East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is a public university located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. It is one of the 14 state universities that compose the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education . It is commonly referred to as ESU by its students and members of the community. The university began its existence in 1893 as a preparatory school for teachers called the East Stroudsburg Normal School, which was private. Ownership was transferred to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1920, and the name was changed to East Stroudsburg State Normal School. In 1927, the right to confer the degrees of bachelor of science in education and bachelor of science in health education was granted, and the school's name then became the East Stroudsburg State Teachers College. In 1960, additional curricula were added and the school's name then became East Stroudsburg State College. The State System of Higher Education was authorized by Senate Bill 506 to assume its current name in 1983. Wikipedia.
News Article | October 31, 2016
Jostens, the leading provider of high-end custom jewelry for college sports teams, unveiled the NCAA’s 2016 men’s national Championship Ring on Oct. 28, when the Villanova Wildcats presented the rings to players, coaches and basketball staff during a public ceremony at The Pavilion arena. The rings commemorate the Wildcats’ outstanding 2015-2016 season and celebrate the team’s triumphant victory in the men’s Final Four championship on April 4. “These rings will forever be a reminder of the commitment and dedication a group of young men displayed in bringing a great attitude to everything they did,” said Jay Wright, Villanova men’s head basketball coach. "We're excited for this chance to celebrate our 2016 NCAA National Championship with the Villanova community, and the presentation of our Jostens Championship Ring was a very special honor.” “Jostens is excited to partner with the Wildcats to create a championship ring that celebrates the team’s second national victory,” said Tom Rysavy, Jostens senior college marketing director. “This one-of-a-kind ring is hand crafted and features a basketball-shaped design, including a caged blue spinel stone with a crest of the Villanova logo on the bezel.” The ring showcases Villanova’s season record of 35-5, with one side featuring the championship final score of 77-74 between Villanova and North Carolina, as well as the NCAA National Championship trophy. The other side is customized with the name and position of each player, coach and staff member, and features “2016” in large numbers and the words “Final Four Houston 2016” surrounding the NCAA emblem. In addition to collaborating with the Wildcats, Jostens has partnered with other Pennsylvania college sports organizations, including Pennsylvania State University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Lehigh University, St. Joseph’s University, Kutztown University, East Stroudsburg University, Lafayette College and Misericordia University. About Jostens Jostens is a trusted partner in the academic and achievement channel, providing products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company's products include yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Founded in 1897 and based in Minneapolis, Minn., Jostens is a subsidiary of Newell Brands and can be found online at http://www.jostens.com. About Newell Brands Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. This press release and additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company’s website, http://www.newellbrands.com.
News Article | March 31, 2016
Recently, Dr. Brendan O. Morris and Dr. Christopher H. Dietrich, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discovered a new treehopper genus (and its single species) that is found in Texas and northern Mexico, which they describe in an article in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. They named the new genus Selenacentrus after the singer Selena Quintanilla, who was known as the "Queen of Tejano Music." The new species is called wallacei in honor of Matthew S. Wallace, a biology professor from East Stroudsburg University. The scientists discovered Selenacentrus wallacei after examining 45 specimens of mislabeled treehoppers that were borrowed from collections at the Illinois Natural History Survey, the United States National Museum of Natural History, the American Museum of Natural History, Texas A&M University, and the University of Missouri. Treehoppers are found on all major landmasses except Antarctica and Madagascar. Numbering about 3,500 species in 300 genera, they are divided into three families: Aetalionidae, Melizoderidae, and Membracidae. All treehoppers feed on plant sap by sucking it out with piercing mouthparts. They feed on more than 100 herbaceous and woody plant species. Some treehoppers exude sweet "honeydew" from excess consumed sap, which they share with ants in a mutualistic relationship, the ants swilling honeydew and protecting the treehoppers from predators. Some treehoppers are also known to form mutualistic relationships with wasps and bees. Explore further: 9 new wasp species of the genus Paramblynotus described from Africa and Madagascar More information: B. O. Morris et al. Hidden in Plain Sight: A Remarkable New Genus of Nearctic Treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae), Annals of the Entomological Society of America (2016). DOI: 10.1093/aesa/saw008
News Article | October 28, 2016
The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce its staff growth of three new employees and one employee promotion over the past six months. Jeffrey Malaney was hired as the Membership Coordinator in March 2016. Jeffrey is responsible for qualifying and processing membership applications, onboarding new members and supporting the association’s membership acquisition and retention goals. Previously, he worked in positions that provided him with experience in community and event management. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications, Sociology and Public Relations from Rutgers University. Julie Wagner joined as the Sales Representative in July 2016. Julie is responsible for prospecting and selling exhibit space and sponsorships for Creativation, CHA’s new annual trade event. Previously, she served as the Corporate Sales Manager at Holiday Inn where she was involved in all aspects of the sales process. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Kristen Farrell was promoted to Manager, Marketing and Public Relations in August 2016. Kristen has been with the association since 2015, leading a variety of marketing activities and serving as a contributing editor to Craft Industry Today. In her redefined role, she will manage the association’s public relations program, including writing press releases and maintaining relations with the media, in addition to continued management of marketing activities. Kristen holds a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Iona College and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Towson University. Alex Armeni was hired as the Digital Marketing Coordinator in September 2016. Alex is responsible for coordinating all digital marketing activities, including email marketing campaign production, social media communications and website management. Previously, he served as the Marketing Coordinator for Feiler Dental Associates and the New Jersey Health Professionals Development Institute where he managed all facets of the marketing program. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Montclair State University. For more information about the entire Craft & Hobby Association team, visit http://www.craftandhobby.org. ABOUT THE CRAFT & HOBBY ASSOCIATION The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is an international non-profit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the worldwide craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, membership or its Creativation Show, visit http://www.craftandhobby.org.
