Krosnick S.E.,Southern Arkansas University |
Porter-Utley K.E.,Keene State College |
Macdougal J.M.,Harris-Stowe State University |
Jorgensen P.M.,Missouri Botanical Garden |
McDade L.A.,1500 North College Avenue
Systematic Botany | Year: 2013
Phylogenetic relationships of Passiflora subgenus Decaloba were examined using 148 taxa and four molecular markers: nuclear nrITS, ncpGS, cp trnL-F, and ndhF. Relationships of subgenus Decaloba to the other four Passiflora subgenera (Astrophea, Deidamioides, Tetrapathea, and Passiflora) are investigated, as are relationships among the eight supersections within subgenus Decaloba. Results indicate that subgenus Deidamioides is not monophyletic. Subgenus Astrophea + subgenus Deidamioides (section Tryphostemmatoides) together form the most basally branching lineage in the genus, followed by a clade comprised of subgenus Passiflora + subgenus Deidamioides (sections Tetrastylis, Polyanthea, and Deidamioides). Passiflora obovata (subgenus Deidamioides section Mayapathanthus) is resolved as part of subgenus Decaloba. The Old World subgenus Tetrapathea is supported as sister to subgenus Decaloba. Subgenus Decaloba is monophyletic and contains seven major lineages that generally correspond to currently recognized supersections. Within subgenus Decaloba, supersection Pterosperma is most basally branching, followed by supersection Hahniopathanthus + P. obovata. The New World species Passiflora multiflora, the type of supersection Multiflora, is resolved as sister to a monophyletic Old World supersection Disemma. The remainder of the former supersection Multiflora is paraphyletic with respect to supersection Auriculata. Supersections Cieca, Bryonioides, and Decaloba are monophyletic. Within supersection Decaloba, two main clades are resolved: 1) section Xerogona + section Decaloba pro parte and 2) the remainder of section Decaloba. The molecular phylogeny supports a New World origin for Passiflora, with two independent radiations to the Old World. Morphological synapomorphies are discussed for the major clades, documenting a pattern of remarkable evolutionary lability in several notable characters. © 2013 by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.
News Article | February 15, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwired - February 08, 2017) - Student Connections(SM), a nonprofit affiliate of USA Funds®, is considering additional colleges and universities for participation in a partnership program that is helping to optimize its latest product, Success Center. The partnership program marks the final development phase of the app-based solution for strengthening nonacademic skills that support college persistence and completion. A diverse group of institutions has joined the program, including Indiana University, Harris-Stowe State University, the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and cuLearn, a division of Thrivent. However, limited positions remain in the innovation partnership program, which affords participating institutions discounted, early access to Success Center. This includes distribution of the "virtual personal assistant" interactive learning app, WhichWay, to members of their student populations. Administrators should contact Stephen Queisser, vice president of Strategic Partnerships for Student Connections, at email@example.com or (317) 806-0215 for more information about participating. The Success Center concept is based on research conducted with postsecondary institutions around the country. This research was driven by advisory boards of students and academic experts from schools that include Indiana University, Ball State University, Marian University, Western Michigan University, and the University of Dayton. "Understanding the diverse needs of students is imperative in creating meaningful and effective student engagement," said Daniel J. Elsener, president of Marian University. "Success Center offers a novel approach to developing nonacademic skills important to student persistence and graduation, and it is our pleasure to help shape its development." "As college students, we loved being a part of something that will aid and educate other college students in their academic and professional careers," said Nadine Hashem, president of Pi Sigma Epsilon at Ball State University. "Being able to see and participate in the expansion of the WhichWay app from just an idea to an actual digital application is a very rewarding experience, and we cannot wait to see WhichWay in active use." "Our work in helping schools address issues like loan management and default, which can become formidable barriers to the lifetime of opportunities sought by students of higher education, underscores the need for continual innovation," said Craig P. Anderson, president of Student Connections. "We know dropout rates correlate with default rates, so we wanted to create a powerful retention and engagement tool that institutions can use to support student success more proactively than ever before." Success Center offers an interactive, modular approach to developing nonacademic skills, like financial literacy, that are important to academic success. Its technology includes a student engagement app that will function as a "virtual personal assistant" for students, offering dynamic content that is continuously optimized according to their individual needs. For institutions, Success Center creates a cloud-based platform that integrates seamlessly with traditional student outreach while generating the usage data needed for ROI measurement and improvement. Currently available modules focus on helping students successfully manage the demands placed on their personal finances and time. Innovation partner schools will have access to student survey results and other data that yield valuable insights about challenges and opportunities related to nonacademic barriers to successful completion. Administrators will have the opportunity to test prototypes, including new modules, and shape the ongoing development of the program. Recognizing that students follow a variety of paths and encounter different obstacles in their quest for a higher education, Student Connections offers innovative solutions, developed in collaboration with higher education institutions and students, to provide relevant and engaging resources throughout the student life cycle. Student Connections partners with postsecondary institutions to support the success of more than 2.2 million current and former students across more than 900 campuses throughout the U.S. Student Connections is an affiliate of USA Funds and directly supports its nonprofit focus on Completion With a Purpose®, enhancing student success in college and career. For more information about Student Connections, visit studentconnections.org, or follow Student Connections on Twitter at @StuConnections, on Facebook and on LinkedIn.
