September 19, 2014
Yesterday, the SMHS, in conjunction with the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education in the College of Education and Human Development along with the UND Student Wellness Center, inaugurated this year’s Dean’s Hour with a stimulating talk by Dr. Steven Blair from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Blair, an expert in exercise physiology, energy balance, and risk-factor mitigation, presented his talk titled “Physical Inactivity: The Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century.” The longitudinal data presented by Dr. Blair showed a consistent association of reduced mortality with increasing physical activity. So let’s get out there and take a walk or a jog, people!
The presentation was a big success: we probably had about 275 people in the audience, with representation from across the School and across campus. In fact, we had so many people attend that we had to utilize an adjacent auditorium to house the overflow audience! So the Dean’s Hour is off to a great start. I plan to make this a recurring event throughout the school year. We plan to bring in noted speakers who will appeal to a wide audience of folks interested in health-related topics. In fact, the next speaker is Dr. Geoffrey Williams, professor of medicine, psychiatry, and psychology at the University of Rochester, who will be visiting UND from Oct. 1 to 3 and will be presenting a Dean’s Hour at noon on October 2. Dr. Williams is known for his work in motivation theory and motivational interviewing, with an emphasis on health-related motivation, tobacco dependence treatment, and other difficult to change health behaviors.
We plan to use the noon to 1 p.m. time slot on Thursdays for Dean’s Hour lectures and other activities and presentations that should be of interest to medical and health sciences students at the SMHS as well as to others from across campus interested in health-related topics. Other sessions will include Clinical Pathological Conferences, special lectures on population and public health, presentations on health economics and policy, and (I hope) some sessions with local, state, and national legislative representatives. We hope to have the schedule available soon, so please be on the lookout for topics and presentations that may be of interest to you. And please try to keep from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays free if at all possible.
A significant transition is about to take place on the Southwest (Bismarck) campus. After a more than 30-year career at UND and the SMHS, campus dean Dr. Nick Neumann is “retiring”. He and his wife Jean will be moving east, to Ontario, Canada, and South Carolina (where they have family). Nick’s “retirement” will allow him more time to devote to writing, reading, painting, and thinking. If that sounds like a renaissance person to you—you’re right. Medicine was always only one way in which Nick demonstrated his humanity and commitment. That commitment to truth, understanding, and caring infuses everything that Nick does. I’m sure the next phase in his life will be just as productive and meaningful as the last three-plus decades have been here at UND, the Southwest campus, and in Bismarck. The Bismarck community had a send-off reception for Nick and Jean Wednesday night, and Susan and I were pleased to have been able to attend. Many other members of the UND family were there as well, and joining us from the Grand Forks campus were Jessica Sobolik, Randy Eken, Dr. Gwen Halaas, Dr. Rob Beattie, and Dr. Tom Hill among others.
Nick has been a terrific campus dean, faculty member, colleague, and friend. He did yeoman’s service when he filled in as interim associate dean of student affairs and admissions following the retirement of Judy DeMers (while continuing to function as campus dean). He “commuted” frequently between Bismarck and Grand Forks during that period. Amazing! We all wish the Neumanns all wonderful things in the future! Thank you, Nick!
While Nick cannot be replaced, I’m delighted to announce that the next dean for the Southwest (Bismarck) campus will be Dr. Mike Booth. Dr. Booth has been a UND faculty member for the past 25 years, and most recently has done a great job overseeing the medical student surgical clerkship rotation on the Bismarck campus. He brings great enthusiasm for student education to the position, and I know that he will do a fine job! So please join me in extending an enthusiastic welcome to our newest regional campus dean!
Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Infectious Disease Group's first Works In Progress meeting is today
All faculty, students, postdocs, and other members of the SMHS research family are invited to attend the 2014–2015 Infectious Disease (ID) Group's first Works in Progress (WIP) meeting from 11 a.m. to noon today in Room 3933 of the Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility (EJRF) at the SMHS in Grand Forks. Ashley Fink and Brandi Stone will be presenting.
Future WIP meetings will be held on the first and third Fridays of the month in Room 3933 of the EJRF.
The ID WIP, a continuation of the long-standing WIP associated with the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program, is an informal research presentation forum in which researchers present their current research outcomes and future research plans in a “chalk-talk” format in approximately 30-minute blocks (two per meeting). Attendees are expected to actively discuss and challenge the outcomes and methods with the presenter. WIP is also an opportunity for the presenter to ask for advice or help with technical dilemmas or experimental design plans for future studies.
A brief organizational meeting will be held at the conclusion of today's meeting to establish the 2014–2015 presentation schedule for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, undergraduate students, or any other members of the SMHS who wish to discuss their ID or inflammation-related research in this informal setting. (All Microbiology and Immunology Program graduate students are required to present at ID WIP at least twice a year.)
