Friday, July 27, 2018

From The Dean

Friday, July 27, 2018

Dr. Wynne is away from the office this week; his E-News column will return next week.

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Welcome: Kristen Leighton

Kristen Leighton is a research specialist at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. In this position, Kristen coordinates and facilitates data collection, prepares written reports of data findings, collaborates with statewide partners, and disseminates information to rural health stakeholders. Originally from Reedsport, Oregon, Kristen attended the University of Minnesota—Morris, Argosy University, and UND. She earned a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Argosy University and a master of psychology degree from UND.

Welcome: Julie Reiten

Julie Reiten is coordinator of Project ECHO for the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In this position, she coordinates all aspects of the CRH’s ECHO sessions, where the current focus is in the management of opioid use disorder. The project is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration State Targeted Response on Opioid Crisis contract with the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division. Prior to joining Project Echo, Julie was a CRH project assistant providing support for the State Office of Rural Health and several projects related to the CRH’s healthcare workforce initiatives. Before coming to the CRH, she worked as an administrative assistant at the Community Violence Intervention Center, where she provided assistance to all seven programs. Julie is originally from Rugby, N.D.

Welcome: Delphine N. Tamukong

Delphine N. Tamukong, PhD, is a returning research specialist at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. In this position, Delphine coordinates and facilitates data collection and analysis with a focus on rural health workforce information. She provides reports of data findings and provides project coordination and support for special projects regarding the Rural Health Workforce, North Dakota Area Health Education Center, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, and Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility in North Dakota. Prior to joining the CRH, Delphine worked as a research assistant for the Department of Teaching and Learning at UND and then as the assessment coordinator for UND’s Health and Wellness Promotion. She has also served on the Student Affairs Assessment Committee and assisted third-semester nursing students with their community need assessment projects. Delphine is originally from the Republic of Cameroon, where she graduated from the University of Buea with a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance. She completed graduate studies at UND and later went on to earn her doctoral degree in teaching and learning with an emphasis in higher education. She has written and published Christian fiction novels and secular fiction novels on immigrants.

Welcome: Laura Trude

Laura Trude is an information specialist with the Rural Health Information Hub at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Among her responsibilities in this position, Laura searches out, identifies, and synthesizes information related to rural health; creates rural health-related topic guides and other web-based products; and assists users in retrieving information and navigating federal agencies and other relevant organizations. Prior to joining the CRH, Laura was a business librarian at North Dakota State University (NDSU); a business, government documents, and patents and trademarks librarian at UND; and an information specialist with the Health Workforce Information Center at UND. Originally from Andover, Minn., Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Olaf College; a master’s degree in library and information science from St. Catherine’s University; and a master’s degree in English language and literature from UND. She’s currently working on an MBA degree from NDSU.

“I love finding information and helping people," said Laura. "My work at the Rural Health Information Hub allows me to connect people to best practices and research on rural health so they can make a difference in their communities.”

Laura is chair of the Academic and Special Libraries section of the North Dakota Library Association. She also is co-author of the peer-reviewed journal article “Research Productivity of Accounting Professors around a Change in Institutional Affiliation,” which will appear in Volume 22 of Advances in Accounting Education. An avid traveler, Laura has been to five continents. She lives in Grand Forks and is getting married in October. Her fiancé is a meteorologist for Iteris.

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Summer undergraduate research poster session to be held at SMHS on Aug. 2

On Thursday, August 2, thirty undergraduates will present the results of their summer research at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UND SMHS) Summer Undergraduate Research Experience poster session. The one-day conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second floor of the UND SMHS building at 1301 North Columbia Road.

For the past 10 weeks, students from UND, as well as from rural and tribal colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota, and across the nation have conducted research and participated in a number of related educational activities. Students worked shoulder-to-shoulder with their mentor scientists from the UND Department of Biology, the UND SMHS Departments of Pathology and Biomedical Sciences, and Cankdeska Cikana Community College.

One of the goals of the summer research program is to provide students with the opportunity to work directly with an established research scientist. An additional goal is to recruit students from rural and tribal colleges for future participation in UND undergraduate and graduate programs. The program is designed to bolster the workforce pipeline of biological research scientists and healthcare professionals. Over the course of the summer, students received specialized laboratory training. In weekly professional development sessions, undergraduates learned about a variety of research areas, how to conduct research responsibly, the particulars of science writing, and the basics of the graduate and medical school application process. At the end of the summer, students present their work, which has implications in the areas of insect evolution, reproductive biology, soil ecology, microbiology, invertebrate zoology, parasitology, neurological disease, cancer, drug addiction, heart disease, and aging, in an on-campus poster session.

In addition to UND, this year’s participants are from California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, Calif.; Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisc.; Clark University, Dubuque, Iowa; College of Saint Benedict, Saint Joseph, Minn.; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla.; Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville, Iowa; Northland College, Ashland, Wisc.; Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kan.; St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, N.D.; University of Minnesota, Crookston, Minn.; Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisc.; and Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb.

Funding for the students came from a variety of organizations and institutions, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Office of the Dean at the UND SMHS.

