Monthly Archives: April 2019

Rethinking the Academic Poster?

Written by Chrystelle Kiang

Poster sessions are a requirement for our MPH/ MPSH students and part of almost every scientific conference, yet making a poster can be a stressful. Research posters are a concise way to showcase your work and allow more creativity in presenting results. They allow people who may not be experts on your topic to gain an idea of current research and new findings in the field.

What tends to happen though, is that people take sections of a write up of their results and re-arrange them around some old template. Don’t get me wrong- a template is useful, especially when a reader only has a few minutes to spend on a poster. However, the large chunks of text defeat the purpose of the poster. May as well hand out copies of the original paper. Mike Morrison, a PhD student in Industrial and organizational psychology at Michigan State, is on a mission to fix academic posters. He made a video explaining the current problem and proposes a bold new template with focus on the main finding:

We’ll see if this takes off, but is something to consider when making your next poster.


Mike is on twitter (@mikemorrison) and his template can be found at .

Research Assistant – Part-time, Temporary

James Bell Associates ( – Atlanta, GA

Well-established firm specializing in evaluations of child welfare and human services programs seeks to support a child welfare case record data project for approximately 4-week period in Atlanta, GA. The research assistant is responsible for reviews of administrative and case records of children/families involved in child welfare, and extraction of data elements into Access database. This research study is examining methods for identifying and serving children in the child welfare system who are affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol and other substances, including opioids. The results will lay the groundwork for improved care and outcomes for children, reliable prevalence data, and appropriate allocation of resources.

Duties & Responsibilities

* In-depth 2-day training on project and data collection responsibilities and Access database

* Collection and synthesis of administrative data from state social services data base

* Data entry into structured Access database

* Communicates with the project team manager

* Adheres to the company’s confidentiality protocol

Knowledge & Skills

* Strong organizational and analytical skills

* Attention to detail

* Research training and skills

* Experience with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

* Excellent written and oral communication skills

* Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently

Education Experience

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with at least two years of work experience in child welfare, social sciences, human services, and/or applied research

Other Requirements

Must be a US citizen and be able to pass background checks.


* Competitive hourly pay ($22-29/hr)

* Between 25-35 hours a week for intensive/consecutive 3- to 4-week period

* Flexible timing, may include evenings and weekends

* Position in Atlanta, GA

* Mileage reimbursement available for local staff

Apply E-mail resume and cover letter with position sought to: Erin Morehouse at morehouse [at] jbassoc [dot] com or send via mail to: Erin Morehouse, c/o James Bell Associates, Inc., 3033 Wilson Blvd., Suite 650, Arlington, VA 22201. Fax: 703-243-3017. Equal opportunity employer.