Professional Development Programming

We are offering a number of professional development opportunities at SIMID this summer.  On Monday and Wednesday nights, students and instructors are invited to attend a networking mixer.  All Networking Nights and poster presentations will be held in room RRP01.  This is a great opportunity for participants to interact and debrief with instructors and each other. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. There will also be an opportunity to give a poster presentation. 

During Tuesday and Thursday lunches, students are invited to attend optional professional development programming. These will be roundtable discussions with featured speakers.  Some days have 3-4 concurrent sessions and students are able to select one session to attend.

Lunch and Learn Schedule

Tuesday, July 16th

  • Session 1
  • Title: Making a Website with Quarto
    Facilitator: Zane Billings, University of Georgia
  • Room Location: RR102
  • Description: A professional website provides a space for researchers to describe the work they've done and hope to do in the future. Learn about using the R markdown platform Quarto to create your own website.
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  • Session 2
  • Title: Science Communication
  • Facilitator: Laurel Bristow, Emory University
  • Room Location: RR200
  • Description: Emory's own Laurel Bristow is a fantastic science communicator. With over 400k followers on Instagram, she shares infectious disease research with her followers, adding plenty of humor and sarcasm. Meet with Laurel to learn about effective #SciComm.
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  • Session 3
  • Title: CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service Program
  • Faciliatator: Eric Pevzner, CDC
  • Room Location: RR205
  • Description: CDC's EIS program has launched thousands of "disease detectives" since its founding in 1951. Learn about this prestigious post-doctoral fellowship from Chief for the Epidemiology Workforce Branch and EIS.
  • Session 4
  • Title: Updates from the CFA Inform Division
  • Faciliatators: Isaac Ghinai, CDC and Cristin Young, CDC
  • Room Location: RR226
  • Description: Learn about the Inform Division of CDC's new Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA). This division generates actionable insights and practical support products to decision makers.

Thursday, July 18th

  • Session 1
  • Title: Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals
    Facilitators: Tim Lash, Emory University and Katia Koelle, Emory University
  • Room Location: RR205
  • Description: Learn about navigating the publishing process from two of our own experts. Prof. Tim Lash is Editor-in-Chief of Epidemiology, and Prof. Katia Koelle is an Editorial Board member of Epidemics.
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  • Session 2
  • Title: Building and Curating your Brand
  • Facilitators: Andreas Handel, University of Georgia
  • Room Location: RR226
  • Description: To support your professional growth and enhance career opportunities, manage your online presence and create an overall personal brand. Learn practical tips and insights from Prof. Andreas Handel.
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  • Session 3
  • Title: Overview of the CDC's Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics
    Facilitator: Thom Sukalac, CDC
  • Room Location: RR201
  • Description: The Center for Forecasting Outbreak and Analytics (CFA) was established to advance forecasting and outbreak analytics and empower communities to harness these tools. Hear from Deputy Division Director Thom Sukalac about the program's structure and goals.
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  • Session 4
  • Title: CDC Prevention Effectiveness (Post-Doctoral) Fellowship
  • Facilitator: Adam Skelton, CDC
  • Room Location: RR200
  • Description: The Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowhsip is a two-year post-doctoral fellowship focusing on health economics, decision science, and disease modeling. The fellowship builds CDC's ability to assess the effectiveness of public health interventions and evidence-based decision-making.
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Tuesday, July 23rd

  • Session 1
  • Title: CDC Prevention Effectiveness (Post-Doctoral) Fellowship
  • Facilitator: Carlo Davila Payan, CDC
  • Room Location: RR205
  • Description: The Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowhsip is a two-year post-doctoral fellowship focusing on health economics, decision science, and disease modeling. The fellowship builds CDC's ability to assess the effectiveness of public health interventions and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Session 2
  • Title: Navigating the Academic Job Search
  • Facilitator: Rob Krafty, Emory University and Dave Civitello, Emory University
  • Room Location: RR200
  • Description: Considering a career in academia? Hear from Chair of the Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Department Rob Krafty and Biology Department faculty Dave Civitello. They'll provide their insights on navigating the academic job search.
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  • Session 3
  • Title: Updates from the CFA Predict Division
  • Facilitator: Chris Valleau, CDC
  • Room Location: RR226
  • Description: Learn about the Predict Division of CDC's new Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA). The Predict Division delivers actionable analysis response-ready modeling tools.

