Georgetown, TX, United States
Georgetown, TX, United States

Southwestern University is a private, four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts college located in Georgetown, Texas, USA. Founded in 1872, Southwestern is one of the oldest universities in Texas. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church although the curriculum is nonsectarian. Southwestern offers 40 bachelor's degrees in the arts, science, fine arts, and music as well as interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Music.Southwestern is home to the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education and the National Hispanic Institute's Center for Hispanic Studies. The university is a member of the Annapolis Group, the Associated Colleges of the South, the Council of Independent Colleges, and is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration. Wikipedia.

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Marrero J.A.,Southwestern University | Ahn J.,Oregon Health And Science University | Rajender Reddy K.,University of Pennsylvania
The American journal of gastroenterology | Year: 2014

Focal liver lesions (FLL) have been a common reason for consultation faced by gastroenterologists and hepatologists. The increasing and widespread use of imaging studies has led to an increase in detection of incidental FLL. It is important to consider not only malignant liver lesions, but also benign solid and cystic liver lesions such as hemangioma, focal nodular hyperplasia, hepatocellular adenoma, and hepatic cysts, in the differential diagnosis. In this ACG practice guideline, the authors provide an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of FLL.

News Article | February 15, 2017

Xcelerate Lacrosse is offering the first 20 registered campers at each location a free Nike Vapor 2.0 Head. Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide players of all positions and skill levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the game today. Xcelerate's innovative curriculum and balanced approach to the game has made them the leader in lacrosse instruction throughout the nation. On a daily basis, coaches challenge campers in a positive, respectful, and fun-filled summer camp environment, enabling them to build confidence, experience success, and showcase their newfound skills. At the end of the week, campers walk away from any Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camp with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new friends, and a true love of the game. “Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide campers the opportunity to learn from some of the most respected coaches in the nation,” says Steve Anderson, Founder of Xcelerate Lacrosse. “We provide a nice balance of experienced senior staff members, highly skilled professional players, enthusiastic recent college graduates, and current college players. Their coaching credentials are outstanding: All-Pros, All-Americans, Hall of Famers, Coaches of the Year, and All-World players.” Overnight Lacrosse Camp locations include: Auburn, AL (Auburn University); Vail, CO (Vail Mountain Lodge); Atlanta, GA (Emory University); Naperville, IL (North Central College); Highland Heights, KY (Northern Kentucky University); Albion, MI (Albion College); Northfield, MN (St. Olaf College); Liberty, MO (William Jewell College); St. Louis, MO (Saint Louis University); Amherst, NY(University at Buffalo); Charlotte, NC (UNC Charlotte); Cleveland, OH (Baldwin Wallace University); Corvallis, OR (Oregont State); Columbia, SC (Univeristy of South Carolina); Nashville, TN(Vanderbilt University); Georgetown, TX (Southwestern University); Tacoma, WA (Pacific Lutheran University). For additional details or to register online, visit or call 1-800-645-3226. Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide players of all positions and skill levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the game today. Unlike tournaments, Xcelerate's summer camp opportunities provide youth and high school lacrosse players a balance of traditional and progressive drills which lead to tangible results. About US Sports Camps, Inc. US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. Over 80,000 kids attended a US Sports Camps program in 2016. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.

Pollock T.A.,Southwestern University
Aesthetic surgery journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery | Year: 2012

Although abdominoplasty and other body-contouring procedures are being performed more frequently, the incidence of seroma and other complications has remained relatively unchanged. In 2000, a small retrospective series introduced progressive tension sutures (PTS) in abdominoplasty to reduce seroma without the use of drains. The authors review the PTS technique and their experience with the procedure. A retrospective chart review of 597 consecutive abdominoplasty patients treated over 12 years was performed. Collected data included surgical setting, concomitant procedures, and complications. Of the 597 abdominoplasties, 52.4% were performed in the hospital and 47.6% in an American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)-accredited facility. In 63.7% of cases, abdominoplasty was combined with another procedure(s). Liposuction was performed on the abdominoplasty flap or an adjacent area to the abdominoplasty dissection in 67% of patients. The average amount fat aspirate from these areas was 953 mL. No drains were placed. The rate of local complications was 4.2%; all but one of these complications (seroma; 0.1%) were minor. There were no systemic complications related to PTS and no venous thromboembolisms. PTS are an adjunct to abdominoplasty that can minimize seroma and potentially decrease other local complications. They provide secure fixation of the flap to eliminate motion and broadly transfer tension to the superficial fascial system. Drains can safely be eliminated from abdominoplasty, even when liposuction is performed. Systemic complications may be avoided and patient recovery expedited.

