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Faculty Member Dr. Araneta, PHD, MPH was recently appointed to a six-year team on the NIH “Council of Councils”

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology, who was recently appointed to a six-year term on the NIH “Council of Councils!” This interdisciplinary body is comprised of 27 members, selected from NIH Institutes and Centers (IC) Advisory Councils, representatives nominated by the Office of the Director program offices, and broad lay representation. The Council advises the NIH Director on matters related to the policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI). The Council also acts as an external advisory panel to the IC Directors during the “concept approval” stage of the NIH Roadmap initiative review process.

The concept approval stage involves the consideration of a list of potential trans-NIH initiatives. The Council provides second-level review of: all grant and cooperative agreement applications assigned to the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, the All of Us Research Program, and selected applications for Common Fund support. On occasion, special working groups of the Council are formed to examine and address critical scientific or policy issues of importance to DPCPSI and the NIH.

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Photo caption: New Council of Council Members pictured: (back row from left) Michael Lairmore, Bruce Tromberg, Gary Koretzky; (front row from left) Jean Schaffer, Paul Kenny, DPCPSI Director and Council of Councils Chair, James Anderson, Maria Rosario Araneta, Rick Horwitz. Not pictured: Bruce Ovbiagele.

Professor Tim Mackey on UCTV – Exploring Ethics: Social Media Research: Public Health vs. Privacy

Professor Tim Mackey on UCTV – Exploring Ethics: Social Media Research: Public Health vs. Privacy

UCTV – Exploring Ethics – Watch (58 minutes)

Where does the line in digital ethics reside? As the number of social media users grows, so does the amount of data generated. This user-generated data includes sensitive and private details about people’s daily lives. The details can be used to uncover valuable information about trends in human behavior. As these social and technological spheres converge, ethical concerns about the manner in which the data are collected, analyzed, and ultimately used and disseminated by companies, researchers, and the government arise. Tim K. Mackey, MAS, PhD highlights some of these challenges from the perspective of a researcher exploring the social media risk environment for prescription drug abuse. Series: “Exploring Ethics”

 

Clinical Research Grad Devesh Vashishtha has won two prestigious fellowships in both Medicine and Environmental Science

Clinical Research Grad Devesh Vashishtha has won two prestigious fellowships in both Medicine and Environmental Science

Devesh (“Dev”) Vashishtha, a fourth-year MD-MAS student and alumnus (‘12 BA, ‘17 MAS), has won prestigious national fellowships in both family medicine and environmental stewardship.

Vashishtha, a UC Medical Scholar and former UC Regents Scholar, is one of only six medical students in the country selected for the 2017 Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program, awarded by the philanthropic arm of the American Board of Family Medicine to foster the professional development of individuals identified as being future leaders in family medicine.

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