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  • Join MSU Alumni on April 29 for a live, virtual conversation with Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Interim Dean Aron Sousa, MD, will lead the conversation.
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Mott Community College (MCC) have agreed to establish a cooperative program of premedical/medical education by which Mott Community College students who transfer as undergraduate premedical students to Michigan State University will have the opportunity to be granted an early assurance for admission to MSU College of Human Medicine. Related media: MLive, WNEM TV
  • A recent study found that the future economic impact of the four buildings that comprise MSU's Grand Rapids presence on the Medical Mile is estimated to be $203 million with an annual economic impact of $339 million, annual support of 2,017 jobs and an increase in yearly earnings of $142 million. Related media: DBusiness Magazine, FOX 17, Grand Rapids Press, MLive, MiBiz, WGVU Public Media.
  • Leaders from Perrigo and Michigan State University joined developers on April 14 for the groundbreaking ceremony of Perrigo’s new North American corporate headquarters at the MSU Grand Rapids Innovation Park. Related media: The Associated Press, Detroit Free Press, Holland Sentinel, Microsoft News, Midland Daily News, Traverse City Record-Eagle, WGVU Public Media, WLNS News 6, WOOD TV8, WZZM 13.
  • Retired faculty member Patricia Brewer, PhD, and husband Ken Betz established the Pat Brewer and Ken Betz Spartarine Endowed Scholarship for Human Medicine.
  • After Flint residents were exposed to lead in their drinking water, Amy Saxe-Custack, PhD, professor in the Division of Public Health, helped launch a series of cooking classes for kids, hoping it would teach them the importance of proper nutrition.
  • Cara Poland, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, comments on how frequent marijuana users can suffer from withdrawal symptoms.
  • Asgi Fazleabas receives $2.75M NIH enometriosis research grant
  • The 2021 Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest asked students to reflect on the connections between their clinic and classroom experiences and how that impacted their growth as a medical student and physician-in-training. See this year's winners are Emily Brereton, Eunice Im and Karren Wong.
  • Fourth-year student Osose Oboh comments on the importance of the work of "The 15 White Coats."
  • The Flint Registry will be mailing two free high-quality reusable facemasks to every household in the City of Flint. Related media: Erie News Now, KEYT News 8,
  • College of Human Medicine alumnus, Luis Espinoza, MD, reflects on the importance of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Thomas O'Halloran, PhD, recently joined the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Chemistry. Through a MSU Foundation grant, he will conduct high-risk, high-reward research into new inorganic compounds that could lead to a treatment for certain types of blood, breast, and brain cancers. 
  • Noel Pingatore, an alumnus of the Master of Public Health, joined the fight against COVID-19 to decrease transmission and improve patient outcomes for tribal communities in Michigan.
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration and Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, joined Michigan Radio to talk about Michigan's surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization.
  • College of Human Medicine students share their Match Day experience - including the days and weeks leading up to the Match, their celebrations, what they are looking forward to in residency and their advice for future medical students going through the process.
  • Third-year student Donna Tran participated in the MSU Graduate Leadership Academy Spring 2021 and presented at The 2021 Graduated Leadership Showcase on April 9.
  • U.S. News and World Report highlights the Early Assurance Program at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
  • Jack Lipton, PhD, chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience, joined Zerlina on Peacock to talk about testing positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated.
  • Interim Dean Aron Sousa, MD, discusses why the increase in medical student graduates “won’t add to the number of physicians (practicing) in Michigan in an article on Bridge Michigan.
  • B. Keith English, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, notes a “big falloff in symptomatic cases a couple weeks after the first [COVID-19] dose" in an article on The Washington Post.
  • In an article in The New York Times, Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration and Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, notes “It’s hard for me to have hope when I don’t see the basic public health precautions being implemented and sustained."
  • In an article on The Conversation, Claudia Finkelstein, MD, director of Wellness, Resilience and Vulnerable Populations, offers advice on how to deal with anxiety due to the pandemic. Related media:, Japan Today, Medical Daily, Menafn,, News-Times Online, PennLive, Philly Voice, Philippine Canadian Inquirer, Yahoo News.
  • In honor of National Public Health Week, the Division of Public Health highlighted the work being accomplished by Spartans working in public health.
  • MSU College of Human Medicine was able to expand psychiatry training in the Upper Peninsula. Four rural track physician residents are currently participating in the MIDOCs program – two in the first cohort and two in the second.
  • Researchers at Spectrum Health, Niowave and MSU, including Mark DeLano, MD, director of the Division of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, have teamed up to develop a new strategy to fight cancer.
  • College of Human Medicine student Osose Oboh was featured in Forbes as one of 20 women of color medical students and graduates who matched in 2021.
  • Six MSU College of Human Medicine students received the 2021 Kaiser Permanente NorCal Medical Student Scholarship; Christina Anagonye, Jennifer Chinchilla Perez, Jong Hyon (Eunice) Lee, Sunny Panh, Johana Peña.
  • Dawn Misra, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, joined The Today Show to discuss Michigan's surge in COVID-19 cases. Related media: AP News, Detroit Free Press, Eat This, Not That!, Midland Daily News, MSN News, U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Times, WILX News 10, WNEM News 5, WLNS News 6, WGVU Public Media.
  • College of Human Medicine alumnus Lee Sung received the Glen L. Taggart Award for Community Contributions to International Understanding.
  • An article on TIME featured five scientist bloggers who call themselves the SciMoms, including Alison Bernstein, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Translational Neuroscience, who have been battling anti-science conspiracy theories for years through blog posts and social media.