Mahlstedt P.P.,Houston Baptist University |
LaBounty K.,Houston Baptist University |
Kennedy W.T.,Houston Baptist University
Fertility and Sterility | Year: 2010
Objective: To provide an in-depth analysis of offspring attitudes toward their means of conception and the practice of sperm donation in the United States. Design: Survey-based study using a 46-item questionnaire. Patient(s): Eighty-five adult offspring of sperm donation. Intervention(s): Participants were recruited through an Internet-based support group for adults conceived through sperm donation. Eighty-five of them completed the questionnaire provided through a link to another Internet site. Main Outcome Measure(s): Responses to a 46-item questionnaire. Result(s): A majority of offspring learned of their conception at age >18 years during a planned conversation; had no information about their donor; viewed their donor as their "biological father"; had searched for and wanted identifying information on their donor and half-siblings; and supported the provision of extensive nonidentifying information or identity release in the practice of sperm donation. Participant attitudes toward their means of conception were evenly distributed from "very good" to "very bad." Other descriptive information on participants contributed to an understanding of their attitudes. Conclusion(s): Participant ratings of their conception were evenly distributed from "very good" to "very bad." Most believed that identifying information should be provided to recipients and that they themselves would not participate in the practice of gamete donation. © 2010 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Hritonenko N.,Prairie View A&M University |
Yatsenko Y.,Houston Baptist University
Optimal Control Applications and Methods | Year: 2012
A nonlinear optimal control problem describes the capital modernization strategy of a firm under improving technology and restrictions on available resources. The restricted resource may be space, land, labor, finance, or environmental pollution. The authors reveal a complete qualitative picture of optimal regimes and show that the only profitable long-run growth scenario uses the entire available resource and involves capital modernization. It is shown that a high price of resource or capital suppresses the technology adoption by firms and leads to the firm shutdown. In contrast, resource regulation promotes scrapping of obsolete capital and adoption of new technology and stabilizes the growth of all firms in the industry. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Brechet T.,Catholic University of Louvain |
Hritonenko N.,Prairie View A&M University |
Yatsenko Y.,Catholic University of Louvain |
Yatsenko Y.,Houston Baptist University
Environmental and Resource Economics | Year: 2013
The paper analytically explores the optimal allocation of investments into mitigation and environmental adaptation against climate change damages at a macroeconomic level. The economic-environmental model is formulated as a social planner problem where adaptation and abatement investments are separate decision variables. The existence of a unique steady state is proven. A comparative static analysis of optimal investments leads to essential implications for associated long-term environmental policies. It is shown that the optimal policy mix between adaptation and mitigation is lower for countries with higher economic efficiency for all applicable parameter ranges. Data calibration and numerical simulations are provided to estimate practical validity of theoretical outcomes. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Hritonenko N.,Prairie View A&M University |
Yatsenko Y.,Houston Baptist University
Energy Economics | Year: 2012
The paper examines long-term strategies of capital modernization under different assumptions about embodied technological change, energy regulation, and substitutability between energy and capital. To describe modernization of physical capital, the authors use a vintage capital model with the constant elasticity of substitution between capital and energy. The models take into account (i) availability of new more energy-efficient equipment under energy-saving technical progress, (ii) possibility of buying new capital with various combinations of energy parameters and prices, (iii) controlled scrapping of obsolete capital, and (iv) energy regulation quotas. The paper analyzes how the elasticity of substitution between capital and energy impacts the capital modernization policy. In particular, it is proven that the optimal lifetime of capital appears to be longer for a larger elasticity. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Yatsenko Y.,Houston Baptist University |
Hritonenko N.,Prairie View A&M University
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2011
The economic life (EL) method of asset replacement is analyzed under improving technology that impacts the maintenance cost, new asset cost, and salvage value. In particular, we prove that the asset EL is constant when all these costs decrease with the same rate. If these costs decrease geometrically, then the EL method with a corrected capital recovery factor calculates the optimal asset lifetime over the infinite horizon for arbitrary age-dependent deterioration and salvage value. In a general case, the EL method delivers an optimal replacement decision when the relative rate of technological change is less than 1%. For larger rates, we recommend to minimize the annual cost over two future replacement cycles, which was earlier proposed and implemented by Christer and Scarf, Journal of the Operational Research Society 45, 1994. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All right reserved.
