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Fitchburg State University

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Fitchburg, MA, United States

Fitchburg State University, also called Fitchburg State, is a four-year public institution of higher learning with a compact urban campus, in the city of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States. Fitchburg State University has over 3,500 undergraduate and over 1650 graduate/continuing education students, for a total student body enrollment over 5200. The College offers postgraduate certificates, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees in more than 25 academic disciplines. The main campus, the McKay Campus School, and athletic fields occupy 79 acres in the city of Fitchburg; the biological study fields occupy 120 acres in the neighboring towns of Lancaster, Leominster, and Lunenburg. Wikipedia.


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Sethi R.J.,Fitchburg State University | Gil Y.,University of Southern California
Future Generation Computer Systems | Year: 2017

In this paper, we demonstrate the use of scientific workflows in bridging expertise across multiple domains by re-purposing workflow fragments in the areas of text analysis, image analysis, and analysis of activity in video. We highlight how the reuse of workflows allows scientists to link across disciplines and avail themselves of the benefits of inter-disciplinary research beyond their normal area of expertise. In addition, we present in-depth studies of various tasks, including tasks for text analysis, multimedia analysis involving both images and text, video activity analysis, and analysis of artistic style using deep learning. These tasks show how the re-use of workflow fragments can turn a pre-existing, rudimentary approach into an expert-grade analysis. We also examine how workflow fragments save time and effort while amalgamating expertise in multiple areas such as machine learning and computer vision. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.


News Article | November 30, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its list of the Best Schools with Online Nurse Practitioner Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017. The ranking cites the top 50 colleges and universities for online nurse practitioner students based on an in-depth cost and quality comparison. Highest scores were awarded to Stony Brook University, University of Cincinnati, Ball State University, University of St. Francis and Northern Arizona University. "The U.S. Department of Labor predicts Practitioners to be among of the most in-demand nursing positions in the nation through 20214,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Aspiring students will find the schools on our list offer the flexibility of an online education with exceptional overall quality and value compared to other nursing programs around the country.” To qualify for a spot on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s rankings, schools to meet several minimum requirements. Each college cited is institutionally accredited and holds public or private not-for-profit standing. To maintain affordability standards, AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to offer in-state tuition rates below $25,000 per year. Each qualifying school is scored based on a comparison of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates by school. All eligible school scores are compared to determine the final top 50 list. For complete details on the data and methodology used to score each school and a full list of ranking colleges, visit: Top 50 Online Nurse Practitioner Programs in the Nation for 2016-2017: Ball State University Clarkson College Columbus State University Concordia University - Wisconsin Duquesne University East Tennessee State University Fitchburg State University Gardner-Webb University Georgia College and State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis Indiana Wesleyan University Loyola University New Orleans Maryville University of Saint Louis McNeese State University Michigan State University New Mexico State University - Main Campus Northern Arizona University Saint Joseph's College of Maine Samford University Seton Hall University Southern Adventist University Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Stony Brook University The University of Alabama The University of Texas Medical Branch University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Arizona University of Arkansas University of Central Florida University of Central Missouri University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Colorado, Colorado Springs University of Detroit Mercy University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Indianapolis University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Memphis University of North Dakota University of Northern Colorado University of South Alabama University of Southern Indiana University of St. Francis West Virginia University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Winona State University Wright State University - Main Campus AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | December 1, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its ranking of the Best Online Registered Nursing (RN) Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017. Analyzing more than a dozen unique data points on colleges and universities who offer online RN programs, the site honored 65 schools for providing the best overall value and quality for students. East Carolina University, Allen College, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama in Huntsville and West Virginia University were among the highest scoring four-year schools, while New Mexico Junior College, Amarillo College, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Hopkinsville Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College were among the highest scoring two-year schools. "There is a growing demand for health care workers, and quality registered nursing programs are growing more and more competitive,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Our list of schools gives registered nursing students a better idea of which programs offer the best combination of cost, quality curriculum and online learning flexibility.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to meet several minimum requirements to be eligible for placement on their rankings. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and must offer in-state tuition rates below $5,000 annually at two-year schools or below $25,000 annually at four-year schools. Qualifying schools are scored and ranked based on a comparison of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates by school. More details on data and methodology used to rank each online criminal justice program and a complete list of schools and scores is available at: Two-year schools with the Best Online Registered Nurse Programs for 2016-2017: Amarillo College Ashland Community and Technical College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Columbus State Community College Community College of Philadelphia Henderson Community College Hopkinsville Community College Jefferson Community and Technical College Kansas City Kansas Community College Madisonville Community College Minnesota West Community and Technical College New Mexico Junior College San Antonio College Somerset Community College Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College West Kentucky Community and Technical College Four-year schools with the Best Online Registered Nurse Programs for 2016-2017: Allen College Aurora University Ball State University Barry University Clayton State University Columbus State University Concordia University - Wisconsin Drexel University East Carolina University East Tennessee State University Fitchburg State University Gannon University Gardner-Webb University Georgia College and State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University La Salle University Loyola University Chicago Minot State University Missouri State University-Springfield New Mexico State University - Main Campus North Carolina Central University Northern Arizona University Olivet Nazarene University Sacred Heart University Seton Hall University South Dakota State University The College of Saint Scholastica University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Arkansas University of Central Florida University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Colorado, Colorado Springs University of Delaware University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Massachusetts - Boston University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Memphis University of North Alabama University of North Dakota University of North Florida University of Northern Colorado University of Southern Indiana University of the Incarnate Word University of Toledo Villanova University Wayland Baptist University West Virginia University Western Kentucky University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Leading online higher education resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its rankings of the Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts for 2016-2017. A two- and four-year school list was created for each state, with the following receiving top honors: University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Amherst and Dartmouth campuses, Westfield State University and Lesley University for four-year schools; Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, Middlesex Community College, Massasoit Community College and Greenfield Community College for two-year schools. "The Massachusetts Department of Education has been steadily working on initiatives to ramp up college completion numbers by 2025,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "These colleges are examples of how higher education in Massachusetts is becoming more flexible, offering affordable, top-quality online learning programs to help more students earn degrees.” To earn a spot on the Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts’s list, schools are required to meet several stringent base qualifications. Each institution must be an accredited, public or private not-for-profit college or university. Schools must also fall within specific affordability guidelines, offering in-state tuition rates below $5,000 annually at two-year schools and below $25,000 annually at four-year schools. A complete lists of colleges on the two- and four-year lists are included below. To learn more about where each specifically falls in the ranking and find more details about the data analysis and methodology used to score each state, visit the following link: The two-year schools honored as the Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts for 2016 are: Berkshire Community College Bristol Community College Bunker Hill Community College Greenfield Community College Holyoke Community College Massachusetts Bay Community College Massasoit Community College Middlesex Community College Northern Essex Community College Roxbury Community College The four-year schools honored as the Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts for 2016 are: Fitchburg State University Framingham State University Hebrew College Lesley University Massachusetts Maritime Academy National Graduate School of Quality Management Salem State University University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Massachusetts - Boston University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth University of Massachusetts - Lowell Westfield State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


