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Weekly Update: What's Happening at Pitt Public Health

3/24/17 Issue

Announcements

Tickets Still Available - International Dinner

Tickets aren't sold out yet, so get one today! Stop by the Office of Student Affairs at A519 Crabtree Hall or GHSA Coffee Sales to purchase. This is an event you don't want to miss and tickets will not be sold at the door! ►Read more

Career Services on the Web

You’ll find many career resources, tools, and tips at publichealth.pitt.edu/careers. Our Job Search Toolkit will walk you through the entire process of finding employment. Look through lists of potential employers, job search Web sites, fellowships, and internships. Plus, our Alumni-Student Mentoring program, workshop schedule, and access to all of our other online resources. Whether you’ve just started your program or you’re in the midst of a job hunt, all Pitt Public Health students are encouraged to access these tools that will help you find your place in the world of public health. Have questions? Schedule an appointment with Career Services on Pitt Bridges and we’ll show you what we have to offer!

 

Request for Applications: Pittsburgh Liver Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Grants

Letters of intent are due by 5:00 p.m. April 14, 2017
Applications are due June 15
2017 Request for Applications for Pittsburgh Liver Research Center Pilot & Feasibility grants. The RFA is available on the PLRC website.

Call for Nominations: Postdoctoral Mentor Award
April 1 deadline
Postdoctoral associates and scholars are invited to nominate their faculty mentors/PIs. As effective mentoring is a key component of a successful postdoc experience, this award is intended to recognize and honor mentors who have engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral associates/scholars. Sponsored by Pitt's Postdoctoral Association. ►Read more 

 

Upcoming Deadlines

Submit Photos for International Dinner Slideshow - March 24

Final Deadline for April Graduation Applications ($35 fee) - March 30

Deadline to Apply: University Research Council Funding - March 31

Nominate Your Peers for the Dean's Service Award - April 1

Draft of Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Due - April 3


Hot Picks


Global Human Trafficking Today: A Workshop for Regional College Faculty and Students

Monday, March 27. 1:00pm

Location: Community College of Beaver County, LRC 9103
Pre-registration is required to attend this event. Please register by March 22 

 

Professionalism and Making the Most out of Your Practicum/Internship

Tuesday, March 28. 12:00pm. Public Health A521

Tips on how to find a practicum, develop your professional image, and keep in touch after your practicum/internship experience is over. Register in advance on Pitt Bridges

Creating a Federal Resume

Tuesday, March 28. 1:30pm. Public Health A521

Join Joanna Weber, human resources specialist in workforce development and career services, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, for tips and tricks on applying to federal jobs including: creating a federal resume, formatting, and reading job announcements. Register in advance on Pitt Bridges


ETD Workshops

Wednesday, April 5. 10-11am. Hillman Library Room G74

Thursday, April 6. 1-2pm. Hillman Library Room G74

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

 

Mark your Calendar


Dean’s Day Student Research Competition

April 5-7, Public Health Commons 1151

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. 


OjO Latino Photo Exhibition

Monday, April 10, 2-3pm. Public Health A115

OjO Latino is a community photographic project that displays daily life aspects of Latino women and men living in Pittsburgh.  This collaborative effort united the Latino community and various areas of the University of Pittsburgh: Anthropology, Communications, Education, History of Arts and Architecture, Center for Latin American Studies and Public Health.  An Opening Roundtable is on April 10 with the exhibit running through April 24 in the Pitt Public Health Commons.

 

Provost Inaugural Lecture

Thursday, April 13. 12-1pm. Public Health Auditorium G023

Provost Beeson invites you to an Inaugural Lecture "The Cardiovascular Complications of Type 1 Diabetes:  A 30 Year Pittsburgh Perspective." Presented by Trevor J Orchard, MD, MBBCh, MMedSci, FAHA, FACE , Distinguished Professor, Department of Epidemiology Pitt Public Health.

 

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series: Life after postdoc: patheways to careers in industry and other fields 

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Transitioning from a postdoc to positions in industry, government, scientific writing and many other avenues outside of academia can seem challenging and confusing. Join us as Dr. Julie Cramer and a panel of former postdocs describe how their training, as well as the proven tools of networking, specializing and volunteering successfully led them to their current positions outside of academia. After a brief PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Cramer and the panelists will provide insight that will help you take the necessary steps to find opportunities that will lead you to the next position in your career.

 

Faculty Diversity Committee workshop: Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Environment: The What, Why and How

Monday, April 17. 1-3pm. Public Health A522

This workshop will focus on implicit bias and micro-aggression in the workplace.  Facilitated by  Warren McCoy and Cheryl Ruffin from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend!

