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2020: Top Ten Roundup


It would only be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a difficult year. Marked by massive challenges in the form of COVID-19, the pandemic coalesced through departures of beloved USU figures, and incredible calls to action. But it comes as no surprise that, when duty called, our faculty, students, and alumni working across the globe immediately came together to deliver help to those in harm's way. To name a few notable moments, we've compiled a Top Ten list of Pulse articles that have encapsulated this year at USU.

Dr. Kellermann shakes hands in a white lab coat.

10. “America’s Medical School” Dean Arthur L. Kellermann Announces Departure

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, the dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine -- “America’s Medical School” -- at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, has announced he will leave for a new position at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond... Read More >

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9. USU Medical Student Among NCAA Top 30 Woman of the Year Honorees

Navy Ensign Addison Cantor, the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) 2020 Woman of the Year, and 2020 Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First Team Academic All-American, has been named as one of the NCAA’s Top 30 Woman of the Year honorees for her “demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.” Read More >

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8. Genetic, immunological abnormalities in Type I interferon pathway are risk factors for severe COVID-19

Individuals with severe forms of COVID-19 disease can present with compromised type I interferon (IFN) responses based on their genetics, according to results published in two papers in the journal Science September 24, 2020.  Type I IFN responses are critical for protecting cells and the body from more severe disease after acute viral infection... Read More >

Ret. Army Col. (Dr.) Robert Mabry, served as program director of the Military Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine Fellowship, the largest EMS program in the nation. (U.S. Army photo)

7. USU Alumnus Dr. Robert Mabry Appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health

Retired Army Col. (Dr.) Robert Mabry was appointed to serve as the next Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, effective Sept. 21.  Mabry is a 1999 graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.... Read More >

Dr. Robert J.T. Joy speaks at a podium.

6. Dr. Robert J.T. Joy, Legendary USU Professor, Passes Away

Retired Army Colonel (Dr.) Robert J.T. Joy, professor emeritus of the Uniformed Services University’s Section of Military Medical History and the founding Commandant of USU, passed away April 30, 2019.  His family requested that his passing be kept silent until now... Read More >

A servicemember fires a rocket launcher [Image Credit: U.S. Air Force, Alejandro Pentildea]

5. INVICTA: A Look Into Sub-Concussive Brain Injury

Special operators Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land forces) epitomize strength, fitness and readiness. Their work is inherently dangerous, and the training to become a SEAL, and their subsequent mission-specific training is both mentally and physically challenging... Read More >

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4. Faculty Profiles: At the Intersection of Biology and Chemistry

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an integral part of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). This dynamic department examines how biological molecules interact to drive the highly complex cellular processes of diverse living organisms... Read More >

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3. 200 New Doctors, Advanced Practice Nurses to Join Military Ranks Early

More than 200 military medical students and graduate nursing students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) will be graduating early to support their colleagues in the U.S. military health system amid the global coronavirus pandemic.  USU President Dr. Richard Thomas made the decision when the national emergency was declared... Read More >

USU assistant professor Lt. Cmdr. Cody Schaal lectures to Industrial Hygiene program residents.  Schaal served as director of the USU residency program from 2016-2019.  (Courtesy photo)

2. Faculty Profile: U.S. Navy Scientist Lieutenant Commander N. Cody Schaal

Serving as Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton’s (NAMRU-Dayton) Environmental Health Effects Laboratory (EHEL) deputy director and Occupational and Environmental Health department head, Lt. Cmdr. Schaal, helps lead the EHEL charge in addressing public health, occupational and environmental exposure challenges surrounding health hazards in the operational environment... Read More >

USU President Dr. Richard Thomas welcomes a new class of EMDP2 students to the University.  (Uniformed Services University photo)

1. Enlisted-to-Physician Program Seeks Applicants

Laura Barrera was inspired to join the Air Force by her two brothers who both served in the military.  After serving several years as an enlisted medic herself, Barrera felt she had been impactful, but she felt her scope of practice was limited and she had a different calling: she wanted to be a doctor... Read More >