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Weekly Update: What's Happening at Pitt Public Health

9/22/17

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Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Environmental Health Disparities and Public Health Practice

Students or postdocs may use the award to defray the costs of tuition, travel to a conference, membership in a professional organization, textbooks, courses in public speaking or scientific writing, or other opportunities that would enhance your training as a public health practitioner. ►Read more

Russell Rule Rycheck Award for a Promising MPH Student

December 5 deadline
For promising MPH students committed to the practice of public health to develop skills to add to their professional tool bag. ►Read more

William T. Green Award in Public Health Studies

December 5 deadline
Supports special student projects - use it for direct research costs, travel, books, memberships, etc. ►Read more

New Emergency Alert System

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for the University's new emergency alert system by logging in to their my.pitt.edu page and clicking on Emergency Notification under My Resources or typing ENS into the Ask Cathy! search bar. ►Read more

Hot Picks

Navigating Work Authorization as an International Student

Wednesday, September 27, noon-1 p.m., A521 Crabtree
Workshop is presented by Sara Jones, associate director, Office of International Services. This is a brown bag lunch and learn - bring your own lunch and we will provide cookies and beverages. ►Read more

A New Strategy for U.S. Health and Healthcare

Wednesday, September 27, Noon - 2 p.m., University Club 
Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, will discuss a practical pathway to reforming U.S. healthcare and public health with aims of reducing disease, increasing longevity, and substantially cutting health care costs. The event will be moderated by CB Bhattacharya, H. J. Zoffer Chair of Sustainability and Ethics at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. 

Global Health Student Association (GHSA) Film Series - Out and Around

Monday, September 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., G23 Public Health
Come join the Global Health Student Association for their first film series screening of the year, Out and Around. Food and light refreshments will be served. Film Synopsis: Jennifer Chang and Lisa Dazols travel to 15 countries in the attempt to find people that serve as leaders for the gay, lesbian, and transgender equality movement, capturing the changes that are occurring in the status of queer people around the world. 

Healthy U Fair

Monday, September 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., WPU Lawn
Stop by to learn more about how you can benefit from Healthy U, including group fitness classes, fitness centers on campus, special events, fitness assessments, and personal training. Featuring displays from Pitt graduate and professional students showcasing their contributions to health and wellness!  ►Read more

Pittsburgh's Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally - POWER for Precision Medicine

Tuesday, September 26, 6-8:15 p.m., North Side
Six women highlighting the startling discoveries that fuel the engine of precision medicine, covering clinical perspectives as well as impact on patients, health care, and health insurance in Pittsburgh and across the globe. Sponsored by Pitt's Innovation Institute and Women in Bio (among others). ►Read more

Upcoming Events from Student Public Health Epidemic Response Effort:

Medical Reserve Corps Orientation

Wednesday, September 27, 5:50-7:30 p.m., Lawrenceville
An Allegheny County Health Department training for individuals interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer organization of health care workers and community members that would be called upon to help county and state officials during a public health emergency. 

Point of Dispensing Training

Thursday, September 28, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 3, 5-7:30 p.m., Lawrenceville 
Learn how to assist in operating local point of dispensing (POD) sites for delivery of medications in certain public health emergencies or disasters. 

Contact Kailey Hughes to participate in any of these trainings. 

Mark Your Calendar

Fall Break for Students

Monday, October 9
No classes. Make-up for fall break classes on Tuesday, October 10 (Monday classes are held on Tuesday. No Tuesday classes that week). 

Focused Writing- Sponsored by Center for Health Equity 

Friday, October 13, 9 a.m. - noon, 4128 Parran
Come work on your class papers, report, manuscript, grant proposal, thesis or dissertation – or whatever you need to write! We take advantage of kind peer pressure. Open to students, faculty and staff. Those who attend come from multiple schools and disciplines including public health, education, social work, anthropology, business, medicine, dental health and psychology.

