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August 22, 2014

Dean Wynne is out of the office; his column will return next week.

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Kidder, candidate for systems biology faculty position, to present seminar on August 25

Benjamin Kidder, PhD, research fellow, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, will present a seminar titled "Epigenetic regulation of stem cell fate and genome stability" at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 25, in the Reed Keller Lecture Hall at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

Kidder is a candidate for the systems biology faculty position in the Department of Basic Sciences.

Alll are welcome to attend.

Jennifer Hershey
Administrative Secretary
Department of Basic Sciences

Hur, candidate for the bioinformatics faculty position, to present seminar on August 28

Junguk Hur, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow, University of Michigan, will present a seminar titled "Bioinformatics approaches for understanding the disease mechanisms of diabetic neuropathy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis," at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, in the Reed Keller Lecture Hall at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

Hur is a candidate for the bioinformatics faculty position in the Department of Basic Sciences.

All are welcome to attend.

Jennifer Hershey
Administrative Secretary
Department of Basic Sciences

Diabetes Lunch and Learn is September 4

Eric Johnson, MD, associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, will present "American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions 2014: New and Notable," featuring the latest in diabetes technology, medications, and other treatments. UND students, faculty, and staff are invited to join Dr. Johnson at noon on Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Clifford Haugen Auditorium at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

Johnson is director of interprofessional education for the School as well as medical director for the SMHS Physician Assistant Program. He is the assistant medical director of Altru Health System’s Diabetes Center, assistant medical director of Valley Memorial Homes, and the president of Tobacco Free North Dakota. He serves on the North Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee, and on the American Diabetes Association's Primary Care Committee, a national appointment. 

Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Jessica Sobolik, (701) 777-6048.   

TEDMED Live 2014 is September 10–12

Join us as we unlock imagination in the service of health and medicine. View live HD simulcasts of "TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination" at the following times and locations at the SMHS in Grand Forks. 

For more information, please contact Jessica Sobolik, (701) 777-6048.  

Community invited to participate in Joggin’ with Josh on September 11

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, University of North Dakota vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, invites the community and all students, faculty, and staff at the School and the University to advocate healthful lifestyles by joining him for Joggin' with Josh, an informal 5K or 10K walk, jog, or run on Thursday, September 11. This is a free public event. Everyone is welcome to participate, so please bring your family and friends.

A sign-up table will be in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences' main lobby facing Columbia Road; sign-up and T-shirt pickup starts at 4 p.m. The dean will speak to the group before the event, which starts at 4:30 p.m. To get a head start on your fellow participants, please complete the sign-up form available at and bring it with you to the SMHS. Forms will also be available in the main lobby before the event. 

Walkers, joggers, and runners are asked to gather on the front steps before taking off on a route along the outskirts of campus. A water station will be located at the halfway point of the 5K, and water and healthful snacks will be available after the event.

2014 UND Epigenetics and Epigenomics Symposium is October 2

UND faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Third Annual Epigenetics and Epigenomics Symposium to be held by the University of North Dakota on Thursday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, 1 Ralph Engelstad Drive in Grand Forks. This event will bring together experts from fields such as dynamics of chromatin structure and function; epigenetics and gene expression; genomics; computational biology; and medicine. A reception will be held after the conference.

Students will have an opportunity to present posters based on their research in the fields of epigenetics and epigenomics. This event aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers in the Dakotas and beyond, and provide opportunities for learning about cutting-edge tools, approaches, and resources to advance epigenetics as it applies to human disease and development.

Keynote speakers will be

  • Paula Vertino, PhD, codirector, Cancer Genetics and Genome Instability Program at Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University.
  • Jocelyn Krebs, PhD, director, Alaska INBRE, and professor of biology, University of Alaska, Anchorage. 
  • Frank Slack, PhD, professor, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, Yale University.  

Please register now for the conference. Registration is free. Please register by September 12, 2014.

The UND Epigenetics and Epigenomics Symposium is sponsored by

  • SMHS Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Epigenomics
  • SMHS Department of Basic Sciences
  • UND Research, Development, and Compliance

For additional information, please contact Archana Dhasarathy, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Basic Sciences, (701) 777-4285.

Support National Rural Health Day on November 20

The Center for Rural Health invites you to join us in promoting rural health in North Dakota during National Rural Health Day on November 20. There is no cost to support National Rural Health Day. Fill out your Supporter Form by September 1, 2014, and send it to Your participation and support of National Rural Health Day will be recognized on the Center for Rural Health's website, and you will be noted as a supporter in the letter to Governor Dalrymple requesting that he declare this a statewide day.

