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College of Nursing Assistant Professor Reed Halterman, center, works with nursing anesthesia students who are learning with a simulated patient in the SIM Lab at the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons. [Michael Holahan/Augusta University]

What’s happening at Augusta University? Week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Story ideas this week include the continued effort by Augusta University to work with the community, a study on a new way to make nylon for everyday products and the Nursing Scholars Program paves the way for future work in health care.

Nursing Scholars Program prepares the next generation

The Nursing Scholars Program of Augusta University provides students driven to work in health care a jumpstart into the rigors of the program. Margeau Cutter graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and was accepted into the program. “Everything was right here,” Cutter said. “And I knew how challenging it is to get into a nursing program, so becoming a nursing scholar alleviated that concern.” Cutter added maintaining academic excellence and adjusting her mental approach early on contributed to her success.

A new way to produce nylon may be in the works

Producing nylon used to make tire reinforcements, outdoor stadium seats, and other products that need strength and durability is not eco-friendly. It requires zinc, which is an endangered element. Dr. Brian Agee, a chemistry lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Physics in the College of Science and Mathematics, and Amina Aly, an undergrad biology student, conducted research and found that iron catalyzes almost as well as zinc and is readily available. “Zinc is currently 50-100 years away from extinction, giving focus to finding alternative synthetic methods without involving the use of zinc,” said Agee.

Center works to improve public health via civic engagement

The Center for Bioethics and Health Policy at Augusta University is cultivating a “healthy health culture” by working with the community. “The center is really keen to hear from people, whether colleagues at AU or members of the local community, who want to participate in or learn more about our work,” said Dr. Laura Williamson, director of CBHP. This is year one of a five-year strategic research plan established by CBHP.

Fundraising with the People for Parkinson’s Walk

Augusta University’s Department of Physical Therapy will take part in the People of Parkinson’s Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. The fundraiser is at First Baptist Church on Walton Way in Augusta. Proceeds are used predominantly in the local area to fund research grants, a respite program for caregivers and more.

Interview opportunities are available for these story ideas. Call 706-522-3023 to schedule an interview. Check out the Augusta University Expert Center to view our list of experts who can help with story ideas.

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