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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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Professor and former NASA researcher shares about science, faith, and the mysterious universe

Have you ever wondered if animals are conscious? Are plants conscious? Does an amoeba have free will? David Pruett, James Madison University emeritus professor of mathematics, recently argued in a Suter Science Seminar that particles as basic as electrons and photons may have at least some elemental consciousness and free will. Evolution, then, is a distilling process that concent ...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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Junior Charlie Good shows creativity in chemistry research, website management and tuba playing

Charlie Good synthesizes organic chemicals, websites, and contemporary band music – fusing the realms of creation and analysis. “There’s definitely art in science,” says the third-year chemistry major at Eastern Mennonite University. Advanced lab work depends more on technique than step-by-step instruction. When recrystallizing a su ...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

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EMU’s 10 new faculty members come with outstanding credentials in seven fields

Nursing at Eastern Mennonite University – the most in-demand field of study at this university – leads the way in welcoming three new faculty members out of 11 teachers in eight specialties joining EMU for 2014-15. Music is gaining two assistant professors. The other newcomers are in political science, chemistry, social work, psychology, history and the seminary. ...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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Harvard Hosts EMU Funding Strategy Meetings for New Science Facility

BOSTON — Harvard Medical School provided the backdrop for a historic gathering intended to generate lead funding strategies for Eastern Mennonite University’s $30 million capital campaign to create new science labs and to renovate the existing Suter Science Center. Some 35 science commissioners, ...More

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Student-Professor Research Collaboration Spans Years

Nate Derstine ‘10 biology graduate, conducted research during two and a half years of college with Dr. Roman Miller, professor of biology. His goal was to determine the effects of Genestein – a phytoestrogen compound found in soy – on male reproductive development in mice. Der ...More