Erik C. Ness

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The past 25 years represent a period of widespread change in state policy for postsecondary education. The period has witnessed, for example, the rise of performance-accountability measures and various kinds of reforms in state governance of higher education; the implementation of various initiatives designed to increase educational attainment within the(More)
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can range in spectrum from simple hepatic steatosis to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is characterized by lipotoxicity, hepatocellular ballooning, and inflammation and can progress to cirrhosis. Weight loss is the cornerstone treatment for NAFLD and NASH. Various randomized controlled trials have shown(More)
Numerous studies have examined “whether” and “why” policies diffuse, or the reasons for the adoption in a given government of a policy that exists in another government. This study explored the “how” of policy diffusion by focusing on college completion policies, especially performance funding. In particular, we examined the roles that intermediaries play(More)
Connecting research and policy persists as one of higher education's most pressing challenges. Yet, the extent to which states rely on research evidence to craft policy remains under-studied. This chapter examines research utilization and public policy theory for their conceptual implications on how researchers might examine the role of information in the(More)
Chronic hepatitis C (HCV) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality due to chronic liver disease worldwide. Exposure to the virus leads to chronic infection in the majority of cases and may be associated with progression to cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma. Treatment of HCV has been challenging until recently, requiring(More)
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