Category: Staff

News about staff at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

SPH at the 2017 March for Science

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School of Public Health Professor Alan Lifson spoke to a crowd of 10,000 people from the Minnesota State Capitol steps at the April 22 March for Science. He reminded us that “there are policy issues that divide us a​s a​ state and a nation, but science should not be one of them . . . [The support of science] is our promise and commitment to creating a healthier and better world, now and for generations to come.”

We asked SPH students, faculty, staff, and alumni who gathered on April 22:

Why are you marching?

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Emily Groene, student

We face more challenges in the world it seems than ever before and it’s time to really look into the science of how we can solve the problems.

Jim Neaton, faculty

I’m marching for future generations because science evolves slowly. If we curtail what we’re doing now, it will affect my grandchildren and future great-grandchildren.

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Deb Wentworth, staff

It’s really very simple: I have a daughter.

Keerthanaa Jeeva, student

What has science done to you other than make you live longer?

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Jim Pankow, faculty

Public heath is advanced if we rely on the very best science, not on political expediency or alternative facts or ideology.

Vic Massaglia and Jenna Egan, staff

Vic: I’m marching to validate science, and public health is all about science. And we can’t live in a fantasy of made up “facts.”

Jenna: I’m marching because I don’t want funding cuts. Science is real and we need it to help people and the planet.

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Birgit Grund, faculty

I’m marching today because facts are important.

Rachel Ogilvie, student

I’m specifically marching today to oppose the proposed NIH cuts . . . I work in cardiovascular disease and we have studies on dementia right now. There is a lot we don’t know and if we cut funding, people’s lives will be lost and those lives are not things we can bargain with.

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Maria Sundaram, student

Science saves lives. We really need it. We really, really need it. We can’t ignore it. It’s objective truth. We need that.

Pam Schreiner, faculty

I am marching for public health because prevention is our future in an aging population. If we make health care available to everyone, we’ll not only save money but will improve quality of life and keep our workforce active. And we need to set an infrastructure for our children, so the next generation will have the same opportunities we had to make the word better.

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Faye Norby, student

I am marching for our future and the health of the world.

Yang Liu, student

Because climate change is real and I think we can work harder together to fight it.

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Michael Oakes and Family, faculty

We’re marching for the importance of science in society, the importance of science in public health, the importance of the world and truth. That’s why we’re here today.

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Chelsie Todd and Junia Nogueira De Brito, students
Marching in Washington, D.C.

Chelsie (left): I’m marching to support multiple disciplines — public health, nutrition, and conservation — which are critical to our nation’s well-being.

Junia (right): I’m marching because policy making based on scientific evidence is being threatened by individual beliefs, ideologies, and financial interests.

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Adam Schwartz, student

I’m here today because it’s Earth Day and it’s the right thing to do.

Sara Lammert, student

I am marching for the young scientists who are not able to march right now.

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2014 SPH P&A and Faculty Award winners

The winners of the 2014 SPH P&A and Faculty Awards were recently announced at the Spring Assembly and Faculty Meeting on May 15. The awards recognize excellence in student advising, work and teaching among SPH faculty and staff. The recipients received a plaque, a permanent display in the School and a cash award.

Award winners Brad Carlin, Helen Voelker, Ann Brearley and Alan Lifson.

The School of Public Health Award for Excellence in Advising
Brad Carlin, PhD, Professor, Division of Biostatistics

The School of Public Health Award for Excellence in Advising recognizes faculty who are particularly outstanding in their roles as academic, field experience or project/theses advisors.

The School of Public Health P&A Excellence Award
Helen T. Voelker, Management Information Systems Coordinator, Division of Biostatistics

The School of Public Health P&A Excellence Award recognizes a member of the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) staff who has made distinguished contributions to the missions of the University of Minnesota and the School of Public Health.

The Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award
Ann Brearley, PhD, MS, Instructor, Division of Biostatistics

The Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award recognizes faculty who have made an outstanding contribution in special areas of public health education. The award symbolizes the School’s commitment to learning through especially creative, innovative and effective teaching of undergraduate, graduate and non-traditional students.

The Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching
Alan R. Lifson, MD, MPH, Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

The Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching is the School’s highest honor and recognizes exceptional teachers who challenge students with articulate presentations and thought-provoking analyses.

~ Post by Stefannie Thompson

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