Things to Know

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. To view in your web browser, visit publichealth.pitt.edu/things-to-know.

From the Dean

School and University Updates

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join the movement to eradicate sexual assault and harassment. Multiple events are aimed at raising awareness and preventing all forms of sexual misconduct. Join the movement to ERADICATE SEXUAL ASSAULT and HARASSMENT.  

Virtual Milestone Meetings and Defenses

Click on the headline tor a handy guide for using Zoom for essay, thesis or dissertation meetings and defenses.  

Pre-register for “Science and Health Law : Navigating through COVID-19” on 4/9

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Preventive medicine physician Wendy Braund joins IDM’s Jeremy Martinson, legal epidemiologist Elizabeth Van Nostrand, and disease modeler EPI’s Wilbert van Panhuis for an interactive Go-to-Meeting webinar exploring the outbreak from their unique perspectives and addressing vital scientific and legal questions around COVID-19.  Free pre-registration required by 4/8. Organized by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center (MAR-PHTC) i... 

Hugen's John Shaffer selected for the 2020 Craig Award for Excellence in Teaching

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John Shaffer, assistant professor of human genetics and oral biology, has been awarded the 2020 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence. Craig awardees are nominated annually by students and selected by a committee of students and past awardees.    

Collaboration spaces available at Pitt's CEC Homewood

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Though onsite programming is currently paused Pitt's Community Engagement Center in Homewood, some essential services continue. To confirm availability or plan future activities, contact Daren Ellerbee. The CEC includes shared, dedicated spaces for Pitt Public Health—plus even more opportunities for outstanding cross-disciplinary collaborations in wellness, education, living, and learning. It's an extension of the school at the interface with th... 

Dean search Town Hall Meeting set for 4/9 via Zoom

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Search committee members and search chair Bernard J. Costello are pleased to announce an open virtual meeting of the search committee for a new dean for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. All are welcome to take part. Representatives from the search firm Isaacson, Miller will participate. The meeting will take place virtually, and questions for the committee may be submitted online.   

Final chance to apply for April 2020 graduation - Fees waived!

Although the regular deadline to apply for April 2020 graduation has passed, applications are still being accepted until March 31, the final deadline.  NOTE: the Registrar’s office will WAIVE the $35 late fee for April 2020 (term 2204) graduation application.  

Public health library liaison is ready to help

Pitt Public Health's library liaison, Helena VonVille, is ready to help students, staff, and faculty with research needs. She can provide assistance from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. via computer. She's also happy to schedule meetings (via Zoom or phone) outside of those hours and weekends.     

Applications open 4/2 for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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Teach, research, or study abroad! Pitt is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. Applications open for both graduate and undergraduate students beginning April 2. Attend the virtual information session on April 3 at 3 p.m. Or, contact Lesha Greene for details on how to work with a seasoned scholar-mentor to improve your application and realize your global health dreams.    

Recent COVID-19 updates

What You Can Do About Coronavirus Right Now (3/26, NY TIMES)

NY TIMES - You have an essential role to play in slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. The good news is that small changes in personal behavior can buy time — slowing the outbreak, preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and reducing cases until scientists develop treatments and, eventually, a vaccine. Here’s some practical advice from doctors and public health experts to protect yourself and your community.  Check out this comprehen... 

Pre-register for “Science and Health Law : Navigating through COVID-19” on 4/9

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Preventive medicine physician Wendy Braund joins IDM’s Jeremy Martinson, legal epidemiologist Elizabeth Van Nostrand, and disease modeler EPI’s Wilbert van Panhuis for an interactive Go-to-Meeting webinar exploring the outbreak from their unique perspectives and addressing vital scientific and legal questions around COVID-19.  Free pre-registration required by 4/8. Organized by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center (MAR-PHTC) i... 

Coordination of COVID-19-Related Research

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Pitt's CTSI is the central hub for resources related to COVID-19 research studies including  all studies that require HRPO (IRB) approval . If your team is 1) currently conducting COVID-19 research, 2) planning to implement COVID-19 research, or 3) amending a current research study to include COVID-19 measures, submit a description of your work identifying any resources needed to remove barriers and expedite research.  

More COVID-19 resources & guidelines

Career Services

Connect to Pitt Public Health on LinkedIn

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As the end of the term approaches, be sure to connect on LinkedIn to both Pitt Public Health's official school PAGE and GROUP. Join a community of past and current students to network, develop your career, seek employment opportunities, and share! Network from anywhere and capitalize on your Pitt connections.  

Appointments with Career Services Available by Phone

Career Services is still here for you. One-on-one appointment requests for resume/CV reviews, cover letter reviews, interview prep, and other career-related topics can be made through Pitt Bridges. Instructions for phone consultations will be included in the meeting confirmation email from Pitt Bridges.   

Grants, Scholarships, and Conference Opportunities

Pitt Innovation Challenge 2020 - PInCh® applications due 4/29

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With a total of $450,000 in available awards,  The Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh ® ) 2020 is seeking your innovative solution to a health problem. Ideas can span health and healthcare, including disease prevention, diagnostics, treatments, interventions, predictive solutions, patient care, and provider and patient tools, and community programs. We encourage projects that create new teams and build new connections within the academic communit... 

Faculty Focus

Coordination of COVID-19-Related Research

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Pitt's CTSI is the central hub for resources related to COVID-19 research studies including  all studies that require HRPO (IRB) approval . If your team is 1) currently conducting COVID-19 research, 2) planning to implement COVID-19 research, or 3) amending a current research study to include COVID-19 measures, submit a description of your work identifying any resources needed to remove barriers and expedite research.  

Teaching Tips

Tips for Using Zoom for Essay, Thesis, Dissertation Meetings and Defenses

Read about some early best practices for holding a remote defense or student essay, thesis, or dissertation committee meeting.  

View more teaching tips

Event changes/cancellations due to COVID-19

The University's Guidance on Events and Gatherings directs that "In order to promote social distancing, any nonessential gathering or event with more than 25 participants scheduled through April 17, 2020, should be canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual event. No new events should be scheduled at this time. Additionally, nonessential meetings or events of any size should be reconsidered."

As many events and gatherings will be impacted over the coming weeks, before attendingplease confirm whether an event has been canceled or moved online. Check  publichealth.pitt.edu/calendar for the latest updates and cancellations. 

Visit publichealth.pitt.edu/calendar for a detailed, searchable list of events at Pitt Public Health Keep an eye out for Things to Know, featuring twice-monthly announcements from the office of student affairs for students, faculty, and the entire Pitt Public Health community. For past issues, view the calendar archive or announcements archive.

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Upcoming issues

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

  • 3/17   3/24
  • 4/7
  • 4/21