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News Article | February 24, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges with online programs for 2017 in the state of Georgia. 29 of the state’s four-year schools made the list, with University of Georgia, Mercer University, Brenau University, Reinhardt University and Shorter University coming in as the highest scoring schools. 19 two-year schools were also included, with Central Georgia Technical College, Atlanta Technical College, Athens Technical College, Albany Technical College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College earning the highest marks. “As more versatile options for education become available, more students enrolled in college programs in Georgia can earn certificates and degrees on their own schedule by choosing to study online,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The accredited schools on our list all offer high-quality online programs for students who want to earn a degree remotely.” Colleges and universities on the Best Online Schools list must be an institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit and have at least one online certificate or degree program to qualify. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes student/teacher ratios, post-graduation employment resources, graduation rate and financial aid availability. More than a dozen data points were used to create the list. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Georgia’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Albany State University Armstrong Atlantic State University Augusta University Beulah Heights University Brenau University Clayton State University College of Coastal Georgia Columbus State University Dalton State College Fort Valley State University Georgia College and State University Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Georgia Southern University Georgia Southwestern State University Kennesaw State University Kennesaw State University Luther Rice College & Seminary Mercer University Middle Georgia State University Reinhardt University Savannah College of Art and Design Shorter University Thomas University Toccoa Falls College Truett-McConnell College University of Georgia University of North Georgia University of West Georgia Valdosta State University Georgia’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Albany Technical College Athens Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Central Georgia Technical College Chattahoochee Technical College Coastal Pines Technical College Columbus Technical College Georgia Military College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Georgia Perimeter College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Lanier Technical College Oconee Fall Line Technical College Ogeechee Technical College Southeastern Technical College Southern Regional Technical College West Georgia Technical College Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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Jim Rasmus joined the South Carolina credit union, SAFE Federal, as its VP of HR. Sumter, SC, February 16, 2017 --( Rasmus comes to SAFE from Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia, where he served eight years as chief human resources officer. Before that, he served in executive HR positions for organizations such as Career Education Corporation, Advanstar, Coleman, Tenneco, and United Technologies. “Jim Rasmus is a visionary human resources executive, and we are delighted to welcome him to the SAFE team,” said Toby Hayes, Vice President of Marketing of SAFE Federal Credit Union. “His strengths in areas as talent management and enhancing a positive corporate culture will serve us well.” “I already feel right at home here at SAFE,” Rasmus said. “This is a well-run organization with extremely talented people, and I look forward to the contributions I can make to keep it running smoothly and continuing to grow.” About SAFE Federal Credit Union SAFE Federal Credit Union, founded in 1955, is the largest credit union based in the Midlands, with more than $1 billion in total assets, 114,000 members, and 19 branches. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or goes to school in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Florence, and Orangeburg counties, as well as parts of Kershaw, Richland, and Lexington counties. Membership is also open to employees of more than 500 companies located throughout the Midlands and relatives of those eligible to join. Connect with us at http://www.SAFEfed.org, on Facebook.com/SAFEfederalcreditunion or @SAFEFCU. Sumter, SC, February 16, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Jim Rasmus, an accomplished human resources executive with experience at major companies across several industries, is the new vice president of human resources for SAFE Federal Credit Union.Rasmus comes to SAFE from Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia, where he served eight years as chief human resources officer. Before that, he served in executive HR positions for organizations such as Career Education Corporation, Advanstar, Coleman, Tenneco, and United Technologies.“Jim Rasmus is a visionary human resources executive, and we are delighted to welcome him to the SAFE team,” said Toby Hayes, Vice President of Marketing of SAFE Federal Credit Union. “His strengths in areas as talent management and enhancing a positive corporate culture will serve us well.”“I already feel right at home here at SAFE,” Rasmus said. “This is a well-run organization with extremely talented people, and I look forward to the contributions I can make to keep it running smoothly and continuing to grow.”About SAFE Federal Credit UnionSAFE Federal Credit Union, founded in 1955, is the largest credit union based in the Midlands, with more than $1 billion in total assets, 114,000 members, and 19 branches. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or goes to school in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Florence, and Orangeburg counties, as well as parts of Kershaw, Richland, and Lexington counties. Membership is also open to employees of more than 500 companies located throughout the Midlands and relatives of those eligible to join. Connect with us at http://www.SAFEfed.org, on Facebook.com/SAFEfederalcreditunion or @SAFEFCU. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SAFE Federal Credit Union


