Network Canvas Hosts Interactive Open House

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 ▶︎

CONNECT Publication Featured by the Society for Community Research and Action

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 Awarded Postdoc Professional Development Travel Award

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.”

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Dr. Michelle Birkett Invited to Speak at Northwestern and DePaul University

Dr. Michelle Birkett, director of the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research program, has been invited to give a talk at the Personality, Development, and Health Psychology Brown Bag Series at Northwestern University, to take place this Friday, February 9th from 3:00-4:00 pm in Swift Hall 210. Her talk will be titled “Using Network Data to Understand the Social and Systemic Drivers of HIV.”

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Drs. Michelle Birkett and Gregory Phillips II Guest Editors for Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Drs. Michelle Birkett and Gregory Phillips II have been nominated as guest editors to organize a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The special issue is titled “Breakthroughs in LGBT Health Research” and will focus particularly on innovative methods, measurement, or data analyses, the use of nationally representative data, transgender populations, and factors related to resiliency or intersectionality. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michelle Birkett Speaking at 2017 Chicago Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Jam

Dr. Michelle Birkett will be an invited speaker for the 2017 Chicago Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Jam. This event is hosted by the Chicago Initiative for Biomedical Informatics and Data Science – a partnership between Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Birkett will discuss Network Canvas and the importance of social data in data science, particularly for understanding health disparities. Continue Reading ▶︎

Project VOICE Internship

Project VOICE (Visualizing Our Identities, Connections, and Environments) is a mixed-methods project that explores how networks, venues, and neighborhoods function as risk environments for young men who have sex with men of different racial groups. The project is currently seeking 1-2 interns to begin in September 2017. Read more about our Project VOICE internship, as well as our Evaluation internship, here. Continue Reading ▶︎

Michelle Birkett, PhD Promoted to Assistant Professor on the Tenure-Eligible Investigator Faculty Career Track

ISGMH is proud to announce Dr. Michelle Birkett has been promoted from Research Assistant Professor to Assistant Professor on the Tenure-Eligible Investigator Faculty Career Track! Dr. Birkett is the director of ISGMH’s CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities program.

Dr. Birkett’s research uses network and quantitative methodologies to understand the social contextual influence of stigma on the health and wellbeing of marginalized populations, and in particular, sexual and gender minority youth. Continue Reading ▶︎