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Coppin State University

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Baltimore Highlands, MD, United States

Coppin State University is an historically black college located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It is part of the University System of Maryland. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Wikipedia.

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News Article | December 1, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

SILVER SPRING, MD., Dec. 1, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Achieving the Dream President & CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout today announced the appointment of Wes Moore, national bestselling author, combat veteran and co-founder of innovative college completion platform BridgeEdU, to the Board of Directors of Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community college student success. Dr. Stout said, "Achieving the Dream is fortunate to have Wes join our important work. He has first-hand, personal experience of the financial, academic, and social challenges that so many community college students face, and has succeeded at the highest levels. His understanding of students' journeys and his work at a number of Maryland's higher education institutions to help first-generation college students complete higher education will be a rich source of information for ATD's work to create student-focused cultures on all of our campuses." Wes is the co-founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, an approach to college completion that positions first-year students for success by engaging them in real-world internships and service learning opportunities. BridgeEDU partners with institutions of higher education such as Community College of Baltimore County, an ATD Network college, and Coppin State University, to provide participating students with wrap-around services and an experiential co-curriculum. Wes and his co-founder created BridgeEdU to ensure that more students have the tools and know-how to succeed. In 2010, Wes published The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, an examination of the divergent life paths of two boys with same name who grew up without fathers in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods. The book became a New York Times bestseller. More recently, Wes was co-executive producer of a new documentary All the Difference, which premiered in September 2016 on the PBS award-winning POV series. Filmed over five and a half years, All the Difference shows the stories of two determined, promising young black men — Robert Henderson and Krishaun Branch — as they overcome the obstacles of under-resourced homes and high-risk communities in Chicago to attend college. Also in 2016, he was a keynote speaker at DREAM, ATD's annual conference. Wes graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. While a student at Johns Hopkins he founded STAND!, which works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system and still exists today. He completed an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. After graduation, Wes served as a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, participating in a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. About Achieving the Dream Achieving the Dream, Inc., is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, persist in their studies and earn a college credential. Achieving the Dream is working toward closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide through an institutional change process based on five founding principles. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today Achieving the Dream is leading a comprehensive non-governmental reform network that includes more than 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia. Achieving the Dream helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams. Follow us on Twitter @AchieveTheDream Follow us on LinkedIn LinkedIn.com/company/Achieving-the-Dream-inc-


Collaboration will help leading HBCU quickly identify which initiatives are making an impact on student success and support data-informed decision making BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwired - Oct 24, 2016) - Coppin State University, today, announced a partnership with Civitas Learning that will enable the leadership at the Baltimore-based, historically black university to assess the impact of student success initiatives and take action to support students. Founded as an African American teachers' college that later expanded to general education during the height of the Civil Rights era, Coppin State has a rich history of educating historically underserved students. Today, the university continues that mission and is working quickly to reduce the achievement gap among African American students by 2020. "Higher education can't run on its gut. We need data behind our decision-making. Using analytics and data represents a key part of our strategy for improving student success and to develop a much deeper level of precision and accuracy about what's working with our students," said Ahmed M. El-Haggan, Ph.D., Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer at Coppin State. "Civitas Learning's ability to fine tune predictive models to our campus is impressive, but it's not just about the technology. Their expertise and wrap-around services are why we know they are the right partner for our student success work." Coppin State will leverage insights from Illume to pinpoint the policies and practices that lead to student success, including which courses have the biggest impact and which interventions are most likely to help students overcome barriers to graduation. "We have been using descriptive analytics to make incremental improvements in our student success initiatives," said Maria Thompson, Ph.D., President of Coppin State University. "By partnering with Civitas Learning, we will be able to use predictive analytics to help us innovate and make advancements in student success more quickly. Predictive analytics will move us from continuous improvement to continuous excellence." The university, which has established a cross-campus Student Success Council representing technology, academic affairs, institutional research, and enrollment, has selected Civitas Learning to help integrate disparate data sources to identify the complex factors that drive student success and anchor its work in building a data-informed culture. "Coppin State University is in a unique position to expand opportunity and help revitalize the Baltimore community," said Dr. Nicole Melander, Civitas Learning Vice President of Partner Success and Consulting and former CTO of Achieving the Dream. "We are proud to work alongside Coppin State's leaders as they leverage data to measure what's working and develop a more holistic picture of what drives student success on campus." Coppin State University is a model urban, residential liberal arts university located in the northwest section of the City of Baltimore that provides academic programs in the arts and sciences, teacher education, nursing, graduate studies, and continuing education. An HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), Coppin has a culturally rich history as an institution providing quality educational programs and community outreach services. Coppin offers 32 majors and 11 graduate-degrees and one doctoral program. A fully accredited institution, Coppin serves Baltimore residents as well as students from around the world, with flexible course schedules that include convenient day, evening, and weekend classes and distance learning courses. Civitas Learning® Civitas Learning is the Student Success Platform for higher education. Our Student Insights Engine™ powers initiatives that dramatically improve student success. Data tells us every day how students are doing and what they need most. Are you listening to their story? Our Student Success Platform leverages the most statistically rigorous technology in the market today to provide a clear view of the current and future state of your institution and students. Faculty, administrators and students are empowered to act with confidence and make the most of their time, energy and investment for the greatest good. Today, our community includes more than 285 institutions reaching more than 6.5 million students worldwide. Together, we are working to help millions of more students learn well, finish strong, and go on to brighter futures and better careers. For more information, visit: www.civitaslearning.com.


