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Elizabethtown College is a small comprehensive college located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, United States in Lancaster County. The school was founded in 1899 by members of the Church of the Brethren. It is commonly referred to as "E-town," and has a undergraduate student body population of approximately 2,000. Wikipedia.


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News Article | December 13, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Central Logic, which recently launched the first web-based technology to operationalize care coordination – Central Logic Patient Connect - announced today that Dane L. DeLozier has joined its Executive Advisory Board. Central Logic is the healthcare industry’s leading provider of innovative transfer center, on-call scheduling technology and innovative data solutions and formed the executive advisory board in early Q3 2016 to bring together industry leaders to help guide the company into the future. “With Dane joining Central Logic’s executive advisory board, we further strengthen our access to extraordinary business leaders,” said Dr. Barry Chaiken, MD, chairman of the executive advisory board. “His entrepreneurial experience and expertise in corporate entities – from startups to publicly-traded companies – will be a great asset to our organization.” DeLozier has deep experience in finance and business development for large and small companies in the tech hardware and electronics industries. In his last venture, he was recruited to grow Piezo Technologies, a custom ultrasound device company, and maximize exit value for its existing owners. Using a proprietary process, DeLozier established key positions in the medical and energy markets resulting in more than tripling the enterprise value of Piezo Technologies to $42 million in just four years. He also has a proven success record growing companies through deliberate asset development and market positioning of defensible technologies. An expert in starting, acquiring and selling companies, he has negotiated multi-million dollar deals with numerous medical device companies including Becton Dickinson, Medtronics, Smith & Nephew, Synthes and Ethicon. “We developed the executive advisory board to bring together industry leaders to guide Central Logic to the next level and Dane’s appointment adds valuable financial and business thought leadership to our team,” said Central Logic board chair and CEO, Jennifer Holmes. “Dane has proven success in generating substantial revenue returns and value for each venture in which he’s been involved. His strength in analyzing core company assets will translate well to our mission of developing innovative solutions to improve population health management and operationalize care coordination.” DeLozier earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College where he was an Academic All-American wrestler. Over his career, he founded Auto Oracle, Car Savvy Society and Link One, LLC and has held executive positions at Piezotech, LLC division of Meggitt Sensing Systems; Calex Manufacturing Company, Inc.; and The JPM Company. He is currently based in Indiana. DeLozier joins Chaiken and another recently announced Central Logic executive advisory board member, New York healthcare executive Dr. Abraham Warshaw. About Central Logic: As the healthcare industry’s leading provider of innovative web-based data technology, Central Logic’s team works collaboratively with more than 500 hospitals and thousands of healthcare professionals – including physicians, administrators and healthcare staff – to operationalize transfer center, on-call scheduling, care coordination and population health management with comprehensive patient analytics and real-time reporting solutions. Its flagship solution, Central Logic Patient Connect, was launched in 2016 and uniquely gives visibility to real-time patient data from inside and outside a hospital’s four walls. Founded in 2005, the company helps hospitals and systems standardize processes, centralize actionable data and operationalize care coordination.


Martinez D.E.,Pomona College | Bridge D.,Elizabethtown College
International Journal of Developmental Biology | Year: 2012

Existing data imply that the cnidarian Hydra vulgaris does not undergo senescence. In contrast, the related species Hydra oligactis shows increased mortality and physiological deterioration following sexual reproduction. Hydra thus offers the chance to study a striking difference in lifespan in members of the same genus. Adult Hydra possess three well-characterized stem cell populations, one of which gives rise to both somatic cells and gametes. The lack of senescence in Hydra vulgaris raises the question of how these stem cell populations are maintained over long periods of time. Investigation of the roles in Hydra of proteins involved in cellular stress responses in other organisms should provide insight into this issue. Proteins of particular interest include the Hsp70 family proteins and the transcription factor FoxO. © UBC Press.


