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News Article | February 28, 2017

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE (NYSE:GE) announced today the appointment of seven new company officers. Adrian Button has been promoted in his current role to Vice President of Supply Chain for Industrial Solutions, GE Energy Connections. Adrian joined GE in 1998 as a Quality Engineer and has held several operations leadership positions with GE Aviation, Unison Industries and GE Oil & Gas. Prior to joining GE Energy Connections, Adrian served as General Manager of Turbo Machinery Solutions for GE Oil & Gas covering the Middle East and North Africa region and General Manager of the Global Operations team. Adrian earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Glamorgan in the United Kingdom. Buckmaster “Buck” de Wolf has been promoted to Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for GE and General Counsel for GE Global Research. Buck has been at GE for more than eleven years in senior legal roles at GE Corporate and GE Global Research. Prior to joining GE, Buck was a Partner at Howrey in San Francisco, CA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College and his juris doctorate from Boston College. Danny Di Perna has been appointed Vice President, Global Sourcing for GE Power. Prior to joining GE, Danny was Pratt & Whitney’s Senior Vice President of Operations, responsible for new product development, sourcing, manufacturing, supply chain, supplier quality and production engine assembly. Danny has more than 27 years of experience within the aerospace industry, including 24 years with United Technologies Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University and his master’s in business administration from McGill University. Amit Phadnis has been appointed Vice President, Chief Technology Officer- Imaging, GE Healthcare. In this role, Amit will drive digitization, software and cross modality initiatives across the Imaging business. Amit joins GE from Cisco Systems where, most recently, he was the India Site Leader and Senior Vice President of Engineering for the Core Software Group. Prior to working at Cisco Systems, Amit held leadership roles at Motorola, Tata Elxsi and Silcom Automation Systems. Amit earned his master’s degree in electronics & communication from the Indian Institute of Science. Pascal Schweitzer has been appointed Vice President, Global Services at GE Transportation. Pascal joined GE in 2015 after GE’s acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid businesses, and was appointed General Manager for GE Power Services in Europe. Prior to joining GE, Pascal spent eight years at Alstom where he held several leadership positions, leading Gas Turbine global services in his most recent role. Pascal earned his master’s degree in finance from HEC Paris. Maria Sferruzza has been promoted to Vice President, Global Services for Turbomachinery Solutions at GE Oil & Gas. With more than twenty years of experience at GE Oil & Gas, Maria has held a variety of leadership roles in operations, sales, marketing, and services. Maria earned her master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Universita’ di Palermo, Italy. Anup Sharma has been promoted to Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Application Architect at GE Digital. With twenty years of experience at GE, Anup has held Chief Information Officer roles at GE Power and GE Oil & Gas before his current position at GE Digital. Anup earned his bachelor’s degree in management information systems and business management from Huntington University in Indiana. GE (NYSE:GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.

News Article | February 20, 2017

The Grant County Economic Growth Council hosted the tenth annual I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge on February 10-12 at Plymouth’s Swan Lake Resort. This challenge brings together university students from along the I-69 corridor for a weekend of innovation, problem solving, and entrepreneurship. A total of five teams competed in the challenge. Each team was comprised of a student representative from each participating university. The students were placed into teams Friday afternoon based on the Basadur Creative Profile, a problem-solving assessment, and collaborated for less than 24-hours on a for-profit business solution to the social problem that was selected by the students. The 2017 social problem that the students chose was prison overcrowding. The participating schools in 2017 were Indiana Wesleyan University, Taylor University, Ivy Tech Community College, Huntington University, and Grace College. Here is a complete list of participating students: The Growth Council is proud to announce the competition’s winning team: Kyle Barry of Indiana Wesleyan University; Emma Reese of Huntington University; Emily Guinter of Grace College; Jackson Wilcox of Taylor University; and Carson Adams of Ivy Tech Community College. In this competition, the groups of students were tasked with creating a for-profit business plan that addresses prison overpopulation. The first place winners were each awarded $500 gift cards for their business concept, “Design Again,” a business solution that utilizes the creativity of former inmates to create design and marketing products for small businesses. “It was great to work with different individuals who all had different strengths and ideas,” shared Kyle Barry of the winning team. The second place team members each won $250 gift cards for their proposal of “KP Trucking,” a freight moving company that hires, trains, and mentors prisoners after their sentences are served. The team consisted of Paxton Singer, Sam Petersen, Meyantae Johnson, Contstanze Goelz, and Matthew McNeal. The third place team members were awarded $100 gift cards for their idea, “Life Loan,” a career placement and lending organization. The students on this team included Amy Bowman, Alicia Garnache, Shana Reff, Nathan Hahn, and Annette Hammond. Saturday afternoon, the five teams presented their solutions to a panel of five judges: Matt Tuohy of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Iris Hammel, the program director of St. Joe CEO; Charles A. Kennedy of Cambridge Capital Management Corp.; Phil Black of Community Investment Fund of Indiana; and Maggie Phelps of Integrating Woman Leaders Foundation. Following the presentations, the judges selected the winning teams based on criteria that included innovation, profitability, and market potential. After all five of the teams presentations, Maggie Phelps commented on the efforts of the teams by saying, “I was blown away by how knowledgeable the students were, especially considering how little time they had to prepare their plans.” Susie Ripley of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs said, “This is such a great event and it is wonderful that you can share what you all are doing and bring others along to catch that vision!!” The purpose of the I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge is to encourage entrepreneurship among students along the I-69 corridor, provide networking opportunities for students and judges, generate creative ideas, and allow for collaboration between universities. The Event was sponsored by each participating university, the Grant County Economic Growth Council, and Indiana Michigan Power.

