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Weekly Update: What's Happening at Pitt Public Health

2/16/17 Issue


Reminder: Call for Abstracts - Dean's Day Submission Form Now Available

February 24 deadline
Dean's Day student research competition includes five poster sessions, April 5-7, with selected oral presentations, awards ceremony, and school-wide celebration on April 21. All students are encouraged to participate, and everyone that submits an abstract will present a poster. ►Read more

Dean's Day Participants are particularly encouraged to attend the upcoming Health Science's Library workshops,How to Create a Quality Scientific Poster (2/27) and PowerPoint for Conference Posters (3/3) ►Read more

Pitt Public Health Toastmasters - Schedule Change

If you are looking to improve your communication and public speaking skills, grow as a leader, build your confidence, and network, Pitt Public Health Toastmasters is the answer. Now meeting the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Open to all. Contact Pitt Public Health Toastmasters.

Call for Nominations - American Public Health Association Awards

May 5 deadline
Help APHA identify the best among us by nominating a colleague who exemplifies outstanding contributions. Membership is not required for nomination to several awards. Presented at the Annual Meeting and Expo, November 4-8 in Atlanta. ►Read more

Call for Applications - International Collaborations on Sustainable Innovations Grant

February 28 deadline
Seed funding to develop new international collaborations that advance work in solving pressing sustainability problems. An alliance between the University Center for International Studies and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. ►Read more

Summer Training for Underrepresented Junior Faculty

Various dates depending on subject matter 

Junior faculty or scientists with a background that is underrepresented in the biomedical or health sciences with research interests compatible with those of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insitute in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders are encouraged to apply for a variety of training sessions with varied research emphases. ►Read more

Upcoming Deadlines

Hot Picks

Opioid Pilot Grant Research Update - Session 2

Monday, February 20, 3-4:05 p.m., A115 Crabtree
Professors Evelyn Talbot (EPID) and Zan Dobson (HPM) present their research results from the 2016 Opioid Pilot Grants Program. ►Read more

Life after Postdoc: Career Opportunities in Academia

Thursday, February 23, 9:30 -11:30 a.m., S120 Starzl
A presentation of traditional postdoc career pathways in a research institution and lessor known career paths in academia that are available to PhDs. Panelists will share how their education, training, and professional skills prepared them to successfully compete for their current positions, plus audience Q and A. Moderated by Julie A. Phillipi, PhD, assistant professor of cardiothoracic Surgery, Pitt Medicine. Part of the Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series, presented by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development in Pitt's Office of Academic Career Development. ►Read more

Film and Discussion - Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, And The NRA

Thursday, February 23, 5:45-8 p.m. 

A feature-length film looking at a major public health crisis in America today: gun violence. Discussants: Steve Albert and Richard Garland. ►Read more

Mark your Calendar

How to Create a Quality Scientific Poster Workshop

Monday, February 27, noon, Falk Library classroom 2

Tips and tricks to design a quality poster to ensure a successful presentation of your data. Different formats and ideas will be discussed and the presenter will walk through the preparation of a mock poster. ►Read more

Day of Giving during Pitt's Founder's Day

Tuesday, February 28, 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Public Health Community Commons
We are participating in the University-wide Day of Giving with a station set up for students and faculty to make a gift or write thank yous to school donors plus complimentary beverages!

PowerPoint for Conference Posters Workshop

Friday, March 3, 2-4 p.m., Falk Library classroom 2
A hands-on workshop focusing on the design and printing phase of presenting a poster. See poster examples, create a poster using PowerPoint, and perfect techniques on visual balance, poster sizing, and emphasizing graphics. ►Read more

Mock K Study Session

Thursday, March 16, 3 p.m., Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Experience a live study section and receive inside information regarding the review process. Part of the Spring 2017 Research Series, presented by Pitt’s Office of Academic Career Development. ►Read more

Health Equity Through Action on the Social Determinants of Health

Friday, March 17, 2 p.m., Public Health Auditorium (G023)
A panel discussion on the social determinants of health and health equity, including ways in which action has been taken to invoke change. ►Read more

Women in Medicine and Science Forum

Tuesday, March 21

An annual event to celebrate and highlight the presence and accomplishments of women in medicine and science at the University. Share strengths, talents, and experience.

Global Health Career Fair

Thursday, April 6, 1-6 p.m., Washington D.C.
Sponsored by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and the Global Health Council. Registration details to follow at

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Arsenic work by EOH's Barchowsky cited as top paper of 2016 

Arsenic work by EOH's Barchowsky cited as top paper of 2016

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR - The NIEHS journal signaled out work by AARON BARCHOWSKY and co-authors as one of the top 25 "Papers of the Year" among 2,700 research papers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The research, published in Stem Cells, found that chronic exposure ... (02/16/2017)

A short history of humans and germs: Episode 3 (video) 

A short history of humans and germs: Episode 3 (video)

NPR - For most of human history, we had a lot of bad ideas about how we were getting sick and how to prevent it. Things started changing only about 200 years ago when an English doctor invented vaccination, our first safe and effective way to fight disease. So what did that do for us? Consider that ... (02/16/2017)

BCHS's Ron Stall named a 2017 chancellor award winner for research 

BCHS's Ron Stall named a 2017 chancellor award winner for research

UNIVERSITY TIMES - Selected for this award in recognition of his “pioneering efforts in the field of HIV pre- vention and LGBT health,” RON STALL is praised as a leader in the development of behavioral risk reduction interventions because he has directed this field to examine HIV from new angles. (02/16/2017)

New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski 

New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - "There are many guidelines for managing acute or chronic pain, but not for maternity care," said lead author MARIAN JARLENSKI, a Pitt health-policy researcher. "We have a public health crisis with opioid addiction. We were surprised to see more than 1 in 10 women were going h... (02/15/2017)
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Teaching Tip of the Week

Identifying and Helping At-Risk Students

In a recent University Times article, Joel Brady, staff in the University Center for Teaching and Learning, provides advice on identifying both at-risk students and the resources on campus to assist them. The article also provides details about relevant new features in CourseWeb such as last login, time stamped assignments, and more. ►Read more

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