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From the Dean

School and University Updates

“Public Health in Action: From the Amazon Rainforest to Allegheny County”
A public health student introduction to Dean Maureen Lichtveld

Pitt Public Health is pleased to welcome our new dean, Dr. Maureen Lichtveld to the school. Public health students are invited to a special remote presentation and introduction to Dean Lichtveld on 1/22 at 4:00 p.m.  Learn about her research, school priorities, commitment to student education and professional development, and engage directly with her. This event is considered a Public Health Grand Rounds event. Please be sure to RSVP.  

Save The Date: Dean’s Day 2021- April 5-7, 2021!

The tradition of Dean’s Day will continue in Spring 2021 as we proudly announce this year’s event will be April 5-7, 2021. Since 1999, Dean’s Day—Pitt Public Health’s annual showcase of student research—hosts student poster sessions during which participants present their work to a multidisciplinary audience. If any Public Health student is interested in participating they must submit an abstract no later than March 7, 2021.   

The Jewish Scholarship Service application for 2021-2022 is now available

Applications for need-based college scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year are available from the Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh (JSS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. This program is administered by Jewish Family and Community Services.   

Seeking student volunteers for UPMC Junior Health Care Explorers program

The Center for Health Equity is seeking 2-4 Pitt Public Health student volunteers to develop and facilitate an interactive workshop on public health for a cohort of 6-8th grade students. Sponsored by UPMC, the Junior Health Care Explorers session will be virtual and held on two Saturdays, January 23 and February 6, from 10-11:30 a.m.   

Lecture materials available for "Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance" course

Organized in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many others in recent months, the one-credit Anti-Black Racism course (PITT 0210) grapples with three key areas of inquiry: the roots, ideology, and resistance to anti-Black racism. Materials and videos are now available online for the entire 14-week course.  

Students: consider submitting to The Public Health Journal

The Student Government Association is looking for contributors for the next issue of The Public Health Journal, featuring student- and industry professional-driven content that focuses on bringing a multidisciplinary approach to furthering the dialogue surrounding public health. Consider submitting content including, but not limited to, opinion pieces/essays, news reports, research papers, and graphic design.   

Career Services

Job, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities

This section appears in every edition of Things to Know and summarizes opportunities from alumni/faculty/staff/employers, current job posts in Handshake, and upcoming fellowship and internship deadlines.  

Spring 2021 Career Services Calendar

Workshops for the spring term include resume writing, networking, salary negotiation, and more. The schedule also includes relevant events hosted by the Career Center and the Office for Academic Career Development. Please check back throughout the semester as new events are added.  

ORISE Virtual Career Fair - Jan 26

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting a virtual career fair to highlight paid internships, fellowships and research opportunities within their Research Participation Programs, including opportunities with the CDC, NIH, FDA, and more. Open to current students, recent graduates, postdocs, and faculty in STEM research, policy, and technical areas (1/26 from 12-3 p.m. EST).  

Grant, Scholarship, Internship, and Conference Opportunities

COVID Community Research Project - Paid Student Opportunity

The COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) 5002 project seeks students from the Graduate School of Public Health to serve as study recruiters for a multicenter study looking at COVID-19 prevalence and seroprevalence in a representative sample of the community. The positions are expected to extend from January-June 2021 and may be used to meet the MPH practicum requirement pending approval from your academic advisor.  

Deadline Extended: Russell Rule Rycheck Award for a promising MPH student

The deadline for applying for the Russell Rule Rycheck Award, a $500 award for MPH students committed to the practice of public health, has been extended to January 25. Funds can be used for books, coursework, travel, or professional development.     

Deadline Extended: William T. Green Award in public health studies

The deadline for applying for the William T. Green Jr. Award, a $750 award to support research and special projects for currently enrolled Pitt Public Health students, has been extended to January 25. Funds can be used for direct research costs, books, travel, or professional memberships.  

Faculty Focus

Tech help desk drop-in hours start this week!

Faculty teaching in Spring 2020 who have technology and/or course development questions are encouraged to drop by the Tech Drop-in Sessions scheduled for January 13-15 and January 19 from 11am-2pm. Click on the headline to access the Zoom link.   

2021 Request for Proposals: Pitt Seed

Faculty and staff are invited to submit ideas for transformative projects supporting one or more of the six goals and associated strategies in the Plan for Pitt, including research ideas, academic programs, process improvement, diversity and inclusion, community and industry partnership development, outreach, methods of teaching and learning, workshops, lectures, and enhancing the student experience. Letters of intent due Feb. 5 at noon.   

Teaching Tips

Save time while making your new Canvas course by copying materials

There is no need to upload materials to your Canvas course if you have used them in a previous course when you can easily copy them to your new course! Find out how.  

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Upcoming issues

Things to Know comes out every-other Tuesday, including these upcoming dates for Spring Term 2021:

  • 1/12
  • 1/26
  • 2/9
  • 2/23
  • 3/9
  • 3/23
  • 4/6
  • 4/20