Glenside, PA, United States
Glenside, PA, United States

Arcadia University is a private university located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States, on the outskirts of Philadelphia. A master's university by Carnegie Classification, the university has a co-educational student population of approximately 4,000 . The university was ranked 25th in the master's universities in the North category by U.S. News & World Report for the 2009 rankings. The 76-acre campus features Grey Towers Castle, a National Historic Landmark. Wikipedia.

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FARMINGTON, Conn., Dec. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:HRZN) (“Horizon”), a leading specialty finance company that provides capital in the form of secured loans to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and cleantech industries, announced today that its Advisor, Horizon Technology Finance Management LLC, has expanded its life sciences team with the appointments of Mishone Donelson as Managing Director and Lillian Mu as Portfolio Manager. Gerald A. Michaud, President, commented, “We are very excited to have Mishone and Lillian join our life sciences team. They both bring a wealth of expertise and solid industry relationships to Horizon’s life sciences platform, broadening and strengthening our existing capabilities. We look forward to their contributions as we focus on expanding our investments in the life sciences market.” Mr. Donelson has over 15 years of investment and business development experience. Previously, he was a Principal at Fairview Capital Partners, where he led investment and business development efforts for Fairview’s venture capital, private equity and direct co-investment portfolios, including healthcare and life sciences opportunities. Prior to that, he served at Ariel Investments as an equity research analyst and as Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO. Formerly, Mr. Donelson served as a consultant for Accenture. He also helped launch the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Tennessee’s first charter school. Mishone holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from MIT and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was a Robert Toigo Fellow. Before joining Horizon, Ms. Mu was a Senior Investment Associate at Connecticut Innovations, where she sourced, evaluated and structured new investment opportunities in life sciences, including conducting due diligence, and managed portfolio companies. She served as a board observer for numerous life science companies, including Arvinas, Aeromics, Bioarry, Tangen, Thetis and AxioMx (ABC:LN). Prior to joining Connecticut Innovations, Ms. Mu spent more than 15 years in research and development in academia and the pharmaceutical industry, including positions at the University of Pennsylvania, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Pfizer. She also has extensive experience in international public health, having spent six months in Zambia as Pfizer’s Global Health Fellow. Ms. Mu has authored or coauthored more than 30 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Lillian holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Arcadia University, a Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven. About Horizon Technology Finance Horizon Technology Finance Corporation is a leading specialty finance company that provides capital in the form of secured loans to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and cleantech industries. The investment objective of Horizon is to maximize its investment portfolio’s return by generating current income from the debt investments it makes and capital appreciation from the warrants it receives when making such debt investments. Headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, Horizon has regional offices in Walnut Creek, California and Reston, Virginia. Horizon's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol "HRZN". To learn more, please visit Forward-Looking Statements Statements included herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Horizon undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

Leighton J.W.,Arcadia University | Leighton J.W.,University of New Brunswick | Valverde K.,Arcadia University | Bernhardt B.A.,University of Pennsylvania
Public Health Genomics | Year: 2012

Background/Aims: Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing allows consumers to discover their risk for common complex disorders. The extent to which consumers understand typical results provided by DTC genetic testing is currently unknown. Misunderstanding of the results could lead to negative consequences including unnecessary concern, false reassurance or unwarranted changes in screening behaviors. We conducted a study to investigate consumers' perceptions and understanding of DTC test results. Methods: An online survey was posted on Facebook that included questions relating to 4 sample test results for risk of developing colorectal cancer, heart disease and skin cancer. Genetic counselors were used as a comparison group. Results: 145 individuals from the general public and 171 genetic counselors completed the survey. A significant difference was found between the way the general public and genetic counselors interpreted the meaning of the DTC results. The general public respondents also believed that results in all 4 scenarios would be significantly more helpful than the genetic counselors did. Although the majority of general public respondents rated the results as easy to understand, they often misinterpreted them. Conclusions: These findings imply that the general public has the potential to misinterpret DTC results without appropriate assistance. Further research is needed to explore optimal methods of providing DTC test results and ways to minimize the risk of negative consequences for consumers. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

Barr-Anderson D.J.,University of South Carolina | Adams-Wynn A.W.,University of Minnesota | Disantis K.I.,Arcadia University | Kumanyika S.,University of Pennsylvania
Obesity Reviews | Year: 2013

