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February

  • MSU University Distinguished Professor and associate chair of research Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, was honored with the Carl Hartmann Award, which is the highest award given by the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Read more about the SSR award on MSU Today.
  • Dr. Wanda Lipscomb, PhD, senior associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, associate dean for Student Affairs, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The Excellence in Diversity Awards Ceremony on February 11 celebrated Lipscomb's more than 25 years of dedication and outstanding efforts in diversity and inclusion.
  • The college is collaborating with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Calvin University to host the Rare Disease Day Symposium on February 29. One in 10 people in the United States has a rare disease. The symposium will bring together patients, caregivers, researchers and advocates in the rare disease community. Sessions include talks from a scientist studying rare diseases, a medical geneticist and patients with various rare disease diagnoses, and other breakouts. Register for the symposium here.
  • Michigan State University has unveiled a new website highlighting the vast amount of cancer research being conducted throughout the university. The site, cancer.msu.edu, features the research of 95 faculty members spread across 20 departments and eight colleges.
  • The college’s Student National Medical Association chapter gave kids and parents a look at the field of medicine. About 200 kids, ages 7-11, got an early peek at their possible futures during this year’s Reach Out to Youth program. Learn more on WOODTV 8.
  • The Flint campus welcomes Jennifer Edwards-Johnson, DO, as the new community assistant dean.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, spoke at the State of Flint Kids conference, hosted by MSU-Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative and the Greater Flint Health Coalition. She told attendees at Friday's conference that more needs to be done for Flint kids. Related media: ABC 12, Mid-Michigan Now, Michigan Radio NPR, MLive, WCMU Public Radio, WKAR.
  • John Clements, PhD, assistant professor in the Master of Public Health program, is turning to public health science to address diabetes outcome disparities for the elderly.
  • College of Human Medicine alumus, Michael Hanak, MD, FAAFP, was recently named associate chief medical officer for population health at Rush University Medical Center.
  • Ajay Khilanani, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, was published on MedPage Today’s Kevinmd.com: “Making humanism in medicine more humanistic.”
  • Philip Gorelick, MD, MPH, professor of translational science and molecular medicine, received a merit award from National Mature Media Awards in the division of Community Organizations for an article he wrote called, “Ask the Provider Importance for Brain Health.”
  • Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, associate professor of family medicine, was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Research Paper of the Year award.
  • Registration is now open for the 19th annual Pediatric Research Day, hosted by the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. The event on March 26 will feature keynote presentations from Douglas T. Kendrick, PhD, Arizona State University Department of Psychology, and Robert J. Pennock, PhD, Michigan State University Lyman Birggs College. 
  • Assistant professor in the Master of Public Health program, Robey Champin shares how her experiences as a former FBI analyst shaped her understanding of crime and disorder as public health concerns and informed her interests in trauma-informed approaches.
  • A study led by Bengt Arnetz, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, linked neighborhood air pollution to adverse health effects among elderly asthma patients. Read more about the study on MSUToday. 
  • In an article published on NeoScope, Laura Cabrera, PhD, bioethicist in the Center for Ethics & Humanities in the Life Sciences, shares her thoughts about cosmetic leg-extension surgery.
  • Big Data Targets Deadly Liver Cancer: Highly advanced computer programs could sort through a massive amount of “big data” and match the genetic and molecular characteristics of each patient’s liver cancer with the most effective treatment among thousands of compounds, suggested a team of researchers led by Bin Chen, PhD, an assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Development, and Pharmacology and Toxicology. Read more about Bin Chen’s study on MSU Today.
  • Gloria Felix, fourth-year College of Human Medicine student, shares about her medical school experience in an article on AAMC: “Let’s Start With: How are YOU?”
  • Alumni Sarah Bjorkman, MD, and Kurt Bjorkman, MD, who met as students at the College of Human Medicine, each discuss their experience with being married to another physician on Surviving Medicine: “I never thought I would marry another physician” and “What finding love in Medicine taught me.”
  • Traverse City was in the spotlight during the National Cancer Prevention Workshop in Washington, D.C. Kelly Hirko, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, joined a panel of experts to highlight the progress and challenges of cancer prevention and wellness in the region. 
  • College of Human Medicine students Ariel Dempsey and Donna Tran are speaking at the 6th annual TEDxMSU on March 11, 2020. Tickets are on sale. 
  • Daniel S. Mazzuchi is the recipient of the Carl V. Pellonpaa Lifetime Achievement Award because of his dedication to the Upper Peninsula community and serving the health care needs of the area.
  • Too many women with uterine fibroids end up getting hysterectomies. Researchers at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Van Andel Institute (VAI) and Spectrum Health have uncovered new information in a study that could help many women avoid surgery. Read more about this study on MLive.
  • The American Physiological Society selected Susan Barman, PhD, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, as the 2020 Bodil Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award winner. This comes one year after she was awarded the Carl Ludwig Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation. Both awards are the highest recognition for science and mentoring.
  • ‘Levitating’ Proteins Could Help Diagnose Opioid Abuse, Other Diseases: Researchers Morteza Mahmoudi and Ali Akbar Ashkarranat of Michigan State University’s Precision Health Program have helped develop a fascinating new method for detecting the density of proteins in the blood – a method that could vastly improve the rate at which diseases are detected and diagnosed. Read more about Mahmoudi's research on MSU Today. 
  • "Compassion is a starting point, but radical empathy, the uncomfortable, fearless, willingness and ability to see the world through the eyes of another, is what’s needed,” penned Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health and associate dean for Public Health Integration. Read "In the Eyes of the Beholder: A Call for Radical Empathy and White Allies."
  • The Office of Admissions welcomes Rachael Vettese as admissions officer.

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