Please contact David Bradley, PhD, (701) 777-2610, with any questions or concerns.
Interment Ceremony to honor donors of Deeded Body Program is today
An interment ceremony honoring the memory of those who donated their bodies for the benefit of medical education will take place today at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences' plot at Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Forks.
The service begins at 1 p.m. as the School pays respect and tribute to donors of the Deeded Body Program.
"The interment service is to recognize and thank the special men and women who had the foresight to donate in a sincere effort to advance our teaching program and to make a profound difference in the lives of many aspiring physicians," said Kenneth Ruit, PhD, assistant dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, and associate professor in the Department of Basic Sciences.
The School conducts this ceremony once every three years to inter the cremated remains of donors who have chosen to be interred in the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences' plot. Family members of donors being interred have been invited, as have the School's faculty, staff, and students.
Please read more.
Annual Kevin Monk Charity Golf Tournament and Picnic is September 21
The SMHS Annual Kevin Monk Charity Golf Tournament and Picnic is on Sunday, September 21, at Ray Richards Golf Course, 3501 DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks. Kevin is a former medical student at UND, whose life changed dramatically when his car was struck by a truck just outside of Detroit Lakes, Minn., in July of 2000. The injuries sustained from the accident forced Kevin to withdraw from medical school. Kevin, however, did not give up his desire to help others and is still an active community volunteer. In honor of the service that Kevin continues to provide through his volunteer work and encouraging spirit, the UND SMHS hosts this annual golf tournament in his name.
The four-person-scramble tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., individuals or teams can sign up. The cost for the tournament is $20 for students, $30 for staff, and $40 for faculty. Carts are extra. To reserve a cart, please contact Ray Richards Golf Course at (701) 777-4340.
If you don't play golf, you may attend the noon picnic for $10 per person.
Golf and door prizes awarded at 12:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Community Violence Intervention Center. You may sponsor a hole for $100.
To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact via e-mail either Laura Morgan, MS II, or Chris Hellekson, MS II.
Doctoral examination for Syed Haris Ali is September 24
The doctoral examination for Syed Haris Ali, a candidate for the PhD degree with a major in Anatomy and Cell Biology, is set for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, in Room 5510 at the SMHS in Grand Forks. The dissertation title is "Psychometrics and Test-Enhanced Learning in a Patient-Centered-Learning Curriculum." Kenneth Ruit, PhD, assistant dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, and associate professor in the Department of Basic Sciences is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.
Wayne Swisher, PhD
Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Doctoral examination for CH. S. K. Sathyavathi is September 25
The doctoral examination for CH. S. K. Sathyavathi, a candidate for the PhD degree with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is set for 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, in Room 5510 at the SMHS in Grand Forks. The dissertation title is "Regulation of Proline-Directed Phosphorylation Site, Threonine 53 on Dopamine Transporter." Roxanne Vaughan, PhD, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Department of Basic Sciences, is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.
Wayne Swisher, PhD
Dean, School of Graduate Studies
De'Broski Herbert to present seminar on September 25
De'Broski Herbert, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Experimental Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, will present a seminar titled "Mechanisms of Type 2 Immunity and tissue repair" on Thursday, September 25, at 4 p.m. in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall at the SMHS in Grand Forks.
All are welcome to attend.
Department of Basic Sciences
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
Michael Kladde, PhD, associate professor, Center for NeuroGenetics, College of Medicine, University of Florida.
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.
Paula Vertino, PhD, codirector, Cancer Genetics and Genome Instability Program at Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University.
The UND Epigenetics and Epigenomics Symposium is sponsored by
SMHS Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Epigenomics
SMHS Department of Basic Sciences
For additional information, please contact Archana Dhasarathy, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Basic Sciences, (701) 777-4285.
Celebrate Karen Speaker on October 2
A reception to celebrate Karen Speaker's retirement will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, in the Upper Vennes Atrium at the SMHS in Grand Forks. Karen has worked for the University of North Dakota for over 37 years, and has worked the last ten of those years with the Center for Rural Health.
All are welcome to attend.
Center for Rural Health
Celebrate SMHS Homecoming on October 9–11
All SMHS faculty, staff, and students are invited to join our alumni in celebrating UND’s Homecoming 2014! Most events are complimentary.
Thursday, October 9
Occupational Therapy Workshop
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Sandy Hanebrink, OTR/OL, Executive Director, Touch the Future, Inc./ReBoot
Memorial Union, 2901 University Ave.
Professionals: $50; Students: $20
Friday, October 10
OT Breakfast and Assistive Technology Lab
8:30 a.m.–11 a.m.
Occupational Therapy Department, Hyslop Sports Center, 2751 2nd Ave. N.
