Concordia College is a private college located in Moorhead, Minnesota, United States. Founded by Norwegian settlers in 1891, the school is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and practices the liberal arts. Concordia is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and has a total student enrollment of 2,531. It offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Education degrees.Since Concordia was founded, it has articulated a Christian and global curriculum. Students are required to take courses in health, communication, religion, and culture. The university maintains athletic teams in 22 sports and carries 19 music ensembles, including The Concordia Choir and The Concordia Band. Wikipedia.
News Article | October 28, 2016
This story was originally published on CNET. Here's what social media tells us about the final presidential debate: We're sick of politics. Analysis of social media data pulled before, during, and after Wednesday night's showdown between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas yielded dismal, if predictable, results. Neither candidate inspires the electorate, at least in the social media landscape. But Trump inspired voters least, according to Brandwatch, a company that analyzes social media activity. The real estate mogul generated negative sentiment in 62.4 percent of his Twitter mentions, Brandwatch said. Clinton, meantime, generated positive sentiment 53.8 percent of the time. Clinton's performance with social media users marked a milestone in what has proved to be an ugly election campaign; the social media response was the first time either candidate generated positive sentiment in any of the debates. SEE: Not vetting your tech investments? You're setting fire to money (Tech Pro Research report) Brandwatch analyst Kellan Terry said an exchange of one-liners hurt Trump and helped Clinton. Trump called Clinton "such a nasty woman," while Clinton called Trump a puppet of Russia. In an exchange on immigration, Trump said, "We have some bad hombres here," generating both tweets and memes. "Clinton's balance of substance and reactive statements to Trump's responses was a clear formula for her positive conversation," Terry said. Social media sentiment, which broadly refers to how viewers respond to the debate, was negative in the first two debates, with both candidates receiving nearly 60 percent negative sentiment, Brandwatch said. The third debate, however, was tamer, allowing Clinton to generate positive overall sentiment, said William Stodden, a political science professor at North Dakota State College of Science and Concordia College in Minnesota. He said the second debate was particularly unpleasant. "This [debate] was a lot more similar to the first debate," Stodden said."But it was a great spectacle." Moments after the debate Trump grabbed 59% of the overall Twitter conversation to Clinton's 41%, according to internal Twitter data shared from its @Gov account. Clinton's Twitter handle, however, added more followers during the debate, gaining 13,000 followers, more than double @realDonaldTrump's 6,000 new followers. The most-Tweeted policy issues in order of importance to viewers were foreign affairs, the economy, abortion rights, terrorism, and immigration. Clinton attacked Trump on his treatment of women, generating the the most Tweeted moment of the night. Social media user sentiment has tracked negative for both candidates in the week prior to the debate, according to the Election Tracker, a social media monitoring microsite developed by enterprise information management company OpenText. The Election Tracker pulls data and contrasts Twitter data related to how social media users feel about campaign issues. Positive social sentiment about both candidates was low. Positive sentiment toward Clinton stood at just 15.19% positive association on Twitter, while Trump got just 10.3%. Still, over 15 million people discussed the debate, according to Affinio, a data analysis platform that uses info from Twitter's API. The company examined social media user interest patterns during and after the debate. Using firehose access to the Twitter API, the firm scraped posts in real-time, then diagrammed correlations between users and content. The analysis takes into account fast-moving content, the interconnectivity of content and users, psychographics, demographics, and geographic location. WATCH: How ransomware hackers "prey on people's willingness to click" (CBS News) Twitter said the top social moments Wednesday were Trump and Clinton discussing the treatment of women, Trump's refusal to say whether he would accept the election results, Russia, nuclear weapons, and Clinton calling Trump a Russian "puppet." The most retweeted exchange was Trump saying "I'll keep you in suspense" when he refused to say if he would accept the election results in three weeks' time, according to Spredfast. Clinton called his response "Horrifying." Not too far behind was a scathing Tweet from former Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders calling Trump the "least qualified" candidate, which had a combined 36,000 retweets and likes. While many are happy the debates are over, Stodden isn't, playing off on the trending #DebateHangover hashtag. "I've had a great time on this bender," he said. "But the hangover gets here on November 9th, and it will stick with us for four years."
