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Brought to you by Alumni: Faculty Research Assistant Opening in Global Mental Health at University of MD, College Park

Our thanks to Kristen Regenauer ’17 for bringing this position to our attention! Kristen generously offered to answer any questions you may have about this position. You can contact her at her work email.

Kristen writes of the position, “Dr. Magidson’s current study aims to design an intervention to improve substance addiction and adherence to HIV medication at the same time through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Cape Town, South Africa.  I absolutely love working with her, and working for her would be an asset for anyone interested in the global mental health field.”

This position is perfect for Super Senior Febs or Seniors:

Dr. Jessica Magidson will be joining the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park in January 2018 and will be hiring a full-time Faculty Assistant (research assistant) interested in global mental health and addiction science. The research assistant will be involved in two research projects both evaluating behavioral activation interventions delivered by peer recovery coaches in primary care: one based globally in Cape Town, South Africa and the second based locally in Baltimore, MD in collaboration with researchers at University of Maryland Baltimore in the Department of Nursing. Both projects aim to understand the effectiveness and implementation success of a peer-delivered behavioral activation intervention for individuals with substance use disorders in primary care.

The position is available as early as January 2018; however, applicants who are highly qualified and a good fit for the position graduating in Spring 2018 are encouraged to apply. Applicants interested in global mental health, implementation science, and addiction who are interested in pursuing PhD programs in clinical psychology, public health, or global health, or medical school are encouraged to apply. Dr. Magidson’s program of research at University of Maryland will offer an exciting opportunity to be engaged in local and global addiction science and mental health research.

The position will be based at University of Maryland, College Park, the flagship campus of University of Maryland, located only 5 miles outside of Washington DC, and 30 miles from Baltimore, MD. The position does not require international travel to Cape Town, South Africa; however, it may be a possibility if of interest. This position will involve on-site data collection in Baltimore, MD and does require someone to have a car to travel to the community center. The position is a one-year appointment subject to renewal of a second year based on performance.

Key skills for this position include the ability to organize and manage time and multiple tasks, attention to detail and excellent written skills, the ability to work independently, ability to demonstrate a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity, and the ability to maintain effective communications and working relationships with other study team members.

Necessary qualifications include:

  1. BA/BS in Social Sciences (Psychology, Public Health, or related field);
  2. Prior research experience working with diverse populations, particularly vulnerable populations and/or individuals with substance use disorders or chronic medical conditions;
  3. Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Prior experience developing research protocols, IRB submissions, and familiarity with electronic data capture tools (RedCap) and statistical software (SPSS) preferred.

Interested applicants should send their CV, a cover letter (describing research interests and how prior experiences and skill set meet the above requirements), transcript with relevant coursework (unofficial is fine), and contact info for 2-3 references to Drs. Jessica Magidson and Julia Felton with the subject line “Global Mental Health and Addiction RA position.” Please indicate in your cover letter when you would be available to start this position. You can read the full job description here.

New INC: The First Museum-Led Incubator for Art, Design, and Technology

An experimental initiative of the New Museum, NEW INC is a shared workspace and professional development program that brings together over 100 cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs, including anchor tenants Rhizome and Columbia University’s GSAPP Incubator.

The operation occupies eight thousand square feet of dedicated office, workshop, social, and presentation space, and each year selects an outstanding interdisciplinary community of one hundred members who are investigating new ideas and developing sustainable practices.

NEW INC offers students interested in art, design, technology, and entrepreneurship an opportunity to get hands-on with the ins and outs of running a small non-profit program within a major contemporary arts institution.

In addition to working closely with NEW INC staff on both long- and short-term projects, interns work with and learn from the cutting-edge cultural producers who make up NEW INC’s community of members.

MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP

This internship focuses on creation of media and management of technology within the space. Working directly with the Technology & Operations Administrator, the position involves both video and photo documentation of our events and everyday activities at NEW INC; this includes set-up, pre- and post-production. Interns will also be involved with coordinating trainings and conducting research related to our equipment and fabrication spaces. This is a hands-on internship with the opportunity to potentially develop original content for the right candidate.

