Things to Know - Archive

Check this page for an archive of announcements from past issues of "Things To Know."  Announcements that have expired are listed in reverse chronological order by category.  

Note that passed deadlines and events are not summarized here, but are available instead via the calendar archive. Also, the full glossary of teaching tips is available separately; click to  view more teaching tips

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From the Dean ARCHIVE

Tulane's Maureen Lichtveld selected as new dean for Pitt Public Health

PITTWIRE - Maureen Lichtveld, director of the Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership and Strategic Initiatives, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been named dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s  Graduate School of Public Health beginning January 1, 2021. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, Lichtveld has nearly 40 years of experience in environmental public health.  

In case you missed it: Dean Burke's Farewell Address reflects on thirteen years as dean of Pitt Public Health

Outgoing Dean Don Burke asked a crowded auditorium to think about the definition of health and the origins of the term "health care.” He reported on the health of the world, the nation, and Allegheny County, and then talked about the importance of the social determinants of health and about next steps - both his and those of the public health workforce, encouraging suggestions for improving population health in this pivotal time.   

Students and faculty lauded at annual Honors Convocation ceremony

Congratulations to our many students and faculty lauded at the 2019 Honors Convocation ceremony, including three faculty members recognized with major University awards: BCHS' Thistle Elias won the 2019 Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award, Human genetics' Robin Grubs won the 2019 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and Biostatistics' George Tseng won the 2019 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.  

Voting is Public Health

Public health and wellness are profoundly affected by the actions of our elected officials, so I encourage everyone who is registered to vote to go ahead and do so. You may also want to encourage your friends and relatives to vote; there is some evidence that voting is contagious!  

Dean Burke provides guidance on referring to the Public Health building

In light of the recent Board of Trustee decision removing the name "Parran Hall" from our main building, Dean Burke advises that the interim name for the building will simply be “Public Health.” Please avoid using building names for physical addresses in the Graduate School of Public Health, whether in the main building, laboratory annex, or Crabtree Hall.  Instead, use the unique room number followed by "Public Health"  

Announcements ARCHIVE

Upcoming ETD Workshop: March 26 at 2pm

Learn how to format your essay, thesis, or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template. University Library System staff will also cover converting the finished Word document to PDF and submitting it for review.   

Post your pics & help recreate the 1920 Living Panther

Pitt's Living Panther project is an attempt to virtually recreate the 1920 Living Panther featuring over 5,000 students. We’re asking students, faculty, staff, and alumni to share their pictures–pets in Pitt swag, campus photos, photos of friends, throwback photos, you name it! Email your pics to  before May 1 or/and post to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #H2P and #PittGrad20.  

Final chance to apply for April 2020 graduation - Fees waived!

Although the regular deadline to apply for April 2020 graduation has passed, applications are still being accepted until March 31, the final deadline.  NOTE: the Registrar’s office will WAIVE the $35 late fee for April 2020 (term 2204) graduation application.  

June and August 2020 graduation dates and deadlines available

June and August 2020 graduation (term 2207) dates and deadlines are now available on our website. The Graduation Dates Table has also been updated. Please be sure to review the dates if you plan on graduating in June or August 2020.   

Graduation Information Session

A Graduation Information Session will be held on October 22 from 9:30-10:45AM in room A216. Mary Derkach will give an introduction on graduation requirements, ETD Support will demonstrate use of templates, and Joanne Pegher will go over checklists and answer any questions.   

Revised ETD Approval Forms – Thesis/Dissertation

Thesis and dissertation ETD Approval Forms have been revised and updated on the website. There was a problem with some of the fields when entering text, but all fields are now fixed.    

University ETD instructions and support

Questions regarding University ETDs? Check out the two links added to the Detailed Policies and References section in the Academic Handbook. Under “Detailed Essay, Thesis, and Dissertation Rules” there is now an “instructions” link (ETD tutorials) and a “support” link (ETD support contact) that will help answer any of your questions.  

2019 Health Sciences Minority Mixer

Underrepresented minority students interested in networking with staff, faculty and fellow students, promoting the welfare and interest of minority students in the Health Sciences are invited to attend the 2019 Health Sciences Minority Mixer. Food and non-alcoholic beverages included. The deadline to register is October 14 by 12pm at .  

Detailed essay, thesis, and dissertation rules

Questions on detailed essay, thesis, and dissertation rules? Check out the Detailed Policies and References section of the Academic Handbook.   

Deadline: December 2019 graduation application

Submit your graduation application and prior degree form for December 2019 graduation (term 2201) by September 10 with no fee. Beginning September 11, students applying must pay a $15 late fee (check or money order payable to the University of Pittsburgh). Applications must be submitted to Joanne Pegher in Student Affairs (G009). Be sure to view for more information.  

Career Services and Professional Development ARCHIVE

Pitt Student/Alumni Networking Night

The University of Pittsburgh Career Center will be hosting a virtual alumni networking night on Wednesday, May 12 from 5:30-7pm open to all current students and recent grads. Companies represented include Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pfizer, UNICEF, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and more!  

The Psychology of Career Decision Making (NIH Workshop)

Making decisions about your career can be an overwhelming process. Many of us engage in hasty decision making or get caught in a state of decision paralysis. On May 3 at 1pm, join the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education to explore factors that influence our career decisions and discuss decision-making models that focus on process and prioritization. This is a one-hour webinar followed by optional group discussions.   

NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Information Sessions (CANCELLED)

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 8th

Considering nonacademic career options? This conference from Beyond the Professoriate 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.  

Disability Virtual Career Fair - Today!

Experienced professionals, recent graduates and students with disabilities are invited to meet online with employers across the nation to discuss competitive career opportunities. Employers include the CDC, NIH, Scripps Research, Mathematica, and more. Access opportunities within a wide range of careers and industry sectors- public and private. Candidates are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions. March 23rd from 9am-6pm EST  

Spring 2021 Government Virtual Career + Internship Fair

On Thursday, March 18th, meet virtually with representatives from government agencies recruiting for full- and part-time employment and internship opportunities in western Pennsylvania. The fair is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's Career Center in partnership with the Pittsburgh Government-to-University (G2U) Initiative and is sponsored by the Volcker Alliance.  

Workshop Series: Exploring and Unpacking Post-PhD Career Possibilities

This four-part series hosted by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) helps mid/later-stage graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to articulate and build on professional skills acquired outside of classroom-related skills. The first three sessions will emphasize strengths and skill development, and the fourth will be an opportunity for reflection and integration as part of a career plan.   

Events for International Career Networking Week - Feb 22-26

Interested in working abroad or in a global context? This virtual, week-long event is filled with engaging career sessions featuring Pitt alumni working in internationally-focused careers, including many directly related to public health. Hosted by the University Center for International Studies (UCIS).  

School and University Updates ARCHIVE

Blood Drive at Soldiers and Sailors in Oakland, Tuesday April 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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.  

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... 

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