1/30/15: Student Edition - University of Pittsburgh Graduate School

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1/30/15: Student Edition
Student News
NEW! HRSA Bureau of Maternal and Child Health Graduate Student Epidemiology Programs
February 13 deadline
A unique opportunity to apply your classroom skills to real-world data projects while providing state and local agencies a
valuable technical assistance resource as they work to enhance their epidemiologic capacity. Stop by the Office of Student
Affairs to review a program guide featuring an overview of the program, eligibility information, and a brief synopsis of the 30
summer opportunities being offered this year, or ►Read more
Fall Course Evaluations Available
Fall 2014 course evaluations are now available in the Course Evaluation Portal. All current Pitt Public Health students have
automatic access. ►Read more
Login directly to the portal
HSLS February Courses
Check out the calendar of free HSLS courses, including Painless PubMed, EndNote Basics, Prezi for Presentations, and
Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations. ►Read more
Also, sign up for weekly e-vites announcing HSLS FlashClasses, a series of one-hour classes announced each week and
covering unique topics that may be of special interest to small groups. A variety of classes will be offered this term, including
specific topics concerning data management, literature reviews, instruction and presentation design, clinical information skills,
and more. E-mail flash@pitt.edu to sign up.
Call for Abstracts: 2015 Health Disparities Poster Competition
February 20 deadline
Disparities are differences in health status in any studied population compared to the comparable majority (or more
commonly studied) population. Expand your professional skill set by presenting work based upon race or ethnicity, gender,
disability, sexual orientation, age, and other parameters. Posters also accepted for community-based initiatives designed to
address health disparities. ►Read more
Expand Your Research with Mass Spectrometry
Pitt’s Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Center combines state-of-the-art high resolution mass spectrometry with classical
biochemical approaches to identify and quantify biologically relevant proteins and metabolites. For more information or to
schedule an appointment, ►Read more
The Institute for Clinical Research Education – Now Accepting Applications
The Institute for Clinical Research Education is the home for the Pitt’s premier clinical and translational research training
programs as well as for the Research Education and Career Development Core of the Clinical and Translational Science
Institute. The ICRE's primary objectives are to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by
building on the Pitt’s existing clinical research training programs to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging
from early research exposure for high school students to programs for faculty. They offer degrees in clinical and translational
science as well as medical education and also have numerous career development programs for trainees across the pipeline.
►Read more
Call for Abstracts: GRF One Health Summit 2015
February 28 deadline for October 4-7 event
Theme is fostering interdisciplinary collaboration for global public and animal health. ►Read more
Call for Abstracts: CPP 2016 – Cardiac Problems in Pregnancy
November 1 deadline for February 27-March 1, 2016 event
Several congress topics are available. ►Read more
2015 Dean’s Day Student Research Competition
February 20 deadline for abstract submission
March 31-April 2 poster sessions
The 2015 Dean’s Day student research competition features four poster sessions with selected oral presentations, awards
ceremony, and school-wide celebration on April 10. All students are encouraged to participate and everyone that submits an
abstract will present a poster. Poster sessions and awards ceremony are GR eligible. ►Read more
Students submitting abstracts for Dean’s Day are encouraged to submit applicable work to the Health Disparities Poster
Competition, also by February 20.
DEALINE TODAY: Nominate Alumni for the Distinguished Alumni and Gloninger Service Awards
January 30 deadline
Do you know of a Pitt Public Health graduate that is doing exciting things? Consider nominating someone for the
Distinguished Alumni Award in teaching and dissemination, in research, or in practice; or for the Gloninger Service award.
Deadline for nominations is January 30. For more information about criteria and nomination requirements, ►Read more
Health Sciences Library System January Newsletter
Read this month’s issue of the HSLS Update.
Volunteer for YMCA Afterschool – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Pick two days/week: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., various locations in Hill District, Hazelwood, Homewood, Friendship
Make a difference implementing SPARK and HEPA curriculums while leading fun games and activities for kids K-5. For
details, call 412-648-7960 or e-mail ymca@pitt.edu.
