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UM SPH December 2010
University of Michigan School of Public Health



Martin Philbert Appointed Dean of UM SPH
Effective Jan. 1, 2011

"President Coleman and I are very pleased that Dr. Philbert is assuming this vital leadership role in the School of Public Health," announced UM Provost Phil Hanlon. Philbert is currently SPH's senior associate dean for research and a professor of toxicology.

"I look forward to continuing with my colleagues, the students and staff of SPH on the work of education, scholarship and service so that we can have a positive impact on the health of the public here in Michigan, the Great Lakes region, nationally and globally," Philbert said. Details.


Eating Well at the Holidays, and All Year
SPH nutrition-related info

Choose indulgences wisely and opt for a seasonal treat at holiday get-togethers, instead of the chips and cheese cubes you can have all year, suggested UM Nutrition and Weight Management Services. More tips from UM Nutrition and Weight Management Services, plus a video on a student initiative to make fresh food available in Detroit, and info on new funding for work on nutrition and obesity.


Study Suggests that Being Too Clean Can Make People Sick
Research news from UM SPH

Numerous media outlets quoted the new study by SPH epidemiologists Erin Rees Clayton and Allison Aiello on how exposure to chemicals found in plastics and some antibacterial products can affect the immune system and one's likelihood to develop allergies. More research and news, including videos and podcasts.


Fall 2010 Findings Magazine
Focusing on the power of place

Comment online about how 50 years of the Peace Corps has changed lives, the historic Tecumseh study, neighborhoods and health, and more. This issue of SPH's award-winning magazine includes outgoing Dean Ken Warner's reflections on a place very special to him: UM SPH.


Public Health Heroes Honored at UM, SPH
Symposia, panel discussions, tributes in video

Dr. Alfred Sommer, who saved millions of lives following his research on the effects of vitamin A deficiency, accepted the Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health from UM President Mary Sue Coleman in Nov. Learn more about honorees at recent events, including Wallenberg Medal recipient Denis Mukwege, SPH flu expert Arnold Monto, and John Griffith, who is retiring from the SPH Department of Health Management and Policy.



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Events Upcoming in 2011

January 17: Healing the Wounds: The Health Disparities Legacy of the 1960s Civil Rights Era MLK Health Sciences talk by Dr. Sherman James

March 10: Inaugural Lecture for the John and Hilda Maassab Endowed Professorship Talk by Betsy Foxman

April 1: MAC-EPID Symposium - Water, Microbes, and the Environment

September 20-21: Risk, Uncertainty and Sustainable Innovation: New Perspectives on Emerging Challenges Bernstein Symposium

More on the SPH calendar >>

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UM SPH February 2010
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State of Michigan Goes Smoke-Free
Dean Warner Explains Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
Smoking ends May 1 in Michigan workplaces, including bars & restaurants. SPH Dean Ken Warner says why in a short audio clip (UM's most popular 2009 podcast).

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UM SPH Haiti Earthquake Recovery
Coping with Disasters Course Free Online, Organizing, and More

How you can help as SPH and UM help those in need. Also, Rosemarie Rowney '77 discusses Haiti's health care challenges.

Feb. 15: Identifying Genes for Type 2 Diabetes
Mike Boehnke's Distinguished University Professorship Lecture

SPH's Richard G. Cornell Distinguished University Professor of Biostatistics talks about the explosion in human genetic data, and how it's providing remarkable opportunities to understand the genetic basis of disease.

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Community-Based Participatory Research: A Partnership Approach

A free intro course on using CBPR in public health, education, nursing, medicine, social work, urban planning, and more. Highlighted throughout the training are experiences of Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center and its affiliated projects.

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Reexamining the American Dream
SPH Findings Magazine Special Issue, Now Online

What do you think about the nation's economy and its impact on you and on the public's health? Share your comments online and email stories to colleagues.
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Calling for the Leaders and the Best

Consider nominating a UM SPH graduate who has contributed outstanding service to the field of public health and to UM SPH. Learn more or make your nomination today. Deadline: March 5, 2010.


Estate Planning Updates
Federal Estate Tax, Charitable IRA Rollovers, Roth IRA Conversions
How you can plan ahead to support UM SPH, student scholarships, and public health worldwide.

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More Upcoming Events

All semester: SPH Forum on Gender, Sexual, and Reproductive Health: A Global Perspective (plus archived videos of the talks)

February 16: The Challenges of Child Health in the Developing World

February 18: 15th Annual Toxicology Symposium: Cancer Research

March 16: The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease

March 22-26: UM SPH Minority Health Conference

March 25: 2010 UM Distinguished University Innovator Award presentation to Vic Strecher With address by the recipient on his work.

March 26: Nicotine as a Reinforcing Drug: From Science to the Shaping of Policy

April 23: Improving Children's Health Through Community-Engaged Research

April 29: University of Michigan School of Public Health Graduation 2010 with address to graduates by Thomas R. Frieden, CDC director.

October 14: 50th Anniversary and Commemoration of JFK's Peace Corps Speech at Michigan Union To sign up for email updates (especially if you were in the Peace Corps!), contact

October 27-28: Michigan's Premier Public Health Conference

Nov. 5-6: Symposium Honoring Professor John Griffith at his Retirement Including his "Last Lecture."

March 19: POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2010: Influenza as a Global Concern: Where Do We Go from Here?

More on the SPH calendar >>


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