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News Article | February 15, 2017

The webinar, “Understanding Addiction: Why Can't Those Affected Just Say No?” will give participants the opportunity to earn one CEU credit and learn about the brain processes that develop under the grips of addiction. The webinar presenter is A’nna Jurich, LCPC, a Program Director at Gateway Treatment Centers. A’nna has worked with Gateway since 1994 and has worked as a clinician in addictions and mental health for the past 24 years. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing and EMDR. Because of the way drugs work in the brain, addiction can form, causing compulsive behavior and a lack of control over seeking and taking the drug. “Addiction is a lifelong, chronic disease that affects millions of individuals. The more understanding and acceptance we are able to gain, the better prepared we are to treat and support those who suffer,” Jurich said. The webinar will be offered on two occasions: Wednesday February 15th, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Thursday February 23rd, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Participants can receive one CEU - NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing, Psychologist, IAODAPCA (Counselor I, Preventionist I, CARS I, MISA I, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS II, MAATP I, NCRS II, CFPP II) Registration in advance is required at and space is limited. “Addiction doesn’t only affect the user, but those family and friends who are close to them,” Jurich said. Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness, that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing treatment for men, women, adolescents, and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders. Gateway's Community Division has treatment centers located throughout Illinois, including Carbondale, Chicago, Lake County, Fox Valley, Springfield, and the St. Louis Metro East area. These centers offer residential and outpatient treatment services for adults, teens, and adolescents accessed through insurance, state funding, and self-pay. Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individuals successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to drugs or alcohol. Learn more about insurance coverage, treatment options, or Gateway's confidential consultation at or call 877-505-HOPE (4673). Reporters and Editors, for more information, please call Leslie Colman, Marketing Director, at 630-776-5725.

Habert G.,University Paris Est Creteil | Bouzidi Y.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Chen C.,University Paris Est Creteil | Jullien A.,LCPC
Resources, Conservation and Recycling | Year: 2010

The objective of this study is to propose a reliable and clear indicator that could assess the present state of depletion of local bulk resources in different regions. The article argues that indicators commonly used to assess resource consumption in the Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) are not fully adapted to the particular sector of concrete industry. Most impact assessment methods assume that at a global world wide scale, the stock for bulk resources, such as the sand and gravel used for concrete manufacture is so important that it could be considered as unlimited. This is true on global scale, but not on a regional scale. Here we assume that the regional scale is a pertinent scale upon which to base resource extraction policies, as concrete and its constituents are not transported over long distances. Therefore we propose a new method to calculate resource consumption impacts that uses a new assessment of the stock of resources. The potential accessible resource stock within one territory is calculated rather than the ultimate global resource availability. This potential stock is evaluated by the study of the temporal evolution of importation over consumption ratio for a given specific material. Some results for United States of America and for France are presented. It is shown that the impact on resource consumption for concretes made with aggregates coming from different places is significantly different using the new indicator. It was not possible to highlight this with previous LCIA indicators. Finally the limit of this indicator application is discussed. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Goyat Y.,LCPC | Chateau T.,LASMEA | Trassoudaine L.,LASMEA
Machine Vision and Applications | Year: 2010

This article presents a probabilistic method for vehicle tracking using a sensor composed of both a camera and a laser rangefinder. Two main contributions will be set forth in this paper. The first involves the definition of an original likelihood function based on the projection of simplified 3D vehicle models. We will also propose an efficient approach to compute this function using a line-based integral image. The second contribution focuses on a sampling algorithm designed to handle several sources. The resulting modified particle filter is capable of naturally merging several observation functions in a straightforwardmanner.Many trajectories of a vehicle equipped with a kinematic GPS 1 have been measured on actual field sites, with a video system specially developed for the project. This field input has made it possible to experimentally validate the result obtained from the algorithm. The ultimate goal of this research is to derive a better understanding of driver behavior in order to assist road managers in their effort to ensure network safety. © Springer-Verlag 2008.

