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  • On May 13, student groups AMWA, APAMSA and SNMA will host Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services to give a brief training on how to become a better physician for deaf and hard of hearing patients at 6pm in 251 Secchia. This includes learning about the unique deaf culture and some basic medical signs that can help create a more welcoming environment for deaf patients. In Michigan, about 1.4 million residents have hearing loss and about 90,000 identify as deaf. This number continues to grow. Join the training via Zoom (password: DHHS)
  • On May 15, the college will host Individual and Organizational Resilience After Tragedy, featuring Bob VandePol, MSW, executive director of the Employee Assistance Program with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, at 5:30 PM at A219 Clinical Center, East Lansing.
  • There is increasing interest in the application of mindfulness practices in the arena of healthcare. On May 23-27, The Mindful Healthcare Summit, a free online conference, will explore how mindfulness and compassion practices can help address the complex issues of chronic stress, emotional exhaustion and the epidemic of burnout among healthcare professionals. CME credits and contact hours will be available.
  • Congratulations to Valerie Chen and Annie Yang, winners of the inaugural Shared Discovery Curriculum student essay contest. The learning society chiefs sponsored the activity and prompted students to write 800-1000 words about their thoughts and impressions of how connections between their clinic and classroom experiences have had an impact on their growth as medical students and sense of self as a physician-in-training. Valerie, a Williams MCE student in Grand Rapids, won first prize for her essay Go right ahead and see her. Talk to her and ask how she’s doing.” Second prize was awarded to Annie, an ECE Addams student in East Lansing, for her essay Patiently Gazing into Patients’ Lives.”
  • Third-year medical student Ranukah Sinniah has been selected by the National Institutes of Health for participation in the prestigious NIH Medical Research Scholars Program. Ranukah will spend next year, 2019-2020, in the program before returning to the College of Human Medicine to finish medical school.
  • Craig Emmitt Cole, MD, joined the Department of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, as assistant professor. He is a board certified hematologist seeing patients with both benign and hematologic diseases. His primary clinical and research interest is in multiple myeloma. He has been the onsite primary investigator for over 30 clinical trials, published national journals and presented his research at the American Society of Hematology and the American Society for Apheresis national meetings. 
  • Ryan Gennette, MSN, APRN, NP‐C, joined the Department of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology. Ryan is a certified nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has professional interests in oncology related symptom management/prevention including the importance of pain control. 
  • Mike Brown, MD, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, was appointed president of the Association for Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.
  • Jon Gold, MD, was appointed director of the Shared Discovery Curriculum Academy. He brings a wealth of experience in leadership, service, teaching and scholarship. ‘In the trenches’ since the pilot of the SDC, Dr. Gold has developed and led content across all phases of the curriculum. As a Lead Fellow and a Learning Society Chief, he has deep knowledge of the curriculum, appreciates the complexity of the Academy, and demonstrates joy in working with staff, students and faculty. 
  • Kelly Barr, curriculum assistant in the Department of Medicine, has been elected to the Clerkship Directors group in the Internal Medicine Clerkship Administrator Advisory Council. Her term is through July 2021.
  • Corey Koperski, Grand Rapids community administrator and clinical curriculum administration coordinator, has been elected to a three-year term as executive secretary and treasurer for the AAMC Central Group on Student Affairs.
  • On May 2, Dr. Geri Zeldes and Audrey Matusz from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences accepted a second place Excellence in Media Award for the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved documentary “A Change of Practice" from the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter. Watch "A Change of Practice: Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved," a half-hour documentary about LMU students in Flint.
  • Michigan Humanities has chosen “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope,” by associate professor Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, for the 2019-2020 Great Michigan Read, starting September 2019 through fall 2010. The effort aims to connect Michiganders by deepening readers’ understanding of our state, our society, and our humanity. “What the Eyes Don’t See” has also been chosen by the states of Maryland and Rhode Island for their statewide reading programs similar to the Great Michigan Read, as well as more than a dozen school and university-wide common read programs.
