Newburg, KY, United States

Bellarmine University
Newburg, KY, United States

Bellarmine University is an independent, private, Catholic university in Louisville, Kentucky. The liberal arts institution opened on October 3, 1950, as Bellarmine College, established by Archbishop John A. Floersh of the Archdiocese of Louisville and named after the Cardinal Saint Robert Bellarmine. The name was changed by the Board of Trustees in 2000 to Bellarmine University. The university today is organized into seven colleges and schools and confers numerous Bachelor's and Master's degrees in more than 50 academic majors, along with three doctoral degrees; it is currently classified as a Master's university.The university has a current enrollment of over 3,600 students on its main 135-acre academic and residential campus located in the Belknap neighborhood of Louisville. At its spring commencement on May 14, 2011, the school graduated 482 undergraduate and graduate students, contributing to a total of 780 graduates for the school year, up from 700 the previous year.The university offers a large number of extracurricular activities to its students, including athletics, honor societies, clubs and student organizations. Bellarmine's athletic teams are known as the Knights. The university is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for most sports, except men's lacrosse which competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Southern Conference. Bellarmine men's basketball team won the 2011 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament, the first national championship in school history. Alumni and former students have gone on to prominent careers in government, business, science, medicine, education, sports, and entertainment. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 13, 2017

Louisville, KY, April 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After receiving remarkable feedback from their newly developed internship program, Louisville Marketing Solutions, lead by Director of Operations Blake Presley, announces a second wave is coming, and with more perks for their interns. The internship program highlights an in-depth training course offered by Louisville Marketing Solutions that allows soon-to-be graduates to get first hand experience in business, marketing, sales and communications. “We pride ourselves in having strong ties to the community. Giving the new generation of workforce the opportunity to have hands on training with some of the best entrepreneurs in the field is a win-win for both our company and the intern. The intern offers a fresh set of eyes and excitement on new campaigns that we are unveiling and in turn, we may offer a full-time salary based position post graduation,” says Blake. One of Louisville Marketing Solutions most successful interns last year was Katie Tilton. Katie, a marketing major and psychology and communications minor at the University of Louisville, will began her junior year of college with a full summers’ worth of first hand experience. Through the training offered, Katie was promoted from entry-level intern to Assistant Manager just weeks before the internship was to come to a close. Katie was asked what valuable lessons she learned through her internship program that would prove to be beneficial in future endeavors. Katie said, “The most influential thing that I learned this summer was to always stay positive. Your personal outlook on any given situation can set you up for either success or for failure, and ultimately it is your choice.” When describing the business practices that she learned, she explained, “I learned so much about what happens behind the scenes when running a successful marketing firm. The interpersonal communications experience that I received, alone was enough to call this internship an absolute success.” Blake goes on to say, “Katie was able to maneuver through our training program with such ease, proving her leadership and entrepreneur skill set comes naturally.” Because of the extensive positive feed back Louisville Marketing Solutions received from their internship program, the Director enacted a scholarship program. The winner of the scholarship will receive a Louisville Marketing Solutions funded grant toward the intern’s next semester and a career growth opportunity post graduation. The company’s newest interns include students from Bellarmine University and University of Louisville, including; Ariel Weihl, Dakatoa Graue, Jeffrey Amlung, Rachel Swartz, Alexander Blair, and Michael Dorsey. For more information regarding the internship or fulltime opportunities offered by Louisville Marketing Solutions, visit their website at

Objective: To examine the association between sedentary behavior and hearing sensitivity among a nationally representative sample of older US adults. Methods: Data from the 2003-2006 NHANES study was used, with 682 older adults (≥ 55 years) included in the study. Participants wore an ActiGraph 7164 accelerometer to measure sedentary behavior and hearing sensitivity was objectively measured in a sound-isolating room. Results: After adjustments, and comparisons to those with moderate or greater hearing loss, participants 65. years and older with hearing within normal limits (coefficient = -0.07; 95% CI: -0.12 to -0.01) engaged in less sedentary behavior; participants with mild hearing loss (coefficient = 0.02; 95% CI: -0.01-0.07) did not differ in sedentary behavior than those with moderate or greater hearing loss. Sedentary behavior was not associated with hearing among those 55 and older. Conclusions: Adults 65 and older with hearing in normal limits engage in less sedentary behavior than their counterparts with moderate or greater hearing loss. Evaluation and implementation of strategies to limit sedentary behaviors among older adults with greater hearing impairment, in particular, are needed. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