News Article | March 2, 2017
NPower officially celebrates the opening of their St. Louis regional office and IT training center today, located on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University, for their renowned technology training and job placement program. The inaugural class of 27 young adults from the St. Louis metropolitan area recently began the accelerated training program which is designed to result in placement in career-track technology jobs. The program has run since 2002 in other markets and has resulted in the placement of thousands of young adults from underserved communities and veterans in jobs in technology. The decision to scale to the St. Louis market was initiated as a result of a substantial financial contribution by Fund II Foundation (F2F) as part of a multi-city development partnership with NPower. NPower St. Louis has also partnered with St. Louis-based technology giant, World Wide Technology (WWT), an NPower National Corporate Underwriter since 2011 to get the program off the ground. “Giving is an integral part of how we operate and how we serve our communities,” said David Steward, Chairman and Founder of WWT. “NPower is a collaborative IT partner, helping ease the burden of recruitment on the business end and giving overlooked young adults the tools to become technology professionals with a great deal of potential for success.” Matt Horner, Vice President and General Manager, US East, Europe & Asia Pacific at WWT, serves as Vice Chairman of NPower’s Board of Directors. St. Louis native, Trina Clark James, was appointed Regional Director of NPower St. Louis in late 2016. “We have worked hard to establish the training program in St. Louis and our partners have been instrumental in helping us recruit staff and students, source equipment and be introduced to other local partners,” said James. She continued, “it truly takes a village to do what we do and we welcome anyone or any organization to join us as we empower the untapped potential that exists in under-resourced and under-represented portions of our community and prepare these exceptional individuals for promising careers in technology.” Staff in St. Louis have been working on building local partnerships with community organizations and leaders to help with recruitment efforts for future program participants and job placement resources for those who will graduate from this first stream in July 2017. As a result of said efforts, NPower St. Louis recently aligned with the St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC). “A key initiative of the Regional Business Council is to attract and retain diverse professionals in the St. Louis business community,” said Kathy Osborn of the RBC. “We are thrilled that NPower has established a presence in our city in order to provide targeted training to young adults interested in IT careers. The specialized programs that NPower provides not only address the technology skills gaps but also the employment gaps in St. Louis. The creation of career pathways for underserved young adults will benefit those most in need but it will also create a local talent pool that our companies can draw from to meet their hiring needs. NPower is just the right program for today's business needs." NPower St. Louis has also received support from The Rio Vista Fund, Centene Charitable Foundation and Wells Fargo Advisors. The NPower training program is provided free of charge to qualified students. To qualify, individuals must reside in the greater St. Louis area, be between the ages of 18-25, have earned a high school degree or equivalent and be available for 15 weeks of in-class instruction followed by 7 weeks of paid internship work. For direct access to St. Louis recruitment personnel, potential students should email http://mailto:AdmissionsStLouis@NPower.org or visit npower.org for more information. NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. We empower under-represented talent to pursue tech futures by teaching the digital and professional skills demanded by the marketplace, and engaging corporations, volunteers and nonprofits in the long-term success of our students. Over 80% of NPower graduates are employed full time or enrolled in higher education within one year of completing our program, which is offered at no cost to qualified students. NPower envisions a future where our domestic technology workforce is diverse, and clear pathways exist for all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic background to succeed in our digital economy. For more information, visit NPower.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. World Wide Technology (WWT) is a technology solution provider with more than $9 billion in annual revenue that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations around the globe. While most companies talk about delivering business and technology outcomes, WWT does it. Based in St. Louis, WWT employs more than 4,000 people and operates over 2 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world. For more, visit wwt.com. The Regional Business Council is a consortium of Presidents and Chief Executive Officers representing some of the region’s largest companies. The mission of the RBC is to unite and engage members to act on high-impact business, civic and philanthropic affairs for the betterment of the St. Louis region.
