|BioSocial Methods Newsletter – June 2016 – Issue #11|
BioPsychoSocial Lab Updates
The BioPsychoSocial Lab provides comprehensive, customized support over the entire lifecycle of the research process from study design to data collection to data analysis.
The lab continues to acquire new sensors and expertise in combining the multiple modes of data collection with over 15 different modes that can be synchronized simultaneously. The Collaborative staff are available to help you scope out your project, trouble shoot data collection, and innovate ways to analyze the data.
The implications for healthcare decision-making, behavior change and adherence, consumer product decisions, quality of life as our population ages, etc. are compelling researchers from many different disciplines to collaborate in this arena.
Funding Collaboration for U-M Home Lab
The Collaborative would like to thank the Provost, the Institute for Social Research and MICHR for the funding necessary to construct this new “in context” research space.
The design process is well under way for the new Home Lab that will be located at the Institute for Social Research. We anticipate completion of this new space by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
The guiding design principles are that it will be:
- Human Centered to create a realistic environment
- Environmentally Controlled to create ideal research conditions (and vary them when needed)
- A Center of Excellence for “Internet of Things” (IOT) research
- Flexible and Reconfigurable to accommodate the needs of different research protocols
- A space that can accommodate research for a variety of populations including the elderly and disabled
U-M Center of Excellence for the “Internet of Things”
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Maternal Math Talk in the Home and Math Skills in Preschool Children
New Technology Aimed at Helping Heart Transplants
Men on the Move – Nashville: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Technology – Enhanced Physical Activity Pilot Intervention for Overweight and Obese Middle and Older Age African-American Men
Children of older moms may have some advantages
5% of ICU Patients Experience “Cascade” of Illnesses with Extended Stay
Vitamin D and Risk of Neuroimaging Abnormalities
Congratulations Henry Russel Awardee Ashley Gearhardt
Ashley Gearhardt has received the Henry Russel Award, one of the highest honors the university bestows upon junior faculty.
Gearhardt joined the faculty in 2012, and has achieved national impact with the quality of her research, and a reputation as a generous and inspirational teacher. She studies environmental risk factors that contribute to excess food consumption and disordered eating behaviors.
Through Gearhardt’s interdisciplinary research she has made significant contributions to understanding the cognitive, behavioral, environmental and neurobiological underpinnings of food addiction, obesity and disordered eating habits.
To understand the factors that contribute to the worldwide rise in body weight, her research extends to food policies that contribute to health disparities, including economic policies and marketing practices. Her research has won attention from The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, and NBC News.
Margaret Levenstein Named Director of ISR Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Margaret Levenstein has been appointed the director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the U-M Institute for Social Research. ICPSR, founded in 1962, is the largest archive of digital social science data in the world, with over 500,000 data files.
The announcement follows a national search by a joint committee composed of ISR faculty and members of the ICPSR Governing Council, who represent the consortium’s 760 members worldwide. Levenstein will be the ICPSR’s first female director. Read More Here
George Mashour, M.D. Named Executive Director of Translational Research
George Mashour, M.D., has been named Executive Director of Translational Research in the U-M Office of Research (UMOR). The new position is in addition to his roles as Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research in the Medical School Office of Research, Director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), and varied faculty appointments.
In this new role, Dr. Mashour will work closely with UMOR leadership and faculty in advocating for translational research in its many forms across schools, colleges, and campuses of U-M, including serving as chair of the Translational Research Council, which will be created and charged with coordinating translational activities across campus. He will also help educate faculty and staff colleagues about the value and methods of translational research, while collaborating with other members of the UMOR team to exchange knowledge, develop shared vision and strategies, and enhance synergies between UMOR and MICHR in community engagement, compliance, education, and training.
CLICK HERE to read the full announcement.
Postdoctoral Associate-Biomedical and Single-Cell Genomics
A postdoctoral associate position is available for work related to biomedical and single-cell genomics in the group of Iwijn De Vlaminck at Cornell University.
The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative skills and a track record of publications in leading journals. Prior experience with bioinformatics or molecular biology is desirable but not required. Candidates with a background in applied or bio physics are encouraged to apply. The candidate must have received a Ph.D. The candidate will be supported with competitive postdoctoral salary. The candidate will collaborate and regularly interact with clinicians at Weill Cornell Medical College. We are located on the Ithaca campus of Cornell University and offer a creative interdisciplinary research environment. The candidate will have the possibility to carry out impactful research in an exciting and rapidly moving field.
To apply, email your curriculum vitae and names with contact information of three references to:
Iwijn De Vlaminck
Robert N. Noyce assistant professor in Life Science and Technology
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Ithaca, NY, USA
For full position description click here.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
July 17-21, 2016
34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society
August 15-19, 2016
Health Disparities Research Institute
August 22-27, 2016
Agent-Based and Hybrid Modeling Bootcamp & Incubator for Health Researchers
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