News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has selected the best universities and colleges in Tennessee for 2017. Based on an analysis of government-backed data, 37 four-year schools made the list, with Vanderbilt University, Lipscomb University, Christian Brothers University, Aquinas College and Union University earning highest overall scores. 15 two-year schools also made the list, with Chattanooga State Community College, Nashville State Community College, Dyersburg State Community College, Roane State Community College and Volunteer State Community College ranked as the best five. A full list of winning schools is included below. “Projections show Tennessee’s job market will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, which is great news for people interested in earning a degree,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “The schools on our list have demonstrated their value to students who want to enter the workforce well-prepared by providing the high-level education, career and employment resources that lead to post-college success.” To be included on Tennessee’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also appraised on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, employment and academic services offered, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and the availability of financial aid. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Tennessee” list, visit: Tennessee’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Aquinas College Austin Peay State University Belmont University Bethel University Bryan College-Dayton Carson-Newman University Christian Brothers University Cumberland University East Tennessee State University Fisk University Freed-Hardeman University Johnson University King University Lane College Le Moyne-Owen College Lee University Lincoln Memorial University Lipscomb University Martin Methodist College Maryville College Middle Tennessee State University Milligan College Rhodes College Sewanee-The University of the South Southern Adventist University Tennessee State University Tennessee Technological University Tennessee Wesleyan College The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga The University of Tennessee-Knoxville The University of Tennessee-Martin Trevecca Nazarene University Tusculum College Union University University of Memphis Vanderbilt University Welch College Tennessee’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Chattanooga State Community College Cleveland State Community College Columbia State Community College Dyersburg State Community College Jackson State Community College Motlow State Community College Nashville State Community College Northeast State Community College Pellissippi State Community College Remington College-Nashville Campus Roane State Community College Southwest Tennessee Community College Volunteer State Community College Walters State Community College William Moore College of Technology ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
Bunn F.,Lane College
Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) | Year: 2012
Surgery has been used as part of breast cancer treatment for centuries; however any surgical procedure has the potential risk of infection. Infection rates for surgical treatment of breast cancer are documented at between 3% and 15%, higher than average for a clean surgical procedure. Pre- and perioperative antibiotics have been found to be useful in lowering infection rates in other surgical groups, yet there is no consensus on the use of prophylactic antibiotics for breast cancer surgery. To determine the effects of prophylactic (pre- or perioperative) antibiotics on the incidence of surgical site infection (SSI) after breast cancer surgery. For this second update we searched the Cochrane Wounds Group Specialised Register (searched 31 August 2011); the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library 2011, Issue 3); Ovid MEDLINE (2008 to August Week 3 2011); Ovid MEDLINE (In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations 30 August 2011); Ovid EMBASE (1980 to 2011 Week 34); and EBSCO CINAHL (2008 to 25 August 2011). We applied no language or date restrictions. Randomised controlled trials of pre- and perioperative antibiotics for patients undergoing surgery for breast cancer were included. Primary outcomes were rates of surgical site infection (SSI) and adverse reactions. Two review authors independently examined the title and abstracts of all studies identified by the search strategy, then assessed study quality and extracted data from those that met the inclusion criteria. A total of nine studies (2260 participants) is included in the review. Eight studies evaluated preoperative antibiotic compared with no antibiotic or placebo. One study evaluated perioperative antibiotic compared with no antibiotic. Pooling of the results demonstrated that prophylactic antibiotics administered preoperatively significantly reduce the incidence of SSI for patients undergoing breast cancer surgery without reconstruction (pooled risk ratio (RR) 0.71, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.53 to 0.94). Analysis of the single study comparing perioperative antibiotic with no antibiotic found no statistically significant effect of antibiotics on the incidence of SSI (RR 0.11, 95% CI 0.01 to 1.95). No studies presented separate data for patients who underwent reconstructive surgery at the time of removal of the breast tumour. Prophylactic antibiotics administered preoperatively reduce the risk of SSI in patients undergoing surgery for breast cancer. Further studies involving patients undergoing immediate breast reconstruction are needed as studies have identified this group as being at higher risk of infection than those who do not undergo immediate breast reconstruction.