Rothgerber H.,Bellarmine University
Appetite | Year: 2014

Meat eaters face dissonance whether it results from inconsistency ("I eat meat; I don't like to hurt animals"), aversive consequences ("I eat meat; eating meat harms animals"), or threats to self image ("I eat meat; compassionate people don't hurt animals"). The present work proposes that there are a number of strategies that omnivores adopt to reduce this dissonance including avoidance, dissociation, perceived behavioral change, denial of animal pain, denial of animal mind, pro-meat justifications, reducing perceived choice, and actual behavioral change. The presence of vegetarians was speculated to cause meat eating to be a scrutinized behavior, remind meat eaters of their discomfort, and undermine the effectiveness of these strategies. It was therefore hypothesized that exposure to a description of a vegetarian would lead omnivores to embrace dissonance-reducing strategies. Supporting this hypothesis, participants who read a vignette about a vegetarian denied animal mind more than participants who read about a gluten-free individual. It was also hypothesized that omnivores would be sensitive to individual differences between vegetarians and would demonstrate using dissonance-reducing strategies more when the situation failed to provide cognitions consonant with eating meat or to reduce dissonant cognitions. Four experiments supported this prediction and found that authentic vegetarians, vegetarians freely making the decision to abandon meat, consistent vegetarians, and anticipating moral reproach from vegetarians produced greater endorsement of dissonance-reducing strategies than their counterpart conditions. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

As criticisms of factory farming continue to mount, an increasing number of individuals have changed their existing dietary practices. Perhaps the two most important food movements reacting against industrial farming are (1) vegetarianism, the avoidance of animal flesh; and (2) conscientious omnivorism (CO), the consumption of meat or fish only when it satisfies certain ethical standards. While the former group has been well-studied in the social science literature, there have been few, if any, studies specifically examining those who identify themselves as ethical meat eaters. The present research sought to determine if one particular diet was more greatly adhered to by its followers. Results revealed that COs were less likely to perceive their diet as something that they absolutely needed to follow, reported violating their diet more, felt less guilty when doing so, believed less in animal rights, were less disgusted by factory-farmed meat, rated its sensory characteristics more favorably, and were lower in ingroup identification than vegetarians. Mediation analysis demonstrated that differences in the amount of violations and guilt associated with these violations could in part be traced to practical and psychological factors, making it more difficult to follow conscientious omnivorism. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Rothgerber H.,Bellarmine University
Appetite | Year: 2014

A number of studies have documented a phenomenon whereby individuals self-identify as vegetarians but then simultaneously acknowledge that they eat red meat, chicken, and/or fish. Despite being a consistent and fairly robust effect, there has been little attempt to explain these semi-vegetarians, why they would define themselves in a category whose membership criteria they violate, and ways they might differ from strict vegetarians. The present research highlights possible reasons for the discrepancy and focuses on several dimensions that may demarcate semi-from strict vegetarians: belief in human-animal similarity and liking of and disgust toward meat. Survey results indicated that semi-vegetarians ( n= 57) were less likely to dislike meat and to find meat disgusting than were strict vegetarians ( n= 157), even accounting for diet motives. There were no differences between the groups in their beliefs about human-animal similarity although semi-vegetarians who consumed a wider range of animal products perceived marginally less human-animal similarity than those who consumed only fish. The results suggest that semi-vegetarians are distinct from strict vegetarians primarily in their evaluation of and disgust toward meat, likely as a cause or consequence of their occasional consumption of animal flesh. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Rothgerber H.,Bellarmine University
Appetite | Year: 2013

The present research examined pet ownership, current pet diet, and guilt associated with pet diet among a fairly large sample of non-meat-eaters (n=515). It specifically focused on the conflict that pits feeding one's pet an animal-based diet that may be perceived as best promoting their well-being with concerns over animal welfare and environmental degradation threatened by such diets, here labeled the vegetarian's dilemma. Questionnaire responses indicated that ethically motivated meat abstainers were more likely to own pets and owned more of them than those motivated by health concerns or a combination of ethical and health concerns. Vegans and those resisting meat on ethical grounds were more likely to feed their pet a vegetarian diet and expressed the greatest concerns over feeding their pet an animal-based diet. For vegans and ethical meat abstainers, it is suggested that questions concerning what to feed their pet approaches a tragic tradeoff contrasting two sacred values: protecting the well-being of their pets and protecting the well-being of other animals and the environment. For meat abstainers motivated by health concerns, this constitutes a relatively easy moral problem because the primary concern for such individuals is the health of their pet with less or no regard for other ramifications of the decision, i.e., harming other animals or the environment. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Rothgerber H.,Bellarmine University
Psychology of Men and Masculinity | Year: 2013

As arguments become more pronounced that meat consumption harms the environment, public health, and animals, meat eaters should experience increased pressure to justify their behavior. Results of a first study showed that male undergraduates used direct strategies to justify eating meat, including endorsing pro-meat attitudes, denying animal suffering, believing that animals are lower in a hierarchy than humans and that it is human fate to eat animals, and providing religious and health justifications for eating animals. Female undergraduates used the more indirect strategies of dissociating animals from food and avoiding thinking about the treatment of animals. A second study found that the use of these male strategies was related to masculinity. In the two studies, male justification strategies were correlated with greater meat consumption, whereas endorsement of female justification strategies was correlated with less meat and more vegetarian consumption. These findings are among the first to empirically verify Adams's (1990) theory on the sexual politics of meat linking feminism and vegetarianism. They suggest that to simply make an informational appeal about the benefits of a vegetarian diet may ignore a primary reason why men eat meat: It makes them feel like real men. © 2012 American Psychological Association.