Clegg D.J.,Southwestern University
Molecular Endocrinology | Year: 2012

Gonadal steroids are critical regulators of physiology, yet we approach physiology and science with the simplest perspective/model, the male one. Female models of whole animal physiology are complex to study and, therefore, are often not used in research. Estrogens are one of the sex hormones that we know are important for both men and women. Estrogens regulate key features of metabolism such as food intake, body weight, glucose homeostasis/insulin sensitivity, body fat distribution, lipolysis/lipogenesis, inflammation, locomotor activity, energy expenditure, reproduction, and cognition. Furthermore, estrogens have multiple sites of action including some unexpected ones, which was demonstrated elegantly through a series of papers this year. © 2012 by The Endocrine Society.

Schaffer J.,Southwestern University
Obstetrics and gynecology | Year: 2012

To identify factors that may predict success and satisfaction in women undergoing nonsurgical therapy for stress urinary incontinence. Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of women participating in a multicenter randomized trial of pessary, behavioral, or combined therapy for stress urinary incontinence were evaluated for potential predictors of success and satisfaction. Success and satisfaction outcomes were assessed at 3 months and included the Patient Global Impression of Improvement, stress incontinence subscale of the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory, and Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire. Logistic regression was performed to identify predictors, adjusting for treatment and other important clinical covariates. Adjusted odds ratios (ORs), 95% confidence intervals (CIs), and associated P values are presented. Four hundred forty-six women were randomized. College education or more and no previous urinary incontinence surgery predicted success based on the stress subscale of the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (adjusted OR 1.61, 95% CI 1.01-2.55, P=.04 and adjusted OR 3.15, 95% CI 1.04- 9.53, P=.04, respectively). Menopausal status predicted success using the Patient Global Impression of Improvement (adjusted OR 2.52 postmenopausal compared with premenopausal, 95% CI 1.29-4.95; adjusted OR 1.32 unsure menopausal status compared with premenopausal, 95% CI 0.65-2.66; P=.03 across all three groups). Fewer than 14 incontinence episodes per week predicted satisfaction with the Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (adjusted OR 1.97, 95% CI 1.21-3.19; P=.01). These predictors did not differ across the three treatment groups. Menopause, higher education, no previous urinary incontinence surgery, and lower incontinence frequency were found to be predictors of success and satisfaction with nonsurgical therapy for stress urinary incontinence. This information may help better-align provider and patient expectations with nonsurgical treatment outcomes.

Chhabra A.,Southwestern University
Neuroimaging Clinics of North America | Year: 2014

The magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) examination is rapidly becoming a part of the diagnostic algorithm of patients with peripheral neuropathy; however, because of the technical demands and the lack of required reading skills, the examination is relatively underutilized and is currently limited to a few tertiary care centers. The radiologists with interest in peripheral nerve imaging should be able to perform and interpret this examination to exploit its potential for widespread use. This article outlines the systematic, stepwise approach to its interpretation and a brief discussion of the imaging pitfalls. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Rich N.,Southwestern University | Singal A.G.,Southwestern University
Best Practice and Research: Clinical Gastroenterology | Year: 2014

Tumour markers could be helpful along the continuum of care for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma; however, there is insufficient data for routine use of most current biomarkers in clinical practice. Therefore, the backbone of early detection, diagnosis and treatment response for hepatocellular carcinoma remains imaging-based. Alpha fetoprotein is the best studied of all biomarkers and may be of benefit for early detection when used in combination with ultrasound. Several other biomarkers, including AFP-L3, DCP, osteopontin, and GP73, are also being evaluated for early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma in phase III biomarker studies. Serum and tissue-based biomarkers and genomics may aid in HCC diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment selection; however, further studies are needed to better characterize their accuracy and potential role in clinical practice. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 69.43K | Year: 2012

