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14 COMMUNIQU SUMMER 2015 FACULTY VICTOR DIRITA TO LEAD MICROBIOLOGY DEPARTMENT NEW ADMINISTRATORS Victor J. DiRita Victor J. DiRita has been named to serve as the Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in Microbial Pathogenesis at MSU and chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics a shared department of the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Veterinary Medicine Human Medicine and Natural Science. He assumes his new role on June 1. He comes to MSU from the University of Michigan where he served as professor of microbiology and immunology and associate dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies in the medical school. He earned his bachelors degree in microbiology and public health at MSU doctoral degree in biological sciences from Purdue University and carried out postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty at U-M. DiRitas research is aimed at uncovering and characterizing pathogenicity mechanisms in the diarrheal pathogens Vibrio cholerae and Campylobacter jejuni. As an independent investigator his research has been continuously federally supported since 1991. He is also program director of the NIH-funded Molecular Mechanisms in Microbial Pathogenesis Training Program at U-M. He has other leadership and service experience including as former vice chair of the U-M Medical School Biological Sciences Scholars Program Faculty Search Committee past chair of the U-M Medical School Biomedical Research Council former chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Toxins and Pathogenicity member of the NIH Bacterial Pathogenesis Study section editor for the Journal of Bacteriology and chair of the American Society for Microbiology Membership Board. As chairperson DiRita will lead a department of approximately 50 faculty members. His responsibilities will be divided between research and administration. Coming to the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at MSU is a wonderful opportunity said DiRita. Returning to the department where my research focus was sparked and fostered as an undergraduate in the lab of Robert Brubaker is very special. I look forward to joining the excellent community of scholars in the department and working with them to build strong cross-campus collaborations in research and education. He succeeds Robert Hausinger who has served as interim chair since 2013. ALUMNA AMY KEENUM NAMED CHAIRPERSON OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY MEDICINE Amy Keenum D.O. Pharm.D. a 1991 MSUCOM alumna has been appointed chairperson of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She previously was a faculty member in the University of Tennessees Department of Family Medicine in Knoxville where she did clinical work and taught medical students interns and residents. She also served as director of the Emergency Medicine Fellowship and the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine dually-accredited Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Program. Keenum presently works as a rural primary care physician at Clinton Family Physicians in Clinton Tennessee and is a board member with Knoxvilles Interfaith Clinic which serves the working uninsured. Im looking forward to leading the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Michigan State University she said. It is an honor to be selected to join the leadership of MSUCOM and the clinical services at MSU HealthTeam. A Fulbright scholar Keenum was a senior lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre in 2012-13 teaching primary care family medicine and introduction to pharmacy. She helped the faculty develop an accreditation document for the countrys rst family medicine residencies. An active researcher she has 28 peer-reviewed publications has given 31 national and international and 19 regional presentations and has served in numerous professional organizations in editorial committee and reviewer roles she recently began a term as editor of Osteopathic Family Physician. Keenum received her D.O. in 1991 from MSUCOM a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1981 and a bachelors degree in pharmacy in 1978 from the Medical University of South Carolina. She took an osteopathic internship at Grace Hospital Detroit an emergency medicine residency year at Henry Ford Hospital Detroit a family practice residency at Mountain Area Health Education Center Asheville North Carolina and a National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship sponsored by the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. Amy Keenum