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Bill Cullinan Paul Gasser Marieke Gilmartin   Rober Wheeler    

The Science that Heals | The Neurobiology of Stress, Trauma and Resilience

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT

Presenters: William E. Cullinan, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, College of Health Sciences, Marquette University; Paul Gasser, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Marquette University; Marieke Gilmartin, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Research in Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Marquette University; Robert Wheeler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences,College of Health Sciences, Marquette University

A wealth of evidence indicates a strong linkage between isolation and neglect with behavioral and mental health disorders later in life. Researchers in Marquette University’s Kubly Mental Health Research Center within the College of Health Sciences are positioned to bring a multifaceted neuroscientific perspective to this issue. This program will examine brain mechanisms of stress responsiveness and coping, the effects of stress hormones on brain development, and neurological changes that can carry negative effects across multiple generations, as well as mechanisms underlying resilience and recovery.

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William E. Cullinan, Ph.D., is professor and dean of the Marquette University College of Health Sciences and director of the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center.

Paul Gasser, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University. His research program focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which stress-related hormones and neurotransmitters alter brain cell function, and how those actions may contribute to stress-related disorders including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Marieke Gilmartin, Ph.D., is an associate professor and associate chair for research in biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University. She uses a combination of behavioral, systems and molecular approaches to examine the neurobiology of learning and memory to learn how dysfunctions in emotional learning can lead to disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Robert Wheeler, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University. His research program focuses on understanding how neural systems that regulate hedonic and emotional processing influence motivation. Understanding these systems will define the forces that control motivated behavior and ultimately how behavioral disorders can be treated.

 

 

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Faith-sharing Fridays: Kris Ropella, Eng '85

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT

Presented by Dr. Kristina (Kris) Ropella, Eng ’85, Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering, Marquette University
Moderated by Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Arts '85, Grad '88, '98, Senior Mission & Ignatian Leadership Specialist, University Advancement, Marquette University

Join us for inspiration, conversation and community as we discuss our varying faith journeys, beliefs and the people we have met along the way. Marquette leaders will reflect on their faith as we explore these holy invitations in our lives and the influence a growing faith can have on us over a lifetime.

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Dr. Kristina (Kris) Ropella is Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette University. She joined the biomedical engineering faculty at Marquette in 1990 and served as the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2004 to 2013, when she was named the executive associate dean. Ropella assumed the permanent role of Opus Dean in 2015. In this leadership role, Ropella provides vision and leads strategic planning and implementation, creation of academic programs, engagement with industry, government and other academic institutions, fundraising and community outreach.

Ropella’s research expertise is in biosignal processing and medical imaging for diagnostic medical devices, with emphasis on monitoring of cardiac arrhythmias and brain mapping. She led the creation of several innovative educational programs, including the Joint Functional Imaging Ph.D. program with the Medical College of Wisconsin, a new biocomputer engineering major at Marquette, a GAANN Graduate Fellowship Program in Functional Imaging, and the Marquette and MCW Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is also the founder and faculty director of E-Lead, a three-year curricular leadership development program that offers undergraduate students the opportunity to build on their technical skills and develop their capacity to lead people and teams.

Ropella was named the Wisconsin U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support for Education (2007). She has twice received the college’s Outstanding Teacher Award (1994 and 2002) and received the university’s Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2002). Ropella received the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 (2000) and Women of Influence (2008) awards; STEM Forward’s Engineer of the Year award (2016); and the Kern Family Foundation’s Outstanding Dean award (2016).

Ropella is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She has served on the board of directors for AIMBE, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Council of Chairs in Biomedical Engineering, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She is on the board of trustees for the Medical College of Wisconsin, the board of directors for Milwaukee’s St. Augustine Prep and the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Governance Board.

She received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University.

Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther currently serves as the Senior Mission & Ignatian Leadership Specialist in University Advancement at Marquette University. Additionally, Kathy serves/has served as adjunct faculty for undergraduates and clinical adjunct faculty for graduate students at Marquette University. Kathy received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Marquette University and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.  For many years, Kathy has worked with a particular emphasis in Ignatian spirituality as a means for healthy spiritual and emotional living. Kathy has also served as a spiritual director, speaker and consultant to religious congregations, clergy and religious, and parishes focusing on the work of community building, conflict resolution and spiritual growth. Kathy serves as current consultant for diaconate formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and served as the past Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Board for Clergy Abuse in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.


