Brenton Faber
Email
bdfaber@wpi.edu
Office
SL 019
Phone
+1 (508) 8315000 x4930
Education
B.A. Political Science & English University of Waterloo 1992
M.A English Simon Fraser University, BC 1993
Ph.D English University of Utah 1998

Brenton Faber studies medical writing and the human factors that influence medical diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. He is a practicing paramedic who volunteers with a rural ambulance squad and at a free urban clinic.

I am currently interested in the concept of "allostasis" and "allostatic load." The terms have been used to describe a continued activation of the body’s neural, neuroendocrine, and immune systems as an adaptive response to prolonged stress. Unlike homeostasis, which describes an ongoing physiological balance, the term allostasis has been used to describe conditions in which a patient's adaptive systems can become perpetually activated. For example, an allostatic state could perpetuate chronic hypertension, hyperglycemia, tachycardia, or elevated stress hormones. Allostasis has been used to identify conditions in which patients experience otherwise pathological states as normal or in which an anticipatory state predominates.

I maintain a small undergraduate research team. We are currently working with a free urban medical clinic to create an electronic database of epidemiological and medical outcomes data from their paper charts.

A great project we've started is a "Medical Mystery" series in the WPI student newspaper. Archived medical mysteries can be found on WPI's pre-health page at https://www.facebook.com/musigmadelta/

Brenton Faber
Email
bdfaber@wpi.edu
Office
SL 019
Phone
+1 (508) 8315000 x4930

Scholarly Work

K. Codding & B. Faber. (2019, in press) “Scientific emergence and instantiation part II: Assembling synthetic biology 2006-2015.” J. Business & Technical Communication.
Faber, J. & Barr, J. (2015). “Two patients have unusual overdose symptoms.” Journal of Emergency Medical Services. September. Case of the Month.
Faber, B. (2014). Bundled payment models & process improvement opportunities. IIE Society for Healthcare Systems Process Improvement. Conference Proceedings. February. Orlando FL.
Discourse Technology & Change, Continuum
Faber, B. "Representation of nanoscience & technology in popular media" in Technical Communication Q. 15/2.
Professional Highlights & Honors
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Military Police (MP)
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Military Police (MP) MP Officers are professional warrior police who are the Army’s experts at combat policing, promoting the rule of law, and preserving the force both at home and abroad across the range of military operations, with a focus on readiness for large-scale combat operations, criminal investigation and counter-terrorism.  

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MP officers are talented leaders of character who must deal with complexity in both peace and war, applying investigative skills, adaptive and critical thinking, and a detail-focused approach to their interdisciplinary career field. MP officers must possess high levels of physical and mental stamina to operate under stress, while skilled at establishing the necessary relationships in order to instruct, train, and educate across the various cross-cultural, ethnic, and human dimensional attitudes. They are articulate in conveying courses of action, communicating decisions, and accomplishing the mission regardless of operational constraints and environmental conditions.

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