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November 23, 2015

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Community Conversation: Vaccinations

With flu season underway and outbreaks of measles and whooping cough often making the news, misconceptions regarding recommended vaccinations have the potential to put the nation’s health at risk. On Wednesday Dec. 2, the UGA College of Public Health and Athens Regional Health System invite the entire university community to attend a public forum aimed at addressing questions and concerns surrounding recommended vaccinations. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in George Hall on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

Experts from UGA and Athens Regional will explain the reasons and science behind vaccine use, address vaccination safety, and discuss the role vaccines have played in protecting the health of both individuals and communities from infectious disease outbreaks. Panelists include Dr. José Cordero, and Karen Hilyard, from the college; Glen Nowak, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; and local pediatrician Dr. Alan Glassman.

Get updates via our Facebook Event Page.

Future Health Promoters

Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Come out to support The Future Health Promoter's Club's 5k to support Oasis tutoring. We will be using the funds to buy the kids in the Oasis community toys and winter essentials for the holidays. It is HIGHLY encouraged to wear tacky holiday attire to run on the offical UGA 5k course. The start time will begin prompty at 8:30 and will be lead by a UGA police officer. There are long sleeve t-shirts avialble but it is not required to purchase one to participate in the race. The price without a t-shirt is $10 and the price including the shirt is $25. You can buy tickets and shirts through the following link:

Feel free to also donate on this site if you aren't up for the 5k itself :] Hope to see you all there!

EHS Student Spotlight

Please join us in congratulating Jackson Rodgers for being selected as a UGA CURO Assistantship recipient! The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) strives to facilitate sustained, progressive, and faculty mentored undergraduate research in any discipline. CURO awards students with a $1000 stipend for one semester and gives them the opportunity to gain access to professional development, publishing, and the tools to build effective communicative skills. This assistantship is an excellent achievement and the EHS department is very proud of Jackson. <Read More>

Looking for a Finals Study Area?

All CPH students are welcome and encouraged to utilize the computer lab on the bottom level of Rhodes Hall on the Health Sciences Campus. The lab has a ‘bring your own paper’ printer available for use. There are also 3 study rooms with a table and 4 chairs in each if you are looking for small meet-up locations. Rhodes is open from 7:30-5:30 Monday – Friday. You can request access to enter the building 24/7 by completing the Request form for access to Rhodes Hall and Russell Hall (required for after-hours access to study rooms and computer lab in the Rhodes Hall Garden Level). Parking is available for all non-HSC permit holders after 4pm, otherwise, there is a $1/hr pay lot available for use.

Gereral Announcements

CPH One Health Liaison Needed

I would like to let you know of a position opening up for Spring 2016 as the College of Public Health liaison for the UGA One Health Club. This club is a newer organization on campus that focuses on facilitating open discussion and collaboration between various disciplines studied at the University of Georgia. The One Health concept recognizes that human health is intrinsically connected to the health of animals and the environment. This is a great leadership position and an opportunity to be more active in the UGA community. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Fallon Moliere at and please check out their website .

Share your ideas with industry leaders in public health

Do you have innovative ideas on how to improve public health? Are you interested in connecting with public health professionals? Check out The Lab, an interactive Public Health experience connecting students with industry thought leaders to transform ideas and innovations into public health solutions. The Lab is powered by Public Health Innovations LLC (PHI), a company started by UGA Triple Dawg Dr. Hal King. Learn more at While you are there, check out this blog post by HPB postdoc Dr. Carolyn Lauckner on how social media platforms like The Lab impact public health.
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2016 PCD Student Research Paper Contest

The Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) 2016 Student Research Paper Contest is now open for submissions. The journal is looking for high school, undergraduate and graduate students as well as medical residency and recent post-doctoral fellows to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and/or population-based intervention of chronic disease, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Papers must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM EST on January 18, 2016.

Click here for more details.

Summer Opportunities

Georgia Southern University & Mercer University
This NIH-funded summer program is a 6-week summer program at Georgia Southern University hosted by the Rural Health Research Institute in collaboration with the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities at Mercer University. The initiative, called DESRE (Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience), is a paid, hands-on research experience for undergraduate and graduate students. During the program, students engage in cutting-edge rural health disparities research and receive training in the unique factors associated with addressing health disparities. Students work with and learn from a team of experienced faculty researchers from both Georgia Southern University and Mercer University. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016. The website to learn more about the program is: Please email us at with any questions or for more information about the program.

Medical University of South Carolina

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 NIH-funded Summer Research Fellowship for the Drug Abuse Research Training (DART) Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. The Summer Research Fellowship is a structured 10-week, mentored program for undergraduate students interested in research. A stipend of $3,000 is provided .

Click here to access the application.

For more information, please visit or email Ms. Vikki Bernotski at

EHS Internships at the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) is a paid 10-week internship for students majoring in environmental health in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Interns participate in activities with the Environmental Health Services Branch (EHSB) of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). Over the summer, interns explore many aspects of environmental public health. Interns gain environmental health experience and an understanding of environmental health work at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. Applications will be accepted through February 3, 2016 for a 10-week summer environmental internship for students majoring in Environmental Health.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

These two eight week programs are held concurrently from June 2-July 29, 2016. Students will receive stipends and free on-campus housing but will be responsible for their own meals, for travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses. Students in both programs will be introduced to the concept of scientific research, principles of scientific experimentation, the proper methods of data analysis, the interpretation, presentation, and translational applications of research results, and to clinicians who practice at academic medical centers. Applications must be submitted online and the deadline is February 15, 2016.

Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

Our goal in offering this fellowship is to give talented undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-drive laboratory research. This experience should help students make well informed decisions about future career plans. Previous research experience is not required. We especially welcome applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs. We accept fifteen students per summer into this program. We expect applicants to SIBS to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework. We anticipate that successful candidates will typically demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas.

Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)

The PARAdiGM program focuses on undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds, and offers the opportunity to participate in the program for two summers. In addition to working in the laboratory of a faculty mentor with an actively funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will learn about careers in academic medical centers (AMCs) by shadowing clinician-investigators in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the first summer in the program, the students will write an abstract and participate in both a local and national poster presentation of their research results. The students will also receive instruction in essay writing, MCAT preparation, and critical career skills. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and appreciation of the biomedical research process so as to encourage them to pursue careers studying patients and their diseases after further postgraduate training in graduate and medical education.