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A twice monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and announcements for students and faculty from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate School of Public Health, and the University.

School and University Updates

Register for the Understanding Our Communications Styles Professional Development workshop!

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the Understanding Our Communication Styles workshop Thursday, November 14, from 1-3pm in 1155 Public Health. Communicating and listening effectively in the workplace is critical to an organization's success. Participants will review different ways to communicate with and actively listen to any individual. Participants will learn their preferred way to communicate and how to adjust it based on the other ... 

Graduation application and prior degree form updated

The graduation application and prior degree form have been slightly updated. Updated documents can be found on the Graduation Information page (under Academic Handbook & Degree Requirements) or the Forms page (under Other academic resources).  

New course offering just added for spring 2020

Check out this recently added course offering before you decide on your schedule for spring 2020!  

Tell us about your honors by December 6

Each February, the University recognizes students that have received merit-based awards at Pitt’s annual Honors Convocation event. If you received an award, prize, or honor in the 2019 calendar year, whether it be from Pitt Public Health, the University, or an outside organization, we want to know!  

Center for Public Health Practice will be coordinating two student experiential learning positions at the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) beginning in spring 2020.

Pitt Public Health's Center for Public Health Practice is looking for two students to begin an experiential learning opportunity at Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) beginning in spring 2020. Students are expected to serve in their position for at least two-three semesters at 10 hours per week. A $750 tution scholarship will be provided at the end of each completed semester.   

She Creates will have a panel discussion with women CEOs from Pittsburgh's leading startups

She Creates will host an event to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. The event will feature a woman keynote talk and a panel of young early-stage women entrepreneurs in varying business ventures from bow ties to proteomics.  

Shopping for Health Care: Can We be Good Consumers? Presented by Barak D. Richman

Join the Center for Bioethics and Health Law for the 2019 Mark A. Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry on 11/5 at 12:30 p.m. Barak Richman is Edgar P. and Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professor of Law and professor of business administration at Duke University.   

The Student Diversity Dashboard has been updated with Fall 2019 data.

 The Student Diversity Dashboard has been updated with Fall 2019 data. This dashboard displays the racial/ethnic diversity of Pitt students since 2006. The dashboard can be filtered by school, level, academic term, and race/ethnicity.    

Career Services

Federal Agency Career Fair

The Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to attend a Federal Agency Career Fair on Tuesday, November 19 (11-2pm) at the William Moorhead Federal Building. This free event is open to anyone interested in pursuing a career or internship in public service. For more information, email .  

Peace Corps Information Session: Focus on Health

Public health specialists are needed to address issues of global maternal and child health, nutrition and hygiene, infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases, and more. Join a representative from the Peace Corps to learn about how you can help improve a community’s basic healthcare while gaining global skills for your career. 11/13, 3-4pm, 1154 Public Health. RSVP in Pitt Bridges.  

Save the Date: 2019 Women in Medicine and Science Forum - Nov 20

This annual event provides a venue for women to share strengths, talents and experience, and fosters an academic culture which supports the professional and personal development of women students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and faculty members in medicine and science. This year's theme is Climate, Culture & Conflict in Academia. Hosted by the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD) at the University Club.  

Grants, Scholarships, and Conference Opportunities

Funding opportunity announced for precision medicine initiative

The Institute for Precision Medicine (IPM) and sciVelo of the Innovation Institute are soliciting 5-page proposals (by 12/1) for precision medicine project funding of up to $100,000 for mid-to-late stage commercial translation projects. Proposals should meet one or more of the following criteria: validated unmet clinical need, technological proof-of-concept, a maturing commercial translation plan, and/or invention disclosure(s) submitted to th... 

Funding Opportunity from Pittsburgh Liver Research Center

Funding new initiatives and/or supporting new investigators who are pursuing liver-related research that should lead to K/R-type funding or other extramural support at a later date for one year. Letters of intent due October 15.   

Funding Opportunity for Digital Health Solutions

The Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data seeks to save lives, optimize care, and reduce health care spending by funding transdisciplinary health data research technologies that solve big problems in health care. Receive clinical data via the Department of Biomedical Informatics, commercial translation support from sciVelo - Innovation Institute, and project funding. Initial proposal and invention disclosure due November 6.   

Faculty Focus

Getting an OMET? Add supplemental questions for more targeted feedback

Instructors can add supplemental questions to their OMET from now until November 17, 2019, the day before the OMETs are released. Click the link above for a guide on customizing your questions.  

Center for Research Computing Workshops

Take advantage of the Center for Research Computing’s free access to advanced computing and user support for Pitt faculty members. If you’re interested in learning more about computing, the CRC provides workshops and individual consultations for principal investigators and students. Visit the center's website to learn more, and sign up for one of the CRC's fall workshops.  

Teaching Tips

Two online quiz apps for formative assessments

Mix up your routine by adding some EdTech tools to your lessons. While downloading, learning and implementing a new app is time consuming, these two may help to identify knowledge gaps and reduce grading time.  

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  • 11/19
  • 12/3
  • 12/17

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