Obesity interventions that involve family members may be effective with racial/ethnic minority youth. This review assessed the nature and effectiveness of family involvement in obesity interventions among African-American girls aged 5-18 years, a population group with high rates of obesity. Twenty-six databases were searched between January 2011 and March 2012, yielding 27 obesity pilot or full-length prevention or treatment studies with some degree of family involvement and data specific to African-American girls. Interventions varied in type and level of family involvement, cultural adaptation, delivery format and behaviour change intervention strategies; most targeted parent-child dyads. Some similarities in approach based on family involvement were identified. The use of theoretical perspectives specific to African-American family dynamics was absent. Across all studies, effects on weight-related behaviours were generally promising but often non-significant. Similar conclusions were drawn for weight-related outcomes among the full-length randomized controlled trials. Many strategies appeared promising on face value, but available data did not permit inferences about whether or how best to involve family members in obesity prevention and treatment interventions with African-American girls. Study designs that directly compare different types and levels of family involvement and incorporate relevant theoretical elements may be an important next step. © 2012 International Association for the Study of Obesity.

Black H.K.,Arcadia University | Santanello H.R.,Arcadia University
Gerontologist | Year: 2012

Objective: The purpose of this study was to qualitatively explore family reaction to the death of the elderly husband and father in the family. Methods: We qualitatively interviewed 34 families (a family included a widow and 2 adult biological children) approximately 6-15 months after the death. In private, one-on-one in-depth interviews, we discussed how the death affected each family member as an individual and how each member perceived that the death altered the family as a unit. Results: An individual's worldview, embedded in the smaller culture of the family and the larger culture of society, offers a template for appropriate grief reactions. Discussion: Our article builds on the constructs of worldview, grief for the husband and father, and narrative at the juncture of self-evaluation, as family members reflected on where they stood in their own journey through life. © 2012 The Author.

DiSantis K.I.,Arcadia University | Hodges E.A.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Fisher J.O.,Temple University
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity | Year: 2013

Background: Breastfeeding modestly reduces obesity risk, yet the mechanisms are not well understood. The goal of the current research was to evaluate the association of breastfeeding duration with a wide range of maternal feeding approaches in late infancy and toddlerhood.Methods: A secondary analysis of cross-sectional data from an ethnically-diverse sample of 154 mothers of infants (aged 7-11 months) and toddlers (aged 12-24 months) was performed. Breastfeeding history was self-reported where 75% of mothers had weaned by the time of the interview. Multiple dimensions of maternal feeding approaches were measured using the Infant Feeding Styles Questionnaire which assesses pressuring, restriction, responsive, laissez-faire, and indulgent approaches to feeding. Analyses were performed separately for infants and toddlers and adjusted for maternal education level, ethnicity, and marital status.Results: Mothers of infants who breastfed for longer durations tended to report greater responsiveness to infant satiety cues (p≤0.01) and reduced pressuring in feeding complementary foods (p<0.05). Mothers of toddlers who breastfed for longer durations tended to report reduced pressuring in feeding complementary foods (p<0.01).Conclusion: These results suggest that breastfeeding may shape maternal feeding approaches related to responsiveness to infant cues as infants enter a period of complementary feeding, even after considering a range of demographic characteristics previously associated with breastfeeding behaviors. That responsiveness to feeding cues was not associated with breastfeeding duration in the toddler sample suggests that some aspects of this association might be isolated to infancy. © 2013 DiSantis et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Moss M.S.,Arcadia University | Moss S.Z.,Arcadia University
Omega (United States) | Year: 2012

Multiple bereaved adult children, as siblings, have rarely been studied. We expand the paradigm of bereavement research to explore the ways that two sisters describe the experience and meaning of the death of their elderly father. The two sisters each participated in two separate qualitative ethnographic interviews, followed by standard qualitative analyses of the transcribed narratives. The findings yield contrasting perspectives of the sisters' disparate views of their family, of their father, and their views of each other, that provide insight into the complexity of the sharp differences in their reactions to their father's death. Their views of their father's death reflected their particular relationship with their father, their non-shared experiences over the life course, and their personal world views. Differences and contradictions in the views of multiple siblings can broaden our understanding of bereavement and of the processes central to parent-child ties at the end of life. © 2013, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.

