Eastern Mennonite University is a private liberal arts university in the Shenandoah Valley of the U.S. state of Virginia, affiliated with one of the historic peace churches, the Mennonite Church USA. Its 97-acre main campus is located near Harrisonburg, Virginia. The university operates a satellite campus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which primarily caters to working adults.EMU's bachelor-degree holders traditionally engage in service-oriented work, such as health care, education, social work, and the ministry. Currently, the following are the most popular majors: health science andcommunications arts , and psychology .Worldwide, EMU is probably best known for its Center for Justice and Peacebuilding , especially its graduate program in conflict transformation. CJP has educated and trained more than 3,000 people from 119 countries. CJP's founding director, John Paul Lederach, and its expert in restorative justice, Howard Zehr, are considered to be international leaders in the fields of peace and justice. CJP alumna Leymah Gbowee was a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. In her autobiography, she speaks of EMU as "an American college with a well-known program in peace-building and conflict resolution" and with an emphasis on "community and service." President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is also an alumnus of Eastern Mennonite University's Summer Peacebuilding Institute based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In 2001, he completed three of the SPI's intensive courses, studying mediation, trauma healing, and designing learner-centered trainings. He credits the tools and instruments that he acquired while attending the SPI with having equipped him with the necessary diplomatic skills to successfully engage challenging circumstances in his everyday work.More than half of EMU's undergraduate students do not come from Mennonite backgrounds, though the majority are Christian. EMU's graduate students represent a diversity of faiths, as exemplified by the mini-bios on Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu alumni posted on EMU's website. About 57 percent of EMU's undergrads are from out of state , and 20 percent are international or ethnic-racial minorities.EMU describes itself as a "leader among faith-based institutions" in emphasizing "peacebuilding, creation care, experiential learning, and cross-cultural engagement." Wikipedia.
News Article | April 17, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has released its picks for Virginia’s best online colleges and universities in 2017. Of the 18 four-year schools that made the list, George Mason University, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampton University took the top five spots. Of the 16 two-year colleges that also made the list, Tidewater Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Central Virginia Community College, Northern Virginia Community College and Piedmont Virginia Community College were top schools. “There are more opportunities than ever for students to earn a certificate or degree from an accredited school by going online,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “These Virginia colleges and universities distinguished themselves by offering an quality, accredited education in an online format that allows students with busy schedules or geographical limitations to earn a degree on their own schedule.” To earn a spot on the “Best Online Schools in Virginia” list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also judged based on additional metrics including financial aid availability, the number of student services, academic counseling student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Virginia’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Bluefield College Eastern Mennonite University George Mason University Hampton University James Madison University Jefferson College of Health Sciences Liberty University Longwood University Lynchburg College Marymount University Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Regent University Shenandoah University University of Virginia-Main Campus Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia University of Lynchburg Virginia’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Central Virginia Community College John Tyler Community College Lord Fairfax Community College Mountain Empire Community College New River Community College Northern Virginia Community College Patrick Henry Community College Piedmont Virginia Community College Rappahannock Community College Reynolds Community College Southside Virginia Community College Southwest Virginia Community College Thomas Nelson Community College Tidewater Community College Virginia Western Community College Wytheville Community College About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has determined its list of Virginia’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the four-year schools that were analyzed, 40 made the list, with University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, Washington and Lee University and Hampton University ranked as the top five. Of the 23 two-year schools that were also included, Tidewater Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Danville Community College and Central Virginia Community College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “Virginia’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest point since before the Great Recession, which is great news for career-minded students,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “The schools on our list have shown that they offer the educational experience and resources that leave their students career-ready.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes employment and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, opportunities for financial aid and such additional statistics as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, visit: Best Four-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Averett University Bluefield College Bridgewater College Christopher Newport University College of William and Mary Eastern Mennonite University Emory & Henry College Ferrum College George Mason University Hampden-Sydney College Hampton University Hollins University James Madison University Jefferson College of Health Sciences Liberty University Longwood University Lynchburg College Mary Baldwin College Marymount University Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Radford University Randolph College Randolph-Macon College Regent University Roanoke College Shenandoah University Southern Virginia University Sweet Briar College The University of Virginia's College at Wise University of Mary Washington University of Richmond University of Virginia-Main Campus Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Military Institute Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia State University Virginia Union University Virginia Wesleyan College Washington and Lee University Best Two-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Blue Ridge Community College Central Virginia Community College Dabney S Lancaster Community College Danville Community College Eastern Shore Community College Germanna Community College John Tyler Community College Lord Fairfax Community College Mountain Empire Community College New River Community College Northern Virginia Community College Patrick Henry Community College Paul D Camp Community College Piedmont Virginia Community College Rappahannock Community College Reynolds Community College Southside Virginia Community College Southwest Virginia Community College Thomas Nelson Community College Tidewater Community College Virginia Highlands Community College Virginia Western Community College Wytheville Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
King D.,Eastern Mennonite University |
O'Brien W.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control | Year: 2014
An empirically based peak-detection technique is described for statistically analyzing single ultrasound contrast agent collapses. It is shown that microbubbles with postexcitation collapse initially exhibit a stronger principal response on average than those without postexcitation, and that lower insonifying frequencies lead to postexcitation signals which have greater separation from their principal response and persist through more rebounds. © 2014 IEEE.