Teaching Tip of the Week

Be Prepared for Anything in the Classroom 

Check out a recent article from Pitt's Center for Teaching and Learning and then register for one of two offerings of an upcoming workshop and you'll be ready for anything when teaching. 

Read "Facilitating Difficult and Sensitive Conversations in the Classroom" 

Register "Controversy and Conflict in the Classroom: A Practical Guide to Good Instructional Choices" 

Upcoming Events

Get a look at upcoming events on the school calendar or get a preview of major upcoming Pitt Public Health events (PDF) this term.

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MPH students Cox and Feathers represent the health department at Sci Tech Days 

MPH students Cox and Feathers represent the health department at Sci Tech Days

MPH students ERIN COX (EPI) and ALISON FEATHERS (IDM), along with members of the National Health Corps Pittsburgh, represented the Allegheny County Health Department at the Carnegie Science Center’s annual Sci Tech Days. They presented information about Lyme disease to middle and high school student... (03/23/2017)
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EPI student Kathleen Creppage's fentanyl discovery recognized by commonwealth 

EPI student Kathleen Creppage's fentanyl discovery recognized by commonwealth

We're proud that Epi's KATHLEEN CREPPAGE's #opioidepidemic discovery of illicit fentanyl in Allegheny County caught the attention of PA Physician General Rachel Levine and the PA Department of Health. Very timely research. (03/23/2017)
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BCHS faculty awarded 2-year contract to evaluate diabetes prevention pilot 

BCHS faculty awarded 2-year contract to evaluate diabetes prevention pilot

TIFFANY GARY-WEBB and ELIZABETH FELTER of Pitt Public Health's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences have been awarded a two-year contract to evaluate a Diabetes Prevention Pilot Project for Feeding America. They will be helping to determine the feasibility of offering DPP to people... (03/21/2017)
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BCHS doctoral student O'Malley publishes on homicide review process 

BCHS doctoral student O'Malley publishes on homicide review process

HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICE – Doctoral student TEAGEN O’MALLEY (BCHS '18) and faculty co-authors examine the Pittsburgh Homicide Review Group to evaluate how academic–community partnerships can enhance public health research, encourage translation of research into practice, and support a data-driv... (03/21/2017)
More Pitt Public Health News

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:

  • Submit Photos for International Dinner Slideshow | Student Organization Deadline Student Organization Deadline
    Submit Photos for International Dinner Slideshow
    Fri 3/24/2017


    Each year at the International Dinner we feature a slide show from current students' experiences abroad. These photos can be from living abroad, vacations, practicums/internships, or study abroad. To submit e-mail your name, the photo(s), and the location of the photo(s) to Ben Hampton. 
  • Accepted Applicants Day | Pitt Public Health Event Pitt Public Health Event
    Accepted Applicants Day
    Fri 3/24/2017 8:30AM - 5:00PM
    Pitt Public Health

    Accepted applicants are invited to learn more about Pitt Public Health, Pitt, and the city of Pittsburgh.
  • Book Discussion: Sing for Your Life by Daniel Bergner | University of Pittsburgh Event University of Pittsburgh Event
    Book Discussion: Sing for Your Life by Daniel Bergner
    Fri 3/24/2017 11:30AM - 1:00PM
    William Pitt Union

    Discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty Karen Gilmer (Theatre Arts) and Gabby Yearwood (Anthropology). Registration required. 

    Part of Pitt's Year of Diversity programming.  

  • CAPH Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series | Epidemiology Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
    CAPH Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series
    Fri 3/24/2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM
    University of Pittsburgh

    The Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series offered in conjunction with the Center for Aging and Population Health (CAPH)  is offered every Friday from 12:30pm-1:30pm during the fall term and 1:00pm-2:00pm during the spring term and is held in the CAPH Offices, 130 North Bellefield Avenue, 5th floor conference room. (EPIDEM 2950)
  • Advanced EndNote | Professional Development Workshop Professional Development Workshop
    Advanced EndNote
    Fri 3/24/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Public Health 4140

    Barbara L. Folb, Public Health Informationist, Health Sciences Library System

    REGISTER NOW

    This class builds on the skills taught in EndNote Basics. In addition, you may submit questions to the instructor in advance of class to be addressed during the session. This is a hands-on class. You must bring a laptop with EndNote installed on it to participate, or let us know that you will need a laptop by Thursday, March 23 and one will be provided during the session. 

