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

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

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.  

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   

Career Services and Professional Development ARCHIVE

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships: 2020 Live Chat Series

STPF fellows serve in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the federal government tackling important societal challenges and participating in policy development and implementation. Join the 2020 Live Chat Series to connect with current fellows, learn more about the program, and ask questions. The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens with doctoral level degrees. Apply by Nov 1, 2020.  

NIH Virtual Summer Enrichment Program Curriculum

The NIH has developed a summer-long series of online offerings to replace the 2020 NIH Intramural Summer Internship Program that was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. These online workshops are designed for students at various educational levels, and will focus on preparation for next steps in your career path, resilience for scientists, and career development and professional skills for scientists.  

COVID-19 Response Corps Jobs

The CDC Foundation is recruiting for critical positions in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Jobs include roles for epidemiologists, infection preventionists, informaticians, data analysts, laboratorians, community support specialists, community health program managers, project managers, and more. Candidates should check the website daily for new openings.  

Join the Pitt Public Health Alumni & Student Network on LinkedIn

Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected with fellow students and alumni for professional purposes. Stay up-to-date on career-related information and news by joining the "Pitt Public Health Alumni & Student Network", the school's official LinkedIn peer-to-peer group. Also, be sure to connect the education section of your LinkedIn profile to "University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health".  

Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP)

The National Cancer Institute's CPFP is a multidisciplinary postdoctoral program that trains future leaders in the field of cancer prevention and control. Fellows have the opportunity to develop and lead research activities based on their own interests. Apply by August 17th.  

ASPPH Virtual Public Health Career Fair on May 15th

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will be hosting a national virtual public health career fair on Friday, May 15th from 10am-4pm EST. Registration is now open. The list of employers will be updated daily until the day of the fair.  

Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS): Application period now open

EIS is a highly competitive, 2-year post-graduate fellowship in applied epidemiology renowned for its investigative and emergency response efforts. Open to doctoral-level scientists with a background in public health, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. Apply by June 12th.  

DPCD Informational Interview Series

Meet virtually with alumni from the Doctoral Alumni-in-Residence Program for a series of informational interviews. Learn more about a variety of career fields and the paths that alum took to get there. The May 20th session will feature Alexander Ufelle, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Slippery Rock University. The May 28th session will feature Ben Matta, Medical Science Liaison at G1 Therapeutics.  

Virtual Networking: How to find Collaborators, Mentors, and Career Contacts from Afar

Learn strategies and tactics for finding new collaborators, mentors, and career contacts as you build mutually-beneficial partnerships with professionals across the globe. Hosted by the Cener for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development (DPCD). Presented by Alaina Levine. Wed, May 13, 3-5pm  

McKinsey Opportunities for Advanced Degree Candidates

Students who anticipate completing their degree in 2021 or 2022 are invited to learn more about McKinsey’s opportunities for advanced professional degree candidates (non-MBA master's, PhD, postdocs). Sector-specific sessions include Healthcare Systems & Services on 5/6 and Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products on 5/12. Students can also apply for consideration ahead of McKinsey’s full-time hiring process by submitting a CV or resume by April 30th. ... 

School and University Updates ARCHIVE

Townhall on clinical and community-based research restart

On June 15, school leadership led a townhall meeting on restarting clinical and community-based research. Find out more.  

Fall Term Updates - Town Hall for Current Students

Eleanor Feingold and Jessie Burke gave updates and took questions about what to expect in the fall term. The most important piece of information they had was to remember that things are changing rapidly and a variety of committees are working constantly to keep the University community safe while committing to the same level of quality education we've always delivered.   

SVC Shekhar shares reflections

In a message reflecting on his first two weeks at Pitt, Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences Anantha Shekhar shares thoughts on challenges facing the institution and our society and the need to create real change, "I am committed to making sure that the actions we take are meaningful and tangible, and that they are grounded in the lived experience of our students, faculty, and staff."  

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