News Article | December 9, 2016
With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Justin Walzl, MSN, CRNP, joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. Justin Walzl is a Nurse Practitioner with 11 years of experience in his field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially general cardiology and electrophysiology. Justin is currently serving patients as a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner at WellSpan Cardiology in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Justin graduated with his Nursing Diploma in 2005 from the Lancaster Institute for Health Education, followed by his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2008 from Eastern Mennonite University. An advocate for continuing education, Justin went on to obtain his Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration in 2012 at Widener University. He later completed a Post-Master’s certificate as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his degrees and respective national certifications as a Nurse Practitioner, he is also a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Transportation Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse and Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Provider. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in the field of nursing, Justin maintains a professional membership with the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the Emergency Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association. He attributes his great success in the nursing career to his ongoing desire to continue to give quality care. When he is not assisting patients, Justin dedicates his free time to his family and playing tennis. Learn more about Justin Walzl here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4134339/info/ and be sure to read his upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
Siderhurst M.S.,Eastern Mennonite University |
Jang E.B.,Us Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center
Journal of Chemical Ecology | Year: 2010
The melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), is a serious crop pest throughout the Asia Pacific sub-continent and Southeast Asia, causing damage to tree fruits, cucurbits, and related crops. Attractants for female melon flies are of particular interest as they could be used in control tactics to reduce pest levels. Previous work has shown that freshly sliced cucumbers are attractive to female melon flies, but the compounds responsible for this attraction were not identified. The objective of the present study was to create a synthetic lure for female B. cucurbitae based on its close association with Cucurbitaceae. Coupled gas chromatography-electroantennogram detection (GC-EAD) analysis of fresh and aged puréed cucumbers identified 31 compounds that were detected by females. Compounds that elicited EAD responses initially were screened as single components in glass McPhail traps in outdoor rotating olfactometer experiments. Four criteria were used to select compounds for testing in blends: a) strength of EAD response elicited; b) amount of compound present; c) relative attractiveness of a single compound; and d) compound novelty to Cucurbitaceae. Several synthetic blends attracted significant numbers of females in outdoor rotating olfactometer experiments; a nine-component blend (lure #7) was the most attractive. Field captures of female B. cucurbitae in traps baited with lure #7 were twice those in traps baited with Solulys protein bait. Besides having a female-biased attraction, this lure may have several advantages over protein baits: it can be used with a dry trap, is long lasting, and it captured low numbers of non-target species. Possible applications of this lure include trapping (for detection and/or monitoring/delimitation) and control/eradication (e. g., mass trapping, attract-and-kill, or as an attractant for existing protein insecticide bait sprays such as GF-120). © 2010 US Government.
Evans R.C.,George Mason University |
Herin G.A.,Eastern Mennonite University |
Hawes S.L.,George Mason University |
Blackwell K.T.,George Mason University
Journal of Neurophysiology | Year: 2015
Influx of calcium through voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) is essential for striatal function and plasticity. VGCCs expressed in striatal neurons have varying kinetics, voltage dependences, and densities resulting in heterogeneous subcellular calcium dynamics. One factor that determines the calcium dynamics in striatal medium spiny neurons is inactivation of VGCCs. Aside from voltage-dependent inactivation, VGCCs undergo calcium-dependent inactivation (CDI): inactivating in response to an influx of calcium. CDI is a negative feedback control mechanism; however, its contribution to striatal neuron function is unknown. Furthermore, although the density of VGCC expression changes with development, it is unclear whether CDI changes with development. Because calcium influx through L-type calcium channels is required for striatal synaptic depression, a change in CDI could contribute to age-dependent changes in striatal synaptic plasticity. Here we use whole cell voltage clamp to characterize CDI over developmental stages and across striatal regions. We find that CDI increases at the age of eye opening in the medial striatum but not the lateral striatum. The developmental increase in CDI mostly involves L-type channels, although calcium influx through non-L-type channels contributes to the CDI in both age groups. Agents that enhance protein kinase A (PKA) phosphorylation of calcium channels reduce the magnitude of CDI after eye opening, suggesting that the developmental increase in CDI may be related to a reduction in the phosphorylation state of the L-type calcium channel. These results are the first to show that modifications in striatal neuron properties correlate with changes to sensory input. © 2015 the American Physiological Society.