Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Aquinas College is a Catholic independent, day and boarding school for boys at Salter Point, Perth, Western Australia. Its sister school is Santa Maria Ladies College in Attadale, Perth, which they meet and interact with often. Aquinas opened in 1938, when boarders and day students from Christian Brothers College moved to the new campus at Salter Point. The history of Aquinas begins with CBC Perth which was founded in 1894 in the centre of Perth. Aquinas was the beneficiary of CBC Perth history, honours and achievements for the period 1894-1937.The campus at Aquinas was built on elevated land which is part of the 62-hectare site at Salter Point. The site includes a large area of bushland on the Mount Henry Peninsula with over two kilometres of water frontage on the Canning RiverCurrently, Aquinas College accepts day students from Years 4 to 12 and boarding as well as day students from Years 7 to 12. Beginning in 2014, Aquinas will progressively add classes from Kindergarten to Year 3, and by 2017 the college will be K-12. The campus includes expansive sporting grounds, and boarding facilities for 210 students. Wikipedia.

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Bellur S.,University of Connecticut | Nowak K.L.,University of Connecticut | Hull K.S.,Aquinas College
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2015

Abstract Young adults, especially college students, are consistently engaging in multiple tasks simultaneously. They are texting, reading, and using social media while studying and attending class. While there are a variety of contexts and relationships likely influenced by this, the present research project examines the influence of media multitasking in the context of students in technology-saturated classrooms and how this is impacting learning and academic performance. A survey of college students examined the impact of technology-based multitasking behaviors both within and outside classrooms. Data demonstrate that those who multitask frequently in-class have lower current college GPAs. This relationship remained significant even after controlling for perceived multitasking efficacy and time spent studying outside of class. Texting emerged as a dominant activity both while attending class and while doing homework. Females seem to use technologies more for maintaining mediated interpersonal interactions and social connections. Males seem to use technology more for online information seeking and for consuming online videos. Those who reported multitasking while doing homework spent more time spent studying outside of class, thereby contributing to inefficient study habits. Implications for technology use, best practices and policies in academic settings are discussed. © 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Chihak B.J.,Aquinas College | Grechkin T.Y.,Simon Fraser University | Kearney J.K.,University of Iowa | Cremer J.F.,University of Iowa | Plumert J.M.,University of Iowa
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology | Year: 2014

We used an immersive virtual environment to examine how children and adults learn to intercept moving gaps and whether children and adults benefit from variability of practice. Children (10- and 12-year-olds) and adults attempted to bicycle between two moving vehicle-size blocks without stopping. In Experiment 1, block motions were timed such that if participants maintained a constant speed, they would intercept the gap between the blocks. By the last set of intersections, adults learned to maintain a constant speed throughout the approach to the intersection, 12-year-olds exhibited less variability in time-to-spare when they intercepted the blocks, and 10-year-olds exhibited no significant change across intersection sets. In Experiment 2, block motions during the first eight intersections were timed such that participants needed to either speed up or slow down on all intersections or needed to speed up on half and slow down on half of the intersections. On the last four intersections, all age groups encountered a novel block timing in which no adjustment in speed was necessary to intercept the blocks. The adults performed well regardless of whether they experienced consistent or variable block timings. The 10-year-olds in the variable condition performed better on slow-down trials than their peers in the slow-down condition but performed worse on speed-up trials than their peers in the speed-up condition. Discussion focuses on possible developmental changes in reliance on perceptually available and remembered information in complex perception-action tasks. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Zavesky B.P.,University of Michigan | Babij N.R.,University of Michigan | Fritz J.A.,University of Michigan | Fritz J.A.,Aquinas College | Wolfe J.P.,University of Michigan
Organic Letters | Year: 2013

A new approach to the synthesis of substituted 5-membered cyclic guanidines is described. Palladium-catalyzed alkene carboamination reactions between acyclic N-allyl guanidines and aryl or alkenyl halides provide these products in good yield. This method allows access to a number of different cyclic guanidine derivatives in only two steps from readily available allylic amines. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

Fornwald R.M.,University of Michigan | Fritz J.A.,Aquinas College | Wolfe J.P.,University of Michigan
Chemistry - A European Journal | Year: 2014

The Pd-catalyzed coupling of N-allylsulfamides with aryl and alkenyl triflates to afford cyclic sulfamide products is described. In contrast to other known Pd-catalyzed alkene carboamination reactions, these transformations may be selectively induced to occur by way of either anti- or syn-aminopalladation mechanistic pathways by modifying the catalyst structure and reaction conditions. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Bulzacchelli R.H.,Aquinas College
Linacre Quarterly | Year: 2013

