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  • Jack Lipton, PhD, chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience, joined MSNBC to talk about deploying university scientists as a resource in the fight against COVID-19 and how pool testing may be a way to maintain vigilance about viral spread at schools. Related Media: Healthline.
  • The Academic Affairs Awards Committee announced the 2020 Academic Affairs Award recipients.
  • The National Rural Health Association has named Andrea Wendling, MD, director of Family Medicine, recipient of its 2020 Outstanding Educator Award.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, was announced as the 2020 keynote speaker for the annual Impact Nation conference.
  • Three College of Human Medicine students, Harminder Sandhu, Eunice Lee, and Kryssia Campos-Selva, discuss their experiences and observations with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • College of Human Medicine alumna, Erynne Faucett, MD, shares her experiences with discrimination in medicine.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill that includes $10 million for the Flint Registry, enough to keep the program for Flint water crisis victims running until the end of 2023. Related: MLive, WNEM News 5.
  • Jonathan Gold, MD, associate professor of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, discusses the plummet of child vaccinations during COVID-19 pandemic. Related media: Detroit Free Press, Holland Sentinel, Lansing State Journal.
  • The expanded use of telehealth technology by medical professionals has the potential to produce healthier outcomes, but it also is exposing the disparities in health status that still exist in rural areas, wrote Kelly Hirko, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • "Women cannot afford 'nice': The unpaid labor of gendered caregiving," by Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD, associate professor in the Center for Ethics and Department of Medicine.
  • Irving Vega, PhD, associate professor of Translational Neuroscience and researcher for the Alzheimer’s Alliance at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, is one of the researchers who participated in the virtual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Related Media: Wood TV 8.
  • To improve access to opioid use disorder treatment in underserved communities, Julia Felton, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Public Health, will co-lead a $550,000 grant from the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts.
  • A candlelight vigil was held to celebrate the life of Laura Sanchez, who worked as the Retention and Recruitment Coordinator at the College of Human Medicine.
  • To provide free medical services to increase access to care for individuals experiencing homelessness in the greater Grand Rapids area, the college is working with Mel Trotter Ministries to open a free clinic.  Related Media: ABC News 12, AP News, Greenwich TimesMLive, Midland Daily News, U.S News & World Report, Washington Times, WLNS News 6, WNEM News 5, WGVU Public Media.


