SPH Digest

SPH Digest

Siobán Harlow, professor of epidemiology, has received a Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award in recognition of her achievements as a mentor of doctoral students. Good mentors, says Rackham Graduate School's Pat McCune, "make a difference. They make themselves available; they give you honest advice; they help you identify the tools you need and develop the talents you have; they recognize that you have the potential to be a future colleague."

Drawing on her own medical expertise, Janet Gilsdorf paints a real-life picture of the toll illness takes on families and communities in her new novel, Ten Days, published last fall by Kensington Press. The author of Inside/Outside, a memoir of her experience with breast cancer, Gilsdorf is a professor of epidemiology at SPH, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the U-M Medical School, and co-director of the U-M Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases.

The University of Michigan is one of ten "innovative universities shaking up education," according to an article published in January in the online journal edudemic, which noted that in 2012 alone, U-M had 368 new inventions and 101 awarded patents. Among student innovations at U-M, edudemic cited a new fruit and vegetable stand—the brainchild of SPH student Nikki Kasper and other members of the student organization Ann Arbor Student Food Co. Kasper, a PhD candidate in human nutrition, helped develop a weekly on-campus produce stand where U-M students can buy fresh fruits and vegetables at low prices. She and her peers came up with the idea after learning that 52 percent of U-M students have no car and 36 percent are food-insecure.

In September, the U-M regents named two SPH faculty to university professorships. Kyle Grazier, chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy, professor of health management and policy, and professor of psychiatry at the U-M Medical School, is the Richard Carl Jelinek Professor. Established in 1992 through a gift from SPH alumnus Richard Jelinek, MHSA '92, and donations from graduates and friends of HMP, the professorship recognizes "an expert in the field of health services management and policy who will, through teaching and research, strengthen the management of the nation's hospitals and health care organizations." Richard Lichtenstein, associate professor of health management and policy and co–principal investigator of the Detroit Community–Academic Urban Research Center, is the S.J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy. The regents established this professorship in 2008 through contributions by individuals wishing to honor Professor Axelrod.

Two new SPH programs have graduated their first students: in December the Health Informatics Certificate Program, launched in 2011, graduated three students, and this spring, the Certificate Program in Health Care Infection Prevention and Control (CHIP) graduated ten students. CHIP director Betsy Foxman, the Hunein F. and Hilda Maassab Professor of Epidemiology, says the program's internships have been especially successful. Since CHIP's inception in 2011, 11 students have completed internships in area hospitals, including U-M, the Ann Arbor VA, St. Joseph Mercy, and the Detroit Medical Center.