News Article | November 9, 2015
Site: www.scientificamerican.com

What does it take to get into college? High school grades and standardized tests are still the most common metrics. While this information is often considered alongside other sources of information (interviews, personal statement, essay, letters of recommendation), these other indicators of college potential are typically not considered if high school grades and standardized test scores don't reach a certain threshold. Even though standardized test scores do predict academic performance and job performance (see here, here), relying so heavily on these metrics is problematic for a number of reasons. For one, studies sponsored by the College Board have found that the SAT is a better predictor of college performance for White students than African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American students (see here, here, and here). This finding has been a major impetus for the test optional admissions movement. Indeed, a recent study found that a greater weighting of a multidimensional battery of predictors can increase the number of ethnic groups admitted to universities. Another reason that relying so exclusively on standardized tests is problematic is that it misses out on other key skills that are known to contribute to life success, defined more broadly than merely the capacity for academic learning. An emerging list of “non-cognitive skills”, such as active learnings strategies, intrinsic motivation, growth mindset, grit, social-emotional intelligence, imagination, and creativity also contribute to lifelong learning, growth, and personal fulfillment. Creativity and imagination are particularly important skills in this century, considering how quickly this world is changing. Perhaps more than ever before, this world needs people who are not only quick learners, but who are also reflective learners as well as creators of new knowledge; those who have the capacity to not only absorb what is, but also have the foresight to envision what could be. Just how much are traditional college entrance procedures missing out on these crucial creative skills? This was a question that motivated a new paper by Jean Pretz from Elizabethtown College and James C. Kaufman from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, two leaders in the creativity research field. The researchers looked at multiple measures of creativity (performance and self-report) across multiple domains (everyday, scholarly, performance, scientific, and artistic). They also collected data on multiple traditional admissions criteria, including SAT, high school class rank, and interviews. How well do these traditional admissions criteria reflect creativity? Not so well. On the whole, the measures of creativity were only weakly related to the traditional college admissions criteria. SAT and interview scores showed no relationship whatsoever to test items such as “I am good at coming up with new ideas”, “I have a lot of good ideas”, and “I have a good imagination”. In fact, these items were even negatively related to high school class rank. This suggests that those students who are more academically successfully in high school tend to consider themselves as less creative than other students. Traditional measures of college entrance were also completely unrelated to self-report measures of everyday creativity (e.g., “Choosing the best solution to a problem", “Thinking of new ways to help people”, “Being able to work through my personal problems in a healthy way”, “Maintaining a good balance between my work and my personal life”) and artistic creativity (“Making a sculpture or piece of pottery”, “Appreciating a beautiful painting”, “Enjoying an art museum”, “Sketching a person or object”). To be sure, traditional criteria for college admissions weren’t entirely irrelevant to creativity. The SAT did significantly predict the more academically-oriented measures of creativity, including self-reported scholarly and scientific creativity, an essay asking students to describe their dream project relating to an academic field or intended career path, and performance on an on-the-spot test requiring students to write a creative caption for an ambiguous photograph. Interview scores predicted self-reported scholarly, scientific, and performance forms of creativity as well as on-the-spot creative thinking. High school rank was weakly related to essay writing creativity and scholarly creativity. Out of all of the traditional measures of college admissions, SAT scores were a better predictor of academically-oriented measures of creativity than high school rank or interview scores. Unsurprisingly, the strongest unique relationship (considering all of the traditional criteria at once) was between SAT Math scores and self-reported creativity in science. So where does this analysis leave us? On the one hand, this is consistent with the analysis conducted by Nathan Kunzel and colleagues showing that standardized measures of cognitive ability are somewhat predictive of creativity. These results are also consistent with recent research showing some overlap between the kinds of cognitive skills required to do well on an IQ test (working memory, concentration, pattern reasoning) and the kinds of skills necessary to do well on tests of on-the-spot creative thinking (see here). On the other hand, there is plenty of non-overlap between standardized test performance and creativity, especially when you look beyond brief, on-the-spot tests of general creative thinking to creativity within specific domains and creativity assessed over many years of deep immersion in a specific body of knowledge (see here, here, and here). Also, it is troublesome that in the Pretz and Kaufman study, students with better high school grades reported lower confidence in their ability to be creative. These results suggest that we may be actively penalizing our most creative students. As the researchers note, Not only that, but broadening the criteria of admissions to include more measures of creativity and other non-cognitive skills (e.g., active learning strategies, motivation, grit, social-emotional intelligence) may also broaden the cultural diversity of the student body (see here, here, here, and here). This doesn't mean we need to throw out all of the traditional college entrance criteria-- indeed, if you have absoutely no other information to go with, the SAT does somewhat predict on-the-spot creative thinking-- but this analysis does point to the importance of broadening our criteria for college admissions and being more flexible in the weighting of factors if we truly care about predicting lifelong creativity and personal fulfillment. As I've argued before, I strongly believe that if we broadened our college admissions criteria, we'd be pleasantly surprised by just how much intellectual and creative potential already exists all around us.