News Article | March 4, 2016
Site: www.labdesignnews.com

Description: Coppin State University’s Science and Technology Center is a building that addresses and fulfills the aspirations of the university, the students and the surrounding neighborhood. Coppin State’s desire to prepare its students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) required a new, state-of-the-art facility that would deliver increased opportunities for its high-minority student population to excel in STEM learning.  The design of the new building intentionally opens up the campus to the city as a place for optimism, transparency and hope. The building engages the neighborhood with a zone of teaching gardens, shallow site walls and landscape, all designed to allow for transparent visual connections and a comfortable and safe setting for the students. The adjacent green quadrangle, to be used for the commencement celebrations, is open to the public year-round and acts as a warm and welcoming gesture to share in the university’s success and the community’s pride. A new set of broad campus steps link the lower level green quadrangle to North Avenue, a main east/west link to downtown Baltimore. These steps incorporate marble from the stoops of houses that were previously on the site to make a series of low stone benches at the edge of North Avenue. The steps also align with a focal point of the building, a cubic glass building volume which houses the faculty offices. The cube appears to float over the main building entrance and glow at night, revealing the activity inside. The internal organization of the building was determined through numerous discussions with the faculty as well as a detailed program analysis. The design encourages faculty and students from different science departments to collaborate on projects that cross traditional departmental boundaries. All labs and classrooms are designed for project teams of two to eight people to work together as part of the STEM learning experience. General classrooms and computer labs for campus-wide use are included on the lower level. The entry level is active and vibrant, with exhibit space, a small café and a 100-seat lecture hall.


Grant
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services | Branch: National Institutes of Health | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 220.32K | Year: 2015

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Although tyrosine phosphorylation is an important controlling element in cell signaling no tRNA suppressor for phosphotyrosine pTyr incorporation has yet been made We propose to use directed molecular evolution of several aminoacyl tRNA synthetases aaRSs to identify mutations that enable binding of pTyr to the aaRS Specifically ATP molecules will be attached to beads which will then be incubated with free pTyr and a phage display library of a mutated aaRS If a mutant aaRS can catalyze the formation of pTyr AMP which is the intermediate for the generation of charged tRNA it will bind to the beads and can be enriched The mutated aaRSs will be used in in vitro translation to incorporate the pTyr into the protein structure of an assayable gene for example galactosidase Mass Spectrometry and a set of already existing anti pTyr specific antibodies will be used to validate incorporation of the pTyr in the assayable protein Phase I is focused on in vitro incorporation PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE The ability to generate tyrosyl phosphorylated proteins will have significant utility in studying the role of phosphoproteins that are involved in cell signalin inflammation cancer and other diseases Conventional approaches toward making phosphorylated proteins require kinases which are promiscuous and often lead to phosphorylation at multiple undesirable residues Successful completion of this proposal will be the first method to allow site specific incorporation of phosphotyrosine in a protein


Grant
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services | Branch: | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 2.60M | Year: 2011

