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From the Dean

School and University Updates

Submit your Posed Selfie's for Convocation 2021!

All graduates must submit their posed selfie this week which will be displayed during our Virtual Convocation on May 2. All photos must be submitted to no later than Friday, April 23.    

Students: make an impact with your feedback

OMET surveys are now open and available through Canvas and My Pitt. Take time to provide valuable feedback to improve the education options at the school. Surveys are anonymous and sent out after grades have been distributed.  

Read the Second Issue of the SGA's Public Health Journal

Featuring interviews with Dean Lichtveld, PA Deputy Secretary of Health Meghna Patel plus work on the long-haulers of COVID-19, menstrual practices of Nepali-Bhutanese women in Pittsburgh, and more!   

Submit your June Graduation Application

Graduation applications for June graduation (term 2217) are due by Monday, May 10. Please send applications to   

Update on Pitt's Cloud Storage Migration Plans

Pitt Information Technology and Pitt Research are committed to ensuring a smooth transition from Box to OneDrive for cloud storage and collaboration. While the University's Box contract has been extended until August 2022, the next step is to learn more specifics about how you use Box at Pitt.   

Pitt returns to elevated operational risk posture

The University moved back to the "Elevated" operational risk posture at 9:00 p.m. on March 31. What does that mean for Pitt Public Health?   

African Background of Medical Science with Charles S. Finch III

Finch is a clinical and academic medicine practitioner who is no stranger to the African background of medical science, having traveled to Africa 75 times since 1971 to conduct independent studies in African science. He has published more than a dozen articles on the African background of medical science and is author of three books. Two sessions - both open to all.   

Dean’s Day 2021 Noon Keynote Speaker Series - Wednesday, April 7th

I’m Where I Am Because Of… With Dean Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH -  Find out how to achieve your own goals through our Q&A, and take away motivation from one of the members and pillars of our School. Open to all students and faculty!  

"Picture a Scientist" film and panel discussion

When you picture a scientist, do you see yourself? The documentary "Picture a Scientist" provides a stark view of the STEM landscape as told by three women who have experienced the struggle for equity firsthand. View the film for free (with Pitt credentials) and join an expert panel on April 8 at 2 p.m. to discuss the film's lessons, applicability to Pitt, and the path forward toward gender and racial equity in STEM.   

Graduate and Professional Student Government executive board elections

The GPSG is holding elections for executive board, and our own BCHS MPH student Mica Hope is running for VP of Committees! Check out all the candidates and learn more about GPSG today.   

Career Services

ASPPH Virtual Public Health Career Fair on April 30th

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will be hosting a national public health career fair on Friday, April 30th. The event is open to graduate and undergraduate students and alumni seeking full-time jobs, internships, fellowships, and postdoctoral opportunities. Register today!  

8th Annual Online Career Conference for Graduate Students, PhDs, and Postdocs - May 1st & 8th

Considering nonacademic career options? This year’s online conference from Beyond the Professoriate will include topics such as exploring your career options and finding the best fit, translating academic skills & experience, mentorship, networking, negotiating, transitioning into a nonacademic job, and job searching during COVID-19. The conference is FREE for Pitt students and postdocs.    

The Importance of Staying Engaged in Your Job Search - April 23rd

Have you thought to yourself in a panic over the past few weeks: “I graduate in less than a month - now what!?” Join career services professionals from graduate schools across the university to talk about strategies for getting engaged with your career search. This program will talk about building your brand, communicating it through storytelling, and how to network your way into your next job.  

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.  

Grant, Scholarship, Internship, and Conference Opportunities

T32 Training Grant: Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Program

Seeking a highly talented postdoctoral fellow (PhD, MD and equivalent) for a 2-3 year fellowship. The program emphasizes the quality collection of subclinical vascular measures, CVD biomarkers, and CVD outcomes data and how they can be used to understand the process of atherosclerosis and CVD with the goal to be independent CVD epidemiologists in multidisciplinary research settings competent in traditional and novel epidemiological methods in CV... 

Teaching Tips

Get more meaningful feedback from students on your OMET surveys

Improve not only the response rate for your OMET surveys but also the quality of feedback from students about your course. Find out how!  

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Upcoming issues

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

  • 1/12
  • 1/26
  • 2/9
  • 2/23
  • 3/9
  • 3/23
  • 4/6
  • 4/20