March 1, 2021

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Environmental Health Seminar: Advances in Chemical Risk Assessment

Date: Friday, March 5

Time: 11:30AM

Zoom Meeting ID: 941 5555 0151 Passcode: EHSC8030

Jay Zhao, Ph.D., MPH, senior toxicologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Speaker Details: Dr. Zhao is a board-certified toxicologist with U.S. EPA Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA) and is responsible for developing chemical risk assessment documents such as Provisional Peer-Reviewed Toxicity Values (PPRTV) and Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments. He obtained a medical degree and M.P.H. from Shanghai Medical University, and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati. Before he joined U.S. EPA in 2007, he worked in Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA, a risk assessment consulting firm) for 10 years. He specializes in dose-response analysis and human health risk assessment and has extensive experience in using and teaching the use of Benchmark Dose (BMD) modeling, dosimetric adjustment, and Chemical Specific Adjustment Factor (CSAF) methods in risk assessment. He has developed and provided training on these topics at Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and Society of Toxicology (SOT) conferences, local and regional toxicology and risk assessment conferences, as well as invited workshops to various government agencies for more than twenty years. He also served as the Chair of SOT Continuing Education Committee and the Chair of SRA Workshop Committee.

Meetings & Events

UGA Science Olympiad

Volunteer at the UGA Science Olympiad Division B State Tournament!

The UGA Science Olympiad Outreach Program is hosting the State Tournament virtually on March 13th, 2021.

What: UGA Science Olympiad Division B State Tournament

When: March 13, 2021

8:30am to 5:00pm

Where: Virtually on

This competition allows for middle school students from around the state to compete in a wide range of exams, building, and lab-based STEM events. Student volunteers are needed to proctor and grade exams. No prior experience with Science Olympiad is required, and students of all majors are welcomed! Times for volunteering are flexible; it is not necessary to stay for the entire duration of the tournament. It is also a great way to get volunteer hours for other organizations!

Volunteers are still needed for the Mission Possible, Mouse Trap Vehicle, and Game On events. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the following google form:

Once you have signed up for one of the volunteer positions, plan to attend one of our Virtual Volunteer Orientation meetings on March 2nd or 4th at 7pm. A Zoom link will be sent out with to the email address you provide in the google form. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, please contact us at

DREAMfest 2021

DREAMfest will be held on YouTube live and Facebook live on April 10th, 2021 from 12-1 PM. The theme is Hope on the Horizon. DREAMfest will have performers, speakers, art, and information about U-Lead.

Not only are we hoping for public health students to attend, but we are also looking for volunteers to promote the festival and artists to contribute to our anti-racism gallery. Volunteers to promote the festival will participate in the "8 Days of DREAMfest" leading up to the event. This promotion will initiate on April 2nd and conclude on April 9th. The promotion will include posting on social media stories with content such as a fundraising bingo board, reasons why we're holding the festival, speakers/performers to look forward to, and tagging accounts that volunteers are hoping will attend DREAMfest. The anti-racism gallery will be showcased on DREAMfest's website,, displayed on @dreamfest_2021 on Instagram, and shown during the online festival.

The link for the Facebook event can be found here, the Instagram account here, and the website here.

Potential volunteers or contributing artists can email me at or or message @dreamfest_2021 on Instagram.


CDC’s Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch

MPH or BS graduates who would be interested in a 3-5 month paid fellowship focused on resource support, efficiency, and effectiveness for CDC’s Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch.

Our branch is heavily involved in the COVID-19 response, working to support front-line public health workers implementing federal quarantine regulations at 20 locations around the country. More info on our branch here: Quarantine Stations | Quarantine | CDC, and here’s an example of some of our response activities: Riding the First Wave of CDC's COVID-19 Response at Ports of Entry | CDC.

Projects for this fellowship:

  • Analyze resource (personnel, budget, equipment) needs, trends, and efficiency at Quarantine Stations.
  • Prepare reports regarding staffing patterns, spending, and resource allocation for the COVID-19 response.
  • Provide recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Desired Skillset:

  • Strong Excel/data management & analysis skills
  • Evaluation/analysis techniques


  • Full-time fellowship (telework/remote)
  • Multiple fellowships available: 4/1 - 9/24, 5/1 – 9/24, or 6/1 – 9/24


  • STEM degree within the past 5 years (MPH, BS, MS, etc.)
  • Interest in the public administration side of public health responses

How to apply:

Division of Violence Prevention

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An opportunity is available with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Surveillance Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Through its programs and initiatives, CDC's Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) supports national organizations, state and local health agencies, and other partners to develop, implement, and promote effective violence prevention and control practices. DVP's priority areas include child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence. This fellowship opportunity involves the participant gaining experience with DVP's National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) which sits within the Surveillance Branch on the Mortality Surveillance Team.

NVDRS is a system that collects information on suicides, homicides, deaths resulting from legal intervention, unintentional firearm deaths, and deaths of undetermined intent in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. NVDRS is the only state-based surveillance (reporting) system that pools data on violent deaths from multiple sources into a usable, anonymous database. Lastly, it provides states and communities with a clearer understanding of violent deaths to guide local decisions about efforts to prevent violence and track progress over time.

How to Apply

Connect with ORISE...on the GO! Download the new ORISE GO mobile app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to help you stay engaged, connected, and informed during your ORISE experience and beyond!

A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.


*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

An opportunity is available with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Surveillance Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

ORISE Position Posting

The Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases has posted a new ORISE position in the Surveillance, Information Management, and Statistics Office (SIMSO). Posting information below, but please share with your recently graduated masters or doctoral students. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

The participant will be training with experts in the fields of epidemiology, laboratory science, and bioinformatics to apply or develop statistical methods for the analysis of genetic/WGS data and other forms of “big data” resulting from waste water surveillance as well as CDC’s Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) initiative. The participant will be involved in developing, evaluating, and validating machine learning algorithms for outbreak detection for multiple foodborne and waterborne pathogens. Reports summarizing findings and tools for implementing finalized algorithms will be produced. The participant will also train in interpretation of results and will practice developing and providing the Division and external partners with training on tools developed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Training in evaluating, extending, and developing methods for statistical analysis and applying these to projects related to foodborne, waterborne, and environmental disease cluster detection and characterization
  • Training with scientists in the Division to prepare complex datasets, often involving data from multiple sources, for the purpose of cluster and anomaly detection
  • Assisting Division branches on statistical and machine learning projects, studies, and investigations involving cluster detection and characterization
  • Training with others in the Division to produce software implementation of cluster detection tools
  • Assist in preparing presentations for professional meetings and participating in the writing of reports and published manuscripts
  • Assist in collaborating and coordinating with Division Branches, including the Enteric Disease Epidemiology and Laboratory Branches and the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, as well as other scientific groups.

Job Opportunities

Health Promotion Specialist

Health Promotion Specialist

  • Full-time
  • Long Beach

The purpose of this job is to support 5-Star Quality initiatives related to improving the health outcomes for our members. This position will support SCAN and its network of provider partners in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating interventions related to: mental health, physical health, physical activity, fall prevention, urinary incontinence, and adult vaccinations.

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