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This application represents a competing renewal request for a Phase II STTR project, in which we constructed an ultra-fast gradient system for magnetic resonance imaging. Operation of the novel system is based upon theprinciple that the nervous system is relatively insensitive to very short exposures to changing magnetic fields. As a result, we are showing in clinical trials that magnetic slew rates (i.e., changes in gradients per time) can be 1,000 times faster than are currently available in clinical MRI scanners, and deliver magnetic gradients 10 times higher, without painful stimulation. The purpose of this competing renewal is to take the technology to the level of FDA approval. Based on well-established principlesof MRI physics, it stands to reason that the increased gradient strength and shorter pulse sequences permitted by the new technology will have multiple meaningful benefits to users of clinical and research systems, including overall decreased acquisition time, reduction in acoustic noise, and elimination of artifacts due to subject motion. The multidisciplinary team assembled for this project includes MRI physicists, pediatric and general radiologists, and neuroscientists, experts in pulsed power technology, medical capital equipment entrepreneurs, and committed technical representatives of potential strategic partners active in this field. The team has worked well together over the past five years to achieve significant achievements, and has collaborated inthe past to launch four medical products with the aid of the NIH SBIR program. Milestones to be accomplished in this project include adaptation of the system to a 7-Tesla animal MRI scanner and a clinical 3-Tesla system, visualization of post-mortem humantissues and moving vertebrate animals, FDA-mandated human trials of nervous stimulation and acoustic noise, and high- resolution tractography and functional MRI of the human brain in vivo. From a commercial point of view, configuring the product as a replacement upgrade to existing MRI systems has been a very successful financial strategy for several companies, one of which has committed to assisting us in this effort. Potential benefits to the country include health-care cost reduction (as a result of reduced scan-times per patient), increased scientific knowledge and diagnostic confidence as we examine smaller features of the nervous system, export potential of advanced medical products, and improved patient comfort (as we reduce acoustic noise and the need for sedation of pediatric and adult subjects). PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Potential benefits to the country include health-care cost reduction (as a result of reduced scan- times per patient), increased scientific knowledge and diagnostic confidence as we examine smaller features of the nervous system, export potential of advanced medical products, and improved patient comfort (as we reduce acoustic noise and the need for sedation of pediatric and adult subjects).


Reddy S.G.,Coppin State University | York V.K.,Kansas State University | Brannon L.A.,Kansas State University
International Journal of Tourism Research | Year: 2010

Medical tourism is the act of travelling abroad for health care. The theory of planned behaviour was used to investigate the medical tourism beliefs of 336 undergraduate students in a basic psychology course at a large midwestern American university. Students did not have positive intentions for mere willingness to seek more information about travelling to a developing country to receive medical treatment. An educational intervention is necessary to help promote travel for medical treatment. The intervention may include educating people on the availability of quality health care, highly trained competent doctors and the ability to vacation and see another country. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Malik S.S.,University of Maryland Baltimore County | Patterson D.N.,University of Maryland Baltimore County | Ncube Z.,Coppin State University | Toth E.A.,University of Maryland Baltimore County
Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics | Year: 2014

Quinolinic acid (QA), a biologically potent but neurodestructive metabolite is catabolized by quinolinic acid phosphoribosyltransferase (QPRT) in the first step of the de novo NAD+ biosynthesis pathway. This puts QPRT at the junction of two different pathways, that is, de novo NAD+ biosynthesis and the kynurenine pathway of tryptophan degradation. Thus, QPRT is an important enzyme in terms of its biological impact and its potential as a therapeutic target. Here, we report the crystal structure of human QPRT bound to its inhibitor phthalic acid (PHT) and kinetic analysis of PHT inhibition of human QPRT. This structure, determined at 2.55 Å resolution, shows an elaborate hydrogen bonding network that helps in recognition of PHT and consequently its substrate QA. In addition to this hydrogen bonding network, we observe extensive van der Waals contacts with the PHT ring that might be important for correctly orientating the substrate QA during catalysis. Moreover, our crystal form allows us to observe an intact hexamer in both the apo- and PHT-bound forms in the same crystal system, which provides a direct comparison of unique subunit interfaces formed in hexameric human QPRT. We call these interfaces "nondimeric interfaces" to distinguish them from the typical dimeric interfaces observed in all QPRTs. We observe significant changes in the nondimeric interfaces in the QPRT hexamer upon binding PHT. Thus, the new structural and functional features of this enzyme we describe here will aid in understanding the function of hexameric QPRTs, which includes all eukaryotic and select prokaryotic QPRTs. Proteins 2014; 82:405-414. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Attota R.K.,U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology | Kang H.,Coppin State University
Optics Express | Year: 2016

