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Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore Highlands, MD, United States

Loyola University Maryland is a Roman Catholic, Jesuit private university located within the Archdiocese of Baltimore in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Established as Loyola College in Maryland by John Early and eight other members of the Society of Jesus in 1852, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the ninth-oldest Jesuit college in the United States, and the first college in the United States to bear the name of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.Loyola's main campus is in Baltimore and features Collegiate Gothic architecture, as well as a pedestrian bridge across Charles Street. Academically, the university is divided into three schools: the Loyola College of Arts and science, the Loyola School of Education, and the Sellinger School of Business and Management. It operates a Clinical Center at Belvedere Square in Baltimore and has graduate centers in Timonium and Columbia, Maryland.The student body is composed of a little fewer than 4,000 undergraduate and 2,600 graduate students, representing 34 states and 20 countries, and 84% of undergraduates reside on campus. The average class size is 25, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. Approximately 65% of the student body receives some form of financial aid. Campus groups include the Association of Latin American & Spanish students and the college newspaper, The Greyhound.Notable alumni include Tom Clancy, author of The Hunt for Red October, and Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down. Loyola's sports teams are nicknamed the Greyhounds and are best known for the perennially ranked men's and women's lacrosse teams. The men's lacrosse team's biggest rival is nearby Johns Hopkins University. The annual lacrosse games played between these two institutions is known as the "Battle of Charles Street", The school colors are green and grey. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 17, 2017

Lucent Health (@LucentHealth), the leading Healthcare Risk Management, Administration and Advisory Services company, announced today that Doug Thompson has joined the firm as the Chief Financial Officer. Thompson brings an extensive healthcare-centric background in corporate finance, treasury, planning, tax and risk management. "Doug’s senior financial operations experience in healthcare makes him an ideal fit for our growing firm. With our continued focus on accountability, transparency and innovation, Doug’s insights will be invaluable in helping us to continue to build our data-driven and innovative organization,” said Brett Rodewald, Chief Executive Officer of Lucent Health. “I can’t imagine a more exciting time to join Lucent Health,” Thompson said. “Lucent Health is leading the healthcare industry with profound innovation across the enterprise while also engaging the broker and employer communities with compelling data-centric solutions. I’m delighted to be a part of it.” A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Doug has over 15 years’ senior financial experience across a myriad of subspecialties. Prior to joining Lucent Health, Doug was CFO for Corizon; he has worked for Beacon Health Options (Behavioral Health), HealthSpring (Medicare Advantage), and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (Commercial insurer). In his new role as CFO, Doug will report to the Lucent Health CEO. Thompson holds a Master of Science in Finance, Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration, all from Loyola University Maryland. About Lucent Health Lucent Health (@LucentHealth), based in Nashville, TN, is the largest Third Party Administrator (TPA) in the US and empowers employers by reducing their healthcare risks and costs while improving employee access to innovative healthcare services. Lucent offers a variety of innovative data-driven products which lead the industry, including, Lucent Traditional, Lucent Clarity™ value-based payments, e2 MEC/MV™ solutions, Lucent Vista™ level funded, Lucent Tribia™ a tribal enterprise health plan and Lucent Surity™ for captives. Lucent Health serves over 250,000 members and processes $600,000,000 in transactions annually. For more information, please visit

Peyrot M.,Loyola University Maryland
Diabetic medicine : a journal of the British Diabetic Association | Year: 2013

