Monday Morning News(letter)

April 11, 2016

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2016 Field Day Champions: Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Seminar Series: Epidemiology

Date: Friday, April 15, 2016

Speaker: Isaac Fung, PhD & Students, Ga Southern

Topic: "Social Media and Public Health: 4 Case Studies"

Location: 235 Russell Hall, HSC

Time: 12:20PM - 1:10PM

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend

CPH Awards Committee is seeking Nominations!

The College of Public Health Awards Committee seeks nominations for the following:

· 2016 Feldman Health Disparities Award

· 2016 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation Award

· 2016 Public Health Outreach Award.

Nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 15, 2016 via email to More information including nomination instructions and eligibility requirements can be found at

PBHL 7800 CAPSTONE PROPOSAL Submission Deadline Extended

March 1st – April 25th

For ALL MPH students Graduating in Fall 2016,Signed Capstone proposals will be due to the MPH program coordinator ( NO LATER than April 25th. You will not be cleared to register for the course until the proposal has been approved by a faculty member first, and the MPH program coordinator last.

If you are unsure about this process, please download the capstone manual, read it, and then make an appointment to speak with your advisor prior to the ticketed registration period beginning Monday April 11th.

If you plan on graduating in Summer 2016 and have not yet submitted a Capstone Proposal, contact Mumbi Okundaye ASAP.

Capstone Manual, Capstone Registration form, and sample capstones areon .

Meetings & Events

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Help UGA Campus Kitchen Win for the Needy!

CKUGA is in the running to win up to $5,000 in ZipCar credits, a ride sharing/rental service in Athens. We hope to use these funds to provide transportation for weekly meals on wheels deliveries to needy families in Athens.
But we need the most votes to win in the "Community Service" category. It appears we may be losing to Michigan at the moment. Voting ends April 12, 2016!

UGA Voices from the Vanguard

The University of Georgia’s Voices from the Vanguard 2016 series concludes April 12 as Sarah J. Schlesinger tells how novel cells that were first spotted under a microscope in the 1970s have since been recognized as sentinels, sensors and “conductors of the immune symphony.”

That’s how the 2011 Nobel Prize committee described dendritic cells, which have enabled a wealth of insights into the development of drugs and vaccines, including those aimed at preventing AIDS.

The presentation, “Dendritic Cells, HIV Vaccines and the Nobel Prize: An Amazing Adventure,” takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the University of Georgia Chapel.

Schlesinger, an associate professor of clinical investigation at The Rockefeller Univerisity, was due to talk during the 2015 series and had a last-minute cancellation. She agreed to return to give her talk to wrap-up the 2016 Voices series.

More details:

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Equal Pay Day 2016 - #UnequalPaycheck Selfie Campaign

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, join a coalition of women’s rights organizations and activists across the country and raise your voice about the wage gap on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms!

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Health Policy Research Scholars Application due April 19th!

There's still time to apply to the Health Policy Research Scholars, a leadership development program, with stipends and dissertation support for participants.

The program is designed for full-time doctoral students, from any field and from underrepresented populations, interested in health policy research who are entering the first or second year of their program by September 2016. Applications are due April 19!

Don’t miss the opportunity to advance your leadership skills, collaborate with other scholars from across the country, participate in an innovative curriculum taught by experts in Health Policy Research

and help create a Culture of Health.

Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions we've been hearing:

What do you mean by underrepresented?
Generally, any group or population whose inclusion in graduate programs does not reflect its presence in the general population.

This may be based on race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other characteristics. Please see the call for application for more details.
Can government officials apply?
Elected or appointed government officials cannot apply. We use Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code to define government officials.

Other government employees may apply. Please see the FAQ on our website for more details.

Are the training and other program benefits free to participants?
Yes, all training, curriculum and materials are free to participants. In addition, each program gives participants a stipend or fellowship to cover their time spent on the program, in case they need to take additional time away from work or support themselves in a graduate program. All travel costs for required gatherings is fully paid by the program.

Do the mentors need to travel as well? Are their expenses paid?

As of now, Mentors only need to travel once in the 1st year to the fall institutes and these expenses will be paid.

You'll find a full list of questions and answers, links to our informational webinars and much more on our website,

If you've started an application, we encourage you to finish and submit it. And if you haven't started yet, there's still plenty of time.

Please let us know if we can do anything to help. Together, collaborating across every sector and profession, we can build a Culture of Health.

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Career Announcements

Statistical Data Analyst/Programmer

Center for Administrative Data Research at the Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri.


The individual in this position provides data management and programming expertise for the Institute for Clinical Translational Sciences (ICTS) Center for Administrative Data Research (CADR). The studies will primarily use individual and longitudinal administrative billing and claims data.

The analyst will work in collaboration with project and CADR staff. Position will perform complex data management and programming tasks using primarily administrative datasets, including identifying eligible subjects and admissions, complex merging, aggregating, and transposing files. The analyst will regularly attend project meetings to understand the data management needs of project investigators and to present findings.


-Develop and implement code to create working datasets for analysis and report findings using SAS statistical analysis software, including generation of tables and graphs, editing and reporting. Attend project meetings for subsequent analytic procedures.

-Assist in developing a library of standard programming code for modification by other investigators. Create efficient programming code, with sufficient comments to be user friendly. Perform thorough quality control checks on all programming code to verify accuracy. Thoroughly document all data.

Interested candidates should apply at, Job ID 33151.

The UGA MRC Needs You!!!

MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) is a national volunteer organization under the Assistant Surgeon General for Preparedness and Response. The UGA MRC is a local MRC unit that supports Public Health promotion, disease prevention and disaster response on campus and in Athens/Clarke County.

Here are links to give you more information:

If you are interested, please contact Nina Cleveland, or Noelle Broadnax, Director:


Dr. Toni Miles, the UGA Public Health Law Research Group, and Amanda Brown (JD UGA Law '12, UGA DrPH candidate) were awarded a $176,032 grant from on the the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - 'Promoting Quality Bereavement Care'. The project is based at Carlyle Place in Macon , Georgia. Two advocacy groups, the POLST Collaborative (Richard Cohen, MD) and Culture Change Network of Georgia (Walter Coffey, Kim McRae) are providing end-of-life care advice to the year long project. When completed, long term care facilities in Bibb County will have a model for delivering quality bereavement care to friends and staff that can be introduced into other long term care facilities across the state.

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