Resetarits Jr. W.J.,Texas Tech University | Binckley C.A.,Arcadia University
American Naturalist | Year: 2013

Camouflage occupies a central role in arsenals of both predators and prey and invokes visions of organisms possessing specific characteristics or altering their shape, color, or behavior to blend into the visual background or confound identification. However, many organisms use modalities other than vision. Chemical communication is particularly important in aquatic systems, and chemicals cues are used by a broad array of colonizing organisms to recognize and avoid risky habitats. Here we describe a habitat selection experiment with aquatic beetles and summarize results of 11 experiments involving colonizing beetles and ovipositing tree frogs that provide evidence that pirate perch Aphredoderus sayanus are chemically camouflaged with respect to a diverse array of prey organisms. We believe this to be the first example of a predator possessing a generalized chemical camouflage effective against a broad array of prey organisms, and we suggest that it may constitute a novel weapon in the predator-prey arms race. © 2013 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

Resetarits Jr. W.J.,Texas Tech University | Binckley C.A.,Arcadia University
Oecologia | Year: 2013

Colonization and extinction are primary drivers of local population dynamics, community structure, and spatial patterns of biological diversity. Existing paradigms of island biogeography, metapopulation biology, and metacommunity ecology, as well as habitat management and conservation biology based on those paradigms, emphasize patch size, number, and isolation as primary characteristics influencing colonization and extinction. Habitat selection theory suggests that patch quality could rival size, number, and isolation in determining rates of colonization and resulting community structure. We used naturally colonized experimental landscapes to address four issues: (a) how do colonizing aquatic beetles respond to variation in patch number, (b) how do they respond to variation in patch quality, (c) does patch context affect colonization dynamics, and (d) at what spatial scales do beetles respond to habitat variation? Increasing patch number had no effect on per patch colonization rates, while patch quality and context were critical in determining colonization rates and resulting patterns of abundance and species richness at multiple spatial scales. We graphically illustrate how variation in immigration rates driven by perceived predation risk (habitat quality) can further modify dynamics of the equilibrium theory of island biogeography beyond predator-driven effects on extinction rates. Our data support the importance of patch quality and context as primary determinants of colonization rate, occupancy, abundance, and resulting patterns of species richness, and reinforce the idea that management of metapopulations for species preservation, and metacommunities for local and regional diversity, should incorporate habitat quality into the predictive equation. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

News Article | October 23, 2015

In a recent study published in the journal Ecology, researchers used an innovative technique to experimentally manipulate the amount of investment provided to offspring by salamander mothers. In many organisms that lay eggs and then swim or walk away to let their offspring figure out life on their own, yolk is one of the only forms of maternal investment. To understand the way maternal investment interacts with different environments, the researchers surgically reduced embryonic yolk reserves and then followed the resulting offspring through adulthood in favorable and unfavorable conditions. Embryos with less yolk hatched out at smaller sizes as expected, but the effects didn't end there. "We thought that removing yolk would be bad news for the salamander larvae going into competitive environments. And we expected favorable environments would allow yolk-reduced animals to catch up," says Professor Howard Whiteman, in whose Murray State University lab this study was conducted. However, the opposite occurred. In favorable conditions, the larvae with less yolk didn't catch up to the controls, and in the unfavorable conditions, there was no size difference between controls and yolk-reduced animals. "Here's where it gets crazy," says Tobias Landberg, a post-doctoral researcher and co-author on the study who is now an assistant professor of biology at Arcadia University. "The effects of removing about 20% of yolk reserves didn't only affect hatchling size and adult body size. Amazingly, it affected the way the females, when they became mothers, invested in their own offspring!" Females that received less yolk as embryos actually increased the number of eggs they produced when they reached maturity. This increased their fitness in unfavorable conditions compared to the control group. "Females in many organisms are able to provide less yolk to offspring when conditions are bad. Our study shows that mothers may prepare their offspring for the environment that they themselves faced through variation in the amount of yolk that they provide," says Michael Moore, the lead author on the study and now a Ph.D. student at Case Western Reserve University. "When the offspring face those same unfavorable conditions as their mothers, their maternally-influenced traits facilitate substantially better performance." "But when the mother's environment and the offspring environment don't match, the offspring potentially pay a big cost," Moore notes. While the direct long-term influence that mothers can have on their offspring has been known, these findings have the potential to change the way scientists think about the energy and information that mothers provide their offspring. "Not only are mothers providing resources to their offspring, but information about whether that environment is favorable or not. And it looks like they are matching the resources with the right information," says Professor Whiteman. All three authors stressed that these so-called "trans-generational effects" can play a big role in many aspects of biology. How traits affect performance throughout every life stage is an important question with broad implications for developmental biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. "In order to understand the ultimate consequences of these maternal influences on offspring performance, the next step is really to study their integrative effects on traits across the offspring's whole life cycle and into future generations," Moore says. Maybe those offspring who have to fend for themselves are being well-prepared for a tough, competitive life. And maybe... mom does know best. Explore further: Exposing chicks to maternal stress leads to long-term reproductive success

