elcome to the 2012 edition of Discover magazine, highlighting some
of the exciting research and scholarship of Marquette University’s talented faculty, ranging from fundamental work in individual disciplines to innovative, and often interdisciplinary, approaches to solving some of the most critical issues of our time. Marquette has a strong tradition of scholarship in the humanities. Civil War historian James Marten, winner of Marquette’s 2010 Haggerty Award for Research Excellence, examines issues faced by Civil War veterans in his most recent book, published during the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Margaret Urban Walker, recently recruited to Marquette as the Donald J. Schuenke Chair in Philosophy, explores reparative justice and the social and political conditions of moral accountability. Marquette scientists are also making impressive advances in their fields, including Chung Hoon Lee’s pioneering work in nanotechnology. Another interdisciplinary strength at Marquette is in health-related research. Robert Wheeler’s state-of-the-art research in basic neuroscience is providing a better understanding of how neural regulation of emotion exerts control over adaptive and maladaptive behavior, while Amy Van Hecke’s work with autistic children and teens takes an innovative approach to evaluating the impact of the PEERS intervention on the brain. Marianne Weiss, along with her Marquette collaborators Kathleen Bobay and Olga Yakusheva, provides insight into how factors such as nurse staffing and overtime hours affect readmission rates and emergency room visits. Due to the work of these scholars and others on campus, Marquette is well poised to take a leadership role in the emerging regional consortium designed to improve health care access and delivery through a focus on economics and innovation. The featured scholars described above provide a glimpse of some of the important work being done at Marquette today; additional short features and the bookshelf section provide other great examples. I invite you to also explore marquette.edu/research for more examples of Marquette research and scholarship.
Dr. Jeanne M. Hossenlopp Vice Provost for Research