Other Educational Opportunities Outside of HSLS

  • Best Practices in Online Teaching

    Event Details


    Monday, October 25, 2021, 2:00pm - 4:00pm EST

    Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh University Center for Teaching and Learning:

    Faculty who teach online or hybrid classes want to know how to design and teach courses that are pedagogically effective. This workshop will summarize and synthesize research about the most effective practices in teaching, learner-centered courses, and point to Canvas tools that can help you implement engaging teaching strategies. Topics covered will include strategies and tools for planning sequenced assignments and activities, managing the course, and evaluation. The workshop will be of interest to faculty who teach online or who are interested in incorporating online components into their traditional courses. Bring your questions, ideas, and experiences to share.


    Registration is required. Register here

  • NCBI Resources for Genetic Disease Discovery & Clinical Support


    Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST

    Hosted by the National Library of Medicine: 

    The use of genetic testing in patient care is becoming more common in clinical practice. While NCBI has long had resources for biologists to explore genomes, genes, and genetic variations, NCBI recently developed clinically-focused resources. This online, interactive workshop is designed for participants involved in clinical practice and/or translational research.

    Based on a real-world case study, you will learn how to:

    • Find a MedGen record with links to various literature resources to assist in clinical decision support and patient education
    • Identify a relevant diagnostic genetic test and examine sample test results
    • Based on an identified genetic variant, explore the affected gene and gene product with regard to structure and function
    • Explain the patient's disease etiology and effectiveness of therapeutic interventions

    This module ends with a session where you will be given your own case study to solve.

    Register here: https://nlmenterprise.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9FZGXhSCZp7GO8u

    Application close date: October 8, 2021

    Application status notification date: October 13, 2021

  • Epidemiology Student Open Forum Discussion


    Thursday, October 28, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:25 pm EST

    Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health:

    Epidemiology Student Open Forum Discussion


  • An NCBI Guide to Finding and Analyzing Metagenomic Data


    Thursday, October 28, 2021, 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST

    Hosted by the National Library of Medicine: 

    Metagenomics is the study of genetic material collected from a mixed community of organisms within their original environmental conditions. Recent efforts in this field have studied clinical and environmental samples to characterize the taxonomic composition and biological properties of microbial communities within the living ecosystem. This work often involves large, complex multi-organism datasets and specific tools to untangle unique components of a sample. For years, NCBI has been storing and making available metagenomic sequences and their natural environmental origins (e.g., metadata) in a variety of formats. More recently, NCBI also created some tools for analyzing metagenomic data, such as MagicBLAST (a tool to align high-throughput sequence reads to a reference sequence) and STAT (a tool to map high-throughput sequence read data on a taxonomic hierarchy).

    This workshop is designed for researchers to gain hands-on experience with accessing and analyzing metagenomic data using the various relevant resources available on the NCBI website. Additionally, some exercises in this workshop will provide experience with a Jupyter Notebook for bash- and python-based accessing and processing of this metagenomic data.

    In this workshop you will learn how to:

    • Search and retrieve metagenomic sequence data from multiple NCBI databases
    • Explore STAT-generated taxonomic compositional analysis of SRA metagenomic reads
    • Align SRA metagenomic reads to an NCBI sequence database using MagicBLAST

    Register here: https://nlmenterprise.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zWTksF1VcSoqQS

    Application close date: October 8, 2021

    Application status notification date: October 13, 2021

  • NIH Virtual Seminar on Grants Administration and Program Funding


    Monday, November 1- Thursday, November 4, 2021

    Hosted by the National Institute of Health:

    If you are an administrator, researcher, early-stage investigator, graduate student, or anyone new to working with the NIH grants process...then this seminar is designed specifically for you. 

    Registration is required. Register here

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Academic Careers of Women in Medicine and Science


    Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

    Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Women in medicine & Science Forum Planning Committee:

    Join us for this special event where Pitt leaders share their perspectives of the pandemic’s impact on female scientists and clinicians at our own institution followed by a panel discussion. 

    What has the experience been like for women and what can we learn from it to be more responsive to the diverse academic needs of our community in the face of adversity going forward?

    All members of the Pitt community are encouraged to attend. 


    Learn more


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