 

Laura Abing Clare Herrig    

Women as Pillars of Faith: A Marquette Campus Pilgrimage

THURSDAY, MAY 27 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Presented by: Dr. Laura Abing, Grad ’88, ’97, Senior Communication Specialist, University Advancement, Marquette University; Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Arts '85, Grad '88, '98, Senior Mission and Ignatian Leadership Specialist, University Advancement, Marquette University

May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the epitome of God’s faithful servant. And like our Holy Mother, Joan of Arc and Mother Teresa of Calcutta answered God’s call to serve, earning recognition as saints for their faith without limits.

Learn how each of these three holy women is foundational to Marquette’s mission pillar of faith by exploring three sacred spaces at the core of our campus — a built corridor representing both the physical heart and spiritual center of the university.

Join Drs. Kathy Coffey-Guenther and Laura Abing for a reflective and historical pilgrimage that starts at the recently created Marian Grotto, continues with a tour of the adjacent St. Joan of Arc Chapel, and concludes with a visit to the Mother Teresa Memorial just west of the grotto. The campus community is blessed to feature what truly is a “power alley” dedicated to three incomparable women of faith. We welcome the opportunity to share these empowering spaces with you.

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Dr. Laura Abing has worked as a proposal writer/senior communication specialist in Marquette University’s Advancement Office for more than 20 years. She has a special love for Marquette, where she met her husband, Kevin, while both earned their master’s and doctorates in history from the university. Laura genuinely enjoys working on behalf of Marquette because she feels privileged to promote the mission and capacity of a university known for providing academic excellence in the Catholic and Jesuit traditions. As she’ll tell you, “I believe in all these values. They not only shape our students as professional leaders and change agents, but also make Marquette a truly special place to work.” To help ensure it remains so, Laura has represented fellow staff across the university as a member of the University Staff Senate for nearly a decade and has regularly helped prepare documentation critical for the university’s reaffirmation of accreditation. In addition, Laura considers it an honor to have participated in developing Marquette’s Sacred Spaces campus tour, lending her passion as a historian to help visitors learn the historical context behind these special sites.

Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther currently serves as the Senior Mission and Ignatian Leadership Specialist in University Advancement at Marquette University. Additionally, Kathy serves/has served as adjunct faculty for undergraduates and clinical adjunct faculty for graduate students at Marquette University. Kathy received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Marquette University and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. For many years, Kathy has worked with a particular emphasis in Ignatian spirituality as a means for healthy spiritual and emotional living. Kathy has also served as a spiritual director, speaker and consultant to religious congregations, clergy and religious, and parishes focusing on the work of community building, conflict resolution and spiritual growth. Kathy serves as current consultant for diaconate formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and served as the past Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Board for Clergy Abuse in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

 


Lora Strigens HeadshotRoadmap to the Future - Marquette’s Campus Master Plan

THURSDAY, JUNE 3 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Presented by: Lora Strigens, Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management, Marquette University

“…To be among the most innovative and accomplished Catholic and Jesuit universities in the world…” is the vision that inspires Marquette President Michael R. Lovell as he leads the university forward. Marquette’s campus master plan is a road map defining our capital projects for the next 10 to 20 years and helps ensure a transformative student experience — where the vitality of the campus builds community, fuels engagement and celebrates our Catholic and Jesuit values. Join us as Lora Strigens, vice president for planning and facilities management, shares the vision of Marquette’s future and the path that will take us there.

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Dr. Lora Strigens is the vice president for planning and facilities management at Marquette University. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s master plan and all capital projects; and collaborating with university leadership on key strategic initiatives related to the physical campus. She oversees the Department of Facilities Planning and Management, which includes campus planning, environmental health and safety, facilities services, parking operations, and sustainability. In her role, Strigens works closely with all units across campus, engaging with academics, students, administrative departments, student life, and other campus and community stakeholders to ensure that planning decisions are approached in an integrated way. She co-chairs the Strategic Planning Steering Committee with Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp.

Prior to joining Marquette, Strigens was an associate vice president at a national architecture, engineering and planning firm, and then moved inside higher education at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee where she was the associate director of planning. A licensed architect and planner, Strigens has worked on numerous education and cultural projects both locally and nationally, and has provided leadership on projects from early visioning through implementation. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at UWM. Strigens has presented at several professional conferences and events, and published on the topics of master planning, plan implementation, and integrating sustainability into planning and design efforts.

Strigens received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and two master’s degrees from UWM. She has received the GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) award from UWM, was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” winner, and recently received a leadership award from Girl Scouts of Wisconsin.

Strigens is active in several professional and community organizations, and serves on the board of Menomonee Valley Partners.

 



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