Sioux Award Reception with Marlys Schuh, BSMT '73, BS Med '77
School of Medicine and Health Sciences Vennes Atrium
501 N. Columbia Rd. (former St. Michael's Hospital)
Continental breakfast to be served (complimentary).
Open House Tours
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tours start at current School of Medicine and Health Sciences building and include former Medical Science/Rehabilitation buildings (by appointment, see contact information below)
Evening Dinner (complimentary)
Celebrating all 25- and 50-year graduates of the School and 60 years of the Department of Occupational Therapy
North Dakota Museum of Art, 261 Centennial Dr.
Saturday, October 11
Along University Ave. from Gorecki Alumni Center (west of Chester Fritz Auditorium) to University Park
UND vs. Portland State
Alerus Center, 1200 S. 42nd St.
*Time subject to change
Please RSVP for each of these events to Kristen Peterson, (701) 777-4305, or through our online form.
Look for updates and additional information (e.g., OT workshops, hotels) at www.med.UND.edu/events/homecoming-2014.
For more general UND Homecoming information, visit the UND Alumni Association website at www.undalumni.org/homecoming14.
Limited number of tickets for Denim & Diamonds on October 17
Tickets are now on sale for Denim & Diamonds, UND's annual staff and faculty celebration hosted by Staff Senate. Tickets are only $10, and 225 tickets are available. This year’s event will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, October 17, at the Gorecki Alumni Center. The celebration is open to all staff, faculty, family, and friends.
There will be live music by Cold Shot; delicious gourmet appetizers; mock-gaming; a silent auction, including a Minnesota Twins baseball bat signed by Brian Dozier, jewelry, gift cards to many local restaurants and stores, and much more; and a chance to win a custom diamond jewelry piece designed by Hilary Klinicke of K & J Jewelry.
All proceeds raised during this event will go toward supporting Seeds for Staff Success.
Keep up to date on our silent auction items by going to the Denim and Diamonds Facebook page.
To purchase your tickets, please contact any staff senator or Jenny Duffy, chair, Denim and Diamonds, (701) 777-4234. For more information, please visit the Staff Senate's events page.
12th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference is October 23
The annual American Indian Health Research Conference provides a daylong event with national speakers, researchers, students, and community members. This is an opportunity to learn about how to do research with American Indian communities and what research needs to be done in American Indian communities, for students to present their research with American Indians, and for communities, tribal colleges, and researchers to partner with one another.
Save the Date
Thursday, October 23
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
1200 S. 42nd St.
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Dave Baldridge, Board Member and Executive Director
International Association for Indigenous Aging in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Register for the conference by Wednesday, October 15.
Book lodging at the CanadInn by September 22. Call (701) 772-8404. For block of rooms at state rate of $74.70, refer to #356922 group reservation. Please note: a credit card is required to stay at this hotel.
Call for Posters
Submit your poster abstract by Monday, October 13, at 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Alan J. Allery Health Research Award
Call for nominations due Monday, September 22, at 4:00 p.m.
Presented to promising American Indian health researchers
The 12th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference is funded by the following organizations:
For more information, visit http://ruralhealth.und.edu/aihrc/ or contact Sloan Henry.
Sixth Annual ND INBRE Undergraduate Research Symposium is October 23
The sixth annual ND INBRE Undergraduate Research Symposium is on Thursday, October 23, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. ND INBRE is the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. The goal of ND INBRE is to build biomedical research capacity by serving research universities, baccalaureate institutions, and tribal colleges within the state.
Register for the conference by Monday, October 20.
Submit poster abstract by Friday, October 17.
Karen Cisek, MS
North Dakota INBRE
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. 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 www.celebratepowerofrural.org.
For more information, contact Kylie Nissen, senior project coordinator, (701) 777-5380.
Save the Date! 2015 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
2015 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
June 3–5, 2015
Grand International Hotel, Minot, North Dakota
Reserve your room today!
Toll Free: 800.735.4493
Call for Presentations
Rural and public health professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts for the 2015 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. Both oral and poster presentations should feature community or research projects that use creative strategies, facilitate the collaboration between rural and public health entities, can be replicated, and have an emphasis on education and developing partnerships. Abstract submissions must be received no later than noon CST on Tuesday, October, 28, 2014. Visit the Dakota Conference website for details on submitting an abstract.
The Dakota Conference is facilitated by the
Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
The conference is supported by
Altru Health System
College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (UND)
Department of Family and Community Medicine (UND SMHS)
North Dakota Public Health Association
North Dakota Rural Health Association
Contact Kylie Nissen
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SOTA electronic device donation
As the fall semester kicks off, the UND Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) would like to invite you to donate gently used personal electronic devices (such as cell phones, cameras, laptops, and cords). The devices are being collected for Touch the Future, Inc., a company that refurbishes electronic devices that will be utilized by persons with physical disabilities.
