Things to Know

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From the Dean

School and University Updates

Let's #MaskUpPitt

Let’s promote face-covering requirements and get ready to come back to campus by asking everyone to Mask Up Pitt. Post a photo of you in your mask with your favorite scientific fact about why or how to #wearamask, who should wear them, or how to make a mask from the CDC or ACHD, etc. Tag @PittPublicHealth and show us your masks.  

Policy Statement for Predoctoral Fellows and Trainees

The provost recently approved a new policy for graduate students who are appointed as predoctoral fellows or predoctoral trainees, effective for academic year 2020-21.    

Public Health Leadership Opportunity: UAID Internship

Are you interested in social justice and looking for a leadership opportunity in public health?  United Against Inequities in Disease is pleased to announce open intern positions on the UAID National Board of Directors. Application deadline is July 17, 2020. Preference will be given to those who apply early.  

Register now for the 2020 Pitt Diversity Forum
Advancing Social Justice: A Call to Action

Register now for this three-day forum (July 28-30) and prepare to ignite conversations, investigate societal barriers in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, and outline actionable steps to advance social justice across the University, the city, and beyond. Ibram X. Kendi, one of America’s foremost voices on antiracism and the New York Times bestselling author of "How to Be an Antiracist," to keynote. The forum is free and open to all. Once you reg... 

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (7/2)

Updates from school leadership clarifying how University operating policies and procedures will be implemented at Pitt Public Health and other advice for the upcoming term.  

Call for submissions to Multiforme, a student-run art & literary magazine

Pitt Medicine students invite submission of original essays related to the experience of health and medicine. Multiforme seeks to bridge the gap between the science and humanity of medicine. Submissions are due by August 1 for the inaugural issue which will feature works created during, about, or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing institutionalized violence against black Americans and subsequent BlackLivesMatter protests.  

Career Services

CVs, Resumes, and Cover Letters - NIH Workshop

This workshop will highlight the critical elements and structure of CVs, resumes, and cover letters. These important job documents serve as the foundation for all job searches, and knowing how to create them based on the employment sector and published position description is essential. Presented by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE). 7/16, 2-3pm  

Getting Started with Handshake

Handshake is a career platform used by the University of Pittsburgh where students can search for job, internship, and fellowship opportunities, sign up for workshops and events, make appointments with career services staff, and access career-related resources. Handshake has officially replaced Pitt Bridges as the primary job board used by Pitt Public Health. To get started, log into Handshake and complete your profile and career interests.  

Brandeis HackMyPhD Free Virtual Events

HackMyPhD is an introduction to entrepreneurship and startups for PhDs and postdocs in STEAM fields. Learn how the skills you gain while completing your PhD are transferable and valuable beyond the lab and classroom. Virtual sessions include “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” on 7/22 covering how to start an interdisciplinary research project and “Finding Mentors, Allies and Experts” on 7/29 about building a network outside academia.  

Faculty Focus

Lunchtime Chat recording on the web!

Instructors who missed June 23's Lunchtime Chats - Instructional Design and Technology and/or June 29's Lunchtime Chat - Specification Grading can view a recording of the sessions and access the handout that was shared to participants on Pitt Public Health's Resources for Teaching, Learning and Advising Resources page.   

Make way for Canvas before the fall!

The University’s migration to the Canvas learning management system is in full effect! All instructors teaching in fall 2020 must use Canvas for their courses. BlackBoard/CourseWeb will only be around as a depository, and your course materials should already have been transferred to Canvas. Use the summer months to get acquainted with the new learning management system! Check out the bi-weekly Teaching Tips to get started.  

Teaching Tips

Set and manage expectations with Canvas’s Rubrics

It is annoying for instructors when a student ignores time-consuming feedback to flip ahead and concentrate on an assignment’s score. Equally frustrating is when students have no idea why they have earned a certain grade. The rubrics feature in Canvas allows for instructors to set and manage expectations on student work.  

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Upcoming issues

Things to Know comes out every-other Tuesday, including these upcoming dates:

  • 7/14
  • 7/28
  • 8/11