Paid Videographer & Video Editing Internship
Network Canvas, an NIH-funded project at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University, is seeking a talented videographer and video editor to assist with the creation of a short (2-3 minute) informative video about the project.
ISGMH is the nation’s first university-wide institute to focus exclusively on improving the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority populations. Continue Reading ▶︎
ISGMH is dedicated to fostering innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve sexual and gender minority (SGM) health and wellbeing. This summer, ISGMH’s CONNECT Research Program launched the Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition to stimulate student research at the intersection of data science and SGM health equity. Undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows were invited to submit papers for the competition. Continue Reading ▶︎
In September, Dr. Michelle Birkett participated in the first meeting of the New Voices in Sciences, Engineering and Medicine cohort. Dr. Birkett is of eighteen science, engineering and medicine (SEM) leaders who were carefully selected for the New Voices initiative. In the next two years, the cohort will attend a series of meetings with a senior advisory committee and will offer their perspectives on some of the most complex challenges facing the nation and the world. Continue Reading ▶︎
We are pleased to announce that ISGMH’s Dr. Michelle Birkett, assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and director of the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program, has been appointed to the National Academies’ New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine cohort. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Continue Reading ▶︎
ISGMH’s CONNECT Research Program is holding a competition to encourage student research at the intersection of data science and health equity in sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. Three winners will be selected to receive a $500 prize, have their work highlighted in ISGMH’s marketing materials, and an opportunity to present their work at ISGMH in late 2018. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Michelle Birkett was recently invited to speak at the Chicago launch event for the All of Us Research Program.
In her remarks, Dr. Birkett emphasized the importance of involving communities in research, especially given the historical lack of sexual and gender minorities represented in research. Dr. Birkett highlighted the potential impact of this research, explaining that asking research participants about their sexual orientation and gender identity allows researchers to collect data that can be used to develop community resources to alleviate existing health disparities. Continue Reading ▶︎
Network Canvas recently welcomed researchers, students, and academics to their Open House on March 27th. Guests enjoyed short presentations from key project leaders while having the opportunity to demo Network Canvas software on various devices. Project leaders made themselves available to answer questions about the software’s design, functionality, and data collection methodology. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Patrick Janulis will be presenting “Network analysis and data science: overcoming challenges in sexual network research for HIV prevention” in a lecture organized by the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). This event will be from 12:00-1:00 on April 23rd in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Continue Reading ▶︎
A CONNECT publication was recently featured on the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) website. Written by Liz McConnell, an NRSA predoctoral fellow with ISGMH, and Ashley Simons-Rudolph, the post details findings from a CONNECT paper exploring multiple minority stress and community resilience in marginalized groups. Informed by minority stress and intersectionality theories, the paper found sexual minority men of color, especially Black men, experience racial stigma in LGBT spaces as well as LGBT stigma in their communities. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Bálint Néray, ISGMH postdoctoral fellow, was recently awarded a Postdoc Professional Development Travel Award from the Graduate School at Northwestern University. Dr. Néray will use the award this summer to travel to the 2018 Sunbelt Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he will present a talk titled “Inferring the organizing principles of young men who have sex with men from combining many sex-reports.”
Congratulations, Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