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Announcement: Now Accepting Pilot Grant Applications

The University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence is pleased to announce a Pilot Research Grant Program designed to facilitate collaborative research in computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Investigators within the various schools, departments, and centers at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI), affiliated Institutions associated with the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence and/or the MIDAS National Network are eligible to participate. For more information, visit the Pilot Grant Homepage by clicking the link below.

Application Due Date: April 16, 2012

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MIDAS Student Making Headlines Again

Earlier this year, Michelle Sunjoo Lee made headlines for winning the Young Epidemiology Scholars competition, asunjoo low res 2009 nationwide program with a grand prize of a $50,000 scholarship. Michelle, who has been working for several years as a member of MIDAS Investigator Bruce Lee’s (no relation to Michelle) team, is making headlines again. A senior at North Hills High School, Michelle has now been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search 2012. She is one of 300 semi-finalists chosen from 1,839 entrants nationwide. You can read an interview with Michelle by clicking the link below. 

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2011 MIDAS Summer Research Fellow Named 2012 Rhodes Scholarship Winner

finalCory J. Rodgers—a 2011 MIDAS Summer Research Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s MIDAS National Center of Excellence—has been named a 2012 Rhodes Scholarship winner. During the MIDAS summer program, he worked with Dr. Eunha Shim, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health at Pitt, on a project entitled "The cost-benefit analysis of pertussis vaccination among health care personnel with consideration of provisional recommendations by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices in 2011." Rodgers studied at the University of Pittsburgh’s Honors College and the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and received his BPhil degree in Africana studies and the history and philosophy of science, as well as a BS degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry in 2011.

Rodgers is the seventh winner of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to have received a Pitt undergraduate education, the fourth in the past seven years. There are only 14 universities or colleges in the United States who have claimed the award at least four times in the last seven years. Pitt is one of only two public institutions to have done so; the other 12 are private schools.

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2011 MIDAS Pilot Grant Awardees

Seven researchers were awarded MIDAS Pilot Grants in 2011. Five faculty members were awarded "Developmental Awards," which carry a maximum award of $20,000 annually and provide researchers the opportunity to develop techniques or novel approaches to compuational modeling and simluation. Developmental grants may be awarded to investigators from various backgrounds and training who may be new to the field of infectious disease modeling. Two postdoctoral fellows were granted "Seed Awards," which provides them with up to $5,000 annually to conduct research on computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Seed awardees must specify a senior investigator from the University of Pittsburgh's MIDAS National Center of Excellence, who serves as a mentor and co-investigator on the project.

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