News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

The Institute for Freedom & Community at St. Olaf College will host ‘“Who’s in Your Wallet?” Hamilton, Jackson, Tubman, and the Presidential Election’ on October 20 as part of The Institute’s 2016-17 event series. This event is free, open to the public and hosted at St. Olaf College, located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities. “Who’s in Your Wallet?” will address the controversy over faces on the fronts of the $10 and $20 bills, which provides an interesting backdrop on how we think about the 2016 presidential election and broader issues in American society. A panel of three visiting speakers, Michael Federici, Michael Lind, and Margaret Washington, will address elements of the election from Jacksonian, Hamiltonian, and Tubmanian perspectives. Michael Federici is professor of political science at Mercyhurst University and department chair. One of his more recent books, The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, goes beyond the analyses of Hamilton that pit him as a monarchist, elitist, and proto-nationalist thinker and instead, looks at how Hamilton’s political philosophy was misunderstood. Federici received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and his B.S. in economics from Elizabethtown College. Michael Lind’s most recent book, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States, dives into his knowledge on topics from Jackson, Hamilton, and Lincoln’s America with a view to their relevance in the current presidential election. Lind is policy director of The Economic Growth Program as well as a co-founder of New America, a think tank and civic enterprise. He became New America’s first fellow in 1999. A graduate of the University of Texas and Yale University, Lind has taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins and has been an editor and staff writer for The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New Republic, and The National Interest. He is a columnist for Salon and writes frequently for The New York Times and The Financial Times. Margaret Washington is a professor of history at Cornell University where she specializes in African American history and culture, African American women, and Southern history, including Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. She is one of the foremost authorities on the black experience. Washington’s most recent major work, Sojourner Truth’s America, unravels Sojourner Truth’s world within the broader panorama of American history, slavery, and other significant reforms in the turbulent age of Abraham Lincoln. Washington holds a B.A. from California State University, Sacramento, an M.A. from New York University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. The speakers will address elements of the current election that reflect at least one of the following: (1) an Andrew Jacksonian dimension (e.g., populism and democracy, distrust of central government, distrust of banks or high finance, strong federal executive in practice, ethnocentrism, nativism, indigenous rights); (2) an Alexander Hamiltonian dimension (e.g., faith in banks and high finance, energetic federal executive, strong central government, cooperation between government and industry, meritocracy and distrust of popular democracy, anti-racism, anti-slavery, pro- immigration); (3) a Harriet Tubmanian dimension (e.g., gender, race, freedom, equality, basic human rights). About The Institute The Institute for Freedom & Community was established at St. Olaf College, a private liberal arts college, in 2015 to encourage free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. The Institute programs, including coursework, Public Affairs Conversation, public affairs internships and public lectures, aim to challenge assumptions, question easy answers, and foster constructive, respectful dialogue among those with differing values and contending points of view. About St. Olaf College One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement, and a vibrant Lutheran faith tradition. By cultivating the habits of mind and heart that enable graduates to lead lives of financial independence, professional accomplishment, personal fulfillment, and community engagement, St. Olaf College provides an uncommon educational experience that fully prepares students to make a meaningful difference in a changing world.


News Article | February 24, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

James Fischer has been named director of the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC). With over 35 years of experience in real estate and general business law, he brings diverse global experience in assets, leasing and transaction management to his new position. “We welcome Mr. Fischer to the statewide network of Pennsylvania SBDCs, and we look forward to having him as part of our leadership team,” said Pennsylvania SBDC State Director Christian Conroy. “SBDCs are strong supporters of business growth and development and we are proud to have an experienced professional such as Mr. Fischer join our program,” he added. Echoing his sentiments, Dean Georgette Phillips of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University, where the SBDC resides, stated “I am thrilled to have Jim Fischer at the SBDC.” In his new role, Fischer will be responsible for delivering SBDC programs and services to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Center’s service area of Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. In addition to providing direct business development support and managing a staff of six development professionals, he will also serve as an advocate for business development, expansion and retention in the region. Before joining Lehigh University SBDC, Fischer was a senior fellow and general counsel for the Social Enterprise Institute at Elizabethtown College. As a research and development technical advisor at Elizabethtown, Fischer’s background in social impact investments and business advisory services helped develop and foster the growth of community projects and social enterprises. Prior to Fischer becoming a Juris Doctor from New York University, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from State University of New York at Buffalo followed by a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Cornell University. About Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) The Pennsylvania SBDC network is the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses. SBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, individualized sessions to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. The SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth. For more information on the Pennsylvania SBDC services and impact, please visit http://www.pasbdc.org.


