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Nurse, communications strategist with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to speak on transformative power of listening

Nurse and communications strategist Beth Toner, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, presents the first Suter Science Seminar of the spring semester on Friday, Jan. 15, with “Health Care Narrative: How Stories Can Help Transform Health Care.” The seminar will be at 4 p.m. in Suter Scien ...More

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Student research on hypertension, caffeinated athletes and radio-tracked beetles rewarded at annual STEM symposium

Kaylee Ferguson, a junior biology major, and Jared Fernandez, a second year master’s in biomedicine graduate student, took top honors at Eastern Mennonite University’s Annual STEM Student Research Symposium. Their research was part of a grant-funded project to study hypertension. Eight presentations ...More

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Taylor Mortensen’s experiences with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis provide motivation to pursue pediatric nursing

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is not a part of our everyday vocabulary and especially not heard on a college campus. But it’s a familiar disease to Eastern Mennonite University sophomore Taylor Mortensen, who lives with it every day. In fact, Mortensen, 19, calls the disease “a blessing in disguise.” “If I wasn’t in and out of hospitals so often as a child, I would have ...More

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Poverty simulation, set up by Virginia Cooperative Extension, challenges students with ‘real-life’ choices

“We started out in a bad situation, and nothing got better … I tried to go to work,” said the unmarried father of a one-year-old. Despite working full-time, he was unable to pay the mortgage and utilities, leading to eviction. Suddenly the father found himself, his girlfriend, and his child in a homeless shelter. He had no money for transportation to seek help from social services. ...More

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Bioethicist and living donor advocate Sigrid Fry-Revere challenges the current organ donor system with questions about why Iran’s system is more responsible and ethical

When bioethicist and living donor advocate Sigrid Fry-Revere learned in 2007 that Iran was the only country in the world that had solved the need for organ donors in a responsible and ethical way, she was surprised. The fact drove her to ask why, and to spend two months in Iran secretly interviewing as many people as she could find involved in the transplant process. She shares her exper ...More

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VCU gastroenterologist is the first of many experts to present at 2015-2016 Suter Science Seminar series

Scott Matherly, MD, an expert on cirrhosis, liver transplantation and liver cancer, will be the first speaker in the 2015-2016 Suter Science Seminar series at Eastern Mennonite University. Matherly will present a case study of a patient’s journey from cirrhosis to liver failure and finally liver transplantation. He speaks Friday, Sept. ...More

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MA in biomedicine students to benefit from articulation agreement with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) has expanded its articulation agreement with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to include acceptance of five biomedicine graduate students who meet entrance criteria. The agreement, which was first established in 2008 for undergraduate students, stipulates that students who are enrolled in the ...More

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Transdisciplinary seminar on adverse childhood experiences teaches future health professionals unique diagnostic tools

What if a traumatic childhood event could be contributing to health problems? Wouldn’t listening and learning from a patient about that experience be as valuable for diagnostic purposes to a health care professional as evaluating a high temperature, sore glands or a skin condition? A two-day transdisciplinary seminar melding theater and narrative arts and the health sciences in April a ...More

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Spring internship with NIH – and tarantula toxins – extends into summer for chemistry major Charlie Good

The effects of tarantula toxins on the nervous system is a hot topic in the neurology field today. Enter Charlie Good: a rising senior majoring in chemistry at Eastern Mennonite University who is interning at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Good works in the molecular physiology and biophysics section under the guidance of p ...More

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Annual Spring STEM Celebration features pizza, posters and trivia with profs in the renovated Suter Science Center

In conducting research, Sam Stoner says he’s learned diligence, time management, and patience – all qualities that the environmental sustainability major and business administration minor says will pay off as he works toward his goal of becoming a business ...More