    Part of the Professional Development Workshop series

  • Interdisciplinary Latino Research Initiative- Networking Meeting | Center for Health Equity Meeting Center for Health Equity Meeting
    Interdisciplinary Latino Research Initiative- Networking Meeting
    Fri 3/24/2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM
    Public Health A521

  • Spring 2017 Mindfulness Fair | University of Pittsburgh Event University of Pittsburgh Event
    Spring 2017 Mindfulness Fair
    Sat 3/25/2017 10:00AM - 4:30PM
    University Club

    The Fair will showcase resources and activities available to both the campus community and the Pittsburgh region, and will feature a variety of talks, yoga, and Tai Chi demonstrations, information tables, and family activities.




  • The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 2017 World Hospital Congress | Community Meeting Community Meeting
    The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 2017 World Hospital Congress
    Mon 3/27/2017 to Thu 3/30/2017


    ACHE's 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership offers endless possibilities and unlimited opportunities to collaborate and "think outside of the box," and to help leaders understand and prepare for the myriad challenges awaiting them inside a transformative healthcare environment.
    Pitt Public Health will sponsor a Chicago-area alumni reception in conjunction with the event.
  • Focused Writing Sponspored by ILRI through Center for Health Equity | Center for Health Equity Meeting Center for Health Equity Meeting
    Focused Writing Sponspored by ILRI through Center for Health Equity
    Mon 3/27/2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM
    Public Health 4140

  • Controversy and Conflict in the Classroom: A Practical Guide to Good Instructional Choices | Professional Development Workshop Professional Development Workshop
    Controversy and Conflict in the Classroom: A Practical Guide to Good Instructional Choices
    Mon 3/27/2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Alumni Hall

    Build practical skills that faculty can implement in their teaching. It can be particularly helpful in preparing for and addressing difficult situations that may arise related to today's social and political climate. From tweaking your syllabus to rewording your assignments, the workshop focuses heavily on the use of language, wording, and tone in the learning environment. 

  • Meditation Session with Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies (Weekly on M/Th) | Pitt Public Health Event Pitt Public Health Event
    Meditation Session with Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies (Weekly on M/Th)
    Mon 3/27/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM


    These drop-in meditation gatherings for Pitt  faculty, staff, and students occur twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. Meet in the Stoner Conference Room on the second floor of the Keystone Building, 3520 Fifth Avenue. Contact Pitt Public Health professor Tony Silvestre for more information or visit the center online at mindfulnesspitt.org
  • Global Human Trafficking Today: A Workshop for Regional College Faculty and Students | Center for Global Health Workshop Center for Global Health Workshop
    Global Human Trafficking Today: A Workshop for Regional College Faculty and Students
    Mon 3/27/2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM


  • Professionalism and Making the Most out of Your Practicum/Internship | Career Services Workshop Career Services Workshop
    Professionalism and Making the Most out of Your Practicum/Internship
    Tue 3/28/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health A521

    Tips on how to find a practicum, develop your professional image, and keep in touch after your practicum/internship experience is over.

  • 'Autonomous' Decisions and the Ethics of Nudging - Jennifer S. Blumenthal-Barby, PhD | University of Pittsburgh Lecture University of Pittsburgh Lecture
    'Autonomous' Decisions and the Ethics of Nudging - Jennifer S. Blumenthal-Barby, PhD
    Tue 3/28/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM


    Drawing on findings from behavioral science research, Dr. Blumenthal-Barby will call into question the ideal of the autonomous decision maker. She will then explain various “nudge” tools that may be employed to shape patients’ medical decisions and analyze the ethical considerations involved in employing such tools.

  • Creating a Federal Resume for Government Positions and Tips on the Application Process | Career Services Workshop Career Services Workshop
    Creating a Federal Resume for Government Positions and Tips on the Application Process
    Tue 3/28/2017 1:30PM - 2:30PM
    Public Health A521

    Join Joanna Weber, human resources specialist in workforce development and career services, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, for tips and tricks on applying to federal jobs including: creating a federal resume, formatting, and reading job announcements. 

  • Hope, Unrealistic Optimism, and Denial - Jennifer S. Blumenthal-Barby, PhD | University of Pittsburgh Lecture University of Pittsburgh Lecture
    Hope, Unrealistic Optimism, and Denial - Jennifer S. Blumenthal-Barby, PhD
    Tue 3/28/2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM


    Dr.Blumenthal-Barby will examine the differences between hope and unrealistic optimism, denial, and self-deception. She will then discuss clinical cases to further elucidate these subjectively experienced feelings,before evaluating arguments in favor of and against encouraging (or allowing) hope, unrealistic optimism, and denial.