If, as Karol Wojtyla had insisted, the human person is fundamentally irreducible to any natural, biological, social, or even cosmological function, then the diagnosis of death on any of the purely functionalistic grounds available to medical science presents a serious ethical problem. Perhaps we can no longer treat the question of death merely as a medical "diagnosis," regarding, on that basis, the appropriateness of organ transplantation as a purely medical judgment, ethically accountable only to professional standards of care. We will explore this problem from within a personalistic philosophical, and theological framework, according to which the irreducibility of the human person provides the central referent for an analysis of the reductionistic tendencies of contemporary thinking concerning the "diagnosis of death.". © Catholic Medical Association 2013.

Pilkington B.C.,Aquinas College
HEC Forum | Year: 2016

In this paper, I argue that distinctions between traditional and contemporary accounts of conscience protections, such as the account offered by Aulisio and Arora, fail. These accounts fail because they require an impoverished conception of our moral lives. This failure is due to unnoticed assumptions about the distinction between the traditional and contemporary articulations of conscience protection. My argument proceeds as follows: First, I highlight crucial assumptions in Aulisio and Arora’s argument. Next, I argue that respecting maximal play in values, though a fine goal in our liberal democratic society, raises a key issue in exactly the situations that matter in these cases. Finally, I argue that too much weight is given to a too narrow conception of values. There are differences between appeals to conscience that are appropriately categorized as traditional or contemporary, and a way to make sense of conscience in the contemporary medical landscape is needed. However, the normative implications drawn by Aulisio and Arora do not follow from this distinction without much further argument. I conclude that their paper is a helpful illustration the complexity of this issue and of a common view about conscience, but insofar as their view fails to account for the richness of our moral life, they fail to resolve the issue at hand. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Jensen E.A.,Aquinas College
ACS Symposium Series | Year: 2013

The author describes some experiences involving undergraduate students in chemistry research projects at a small liberal arts college that has extremely limited facilities. Suggested criteria for choosing appropriate projects for undergraduates are presented. Challenges and potential pitfalls are described as well as successes. The author also illustrates one approach to mentoring undergraduate researchers. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

Humphrey R.P.,Indiana University | Humphrey R.P.,Aquinas College
Plant Systematics and Evolution | Year: 2016

Among the angiosperms, features of pollen morphology such as grain size, aperture number and surface ornamentation display striking variation. It is less well appreciated that pollen morphology may vary within and among populations of the same species as well as within individual plants. In some species, individual plants produce multiple types of fertile pollen grains (called pollen heteromorphism). Aspects of pollen morphology, such as aperture number, are likely to affect fertilization success with different morphologies favored in different local competitive and ecological environments. This study surveys variation in pollen grain morphology among species throughout the genus Thalictrum. Pollen from individuals of 36 species was rehydrated from herbarium specimens, and light microscopy was used to quantify pollen grain aperture number and size. I find that pollen aperture-number heteromorphism is present within all Thalictrum species studied, and distributions of aperture-number morphs vary both within and among species. This study provides an example of significant pollen heteromorphism within a genus that also varies widely for pollination mode and sexual system. © 2016 Springer-Verlag Wien

Pilkington B.C.,Aquinas College
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (United Kingdom) | Year: 2016

This essay serves as an introduction to this issue of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. The five articles in this issue address a range of topics from the human embryo and substantial change to conceptions of disability. They engage claims of moral status, defense of our humanity, and argue for an accurate and just classification of persons of different communities within a healthcare system. I argue in this essay that though their concerns are diverse, the authors in this issue help to answer a common question: "Who counts as one of us?" Reading these articles through the lens of membership and the themes of dignity illustrates this commonality and bears fruit for further reflection on many of the challenging issues addressed in the subsequent papers. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc.

Pilkington B.C.,Aquinas College
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (United Kingdom) | Year: 2014

Understanding what sorts of things one might be responsible for is an important component of understanding what one should do in situations where the administration of artificial hydration and nutrition are required to sustain the life of a patient. Relying on work done in the philosophy of action and on moral responsibility, I consider the implications of omitting the administration of artificial hydration and nutrition and instances in which the omitting agent would and would not be responsible for the death of the patient. I am primarily interested in arguing against those who wish to seat responsibility for the death of a patient in an underlying pathology, even when the underlying pathology is not the cause of the patient's death. © 2014 The Author.

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