This project is developing an illustrated undergraduate text in projective geometry applied to perspective art, which is suitable for use in sophomore- or junior-level mathematics courses for mathematics majors, students pursuing computer graphics, or mathematically talented art majors. The project builds on the prior NSF-funded work of one of the PIs, which resulted in the publication of the undergraduate text, Viewpoints: Mathematical Perspective and Fractal Geometry in Art and a series of Viewpoints Mathematics and Art workshops for undergraduate instructors. The project is 1) developing a series of materials (papers, classroom modules, homework exercises), 2) testing the materials in the classes at Franklin and Marshall College and Southwestern University and evaluating these materials formally, 3) presenting these materials (via talks, journal publications, web distribution, and mini-courses) to other instructors for their feedback, and 4) publishing, marketing, and disseminating the text. This course enhances knowledge of geometry and gives readily-accessible applications that can be used in teaching, in studies where this type of projective geometry course is relevant, and in fulfilling mathematics course requirements with content that is relevant to non-mathematics majors.

This collaborative International Research Experience for Students (IRES) award will support 15 U.S. undergraduate students and one graduate student, under the direction of Drs. Romi Burks from Southwestern University and Kenneth Hayes from University of Hawaii, to carry out collaborative research in Brazil and Uruguay for three years. The program is co-organized by Dr. Silvano Thiengo from the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz in Brazil and Dr. Mariana Meerhoff from the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay. The goal of the project is to create an Ampullariidae model for a group of aquatic snails commonly called apple snails using phylogeography, laboratory integration, and field inquiry. Brazil harbors the greatest number of ampullariid species and genera and provides the largest latitudinal span (~37º) of any country in South America. Additionally, the original Guaraní, word Uruguay translated into Spanish as river of the snails. Study of the phylogeny of these snails can be used to investigate important evolutionary processes, particularly those associated with major habitat transitions (e.g. marine to freshwater to terrestrial). Students research will focus on quantifying genetic variation in this understudied group of aquatic snails, identifying patterns of speciation, investigating traits that promote invasiveness, and determining reproductive potential.
This IRES award brings together a diverse community of researchers and students from the United States, Brazil, and Uruguay. In addition to working directly with the host scientists, U.S. students will blog about their international research experience and work closely with other undergraduate and graduate students from the host country. Participating students will also develop educational materials that can be used locally in their host countries. Upon return to their home institution, students will disseminate their results through professional meetings, scientific publications, and social media networks. The research also has important societal benefits as apple snails are highly invasive species and vectors of parasitic nematodes that can cause illness in mammals, including humans. Insights into how the trophic roles that these snails inhabit in native habitats may lend insight into how to deal with their presence in invaded wetland ecosystems such as the Florida Everglades.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 614.33K | Year: 2015

To address regional and national STEM workforce demands, this NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) project at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas will provide access to quality science and math education for 16 students with demonstrated financial need. Enrollment in the institutions computer science, math and physics majors will be bolstered through intensive recruitment efforts in area magnet and college-preparatory high schools. The project will focus on making a variety of social supports available while at the same time providing students with a curriculum that integrate investigative learning strategies in introductory to upper-level courses. This approach, which is grounded in the literature, has been shown to have positive impacts on learning in general and to be empowering for students from underrepresented groups and women.

Scholars will develop their scientific identities through project activities that focus specifically on inclusivity, inquiry, and community-building. Students will participate in two Summer Science Overnights, regular meetings with dedicated S-STEM faculty mentors, a two-credit course on less well-known career tracks in the sciences, cohort-building experiences, and clustered enrollment. The overnights are an innovative way to introduce students to the campus-wide STEM community and should help them create ties early on in their college experience. Further, all of the project components are examples of sustainable, transferrable tools for engaging STEM majors. The Evaluation Plan describes three key areas for assessment including, (a) project deadlines and benchmarks, (b)) formative assessment of individual S-STEM progress and likelihood of retention, and (c) overall project formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment will rely on student perceptions of academic performance and engagement and of social and family support logged in journals. The individual support structures will also be evaluated. Summative assessments will be done in part through an annual questionnaire on scholars perceptions of their SSTEM academic and mentoring. The PI team will participate in the national conversation on STEM education by reporting its results through meetings of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Howard Hughes medical Institute. A project website will also be designed.

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