ASPPH Friday Letter
News and information from all the CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. Scholarships, fellowships, job
postings, advocacy updates, and much more. ►Read more
eBrain Journal Club
Monday, February 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m., A731 Crabtree
All are welcome to join Dr. Andi Rosso for coffee, coffee cake, and a discussion of Neural correlates of a standardized version
of the trail making test in young and elderly adults: a functional near-infrared spectroscopy study.
Pitt Public Health Winter Blood Drive
Wednesday, February 4, noon-5 p.m., First Floor Parran Hall Commons
Donate blood and support life with SGA and the Central Blood Bank. Register at centralbloodbank.org with code CU190022
or contact pph.sga@gmail.com. Walk-ins also welcome.
NEW! Senior Vice Chancellor’s Special Lecture: New Insights into How Respiratory Complexes I-III Acquire and
Ligate Their Indispensable Iron Sulfur Cofactors
Wednesday, February 4, 2 p.m., Scaife lecture room 6
Presented by Tracey Rouault, MD, senior investigator, Section on Human Iron Metabolism, National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development.
NEW! EOH Journal Club Seminar
Thursday, February 5, 11 a.m.-noon, 3rd floor conference room, Bridgeside
Alexis Carter will present on the paper, The gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability in mice.
CBS News article
NPR article
Epidemiology Spring Seminar: Rethinking Sexual Violence Prevention – Sexuality, Trauma, and Gender
Thursday, February 5, noon-1 p.m., A115 Crabtree
Presented by Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD.
Film Screening: Sewing Hope and Discussion with Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe
Thursday, February 5, 5:30 p.m. (doors), Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University
In this moving documentary, Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe, who was named to Time’s “Top 100 Most Influential People of 2014”
list, tells her courageous story of helping to rebuild the lives of young people traumatized by civil war in Uganda. ►Read
NEW! CHE Monthly Journal Club
Friday, February 6, 1-2 p.m., A216 Crabtree
The Center for Health Equity (CHE) hosts a monthly journal club meeting to facilitate dialogue about health equity among
faculty, students, staff, and community members. The February CHE Journal Club will be facilitated by Mary Hawk, BCHS
Assistant Professor, and Crystal Archibald, Environmental Health Specialist, ACHD. They will lead attendees in discussing
the article "Mechanisms of Adherence in a Harm Reduction Housing Program." All faculty, staff, students, and community
members welcome! Coffee and treats will be served.
The Interrupters – A Pitt Public Health Cinematic Event
Friday, February 6, 5-8 p.m., A115 Crabtree Hall
A raw, emotional, and intense documentary about community gang violence in Chicago, featuring the activist group
CeaseFire, who work to curb violence by intervening in street fights and teaching better ways to resolve conflicts. Presented
by the Pitt Trauma and Emergency League (PTEL) and Pitt’s Outside the Classroom Curriculum. Register today!
NEW! Department Of Epidemiology Seminar: A Community Health Assessment of Allegheny County
Thursday, February 12, noon-1 p.m., A115 Crabtree
Area of Emphasis: Applied Public Health Epidemiology Introduction to Applied Public Health Epidemiology: Ron Voorhees,
MD, MPH A Community Health Assessment of Allegheny County LuAnn L. Brink, PhD Chief Epidemiologist, Bureau of
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Allegheny County Health Department.
NEW! DSD 101: Dealing with Reproductive Diversity
Thursday, February 12, noon-1 p.m., Scaife lecture room 1
Presented by Arlene Baratz, MD, Pitt Medicine alum and board member and family advisor to the AIS-DSD Support Group
and moderator of the AIS-DSD Parents Group. Free and open to the public. RSVP requested but not required.
NEW! International Climate Fiction and Strategies of Sustainability in the Anthropocene
Thursday, February 12 5:00 p.m., 602 Cathedral of Learning
Addresses the relatively recent emergence and wide-spread appearance of the category "cli-fi", or "climate change fiction."
