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Columbia College Chicago is an institution of higher education specializing in arts and media disciplines, with nearly 12,000 students pursuing degrees within 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. Founded in 1890, the school is located in the South Loop district of Chicago, Illinois.Columbia College Chicago is not affiliated with Columbia University, Columbia College Hollywood, or any other Columbia College in the United States. Wikipedia.

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McCaskey T.L.,Columbia College at Chicago
Physics Teacher | Year: 2015

In previous work, I allowed students in my introductory physics course to write note sheets to prepare for exams, and I analyzed the contents as a way of determining what students saw as important in my course. In the present study, I tried a new note sheet approach where I supplied some equations for their notes in advance, thinking that doing so would focus students on other important conceptual aspects of the course. In all cases, I gave a brief survey to get student perspectives on their exam preparation. In addition, I introduced an online pre-exam forum asking students to respond to two short questions about how they might prepare their notes for the exam. © 2015 American Association of Physics Teachers.

Zhang P.X.,Michigan State University | Zhang P.X.,Columbia College at Chicago | Hartmann W.M.,Michigan State University
Hearing Research | Year: 2010

In order to determine whether a sound source is in front or in back, listeners can use location-dependent spectral cues caused by diffraction from their anatomy. This capability was studied using a precise virtual reality technique (VRX) based on a transaural technology. Presented with a virtual baseline simulation accurate up to 16 kHz, listeners could not distinguish between the simulation and a real source. Experiments requiring listeners to discriminate between front and back locations were performed using controlled modifications of the baseline simulation to test hypotheses about the important spectral cues. The experiments concluded: (1) Front/back cues were not confined to any particular 1/3rd or 2/3rd octave frequency region. Often adequate cues were available in any of several disjoint frequency regions. (2) Spectral dips were more important than spectral peaks. (3) Neither monaural cues nor interaural spectral level difference cues were adequate. (4) Replacing baseline spectra by sharpened spectra had minimal effect on discrimination performance. (5) When presented with an interaural time difference less than 200 μs, which pulled the image to the side, listeners still successfully discriminated between front and back, suggesting that front/back discrimination is independent of azimuthal localization within certain limits. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Ronsse L.M.,University of Nebraska at Omaha | Ronsse L.M.,Columbia College at Chicago | Wang L.M.,University of Nebraska at Omaha
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America | Year: 2013

Building standards recommend maximum background noise levels (BNL) and reverberation times (RT) for unoccupied classrooms. However, existing research does not show a consistent correlation between these parameters and student achievement. Through in situ testing, this research seeks to determine what acoustical conditions should be attained in elementary schools for students to meet educational goals. Acoustical measurements were conducted in a Nebraska public school system and correlated to achievement scores from students in the surveyed classrooms. Unoccupied BNLs and RTs were gathered in 34 third and 33 fifth-grade classrooms. Additionally, binaural room impulse response measurements were gathered in a subset of the classrooms. The results suggest that student reading and language subject areas may be negatively impacted by higher unoccupied BNLs; to meet the upper half of NE state targets, these levels should be less than 45 dBA. However, the percentage of students receiving free or reduced price lunches is more strongly correlated to achievement than BNLs, and the negative correlations between noise and achievement are not significant when controlling for this demographic variable. One statistically significant relationship that remained when controlling for demographics was that classrooms with lower distortion of frequency-smoothed magnitude values generally had students with higher language scores. © 2013 Acoustical Society of America.

Davis-Berg E.C.,Columbia College at Chicago
Invertebrate Biology | Year: 2012

Mucous trail following is a primary means by which many predatory snails locate prey. I compared the ability of individuals of Euglandina rosea to follow mucous trails of two groups of gastropods: those found within its native habitat (southeastern USA), and those found outside its native range (Kansas). Members of E. rosea followed trails for both species found inside and outside its native range equally well. In contrast to previous studies, I found that the predatory snails consistently followed trails in the direction in which they were laid. I quantified the kinematics of trail-following behavior using inter-tentacle angle as the primary metric. In both prey groups, there were significant differences in the predator's inter-tentacle angle when tracking a trail versus not, and when successfully following (in the direction the trail was laid) versus unsuccessfully following (opposite the direction that the trail was laid) trails. In addition, in both prey groups, there were significant differences in the predator's velocity when tracking a trail versus not, and when successfully versus unsuccessfully following trails. This study confirmed that members of E. rosea are robust generalist predators, capable of successfully tracking native and non-native snails, and should not be introduced as biologic control agents. These results may be useful to managers, as they provide insight into how trail following could be used to trap members of this invasive species. © 2011, The American Microscopical Society, Inc.

