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Bob Jones University is a private non-denominational Protestant university in Greenville, South Carolina, known for its conservative cultural and religious positions. It has approximately 2,800 students, and the school is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. In 2008, the university estimated the number of its graduates at 35,000. The university's athletic teams compete in Division I of the National Christian College Athletic Association and are collectively known as the Bruins. Wikipedia.


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News Article | October 29, 2016
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The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) welcomes Melissa Barra, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Customer Relationship Officer at Select Comfort Corp., to the ISPA Board of Trustees, and Eric Rose, Director of Product Innovation at Select Comfort Corp. to the Sleep Products Safety Council (SPSC). The terms for each position will run through March 2018. Barra has a broad background in strategy, finance, and operations. Prior to her current role at Select Comfort, she was Vice President of Consumer Insights and Strategy from February 2013 to January 2015. Prior to joining Select Comfort, Barra was Vice President of Process Reengineering Officer for Best Buy Co., Inc. from 2011 to 2012. In a dual role, she also served as Vice President of Finance, New Business Customer Solutions Group from 2010 to 2012. From 2005 to 2010, she held leadership positions in Strategic Alliances and Corporate Development for Best Buy. Prior to Best Buy, Barra held corporate finance and strategy leadership roles in companies in the U.S. and internationally, including Grupo Futuro S.A., Citibank, and GE Capital. Eric Rose has over 20 years of experience in the mattress industry, spanning operations and product development. After receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Bob Jones University, Rose began an 18-year tenure with Park Place Corporation, where he was responsible for the operations of Park Place’s air mattress division, Comfortaire. During his time with Comfortaire, Rose managed general operations, retail relationships and product development. Resulting from Select Comfort’s purchase of Comfortaire in 2013, Rose joined the R&D team at Select Comfort and has served in that capacity where he has managed the development of several new product innovations. “We look forward to the insights that our new trustee and committee member will contribute as we plan for the future of the Association,” noted ISPA President Ryan Trainer. “On behalf of the full ISPA membership, I thank Melissa and Eric for volunteering their time and effort to serve in these important positions.” “I am pleased to join the ISPA Board of Trustees and look forward to working with the other members to support the growth of the industry,” said Melissa Barra. Rose also noted, “I’m truly excited about the opportunity to join the Sleep Products Safety Council, and am looking forward to leveraging my industry experience to help us navigate the evolving regulatory environment.” Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents nearly 700 mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world. ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership. These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, government advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications. The Board of Trustees sets ISPA policy and direction by; approving the annual budget, adopting a strategic plan, setting advocacy and program priorities and evaluates overall ISPA performance. The Sleep Products Safety Council (SPSC) provides consumer information, supports research and promotes activities that advance the safety of sleep products. To learn more, visit http://www.sleepproducts.org or contact info(at)sleepproducts(dot)org.


Samec R.G.,Bob Jones University | Shebs T.S.,Bob Jones University | Faulkner D.R.,University of South Carolina | Van Hamme W.,Florida International University | Mathis R.F.,Global Research Technology Corporation
Astronomical Journal | Year: 2014

We present the first precision BVRI light curves, synthetic light curve solutions, and a period study for the high amplitude solar type binary, V2421 Cygni. The light curves have the appearance of an Algol (EA) type; however, it is made up of dwarf solar type components in a detached mode with a period of only 0.6331 days with an amplitude of about a full magnitude, i.e., it is a precontact W UMa binary. Flare-like disruptions occur in the light curves following the primary and secondary eclipses possibly due to the line-of-sight track of a gas stream. An associated stream spot and splash spot cause bright equatorial spots on the stellar surface of the primary star. The more massive star is the gainer, making this system a classic, albeit dwarf, Algol. © 2014. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..