Bussell V.A.,Houston Baptist University |
Naus M.J.,University of Houston
Journal of Psychosocial Oncology | Year: 2010
This study supported several predictions for coping and distress during chemotherapy (Time 1), and coping, perceived stress, and posttraumatic growth two years later (Time 2) in women with breast cancer. At T1, the emotion-focused coping strategies of disengagement, denial, self-blame, and venting were positively related to physical and psychological distress. In addition, the cognitive strategies of religion, positive reframing, and acceptance together accounted for a significant amount of the variance in fatigue and distressed mood. Positive reframing and acceptance negatively related to chemotherapy distress, while using religion positively related. However, using religion at chemotherapy (T1) related to more posttraumatic growth at two-year follow-up (T2). Furthermore, at two-year follow-up, (1) using religion, positive reframing, and acceptance accounted for forty-six percent (46%) of the variance in posttraumatic growth; (2) positive reframing related to more posttraumatic growth; (3) instrumental and emotional support related to more posttraumatic growth; (4) acceptance related to less perceived stress; (5) self-blame related to more perceived stress; and (6) posttraumatic growth marginally related to lower perceived stress. These findings support the current theoretical model that posttraumatic growth is adaptive, that it results from cognitively processing trauma, and that coping may moderate this growth. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
News Article | October 26, 2016
LEWISVILLE, Texas, Oct. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anna Barrett is a first-year teacher at Founders Classical Academy of Lewisville, Texas. You wouldn't know it by her poise, but just a year ago, she was still attending class at Baylor University, wondering how to make her teaching dreams a reality. "I wanted to teach from the time I entered the Honors College at Baylor, but the program doesn't offer education classes. The day I went in to change my major, my advisor suggested that a background in great books would actually make me a strong teacher in a classical school," she said. With the clock ticking on her senior year, she took note of an email from the college about a program called the American Teacher Initiative (ATI). It had been set up a few months earlier for the specific purpose of finding people just like her—liberal arts majors with a passion for education and civic responsibility. "I had no idea what ATI was all about, but I thought I'd check into it to see what it had to offer," Mrs. Barrett said. At the meeting, she discovered a route into the classroom that would require training, but not certification, that placed an emphasis on content and character. Mike Terry, the program's founder, explained that she already had the most important thing required to teach: content knowledge. She just needed basic training and then on-going mentoring. "The idea is that there are thousands of people out there who would make great teachers, but find this certification barrier in front of them. Anna is a great example. She has an honors degree in English Language Arts from a Tier One university. She knows literature, and she has a heart for students. She's exactly the right person to teach in a classical school," Mr. Terry said. Mrs. Barrett applied for the free program, and just weeks of graduating and getting married, she found herself among the inaugural cohort. After spending two weeks being trained in teaching theory and methodology at ATI's summer institute at the University of Dallas, she was ready for the classroom. ATI is a creation of ResponsiveEd, a charter school operator based in Lewisville. The company operates 75 schools across Texas and Arkansas and serves more than 21,000 students. Enrollment at ResponsiveEd's schools has more than doubled in the last ten years. Much of that growth has occurred in its line of classical schools, including Founders Classical Academy in Lewisville. The K-12 academy was launched in 2012 in partnership with Hillsdale College and serves about 900 students. "At all of our schools, we want our students to understand what it means to be human and how to be a responsible citizen. We share the founding fathers' view that maintaining a free society depends on knowledge and virtue. These ideas are tied together, and ATI was created to find and prepare educators to teach in this environment," said Mr. Terry, who also leads student recruiting and communications at ResponsiveEd. ATI's cohort members are now teaching at seven schools in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Tyler. Houston Baptist University (HBU) alumnus Andrew Jimenez is another member of ATI's first cohort. He teaches sixth graders at Woodlands Classical Academy just north of Houston. Mr. Jimenez earned a psychology degree with a minor in writing from HBU's honor college, but because of the university's focus on great texts, he is prepared to teach literature at the school. "My education at HBU and my training at ATI have been essential to my growth as a teacher. By reading, writing about and discussing the great works of Western civilization in HBU's Honors College, I was exposed to the classical model of education and learned how to better consider and discuss the virtues," Mr. Jimenez said. His school features a new virtue each month, which he incorporates into his lessons. "Usually, I will point out a particular character and his actions and will have a conversation with my students about how that character shows or lacks that virtue. Sometimes, students beat me to the questions. I love to see when they initiate the conversation about virtue because it means it's already on their minds," he said. ATI has started recruiting for its second cohort. For more information about applying, see their website at www.americanteacher.co.