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Amy Blue

Amy Blue (CWRU 1991) was named Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and Associate Vice President for Interprofessional Education at the University of Florida (UF) College of Public Health and Health Professions. She is also currently acting Interim Department Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health at UF.

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Joseph Galanek

Joseph Galanek (CWRU 2012), a research associate at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, published an article this past September in the Medical Anthropology Quarterly. The article, “Correctional Officers and the Incarcerated Mentally Ill: Responses to Psychiatric Illness in Prison” describes Joe’s observations and interviews derived from a cumulative nine month research study he conducted in a maximum-security prison to learn first-hand how the prison manages inmates with mental illness. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Michelle Nebergall

Michelle Nebergall (CWRU 2014) and her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa this past October where she is working as a Vaccine Trials Manager with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). HVTN is the world’s largest publicly funded multi-disciplinary international collaboration facilitating the development of vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS.

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Sarah Williams-Blangero

Sarah Williams-Blangero (CWRU 1987), formerly chair of the Department of Genetics at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, was recently appointed as director of the new South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute. Sarah will lead the institute bringing researchers and support staff, which will include John Blangero (CWRU 1987) and Sandra Laston (CWRU 1992), to work with her throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The research will focus on several facets of diabetes and obesity and will work closely with the community, work with existing diabetes researchers, and work in collaboration with other institutions. The new institute, affiliated with the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley medical school, will also provide great training opportunities for students.


“We feel this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to become involved with a brand new medical school and to focus our research on the local community in addition to having an impact on some of the most pressing public health problems facing our whole nation today.”


As quoted by Williams-Blangero in an article featured in the online News and Information source for the University of Texas at Brownsville entitled “First Director of South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute Announced for UTRGV.”


UTRGV President Dr. Guy Bailey speaks during a press conference where Dr. Sarah Williams-Blangero is announced as the director of the UTRGV South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute on Monday, October 13, 2014 at Salon Cassia in Brownsville, Texas.
Paul Chouy / UT Brownsville



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