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January 15, 2016

Epidemiology Seminar

Friday January 22nd 2016

12.20 – 1.10pm

235 Russell Hall, Health Sciences Campus

"The Fingerprints in Outbreak Causation and Investigation Technology"

Hal King, Public Health Innovations

Dr. Hal King is the Founder and CEO of Public Health Innovations LLC. Dr. King is a public health professional who has worked in the investigation of foodborne and other disease outbreaks (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U. S. Public Health Service), performed funded research on causation of diseases (Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases), worked in the prevention of intentional adulteration of foods (U.S. Army Reserves Consequence Management Unit), and worked in the design and implementation of preventative controls for food safety hazards in the food industry. He is formally the Director of Food and Product Safety at Chick-fil-A Inc. where he implemented and led Chick-fil-A’s food safety management program. Dr. King is past Chairman of the National Restaurant Association Quality Assurance Executive Study Group, past board member on the FDA and CDC Industry Partnerships, co-author of several food safety articles including three research publications on new systems for produce safety in retail, and the author of the book, Food Safety Management: Implementing a Food Safety Program in a Food Retail Business (Springer).


Dr. Helen Suh, associate professor at Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, will be the visiting speaker for the Georgia Power Lecture to be held Fri. Jan. 29 at 11:15am in Room 304 of Forestry Building 1 (next to the Environmental Health Science building on South Campus). Dr. Suh is an internationally recognized expert in air pollution health effects, having led multidisciplinary teams in environmental exposure assessment and epidemiology for over 20 years. She is also adjunct faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. Her work has been published in over 100 papers in leading environmental health journals. Dr. Suh performs advisory work in environmental health for numerous local, national, and international organizations. Currently, Dr. Suh is a member of the charter U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and the Institute of Medicine Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Herbicide Exposure. She is also Associate Editor of the International Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. Please mark your calendars and join us for this event.

General Announcements

Taking CHEM 1211?

"Formula for Success: Strategies for Studying CHEM 1211” seminar on Tuesday, 19 January 2015 from 5-6pm in Miller Learning Center, Room 150. The seminar provides excellent information, some of which is derived from the presenter's own experience with the course.

Pre-Physical Therapy Club Meeting

The University of Georgia's Rho Tau Pre-physical Therapy Club. Our club provides students with information about the physical therapy profession and the different physical therapy graduate programs that prepare students for a career in physical therapy. Throughout the year we invite different graduate schools and physical therapists to come talk to our club about the graduate school process and their experience in the field of physical therapy. Next meeting: Tuesday, January 19th 7:15pm in Ramsey 214.

Transfer Prehealth Welcome Sessions
Are you a transfer student interested in the health profession? If so; please join the Premedical Studies office staff and the Office of Transfer Academic Services staff for an informative Q & A Welcome Session. We will host two sessions;

  • January 20, 2016, Miller Learning Center, room 207 from 4pm-5pm
  • January 21, 2016, Miller Learning Center, room 207 from 5pm - 6pm
Sign-up is not required for the sessions. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Keisha Chandler at

The Association of American Medical Colleges presents information webinar

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) will host an informational webinar for prospective students on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7:00pm ET. Click here to register.

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Are you interested in learning more about the U.S. ARMY HEALTH PROFESSIONS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM? If so, Daniel Nichols will be on campus Wednesday, January 27th from 10am-11am in room 116 Memorial Hall to answer any questions you have. Please see the flyer for more information. Sign-up is not required.

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Student Liaison for Provost's Office
The Office of the Provost is looking to fill the position for Spring and Fall of 2016. As stated in the official position description, the Student Liaison will identify and coordinate the Provost’s participation in student events and interactions with student organizations, collaborate with student government leaders, and facilitate regular communication with various student groups across campus. Deadline: Jan 27th (flyer above)

Student Alumni Council Taking Applications
Are you interested in joining the Student Alumni Council? SAC participates in and coordinates activities on campus and within the UGA community. SAC offers its members unparalleled leadership opportunities through events, conferences and networking with alumni. The bonds forged between members and alumni as well as the Alumni Association staff, has proved invaluable as many SAC members have created long lasting friendships and networking bonds. The application process for the 2016-2017 year closes February 1st. To learn more and apply, visit

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the National Day of Service, The College Factory, Inc. will be hosting its first ever “We Dream” 5k Charity Walk and Community Resource Fair.

