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Weekly Update: What's Happening at Pitt Public Health

2/16/17 Issue

Announcements

Reminder: Call for Abstracts - Dean's Day Submission Form Now Available

February 24 deadline
Dean's Day student research competition includes five poster sessions, April 5-7, with selected oral presentations, awards ceremony, and school-wide celebration on April 21. All students are encouraged to participate, and everyone that submits an abstract will present a poster. ►Read more

Dean's Day Participants are particularly encouraged to attend the upcoming Health Science's Library workshops,How to Create a Quality Scientific Poster (2/27) and PowerPoint for Conference Posters (3/3) ►Read more

Pitt Public Health Toastmasters - Schedule Change

If you are looking to improve your communication and public speaking skills, grow as a leader, build your confidence, and network, Pitt Public Health Toastmasters is the answer. Now meeting the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Open to all. Contact Pitt Public Health Toastmasters.

Call for Nominations - American Public Health Association Awards

May 5 deadline
Help APHA identify the best among us by nominating a colleague who exemplifies outstanding contributions. Membership is not required for nomination to several awards. Presented at the Annual Meeting and Expo, November 4-8 in Atlanta. ►Read more

Call for Applications - International Collaborations on Sustainable Innovations Grant

February 28 deadline
Seed funding to develop new international collaborations that advance work in solving pressing sustainability problems. An alliance between the University Center for International Studies and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. ►Read more

Summer Training for Underrepresented Junior Faculty

Various dates depending on subject matter 

Junior faculty or scientists with a background that is underrepresented in the biomedical or health sciences with research interests compatible with those of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insitute in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders are encouraged to apply for a variety of training sessions with varied research emphases. ►Read more

Upcoming Deadlines

Hot Picks

Opioid Pilot Grant Research Update - Session 2

Monday, February 20, 3-4:05 p.m., A115 Crabtree
Professors Evelyn Talbot (EPID) and Zan Dobson (HPM) present their research results from the 2016 Opioid Pilot Grants Program. ►Read more

Life after Postdoc: Career Opportunities in Academia

Thursday, February 23, 9:30 -11:30 a.m., S120 Starzl
A presentation of traditional postdoc career pathways in a research institution and lessor known career paths in academia that are available to PhDs. Panelists will share how their education, training, and professional skills prepared them to successfully compete for their current positions, plus audience Q and A. Moderated by Julie A. Phillipi, PhD, assistant professor of cardiothoracic Surgery, Pitt Medicine. Part of the Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series, presented by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development in Pitt's Office of Academic Career Development. ►Read more

Film and Discussion - Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, And The NRA

Thursday, February 23, 5:45-8 p.m. 

A feature-length film looking at a major public health crisis in America today: gun violence. Discussants: Steve Albert and Richard Garland. ►Read more

Mark your Calendar

How to Create a Quality Scientific Poster Workshop

Monday, February 27, noon, Falk Library classroom 2

Tips and tricks to design a quality poster to ensure a successful presentation of your data. Different formats and ideas will be discussed and the presenter will walk through the preparation of a mock poster. ►Read more

Day of Giving during Pitt's Founder's Day

Tuesday, February 28, 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Public Health Community Commons
We are participating in the University-wide Day of Giving with a station set up for students and faculty to make a gift or write thank yous to school donors plus complimentary beverages!

PowerPoint for Conference Posters Workshop

Friday, March 3, 2-4 p.m., Falk Library classroom 2
A hands-on workshop focusing on the design and printing phase of presenting a poster. See poster examples, create a poster using PowerPoint, and perfect techniques on visual balance, poster sizing, and emphasizing graphics. ►Read more

Mock K Study Session

Thursday, March 16, 3 p.m., Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Experience a live study section and receive inside information regarding the review process. Part of the Spring 2017 Research Series, presented by Pitt’s Office of Academic Career Development. ►Read more

Health Equity Through Action on the Social Determinants of Health

Friday, March 17, 2 p.m., Public Health Auditorium (G023)
A panel discussion on the social determinants of health and health equity, including ways in which action has been taken to invoke change. ►Read more

Women in Medicine and Science Forum

Tuesday, March 21

An annual event to celebrate and highlight the presence and accomplishments of women in medicine and science at the University. Share strengths, talents, and experience.

