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From the Dean

School and University Updates

Pitt Graduate School of Public Health Virtual Blood Drive TODAY, April 20!

Local blood bank Vitalant is collecting donations Tuesday, April 20th at Soldiers and Sailors Hall from 9 am - 2 pm. Use Group Code CU190022 to make an appointment and log your donation for Pitt Public Health. All CDC and State protocols are being followed: masks must be worn, temperature taken, and social distancing of 6 feet.  

2021-22 Global Health Student Association executive board member applications due April 23!

Being on the executive board is a great way to get involved, as GHSA has historically been active in creating events, fundraising, and other student-centered initiatives. You do not have to be an active member to be considered! Interested students should complete the application by April 23. Open positions include president, vice president, secretary, business manager, and social media manager.  

Draft framework for the next Plan for Pitt available for review

Pitt's new framework is deliberately simple and focuses on three broad areas: our people, our programs, and our purpose. People are encouraged to view a presentation on the framework, and provide feedback.   

The intersection of COVID-19 and sexual violence - Tuesday April 20 at noon

Jacobsen Lopez, T32 postdoctoral scholar in IDM, licensed social worker, and certified sexual assault counselor, will host this webinar that will focus on the effects of COVID-19 on sexual assault survivors, mainly on the ways in whcih COVID-19 has affected the overall rates of sexual violence, the referrals for sexual assault and domestic violence services, the available services from rape crisis centers, the need for services at Title IX Offic... 

Submit your Posed Selfie's for Convocation 2021!

All graduates must submit their posed selfie this week which will be displayed during our Virtual Convocation on May 2. All photos must be submitted to no later than Friday, April 23.    

Students: make an impact with your feedback

OMET surveys are now open and available through Canvas and My Pitt. Take time to provide valuable feedback to improve the education options at the school. Surveys are anonymous and sent out after grades have been distributed.  

Read the Second Issue of the SGA's Public Health Journal

Featuring interviews with Dean Lichtveld, PA Deputy Secretary of Health Meghna Patel plus work on the long-haulers of COVID-19, menstrual practices of Nepali-Bhutanese women in Pittsburgh, and more!   

Submit your June Graduation Application

Graduation applications for June graduation (term 2217) are due by Monday, May 10. Please send applications to   

Update on Pitt's Cloud Storage Migration Plans

Pitt Information Technology and Pitt Research are committed to ensuring a smooth transition from Box to OneDrive for cloud storage and collaboration. While the University's Box contract has been extended until August 2022, the next step is to learn more specifics about how you use Box at Pitt.   

Pitt returns to elevated operational risk posture

The University moved back to the "Elevated" operational risk posture at 9:00 p.m. on March 31. What does that mean for Pitt Public Health?   

African Background of Medical Science with Charles S. Finch III

Finch is a clinical and academic medicine practitioner who is no stranger to the African background of medical science, having traveled to Africa 75 times since 1971 to conduct independent studies in African science. He has published more than a dozen articles on the African background of medical science and is author of three books. Two sessions - both open to all.   

Dean’s Day 2021 Noon Keynote Speaker Series - Wednesday, April 7th

I’m Where I Am Because Of… With Dean Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH -  Find out how to achieve your own goals through our Q&A, and take away motivation from one of the members and pillars of our School. Open to all students and faculty!  

"Picture a Scientist" film and panel discussion

When you picture a scientist, do you see yourself? The documentary "Picture a Scientist" provides a stark view of the STEM landscape as told by three women who have experienced the struggle for equity firsthand. View the film for free (with Pitt credentials) and join an expert panel on April 8 at 2 p.m. to discuss the film's lessons, applicability to Pitt, and the path forward toward gender and racial equity in STEM.   

Graduate and Professional Student Government executive board elections

The GPSG is holding elections for executive board, and our own BCHS MPH student Mica Hope is running for VP of Committees! Check out all the candidates and learn more about GPSG today.   

Career Services

NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) Information Sessions

Join program staff from the  National Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) to learn more about this multidisciplinary postdoctoral program that trains future leaders in the field of cancer prevention and control.   

ASPPH Virtual Public Health Career Fair on April 30th

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will be hosting a national public health career fair on Friday, April 30th. The event is open to graduate and undergraduate students and alumni seeking full-time jobs, internships, fellowships, and postdoctoral opportunities. Register today!  

8th Annual Online Career Conference - May 1st & 8th

Considering nonacademic career options? This online conference from Beyond the Professoriate (focused on PhDs and postdocs, but open to ALL grad students) will include topics such as exploring your career options and finding the best fit, translating academic skills & experience, mentorship, networking, negotiating, transitioning into a nonacademic job, and job searching during COVID-19. The conference is FREE for Pitt students and postdocs.  ... 

The Importance of Staying Engaged in Your Job Search - April 23rd

Have you thought to yourself in a panic over the past few weeks: “I graduate in less than a month - now what!?” Join career services professionals from graduate schools across the university to talk about strategies for getting engaged with your career search, building your brand and communicating it through storytelling, and developing a networking plan.  

Job, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities

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

Grant, Scholarship, Internship, and Conference Opportunities

T32 Training Grant: Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Program

Seeking a highly talented postdoctoral fellow (PhD, MD and equivalent) for a 2-3 year fellowship. The program emphasizes the quality collection of subclinical vascular measures, CVD biomarkers, and CVD outcomes data and how they can be used to understand the process of atherosclerosis and CVD with the goal to be independent CVD epidemiologists in multidisciplinary research settings competent in traditional and novel epidemiological methods in CV... 

Teaching Tips

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