Boyd D.W.,Bob Jones University | Held D.W.,Auburn University
Florida Entomologist | Year: 2016

Gynaikothrips uzeli (Zimmermann) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) adults induce permanent leaf folds on Ficus benjamina L. (Moraceae), inside which they feed and reproduce. Range expansion of G. uzeli in North America was accompanied by Thripastichus gentilei (del Guercio) (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). The objectives of this study were to determine the life stage(s) of G. uzeli parasitized by T. gentilei, the emergence period of T. gentilei from parasitized thrips, and the adult longevity of T. gentilei. We also determined the development time for both parasitoid and host at a constant temperature. Leaf folds representing only 1 life stage of G. uzeli were challenged with T. gentilei adults to determine life stage susceptibility. In a growth chamber at 30 °C, we recorded the development time for the thrips host and observed the emergence period of T. gentilei from thrips. Wasps were provisioned with liquid diets to determine longevity. Development of G. uzeli required 10.3 d at 30 °C with successful parasitism of only 1st and 2nd instars of the thrips. Wasps emerged from thrips about 20 d after their exposure to females and could survive in the laboratory for about 3 d longer when provisioned with sugar solution relative to water only or starved wasps. We concluded that T. gentilei, released for control of Gynaikothrips ficorum (Marchal) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) is now also using G. uzeli as a host. This larval parasitoid takes about twice as long as G. uzeli to develop, yet adults can survive up to 16 d when a carbohydrate source is present. Thripastichus gentilei should complement the activity of other natural enemies attacking Gynaikothrips species on Ficus. However, the development rate of G. uzeli and its potential interactions with Montandoniola confusa Streito & Matocq (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) may limit the ability of T. gentilei to establish on plants wherever this anthocorid is present.


Gardenghi M.,Bob Jones University | Wiecek M.M.,Clemson University | Wang W.,Clemson University
Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization | Year: 2013

Analytical target cascading (ATC), a hierarchical, multilevel multidisciplinary methodology, has proved to be an effective solution strategy for complex design problems. ATC decomposition and coordination incorporates compromise between the performance of the system and the demands of the subproblems reflected in their feasibility constraints. Optimal system performance regardless of subproblem feasibility may yield targets that are not achievable by the subproblems. Compromise is needed to accept deterioration of the optimal system performance and to increase the achievability of the targets. Biobjective optimization is used to reconcile system optimality and subproblem achievability of targets while solving the ATC-decomposed problem and generating an overall optimal solution. Three algorithms are proposed for two-level ATC-decomposed problems. The effectiveness of the algorithms is evaluated on mathematical and engineering examples. For a class of ATC problems, the performance of the proposed algorithms is superior to the performance of the ATC methods currently considered to be state of the art. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Samec R.G.,Bob Jones University | Smith P.M.,Bob Jones University | Chamberlain H.,Bob Jones University | Faulkner D.R.,University of South Carolina | Van Hamme W.,Florida International University
Astronomical Journal | Year: 2013

Complete Bessel BVRcIc light curves of V1043 Cassiopeia [2MASS J00371195+5301324, Mis V1292, USNO-A2.0 1425-00875743, α(2000)= 00h37m11.95, δ(2000)= +53°01′32.″5] are analyzed. The system is a member of the small group of pre-contact W UMa binaries (PCWBs). Its light curve has the appearance of an Algol (EA) light curve, however it is made up of dwarf solar type components in a detached mode with a period of only 0.6616days. The analysis includes a period study, an improved ephemeris, a mass ratio search, and a simultaneous BVRcIc Wilson-Devinney solution. We document about 20 other PCWBs given in the literature. Several have RS CVn-like properties. © 2013. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


Samec R.G.,Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute | Koenke S.S.,Bob Jones University | Faulkner D.R.,University of South Carolina
Astronomical Journal | Year: 2015

A 2012 follow up to the analysis of 2009 observations is presented for the very short period (∼0.43 days) precontact W UMa binary (PCWB) V1001 Cassiopeia. Its short period, similar to the majority of W UMa binaries, and its distinct EA light curve make it a very rare and interesting system for continuing photometric investigation. Previous photometric VRI standard magnitudes give a K4 spectral type. Our solutions of light curves separated by some three years give approximately the same physical parameters. However, the spots have radically changed in temperature, area, and position. While only one dark spot was used to model the first curves, two hot spots are now needed. This affects the overall shape of the light curve, especially in the secondary eclipses in B and V. Additional eclipse timings now show that the orbital period is changing. We conclude that spots are very active on this solar-type dwarf system and that it may mimic its larger cousins, the RS CVn binaries. The conclusion is that analysis now needs to be directed at the continuous time evolution of PCWBs. © 2015. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..


