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Lander University is a public university located in Greenwood, South Carolina. It is the state's second-smallest publicly funded baccalaureate institution. Wikipedia.

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Cox-Davenport R.A.,Lander University | Phelan J.C.,University of California at Los Angeles
CIN - Computers Informatics Nursing | Year: 2015

First-Time NCLEX-RN pass rates are an important indicator of nursing school success and quality. Nursing schools use different methods to anticipate NCLEX outcomes and help prevent student failure and possible threat to accreditation. This study evaluated the impact of a shift in NCLEX preparation policy at a BSN program in the southeast United States. The policy shifted from the use of predictor score thresholds to determine graduation eligibility to a more proactive remediation strategy involving adaptive quizzing. A descriptive correlational design evaluated the impact of an adaptive quizzing system designed to give students ongoing active practice and feedback and explored the relationship between predictor examinations and NCLEX success. Data from student usage of the system as well as scores on predictor tests were collected for three student cohorts. Results revealed a positive correlation between adaptive quizzing system usage and content mastery. Two of the 69 students in the sample did not pass the NCLEX. With so few students failing the NCLEX, predictability of any course variables could not be determined. The power of predictor examinations to predict NCLEX failure could also not be supported. The most consistent factor among students, however, was their content mastery level within the adaptive quizzing system. Implications of these findings are discussed.

Lee J.P.,Medical University of South Carolina | Lee J.P.,Lander University | Brauweiler A.,University of Colorado at Denver | Rudolph M.,University of Colorado at Denver | And 4 more authors.
Molecular Cancer Research | Year: 2010

TRC8/RNF139 encodes an endoplasmic reticulum-resident E3 ubiquitin ligase that inhibits growth in a RING- and ubiquitylation-dependent manner. TRC8 also contains a predicted sterol-sensing domain. Here, we report that TRC8 protein levels are sterol responsive and that it binds and stimulates ubiquitylation of the endoplasmic reticulum anchor protein INSIG. Induction of TRC8 destabilized the precursor forms of the transcription factors SREBP-1 and SREBP-2. Loss of SREBP precursors was proteasome dependent, required a functional RING domain, occurred without generating processed nuclear forms, and suppressed SREBP target genes. TRC8 knockdown had opposite effects in sterol-deprived cells. In Drosophila, growth inhibition by DTrc8 was genetically suppressed by loss of specific Mprlp, Padlp N-terminal domain-containing proteins found in the COP9 signalosome and eIF3. DTrc8 genetically and physically interacted with two eIF3 subunits: eIF3f and eIF3h. Coimmunoprecipitation experiments confirmed these interactions in mammalian cells, and TRC8 overexpression suppressed polysome profiles. Moreover, high-molecular weight ubiquitylated proteins were observed in eIF3 immunoprecipitations from TRC8-overexpressing cells. Thus, TRC8 function may provide a regulatory link between the lipid and protein biosynthetic pathways. ©2010 AACR.

Kinsella C.,Lander University | McTague C.,Niehoff Urban Design Studio | Raleigh K.N.,University of Cincinnati
Applied Geography | Year: 2015

"Geographic polarization", the spatial concentration of "like" voting behavior, is a phenomenon closely related to "partisan polarization", the intensification of diametrically ideological positions, is understudied, and is critical to the understanding of current American electoral behavior. To date, few studies have examined geographic polarization, and those that do have done so at the scales of regions, states, and counties. However, local influences operating within areas smaller than counties influence voting behavior and can produce geographic polarization. To address these scalar and methodological shortcomings, this research focuses on the smallest political units, precincts, using a case study of the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Area. Presidential election data from 1976 through 2008 were collected by precincts, analyzed using spatial statistics, and mapped to examine evolving geographic polarization over this 32-year period. The results measured at the precinct-scale, suggest an increased concentration of partisan behavior and emphasize a local residential spatial pattern of geographic polarization. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Bassett J.F.,Lander University | Van Tongeren D.R.,Hope College | Green J.D.,Virginia Commonwealth University | Sonntag M.E.,University of Maine at Presque Isle | Kilpatrick H.,University of Maine at Presque Isle
British Journal of Social Psychology | Year: 2015

In two studies, the authors examined how threat induced by reminders of mortality would moderate the effect of political orientation on moral judgments. In Study 1, university students (n = 113) categorized their political orientation, were randomly assigned to complete a fear of death or public speaking scale, and then completed a moral foundations questionnaire. In Study 2, university students (n = 123) rated their political orientations, were randomly assigned to write about their own death or dental pain, and then completed a moral foundations questionnaire. In both studies, mortality salience intensified the moral differences between liberals and conservatives. These findings were primarily the result of the reactions of liberals, who responded to mortality salience with increased ratings of the fairness/cheating virtue in Study 1 and the care/harm virtue in Study 2. © 2014 The British Psychological Society.