We encourage your organization to be creative in your participation. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) website has some ideas to get you started! Learn more by visiting the website at

For more information, contact Kylie Nissen, senior project coordinator, (701) 777-5380.

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CDC recognizes North Dakota Statewide Cancer Registry

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized the North Dakota Statewide Cancer Registry as a CDC National Program of Cancer Registries Registry of Excellence.

"Of the 48 cancer registries supported by the CDC, your state is one of 15 who achieved this designation for the most recent data submission, indicating the high-quality data available for cancer prevention and control activities at the local, regional, and national levels," said Christie Eheman, PhD, MSHP, chief of the Cancer Surveillance Branch in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC, in the letter announcing the recognition. Eheman leads the National Program of Cancer Registries.

In July of 2012, the CDC awarded a $1.65 million five-year grant to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Health, to operate the North Dakota Statewide Cancer Registry. UND experts in the Department of Pathology supervise the registry, which serves to provide a cancer early warning system for the state.

Pictured at right are the members of the North Dakota Statewide Cancer Registry, from left to right, Mary Ann Sens, Lucy Zheng, Nasser Hammami, Xudong Zhou, Cristina Oancea, and Michael Fiebelkorn.

Please read more.

Hillebrand elected vice president of ND State Staff Senate

Diane Hillebrand, CRA, grant and contract officer for the SMHS, was recently elected to be the vice president of the ND State Staff Senate (ND SSS) for 2014–2015. 

The ND SSS serves staff members at institutions throughout the university system. The ND SSS identifies staff interests and issues; acts as a forum for staff-related matters; and promotes communication between campus staff, the North Dakota University System chancellor, and the State Board of Higher Education.

Hillebrand was a former president, vice president, and treasurer of the University of North Dakota Staff Senate. She also is the board-member-at-large for Region IV of the National Council of University Research Administrators, where she also serves as chair of Region IV Professional Development Committee.

"Infertility"—CDC Grand Rounds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores the latest scientific evidence and the potential effect of different interventions. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how the CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss the recommendations for future research and practice. August's presentation is "Infertility." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.

Social Media: Health Matters

On our Facebook page, don't miss Dean Wynne's Health Matters column, which can be found in the Grand Forks Herald every other Monday. Please submit any general health-related questions to

You can also get the latest SMHS news by following the School on Twitter

University Letter: What’s New Overview

From Vice President Reesor: What’s New Overview
As we get ready to kick off a new academic year, I encourage you to review the online What’s New Overview from the Division of Student Affairs to learn about new resources and recent changes that may impact your work with students.
More information about this and other UND news can be found in the University Letter. Published on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is distributed electronically to the University community and is always available online. For more information, contact editor Jan Orvik at (701) 777-3621.

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Next IAMSE fall Web-seminar is on September 11

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the fall International Association of Medical Educators Web-seminar series: "Times are Changing: Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education."

The next webinar in the series, titled “Changes to Medical School Admissions: The Holistic Review,” will be presented by Steve Case and David Jones on Thursday, September 11, at 11 a.m. in Room 3001 at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

For those who cannot attend a session, a Presentation Archive and a PDF are usually posted approximately two weeks following the webinar. For further information, please read more.

Patrick A. Carr, PhD
Director of Education Resources
Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
Associate Professor of Basic Sciences

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Mandatory PHS Financial Conflict of Interest Education Session

The Public Health Service (PHS) has recently revised its policy requiring that all PHS grantees or those considering submitting to PHS complete a mandatory education class. According to the new policy, all grantees must be trained in conflict of interest every four years. The Division of Research and Economic Development will be conducting training sessions on

  • Wednesday, September 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Presidents Room at the Memorial Union; and
  • Thursday, October 30, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Room at the Memorial Union.

You need to attend only one of the sessions and only if you have not been trained in the last four years.

The session will be presented by Barry Milavetz, PhD, interim vice president for Research and Economic Development; and David Schmidt, assistant vice president for Research and Economic Development.

PHS agencies include the following:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

If you have questions, please contact Barry Milavetz, PhD, (701) 777-4278.  

Diane Hillebrand, CRA
Grant and Contract Officer

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Library of the Health Sciences hours for August and Labor Day holiday

Library of the Health Sciences hours for August and the Labor Day holiday are the following:

Fall semester, August 22–28

 Monday–Thursday—7:30 a.m.–midnight
 Friday—7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
 Saturday—10 a.m.–6 p.m.
 Sunday—1 p.m.–midnight 

Labor Day holiday August 29–September 1

Friday, Aug. 29—7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Saturday, Aug. 30—1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31—1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 1, Labor Day—1 p.m.–midnight
Tuesday, Sept. 2—7:30 a.m.–midnight  

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Thormodson (701) 777-4129.  

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