News Article | November 2, 2016
There's much to consider when you're trying to choose the university and programme for your science PhD. But the main reason for your selection must be that it suits you — not that you don't know what else to do, not the institution's or department's reputation, not that a star researcher in your field is a faculty member there. Getting a PhD is hard enough, says Bruce Horazdovsky, associate dean for the Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minnesota. You don't want to make it harder by being “miserable while you're doing it”, he says. “You have to be engaged and like what you are doing. The best programme in the country is the one that best fits you.” How do you find that best fit? Prospective doctoral students will need to consider several factors and compare programmes and schools. Deciding which universities to apply to means identifying programmes that match your research interests and personality. You will need to evaluate how the school approaches career and professional development for its graduate students, and how its alumni fare after achieving their PhDs. Ultimately, the school you select will be the launch pad for your scientific career. Before you look at schools, you should have a clear idea of your chosen subfield of study. “Even at this stage, students ought to be thinking about what sort of specialization they want to do,” says David Bogle, pro-vice-provost of the doctoral school at University College London. He notes that a physics programme, for instance, could be great for astrophysics and string-theory research but offer nothing on materials science. Although it's not necessary to narrow down fields too specifically, it is imperative to find a programme that has at least several faculty members who are doing research that excites you, says Bogle, who chairs the League of European Research Universities' doctoral studies community in Leuven, Belgium. He advises students to look, not for a single high-profile researcher, but rather for a strong research environment with several professors working in similar areas. To get started, applicants can generally find descriptions of a school's research programmes and faculty members on the institution's website. Sometimes, more information is available: the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM), a graduate programme shared between two universities and three research centres in Milan and Naples, Italy, publishes an annual list of faculty members who are taking new students in the coming year. Other institutions may publish similar material. Group websites can also give applicants a feel for the size and culture of a laboratory. Look for photos of lab outings or celebrations, for announcements of student achievements and publications, and for other evidence that graduate students drive much of the research in the group. Applicants should also look up a lab group's latest research publications to get an idea of its members' current interests and to see how well and how often students in the lab are publishing papers. “If the publications coming out of a lab are numerous and high quality, you can be pretty sure that you will get published by the end of your PhD” — which is essential for success after graduation, says Francesca Fiore, coordinator of the SEMM graduate office in Milan. Applicants should also seek advice and guidance from their undergraduate or master's advisers to generate a shortlist of potential programmes. “Come talk to me,” says Andreas Berlind, an astrophysicist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. “Let me help you make that initial list — it will save you a lot of time.” Advisers, he says, have enough deep knowledge of their field and its subfields to know which programmes tie in with the subjects a student is passionate about; they should also know where other researchers in that subfield are doing good work. For extra connections with the research world, applicants should try to attend large scientific conferences in their subfield; these often have travel fellowships so that undergraduates can attend. Students should also check online resources such as the US National Research Mentoring Network (nrmnet.net) and Facebook sites such as Equity Einstein, a group dedicated to making physics and astronomy more inclusive. Such resources will help students to connect with established researchers who can offer advice on training. They should also contact current graduate students in their subfield to learn about programmes' reputations. Applicants should not be shy about doing this, says Berlind, who is also Vanderbilt's director of graduate studies in astrophysics. It is the best way to get honest answers about the culture and atmosphere in a programme, he adds (see 'The value of hindsight'). Fiore also encourages correspondence with current students, especially for applicants who are pondering studying abroad. “Find someone from your home country,” if possible, she says, so that you can discuss their experience in your native language. Prospective students should never pin their hopes on working with one particular professor, because that person may not be taking students, may move away or might be a terrible fit as a mentor. If several faculty members are working in a similar area, the student has a better chance of landing a spot in one of those labs. Identify and contact at least two researchers, and ideally more, whom you'd like to do a PhD with, counsels Pamela McLean, director of neurobiology at Mayo Graduate School in Jacksonville, Florida. When you e-mail them, you can let them know of your interest in their work and find out whether they are taking on doctoral students in the next year. “A lot of times it will also strengthen your application,” she says. “Those names are often forwarded to admissions directors, and someone who has taken the initiative gets bonus points.” More programmes are publishing data on their websites about their graduate students, including the average time taken to achieve a PhD. Students should pay particular attention to this: anything much