News Article | October 28, 2016
This article was originally published on CNET. While not as splashy as their presidential counterparts, Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine and Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence faced off Tuesday in the only vice presidential debate of the election season and within 10 minutes, prompted campaign watchers to tweet out more than 56,000 comments using the hashtag #VPDebate. A calm Pence earned more favorable responses from Twitter followers compared to the combative Kaine, according to social media monitoring groups Brandwatch and Spredfast. Pence had 1.5 million mentions during the debate, with more than 58 percent of them positive. Kaine had more than 1.2 million mentions, with a 52 percent negative sentiment, Brandwatch said. Those tweets aren't a measure of who won or lost the debate, but rather a show of which candidates' supporters are more vocal on social media. SEE: Best practices for using social media in business (Tech Pro Research report) "From my months of political observation, I would say Trump's online supporters — who are among the most loyal I've ever witnessed (considering brands and politicians) — are rallying behind Pence," said Kellan Terry, a Brandwatch data analyst. The stakes were high for Kaine and Pence. Heading into Tuesday's clash at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, the two veep candidates are overshadowed by Clinton and Trump. But the question is whether those sharing their opinions and observations on social media actually care about Kaine and Pence? The answer: not really. "Social media acts as an echo chamber," said William Stodden, a political science professor at North Dakota State College of Science and Concordia College in Minnesota. "Real-world events drive interest in social media outlets of the candidates, as voters see something and then rush to social media to both inform themselves and discuss the event, and then the discourse on social media is used by politicians to drive their campaign." After a polite exchange after being introduced by moderator Elaine Quijano of CBS News, the candidates' gloves came off early. Kaine, a Democratic senator from Virginia, was expected to keep up Clinton's momentum after many concluded the former Secretary of State beat Trump during their first debate last week. The presidential debate on Sept. 26 was the most watched and most tweeted presidential debate ever, according to TV ratings data from Nielsen. Kaine told Pence Tuesday that "You are Donald Trump's apprentice," adding, "I cannot imagine how Gov. Pence can defend can defend the insult-driven, selfish need for style of Donald Trump." But, Pence, Indiana's Republican governor, downplayed Kaine's remarks and sidestepped questions about Trump's crazy week. That week included an early-morning Twitter tirade against a former Miss Universe and Clinton and reports that the real estaste mogul may have lost a billion dollars in a year to "brilliantly" avoid paying income taxes for the past 18 years, according to a report by the New York Times on Oct. 1. The NYT story spawned the hashtag #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes. WATCH: Tim Kaine or Mike Pence: Who interrupted the most? (CBS News) "The American people want to see our nation standing tall on the world's stage again," Pence said. The latest CBS News poll found that voters know little about either VP nominee and that neither candidate is viewed favorably by voters who do have an opinion. Twenty-four percent of voters have a positive opinion of Pence, while Kaine is viewed favorably by 19 percent of voters. Before Tuesday's debate, 47 percent of voters said they didn't plan on watching the VP candidates spar. That lack of interest was reflected on social media. The rate of conversation about the VP debate on social media was significantly lower than the first presidential clash, Spredfast said. About 30,000 people discussed the debate on Twitter, compared to nearly 80,000 who commented during last week's meet up between Clinton, 68, and Trump, 70. Early on during the 90-minute debate, 18- to 24-year-olds were driving most of the debate conversation on Twitter, Spredfast said. The most discussed issues on Twitter were the economy, taxes and terrorism, the group added. Midway through Kaine and Pence's appearances, sentiment on Twitter was more negative than even the first presidential debate, Spredfast said. Pence gained more than 22,000 new Twitter followers compared to 15,000 for Kaine. Trump, as expected, tweeted out that his running mate won hands down. Twitter said that was the most retweeted comment. Even so, the fact that Pence was mentioned more than Kaine doesn't reflect who won, Stodden said. There still will be plenty of fact-checking and polling for days to come. "We can tell that there is definitely interest in both of these candidates," Stodden said. "Polls indicate that people usually do not pay a lot of attention to the VP debate. Perhaps this year, as with so many other issues, the status quo is changing."