The College Factory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded by Mr. Lawrence Harris, Director of the Athens Community Career Academy. The mission is to build college-going culture within underserved communities and a place where students can come to receive one-on-one career and educational advice. The goal of this fundraiser is to provide funds to purchase educational supplies and resources for students and a facility to house the College Factory. This center will be staffed with trained college and career advisers that will assist youth, as well adults with their college or career planning. In addition to this, advisers provide information and support for other topics such as interviewing skills, budgeting, life management, the value of volunteerism, as well as other soft skills. To learn more about the organization and its mission, please visit our website here

Join us for the first talk in the 2016 Voices from the Vanguard series on Tuesday, January 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the UGA Chapel as Wade C.L. Williams discusses “Mobilizing West African Communities to Defeat Ebola.” The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was the top health story of 2014, killing thousands of people, dominating news coverage and sending shockwaves through global travel and trade. Liberian journalist Wade C. L. Williams was on the front lines in Monrovia as an investigative journalist and head of the news desk at FrontPage Africa, one of West Africa’s largest digital news organizations. For more information, please visit

Coming Up Later this Semester

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Volunteer Opportunity for Pre-Med Students

Foothills AHEC and UGA will offer a Health Careers Youth Conference, June 7-9, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, to high school students. Additional information is available via the UGA website:
I am looking for pre-med student volunteers to assist with the logistics of the program.

This is an excellent learning opportunity for the pre-med students. It is another event to assist them in their pursuit of a career in healthcare with networking occasions and a prestigious experience to add to their college-entry applications/interviews, scholarship applications, and resume. Please ask students to email me by January 19th if they are interested in being considered for participation.

Teresa H. Davis, Health Careers Coordinator,

Summer Opportunity

Summer Academy at UGA is seeking to hire assistant instructors to support a wide variety of academic summer camps for middle and high school youth. We are looking for undergraduate students with knowledge of the camp’s focus area and a passion for working with youth. The assistant instructors will be teamed with an instructor (typically a graduate student, faculty member, or professional in the field) to develop and lead the week long course. Assistant instructors will need to meet for an interview, pass a background check, and be available from 8:00AM – 3:30PM the week of their camp. There are opportunities to be hired for multiple weeks for some subject areas.

Application deadline is February 12th. For more information and to apply, contact the program coordinator, Brian Stone, at 706-542-7255 or

Camp Details

Camp Name: Mini Medical School (All Sessions)

Camp Dates:

Mini Med Session A June 6-10, 2016

Mini Med Session B June 27, 2016- July 1, 2016

Mini Med Session C July 11-15, 2016

Mini Med Session D July 18-22, 2016

Mini Med School 2 June 13-17, 2016

Camp Description:

Mini Med School: Think you're ready for a career in healthcare? Attend Mini Medical School, and see if you have what it takes! As an intern here, you'll learn about DNA, x-rays, human anatomy, personal health and more – all while having fun, taking cool field trips and even performing a mock surgery. You'll meet and hear from experts in the healthcare fields – including doctors, dentists, researchers, EMTs and other professionals. So put on some scrubs and let's see what you're made of!

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Mini Med School 2: This week-long program is designed for the more serious student, who wants to build on the lessons they learned in our introductory Mini Medical School camp. In this program, you will begin learning how to correlate scientific aspects of various systems of the human body (nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, and others) with some clinical manifestations of related diseases that can occur with them. You'll study the various systems through a combination of short lectures, hands-on activities, and selected dissections of mammalian organ specimens. We'll take several field trips that will give you an inside look at medical education and the delivery of health care, as well as an excellent understanding of the various team players (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and others) who are all working to improve public health.

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