Lundgren A.P.,Syracuse University |
Bondarescu M.,University of Mississippi |
Bondarescu R.,Pennsylvania State University |
Balakrishna J.,Harris-Stowe State University
Astrophysical Journal Letters | Year: 2010
We discuss the thermal evolution and Bose-Einstein condensation of ultralight dark matter particles at finite, realistic cosmological temperatures. We find that if these particles decouple from regular matter before Standard Model particles annihilate, their temperature will be about 0.9 K. This temperature is substantially lower than the temperature of cosmic microwave background neutrinos and thus big bang nucleosynthesis remains unaffected. In addition, the temperature is consistent with WMAP 7-year+BAO+H0 observations without fine-tuning. We focus on particles of mass of m ∼ 10-23 eV, which have Compton wavelength of galactic scales. Agglomerations of these particles can form stable halos and naturally prohibit small-scale structure. They avoid over-abundance of dwarf galaxies and may be favored by observations of dark matter distributions. We present numerical as well as approximate analytical solutions of the Friedmann-Klein-Gordon equations and study the cosmological evolution of this scalar field dark matter from the early universe to the era of matter domination. Today, the particles in the ground state mimic pressureless matter, while the excited state particles are radiation like. © 2010 The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Bevington M.,Harris-Stowe State University
Pathophysiology | Year: 2015
The debate about how far the Moon causes biological effects has continued for two millennia. Pliny the Elder argued for lunar power "penetrating all things", including plants, fish, animals and humans. He also linked the Moon with tides, confirmed mathematically by Newton. A review of modern studies of biological effects, especially from plants and animals, confirms the pervasive nature of this lunar force. However calculations from physics and other arguments refute the supposed mechanisms of gravity and light. Recent space exploration allows a new approach with evidence of electromagnetic fields associated with the Earth's magnetotail at full moon during the night, and similar, but more limited, effects from the Moon's wake on the magnetosphere at new moon during the day. The disturbance of the magnetotail is perhaps shown by measurements of electric fields of up to 16 V/m compared with the usual <1 V/m, suggesting the possibility of weak biological effects on some sensitive organisms. Similar intensities found in sferics, geomagnetic storms, aurora disturbance, sensations of a 'presence' and pre-seismic electromagnetic radiation are known to affect animals and 10-20% of the human population. There is now evidence for mechanisms such as calcium flux, melatonin disruption, magnetite and cryptochromes. Both environmental and receptor variations explain confounding factors and inconsistencies in the evidence. Electromagnetic effects might also account for some evolutionary changes. Further research on lunar biological effects, such as acute myocardial infarction, could help the development of strategies to reduce adverse effects for people sensitive to geomagnetic disturbance. © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Harris-Stowe State University, Galloway and Parsons Brinckerhoff | Date: 2014-01-29
Cathodoluminescence performed in the scanning electron microscope brings the advantage of localized excitation of individual microscopic structures. When luminescent structures are characterized, the intensity, wavelength, polarization and angular emission of the luminescence are all of interest. The invention provides an apparatus for determining the angular distribution of the radiated light, and in particular provides the user with rotational symmetry which is essential for the principle of measurement. This is compatible with additional polarization and spectral bandpass filtering methods used to characterize the luminescence and understand the specimen.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 1.40M | Year: 2014
Implementation Projects provide support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to design, implement, study, and assess comprehensive institutional efforts to increase the number of students receiving undergraduate degrees in STEM and enhance the quality of their preparation by strengthening STEM education and research. The award to Harris Stowe State University seeks to build on previous successful efforts to increase participation of African-American students in STEM disciplines, including STEM Teacher Education. The institution seeks to provide students with the academic preparation, as well as analytical and technical competencies they will need to succeed in graduate school or STEM careers.
The project has three specific objectives that tie in to the overarching goal: 1) to increase the recruitment and enrollment of first-year and transfer STEM majors; 2) to increase the retention and graduation of STEM majors; and 3) to increase student engagement through faculty development opportunities. A set of evidence-based strategies and interventions has been designed to achieve these objectives. Through the evaluation plan the project will address the question: To what extent can academic and social integration interventions impact student retention, student success, student engagement and graduation in STEM disciplines, particularly at a small Historically Black University?
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: UBE - Undergraduate Biology Ed | Award Amount: 50.00K | Year: 2016
The Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research (EMBER) RCN-UBE Incubator Project seeks to generate innovative measures to increase retention and diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce by capitalizing on the unique insights and collaboration of interested educators from a multitude of relevant disciplines including biology, education, psychology and sociology. Addressing STEM student retention is crucial to avoid the projected deficit in qualified workers required for a growing STEM-based economy. The US population and workforce are becoming increasingly diverse yet a lack of diversity in STEM fields is stubbornly persistent. Nationwide efforts to boost education in STEM and address the projected deficits in the STEM workforce have had mixed results. Like other STEM disciplines, approximately half of undergraduate students that enter biology majors complete their degrees.