Samec R.G.,Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute | Clark J.D.,Bob Jones University | Van Hamme W.,Florida International University | Faulkner D.R.,University of South Carolina
Astronomical Journal | Year: 2015

Complete Bessel BVRI light curves of ZZ Eridani [2MASS J04130109-1044545, HV 6280, NSVS 14888164 α(2000) = 04h13m1s10, δ(2000) = -10°44′54″.5 (ICRS), V = 13.9-14.4-15.0] are observed and analyzed. The system is a southern pre-contact W UMa binary. Its light curve has the appearance of an Algol (EA) light curve, however, it is made up of dwarf solar-type components with a period of only 0.4521 days. Our 34 year period study yields a sinusoidal fit or an increasing quadratic fit. The sinusoid may indicate that a third body is orbiting the close binary. The lower-limit mass of the third body is near that of the brown dwarf limit (0.095 M⊙). Also included is an improved ephemeris, a mass ratio search, and a simultaneous BVRI Wilson-Devinney solution. © 2015. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


Wang W.,Clemson University | Blouin V.Y.,Clemson University | Gardenghi M.K.,Bob Jones University | Fadel G.M.,Clemson University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME | Year: 2013

Analytical target cascading (ATC), a hierarchical, multilevel, multidisciplinary coordination method, has proven to be an effective decomposition approach for large-scale engineering optimization problems. In recent years, augmented Lagrangian relaxation methods have received renewed interest as dual update methods for solving ATC decomposed problems. These problems can be solved using the subgradient optimization algorithm, the application of which includes three schemes for updating dual variables. To address the convergence efficiency disadvantages of the existing dual update schemes, this paper investigates two new schemes, the linear and the proximal cutting plane methods, which are implemented in conjunction with augmented Lagrangian coordination for ATC-decomposed problems. Three nonconvex nonlinear example problems are used to show that these two cutting plane methods can significantly reduce the number of iterations and the number of function evaluations when compared to the traditional subgradient update methods. In addition, these methods are also compared to the method of multipliers and its variants, showing similar performance. Copyright © 2013 by ASME.


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Bob Jones University | Date: 2014-10-21

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News Article | November 18, 2016
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“Suicide, How to Cope When Someone You Love Has Taken Their Own Life”: an imperative support book for navigating the grief process and traveling the path back to a fruitful and even happy life. It is the creation of published author, William J. Henry, who has been an educator for over forty years both in the public school sector and in Christian Schools, having been a teacher and school administrator. Henry co-authored a WV State History curriculum, which has been used in Christian Schools in that state for a number of years. He also served for fourteen years as a field representative for Bob Jones University, Greenville SC. Henry often gives education-related seminars, workshops, and graduation addresses. Henry and his wife have been married for forty-eight years and have been blessed with four children and nine grandchildren. They make their home in Parkersburg WV where both are active members in their church. William implores "What do you do when someone you love has taken their own life? You have entered a whole new world that you did not choose to enter and (one) where you feel confused and alone". Published by Christian Faith Publishing, William J. Henry’s new book will not only help guide survivors of suicide through the very difficult time of grief, but also will offer hope at a time that seems so hopeless. This book shows how to receive the help so greatly needed and how there can be victory in a time of unbelievable grief. Those who counsel suicide survivors will find the book a great help in understanding what the survivors are encountering and how they can be encouraged and helped. The author has also experienced the trauma of a loved one taking their life and offers much-needed guidance from a practical and positive point of view. There is hope and there is help. View a synopsis of “Suicide, How to Cope When Someone You Love Has Taken Their Own Life" on YouTube. Consumers can purchase “Suicide, How to Cope When Someone You Love Has Taken Their Own Life” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble. For additional information or inquiries about “Suicide, How to Cope When Someone You Love Has Taken Their Own Life”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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