News Article | October 28, 2016
This article was originally published on CNET. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sparred Sunday night in one of the most contentious debates in modern political history. Followers of each presidential candidate, unsurprisingly, took the contest online. The 90-minute duel between the real-estate mogul and seasoned Washington veteran, with just a month to go before Election Day 2016, was the most-tweeted political debate in the 10 years of Twitter, the social network said Sunday. More than 17 million debate-related tweets were sent during the contest and nearly 30 million tweets throughout the course of the day. SEE: Not vetting your tech investments? You're setting fire to money (Tech Pro Research report) Voters were eager to see how Republican nominee Donald Trump would respond to a crumbling presidential campaign, which took a new hit last week with revelations of crude remarks he had made about women. Others were eager to see if his Democratic challengerHillary Clinton would go for the kill. They didn't have to wait long. After the candidates took the stage without a handshake (cue trending hashtag #nohandshake), Trump repeated an apology for his explicit comments about women that have prompted key Republicans to withdraw their support. "This was locker room talk. I'm not proud of it. I apologized to my family. I apologized to the American people. Certainly I'm not proud of it. But this is locker room talk," Trump said. Trump then quickly hit at Clinton, saying her husband, former president Bill Clinton, had done worse, calling him "abusive." SEE: Fact-checking the second presidential debate (CBS News) Clinton responded, questioning Trump's fitness to be president. She said in addition to his constant barrage of insults, it's clear to anyone who heard the video that it represents "exactly who he is." That sparked the most popular tweet of the night, which came from college professor Moustafa Bayoumi and which also referenced Trump's call during the debate for Muslims to alert authorities to signs of dangerous activities. Social media sentiment, a measure of how viewers responded to the debate, was negative throughout the clash at Washington University in St. Louis. Trump had more than 74 percent negative sentiment compared to Clinton's 53 percent on Twitter, according to Brandwatch, which measures social media. Another group, Spredfast, said the candidates' negative figures stayed steady throughout the event. "If we can draw conclusions from this, it would be that the crowd is responding, on both sides, to the over-the-top sleaze factor by extremely high levels of social media activity," said William Stodden, a political science professor at North Dakota State College of Science and Concordia College in Minnesota. Trump dominated the conversation on Twitter with 64 percent of tweets. According to the social network, Clinton got 36 percent. Kellan Terry, a Brandwatch analyst, said the phrase "locker room talk," which Trump used to explain leaked remarks he made 11 years ago, and "sexual assault," which has been applied to actions those comments described, were among the GOP candidate's top negative mentions. Trump's unfavorable rating affected Clinton, Terry said, because their conversations intertwined. That meant negative comments about Trump that mentioned Clinton weighed on the Democratic candidate. "It's fair to say that her sentiment suffered as people were actually talking negatively about her opponent in a tweet that also mentioned her," he said. Trump tried to score points by attacking Clinton's relationship with her husband, Bill, and the former president's past infidelities. Clinton countered by stating that her husband was not running for president. She then linked the economic prosperity of the 1990s to consistent, if slow, economic growth during her husband's administration. Clinton touched on cybersecurity when questioned about the security of her private email server. The former secretary of state was investigated by the FBI for using private equipment for government correspondence. "That was a mistake and I take responsibility for using a personal email account," she said. "I'm not making any excuses." Trump snorted with dissent, and fired back, "All you have to do is take a look at WikiLeaks and see what they say." As with previous presidential sparring matches, Sunday night's debate was livestreamed next to real-time tweets from the #debate hashtag. Highlighting a key difference between the two social media platforms, Facebook also streamed the debate and placed live video next to algorithmically sorted posts and comments. On Twitter, Trump had almost twice as much conversation as Clinton — 64 percent to 36 percent. On Facebook, Trump had 76 percent of the conversation compared to Clinton's 24. "Hillary has support of most influential social media commentators but high usage of Trump support hashtags suggest Trump's band of supporters more vocal," concluded Talkwalker, a social media analytics company. Among the top hashtags used during the debate, Talkwalker said, there was Trump's #BigLeagueTruth with 108,000 mentions, Clinton's #ImWithHer with more than 92,000 mentions, #MAGA (Make America Great Again) with 73,000, and #CrookedHillary with 27,000. The second debate was not without humorous moments for social media commenters. As in the first battle, Trump sniffled throughout the sparring session, prompting #sniffles to become a top trend on Twitter. Jeers were a common response to Trump's threat, if he becomes president, to jail Clinton over her email scandal. The top tweeted moments also included Trump disagreeing with Mike Pence, his running mate, over American involvement in Syria; Trump saying he's "a gentleman" to both hoots and jeers; and Trump saying he would jail Clinton. The top tweeted moments also included Trump disagreeing with Mike Pence, his running mate, over American involvement in Syria; Trump saying he's "a gentleman" to both hoots and jeers; and Trump saying he would jail Clinton. The night wasn't totally negative, however. Both candidates increased their Twitter followings.@HillaryClinton added about 25,000, while @realDonaldTrump added 16,000, the social network said.
