TCORS 2.0: Center for the Assessment of Tobacco Regulations (CAsToR)

Upcoming Events

An Introduction to the Analysis of Trends and Transitions for Tobacco and Public Health Research
Flyer for An Introduction to the Analysis of Trends and Transitions for Tobacco and Public Health Research
DATE + TIME: Mon Aug 15, 2022 — Tue Aug 16, 2022
LOCATION: Georgetown University Campus, Reiss Science Building, Washington, DC.
DESCRIPTION: CAsToR is pleased to announce this introductory workshop (in person): An Introduction to the Analysis of Trends and Transitions for Tobacco and Public Health Research. This workshop will support non-statisticians in learning about methods for modeling trends and transition analysis. The focus will be on concepts, as well as practical examples and applications. Participants will get practice running example codes on tobacco-related datasets. Interested applicants must plan to attend the entire workshop. A CAsToR certificate of completion will be provided upon completion of the workshop. Please see flyer for the full agenda. Who is this workshop for? Tobacco researchers, non-statisticians, non-modelers, students and postdoctoral researchers with background in epidemiology, public health or other health sciences. Federal partners interested in learning more about the analytical approaches covered in this workshop. When and where: The workshop will be held at Georgetown University from Monday, August 15th through Tuesday, August 16th. Cost: We are pleased to offer this workshop with no application or registration fees. Additionally, CAsToR will offer a limited amount of funding to offset costs, such as transportation, lodging, and meals. Priority for funding will be given to CAsToR Core Trainees at the University of Michigan, Georgetown University, and Yale University, but others are encouraged to apply. CAsToR Core Trainees are NIH-defined early-stage and new investigators (students, post-docs, professors, and researchers) who have been financially supported by CAsToR. Application: Applications must be submitted by Friday, July 8th at 11:59pm ET. Please see flyer for more instructions. For more information, please contact Nargiz Travis (nt526@georgetown.edu) or Molly Coeling (mcoeling@umich.edu).

Recent Events

In-Person Writing Retreat
DATE + TIME: Thu Jun 16, 2022 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
SPEAKERS: Dr. Ella August
DESCRIPTION: Who should come?: Early stage investigators, postdocs, people who write, people who enjoy catered lunches. What will I do at the retreat?: You will have protected writing time to work on papers, grants, etc. • 9:30-10am: Discussion of writing barriers and solutions
• 10am-12pm: Protected writing time
• 12-12:30pm: Catered lunch
• 12:30-1pm: Optional art tour of outdoor sculptures on North Campus
• 1-3:45pm: Protected writing time
• 3:45-4pm: Debrief
Can I get writing feedback during the retreat?: Dr. Ella August will be available for consults during protected writing time (in a separate space) Registration is required. Please register by Friday, June 10th, including your dietary preferences for a catered lunch. For more information, please contact Ella August (eaugust@umich.edu) or Molly Coeling (mcoeling@umich).
Advancing Public Health with Systems Science & Simulation Modeling
DATE + TIME: Mon Jun 06, 2022 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
SPEAKERS: Dr. Andrew Brouwer (Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan, School of Public Health) and other modeling experts
DESCRIPTION: Please join CAsToR investigator, Andrew Brouwer, and other modeling experts in the BU virtual symposium on advancing public health with systems science and simulation modeling.
How systems thinking and simulation modeling can reshape public health
DATE + TIME: Mon Jun 06, 2022 12:01 AM - 12:01 AM
SPEAKERS: CAsToR member Dr. Andrew Brouwer and Dr. Ana Diez Roux and Dr. Melissa Tracy and Dr. Philippe Giabbanelli
DESCRIPTION:

The keynote speaker will identify the components/hallmarks of systems thinking and how it broadens perspectives and expands opportunities, facilitated by the application of modeling and simulation methods. This will be followed by 2-4 case studies from particular problem domains in public health in which the application of systems thinking and simulation modeling served to advance scientific discovery and impact beyond conventional approaches. CAsToR member Andrew F. Brouwer, PhD, MS, MA is among the speakers.

