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UND professor given music therapy award

An associate professor in the UND Department of Family and Community Medicine was honored with the American Music Therapy Association's Advocate of Music Therapy Award.

Eric Johnson, an associate professor at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was given the award at the association's annual conference in Sandusky, Ohio.

The award is given to a person who is not a music therapist but who has contributed significantly to the profession, according to a news release.

Johnson is the director of the medical school's Interprofessional Educational Program. He is also the medical director for the Physician Assistant Program and assistant medical director for the Altru Diabetes Center. He also serves as the president of the American Diabetes Association North Dakota Affiliate and as the president of Tobacco Free North Dakota.

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Wade Rupard

Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 

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