Milwaukee Journal Sentinel names its “Big Ideas” of 2013; includes three Marquette innovations

January 2, 2014

Three Marquette University innovations made the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s list of “Big Ideas” for 2013. The Mobile Legal Clinic, the human-powered nebulizer and the College of Nursing collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin were all touted as examples of great ideas that came from leading research institutions in Wisconsin in 2013.

Excerpts from the article include:

Mobile Legal Clinic

The Marquette University Law School has long provided pro bono legal work, but in recent months, Marquette has formed a partnership with the Milwaukee Bar Association to help out folks who can’t get downtown.

Basically, they got on the bus.

The partners’ Mobile Legal Clinic — a specially outfitted bus — helps extend Marquette’s legal services farther out into the community. The clinic, which launched in September, is believed to be the only service of its kind in Wisconsin and one of only a handful in the nation delivering volunteer legal services in underserved areas.

Funding for the bus was underwritten by a gift from Marquette Law alumni Frank Daily and Julianna Ebert in honor of the pro bono work of another Marquette Law alumnus, Mike Gonring — their friend and longtime partner at Quarles & Brady.

The pro bono bus is being operated by the Milwaukee Justice Center — a collaborative project among the Milwaukee Bar Association, Marquette Law School and Milwaukee County. It is staffed by attorneys from local firms and current Marquette law students. – From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Human-Powered Nebulizer

In the developing world, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a major problem — mainly because wood fires are used to cook and heat, resulting in an estimated 2.7 million deaths a year. The treatment for this illness traditionally has been a nebulizer, which can deliver vaporized droplets of medication to troubled airways.

But if you don’t have electricity, and millions of people worldwide do not, traditional nebulizers aren’t much good.

Enter the Marquette University College of Engineering. Lars Olson, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is completing clinical trials on a device that draws its energy from a hand crank. He has the support of the El Salvador Ministry of Health and Pan American Health Organization. So far, the results show that the crank nebulizer is just as effective as electronic-powered devices. Olson hopes to put some of his human-powered nebulizers into service in rural El Salvador in 2014. – From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

College of Nursing Collaboration

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Marquette University College of Nursing worked together to open two new nurse-managed community clinics this fall — one at the Northside YMCA and one at the COA Youth & Family Centers-Goldin Center. The clinics are bringing health care closer to some of the people in Milwaukee who need it most.

The Children’s Hospital Primary Care clinics are staffed by pediatric, adult and family nurse practitioners from Marquette’s College of Nursing and serve children and adolescents from birth to age 19. Undergraduate and graduate nursing students at Marquette will participate in clinical experiences at the clinics and work with the staff at the Northside YMCA and the Goldin Center to provide health education. In addition, Children’s Hospital has community navigators in the neighborhoods who help families remain healthier. – From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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