IMPACT: From our Bodies to the Hearts and Minds We Touch

Revolutionizing the treatment of leukemia

Thanks in large part to clinical and basic-science research led by John Byrd (hematology), patients with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia—a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that begins in the immune system—now have access to a life-saving drug. The drug ibrutinib was approved for patients in 2015, in addition to patients with mantle cell lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The improvement in patient outcomes represents a major milestone in the treatment of CLL.

Experiencing the arts first-hand in the digital age

Ann Hamilton (art) was awarded the 2014 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. government. Hamilton is internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multimedia installation. Her art is immersive in nature and rich with sensory details. Her installations are poetic in their cultural contexts, responding to issues such as slavery and oppression and print culture in the digital age.

Understanding the educational pathways of Appalachian youth

The Appalachian Project, Ohio uses interdisciplinary approaches to identify the factors affecting Ohio Appalachian students’ decisions and/or readiness to obtain post-secondary education. The team of faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students takes a narrative approach to collect data to assist students in the region in meeting the economic and educational challenges they face. The project is also creating a peer mentorship program, called the Community of Appalachian Student Leaders, to engage students from the Appalachian region with a community of like-minded students, faculty and staff while providing them with opportunities to develop new academic, professional and leadership skills. The project is a collaboration between the Center for Folklore Studies, Social Change at the Office of Student Life, and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.