Posted April 22, 2024
Featuring Courtney Carignan, Adam Moeser

Courtney Carignan Wins 2024 Community Engagement Scholarship Award


Dr. Courtney Carignan has been named the recipient of the Community Engagement Scholarship Award. This award is given in recognition of mutually beneficial and sustained campus-community research partnerships. Carignan is being recognized for her work with the Great Lakes PFAS Action Network, which is a coalition led by people impacted by perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution.

Carignan is dual appointed in the departments of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Food Science and Nutrition. Her research on PFAS aims to better understand the impact these contaminants have on public health and how people are exposed. Carignan’s research and engagement with community partnerships, like the Great Lakes PFAS Action Network, provide solutions to protect the public from these contaminants.

Dr. Anne Dorrance, chairperson of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, adds, “Dr. Carignan’s research and collaborations with community organizations has led to increased awareness of harmful contaminants in the environment and the lasting effects they have on public health. Her continued dedication to protect the public makes her very deserving of this award.”

Adam Moeser Honored with the 2023-2024 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award


Dr. Adam Moeser, Matilda R. Wilson Endowed Chair and professor in Large Animal Clinical Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023-2024 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. This award is given out each year to ten members of the regular faculty for outstanding service to MSU. Teaching, advising, research, publications, committee work, and public service are all considered for this award.

Moeser has been at MSU since 2015. His current research focuses on understanding how early-life adversity or stress influences the development of brain-gut axis communication and disease risk across the lifespan in both animals and humans. The impact of his research program is evidenced by his extraordinary peer-reviewed publication record; Moeser has published more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts in high-quality journals across animal and human health disciplines, and his work as been cited by peers more than 7,000 times.

“This award is so well-deserved,” says Angel Abuelo, associate professor of cattle health. “The Beal Award should recognize a person who has not only been productive and impactful but someone who will also continue to be productive and to impact. Clearly, Dr. Moeser will continue to carry the Spartans Will spirit for years to come and deserves to be recognized by his MSU peers. Importantly, Professor Moeser has remained humble and collaborative throughout his successful career, and [I] cannot think of a better representative of MSU’s values and mission.”

“This honor is not only a recognition of my achievements but also reflects the supportive and collaborative atmosphere at the College,” says Moeser. “I am incredibly proud to represent the College of Veterinary Medicine for this prestigious award and am grateful for the support I have received.”

Carignan and Moeser will be recognized for this award at the annual All-University Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2024, at the Kellogg Center.