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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.

School and University Updates

Students, Faculty, Staff: Welcome Back!

The Office of Student Affairs invites students, faculty, and staff to their annual Welcome Back event. Stop by the Public Health Commons August 26 or 27, 11am -1pm to learn about oppotunities available across the school, take a free health assessment, and more! Come dressed for a free professional headshot to use on your LinkedIn profile, e-Portfolio, or Webpage on Tuesday, August 27 from 11:30am-1pm.  

Help welcome new students!

Get to know our incoming class at our upcoming two socials! All students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Taste of Pittsburgh Social on Wednesday, August 21, 5:30pm and the Italian Ice Social on Thursday, August 22, 4pm. Both socials will be located in the 1st floor Commons.   

Attention Students: Immunization Requirements

Pitt students are required to be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox. Recent outbreaks of highly contagious and preventable diseases at other universities have highlighted the importance of this policy for protecting the Pitt community. Vaccination clinics will be held on August 20 and September 13. For questions regarding the immunization policy, contact the Student Health Service at 412-383-1800.  

Don’t forget to ASK THE UTIMES your questions about campus

Can’t figure out how some unusual feature of campus got here? Wondering why things work the way they do at Pitt? See something unusual and think: When was the last time that happened? When was the first time? And how come it keeps happening? Just ask the UTimes. We’ll try to an swer those questions you keep meaning to ask about campus curiosities and historical happenings at Pitt. Send your queries to  

Pitt Dining’s Veg Collective offers vegan master list

Eating vegan can sometimes be a challenge, particularly when you’re eating away from home. The Pitt Veg Collective, organized by Pitt Dining by Sodexo, has created a  vegan master list  to spotlight vegan options at all the dining facilities on campus. While the list is geared toward students, it also highlights vegan options in facilities open to faculty and staff, such as the Cathedral Café and Schenley Café and the Pete Food Court. ... 

Teaching center looking for volunteers to pilot digital accessibility program

The University Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are looking for Pitt instructors to pilot Ally in Blackboard this fall. Ally provides guidance on how to correct accessibility issues with digital course content — making learning materials work better with assistive technologies for students with disabilities as well as on mobile phones and tablets. Ally, which is embedded directly into Blackboard, id... 

Job description posted in senior vice chancellor search

The University of Pittsburgh seeks an inspiring leader to serve as the next senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a leader who will contribute to the long and successful trajectory of the health sciences and of the UPMC clinical enterprise, championing University values and accelerating performance...  (read more)  

Commons Cafe to reopen on 8/26

The cafe in the Public Health Commons is set to reopen with the start of the fall term classes on Monday, 8/26. Hours are expected to match last years, tentatively 7-5 Monday through Thursday and 7-3 on Fridays. The student computer lounge, meditation room, lactation room, and other facilities are also available on their regular hours.   

Author Lecture - Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Beth Macy, author of Dopesick , will discuss the book that takes us to the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. The NYT called it, "A harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency." Part of the Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures series on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m.   

New Course Alert: Harm Reduction Approaches in Health and Public Health Settings

Get an introduction to harm reduction principles with Harm Reduction Approaches in Health and Public Health settings in the second half of this fall term. Build on lessons learned from the community and provider settings that have demonstrated success in engaging and caring for marginalized populations and extend the conversation to aspects of care that promote health among all populations.   

Student Affairs is looking for Peer Recruiters

If you have a passion for public health and would like to help others discover Pitt Public Health, we have a great opportunity for you.   

New Scholarship for Underserved Students: Healthcare Scholarship

The Brown Medical and Educational (MAE) Foundation is offering a non-renewable $1000 scholarship to underserved students who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year will be available next year starting February 1, 2020.  

Health Department asks residents to complete Allegheny County Community Health Assessment

As part of the next Community Health Assessment, the Allegheny County Health Department and its advisory coalition ask residents to take a survey to help identify priority health issues impacting our communities. This survey has a focus on health equity and will be used to design a new Community Health Improvement Plan, which will outline goals and strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of all Allegheny County residents.  

Career Services

Foundations of Successful Career Planning and Development Course

In this full-year, two-credit course, students will engage in experiential learning, small-group discussions, and peer mentoring to increase capacity for career development, foster life-long career management habits, maximize scholarly training, and shape positive career outcomes. Open to all graduate students and postdocs. Class meets every other week for two hours.  

Seeking on-campus or student employment this fall?

Attend the University's annual Student Employment Fair to meet departments and local employers hiring for part-time positions and internships. The fair will take place on Wed, August 28th from 1-4 PM in the William Pitt Union.  

Ambassadors for Civic Engagement (ACE) Fellowship

The ACE Fellowship is an experiential, seven-month, paid opportunity for graduate students to apply their education and skills to improve quality of life in the Pittsburgh region. The 2019-2020 cohort will work with the Buhl Foundation on a model to improve the quality of education, employment, health, place, and safety across Pittsburgh’s eighteen Northside neighborhoods. Apply by 9/16.  

Science Communication Workshop at Phipps

On Saturday, September 7th, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will hold a science communication workshop for graduate students and other professionals in science-related fields. The program includes the opportunity to return to Phipps to share your work. Register by 9/2.    

Grants, Scholarships, and Funding Opportunities

Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Public Health Practice: Apply by Nov 18

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Public Health Practice. Students working or studying in an area related to public health practice with a faculty member who has an association with the Center for Public Health Practice are eligible to apply. Deadline is November 18, 2019.  

Faculty Focus

Do you need help with a research project?

Attend the Longitudinal Research Project - Mentor Matching Mixer on September 23 at 5 p.m. to meet students looking for potential longitudinal research mentors. Last year's event featured 160 medical students seeking mentors. In addition to receiving assistance with research projects and increasing the visibility of your department, faculty mentors receive 25 ECUs per year, per student mentored.   

Teaching Tips

How to Turn a Check for Plagiarism Into a Teachable Moment

From copying an entire essay that was submitted years before by another student, to forgetting to write down references, the majority of instructors will encounter at least one case of plagiarism in their teaching career. However difficult these confrontations may be, avoiding them means losing potential teachable moments. Learning how to address plagiarism without it being a punitive moment can make your job easier and your relationship with yo... 

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Academic Integrity Module (AIM) Deadline

Academic integrity is of the utmost importance at Pitt Public Health, and violations of school policy, however unintentional, can become quite a serious issue. For that reason, it is important to learn what is expected of Pitt Public Health graduate students by completing the Academic Integrity m...