Objectives: We have a limited understanding of the epidemiological association between objectively measured physical activity and depression among older adults. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the association between accelerometer-assessed physical activity and depression symptoms among a nationally representative sample of US older adults. Methods: Data from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was used. 708 older adults (65+ years) wore an ActiGraph 7164 accelerometer for at least 4 days, and completed data on the study covariates along with depression, as assessed by the Patient Health Questionnaire-9. Results: After controlling for age, gender, race-ethnicity, body mass index, marital status, education, comorbidity index, and physical functioning, for every 60-minute increase in light-intensity physical activity, participants were 20% (OR = 0.80; 95% CI: 0.67-0.95; p = 0.01) less likely to be depressed. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was also inversely associated with depression (OR = 0.78; 95% CI: 0.64-0.94; p = 0.01). Conclusion: These findings suggest that promoting physical activity, even light-intensity physical activity, may have positive mental health effects among older adults. Future prospective and experimental studies are warranted. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Proposal #: 12-29306
PI(s): Mahmood, Akhtar H;
Alam, Mohammad S; Severini, Horst; Zain, Samya;
Institution: Bellarmine University
Title: MRI/Acq.: High Resolution Visualization System to Enable Large-Scale Data-Intensive Collaborative Research and Cyber-Learning using Grid Computing
Project Proposed:
This project from an EPSCoR state and a non-PhD granting institution, acquiring a high resolution visualization instrument, aims to set up an Advanced Visualization and Computational Lab (AVCL) to enable large scale data-intensive collaborative research (data analyses, simulation, and visualization tasks) in high energy physics. In collaboration with University of Oklahoma, State University of New York at Albany, and Susquehanna University, the project spans four geographically dispersed institutions. The acquisition targets a cost-effective high-resolution tiled display system providing a collaborative visualization environment. This visualization system will be constructed as a tiled display wall (16- foot wide by 4.6-foot tall) over an area that fills a user?s field of view to provide a display that looks nearly borderless. It will be connected to several Tier-4 data analyses workstations via a wall processor, so that the scientists can simultaneously display multiple ATLAS data events all at once. 2D and 3D visualization tasks will be carried out using Atlantis, GraXML and VP1 visualization software package. The studies and research projects in high energy physics will be enabled, including, but not limited, to the research for new types of subatomic particles, such as the charged Higgs boson and Supersymmetric (SUSY) particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and ?Search for Charged Higgs Boson from tt Production?.
Broader Impacts:
This instrumentation increases institutional capacity to conduct cutting-edge research in cost-effective visualization system. Since the large amount of data cannot be otherwise analyzed and studied, visualization is fundamental for high energy physics. The acquisition of this visualization system should significantly increase the research capability within all the participating institutions. Moreover, the acquisition of this visualization system will serve as a campus-wide resource and provide an exceptional opportunity to engage students in research at the forefront of data-intensive computational science, visualization, and high-energy physics. Through this effort, student training (including underrepresented groups) will be emphasized, as well as the knowledge dissemination. Its impact may be significant.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 600.00K | Year: 2012

Intellectual Merit: The purpose of this project is to award up to 20 scholarships each year for 4 years to recruit, retain, and graduate academically talented and financially needy undergraduate students majoring in Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Mathematics. The objectives of the S-STEM project are to (a) increase enrollment in the targeted STEM fields from underrepresented groups (women, ethnic minorities and first-generation students); (b) increase retention to degree achievement by providing improved educational opportunities in the targeted STEM fields so that the S-STEM scholars can achieve their best academic performance; (c) support these scholars through degree completion with a variety of structured institutional support programs, high quality enrichment activities, and partnering with potential employers to facilitate student career placement in the STEM workforce; and (d) prepare well-educated skilled STEM graduates and increase the number of STEM graduates who enter and remain in the workforce in a STEM-related professional job or enter graduate school in a STEM discipline.

Broader Impact: The University is located in a region with a sizable low-income economically disadvantaged African-American inner-city population. The S-STEM leadership team is recruiting students from the local and regional high schools and from low-income families residing in both urban and rural areas, including the distressed counties as designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The specific support services that are available for these S-STEM scholars to ensure that they excel academically are: an S-STEM scholar orientation program, peer tutoring, faculty mentoring, professional development, and S-STEM living and learning community (which provides an opportunity for S-STEM scholars to live together). S-STEM scholars also have the opportunity to acquire valuable research skills by taking part in faculty-mentored research projects in their respective STEM disciplines, leading to presentations at professional conferences.

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