  • Create and Cultivate a Start-up - WIB Pittsburgh Women's History Month Event | University of Pittsburgh Event University of Pittsburgh Event
    Create and Cultivate a Start-up - WIB Pittsburgh Women's History Month Event
    Tue 3/28/2017 5:30PM - 7:30PM


    Oprah Winfrey once said, "Passion is energy; feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you."Science comes in many shapes and sizes and WIB-Pittsburgh is here to help you explore the possibilities. If you are thinking of getting into your first entrepreneurial venture or just want to hear what it’s like to work for a start-up, seek no more! We are kick-starting the new year with a trailblazing panel event, 'Create and Cultivate a Start-up'

  • Chicago Alumni Reception at ACHE | Pitt Public Health Reception Pitt Public Health Reception
    Chicago Alumni Reception at ACHE
    Tue 3/28/2017 6:30PM - 10:00PM


    Pitt Public Health alumni from the Chicago area, HPM alumni visiting for the 2017 ACHE Congress, and guests are invited to a cocktail reception at the Palmer House Hilton, Spire Room, 6th floor, 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603

    Visit with faculty, fellow alumni, and current students and hear the latest on the research and programs happening on campus. Attendance at the ACHE Congress is not required. If you know of other Pitt Public Health alumni who will be in the area, bring them along. Please click to RSVP.


  • Grand Rounds Lauren Hughes - "Pennsylvania Department of Health's Rural Health Initiative" | Pitt Public Health Lecture Pitt Public Health Lecture
    Lauren Hughes - "Pennsylvania Department of Health's Rural Health Initiative"
    Wed 3/29/2017 11:30AM - 12:30PM
    Public Health A215

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health is exploring an innovative budgeting process to help save some of our rural hospitals in danger of closing. Losing these hospitals would remove access to health care and public health services for many, worsening the health of the state. 

    Presented by Lauren Hughes, MD, MPH, MSc, FAAFP, a practicing family physician and deputy secretary for health innovation, PA Dept. of Health. 

  • Renee Anderko, MS Student / Mailliard Lab | IDM PhD & MS Journal Club IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
    Renee Anderko, MS Student / Mailliard Lab
    Wed 3/29/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health A719

    Robert K. Strother, Derek B. Danahy, Dmitri I. Kotov, et al.  Polymicrobial Sepsis Diminishes Dendritic Cell Numbers and Function Directly Contributing to Impaired Primary CD8 T Cell Responses In Vivo.  J. Immunol.  197:4301–4311, 2016.

  • Erica Berry, Emily Schmitz, Tejas Paranjpe / Dan Lomauro & Megan Arden | IDM MPH Journal Club IDM MPH Journal Club
    Erica Berry, Emily Schmitz, Tejas Paranjpe / Dan Lomauro & Megan Arden
    Wed 3/29/2017 1:30PM - 2:30PM
    Public Health A719

    "TBA"
  • Final Deadline for Application ($35 fee) | April Graduation Deadline April Graduation Deadline
    Final Deadline for Application ($35 fee)
    Thu 3/30/2017


    The regular deadline to apply for April 2017 graduation (term 2174) has passed. Applications are still being accepted with a $35 fee until March 30. 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.

  • EOH Journal Club - Spring 2017 - Shuo Cao | EOH Journal Club EOH Journal Club
    EOH Journal Club - Spring 2017 - Shuo Cao
    Thu 3/30/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Bridgeside Point - 339

    EOH Journal Club Seminar - Spring 2017

    Date: Thursday March 30, 2017

    Time: 11am - 12pm

    Presenter: Shuo Cao

    Paper: Structural and transcriptomic response to antenatal corticosteroids in an Erk3-null mouse model of respiratory distress

    Authors: Pew BK, Harris RA, Sbrana E, Guaman MC, Shope C, Chen R, Meloche S, Aagaard K.

    Abstract:
    BACKGROUND:
    Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants is a leading cause of neonatal death. Pulmonary insufficiency-related infant mortality rates have improved with antenatal glucocorticoid treatment and neonatal surfactant replacement. However, the mechanism of glucocorticoid-promoted fetal lung maturation is not understood fully, despite decades of clinical use. We previously have shown that genetic deletion of Erk3 in mice results in growth restriction, cyanosis, and early neonatal lethality because of pulmonary immaturity and respiratory distress. Recently, we demonstrated that the addition of postnatal surfactant administration to antenatal dexamethasone treatment resulted in enhanced survival of neonatal Erk3-null mice.