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CAsToR Webinar: Agent-Based Modeling: Applications in Tobacco Regulatory Science
DATE + TIME: Thu May 19, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SPEAKERS: Dr. Ross Hammond (Director, Center on Social Dynamics & Policy, Brookings Institution; Associate Professor, Washington University)
DESCRIPTION: In this webinar, Dr. Ross Hammond will present some of his most recent work in agent-based modeling with a focus on Tobacco Town, a computational model for exploring environmental effects of retail tobacco control policies. There will be sufficient time for Q&A. Registration is required. All registrants must be approved by CAsToR to join this webinar. Questions? Please contact Molly Coeling at mcoeling@umich.
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E-Cigarette Summit USA: Science, Regulation and Health
DATE + TIME: Tue May 17, 2022 8:15 AM - 6:30 PM
DESCRIPTION: For decades, the known harms from smoking and combustible products have aligned public health and tobacco control communities to a common goal, to end the smoking epidemic. However, the emergence of e-cigarettes and novel nicotine products has created an often-binary discussion of youth versus adults, industry versus public health or absolute versus relative safety. It is clear that the current status quo is failing to please anyone. The E-Cigarette Summit has a single aim of facilitating respectful dialogue and thoughtful analysis of the latest evidence and an opportunity to explore how this should be interpreted to deliver the most effective public health and regulatory strategies. Registration is required. Please visit the E-Cigarette Summit USA website for more information.
Panel Discussion: Developing Specific Aims for Tobacco Regulatory Science (TRS) Proposals
DATE + TIME: Tue Apr 26, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
SPEAKERS: Dr. Stephanie Land (Program Director & Statistician, NIH National Cancer Institute, Behavioral Research Program, Tobacco Control Research Branch) and Dr. Adam Leventhal (Founding Director, Health, Emotion & Addiction Laboratory at the University of Southern California) and Dr. Luz Sanchez Romero (Assistant Professor, Cancer Prevention and Control, Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University)
DESCRIPTION: Panelists each provide a brief presentation focused on developing Specific Aims in the context of TRS proposals.
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SRNT 28th Annual Meeting
DATE + TIME: Tue Mar 15, 2022 - Fri Mar 18, 2022
DESCRIPTION: This year’s theme, “Innovation and opportunity in a changing landscape: working together to advance nicotine science to achieve health equity”, is sure to resonate with members and non-members alike as the timely and enduring issues of social justice, health inequality, and importantly, action to correct health disparities of nicotine and tobacco are addressed. Registration is required. Please visit the SRNT website for more information.
Oral Presentation Workshop: Prepare for the 2022 SRNT Conference!
DATE + TIME: Fri Feb 25, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
SPEAKERS: Dr. Ella August
DESCRIPTION: In this workshop, you will: • Learn tips on creating an effective presentation using PowerPoint.
• With a partner, give and receive feedback on a PowerPoint slide.
• Learn best practices for delivering effective research presentations, both in person and virtual.
• Have the opportunity to practice part of your presentation and get feedback. The workshop will be held via Zoom on Friday, February 25th, 2022, from 2 to 3:30pm ET. Please email Molly Coeling (mcoeling@umich.edu) for registration link. (mcoeling@umich) for registration link. Participants are asked to submit a draft of slides and/or handouts by February 23rd. A short video will be sent to registrants for viewing prior to the workshop.
Poster Presentation Workshop: Prepare for the 2022 SRNT Conference!
DATE + TIME: Thu Feb 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SPEAKERS: Dr. Ella August
DESCRIPTION: In this workshop, you will: • Be introduced to principles of successful scientific posters.
• Learn tips about presenting posters virtually.
• Review examples with a partner, followed by a group discussion.
• Partner up to give & receive feedback on your poster drafts. The workshop will be held via Zoom on Thursday, February 10th, 2022, from 10 to 11:30am ET. Please email Molly Coeling (mcoeling@umich) for registration link. Participants are asked to submit poster draft by Tuesday, February 8th.
Create an Individual Development Plan
DATE + TIME: Fri Jan 28, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
SPEAKERS: Dr. Ella August
DESCRIPTION: Kick Off the New Year with a New Game Plan! In this interactive virtual workshop, you will work to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP is a communication tool to support setting and reaching professional goals. The IDP covers not only scientific goals but also career goals to support individuals and their mentors in furthering their career development. In this workshop, we will use an IDP template specifically created for tobacco regulatory science researchers to: • Complete a self-assessment (general skills, research methods, key knowledge areas)
• Establish career and research goals
• Create a roadmap to reach your goals
We will ask that you complete a self-assessment form ahead of time, which we will share with registrants at least two weeks prior to the workshop. The workshop will be held via Zoom on Friday, January 28th, 2022, 12-1:30pm ET and is open to CAsToR trainees.. Please email Molly Coeling Molly Coeling (mcoeling@umich) for registration link.