Friday, December 22, 2017

From The Dean

Friday, December 22, 2017

Susan and I wish you all season’s greetings, Merry Christmas, and best wishes in the new year. My column will resume on January 5, 2018. Talk with you then!

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs

Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Retirement reception honors Bonnie Lanz and Linda Fleck at Bismarck CFM on Dec. 27

Everyone is invited to a retirement reception honoring Bonnie Lanz and Linda Fleck on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. in the residency conference room at the Bismarck Center for Family Medicine. Bonnie has been a certified coder for the past ten years and has been working in the billing department for 28 years. Linda is the billing office supervisor and has worked at the clinic for 34 years, 25 of those years as a certified coder. Both will be greatly missed by the faculty, staff, and residents at the Bismarck CFM. Come wish Linda and Bonnie well as they transition into the next phase of their lives!


Next Java with Josh to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17

You are invited to join Dean Joshua Wynne for complimentary coffee or tea at Java with Josh from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Tello-Skjerseth Atrium in the east wing (across the hall from the Family and Community Medicine and Population Health suites) at the SMHS building in Grand Forks.

Dr. Wynne will discuss what’s new at the School and take any questions you may have.

To ensure adequate seating, we ask that you RSVP to Kristen Peterson by Monday, Jan. 15.

We hope to see you there.

Zen in 10 in the New Year

Zen in 10 focuses on stretching, breathing, and having fun with coworkers. Go back to work with less stress, more energy, and better body functioning.

Sessions will be from 10:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 9 to March 1 in Classroom W201 at the SMHS in Grand Forks. (Note that Zen in 10 will not be held on Tuesday, Jan. 30 or Thursday, Feb. 1.)

Services provided by Kay Williams, Certified Yoga and Relax and Renew Instructor®.

39th annual Frank Low Research Day is Thursday, April 19

Save the Date!

The 39th annual Frank Low Research Day is Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the SMHS in Grand Forks. This year’s guest speaker is Rosanna Peeling, PhD, professor and chair of Diagnostics Research and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Students and faculty in the basic sciences, health sciences, and clinical departments are encouraged to participate in the poster presentations. More information, including a call for abstracts, is forthcoming. Please contact Lori Sannes with questions at 701.777.2516.

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SMHS announces medical student scholarship recipients

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is pleased to announce that more than $260,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 84 UND medical students for the 2017–2018 academic year. Funds for the scholarships come from private sources, endowments, and other awards, and have helped the School lower SMHS medical student debt from well above the national average to below the national average compared with all other U.S. medical schools.

Given the large number of scholarship recipients, student names will not be printed in E-News. But you can see the complete list of award-winners, the awards they received, and their hometowns here.

UND's Faculty/Staff Directory has been updated

Please check out UND's updated Faculty/Staff Directory, which can be found online here.

The information listed in the directory now comes directly from data contained in the NDUS PeopleSoft account for each faculty/staff member and will be updated on a monthly basis. All changes must be made in PeopleSoft before they can be reflected on the UND website's Faculty/Staff Directory page. You are able to make changes to your e-mail address and phone number using the HRMS Employee Self-Service platform. For all other changes, please work through your appropriate departmental contact to request corrections/updates.

Women needed for Human Nutrition Research Center weight loss study

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking female volunteers to participate in a 16-week weight loss study to determine if when protein is eaten during the day can improve a woman’s ability to stay ‘on track’ with her weight loss goals.

You may qualify for this study if you are:

  • Between age 20 and 44 (you may be older if you have regular monthly periods)
  • Overweight
  • Eating animal products (meat, eggs, dairy)
  • Not taking medications known to affect appetite, weight, or food intake (including steroid-based medications)

The study requires that subjects:

  • Eat a research specific diet (food provided)
  • Come to the Center to pick up food daily
  • Attend weight loss classes
  • Stay at the Center for 24 hours on three separate occasions

You may be compensated up to $820 for your participation.

Sign up for this exciting opportunity online or call 701.795.8385 or 1.800.562.4032.

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Great Plains IDeA CRT Institutional Coordinator to speak at Biomedical Sciences Seminar Jan. 31

You are invited to the next Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series event, featuring Ted R. Mikuls, MD, MSPH, vice chairman of Research and Umbach Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Mikuls will present a talk titled “Biorepositories in Clinical Translational Research” at the SMHS Department of Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at noon in SMHS Room E101. For more information about Dr. Mikuls’s biography, see his CV here.

Dr. Mikuls is also the Institutional Coordinator for the Great Plains IDeA Clinical Translational Research (CTR) grant. The Great Plains IDeA Clinical CTR Network is a collaborative effort between nine institutions in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota (including UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences), and Kansas to reach the medically underserved populations in these states and transform health delivery and outcomes in the Great Plains region.

Everyone is welcome.

Evidence-Based Teaching Group topic requests for 2018

The Evidence-Based Teaching Group (EBTG) hosts meetings discussing teaching topics as determined by its members. We’ve held several meetings this year on topics like ADA compliance in teaching, moderating effective online discussions, active learning, and an analysis of teaching strategies used by faculty while teaching in the SCALE Up rooms.

Because the EBTG is open to everyone, we encourage you to join us for any and all meetings (no RSVP needed—just show up).

As we prepare for 2018, we’d like to know what educational topics you would like to see at the future meetings! Please take a minute and complete this survey to tell us. You can find current and previous EBTG sessions on our website.

Please watch your email and E-News for more details about our first meeting of 2018!

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Great Plains IDeA-CTR calls for proposals for three grant programs with a deadline of Jan. 31

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR, a coalition of nine research institutions that includes both the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University, has posted calls for proposals connected to three clinical-translational research programs: Cancer Related Research, the Biomedical Informatics Big Data Pilot Program, and the Community-Academic Partnership Program. Each of the grant programs have a submission deadline of Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. More information on the specifics of each proposal can be found by clicking on the links below.

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network was created by a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha (UNMC), the largest grant in the center’s history. Funding for the network is provided through the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program and the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Studies. The network will focus on developing early career researchers into independent scientists and increasing the infrastructure and other resources needed to support clinical/translational research (CTR) around the region.

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Library Notes

Holiday hours at SMHS Library Resources

With the holidays approaching, the SMHS Library Resources team is amending its hours until the New Year. Please note the following December hours of operation for the Library Resources staff/desk:

Friday 12/22, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 12/23, Closed
Sunday 12/24, Closed
Monday 12/25, Closed
Tuesday 12/26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12/27, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12/28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 12/29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 12/30, Closed
Sunday 12/31, Closed

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