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Connecticut College

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Lake Mohegan, CT, United States

Connecticut College is a private liberal arts college located in New London, Connecticut. Founded in 1911, the mission of the college is to "educate students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society," and the College's fourth strategic plan also introduced a set of values statements indicating its commitments to Academic Excellence; Diversity, Equity, and Shared Governance; Education of the Entire Person; Adherence to Common Ethical and Moral Standards; Community Service and Global Citizenship; and Environmental Stewardship. Connecticut College is a primarily residential, four-year undergraduate institution, with nearly all of its approximately 1,900 students living on campus. Students choose courses from 41 majors including an interdisciplinary, self-designed major.Connecticut College was founded as "Connecticut College for Women", in response to Wesleyan University closing its doors to women in 1909; the college shortened its name to "Connecticut College" in 1969 when it began admitting men.The College has been continuously accredited since 1932 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference .Forbes ranked Connecticut College 84th in its 2014 overall list, 45th in the Northeast and 70th among private colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranked the school 45th among the top liberal arts colleges in 2014. Wikipedia.


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NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) has named Jeffrey J. Previdi as vice chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB). The FAF oversees the GASB and its sister organization, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). As vice chairman, Mr. Previdi—a current member of the GASB—will work to enhance stakeholder engagement with a primary focus on financial statement users. His appointment is effective July 1, 2017. A former credit analyst with more than two decades of ratings agency experience, Mr. Previdi began his tenure on the GASB on July 1, 2016. He succeeds outgoing GASB Vice Chairman Jan I. Sylvis, who has served in that role since January 1, 2015. Ms. Sylvis concludes ten years of service on the Board on June 30. “We’re very pleased to welcome Jeff to his new role as GASB vice chairman. His deep experience with municipal debt market participants will allow the Board to forge stronger bonds with financial statement users,” said FAF Board of Trustees Chairman Charles H. Noski. “One of Jan’s strongest contributions during her tenure as vice chairman was in stakeholder engagement,” Mr. Noski added. “Her example—together with Jeff’s background and experience—will help drive more robust, meaningful engagement with the user community—a critical constituency.” Before joining the GASB, Mr. Previdi served for more than two decades at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, now known as S&P Global Ratings. Most recently he served as managing director and project leader in the agency’s risk program. In that role, he led a global team of individuals who analyzed and implemented rules stemming from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Prior to that role, Mr. Previdi was a municipal credit analyst for 20 years. Starting as a tax-exempt housing bond analyst, he progressed to leading S&P’s team covering municipal structured finance ratings, then to co-leading the group responsible for all tax-backed ratings in the U.S. He also served on the U.S. Public Finance Criteria Committee for many years. Mr. Previdi holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Connecticut College and a master of public policy degree from the College of William & Mary. He is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. “In a short timeframe, Jeff’s perspective has made him a true asset to the Board,” said GASB Chairman David A. Vaudt. “As vice chairman, I’m confident his efforts to enrich engagement with users and other stakeholders will help the Board draw the kind of input needed to reach better-informed decisions on a range of standard-setting issues.” “Jan Sylvis’s time as Vice Chairman helped to usher in a new spirit of working collaboratively with stakeholders toward common goals,” Chairman Vaudt added. “Her contributions have been many and she will truly be missed.” About the Financial Accounting Foundation Established in 1972, the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) is the independent, private-sector, not-for-profit organization based in Norwalk, Connecticut responsible for the oversight, administration, financing, and appointment of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The FASB and GASB establish and improve financial accounting and reporting standards–known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP–for public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local governments in the United States. For more information, visit www.accountingfoundation.org. Established in 1984, the GASB is the independent, private-sector organization, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for U.S. state and local governments that follow GAAP. These standards are recognized as authoritative by state and local governments, state Boards of Accountancy, and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The GASB develops and issues financial accounting standards through a transparent and inclusive process intended to promote financial reporting that provides useful information to taxpayers, public officials, investors, and others who use financial reports. The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) supports and oversees the GASB. For more information, visit www.gasb.org.


