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

Join our One Book, One Community program with The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

The Pitt Public Health community is invited to join together in reading and discussing a shared book - The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren. Confronting the dire threat of climate change and its impact on global health is a priority for our school. I selected this book to encourage us to reflect on how our multidisciplinary expertise can best contribute to climate and health action.    

Update on COVID-19 Policies

As Pitt Public Health prepares for the return of in-person classes fall term 2021, we would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything possible to keep our students, faculty and staff healthy and safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Your well-being is of the utmost importance. As such, we will continue to follow the policies and procedures outlined by Pitt that seek to minimize the risk of infection wihle making the most o... 

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.  

Announcements ARCHIVE

Graduation Deadlines Approaching!

The final deadline to apply for April graduation is approaching on April 4. Graduates interested in giving a speech at the May 1 Commencement ceremony should submit their application by April 1. Renting or buying academic regalia through Pitt must be done by early April (dates vary). Read more at   

Want to Deliver a Congratulatory Speech to Your Fellow Grads?

We're getting close to the event of the year: the Pitt Public Health Commencement ceremony on May 1. If you're interested in delivering a 5-10 minute congratulatory speech to the graduates and their guests, let us know! Submit a 90-second video describing why you should be this year's student speaker. A committee will review and select one student to speak in person during the ceremony. Submit by April 1!  

Purchase Academic Regalia Today!

Are you participating in the 2022 Commencement Ceremony on May 1? If so, please be sure to purchase academic regalia! The University Store on Fifth has two options to purchase regalia: (1) Ship to Home -- Online ordering is now available. The last date to order for this option will be April 1. (2) For Pick Up at Graduation Central -- Will be held on April 12 and 13. The last date to order for pick up at Graduation Central will be April 5.  

Reminder for April Grads: ETD Workshop Thursday

March 17 at 10 a.m. Learn how to format your essay, thesis, or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template and to convert the finished Word document to PDF and submit for review.  

Pitt Public Health's 2022 Commencement

We're celebrating our graduates from 2020-21 and 2021-22 on May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Featuring keynote speaker Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Graduates and faculty report for line-up at 4 p.m. Get your regalia from the University store - deadlines in early April! There will be an opportunity for photos following the ceremony and a celebratory treat to take with you!  ... 

December Graduates: Submit Best Final Draft for Formatting Review by 12/17

Attention December 2021 graduates! Please submit your best final draft to D-Scholarship no later than 12/17. The Office of Student Affairs must review the formatting of your document. This is a graduation requirement that must be met. Email with any questions.   

Attention June Graduates: Upcoming ETD Workshop

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. The upcoming workshop will be held on June 17 at 10am.  

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.  

Career Services and Professional Development ARCHIVE

Tomorrow! The Pros and Cons of Collaboration in the Era of Team Science

OACD workshop open to faculty as well as students that will draw upon the experiences of accomplished Pitt investigators to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with research collaboration.After a brief overview of the emergence of Team Science in biomedical research, panelists will discuss: what precipitated their first collaborations; what challenges or obstacles have been encountered; what advantages and opportunities have resu... 

Now Hiring! Three Open Positions with the Black Equity Coalition

Pittsburgh's Black Equity Coalition current has openings for data coordinator, communications coordinator, and community coordinator. The BEC is comprise of physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, public health and health care practitioners, social scientists, community funders, and government officials concerned about addressing COVID-19 in vulnerable populations and these positions will play a key role in their work, focusing on a PA Departm... 

City of Pittsburgh seeks Public Health Program Manager

This position will consider community health and focus on harm reduction and translational efforts in Pittsburgh. The public health program manager will promote healthy, thriving communities and higher quality of life and wellness for first responders, plus work with governmental, academic, and social service partners to address gaps and understand how our city's services can evolve to serve all residents.   

Food and Drug Administration Job Opportunity Webinar

As you begin searching for job opportunities, come hear more about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has to offer! La'Nissa Brown-Baker, associate director for scientific staffing, will lead a session on available opportunities and experiences while answering your questions. March 16 at noon!   

F-1 Employment Presentation, Feb 16 at 2 p.m.

Join Immigration Specialist Caitlin Dawson from the Office of International Services (OIS) for a presentation for F-1 students to discuss the types of employment authorization available, both as an international student and after graduation. Learn about your options and get answers to your questions about OPT and CPT. Open to all staff, faculty, and students.  

Handshake Tutorial

Do you know how to create a resume review meeting with Pitt Public Health? Did you know that thousands of employers post jobs, internships, and fellowships to a University-wide site? Handshake houses career-related events and job opportunities, and is a one-stop shop for all job questions you may have! Join the University Career Center for a quick tutorial on using Handshake effectively plus Q and A. February 15 at 6 p.m. Register for Zoom info.... 

G2U Virtual Career Fair, Jan. 27 1-5 p.m.

Join G2U for their Virtual Career Fair about opportunities in public health with the federal government. Register in advance!  

Summer 2022 Internship Applications Open: U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Health Care team

GAO Health Care team is now accepting applications for Summer 2022 internships. FT And PT positions available with professional salary and potential for permanent hire. Apply by Tuesday January 11 for consideration.  

Hiring: Healthy Schools Program Manager at Women for a Healthy Environment

Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) seeks a full-time Green and Healthy Schools Program Manager to join its nonprofit team dedicated to educating and empowering community members to act as ambassadors about environmental risks. BS in public health required, MPH degree preferred. Immediate start. Apply online in Handshake.  

ORISE Virtual Career Fair: Featuring Internships, Fellowships and more! Nov. 3

ORISE will host a virtual career fair on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 12-3 p.m. Learn about paid internships, fellowships, and research opportunities available within four departments of their Research Participation Program. Registration required.  

School and University Updates ARCHIVE

Programs supporting those traumatized by war in Ukraine

If you're looking for a way to help people with mental illness and those traumatized by the war in Ukraine, consider these Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry programs. Vans for Tanya is a program to bring aid to mental health institutions and Samopomich (self-help) is an online program that provides mental health assessments and interventions for conflict victims. Pitt Psychiatry is raising money to support these programs.   

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