NEW INC is not your typical incubator. They are a visionary group of creative practitioners who embrace risk, investigate the undiscovered and undefined, and engage with timely issues and ideas at the intersection of culture and technology. Their community is composed of sole practitioners, studios and start-ups who are building cultural enterprises both big and small. They offer forty full-time and forty part-time memberships a year, and encourage both individuals and teams to apply.

Recent Grads – They are currently accepting membership applications for the 2017-18 intake!

Super Senior Febs – They are also currently accepting applications for our Spring internship intake.

Apply online. Learn more about NEW INC.

What Time Off Did for Me


Several weeks ago, I invited students interested in writing guest posts for this blog to contact me. Happily, one of them was Zane Anthony ’16.5, who writes today about his gap semester. —Shirley M. Collado

By 12th grade, I developed a senioritis so bleak and merciless that I felt like a crayon in a crayon box, trapped in darkness and ill fated to an existence of ambiguous pigeonholing and childhood neglect. Flustered and thundering inside, I felt exceedingly tired, wondering whether the few months of summer would be enough for me to recharge and “sort things out.” Too soon, I would find myself once again submersed in gray classroom grinds, committed to a near future in the progressive locale of Addison County, Vermont.

Last fall, I ultimately decided against signing myself off to another demanding, gazillionth-consecutive academic semester that would become roiled with work and worry. Instead, I kicked back for once, trading the immediacy of a hasty, blurry blastoff to an undergraduate career in exchange for a gap semester. And it was the best decision ever.

Today, the leap from high school to college is rumored to be so drastic, so inexorable, that we are losing sight of ourselves. Students consequently derail and belittle their high school endeavors; that is, building an arts center in Senegal becomes more important to their application to Stanford than to the Senegalese. Looking beyond “looking good” on an application and flashing showy undertakings, why not picture your post-secondary-school careers as the perfect opportunity to become the person you have always wanted to be—more active, more outgoing, or perhaps more generous? College is a breeding ground for out-of-comfort-zone experiences that lead you to new philosophies and understandings about yourself. But as I have come to discover, the time between high school and college is too.

Many young people think that life is encoded like alleles in DNA, or determined by set conditions like those of tall, bulky asymptotes. Attending a small, alternative school, I was lucky enough to be routinely discouraged from reverting to a life of normalcy and cookie-cutter approaches to solving problems, whether emotional, creative, or Socratic. I have finally realized that what has messed me up this whole time is that mental image I have of how things are supposed to be.

As leaves tumbled exhausted from branches last August, I fled from course work and towards my lifelong verve for environmentalism, following the winds to the familiar corridors of Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton, Maryland. For four months, I taught Chesapeake Bay and swamp ecology classes, history lessons, and low- and high-ropes course initiatives with middle school and upper school students. Though busy, I had countless hours every day to be still and reflect.

Life moved slower. I synced with the natural rhythms of the Earth. I plunged into a world released from e-mails, voice mails, clocks, and schedules, nourishing that part of my being that is fed by swims in lakes, walks up mountains, and paddles through the water. Because of my experiences at Echo Hill, the things I want to do most, and the things that are most important to me, have slowly wedged away the rote, senile tasks I have been programmed to perform in secondary school. I can feel myself transitioning out of a dull, amorphous routine, growing blind to what was once familiar and youthful. But it’s funny because I do not feel as if  I am running away or leaving something behind. Instead, I feel that I am stepping towards something else.

My Febmester taught me that I am my own advocate, motivation, and resolve to succeed—this is conceivably the most critical life lesson I have ever learned. The distinctive life is a triumph, not something that will come if I behave decently, or because my father ordered it from the country club caterer. Beyond latching to the highly coveted, recursive web of hard work, thoughtful leadership, and responsible citizenship, I know I need to work fervently towards my goals, and thereby define my odds for success. It means fundamentally questioning where I am going and making sure I am not following the rut left behind by somebody else.

While driving to Middlebury for my Class of 2016.5 February Orientation, I watched vistas and peaks roll past as if torn straight from summery, warm New England tourist journals. I revered the snow-capped mountains, and barns, and wind farms, scampering towards high ground with my confidence shots, hella warm layers, and every book I own on the environment in search of the rest of my life. “Onward to college,” I thought to myself. “And my timing is perfect.” Was your timing perfect? What could time off do for you?