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Tomley F.M.,Lane College
Trends in Parasitology | Year: 2014
The intestinal disease coccidiosis, caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Eimeria, is one of the most important livestock diseases in the world. It has a high impact in the poultry industry where parasite transmission is favoured by high-density housing of large numbers of susceptible birds. Coccidiosis control in poultry is achieved by careful husbandry combined with in-feed anticoccidial drugs or vaccination with live parasites. However, outbreaks of coccidiosis still occur and subclinical infections, which significantly impact on productivity and food security, are common due to widespread drug resistance, high parasite prevalence, and environmental persistence. Herein, we review some recent approaches for the production of cheaper third generation vaccines, based on robust methods for identification of immunoprotective antigens and the use of transgenic Eimeria. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Mills Busa J.H.,Lane College
Conservation Letters | Year: 2013
Analysis of production and trade data from 176 countries reveals that patterns of wood product consumption and harvest differ significantly across income groups. Poorer countries' consumption consists primarily of domestic fuelwood, yet between 1972 and 2009, low-income countries harvested >171 million hectares of forest products for export. High-income countries were the only group to act as net importers, suggesting that rich countries practice preservation within borders but appropriate resources from poorer countries to sustain consumption. Harvests in poorer countries do occur at relatively low harvest efficiencies, implying that losses may be attenuated via technological improvement. However, efficiency does not mitigate the effects of high consumption. Despite exceptionally high efficiencies, high-income countries are still responsible for just as much (or more) consumption-driven forest loss as any other group. These findings highlight the importance of reducing consumption and suggest that neither technocentric solutions nor national-level conservation policies are sufficient means to preserve global forests. ©2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..
Gregory N.G.,Lane College
Food Research International | Year: 2010
Climate change could affect meat quality in two ways. First, there are direct effects on organ and muscle metabolism during heat exposure which can persist after slaughter. For example heat stress can increase the risks of pale-soft-exudative meat in pigs and turkeys, heat shortening in broilers, dark cutting beef in cattle and dehydration in most species. Second, changes in livestock and poultry management practices in response to hazards that stem from climate change could indirectly lead to changes in meat quality. For example, changing to heat-tolerant Bos indicus cattle sire lines could lead to tougher, less juicy beef with less marbling. Also, pre-conditioning broilers to heat stress to encourage better survival during transport could lead to more variable breast meat pHult. The impacts that short term climate change could have will vary between regions. The ways the impacts are managed need to be based on experience while appreciating the range of approaches that could be used. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.
Blake D.P.,Lane College
Veterinary Parasitology | Year: 2015
The evolution of sequencing technologies, from Sanger to next generation (NGS) and now the emerging third generation, has prompted a radical frameshift moving genomics from the specialist to the mainstream. For parasitology, genomics has moved fastest for the protozoa with sequence assemblies becoming available for multiple genera including Babesia, Cryptosporidium, Eimeria, Giardia, Leishmania, Neospora, Plasmodium, Theileria, Toxoplasma and Trypanosoma. Progress has commonly been slower for parasites of animals which lack zoonotic potential, but the deficit is now being redressed with impact likely in the areas of drug and vaccine development, molecular diagnostics and population biology. Genomics studies with the apicomplexan Eimeria species clearly illustrate the approaches and opportunities available. Specifically, more than ten years after initiation of a genome sequencing project a sequence assembly was published for Eimeria tenella in 2014, complemented by assemblies for all other Eimeria species which infect the chicken and Eimeria falciformis, a parasite of the mouse. Public access to these and other coccidian genome assemblies through resources such as GeneDB and ToxoDB now promotes comparative analysis, encouraging better use of shared resources and enhancing opportunities for development of novel diagnostic and control strategies. In the short term genomics resources support development of targeted and genome-wide genetic markers such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), with whole genome re-sequencing becoming viable in the near future. Experimental power will develop rapidly as additional species, strains and isolates are sampled with particular emphasis on population structure and allelic diversity. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCED TECH EDUCATION PROG | Award Amount: 618.88K | Year: 2016
The Lane Community College (LCC) Energy Management Program (EMP) has a long and rich history of preparing students for jobs in the commercial building energy efficiency workforce. While LCC EMP has produced many graduates who are employed throughout the energy efficiency industry, the projected demand for energy efficiency education continuous to grow. Further, while online degrees are fairly commonplace in many sectors of higher education, career-technical education lags behind in part due to the hands-on fieldwork requirements of such programs. Motivated by the demand for an energy management workforce, this project brings together the LCC EMP education with online education. The result being the Independent Learner Energy Education Design (ILEED) effort, which provides a scalable solution of changing the current LCC EMP traditional classroom model into an online hybrid option that expands energy efficiency educational opportunities to traditional and nontraditional students, but also a broader and more diverse population across the Pacific Northwest. This project also serves to develop, manage, and support a network of utility mentor partners that will provide the essential energy-related fieldwork at multiple remote locations. Northwest utilities and utility professional associations have agreed to provide employee-mentors for this innovative education project.
