteristics of an effective writing assignment 
    • Design grading criteria and rubrics 
    • Effectively assess writing assignments 
    • Provide constructive feedback

    Alumni Hall, Room 815

  • Yi Liu: Novel Test Procedures for Large-scale Bivariate Time-to-event Data on Single and... | Biostatistics Dissertation Defense Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
    Yi Liu: Novel Test Procedures for Large-scale Bivariate Time-to-event Data on Single and...
    Fri 7/28/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Public Health 7139

    Yi Liu of the Department of Biostatistics defends her dissertation on "Novel Test Procedures for Large-scale Bivariate Time-to-event Data on Single and Gene-based Markers, with an Application to a Genetic Study of AMD Progression"

  • Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2017, Baltimore, MD | Biostatistics Meeting Biostatistics Meeting
    Joint Statistical Meetings - - JSM 2017, Baltimore, MD
    Sat 7/29/2017 to Thu 8/3/2017


    The Joint Statistical Meetings, known simply as "JSM", is the largest gathering of statisticians held annually in North American. Faculty and student presenters from the  Department of Biostatistics regularly participate giving invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations. Our students often receive top awards and participate in the affiliated career marketplace at the event.
  • Human Library Launch | Community Event Community Event
    Human Library Launch
    Mon 7/31/2017 6:00PM - 7:30PM


    The Human Library is an initiative for social change growing from the power of a person's story. Community members who have lived with and been affected by behavioral health will share their stories. Come listen and deepen your understanding of the breadth of mental and behavioral health. Engage in honest dialogue to move past silence and toward connection. 
  • Teaching Inclusively (Pitt UCTL) | Professional Development Event Professional Development Event
    Teaching Inclusively (Pitt UCTL)
    Wed 8/2/2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Alumni Hall

    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. 

    Location: Alumni Hall, Room 815

  • New Course Proposals for Fall to EPCC | School Governance Deadline School Governance Deadline
    New Course Proposals for Fall to EPCC
    Thu 8/3/2017


    To meet the registrar's deadline, new course proposals for Fall 2017 (2181) must be submitted by August 18. The summer EPCC schedule is TBD. 

  • EPCC Meeting | School Governance Meeting School Governance Meeting
    EPCC Meeting
    Thu 8/3/2017 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
  • Maria Catrina D. Jaime- "Exploratory Research on the Associations of Masculinity and Gender..." | BCHS Dissertation Defense BCHS Dissertation Defense
    Maria Catrina D. Jaime- "Exploratory Research on the Associations of Masculinity and Gender..."
    Fri 8/4/2017 3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G023)

    Maria Catrina D. Jaime will be defending her dissertation, "Exploratory Research on the Associations of Masculinity and Gender Attitudes related to Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Young Men Involved in the Juvenile Justice System."

Recent Headlines

EPI's Rosso explores role of exercise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay 

EPI's Rosso explores role of exercise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay

MEDICAL NEWS TODAY - Epidemiologist ANDREA ROSSO set out to uncover why some people respond to physical exercise inventions better than others. Her hunt for these super-responders saw her looking at genes involved in dopamine regulation. Rosso speculates that higher dopamine levels may play a role i... (07/20/2017)

CPHP’s Van Nostrand launches ELI, new award-winning legal tool for emergency volunteers 

CPHP’s Van Nostrand launches ELI, new award-winning legal tool for emergency volunteers

In May 2017, ELIZABETH VAN NOSTRAND and her team from the Center for Public Health Practice were honored with the Medical Reserve Corps Program National Partner Recognition Award for the development of ELI, the Emergency Law Inventory tool — a repository of statutes and regulations that impact volun... (07/20/2017)

First HUGEN chair John Mulvihill earns American Society of Human Genetics 2017 Mentorship Award 

First HUGEN chair John Mulvihill earns American Society of Human Genetics 2017 Mentorship Award

EDMOND SUN - The American Society of Human Genetics has given its 2017 Mentorship Award to JOHN J. MULVIHILL, first chair of Pitt Public Health's Department of Human Genetics and co-director of the Pittsburgh Genetics Institute until 1998. (07/20/2017)

Goldstein on Herbert Needleman, who made groundbreaking discoveries on lead poisoning in children 

Goldstein on Herbert Needleman, who made groundbreaking discoveries on lead poisoning in children

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - “Herb’s science — to use a term already used by others — was an inconvenient truth,” said BERNARD GOLDSTEIN, former dean of Pitt Public Health and EOH professor emeritus. “It was ground-breaking work of the highest importance.... He was a hero to all of us in the public hea... (07/20/2017)

Burke keynotes for Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition 

Burke keynotes for Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Dean DONALD S. BURKE addressed members of the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition at their 2017 Summer Conference. The conference theme was New Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis, and Burke’s keynote address was titled Forcasting and Deflecting the Opioid Epide... (07/19/2017)

HPM's Gellad asked about Ohio drug price measure 

HPM's Gellad asked about Ohio drug price measure

BLOOMBERG - If a pharmaceutical company wants to gain access to the VA’s market, it has an incentive to offer the VA a lower price on its drugs, said HPM’s WALID GELLAD. But would drug companies simply raise their prices to the VA? (07/19/2017)

Griffin named 2017 30 Under 30 awardee by Pittsburgh Business Times (video) 

Griffin named 2017 30 Under 30 awardee by Pittsburgh Business Times (video)

PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES - Alumna LAURA GRIFFIN (HPM ’13) has been honored by Pittsburgh Business Times as a 2017 30 Under 30 award winner. Her contributions as director of network nursing operations at Allegheny Health Network has brought her to the attention of management. (07/18/2017)

Thurston on menopausal weight gain challenge 

Thurston on menopausal weight gain challenge

ENDOCRINE TODAY - “Midlife and the menopause transition is a time when women typically gain weight, and losing it is difficult because there are multiple things going on,” REBECCA THURSTON (EPI) told Endocrine Today . “Women’s physiology is changing, their lives are very busy, and they’re caring, o... (07/17/2017)
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