Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: November 15, 2017

Present:   Levi Bonnell, Justine Dee, Nancy Gell, Kairn Kelley, Ben Littenberg, Gail Rose, Connie van Eeghen

Start Up: NYT Article on When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy (2017) and the reality of using P values
1.                   P-Curve: A Key to the File Drawer, Simonsohn, 2014
a.       A P value has 3 parts: n, variance, effect size
b.       If effect is 0, then p will vary from about 0 to almost 1, evenly distributed, across all possible values of p
c.       If effect is strong, then p will vary in a right skewed curve across all possible values of p
d.       Remember: the p value is not about the hypothesis, it is about the data underlying the hypothesis.  It tells you if the data are convincing but it does not tell you if the hypothesis is convincing.
2.                   What are the assumptions that allow us to use a p value
a.       The assumptions of the test selected for analysis were met
b.       Representative selection of subjects
c.       Independent results
d.       Focused on the hypothesis
e.       Methods were conducted with integrity
f.        Asks one question, and one question only
                                                   i.      Alternatively, avoid the garden of forking paths to get one through the garden to a gate you like
                                                 ii.      i.e. do not explore the data before testing the data
3.                   Will Bayesian statistics fix this?
a.       Not necessarily.  It may help, in getting rid of the confidence interval process. It does not test how good the hypothesis is.
b.       What it does: given what I know before the study, and what I learned from the study, here’s the next estimate of the interval around the correct answer to the hypothesis about the effect of interest.

4.                   Next Workshop Meeting(s): Wednesdays, 11:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., at Given Courtyard South Level 4.
a.       Nov 22: cancelled
b.       Nov 29: Kairn Kelley – application for Pathways Mentorship Program
c.       Dec 6: Field trip to Research Tapas on “Research and Reproducibility”
d.       Future topics:
a.       Juvena: protocol development
b.       LaMantia: predictors of successful R01 applications:

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen

Friday, November 10, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Job opening at University of Southern Maine

CTS alumna Sarah Bryce sends this announcement:

The Maine Rural Health Research Center and Graduate Program in Public Health in the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine invite applications for a full-time, Assistant or Associate Research Professor starting immediately. This position supports the health research programs of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, including a large portfolio of rural health research projects funded by federal, foundation, and other external sources. The successful applicant will play a leadership role in leading applied research on topics relevant to rural health and contributing to the Center’s research program-building activities. The position includes future opportunities for teaching in the School’s growing public health program.

In addition to the CEPH accredited Master of Public Health degree program (75 students/7 faculty), the Muskie School offers the Masters of Policy, Planning and Management and undergraduate degrees in Geography and Anthropology and Tourism and Hospitality. The Cutler Institute has a broad portfolio of local, state and nationally-funded research, evaluation, and technical assistance programs and projects spanning population health and health policy, disability and aging, child and family policy, justice policy, environmental policy, and business and economics research. The Institute has 120 faculty and staff and over $18M in external federal, state, and foundation support. 

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is Maine’s Metropolitan University. USM offers Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral programs, providing students with rich learning and community engagement opportunities in the arts, humanities, politics, health sciences, business, mass communications, science, engineering, and technology. Further information on USM can be found at   
USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are energized through strong community partnerships. Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region.

Qualifications: Required: A doctorate in public health, health economics, health services research, public policy, or related field with a strong health services research emphasis. Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills with experience analyzing administrative and/or complex survey data. Interest in policy and practice-relevant research. Preferred: A record of self-supporting research funding. Content expertise in research topics that will complement and/or expand the Maine Rural Health Research Center’s current portfolio. Experience and/or interest in rural health services research. Documented experience in communicating research findings to diverse audiences. Evidence of commitment to diversity, student success and active learning, and community engagement. 

Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.

How to apply: Applications require completion of an on-line profile, a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, a list of the names and contact information for three references, and a statement of teaching and research interest. Applicants may apply online at:

Review of applications will begin December 8, 2017 and continue until position is filled.