Global Health Career Fair

Thursday, April 6, 1-6 p.m., Washington D.C.
Sponsored by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and the Global Health Council. Registration details to follow at cugh.org.

Upcoming Events

Get a look at upcoming events on the school calendar or get a preview of major upcoming Pitt Public Health events (PDF) this term.

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School News

Access to room A115 

Access to room A115

During the construction on the first floor (see "First floor Parran Hall construction"), access to room A115 will be via the Crabtree elevator or the stairwell from the parking garage. Note that there will be no handicapped emergency egress from A115 during this time (i.e. during an emergency in whi... (02/24/2017)

First floor Parran Hall construction 

First floor Parran Hall construction

The first floor hallway between Parran and Crabtree will be under construction during the month of March. During that time, access between Parran and Crabtree will be via the second floor. As a part of that work, the Crabtree first floor restrooms will be demolished. Vending machine will move to the... (02/24/2017)

Coffee shop 

Coffee shop

Due to change in the construction scheduling, the coffee shop will not open until sometime this summer.  (02/24/2017)

General construction update 

General construction update

The North Parran renovation project is on schedule, and should be completed in November 2017. Framing of office walls is well underway on the upper floors, and demolition is almost complete on the lower floors. Student work and collaboration spaces in North Parran is in the design phase.  (02/24/2017)
More Pitt Public Health News

Teaching Tip of the Week

Identifying and Helping At-Risk Students

In a recent University Times article, Joel Brady, staff in the University Center for Teaching and Learning, provides advice on identifying both at-risk students and the resources on campus to assist them. The article also provides details about relevant new features in CourseWeb such as last login, time stamped assignments, and more. ►Read more

Upcoming Events

Here's a quick look at the events coming up next week.  For details and a complete, searchable list of events at Pitt Public Health, see the full school calendar at www.publichealth.pitt.edu/calendar.

Coming Up this Week:

  • Certified in Public Health Exam (CPH Exam) - February Testing Cycle | Community Notice Community Notice
    Certified in Public Health Exam (CPH Exam) - February Testing Cycle
    Wed 2/1/2017 to Tue 2/28/2017


    The National Board of Public Health Examiners will be offering the CPH Exam.  Pitt Public Health will pay for eligible students to sit for the exam and provide access to the CPH study guide. Rebates towards examination fees are also available for alumni who choose to become certified in public health. For details, visit publichealth.pitt.edu/cph
  • International Dinner Ticket Sales | Student Organization Notice Student Organization Notice
    International Dinner Ticket Sales
    Mon 2/13/2017 to Fri 3/17/2017


    Get your ticket for this annual event between February 13 and March 17 (or until they sell out!) by either stopping by the Office of Student Affairs (A519 Crabtree), or picking one up during the Global Health Student Association's coffee sales, or during sales in the first floor lounge. Tickets are $5 and children under 5 are free (cash only, exact amount). 

    You must have a ticket for admission and tickets will not be sold at the door. 

  • Call for Nominations - 2017 Craig Teaching Award | Pitt Public Health Deadline Pitt Public Health Deadline
    Call for Nominations - 2017 Craig Teaching Award
    Mon 2/27/2017


    Take advantage of this opportunity to show appreciation for a deserving faculty member! Think about those faculty whose teaching has made a difference in your life and nominate them for the 2017 Craig Teaching Award. 
  • How to Create a Quality Scientific Poster | University of Pittsburgh Workshop University of Pittsburgh Workshop
    How to Create a Quality Scientific Poster
    Mon 2/27/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM


    How to Create a Quality Scientific Poster PowerPoint for Conference Posters

    February 27, 12p.m.-1p.m. Falk Library, Classroom 2 

    In this workshop we will go through tips and tricks to design a quality poster to ensure a successful presentation of your data. Different formats and ideas will be discussed and we will walk through the preparation of a mock poster. Registration not required.

