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Klement adds nutrition degree to accomplishments To most Eastern Michigan University graduates who received diplomas Dec. 19 at EMU’s Convocation Center, the event was a gateway to their futures. To Cindy Klement, the event was another step in a journey that began nearly 30 years ago. Klement, 57, a self-described “wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, entrepreneur and student,” received her bachelor’s degree in communication, with a minor in nutrition and a grade point average of 3.81. Klement’s journey began in the mid-1970s, at a time when most of her fellow graduates had not yet been born. “After graduating from high school in 1971, I told my mother I wanted to become a doctor.

She told me I didn’t ‘have the brains to be a doctor,’ and discouraged me from attending college.” Instead, Klement got married and started a family. By that time, her personal health already was challenging her day-to-day existence. “I was brought up by parents who owned a party store. Breakfast to me was Ho Hos and chocolate milk. My childhood was wrought with asthma, allergies, skin problems, intestinal disorders and other recurrent illnesses that I could never cure, even with prescription drugs and frequent hospitalization.” A chance discussion with a stranger led her to a holistic practitioner who gave her some

herbs, vitamins and a list of whole foods to begin incorporating into her diet. He told Klement to give his suggestions nine months to begin showing results, but she said she didn’t have to wait that long. “By the end of six months, my symptoms were disappearing. I had made it through my first spring without sneezing from the pollen or having an asthma attack at the smell of cut grass. The eczema had cleared from my hands, and my previously constant use of antibiotics ceased.” That experience marked the beginning of Klement’s lifelong study of herbal medicine and holistic health. She has been in private practice since 1984.

In 1997 she opened her present office at The Parkway Center, a holistic health center in Ann Arbor. Throughout her career, she has served more than 3,500 clients as an herbalist and nutritional consultant. Klement has been an area manager with Nature’s Sunshine Products since 1994 and is a professional member of the National Speaker’s Association. She has been featured on local television stations and mentioned in a dozen news articles. She is also a popular local health speaker. Graduation day for Klement was the culmination of a journey she began in the fall of 2006 at the age of 53. Why did she go back to school after all

Study bolsters theory that genes do influence susceptibility to depression University of Michigan Health System researchers have found new evidence that our genes help determine our susceptibility to depression. Their findings, scheduled to be published online Jan. 3 in the Archives of General Psychiatry, challenge a 2009 study that called the genetic link into question and add new support to earlier research hailed as a medical breakthrough. University of Michigan Health System researchers have found new evidence that our genes help determine our susceptibility to depression. In the summer of 2003, scientists announced they had discovered a connection between a gene that regulates the neurotransmitter serotonin and an individual’s ability to rebound from serious emotional trauma, such as childhood physical or sexual abuse. The journal Science ranked the findings among the top discoveries of the year, and the director of the National Institute of Mental Health proclaimed: “It is a very important discovery and a real advance for the field.” That excitement was dampened in 2009, however, after the research was called into question by a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The New York Times reported that analysis, which examined results from 14 different studies, showed the initial findings had “not held up to scientific scrutiny.” Today Dr. Srijan Sen, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School, and his colleagues are presenting a new, broader analysis of the followup studies to date. The U of M team examined 54 studies dating from 2001 to 2010 and encompassing nearly 41,000 participants — making it the largest analysis of the serotonin gene’s relationship to depression. “When we included all the relevant studies, we found that an individual’s genetic make-up does make a difference in how he or she responds to stress,” said Sen in a news release. The U of M analysis supports previous findings that individuals who had a short allele on a particular area the serotonin gene had a harder time bouncing back from trauma than those with long alleles. Rudolf Uher, a clinical lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, says the U of M research will help cut through the debate about the genetic connection and refocus the field on making new advances to help those affected by mental illness.

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this time? “Although I’ve been in practice since 1982, I recognized that laws are changing toward licensing for nutritionists, and I didn’t want to be forced out of work on a technicality.” Because of her prior learning experiences in the working world, Klement completed five portfolios that were accepted by various department heads and was able to obtain 15 credit hours to get her going on the curriculum requirements. During a meeting with “Doc” Gary Evans, EMU professor of communication, in the fall of 2009, she was encouraged to join the Honors College to graduate with Department Honors and did so. One requirement was

to write a thesis and present it at the Undergraduate Symposium. Her thesis, entitled “Intercultural Communication and the Nutrition Professional,” was an award winner. What’s next for Klement? “I’ve been accepted to EMU’s master’s program in human nutrition and begin coursework in January of 2011. Upon completion of my master’s degree, I will fulfill licensing requirements and plan to become proficient in Spanish. I would like to continue furthering my education and may look into doctoral programs. ” This, Klement notes, is from a woman whose mother discouraged her from attending college because she “wasn’t smart enough.”

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YPSILANTI, Mich. ( — The Eastern Michigan University men’s and women’s basketball teams will honor one of its greatest teams and two of its most outstanding individual players in the next several weeks. Head Coach AnnMarie Gilbert’s women’s team will get into the honorary act, holding “Laurie Byrd Day,” Saturday, Feb. 5, against Buffalo, retiring the Hall of Famer’s No. 4 jersey at halftime. Head Coach Charles E. Ramsey’s men’s team has a “Sweet 16 Celebration” set for the men’s home game Saturday, Feb. 12, against the University at Buffalo at 2 p.m. The men’s team has also set aside Sunday, Feb. 27, for “Earl Boykins Day” as the Eagles retire Boykins’ No. 11 jersey at halftime of the EMU-Western Michigan game, set for a 2 p.m. tip. Laurie Byrd played four seasons for EMU, from 1978-82 and is the school’s career scoring leader with 1,899 points. She was EMU’s first-ever first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection and was named to the EMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. The 1990-91 EMU men’s team advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA National Tournament and that team and coaching staffs will be the special guests of the athletics department at that game. That 1990-91 team, led by Head Coach Ben Braun, won the Mid-American Conference title and also added the MAC Tournament championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles opened that NCAA run with a 76-56 upset of Mississippi State followed by an overtime win over Penn State, 71-68, to advance to a Sweet 16 match up with the No. 1 ranked University of North Carolina Tarheels. Boykins, who is still playing in the NBA as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball club, earned four letters for the Eagles, from 1995-98, and left as the second-leading scorer in history with 2,211 points. He was an honorable mention All-American selection as a senior. In addition to his second-best point total, Boykins is the all-time assists leader (624) and is fifth in the EMU record books in career three-point field goals made (181) .

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