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From the Dean

School and University Updates

Consider this Leadership Course from public and international affairs

PIA 2131 examines theories about leadership and provides students with feedback on their own leadership styles. Teams, as one context for demonstrating leadership, are explored in depth and methods for recognizing and managing group dynamics are introduced. Students learn how to explore concepts regarding leadership, teams and organization culture, assess their own leadership skills and style, receive feedback from colleagues on their style and ... 

Out On Oakland

A time to get to get together with faculty, staff and students and explore the Oakland area. See different neighborhoods and eat lunch at one of the local restaurants. Lunch on your own. Meet outside Pitt Public Health facing Fifth Avenue on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. to join, starting July 28.  

Registration is now open for THE EMERGENCE AND GLOBAL SPREAD OF COVID-19 fall course!

In this course, students will learn about the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 2019, and its global spread to the present date. This course will be taught with an infectious disease prevention and control focus, but will cross-cut each major discipline within public health. Open to Pitt graduate and undergraduate students (with permission). Student limit is capped at 100.  

On-Campus Vaccine Appointments (And Walk-Ins) Available!

Regular vaccine clinics will be held on-campus all summer! Pitt students, faculty, staff and friends can register online to receive a vaccine on Wednesdays from 1 - 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Career Services

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program - Info Sessions

During the month of September, the PMF Program will be hosting a series of informational webinars for prospective applicants about the upcoming PMF Class of 2022 Application. The webinars will provide a general overview of the program and details about the 2022 application cycle.  

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.  

Workshops from Beyond the Professoriate

Upcoming workshops include "Graduating this year? Here’s what you need to know about finding a job." on August 13th and "How to conduct a successful job search" on August 27th. The University of Pittsburgh is a member of the Aurora e-learning platform. Follow the links to log in using your Pitt credentials.  

Grant, Scholarship, Internship, and Conference Opportunities

Call for Judges: Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Consider volunteering as an abstract reviewer (Sept 16-19) or a virtual judge (Nov 1-4 and Nov 10-13) asynchronous and online during one of the nation's largest conferences for minoritized undergraduates in STEM featuring twelve core disciplines including social and behavioral sciences and public health and microbiology. Students present research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network.   

Call for Abstracts: Conference on Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States: Focus on the Caribbean

Developing a Collaborative Action-Research Agenda to Inform Policy and Programs, virtual conference October 5-8. Seeking abstracts for posters addressing the broad topic of climate change and health in small island developing states, with focus on the Caribbean. Submit by August 14.   

Call for Abstracts and Program Updates: 2021 Transpride Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Conference

Seeking research abstracts relating to transgender, non-binary, and other gender diverse communities from trainees of all levels as well as senior-level researchers and project updates reflecting projects that have a potential impact on the lives of transgender, non-binary, and other gender diverse communities. Submit by July 30 for oral or poster participation in the virtual October 14-16 event.   

Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) TL1 Fellowship

The ICRE is seeking pre- and postdoctoral trainees for the Clinical and Translational Fellowship, offering individualized training, financial support, and mentoring to trainees pursuing the entire spectrum of translational science (T1-T4). All trainees must be able to commit to at least one year of training and research. Apply by July 16.  

Teaching Tips

Keep it specific: Creating a communication plan for you and your students

Do you have a clear, explicit plan of communication for you and your students? Check out this teaching tip from Ada Youk, Pitt Public Health’s assistant dean of academic affairs and associate professor in the department of biostatistics!  

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