Thursday, July 25th

  • Session 1
    Title: Landing a CDC Job
    Facilitator: Maria Aslam, CDC
  • Room Location: RR200
  • Description: Want to learn the basics of finding and landing a job within CDC? Maria Aslam will provide practical advice for federal job seekers.
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  • Session 2
    Title: CDC Public Health Informatics Scholarship
    Facilitator: Brad Biggers, CDC
  • Room Location: RR226
  • Description: The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program provides on-the-job training for qualified professionals, to apply expertise in computer science, data analytics, and data science to public health.
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  • Session 3
  • Title: CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service program
  • Faciliatator: Eric Pevzner, CDC
  • Room Location: RR201
  • Description: CDC's EIS program has launched thousands of "disease detectives" since its founding in 1951. Learn about this prestigious post-doctoral fellowship from Chief for the Epidemiology Workforce Branch and EIS.

Tuesday, July 30th

  • Session 1
  • Title: Science Communication
    Facilitator: Laurel Bristow, Emory University
  • Room Location: RR200
  • Description: Emory's own Laurel Bristow is a fantastic science communicator. With over 400k followers on Instagram, she shares infectious disease research with her followers, adding plenty of humor and sarcasm. Meet with Laurel to learn about effective #SciComm.
  • Session 2
  • Title: Updates from the CFA Predict Division
  • Facilitator: Catherine Herzog, CDC
  • Room Location: RR226
  • Description: Learn about the Predict Division of CDC's new Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA). The Predict Division delivers actionable analysis response-ready modeling tools.
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    Networking Nights / Poster Presentations

    Monday, July 15th Poster Presentations

    • Title: The effect of vaccination on influenza's antigenic evolution
    • Presenter: Myrthe Willemsen
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Endemic-Epidemic spatio-temporal model for infectious disease count data
    • Presenter: Thi Huyen Trang Nguyen
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: A Modified SIR Model for the Observed Incidence Data
    • Presenter: Imelda Trejo Lorenzo
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: TBA
    • Presenter: Hoi Ting (Alexandra) Law
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: A mathematical model at the wildlife-livestock-human interface to predict the implications of measures to control bovine tuberculosis
    • Presenter: Sarita Bugalia
    • Room Location: RRP01
  • Wednesday, July 17th Poster Presentations

    • Title: Hidden in Plain Sight; Staphylococcus argenteus as an obscured public health risk
    • Presenter: Maitiu Marmion
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Impact of pandemic-induced service disruptions and changes in injecting behaviors on HIV and HCV outbreaks within people who inject drugs: a modeling study
    • Presenter: Jasmine Wang
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Modeling the mitigation impact of testing for infectious diseases
    • Presenter: Casey Middleton
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: TBA 
    • Presenter: Julia Deichmann
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Introduction and Invitation for Feedback: Kinetics of Respiratory Pathogens in Saliva Pilot Study
    • Presenter: Ellen DeGennaro
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Dengue Transmission in Marginal Areas
    • Presenter: Kristyna Rysava
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: The effect of vaccination on influenza's antigenic evolution
    • Presenter: Myrthe Willemsen
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: A Modified SIR Model for the Observed Incidence Data
    • Presenter: Imelda Trejo Lorenzo
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: A mathematical model at the wildlife-livestock-human interface to predict the implications of measures to control bovine tuberculosis
    • Presenter: Sarita Bugalia
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: TBA
    • Presenter: Hoi Ting (Alexandra) Law
    • Room Location: RRP01
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  • Monday, July 22nd Poster Presentations

