Things to Know

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From the Dean

School and University Updates

Registration is now open for THE EMERGENCE AND GLOBAL SPREAD OF COVID-19 fall course!

In this course, students will learn about the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 2019, and its global spread to the present date. This course will be taught with an infectious disease prevention and control focus, but will cross-cut each major discipline within public health. Open to Pitt graduate and undergraduate students (with permission). Student limit is capped at 100.  

Save the Date: The Pittsburgh Summer Institute Student Showcase

The Pittsburgh Summer Institute (PSI) is a practicum collaboration between Pitt Public Health and the Allegheny County Health Department. The student showcase is a time to learn about all the exciting projects that have taken place over the past few months. Register for this year's PSI Student Showcase on July 30, from 10-11:30am.   

On-Campus Vaccine Appointments (And Walk-Ins) Available!

Regular vaccine clinics will be held on-campus all summer! Pitt students, faculty, staff and friends can register online to receive a vaccine on Wednesdays from 1-4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Student Summer Discussion Groups

Don't miss these final opportunities to help your school! Join the Office of Student Affairs and Director of Student Services, Mike Dolinger, to participate in one of our six Student Summer Discussion Groups held via Zoom. Final group discussions are on July 29 and August 11!  

Career Services

Job, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities

This section appears in every edition of Things to Know and summarizes opportunities from alumni/faculty/staff/employers, jobs recently posted in Handshake, and upcoming fellowship and internship deadlines.  

Summer Events for Students and Recent Grads in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Passport offers social, outdoor, and cultural activities and professional development events for students and recent grads interning, working, or studying in the Pittsburgh region this summer. New events are added each week! Hosted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.  

Workshops from Beyond the Professoriate

Upcoming workshops include "How to identify a career that’s right for you" on July 16th and "How to conduct a successful job search" on July 23rd. Follow the links to log into the AURORA platform using your Pitt credentials and sign up under "Webinars."  

Grant, Scholarship, Internship, and Conference Opportunities

Call for Abstracts: Conference on Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States: Focus on the Caribbean

Developing a Collaborative Actoin-Research Agenda to Inform Policy and Programs, virtual conference October 5-8. Seeking abstracts for posters addressing the broad topic of climate change and health in small island developing states, with focus on the Caribbean. Submit by August 14.   

Call for Abstracts and Program Updates: 2021 Transpride Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Conference

Seeking research abstracts relating to transgender, non-binary, and other gender diverse communities from trainees of all levels as well as senior-level researchers and project updates reflecting projects that have a potential impact on the lives of transgender, non-binary, and other gender diverse communities. Submit by July 30 for oral or poster participation in the virtual October 14-16 event.   

Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) TL1 Fellowship

The ICRE is seeking pre- and postdoctoral trainees for the Clinical and Translational Fellowship, offering individualized training, financial support, and mentoring to trainees pursuing the entire spectrum of translational science (T1-T4). All trainees must be able to commit to at least one year of training and research. Apply by July 16.  

Faculty Focus

There's still time to register for the University of Pittsburgh's Diversity Forum

Don't forget to sign up for the University of Pittsburgh's Diversity Forum 2021 and check out the variety of presenters and topics on deck. The Diversity Forum 2021 will take place from July 26-29.  

New diversity and inclusion statement for Pitt Public Health syllabi

Effective fall 2021, faculty are required to update their syllabi with a new diversity and inclusion statement.   

Teaching Tips

Keep it specific: Creating a communication plan for you and your students

Do you have a clear, explicit plan of communication for you and your students? Check out this teaching tip from Ada Youk, Pitt Public Health’s assistant dean of academic affairs and associate professor in the department of biostatistics!  

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Things to Know comes out every-other Tuesday, including these dates for Spring Term 2021:

  • 6/29
  • 7/13
  • 7/27
  • 8/4
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