National Hispanic Science Network
17th Annual International Conference
October 4-7, 2017
Phoenix, AZ

The National Hispanic Science Network’s Fifteenth Annual International Conference will take place Wednesday, October 4, 2017 through Friday October 6, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.  Planning and programming are underway!  Stay tuned for information about the 2017 conference.


Public Health Leader Named New Dean of the University of Miami Graduate School

The University of Miami has appointed UM alumnus Guillermo “Willy” Prado, now the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and the director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine, as the new dean of the Graduate School, effective February 1.Willy

“Dr. Prado is well positioned to raise the Graduate School at UM to a new level of excellence, thanks to his passion as a researcher and educator,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc.

As dean of the Graduate School, Prado will work in partnership with the deans of the schools and colleges to support and develop strategies for attracting the next generation of scientists and researchers to graduate education at the University of Miami.

He will specifically manage the process of external program reviews and new program proposals, oversee the selection process for University of Miami graduate fellowships, chair the Graduate Council meetings, and meet regularly with graduate program directors, among other duties.

“This appointment is particularly meaningful to me because the University of Miami has been my academic home for 15 years, inclusive of my graduate training,” said Prado, who earned his Ph.D. in epidemiology and public health in 2005 and his Master of Science in statistics in 2000. “My plan is to work collaboratively with University leadership, graduate program directors, and the rest of the University community to continue to increase the quality of graduate education for our students.”

Prado joined the UM faculty in 2007. In the areas of research, he has served as principal investigator of approximately $10 million of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. He also has served in the roles of mentor and co-investigator of approximately $60 million of NIH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding, including a leadership role on two NIH-funded center grants.

His research has appeared in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including The Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

During his tenure, Prado has led the development of the Ph.D. program in Prevention Science and Community Health, as well as redesigned the epidemiology doctoral program. Having taught more than 10 graduate courses in prevention science, epidemiology, and biostatistics at UM, Prado has mentored many junior faculty, post-doctoral students, and graduate students.

As chief of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health since 2013, Prado has overseen a research program endowment of $375,000. Before that, he led the Ph.D. in Epidemiology Doctoral Program and served as acting chief of the Division of Epidemiology.

John L. Bixby, vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology and neurological surgery, chaired the search committee for the Graduate School dean and describes Prado as the “best of the best.” Noting that Prado will play a key role in UM’s progress in education and research, Bixby said, “Even among a number of highly impressive applicants who interacted with the Search Committee, Willy’s personality, accomplishments, and insight stood out. I am personally delighted that he will be our next dean.”

“Willy is an extraordinarily bright, dedicated public health researcher whose enthusiasm for his work is infectious,” said José Szapocznik, chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences, who recruited Prado to the faculty after he completed his doctoral degree. “His work in prevention science has made him a superstar at UM and in the national scientific community.”

Prado replaces M. Brian Blake, who was named provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Drexel University last spring. In the interim, Angel Kaifer, professor of chemistry and senior associate dean for research and graduate education in the UM College of Arts and Sciences, served as dean.



The University of Utah Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (Center for HOPE)

The University of Utah Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (Center for HOPE) is accepting applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Health Inequities (2-3 year appointments). See Announcement

La Salle University, The School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Master of Public Health Program in The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at La Salle University seeks a full-time Assistant/Associate Professor for an MPH Program Director who will provide leadership in strategic planning and oversee all operations of the MPH program. This includes facilitating the admission and advisement of MPH students, supervision of clinical practicum placements, teaching select courses, and program evaluation. The position begins January 2017 and will remain open until filled. See Announcement

Kaiser Permanente Research Scientist Position

The Division of Research of The Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente, Northern California) seeks
an investigator to establish a successful mental health research program within Kaiser Permanente, including
treatment developments and implementation research. See Announcement

University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology,Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology

The Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP) at the University of Minnesota Medical School, is seeking outstanding candidates with an Ph.D. and/or M.D. for research projects in molecular and integrative cardiology and muscle biology, including cardiac muscle sarcomere and cytoskeleton structure-function, E-C coupling, experimental gene and cell-based therapy and chemical-based molecular band-aids. Studies are directed toward acquired and inherited diseases, including heart failure, ischemia and muscular dystrophy. See Announcement     See Announcement for Faculty Position.

Deputy Director, Office of AIDS Research

The Office of AIDS Research, located within the Office of the NIH Director, coordinates the scientific, budgetary, legislative, and policy elements of NIH AIDS research. The NIH represents the largest and most significant public investment in AIDS research in the world. The NIH response to the epidemic requires a unique and complex multi-institute, multi-disciplinary, global research program. Perhaps no other disease so thoroughly transcends every area of clinical medicine and basic scientific investigation, crossing the boundaries of nearly every NIH Institute and Center (IC) See more Information

Dominican University Assistant Professor of Sociology

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is seeking a sociologist at the rank of assistant professor for a tenure-track position beginning in fall 2017. See Announcement

University of Connecticut - School of Social Work

Applications are now being accepted for multiple tenure track faculty positions at the assistant, associate, or full professor level. See Announcement for Associate/Full Professor and announcement for Assistant Professor.

Washington University in St. Louis - Addicitons and Addictive Behaviors, Post Doctoral Fellowship

The Transdisciplinary Training in Addictions Research (TranSTAR) Program at Washington University’s Brown School, in collaboration with investigators from the Washington University School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and the Midwest Alcoholism Research Center, is seeking applicants for its postdoctoral fellowship program. See Announcement

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Graduate Research Training in Alcohol Problems and Alcohol-Related Disparities

The Alcohol Research Group, in association with the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, is currently accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for research training in alcohol studies. See Announcement and Instructions


The Tulane University School of Social Work (TSSW) ( ) is seeking 2 exceptional behavioral science researchers and educators to join our top level faculty beginning in August 2017. See Announcement.


The Department of Psychology in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) invites applications for a tenured Associate Professor or a tenure track Assistant Professor position with an anticipated start date of Fall 2017. See Announcement.

Department of Health Management and Policy in the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health

The Department of Health Management and Policy in the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health seeks applicants for a tenure-line position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the area of population health management and/or implementation and translational science in public health and health care. The position will be available starting on or after September 1, 2017. See Announcement