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Alma, MI, United States

Alma College is a private, liberal arts college located in Alma, Michigan, United States. The enrollment is approximately 1,400 students, and the college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college's 13th President, Dr. Jeff Abernathy, assumed leadership in June 2010.Alma College offers five degrees in 41 majors. Academic programs that typically produce the most graduates are business administration, biology, psychology, integrative physiology and health science, and education. Students are encouraged to participate in service learning and study abroad opportunities designed to enhance classroom learning.The College's stated mission is "to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations." Colleges of Distinction, a national college guide for students, identified Alma College as "one of the best places to learn, grow and succeed" in its 2013 edition. Other publications that have recognized Alma College include the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review's 2013-14 "Best in the Midwest." Wikipedia.

Stupica B.,Alma College
Attachment and Human Development | Year: 2016

Parental availability and responsiveness were experimentally manipulated to determine the effects on children’s athletic performance. Fifty children (3–12-year-olds) ran as fast as possible around a softball diamond twice: once while parents were available and responsive and once while parents were unavailable and unresponsive (engrossed in mobile phone; order randomized and counterbalanced). Children ran about three seconds faster and were 17% less likely to trip, fall, or false start in the parental available and responsive condition. In addition, during only the available and responsive condition in which parents were instructed to watch their child and respond as they normally would, children ran faster as their parents’ sensitivity increased. Similarly, children ran faster as parents’ harshness decreased. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Source

Jensen S.,Alma College
Journal of High Energy Physics | Year: 2011

The Kaluza-Klein monopole has been recognized as a string background with significant non-geometric features: It must appear "localized" to winding strings to match the NS5-brane's localization on the T-dual circle. In this work, we explicitly construct this T-dual system in the doubled geometry formalism, which proves to successfully describe the duality despite a broken isometry on one side of the duality pair. We further suggest an extension of the doubled formalism to the gauged linear sigma models describing this system (both bosonic and supersymmetric) and show that previous calculations of worldsheet instanton effects are best understood in this doubled form. © SISSA 2011. Source

Cameron Reed B.,Alma College
American Journal of Physics | Year: 2011

An undergraduate-level model is developed for estimating the fraction of the design yield that can be realized if a uranium or a plutonium fission bomb suffers an uncontrolled predetonation due to a spontaneous fission of the fissile material. The model is based on the combination of one published earlier for the predetonation probability and a yield model developed by Mark et al. ["Explosive properties of reactor-grade plutonium," Sci. Global Secur.17 (2), 170-185 (2009); a reprint of the same paper published in Sci. Global Secur.4 (1), 111-128 (1993)]. © 2011 American Association of Physics Teachers. Source

Reed B.C.,Alma College
Physics Education | Year: 2010

A freely available, easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet for performing linear least-squares fits for (x, y) data with errors in both coordinates is described. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd. Source

Reed B.C.,Alma College
American Journal of Physics | Year: 2010

An undergraduate-level derivation of the probability that a uranium or plutonium fission bomb will suffer an uncontrolled predetonation due to neutrons liberated in spontaneous fissions in the fissile material is developed. Consistent with what was learned by Los Alamos bomb designers during World War II, it is shown why uncontrolled predetonation was not a problem for a U-235 bomb of the Little Boy "gun" design but necessitated development of implosion engineering for the Pu-239 Trinity and Fat Man bombs where the cores were contaminated with highly spontaneously fissile Pu-240. © 2010 American Association of Physics Teachers. Source

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