    OBJECTIVE:
    To better understand the molecular underpinnings of corticosteroid-mediated lung maturation, we used high-throughput transcriptomic and high-resolution morphologic analysis of the murine fetal lung. We sought to examine the alterations in fetal lung structure and function that are associated with neonatal respiratory distress and antenatal glucocorticoid treatment.

    STUDY DESIGN:
    Dexamethasone (0.4 mg/kg) or saline solution was administered to pregnant dams on embryonic days 16.5 and 17.5. Fetal lungs were collected and analyzed by microCT and RNA-seq for differential gene expression and pathway interactions with genotype and treatment. Results from transcriptomic analysis guided further investigation of candidate genes with the use of immunostaining in murine and human fetal lung tissue.

    RESULTS:
    Erk3(-/-) mice exhibited atelectasis with decreased overall porosity and saccular space relative to wild type, which was ameliorated by glucocorticoid treatment. Of 596 differentially expressed genes (q < 0.05) that were detected by RNA-seq, pathway analysis revealed 36 genes (q < 0.05) interacting with dexamethasone, several with roles in lung development, which included corticotropin-releasing hormone and surfactant protein B. Corticotropin-releasing hormone protein was detected in wild-type and Erk3(-/-) lungs at E14.5, with significantly temporally altered expression through embryonic day 18.5. Antenatal dexamethasone attenuated corticotropin-releasing hormone at embryonic day 18.5 in both wild-type and Erk3(-/-) lungs (0.56-fold and 0.67-fold; P < .001). Wild type mice responded to glucocorticoid administration with increased pulmonary surfactant protein B (P = .003). In contrast, dexamethasone treatment in Erk3(-/-) mice resulted in decreased surfactant protein B (P = .012). In human validation studies, we confirmed that corticotropin-releasing hormone protein is present in the fetal lung at 18 weeks of gestation and increases in expression with progression towards viability (22 weeks of gestation; P < .01).

    CONCLUSION:
    Characterization of whole transcriptome gene expression revealed glucocorticoid-mediated regulation of corticotropin-releasing hormone and surfactant protein B via Erk3-independent and -dependent mechanisms, respectively. We demonstrated for the first time the expression and temporal regulation of corticotropin-releasing hormone protein in midtrimester human fetal lung. This unique model allows the effects of corticosteroids on fetal pulmonary morphologic condition to be distinguished from functional gene pathway regulation. These findings implicate Erk3 as a potentially important molecular mediator of antenatal glucocorticoid action in promoting surfactant protein production in the preterm neonatal lung and expanding our understanding of key mechanisms of clinical therapy to improve neonatal survival

    Click Here For Article
  • Epidemiology Seminar - Mark Pearce, PhD, MSc | Epidemiology Seminar Series Epidemiology Seminar Series
    Epidemiology Seminar - Mark Pearce, PhD, MSc
    Thu 3/30/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G023)

    Mark Pearce, PhD, MSc
    Professor of Applied Epidemiology, Newcastle University, England, UK

    Thousand Families Study
  • Zhiguang Huo: "Statistical Integrative Omics Methods for Disease Subtype Discovery" | Biostatistics Dissertation Defense Biostatistics Dissertation Defense
    Zhiguang Huo: "Statistical Integrative Omics Methods for Disease Subtype Discovery"
    Thu 3/30/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Public Health 7139


    Zhiguang Huo of the Department of Biostatistics defends his dissertation on "Statistical Integrative Omics Methods for Disease Subtype Discovery"
  • Martin Lindquist, Johns Hopkins - High-dimensional Multivariate Mediation... | Biostatistics Seminar Series Biostatistics Seminar Series
    Martin Lindquist, Johns Hopkins - High-dimensional Multivariate Mediation...
    Thu 3/30/2017 3:30PM - 4:30PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G023)

    Biostatistics Seminar speaker, Martin A. Lindquist, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University, will present, “High-dimensional Multivariate Mediation with Application to Neuroimaging Data”.
  • Diversity Book Club Meeting - Bad Feminist | University of Pittsburgh Panel Discussion University of Pittsburgh Panel Discussion
    Diversity Book Club Meeting - Bad Feminist
    Thu 3/30/2017 4:00PM - 6:00PM
    William Pitt Union

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Diversity Book Club is an organization for all Pitt faculty, staff, and students. Our organization focuses on authors and works that promote critical thinking within the realm of diversity and inclusion. In Honor of Women's History Month, this March we will be be reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