Moosman Jr. P.R.,Virginia Military Institute | Thomas H.H.,Fitchburg State University | Veilleux J.P.,Franklin Pierce University
Journal of Mammalogy | Year: 2012

Partitioning of foraging niches of insectivorous bats likely is shaped by ecological factors such as availability of prey and competition; however, these factors are difficult to measure and there is little empirical evidence for either. We examined diet of the North American big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) and little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) using published works and our own data from New England to better understand intraspecific dietary variation, and to test whether diet corresponded with climate (an indicator of availability of prey) and species richness of bat communities (a measure of potential interspecific competition). Diet of both species of bat varied with climate in a manner that generally corresponded with longitude. E. fuscus increased use of moths in regions with cool arid summers (western North America), whereas both species of bat consumed more beetles in moister summer climates associated with eastern North America. Additionally, E. fuscus consumed fewer beetles and more moths and true flies in more diverse bat communities. However, correlation between richness of bat communities and mean monthly precipitation limits interpretation of whether richness of bat communities influenced foraging beyond effects of climate alone. Results suggest diet is influenced indirectly by environmental factors that limit availability of prey. Further examination of these and other factors related to intraspecific dietary variation in insectivorous bats is warranted and likely to yield valuable ecological insight. © 2012 American Society of Mammalogists.


Rossow L.M.,Fitchburg State University | Fukuda D.H.,University of Central Florida | Fahs C.A.,Fitchburg State University | Loenneke J.P.,University of Oklahoma | Stout J.R.,University of Central Florida
International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance | Year: 2013

Bodybuilding is a sport in which competitors are judged on muscular appearance. This case study tracked a drug-free male bodybuilder (age 26-27 y) for the 6 mo before and after a competition. Purpose: The aim of this study was to provide the most comprehensive physiological profile of bodybuilding competition preparation and recovery ever compiled. Methods: Cardiovascular parameters, body composition, strength, aerobic capacity, critical power, mood state, resting energy expenditure, and hormonal and other blood parameters were evaluated. Results: Heart rate decreased from 53 to 27 beats/min during preparation and increased to 46 beats/min within 1 mo after competition. Brachial blood pressure dropped from 132/69 to 104/56 mmHg during preparation and returned to 116/64 mmHg at 6 mo after competition. Percent body fat declined from 14.8% to 4.5% during preparation and returned to 14.6% during recovery. Strength decreased during preparation and did not fully recover during 6 months of recovery. Testosterone declined from 9.22 to 2.27 ng/mL during preparation and returned back to the baseline level, 9.91 ng/mL, after competition. Total mood disturbance increased from 6 to 43 units during preparation and recovered to 4 units 6 mo after competition. Conclusions: This case study provides a thorough documentation of the physiological changes that occurred during natural bodybuilding competition and recovery. © 2013 Human Kinetics, Inc.


