Franklin Pierce University is a small, private, non-profit, regionally accredited university in rural Rindge, New Hampshire, in the United States. It was founded as Franklin Pierce College in 1962, combining a liberal arts foundation with coursework for professional preparation. The institutional mission focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for a new century who make significant contributions to their professions and communities, whether their aspirations are global or local. The school gained university status in 2007 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges . In 2009, Franklin Pierce University was ranked on "Forbes List of America's Top Colleges" in the United States. The university has an enrollment of 1,399 students and overlooks Pearly Pond, just a few miles from Mount Monadnock. The campus covers approximately 1,200 acres . Andrew H. Card is the current president of Franklin Pierce University, replacing outgoing president Dr. James F. Birge in January 2015. The university also operates The College of Graduate and Professional Studies with campuses in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Lebanon, New Hampshire, as well as Goodyear, Arizona.The College at Rindge houses three institutes:Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication—named for Marlin Fitzwater, White House Press Secretary under Ronald Reagan and George H. W. BushMonadnock Institute of Nature, Place, and CultureNew England Center for Civic Life↑ ↑ Wikipedia.
News Article | April 27, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the most affordable colleges and universities in the U.S. for 2017. 50 four-year schools were recognized, with Buena Vista University, Judson College, Florida Institute of Technology, Concordia University—Wisconsin and Southwestern College taking the top five spots. Of the 50 two-year schools that were also honored, East Mississippi Community College, Frank Philips College, Western Wyoming Community College, Laramie County Community College and Western Oklahoma State College were the top five. A list of all 100 schools is included below. “For students who want the flexibility of an online education at an affordable price point, the colleges and universities on our list are the best in the U.S,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These schools provide the maximum value when it comes to cost, quality and career resources for students.” To be included on the LearnHowToBecome.org “Most Affordable” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also evaluated on additional data points such as the number and variety of degree programs offered, employment services, post-college earnings of alumni, academic resources, financial aid availability and more. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Most Affordable Online Colleges” list, visit: The Most Affordable Online Four-Year Colleges in the U.S. for 2017 include: Amridge University Baker University Bay Path University Belhaven University Brenau University Briar Cliff University Buena Vista University Canisius College Chaminade University of Honolulu Colorado Christian University Concordia University-Nebraska Concordia University-Wisconsin Davenport University DeSales University Dickinson State University Drexel University Duquesne University Florida Institute of Technology Franklin Pierce University Gardner-Webb University Graceland University-Lamoni Gwynedd Mercy University Hampton University Harvard University Illinois Institute of Technology Judson College LeTourneau University Malone University McKendree University Murray State University Newman University North Carolina Central University Norwich University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Prescott College Quincy University Saint Joseph's College of Maine Saint Joseph's University Saint Leo University Siena Heights University Southwestern College Spring Arbor University University of Idaho University of Southern Mississippi University of St Francis University of the Cumberlands University of the Incarnate Word Valley City State University Viterbo University Webster University The Most Affordable Online Two-Year Colleges in the U.S. for 2017 include: Allen County Community College Arizona Western College Barton County Community College Casper College Central Wyoming College Cochise College Colorado Northwestern Community College Cowley County Community College Crowder College Dakota College at Bottineau East Mississippi Community College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Eastern Wyoming College Frank Phillips College GateWay Community College Grayson College Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Laramie County Community College Madisonville Community College Maysville Community and Technical College Mesa Community College Metropolitan Community College Mount Wachusett Community College Navarro College New Mexico Junior College North Arkansas College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Odessa College Ozarka College Panola College Pitt Community College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Sheridan College Sinclair College Southwestern Community College Southwestern Oregon Community College State Fair Community College Trinity Valley Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Western Nebraska Community College Western Oklahoma State College Western Texas College Western Wyoming Community College Williston State College Yavapai College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | March 2, 2017
