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Celebrating Latine Culture and Hispanic Heritage at Georgetown

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite you to join us in celebrating Latine culture and Hispanic heritage at Georgetown and engage with university and DC events and opportunities to commemorate the month.

Feature Stories

School of Nursing Graduate Student Embraces Yupik Lifestyle While Serving Underserved Populations in Rural Alaska

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When Lindsey Wagner (G’24) first learned of the opportunity to teach and work in a very rural area of Alaska through her undergraduate university, she found little to be excited about. Over time, she learned to love the community and hopes to return after earning a graduate degree from the School of Nursing.

School of Health, School of Nursing Students Share Their Georgetown Stories

Ashley Jeong and Christine Mauvais

As participants in Georgetown Stories, Ashley Jeong (H’26) and Christine Mauvais (N’24) will share their experiences as Hoyas throughout the academic year on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and the Student Life Blog

Promotions and Achievements

MedStar Health Announces Nawar Shara, PhD, as New Head of Data Science Research

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MedStar Health announced that Nawar Shara, PhD, will serve as chief of research data science for MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), bringing more than 20 years of experience at MHRI to the newly created role. An associate professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and co-director of the MHRI’s Center for Biostatistics, Informatics and Data Science, Shara is a seasoned investigator, leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning in health care research.

GHUCCTS Announces KL2 Scholar

 Bonnie C Carney

Bonnie Carney, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of biochemistry and surgery, has been named the second Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science KL2 Scholar in its highly competitive 2023 cycle. As a KL2 Scholar, she will investigate extrinsic/non-autonomous and intrinsic/autonomous melanocyte alterations in cells and tissues derived from post-burn hypertrophic scar with altered pigmentation. Her major project focuses on “uncovering the mechanistic pathophysiology behind post-burn hypopigmented hypertrophic scar development.”

Announcements

Save the Date for the Kovach Lecture: September 26

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The 3rd annual Edward M. Kovach Cura Personalis Endowed Lecture features U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) in conversation with Georgetown Lombardi oncologist Joseph L. Roswarski, MD, and Louis Weiner, MD, director of Georgetown Lombardi. The lecture will be held September 26 at 4:00 p.m. in the formal lounge in Copley Hall. RSVP here.

Jessica Jones, PhD, Begins Terms as GUMC Faculty Caucus Chair

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Jessica Jones, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Cellular Biology, has begun her two-year term as chair of the Medical Center Caucus of the Faculty Senate. Jones has been a member of the Georgetown University School of Medicine faculty since 2004. She takes the reigns from George Luta, PhD, who served as chair for two terms.

Announcing the GUMC Leader Search Committee

President DeGioia recently announced that the search committee for the next GUMC leader will be chaired by Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, associate director, Minority Health and Health Disparities Research, and senior associate dean for community outreach and engagement at Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, the committee's membership will comprise faculty and academic leadership from a diverse range of disciplines, colleagues from MedStar Health, and members of Georgetown's board of directors. The complete list of members of the search committee is here.

Sophomores and Juniors: Apply for Goldwater Scholarship by November 15

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Current sophomores and juniors who are planning research-focused careers in engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences are invited to learn more about the Goldwater Scholarship. Georgetown’s deadline to apply for institutional nomination is November 15 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Visit crf.georgetown.edu/goldwater for more information.

GUMC in the News

NBC 4 Breast cancer survivors thank oncologist who saved their lives (Claudine Isaacs)


USA Today When can I get the new COVID vaccine? Fresh shots OK'd by FDA to hit pharmacies (Jesse Goodman)


Reuters US FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's updated COVID shots (Jesse Goodman)


Reuters Half of Americans interested in getting updated COVID shot -Reuters/Ipsos poll (Jesse Goodman)


The Hill Half of Americans interested in updated COVID vaccine, poll finds (Jesse Goodman)


NBC News FDA panel says common over-the-counter decongestant doesn't work (Maryann Amirshahi)


The Catholic Spirit California’s rising assisted suicide rate alarms Catholics (Myles Sheehan)


The Hoya Georgetown University’s Medical Spanish Initiative Expands to Partner With Arlington Free Clinic (Medical Students)

Calendar of Events

Getting Started With Zotero

Monday, September 18

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Learn the basics of using this reference manager software to create your own personal library of references, manage your research sources, write your citations and bibliography, and share with collaborators.

Medical Robotics and Robotics Surgery

Monday, September 18 

6:30 - 7:45 p.m. 

Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building



Paolo Dario, MD, professor of biomedical robotics and scientific director of the National Competence Center, presents "Science and Engineering in Medical Robotics: From Aspirations to Reality” and Keith Kowalczyk, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Health Urology, chair of the Department of Urology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and chair of the MedStar Robotic Surgery Service Line, presents “History of Surgical Robotics: Evolution and Impact.” Reception to follow. Sponsored by the Italian Research Institute of Georgetown College and The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC. RSVP.

“Lies, Damned Lies and Surveys”

Tuesday, September 19

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Anthony Artino, PhD, professor and associate dean for educational research, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, presents this CENTILE Grand Rounds.

“Estrogen-Related Receptor Agonism Reverses Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Inflammation in the Aging Kidney”

Tuesday, September 19

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Basic Science Building, Room 341 and via Zoom



Presented by Xiaoxin Wang, assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Part of the Bhussry Seminar Series. Sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology.