For your convenience, there are donation boxes on the student workspace counter inside the main entrance of the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences and in the Office of Alumni and Community Relations. Here is the flyer associated with the boxes. The boxes will be available until the afternoon of October 7. Thank you for considering this service opportunity and have a wonderful fall semester.
UND SOTA President
Master of Occupational Therapy Student
National Rural Health Day Photo Contest
November 20, 2014, is the 4th Annual National Rural Health Day. The Center for Rural Health is sponsoring a photo contest to celebrate. Share your creativity of what rural means to you with the Center for Rural Health by submitting a photo!
Prizes Are Awarded for the Top Two Entries
You could win
Admission to the 2015 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, or a
$150 gift card to Cenex convenience stores.
Learn more about the photo contest and how to submit your entry. Photos are due by Friday, November 14.
Host a Scrubs Camp in your community
The Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camp program is an opportunity for students in Grades 5–12 to learn about healthcare professions in fun, interactive ways. The Center for Rural Health provides funding and support to communities to host a local Scrubs Camp. Grant proposals for the 2014–2015 Scrubs Camps are now being accepted.
Proposals must be received by 4:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, October 7.
For more information or to submit your proposal, visit the Scrubs Camp project webpage or contact Kylie Nissen, (701) 777-5380.
"Million Hearts Initiative"—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. September's presentation is "Preventing A Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: A Turning Point for Impact." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.
Social Media: View Joggin' with Josh photos
Thank you to everyone who Participated in Joggin' with Josh.
View photos on the SMHS Flickr page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also get the latest SMHS news by following the School on Twitter.
University Letter: Women’s Center Meet, Eat, and Learn is September 24
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Women's Center welcomes Ashley Schreurs for the next Meet, Eat, and Learn
. Ashley's presentation is set for Wednesday, September 24, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre. She is a second-year master's degree student in counseling psychology at UND.
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 25
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 “Pros and Cons of Compressed Medical Schools,” will be presented by Stanley Goldfarb, and Steven Abramson on Thursday, September 25, 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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North Dakota Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting (ND-FCCS) Core Formed
The ND-FCCS core is a joint effort between the Departments of Basic Sciences and Pathology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The purpose of the ND-FCCS is to provide ongoing flow cytometry and cell sorting capabilities for research and teaching applications within North Dakota.
According to the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry, flow cytometry is a method to extract multiparametric quantitative data from individual cells suspended in a fluid. The instrumentation is widely used in immunology and hematopathology. Benefits of flow cytometry include the following:
Simultaneous multiparametric measurements.
Sorting of individual cells.
The ND-FCCS includes the following instruments:
BD LSR II Flow Cytometer and a
BD FACSAria III Flow Cytometer.
The instruments were purchased with funding from the UND SMHS and from the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (ND INBRE), respectively.
The facility is currently located on the fourth floor of the Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility at the UND SMHS in Grand Forks. (The ND-FCCS will be housed in a separate suite in the new SMHS building now under construction.)
Ongoing support of service contracts for the facility will be provided by Dr. Joshua Wynne, dean of the SMHS and vice president for Health Affairs at UND. Administration of the core will be provided by David Bradley, PhD, who will serve as director of the ND-FCCS. Technical and mechanical assistance for flow cytometry and cell sorting will be provided by Steven Adkins; and Linglin Xie, PhD, will be the liaison with the ND INBRE investigators to schedule and facilitate the INBRE partners’ use of the ND-FCCS.
The ND-FCCS oversight committee includes
David Bradley, ND-FCCS director;
Don Sens, PhD, ND INBRE principal investigator;
Matt Nilles, PhD, Department of Basic Sciences;
Seema Somji, PhD, Department of Pathology; and
Advisory members—including the chairs of the Departments of Pathology and Basic Sciences—and Mr. Terry Nelson, associate director, Budget and Facilities Management for the UND SMHS.
The ND INBRE (P20GM103442) will provide support in part for related supplies, travel, software, and technical personnel. Investigators utilizing the ND-FCCS core will be requested to include nominal support on new and competing renewal grant proposals to also support the core (details will be provided soon on the core’s updated webpage).
“The ND-FCCS core ensures access to both flow cytometric analysis and cell sorting for all researchers at the SMHS, ND INBRE’s partners, and other interested researchers across North Dakota,” said Bradley. “The technology is a proven significant tool for researchers in many disciplines.”
A benefit of the facility’s location at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences will be the ongoing support from SMHS Dean Joshua Wynne, the Departments of Pathology and Basic Sciences, the ND INBRE, and potentially new grant applications as well.
For further questions, please contact ND-FCCS Director David Bradley.
Technical or scheduling questions should be addressed to Steven Adkins.
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 a training session on Thursday, October 30, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Room at the Memorial Union.
You need to attend the session 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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