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Bloomfield College is a four-year private liberal arts college located in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Bloomfield College is chartered by the State of New Jersey and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The college is related to the Presbyterian Church through the Synod of the Northeast and is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. It is a suburban residential community just 15 miles from New York City, the College attracts a geographically diverse resident and commuter population. The 11-acre tree-lined campus is easily reached by train, bus, or by car. The mission of Bloomfield College is to attain academic, personal, and professional excellence in a multicultural and global society. Wikipedia.

Hauber M.E.,City College of New York | Aidala Z.,City College of New York | Aidala Z.,Bloomfield College | Igic B.,University of Akron | And 2 more authors.
Animal Cognition | Year: 2015

Obligate brood parasitic birds exploit their hosts to provide care for unrelated young in the nest. Potential hosts can reduce the cost of parasitism by rejecting foreign eggs from the nest. Observational, comparative, and experimental studies have concluded that most hosts use the coloration and patterning of eggshells to discriminate between own and foreign eggs in the nest. However, an alternative hypothesis is that birds use the colour contrasts between eggshells and the nest lining to identify parasitic eggs (egg–nest contrast hypothesis). In support of this hypothesis, we found that the avian perceivable chromatic contrasts between dyed eggs and unmanipulated nest linings significantly and negatively covaried with the rejection rates of different dyed eggs of the great reed warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus, a frequently parasitized host of the common cuckoo Cuculus canorus. To experimentally test whether egg–nest contrasts influence rejection, we reciprocally dyed both eggs and the nest lining of this host species with one of two colours: orange and green. Contrary to the egg–nest contrast hypothesis, host rejection patterns in response to dyed eggs were not altered by dyeing nests, relative to unmanipulated control eggs and nests. In turn, experimental egg colour was the only significant predictor of egg rejection rate. Our results demonstrate that egg–nest contrast is a collateral, not a causal factor in egg rejection, and confirm the conclusions of previous studies that hosts can rely on the parasitic egg’s appearance itself to recognize the foreign egg in the nest. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

RoboCupJunior is an international educational robotics initiative, aiming to promote STEM content and skill learning among participating youth through educational robotics competition inaugurated in 2000. What makes RoboCupJunior quite unique is its relationship with RoboCup which aims to promote robotics and AI research, by offering a publicly appealing, but formidable challenge including development of soccer robots, search and rescue robots, and robots functions at home and at work. This paper introduces a case of RoboCupJunior and the effectiveness of its practice for enhancing learning of STEM contents and skills for innovation and creativity among participating students. It presents the survey results from one of the World Championships held in 2012, the anecdotal and personal account of participating US students on their learning experience from their participation in 2013 World Championship, and participating students' technological and innovative contributions to highlight the impacts RoboCupJunior has had through over a decade of its practice. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

Eguchi A.,Bloomfield College | Almeida L.,University of Porto
IEEE AFRICON Conference | Year: 2013

This paper addresses RoboCupJunior, an educational robotics initiative that aims to enhance learning through educational robotics activities around the world. RoboCupJunior is a division of RoboCup, a Robotics initiative that aims to promote Robotics and AI research, by offering publicly appealing, but formidable challenges. RoboCupJunior has three distinguished leagues - Soccer, Rescue and Dance, that attract students from all the continents. However, Africa has not taken significant advantage of this initiative, with a rather low participation of a few African countries, only. Therefore, this paper aims to introduce and promote educational robotics to students in Africa in a more generalized way, with possible suggestions to make the initiative successful in the region, in the future. © 2013 IEEE.

Tellechea E.,Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Tellechea E.,Public University of Navarra | Wilson K.J.,Bloomfield College | Bravo E.,FideNa Foundation for the R D of Nanotechnology | Hamad-Schifferli K.,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Langmuir | Year: 2012

The behavior of glucose oxidase (GOx) on gold nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated as a function of (1) NP surface chemistry, (2) stabilizing protein additives, and (3) protein microenvironment. GOx secondary structure and unfolding was probed by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and fluorescence, and GOx enzymatic activity was measured by a colorimetric assay. We also examined the activity and structure of GOx after displacement from the NP surface. Generally, GOx behavior was negatively impacted by conjugation to the NP, and conjugation conditions could vary the influence of the NP. Surface chemistry and protein microenvironment could improve behavior, but addition of stabilizing proteins negatively influenced activity. After displacement from the NPs, GOx tended to remain unfolded, indicating that the interactions with the NP were irreversible. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

Eguchi A.,Bloomfield College | Hughes N.,Open University Milton Keynes | Stocker M.,University of Ulm
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2012

As RoboCupJunior reached a decade mark in 2011, we feel the need for examining the current situation after 12 revisions and modifications to the league rules and structures since its launch in 2000. RoboCupJunior International is now attracting over 250 teams involving approximately 1,000 students originating from more than 30 countries. This paper aims to report on the progress achieved thus far, both technologically and educationally, and the issues currently addressed, together with suggestions for the future of RoboCupJunior. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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