Nifong T.P.,Metamark Genetics | McDevitt T.J.,Elizabethtown College
Chest | Year: 2011

Background: Catheter-related thrombosis is a common complication in all anatomic sites, especially when smaller veins of the upper extremity are considered. It is presumed that the presence of a catheter within the lumen of a vein will decrease flow and potentially create stasis, and clinical data suggest that the size of the catheter impacts thrombosis rates. We sought to determine, both mathematically and experimentally, the impact of catheters on fluid flow rates. Methods: We used fluid mechanics to calculate relative flow rates as a function of the ratio of the catheter to vein diameters. We also measured the flow rate of a blood analyte solution in an annular flow model using diameters that simulate the size of upper extremity veins and commonly used peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs). Results: We compared each of the derived relative flow rates to the experimentally determined ones for three cylinder sizes and found a correlation of r2 = 0.90. We also confirmed that the decrease in fluid flow rate with each successive catheter size is statistically significant (P<.0001). Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that fluid flow is dramatically decreased by the insertion of a centrally located obstruction. Assuming that blood flow in veins behaves in a similar manner to our models, PICCs, in particular, may substantially decrease venous flow rates by as much as 93%. © 2011 American College of Chest Physicians.


Johnson K.A.,Elizabethtown College
Learning, Media and Technology | Year: 2011

Greater numbers of instructors are turning to social networking sites to communicate with students. This study examined whether posting social, scholarly, or a combination of social and scholarly information to Twitter has an impact on the perceived credibility of the instructor. Participants were assigned to one of three groups: a group that viewed social tweets, one that viewed scholarly tweets, and one that viewed a combination of social and scholarly tweets. Participants were then asked questions about the instructor's perceived credibility. Results show that participants who viewed only the social tweets rated the instructor significantly higher in perceived credibility than the group that viewed only the scholarly tweets. No other significant differences were found among the groups. These results have implications for both teaching and learning, as there is an established link between perceived instructor credibility and positive learning outcomes. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 531.88K | Year: 2013

This project provides scholarships to enable 16 academically talented and financially needy engineering students at Elizabethtown College to obtain baccalaureate degrees and enter the STEM workforce. It builds on partnerships with Project Forward Leap, a non-profit organization that supports educational achievement for students in inner city or underperforming school districts, with STEM-UP PA, an NSF-funded program that promotes advancement of women in STEM disciplines, and with local industries to create a comprehensive program for recruitment and academic enhancement of scholars, along with mentoring support for transition to the workforce. Scholars are supported through such high-impact practices as a living-learning community, focused mentoring, and participation in undergraduate research. The project is having a positive impact in an area of national need, both through direct support of scholars and by creating a pathway model that can be sustained into the future.


Patent
Elizabethtown College | Date: 2013-10-21

The present invention relates to a dual-purpose assessment and intervention tool that uses motion capture technology to measure fine motor control through the task of handwriting. The intervention portion of the tool contains various subsections designed to measure fine motor control, including tracing a maze and both tracing and copying a variety of characters. The assessment portion of the tool contains a standard set of exercises designed to provide an overall impression of fine motor control. The assessment portion of the tool generates a numerical score based on pixel-by-pixel accuracy and speed of writing.


The present invention relates to a low cost motion capture system for clinical utilizations, such as for upper-extremity (UE) motor control rehabilitation. As contemplated herein, the present invention records range of motion data and graphs rotation, flexion, and abduction motions of a targeted joint in real time. In certain embodiments, the hardware of the system may include a simple motion node attachment system, motion node labels, a users manual, and anatomical diagrams to increase accuracy of motion node placement. In other embodiments, additional features include acceleration data collection and graphical display, rhythmic sound cues for assistance in motion emulation, audio cues for patients with visual impairments, hard copy reports of session results, real time range of motion displays, and a spatial visualization option.

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