Month: July 2018

Over 100 Students Register for CICATS Seminar Series

During the past 6 weeks, over 100 students registered for CICATS seminar series. Each summer, CICATS offers these free weekly seminars to students interested in pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical sciences. This years topics included:

Thank you to all the UConn faculty that helped make these seminars a success. For questions about our seminar series please contact Lana Angelo at langelo@uchc.edu.

Journal of Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities Editor’s Choice Articles – August

CICATS CEO Dr. Cato Laurencin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Dr. Laurencin acknowledges the quality of papers selected by the Journal by choosing in each issue two articles that are outstanding with respect to scientific quality and relevance to the field. Editor’s choice selections will be available with temporary free access to full-text articles.

August Editor’s Choice Articles (free access through September 19, 2018)

High Risk of Depression in High-Income African American Boys

Factors Contributing to Disparities in Baseline Neurocognitive Performance and Concussion Symptom Scores Between Black and White Collegiate Athletes

CICATS Welcomes Hanna Koziol

CICATS is pleased to announce that Hanna Koziol has joined the team as an Administrative Officer. Hanna has been with UConn Health for over 19 years and comes to the Institute with extensive administrative experience. She previously worked in departments such as Finance, Human Resources, the Department of Psychiatry and Correctional Managed Health Care. She can be reached at 860-679-6550 or hkoziol@uchc.edu.

 

CICATS Congratulates Former Research Assistant Yu-Bo Wang

This August, former CICATS Research Assistant Yu-Bo Wang will become assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University. Dr. Wang credits his experience at CICATS for shaping his career path.

“In June of 2012 I received one of the best birthday gifts in my life from Professor Grady, Director of CICATS Biostatistic Center,” said Dr. Wang. “It was an email offering a research assistant position in CICATS. Till today, I still remember that excitement when seeing his message. This unique 4-year experience (2012-2016) enriched my Ph.D. life and keeps influencing my road of research for good. I benefited greatly from the consulting skills and attitudes that Professor Grady taught me. During this period, I was exposed to different applications of statistics and was trained to work independently with physicians. Additionally, CICATS staff are incredibly kind and always gave me good advice when I faced difficulty. CICATS was my leaping point and without that experience I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

Everyone here at CICATS wishes him the best of luck at his new position.

Dr. Cato Laurencin Presents at Noyce Summit

CICATS CEO Dr. Cato Laurencin presented at the recent Noyce Summit which was co-hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Education and Human Resources Program (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). The topic this year was, Towards a 2026 STEM Education: Implications of Convergent Science for K-12 STEM Teacher Preparation in the Face of Changing Student Demographics.

Attendees Lisa Thompson and Sharon Cameron, both science teacher leaders in elementary schools on Staten Island and Brooklyn, said Dr. Laurencin’s remarks were “inspirational and eye opening.” They are pictured with Dr. Laurencin below.

October Science Cafe – Infertility: Challenges, Research & Innovation

The Connecticut Convergence Institute hosts free science cafes with the Kavli Foundation on different scientific topics. Our science cafe series aims to bring science to members of the community in an engaging and informal way.

For this October event, attendees will hear from the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, an Academic Affiliate of UCONN School of Medicine, about research pertaining to fertility preservation for young women and those with cancer, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and screening, advancements in lab techniques of embryo biopsy and vitrification, and more. This event is free and all are invited to attend. Food and beverages will be provided.

Speakers (all from the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services and UConn Ob&Gyn):

  • Dr. Evelyn Neuber
  • Alison Bartoluuci
  • Dr. Claudio Benadiva
  • Dr. Andrea DiLuigi

Topic: Infertility: Challenges, Research & Innovation

When: Friday, October 26th, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Butterfly Restaurant,  831 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06119

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

For questions please contact Noehren@uchc.edu.

September Science Cafe: The Rising Importance of Immigrant Health

The Connecticut Convergence Institute hosts free science cafes with the Kavli Foundation on different scientific topics. Our science cafe series aims to bring science to members of the community in an engaging and informal way.

For this September event, attendees will hear from Dr. Thomas Buckley of the UConn School of Pharmacy, about the importance of healthcare access for refugees and the underserved. There will be ample time for discussion after Dr. Buckley’s remarks. This event is free and all are invited to attend. Food and beverages will be provided.

For more details about Dr. Buckley’s research and experience in this area, check out this article titled, Promoting Healthcare Access for Refugees and the Underserved is a Mission for Tom Buckley.

Topic: The Rising Importance of Immigrant Health

When: Thursday, September 27th, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Costa del Sol, 901 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

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

For questions please contact Noehren@uchc.edu.