more than five years for US programmes or three for UK programmes can indicate that students are languishing in labs as labourers. Some institutions provide data on their graduates' career choices — the University of California, San Francisco, posts outcome data for most of its graduate-division programmes. It's unusual for these data to be long-term enough to give a realistic picture of what all PhD holders are doing ten years after earning their degree, but it is still useful to scan such listings to see if doctoral graduates are ending up in careers that applicants consider desirable. “If they're not there, that's a bad sign that the department doesn't see it as a priority to advertise how well students are doing,” says Berlind. Applicants should also determine whether they want to work on fundamental questions or do applied research. Students interested in the latter should seek programmes with strong ties to high-tech companies, the aerospace industry or hospitals, if their passion lies in those areas. For example, the Mayo Graduate School is spread across three large medical campuses in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona. Students should also give some thought to the overall structure and organization of graduate programmes; these can be small and based in single departments or wide-ranging and interdisciplinary. Umbrella programmes (sometimes called structured programmes in the United Kingdom) pull in faculty members across several departments or campuses. These are in contrast to more conventional, single-department programmes, and in many cases they offer numerous labs and more options for cross-disciplinary studies. But what they make up for in quantity, they may lose in the quality of training or mentoring. Departmental programmes often produce more close-knit communities, with seminars, journal clubs or other events geared specifically to their graduate students. Another structure is the bridge programme, which offers US students the chance to apply to a master's programme that filters directly into a PhD programme on the same or a nearby campus. (The master's-to-PhD route is common in the United Kingdom.) Such programmes are often a sound choice for those who feel that they need more preparation for doctoral studies. LaNell Williams, a second-year biophysics student, found that the Fisk–Vanderbilt Bridge Program run by Fisk and Vanderbilt universities in Nashville, Tennessee, let her meet up with other students who were from groups that are under-represented in science. In contrast to her experience as the only woman of colour in her undergraduate physics studies, Williams says that after a year in the Fisk–Vanderbilt programme, she feels comfortable and has formed a community with fellow students. “I have been able to thrive,” she says, “and see myself as a physicist.” The doctoral application process is not too early to think about ultimate career goals, says Horazdovsky. “Those can change,” he says. “However, you need to make sure you will have tools or experiences to achieve your goal by the end of graduate school.” For example, students who think they want to work at a mainly undergraduate institution will want significant teaching experience. Students who aim for industry will need exposure to business, companies and the jobs that PhD holders occupy. Students should also find out whether their programme of choice hosts, or at least encourages students to attend, conferences and workshops that help them to build teaching, networking and communications skills. Many programmes include career-development components that give students real-world exposure to career tracks. These can be extremely helpful for students who are not aiming for an academic research position and can include university internships, external internships and other options. Students at the application stage need to stand out from the crowd to get accepted by their school of choice. David Charbonneau, director of graduate admissions for Harvard University's department of astronomy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, looks for students who have persevered in the face of obstacles. “Most of what we do in science leads to dead ends,” he says. He seeks students who are passionate and hard-working, and who have demonstrated new ways of tackling problems — for example, by working through solutions to an ambitious research problem for several years. These attributes should come across through concrete examples in their letters of recommendation, he says. McLean says applicants should personalize their application statements by including a paragraph explaining which faculty members within a programme they would like to work with, and why. If prospective PhD students are unsure whether graduate school is the right decision, they should take a year or two to work as a research assistant in an academic or industry lab before making the hefty commitment to doctoral studies. Taking that time is no longer viewed as a negative, says McLean, but instead shows that applicants have realistic expectations and are aware of what's ahead. Allatah Mekile was uncertain of her next steps after finishing college at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, so she moved home and took an entry-level position as a research associate at a supplier of nutritional products. There, she worked for two years on a metabolic-engineering project before applying to graduate programmes; she is now a second-year doctoral student in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She says that her experience in industry also helped her to explain in her application letter why and how certain programmes aligned with her career goals. By eschewing the conventional path of going immediately into a doctoral programme after earning a bachelor's degree, and gambling that she'd be better prepared, Mekile showed that she was ready for graduate studies, says Bogle. “The whole point of going to graduate school is to take a bit of a risk. If you want to play it safe all the way through, then maybe graduate school — or research — isn't for you.”