Physical therapy is as effective as surgery in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a new study published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy® (JOSPT®). Researchers in Spain and the United States report that one year following treatment, patients with carpal tunnel syndrome who received physical therapy achieved results comparable to outcomes for patients who had surgery for this condition. Further, physical therapy patients saw faster improvements at the one-month mark than did patients treated surgically. Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the wrist and hand. Nearly half of all work-related injuries are linked to this syndrome, which can result from repetitive movements. Although surgery may be considered when the symptoms are severe, more than a third of patients do not return to work within eight weeks after an operation for carpal tunnel syndrome. The study demonstrates that physical therapy--and particularly a combination of manual therapy of the neck and median nerve and stretching exercises--may be preferable to surgery, certainly as a starting point for treatment. "Conservative treatment may be an intervention option for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome as a first line of management prior to or instead of surgery," says lead author César Fernández de las Peñas, PT, PhD, DMSc, with the Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Physical Medicine at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, Spain. Dr. de las Peñas and his fellow researchers studied the cases of 100 women with carpal tunnel syndrome. By random allocation, 50 women were treated with physical therapy and 50 with surgery. Patients assigned to the physical therapy group were treated with manual therapy techniques that focused on the neck and median nerve for 30 minutes, once a week, with stretching exercises at home. After one month, the patients in the physical therapy group had better hand function during daily activities and better grip strength (also known as pinch strength between the thumb and index finger) than the patients who had surgery. At three, six, and 12 months following treatment, patients in the surgery group were no better than those in the physical therapy group. Both groups showed similar improvements in function and grip strength. Pain also decreased similarly for patients in both groups. The researchers conclude that physical therapy and surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome yield similar benefits one year after treatment. No improvements in cervical range of motion were observed in either patient group. The researchers caution that because the study only included women from a single hospital, additional research needs to be done to generalize their findings. Further, there are no available data on the most effective dosage for the manual therapy protocol applied. The study is titled "The Effectiveness of Manual Therapy Versus Surgery on Self-reported Function, Cervical Range of Motion, and Pinch Grip Force in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial." Co-authors on the paper are Joshua Cleland, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, of Franklin Pierce University and Concord Hospital in Manchester and Concord, New Hampshire, respectively, and Regis University in Denver, Colorado, United States; and María Palacios-Ceña, PT; Stella Fuensalida-Novo, PT; and Cristina Alonso-Blanco, PT, PhD, of Universidad Rey Jan Carlos, Alcorcón, Spain; and Juan A. Pareja, MD, PhD, of Hospital Universitario Fundación Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain. The research report's full citation is: J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2017;47(3):151-161, B1-B4. Epub February 3, 2017. doi:10.2519/jospt.2017.7090 The study was funded by a research project grant (FIS PI14/ 00364) from the Health Institute Carlos III (PN I+D+I 2014-2017; Spanish Government). For more information, please contact Dr. de las Peñas at email@example.com, Dr. Cleland at firstname.lastname@example.org, or JOSPT Editor-in-Chief J. Haxby Abbott, DPT, PhD, FNZCP, at email@example.com. About the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy The Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy® (JOSPT®) publishes scientifically rigorous, clinically relevant content for physical therapists and others in the health care community to advance musculoskeletal and sports-related practice globally. JOSPT is an independent, non-profit journal, published by JOSPT, Inc. d/b/a Movement Science Media. For more information, visit http://www. .
Bishop M.D.,University of Florida |
Mintken P.,University of Colorado at Denver |
Mintken P.,University of Colorado at Boulder |
Bialosky J.E.,University of Florida |
And 2 more authors.
