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The University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence, in cooperation with the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice and the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard School of Public Health, invite researchers, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to present their work at the Dynamics of Preparedness Conference in Pittsburgh, October 22–24, 2012.

Featuring sessions in:

  • Decision Support
  • Methods and Innovations
  • Modeling
  • Impacts
  • Progress of Research 
  • Translation

Click here to go to the Conference Home Page

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


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. 


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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