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The winners of the School of Medicine are, from left, Dr. Samiran Ghosh, Alana Conti, Roger Pique-Regi and Karen MacDonell,
Faculty and academic staff across campus are celebrated for their contributions to the university, academic community and professional development during Academic Recognition Week, held May 3-7 in place of the traditional personal ceremony. Academic Recognition Week practically recognized the achievements of peers nominated, including four faculty members from the Wayne State University Medical School.
“Our faculty is the backbone of our School of Medicine, and these recognitions are well deserved,” said Dr. Mark E. Schweitzer, Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President of WSU Health Affairs I know our faculty members will join me in congratulating their colleagues. ”
2021 Academic Recognition Award Winner of the School of Medicine
The Charles H. Gershenson & Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship Awards Recognition of faculty members whose ongoing achievements and activities in the fields of science, research or the visual and performing arts have been recognized nationally. The grants are part of the late Charles H. Gershenson’s commitment to Wayne State, who served on the Board of Governors. The duration of each scholarship is two years. That year, scholarships were awarded to Samiran Ghosh, Ph.D., an associate professor of family medicine and public health science and director of biostatistics for biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design. and Roger Pique-Regi, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Ghosh’s methodological research focuses on survival analysis, generalized linear model, multilevel model, model selection in high-dimensional data, machine learning, and Bayesian paradigm. He is also interested in the design and analysis of clinical trials. Problems related to missing data, sample size, and bias in longitudinal clinical studies are his newer research focus, as well as health services, outcomes research, and mental health.
The research group of Dr. Pique-Regi aims to better understand the human genome by developing computational methods and statistical models that integrate large genomics data sets. The group’s statistical work uses computationally intensive approaches that can extract subtle signals from large and complex data sets by using or developing new advanced methods in statistics, computing, and signal processing and application to comparative genomics, functional genomics, and population genetics .
Chairs for career development As part of the university program, up to 10 recently permanent faculties will be assigned to support the teaching and research efforts of faculty members as they develop their academic careers. This year’s recipients included Karen MacDonell, Ph.D. an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. Dr. MacDonell works in the behavioral research department and has a background in developmental psychology. She has worked on several National Institutes of Health funded projects that focus on identifying and reducing health inequalities. Her work included mobile and wireless approaches to both assessment and intervention, including the Detroit Young Adult Asthma Project, a technology-based intervention to improve drug adherence among young adults with asthma in African Americans. It also trains providers to use motivational interview techniques in juvenile HIV clinics to promote improved HIV self-management.
The Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award honors graduate faculties recognized by their departments and doctoral students as excellent mentors. This year’s recipients included Alana Conti, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and the Department of Neurosurgery. The Conti Laboratory examines the mechanisms of alcohol effects in the traumatically injured brain. Using animal models, experiments will investigate the effects of ethanol at the cellular level and define the signaling pathways that mediate the synaptic response to ethanol. Additional studies examine behaviors related to ethanol, such as: B. Binge Consumption and Withdrawal. The studies aim to identify protein goals from alcohol and develop interventions for the alcohol-damaged brain.
“Our faculty is committed to supporting student success, and their dedication and hard work are critical to the core mission of Wayne State University,” said Laurie Lauzon Clabo, interim provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. “This year has been particularly challenging and I am grateful for the spirit of innovation and adaptation that so many leaders on campus have shown in order to continue their exceptional service, scholarship, teaching and mentoring.”
Learn about awards and recognitions at the Provost’s office and senior vice president for academic affairs online. For more information on initiatives for the development and success of faculties and staff, please visit provost.wayne.edu/resources/facultysuccess.