It is important to economically and non-destructively analyze three-dimensional (3-D) shapes of nanometer to micrometer scale objects with sub-nanometer measurement resolution for emerging high-volume nanomanufacturing, especially for process control. High-throughput through-focus scanning optical microscopy (TSOM) demonstrates promise for such applications. TSOM uses a conventional optical microscope for 3-D shape metrology by making use of the complete set of through-focus, four-dimensional optical data. However, a systematic study showing the effect of various parameters on the TSOM method is lacking. Here we present the optimization of the basic parameters such as illumination numerical aperture (NA), collection NA, focus step height, digital camera pixel size, illumination polarization, and illumination wavelength to achieve peak performance of the TSOM method. © 2016 OSA.


Varma S.D.,University of Maryland Baltimore County | Kovtun S.,University of Maryland Baltimore County | Hegde K.R.,Coppin State University
Eye and Contact Lens | Year: 2011

Purpose: Cataract is a significant cause of visual disability with relatively high incidence. It has been proposed that such high incidence is related to oxidative stress induced by continued intraocular penetration of light and consequent photochemical generation of reactive oxygen species, such as superoxide and singlet oxygen and their derivatization to other oxidants, such as hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radical. The latter two can also interact to generate singlet oxygen by Haber-Weiss reaction. It has been proposed that in addition to the endogenous enzymatic antioxidant enzymes, the process can be inhibited by many nutritional and metabolic oxyradical scavengers, such as ascorbate, vitamin E, pyruvate, and xanthine alkaloids, such as caffeine. Methods: Initial verification of the hypothesis has been done primarily by rat and mouse lens organ culture studies under ambient as well as ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation and determining the effect of such irradiation on its physiology in terms of its efficiency of active membrane transport activity and the levels of certain metabolites such as glutathione and adenosine triphosphate as well as in terms of apoptotic cell death. In vivo studies on the possible prevention of oxidative stress and cataract formation have been conducted by administering pyruvate and caffeine orally in drinking water and by their topical application using diabetic and galactosemic animal models. Results: Photosensitized damage to lens caused by exposure to visible light and UVA has been found to be significantly prevented by ascorbate and pyruvate. Caffeine has been found be effective against UVA and UVB. Oral or topical application of pyruvate has been found to inhibit the formation of cataracts induced by diabetes and galactosemia. Caffeine has also been found to inhibit cataract induced by sodium selenite and high levels of galactose. Studies with diabetes are in progress. Conclusions: Various in vitro and in vivo studies summarized in this review strongly support the hypothesis that light penetration into the eye is a significant contributory factor in the genesis of cataracts. The major effect is through photochemical generation of reactive oxygen species and consequent oxidative stress to the tissue. The results demonstrate that this can be averted by the use of various antioxidants administered preferably by topical route. That they will be so effective is strongly suggested by the effectiveness of pyruvate and caffeine administered topically to diabetic and galactosemic animals. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Yu F.,Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Hou W.-C.,Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Luo C.,Coppin State University | Che D.,Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Zhu M.,Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Proceedings of the ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data | Year: 2013

Fast and accurate estimations for complex queries are profoundly beneficial for large databases with heavy workloads. In this research, we propose a statistical summary for a database, called CS2 (Correlated Sample Synopsis), to provide rapid and accurate result size estimations for all queries with joins and arbitrary selections. Unlike the state-of-the-art techniques, CS2 does not completely rely on simple random samples, but mainly consists of correlated sample tuples that retain join relationships with less storage. We introduce a statistical technique, called reverse sample, and design a powerful estimator, called reverse estimator, to fully utilize correlated sample tuples for query estimation. We prove both theoretically and empirically that the reverse estimator is unbiased and accurate using CS2. Extensive experiments on multiple datasets show that CS2 is fast to construct and derives more accurate estimations than existing methods with the same space budget. Copyright © 2013 ACM.

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