  • The Department of Surgery had eight surgical residents and two medical students present posters at the 14th Annual Mid-Michigan Regional Research Day. Congratulations to Dr. Marta Makuszewski, clinical instructor, for receiving the 3rd Place Award for Best Case Study.
  • Second-year Morrill Learning Society student, Natalie Payne, has been selected as the sole US medical student representative to serve a three-year term on the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education Accreditation .  This committee is part of the US Department of Education, and reviews foreign medical schools for their comparability to US medical schools. 
  • Faculty profile: Connie Currier, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, brings 25 years of cross-cultural experience to the Master of Public Health Program. She has worked in Ghana, Mali, Liberia and spent two years in Africa as a Population Fellow with the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council. Read about Dr. Currier’s public health career.
  • Ryan Brang, MD, assistant director of the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, was promoted associate program director. He will continue his roles in patient care, as faculty preceptor and clerkship director while assuming additional duties that support the program.
  • One hundred percent of the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program’s class of 2019 will be practicing in the Upper Peninsula following graduation. Of the six residents, four participated in The Integrated Program (TIP). Upper Peninsula Health Plan funds two TIP students each year. Supplementary funding from UP Health System, and the Superior Health Foundation Residency Investments accommodated two additional TIP students for the 2019 class.
  • The MSU-Pine Rest Christian Mental Services psychiatric residency program won four out of six scholarly activity awards at the Michigan Psychiatric Society conference in April. More than 55 scholarly projects were submitted from the nine residency programs across the state and MSU-Pine Rest residents won awards for all four projects they submitted!
  • Anita Avery, MD, a College of Human Medicine alumna and assistant professor, has been elected chair of the Michigan State Medical Society Board of Directors during the annual meeting of the MSMS House of Delegates, May 4-5, in Kalamazoo. Avery practices obstetrics and gynecology as core faculty for the Sparrow/MSU Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency program in Lansing and is lead clerkship director for the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology. The first woman elected to lead the MSMS board, Avery will serve a one-year term heading the 36-member MSMS Board of Directors. The MSMS Board of Directors sets policies and oversees operations for the 15,000-member medical society headquartered in East Lansing.
  • Faculty spotlight: Omayma Alshaarawy, MBBS, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, studies cardiometabolic health, cannabinoids' affect inflammatory responses and cardiometabolic health, as well as trends and patterns of extra-medical drug use among women of reproductive age. Read Dr. Alshaarawy's spotlight
  • Lindsay Gluf-Magar, education program coordinator in the Department of Surgery, has been appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Committee on Coordinators of Surgical Education for the Association for Surgical Education.
  • Tune in to the latest episode of "No Easy Answers" the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences podcast: Why I donated a Kidney to a Stranger
  • The Superior Health Foundation awarded the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development a $20,000 grant to provide weekly half-day tele-consultation services to physicians and other providers in the Marquette area. The tele-consultation services will complement and help to  expanded autism and pediatric behavioral health services in the Marquette area by providing access to College of Human Medicine faculty with expertise in child psychiatry and developmental-behavioral pediatrics.
  • Robert Malinowski, assistant professor in OMERAD, was awarded a Lilly Teaching Fellowship. The Lilly Teaching Fellows Program, supported by MSU's Academic Advancement Network, is an opportunity to explore the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • On June 5, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology will host #MeToo: Harnessing Evidence to Ensure Safe and Equitable Environments in Academic Medicine, featuring Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, director of Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences, University of Michigan, at 12-1 PM at the Radiology Building Auditorium, East Lansing.


  • Graduate Epidemiologists at Michigan State (GEMS), a student organization within the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, hosted an Easter event for children at Haven House of East Lansing. The group planned crafts and creative experiences allowing children to forget about their difficult siatution for a few precious hours.
  • Henry Barry, MD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development, was co-author on one of the most-read articles in Annals of Family Medicine in 2018.The article, "Top 20 POEMs of the Past 20 Years: A Survey of Practice-Changing Research for Family Physicians," ranked 15 out of the 20 most-read articles. View Annals of Family Medicine's 2018 most-read articles
  • Jonelle Golding, director of graduate curriculum integration and global studies, received the Distinguished Service Award at the recent Michigan Academic Advising Association annual meeting.
