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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

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.   

School and University Updates

Updates to Classroom Technology at Pitt Public Health

A number of important upgrades have been made to in-classroom technology here in the building, including new projectors, sound systems, wireless mikes, and more.   

Sign up for Qualtrics training at Pitt Public Health

Faculty, staff, and students can attend a professional development opportunity to learn the online survey system: Qualtrics. Presented by the Teaching Center, this hands-on workshop will run participants through the basics as well as a number of advanced features.  

Helpful resource for supporting inclusion related to gender transition

Pitt has created “Guidelines for Inclusion Relating to Gender Transition” to help foster an understanding of transgender issues in the employment environment and guidance on how to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals transitioning at the University.  

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.   

Paris WHO 2019 Simulation: Maternal and Child Health

Registration is officially open! Simulations seek to fill a gap in students' public health education, while also serving as a call to health professionals and students from other fields to become proactive in global health policy and wellness. Forge new friendships while having a fun-time enacting and taking on the character of a state or a non-state actor.   

Career Services

MBA Courses for Postdocs: Fundamentals of Management and Professional Communication

The University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, in partnership with the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development, is offering four special sections of its introductory MBA courses exclusively to postdoctoral trainees. The courses will introduce emerging scientists and scholars to the essential managerial and professional skills valued and sought after by employers across all sectors of the workforce.  

Women in Bio (WIB) Event - Exploring a Local Start Up: Cook MyoSite

Considering a career in clinical trials or cellular therapy development? Join WIB for an opportunity to discover Cook MyoSite, a local biotech company with a portfolio of cellular therapies for personalized regenerative medicine. Tour the commercial manufacturing & research facility and speak with representatives about open positions in research, regulatory affairs, process engineering, management, and more. Bring your resume. Register by 6/18. ... 

Fulbright-Fogarty Awards in Public Health

The Fulbright-Fogarty Awards promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. The program is designed for candidates who are currently enrolled in medical school or in a doctoral-level program and interested in global health. Placements are available in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, and Guatemala. Apply by October 8, 2019.   

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships - Application Now Open

This program offers hands-on opportunities to apply scientific knowledge and technical skills to important societal challenges. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in a selected area of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the federal government in Washington, D.C. tackling problems and participating in policy development and implementation. Apply by November 1, 2019.  

Faculty Focus

Pitt Public Health marks notable retirements at close of 2018-19

The 2018-19 academic year marks a number of notable retirements among Pitt Public Health faculty and staff.  Find out more...  

Pre-register for digital accessibility brown bag on 7/16

Prepare for new Pitt and federal requirements by learning key concepts in digital accessibility, how they impact people with disabilities, and what you can do to begin to reduce barriers on your website, in your documents, and beyond. Angela Bedford-Jack from Pitt's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will present ways to support a diverse and inclusive community by creating digital spaces that all community members can freely, independently, and ... 

UPMC AnywhereCare: health services where you need them

Pitt faculty and staff who have UPMC Health Plan coverage can take advantage of UPMC AnywhereCare to receive diagnoses and treatment plans - including prescriptions sent directly to their pharmacy of choice.  

Teaching Tips

Thinking about using open resources in your classes?

If you are thinking about using open resources/ digital publications for your course, check out the article "Why Digital Publishing is the Future in Education," which explains how open resources mean to promote equity and personalized learning in addition to lowering upfront educational costs.  

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Upcoming issues

Things to Know comes out every-other Tuesdays, incuding these upcoming dates:

  • 6/11
  • 6/25
  • 7/9
  • 7/23
  • 8/6
  • 8/20

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