    • Title: Farm-to-fork Changes in Poultry Microbiomes and Resistomes in Maputo, Mozambique
    • Presenter: Natalie Olson
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Characterizing the impact of incorporating spatially aggregated human mobility data into infectious disease models
    • Presenter: Ronan Corgel
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Respiratory disease contact patterns in the US are stable but heterogeneous
    • Presenter: Juliana Taube
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: The effect of vaccination on influenza's antigenic evolution
    • Presenter: Myrthe Willemsen
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Endemic-Epidemic spatio-temporal model for infectious disease count data
    • Presenter: Thi Huyen Trang Nguyen
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: TBA
    • Presenter: Hoi Ting (Alexandra) Law
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Modeling the mitigation impact of testing for infectious diseases
    • Presenter: Casey Middleton
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Introduction and Invitation for Feedback: Kinetics of Respiratory Pathogens in Saliva Pilot Study
    • Presenter: Ellen DeGennaro
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: A mathematical model at the wildlife-livestock-human interface to predict the implications of measures to control bovine tuberculosis
    • Presenter: Sarita Bugalia
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Bayesian sequential approach to monitor COVID-19 variants through test positivity rate from wastewater
    • Presenter: Maria Luisa Daza Torres
    • Room Location: RRP01
  • Wednesday, July 24th Poster Presentations

    • Title: Hidden in Plain Sight; Staphylococcus argenteus as an obscured public health risk
    • Presenter: Maitiu Marmion
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Farm-to-fork Changes in Poultry Microbiomes and Resistomes in Maputo, Mozambique
    • Presenter: Natalie Olson
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: The effect of vaccination on influenza's antigenic evolution
    • Presenter: Myrthe Willemsen
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Endemic-Epidemic spatio-temporal model for infectious disease count data
    • Presenter: Thi Huyen Trang Nguyen
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: A Modified SIR Model for the Observed Incidence Data
    • Presenter: Imelda Trejo Lorenzo
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: StatModPredict: A User-Friendly R-Shiny Interface for Fitting and Forecasting with Statistical Models
    • Presenter: Amanda Bleichrodt
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Characterizing the impact of incorporating spatially aggregated human mobility data into infectious disease models
    • Presenter: Ronan Corgel
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Respiratory disease contact patterns in the US are stable but heterogeneous
    • Presenter: Juliana Taube
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: TBA
    • Presenter: Hoi Ting (Alexandra) Law
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: TBA
    • Presenter: Toni Gui
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Modeling the mitigation impact of testing for infectious diseases
    • Presenter: Casey Middleton
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: TBA 
    • Presenter: Julia Deichmann
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Introduction and Invitation for Feedback: Kinetics of Respiratory Pathogens in Saliva Pilot Study
    • Presenter: Ellen DeGennaro
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Influenza Early Warning System
    • Presenter: Raul Garrido Garcia
    • Room Location: RRP01
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  • Monday, July 29th Poster Presentations

    • Title: StatModPredict: A User-Friendly R-Shiny Interface for Fitting and Forecasting with Statistical Models
    • Presenter: Amanda Bleichrodt
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Characterizing the impact of incorporating spatially aggregated human mobility data into infectious disease models
    • Presenter: Ronan Corgel
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Respiratory disease contact patterns in the US are stable but heterogeneous
    • Presenter: Juliana Taube
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: TBA
    • Presenter: Toni Gui
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Modeling the mitigation impact of testing for infectious diseases
    • Presenter: Casey Middleton
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Introduction and Invitation for Feedback: Kinetics of Respiratory Pathogens in Saliva Pilot Study
    • Presenter: Ellen DeGennaro
    • Room Location: RRP01
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    • Title: Influenza Early Warning System
    • Presenter: Raul Garrido Garcia
    • Room Location: RRP01
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