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Global Breast Health & Wellness Center, founded by Dr. April Speed, announced it has expanded its cryoablation treatment of fibroadenoma to include early stage breast cancer with the Visica® 2 Treatment System. Developed by Sanarus Technologies, the Visica 2 Treatment System is a cryoablation device that uses extreme cold liquid nitrogen (cryo) to destroy tissue (ablation). The device destroys the tumor by freezing and damaging the adjacent vasculature that fuels tumor growth. Dr. April L. Speed is board-certified by the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Speed was recognized by her peers and awarded the ASCO National Diversity in Oncology Award in 2009. Cryoablation—also referred to as tumor freezing—is a minimally invasive procedure done under ultrasound guidance in the doctor’s office or radiology suite. After injection of local anesthesia, a thin probe is inserted through the skin directly into the tumor. Liquid nitrogen is pumped into the probe to form an “ice ball” around the lesion. Freezing destroys the tumor cells, which are then reabsorbed by the body over time. The procedure can be done in less than an hour with most patients reporting minimal discomfort and a resumption of normal activity right away. Little, if any, visible scarring occurs. Because no breast tissue is removed during the procedure, the natural shape of the breast is maintained. ”I’ve been providing cryoablation for the treatment of fibroadenomas since 2015 and have obtained very good results” said Dr. Speed. “Those results coupled with the publication of the National Cancer Institute Z1072 Trial have truly encouraged me to expand my practice to offer cryoablation for early stage breast cancer tumors.” In a 5-year multicenter study funded by the National Cancer Institute and sponsored by the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, cryoablation with the Visica 2 Treatment System was shown to be 100% effective for complete ablation of invasive ductal breast cancer tumors <1.0 cm. The Visica 2 Treatment System was the exclusive device used in the Z1072 study and showed cryoablation to be effective in 92% of the targeted lesions. Results from this breast cancer study (ACOSOG Z1072), which included a 5-year follow-up, were published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Speed further explained that “In November 2016, I opened my new state of the art facility located in Buckhead to provide Greater Atlanta with a comprehensive, 100% dedicated, breast surgery practice. Cryoablation is one of our primary treatment options for our patients because it provides an opportunity for women to have cutting edge therapy with dignity and detail performed in a serene, patient-centered environment. It also gives women the benefit of a minimally invasive procedure with little to no scarring, downtime, or discomfort.” Dr. Speed recently discussed cryoablation and other breast cancer related topics on Atlanta Business RadioX. She discussed the technology of cryoablation, who would qualify as a patient, and why she has chosen to offer cryoablation for the treatment of early stage breast cancer lesions. She has also been featured on CentricTV. Cryoablation with the Visica 2 Treatment System is a nonsurgical option for patients that have been diagnosed early stage breast tumor that is less than 4 cm in diameter, is visible on sonogram and has been confirmed with a biopsy. About Global Breast Health & Wellness Center Dr. Speed serves on several boards, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate, and the Georgia Perimeter College. She's a highly sought-after speaker, author, consultant and lecturer on breast cancer and breast health. Dr. Speed has recently embarked upon an exciting venture of private practice in two convenient locations, Buckhead and Conyers, and welcomes all of her previous patients and new patients alike to continue to be a part of this amazing journey of transformation from your Breast Health to your Best Health℠. Let's treat it, beat it, move on!℠ To contact Dr. Speed go http://www.draprilspeed.com or call 678.210.2846 About Sanarus Technologies In 2001, the Visica® 2 Treatment System was the first available for cryoablation of fibroadenomas. Since then, our system has been used to successfully treat thousands of patients. The Visica 2 Treatment System is FDA-cleared for the ablation of cancerous or malignant tissue and benign tumors. At Sanarus, we develop innovative solutions for the nonsurgical treatment of breast tumors. We are headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, and all of our products are manufactured in the USA. Find out more at http://www.sanarus.com


Kohler J.J.,Emory University | Hosseini S.H.,Georgia Perimeter College
Methods in Molecular Biology | Year: 2011

Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) are drugs used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Despite the distinct benefits of NRTI-based therapies, tissue specific toxicity is a limiting factor. Although the mechanisms of these specific antiretroviral drug-related toxicities remain unclear, it has been hypothesized that as analogs to native nucleosides, NRTIs may potentially inhibit mammalian DNA polymerases, including mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) polymerase γ. Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) is a nucleotide analog of adenosine monophosphate and the only NRTI that is associated with renal disease. The inherent heterogeneity of kidney tissues could affect the outcome and interpretation of molecular studies to define the mechanism(s) of tenofovir tubular toxicity. Laser-capture microdissection (LCM) provided a specific, single-cell isolation of proximal tubules from fixed heterogeneous kidney tissues. LCM-captured renal proximal tubules from transgenic mice (TGs) showed decreased mtDNA abundance with tenofovir, demonstrating a subcellular specific mitochondrial toxicity of tenofovir in an AIDS model. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Nduwimana A.,Clark Atlanta University | Nduwimana A.,Georgia Perimeter College | Wang X.-Q.,Clark Atlanta University
Journal of Physical Chemistry C | Year: 2010

The electronic structure characteristics of silicon nanowires under tensile and compressive strain are studied using first-principles density functional theory. The unique wirelike structure leads to distinct hole distributions in the core and shell regions, which can be characterized by the electronic band structures of the light-hole and heavy-hole states. The onset transition pressure for silicon nanowires is shown to be lower than the value of bulk counterpart, in conformity with experimental observations. These results demonstrate that the impact of strain on the electronic characteristics is important for nanodevice applications. © 2010 American Chemical Society.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 1.00M | Year: 2016

The I Am STEM project recruits and awards scholarships to a cohort of financially needy and academically talented students, approximately 18 freshmen and 16 sophomores each year, at the Dunwoody Campus of Perimeter College of Georgia State University. This project is designed to increase enrollment and persistence in the STEM disciplines and links to existing student support structures for enrolling, retaining, graduating and transferring associate degree students.

The Project develops the participants deeper learning competencies through two components: 1) developing a STEM Mindset and 2) fostering STEM Belongingness. To assist students in developing a STEM mindset, the Project utilizes two key components: a First Year Experience course and problem-based learning experiences targeting STEM gateway courses. To foster belongingness, the Project employs faculty mentoring, World of Work experiences, and a community service initiative to establish an ongoing learning community. World of Work experiences include industry tours and guest speakers; the community service initiative allows participants to develop personal and professional skills while engaging primary school students in activities that will help the children discover the joy and wonder associated with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The intellectual merit of the project is demonstrated through a research-based comprehensive assessment and evaluation plan. The results of the project generates knowledge regarding the factors that strengthen the participation of underrepresented students in STEM. The results of the project, as well as the details with regard to process and application of intervention approaches, serve as a roadmap for other access institutions to replicate the project strategies and therefore will have a broader impact.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: IUSE | Award Amount: 54.70K | Year: 2015

In our increasingly data-centric world, statistical reasoning--in particular, reasoning about data in the context of uncertainty--has become central to the skills our nation needs for students to develop, especially for their future careers in the workforce. An undergraduate students first formal experience with statistical reasoning frequently occurs in classrooms dominated by lectures rather than active learning experiences. In addition, the classroom instructors often are relatively untrained in statistics. This is especially true at two-year colleges where adjunct instructors can find it difficult to take part in professional development opportunities, often perceive reform-based pedagogies as taking extra work when they already have an unreasonable workload, perceive new resources as being difficult to integrate into their current mode of instruction, and recognize the frequent severe statistics anxiety in their students. SMILES (Student-Made Interactive Learning with Educational Songs) for Introductory Statistics--a collaborative project from Pennsylvania State University - University Park, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Georgia Perimeter College--will develop and field-test an innovation in online learning in introductory statistics, where students create a song by filling in key words associated with a learning objective. These interactive songs will challenge students to make conceptual connections and construct examples or context, thereby fostering statistical literacy and reasoning skills. Through a reduction in statistics anxiety (a key impediment to student success) and an accompanying enhancement of student learning, the potential impact is striking.