- Ben Littenberg

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Public Health Sciences Division: HICOR Group

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Public Health Sciences Division: HICOR Group

Assistant/Associate/Full Faculty Member, Behavioral Scientist, Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fwd: EndNote Workshop for Mac users ~ On Behalf of Director Marianne Burke & Dana Medical Library

A Dana Medical Library Workshop

Introduction to EndNote FOR MAC USERS

Date: Wednesday, November 8th

Time: Noon-1:00pm

Where: Dana Classroom

Instructor: Laura Haines, MLS

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Export citations from journal article databases into an EndNote library
  • Find, annotate, and save PDFs
  • Create bibliographies and add in-text citations in a Word document using a specified style

*In order for you to get the most out of the workshop, please have EndNote X8 and Firefox downloaded on your laptop prior to the workshop. Thank you!*

Please join us! This workshop is open to everyone at UVM and UVM Medical Center. Preregistration is not required. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Questions? Contact Dana Librarian Gary Atwood at 656-4488


Fwd: NIH Loan Repayment Programs accepting applications until November 15th!

National Institutes of Heath (NIH) National Institutes of Heath - Division of Loan Repayment
NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle is OPEN until Nov. 15th!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fwd: 2018 BRFSS Training Workshop (Please Save the Spring Dates!)

Please Save the Dates: 2018 BRFSS Training Workshop

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health, Population Health Surveillance Branch (PHSB) is planning the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Training Workshop to be held April 9th to 13th, 2018, in Atlanta, GA. If you are interested in attending or submitting an abstract for a presentation or a poster during the workshop, please "Save the Dates."



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How the desire for good science produced bad behavior - among social scientists

A recent NYT article about the demands of good science in the field of social psychology and a story of a scientist caught in a polemical feud.  Consider for a conversation at CROW?

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: October 18, 2017

Present:   Levi Bonnell, Jessica Clifton, Justine Dee, Nancy Gell, Kairn Kelley, Gail Rose, Connie van Eeghen

Start Up: Connie on GoToMeeting – thank you Katie Peper for your help!
1.                   Presentation review –Levi Bonnell: The Built Environment and Health: an overview of 2 projects
a.       Requesting feedback on content and graphics
                                                   i.      What to present on Friday: one or both projects?
b.       Planning poster presentation APHA in 2 weeks
c.       Project 1: Driver’s license data
                                                   i.      Large data set with both BMI and point location
1.       Density, land use diversity, design, recreation, environment:
a.       for now, walkability and access to nutrition in the environment
                                                 ii.      After contacting all states, consort diagram identifies 14 states but only 7 states sent (53m records)
1.       Clean records: 49m
                                               iii.      Geocoding tips
1.       Tips
2.       Learning experiences so far
                                               iv.      Next steps: walkability and obesity: density/urban-rural differences; CTS 301: community nutrition environment and obesity
1.       Walkability: 500 meters around the home
2.       Walk score as an additional variable
d.       Project 2: Geomed Online – planned for APHA presentation
                                                   i.      Web-based survey with over 3000 respondents, including self-perceived health
                                                 ii.      Demographics: missing sex%
                                               iii.      Locations
                                               iv.      Analysis:
1.       Fitness and general health (logistic regression)
2.       BMI (linear regression)
                                                 v.      Result
1.       Northern latitudes
a.       Decrease BMI
b.       Increases fitness
c.       Increases self-assessment of health
2.       Graphics
a.       Watch for errors in titling
b.       Consider adding, in all graphs, an icon of the latitude/longitude map for orientation
c.       Line graphs make the viewer assume a continuous variable
d.       Number the slides for easy reference by the audience
                                               vi.      Main point of this work, given that we already know about the Stroke Belt in the U.S.
1.       L&L is an important potential confounder in understanding health
a.       Health is associated with L&L
b.       Where people are located is important in an analysis
2.       After adjusting for age, sex, race, and education
a.       The further north, the healthier
b.       The further west, the healthier
3.       When we look at BMI with where they are in the world, it confirms what we already knew
a.       Therefore, we can add these tools to the public health toolkit
e.       For Friday
                                                   i.      Explain geocoding a little more
                                                 ii.      Provide more transition between a quote, bullet points, and what is important to the slide
f.        Questions:
                                                   i.      Why not analyze longitudinal areas the same way? (Later slides responded to this.)

2.                   Next Workshop Meeting(s): Wednesdays, 11:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., at Given Courtyard South Level 4.
a.       October 25: Justine’s paper
b.       Nov 1: TBD
c.       Future topics:
a.       Juvena: protocol development
b.       LaMantia: predictors of successful R01 applications:

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen