1. Nine faculty awarded CTSI grants

Nine Marquette University faculty recently received pilot grants totaling more than $230,000 from the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, a consortium of eight collaborating academic and health care partners in southeastern Wisconsin.

Marquette researchers will work with faculty from several other local institutions on each of their grant projects. Marquette faculty receiving grants are:
• Dr. Said Audi, associate professor of biomedical engineering, for “Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress in Acute Lung Injury from Sepsis.”

• Dr. Scott Beardsley, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, with Dr. Robert Scheidt, associate professor of biomedical engineering, for “Impairments in Sensorimotor Control and their Contribution to Tremor and Dysmetria in Persons with MS.”

• Dr. Anne Clough, professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, for “Noninvasive Detection and Assessment of Two Common Lung Injuries.”

• Dr. Allison Hyngstrom, assistant professor of physical therapy, with Dr. Brian Schmit, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor of exercise science, for “Mechanisms of Neuromuscular Fatigue and Leg Function Post Stroke.”

• Dr. Alexander Ng, associate professor of exercise science, will be the co-primary investigator for “Effect of Acetyl-L-Carnitine on Fatigue, Muscle Function, and Brain N- Acetylaspartate in Multiple Sclerosis.”

• Dr. Brian Schmit, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and graduate engineering student Matthew Chua, for “Relative Effects of Hip and Ankle Impairments on Motor Function in Multiple Sclerosis.”
“Marquette faculty and graduate students are playing a critical role in the CTSI partnerships with our colleagues at other regional institutions,” said Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school. “The collaborative research made possible by these pilot awards will serve to support future larger scale grants with an ultimate goal of accelerating the translation of research discoveries into new and improved medical treatments.”

CTSI is a partnership of all of the major academic institutions in the region — Marquette, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as Blood Center of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and Zablocki VA Medical Center. Formed in 2008, the institute is developing an infrastructure to enable researchers from various institutions to collaborate and compete for federal grants.

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2. Honors Program course proposals requested

Honors Program course proposals from all disciplines and colleges are due Monday, Oct. 3. The Honors Program encourages intellectual experimentation and faculty to try courses they’ve always wanted to teach.

One particular area of need is HOPR 3955 — the Honors Undergraduate Research Opportunity. The course is intended to provide honors students with an opportunity to conduct an original research project with a faculty member and write up and disseminate findings. For more information contact the Honors Program at 8-7516.

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3. Access to library services now requires Marqnet log-in

Raynor Memorial Libraries have updated the way all users log in for services and off campus access to e-resources and licensed databases. Effective today, Aug. 22, users will log in with their Marqnet username and password.

These changes affect MARQCAT (such as for renewing books, saving searches and off-campus use of e-journals and databases) and ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan requests and accounts). The Class Reserves (ARES) system login has always used the Marqnet authentication and is unchanged.

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4. Adjust parking for convenience of students moving in; Lot A closed Thursday

As the Marquette community welcomes students for the 2011-12 academic year, employees are asked to adjust their parking locations for the convenience of students moving in:

• Wednesday, Aug. 24, Parkers in the 16th Street Structure (Structure 1) should relocate to levels four, five or six.

• Wednesday, Aug. 24, Lot D, F, R, RR and Wells Street Structure (Structure 2) parkers should relocate to levels four, five, six or seven of the Wells Street Structure.

• Friday, Aug. 26, Lot D, F, R, RR and Structure 1 and 2 parkers should again use the top four levels of the two parking structures.

• Lot S parkers behind the School of Dentistry are reminded that their lot will be used for overflow parking, and the lot will likely be more congested.

Also, Parking Lot A, at the southeast corner of North 16th and West Wells streets, will be closed to all vehicular traffic Thursday, Aug. 25, so that two carnival rides can be erected for “Late Night” programming for new students. The lot will need to be cleared by midnight Wednesday, Aug. 24, and will reopen by 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

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5. Fitness classes for employees offered by Employee Wellness Program

The Employee Wellness Program is offering a variety of new group fitness classes this fall. Classes include pilates, yoga, muscle conditioning and zumba.  

To register or for more information, contact Mandi Richter, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581. Minimum enrollment must be met to offer each class. Space is limited. Cash, check and major credit cards accepted.

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6. Society of Jesus accepting donations for humanitarian crisis in Horn of Africa

The Society of Jesus is accepting donations in response to the humanitarian crisis of drought, hunger, displacement and famine in the Horn of Africa for immediate food assistance and long-term projects. According to the United Nations, more than 12 million people are in need of emergency assistance, primarily in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, and the famine has not yet peaked.

Working in collaboration with religious congregations and dioceses, the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus has established a Famine Relief Project for some of the worst hit areas of northern Kenya. The Wisconsin Province, which is twinned with Eastern Africa, is receiving funds to support this project. Contributions can be made online by credit card or by calling 1-800-537-3736. Checks can also be made payable to Jesuit Partnership with “Famine Relief Project” written on the memo line and mailed to:         
Wisconsin Province Jesuits
Re: Famine Relief Project
3400 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208

The Jesuit Refugee Service in East Africa is accepting online donations for long-term support of psychosocial projects and education services. Just note “East Africa Drought” in the comment box. Checks can also be made out to Jesuit Refugee Service/USA with “East Africa Drought” written on the memo line and mailed to:
Jesuit Refugee Service / USA
Re: East Africa Drought
1016 16th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

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