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Dermatology Associates (“DA”) is pleased to announce that it recently completed the acquisition of Texoma Dermatology Clinic (“Texoma” or “TDC”). The transaction closed in February 2017. Dermatology Associates is a dermatology-focused physician services and management organization backed by private equity firm ABRY Partners. Based in Sherman, TX, with an additional location in Paris, TX, TDC has provided patients across North Texas and Southern Oklahoma with quality health care since its foundation in 1976. Its specialized physicians provide up-to-date, evidence-based medicine supporting their combined 60+ years of experience to help treat a comprehensive array of dermatologic conditions, including inflammatory diseases, skin cancers, and infection. TDC’s physicians have a combined experience of treating over 60,000 skin cancers. Texoma Dermatology provides services to patients via three board-certified dermatologists and two physician assistants. Dr. Mark Koone has been in private dermatology practice since 1990. In addition to being with TDC since 1993, he is also a dermatologist for the Austin College Student Clinic. Dr. Koone’s educational background includes a B.S., Magna cum Laude from Houston Baptist University, Doctor of Medicine with High Honor at Baylor College of Medicine, an Internal Medicine Internship with Baylor College of Medicine at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and a dermatology residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Koone has been selected to “Best Doctors in America” every year from 1995-2016. Dr. Creed Stewart is a Southern Oklahoma native, and has lived in Sherman, TX since 2002. He received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Stewart is a board-certified dermatologist and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Stewart has been a fellow of the American Society of Mohs Surgery since 2005. Dr. Clint Moss joined Texoma Dermatology in 2012 after spending many years in Lubbock, TX. He is a board-certified dermatologist and has expertise in both general and surgical dermatology. He received his dermatology training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he also served as Chief Resident, and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society there as well. Joining the physicians of Texoma Dermatology are their highly-experienced physician assistants, Amy Edwards, PA-C, and Ashley Chappell, PA-C. “We are honored to partner with the highly-experienced team at Texoma Dermatology,” said Geoff Wayne, CEO of Dermatology Associates. “Their great reputation and long-standing presence further bolsters our market-leading position in Texas.” If you would like more information about Dermatology Associates, or if you have any questions regarding the partnership with TDC, please contact one of the team members listed below: About Dermatology Associates Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Dermatology Associates provides comprehensive practice management services to over 85 board-certified dermatologists across more than 50 locations in Texas, Kansas and Missouri. Dermatology Associates is focused solely on supporting providers so that they can focus exclusively on delivering high-quality care to patients. By leveraging the benefits of a broad group platform, Dermatology Associates’ physicians are able to maintain professional autonomy while the business aspects of practice management are handled by its team of experts. About ABRY Partners Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, ABRY Partners is an experienced and successful private equity investment firm focused on media, communications, healthcare services, insurance services, business and information services. Since its founding, ABRY has completed more than $62 billion of transactions, representing investments in more than 550 properties.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Budgeting Software Company Increases Headcount and Expands into New Office Space NATICK, MA--(Marketwired - February 08, 2017) - Enjoying a third consecutive year of double-digit revenue growth, Centage Corporation, a leading provider of cloud-based budgeting and forecasting software for small and medium-sized businesses, closed out 2016 with a 40 percent increase in headcount and expanded into new office space. Rapid adoption fueled more than 2,000 new users to implement Centage's Budget Maestro software to streamline and automate their budgeting, forecasting and reporting process. "Financial professionals are looking for ways to improve their traditional budgeting and forecasting processes, which is evident in the sustained growth we experienced in 2016," said Barry Clapp, president and chief executive officer, Centage Corporation. "The adoption of our cloud edition of Budget Maestro has exceeded our expectations-and we expect this to continue into 2017 and beyond. By growing our organization with talented individuals, we will further extend the value of Budget Maestro for our customers by continually adding new budgeting and analytics functionality to our solution set." CFOs and their teams of finance professionals continue to face dynamic market conditions that require better financial insight and increased internal collaboration. Budget Maestro customers take advantage of accounting rules and financial logic built into the system to automate budget model creation maintenance for revenue, cost, and capacity planning, while receiving streamlined analysis of the impact of any potential decision through intuitive reporting and dashboards. "Without the current capabilities of Budget Maestro, I