Tarallo D.,Fitchburg State University
Proceedings of the Workshop on Advanced Visual Interfaces AVI | Year: 2016

In today's template-driven environment of website design it is a challenge to teach students the concept of metaphor production for visual interfaces and inspire them to explore the inherent creative potential of screen-based media. This poster showcases student work from an introductory web design course project created to encourage students to think of a web space, interface, and typography in terms of metaphor. To this end, students produced small websites using text from Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities in efforts to form visual metaphors of the text's content based on their own novel subjective interpretations. The value of this assignment is in its alternative approach to teaching introductory web and interface design. © 2016 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).


Parsons R.,Fitchburg State University | Holt J.,University of Texas at Austin
Journal of Geophysical Research E: Planets | Year: 2016

Lobate debris aprons (LDAs) are midlatitude deposits of debris-covered ice formed during one or more periods of glaciation during the Amazonian period. However, little is known about the climate conditions that led to LDA formation. We explore a hypothesis in which a single, extended period of precipitation of ice on the steep slopes of Euripus Mons (45°S, 105°E-east of the Hellas Basin) produced a flowing ice deposit which was protected from subsequent ablation to produce the LDA found at this location. We test this hypothesis with a numerical ice flow model using an ice rheology based on low-temperature ice deformation experiments. The model simulates ice accumulation and flow for the northern and southern lobes of the Euripus Mons LDA using basal topography constrained by data from the Shallow Radar (SHARAD) and a range of ice viscosities (determined by ice temperature and ice grain size). Simulations for the northern lobe of the Euripus LDA produce good fits to the surface topography. Assuming an LDA age of ∼60 Myr and an expected temperature range of 200 to 204 K (for various obliquities) gives an ice grain size of ≈2 mm. Simulations of the southern section produce poor fits to surface topography and result in much faster flow timescales unless multiple ice deposition events or higher ice viscosities are considered. © 2016. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.


Rehrig E.M.,Fitchburg State University | Appel H.M.,University of Missouri | Jones A.D.,Michigan State University | Schultz J.C.,University of Missouri
Frontiers in Plant Science | Year: 2014

Plant responses to insects and wounding involve substantial transcriptional reprogramming that integrates hormonal, metabolic, and physiological events. The ability to respond differentially to various stresses, including wounding, generally involves hormone signaling and trans-acting regulatory factors. Evidence of the importance of transcription factors (TFs) in responses to insects is also accumulating. However, the relationships among hormone signaling, TF activity, and ability to respond specifically to different insects are uncertain. We examined transcriptional and hormonal changes in Arabidopsis thaliana after herbivory by larvae of two lepidopteran species, Spodoptera exigua (Hübner) and Pieris rapae L. over a 24-h time course. Transcriptional responses to the two insects differed and were frequently weaker or absent in response to the specialist P. rapae. Using microarray analysis and qRT-PCR, we found 141 TFs, including many AP2/ERFs (Ethylene Response Factors) and selected defense-related genes, to be differentially regulated in response to the two insect species or wounding. Jasmonic Acid (JA), JA-isoleucine (JA-IL), and ethylene production by Arabidopsis plants increased after attack by both insect species. However, the amounts and timing of ethylene production differed between the two herbivory treatments. Our results support the hypothesis that the different responses to these two insects involve modifications of JA-signaling events and activation of different subsets of ERF TFs, resulting in different degrees of divergence from responses to wounding alone. © 2014 Rehrig, Appel, Jones and Schultz.


Sethi R.J.,Fitchburg State University
Proceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP | Year: 2015

Understanding group activities is an essential step towards studying complex crowd behaviours in video. However, such research is often hampered by the lack of a formal definition of a group, as well as a dearth of datasets that concentrate specifically on Atomic Group Actions. 1 In this paper, we provide a quantitative definition of a group based on the Group Transition Ratio (Gtr); the Gtr helps determine when individuals transition to becoming a group (where the individuals can still be tracked) or a crowd (where tracking of individuals is lost). In addition, we introduce the Atomic Group Actions Dataset, a set of 200 videos that concentrate on the atomic group actions of objects in video, namely the group-group actions of formation, dispersal, and movement of a group, as well as the group-person actions of person joining and person leaving a group. We further incorporate a structured, end-to-end analysis methodology, based on workflows, to easily and automatically allow for standardized testing of new group action models against this dataset. We demonstrate the efficacy of the Gtr on the Atomic Group Actions Dataset and make the full dataset (the videos, along with their associated tracks and ground truth, and the exported workflows) publicly available to the research community for free use and extension at at http://research. sethi.org/ricky/datasets/. © 2015 IEEE.

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