  • Perspectives and Challenges in Science Policy with Pitt Science Policy Group | University of Pittsburgh Panel Discussion University of Pittsburgh Panel Discussion
    Perspectives and Challenges in Science Policy with Pitt Science Policy Group
    Thu 3/30/2017 5:30PM - 7:00PM
    William Pitt Union

    Panelists include Sandra Mitchell, B. Guy Peters, William Dunn, and Ron Idoko. The group welcomes graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff to get involved in this open, data-based discourse at the intersection of scientific research and policy formation with individuals spanning diverse interests at Pitt. Visit them on Facebook or contact PSPG for more information. 
  • Applied Public Health Networking Social with SPHERE | Student Organization Social Student Organization Social
    Applied Public Health Networking Social with SPHERE
    Thu 3/30/2017 7:00PM - 9:00PM


    Shady Grove Restaurant and Bar (Shadyside)

    Students and Alumni: Register today!

    The Student Public Health Epidemic Response Effort invites students to network with alumni who have pursued careers in applied public health (i.e. federal, state and local health departments, applied research, emergency preparedness, and health care). Alumni will also have the opportunity to discuss internships and potential job opportunities with students. Appetizers will be provided and there will be a discounted cash bar. 

  • Deadline to Apply: University Research Council Funding | University of Pittsburgh Deadline University of Pittsburgh Deadline
    Deadline to Apply: University Research Council Funding
    Fri 3/31/2017 12:00AM - 11:55PM


    UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COUNCIL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

    The Office of the Provost and the University Research Council announces a funding opportunity for research in diversity. We invite faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students to submit proposals that support high quality research in the area of diversity.This includes, but is not limited to, issues concerning:Race and ethnicity
    Intersectionality
    LGBTQIA
    Persons with disabilities
    Veterans
    Ageism
    Gender equity
    Social justice
    International populations

    The goal of this one-year project is to not only develop or advance research in the area of
    diversity and inclusion, but also to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and new research
    partnerships.It is anticipated that 15-20 projects will be funded at $1,000-$5000 each.
    The online application deadline is March 31, 2017. Notice of awards is expected to occur in
    May 2017, with the one year funding to begin on July 1, 2017 and end on June 30, 2018.

    To apply please go to the University of Pittsburgh Competition Space (InfoReady) web site:
    https://upitt.infoready4.com and choose “University Research Council Research in
    Diversity.

  • 26th Annual Medical Ethics Conference | University of Pittsburgh Event University of Pittsburgh Event
    26th Annual Medical Ethics Conference
    Fri 3/31/2017 8:00AM - 4:00PM
    Scaife Hall

    Ethical Issues in Caring for Diverse Patient Populations
    26th Annual Medical Ethics Conference – 2017 

    Friday, March 31, 2017  |  8:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Scaife Hall – 11th Floor Conference Center, University of Pittsburgh Campus ·         

    Continuing education credit is available in law, medicine & dental medicine, nursing, and social work ·       Lectures by local and national speakers, panels, small group discussion, and case studies.  

    Designed for students and faculty in the health sciences, humanities, social sciences, and law, as well as members of the public .

    All are welcome. Talks focused on caring for addicted patients, elderly patients, incarcerated patients, and transgender patients, as well as patients living with violence, patients with autism, and patients who are immigrants. Discussion of advance care planning, behavioral emergencies, palliative care, policy development, and unconscious bias in healthcare. 

    FOR REGISTRATION AND CONFERENCE PROGRAM INFORMATION VISIT: https://ccehs.upmc.com/liveFormalCourses.jsf 

    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT: bioethics@pitt.edu or 412-648-7007

  • Richard Duerr, MD | Human Genetics Seminar Series Human Genetics Seminar Series
    Richard Duerr, MD
    Fri 3/31/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G023)

    Richard Duerr, MD
  • Physical-mental Health Comorbidity and the Role of Social Context | BCHS Seminar Series BCHS Seminar Series
    Physical-mental Health Comorbidity and the Role of Social Context
    Fri 3/31/2017 12:00PM - 1:30PM
    Public Health A216

  • CAPH Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series | Epidemiology Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
    CAPH Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series
    Fri 3/31/2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM
    University of Pittsburgh