Such literature from around the world explores humanity's circumstances and options for defining and achieving long-term
"sustainability," or even survivability, in the so-called age of the Anthropocene, which is defined as the era when human
industrial practices and particulates have permeated the entire surface of our planet Earth. ►Read more
Workshop or Webcast: The Interplay Between Environmental Exposures and Obesity
March 2-3, Research Triangle Park, NC
Institute of Medicine workshop exploring the role of chemical exposures in the development of obesity through sessions
focused on a life span view, possible biologic pathways and environmental influences, and effects of food additives and
antibiotics. Speakers will make links between exposure to environmental chemicals and increased incidence of weight gain,
glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and aspects of metabolic syndrome in animal models and human
studies. ►Read more
NEW! Doctoral Directions – Learning to Lead in Biomedicine
March 5-6, University Club
A campus conference focused on graduate and medical student professional development, hosted jointly by the Women in
Science and Medicine Association and the Biomedical Graduate School Association with the goal of providing leadership
tools to prepare graduate and medical trainees to build biomedical careers that will be sustainable in the changing landscape
of medicine and science. ►Read more
Student Organizations
Graduate Students of Color Dinner with Pitt’s Graduate Studies Diversity Initiatives
Monday, February 2, William Pitt Union Lower Lounge
The theme is writing with a focus on copyright. Register today!
NEW! Global Health Student Association General Body Meeting
Monday, February 2, 11 a.m.-noon, A622 Crabtree
Learn about upcoming events and travel scholarship opportunities.
SGA Elections and Meeting
Tuesday, February 3, 7 p.m., 109 Parran
NEW! Something Sweet
Thursday, February 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 109 Parran
Help SGA spread a little Valentine’s Day love at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh while decorating and enjoying something
sweet! Decorate Valentine ’s Day cards to be distributed at Children’s Hospital and take part in our first ever cupcake
decorating contest!! RSVP through Eventbrite
NEW! Global Health Film Series Screening: Globesity: Fat’s New Frontier
Tuesday, February 10, noon-2 p.m., 109 Parran
Reveals the outrageous eruption of a worldwide epidemic in countries where famine was once the number one health issue.
The documentary visits China, Brazil, India, and Mexico examining how the usage of sugar and oil has led to the rapid
enlargement of waistlines. Additionally, the directors explore how the establishment of food companies has drastically
increased the usual daily intake of food and carbonated beverages in these particular countries. Please join us for a postscreening discussion and pizza lunch.
Become a Board Member with the Association of Women in Public Health
AWPH is looking for new board members for the 2015-16 school year! Open positions include president, vice president,
publicity representative, treasurer, and secretary. E-mail awph@pitt.edu if interested in this exciting and fun leadership
Join the SGA mailing list
Like SGA on Facebook
Read the GPSG Bulletin
Career Services
UPDATED! Registration Deadline for the Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast
EOB February 5 registration deadline for event on Thursday, February 12, 8-10 a.m., O’Hara Student Center
Back by popular demand! Meet and connect with alumni working in a variety of public health environments during this
exciting event. Register today!
Registration is required and space is limited. Submitting the registration form indicates interest in attending, but students
will not be officially registered unless they receive a follow-up confirmation e-mail. Please be considerate and do not register
unless you are positive you are able to attend. Students who do not have a confirmation e-mail will not be able to attend
this event.
NEW! Workshop: Networking and Preparing Your One-Minute Commercial – Two Sessions!
Thursday, February 5, 4-5 p.m. and February 10, 10 a.m., both in 109 Parran
Prepare for the upcoming Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast. Register at pittbridges.experience.com or
NEW! Professional Development Seminar for Advanced Graduate Students: How to Find Resources that Fit Your
Career Stage
Wednesday, February 11, 3-5 p.m., O’Hara Student Center Ballroom
Presented by Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC. In contrast to the early-stage seminar offered in fall 2014, this program is
specifically designed for students in the later stages of their graduate program.
Career Services Workshops and Important Dates, Spring 2015
NEW! February 11 Walk-In’s Cancelled in Preparation for the Alumni-Student Networking Breakfast
Normal walk-in hours will resume on Wednesday, February 18, 2-5 p.m.
UPDATED! This Week in Pitt Bridges
We’ve added 32 new opportunities this week! Login to Pitt Bridges and click on Posted by Pitt Public Health Career Services
to see opportunities like a community health technical advisor for the Global Health Fellow Program, a behavioral health
implementation research scientist for PolicyLab, and a principal scientist in genetic toxicology for BioReliance.
