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Ferris State University is an American public university with its main campus in Big Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1884 as the Big Rapids Industrial School by Woodbridge Nathan Ferris, an educator from Tioga County, New York, who later served as governor of the State of Michigan and finally in the US Senate where he remained until his death in 1928. The school was noteworthy at its time for accepting female students beginning with its first graduating class. It is also the only public university in Michigan to be founded by an individual.Today Ferris is the ninth-largest university in the state with 14,560 students studying on its main campus, at one of the 19 off-campus locations across the state, or online. Two- and four-year degrees are offered through eight academic colleges and graduate degrees from six. Ferris grants professional doctorate degrees via its optometry and pharmacy colleges and a multidisciplinary doctorate of education in community college leadership through the Colleges of Arts and science, Business, and Education and Human Services. The school is known for having a faculty-student ratio of 1:16, and that classes are taught by professional instructors, not graduate assistants. Wikipedia.

Klepser M.,Ferris State University
Journal of Critical Care | Year: 2011

Over the last 20 years, there has been an increase in the total number of invasive fungal infections (IFIs) and in infections caused by rare and emerging pathogens. This is due in part to the growing population of immunocompromised patients at risk of developing fungal infections. Three classes of antifungal agents are widely used for the treatment of systemic fungal infections: polyenes, azoles, and echinocandins. Polyenes were the first antifungal agents developed and have a long-standing history in the treatment of IFIs. The use of conventional amphotericin B has been limited because of toxic side effects, which have been reduced by the lipid formulations of amphotericin B. Treatment options for invasive mycoses have expanded with the recent introduction of the second-generation triazoles (voriconazole and posaconazole) and the echinocandins (caspofungin, micafungin, anidulafungin). Despite the increased number of antifungal drugs, resistance issues present a problem in the treatment of IFIs. Although some fungal pathogens display innate resistance, others have developed resistance secondary to selective pressure. This article briefly reviews the changing epidemiology of fungal infections and associated risk factors, resistance issues with commonly administered antifungal agents, and treatment options for IFIs, with a focus on polyenes. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

Yates J.K.,Ferris State University
Journal of Construction Engineering and Management | Year: 2014

This article summarizes the results of a research project that was funded by the Construction Industry Institute that addressed design and construction for sustainable industrial construction. The research project included a global literature review of articles related to sustainable industrial construction and a survey investigation of industrial construction firms that was used to determine the viability of utilizing sustainable practices in the industrial construction industry. Members of the industrial construction industry provided information on the utilization of sustainable practices in their firms and numerous examples of the types of sustainable practices that they have already implemented in their firms. The research project also developed several implementation resources that are discussed, such as a quick start guide for implementing sustainability practices, two maturity models that could be used to help evaluate the level of sustainability on projects, and a checklist for sustainability evaluation of industrial construction projects. © 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mersfelder T.L.,Ferris State University | Nichols W.H.,Bronson Methodist Hospital
Annals of Pharmacotherapy | Year: 2016

Objective: To identify case reports and studies regarding patients who abused, became dependent on, or experienced withdrawal from gabapentin. Data Sources: A PubMed literature search (1993 to October 2015) was performed using the search terms gabapentin, withdrawal, dependence, and addiction. Additional references were identified from a review of literature citations. Study Selection: All English-language case reports and studies were evaluated. Data Synthesis: A total of 18 case reports or case series were identified regarding addiction to or withdrawal from gabapentin. All the cases of addiction were in patients who had a previous history of alcohol, cocaine, or opioid abuse. On average, the patients were taking more than 3000 mg/d (600-8000 mg/d). Two surveys reported that the misuse of gabapentin was 1.1% in the general population and 22% in drug abuse treatment centers. Withdrawal, when reported, occurred within 12 hours to 7 days of discontinuation of the medication. Conclusion: There have been numerous documented cases of gabapentin abuse, dependence, and withdrawal. Even though gabapentin is sometimes considered as a treatment option for alcohol and substance abuse, it is important to monitor for drug-seeking behaviors. A history of alcohol or substance abuse appears to be an important part of a patient’s medical history when evaluating their risk for addiction and dependence behaviors. Health care providers need to be aware of this risk in their patients and monitor their patients for signs of abuse and dependence along with withdrawal symptoms. © 2015, © The Author(s) 2015.

Kurtz R.S.,Ferris State University
Review of Policy Research | Year: 2013

The April 20, 2010, BP Deepwater Horizon blowout riveted citizen and elected officials' attention on coastal oil spills in ways not seen since the ill-fated 1989 Exxon Valdez crisis. A commonly voiced lament included why was the tragedy not prevented? Why the seemingly poor safety practices and who is to blame? Could a spill of such catastrophic proportion happen elsewhere in the future? Applying a spill prevention causation framework developed through the examination of other major near-shore incidents over a 23-year period, the author finds Deepwater Horizon exhibited a pattern of shortcomings evident in these other spills. These shortcomings are rooted in policy imperfections, a weak regulatory regime, organizational deviance in lieu of integrity, and interorganizational structure deficiencies. © 2013 by The Policy Studies Organization.

Gogolin G.,Ferris State University
Digital Investigation | Year: 2010

This study examines the current level of digital crime experience and investigative capabilities of law enforcement in Michigan. Information was obtained through interviews with members of Michigan Sheriff Departments. Following the collection and analysis of data, the results were extrapolated to the national level in order to provide a picture of what is facing law enforcement at the national level. The extrapolation was supported by FBI crime reports and other information sources. The results of the study argue that law enforcement is in a dire situation when it comes to dealing with digital crime. The pace of technical change and digital/cyber crime trends when juxtaposed with law enforcement's ability to deal investigate and prosecute these crimes provides for a bleak prognosis for the law enforcement and legal system. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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