  • In an article on Travel Weekly, Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration, says the time isn’t right to resume travel.
  • In an article on Everyday Health, Diana L. Bitner, MD, assistant professor, writes about recalibrating after breast cancer.
  • Master of Public Health student, Melody Marzjarani, discusses why she chose MSU and to pursue a public health degree.
  • A team of researchers at Michigan State University led by André Bachmann, PhD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, are looking into innovative treatments for pediatric cancers that are expeditious in more ways than one.
  • In an article on NBC News, Maji Hailemariam, PhD, assistant professor, comments on whether she will be sending her 14-month-old back to day care.
  • Tim Collier, PhD, professor of Translational Neuroscience, had a “Gibby & Friends vs. Parky” research award renewed for a third year in the amount of $100,000.
  • Andrea Wendling, MD, director of the Rural Health Curriculum, Julia Terhune, assistant director of Rural Community Health, and student, Stephen Holihan, presented their research on the podcast This Rural Mission and the rural poverty simulation Unpaved Roads at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference this June.
  • Caryl Sortwell, PhD has been invited to serve as a standing committee member on the Michael J. Fox Foundation Emerging Targets Committee.
  • The MSU Master of Public Health (MPH) is hosting several Virtual Information webinars to give prospective students the opportunity to learn more about Michigan State University's online public health program.
  • Donna Tran, third-year student and National Interim President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, was selected as 1 of the 9 students in the prominent National Institute of Aging-sponsored Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program at UCSF this Summer 2020. She also presented at the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) webinar "Supporting Minority Medical Student Mental Health."
  • Carol Parker, PhD, MPH, was appointed Interim Community Assistant Dean for the Lansing Campus, effective August 1.
  • Scientists from the College of Human Medicine Department of Translational Neuroscience answer questions about COVID-19.
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for public health integration and C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, joined Michigan Radio NPR to discuss how systemic racism impacts health care for Black Americans.
  • Nigel Paneth, MD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, joined Michigan Radio NPR to explain how antibodies from recovered COVID-19 patients may help with coronavirus prevention or treatment.
  • College of Human Medicine student Cynthia Kuk was awarded a scholarship from the Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, as part of their mission to invest in Trans & nonbinary individuals by removing financial barriers to education and building pathways to equity.
  • Read about how Division of Public Health faculty, students and alumni are making a difference during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Lisa Lowery, MD, MPH, assumed the new role of Assistant Dean for Diversity and Cultural Affairs in April just as two events made it all the more important and timely.
  • Mauricio Franco, a fourth-year student, has been recognized as a 2020 Inclusion Award Honoree for his work with Queering Medicine.
  • The National Rural Health Association has named Andrea Wendling, MD, director of rural medicine and professor of family medicine, recipient of its 2020 Outstanding Educator Award
  • 29 students and 2 faculty of the College of Human Medicine were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
  • While studies in the early 2000s showed that women were 30% less likely to receive clot-busting treatment for a stroke than men, a new analysis of recent studies by Mathew Reeves, PhD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, found that the gap has narrowed to 13%.
  • Sisters Osose and Onome Oboh, both fourth-year College of Human Medicine students, take on leadership roles in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the nation’s oldest and largest student-run organization founded to support minority medical students.
  • MiBiz discusses the university's letter of intent with Henry Ford Health System in the article "MSU flexes collaborative strategy developed in West Michigan to forge new partnerships."
  • College of Human Medicine alumnus Bryanne Nicole Standifer, MD, was selected Chief Medical Resident at Henry Ford Hospital.


  • In this USA Today article, fourth-year student Osose Oboh opens up about the bias in medical care she experienced and how that influenced her decision to go into medicine. Related: Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal
  • Kent Key, PhD, director of the Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships in the Division of Public Health, joined the Genesee County Circuit Courthouse on June 19 as the keynote speaker to commemorate Juneteenth.
  • In a Q&A on goop, Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, discusses environmental racism and how to fight it.
  • As the number of medical school applicants nationwide has increased, the Lansing State Journal spoke to several future College of Human Medicine students about why they chose to get into the medical field.
  • In an article on The Conversation, Claudia Finkelstein, MD, provides a matrix to help decide how to safely celebrate Father’s Day in a fact-based and safe manner.
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, discusses joining the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities on WKAR’s MSU Today with Russ White.
  • The Genesee County Commission adopted a resolution asserting that racism is a public health crisis. Kent Key, PhD, director of the Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships in the Division of Public Health, helped draft the resolution. Related media: Flint Beat, MLive, ABC News 12.
  • Judith Lin, MD, professor and chief of vascular surgery in the Department of Surgery, joins MSU Surgery as a vascular surgeon.
  • Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University have signed a letter of intent to significantly expand their long-term partnership, a unique primary affiliation among the first of its kind for the region between a fully integrated academic health system and major state university. Related media: Crain’s Detroit, Detroit Free Press, MiBizModern Healthcare.
  • March of Dimes has selected Ripla Arora, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, as a recipient the 2020 Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award. 
  • A study by Surender Rajasekaran, MD, MPH, and Mara Leimanis Laurens, professors at the College of Human Medicine, found that African American and Hispanic children admitted to pediatric intensive care units for cancer treatment have significantly higher death rates than do Caucasian patients.
  • In an article on The ConversationClaudia Finkelstein, MD, writes about how to be as safe as possible in your house of worship. 
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for public health integration and C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, answers questions about the different COVID-19 tests.
  • Gwendolyn Reyes, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, has been appointed to the Return to Learn Advisory Council by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
  • In an analysis on Addis StandardMaji Hailemariam, PhD, MSW, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, discuss the challenge of mental health access in Ethiopia during COVID-19.

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