    The Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series offered in conjunction with the Center for Aging and Population Health (CAPH)  is offered every Friday from 12:30pm-1:30pm during the fall term and 1:00pm-2:00pm during the spring term and is held in the CAPH Offices, 130 North Bellefield Avenue, 5th floor conference room. (EPIDEM 2950)
  • Mendeley: Cloud Based Citation Management | Professional Development Workshop Professional Development Workshop
    Mendeley: Cloud Based Citation Management
    Fri 3/31/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM


    This session will get you up and running with Mendeley, a document management, citation and discovery tool. Mendeley allows you to store your citations on the cloud and access them from desktop computers, iOS and Android devices. 
  • Annual International Dinner | Student Organization Event Student Organization Event
    Annual International Dinner
    Fri 3/31/2017 4:30PM - 8:00PM
    O'Hara Student Center

    You're invited to celebrate diversity at Pitt Public Health's Annual International Dinner featuring international cuisine, trivia, and live performances. Tickets will be $5 sold in advance at the Office of Student Affairs, by the Global Health Student Association at coffee sales, and in the first floor lounge beginning February 13, 2017 and ending March 17, 2017 or until the event sells out.
  • Nominate Your Peers for the Dean's Service Award | Pitt Public Health Deadline Pitt Public Health Deadline
    Nominate Your Peers for the Dean's Service Award
    Sat 4/1/2017


  • Call for Nominations: Postdoctoral Mentor Award | Career Services Deadline Career Services Deadline
    Call for Nominations: Postdoctoral Mentor Award
    Sat 4/1/2017


    The University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) is seeking nominations for its Annual Postdoctoral Mentor Award.  Postdoctoral associates and scholars are invited to nominate their faculty mentors/PIs.  As effective mentoring is a key component of a successful postdoc experience, this award is intended to recognize and honor mentors who have engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral associates/scholars.  The recipient will receive his or her award at the annual UPPDA Data and Dine Symposium scheduled to be held on May 16th, 2017.  In addition, the recipient will be nominated for the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) 2018 Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award. The recipient of the NPA Mentor Award will receive a plaque, an honorarium of $500, and complimentary registration and a travel stipend to attend the 2018 NPA Annual Meeting.  In fact, our 2015 winner of the UPPDA Postdoctoral Mentor Award, Dr. Jennifer Silk, went on to be awarded the NPA Mentor Award that year. 

    To learn about previous winners of the NPA Mentor Award, please visit the following sites:

    2016 Mentor Award Recipient: Shannon Manning, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/news/268395/2016-NPA-Garnett-Powers--Associates-Inc.-Mentor-Award-Recipient-Announced.htm

     

    2015 Mentor Award Recipient:  Dr. Jennifer Silk (University of Pittsburgh)

    http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/27-news-items/front-page-news/924-2015-mentor-award-recipient-announced

     

    2014 Mentor Award Recipient:  Dr. Joel Elmquist

    http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/news-241/news-archive/27-news-items/front-page-news/834-2014-mentor-award-recipient-announced

     

    2013 Mentor Award Recipient:  Dr. Munoz-Carpena 

    http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/news-241/news-archive/27-news-items/front-page-news/735-2013-mentor

     

    Nominations will be accepted from current University of Pittsburgh postdoctoral associates/scholars (anyone who is currently a postdoc or within five years of having completed postdoctoral training) from now through April 1, 2017.  The UPPDA will adhere to the National Postdoctoral Association guidelines listed below. 

    To submit a nomination, please provide the following: 

    1.    Brief description of the nominee (NIH Biosketch, etc).  Please include the nominee’s full name, title, and academic credentials.

    1. Short essay describing why you believe that your nominee should receive the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Mentor Award (1200-word limit). Consider addressing the following points:
      1. How your nominee provides "hands-on" professional development experiences for postdocs, such as writing papers or reviews and applying for grants/fellowships.
      2. How your nominee provides postdocs with guidance on networking and planning for their future careers.
      3. How your nominee maintains accessibility with postdocs by consistently providing open lines of communication and helping them to become competent in communication.
      4. The philosophy, activities, characteristics, or traits of your nominee that make this person a truly outstanding mentor. Be sure to give specific examples.
      5. How the nominee's mentoring has benefited you personally (if applicable).
      6. A summary of the nominee's mentoring efforts, including, for example, the length of time that she or he has served as a mentor, the number of postdocs that the nominee has mentored, and examples of the success that these postdocs have had under the mentor's guidance, especially regarding increased proficiency in any of the six NPA Core Competencies.
      7. How the nominee has influenced the quality of the postdoctoral experience on a local, regional, or national level.
    2. OPTIONAL:  Up to three (3) supporting documents (e.g., letters of support from former students and/or postdoctoral scholars and colleagues, and newspaper, magazine, or journal articles).

