1. Dr. John Mantsch receives $1.5 million grant renewal

Dr. John Mantsch, chair and associate professor of biomedical, has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health for his research on cocaine addiction.
The grant provides critical support of a research project Mantsch started in 2002, which examines the neuropathways through which susceptibility to drug relapse during periods of stress is heightened in cocaine addiction.
This is the second grant of more than $1 million Mantsch has received within the past 12 months for the study of cocaine addiction. In July 2009 he and Drs. David Baker and Douglas Lobner, two other associate professors in the College of Health Sciences, received a two-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study and develop novel compounds for the treatment of cocaine addiction.

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2. Social entrepreneurship expert to discuss potential partnership

Erin Krampetz, manager of the Changemaker Campus program of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, will discuss Ashoka’s university services for social innovation and entrepreneurship development Tuesday, June 22, and Wednesday, June 23.

Marquette is considering a partnership with Ashoka, a “global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs,” to advance Marquette’s goal of increased integration of social entrepreneurship across the disciplines.

Free discussions will be held:
• Tuesday, June 22, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., AMU ballroom A — informal social reception and brief remarks.

• Wednesday, June 23, 90-minute, small group sessions starting at 9 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. in AMU 252.

RSVP to Elizabeth Wieland, office associate for Dr. Jeff Snell, special adviser to the president coordinating the visit on behalf of the Office of the Provost, at 8-0726.

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3. University finalizes acquisition of Newbridge Condominium

The university has completed the purchase of unit 1 of Newbridge Condominium, formerly Jim Hegarty's Pub, 1120 W. Wells St.

When the university purchased more than 90 percent of the Newbridge Apartment building in 2007, the owner, St. James Estates LLC, requested that the portion of the property where Hegarty’s Pub was located not be included in the sale. As reported earlier this year in the Marquette Tribune, the university reached an agreement with St. James Estates in February on a purchase price for unit 1. The pub closed in April as a result of Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, when a federal bankruptcy judge honored a request by St. James Estates for the operator of the business to surrender the property.

There are no immediate plans for this property; because of its condition, the building will have to be demolished before the property can be put to productive use. Funding for the purchase came from the university’s capital reserves budget.

Marquette carefully monitors property transactions in the campus area and as properties within the campus master plan area become available, the university assesses their value and determines their importance to the campus environment.

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4. Conference on philosophy in the Abrahamic traditions this week

Marquette University and the University of Denver will co-host a Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions Annual Summer Conference Thursday and Friday, June 24 and 25.

The conference provides a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars of the Arabic / Islamic, Jewish and Latin Christian philosophical traditions of the Middle Ages to present and discuss their work in medieval philosophy.

All sessions will be held in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

There is no cost for Marquette employees and students. Cost is $50 at the door for all others.

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5. Human fertility conference hosted by College of Nursing

The College of Nursing’s Institute for Natural Family Planning will host “Human Fertility—Where Faith and Science Meet,” July 15 to 17, at the Intercontinental Hotel, 139 East Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee.

The mission of the conference is to promote research on the science of Natural Family Planning and academic thinking about the Catholic Church’s teachings on human sexuality, marriage and family life.

Registration information is available online. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 1.

This academic conference is offered every four years and is co-sponsored by the Bishops’ Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and:
• Marquette University College of Nursing's Institute for Natural Family Planning
• The Catholic University of America, School of Theology & Religious Studies
• Saint Louis University, Nursing Center for Fertility Education
• Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
• Georgetown University, Institute for Reproductive Health

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6. Dr. Chris Shaw honored with state award for excellence

Dr. Chris Shaw, clinical associate professor of nursing, will be honored Wednesday, June 23, by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners with the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence. The AANP recognizes a nurse practitioner in each state annually who demonstrates excellence in his or her area of practice. Shaw teaches nurse practitioner and midwifery students as well as undergraduate nursing students and serves as a family nurse practitioner at the Marquette Clinic for Women and Children.

The AANP, founded in 1985, is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional organization for NPs of all specialties.

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7. Get paid to represent Marquette at State Fair booth

A limited number of students are needed to staff the Marquette booth at the Wisconsin State Fair, Aug. 5-15. Workers provide information to visitors about the university, as well as coordinate booth games and activities. All workers are paid and receive an admission ticket and a free Marquette T-shirt to wear during their shift.

To apply, or for more information, contact Stacy Tuchel, marketing office associate, Department of Marketing and Communication, by Friday, July 2.

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8. Haggerty’s Variegated Landscapes features discussion with artists

In conjunction with the Theodore Czebotar Paintings from the Olympic Peninsula exhibition, the Haggerty Museum of Art will present Variegated Landscapes, a discussion with Milwaukee artists Robert Lewis Smith, Evelyn Patricia Terry and Dave Niec, Wednesday, June 30, at 6 p.m.

These three artists depict landscape in different ways, using diverse processes and media — Smith is a photographer, Terry works primarily with drawing and printmaking and Niec is a painter. Each artist will give a presentation that focuses on how and why he/she works with landscape, followed by a question and answer session.

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9. Student service project needs online votes by June 30

The TRUE HERO organization will award money to a project by three Marquette students if they are one of the top five projects that receive the most eligible votes from the public by Wednesday, June 30.

Last year the students started a program, the Youth Cultural Connection Project, establishing a virtual connection between impoverished youth in South Africa and inner-city youth in Milwaukee. The project was supported through funding from the TRUE HERO organization after the project was recognized in an online voting competition. The students are now looking to expand the program to include high school students and are again seeking funding from TRUE HERO.

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10. Sidewalk access between Cramer Hall and Haggerty Engineering to close

Sidewalk access between Cramer Hall and Haggerty Engineering will be blocked beginning Monday, June 28, for approximately three weeks due to construction for the Discovery Learning Complex.

After the work between Cramer and Haggerty is complete, a new series of fences will alter access on the 15th Street Mall from Olin Engineering to Clark Hall for approximately four weeks.  

Signs will be placed around all construction zones to direct pedestrians to open entrances and pathways.

Visit the Office of the University Architect’s website for more information.

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11. Ice cream to be served at Gesu blood drive

Church of the Gesu will host a blood drive Monday, June 28, from 12:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Gesu Parish Center – Fr. Herian Hall. Ice cream will be provided to all donors. Request an appointment by e-mail.

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