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Aging Rig Event with Rupal Parekh (Social Work) 11/6 @ 3PM

“Using Social Network Analysis to Optimize Access to Culturally Responsive and Affordable Transportation for Older (Im)igrants.”

Description:

InCHIP’s Aging Research Interest Group has invited Rupal Parekh, PhD (Social Work) to give a presentation on the impact of transportation on aging migrant and immigrant populations.

Dr Parekh has over a decade of professional and practice experience working with diverse older adult populations across the continuum of care. Her primary research aim is to improve outcomes for late-life immigrants, with particular attention to the role of the built environment on social isolation. Her research advocates for the development of culturally-grounded assessment tools, evidence-based practices, and national and state legislation to address the needs of older adults at the intersection of social isolation, multiple health issues, and structural and social barriers.

When:

November 6th 2019 at 3PM

Where:

InCHIP Colloquium Room, J. Ray Ryan Building, Storrs Campus

Light refreshments will be provided.

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10/8 Microlab: Webinar on upcoming InCHIP Ideas Lab

Preventing Opioid-Related Deaths: InCHIP Ideas Lab | November 2019

InCHIP Ideas Lab: Microlab Webinar

As part of the lead up to the InCHIP Ideas Lab being held in November 2019, InCHIP will hold an info-session to provide an overview on the Ideas Lab process and on how this Ideas Lab theme (the Opioid Epidemic) will be framed for the event. For more information on InCHIP Ideas Labs, click here.

When:

October 8th from 12:30-1:30PM

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Inaugural Fisher Fellowship Award Ceremony

Inaugural Fisher Fellowship Award Ceremony
March 27th at 12pm
InCHIP, J. Ray Ryan Building
UConn Storrs
Lunch will be served
RSVP by March 20th to (Melanie Skolnick)

Dr. Jeff Fisher recently retired from UConn where he dedicated his career to the development of health behavior change interventions. At UConn, Dr. Fisher was the founding Director of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) which he grew from a small group of HIV researchers in the Department of Psychological Sciences to a university-wide, interdisciplinary institute of faculty and graduate students focused on a broad array of health and health behavior research.

In honor of Dr. Fisher’s distinguished tenure at UConn, the Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship has been created to both celebrate the career of our friend and colleague and to advance the work of promising graduate students affiliated with InCHIP. At noon on March 27th, we will award the first Fisher Fellowship to an outstanding UConn graduate student working on her/his dissertation in the area of health behavior. Dr. Fisher will be in attendance, and we hope that you can join us for lunch and a brief ceremony at this inaugural event. Please RSVP by March 20th to Melanie Skolnick (melanie.skolnick@uconn.edu). For those of you who are unable to attend in person, please let us know if you would like to view the ceremony remotely.

In conjunction with this ceremony, the Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship Fund is being recognized during UConn Gives Day 2019, a 36-hour giving initiative on March 27th-28th. To help grow the fund, please consider making a donation during UConn Gives either at the Fisher Fellowship Award Ceremony, online, or via text (links to these options will be available via this website beginning on March 27th). Your recognition of Jeff’s career and your support of InCHIP are greatly appreciated.

How to get a “K” Development Award? Twitter chat on 12/18/18 at 2PM EST

Interested in a “K” career development award? Then join us on Tuesday, December 18 at 2p ET for a Twitter chat covering everything you ever wanted to know and more about NIH Career Development “K” Awards. We will discuss how to decide whether an NIH K award is right for you, how to prepare one, common reviewer concerns, and advice on mentor teams and training plans. Guests will include current and former K awardees including Molly Waring (UConn), Charles Jonassaint (UPitt), Drs. Dani Arigo (Rowan University), and Matt Whited (East Carolina State University). The host will be Dr. Sherry Pagoto, UConn Professor of Allied Health Sciences and InCHIP investigator. She was recipient of a K23 from 2003-2008 and numerous NIH, CDC, and foundation grants, including an NIH K24 Midcareer Investigator Award. Please join us with your burning questions about K awards! The chat hashtag is #behavioralmedchat.

Co-sponsored by InCHIP and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

If you are unfamiliar with Twitter chats, please check out Twitter Chat 101 here

12/3 InCHIP Webinar: Grow your Seed Grant Projects into Large Externally Funded Research

InCHIP Webinar: Grow your Seed Grant Projects into Large Externally Funded Research

Description:

Drs. Sherry Pagoto and Molly Waring will lead a workshop on how to plan towards transforming pilot studies funded by internal seed grants into large externally funded research projects. This workshop is intended to inform your thinking as you write your InCHIP Seed Grant applications. It will be recorded and posted to YouTube.

When:

December 3rd, 2018 from 11AM-12PM

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December Science Cafe: LGBTQ+ health, well-being, and experiences across the U.S.