would not have been confident enough to put forth a budget process and seven-year planning timeline. I rely on the solutions so much and have the utmost confidence in their capabilities to help us meet our planning deadlines while also delivering accurate, quality information to our end users," said Michael Dei, planning and budget director, financial operations, Houston Baptist University. "Without Budget Maestro, our team would still be at the stage of trying to create a process to handle our annual budget and planning approvals instead of actively preparing for the future." The company's commitment to addressing customer requirements continued to fuel growth and momentum which was underscored by multiple industry awards in 2016 including: To learn more about how Budget Maestro can deliver financial insight for your organization, follow us on Twitter @Centage or visit our blog http://centage.com/Blog/. About Centage Budget Maestro® by Centage is an easy-to-use, scalable, automated budgeting and forecasting application. It is designed for small to mid-market companies and automates many of the time-consuming and error-prone activities associated with using spreadsheets to generate accurate budgets and forecasts. It features built-in financial and business logic that allows users to create and update their budgets and forecasts, and never worry about formulas, functions, links or any custom programming. It is the only solution in the market that offers synchronized P&L, balance sheet and cash flow reporting that generates automatically and updates seamlessly. Budget Maestro serves more than 9,000 users worldwide. Visit us at Centage.com, follow us on Twitter or visit the Centage Blog for the latest insights on budgeting and forecasting strategies. Centage and Budget Maestro are registered trademarks of Centage.
News Article | February 15, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has released its list of the Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2017. Highlighting both two- and four-year schools, more than 90 Texas colleges received accolades, with the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of North Texas, Texas Tech University and Baylor University coming in as the top four-year schools and St. Philip’s College, Odessa College, Del Mar College, Western Texas College and Texas State Technical College Waco ranking highest among two-year schools. “About 1.5 million students enrolled in post-secondary education in Texas in fall 2016,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “As Internet-based coursework becomes more accessible, students may find that online programs suit their needs better. Schools on our list have been ranked for overall quality, providing excellent options for anyone who wants more flexible education options.” To determine the Best Online Schools in Texas, each college in the state was evaluated using over a dozen unique data points to find which schools best meet students’ needs, including graduation rates, career placement services and financial aid availability. AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org also requires each school highlighted on the lists to carry institutional accreditation and hold public or private not-for-profit status. Find each school’s score and ranking or read more about the data and methodology used to determine the lists here: The Best Four-Year Online Schools in Texas for 2017 include the following: Abilene Christian University Angelo State University Baylor University Concordia University-Texas Dallas Baptist University Dallas Christian College Grace School of Theology Houston Baptist University Howard Payne University Lamar University LeTourneau University Lubbock Christian University Messenger College Midwestern State University Our Lady of the Lake University Prairie View A & M University Sam Houston State University Schreiner University Southern Methodist University Southwestern Adventist University Southwestern Assemblies of God University St Mary's University Stephen F Austin State University Sul Ross State University Tarleton State University Texas A & M International University Texas A & M University-College Station Texas A & M University-Commerce Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Texas A & M University-Kingsville Texas A & M University-Texarkana Texas Christian University Texas Southern University Texas State University Texas Tech University Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Texas Woman's University The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Austin The University of Texas at Dallas The University of Texas at El Paso The University of Texas at Tyler The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio The University of Texas of the Permian Basin The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Trinity University University of Dallas University of Houston University of Houston-Clear Lake The Best Two-Year Online Schools in Texas for 2017 include the following: Alvin Community College Amarillo College Austin Community College District Central Texas College College of the Mainland Collin College Del Mar College El Paso Community College Frank Phillips College Grayson College Houston Community College Kilgore College Lamar Institute of Technology Lamar State College-Port Arthur Lone Star College Navarro College North Central Texas College Northwest Vista College Odessa College Palo Alto College Panola College San Antonio College South Plains College St Philip's College Tarrant County College District Temple College Texas State Technical College - West Texas Texas State Technical College-Waco Trinity Valley Community College Tyler Junior College Western Texas 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. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.