April 21, 2017

As we enter the final days of the legislative session, the two chambers are close to agreeing on a budget for the School (and for all of higher education, not to mention state government). The House and the Senate have approved generally similar funding levels for the School, although there are a few remaining differences (including the sources of some funding). It still is not clear if the members will be able to conclude business by this weekend, or whether the session will continue into next week. But the regular session is limited by law to 80 days, and thus must conclude by Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

So we should know our level of funding very soon. Remember though that funding levels are not official until the appropriations bill is signed into law by Governor Burgum and the higher education budget is approved by the State Board of Higher Education. By the time we know our level of funding, we will also know the financial implications of how many faculty and staff execute their voluntary separation agreements. And since both House and Senate versions propose no cap on tuition levels at the SMHS, we will be able to factor a proposed tuition increase into our budget planning. Then we can go back to the 90 percent budgets submitted by the departments and units and see how close the proposed budgets are to the funding that we have available for the coming biennium. So by early May we should be able to finalize the operating budgets of the units and departments in the School.

This past Wednesday, we held our third Java with Josh get-together, this time on the Northwest (Minot) Campus. There was a great turnout of faculty, staff, and especially students. I greatly appreciated the attendance of Mr. John Kutch, the CEO of Trinity Health in Minot. We had some good discussions, and ran way over the scheduled 30 minutes allotted for the event! That’s a good thing. We’ve held earlier similar get-togethers on the Northeast (Grand Forks) and Southwest (Bismarck) campuses; the last regional-campus Java with Josh is in Fargo and will be on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in the Medical Education Building on the grounds of the VA Hospital (Room 219). Please stop by if you have time.

Finally, it’s hard to believe that we’re less than a month away from graduation. This academic year certainly seems like it’s gone by quite fast. Maybe that’s because it has been less than a year since we moved into the new building. Although there were some hiccups along the way (there always are with new construction), I think that almost all would agree that the new facility is working out even better than expected. So thanks again to all who helped make the move into the new building a reality, and best wishes to all the graduating seniors. I’ll have much more about graduation as we get closer to the big day!

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Recent Educational Policies to Review

Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver (for all SMHS students)

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Join Java with Josh in Fargo

All SMHS faculty, staff, and students are invited to have an informal, complimentary cup of coffee, juice, or tea with Dean Wynne in Fargo from 8:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, in Room 219.

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 today, April 21, for the event.

Hope to see you there.

Angela Kaza presents today's Surgery Grand Rounds

Angela Kaza, MD, Program Year III Surgery Resident in the Department of Surgery, will be presenting her talk titled "Adrenal Tumors” from Clinic B2, at Sanford Health in Fargo today, April 21, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

The objectives of her talk are the following:

  1. Have a better understanding of the relevant surgical anatomy of the adrenal gland.
  2. Know how to work up adrenal tumors.
  3. Have a better understanding of the various types of adrenal tumors.
  4. Know when to surgically remove an adrenal tumor.

This Surgery Grand Rounds Conference, sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Surgery, is broadcasted via videoconference to many sites in North Dakota and Minnesota.

All are welcome to attend.

Geralyn Lunski, AAS
Administrative Assistant
Conference & Faculty Coordinator
Department of Surgery

Rita Redberg presents Dean's Hour on April 27

Rita Redberg, MD, MS, cardiologist, professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, is the Dean’s Hour Speaker at noon on Thursday, April 27, in the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium (E101) at the SMHS in Grand Forks. The title of her presentation is “How Less Health Care Can Sometimes Be Better For You: Examples From Internal Medicine.”  

Lunch will be provided on the Grand Forks Campus. If you plan to attend on the Grand Forks Campus, please let us know by responding at the following link https://und.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02jD4fsfmLNQCi1.

This presentation will be broadcast to the following UND SMHS campus sites:

  • Bismarck, Southwest Campus, Room 2108.
  • Fargo, Southeast Campus, Room 219.
  • Minot, Northwest Campus Office–Trinity Location.

