Dr. Deborah Duran is the director of NIMHD’s Office of Science Policy, Strategic Planning, Analysis, Reporting, and Data (OSPARD). She has 20 years of experience in organizational strategic planning, system assessments, science policy, measures, metrics, data management, performance monitoring, and reporting. Dr. Duran leads two branches within OSPARD: Science Planning, Policy, and Reporting; and Data, Assessments, Resources, and Evaluation. OSPARD serves NIMHD planning, assessment, analysis, and reporting needs and coordinates trans-NIH minority health and health disparities planning and reporting requirements. Dr. Duran hopes to help NIMHD become the centralized source of minority health and health disparities biomedical data, policies, and scientific advances.
Dr. Duran has spent much of her NIH career serving as performance director in the NIH Office of the Director, handling a wide range of responsibilities, including program performance monitoring, budget performance integration, organization performance assessments, and strategic planning. She designed a centralized online reporting system, currently used by NIH and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to assist in the collection, analysis, and communication of organization performance information.
Dr. Duran trained in social psychology and virus research, statistics, evaluation, counseling, and computer science. She has experience as an educator, principal investigator, advocate, researcher, consultant, and counselor. Her areas of interest include system science, population health, Hispanic health, behavior research, cancer, coping, end-of-life care, palliative care, data systems, data management, and training minority youth.
Dr. Duran has a Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor in research methodologies and statistics. In 2000 and in 2004, Dr. Duran earned the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service.
This talk was the first panelist in the Health Equities and Disparities Session for the 4th Annual UC Data Day Conference hosted by UC Libraries.
Reem Aly, JD, MHA, Health Policy Institute of Ohio
Talk Title: Closing Ohio’s health gaps: Moving towards equity
Reem Aly is the Vice President of Healthcare System and Innovation Policy at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Aly leads work on current and emerging health policy issues related to healthcare system and access, healthcare spending, social determinants of health and equity. She co-leads development of HPIO’s Health Value Dashboard and is currently leading HPIO’s contracted work to develop the state’s Maternal and Child Health and Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Assessments.
This was the morning keynote for the 4th Annual UC Data Day Conference hosted by UC Libraries.
The keynote presenter was Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office, National Library of Medicine, All of Us Research Program partner
Robert Ross brings to light ninety-eight foundational texts of Khoesan political thought and highlights the voices of the Khoesan people and their inspiring history of resistance in the face of colonial oppression.
From the Temple of Zeus to the Hyperloop: University of Cincinnati Stories celebrates the bicentennial anniversary of the University of Cincinnati with over thirty-five personal stories that highlight the university's transformative and inspiring history.
Are you looking for new ways to engage the students in your classroom? Do you want more student involvement, but you aren’t ready to flip your classroom just yet?
Learn some practical, easy-to-use strategies to involve your students in your lecture’s content. This workshop is structured as an interactive lecture and will address tools and techniques that encourage students to respond and get involved in class. Both low tech and high tech strategies will be discussed.
This presentation will explain the design of a gamified online first year composition course that is taught at the University of Cincinnati. The design is based on adaptive learning and four component instructional design. It includes a game like structure where students advance through varying levels of competency. It also uses achievements to represent course competencies that students must earn. After presenting the design, the instructor will discuss his successes and struggles in creating an online course that provides students flexibility and quick and frequent interaction with the instructor. Topics will include flexible due dates, use of achievements and badges, adaptive release rules in blackboard, alternative grading systems, and the use of technology for learning.
Over the past 20 years the internet and technology boom has transformed education teaching approaches and techniques. The introduction of online courses has brought remote communication and collaboration to the center of the discussion. It’s no longer an option for faculty and staff to put their head in the sand and ignore this technological revolution. Even traditional courses and student service offices must engage in communicating and collaborating with students where they are, both in person and online. The presentation will include a walk-through of Professor Theis’ history of integrating cloud-based technology tools in his courses. There have been many ups and downs, successes and failures. He’ll then explain how he’s using one primary application called Slack to engage his students and prepare them for similar tools they’ll be expected to use in the workplace. He’ll discuss a step-by-step process to help higher education professionals determine if, when, and how to introduce or integrate industry-related cloud-based tools into their work with students. We’ll walk through the questions we need to ask when making these decisions. How is my student demographic currently communicating with their faculty and with each other? What are the standard communication and collaboration tools in the industry they may enter in the next few years? Are there processes or tools that I’m currently using that can be easily replaced with a cloud-based technology? Which tools are free for practitioners and students? Finally, he’ll help attendees create a plan and timeline for integrating one or two cloud-based technologies into their work.
Paraprofessional education candidates (associate degree level) and pre-service teachers participated in Visible Thinking (Ritchart, Church & Morrison, 2011) activities during undergraduate coursework to understand, inform, and then reflect on current topics in education while forming professional identities. The Visible Thinking process and reflections will be shared relating to professional development and inquiry.