Save the Date: American College of Physicians poster competition

The American College of Physicians North Dakota Chapter will hold its annual meeting at the Bismarck Event Center on Friday, October 5, 2018. The annual poster competition associated with the meeting will be held at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo on October 3, 2018. All UND medical students and Internal Medicine residents are invited to participate. Abstracts will be due on September 14, 2018. Additional details about the competition will be available in August.

The meeting brochure can be found here.

Zen in 10 this summer

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 held at the SMHS from 10:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 31 through August 30 on the East Patio, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, Zen in 10 will meet in the SMHS auditorium (E101).

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

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Master of Public Health director candidate presentation by Dr. Dhitinut Ratnapradipa Aug. 2

At noon on Thursday, August 2, Dhitinut Ratnapradipa, PhD, MPA, will give a Master of Public Health director candidate presentation entitled: “Environmental Health Promotion–Opportunities for Multidisciplinary Research & Partnerships to Improve Health." The presentation will be held in room E422 of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, connecting via videoconference to Fargo (room 219), Bismarck (room 2108), and Minot (NW Campus Conference room).

Dr. Ratnapradipa is a Professor in the Department of Population Health at Sam Houston State University. His research philosophy stems from the belief that health awareness and perceptions are important to effective prevention. His research focus has been environmental health promotion cutting across a range of environmental health topics, including acute and chronic conditions, and is conducive to interdisciplinary collaborative research endeavors. Dr. Ratnapradipa believes public health is not only about science, but is also about commitment, open-mindedness, and passion.

MPH student awarded a stipend from Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center

A University of North Dakota Master of Public Health student has been awarded a stipend from the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center for a project she will complete this summer.

Second-year MPH student Natalie Scherr will receive a stipend of $1,500 that supports field placements and collaborative learning projects. Scherr is among 20 students from several other colleges in the region selected for project proposals that address rural, medically underserved, and/or disadvantaged communities.

For her project, Scherr, a native of Bismarck, N.D., is pursuing a project entitled “Colorectal Cancer Screening Access.” As Scherr’s project description puts it, “North Dakota has seen an improvement in Colorectal Cancer (CRC) screening rates over the last couple of years. However, there are still barriers that exist in screening for CRC. The American Cancer Society and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable funded three pilot projects called ‘Links of Care,’ which was used nationally from 2014-2017. The goal of the project was to establish a more cohesive medical neighborhood in order to provide care across the continuum.”

Links of Care projects have been launched in Grand Forks, N.D., in partnership with Valley Community Health Centers, Scherr's proposal continued. The goal locally is to introduce the Links of Care concept statewide at a stakeholder meeting of the North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NDCCRT).

The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RM-PHTC) is one of 10 regional Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the regional PHTC Program is to improve the nation’s health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, and managerial and leadership competencies of the public health workforce. The RM-PHTC serves the six states of Health and Human Services Region VIII: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The four legislative requirements of the PHTCs are to (1) establish or strengthen field placements for students; (2) facilitate faculty and student collaborative projects; (3) designate a geographic area to be served; and (4) assess health personnel needs of the area to be served and develop training to meet such needs.

Molecular Biology High School Boot Camp and Teacher Workshop: A Report

Biofuels, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), DNA fingerprinting, and tracking disease outbreaks were some of the topics explored by high school students during a one-week Molecular Biology “Boot Camp” held at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in June. Twenty-two students from high schools in the region, including Crookston, Dakota Prairie, East Grand Forks, Griggs County Central, Lakota, Lincoln, Minto, Red River, Sacred Heart, and Thompson, were introduced to a variety of laboratory techniques used in research, including PCR (polymerase chain reaction), electrophoresis, chromatography, and ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay). Support was provided by ND INBRE (NIH) and an NSF-REU awarded to the UND SMHS.

A workshop for middle and high school science teachers was subsequently held July 12. Teachers were introduced to technology via Bio-Rad kits that can be brought into the AP and general classrooms, including investigations into enzyme reaction rates (Biofuels), bacterial transformation, and ELISA kits to model disease detection. This was a follow-up to a workshop last fall in which the teachers received hands-on training in GMO detection and DNA Fingerprinting, including PCR and electrophoresis techniques. During the 2017-18 school year, a number of teachers successfully introduced these kits into their classrooms.

Thanks, again, to everyone who made both events a success!

Correction: UND Medical Laboratory Science students receive scholarships for 2018-2019

Last week, the title of the Duane and Judy Lee Scholarship Award was incorrect in the E-News article on the Department of Medical Laboratory Science scholarship winners. The corrected information is as follows:

The Department of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has awarded scholarships to several medical laboratory science students. Funds for the scholarships are given from various private sources, endowments, and scholarship funds.

Scholarship winners for the 2018-2019 academic year include:

  • Teresa McCowan, Grand Forks, N.D., and Dezi Hultin, Bismarck, N.D., received the Duane and Judy Lee Scholarship Award.

o Judy Lee graduated from the MLS program when it was known as the medical technology program. The award is given to a student earning a degree in medical laboratory science at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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