Internships, Fellowships, and Postdocs
DEADLINE APPROACHING: Alcohol and Drug Research Postdoctoral Fellowships
January 31 deadline
The Alcohol Research Group investigates different perspectives of alcohol abuse in populations, from health disparities,
international border drug use, policy research, neighborhood and community research, population trends, and clinical/health
services research. ►Read more
DEADLINE APPROACHING: ICRE Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research
January 31 deadline
Fellowship is designed to encourage and support University of Pittsburgh students who wish to pursue a career in
multidisciplinary clinical and translational research. The fellowships will provide a stipend, partial tuition, and some research
support and will be awarded to outstanding candidates who are from the schools of the health sciences or any other graduate
department within the University and are engaged in clinical research or translational research. To apply or for more
information, ►Read more
DEADLINE APPROACHING: Global Health Corps Fellowships
February 3 deadline
Global Health Corps is a one-year paid fellowship that pairs talented young professionals with organizations seeking new
thinking and innovative solutions. They are constantly recruiting young professionals for opportunities. For a complete listing
of fellowships ►Read more
DEADLINE APPROACHING: ASPPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program
February 5 deadline online materials; February 6 deadline hardcopy materials
Fellows will collaborate with leading experts in the fields of environmental health, toxicology, epidemiology, biology, and risk
assessment on important current and emerging public health issues and participate in work on cross-cutting health
assessment issues. Current research areas include climate change, sustainable communities, children’s environmental
health, social science/environmental justice, and air quality. ►Read more
DEADLINE APPROACHING: Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships, Washington, D.C.
February 6 deadline
Early-Career Research Fellowships will recognize professionals at the critical pretenure phase of their careers for exceptional
leadership, past performance, and potential for future contributions to improving oil system safety, human health, or the
environment. ►Read more
DEADLINE APPROACHING: Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowships, Washington, D.C.
February 6 deadline
Contribute to leadership development and capacity building by providing recipients with a valuable educational experience at
the science-policy interface. Fellows will spend one year on the staff of a state legislature; state environmental, natural
resources, oil and gas, or public health agency; or regional offices of relevant federal agencies in the Gulf region. ►Read
Bridging the Gaps Internship, Summer 2015
February 11 deadline
A unique, interdisciplinary, community health internship that places pairs of students from public health, medicine, nursing,
pharmacy, and social work in community-based organizations that serve vulnerable populations. Impact underserved
communities while learning about at-risk populations through experiential learning with community-based organizations and
collaborating with other health professional students in this unique, interdisciplinary, community health internship. You’ll be
placed with another student from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or social work in a community-based organization serving a
vulnerable population suited to your academic interests and career goals. ►Read more
Community Health Technical Advisor, Global Health Fellows Program, Arlington, VA
February 18 deadline
Fellows will conduct analysis, provide technical inputs, and strengthen communication and knowledge management to guide
Agency strategies and partnerships focusing on community approaches in health and other relevant systems at the global
and national levels, etc. ►Read more
NEW! Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Regional HIVAIDS Senior Technical Advisor, Global Health Fellows Corp,
Washington, D.C.
February 20 deadline
Duties include providing technical direction and oversight to the LAC sub-regional and country HIV strategies. This will
include helping develop, monitor and report on evidence-based program activities to achieve results. ►Read more
NEW! Call for Applications: PHDL International Fellowships
February 28 deadline
The Public Health Dynamics Lab (PHDL) is offering a $5,000 award for a research experience abroad with a research
institute in Taiwan, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Colombia, and South Africa during the summer of 2015 for 8-12 weeks. Work
on exciting infectious disease research while gaining unforgettable and valuable experience and advancing research skills in
global infectious diseases. Students will also gain valuable inter-cultural collaboration skills and will have the opportunity to
explore the culture and environment of their host country. MPH students can use this experience for their internship
requirement. Open to all students in good standing. ►Read more
NEW! Monitoring and Evaluation Internship, Arlington, VA
Duties include conducting literature review to document approaches that have been employed for measuring progress
towards the MDGs in either maternal and child health or family planning or tuberculosis, assisting with analyzing survey and
routine project data in different program areas, etc. ►Read more
Courses and Scheduling
Summer 2015 Course Schedule Now Available
The summer schedule is now on the Web. Summer enrollment begins Monday, February 16. ►Read more
Graduation Information
Deadlines and Important Dates for April 2015 Graduation
February 24 is next deadline: $15 late fee
The deadline to apply for April graduation without a late fee has passed. The $15 late fee will be in effect until February 24,
after which it will raise to $25. The absolute last deadline to apply for April graduation is Tuesday, March 31. If you’re
graduating in 2015 or 2016, check out the graduation section of My Public Health for deadlines and important dates.
