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Prominent Palestinian physician and peace activist to visit EMU, Nov. 4-5

Late one January afternoon in 2009, during a three-week war between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, two tank shells crashed through the bedroom wall of a Palestinian home in Jabalia City where Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish lived with his family. Three of his daughters between the ages of 13 and 21 were killed instantly, along with a 17-year-old niece. Abu ...More

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Medicine should promote flourishing, not just getting rid of symptoms, says integrative medicine expert

The purpose of medicine is to remove disease, or at least the symptoms of disease. Right? Not according to David Mercier, who currently works as an acupuncture therapist. He claims that medicine should promote more than healing. He advocates that patients should work with their doctors and therapists to pursue flourishing. In a Suter S ...More

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Biomedicine grad students deepen compassion through cross-cultural stints

Graduate students in the medical field do not usually study abroad as part of their collegiate experience. But the two-year-old MA in biomedicine program at Eastern Mennonite University is designed to teach its students to look at biomedicine from a broad, multi-faceted perspective. “Our philosophy is very different,” said biology professor ...More

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Biomedicine graduate program names first ‘scholar-in-residence’ – Joseph Longacher, MD

The graduate program in biomedicine at Eastern Mennonite University has appointed its first “scholar-in-residence.” He is Joseph Longacher, a physician who spent most of his career in Richmond, Virginia. Since the majority of the students in the two-year-old program are headed to careers in healthcare, it makes sense that the first scholar- ...More

Cadaver dissection gives EMU pre-med and biology students big advantages in medical school

EMU’s Cadaver Dissection Gives Pre-Med Students Big Advantage

After some preliminary classroom lectures and PowerPoints, it was time for Jason Hostetter ’07 and a handful of other upper-level EMU biology students to get down to business in a laboratory in the bottom floor of the science center. Studying human anatomy with colorful charts is one thing. Using a scalpel and an actual, recently living person is an entirely dif ...More

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Succumbing to EMU’s Magnetism, Once, Twice, Thrice

If Joelle Hackney had had her way when she was 18, she would have started college 2,400 miles from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), at Humboldt State in Arcata, California. But by the summer after her 2001 graduation from Stuart’s Draft High School in Augusta County, Va., Humboldt’s steep tuition and other logistical considerations forced her to put that dream on hold. In the mean ...More

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Life’s a Swamp

For 2008 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alum Adam Brown, his working environment is not a day at the beach or a walk in the park, it’s a swamp. Brown, a native plant corps project leader at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, is charged with the task of working on the restoration of the ...More

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USDA Aids Valley-Grown Blueberries

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will help feed an organic blueberry revolution in the Shenandoah Valley. “Sustaining Organic Blueberry Production: Analysis of Practices and Assessing Outcomes,” a research projected directed by Roman Miller, PhD, professor of ...More

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Aspiring Doctors Boosted by New MA in Biomedicine

Building on the stellar reputation of its undergraduate pre-medical program and Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU)  global emphasis, EMU will offer an MA in biomedicine beginning fall 2012. The program will prepare people from a variety of backgrounds for further graduate-level training in health-related fields. Upper-level courses in ...More

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Farm Evolution: Innovation Important for Large and Small

Posted with permission from Daily News Record, Sept. 13, 2011 HARRISONBURG – When Matt Lohr, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, decided to open a corn maze on Lohrs Farm, his grandfather didn’t think the business move would pan out. “ ...More