     The Dean’s Day abstract deadline is Friday, February 24.

     Learn more at: www.publichealth.pitt.edu/deans-day 

  • Typhanye Dyer, PhD, MPH | IDM Seminar Series IDM Seminar Series
    Typhanye Dyer, PhD, MPH
    Mon 2/27/2017 12:30PM - 1:30PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G023)

    "Examination of Psychosocial and Behavioral Correlates of STI and HIV Risk Among Black Men who have Sex with Men (BMSM) and Black Menwho have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW)"
     
     


  • Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club | Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
    Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club
    Mon 2/27/2017 3:00PM - 4:30PM
    Public Health A521

  • Call for Applications - PAIN Research Challenge | University of Pittsburgh Deadline University of Pittsburgh Deadline
    Call for Applications - PAIN Research Challenge
    Mon 2/27/2017 5:00PM - 5:00PM


    What is your solution to ease the burden of pain? Submit your solution to the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's research challenge. Up to $150,000 in awards!
  • Day of Giving -- University of Pittsburgh Founder's Day | University of Pittsburgh Event University of Pittsburgh Event
    Day of Giving -- University of Pittsburgh Founder's Day
    Tue 2/28/2017


    Pitt is far more than a university…we are a community.

    On February 28, 2017, we will come together—students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends—for a special Pitt Day of Giving. We’ll celebrate the University’s founding, the accomplishments of those who have gone before us, and the bright future ahead for today’s students.

  • Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program Applications | University of Pittsburgh Deadline University of Pittsburgh Deadline
    Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program Applications
    Tue 2/28/2017


    A 12-month career development program for underrepresented minorities that provides critical information for a successful research career. Attending junior faculty and fellows will enhance their current post-doctoral fellowship, T32 fellowship, or clinical research fellowship. 
  • Call for Applications - International Collaborations on Sustainable Innovations Grant | University of Pittsburgh Application Deadline University of Pittsburgh Application Deadline
    Call for Applications - International Collaborations on Sustainable Innovations Grant
    Tue 2/28/2017


    Seed funding to develop new international collaborations that advance work in solving pressing sustainability problems. An alliance between the University Center for International Studies and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. 

  • Call for Applications - Summer Training for Underrepresented Junior Faculty | Professional Development Deadline Professional Development Deadline
    Call for Applications - Summer Training for Underrepresented Junior Faculty
    Wed 3/1/2017


    Junior faculty or scientists with a background that is underrepresented in the biomedical or health sciences with research interests compatible with those of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders are encouraged to apply for a variety of training sessions with varied research emphases. 

  • Matthew Good, MS Student / Mailliard Lab | IDM PhD & MS Journal Club IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
    Matthew Good, MS Student / Mailliard Lab
    Wed 3/1/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health A719

    "TBA"
  • Dan Lomauro & Abby Bartus / Megan Arden & Vessela Miladinova | IDM MPH Journal Club IDM MPH Journal Club
    Dan Lomauro & Abby Bartus / Megan Arden & Vessela Miladinova
    Wed 3/1/2017 1:30PM - 2:30PM
    Public Health A719

    "TBA"
  • Student Town Hall - Refreshments and Conversation with Associate Deans | Pitt Public Health Meeting Pitt Public Health Meeting
    Student Town Hall - Refreshments and Conversation with Associate Deans
    Wed 3/1/2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM
    Public Health A521

    How are you dealing with school and current events? What creative ideas do you have about directions or activities you'd like to see from Pitt Public Health? What types of changes would you like to see in facilities, events, curriculum, or community engagement?  

    A second meeting will be held on March 13 at 10 a.m. Join us on either (or both!) of these dates. 

  • Existing Course Proposals for Summer to EPCC | School Governance Deadline School Governance Deadline
    Existing Course Proposals for Summer to EPCC
    Thu 3/2/2017


    To meet the registrars deadline, existing course modifications for Summer (2177)  must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by March 17. All modifications must be submitted at the March 2 meeting.