The Western Pennsylvania Healthcare Summit 

Friday, October 13, 7:45 a.m.- 7 p.m., Monroeville Convention Center

A one-day event featuring the industry's leading professionals as well as two separate educational tracks, one focusing on the advancements in healthcare administration and financial management and the other highlighting upcoming improvements to healthcare information technology and providing a detailed look into the technology's applications. ►Read more

International Education Week - 2017 Theme: Displacement

October 15-21
For one week every year, students at universities and colleges across the U.S. celebrate and experience the benefits of international education and exchange. Pitt actively participates in this joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Hosted by the University Center of International Studies. ►Read more

Minimize Upcoming Deadlines

Coming Up in the Next Two Months:

  • Graduation Application Due ($15 fee) | December Graduation Deadline December Graduation Deadline
    Graduation Application Due ($15 fee)
    Mon 9/25/2017


    The regular deadline to apply for December 2017 graduation (term 2181) has passed. Applications are still being accepted with a $15 fee until September 25. The final deadline to apply is November 21. 

  • Application Deadline: Abstract Submissions for Global Health Day | Center for Global Health Application Deadline Center for Global Health Application Deadline
    Application Deadline: Abstract Submissions for Global Health Day
    Thu 9/28/2017


    For information on abstract submissions, including qualifications, categories, and submission forms, please visit the Global Health Day website

  • Application Deadline: Submissions for Center for Global Health Photo Contest | Center for Global Health Application Deadline Center for Global Health Application Deadline
    Application Deadline: Submissions for Center for Global Health Photo Contest
    Fri 9/29/2017


    Submissions for the Center for Global Health Photo Contest are due by 5 pm on Friday, September 29, 2017. Judging will be held at the 2017 Global Health Day on October 12 in the BST South Foyer. 
    For guidelines and information on submitting photos, please click here

  • NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program- Accepting Applications | Career Services Application Deadline Career Services Application Deadline
    NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program- Accepting Applications
    Tue 10/3/2017


    Applications must be submitted via the Fi2 funding mechanism. PRAT fellows conduct research in scientific areas within the Institute’s mission while in an NIH intramural research program (IRP) lab. Before applying, applicants must identify a potential preceptor in the NIH IRP and develop a research proposal.  
    PRAT fellows receive 3 years of stipend support and additional benefits such as health insurance, a travel allowance and professional development training activities, including a monthly seminar series designed specifically for fellows. 
  • Existing Course Proposals for Spring to EPCC | School Governance Deadline School Governance Deadline
    Existing Course Proposals for Spring to EPCC
    Thu 10/5/2017


    To meet the registrar's deadline, existing course modifications for spring 2018 must be submitted by October 19. Existing course modifications must be presented at the October 5 EPCC meeting. 

  • CHE Master's & Doctoral Student Scholarship Award | Center for Health Equity Application Deadline Center for Health Equity Application Deadline
    CHE Master's & Doctoral Student Scholarship Award
    Mon 10/9/2017


  • Academic Integrity and Plagiarism | Pitt Public Health Deadline Pitt Public Health Deadline
    Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
    Fri 10/13/2017


    We want to ensure you have all the resources needed to participate in your education with the highest standards of academic integrity.
  • Graduation Application Due ($25 fee) | December Graduation Deadline December Graduation Deadline
    Graduation Application Due ($25 fee)
    Mon 10/23/2017


    The regular deadline to apply for December 2017 graduation (term 2181) has passed. Applications are still being accepted with a $25 fee until October 23. The final deadline to apply is November 21. 

  • Call for Pilot Project Grants - Center for AIDS Research | University of Pittsburgh Deadline University of Pittsburgh Deadline
    Call for Pilot Project Grants - Center for AIDS Research
    Fri 11/3/2017


    A unique pilot grant funding opportunity, encompassing all disciplines of HIV/AIDS research, but with interest in 1) HIV persistence and curative strategies, 2) AIDS-related cancers, co-infections and co-morbidities, 3) novel approaches to prevent HIV infection. 
  • Reflection in Global Health Essay Contest - Submission Due Date | Center for Global Health Deadline Center for Global Health Deadline
    Reflection in Global Health Essay Contest - Submission Due Date
    Sun 11/12/2017 11:55PM - 11:55PM


  • Call for Abstracts for the American Osler Society Meeting | Community Deadline Community Deadline
    Call for Abstracts for the American Osler Society Meeting
    Wed 11/15/2017


    The American Osler Society is an international meeting, primarily of physicians, that honors the memory of Sir William Osler, a key founder of modern internal medicine. Papers examine various aspects of the medical humanities broadly defined, with most having a history of medicine aspect in their coverage. Abstract for paper presentation for the May 13-16, 2018 American Osler Society meeting in Pittsburgh, PA should be sent by e-mail to: aosrenee@gmail.com.
  • Goldstein Award | Pitt Public Health Application Deadline Pitt Public Health Application Deadline
    Goldstein Award
    Thu 11/16/2017


    A $2,000 scholarship for tuition, travel, professional organization membership, books, courses, etc. available to students or postdocs working in public health practice with a faculty member who has an association with the Center for Public Health Practice (available to students working in environmental health disparities in alternate years). 

