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Orlando: Hate as a Public Health Crisis

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

By John Finnegan, Dean and Professor, School of Public Health; and B.R. Simon Rosser Professor, School of Public Health
 
What sense can one make of the Orlando massacre? Like you, we have listened to pundits, politicians, journalists, friends, colleagues, and everyday people all struggling to put a narrative frame around this horrible crime — to classify it in a manner that makes it comprehensible. No story or motive is adequate to assuage our pain and sorrow.

What we know is that a young New York-born American intentionally and premeditatedly chose to murder as many people as he could. They weren’t randomly chosen. He focused on people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. There are myriad unanswered questions about this man, but whatever the facts turn out to be, he acted out of hate.

Progress

McNair Scholars Visitation Day

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Scott Lanyon, the new vice provost and dean of graduate education, welcomed prospective students at the largest McNair Scholar Visitation Day event on record at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, June 21.

Approximately 90 students from the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf, Augsburg, Beloit College, Bemidji State University, University of Central Missouri, UW-Stout and UW Eau Claire took part in the event, which is a collaborative effort of the Graduate School and the Office for Equity and Diversity. The day’s activities included a presentation about the process of applying for admission to graduate programs, meetings with faculty and staff to discuss research interests, and a staff-led tour of the campus. 

These visiting students are participants in the federally-funded TRIO McNair Scholars Program. They are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

Read the full story on The Graduate School website.

News and Information

J. Neil Henderson to lead MDT Health Equality and Rural Health Access initiative

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

J. Neil Henderson, PhD, has accepted the role of Medical Discovery Team (MDT) Leader focusing on health equity, rural health access, and American Indian health issues. He will be based on the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth campus and hold a professor appointment in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences. His start date is August 31, 2016.

Dr. Henderson comes to us from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Public Health where is currently the Edith K. Gaylord Presidential Professor and Director of the American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and his background is in medical anthropology. His major research projects have revolved around Native American health and taken a multi-faceted approach to evaluating and understanding the biomedical, clinical, cultural, and socio-behavioral aspects of illness. In particular, his research has led to useful discoveries around diabetes, dementia, and facial paralysis among native people.

Read the full story on the Medical School Blog.

Events

Latino/a Faculty & Staff Family Day with a special appreciation for Fathers

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 19, 3:00-5:30 pm, Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis.  

There will be free food from Salsa a la Salsa, music, free t-shirts & soccer. All are welcomed. 

Additional Background:

The Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA) was awarded a Micro-Grant through The Campus Climate Micro-Grant Selection Committee in order to bring together a large group of Latino community members, faculty & staff, and students to engage in a gathering that would reflect Latino/a cultural identity. 

News and Information

U appoints Samuel Mukasa as dean of College of Science and Engineering

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The University of Minnesota announced on June 14 that Samuel B. Mukasa has been selected dean of the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, effective August 31, 2016, and pending approval by the Board of Regents in July.

As dean, Mukasa will be chief executive officer and chief academic officer of the College of Science and Engineering, the University’s second-largest college, which spans 12 departments and is ranked among the top engineering and science academic programs in the country. He will provide strategic and intellectual leadership and administrative oversight for the school and will work to advance its research, teaching, and service.

Read the full story.

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