Also available at your desktop at the following link: http://Bit.ly/deans-hour.

For additional information, contact the Office of the Dean at (701) 777-2514.

Lori L. Sannes
Administrative Officer

Using My Mediasite Site and Mediasite Desktop Recorder is May 2

A demonstration of "Using My Mediasite Site and Mediasite Desktop Recorder" will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on May 2 in Room W203 at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

The session will provide a walk-through on how to use the Mediasite desktop recorder application. This desktop application is compatible with both Macs and Windows. It allows users to record content directly from your desktop or laptop, create presentations, and then publish these recordings. It is compatible with the LMS here on campus Blackboard.

Vicki Thompson
IT Support Specialist
Information Resources

NDAAP Spring Conference is May 5

The 2017 Pediatrics Spring Conference for the North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the North Dakota Department of Health, 1720 Burlington Drive, in Bismarck.

The theme for the conference is "Prevention and Identification of Child Abuse and Neglect in the Infant and Toddler."

8:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m. sessions will be webcast (preregistration by April 27 required).

Featured Guest Speakers

Nancy Harper, MD, FAAP, University of Minnesota, who will present "Advancing CARE: Child Abuse Recognition & Evaluation.” Upon completion of Dr. Harper's session, the learner will be able to do the following:

  1. Discuss the range of symptoms and presentations of child abuse in infants and children using case scenarios and the literature.
  2. Identify the mechanisms of injury causation in serious physical abuse.
  3. Identify scenarios in which serious injury from abuse may be “missed.”
  4. Discuss the recommended medical and forensic evaluations for physical abuse.

Arne Graff, MD, Mayo Clinic, who will present “Child Neglect: What the Medical Team can Contribute to the Evaluation.” Upon completion of Dr. Graff's session, the learner will be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the significance and possible complications that neglect can cause in the developing child.
  2. Identify the different types of neglect and the evaluations indicated.
  3. Describe how foster care children and neglect victims can benefit from a medical Passport evaluation.


  • 7:30–8:30 a.m.—NDAAP Business Meeting
  • 8:30–10:00 a.m.—"Advancing CARE: Child Abuse Recognition and Evaluation." (Dr. Harper)
  • 10:00–10:15 a.m.—Break
  • 10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.—"Child Neglect: What the Medical Team can Contribute to the Evaluation." (Dr. Graff)
  • 11:45 am–noon—Break
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m.—Working Lunch—"Navigating the System: An Overview of Services to Support Substance Exposed Infants in ND." Pam Sagness, director of Behavioral Health Division, Department of Human Services.
  • 1:00–2:15 p.m.—Interdisciplinary Scenario Tables: Leveraging our experiences, expertise, and resources to ensure a brighter future for all kids in North Dakota.

*All health professionals are welcome to attend*

  • NDAAP Members/Students—$0
  • Non-NDAAP Members—$50

To register (deadline April 27), contact: Kylie Nissen.

“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the ND Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

“The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”

Visit www.ndaap.com for more information.

Free Shredding Day is May 5

MinnKota Recycling and Secured Document Destruction, UND's shredding services provider, will be on campus Friday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide free shredding services to faculty, staff, and students. Please bring your personal paper documents to the MinnKota onsite shredding truck, which will be located behind the Memorial Union on Second Ave.

MinnKota will securely destroy the documents, ensuring that your confidential information is protected. Take this free opportunity to protect yourself and remove the clutter from your home or dorm. If you need to park to drop off your paper, please park in front of the Memorial Union (30-minute parking off of University Ave.) and bring your documents to the shredding truck on Second Ave.

