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New therapeutic approaches rooted in ‘wisdom tradition’ practices can help heal suffering, says nursing professor

The way people talk about wounding and healing has changed over time from a language of suffering to a language of medicine. For example, in the past, depression was thought of as a “loss of meaning,” but it is now considered a “chemical imbalance.” Nancy Johnston, a nursing professor at York University in Toronto, Canada, described this shift in thinking in a recent ...More

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Newest Yoder Scholars bring artistic, athletic and academic talent to EMU

Each year, a new group of highly motivated and gifted scholars is invited to join the Eastern Mennonite University Honors Program. From this group, two prospective students are selected to receive the annual full-tuition Yoder Scholarship. Nicole Litwiller of Sarasota, Flo ...More

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George Mason University neuroscientist’s research uses computer modeling to ‘map’ Parkinson’s disease

No organ can even compare to the complexity of the human brain. It may be the only thing in the universe that can comprehend itself, but scientists still know very little about the brain. Will neurologists and computer programmers be able to model neural networks in the near future, or is a computer program that mimics nerves still the stuff of science fiction? As it turns out, scientist ...More

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Mennonite Camping Association maintenance teams visit EMU to learn sustainable models for renovation of historic facilities

About 10 years ago, Gordon Shantz, director of maintenance at Highland Retreat in Bergton, Virginia, faced a problem. The first permanent structure ever built on the property – a bathhouse with a dingy interior and crumbling structure – had become an eyesore. Shantz had two choices: tear it down or renovate it. After consulting with, as S ...More

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Author and political commentator E.J. Dionne to speak at 2015 Commencement

Best-selling author and political commentator E.J. Dionne will give Eastern Mennonite University’s 2015 Commencement address on Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m. Dionne is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution ...More

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Eastern Mennonite Missions president discusses challenges of global mission engagement in Augsburger Lecture series

To explain the dramatic changes in missions engagement over the last half-century, Nelson Okanya, MDiv ’03, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions, utilizes a stark image: a sturdy bridge, spanning a flat plain of dirt while the river courses hundreds of feet away. This bridge actually exists in Honduras: it was built in the 1930s by the Army Corps of Eng ...More

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Liberty University immunologist says a passion for discovery guides his life’s work in research and education

The human body has an amazing ability to recover from and prevent infection. When viruses and bacteria attack, a variety of infection-fighting cells, or immune cells, defend the body. These cells also try to prevent future infections. How can immune cells do this? Biologists only know part of the answer. Scientists like Joseph W. Brewer, who recently spoke at a ...More

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Lack of expert healthcare may increase self-responsibility, says hospital leader Jim Krauss in Suter Science lecture

If you had no access to a clinic or hospital of any kind, would you live your life differently than you do now? Would you try to maintain a healthier lifestyle, or learn more about how to take care of your own health? Jim Krauss, president of Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Medical Center, wishes Americans would take more respons ...More

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People of color have good reasons for viewing police as racist, law as arbitrary, says University of Kansas expert

The reasons and ways in which police stop and investigate citizens indicate a racial hierarchy, argued Charles R. Epp in a lecture coinciding with Black History Month at Eastern Mennonite University. Given as one of the Albert Keim History Lecture Series, Epp’s talk centered around his co-written book Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship. Epp and his c ...More

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Psychiatrist connects deep, meaningful connections with God, each other, to healthier minds, healthier communities

As knowledge in the field of neurobiology advances, the human mind can be increasingly described by science and decreasingly explained by faith. Psychiatrist Curt Thompson shattered this notion during a recent Suter Science Seminar at Eastern Mennonite University. “New, emerging data that we see in this world of interpersonal neurobiol ...More