SPH Weekly E-News

November 30, 2015

Recent news and announcements

Activity trackers offer insight into symptoms of bone marrow transplant patients
A recent study by researchers at UNC has found that activity trackers (e.g. Fitbits) may be a valuable tool for assessing patient symptom burden in clinical research. Co-authors from the Gillings School include Antonia Bennett, PhD, research assistant professor, Bryce Reeve, PhD, professor, and Ethan Basch, MD, associate professor, all with the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Study finds older adults consume too much phosphorus, too little calcium
A new study has found that high intake of dietary phosphorus, relative to calcium intake, is associated with a lower calcium to phosphorus ratio overall. When this ratio skews low for calcium and high for phosphorus, it potentially has adverse health effects including arterial calcification, bone loss and death. The three co-authors of the study, all from the Gillings School, are Reuben Adatorwovor, graduate student of biostatistics, Kathy Roggenkamp, MA, research instructor of biostatistics, and John Anderson, PhD, adjunct professor of nutrition.

Events and deadlines for November 30–December 6

The SPH Events Calendar is now available for iCal, Google Calendar and other apps.

Deadline for Annual Minority Health Conference student submissions

The 37th annual Minority Health Conference, “In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice,” will be held on Feb. 26, 2016 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. To register for the event, click here. Students also are invited to submit both traditional research and “nontraditional” practice and process abstracts for this year’s conference by Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. For more details about submissions, visit minorityhealth.web.unc.edu (PDF).

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program seeks fellowship applicants

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. In the United States, the fellowship program offers five awards annually, in the amount of $60,000 each, to postdoctoral women scientists. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering and mathematics. Applications will open on Nov. 30, 2015 and are due by Feb. 5, 2016. The application and more information about the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.

Please contact Rachel Pacifico, RPacifico@us.loreal.com, if you have any questions.

Film screening and panel to explore HIV in rural American South

Monday, Nov. 30
5:30–7:30 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

For World AIDS Day, Graduate Research and Intervention in the South (GRITS) and the Community Outreach, Dissemination and Education (CODE) Office at the UNC Center for AIDS Research will present a screening of “deepsouth,” an award-winning film that explores the experiences of activists and people living with HIV in the rural American South. There will also be a panel discussion with local advocates and educators about HIV both in the local community and globally. Popcorn and snacks will be provided.

NC TraCS to host i2b2 training session

Tuesday, Dec. 1
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
307 Health Sciences Library

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) will host a training session for i2b2, a cohort discovery tool designed to improve research experience. This tool links with the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health and allows UNC investigators to explore and query de-identified, aggregated data. For more information about NC TraCS and i2b2, visit tracs.unc.edu.

Please contact Donna Polat, dpolat@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Kohlmeier to present on genetic information and nutrition plans

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Noon–1 p.m.
230 Rosenau Hall (Mayes Center)

Martin Kohlmeier, PhD, MD, research professor in the Department of Nutrition, will present an activity in which participants will learn how to explain the utility of genetic testing for dietary counseling, how to safely and securely handle a client’s genetic information and how to use at least five high-utility nutrigenetic variants in practice. The cost to participate is $20, with one continuing education unit for RDs and DTRs. Please register at www.cvent.com.

Please contact Kate Sayre, kate.sayre@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Join Gillings team for 2015 Jingle Bell Jog

Friday, Dec. 4
12:15 p.m. (Gillings team will meet at 11:45 a.m. to sign in)
Student Recreation Center Studio A (second floor)

The Jingle Bell Jog is a three-mile fun run or 1.5-mile walk open to all UNC faculty and staff. The event promotes physical activity, health and well-being and provides employees with the opportunity to contribute to the Glenwood Elementary Family Assistance Program by making a canned food donation. In addition, pet food donations will be given to the Orange County Animal Shelter. Free refreshments will be provided for participants after the event, which will take place rain, shine or snow.

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, Dec. 1.  Please register by signing the form posted on the door of 211 Rosenau Hall. 

Applications for Classroom to Community accepted through December 5

Applications to be a Classroom to Community (C2C) educator are due by Saturday, Dec. 5. C2C is an award-winning professional development experience set in a new kind of classroom. Participants will train through seminars at UNC and learn critical skills in lesson planning and implementation. An application can be found on the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) website.

Upcoming events and deadlines

Carolina Seminar to address development of interprofessional health-care course

Monday, Dec. 7
3–4:30 p.m.
Fox Auditorium, Carrington Hall

This panel presentation will explore the development and implementation of a course titled, “Population Health: Interprofessional Management in a Changing Healthcare System.” Part of the larger Carolina Seminar on “Closing the Gap in Healthcare Education,” this event will feature faculty from UNC health affairs schools discussing lessons learned during the creation and piloting of an interprofessional population health course that included students from the schools of nursing, medicine, social work, pharmacy and public health.

Please contact Meg Zomorodi, meg_zomorodi@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

One Medicine Symposium to address influenza at the human-animal interface

Wednesday, Dec. 9–Thursday, Dec. 10
Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Durham

This conference will feature the theme of “Teaming Up Against the Flu: A One Medicine Approach to Influenza at the Human-Animal Interface.” The event will provide professionals from a variety of backgrounds with current information and take-home tools to improve awareness and understanding of influenza from a One Medicine perspective and understand how it affects both human and animal health. To learn more about the event and to register, visit www.onemedicinenc.org.

Please contact Christin Daniels, christin_daniels@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

ENVRSO’s Angel Tree on view in Gillings Atrium

Through Friday, Dec. 11
Armfield Atrium

ENVRSO is the student organization of the environmental sciences and engineering department. Every year, ENVRSO partners with the Orange County Family Resources Center (OCFRC) to provide presents to underserved children and families in the local community. To participate, visit the Angel Tree, take an angel card with a child or family’s requested gift information and return the unwrapped gift(s) along with the angel card to 161 Rosenau Hall by Friday, Dec. 11. There will also be a list of craft supplies that OCFRC needs, and you can sign up to contribute supplies instead of (or in addition to) a gift. Donation forms are available for anyone wishing to make a monetary contribution or tax-writeable donation.

Please contact Zoe Frolking, zoe_frolking@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Center offers funding for healthcare innovations

The Center for Innovation is requesting proposals for their 2016 Innovation Pilot Awards. The Center offers pilot funding to UNC Health Care and School of Medicine employees for healthcare innovations across a broad spectrum of areas. Applications are due January 19, 2016 and as many as four awards of up to $50,000 each will be funded. Learn more at their website.

Hayslett to lead sessions on navigating Census data

Michele Hayslett, data services librarian at Davis Library, will host a series of sessions for those interested in learning how to navigate Census data. Register to participate at apps.research.unc.edu. The sessions include:

Intro to Census Concepts

Thursday, Jan. 21
9–11:30 a.m.
227 Health Sciences Library

This class will provide background information for the other two classes, including how to compare and contrast content and methodology of the decennial long form and the American Community Survey; it will also review census terminology and geographies.

Basic Access to Census Data

Wednesday, Jan. 27
1–4 p.m.
307 Health Sciences Library

This will be a hands-on workshop to learn the ins and outs of various Census data retrieval tools and how to choose the best research tools.

Advanced Access to Census Data

Thursday, Jan. 28
1–4 p.m.
307 Health Sciences Library

This class will help users understand the strengths of various Census data retrieval tools that allow the creation of custom cross tabulations.

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