Addressing retention and diversity will require innovative solutions that capitalize on the contributions from a variety of fields including psychology, sociology, education and STEM. The broader impacts of the project lie in forming a network that brings together experts from these fields to study the environment of the current biology STEM pipeline, and establish and assess benchmarks for inclusivity at critical points along this career trajectory. The activities of the EMBER Research Coordination Network include organizing and building a collaborating network of experts by hosting a workshop, developing a website, publishing insights generated in the workshop session, and drafting a full Research Coordination Network-Undergraduate Biology Education proposal. The focus of the project will be on retention in biology degree programs but new metrics and paradigms developed by EMBER collaborators are expected to be broadly applicable to other STEM disciplines and to STEM-based businesses.
This project is being jointly funded by the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Division of Undergraduate Education as part of their efforts to address the challenges posed in Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action http://visionandchange/finalreport/. This project is also co-funded by the Division of Human Resources Development (HBCU UP) in the EHR directorate.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ALLIANCES-MINORITY PARTICIPAT. | Award Amount: 2.00M | Year: 2016
The Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MoLSAMP) includes two HBCUs, three major research institutions, a regional comprehensive university, a highly selective liberal arts university and an urban community college. The MoLSAMP Alliance will deploy a variety of activities and establish a logical cohesiveness among the individual campuses to promote recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented minority students with a goal to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (URM) majoring in and graduation with degrees in STEM disciplines by 125% in five years. The activities undertaken by MoLSAMP to achieve this ambitious objective will be designed to address both the cognitive and non-cognitive factors that influence success in undergraduate education. Featured activities include expansion of access to research and internships that provide experience in real world applied science, comprehensive academic advising and mentoring by dedicated faculty and administration, summer bridge programs for first and second year students and career development conferences and research symposiums designed to bring students and faculty together for informative and inspirational social gatherings. To facilitate a boundary-lite synergistic effort, articulation and reverse articulation agreements will be established to increase fluidity of academic credits between alliance institutions. A comprehensive and frequently updated MoLSAMP website will provide detailed information regarding MoLSAMP activities and related resources and serve as a conduit for student and faculty communication within and between alliance campuses. MoLSAMP supported activities will be continually evaluated to identify best practices and results will be disseminated though a variety of channels to facilitate efforts to increase URM participation and success in STEM nationwide.
The MoLSAMP Alliance currently yields 64% of the total STEM baccalaureate degrees conferred to URMs in the State of Missouri. A primary goal of MoLSAMP is to increase the recruitment, retention and successful STEM degree completion of URMs by at least 125% by the year 2021. This goal will help to address the underrepresentation of minority groups in STEM education and the workforce, and with the success of MoLSAMP supported activities, inform the broader efforts of colleges and universities nationwide to diversify the STEM student population and ultimately strengthen our nations science based workforce. Minority students face a variety of challenges that contribute to their underrepresentation in STEM degree programs. These challenges include insufficient preparation for college level STEM coursework, financial hardship and failure to socially and culturally integrate during the first year of college. MoLSAMP scholars will receive a variety of support mechanisms to mitigate these factors, including intrusive academic advising, ample opportunity to explore applied science through research and internship opportunities, social, academic and career networking opportunities through MoLSAMP organized social gatherings, social media platforms, mentoring programs, and summer bridge programs. MoLSAMP activities will also include measures to increase successful transfer of students from St. Louis Community College to four year degree Alliance institutions, and a 25% increase in URM students entering graduate programs. Successfully and substantially increasing the number of URM students completing degrees, entering graduate programs, working in research laboratories and importantly, teaching and mentoring the next generation of URM STEM students, should provide a scaffold for a sustainable increase in diversity in STEM education and industry.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 393.96K | 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. Harris Stowe State College will boost retention of students entering the Biology program by adopting the innovative learning experience idea of using authentic research questions to teach foundational biology laboratory concepts. This project will infuse the Biology program with Biotechnology courses that will help prepare students for continuing education and to become part of the Biotechnology workforce hub in the St. Louis region. The BIO-BOOST project will focus on engagement and retention of early-stage (first and second-year) Biology students by creating interactions among students and faculty.
The goal of the BIO-BOOST targeted infusion project is to increase the retention of students entering the Biology program at Harris Stowe State College through engagement in biotechnology focused student-centered curriculum and projects based on authentic research experiences. The objectives of the BIO-BOOST project include: 1) implementation of a research-based Biotechnology curriculum; 2) creation of on-campus Biotechnology research experiences for freshmen; and 3) increased retention and networking of undergraduate students entering the Biology program. The project plans also include updating the Harris-Stowe Biology program with modern Biotechnology lab equipment.