Bartoli A.,University dAuvergne | Perriollat M.,VI Technology | Chambon S.,LCPC
International Journal of Computer Vision | Year: 2010

The Thin-Plate Spline warp has been shown to be a very effective parameterized model of the optic flow field between images of various types of deformable surfaces, such as a paper sheet being bent. Recent work has also used such warps for images of a smooth and rigid surface. Standard Thin-Plate Spline warps are however not rigid, in the sense that they do not comply with the epipolar geometry. They are also intrinsically affine, in the sense of the affine camera model, since they are not able to simply model the effect of perspective projection. We propose three types of warps based on the Thin-Plate Spline. The first one is a rigid flexible warp. It describes the optic flow field induced by a smooth and rigid surface, and satisfies the affine epipolar geometry constraint. The second and third proposed warps extend the standard Thin-Plate Spline warp and the proposed rigid flexible warp to the perspective camera model. The properties of these warps are studied in details and a hierarchy is defined. Experimental results on simulated and real data are reported. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Orcesi A.D.,LCPC | Frangopol D.M.,Lehigh University
Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization | Year: 2011

In the context of limited financial resources under uncertainty, an important challenge is to introduce monitoring concepts in the general assessment, maintenance and repair frameworks of highway bridges. Structural health monitoring (SHM) provides new information on structural performance. As the monitoring duration increases, additional information becomes available. The knowledge of the structure is more accurate, but the monitoring costs are greater. Based on the accuracy of monitoring, different decisions can be made. These decisions involve uncertainties, and, consequently, are expressed in terms of probabilities. A probability-based approach for multiple criteria optimization of bridge maintenance strategies based on SHM is proposed. A measure of the error in the decision process, based on monitoring occurrence and duration, is proposed. Optimal solutions are obtained considering multiple criteria such as expected failure cost, expected monitoring/maintenance cost, expected accuracy of monitoring results, and ensuring that all constraints are satisfied. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

Khemoudj O.,LCPC | Imine H.,LCPC | Djemai M.,LAMIH
SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing | Year: 2010

In this paper, we are interested in developing a robust tireforce estimator for heavy duty vehicles. We use a combined model of the articulated vehicle: a yaw plane model for the chassis motion and a vertical plane model for the axles. In the proposed method, we make use of the on-board available sensors to which low-cost sensors are added. In order to optimize the sensors configuration, a robust exact differentiator is used in order to obtain accelerations from the measured velocities. Once the differentiation is obtained, the model is inverted to determine the unknown input forces. The approach is validated by comparing the estimation results to those given by the software simulator prosper. © 2010 SAE International.

Yilmaz D.,LCPC | Lassabatere L.,LCPC | Angulo-Jaramillo R.,Laboratory of Environmental science LSE | Angulo-Jaramillo R.,French National Center for Scientific Research | And 2 more authors.
Vadose Zone Journal | Year: 2010

Newer urban soils, frequently composed of several types of anthropogenic materials, may contain basic oxygen furnace (BOF) slag, which is a steel industry byproduct and considered a potential alternative material for road construction. An understanding of the flow and solute transfer processes through urban soils thus requires hydraulic characterization of these materials. The BEST (Beerkan Estimation of Soil Transfer Parameters) algorithm serves to estimate the full set of unsaturated soil properties by means of conducting an inverse analysis of Beerkan water infiltration data. This study aimed at characterizing unsaturated hydraulic properties of the BOF slag and its evolution during a 1-yr period through water infiltration experiments and use of an adapted BEST method for inverse analysis. Results indicate the evolution with time of BOF slag hydraulic parameters due to their physicochemical changes when exposed to rainfall events. Moreover, the findings of this study highlight the initial spatial variability of hydrodynamic characteristics, which after a certain period shifts to mostly homogeneous behavior. This study has contributed to the hydrodynamic characterization of BOF slag by providing hydraulic conductivity and water retention curves, as required for modeling water and thus solute transfer processes vs. time, which is relevant to BOF slag reuse and environmental considerations. © Soil Science Society of America.

