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    2019 Faculty Lectures: Research results in religion, nursing, biology

    March 23, 2019

    Ursuline College announces its 2019 Faculty Lecture Series, exploring Christian teaching on human sexuality, new uses for technology in nursing education, and vitamin E and Alzheimer’s disease. The hour-long presentations start at noon and are all free and open to the public.

    “Scandal, Sex, and Saving Grace”
    Thursday March 28
    Mullen Little Theater

    In the first lecture of our 2019 Faculty Lecture Series, Natalie Kertes Weaver, PhD, professor of Religious Studies and co-director of Graduate Theology and Pastoral Studies, presents "Scandal, Sex, and Saving Grace."

    Said Weaver, this talk is “aimed at equipping people with a better skill set for discussing and responding to the sexual abuse crisis and related issues in the Roman Catholic Church today.” Weaver will address “the inadequacies of historical teachings around the sexual person in Christian thought, offering proposed solutions for a more complete understanding of sexual being and morality for today’s faithful.

    “By revising past constructions of sex, gender, and power in Church, we can build a more complete representation of human embodiment as an element of God’s good creation, manifest in the sacramental body of Christ,” she said.

    Weaver is an international speaker and multiply published author, with texts on Marriage and Family: A Christian Theological Foundation (Anselm, 2009); Christian Thought and Practice: A Primer (Anselm, 2013); The Theology of Suffering: An Introduction for Caregivers (Routledge, 2013); and Christian Thought and Practice: A Primer – Revised Edition (Anselm, 2015). Her areas of interest and expertise include feminist theology, theology of suffering and death, theology of the family, and theology and music. Her current works in development include a text on Intersex and Theological Anthropology and Theology and Music.

    “From the Patient Room to the Classroom”
    Tuesday, April 9
    Mullen Room 314

    Clinical competence is a critical requisite of nursing education, yet new graduates are not adequately prepared for the transition to professional practice, say Assistant Professor Lauren Patton, DNP, CCRN, and Nursing Instructor Ashley Badders, MSN. In fact, the inability of new nurses to properly transition into practice can result in significant patient care consequences.

    Patton and Badders will discuss teaching methods intended to promote transference of theoretical course content to clinical application.

    “Previous testing at Ursuline has shown that student performance on unfolding case studies correlates with first time passage rates on the national nurse licensing exam, while assessing clinical judgment skills. Ursuline nursing faculty have designed interactive, video-based unfolding case studies as a summative exam to bridge the academic-practice gap and more effectively prepare students for practice. The presentation will discuss the endeavor, preliminary data demonstrating efficacy, and how other disciplines may integrate similar testing aimed at targeting critical thinking into their curricula,” they said.

    Patton earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University, Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus on education from Benedictine University, and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University. She is a board-certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), and Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). Patton brings more than 10 years of nursing experience to Ursuline’s Breen School of Nursing, working in intensive care settings. Her professional interests include simulation, end-of-life care, and exploring/utilizing active learning/teaching strategies for classrooms.

    Badders is an instructor in the undergraduate nursing program. After earning her Bachelor of Science in emergency medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, she attended Duquesne University’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Badders earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University and is currently working toward her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Case Western Reserve University. She has experience working in both adult and pediatric critical care and has obtained certification in critical care nursing. Badders currently serves as the faculty advisor for Student Nurses of Ursuline College and the president of the Iota Psi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

    "Vitamin E and Alzheimer’s Disease"
    Thursday, May 2
    Mullen Little Theatre

    Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant. “There has been much research outlining how vitamin E works in the body, and especially how vitamin E may prevent neurological-related conditions. As such, many individuals take vitamin E to combat oxidative stress-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease,” explained Assistant Professor Lynn Ulatowski, PhD. Her talk will look at how vitamin E works in the brain and how this may be different for each person.

    Ulatowski will outline what is known about vitamin E in the brain, drawing on a recent paper she published with a student at Ursuline titled “Vitamin E: Mechanism and Transport in the CNS.” Additionally, she will present information about how each person may respond differently to vitamin E supplementation, based a paper published with a student in 2017 titled: “Vitamin E and Alzheimer’s Disease: Is it Time for Personalized Medicine.”

    Ulatowski earned a BS in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. She earned an MS in Nutrition and a PhD in Molecular Nutrition, both from Case Western Reserve University. Her Dissertation topic was: Regulation of Vitamin E and Tocopherol Transfer protein, for which she received the Academic Excellence Award. As a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Ulatowski researched Vitamin E transport in the central nervous system, which is particularly relevant to oxidative stress associated diseases like Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Down Syndrome. Her research also includes delineating how modifications of Tiam1 GEF influences activation of Rho GTPases and progression of colon cancer.