    Submit the nomination package electronically by e-mailing it to­­­ uppda@pitt.edu .

    The UPPDA Executive Board will be responsible for reviewing nominations and making a final selection.   The recipient will be notified no later than April 15, 2017.

  • Coalition of Pre-Health Professions | University of Pittsburgh Recruitment Event University of Pittsburgh Recruitment Event
    Coalition of Pre-Health Professions
    Sun 4/2/2017 8:00AM - 4:00PM


    Bridging pre-health disciplines and providing a medium for meaningful discussion among the next generation of health care professionals. More information available soon!
  • National Public Health Week | Community Event Community Event
    National Public Health Week
    Mon 4/3/2017 to Sun 4/9/2017


    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. 
  • Draft of Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Due | April Graduation Deadline April Graduation Deadline
    Draft of Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation Due
    Mon 4/3/2017


    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. April 2017 graduation. Term 2174.

  • Cardiovascular Epidemiology Conference | Epidemiology Event Epidemiology Event
    Cardiovascular Epidemiology Conference
    Mon 4/3/2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    University Club - Ballroom B

    Save the Date!
    Cardiovascular Epidemiology Conference
    Featuring a plenary lecture by Lewis Kuller, MD, DrPH
  • Health Disparities Poster Competition | University of Pittsburgh Event University of Pittsburgh Event
    Health Disparities Poster Competition
    Mon 4/3/2017 12:00PM - 4:00PM
    Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

    University of Pittsburgh graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and first professional students (MD, DMD, PharmD, Rehabilitation Science, and Nursing) in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including psychology and social work, are invited to submit abstracts for the 2017 Health Disparities Poster Competition.

    Sponsored by the Schools of the Health Sciences, this event gives young researchers an opportunity to present their work and expand their scientific professional skill set. The term "disparities" applies to differences in health status in any studied population compared to the comparable majority (or more commonly studied) population. They expect work in disparities based on race or ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, and other parameters.

    $100 prizes will be awarded in four categories: master's, doctoral, postdoctoral, and first professional.

    Abstract submission information...

     

  • Understanding Bias | University of Pittsburgh Event University of Pittsburgh Event
    Understanding Bias
    Mon 4/3/2017 12:00PM - 2:30PM
    Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

    What are the differences of explicit and implicit biases? What is the impact of the preferences and inclinations related to race and gender that we develop early in childhood? What are the correlates between bias and brain research telling us? 

    A luncheon and discussion sponsored by the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Office of the Provost, and the UPMC Office of Engagement and Inclusion. 

  • Jieru Wang, MD, PhD | IDM Seminar Series IDM Seminar Series
    Jieru Wang, MD, PhD
    Mon 4/3/2017 12:30PM - 1:30PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G023)

    "The Host Mechanism for Influenza Induced Lung Diseases"

  • Minority Student Organization (MSO) Member Meeting | Student Organization Meeting Student Organization Meeting
    Minority Student Organization (MSO) Member Meeting
    Mon 4/3/2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM
    Public Health A521

    Join the Minority Student Organization at our monthly member meetings. We discuss issues facing minorities of all ethnicities, races, genders, sexualities, and religions. Students who identify as an underrepresented minority and allies are welcome!

  • Robert Coulter - “Detecting, Understanding, & Reducing Substance Use, Mental Health, & Violence..." | BCHS Dissertation Defense BCHS Dissertation Defense
    Robert Coulter - “Detecting, Understanding, & Reducing Substance Use, Mental Health, & Violence..."
    Mon 4/3/2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Keystone Building

    Robert Coulter will be defending his dissertation entitled, “Detecting, Understanding, and Reducing Substance Use, Mental Health, and Violence Disparities for Sexual- and Gender-Minority Youth and Emerging Adults."

    Location: Stoner Conference Room, Second floor of the Keystone Building, 3520 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  • From Obamacare to Trumpcare - the challenge of expanding coverage in the U.S. | Pitt Public Health Food for Thought Pitt Public Health Food for Thought
    From Obamacare to Trumpcare - the challenge of expanding coverage in the U.S.
    Mon 4/3/2017 3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

    Why has it proven so difficult to achieve national, universal access to medical care in the U.S.? Come hear from a Pittsburgh family about their experience with the Affordable Care Act’s insurance expansion. Plus, historical and current data illustrating the challenges and accomplishments of recent health policy, and explanation of legislative changes to the ACA proposed in Congress. 

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