News Article | April 24, 2017
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“Emergency Kit: Survival Guide to Abundance” (published by Balboa Press) is a quick, easy and funny guide to prosperity, joy and health. It helps get the mind and body back to focusing on what one wants out of life. “I myself was in an emergency that I could not see my way out of!” author Dr. Robin Wallace explains, adding that she was “stuck in the dangerous place of doubt and fear, frozen in a negative mentality that I was never going to get through this pain.” “Emergency Kit” examines the conversation between the subconscious, the self and God in a humorous and uplifting manner. It offers the message that what one thinks can translate into one’s destiny and advises readers to: “Stay grateful, know what you want and love the journey.” Wallace hopes her readers will: “Ask, Believe and Receive with Gratitude wrapped in LOVE.” “Emergency Kit” By Dr. Robin Wallace Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 70 pages | ISBN 9781504334969 E-Book | 70 pages | ISBN 9781504334976 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Dr. Robin Wallace received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Connecticut College, and earned a doctorate of oriental medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, N.M., followed by an internship at the China–Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing. Wallace’s exposure to body-mind medicine and science of mind practices influenced the inspiration she offers in “Emergency Kit.” This is her first book. More information can be found at: http://www.drrobinwallace.com. Balboa Press is a division of Hay House, Inc., a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body and spirit genres. Through an alliance with supported self-publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit balboapress.com. To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter and “Like” us at facebook.com/BalboaPress.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of Connecticut’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Yale University, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, University of Hartford and University of Connecticut scored highest. Of the 12 two-year schools that were also included, Capital Community College, Manchester Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Three Rivers Community College and Gateway Community College were the top five schools. A full list of the 31 schools is included below. “As Connecticut’s job market fluctuates, many people consider earning a certificate or degree to help change or bolster their career,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These Connecticut schools have proven themselves with solid educational programs, but have also taken extra steps to provide resources that translate into career success for students.” To be included on Connecticut’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional metrics such as employment resources, academic counseling, financial aid availability, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Connecticut” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Connecticut for 2017 include: Albertus Magnus College Central Connecticut State University Connecticut College Eastern Connecticut State University Fairfield University Goodwin College Mitchell College Quinnipiac University Sacred Heart University Southern Connecticut State University Trinity College University of Bridgeport University of Connecticut University of Hartford University of New Haven University of Saint Joseph Wesleyan University Western Connecticut State University Yale University The Best Two-Year Colleges in Connecticut for 2017 include: Asnuntuck Community College Capital Community College Gateway Community College Housatonic Community College Manchester Community College Middlesex Community College Naugatuck Valley Community College Northwestern Connecticut Community College Norwalk Community College Quinebaug Valley Community College Three Rivers Community College Tunxis Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.


Stems that develop secondary vascular tissue (i.e. xylem and phloem derived from the vascular cambium) have unique demands on transport owing to their mass and longevity. Transport of water and assimilates must occur over long distances, while the increasing physical separation of xylem and phloem requires radial transport. Developing secondary tissue is itself a strong sink positioned between xylem and phloem along the entire length of the stem, and the integrity of these transport tissues must be maintained and protected for years if not decades. Parenchyma cells form an interconnected three-dimensional lattice throughout secondary xylem and phloem and perform critical roles in all of these tasks, yet our understanding of their physiology, the nature of their symplasmic connections, and their activity at the symplast-apoplast interface is very limited. This review highlights key historical work as well as current research on the structure and function of parenchyma in secondary vascular tissue in the hopes of spurring renewed interest in this area, which has important implications for whole-plant transport processes and resource partitioning. © 2013 The Author.


Wang M.-T.,University of Pittsburgh | Fredricks J.A.,Connecticut College
Child Development | Year: 2014

Drawing on the self-system model, this study conceptualized school engagement as a multidimensional construct, including behavioral, emotional, and cognitive engagement, and examined whether changes in the three types of school engagement related to changes in problem behaviors from 7th through 11th grades (approximately ages 12-17). In addition, a transactional model of reciprocal relations between school engagement and problem behaviors was tested to predict school dropout. Data were collected on 1,272 youth from an ethnically and economically diverse county (58% African American, 36% European American; 51% females). Results indicated that adolescents who had declines in behavioral and emotional engagement with school tended to have increased delinquency and substance use over time. There were bidirectional associations between behavioral and emotional engagement in school and youth problem behaviors over time. Finally, lower behavioral and emotional engagement and greater problem behaviors predicted greater likelihood of dropping out of school. © 2013 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Molecular Biophysics | Award Amount: 599.39K | Year: 2014

The goal of this project is to increase the understanding of how living organisms convert chemical energy into light. Bioluminescence--the emission of light by living organisms--is a beautiful natural phenomenon that has enchanted children, challenged those who have tried to understand it, and provided the basis for an important research tool. The project addresses the need to produce novel luciferase proteins to improve current research applications of bioluminescence and to advance the development of new ones. The proposed research will be carried out at a liberal arts college with an established record of effective research training of undergraduate students. Modern facilities and equipment provide an excellent environment for students and faculty to engage in collaborative research. The PI has actively directed undergraduate research projects for 37 summers. Approximately 98 undergraduate students, approximately 70% of whom are women and approximately 10% who are from traditionally underrepresented groups, have worked with him and approximately 60% of these participants entered graduate or professional school. Students who work in the PIs lab and make substantive contributions to a project become co-authors and are actively involved in the writing of manuscripts and presenting their results at scientific meetings. The aim is to offer a meaningful research experience to a diverse group of students. Moreover, several of the students in the proposed program will be participants in a department collaborators NSF S-STEM grant. All program participants will engage in modern mainstream bioluminescence research and will contribute positively to increasing the numbers of well-prepared graduates for entry into graduate programs and professional scientific careers.

