Conferences and Community Events


Fri, 2016-02-05 18:00 to Sun, 2016-02-07 13:00
Lederle Graduate Research Center Room 1634

The Graduate Researchers Interested in Data (GRiD) graduate student organization will be hosting a hackathon of PVTA bus data over the weekend of February 5-7. Featuring a Keynote Talk: Supply and Demand of Data Science Talent by Johnathan Cornelissen and Nick Carchedi, DataCamp.

More info here.

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Five College Student Leaders in Violence Prevention Training

Sat, 2016-02-20 22:00 to Sun, 2016-02-21 16:00
New Africa House, UMass

The Center for Women and Community is offering a free training in sexual violent prevention to Five College student leaders. This training will provide necessary tools and skills for effective and trauma-informed education, advocacy, and events. The training will give participants the opportunity to apply their learning by developing intentional, coordinated programs for sexual assault prevention.

Student leaders who complete the training series will receive a certificate of completion, a shirt, and an invitation to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month events.

Limited spaces available so please apply as soon as possible. We appreciate your time and we look forward to seeing you all!

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4th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

Sat, 2016-03-12 07:45 to 17:30
Northeastern University Curry Student Center 346 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02119

The Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships.

The conference brings together participants representing all aspects of Urban Farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), land trust managers, policy makers, commercial buyers, foundations, investors and all others.

The 4th Annual Massachusetts UFC is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and a networking reception.

The following panels and discussions will be held:

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Youth Development
  • Urban Food Production and Addressing Climate Change
  • Greenhouse Design and Management
  • Growing for Restaurants & Corner Stores: Systems and Strategies
  • Cultural Crops: Production, Markets and Profits
  • Aquaponics Workshop
  • Farm Planning: What You Need to Know Before You Quit Your Job
  • Business Planning for Your Urban Agriculture Business
  • Soil Health: Testing and Interpretation Relevant to Urban Soils
  • Crop Planning: High Value Crops, Meeting Health and Nutritional Needs
  • Irrigation and Water Management
  • Land Tenure: Land Trusts and Ground Leases
  • Discussion on Social Justice, Economics, Food Sovereignty and Race

Learn more about the conference here.


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Schools of Public Health Admissions Information Session

Sat, 2015-11-14 09:00 to 11:30
Boston University School of Public Health Campus, 715 Albany Street, Boston, MA

Are you interested in studying public health in Massachusetts?

Please join us for a joint information session that will include representatives from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences; Boston University School of Public Health; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Northeastern University; and Tufts University.

Saturday, November 14, 2015, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at:
Boston University School of Public Health Campus
715 Albany Street
Boston, MA

Please join us to learn more:

What is public health all about?

What are the admissions requirements and application processes for each school?

Light refreshments will be served.

Please click here to register.

If you require special accommodations, please contact Jonathan Cote, Director of Admissions, Boston University School of Public Health, at 617-414-8420 or


Jeremy Lauer, PhD, of the World Health Organization

Fri, 2015-09-18 11:15
Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall

Dr. Lauer will be discussing the use of applied mathematics and statistics in global public health. As an Economist in the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, he has led inter-disciplinary teams in a range of countries in Latin America and Africa on adapting the results of economic evaluation to national settings and has contributed to a body of work on the cost-effectiveness of interventions for cardiovascular risk factors and disease, respiratory conditions, cancers, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and chronic disease prevention, as well as on health systems research and diverse topics in epidemiology and statistics.

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15th Annual Diversity Challenge: Race, Culture, and Social Justice

Fri, 2015-10-23 08:15 to Sat, 2015-10-24 17:00
Boston College, Boston, MA

Each year the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) addresses a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic, scholarly, or grassroots focus through its Diversity Challenge conference.  The theme of Diversity Challenge 2015 is Race, Culture, and Social Justice.  The two-day conference includes panel discussions, symposia, workshops, structured discussions, poster sessions and individual presentations by invited experts in education, administration, research, mental health, and community activism.

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6th Annual International Digital Storytelling Conference

Fri, 2015-09-25 14:00 to Sun, 2015-09-27 17:00
UMass Amherst & Smith College, Northampton, MA

The 6th Annual Digital Storytelling Conference is a gathering of digital storytelling professionals, academics, youth and activists. The conference will host various events in its structure for inclusion of diverse perspectives and voices. While there will be a formal process of juried paper presentation sessions for academics, there will also be space for practitioners from community settings to present. There also will be exhibition opportunities for individual digital stories, as well as a number of ancillary workshops, special events, and exhibitions to be held in the period surrounding the conference.

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SOPHAS Virtual Public Health Graduate School Fair

Tue, 2015-09-08 09:00 to Wed, 2015-09-09 17:00

SOPHAS schools and programs will participate in a virtual graduate school fair for advisors and prospective students of public health. The fair will be conducted entirely online and participants will have the opportunity to chat live with admissions officers and program chairs, review information about specific degree programs, and upload resumes to share with admissions representatives. The event is free for prospective students and advisors.

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Writing & Designing Winning National Institutes of Health (NIH) Proposals Workshop

Thu, 2015-10-08 08:30 to 16:30
University of Massachusetts Boston, Campus Center, Ballroom 3550C, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125

This one-day workshop addresses essential NIH research resources, as well as the conversion of ideas into fundable research. Following the workshop, attendees will understand how to navigate the mechanisms of grant procurement, identify the critical sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your research beyond other submissions. Attendees will also understand the diversity of the study sections and comprehend how to respond to various NIH guidelines.

The training covers the overall strategic plan for writing proposals, including: statement of significance, hypothesis, specific aims, approach, key personnel, and budgets. Instructors will engage attendees in interactive exercises, lectures, and discussions so they can better understand how to research, write, and develop their individual research proposals.

The curriculum targets:

- Young Investigators seeking to acquire the techniques to research and draft winning NIH grant proposals
- Senior researchers and grant writers looking to polish existing skills and receive updates about NIH funding trends

The program costs $375

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Springfield Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Wed, 2015-09-09 09:30 to 14:00
Court Square, Springfield, MA

Join the Springfield Department of Health & Human Services at this workshop in suport of National Emergency Preparedness Month.

  • Learn survival skills for public health emergencies and disasters
  • Exercise your personal plan, supply your kit, get involved and help your neighbor.

For more information call 413-787-6455

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For more information call 413-787-6455