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy | Year: 2013
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were (1) to examine patients' general expectations for treatment by physical therapists and specific expectations for common interventions in patients with neck pain, and (2) to assess the extent to which the patients' general and specific expectations for treatment, particularly spinal manipulation, affect clinical outcomes. BACKGROUND: Patient expectations can have a profound influence on the magnitude of treatment outcome across a broad variety of patient conditions. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of data from a clinical trial of interventions for neck pain. Prior to beginning treatment for neck pain, 140 patients were asked about their general expectations of benefit as well as their specific expectations for individual interventions. Next, we examined how these expectations related to the patients' ratings of the success of treatment at 1 and 6 months after treatment. RESULTS: Patients had positive expectations for treatment by a physical therapist, with more than 80% of patients expecting moderate relief of symptoms, prevention of disability, the ability to do more activity, and to sleep better. The manual therapy interventions of massage (87%) and manipulation (75%) had the highest proportion of patients who expected these interventions to significantly improve neck pain. These were followed by strengthening (70%) and range-of-motion (54%) exercises. Very few patients thought surgery would improve their neck pain (less than 1%). At 1 month, patients who were unsure of experiencing complete pain relief had lower odds of reporting a successful outcome than patients expecting complete relief (odds ratio [OR] = 0.33; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.11, 0.99). Believing that manipulation would help and not receiving manipulation lowered the odds of success (OR = 0.16; 95% CI: 0.04, 0.72) compared to believing manipulation would help and receiving manipulation. Six months after treatment, having unsure expectations for complete pain relief lowered the odds of success (OR = 0.19; 95% CI: 0.05, 0.7), whereas definitely expecting to do more exercise increased the odds of success (OR = 11.4; 95% CI: 1.7, 74.7). Regarding self-reported disability assessed with the Neck Disability Index, patients who believed manipulation would help and received manipulation reported less disability than those who did not believe manipulation would help and both received manipulation (mean difference, -3.8; 95% CI: -5.9, -1.5; P = .006) and did not receive manipulation (mean difference, -5.7; 95% CI: -9.3, -2.1; P = .014). There was also an interaction between time and the expectation for complete relief. CONCLUSION: General expectations of benefit have a strong influence on clinical outcomes for patients with neck pain. Copyright © 2013 Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy®. All rights reserved.
Kounaves S.P.,Tufts University |
Carrier B.L.,Tufts University |
O'Neil G.D.,Tufts University |
Stroble S.T.,Franklin Pierce University |
And 2 more authors.
Icarus | Year: 2014
The results from the Viking mission in the mid 1970s provided evidence that the martian surface contained oxidants responsible for destroying organic compounds. In 2008 the Phoenix Wet Chemistry Lab (WCL) found perchlorate (ClO4-) in three soil samples at concentrations from 0.5 to 0.7wt%. The detection of chloromethane (CH3Cl) and dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) by the Viking pyrolysis gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) may have been a result of ClO4- at that site oxidizing either terrestrial organic contaminates or, if present, indigenous organics. Recently, the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity directly measured the presence of CH3Cl, CH2Cl2 and, along with measurements of HCl and oxygen, indirectly indicate the presence of ClO4 However, except for Phoenix, no other direct measurement of the ClO4- anion in martian soil or rock has been made. We report here ion chromatographic (IC) and isotopic analyses of a unique sawdust portion of the martian meteorite EETA79001 that show the presence by mass of 0.6±0.1ppm ClO4-, 1.4±0.1ppm ClO3-, and 16±0.2ppm NO3- at a quantity and location within the meteorite that is difficult to reconcile with terrestrial contamination. The sawdust sample consists of basaltic material with a minor salt-rich inclusion in a mass ratio of ~300:1, thus the salts may be 300 times more concentrated within the inclusion than the whole sample. The molar ratios of NO3-:ClO4- and Cl-:ClO4-, are very different for EETA79001 at ~40:1 and 15:1, respectively, than the Antarctic soils and ice near where the meteorite was recovered at ~10,000:1 and 5000:1, respectively. In addition, the isotope ratios for EETA79001 with δ15N=-10.48±0.32‰ and δ18O=+51.61±0.74‰ are significantly different from that of the nearby Miller Range blue ice with δ15N=+102.80±0.14‰ and δ18O=+43.11±0.64‰. This difference is notable, because if the meteorite had been contaminated with nitrate from the blue ice, the δ15N values should be the same. More importantly, the δ15N is similar to the uncontaminated Tissint Mars meteorite with δ15N=-4.5‰. These findings suggest a martian origin of the ClO4-, ClO3- and NO3- in EETA79001, and in conjunction with previous discoveries, support the hypothesis that they are present and ubiquitous on Mars. The presence of ClO3- in EETA79001 suggests the accompanying presence of other highly oxidizing oxychlorines such as ClO2- or ClO-, produced both by UV oxidation of Cl- and γ- and X-ray radiolysis of ClO4 Since such intermediary species may contribute to oxidization of organic compounds, only highly refractory and/or well-protected organics are likely to survive. The global presence of ClO4-, ClO3-, and NO3-, has broad implications for the planet-wide water cycle, formation of brines, human habitability, organics, and life. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Cleland J.,Franklin Pierce University |