Palmer A.E.,Columbia College at Chicago
American Journal of Dance Therapy | Year: 2015

This qualitative study highlighted the lived experiences of five dance/movement therapists who work with patients diagnosed with eating disorders. Using a phenomenological research approach, participants’ lived experiences were explored through semi-structured interviews and seven themes were developed using Kvale’s interview analysis. Findings also highlighted somatic countertransference as identified through differing body tensions as well as a need for constant self-care among participants. Implications highlighted how essential it is to bring the body of the client and the body of the clinician into the treatment process while maintaining healthy self-care practices. © 2015, American Dance Therapy Association.

Young J.L.,Columbia College at Chicago
American Journal of Dance Therapy | Year: 2012

As a dance/movement therapy educator, I teach students how to recognize their own movement patterns, how to clinically assess clients' movement, and how to create movement interventions that facilitate healing and wellness. How then, might I begin to bring my own understanding of my movement preferences into the classroom to enhance my teaching? Through personal, illustrative examples, this article examines how I applied Rudolf Laban's Effort theory and Humane Effort towards expanding my movement repertoire to better support my approach to teaching. In revitalizing my relationship to teaching, I accessed the potential to better engage students, improve student progress, and increase job satisfaction. © 2012 American Dance Therapy Association.

Lonier T.,Columbia College at Chicago
Enterprise and Society | Year: 2010

Through an investigation into the origins of American food marketing, this dissertation reveals how branding - specifically, the centennial brands Quaker Oats, Coca-Cola, and Crisco - came to underpin much of today's market-driven economy. In a manner akin to alchemy, the entrepreneurs behind these three firms recognized the inherent value of an agricultural Eden, then found ways to convert common, low-cost agricultural goods - oats, sugar, and cottonseed oil - into appealing, high-revenue branded food products. In the process, these ventures devised new demand-driven business models that exploited technology and communications advances, enabling them to tap a nascent consumer culture. Their pioneering efforts generated unprecedented profits, laid the foundation for iconic billion-dollar brands, and fundamentally changed how Americans make daily food choices. © 2010 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Business History Conference. All rights reserved.

Callier T.,University of Chicago | Saal H.P.,University of Chicago | Davis-Berg E.C.,Columbia College at Chicago | Bensmaia S.J.,University of Chicago
Journal of Neurophysiology | Year: 2015

A hallmark of tactile texture exploration is that it involves movement between skin and surface. When we scan a surface, small texture-specific vibrations are produced in the skin, and specialized cutaneous mechanoreceptors convert these vibrations into highly repeatable, precise, and informative temporal spiking patterns in tactile afferents. Both texture-elicited vibrations and afferent responses are highly dependent on exploratory kinematics, however; indeed, these dilate or contract systematically with decreases or increases in scanning speed, respectively. These profound changes in the peripheral response that accompany changes in scanning speed and other parameters of texture scanning raise the question as to whether exploratory behaviors change depending on what surface is explored or what information is sought about that surface. To address this question, we measure and analyze the kinematics as subjects explore textured surfaces to evaluate different types of texture information, namely the textures' roughness, hardness, and slipperiness. We find that the exploratory movements are dependent both on the perceptual task, as has been previously shown, but also on the texture that is scanned. We discuss the implications of our findings regarding the neural coding and perception of texture. © 2015 the American Physiological Society.

Minbiole J.,Columbia College at Chicago
American Biology Teacher | Year: 2016

Instructors in two- and four-year undergraduate institutions face a variety of challenges in designing and delivering high-quality courses for their students and in creating accurate assessments of student learning. Traditional course planning (a linear, start-to-finish process based on the knowledge and perspective of the instructor) can lead to lack of clarity of learning objectives for students, uncertainty about course priorities for both instructor and students, and poor alignment between course material and assessments. To address these issues, Understanding by Design (UbD), a course-planning protocol widely used in K-12 education, was implemented to redesign a one-semester, nonmajors "Sensation & Perception" course at a four-year liberal arts college. This implementation improved the instructor's understanding of desired student learning outcomes, allowed core concepts and science competencies to be prioritized as recommended by the "Vision and Change" reform initiative, and led to decreased lecture time in favor of greater lab and student-driven discussion time. In addition, this process allowed components of evidence-based reasoning and scientific process to be incorporated authentically into assessments. Despite the increasing rigor of assessments, there was a statistically significant increase in students earning an A or B on the final exam after UbD implementation. © 2016 National Association of Biology Teachers. All rights reserved.

Woodall S.,Columbia College at Chicago
Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST | Year: 2014

This panel will present research and engagement, from two academic institutions and a literary foundation, in the current fundamental technological transformation and redefinition of publishing. Citing developments over the past 50 years that have first gradually, then more suddenly led to this radical change, with informed speculation on implications for the future, panelists will discuss issues of archival preservation, ownership, changing modes of authorship, and the cognitive role of touch in the creative process. © Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2014.

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