Message from the DirectorMARCH 30, 2009
Thank you for your continued interest in our Newsletter, which aims to keep you informed of CCEB activities and services. In each issue, we identify one of the services or programs led by CCEB faculty that we think might be of interest to those within the School of Medicine community, present a feature article covering a topic of general interest, include articles about members of our faculty, and highlight newsworthy events within the last couple of months.
In this issue, we include an article about the editorial services provided by Edmund Weisberg, the CCEB's editor and writer. Edmund's primary role is to provide editorial and writing assistance to CCEB faculty for grant proposals, manuscripts, and other writing projects. On a limited basis and for a fee, Edmund also is available to other School of Medicine faculty and departments/centers for similar services.
Our feature article this issue focuses on our efforts to recruit underrepresented minority and women faculty into the CCEB and Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. This article also describes programs designed for faculty retention generally, as well as those for women and underrepresented minority faculty in particular. Finally, we also highlight pipeline programs we have established to attract underrepresented minority high school and college students into the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics.
Two members of our faculty are highlighted in this issue: Sarah Ratcliffe and Joe Gallo. Sarah Ratcliffe, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Senior Scholar in the CCEB. Joseph Gallo, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Family Practice and Community Medicine (primary), Associate Professor of Epidemiology (secondary), and Senior Scholar in the CCEB. Dr. Ratcliffe's methodologic research interests include functional data analysis and models for longitudinal data in the presence of missing data. Her collaborative areas of interest include reproductive health, sleep research, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gallo's research focuses on depression in late life and in a primary care setting, and health services use by older adults in the community.
I also would like to take this opportunity to remind faculty, residents, and fellows of the availability of the clinical research courses that will be offered this summer. For the course schedule, please see: http://www.cceb.upenn.edu/education/non-degree/coursescrtp.php. For course descriptions of these and other courses offered throughout the year, please see: http://www.cceb.upenn.edu/education/non-degree/courses.php#credit. Registration for courses offered this summer can be requested through the following registration portal: http://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/my/epi_course. Registration begins early in April.
Finally, please check our website regularly to find announcements and other newsworthy events (http://www.cceb.upenn.edu/) as well as potential faculty collaborators (http://www.cceb.med.upenn.edu/faculty/).
Thank you again for reading our Newsletter.