Innovation in Action
CARt, the brainchild of an interdisciplinary student team from U-M, took first place in the 2015 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Student Competition, a statewide contest highlighting Michigan as “the destination for innovation.” Designed to reduce the transportation barriers that keep people from accessing healthy foods, CARt is an interface between grocery retailers and a rideshare program. Under the name Fresh Fare, the same project won second place at last year’s U-M SPH Innovation in Action Competition. CARt team members include SPH students Ali Jensen, Stacey Matlin, and Christine Priori, and Mikaela Rodkin of the U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment and Ross School of Business.
Boulton Receives Award
U-M SPH Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health Matthew L. Boulton, whose many responsibilities include editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is the 2016 recipient of the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Ronald Davis Special Recognition Award. Named for the late Ronald M. Davis, a former member of the U-M faculty and former president of the American Medical Association, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in or contribution to the field of preventive medicine. Previous recipients of the award include former U.S. Surgeon Generals David Satcher and C. Everett Koop, and William Foege, first recipient of U-M’s Thomas Francis Jr. Medal in Global Public Health.
Mukherjee to Oversee Cancer Center Research
The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center has named Bhramar Mukherjee associate director for population science research. Mukherjee, the John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics and professor of epidemiology at SPH, “is a stellar researcher in biostatistics, epidemiology, and disparities,” says Cancer Center Director Ted Lawrence, who cites these as key issues the center aims to address. Mukherjee will oversee the center’s research on cancer screening, detection, and prevention, as well as research on cancer outcomes, disparities, and new models of cancer-care delivery.