Articles by: joshuawynne

From the Dean: The Legislative session begins

From the Dean: The Legislative session begins

January 7, 2021 at 11:58 pm

This past year has been a trying one on many levels. The impact of the pandemic has been enormous of course. The suffering of many has been substantial, and the losses heart-wrenching. So, too, is the recent passing of Lonnie Laffen, former North Dakota senator and a principal at JLGRead More

From the Dean: Vaccines in North Dakota, holiday greetings

From the Dean: Vaccines in North Dakota, holiday greetings

December 17, 2020 at 1:39 pm

As the semester winds down, SARS-CoV-2 cases trend downward as well in North Dakota and at UND. As has been widely reported, we’ve seen a rather dramatic recent decline in cases, test positivity rate, and hospitalizations. All of this mainly can be attributed to better attention to good public healthRead More

From the Dean: Legislative affairs and recognizing clinical faculty

From the Dean: Legislative affairs and recognizing clinical faculty

December 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm

The School held its first-ever virtual Holiday Gathering last night. Ordinarily, we coordinate December celebrations on each of our four campuses as well as a luncheon get-together that we hold on the second floor of the Grand Forks building. But because of the pandemic, we consolidated all five parties intoRead More

From the Dean: The latest on COVID vaccines

From the Dean: The latest on COVID vaccines

December 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm

One of the very positive things we have going on at the School is outstanding leadership of our student leaders. Here’s one example: as required by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME, the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools that I’ve mentioned before), the students are conducting a surveyRead More

From the Dean: Record-setting research quarter

From the Dean: Record-setting research quarter

November 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm

The theme of this week’s column is “resilience and excellence under pressure.” First, consider the just-released report summarizing the School’s research funding for the first quarter (July through September) of our fiscal year. Keep in mind that our researchers finished the last academic year with the largest amount of fundedRead More

From the Dean: We know what we need to do

From the Dean: We know what we need to do

November 12, 2020 at 11:26 am

This has been a quiet week, all things considered, especially since UND was closed on Wednesday in recognition of Veterans Day. On Tuesday I sent an email to all School faculty, staff and students to remind them about the holiday and to ask them to pause on that day “toRead More

From the Dean: Some promising news

From the Dean: Some promising news

November 5, 2020 at 11:58 pm

In this depressing SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) era, it’s good to share some positive and potentially important recent information. A study from Iceland published in last week’s edition of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine looked at the antibody response (the protective proteins that the body makes after exposure to anRead More

From the Dean: The path forward

From the Dean: The path forward

October 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm

We’re just short of eight months into this pandemic and all of us have to be asking: Is this ever going to end? My last “normal” day was on Friday, March 13, of all days. Talk about bad luck! Since then, Susan and I haven’t been able to visit twoRead More

From the Dean: The wrong direction

From the Dean: The wrong direction

October 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm

As you are aware, the COVID-19 numbers for North Dakota (and Grand Forks County) are headed in the decidedly wrong direction. While I’d much rather have North Dakota and UND in the news because of the great things that are happening in our educational and research programs, our situation isRead More

From the Dean: Budget season, remembering Dr. Mark Siegel

From the Dean: Budget season, remembering Dr. Mark Siegel

October 15, 2020 at 11:55 pm

Earlier this week, UND President Armacost and I presented the School’s budget request to the State Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The presentation went smoothly and there were no questions. We are requesting a needs-based budget in alignment with UND’s request for a 3% merit increase for faculty andRead More

From the Dean: Homecoming and an Inauguration!

From the Dean: Homecoming and an Inauguration!

October 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm

This has been a full and exciting week! It started on Monday with President Andy Armacost’s Inauguration Ceremony as the 13th UND president. The event was quite poignant and moving. Andy’s closing remarks were sensitive, thoughtful, inspiring and gracious. But even Andy and his wonderful remarks were upstaged by theRead More

From the Dean: UND’s virtual Homecoming starts next week

From the Dean: UND’s virtual Homecoming starts next week

October 1, 2020 at 9:11 am

This past Tuesday, the leadership team at the UND SMHS gave new UND President Armacost a 2.5 hour introduction to the wide variety of activities at the School. Over a dozen UND SMHS leaders gave presentations summarizing the programs and operations in each of their areas of responsibility. I gaveRead More

From the Dean: Mentors make the difference

From the Dean: Mentors make the difference

September 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

Not long ago I discussed the importance of mentoring for medical and health sciences students. We know from many surveys that mentors play a major role in helping students decide on career choices, like in what area of medicine to specialize. The importance of mentors was reinforced this past MondayRead More

From the Dean: Remembering Dr. David Gipp

From the Dean: Remembering Dr. David Gipp

September 17, 2020 at 11:58 pm

This past Monday, the UND SMHS Advisory Council reported back to the Interim Higher Education Committee of the North Dakota Legislature, as is customary prior to each legislative assembly session and as required by law. As you might already know, the next session begins Jan. 5, 2021. I testified (virtually),Read More

From the Dean: From 9/11 to COVID-19

From the Dean: From 9/11 to COVID-19

September 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Today is the sad anniversary of the 19th year since the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and Pentagon in Washington D.C. My, has the world changed in the nearly two decades since that tragic event! I distinctly remember where I was when I heard aboutRead More