Ali F.,Lander University
International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society | Year: 2014

A wireless sensor network (WSN) is composed of spatially distributed nodes equipped with sensing devices to monitor environmental conditions like air temperature, wind speed etc, at different locations. WSNs are designed and deployed for different purposes by various organizations. The observations obtained from sensor networks may be helpful in many software applications like environmental, industrial, and meteorological monitoring. In this paper we explore the problem of making these observations accessible to software applications (These applications may or may not be running on the platform which has deployed the sensor network) We discuss the requirements for a middleware which will seamlessly allow any application to fuse/consume observations from different sensors belonging to same or multiple networks. Our work is based on standards developed by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). We will explore roles of sensorML, Observations and Measurements (O&M), Sensor Observation Service (SOS), Sensor Alert Service (SAS), Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) for Multiuser Chat Systems (MUC) and Event Stream processing (ESP) in developing a middle ware that will virtually connect applications (observation consumers) with sensors (observation producers). © Common Ground, Farha Ali, All Rights Reserved.

Ali F.,Lander University
2015 Workshop on Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems Education, WESE 2015 - Proceedings | Year: 2015

Named one of the disruptive technologies of the current world, Internet of Things (IoT) is being adopted in many areas of every day life. With an expected growth of exponential measures, IoT brings the promise of generating huge revenues. Companies are taking notice and investing in IoT related products. With this growth rate, we can see an increasing demand for professionals trained in developing and maintaining IoT related projects. The escalated demand for the professionals in computing fields with the knowledge of IoT motivated us to teach IoT concepts as special topics courses to the Computer Information Systems (CIS) majors. This paper summarizes our efforts, experiences, and reections while teaching two offerings of IoT course. © 2015 ACM.

Balk S.A.,Clemson University | Brooks J.O.,Clemson University | Klein N.,Lander University | Grygier J.,Clemson University
Journal of Safety Research | Year: 2012

Introduction: Research has shown that both pedestrians and drivers drastically overestimate pedestrians' nighttime visibility (NHSTSA, 2008a, 2008b; Owens & Sivak, 1996) and fail to appreciate the safety benefits of proven conspicuity aids. One solution is educational intervention (Tyrrell, Patton, & Brooks, 2004); however, the on-road assessment of its effectiveness is expensive and time consuming. Method: Experiment One introduces a computer-based alternative to the field-based approach, successfully replicating the previous study's trends among 94 students who either receive or do not receive an educational lecture. Experiment Two utilizes the simulation's portability to determine if professional roadway workers have a more accurate understanding of pedestrian conspicuity than students. Results: Results among 88 workers show they do not significantly appreciate the advantages of effective retroflective material configurations or vehicle headlamp settings, for example, any better than non-lectured students in Experiment One. Impact: The study's results demonstrate the need for education among all pedestrians and the benefits of efficient testing methods. © 2012 National Safety Council and Elsevier Ltd.

Feaster Y.,Clemson University | Ali F.,Lander University | Zhai J.,Clemson University | Hallstrom J.O.,Clemson University
ITICSE 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Conference | Year: 2014

Computational thinking represents a collection of structured problem solving skills that cross-cut educational disciplines. There is significant future value in introducing these skills as early as practical in students' academic careers. Over the past three years, we have developed, piloted, and evaluated a series of K-12 outreach modules designed to introduce fundamental computing concepts. We piloted two modules with more than 340 students, and evaluation results show that the modules are having a positive impact. We combined the two previously piloted modules with a newly developed module and piloted the combined program with over 170 students. Evaluation results again show that the combination is having a positive impact. In this paper, we summarize the program, discuss our experiences piloting it, and summarize key evaluation results. Our hope is to engender discussion and adoption of the materials at other institutions. © 2014 ACM.

Petranek L.J.,Boise State University | Barton G.V.,Lander University
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport | Year: 2011

A developmental description of overarm-throwing characteristics of U-14 female ASA softball players is presented here. Comparisons were made between these athletes and teens of similar age in the United States (Runion, Roberton, & Langendorfer, 2003) and in Germany (Ehl, Roberton, & Langendorfer, 2005). A majority of the softball players demonstrated the most advanced developmental levels for the backswing, foot, humerus, and forearm components. Seventy percent (n = 26) demonstrated a Level 2 trunk, while 30% (n = 11) demonstrated a differentiated trunk, Level 3. The average throwing velocity was 62.58 ft/s (19.07 m/s). Comparisons were made to girls with less throwing experience in the United States (Runion et al.) and Germany (Ehl et al.); the softball players threw with greater velocity (9.12 ft/s [2.77 m/s] and 15.89 ft/s [4.84 m/s], respectively) and demonstrated superior trunk, humerus, and forearm actions. The boys from both countries threw the ball faster than the softball players. Significant chi-square analyses found the softball players had superior humeral actions (Level 3) compared to the German boys and superior forearm actions (Level 3) compared to both groups of boys. Experience seems to have an impact when comparisons among girls are made; yet, explanations for differences seen between boys and girls still remain unclear and warrant further research.

Cox-Davenport R.A.,Lander University
Journal of Holistic Nursing | Year: 2014

The purpose of this research was to study the way faculty establish course social presence in an online course. The community of inquiry model by Garrison, Anderson, and Archer distinguished the area of social presence as an important component of online learning, and this study sought to understand how faculty perceive and create social presence in their online classroom. By employing a grounded theory approach, a substantive theory was developed to explain the way in which faculty create and maintain an online course climate. The sample consisted of 10 nursing faculty teaching various master's in nursing courses. Through a rigorous qualitative process using nursing faculty interviews and online course analysis, humanization was found to be the core category in setting online course climate. Faculty's efforts to humanize the climate lead each member of the community to view the other members as real, thereby enabling the establishment of online social presence. © The Author(s) 2013.

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