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From the Dean: Bringing a nation together

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This past Tuesday was notable in two regards. Most important of course is that it was the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The other event of note is that a federal court stopped (at least temporarily) the implementation of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccination mandate for employees working on federal contracts. Since […]

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

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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 Executive Order regarding vaccine requirements are […]

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

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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 member here at the School before […]

From the Dean: Thank you, Veterans

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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. Your sacrifices—large and small—on behalf […]

From the Dean: Dr. Warne goes to Washington

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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 States Senate. Dr. Warne got a […]

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

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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 more than 100 participants-providers from across […]

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

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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 those facilities and support our operations. […]

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

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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 announced the formation of the world’s […]

From the Dean: Homecoming is coming!

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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, on Friday, Oct. 22. The topic […]

From the Dean: Farewell, Dr. Gray!

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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 years with us! I hope you […]

From the Dean: Two viruses, two symposia

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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. Obviously, the subject of microbial-human […]

From the Dean: On vaccine ‘Breakthroughs’

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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 on so-called breakthrough infections, since there […]

From the Dean: Promotion and tenure

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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 departure of Laura Block. This, of […]

From the Dean: Our national footprint

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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, was honored by the Association of […]