Each month CICATS hosts a science cafe with the Kavli Foundation on a different scientific topic. Our science cafe series aims to bring science to members of the community in an engaging and informal way.
CICATS science Cafe LGBTQ+ Health
At this Science Cafe, Drs. Ryan Watson and Rebecca Puhl (Human Development and Family Studies and the Rudd Center) will share the preliminary findings from their 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey — a national study that sampled more than 17,000 young people from every state in the US. The survey included over 150 items that assessed health (such as substance use, eating behaviors, self-esteem, etc), school experiences, disclosure of sexual and gender identity, and more. Drs. Watson and Puhl will be accompanied by an expert panel (Dr. Paul Poteat of Boston College, Dr. Micki McElya of UConn, and Robin McHaelen of True Colors) to discuss the implications of the findings as they pertain to the next steps in scholarship, goals for policy, and practical applications for parents, children, and teachers. The panel will discuss and reflect on the findings from this large national survey with the ultimate goal of contributing to engaged scholarship and providing a foundation for future action.

There will be plenty of time for audience questions and participation, as our Science Cafes are geared towards creating discussion with attendees. This event is FREE and open to everyone interested in the topic.

  • Topic: LGBTQ+ health, well-being, and experiences across the U.S.
  • When: Wednesday, December 5th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Nathan Hale Inn, 855 Bolton Rd,Storrs, CT 06269
  • RSVP: Please use this link to RSVP for this science cafe.
  • For questions please contact Noehren@uchc.edu.

Letter from InCHIP’s Director

As we head into the Thanksgiving break, I wanted to share some highlights from my first few months as Director of InCHIP. It has certainly b een a busy semester in the Ryan Building. We have hosted four lectures as part of our annual series, kicked off a new Lunch and Learn program, finalized our seed grant offerings for the year, launched a NIH K Award Writing Group, continued building the capacity of our Community-Engaged Health Research Core and Training and Development Core, held our Annual Meeting, and much more.

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CICATS November Science Cafe: Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering and synthetic biology are relatively new fields that are gaining media attention and causing great amounts of debate – both from the scientific and ethical points of view. Attendees at this November cafe will hear background knowledge for rational, evidence-based discussion of the topic. Representatives from UConn iGem will speak about their work and Mark Mimee of the MIT Synthetic Biology Group will speak more about the topic. Cafes are intended to be interactive, so audience questions and participation is greatly encouraged.

The Cafe speakers believe expert driven education is crucial to furthering the field and for cultivating public trust in researchers. They aim to discuss what challenges face synthetic biology, ethical risks posed by developing technologies in the field, and what the expansion of such research could have in store. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, genetically modified crops (GMOs), the possibility of genetic modifications in humans, biosecurity, novel applications of genetic technologies, and the development of newer and cheaper methods.

Topic: Genetic Engineering

When: Friday, November 16th, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Hilltop Restaurant, 39 Adamec Rd, Willington, CT 06279

Cost: FREE

RSVP: Please use this link to RSVP for this science cafe.

For questions please contact Noehren@uchc.edu.

Get Feedback on your next Grant Proposal!

Grant Proposal Incubator: 11/28/18

As part of InCHIP’s Training and Development Core, the Grant Proposal Incubator (GPI) provides an opportunity for UConn Faculty and Postdocs to get feedback on their grant proposals from researchers with significant experience in acquiring grants. The GPI is co-directed by Mike Copenhaver (Allied Health Sciences) and Rick Gibbons (Psychological Sciences).

During the 2018-19 Academic Calendars the GPI will host two sessions one during each Semester.

The next Grant Proposal Incubator will be held on November 28th from 12-2PM. Please note that we will be hold 4 sessions during the two hour block, so it is first come first served.

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NIH Career Development “K” Award Writing Group: Starts 9/24/18 @2PM

Overview

Are you planning on submitting a K-Award? We can help you as you write!

This program will provide peer and expert feedback, support, and accountability as you write your K-award proposal. The group will meet once a month and will provide opportunities for you to get feedback as you need it.

When you are ready to submit drafts, simply submit them via the Group’s Google Drive folder. There will be a folder for each meeting.

When:

We will be kicking the group off during the Fall of 2018 and will be meeting on the following dates and times:

  • September 24,2018 @ 2PM
  • October 29th, 2018 @ 2PM
  • November 26th, 2018 @ 2PM
  • December 17th, 2018 @ 2PM

Where:

InCHIP’s Colloquium Room (Room 14) on the first floor of the Ryan Building. Directions to InCHIP can be found here.

Please note that we will not provide an option to participate remotely as these meetings are very interactive and we have found it incredibly difficult for participants to actively engage when participating remotely. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

Leadership

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This writing group is led by Sherry Pagoto, PhD

Dr. Pagoto is a Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media. Her research focuses on leveraging technology in the development and delivery of behavioral interventions targeting diet, physical activity, and cancer prevention behaviors.

She has had federal funding for her program of research for 15 consecutive years, totaling over $13 million, and has published 186 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Pagoto has significant experience with K-awards, having been awarded a K23 (Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award) in 2003. She currently has a K24 (Mid-career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research) for mentorship of junior investigators in social media and mhealth research.

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