Olson M.L.,Concordia College |
Cero I.J.,Concordia College
Peptides | Year: 2010
Depletion of cholinergic neurons in the hippocampus has been implicated in memory impairment and Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The brain angiotensin AT 4 receptor is co-localized with cholinergic neurons, and the AT 4 receptor has also been implicated in cognitive processing. The current investigation used the spatial win-shift version of the radial arm maze to determine the involvement of AT4 receptors in spatial working memory formation. We initially established that intrahippocampal scopolamine significantly impaired the spatial working memory performance of Sprague-Dawley rats in the radial arm maze. We also demonstrated that subsequent intrahippocampal infusions of Norleucine1-Angiotensin IV (Nle 1-AngIV) significantly prevented the scopolamine-induced deficit. Consistent with previously published data on long-term spatial memory, our findings suggest that activation of AT4 receptors can compensate for impaired spatial working memory resulting from compromised muscarinic acetylcholine receptor function. We further demonstrate that the hippocampus is a site of action for Nle1-AngIV-mediated cognitive improvement. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Jensen M.B.,Concordia College
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2015
An instrumentation-based laboratory curriculum combining traditional unknown analyses with student-designed projects has been developed for an introductory analytical chemistry course. In the first half of the course, students develop laboratory skills and instrumental proficiency by rotating through six different instruments performing quantitative analyses of unknowns. In the second half of the course, students use these skills to design and perform a quantitative chemical analysis of a real-world sample of their choosing in which students direct each step in the analytical process: sampling, sample preparation, data acquisition, interpretation, reporting, and drawing conclusions. Unique features of the course include open lab periods, an online lab manual with embedded video demonstrations, and the publication of student projects in an online journal. Assessment results show that students report high levels of gain in relation to the desired outcomes of the overall project. © 2014 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.
Axvig N.,Concordia College
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory | Year: 2014
An approximation of maximum-likelihood decoding over the binary symmetric channel was introduced by Omura in 1972. This decoder employs an iterative, randomized algorithm whose behavior closely mimics that of the simplex algorithm. In this paper, we generalize Omura's decoder to operate on an arbitrary binary-input memoryless channel. Further, we prove that the probability of the generalized Omura decoder (and hence Omura's original decoder) returning a maximum-likelihood codeword approaches 1 as the number of iterations goes to infinity, a result that has hereto remained unproven. © 1963-2012 IEEE.
Jensen M.B.,Concordia College |
Tallman D.E.,North Dakota State University
Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry | Year: 2013
We have developed a LabVIEW virtual instrument (PAC-Fit.vi) for efficient simulation and analysis of probe approach curve data from a scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM). The virtual instrument (VI) is available for free download and can be used to determine absolute probe height above a substrate, measure rate constants for irreversible electron transfer at a substrate, and perform simulations of SECM approach curves. We anticipate the VI will be of use for educational purposes as well, perhaps as a classroom tool for introducing the principles of SECM. We have applied the VI to an analysis of the dynamic nature of an aluminum alloy (AA2024-T3) substrate immersed in acid solution in which the activity of the substrate increases over time due to dissolution of the passive oxide layer. The value of kapparent is observed to increase by a factor of 40 over an immersion time of approximately 1 h. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.
Askvig J.M.,Concordia College |
Watt J.A.,University of North Dakota
Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling | Year: 2015
While collateral sprouting has been shown to occur in a variety of neuronal populations, the factor or factors responsible for mediating the sprouting response remain largely un-defined. There is evidence indicating that ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) may play an important role in promoting neuronal survival and process outgrowth in neuronal phenotypes tested to date. We previously demonstrated that the astrocytic Jak-STAT pathway is necessary to mediate CNTF-induced oxytocinergic (OT) neuronal survival; however, the mechanism (s) of CNTF-mediated process outgrowth remain unknown. Our working hypothesis is that CNTF mediates differential neuroprotective responses via different intracellular signal transduction pathways. In order to test this hypothesis, we utilized stationary hypothalamic organotypic cultures to assess the contribution of the MAPK-ERK and PI3-AKT pathways to OT neuron survival and process outgrowth. Our results demonstrate that the MAPK-ERK½ pathway mediates CNTF-induced neuronal survival. Moreover, we show that inhibition of the p38-, JNK-MAPK, and mTOR pathways prevents loss OT neurons following axotomy. We also provide quantitative evidence indicating that CNTF promotes process outgrowth of OT neurons via the PI3K-AKT pathway. Together, these data indicate that distinct intracellular signaling pathways mediate diverse neuroprotective processes in response to CNTF. © 2015, The Author(s).
Jensen M.B.,Concordia College
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry | Year: 2011
LabVIEW, a graphical computer programming environment created to facilitate the acquisition and analysis of scientific data, is being used to demonstrate instrumentation principles. Virtual instrumentation offers the ability to simulate experiments, instruments, or particular features of instruments, and several examples of simulations using LabVIEW VIs in chemical education are also reported. Various easy-to-use LabVIEW simulations of principles related to chemical instrumentation that are utilized in instrumental methods course are developed. Each of these simulations offer students the opportunity to see the principle in action and quickly determine the effect of changing experimental conditions on the resulting output. A LabVIEW simulation of a simple analog-to-digital conversion of an analog sine wave shows improvement in reproduction of the analog signal. LabVIEW is also used to create similar simulations of boxcar averaging, the Nyquist frequency, basic signal-to-noise ratios, noise power spectra, and digital filtering.
News Article | November 29, 2016
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