Pre-GREAT Workshops

Join us for 5 Pre-GREAT Workshops to help you prepare!

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2020 Pre-GREAT Workshop 1: “How to Write an Abstract”

January 28, 2020, 1:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Watch the Presentation HERE!

Speaker: Dr. Laura Beebe

Professor and Vice Chair

Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Dr. Laura Beebe is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Beebe has more than 22 years of experience conducting tobacco-related research and evaluation.  She has served as the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of Oklahoma’s tobacco control program for more than 18 years, including the evaluation of the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline and the state’s anti-tobacco health communications campaign.  Dr. Beebe has ongoing and completed research funded by the National Cancer Institute, the American Legacy Foundation, and the CDC.  She provides technical assistance and consultation to multiple state, local and tribal organizations for tobacco-related surveillance and evaluation activities. She has mentored numerous students and junior faculty, many of whom have gone on to receive NIH awards and have published and presented their work in prestigious national and international venues.

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2020 Pre-GREAT Workshop 2: “3-Minute Thesis / FlashTalk Skills”

February 4 , 2020, 1:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

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Speaker: Dr. Brenda Smith

Regents Professor; John and Sue Taylor Endowed Professor

Associate Dean, Graduate College

Oklahoma State University

Dr. Smith, John and Sue Taylor Endowed Professor in Human Sciences, is a Regents Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and an Associate Dean in the Graduate College at Oklahoma State University. Her research has traditionally focused on understanding the mechanisms through which bioactive food components regulate interactions between the immune system and bone metabolism.  More recently, this work has examined how diet regulates the gut-bone axis.  Her research has been funded by grants from industry, OCAST, USDA, NASA and NIH.  Dr. Smith has been recognized as an outstanding mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students at the university and national level.  She has also received the Regents Distinguished Research Award and the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award.  Dr. Smith oversees student recruitment, admissions and the professional development program offered through the OSU Graduate College, which recently completed its seventh edition of the Three Minute Thesis competition.

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2020 Pre-GREAT Workshop 3: “Poster Presentation Skills”

February 11 , 2020, 1:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

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Speaker: Dr. Courtney Griffin

Member, Cardiovascular Biology Research Program

Scientific Director, Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Courtney Griffin was raised in Athens, GA. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Harvard College in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California San Francisco in 2001. During her graduate training, she became interested in vascular development and its implications for embryonic growth and for postnatal health and disease. She pursued postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was exposed to the field of epigenetics. In 2008 she launched her own lab at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in Oklahoma City studying the impact of epigenetics on vascular development. Her lab’s research is generating novel insights into genes that regulate blood and lymphatic vessel identity and integrity. She is currently a full Member in the Cardiovascular Biology Research Program at OMRF and holds an Adjunct Professor position in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is also active within the North American Vascular Biology Organization and the American Heart Association and is the Scientific Director of the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research.

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2020 Pre-GREAT Workshop 4: “Oral Presentation Skills”

February 18, 2020, 1:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

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Speaker: Dr. Katie Eliot

Assistant Professor

Department of Nutritional Sciences

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Kathrin A. Eliot, Ph.D., R.D.N., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Eliot’s primary area of teaching and research is in the area of interprofessional education and collaborative practice.  She has published and presented nationally on interprofessional education topics ranging from course development to student learning assessment.  Her current research projects include the development of interprofessional competencies for the management and prevention of obesity and a multi-institution study to evaluate interprofessional pedagogy for entry-level learners. As an advocate for the profession of nutrition and dietetics, Dr. Eliot is highly involved in leadership at the national level.  She currently serves as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representative to both the National Academy of Medicine Global Forum on Health Professions Education and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative.  She is also the chair of the Interprofessional Education Committee for the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Council.

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2020 Pre-GREAT Workshop 5: “Interdisciplinary Research”

February 25, 2020, 1:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

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Speaker: Dr.Susan Sisson

Sam K. Viersen Family Foundation Presidential Professor
Assistant Dean for Research
Associate Professor
Director, Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
Director, Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Laboratory
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Dr. Sisson earned a MS in Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Exercise and Wellness at Arizona State University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina in Health Psychology and Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Physical Activity Epidemiology.  Dr. Sisson conducts her research in the Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Laboratory in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Research in the lab focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors such as dietary intake and physical activity in children to prevent lifetime chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer.  Early childcare and education settings are of particular interest and Dr. Sisson actively collaborates with many Native American tribes and nations in Oklahoma.