Faculty Con is an event designed to to inspire and support teaching excellence, encourage collaboration, and promote professional growth among the faculty at Marian University. The day includes keynote presentations and breakout sessions on topics such as active learning strategies, student engagement, information literacy, and technology integration within the classroom.
Two members of Marian University's Department of English, Marcia Eppich-Harris, Ph.D., and Diane Prenatt, Ph.D. gave a presentation entitled Bodies in Play: Shakespeare's Depiction of Illness. The presentation explored medicine during Shakespeare's lifetime and looked at the portrayal of illness within his work. The presentation coincided with the National Library of Medicine exhibition, "And There's the Humor of it": Shakespeare and the Four Humors, which the Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library hosted from October 24, 2017 - December 2, 2017.
Hypertension is an established risk factor for the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). We evaluated the association and population impact of hypertension defined using the new 2017 guidelines on risk of AF. In this analysis, we included 9,207 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities prospective cohort without history of cardiovascular disease. Participants underwent blood pressure measurements at baseline. AF was ascertained from study electrocardiograms, hospital records and death certificates. Cox proportional models were used to estimate hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CI) of AF among individuals with hypertension based on the JNC7 and 2017 ACC/AHA guidelines. Poisson models were used to obtain risk ratios and calculate population-attributable fractions (PAFs). We identified 1573 cases of incident AF during the study period. Prevalence of hypertension was 29% and 43% under the JNC7 and 2017 ACC/AHA definitions, respectively. HRs (95%CI) of AF in hypertensives versus non-hypertensives were 1.6 (1.5, 1.8) and 1.5 (1.4, 1.7) after adjusting for age, sex and race under the old and new guidelines, respectively. The corresponding PAF (95%CI) using the old and new guidelines were 12% (9%, 14%) and 14% (10%, 18%), respectively. Overall, our analysis shows that even though the prevalence of hypertension using the new criteria is 50% higher than with the old criteria, this does not translate in meaningful increases in AF attributable to hypertension. These results indicate that prevention or treatment of hypertension based on the new (versus old) guidelines may have a limited impact on AF incidence.
A presentation at the 2017 Higher Education Partnership: Internationalization in the Americas conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (sponsored by the Partners of the Americas organization). This presentation outlines the Women’s Rights and Women’s Empowerment in the Western Hemisphere study abroad initiative at Marian University.
Students have become dependent on technology and do not always use it of educational purposes during class. Boredom and lack of interest are common reasons given by students for cell phone use in class. (Olufadi, 2015). Several studies have examined technology usage and it’s effects in the classroom. One study found that higher overall usage of cell phones was correlated with lower GPAs. This study tracked the total amount of time phones were used in and out of school (Felsioni & Godoi, 2017). However, other studies report no impact of classroom phone use on learning. For example, students using phones during a class lecture and students not using phones had the same average lecture quiz scores. (Elder, 2013). Our study examined the relationship between levels of classroom off-task technology use and classroom engagement, attitudes and GPA. We predicted a negative correlation between classroom technology use and all measures of classroom engagement and performance.
Inspired by the knowledge that the most pressing and enduring societal challenges of today and tomorrow are global in nature and the fundamental belief that integrative global learning is the essential heartbeat of a meaningful college education, the ‘Women’s Rights and Gender Empowerment’ archive features collaborative study abroad, student research. In collaboration with Partners of America and in partnership with Professor Ana Paula Costa at the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul, the first “Women’s Rights and Women’s Empowerment in the Western Hemisphere: A Global Perspective” was offered for students to travel and research in Porto Alegre, Brazil from June 1-June 10 of 2017. In the spring semester leading up to their travel, students studied the impact of international charters and diverse international efforts on the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, and the achievement of equality between women and men in the specific context of Brazil. Students selected specific projects on women and gender; the projects invited students to first explore their issue in the United States, and then to develop a comparative analysis in Brazil.
This was a case study on a patient with SLE who received a heart transplant. Patients with SLE are generally not considered to be ideal candidates for transplantation due to auto-immunity involving many organ systems. Historically, patients with SLE requiring kidney transplantation have had good prognosis, but there is a weaker consensus sur-rounding heart transplantation in patients with SLE-related cardiomyopathy and heart failure. A 24-year-old female patient presented in 2016 with cardiogenic shock with a history of non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy with an ejection fraction of 5-10% and SLE com-plicated by nephritis. She required 2-3 hospital visits per year due to heart failure and SLE complications. A chest X-ray revealed cardiomegaly with hypo-inflated lungs. She was placed on inotropic support and followed up with a heart transplant in 2017. During transplantation, her heart was found to have dense adhesions resulting from SLE. In 2018, the patient returned with acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease (CKD) Stage 3 with metabolic acidosis and a diastolic dysfunction. Her chest X-ray presented with mild cardiomegaly and a kidney ultrasound was negative for hydronephrosis. She was diagnosed with NYHA class III heart failure and was prescribed torsemide and a therapeutic plan to begin her on allopurinol due to her reduced GFR. After immunosup-pressive therapy, her Stage IV lupus nephritis was not active at the time of her dis-charge. Conclusion: This case demonstrates the ongoing challenges that physicians encoun-ter when managing patients with SLE-related cardiac involvement. The literature cites no clear consensus regarding management of patients with cardiac involvement of SLE, especially considering the large range of cardiac involvement. This case supports the growing need for understanding and managing cardiac involvement in patients with SLE.