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Deo, Meera E., Mindie Lazarus-Black, and Elizabeth Mertz, eds. Power, Legal Education, and Law School Cultures. New York: Routledge, 2020. 302p. $140. Reviewed by Jamie J. Baker
(Law Library Journal, 2020) Baker, Jamie J.
A book review of Power, Legal Education, and Law School Cultures by Meera Deo. Baker discusses each part of the book and states that the book provides a thoughtful discussion of the systemic issues perpetuating unequal hierarchies in the legal academy and beyond. Overall, this is a recommended title.
The Intersectionality of Law Librarianship & Gender
(Villanova Law Review, 2020) Baker, Jamie J.
Like the legal writing community who has brought this issue to the forefront, it is important for law librarians to be fully included in the discussion surrounding statusXgender is the legal academy. This Article attempts to do just that. Part I of this Article provides a historical background in librarianship as a pink-collar profession. Part II discusses the pink ghetto in the legal academy and provides a history of law librarians within the legal academy. Part II concludes with a discussion of law librarians inhabiting the pink ghetto of the legal academy. Part III provides insight into the effects of living in a hierarchy, and Part IV concludes with recommendations for improvement.
3D Printed Microfluidics for Cancer Cell Isolation and Sepsis Detection
(2023-05) Yang, Yijia
Microfluidic cell separation techniques have gained significant attention in the field of clinical analysis due to their ability to perform high-throughput separations on small sample sizes. The use of microfluidic separation in clinical analysis offers several advantages, including the ability to perform high-throughput separations with small sample sizes, high sensitivity and specificity, and low cost. These benefits make microfluidic separation a promising tool for the advancement of clinical analysis and disease diagnosis. In this dissertation, Chapter I discusses the detailed fundamentals introduction of microfluidics. Chapter II and Chapter III present the studies of biomarkers used for cancer cells isolation and the application combined with affinity 3D printed microfluidic devices. Chapter IV discusses the study of biomarkers used in the early detection of sepsis and the application combined with 3D printed multi-zone microfluidic device in a clinical study. In Chapter V, the conclusion and prospects for the future are discussed. Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Cancer cells typically grow quickly, are immature, and are unable to carry out the duties of healthy cells. The mortality of cancer patients will decrease if the cancer prognosis can be identified early (before a disease starts to metastasis). The selection of a biomarker for early cancer detection is crucial. In Chapter II and Chapter III, CD71 and EpCAM are used as cancer biomarkers with our 3D printed microfluidic device to isolate cancer cells. Capture purity and enrichment factor are being studied, in Chapter II, clinical cancer cells were spiked into blood and isolated with breast cancer samples having a purity of 93 ± 6% to 94 ± 10% and an enrichment factor of 1860 ± 120 to 1890 ± 190 and acute lymphoblastic leukemia samples having a purity of 90 ± 10% to 96 ± 7% with an enrichment factor of 1793 ± 200 to 1920 ± 140. The severe and sometimes fatal condition known as sepsis is brought on by an unchecked immunological reaction to infection. Sepsis must be identified and treated as soon as possible to lower the risk of serious consequences and enhance patient outcomes. In Chapter IV, we present a 3D multi-zone microfluidic device provided high sepsis capture purity and high enrichment factor. Anti-CD25, anti-CD64, and anti-CD69 were used as affinity cell capture biomarkers. The performance of our 3D printed multi-zone microfluidic device was assessed in this study, which included 35 septic patients and 10 healthy volunteers. With an AUC of 0.992, we discovered that our combination of anti-CD25, anti-CD64, and anti-CD69 antibodies worked well together to detect sepsis. According to the clinical validation, our multi-parameter microchip provides a potent sepsis assay for clinical point-of-care (POC) applications.
An Underestimated Showcase of Student Scholarship: Law School Institutional Repositories
(Duquesne Law Review, 2022) Nie, Dajiang
Law schools have been using institutional repositories as a showcase for law journals and faculty scholarly achievements for a long time, but law school institutional repositories fail to collect student scholarship regularly. Aspects of law school institutional repositories make no sense when directly benefiting both students and law schools and failing to display student scholarship. This Article examines student scholarship in law school institutional repositories, analyzing its current status, advantages, and keys to success. The Article shows that law school institutional repositories underappreciate student scholarship, and the content of student repositories also lacks diversity. This approach impairs the positive impacts a student scholarship repository should have had on student writing and employment, law school admissions and alumni relations. The Article highlights four key points for a successful law student scholarship repository, including the quality of student scholarship, marketing, copyrights, and FERPA compliance. The Article argues, to maximize the positive effects of a law student scholarship repository, law schools must carefully design institutional repositories to expand their content and diversity.
Identity and Contemporary Media: Neomedieval and Neo-Renaissance Conceptions of Morality in Popular Culture
(2023-05) Rogers, Jessie
This dissertation argues that neomedieval and neo-Renaissance texts are capable of infusing adaptations with progressive and accepting views on inclusivity along the lines of race, gender, sexuality, and disability in ways that allow such adaptations to better reflect the moral complexity of contemporary audiences. I explore how such adaptations showcase and respond to a continued interest in the early British and early modern while also expanding the traditional intended audience of such texts to include those who have historically been and currently remain on the margins of society. In doing so, such texts reflect an increasingly diverse world in ways which include the excluded, encourage privileged readers to engage with other perspectives, and impact our ongoing definitions of good and evil and heroism and villainy. Explorations of complex morality and the liminal space between a strict binary of good and evil have grown as the popularity of antiheroes and anti-villains has increased. In response, this study considers the significance of that liminal space for those whose less-than-savory actions are a means of fighting oppression, and it asks what kind of impact characters from marginalized communities have on our moral binaries and their increasing fluidity. Thus, this argument is responding to several ongoing conversations regarding sociocultural identities and their representations in popular culture, morality in popular culture, heroism and villainy in medieval and Renaissance texts, and the impact of medieval and Renaissance texts and culture on modern media. Specifically, this dissertation works to combine those conversations, signifying for scholars, creators, and audiences where popular culture is heading by exploring the ways in which identity and representation are used to modernize older texts, characters, and tropes for an audience that is increasingly interested in the navigation of complex moral problems as opposed to simplistic victories of good versus evil; essentially, including diverse identities as the basis of these narratives asks us to question what good and evil even mean, who has conventionally been assigned those labels, and to what extent such rigid labels are still functional in today’s world. Using comparisons between medieval poetry, Renaissance poetry and drama, manuscript images and contemporary comics and film, this dissertation traces the changes modern media makes to older sources and what they choose to maintain, positing that maintenance connects us with past cultures while change better connects the diverse communities of our current and future cultures. Using race, gender, queer, and disability applications when adapting the medieval and the Renaissance acknowledges the harm that bigotry done to a number of communities while reshaping beloved genres and narratives to form new access points for audience members within those communities.