  • Call for Nominations: Alumni Awards | Pitt Public Health Deadline Pitt Public Health Deadline
    Call for Nominations: Alumni Awards
    Mon 11/20/2017


    Alumni Awards are given annually in recognition of exemplary contributions: 

    • Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice
    • Distinguished Alumni Award for Research
    • Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination
    • Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award
    • Early Career Excellence Award

    Nominations are also open for induction into Delta Omega, the national honor society for graduate studies in public health. 

    Find more information and nomination forms at publichealth.pitt.edu/AlumniAwards. 

  • Final Deadline for Application ($35 fee) | December Graduation Deadline December Graduation Deadline
    Final Deadline for Application ($35 fee)
    Tue 11/21/2017


    The regular deadline to apply for December 2017 graduation (term 2181) has passed. Applications are still being accepted with a $35 fee until November 21. This is the absolute final deadline to apply for graduation. If you miss this final deadline, you will not be able to graduate until the following term.

Teaching Tip of the Week

A Few Strategies to Nip Plagiarism in the Bud 

Having students submit written assignments through plagiarism prevention tools like Turnitin and SafeAssign is one way to spot academic integrity violations. However, there are other simple strategies to help to avoid plagiarism, including:

  1. Instead of having students submit one large assignment at the end of term, have them submit smaller parts of the assignment throughout. This enables process writing, offers a chance for you to give feedback intermittently, and prevents students from procrastinating and panicking right before the due date. The end-of-term panic is, of course, a driving force behind plagiarism. 
  1. Incorporating reflective statements within assignments—not only because personal reflections are more difficult to copy and paste from other sources, but also because they offer students a chance to get metacognitive.
  1. Having students give quick, oral status updates of their projects if there are a few extra minutes at the beginning or end of class. They can quickly tell their ideas to a partner, share within a small group, or present in front of the entire class. If students know that they are expected to provide status updates on their work throughout the semester, they won’t be tempted to leave all the work until the last minute. This is also a great opportunity for students to hone their oral presentation skills.

So as not to plagiarize, here’s the citation for this week’s Teaching Tip: 
Wangaard, D. (2017, July 13). Strategies to resist plagiarism. Retrieved August 16, 2017, from Turnitin Blog: turnitin.com

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Gellad questions CVS Health move to limit access to opioid painkillers 

Gellad questions CVS Health move to limit access to opioid painkillers

WALL STREET JOURNAL - One of the largest managers of pharmaceutical benefits in the U.S. says it will start limiting the duration and dose of some prescriptions for opioid painkillers, in an effort to combat widespread addiction. The restrictions, based on CDC recommendations published last year, co... (09/21/2017)
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Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker 

Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker

Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08) was guest lecturer for the September 21, 2017, epidemiology seminar with a talk titled “Cardiac Arrest, Resuscitation and the Opioid Epidemic.” He began his resuscitation research work in 2006. Since then he has developed interests in cardiac arrest physiology (acute ... (09/21/2017)
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Carolinas HealthCare System names DeFurio as new CFO 

Carolinas HealthCare System names DeFurio as new CFO

CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL - After a natioinwide search, NC-based Carolinas HealthCare System has tapped alumnus ANTHONY DEFURIO (HADM ’89) to serve as executive vice president and CFO, effective October 2017. Carolinas recently announced it would merge with Chapel Hill-based UNC Health Care, formin... (09/19/2017)
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Pittsburgh: Best U.S. city for millennials! 

Pittsburgh: Best U.S. city for millennials!

CURBED - Look at the stats! In addition to a raft of articles talking about the city’s growing tech sector, a new report from the Brookings Institution just found that Pittsburgh’s per capita university research and development (R&D) spending was nearly two and a half times the national average, and... (09/14/2017)
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Coming Up this Week:

  • Healthy U Fair | University of Pittsburgh Event University of Pittsburgh Event
    Healthy U Fair
    Mon 9/25/2017
    William Pitt Union

    Focusing on the nine dimensions of wellness to help Pitt students become happier and healthier, sponsored by Pitt's Healthy U division of Student Affairs. 

