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Catawba College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA. Founded in 1851 by the North Carolina Classis of the Reformed Church in Newton, the college adopted its name from its county of origin, Catawba County, before moving to its current home of Salisbury in 1925.Today, Catawba College still holds loose ties with the successor to the Reformed Church, the United Church of Christ, and offers more than thirty undergraduate degrees.In 2009, Catawba College was listed as 17th in the U.S. News and World Report in the category "Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South." Catawba College has been consistently named as one of the "361 Best Colleges" by the Princeton Review, and the school's theatre program is consistently rated as one of the top 10 in the nation, and in 2011 alone, winning 8 awards from the Metrolina Theatre Association for their production of Bright Lights, Big City. In 2008 and 2009, In Tune Monthly named Catawba College one of the best music schools in the country. Wikipedia.

Bolin J.F.,Catawba College | Musselman L.J.,Old Dominion University
Nordic Journal of Botany | Year: 2013

The root holoparasite, Hydnora esculenta is a poorly known perennial herb described from southwestern Madagascar. The key character in the original diagnosis was floral dimorphism, a hermaphroditic form and an apparently thinner and longer sterile form. Other useful diagnostic characters are lacking. The type specimens consist only of slices of fruit, and lack important diagnostic characters, thus, an epitype is designated here. The original description is amplified based on field collections and examination of available herbarium material. Flowers of H. esculenta are variable in size (11.6-26.9 cm long) and merosity (3-6), but are uniformly hermaphroditic like all other Hydnoraceae. Osmophores situated on tepal apices combined with angular rhizomes separate H. esculenta from other known Hydnora spp. Additionally, ribbed tepal margins for H. esculenta are diagnostic and are preserved on herbarium specimens. Pollination biology follows the general pattern for the genus, brood-site mimicry with insect imprisonment and release. Floral mobbing events by the putative pollinator, a scavenger scarab beetle (Kuijtenous laviceps) are reported. The most common observed host of H. esculenta was the invasive tree Pithocellobium dulce. The range of H. esculenta maybe increasing due to the spread of P. dulce in riparian areas and disturbed habitats in southern Madagascar. © 2013 The Authors. Source

Ciampa M.,Western Kentucky University | Revels M.,Western Kentucky University | Enamait J.,Catawba College
Journal of Applied Security Research | Year: 2011

This study compared a password management application using browser extensions with remote storage against a locallystored password management application. All participants were required to complete a 4-step training process culminating with the use of a password management application and a survey of their experiences. Themean responses from the survey questions were analyzed using an independent (unpaired) ttest of samples with unequal sizes assuming equal variance. The results indicate that once users receive instruction and training the benefits of managing multiple strong passwords using technology becomes apparent. Online storage password management applications may be more popular for users over locallystored applications. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Naumann J.,TU Dresden | Salomo K.,TU Dresden | Der J.P.,Pennsylvania State University | Wafula E.K.,Pennsylvania State University | And 7 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Extreme haustorial parasites have long captured the interest of naturalists and scientists with their greatly reduced and highly specialized morphology. Along with the reduction or loss of photosynthesis, the plastid genome often decays as photosynthetic genes are released from selective constraint. This makes it challenging to use traditional plastid genes for parasitic plant phylogenetics, and has driven the search for alternative phylogenetic and molecular evolutionary markers. Thus, evolutionary studies, such as molecular clock-based age estimates, are not yet available for all parasitic lineages. In the present study, we extracted 14 nuclear single copy genes (nSCG) from Illumina transcriptome data from one of the "strangest plants in the world", Hydnora visseri (Hydnoraceae). A ∼15,000 character molecular dataset, based on all three genomic compartments, shows the utility of nSCG for reconstructing phylogenetic relationships in parasitic lineages. A relaxed molecular clock approach with the same multi-locus dataset, revealed an ancient age of ∼91 MYA for Hydnoraceae. We then estimated the stem ages of all independently originated parasitic angiosperm lineages using a published dataset, which also revealed a Cretaceous origin for Balanophoraceae, Cynomoriaceae and Apodanthaceae. With the exception of Santalales, older parasite lineages tend to be more specialized with respect to trophic level and have lower species diversity. We thus propose the "temporal specialization hypothesis" (TSH) implementing multiple independent specialization processes over time during parasitic angiosperm evolution. © 2013 Naumann et al. Source

Bolin J.F.,Smithsonian Institution | Bolin J.F.,Catawba College | Bolin J.F.,Old Dominion University | Bray R.D.,Old Dominion University | Musselman L.J.,Old Dominion University
Novon | Year: 2011

A new species, Isoetes libanotica Musselman, Bolin &R. D. Bray (Isoetaceae, Lycophyta), is described from Akkar District of northern Lebanon. It is a seasonal terrestrial species of basaltic soils, diploid (2n = 22), with complete velum coverage. Megaspore diameter ranges from 338 to 477 lm with remote, low tuberculate ornamentation and a low to obsolete equatorial girdle; microspore length ranges from 25 to 30 lm, with echinate ornamentation. At the type locality of I. libanotica, two other Isoetes L. species occur sympatrically. These superficially similar Isoetes species can be differentiated from I. libanotica using megaspore characters; I. duriei Bory has larger alveolate megaspores and I. olympica A. Braun has a prominent equatorial girdle. Copyright © 2011 BioOne All rights reserved. Source

Miderski C.A.,Catawba College
ACS Symposium Series | Year: 2010

Chemistry Departments at four-year colleges vary widely in the number of faculty and their expectations regarding the balance of teaching and research. Out of 30 schools within approximately 100 miles of Catawba College in central North Carolina chemistry department sizes vary from one to nine faculty members with an average of three. Of these colleges 23% had no women faculty and 53% had only one. Under these circumstances women faculty often find themselves in an isolated position where they are the only one teaching in their discipline and also the only woman in the department. The Women Chemists Web was initiated in 2009 to bring women faculty from regional colleges together to get to know each other and to develop a resource network. The group is designed to serve as a source of outside perspective, fresh ideas, and alternative strategies for facing the academic professional and personal challenges encountered in small college environments. © 2010 American Chemical Society. Source

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