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Psychiatrist’s contributions to nearly 40-year-long genetic study among Lancaster County Amish population aids in better diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder

A decades-long study of genetics and psychiatric illness – in which Abram Hostetter, MD, class of ’51, has played a prominent role – continues to yield new clues about the causes of bipolar disorder and guide the search for new treatments. In October 2014, a research team published findings that people with a rare form of genetic dwarfism, known as Ellis- ...More

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After Vietnam and Nigeria, Dr. Linford Gehman ’59 chooses to serve rural and homebound patients for almost a half century

The image of an experienced country doctor making house calls with a big black bag full of basic medical equipment has not completely disappeared. Even in a culture of increasing skepticism for physicians and of increasing medical costs, rural health care providers seem to be retaining their respected positions in society. Linford Gehman ’59, a doctor serving a rural population in nort ...More

Suter Science Student Presentations

Symposium highlights work of student researchers, including one funded by National Science Foundation

The world is running out of petroleum. A dwindling supply of petroleum is troubling not only to automobile, plastic, and energy users, but also to organic chemists who heavily depend on components distilled from petroleum to fuel their chemical reactions. Researchers, including Eastern Mennonite University junior Charles Good, are beginning to address this problem in a new field called ...More

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Early detection is key to treatment of inherited metabolic disorders, says pediatrician of Amish, Brethren and Mennonite communities

Sometimes, the only action a doctor need take to save a life is to change the patient’s diet. When treatment of a life-threatening genetic disorder is so simple, the key is to catch it, not cure it. Holmes Morton made his life’s work to study and treat genetic disorders primarily in Mennonite, Brethren and Amish communities. The physician and his wife Caroline founded the non-profit ...More

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Plant pathologist crowdfunds research to combat the emerald ash borer and work towards saving North American ash trees

When David Showalter decided to focus on plant pathology, he didn’t anticipate he’d ever mount an online donation campaign to support his research. But Showalter, a 2009 biochemistry graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, is writing press releases, explaining collected data, and producing video segments in efforts to capture the attent ...More

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A ‘Royals’ following: Siblings find EMU the right place to thrive and grow

Dig a bit into the student population of this “Christian university like no other” and you’ll find about 100 who are sharing their campus experience with siblings. Basketball players, religious studies majors, Iraqi STEM students, and missionary kids are among the siblings who have chosen to attend Eastern Mennonite University together. Some commute from nearby homes; some crossed ...More

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Retired, long-time science and math professors recall teaching wide range of topics in original Suter building

A hammer banged away on the $7 million renovation project of Suter Science Center as six retired professors talked about their careers in the 46-year-old Eastern Mennonite University building. They gathered in the iconic 256-seat tiered SC-106 classroom on Oct. 11 as part of the 2014-15 Suter Science ...More

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Undergrad gets hands-on STEM teaching experience through NASA camp, following Kenya stint

Abby Pennington, a biology and education major, was exposed to a highly privileged educational experience and a highly deprived one – all in the summer before her senior year. Going from a three week cross-cultural in Kenya to a ten-day educators’ camp funded by NASA, Pennington emerged hungry t ...More

Science Seminar: Sam Showalter

Disease of alcoholism responds to proper treatment, says Dr. Sam Showalter in kick-off Suter Science talk

Alcoholism is not just a bad habit, weakness, or sin, but a disease with distinct physical symptoms, said local physician Sam Showalter ’65 in the kick-off talk for the 2014-15 Suter Science Seminar series. Showalter was a medical director of an inpatient facility in the 1980s that detoxed and educated more than 1,000 people addicted t ...More

43 years as a country doc at Green Valley Clinic

Every Tuesday night, Dr. Linford Gehman ’59 still makes the trip from Bergton, back in the farthest mountain reaches of Rockingham County, to the hospital in Harrisonburg for continuing education seminars. Though he’s been practicing medicine for a half century, he’s got a medical license to keep up. He’s still seeing patients three days a week at the Green Valley Clini ...More