In July, two SPH grads, Bethany Williston, M.P.H. '98 (second left), and Melissa Karjala, M.P.H. '04 (far right), were part of a six- woman relay team that swam the English
Channel in 18 hours and 55 minutes. They beat the current record by four minutes and
raised a large portion of their $120,000 goal to help find a cure for ALS, or Lou
Gehrig's disease. The relay team, captained by Amanda Mercer, is part of A2A3—Ann
Arbor Active Against ALS—a charity inspired by Mercer's neighbor and friend, U-M Professor
Bob Schoeni, who was diagnosed with this incurable disease in 2008.
The Michigan Public Health Training Center received a 2012 Best Practice Recognition Award sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Also honored: the Detroit Community–Academic Urban Research Center, headquartered at U-M SPH, which received a U-M 2012 Distinguished Diversity Leaders team award. Established four years ago, the award program shines a light on those U-M staff members who work to achieve a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive working environment, and who embrace the value of diversity and recognize how it distinguishes the university.
Thomson-Reuter ScienceWatch has named SPH biostatistician Goncalo Abecasis one of its Hottest Researchers of the Year. The honor is based on the number of citations tracked during 2011, and having the highest numbers of "hot papers" published over the preceding two years. Abecasis was last seen on the list in 2010. His ten hot papers include the 1000 Genomes Project blockbuster, along with examinations of type 2 diabetes risk and reports on software tools for sequencing and visualizing genomic data.