Chris Carper, CRM
Records Manager
Office of Records Management
University of North Dakota
Carnegie Hall Room 10b
250 Centennial Dr Stop 8256
Grand Forks, ND   58202-8256
Phone: 701-777-6797
E-mail: christopher.carper@und.edu

2017 Staff Recognition Luncheon is May 9

The 2017 Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon is on Tuesday, May 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom. UND staff employees with continuous, benefited employment at UND will be recognized for their years of service. Also to be recognized will be this year's selections for Meritorious Service, and Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud awards.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://und.edu/finance-operations/human-resources-payroll/ at a cost of $7/ticket, and are only available via online purchase. Deadline to purchase is April 28, 2017. A copy of your confirmation e-mail will be necessary for admission to the event. Special dietary requests may be made by e-mailing UND HR at peggy.varberg@und.edu.

To view the School's honorees, please read more.

Jean Altepeter
Associate Director-Human Resources

Celebrate SMHS Commencement on May 14

Please join us for the 2017 SMHS Commencement activities scheduled for Sunday, May 14, in Grand Forks.

Keynote speaker with be William S. Mann, MD, a physician in the Department of Family Medicine for Altru Health System. He is the assistant director of the Altru Family Medicine Residency Program, and clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The title of Mann’s presentation is “Reflection of a Half Century—the Meaning of Professionalism.”

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10:30 a.m.—Awards brunch: Alerus Center (1200 42nd Street S., Grand Forks, ND). Tickets are $15 each, must be purchased in advance, and can be obtained through the Office of the Dean by calling (701) 777-2514 or by sending a request and check (no cash can be accepted) to the following address:

               Office of the Dean
               UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
               501 North Columbia Road, Stop 9037
               Grand Forks, ND  58202-9037

               Please note: Make Checks payable to "UND Alumni Association and Foundation."

  • 2:30 p.m.—Commencement Ceremony: Chester Fritz Auditorium, 3475 University Avenue, Grand Forks.

Register Now! Early Bird Rates on Dakota Conference

Register Now for Early Bird Rates on Dakota Conference

The 32nd Annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health is taking place June 13–15 in Minot, North Dakota. The Dakota Conference provides an opportunity for over 300 healthcare professionals, educators, and students to share strategies for building and sustaining healthy communities in North Dakota. It includes three days of sessions, pre-conferences, post-conference workshops, and an awards banquet.

Early Bird Registration and Payment is Due May 12. Register Now to Save!

Two ways to register:

The Dakota Conference is Coordinated and Facilitated by the Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS).

Supported by

Contact Kylie Nissen or (701) 777-5380. Visit the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health’s website for more information.

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Swojani Shrestha presents at Society of Toxicology annual meeting

Swojani Shrestha, a graduate student in Dr. Seema Somji’s laboratory in the Department of Pathology, recently presented at the Society of Toxicology’s 56th Annual Meeting in Baltimore March 12–16, 2017. She was invited to give an oral platform presentation in the session on Mechanisms of Toxicity: SPC (Scientific Program Committee) Highlights Emerging Scientists.

The title of Shrestha’s presentation was “Effect of Cadmium on Stem Cell Population in Human Renal Proximal Tubular Cells.” She won a Graduate Student Award to give her presentation. Her research is supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103442.

Around 6,500 toxicologists and 350 exhibitors attend the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, the largest gathering of industry, governmental, and academic toxicologists in the world.

Karen Cisek
Project Coordinator
Department of Pathology

Geiger commences term as president of Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology

At the annual meeting of the Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology (SNIP) held this year in Philadelphia, Jonathan D. Geiger, PhD, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, started his term as president of this international scientific society.

At this same meeting, both members of his laboratory who accompanied him won special awards. His first-year graduate student, Leo Lakpa, was asked to present a special oral version of his poster titled “HIV-1 Tat induces acidic store operated calcium entry (aSOCE) in primary cultured neurons,” and he received a travel sponsorship. Geiger's postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Nabab Khan, was awarded the best poster award for his poster titled “APOE isoform-specific effects on Tat-mediated HIV-1 LTR transactivation in astrocytes,” and he received a complimentary copy of the textbook Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

Next year the meeting of SNIP will be held in Chicago, Illinois, and for the first time will be held in partnership with the International Society of Neurovirology.