Suchomel T.J.,East Stroudsburg University |
Nimphius S.,Edith Cowan University |
Stone M.H.,East Tennessee State University
Sports Medicine | Year: 2016
This review discusses previous literature that has examined the influence of muscular strength on various factors associated with athletic performance and the benefits of achieving greater muscular strength. Greater muscular strength is strongly associated with improved force-time characteristics that contribute to an athlete’s overall performance. Much research supports the notion that greater muscular strength can enhance the ability to perform general sport skills such as jumping, sprinting, and change of direction tasks. Further research indicates that stronger athletes produce superior performances during sport specific tasks. Greater muscular strength allows an individual to potentiate earlier and to a greater extent, but also decreases the risk of injury. Sport scientists and practitioners may monitor an individual’s strength characteristics using isometric, dynamic, and reactive strength tests and variables. Relative strength may be classified into strength deficit, strength association, or strength reserve phases. The phase an individual falls into may directly affect their level of performance or training emphasis. Based on the extant literature, it appears that there may be no substitute for greater muscular strength when it comes to improving an individual’s performance across a wide range of both general and sport specific skills while simultaneously reducing their risk of injury when performing these skills. Therefore, sport scientists and practitioners should implement long-term training strategies that promote the greatest muscular strength within the required context of each sport/event. Future research should examine how force-time characteristics, general and specific sport skills, potentiation ability, and injury rates change as individuals transition from certain standards or the suggested phases of strength to another. © 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
Wallace M.S.,East Stroudsburg University
Zootaxa | Year: 2015
A new treehopper genus from Costa Rica, Mutilifolia, based on M. nishidai, new species, is described and illustrated. Mutilifolia is considered a member of the subfamily Smiliinae, tribe Telamonini based on characteristics of the pronotum, fore- and hind wing venation, and female genitalia. This genus superficially resembles the telamonine genera Antianthe, Archasia, and Hemicardiacus due to the highly elevated, foliaceous, and largely green pronotum, but the male style clasp of Mutilifolia with two recurved teeth differs greatly from the styles of any other presently known telamonine. Further collecting of treehoppers in the mountainous regions of Central America and Mexico, areas often neglected by collectors, may yield additional new Telamonini taxa. Copyright © 2015 Magnolia Press.
Wallace M.S.,East Stroudsburg University
Zootaxa | Year: 2014
Recent research on the treehopper tribe Telamonini has focused on their classification and Nearctic distribution but little has been published on their biology, including detailed information on their host plants as well as data on their nymphal stage. Any studies including host plant data have emphasized adult records (often unreliable due to their movements), largely ignoring the nymphs, which are the predominant feeding stage. This work provides the first comprehensive summary of Telamonini host plants, it documents the first positive identification of the nymphs for several telamonine species (and the genus Helonica), and it provides the first morphological diagnoses for 14 species, thus filling in major gaps in the life history of many species. Host plant records were determined based on accounts in the literature (adults and nymphs), from rearings of nymphs on host plants to the adult stage, and from label data on museum specimens. The Telamonini are known from 22 families, 41 genera, and 80 species of mostly woody, deciduous trees (of which, six species are new host plant records). Nearly half of all telamonines have been collected from more than one plant genus and only 12 species are known from a single host plant species. Telamonine nymphs were reared to the adult stage on 15 plant species. Of 68 telamonine species, 45 have been found on oak (Quercus), and white oak (Q. alba) is the most common telamonine host plant. Telamona monticola has the most recorded host plants with 29. The work includes 23 color illustrations showing both live and preserved nymphs, representing 15 species, all illustrated for the first time (eight are positively identified for the first time). Differences in nymphal morphology among species within Archasia, Glossonotus, Heliria , and Telamona suggest current generic definitions need revision. This study highlights the need for an increased emphasis on nymphal collections when determining treehopper host plants and inferring classifications. Copyright © 2014 Magnolia Press
Wallace M.S.,East Stroudsburg University
Zootaxa | Year: 2011