    Featuring displays from Pitt graduate and professional students showcasing their contributions to health and wellness! 

  • Neuroethics of Implantable Brain Stimulation Devices | University of Pittsburgh Lecture University of Pittsburgh Lecture
    Neuroethics of Implantable Brain Stimulation Devices
    Mon 9/25/2017 8:30AM - 3:00PM
    University Club

    Keynote speaker: Hank Greely, JD

    Invasive brain stimulation devices have great, and to some extent, already demonstrated potential, but, like all technologies, they come with a set of challenges. This talk will talk about ethical challenges arising from the relationship between the patients, doctors, and companies; the impact such technology may have on our sense of being human and being the source of our individuality; the legal issues arising from possible unintended effects of invasive brain stimulation; and practical issues, ranging from FDA and reimbursement considerations to public fears. It will also try to situate this technology, and the issues it raises, in relation to similar emerging neurotechnologies.
  • Peer Assessment Tools (Pitt UCTL) | Professional Development Event Professional Development Event
    Peer Assessment Tools (Pitt UCTL)
    Mon 9/25/2017 10:00AM - 11:30AM
    Alumni Hall

    Research indicates that having students review and assess their own and each others' work can increase both student engagement and achievement. This workshop will demonstrate three peer assessment tools available to all instructors at Pitt: Peerceptiv, Turnitin PeerMark, and the Blackboard Self and Peer Assessment tool. This workshop meets in Alumni Hall, B26.By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 
    • Understand the unique features of Peerceptiv, Turnitin PeerMark and Blackboard Self and Peer Assessment
    • Select the right peer assessment tool for your course
    • Create and manage a peer assessment using Peerceptiv, Turnitin PeerMark and Blackboard Self and Peer Assessment
    • Integrate Peerceptiv and Turnitin PeerMark with Blackboard
      Understand the unique features of Peerceptiv, Turnitin PeerMark and Blackboard Self and Peer AssessmentSelect the right peer asssessment tool for your course.Create and manage a peer assessment using Peerceptiv, Turnitin PeerMark and Blackboard Self and Peer AssessmentIntegrate Peerceptiv and Turnitin PeerMark with BlackboardUnderstand the unique features of Peerceptiv, Turnitin PeerMark and Blackboard Self and Peer AssessmentSelect the right peer asssessment tool for your course.Create and manage a peer assessment using Peerceptiv, Turnitin PeerMark and Blackboard Self and Peer AssessmentIntegrate Peerceptiv and Turnitin PeerMark with Blackboard
  • Phalguni Gupta, PhD | IDM Seminar Series IDM Seminar Series
    Phalguni Gupta, PhD
    Mon 9/25/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)


  • Teaching Effectively with and without PowerPoint (Pitt UCTL) | Professional Development Event Professional Development Event
    Teaching Effectively with and without PowerPoint (Pitt UCTL)
    Mon 9/25/2017 1:00PM - 2:30PM
    Alumni Hall

    PowerPoint is used in a majority of classrooms on campus today, but it is not often used to enhance the quality and effectiveness of teaching. In this workshop, we will cover best practices for designing slides for use during lectures and review sessions that will help students better engage with (and better retain) course material, as well as the complexities of sharing slides and notes with students. Participants will leave the workshop knowing how to design PowerPoint presentations which contribute to more effective learning.

    Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
    • Use best practices to inform use of presentation tools
    • Identify and avoid common PowerPoint pitfalls
    • Design and present an effective PowerPoint presentation
  • Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club | Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club Epidemiology Subclinical CVD Journal Club
    Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Journal Club
    Mon 9/25/2017 3:00PM - 4:30PM
    Public Health A521

    The focus of this journal club will continue to be the presentation of research being conducted by the CVD training grant trainees and faculty collaborating with the URL, as it relates to subclinical cardiovascular disease. This may take the form of practice for overview/comprehensive meetings, preparation for conference talks and/or informal works in progress (WIP) presentations. In addition, we will review published articles related to subclinical cardiovascular disease measure epidemiology and methodology.
  • Grand Rounds Moving Upstream: Addressing Social Determinants to advance the Quadruple Aim and Health Equity | Center for Health Equity Lecture Center for Health Equity Lecture
    Moving Upstream: Addressing Social Determinants to advance the Quadruple Aim and Health Equi