“Genome Organization in Space and Time”

Tuesday, September 19

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Med-Dent NE301 and via Zoom



Presented by Tom Misteli, PhD, NIH distinguished investigator, Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression, director, Center for Cancer Research, NCI. Sponsored by the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Designing Better Surveys for Education and Research

Tuesday, September 19

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Pre-Clinical Science Building, LA-2



Anthony Artino, PhD, professor and associate dean for educational research, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, presents this CENTILE workshop.

The Legacy and Currency of Midwifery Education at Georgetown University: Currency

Wednesday, September 20

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Via Zoom



This two-part webinar series situates Georgetown’s Nurse-Midwifery Program in time and historical context. This segment features program directors from 2011 to the present, describing the transition from a residential to a hybrid online program and how this change set the stage for a bright future for the profession of midwifery at Georgetown and beyond. Please register.

Data Visualization for Total Beginners

Thursday, September 21

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Learn about data visualization best practices and interpret and critique visualizations. No coding or programming experience is required.

UIS Educational Technologies (EdTech) Office Hours

Thursday, September 21

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Faculty and staff can receive assistance with online teaching and learning tools available to them.

Racial Justice: Intersections and Possibilities

Thursday, September 21 

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

Social Room, Healey Family Student Center (HFSC) 



Learn about upcoming Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) events and meet RJI members, including Derek Griffith, PhD, founder and director of the Center for Men’s Health Equity, member of Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and professor of health management & policy and oncology. Sponsored by the Racial Justice Institute. Register by emailing racialjusticeinstitute@georgetown.edu.

"Lung Cancer Screening Ten Years Post-USPSTF Recommendation: Thinking Outside the Clinic to Address Screening Disparities and Low Uptake"

Friday, September 22

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Presented by Lisa Carter-Bawa, PhD, MPH, APRN, ANP-C, FAAN, Georgetown professor of oncology; co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Georgetown Lombardi; director, Cancer Prevention Precision Control Institute, Center for Discovery and Innovation, Hackensack Meridian Health.

Data Management Best Practices

Friday, September 22

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Learn the basics of data management, including considerations for data backup, file management, and file formats, with a general overview of data management planning and preparing data for deposit in a data repository.

“Governance and Public Health Decision-Making During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Monday, September 25

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Maguire Hall 304 Conference Room and via Zoom



Presented by Sumegha Asthana, postdoctoral research fellow, Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security, and adjunct faculty, Department of Health Management and Policy. Part of the Global Health Security Seminar Series. Sponsored by the Center for Global Health Science and Security, the School of Health’s Department of Health Management and Policy, and the Global Health Institute. RSVP required.

“Standardization of Nontargeted Metabolomics Improves Interpretation of Biomedical Studies”

Monday, September 25

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Presented by Oliver Fiehn, PhD, professor, University of California, Davis Genome Center - Metabolomics. Part of the Center for Metabolomic Studies Seminar Series.

Seeing Pancreatic Cancer ‘In a Different Light’

Tuesday, September 26

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Research Building Auditorium and via Zoom



Presented by George Poultsides, MD, MS, section chief of surgical oncology and professor of surgery at Stanford University, and program director for Stanford’s Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship. Part of MedStar Health Regional Department of Surgery Grand Rounds.

“Soft Optoelectronic Microsystems for Biointerfacing”

Tuesday, September 26

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Basic Science Building, Room 341 and via Zoom



Presented by Luyao Lu, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, George Washington University. Part of the Bhussry Seminar Series. Sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology.

3rd Annual Edward M. Kovach Cura Personalis Endowed Lecture

Tuesday, September 26

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Formal Lounge, Copley Hall



Featuring U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), in conversation with MedStar Health oncologist Joseph L. Roswarski, MD, and Georgetown Lombardi Director Louis M. Weiner, MD.

Getting Started With Zotero

Wednesday, September 27

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Via Zoom



Learn the basics of using this reference manager software to create your own personal library of references, manage your research sources, write your citations and bibliography, and share with collaborators.

R for Total Beginners

Thursday, September 28

1:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Via Zoom



Learn how to navigate R through the RStudio console and run some basic data cleaning and exploration tasks. No coding or programming experience is required.

Main Campus Executive Faculty (MCEF)-CNDLS Town Hall on the Impact of AI

Thursday, September 28

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Via Zoom



CNDLS partners with MCEF to hold a town hall on the impact of AI in our teaching.

“Building the World’s Leading Resources of Genetically Engineered Mouse Models and Preclinical Services”

Thursday, September 28

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Research Building Auditorium and via Zoom



Presented by Zhiying Li, PhD, director, life science and technology, GemPharmatech LLC. Part of the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series.

The Relationship Between Self-Directed Learning, Grit, and Compassionate Teaching in Doctoral Nursing Education

Thursday, September 28

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Krista White, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE; Peggy Slota, DNP, RN, FAAN; and Lisa Ruth-Sahd, DEd, RN, CEN, CCRN, CNE, discuss research on compassionate teaching strategies, self-directedness, and grit in doctoral nursing education. Part of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship (CANS) Research Seminar Series.

GUFaculty360 Class - Updating Your Profile

Friday, September 29

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Via Zoom



Learn how to upload your CV, add your personal website information, upload a syllabus, publications and more.

Intermediate Excel: Data Visualization

Friday, September 29

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Learn how to make a number of data visualizations using Microsoft Excel. Basic Excel experience required.

Managing Research Sources and Generating Citations with RefWorks: The Basics

Friday, September 29

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Via Zoom



Learn how to create an account in the online research management system RefWorks and then use it to gather, manage, and share research sources with others, while also creating bibliographies.

UIS Educational Technologies (EdTech) Office Hours

Friday, September 29

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Via Zoom



Faculty and staff can receive assistance with online teaching and learning tools available to them.

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