Gillani R.,Outcomes Research Consultant |
Bienen E.J.,Outcomes Research Consultant |
Pain Practice | Year: 2011
Objective: To provide a systematic literature review of the responsiveness of patient-reported health outcomes measures for the evaluation of low back pain (LBP).Methods and Design: Searches of MEDLINE and EMBASE were performed for articles published in English through June 29, 2009 using the search terms "back pain" or "low back pain" and "questionnaires" or "instrument" or "survey" or "measure" or "patient report outcome." Information on responsiveness was gathered through additional measure-specific searches that included the measure name, first author of the original paper, and "respons*" or "sensit*." Responsiveness was determined based on use of a receiver operating characteristics curve or effect size statistics.Results: Of 43 identified measures, 31 were reported as being responsive to treatment or clinical change, 25 of which were evaluated for responsiveness using methods considered adequate. When considering both the responsiveness evaluation and the underlying factor structure, 13 measures were identified as being adequately validated for use in evaluating responsiveness in the research or clinical practice setting. The majority of the LBP outcome assessment studies were comprised of patients undergoing physical and interventional therapies from clinical practice and clinical trials. The Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire and the Oswestry Disability Index were the most comprehensively validated measures with respect to responsiveness.Conclusions: We identified 13 measures of LBP that can be used to evaluate responsiveness to change. Choice of a measure warrants careful evaluation of its construct and responsiveness properties in order to maximize the observed impact on pain and functional improvement in subjects with LBP. © 2010 The Authors. Pain Practice © 2010 World Institute of Pain.
Walsh W.A.,University of New Hampshire |
Dawson J.,Franklin Pierce University |
Mattingly M.J.,University of New Hampshire
Trauma, Violence, and Abuse | Year: 2010
The authors review the literature on resilience following childhood maltreatment and describe how variation in the measurement of outcomes at various developmental stages affects research findings, practice implications, and policy recommendations. Although the 21 studies reviewed considered competent functioning in similar domains as evidence of resilience following maltreatment, few provided prevalence estimates for specific indicators or across domains of functioning. Using the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), the authors explored different ways of operationalizing resilience. The number of children demonstrating competence following maltreatment varied greatly by the indicators used; furthermore, competence in one domain (behavioral, emotional, or educational) did not guarantee competence in another. About one in five children were functioning poorly in all three domains. Because findings vary according to the operational definition of resilience, researchers must use caution in conceptualizing their analytic variables and interpreting findings. Furthermore, given the lack of cross-domain competence, services to maltreated children and their families should be comprehensive. © The Author(s) 2010.
Rhon D.I.,U.S. Army |
Boyles R.B.,University of Puget Sound |
Cleland J.A.,Franklin Pierce University
Annals of Internal Medicine | Year: 2014
Background: Corticosteroid injections (CSIs) and physical therapy are used to treat patients with the shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) but have never been directly compared. Objective: To compare the effectiveness of 2 common nonsurgical treatments for SIS. Design: Randomized, single-blind, comparative-effectiveness, parallel-group trial. (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01190891) Setting: Military hospital-based outpatient clinic in the United States. Patients: 104 patients aged 18 to 65 years with unilateral SIS between June 2010 and March 2012. Intervention: Random assignment into 2 groups: 40-mg triamcinolone acetonide subacromial CSI versus 6 sessions of manual physical therapy. Measurements: The primary outcome was change in Shoulder Pain and Disability Index scores at 1 year. Secondary outcomes included the Global Rating of Change scores, the Numeric Pain Rating Scale scores, and 1-year health care use. Results: Both groups demonstrated approximately 50% improvement in Shoulder Pain and Disability Index scores maintained through 1 year; however, the mean difference between groups was not significant (1.5% [95% CI, -6.3% to 9.4%]). Both groups showed improvements in Global Rating of Change scale and pain rating scores, but between-group differences in scores for the Global Rating of Change scale (0 [CI, -2 to 1]) and pain rating (0.4 [CI, -0.5 to 1.2]) were not significant. During the 1-year follow-up, patients receiving CSI had more SIS-related visits to their primary care provider (60% vs. 37%) and required additional steroid injections (38% vs. 20%), and 19% needed physical therapy. Transient pain from the CSI was the only adverse event reported. Limitation: The study occurred at 1 center with patients referred to physical therapy. Conclusion: Both groups experienced significant improvement. The manual physical therapy group used less 1-year SIS-related health care resources than the CSI group.
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.