Things to Know - Archive

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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.

From the Dean ARCHIVE

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"  

'New' iron lung at Pitt Public Health is symbol of the Salk achievement

Last Tuesday morning, you may have noticed the commotion around the arrival and uncrating of a 614-pound bright yellow, metallic cylinder in the lobby outside G23. This mechanical ventilator, or iron lung, was the common treatment for children unable to breathe due to poliomyelitis. On April 12, 1955, the polio vaccine developed  at the University of Pittsburgh by Jonas Salk and his team was announced as "Safe, effective, and potent." The widesp... 

Announcements ARCHIVE

Report on Requirements Certificate form updated

Student services staff should use the updated version moving forward. Changes mostly increase ease of use. Find this and other required forms at   

Required graduation paperwork and academic handbook updated

June and August grads (and student services staff) should note that updates have been made to the required graduation paperwork. The applicable sections of the academic handbook have also been updated. Be sure to review all updated information at Continuing students: stay tuned later this summer for an updated web layout for the academic handbook!  

June and August 2019 graduation deadlines updated

Information within graduation deadlines and important dates for June and August 2019 (term 2197) has been updated, specifically, dates to review essay or ETD. June grads should make an appointment with Joanne Pegher for review sometime between now and June 14 and August graduates should schedule between late May and August 2.   

It's time to review formatting of your essay, thesis, or dissertation

Reminder April Grad Applicants: Be sure to meet with Joann Pegher to review formatting of essay, thesis, or dissertation.  Email her before or no later than the week of April 16. 

Health Sciences Library System, Schedule of Classes

Faculty librarians provide a wide variety of informational and instructional services to meet the needs of the University’s health sciences community through regularly scheduled "Flash Classes" on timely topics such as Locating and Citing Research Data, Advanced EndNote, and Intro to Mapping for example.  

Career Services and Professional Development ARCHIVE

Versatile PhD Training Sessions

Todd Maurer, president of Versatile PhD, will present a webinar to walk PhDs and post-docs through key features, such as VPhD Career Finder, the Options4Success career discovery course, Smart Jobs initiative and discuss ways to deepen and hone your professional network. There are two sessions available: August 14th at 4pm EST and September 12th at 8pm EST. All Pitt students have access to Versatile PhD through the my.pitt portal.   

Student Employment Fair: Aug 28

Seeking on-campus or student employment? Attend the University of Pittsburgh's Student Employment Fair to meet University departments and local employers hiring for part-time positions and internships. The fair will take place on Wednesday, August 28th from 1-4 PM in the William Pitt Union.  

Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Fellowship

The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is seeking pre- and postdoctoral trainees for the CTS Fellowship, which offers 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 September 9th.  

Feedback on Mentoring Forum - Graduate and Professional Students

The Office of the Provost – Graduate Studies is seeking graduate and professional student feedback on mentoring. Students: share your thoughts on experiences with mentors and how mentors can best support you during your graduate training. Attend an in-person forum on Tues, Aug 6 from 5-6pm in Cathedral of Learning 817, or submit anonymous feedback online.   

Project Management Seminar Series

Fourth River Solutions (4RS) invites you to attend a seminar series on project management with Danielle Minteer, project manager of clinical trials run by the Department of Plastic Surgery at Pitt. This is a great opportunity to learn about PMP certification and the role of a project manager. Sessions will be held on 7/24, 8/1, and 8/6 at 5pm in Benedum 102 and will last 60-90 minutes.  

Doctors Without Borders Recruitment Info Session

Meet the recruitment team from Doctors Without Borders and learn about how you can join a pool of dedicated aid workers. The organization is currently recruiting for a variety of medical and non-medical positions. The session will be held on Thursday, 7/25 from 6:30-8pm at the Thelma Lovette YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, 2114 Centre Ave.  

Tech, Healthcare, Finance: Life Changing Medicine for All with UPMC

Hear from UPMC representatives in various leadership roles about internship and full-time opportunities across the organization in healthcare, tech, business, and more. Grab food, network, and learn how you can be a part of life changing medicine! This event is part of the Pittsburgh Summer Passport Series. Friday, 7/26 from 5-6:30pm at the US Steel Tower, Floor 31 Conference Room, 600 Grant Street, Pittsburgh.  

Servant Leadership Event with Jim Rohr and Heather Lyke

Graduate-level interns are invited to attend a special event on Servant Leadership on Monday, July 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business. Two highly renowned leaders in very different fields will discuss what it means to be a servant leader and the value that confers on the leader and the organization. A cocktail reception will immediately follow.   

Summer Events for Pittsburgh Interns: Pittsburgh Passport Series

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development has arranged a series of events open to students interning with Pittsburgh companies this summer. Connect with local employers, attend professional development seminars, and take advantage of many outdoor and cultural activities and resources.  

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) 2020 Application Dates

The PMF Program Office has posted tentative dates for the upcoming 2020 application and the Assessment Preparation Guide. The application is anticipated to be open from October 3rd to October 17th, 2019. The 2020 Assessment Preparation Guide can be found under "Assessment Process" on the PMF website. This highly selective leadership program recruits advanced degree candidates for two-year paid fellowships within the Federal government.  

School and University Updates ARCHIVE

Author Lecture - Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Beth Macy, author of Dopesick , will discuss the book that takes us to the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. The NYT called it, "A harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency." Part of the Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures series on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m.   

Disability resources and services discussion at next Grad Studies Brown Bag

The August Graduate Studies Lunch and Learn Series will feature Noreen Mazzocca, a disability specialist at Pitt, on Tuesday, August 6 from 1-2pm. If you cannot make this event or for more info, check out this week's Teaching Tip!  

Small steps to improve digital accessibility

A wide variety of disabilities affect people’s capacity to take in words and photos and can range from major to minor and from temporary to permanent. It may feel overwhelming to produce digitally accessible content for everyone, but there are plenty of small steps you can take. Make your web content more accessible by following these quick and simple steps.  

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