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.
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.
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.
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 Center for Digital Storytelling (StoryCenter) is presenting a new, two-hour webinar, The Ethics of Digital Storytelling for Public Health.
Community-based public health practitioners and researchers are in ever-greater numbers choosing to integrate digital storytelling methods into their work, and yet conversations about the ethics of asking individuals to share personal life narratives have not kept pace.
StoryCenter has created a model for ethical practice that is applicable to a range of project goals and storyteller experiences. They continue to collaborate closely with public health colleagues, on bringing this model to the broader field.
This webinar, led jointly by StoryCenter staff member Amy Hill and UMass Amherst Associate Professor Aline Gubrium, offers:
Ever wondered what fellowships you might be eligible for as a person of color? Come to this information session and learn first-hand from successful fellowship recipients. The panel will outline a variety of fellowship opportunities, highlighting those with deadlines in the summer and fall. They will also provide information about writing a competitive proposal and resources to get your proposal out the door on time.
Pre-registration is requested but not required. ***Pizza will be provided.
Co-hosted by the UMass Plant-Based Nutrition Club and Smith College, this is a screening of the documentary Vegucated at Smith College with writer-director-5 College ALUM Marisa Miller Wolfson for a Question & Answer session.
Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated is an award-winning, guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their convictions carry them through when times get tough?
Students from the Five College system will compete to see who can best analyze Big Data and attract the interest of employers at the 2015 ASA DataFest competition—a unique collaboration between academe, students and industry that will be held March 27-29, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. DataFest is an annual competition in which teams of up to five undergraduate students work to reveal insights from a large and rich data set. This unique program takes data-analysis learning beyond the constraints normally encountered in a typical statistics course by enabling the students to work with Big Data provided by a real client.