April 25 is the official date for the award of your degree. Transcripts are available for pickup from the Registrar’s Office (G3
Thackeray) with your ID on May 26. The Registrar will begin mailing diplomas and complimentary transcripts June 12-15.
Tasks Related to your Essay, Thesis, or Dissertation for April 2015 Graduation
Document review deadline of April 13
Prior to Monday, April 13 the document must be reviewed for format. E-mail Joanne Pegher for an appointment. During the
week of April 20 the final copy must be uploaded, along with all required paperwork to Joanne Pegher.
Event Information for Convocation 2015 and Other Events
Pitt Public Health Celebration of Student Awards: Saturday, April 25, 5:30 p.m., O’Hara Student Center
University of Pittsburgh Commencement: Sunday, April 26, 1 p.m., Petersen Events Center
Pitt Public Health Convocation: Sunday, April 26, doors open/line-up begins at 4 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland
All June, August, December 2014 and April 2015 graduates are invited to three events during the weekend of April 25-26
(master’s students who plan to graduate in June of 2015 that want to appeal for permission to march in our convocation
ceremony should have their advisor submit a request to Mary Derkach). Graduates are invited to the Celebration of Student
Awards regardless of whether they are selected for an award. Awardees will be notified by the school. For Pitt Public Health
Convocation, no tickets are necessary and there is no limit on the number of guests that a student can invite. The Universitywide commencement ceremony is also held that Sunday. Students must wear academic regalia to both graduation
ceremonies, which you will be able to purchase through Graduation Central. We will notify you when Graduation Central
opens for April. Formal invitations will be e-mailed and sent via U.S. mail in February or March, and detailed instructions will
be sent to graduates via e-mail. Stay tuned to the Weekly Update, e-mails from the Office of Student Affairs, and the My
Public Health Web calendar for further information.
Pitt E-mail Accounts After Graduation
Graduating students: update your e-mail address and have your e-mail forwarded from Pitt for up to one year. Your account
will remain active until the end of the Add/Drop period for fall term, September 5. Contact the 412-624-HELP with questions.
A student account will stay active if you are a student worker. If you work for Pitt and are on the University payroll, your
account will remain active. If the account is going to be disabled, the account owner will receive an e-mail stating the date the
account will be disabled, usually two weeks in advance.
If you’re no longer able to access your account to set up mail forwarding, contact 412-624-HELP, or if they aren’t able to
assist, ask your department student services coordinator to assist you.
ETD Support Has Moved!
Now located in the Hillman Microforms area by the map cases.
Include Bookmarks in your ETD
Those submitting electronic theses and dissertations must include bookmarks. For more information on bookmarks and other
format requirements, ►Read more
Posting Defense Dates
All doctoral students must notify the University Times, the Pitt Chronicle, and various Pitt Public Health staff members of the
date of their dissertation defense. ►Read more
Information on Uploading Your ETD, Submitting the ETD thru D-Scholarship
When using the ETD Online System, you must login using your Pitt username and password. Once you have logged in,
follow the instructions for submitting your ETD documents.
Click here for workshop dates and to register.
For walk-in times/days or to make an appointment, see the ETD technical support form.
ETD Support Supporting LaTeX Format and Template
Students can use the ETD Support Form to request assistance with LaTeX. Support staff are working with students to identify
issues with the LaTeX template and will draft patches as needed to address issues or add functionality.
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