U.S. Death Investigators Pursue Courses through UND Department of Pathology

Working as the eyes and ears for forensic pathologists, death investigators require special training to reconstruct accident or crime scenes. The Department of Pathology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, along with the Office of Extended Learning, offer a series of online, enroll-anytime courses designed to train a wide variety of candidates.  In September 2010, the National Institute of Justice awarded a five-year, just under $1 million grant to the Department of Pathology to develop and deliver the courses. The original goal of the NIJ grant was for UND instructors to reach 1,000 to 2,000 online participants. Although this grant is completed, during the grant, UND had over 15,000 registrations from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, several U.S. territories, and 46 countries, from Antigua to Zambia.

death-scene-investigationThe six courses were expanded and modernized and are now offered through the Office of Extended Learning.  They are designed for physicians, rural coroners, aspiring candidates for employment and certification as a death investigator, EMS/first responders, law enforcement, nurses, physician assistant students, other forensic scientists, morticians, and full-time ABMDI death investigators. ABMDI is the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, a voluntary national, not-for-profit, independent, professional certification board that has been established to promote the highest standards of practice for medicolegal death investigators. Read more

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Awards UND $10.7 Million for Infectious Disease Research

Brij Singh
Brij Singh

New federal COBRE grant recognizes UND’s biomedical science capabilities

Recognizing the already notable reputation of University of North Dakota’s biomedical research enterprise, the federal government just authorized a $10.7 million grant to a group of scientists based at UND’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) to dig deeper into the many questions surrounding infectious agents. Read more

Important Information on Graduate Assistant Health Care and Stipends

Over the past few weeks, several meetings (open to all) have been held on campus involving graduate assistants and members of the university administration. Several important concerns were expressed at these meetings by graduate assistants, particularly around the availability and affordability of health insurance.

Health Insurance: As you may know, due to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the university is no longer allowed to pay for graduate assistant health insurance. Instead, graduate assistants are required to obtain their own health insurance.  The university has been working for several months to arrange services for graduate assistants that will help them identify the insurance that best fits their individual needs and their ability to pay. Read more

Two UND Students Receive NSF Support to Continue Grad School Education, Solve Real-World Problems in the Process


University of North Dakota graduate student Leslie Yellow Hammer is buzzing with excitement — or perhaps that’s just the bees.

Yellow Hammer studies in UND’s Department of Biology and recently was named recipient of a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which provides support to graduate students pursuing research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Read more

2016 Teacher Quality Partnership Program (TQP) Grant Competition

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education launched the FY 2016 TQP grant competition to award approximately $5 million to support high-quality teacher preparation and professional development for both prospective and current teachers. The Federal Register contains the complete FY 2016 TQP Notice Inviting Applications (NIA). Read more

Schwartz and Jonk are Members of Grand Forks’ Invest Health Team

The city of Grand Forks has been selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in the new Invest Health initiative. Invest Health is aimed at transforming how leaders from midsize American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive, with specific attention to community features that drive health such as access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise, and quality jobs. Read more

UND Doctors Honored with Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards

Michael E. LeBeau, M.D., clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and a nephrologist for Sanford Health in Bismarck, N.D., was honored with the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award at the school’s commencement on May 15, 2016. Samantha L. Dusek, M.D., a 2016 UND medical school graduate, received the Tow Award for graduating medical students. Read more

UND’s Student Managed Investment Fund Takes First Place at International Competition

The Student Managed Investment Fund took first place recently at the International Global Asset Management Education competition in New York City.

The group placed first in two categories: bond portfolio and alternative funds. While they have placed first in bond portfolio once before, it was their first time winning in the alternative category. Read more

Scott Bultman will Present Epigenetics Seminar May 19, 2016

Scott Bultman, PhD, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine Department of Genetics, will present his seminar titled “A gut microbiome metabolite regulates histone acetylation by dual mechanisms that are differentially utilized by normal versus cancer cells due to the Warburg effect” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, at the SMHS in Grand Forks. Read more