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Georgia Southwestern State University , located in Americus, Georgia, is a state university within the University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with selected master’s and specialist degree programs. Wikipedia.

Peltsverger B.,Georgia Southwestern State University | Peltsverger S.,Kennesaw State University
Proceedings - 2015 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, CSCI 2015 | Year: 2015

In transportation networks for extractive industries there are typically several uncertain factors including the volume of deposits, the duration of logistics operations, and the methods of delivery. All transportation networks have a unique outlet, usually a single cargo station for shipping all extracted products to other regions. In this paper, the authors demonstrate how methods of interval analysis and fuzzy sets theory are used for designing structures of such networks. © 2015 IEEE.

Yemelyanov A.M.,Georgia Southwestern State University
Conference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics | Year: 2011

Methods that use the underlying (influencing, contributing, performance-shaping, etc.) factors in human operator error analysis, in general, inadequately incorporate them into the operator's model of erroneous action. This paper describes the method of error analysis in which the factors of the operator's performance and the underlying factors are considered to be coherent on all stages of the erroneous action: from the perception of a problem to the motivation for solving it, to the implementation of the decision. The method provides a deeper analysis of underlying factors using the proposed frame descriptions for errors with logical, decision-making, and classification algorithms, as well as the results of psychological experiments. In the paper, the special types of classification algorithms that analyze the different stages of the erroneous action with the use of the corresponding influencing factors are demonstrated. These algorithms were applied in aviation for the investigation of pilot and air-traffic controller errors. © 2011 IEEE.

Haase S.J.,Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania | Fisk G.D.,Georgia Southwestern State University
American Journal of Psychology | Year: 2015

A common strategy in unconscious perception research is to use either pattern masking or metacontrast masking to render prime stimuli "invisible" to consciousness. However, several recent studies have questioned whether the identities of prime stimuli (typically arrows or diamonds and squares) in metacontrast masking studies are impossible to consciously perceive. In a series of studies, we concurrently related prime awareness, target response time priming, and prime identification across 3 prime-mask stimulus onset asynchronies (27, 40, and 67 ms). We found that increases in prime awareness ratings were accompanied by better prime identification performance. Significant prime identification in the 27-ms condition was obtained only at the highest awareness rating; for the other 2 stimulus onset asynchronies most awareness ratings were associated with above-chance prime identification. The priming effects obtained in these paradigms occur, to some degree, when participants are likely to be aware of the prime stimuli. Our results, collectively, suggest that metacontrast masking of primes does not necessarily preclude their awareness. Priming effects may depend on at least partial awareness of the prime stimuli. © 2015 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

Humphrey J.S.,Georgia Southwestern State University
JAVA - Journal of the Association for Vascular Access | Year: 2015

Background The 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for preventing central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). Educating and training health care personnel - incorporating bundled strategies for maximizing patient safety throughout the course of intravenous therapy - is the major area of interest. Despite a low number of reported CLABSIs - below national benchmarks - our large regional medical center has the goal of 0 CLABSI. Purpose The purpose of our project was to develop an educational intervention guided by the Healthcare and Technology Synergy Framework to improve registered nurses' (RNs) knowledge of evidence-based practice guidelines to decrease the incidence of CLABSI. Methodology A pretest/posttest format was used to evaluate an educational session on the nursing management of central lines (CLs). Participants in the study were RNs employed at a large regional medical center who worked 50% or more per week providing direct patient care in the hospital's intensive care units. An educational session on nursing management of CLs was presented. A 16-question survey (7 demographic and 9 knowledge questions) to assess RNs' knowledge of care and maintenance of CLs was used as the pretest and posttest. Conclusions RNs' knowledge of care and maintenance of CLs improved significantly after the intervention (pretest mean score = 4.6 and posttest mean score = 8.4; P =.0001). Implications for Practice An educational intervention can increase RNs' knowledge of care of CLs. As a result of this project, an annual evidence-based practice educational intervention was adopted for RNs at our large regional medical center. © 2015 Association for Vascular Access.

Rahn C.,Georgia Southwestern State University | Munkasy B.A.,Georgia Southern University | Barry Joyner A.,Georgia Southern University | Buckley T.A.,University of Delaware
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine | Year: 2015

Objective: The purpose was to examine the influence of a live sporting sideline environment on balance error scoring system (BESS) performance. Design: Prospective longitudinal cohort study. Setting: The BESS was performed by all participants at 3 locations: (1) quiet laboratory, (2) football stadium sidelines, and (3) basketball arena sidelines. Participants: The experimental group had 38 participants (age: 20.1 ± 1.1 years; height: 170.0 ± 7.7 cm; mass: 66.7 ± 9.5 kg) who were female intercollegiate student-athletes (SA). The control group consisted of 38 recreationally active female college students (age: 20.8 ± 1.1 years; height: 162.6 ± 6.0 cm; mass: 63.7 ± 10.6 kg). Interventions: The 2 groups performed the tests at the same locations, the SA group during live sporting events and the control group when no event was occurring. Main Outcome Measures: The dependent variable was the total BESS score. Separate 2 × 3 mixed methods analyses of variance investigated the influence of the environment and practice effect. Results: There was a significant interaction for group by environment (P 0.004), and the SA group committed more errors at both the football and the basketball settings than the control group. The SA group also committed more errors at football (P 0.028) than baseline. The control group demonstrated a likely practice effect with fewer errors during each administration. Conclusions: The BESS score deteriorated when performed on the sidelines of a live sporting event potentially challenging the clinical utility of the BESS. Clinicians need to consider the role of the local environment when performing the BESS test and should perform postinjury tests in the same environment as the baseline test. Clinical Relevance: When performing balance testing of patients with suspected concussions, clinicians need to consider the environment in which the test is performed and attempt to match the preseason testing environment. © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

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