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Welcoming new JDP Students

The Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology would like to welcome our new students for 2014-15:

  • Jody Ferris, JD, MPP candidate
  • James Meinert, JD, MPH in Environmental Health candidate
  • Sarah Myhrom, JD, Master of Biological Sciences candidate
  • Joy Wang, JD, MPH in Environmental Health candidate

IMAGE.whelan.74Whelan gets new clerkships

Congrats to JDP student Allison Whelan, JD, MA candidate in Bioethics. Allison has been awarded two clerkships following graduation. From 2015-2016 she will be a law clerk for Judge William J. Kayatta of the United States Court of Appeals for for the First Circuit in Portland, Maine. From 2016-2017 she will again be a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New Haven, Connecticut.

Allison was a summer associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC in the summer of 2014 and has been given an offer to return to work at the firm in 2017 after she completes her clerkships. Congratulations, Allison!

JDP student Roma Patel receives multiple research awardsRoma Patel 2

Roma Patel, JD, MPH candidate received a $7,000 research grant from the Consortium on Law and Values in the Health, Environment and Life Sciences for a project she is leading with other medical and public health students. The project, “Twin Cities High Utilizers: A Patient Centered Approach to Address the High Cost of Healthcare,” involves a yearlong study of patients who use a high number of health care services, but do not necessarily see better outcomes. Patel hopes to show that addressing barriers to care or designing better coordinated primary care will lead to better patient results and lower costs.

Patel also received Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation Connect-Design-Enable (CoDE) award. Her $50,000 grant will help her team to develop and produce a series of patient education video narratives that will play in physician waiting rooms. These vignettes will candidly profile real patient participants from diverse backgrounds about their experience with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic back pain, arthritis, heart disease, mental illness and much more. The goal being to help patients from a wide variety of demographic backgrounds feel engaged, understood, informed, and prepared to successfully manage their health. Read more here

Patel also won first place of the 2013-14 Minnesota State Bar Association's Health Law Section Student Writing Competition. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Roma!

Lauren Beach 2Lauren Beach named one of "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" by US Jaycees

Congratulations to JDP student Lauren Beach, JD, PhD in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics (MCDB&G) candidate been named to the United States Junior Chamber's 2014 list of the 10 men and women under age 40 "who best exemplify the highest attributes of the nation's emerging generation." 

"Since the beginning of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans program, the US Jaycees have recognized young men and women who are truly dedicated to the world around them," said Fay Poissant, president. "Each class of winners represents the best of the best in a variety of categories, but they are all bound by one common belief: that service to humanity is the best work of life. I have no doubt that the 2014 recipients will continue to create positive change through their selflessness and willingness to create sustainable solutions in their communities." Read more about this honor.   

Nicole Wanlass named one of top three cite checkers for Minnesota Law Review

During the 2013-14 school year, JDP student, Nicole Wanlass, a JD/MS in Biomedical Engineering candidate, was a staff member for the Minnesota Law Review working on verifying the technical accuracy of articles selected by the journal for publication. The cite checker award was given to the three students, including Wanlass, with the highest scores for source-collecting and cite-checking over the course of the year. Congratulations, Nicole!

IMAGE.Alison.Key Alison Key elected MJLST Editor-in-Chief

JDP student Alison Key, a JD, MD candidate, has been elected Editor-in-Chief for Volume 16 of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (MJLST) for the 2014-15 academic year. MJLST is a multidisciplinary journal addressing problems at the intersection of law, health, the sciences, and bioethics. For more information, visit Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. Congratulations, Alison!    






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