Members of the Smiliini, the nominotypical tribe of the large New World subfamily Smiliinae, are predominately Nearctic in distribution. This tribe included 169 mostly tree-feeding species in 23 genera. A parsimony-based phylogenetic analysis of an original dataset comprising 89 traditional and newly discovered morphological characters for 69 species, including representatives of 22 of the 23 described genera of Smiliini and five other previously recognized tribes of the subfamily, resulted in a single most parsimonious tree with three major clades. The broad recent concept of Smiliini (including Telamonini as a junior synonym) was not recovered as monophyletic by the analysis. Instead, the analysis supported narrower definitions of both Telamonini, here reinstated from synonymy, and Smiliini. A key and diagnoses are given to define these tribes, along with discussions of their phylogeny, biogeography, and host plant associations. The genera Antianthe Fowler, Hemicardiacus Plummer, Smilirhexia McKamey, and Tropidarnis Fowler are placed as Smiliinae, incertae sedis. Based on the phylogeny, several genera from both tribes including Atymna Stål, Cyrtolobus Goding, Heliria Stål, and Telamona Fitch are not monophyletic. Diagnostic characters emphasizing the morphological differences between the Smiliini and Telamonini include the dorsal margin of the head, the shape of the pronotum, the size of the pronotal humeral angles, the presence or absence of pronotal longitudinal rugae, the size of forewing cells, variations in the fusion of veins R and M apically in both the foreand hind wing, and the shape of the apex of the female second valvulae. Mapping geographic distribution onto the phylogeny suggests that the common ancestor of the ingroup (all three clades) occurred in Central America and Mexico, with multiple dispersals to temperate North America. Many Smiliini and Telamonini feed on various species of oak (Quercus) and the close evolutionary association between these insects and their hosts is discussed. Copyright © 2011.
Karnik S.,East Stroudsburg University |
Kanekar A.,East Stroudsburg University
International Journal of Preventive Medicine | Year: 2012
Introduction: Childhood obesity is a major public health crisis nationally and internationally. The prevalence of childhood obesity has increased over few years. It is caused by imbalance between calorie intake and calories utilized. One or more factors (genetic, behavioral, and environmental) cause obesity in children. Physical, psychological, and social health problems are caused due to childhood obesity. Hence, effective intervention strategies are being used to prevent and control obesity in children. The purpose of this manuscript is to address various factors influencing childhood obesity, a variety of interventions and governmental actions addressing obesity and the challenges ahead for managing this epidemic. Methods: In order to collect materials for this review a detailed search of CINAHL, MEDLINE, ERIC, Academic Search Premier databases was carried out for the time period 1999&2011; 2011. Results: Some of the interventions used were family based, school based, community based, play based, and hospital based. The effective school&2011; based interventions were seen targeting physical activity along with healthy diet education. The major challenges faced by these intervention programs are financial, along with stigmatization of obese children. Governments along with other health care organizations are taking effective actions like policy changing and environmentally safe interventions for children to improve physical activity. Conclusions: In conclusion, childhood obesity can be tackled at the population level by education, prevention and sustainable interventions related to healthy nutrition practices and physical activity promotion.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 146.66K | Year: 2011
New Mexico State University, in collaboration with East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, proposes a three-year program to increase the participation of individuals with mobility disabilities in computing. Persons with mobility disabilities are one of the largest groups of individuals with disabilities; however, they are not often targeted by educational programs because of the difficulty of accessing their community and the lack of academic role models to serve as advocates for them. The proposed project, ENABLE, is a comprehensive program that targets individuals with mobility disabilities who are in high school, post-high school, or early college years and have not yet chosen a career path. It will provide them with the knowledge, technology, and support they need to address the barriers to full participation in computing. ENABLE will run short workshops to expose participants to computing as an educational and career path, in order to demonstrate its feasibility and to motivate and excite the students. It will also provide appropriate assistive technology to its participants, and it will support their success through mentoring and interaction with role models. In addition, the project will investigate various interactive video conferencing strategies for delivering its programs; this could lead to a model for institutions of higher education to use in more effectively serving this population. Partnerships with existing programs such as Reaching the Pinnacle and AccessComputing will serve to strengthen the quality of the ENABLE programs.