Whaley A.K.,East Texas Baptist University
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education | Year: 2011
The article examines the problems of teaching William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice after the Holocaust, arguing that even though the play is anti-Semitic, it can become a valuable teaching tool when placed in the context of the Holocaust memoirs Dry Tears by Nechama Tec and The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer. These two texts show remarkable similarities with The Merchant of Venice. Discussing the effect on authors of these memoirs of ghetto life, persistent anti-Semitism and forced conversion can help students see Shylock as sympathetic and the play as tragic rather than comic. © 2011 Copyright The editors of Changing English.
The establishment of evidence-based practice competencies for practicing registered nurses and advanced practice nurses in real-world clinical settings: Proficiencies to improve healthcare quality, reliability, patient outcomes, and costs
Melnyk B.M.,Ohio State University |
Gallagher-Ford L.,Ohio State University |
Long L.E.,Ohio State University |
Fineout-Overholt E.,East Texas Baptist University
Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing | Year: 2014
Background: Although it is widely known that evidence-based practice (EBP) improves healthcare quality, reliability, and patient outcomes as well as reduces variations in care and costs, it is still not the standard of care delivered by practicing clinicians across the globe. Adoption of specific EBP competencies for nurses and advanced practice nurses (APNs) who practice in real-world healthcare settings can assist institutions in achieving high-value, low-cost evidence-based health care. Aim: The aim of this study was to develop a set of clear EBP competencies for both practicing registered nurses and APNs in clinical settings that can be used by healthcare institutions in their quest to achieve high performing systems that consistently implement and sustain EBP. Methods: Seven national EBP leaders developed an initial set of competencies for practicing registered nurses and APNs through a consensus building process. Next, a Delphi survey was conducted with 80 EBP mentors across the United States to determine consensus and clarity around the competencies. Findings: Two rounds of the Delphi survey resulted in total consensus by the EBP mentors, resulting in a final set of 13 competencies for practicing registered nurses and 11 additional competencies for APNs. Linking Evidence to Action: Incorporation of these competencies into healthcare system expectations, orientations, job descriptions, performance appraisals, and clinical ladder promotion processes could drive higher quality, reliability, and consistency of healthcare as well as reduce costs. Research is now needed to develop valid and reliable tools for assessing these competencies as well as linking them to clinician and patient outcomes. © 2014 Sigma Theta Tau International.
Zhang Y.,Sam Houston State University |
Day G.,East Texas Baptist University |
Cao L.,University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Crime and Delinquency | Year: 2012
In 2005, Agnew introduced a new integrated theory, which he labels a general theory of crime and delinquency. He proposes that delinquency is more likely to occur when constraints against delinquency are low and motivations for delinquency are high. In addition, he argues that constraints and motivations are influenced by variables in five life domains. Capitalizing on longitudinal data of Paternoster's Youths and Deterrence: Columbia, South Carolina, 1979-1981, a structural equation model is developed to test Agnew's theory. Data limitations preclude a full test of the theory, but the results support the core proposition of the theory: Life domains increase delinquency by reducing constraints against delinquency and by increasing motivations for delinquency. Other propositions of Agnew's theory garner mixed results. © The Author(s) 2012.
Briggle J.,East Texas Baptist University |
Nolidin P.D.,University of North Texas |
Golden T.D.,University of North Texas
Electroanalysis | Year: 2010
A simple method is proposed for the electrodeposition of multilayers using a modified closed flow injection system. The apparatus incorporates flowing streams of electrolyte through a closed atmosphere flow cell for deposition of multilayers. Computer and software control is used to alternate the flow of electrolyte and control the alternating current or potential of the electrochemical cell. Electrodeposition of metallic multilayers of nickel/iron, iron/copper, cobalt/copper, and nickel/copper were used to test the instrument design. X-ray diffraction was used to verify the composition and orientation of the films and scanning electron microscopy was used to examine the morphology of the deposited films. Advantages are discussed for using this type of instrumental setup for multilayer fabrication. © 2010 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Hu B.,University of Alabama in Huntsville |
Baird J.K.,University of Alabama in Huntsville |
Alvarez P.K.,East Texas Baptist University |
Melton K.C.,East Texas Baptist University |
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International Journal of Thermophysics | Year: 2014