  • EOH Journal Club - Spring 2017 - Qiao Lin | EOH Journal Club EOH Journal Club
    EOH Journal Club - Spring 2017 - Qiao Lin
    Thu 3/2/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Bridgeside Point - 339

    EOH Journal Club Seminar - Spring 2017

    Date: Thursday March 2, 2017

    Time: 11am - 12pm

    Presenter: Qiao Lin

    Paper: Combating multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria with structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers

    Authors: Lam SJ, O'Brien-Simpson NM, Pantarat N, Sulistio A, Wong EH, Chen YY, Lenzo JC, Holden JA, Blencowe A, Reynolds EC, Qiao GG.

    Abstract: With the recent emergence of reports on resistant Gram-negative 'superbugs', infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacteria have been named as one of the most urgent global health threats due to the lack of effective and biocompatible drugs. Here, we show that a class of antimicrobial agents, termed 'structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers' (SNAPPs) exhibit sub-μM activity against all Gram-negative bacteria tested, including ESKAPE and colistin-resistant and MDR (CMDR) pathogens, while demonstrating low toxicity. SNAPPs are highly effective in combating CMDR Acinetobacter baumannii infections in vivo, the first example of a synthetic antimicrobial polymer with CMDR Gram-negative pathogen efficacy. Furthermore, we did not observe any resistance acquisition by A. baumannii (including the CMDR strain) to SNAPPs. Comprehensive analyses using a range of microscopy and (bio)assay techniques revealed that the antimicrobial activity of SNAPPs proceeds via a multimodal mechanism of bacterial cell death by outer membrane destabilization, unregulated ion movement across the cytoplasmic membrane and induction of the apoptotic-like death pathway, possibly accounting for why we did not observe resistance to SNAPPs in CMDR bacteria. Overall, SNAPPs show great promise as low-cost and effective antimicrobial agents and may represent a weapon in combating the growing threat of MDR Gram-negative bacteria.

    Click Here For Article
  • Epidemiology Seminar - Nadine Melhem | Epidemiology Seminar Series Epidemiology Seminar Series
    Epidemiology Seminar - Nadine Melhem
    Thu 3/2/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G023)

    Nadine Melhem, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, PA
    Maladaptive Stress Responses in Children of Parents Diagnosed with Cancer
  • EPCC Meeting | School Governance Meeting School Governance Meeting
    EPCC Meeting
    Thu 3/2/2017 1:30PM - 3:30PM
    Public Health A521

    Monthly meeting of the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC).  For more information see, including instructions on submitting a proposal, forms, and a list of your department's committee representatives, see publichealth.pitt.edu/epcc
  • Diversifying Your Funding Portfolio - Grant Resources on the Web | Career Services Event Career Services Event
    Diversifying Your Funding Portfolio - Grant Resources on the Web
    Thu 3/2/2017 3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

    Discover research funding mechanisms and strategies for locating funding opportunities, as well as alerting services to keep you up-to-date on selected funding announcements. Presented by Barb Folb, MM, MLS, MPH, public health informationist.

    Part of The Spring 2017 Research Series, presented by Pitt's Office of Academic Career Development.

  • Rebecca Hubbard, Penn - Using Electronic Health Records to Advance Research on the Cancer Care ... | Biostatistics Seminar Series Biostatistics Seminar Series
    Rebecca Hubbard, Penn - Using Electronic Health Records to Advance Research on the Cancer Care ...
    Thu 3/2/2017 3:30PM - 4:30PM
    Public Health Auditorium (G023)

    Biostatistics Seminar speaker, Rebecca Hubbard, PhD,  Associate Professor Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, will present, “Using Electronic Health Records to Advance Research on the Cancer Care Continuum”.
  • Grand Rounds INTER-GROUP DIALOGUE series on Social identities, Socio-economic status, Academia & Our Kids | Pitt Public Health Workshop Pitt Public Health Workshop
    INTER-GROUP DIALOGUE series on Social identities, Socio-economic status, Academia & Our Kids
    Thu 3/2/2017 4:00PM - 6:00PM