The underlying goal of the project is to develop resources that require little instructor time or expertise, but have a high impact on developing statistical literacy and reasoning and on reducing statistics anxiety. In connection with this, interactive songs will provide a novel learning resource that holds great potential for teaching literacy and reasoning skills in statistics and other STEM disciplines. The web-based, machine-run, and auto-graded characteristic of this resource will provide easy access to students anywhere anytime, and will address instructor hesitations regarding in-class use. For instructors, interactive songs will be readily adoptable regardless of pedagogy (e.g., as easily incorporated in a flipped class as in an online class, or a lecture/lab course), and will provide a simple bridge to the statistics education reform movement for groups like two-year college adjunct faculty members who might remain otherwise disconnected. Most importantly, these professional-quality interactive songs will be designed to engage students, lessen anxiety, and foster active learning, thereby leading to improved statistical reasoning skills. To enhance their value, the interactive songs developed by the SMILES project will involve a unique artist/scientist collaborative to create original high-quality musical resources. To evaluate their efficacy and assess the value of interactive songs in enhancing student learning and reducing student anxiety, the project team will conduct a randomized controlled field test involving twenty (20) college level introductory statistics instructors for which fifteen (15) will be from two-year colleges. Response variables will include student answers to multiple-choice assessment items and levels of anxiety as measured by a pre-Statistics Anxiety Measure (SAM) and post-SAM measurement. Since students from the two-year colleges consist predominately of African American and Hispanic student populations, the research findings of the project will expand knowledge of best practices for addressing the national need to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discipline areas.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: STEM TALENT EXPANSN PGM (STEP) | Award Amount: 1.50M | Year: 2011

This project has two goals: 1) to increase the number of students who are
U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have a STEM major and 2) to increase the number of students who graduate or transfer to four-year institutions to complete their STEM baccalaureate degrees. To help achieve these goals strong emphasis is placed on academic excellence through activities offered to keep the students engaged and participating at a high level. These activities include research experiences, civic engagement, supplemental instruction, first-year experiences, cohort advising, faculty mentoring, STEM workshops and seminars. The broad array of disciplines represented by STEM faculty who can assist students as advisers, the variety of articulation agreements with four-year institutions, and the selection of business and university collaborations available to engage students in research and internships provide students with a broad intellectual base from which to draw.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 42.71K | Year: 2012

Project UPLIFT: Universal Portability of Learning Increased by Fun Teaching will offer college statistics teachers engaging classroom mini-lessons and resources consisting of fun items, spanning all main topics of introductory statistics, from the extensive, widely-visited CAUSEweb.org digital library. The fun items encompass many modalities, including cartoons, jokes, quotes, songs, poems, wordplay, and videos. UPLIFT will transform the undergraduate statistics classroom by putting fun items into well-indexed and annotated classroom-ready form with mini lesson plans for their use without requiring special talent - thus removing perceived barriers to use. UPLIFT materials will be assessed rigorously for their impact on student learning and student anxiety and attitudes towards the often-dreaded realm of introductory statistics. This will be done using a novel randomized controlled experiment and supporting interviews and observations of students.

UPLIFT will disseminate methods and results through virtual and paper publications, conference presentations, and both general and customized webinars. UPLIFTs impact will be broad -- the fun-based items are being tailored for, and tested in, diverse populations of students representative of the 800,000 students taking introductory statistics each year in the United States. Project UPLIFT collaborating institutions are Ohio State University, University of Texas at El Paso, and Georgia Perimeter College.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 598.00K | Year: 2011

The Educate and Nurture Leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ENLISTEM) project is recruiting and awarding scholarships to financially needy and academically talented students who are enrolled in a course of study leading to an associate degree in a STEM discipline, increasing the likelihood of participants transferring and completing a baccalaureate degree. Building upon prior success at the college, ENLISTEM is establishing an outreach pipeline designed to increase enrollment in the STEM disciplines and build upon existing student support structures that have a proven record of success in enrolling, retaining, graduating and transferring two-year associate degree students. The ENLISTEM Project has three components: 1) Outreach; 2) Student Support Services; and 3) Academic Enrichment Opportunities through a Cohort Experience in a STEM Learning Cluster.

Intellectual Merit: The program builds upon existing support structures and a research base to ensure that participants have a quality support program so that they can be retained and graduate or transfer. A broad range of faculty expertise and administrative support provides students with a multi-disciplinary approach to STEM study and career development. In addition, with industry partnership in the STEM workshop activities, mentoring opportunities, and tours, greater connection to the career side of STEM preparation is created.

Broader Impact: By recruiting from a variety of internal and external forums from high schools to community colleges, the program is increasing the number of students in the STEM disciplines and retaining them to graduation and transfer. Because of the diverse student population at the college, the project is broadening the participation of underrepresented groups.

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