To increase participation of a wider sector of potential students, and to cover a broader geographic range, ILEED updates the existing online coursework and couples it with fieldwork experiences through local, public utilities and industry connections (similar to that of an internship or cooperative education). With this model of higher education and industry partnerships, energy management education will be available to students who are currently outside the local area. ILEED faculty will still teach and assess, but also coordinate with industry mentors so ILEED students can complete their field-work component of instruction, regardless of their geographic location. Students who participate will be able to earn a full, two-year Associate of Applied Science degree through the online offerings, or an incumbent worker could choose to take a few classes to augment their current profession (e.g., architects, engineers).
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 399.66K | Year: 2016
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. The project at Lane College seeks to improve the first-year experience for Biology and Chemistry majors. The project aims to improve student retention, engagement, and academic progress in STEM by infusing research and peer-led team learning in General Biology and General Chemistry foundational courses. Lane College freshmen are mainly from underserved minority populations, and many are first generation college students who would not otherwise receive the benefit of higher education. In addition, very few students engage in undergraduate research opportunities and most are underprepared for a career in STEM. This project will engage a large number of underserved minority students in scientific research, improve student foundational laboratory skills, and provide students with qualifications for graduate and professional school. It will significantly increase the number of Lane College students completing the Biology and Chemistry programs. These benefits will result in an increase in the number of minority students entering STEM fields, thereby leading to a more diverse workforce.
The overall goal of the project is to improve STEM retention through student-focused approaches that enhance student learning and core competencies within foundational courses: General Biology and General Chemistry. This goal will be accomplished through the following specific objectives: 1) Adopt and implement an evidence-based Peer Tutoring approach in foundational courses for Biology and Chemistry to increase student retention and academic performance; and 2) Develop core competencies necessary for success in a career in science early through inquiry-based experiences in General Biology and General Chemistry Laboratory courses. The benefits of achieving the objectives of this project include: 1) increased student learning of fundamental concepts in Biology and Chemistry; and 2) improved STEM education and research at Lane College while honing students interest in STEM fields as a major and as a career. This project is a collaborative effort between the Biology and Chemistry departments within the Division of Natural and Physical Sciences and Mathematics.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: IUSE | Award Amount: 249.87K | Year: 2015
The value of engaging students in course-based research experiences has become increasingly appreciated as more is learned about effective approaches to retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and preparing them well for future positions in the various fields affected. The significance and importance of this project is that it is designed to introduce this experience into a community college on a large scale by helping a broad range of faculty, including adjunct faculty, explore, develop and assess sustainable strategies for integrating course based research experiences into lower-division transfer courses in biology and environmental science. Adjuncts are an important resource on many community college campuses but they are often overlooked when campuses engage in broad change efforts.
The goals and scope of the project are to prepare community college students (both STEM majors and those majoring in other fields) for opportunities available as they transfer to four year schools and to generally help these students realize their capacity for and interest in participating in scientific research efforts as well as help them realize how science is done and how it may affect them. The project capitalizes on the unique variety of courses at Lane and their: integrated lecture/laboratory class formats; small class sizes; exceptional research sites; the longitudinal datasets being gathered on campus to advance knowledge in ecology and environmental science projects; the number of committed faculty; and the colleges laboratory support capabilities. Faculty change models (AAAS, 2009) along with evidence-based undergraduate research models from other colleges (CUR, 2007) will be explored for their relevance and applicability by engaging adjunct faculty and full-time faculty in Faculty Learning Communities for professional development. These faculty will discuss with and learn from each other how to transform their courses by integrating campus based research into the lecture and laboratory components of their courses. An estimated 2000 students a year will be engaged in doing science together with their professors. Based on prior pilot studies at the college, the students will achieve measurable gains in scientific literacy and gain needed skills in science research as well as gain a sense of self efficacy as scientists leading to increased persistence in science majors.
This project is funded jointly by the Directorate for Biological Sciences, Division of Biological Infrastructure and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education in support of efforts to address the challenges posed in Vision and Change in Undergraduate Education: A Call to Action http://visionandchange.org/finalreport/.
Hutchinson J.R.,Lane College
Biology Letters | Year: 2012
Biomechanical modelling and simulation techniques offer some hope for unravelling the complex inter-relationships of structure and function perhaps even for extinct organisms, but have their limitations owing to this complexity and the many unknown parameters for fossil taxa. Validation and sensitivity analysis are two indispensable approaches for quantifying the accuracy and reliability of such models or simulations. But there are other subtleties in biomechanical modelling that include investigator judgements about the level of simplicity versus complexity in model design or how uncertainty and subjectivity are dealt with. Furthermore, investigator attitudes toward models encompass a broad spectrum between extreme credulity and nihilism, influencing how modelling is conducted and perceived. Fundamentally, more data and more testing of methodology are required for the field to mature and build confidence in its inferences. © 2011 The Royal Society.