  • Third-year student Ranu Sinniah has been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 class of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). The MRSP endeavors to be the premier training program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, and a robust mentorship and advising program, MRSP prepares its scholars to become tomorrow’s leaders in medicine and biomedical research.
  • Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, assistant professor, Division of Public Health, received the 2019 Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center Early Career Award.
  • Tune in to the latest episode of "No Easy Answers" the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences podcast: Ethical Implications of Gene-Editing Human Embryos 
  • Kristen Upson, PhD, joined the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as assistant professor, coming to MSU from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina. Dr. Upson is an epidemiologist with a particular interest in the role of environmental factors early in life and during the reproductive years in the development of benign gynecologic conditions, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids and menstrual disorders. She is currently supported by a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research to investigate modifiable factors that may affect the body’s absorption of toxic metals and the role of metals on uterine fibroid risk in young African-American women.
  • Todd Lucas, PhD, joined the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health, as associate professor and C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health. He is working to improve colorectal cancer screening and prevent needless loss of life from cancer. His research considers psychosocial causes of racial health disparities with a focus on stress and preventive health behavior pathways, such as cancer screening. Learn more about Lucas' research
  • Watch the recent Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences Brownbag and Webinar: Female Cosmetic Genital Surgery: Social and Ethical Considerations
  • Ike V. Iyioke, MSc, MA, PhD, faculty researcher, Division of Public Health, recently published "Clinical trials and the Africa person: A quest to re-conceptualize responsibility." The book explores the ethics of public health, specifically, ethical issues with clinical trials.
  • Watch "A Change of Practice: Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved," a half-hour documentary about LMU students in Flint. Students and faculty from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the School of Journalism produced the film.
  • The Division of Public Health raised more than $1,400 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County during its 40th annual Bowl for Kid's Sake.
  • Nominations are now open for the American Public Health Association's Rema Lapouse Award. Awardees are scientists and public health professionals who have made significant contributions to epidemiology, prevention or control of mental disorders. Please send nominations to selection committee member Jim Anthony, professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, past recipient of the award.


  • Fourth-year Grand Rapids campus students Katie Ramos and Samantha Williams gave an oral presentation of their abstract, "Implementation of Routine Pediatric Lipid Screening: A Quality Improvement Study" at the Academic Pediatric Association's Region V Meeting, March 1, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. The students received second place honors for Best Abstract in the medical student category.
  • On March 13, the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences is presenting "Female Costmetic Gential Surgery: Social and Ethical Considerations" from 12pm - 1pm, C102 East Fee Hall in East Lansing or webinar as part of its 2018-2019 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series.
  • Please join the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology for a retirement symposium in honor of Jay Goodman, PhD, Advancing Science-Based Safety Assessment of Chemicals Monday, April 1, 10am5pm, Radiology Building auditorium. See flyer for a list of speakers and additional details. Please RSVP to by March 15.
  • Susan Barman, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, is a recipient of MSU's 2019 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. She is a committed instructor in the College of Human Medicine, teaching physiology and pharmacology concepts throughout the curriculum and serving as a problem-based learning facilitator. Read more about Dr. Barman's accomplishments
  • Victor DiRita, PhD, Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair, and chair, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, was elected President-Elect of the American Society for Microbiology. He will serve in that role beginning July 1, 2019, and will become ASM President in July, 2020.
  • Borys Hrinczenko, MD, PhD, a lung cancer specialist at the Michigan State University Breslin Cancer Center, has been appointed to the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium steering gcommittee. As such, Dr. Hrinczenko, who has more than 20 years of experience in cancer research, will represent Michigan State University and help establish research priorities for the Big Ten CRC. He currently is a member of the consortium’s Thoracic Clinical Trial Working Group.