Recent demands on professionalism and scholarship in teacher preparation require institutions to prepare active practitioner scholars prepared to teach. The session content is supported through the research of Levin & Rock (2003), Price & Valli (2005) and Mertler (2009).
Conferees will benefit from the session through a greater understanding of how-to integrate and scaffold the research process throughout an undergraduate education program.
Participants in this interactive workshop discover the value of peer-teaching observations in higher education, regardless of discipline, and collaborative peer feedback. Through visual presentations, dialogue, handouts, and small-group discussion, participants realize how colleague observations can inform and reflect on participants’ own practices and give insights to improve approaches. Results and reflections are shared to help participants gain skills, replicate the experience, develop professional identities, and further independent inquiry. This is an expansion in to higher education of research previously conducted with pre-service teachers during a clinical practice setting.
1. To recognize and value the importance of continuing professional development in higher education.
2. To replicate similar reflective experiences in institutions of higher education.
Fungi in the genus Pneumocystis are the cause of a potentially life threatening
pneumonia, Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). The understanding of the lifecycle, metabolism, and drug development has been hindered due to a lack of a long term in vitro culture system. Unlike most other fungi, members of the genus Pneumocystis do not appear to synthesize the major fungal sterol, ergosterol. However, genome scans and in vitro assays suggest the presence of functional genes involved in a sterol pathway. One of the goals of this work was to characterize the P. carinii sterol enzyme, lanosterol synthase (Erg7p), an essential enzyme of the sterol pathway. The activity of P. carinii Erg7p was assessed by heterologous expression of P. carinii Erg7p in a Saccharomyces cerevisiae Erg7p null mutant. Growth rates and lanosterol production were similar between S. cerevisiae expressing the P. carinii enzyme and S. cerevisiae expressing its own Erg7p under the same conditions, indicating that not only does P. carinii produce a functional Erg7p, but also that the enzyme functionally complements the S. cerevisiae enzyme. Western blotting and fluorescent localization studies revealed that P. carinii Erg7p localizes to lipid particles in S. cerevisiae as does S. cerevisiae Erg7p. A novel finding of these studies, was that P. carinii contains lipid particles, and that P. carinii Erg7p localizes to lipid particles in P. carinii. These studies indicate that P. carinii Erg7p functions similar to the S. cerevisiae enzyme, and may perform a similar function in P. carinii.
Biochemical analyses of sterols within the membranes of P. carinii have shown that it utilizes cholesterol rather than ergosterol as its bulk sterol. However, P. carinii does not appear to synthesize cholesterol from a de novo pathway, but rather scavenges
exogenous sterols from its mammalian host. S. cerevisiae is induced to undergo sterol
scavenging under anaerobic conditions. Consequently, another goal of this work was to provide information on the effect of O2 on sterol biosynthesis and sterol scavenging by P. carinii. ATP measurements revealed that the viability of P. carinii is severely decreased when maintained under hypoxic conditions, and this decrease correlated with an increase in drug susceptibility. We show that uptake of exogenous cholesterol by P. carinii occurred under normal O2 tensions, indicating that sterol scavenging is not limited to anaerobic conditions. Microarray analysis indicated that hypoxic maintenance of P. carinii resulted in decreased transcription of several genes involved in sterol and lipid biosynthesis suggesting that while hypoxic conditions down-regulated genes involved in sterol biosynthesis, down-regulation of sterol biosynthesis is not a requirement for sterol scavenging in P. carinii. The ability of P. carinii to scavenge exogenous sterols under normal O2 tensions at which the sterol pathway is unaffected provides evidence that sterol scavenging may be the primary means that P. carinii utilizes to obtain its sterols.
With the several changes happening every day in societies and in thoughts say knowledge challenges are increasing day by day which is to be faced by business as well as other organizations. To tackle these challenges many tactics are implemented and are in process to further improve. Handling of these challenges requires a system under which one can work and let adaptation to the changes can be done smoothly. Today majority of business organizations have a knowledge management program in one or another form. Indian business organizations are also feeling the need for new business paradigms. Knowledge management is a systematic process for creating, acquiring, synthesizing, learning, sharing and using knowledge and experience to achieve organizational goals. This paper “Handling Knowledge in Indian Information Technology (IT) Organizations” underscores Knowledge Management practices in business organizations at main cities in India. Papers site an overview of the techniques and also include future improvements that can be done to ameliorate the efficiency of Knowledge Management System.
This is a metacognition teaching tool designed as a method of teaching students the connections between emotions, thoughts and behavior through a cognitions diary. This presentation will demonstrate how students can use their cell phones to monitor, examine, and draw conclusions about how their emotions affect their capacity to learn. As a result of the process, students will develop ways to transform cognitions in such a way as to enhance learning. This presentation will include: 1. A guideline for developing a baseline scale of emotions; 2. A table for using a cell phone to log emotions and thoughts; 3. A rubric for reflections and analysis of the journal.
An additional goal of this tool is to provide an experiential basis for students to build understanding for the connection between affect and cognitions.