​Matt Demorest, President and Owner of HomeSure Lending, has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Mr. Demorest has been chosen as a Distinguished Mortgage Professional™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. Mr. Demorest outshines others in his field due to his extensive educational background, recognitions, and outstanding customer service. After receiving his Bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University, Matt went on to get his master's degree in youth ministry leadership from Huntington University in Indiana. He has been given the Lending Integrity Seal of Approval by the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and was named included in the Mortgage Professional Association's 2016 list of "Young Guns". Mr. Demorest brings a wealth of knowledge to his industry. When asked what inspired him to pursue a career in mortgages, Mr. Demorest said: "I was in charge of business development and operations at a few different small businesses in my career. As I was helping these business owners be more successful, I thought, why not do this for myself? It compelled me to start my own business." Mr. Demorest started his business on a small budget, but through his resourcefulness and business savvy managed to steer his new company to success in its first year when he closed more than 100 loans. Today, HomeSure Lending offers assistance with home financing in the greater Detroit area with a variety of options such as conventional financing, FHA, VA, and, USDA loans, all at competitive rates. He and his team service residents of Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Grand Rapids, Marquette, and all points in between. With the same dedication to client service that first allowed him to thrive, Mr. Demorest individualizes the analysis of each client and provides them with multiple refinance options, followed by an honest, professional opinion on what he believes is their best approach. As a thought-leader in his field, Mr. Demorest is perceptive of the evolving market and makes sure his services stay relevant to his growing client base. In particular, he has been paying close attention to the rise of Millennials and first-time buyers in the lending space, which he notes caused him to tweak his approach with clients accordingly: "Seventy percent of our business comes from purchases and we work with a lot of first-time buyers. We also think that millennials and single women are buying homes more often now and we try to make sure that the process is really approachable. A lot of places don’t focus on the needs of millennials who, in general, are wanting to meet more in person and face to face than people who are a few years older. So, we try to take a personal approach." The Expert Network© has written this news release with approval and/or contributions from Matt Demorest. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only reputation management service that is dedicated to helping professionals stand out, network, and gain a competitive edge. The Expert Network selects a limited number of professionals based on their individual recognition and history of personal excellence.

News Article | February 27, 2017

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has released its list of Indiana’s Best Online Schools for 2017. Of the 31 four-year schools ranked, Purdue University, Indiana University, Ball State University, Valparaiso University and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis came in as the top five. Two of Indiana’s two-year universities, Ancilla College and Ivy Tech Community College, were also honored. “As online educational technology improves, students in Indiana are becoming more inclined to earn degrees outside of a traditional classroom,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “The schools on our list exemplify the best aspects of an online education: high quality curriculum, strong graduation rates and post-college career resources.” To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, Iowa colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit schools. Each college is also ranked on more than a dozen unique data points that include student resources, total online program offerings and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Indiana for 2017 include the following: Anderson University Ball State University Bethel College-Indiana Calumet College of Saint Joseph Grace College and Theological Seminary Huntington University Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana State University Indiana University Indiana University-East Indiana University-Kokomo Indiana University-Northwest Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indiana University-South Bend Indiana University-Southeast Indiana Wesleyan University Manchester University Marian University Oakland City University Ottawa University-Jeffersonville Purdue University Northwest Purdue University-Main Campus Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Taylor University Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses University of Indianapolis University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne University of Southern Indiana Valparaiso University Vincennes University ### About Us: 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 | October 28, 2016