Two major objectives are addressed in this project that were developed during related investigations with prior NSF-RUI grant support. The first is to determine the basis for the altered emission color (574 nm), resistance to low pH red shifting, and unexpectedly greater specific activity (compared to the brightest North American firefly Photinus pyralis) of a newly cloned luciferase from Photinus scintillans. The main aim is to better understand the natural determinants of firefly emission color and pH stability through mutagenesis studies of the enzymes from both species. The PI will fully characterize the physical and spectral properties of the new enzyme and undertake biochemical studies to identify key amino acid residues that determine the enhanced properties. The proposed investigation will involve a mutagenesis approach and variants of the enzymes will be studied by: steady state kinetics, quantitative analysis of bioluminescence reaction products, and spectral methods including fluorescence and bioluminescence emission techniques. With collaborator Professor Andrew Gulick, the crystal structure of a complex of the novel luciferase with DLSA, an inhibitor that binds to the active site, will be determined and the mutagenesis data will be interpreted in a structural context. The second objective is to develop new substrates and red-emitting luciferase variants for improved dual color (analyte) reporter gene applications. The plan is to seek new assay methodology with greater convenience of performance and enhanced sensitivity compared to current technology. The PI will use 2 luciferase variants and 2 bioluminescence-producing substrates-- beetle luciferin and a novel analog called benzothiophene luciferin. Additionally, the PI may explore the use of fluorine-containing derivatives of benzothiophene luciferin to be made by synthetic routes that have been designed. The 2 luciferase variants are engineered to produce well-separated green (~520 nm) and red (~617 nm) emission spectra. The PI will use several mutagenesis strategies to produce enzymes that produce light with further separated emission maxima. The assays will be optimized with respect to pH, signal stabilizers, lysing agents, substrate concentrations and spectral filters.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 436.31K | Year: 2012

This Connecticut College project: S-STEM Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a continuation of an existing and effective four year Science Leaders program which targets traditionally underrepresented students in science. The project builds on that success and expects to increase even more underrepresented students majoring in science by adding two new features: a summer bridge program prior to the freshman year and a study group program.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: Biodiversity: Discov &Analysis | Award Amount: 379.76K | Year: 2012

Over 40 million years ago, long before anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions was an issue, the Earth was engulfed in an extremely warm period known as the Cenozoic hot house. The warming correlated with an ice-free Earth, lush forests on land masses near the North Pole, and alligators, giant tortoises and tapirs roaming the high Arctic. Indeed, the warmth experienced during the Cenozoic hot house was strikingly similar to future warming estimates derived from climate models. Thus, the Cenozoic hot house represents an ideal analog for understanding future changes resulting from warmer climates. The goal of this project is to document the remains of microscopic plant and animal organisms from three extensive Arctic lake cores that collectively span the Cenozoic hot house, and use the findings to evaluate the development and resilience of freshwater ecosystems in a warm greenhouse world. Preservation and sheer numbers of microfossils in the three cores are unprecedented and the project will also yield a unique opportunity to address long-standing evolutionary questions for ecologically important freshwater organisms.

Global warming, caused by higher concentrations of greenhouse gases, is advancing at an unprecedented rate and is arguably the most pressing environmental issue facing society today. Computer models predict significantly elevated warming in Arctic regions, and all indications are that the warming will cause profound reorganizations of biological communities. However, since there are no Arctic ecosystems currently experiencing such warm conditions, we lack data that could be used to verify the computer models. The project offers a unique chance to understand how Arctic freshwater ecosystems did, and most likely will, respond to warming.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Physiolg Mechansms&Biomechancs | Award Amount: 395.06K | Year: 2013

Woody plants provide critical sources of energy and building materials and play important roles in carbon sequestration, hydrologic cycles, and habitat assemblies. Despite the many services provided by woody plants, very little is known about how woody stems develop and how vascular connections are formed between the older woody portions of a stem and the younger, non-woody growth. The main objective of this project is to determine how movement of the plant hormone auxin controls vascular development in a woody plant using the model species Populus tremula x alba. By using a combination of chemical analyses, genetic modification and microscopy, the movement of auxin will be tracked from the young developing leaves to the woody stem below and related to the time course of vein formation. The movement of auxin will also be disrupted with chemical inhibitors in order to determine the effects of auxin transport on wood structure. This work is expected to shed light on how the vasculature -- the network of veins that supply leaves with water and distribute sugars to the rest of the plant -- is established in woody plants and how the hormone auxin determines important physical properties of the stem. In particular, liquid permeability is important for improved utilization of plant materials (e.g., wood) as well as plant survival and is determined during vascular development, a process that may be regulated by auxin flow. This project also provides multiple training opportunities for undergraduates interested the sciences both during the academic year and through summer internships. It is expected that this project will encourage ten or more undergraduates to pursue careers in science related to plant biology including forestry, carbon cycling and the development of new raw materials for biofuels.


Patent
Connecticut College | Date: 2014-11-24

Described herein are novel chimeric luciferase molecules with enhanced properties, and methods of using these chimeric luciferase molecules.

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