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I'm currently the epidemiologist for the Wayne County Dept. of Health, Human & Veterans Services (Wayne County, MI). We reported our first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 10th, and have since grown to 1,655 cases and 45 deaths as of March 31st. I am primarily responsible for disease surveillance and investigations. Due to the sheer volume of new cases being reported on a daily basis, our disease control efforts are primarily focused on high-risk occupations (health care workers, police, fire, EMS) and those living in congregate settings (LTAC, SNF, AFC homes, jails, prisons, etc.). While cases have exploded in March, my work on COVID-19 actually began in January 2020 when we partially-activated our Public Health Operations Center, in conjunction with our Emergency Preparedness colleagues, in response to the outbreaks in China and other countries overseas. Beginning in March, our PHOC has gone into full-activation mode.
It is an immense collaborative effort and we have amazing partnerships with the state of Michigan health department, as well as our regional local partners in the Metro Detroit region. We are a highly interconnected metro area, so it is not unusual for a case to live in one county, but work in another. Our large hospital and healthcare systems have also been extremely proactive in their response to this pandemic, setting up curbside and "pop-up" testing sites in a matter of weeks, as well as developing their own, in-house COVID-19 testing capacities, which relieved pressure on our state public health laboratory.
I'd like to give a shoutout to all BenU alumni nurses, epidemiologists, infection control professionals, doctors, and all other healthcare professionals working during this pandemic. It moves so incredibly fast. Thank you for all your hard work!
Lukas Ayers, BS, MPH
Benedictine University, Class of 2017
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I am so honored to join the Benedictine University Community. BenU owns such a rich history and a proud legacy of educating those in need for the greater good of humanity. I hope to serve all alumni in the same spirit of community fostered by the Benedictine Monks who, in 1887, founded what was then St. Procopius College, later grew to become IBC and has become the great institution we know as Benedictine University.
I invite you to get involved! Attend an alumni event, volunteer to be a mentor to current students or support Benedictine University scholarships or the mission fund. Whatever your method of support, the lasting impact on students’ lives is indeed priceless. I look forward to meeting or speaking to you, in one way or another, very soon.
God bless you all and God bless BenU!
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Location: Scholl Hall, 160 Lisle Campus 5700 College Rd. Lisle, IL 60532
Each year, the Office of Alumni Relations presents awards to some of the best and brightest members of the Benedictine University Alumni family. Learn more about the awards available and how to nominate an alumnus.
2021 Rising Star
MICHAEL ROBINSON, M.P.H., M.B.A., J.D., L.L.M. is an attorney licensed by Illinois, and multiple federal jurisdictions including: the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Northern District of Illinois; and he currently runs a small health law practice, The Law Firm of Michael D. Robinson & Associates, L.L.C., located in Chicago, where the firm focuses on food and drug law, regulatory compliance, toxic torts and civil rights. Robinson is also a member of Phi Delta Phi and Sigma Beta Delta.
Robinson currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law, overseeing a required first year law course, Expert Learning, with the faculty director of the program over several semesters at The John Marshall Law School, Chicago. He has experience doing trial work in both the state and federal courts and has successfully written briefs for, and orally argued in front of, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Robinson is a frequent guest lecturer at other law and graduate schools including National University in Lombard; DePaul College of Law, Chicago; Loyola School of Law Chicago; and The John Marshall Law School of Chicago.
Previously, Robinson worked for the United States Food and Drug Administration as Deputy Director of the Chicago District Investigations Branch. He also served in various compliance and leadership positions over a seven-year FDA career. Prior, as a trained federal investigator, Robinson developed multiple cases for judicial and administrative actions including seizures, injunctions and criminal prosecutions. He was trained and specialized in biologics and pharmaceutical products. Additionally, Robinson was the Chapter President for the N.T.E.U. (National Treasury Employees Union) and previously served as Chapter Vice-President of the same; he successfully negotiated multiple claims of employee grievances against management for fellow federal employees. Prior to joining the FDA, Robinson worked for over five years in a health care setting.
Robinson received his Master of Laws in Health Law and his L.L.M. Certificate in Compliance from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Robinson received his Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, with honors; Juris Doctor; and J.D. Certificate in Health Law from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While a law student, he served as Executive Justice in the Moot Court Honors Program and was a Morrissey Scholar. Robinson received his Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science degrees from Benedictine University in Lisle, and is a member of Sigma Beta Delta.
"I am incredibly honored to even be considered for this Alumni Achievement Award. I would not have been able to achieve my academic, nor my career goals, without the support of Benedictine University’s undergraduate and graduate programs. I am particularly thankful for the liberal arts humanities curriculum core that grounded my studies even within scientific programs. Specifically, I would like to thank Dr. Allison Wilson for her sage advice and exceptional mentoring and support over nearly two decades.”
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