Bonnie Kee
Administrative Assistant
Department of Biomedical Sciences

Remembering Mike Kaspari

We were saddened this week to learn of the death of one of our faculty members, Mike Kaspari, RN. 

Mike died from head trauma after a fall.

Mike was a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. As a nurse and agency director at First Step Recovery, Mike provided important leadership in our region on the concept of substance use disorders as chronic diseases, and that recovery is possible. He had a passion for ensuring that those in the medical field were educated in areas of addiction and was integral in assisting our department in clinical curricula for both medical students and resident physicians. As such, Mike was recognized with the Dean’s Special Recognition Teaching Award for volunteer faculty in 2012.

Our department will be establishing an annual award in Mike’s name to recognize medical student interest in addiction.

His advocacy and presence will be sorely missed.

Andrew J. McLean, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Donations sought for Valley Community Health Centers

Hi Everyone,

Four second-year medical students (members of Physicians for Human Rights) with the help of Michelle Montgomery, Dr. Charles Christianson, and Dr. Donald Jurivich, have started a collaboration with Valley Community Health Centers (VCHC) here in Grand Forks. Students are doing home visits with refugee families to help with any questions they may have to ease their transition into our healthcare system. Valley Community Health Centers is a Federally Qualified Health Center that is able to provide discounted healthcare services to income-eligible patients. 

We are hoping to collect items that can be distributed to these families through the staff at VCHC. Our goal is to provide a stockpile of personal care and home items that are frequently needed by patients at the clinic. Below is a list of items that can be brought to the School and placed in the bins throughout the learning communities and faculty offices.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Chap stick
  • Moisturizers
  • Soap, shampoo
  • Dish soap
  • Band-aids
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Kleenex
  • Disposable razors
  • First aid items
  • Toys for children (coloring books, crayons, books, etc.)
  • Etc.

We also understand that it can be difficult to find time to run errands, and would appreciate cash donations that can be used at the end of the semester to purchase items in bulk.

If you want to make a cash donation, need items picked up from an office collection site, or have any questions, please contact one of us and we would be happy to help!

Thank you,

Tirzah Wethern (MS II)
Jacy O'Keefe (MS II)
Britta Stjern (MS II)
Emily Olig (MS II)

Social Media—Flood of 1997

On our Twitter page, view the video by UND's Director of Television and Radio Barry Brode and the UND TV Center about how the flood of 1997 affected UND and the SMHS.

On our Facebook page, Dean Wynne answers questions about the health effects of lead and about vitamin D and cancer in his latest Health Matters column, which can be found in the Grand Forks Herald every other Monday. Please submit any general health-related questions to healthmatters@med.und.edu.

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

UND Today—"Earth Week: Waste not, want not"

"Earth Week: Waste not, want not." UND is advancing green initiatives at Wilkerson Commons with plans to expand to other dining centers.

More information about this and other UND news can be found in UND Today, UND's official news source.

"National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry"—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. April's presentation is "National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry—Impact, Challenges, and Future Directions." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.

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USDA GF Human Nutrition Research Center seeks study participants

The United States Department of Agriculture Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking participants for two research studies.

  • Fish for HEALTH! 
    Are you interested in cardiovascular health? Would you like to eat more fish? The USDA Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women, ages 20–70, to determine whether eating rainbow trout with different omega-3 levels reduces heart disease risk markers. Receive up to $500 for completing the study.
  • Acute Effects of Fats on Satiety & Energy Needs
    We are looking for male and female participants, ages 18–50, to join our study to assess how dietary fat affects energy metabolism and feelings of fullness after eating. Receive up to $530, or a 13-month individual membership, or a 9-month family membership at Choice Health & Fitness, to be paid at the conclusion of the study.

For more information, and to see if you qualify, check out our website, or contact Vanessa Thyne, Biological Laboratory Technician, Dietary Prevention of Disease Research Unit, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, (701) 795-8493.

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