From the Dean

From the Dean: What we know of the federal vaccine mandate

From the Dean: What we know of the federal vaccine mandate

December 2, 2021 at 11:58 pm

Yesterday UND sponsored a Town Hall meeting for faculty and staff to discuss the recent federal mandates for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccination. There was a productive “back and forth” discussion of the issues and implications for UND. Here’s a brief overview of what was discussed. There are three ways the ExecutiveRead More

From the Dean: Honoring Rick Vari, taking our School’s vital signs

From the Dean: Honoring Rick Vari, taking our School’s vital signs

November 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Recently, I attended the virtual retirement ceremony for Dr. Rick Vari, held October 29, 2021, by the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) School of Medicine where Rick was the Senior Dean for Academic Affairs and a founding faculty member. Many of you will remember Rick when he was a faculty memberRead More

From the Dean: Thank you, Veterans

From the Dean: Thank you, Veterans

November 11, 2021 at 11:58 pm

This will be a shortened column because of the shorter week due to the Veterans Day holiday yesterday. I’ll begin with a tip of the hat to each of the countless military veterans who have dedicated at least a portion of their lives to the protection of the United States.Read More

From the Dean: Dr. Warne goes to Washington

From the Dean: Dr. Warne goes to Washington

November 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm

This past Tuesday, Dr. Don Warne, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, director of our Indians into Medicine (INMED) and public health programs, and chair of our newly established Department of Indigenous Health, testified in Washington, D.C., before the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the United StatesRead More

From the Dean: Updates on mandates, retaining talent, and accreditation

From the Dean: Updates on mandates, retaining talent, and accreditation

October 28, 2021 at 11:59 pm

One week out from our annual continuing education symposium and I’m still in awe of the talent we’ve amassed here in North Dakota. Presenters from six different disciplines (from both UND and NDSU) gave six exceptional talks last week for our “Disrupting Aging” symposium, which, in the end, saw moreRead More

From the Dean: Announcing the Wadhwani Family Endowed Chair of Translational Research

From the Dean: Announcing the Wadhwani Family Endowed Chair of Translational Research

October 22, 2021 at 1:13 pm

It may seem trite to say the obvious, but what makes institutions great is not simply wonderful facilities (such as the magnificent new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building in Grand Forks) so much as the people – faculty, staff, students, and friends and supporters – who occupy thoseRead More

From the Dean: The place to be for Indigenous health education

From the Dean: The place to be for Indigenous health education

October 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm

I should begin by noting that earlier this week we celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day. As you know, the UND SMHS has made Indigenous health and healthcare – not to mention the education of Indigenous health providers – one of our major goals. Just a month ago, for example, we announcedRead More

From the Dean: Homecoming is coming!

From the Dean: Homecoming is coming!

October 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Fall is in the air, of course, which means not only Fighting Hawks football but Homecoming at UND. If you’ve not already done so, remember to register for one of our Homecoming events, in particular our annual interdisciplinary continuing education symposium taking place at least virtually, if not in-person, onRead More

From the Dean: Farewell, Dr. Gray!

From the Dean: Farewell, Dr. Gray!

September 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm

This past Wednesday was a bitter-sweet day as we wished “Happy Retirement” to Dr. Jacque Gray with a drive-by celebration. Dr. Gray, associate director of Indigenous Programs at the UND Center for Rural Health and program director of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI), is retiring after 22 yearsRead More

From the Dean: Two viruses, two symposia

From the Dean: Two viruses, two symposia

September 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm

This week the faculty of the School held virtual symposia organized through the auspices of two of our research capacity-expanding grants sponsored and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The first symposium was on Tuesday and centered on investigations related to host-pathogen interactions (HPI), especially by microbial pathogens.Read More

From the Dean: On vaccine ‘Breakthroughs’

From the Dean: On vaccine ‘Breakthroughs’

September 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Over the past year and a half, I’ve written a variety of columns about the impact of the pandemic on the School and how our faculty, staff, and students have risen to the attendant challenges. Today I’d like to address some health aspects of the pandemic itself and focus onRead More

From the Dean: Promotion and tenure

From the Dean: Promotion and tenure

September 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Here’s an update on the review process for the next Associate Dean for Administration and Finance (A&F) at the UND SMHS. As you may recall, Dr. Judy Solberg, chief of staff in the Office of the Dean, has been doing phenomenal service in overseeing operations in A&F since the departureRead More

Roxanne Vaughan and grad student

From the Dean: Growing our research enterprise

September 3, 2021 at 12:01 am

One of the important ways in which we monitor the health of our research enterprise is by measuring the growth of external funding – often from the federal government – that supports the efforts of the School’s many investigators and staff. To be sure, the amount of funding is whatRead More

From the Dean: Our national footprint

From the Dean: Our national footprint

August 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Two esteemed physicians associated with our renowned Indians into Medicine (INMED) program were recognized this week for their service to medicine and efforts to achieve greater social justice. Dr. Judith Kaur of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Florida, and one of the first matriculants in the INMED program, wasRead More

From the Dean: New pandemic protocol

From the Dean: New pandemic protocol

August 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Although medical and other students have matriculated already, the bulk of UND students are returning to campus for the start of the fall semester on Monday. I know that all of us had anticipated a more normal start to the fall semester, but the delta variant has changed that. Accordingly,Read More