A list of the Best Online Colleges in Indiana for 2016-2017 has been released by leading online higher education information provider Measuring a dozen different data sets provided by schools across the state, the site found Indiana State University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Huntington University, Oakland City University and Ivy Tech Community College earned the highest marks for the best overall combination of cost, quality, variety and flexibility in online education. "Only three out of every ten students at Indiana colleges finishes a four-year degree on time,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "Schools on this list are offering students more flexible learning options by way of top-quality online education programs. This provides an alternative opportunity for students to hit their on-time graduation goals, and is a great resource for students seeking.” In order to be considered for the list, schools are required to meet specific base criteria. Each institution on the Best list must hold accreditation and be a public or private not-for-profit entity. To meet the site’s affordability standards, each school must offer in-state tuition under $5,000 per year to qualify for the two-year colleges list, and under $25,000 to qualify for the four-year colleges list. Each qualifying school is scored and ranked based on a unique value-based formula. More information on the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Indiana ranking, including school scores, data analysis and methodology details visit the link below: Schools recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Indiana: Ball State University Calumet College of Saint Joseph Crossroads Bible College Grace College and Theological Seminary Huntington University Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana State University Indiana University - Bloomington Indiana University - East Indiana University - Kokomo Indiana University - Northwest Indiana University - Purdue University, Fort Wayne Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis Indiana University - South Bend Indiana University - Southeast Indiana Wesleyan University Ivy Tech Community College Oakland City University Ottawa University - Jeffersonville Purdue University - Calumet Campus Trine University University of Southern Indiana Vincennes University began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

Recently, the American Academy of Neurology published an evidence-based guideline for the pharmacological treatment of chorea in Huntington's disease. Although the progress in medical care because of the implementation of criteria of evidence-based medicine is undisputed, the guideline classifies the level of evidence for drugs to reduce chorea based on anchors in the Unified Huntington's Disease Rating Scale-Total Motor Score chorea sum score, which were chosen arbitrarily and do not reflect validated or generally accepted levels of clinical relevance. Thus, the guideline faces several serious limitations and delivers clinical recommendations that do not represent current clinical practice; these are reviewed in detail, and arguments are presented why these recommendations should not be followed. To remedy the lack of evidence-based recommendations and provide guidance to a pragmatic symptomatic therapy of chorea in HD, a flow-chart pathway that follows currently established clinical standards based on expert opinion is presented. © 2013 Movement Disorder Society.

Vanderweele T.J.,Huntington University
Epidemiology | Year: 2010

A key question in many studies is how to divide the total effect of an exposure into a component that acts directly on the outcome and a component that acts indirectly, ie, through some intermediate. For example, one might be interested in the extent to which the effect of diet on blood pressure is mediated through sodium intake and the extent to which it operates through other pathways. In the context of such mediation analysis, even if the effect of the exposure on the outcome is unconfounded, estimates of direct and indirect effects will be biased if control is not made for confounders of the mediator-outcome relationship. Often data are not collected on such mediator-outcome confounding variables; the results in this paper allow researchers to assess the sensitivity of their estimates of direct and indirect effects to the biases from such confounding. Specifically, the paper provides formulas for the bias in estimates of direct and indirect effects due to confounding of the exposure-mediator relationship and of the mediator-outcome relationship. Under some simplifying assumptions, the formulas are particularly easy to use in sensitivity analysis. The bias formulas are illustrated by examples in the literature concerning direct and indirect effects in which mediator-outcome confounding may be present. Copyright © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Karan A.,Huntington University
Annals of Family Medicine | Year: 2016

As a third-year medical student on an internal medical clerkship, I learned the most important lesson about how to care for patients. I saw my attending physician give attention first to the person he was treating, and then to the patient and her clinical picture. They are not the same, and our training in medical school does not always teach us this distinction. Months later I found myself with an opportunity to truly help another individual who had been clinically and emotionally overcome by his disease. My attending physician’s lesson guided me in a very meaningful way: it allowed me to remind a man that he was more than the disease he was fighting. Many times, it may be something very little that we need to do or say but to our patients, these little things end up being the biggest of them all. © 2016, Annals of Family Medicine, Inc. All rights reserved.

Roberto C.A.,Huntington University | Kawachi I.,Huntington University
American Journal of Preventive Medicine | Year: 2014

Understanding the psychology of how people make decisions can shed light on important factors contributing to the cause and maintenance of public health problems like obesity. This knowledge can and should inform the design of government and private-sector public health interventions. Several insights from psychology and behavioral economics that help explain why people are particularly vulnerable to the current food environment are discussed. These insights fall into the following categories: the influence of starting points (status quo bias and anchoring effects); communicating health information (simplicity and framing); and unintended consequences of policy interventions (compensation, substitution, and the peanuts effect). The paper discusses opportunities for improving the design of food policies and interventions by altering default options, providing the public with simple and meaningful nutrition information, carefully constructing the framing of public health messages, and designing food policies to minimize unintended consequences, such as compensation and substitution.

Krieger N.,Huntington University
American Journal of Public Health | Year: 2012

The scientific study of how discrimination harms health requires theoretically groundedmethods.Atissue ishowdiscrimination,asone formof societal injustice,becomes embodied inequality and is manifested as health inequities. As clarified by ecosocial theory, methods must address the lived realities of discrimination as an exploitative and oppressive societal phenomenon operating atmultiple levels and involvingmyriad pathways across both the life course and historical generations. An integrated embodied research approach hence must consider (1) the structural level-past and present de jure and de facto discrimination; (2) the individual level-issuesofdomains,nativity, and useof both explicit and implicit discrimination measures; and (3) how current research methods likely underestimate the impact of racismon health.

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