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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.


Sethi R.J.,Fitchburg State University
HT 2017 - Proceedings of the 28th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media | Year: 2017

Fake news and alternative facts have dominated the news cycle of late. In this paper, we present a prototype system that uses social argumentation to verify the validity of proposed alternative facts and help in the detection of fake news. We utilize fundamental argumentation ideas in a graph-theoretic framework that also incorporates semantic web and linked data principles. The argumentation structure is crowdsourced and mediated by expert moderators in a virtual community. © 2017 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).


Pereira A.S.,Fitchburg State University | Wahi M.M.,Labouré College | Wahi M.M.,Vasanta Health Science LLC
Online Learning Journal | Year: 2017

Although course management systems (CMSs) provide technology platforms that help faculty members adopt better techniques for teaching and learning, and training contributes to faculty information technology (IT) use, many higher education faculty members do not complete CMS training programs, resulting in underuse of CMSs. Therefore, the overall purpose of this research was to address how instructor perceptions influence willingness to complete IT training on CMSs, and to discern techniques university administrators can implement to improve training completion rates and, ultimately, CMS adoption rates. The basic design of the study was a cross-sectional survey. Data were obtained from 102 public university faculty members who responded to an anonymous, web-based survey about their perceptions of the relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability, and observability of their institution’s CMS. The data were analyzed using multiple linear regression models. Compatibility, defined as the degree to which instructors perceive the CMS as being consistent with their existing values, past experiences, and current or future teaching needs, was statistically significantly associated with willingness to complete online and in-person CMS training after controlling for other factors. Major findings suggest that faculty training on the CMS is not “one size fits all.” If greater use of CMSs by faculty is to be achieved, university administrators should consider compatibility of teaching style with CMS adoption when developing and promoting CMS training. © 2017, The Online Learning Consortium. All rights reserved.


Difranza J.R.,University of Massachusetts Medical School | Wellman R.J.,University of Massachusetts Medical School | Wellman R.J.,Fitchburg State University | Savageau J.A.,University of Massachusetts Medical School
Psychopharmacology | Year: 2012

Rationale: With physical addiction to tobacco, abstinence triggers a desire to smoke. As physical addiction advances, the desire to smoke changes in quality and intensity from wanting, to craving, to needing. A prior study in adolescents suggested that this progression signifies increasing addiction. Objective: We sought to determine if the sequential appearance of wanting, craving and needing provides an indication of the intensity of other markers of tobacco addiction including psychological and behavioral indicators. Methods: A web-based survey was completed by 422 smokers ages 18-78 years. Subjects were assigned to one of four qualitatively distinct stages of physical addiction based on their most advanced symptom: 1-none, 2-wanting, 3-craving, or 4-needing. Using linear Chi square and ANOVA, we determined if higher stages were associated with higher levels of tobacco addiction on more than a dozen measures. Results: 16.8% of subjects were in stage 1, 26.1% in stage 2, 17.1% in stage 3 and 40.0% in stage 4. Each step up in stage was associated with higher levels of addiction as measured by the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence, the Hooked on Nicotine Checklist, the Autonomy over Tobacco Scale, and higher levels of psychological dependence, duration of tobacco use, frequency of tobacco use, daily cigarette consumption, and 10 additional measures. Conclusions: In this cross-sectional study, each sequential stage of physical addiction was associated with higher levels of every indicator of addiction. The data suggest that the stages of progression of physical addiction provide a global indication of the severity of tobacco addiction. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.


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.


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).


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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