    Students are invited to a four-week series of Inter-Group Dialogue (IGD) workshops on the relationship between social identities, socioeconomic status (SES) and academia. Designed to compliment the One Book, One Community selection, the series’ broad objective is to explore through sustained, interdisciplinary dialogue how membership in different social identities (including SES/class) affects academic progress and success while building connections among a diverse group of students.
  • CAPH Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series | Epidemiology Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
    CAPH Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series
    Fri 3/3/2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM
    University of Pittsburgh

    The Epidemiology of Aging Workshop Series offered in conjunction with the Center for Aging and Population Health (CAPH)  is offered every Friday from 12:30pm-1:30pm during the fall term and 1:00pm-2:00pm during the spring term and is held in the CAPH Offices, 130 North Bellefield Avenue, 5th floor conference room. (EPIDEM 2950)
  • Amia Downes- "A Process Evaluation of the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health's..." | BCHS Dissertation Defense BCHS Dissertation Defense
    Amia Downes- "A Process Evaluation of the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health's..."
    Fri 3/3/2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM
    Public Health 6140

    Amia Downes will be defending her dissertation, "A Process Evaluation of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Respirator Approval Process."
  • Reconciling Epidemiology and Social Justice in the Public Health Discourse | Center for Health Equity Journal Club Center for Health Equity Journal Club
    Reconciling Epidemiology and Social Justice in the Public Health Discourse
    Fri 3/3/2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM
    Public Health A521

  • PowerPoint for Conference Posters Workshop | University of Pittsburgh Workshop University of Pittsburgh Workshop
    PowerPoint for Conference Posters Workshop
    Fri 3/3/2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM


    PowerPoint for Conference Posters Workshop
    March 3, 2p.m.-4p.m. Falk Library, Classroom 2 

    This class focuses on the design and printing phase of presenting a poster. In this hands-on workshop, you will see poster examples, create a poster using PowerPoint, and perfect techniques on visual balance,  poster sizing, and emphasizing graphics. Registration not required. 

  • 2017 APHA Awards Nomination Deadline | Career Services Deadline Career Services Deadline
    2017 APHA Awards Nomination Deadline
    Sun 3/5/2017 12:00AM - 11:55PM


    Help us identify the best among us by nominating a colleague who exemplifies outstanding contributions. Membership is not required for nomination of several of APHA’s Awards. The awards will be presented at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo., Nov. 4-8, in Atlanta.   Nominations must be received no later than Friday, May 5. Awards descriptions, criteria and nomination forms are available on our website.

      For additional information, contact Deborah Dillard at 202-777-2442 or via email. 

  • Focused Writing Sponspored by ILRI through Center for Health Equity | Center for Health Equity Meeting Center for Health Equity Meeting
    Focused Writing Sponspored by ILRI through Center for Health Equity
    Mon 3/6/2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM
    Public Health 4140

  • Meditation Session with Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies (Weekly on M/Th) | Pitt Public Health Event Pitt Public Health Event
    Meditation Session with Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies (Weekly on M/Th)
    Mon 3/6/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM


    These drop-in meditation gatherings for Pitt  faculty, staff, and students occur twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. Meet in the Stoner Conference Room on the second floor of the Keystone Building, 3520 Fifth Avenue. Contact Pitt Public Health professor Tony Silvestre for more information or visit the center online at mindfulnesspitt.org
  • Maternal and Child Health Journal Club | Epidemiology Journal Club Epidemiology Journal Club
    Maternal and Child Health Journal Club
    Wed 3/8/2017 9:00AM - 10:00AM
    Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC

    Meetings will be from 9:00-10:00 am in conference room 2700 at Magee-Womens Hospital. Details and the article for discussion will be sent to participants via the journal club mailing list the week prior to meeting.

    Contact: Tamala Gondwe, Facilitator
    Email: tamala.gondwe@pitt.edu

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