News Article | December 13, 2016

HOLLYWOOD, CA, December 13, 2016-- Renee Zawawi is at again! Upcoming on the 8th of December, Renee will once again have fans rocking as she is set to launch her Live Band Album: "Gallery Show." Renee is sure to leave the crowd screaming for more as she and her band mates mesmerize the audience with a new twist on musical classics and artistic vision. If past experiences have shown us anything - it is that this is definitely a novelty album that you must get! During this live recording extravaganza, Renee put her spin on classic songs from the Doors, including "Break on Through" and "Whisky Bar." She'd definitely make Jim Morrison proud. Renee has already set the music world ablaze - beginning with her wildly successful "Happy Hour (feat. Marcus Colbert) CD." She has definitely come a long way since her first original home recordings of "Legends". Aside from her smashing work with her previously hit singles such as: "American Girl," and "One Time in Italy," here is just a snippet of the feedback from critics in the music industry about "Happy Hour."-- "A summer song we've all been waiting for." - New Music Weekly-- "Happy Hour" makes a stellar debut at AC40 with spin power." - National Radio Hits-- "Happy Hour is the new "forever" happy occasions song about the happiest moments in someone's life, ranging from weddings to graduations." - AB"Happy Hour" has reached the top of the charts in the National Radio Hits and sits at number 1, according to The Independent Music Network. The word is out! When Renee performs - you don't want to miss it. Happy Hour CD is live on iTunes, Producers are still talking about her remake of the Elvis Presley classic "Blue Christmas." Renee, as only she can, turned Elvis' "Blue Christmas" into her own coy song. Renee has also wowed audience with her second original hit single: "Mom." Through her music, Renee attempts to bring the past into the present. Through her artistic and lyrical wizardry, she is able to take us back to the 50's, 60's and 70's without us even having to leave our seats! Much of her music is devoted to the tragedies that she has experienced in her life. There are references to her mother in her music, whom Renee didn't reconnect with until her mother's funeral. Despite spending much of her adult life looking for her. She also relates to her father and other personal relationships through her music. Because of this, Renee is able to connect with audiences on a deeply personal and intimate level through her music.Of her music, Renee says, "Each person has their own unique and individual stories. They also have their own way of expressing these stories. That's why when someone decides to write their own songs and music - there's something about the music that is more honest, more fresh, more original. You find yourself singing from the heart, because the songs are coming from a direct result of your own personal experiences, hopes, dreams, and disappointments. You aren't just singing a song - you're telling a story." Anytime Renee Zawawi hit to the studio, it is music history in the making! Don't miss the hippest thing happening in the world of music and entertainment. Renee and her band mates rock the crowd in this Live Band Album: "Gallery Show." Renee Zawawi "Gallery Show" album features all stars musicians include : Tim Pierce (guitar, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Adel), Michael Parnell (keyboard, Meredith Brooks, Brian Setzer), Matt Laug (drums, Alanis Morisette, Slash), Jeff Babko (rhodes, Hammond B3, Jimmy Kimmel, James Taylor), and Rafeal Padilla (percussion, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Michael Buble). The recording was produced by Grammy - Award Winner Tom Weir and arranged by Michael Parnell.Renee Zawawi "Gallery Show" is live on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon."In a nutshell, that is what separates a musician from an entertainer." For more information about this rising star: please visit Renee's website at About Renee :Renee Zawawi, also known as Renee Sharif, is not only an outstanding artist but also a photographer. She earned dual college degree Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual and Performing Arts from Arcadia University and Bachelor of Science from Brooks Institute. Her "Happy Hour" project is part of her plan to bring lovers together. Renee Zawawi Gallery Shows are the perfect place for single meet up and mingles fever!

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