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Pre-Conference Workshops

Note: Some workshops are now full. It is possible to add your name to a waitlist when you register.

All workshops will be held at the main conference venue, the University of Washington Husky Union Building (HUB) on Sunday, August 24th. Pre-Conference Workshop fees have been set at $35 for a half-day session, $80 for two half-day sessions, and $80 for a full day session. Registration fees for two-half-day sessions or a full-day session include a boxed lunch. Coffee, hot tea, and water pitchers will be provided for all workshop sessions. Pre-Conference Workshops are subject to cancellation if the minimum participant registration levels are not met.


Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops - Morning Sessions 8:30 to 11:50

Research Evaluation Metrics
Speakers/Presenters:
Christie Drew, PhD - NIEHS, Division of Extramural Research and Training, Program Analysis Branch, Chief
Kristi Pettibone, PhD - NIEHS, Division of Extramural Research and Training, Program Analysis Branch, Evaluator

Summary:
Participants will learn about the PEPH Metrics Manual and how to develop logic models and identify metrics. We will use case studies to demonstrate how to develop metrics for activities, outputs and impacts and we will work in small groups to create strategies to document progress and achievements using metrics.
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Writing and Publishing Environmental Epidemiology Research Papers
Speakers/Presenters:
Jane C. Schroeder, DVM, MPH, PhD
Science Editor, Environmental Health Perspectives

Summary:
Basic to advanced skills for writing an effective and publishable results paper: standard and required elements, clear language, effective tables and figures, working with coauthors, obtaining feedback; selecting a target journal and communicating with editors and reviewers; and ethical issues, including conflict of interest, plagiarism, and responsible media outreach.
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DAGS & the environment: practical applications of causal inference methodologies in environmental health research

Speakers/Presenters:
Sunni L. Mumford, PhD - Division of Intramural Population Health Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Enrique F. Schiterman, PhD - Division of Intramural Population Health Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Anna Z. Pollack, PhD - Department of Global and Community Health, College of Health and Human Services, George mason University

Summary:
The purpose of this workshop is to help bridge the gap between methodological advancements and practical applications in research settings by 1) introducing DAG theory focusing on issues particularly common in environmental epidemiology, 2) providing specific real world examples, and 3) presenting tools for implementation.
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Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops - Afternoon Sessions 13:00 to 16:30

Measuring the neighborhood social and physical environment: lessons from the social sciences
Speakers/Presenters:
Philip Hurvitz, University of Washington
Anjum Hajat, University of Washington
Amy Schulz, University of Michigan

Summary:
This pre-conference workshop will focus on measuring the neighborhood social environment (NSE). Specifically, we will discuss: 1) defining the NSE 2) defining a neighborhood for health research 3) identifying existing data sources to characterize the NSE and 4) describing methods to directly and systematically characterize the NSE.
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Navigating the NIH funding system: planning, submitting and obtaining your first grant
Speakers/Presenters:
Dr. Gwen Collman, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Caroline Dilworth, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Gary Ellison, National Cancer Institute
Dr. Kimberly Gray, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Alfonso Latoni, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Lisa Steele, NIH Center for Scientific Review
Dr. Claudia Thompson, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences

Summary:
This workshop will cover the basics of applying for NIH grant funding.  Topics to be covered include identifying available funding opportunities for early career stages and becoming familiar with the NIH review process.  This workshop is specifically targeted to students and new researchers with limited experience applying for NIH funding.
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Global Burden of Disease Workshop
Speakers/Presenters:
Mohammad Forouzanfar, Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Theo Vos, Professor of Global Health, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Summary:
Learn from experts in GBD about the systematic and scientific approach used in GBD 2013. This workshop will provide opportunities for exploration of the methods, tools, data, and visualizations of GBD 2013, as well as a forum for discussing the implications of GBD related to environmental and occupational health.
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Full Day Pre-Conference Workshops

Using BenMAP-CE to estimate air pollution benefits
Speakers/Presenters:
Neal L. Fann, MPP, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Charlie Fulcher, PhD, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Summary:
Learn to estimate the incidence and economic value of air pollution related health impacts using the open source PC-based environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program-Community Edition (BenMAP-CE) tool. Instruction will cover the basics of air pollution benefits analysis and running the tool with Global Burden of Disease data.

Participants should bring:
-A laptop running Windows XP or Windows 7 with BenMAP-CE installed
-BenMAP-CE download link with GBD module and training files available in June]
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Detecting and Countering Falsely Manufactured Alarm or Doubt
Speakers/Presenters:
Raymond Neutra, M.D., Dr.PH, Raymond Richard Neutra Consultants
Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D, M.P.H, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis
Bruce Lanphear, M.D., M.P.H, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Erik Lebret, Ph.D, Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University
Lea Ceccarelli, Ph.D, Department of Communication, University of Washington

Summary:
Often arguments about what is the truth is really about what ought to be done. Once the controversy is in the societal domain, the public has different norms for how the argument should progress than the norms used within the scientific domain. This workshop will present approaches to the question of what can practicing epidemiologists do, alone and together, to foster balance and transparency and counter biasing activities.
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Workshop Full - Waitlist only:
Up and Running With R Statistical Software
Speakers/Presenters:
Zev Ross, President, ZevRoss Spatial Analysis

Summary:
This popular workshop is being offered at the ISEE conference for the fourth year in a row. The goal of the workshop is to get participants up and running with R and to provide users with enough background to begin manipulating data, preparing graphics and conducting simple statistics.
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WA DOHUW School of Public Health