The solubilities of tin(II) oxide, copper(II) oxide, and cobalt(II) oxide have been determined in the liquid mixture, isobutyric acid + water, along the critical isopleth. When plotted in van't Hoff form with ln s versus 1/T, the solubility measurements, s, lie on a straight line for values of the temperature, T, which are sufficiently in excess of the critical solution temperature, Tc. In the case of SnO, the dissolution reaction is exothermic, and the slope of the van't Hoff plot diverges toward positive infinity as T → Tc. In the case of both CuO and CoO, the dissolution reaction is endothermic, and the slope of the van't Hoff plot diverges toward negative infinity as T → Tc. Analysis of these ternary, heterogeneous equilibria using finite dimensional vector space stoichiometry theory shows that each contains two linearly independent components. According to the Gibbs phase rule, two-phase equilibria of this type can be described by two fixed, intensive variables, which are accounted for by the temperature and the pressure, respectively. The Gibbs-Helmholtz equation and the principle of critical-point universality can be combined to predict under conditions of fixed temperature and pressure that when dissolution is exothermic, ∂ ln s/∂(1/T)) should diverge toward positive infinity in the critical region, while when dissolution is endothermic, ∂ ln s/∂(1/T)) should diverge toward negative infinity. Our experiments include examples confirming both these predictions. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Briggle J.,East Texas Baptist University
Physics Education | Year: 2013
We describe the use of Apple's iPod touch/iPhone, acting as the pendulum bob, as a means of measuring pendulum period, making use of the device's three-axis digital accelerometer and the freely available SPARKvue app from PASCO scientific. The method can be readily incorporated into an introductory physics laboratory experiment. Moreover, the principles described may be carried out with any number of smartphone devices containing an integrated accelerometer and paired with an appropriate application for collecting and sending accelerometer data as a comma-separated value file. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Ladine T.A.,East Texas Baptist University
Southwestern Naturalist | Year: 2014
I describe an occurrence of interference competition between a group of five male scissor-tailed flycatchers (Tyrannus forficatus) and 11 blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata). The interaction was initiated by a subset of two blue jays and concluded after nine additional blue jays arrived at a perch on a sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), causing the scissor-tailed flycatchers to leave the perch and area. Both species exhibited intraspecific cooperation during the encounter. © 2014, BioOne. All rights reserved.
Ladine T.A.,East Texas Baptist University |
Munoz A.,East Texas Baptist University
Texas Journal of Science | Year: 2010
A mark-recapture study from 8 October 2002 through 21 December 2002 was conducted to assess the microhabitat use of Blarina carolinensis (southern short-tailed shrew). Animals were captured during three intervals of 21 days with two 10-day intervening periods when the trapping grid was closed. The study site was located in a mixed pine-hardwood forest in an urban ecosystem near the campus of East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, Texas. Using a bootstrap estimation, density of B. carolinensis was estimated to be 0.58 ± 0.56 shrews per hectare. Habitat was assessed at three scales (1 m2, 5 m2, and 10 m2) centered on each trap site. Variation of understory cover and total understory cover were found to be important at all three scales. However, stepwise analysis at each scale indicated different habitat variables to be important. Predictive power of the variables determining sites where B. carolinensis were captured for each of the selected scales was 1m2 (r2 = 0.3198, P = 0.1253), 5 m2 (r 2 = 0.3249, P = 0.0084), and 10 m2 ( r2 = 0.3177, P = 0.0203). Principal components analysis showed sites where B. carolinensis were not captured to be outliers at the 1 m2 scale with no discernable patterns or limited grouping in status of captures at the other two scales. The first three components at the 1m2, 5m2, and 10 m2 accounted for 83.6%, 84.0%, and 81.1% of the variation, for each scale, respectively.
McCoy J.W.,U.S. Geological Survey |
Draugelis-Dale R.O.,U.S. Geological Survey |
Keeland B.D.,U.S. Geological Survey |
Darville R.,East Texas Baptist University
Texas Journal of Science | Year: 2010
Aboveground primary productivity for cypress forests was assessed from measurements of litter production in two age groups and in two hydrological regimes (standing water and free-flowing). Caddo Lake, located in northeast Texas on the Texas-Louisiana border, offered a unique study site since it is dominated by extensive stands composed entirely of Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich, (baldcypress) in different age groups. Young stands (approximately 100 years old) are found along the shoreline and on shallow flooded islands. Old stands (-150 to 300 years old) are found in deeper water where they were continuously flooded. Litter production over three years from October 1998 to September 2001 was measured. Litter consisting of leaves, twigs, bark, reproductive parts, and Tillandsia usneoides (L.) L. (Spanish moss) was collected monthly using 0.5 m2 floating traps. Tree diameters were measured within 200 m 2 circular plots in each stand. The young stands supported densities greater than 2,000 stems/ha and a mean stand basal area of 72.3 m 2/ha, whereas old stands supported lower densities of about 500 stems/ha but with a similar mean stand basal area of 73.3 m2/ha. There was a significant difference between old and young stands for overall yearly litter production, averaging about 670 g/m2/yr in the young stands and 460 g/m2/yr in the old stands. Leaves and twigs were significantly greater in the young stands, while reproductive parts were higher in old stands. Litter collections between years or hydrological regimes were not significantly different.