  • Assistant professors of surgery, Michelle Southard, DO, and Stephanie (Cohen) Bray, MD, have received their board certifications. Dr. Southard, a breast and cosmetic surgeon, received her board certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and Dr. (Cohen) Bray, a craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon, received her board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine graduate assistant, Ryan Marquardt, and research associate, Emmanuel Paul, PhD, received awards for abstracts they will present at the annual meeting for the Society for Reproductive Investigation in Paris, March 12 - 16. Ryan is a pre-doctoral student in the lab of Jae Wook Jeong, PhD. He was awarded a President’s Plenary Award which recognizes the four highest-ranked abstracts for presentation at the President’s New Investigator Plenary. Emmanuel Paul received a Pfizer-SRI President’s Presenter’s Award which recognizes the 25 most meritorious abstracts submitted by individuals who are still in training. Emmanuel is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Karen Racicot, PhD.
  • Karen Racicot, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology is the meeting chair for the American Society for Reproductive Immunology's Annual Meeting coming to Grand Rapids, June 12-15. The theme of the ASRI 2019 Annual Meeting is Frontiers in Reproductive Immunology: Recent Advances and Novel Concepts in Reproductive Immunology Research." The meeting promotes interdisciplinary collaborations, fosters ongoing professional education and provides training to future scientists who are studying a range of topics related to the immunology of reproduction. This years’ program features 13 cutting-edge plenary sessions, distinguished keynote and presidential sessions, several special topic sessions, trainee competition and mentor-trainee luncheon, poster presentations and several networking events. Continuing medical education credit is also available. For more information, please contact Dr. Racicot.



  • On January 17, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of John Engler as interim president and appointed Satish Udpa as acting president. Read a message from Dean Beauchamp regarding the transition
  • "The Precision Medicine Bubble," a recent special issue of the journal Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, includes a chapter co-authored by Nigel Paneth, MD, MPH, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Paneth also co-authored the introduction and served as one of two editors for the special issue. The cover art was designed by Mark Watrich, information technologist, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • On January 16, the university's health colleges joined together for the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Program "Social Determinants of Health: A Call to Action." Read a recap of the program
  • Richard E. Dean, MD, Chair Emeritus, Department of Surgery and recent recipient of the Lester J. Evans College of Human Medicine Distinguished Service Award, has published the book, "Healing with Steel: A Memoir of my surgical academic life, family, horses, and the Vietnam War." 
  • On January 18, the Flint Registry celebrated going live after one year of development. Almost 6,000 people have already pre-enrolled. Watch a recap of the celebration
  • The cover of the American Journal of Medical Genetics December issue was designed by Andre Bachmann, PhD, professor, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. It featured a 3-year-old patient with the new genetic syndrome identified in Bachmann's research.
  • Registration for the seventh annual MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo is now open. Join fellow Spartans on June 22 to support MSU's skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. The ride has raised $975,000 to fund groundbreaking discoveries.
  • Dr. Henry Barry participated in a podcast discussion about the results of the 3 ASPREE aspirin trials, whether omega-3 oil prevents CV events and a new biologic agent for migraine.
  • Dr. Kevin Foley, associate professor, Departments of Internal and Family Medicine, will lead an informative conversation about decisional capacity. "Decisions, Decisions: When Making Choices is Best Left to Others" is a free community event on January 30, 7-8 pm, at Alma College.
  • Tune in to the latest podcast episode of "No Easy Answers in Bioethics" to hear Dr. Devan Stahl and Dr. Tom Tomlinson discuss clinical and legal perspectives on brain death.
  • Mitchell Sydloski, MD, clinical instructor, and G. Robert DeYoung, PharmD, will host an informative conversation about antibiotics. "Medications and You: Essentials of Appropriate Antibiotic Use" is a free community event on February 5, 7-8 PM, at Hope College.
  • Barbara Thompson, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, will host an informative conversation about autism. "Understanding Social Motivation in Autism" if a free community event on February 6 at Bay College and February 7 at Northern Michigan University. Both lectures are from 7-8 PM.
  • On February 13, the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences is presenting "Should We Be Reaching for Immortality?" from 12pm - 1pm, C102 Patenge Room in East Lansing or webinar as part of its 2018-2019 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series.
  • Save the date for the 42nd annual Family Medicine Research Day on May 23 at The Johnson Center at Cleary University in Howell.

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