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Fort Valley State University is a historically black university located in Fort Valley, Georgia. It is also a unit of the University System of Georgia and a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Fort Valley is approximately 100 miles south of Atlanta, 25 miles south of Macon,18 miles west of Warner Robins, and 15 miles north of Perry.As the only 1890 land-grant university in Georgia, Fort Valley State University is a comprehensive institution that provides an education to over 4,000 students. The student body is currently approximately 91% of African-American descent. The average age of undergraduates is 24 and the average age of graduates is 33. Roughly one-third of the students live on-campus and 85 percent of the student body are full-time students.The University is located in the town of Fort Valley in Peach County, the original site of the nation's peach industry. Its 1,365 acre campus is the second-largest in area for a public university in the state. Wikipedia.

A series of novel piperidine ring modified analogs of (±)-threo- methyl phenyl (piperidin-2-yl)acetate was synthesized by direct alkylation and reductive amination procedure, using sodium borohydride over molecular sieves. The chemical structures of these compounds were established based on mass spectra, 1H NMR spectra, and CHN elemental analysis data. Several significant modifications in the literature methodologies were made to make the reaction more efficient, and good yields were generally obtained. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

August A.,Cornell University | Ragin M.J.,Fort Valley State University
International Reviews of Immunology | Year: 2012

Itk is a member of the Tec family tyrosine kinases involved in T-cell receptor signaling. The authors review the background and most recent findings of the role of Itk T-cell activation and development of αβ T cells. They also discuss the role of Itk in development of nonconventional T cells, including CD8 + innate memory phenotype T cells, different γ δ T-cell populations, and invariant NKT cells. They close by reviewing the regulation of T helper differentiation and cytokine secretion, the immune response to infectious disease, and diseases such as allergic asthma and atopic dermatitis by Itk. Copyright © Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. Source

Wei Y.,Mercer University | Zhu J.,Fort Valley State University | Nguyen A.,Mercer University
International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health | Year: 2014

Accumulating evidence from recent studies has suggested a possible link between exposure to environmental pesticides and obesity. In this study, we assessed the potential associations between exposure to dichlorophenol pesticides and obesity in adults. Study participants aged 20-85 years were selected from the 2005 to 2006 and 2007 to 2008 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and were categorized as obese and non-obese based on body mass index. Creatinine-corrected urinary concentrations of dichlorophenols were determined to assess level of exposure to environmental pesticides. Multivariate logistic regression was performed using SAS 9.3 to assess the association between 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) and 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP) levels in urine and obesity with adjustment for potential confounders. Significantly higher geometric means of urinary concentrations of both 2,5-DCP (p<. 0.0001) and 2,4-DCP (p= 0.0170) were seen in obese adults, compared to that in non-obese adults. A dose-dependent increase in the prevalence of obesity was observed in the study participants across increasing levels of urinary 2,5-DCP (p-trend. <. 0.0001). Urinary concentrations of 2,5-DCP were significantly associated with obesity among the second (AOR: 1.47, 95% CI: 1.12, 1.93), third (AOR: 1.41, 95% CI: 1.07, 1.87), and fourth (AOR: 1.62, 95% CI: 1.21, 2.17) inter-quartiles after adjustment for age, gender, race, education, total fat intake, and physical activity. A statistically significant association was not seen between urinary 2,4-DCP and obesity. Our findings suggest a potential relationship between exposure to the fumigant insecticide paradichlorobenzene, measured as urinary concentrations of 2,5-DCP, and obesity in adults. Because we cannot rule out the possibility of reverse causality in our study, prospective studies measuring exposure during etiologically relevant periods are warranted. © 2013 Elsevier GmbH. Source

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 399.05K | Year: 2015

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) through Targeted Infusion Projects supports the development, implementation, and study of evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. The project at Fort Valley State University (FVSU) seeks to diversify the Biology and Chemistry curriculum by establishing two new toxicology undergraduate courses and increasing summer undergraduate research training opportunities at FVSU. This project will: 1) promote student interest in toxicology to address the global need for qualified toxicologists; 2) foster critical thinking and enhance problem solving skills to better prepare students for future careers in toxicology; 3) increase the number of intellectually and technically equipped students applying to graduate programs in toxicology or related STEM fields; and 4) enhance diversity in toxicology and related STEM disciplines. FVSU grants over 40% of its baccalaureate degrees to underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines; thus this project will have a direct effect on broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities in Toxicology careers and broaden the pool of qualified students applying to graduate and professional schools.

The aim of the proposed project is to improve and update the Biology and Chemistry curriculum through the infusion of toxicology instruction and undergraduate research. Activities proposed to achieve this goal include: 1) establishing curriculum for Principles of Toxicology (3 credit hours, Lecture Course) and Investigations of toxicology (2 credit hours, Laboratory Course); 2) establishing a core toxicology teaching laboratory suitable for implementing inquiry-based course instruction; 3) establishing undergraduate research opportunities in toxicology through institutional collaboration; and 4) enhancing FVSU faculty knowledge and research expertise in toxicology.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 398.21K | Year: 2013

Fort Valley State University (FVSU) will address the undersupply of professionals trained in renewable energy and efficiency through the National Science Foundations Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU-UP) Undergraduate Programs 36-month Targeted Infusion Project. FVSU, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), through this project will address regional and global issues in the biofuel industry through its curriculum development and revision to incorporate multidisciplinary courses in bioenergy, e. g., policy development, biotechnology, bioeconomy, fuel conversion in providing students and faculty cutting edge research opportunities and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professional development.

Over 100 students will participate in the research and educational courses during the three-year duration of the project. Collaborations with Iowa State Universitys Department of Biosystems Engineering, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Delaware State University?s Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research and the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, among other prominent research institutions, provides broad opportunities for this minority-serving institution (MSI) to offer cutting-edge research opportunities to project participants. The impact from the projects implementation uniquely addresses the regional needs contributing to the enhancement of rural economic development and green industry in the South and the nation in addition to contributing to a diverse STEM workforce in the bioenergy sciences.

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