Noel M.-H.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Van Damme H.,LCPC | Hebraud P.,French National Center for Scientific Research
Cement and Concrete Research | Year: 2011

A thermoresponsive copolymer solution is used to control the mechanical properties of a cement paste suspension. We use a comb copolymer consisting of a polymethacrylic acid (PMAA) backbone grafted with a polypropylene oxide (PPO) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) copolymer that possesses a low critical solution temperature (LCST). When the temperature crosses the LCST value, microphase separation occurs and the adsorption of the copolymer onto the cement particles is modified. We show that a control of the grafting ratio and of the graft chain composition allows monitoring of the transition temperature as well as the viscosity of the paste in the low and high temperature phases. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Drissi-Habti M.,LCPC
Advances in FRP Composites in Civil Engineering - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2010 | Year: 2011

The goal of this contribution is to share some ideas that can bring heavier discussion among the population of bridge researchers and engineers about SHM. For existing infrastructures, an emphasis will be made on how critical the detection of the onset of corrosion as well as its rate of proliferation within steels. In the case of new bridges, design and conception should include smart materials and structures. Smart composites, that are integrating embedded sensors, can bring significant advances in civil engineering applications. So is the case of nano-sensors, that will surely offer additional valuable solutions in the mid-term future. The issues related to standards in using composites in civil engineering are also addressed. © Tsinghua University Press, Beijing and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011.

News Article | October 28, 2016

Lester E. Jones, Ph.D.’s new book, Am I a Sinner, Too?, ($12.99, paperback, 9781498473163; $6.99, e-book, 9781498473170) equips readers to confidently answer two essential questions: Is it possible that Christians do not live differently because of what they believe about themselves. Or, are they truly sinners and that is the reason they do not live any differently than that of the world? Jones penned this book to challenge Christians to see themselves as God sees them. Readers will finally learn the truth about who they are. They will be encouraged to rely more upon the Holy Spirit to live a victorious life and will truly lift up the name of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In this thought-provoking book, Jones believes that it is impossible for believers to fulfill their purpose if one fails to accept the price for which Jesus paid to redeem His children. “My book will challenge Christians to dig deeper and stop accepting shallow surface teachings of the scriptures,” states the author. “Jesus suffered many things that he might bring us into a right relationship with the Father; therefore, we who are Christians must know who we are in Christ. We cannot serve effectively as ambassadors if we do not know how to represent the one who gave us life.” Here is what others are saying about this outstanding book: “This is a great book that will serve the community of faith well. This book takes a deep dive into the subject of the Christian identity as it relates to sin. It’s an outstanding resource for Bible and group studies in addressing the questions surrounding sin. Peeping into biblical history (Old and New Testament), it lends assistance to understanding today’s human condition and the precepts of sin.” - Rev. Dr. Jewel A. Simmons, LCPC, Pastor Providence Baptist Church, Olean, VA. “Dr. Jones makes me think. I have been referring to myself as a sinner in preaching, singing hymns, teaching, and witnessing since I was saved over 50 years ago. Is that really who God sees me to be? What I learned in this book you must learn for yourself! This book is a must read for all Bible-believing Christians.” - Dr. Larry Keefauver, Bestselling Author and International Teacher Lester E. Jones, Ph.D. is an ordained Baptist deacon who accepted Christ at the age of eleven. He has spent his adult life teaching Adult Sunday School, Bible Studies, Old Testament Survey Classes, and serving as a Christian Counselor. He believes that the Holy Spirit is leading him to address the subject in his book. For at least the last ten years, he studied to ascertain the true answer to the question this book asks. He hesitated to address the subject because the phrase is very popular and used by some of the most prominent and respected theologians. However, he believes that the Christian Church wields less influence upon society because its members fail to accept their newly granted citizenship. Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Am I a Sinner, Too? through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

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