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Second Annual Outreach Conference to Increase Diversity in the STEM Sciences a Success!

This spring the CCDD held its second annual conference to increase diversity in public health titled, “America’s Next Top Infectious Disease Model: HIV & Influenza”.  The 1.5 day conference, April 21 – April 22, 2013, provided professional development training, scientific sessions, networking opportunities, and journal clubs.

The conferenced opened with a half day of professional development sessions from Dr. Rick McGee, the Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment & Professional Development at Northwestern University, Dr. Joan Lakoski, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Science Education Outreach, Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and Claire Berman, the Director of Health Education and Communication at Harvard School of Public Health.  The day closed with a networking dinner where participants were able to interact informally with presenters prior to their talks and to brush up on their recently acquired networking skills from the day’s talks.    

The following day was dedicated exclusively to scientific development activities, which included lectures, a panel discussion, and journal club.  The conference was jointly hosted by Dr. George Seage from the Harvard School of Public Health, and Dean Donald Burke from the University of Pittsburgh; the seventy-three lucky attendees were welcomed by two renowned investigators directly involved with the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Additionally, Dr. George Seage provided a behavioral talk on HIV and AIDS based on a course he teaches at the Harvard School of Public Health (Epi 255 - Epidemiology of HIV, Part 1: etiology, natural history and transmission) providing students with exposure to a graduate level class.  Dr. Donald Burke, the Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center of Excellence provided an overview of HIV and Influenza to offer context for the day’s scientific sessions.  The subsequent sessions provided insight into the modeling and behavioral pieces of HIV and Influenza from investigators, Dr. Sarah Cobey from the Harvard School of Public Health (and soon after, the University of Chicago), Dr. Joshua Epstein from Johns Hopkins University, and doctoral candidate, Nadia Abuelezam from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

The day closed with a panel discussion with the Speakers and a journal club activity, where attendees were divided into smaller groups to discuss relevant papers with the day’s speakers. 

The CCDD was pleased to offer the Conference and thanks all the speakers and participants for making the conference a success for second year in a row!

Outbreak Game - Peyton Williams, RTI International

Introduction to MIDAS and Epidemiology  Donald Burke, Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, Director of the Center for Vaccine Research, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health at the University of Pittsburgh.University of Pittsburgh and George Seage, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Harvard School of Public Health's Program in the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease and

Epidemic viruses, in nature an in silico - Donald Burke, University of Pittsburgh

AIDS as an Outbreak - George Seage, Harvard School of Public Health

Mathematical models: Insight on patient zero and sexual mixing in South Africa - Nadia Abuelezam, Harvard School of Public Health

Capturing the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of influenza - Sarah Cobey, Harvard School of Public Health

Computational modeling in Public Health: From playground to planet- Josh Epstein, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Panel Discussion with Speakers