To identify insulin delivery system perceptions that contributed to improvements in overall satisfaction with insulin therapy (treatment satisfaction) that were larger in those using sensor-augmented pump therapy than those using multiple daily injections with self monitoring of blood glucose. The Sensor-Augmented Pump Therapy for A1C Reduction 3 (STAR 3), a randomized 12-month clinical trial, compared sensor-augmented pump therapy to multiple daily injections + self monitoring of blood glucose in adult and paediatric patients. The Insulin Delivery System Rating Questionnaire measured perceptions of convenience, problems, interference with daily activities, blood glucose monitoring burden, social burden, clinical efficacy, diabetes worries and psychological well-being, as well as treatment satisfaction. We conducted separate multiple regression analyses for the 334 adult patients and 147 paediatric patients and their caregivers to assess the independent associations (P < 0.05) between change from baseline to follow-up in user perceptions and treatment satisfaction. Increased convenience was associated with improved treatment satisfaction in all user groups. Reduced interference with daily activities (caregivers), reduced social burden (adults) and increased efficacy (both) also were associated with improved treatment satisfaction. Treatment satisfaction among children was primarily a function of convenience, while perceived clinical efficacy was also a primary determinant among adults, reflecting different emphases on the treatment process itself vs. treatment consequences. Among adult patients and caregivers, improved treatment satisfaction was also a function of reductions in social burden and interference with daily activities (respectively), reflecting concern with the broader psychosocial impact of sensor-augmented pump therapy on their lives. © 2012 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine © 2012 Diabetes UK.

Asgari S.,University of Queensland | Rivers D.B.,Loyola University Maryland
Annual Review of Entomology | Year: 2011

Endoparasitoids introduce a variety of factors into their host during oviposition to ensure successful parasitism. These include ovarian and venom fluids that may be accompanied by viruses and virus-like particles. An overwhelming number of venom components are enzymes with similarities to insect metabolic enzymes, suggesting their recruitment for expression in venom glands with modified functions. Other components include protease inhibitors, paralytic factors, and constituents that facilitate/enhance entry and expression of genes from symbiotic viruses or virus-like particles. In addition, the venom gland may itself support replication/production of some viruses or virus-like entities. Overlapping functions and structural similarities of some venom, ovarian, and virus-encoded proteins suggest coevolution of molecules recruited by endoparasitoids to maintain their fitness relative to their host. © 2011 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.

Erdas A.,Loyola University Maryland
Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology | Year: 2011

The zeta function regularization technique is used to study the finite temperature Casimir effect for a massless Majorana fermion field confined between parallel plates and satisfying bag boundary conditions. A magnetic field perpendicular to the plates is included. An expression for the zeta function is obtained, which is exact to all orders in the magnetic field strength, temperature and plate distance. The zeta function is used to calculate the Helmholtz free energy of the Majorana field and the pressure on the plates, in the case of weak magnetic field and strong magnetic field. In both cases, simple analytic expressions are obtained for the free energy and pressure which are very accurate and valid for all values of the temperature and plate distance. © 2011 The American Physical Society.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 273.70K | Year: 2012

The funds from this NSF MRI grant will be used to purchase a Zeiss LSM 700 laser scanning confocal microscope to enhance the 15,000 square-foot Loyola Microscopy Core Facility (LMCF) and to establish a multi-institution research and training consortium. It is anticipated that this will dramatically increase the quality and quantity of faculty and student scholarship at Loyola and at three nearby institutions (Mount St. Mary?s University, Towson University, and Washington College). Six faculty from Loyola University Maryland will be using the confocal microscope to expand their research programs and to augment undergraduate research opportunities. Specifically, the instrument will be used to assess: metabolism in human and non-human primate granulosa and luteal cells, modulation of cellular form and function by herbal supplements, the mechanism of drug resistance in breast cancer cells, venom-induced cell death in insects, and disruption of bacterial biofilms by Bdellovibrio predation. Moreover, three faculty from nearby colleges/universities will be using the LMCF to understand the mechanism(s) governing: growth of vascular smooth muscle cells, nickel and cobalt toxicity, and infection by human herpesviruses. In addition to improving faculty output, providing students with this type of hands-on experience will afford them the opportunity to understand how current approaches allow researchers to address molecular mechanisms in complex biological systems.

Confocal microscopy is far superior to the widefield fluorescence microscopy already available in the LMCF. It will provide the opportunity for researchers to determine the location and/or colocalization of intracellular molecules, to reconstruct a sample or specimen in three dimensions, and to image dynamic changes in living cells or tissues over time, all without compromising the integrity of the signal or sample. The creation of a multi-institution microscopy facility will allow current studies to be enhanced and expanded while also providing new opportunities for collaboration between universities. Within 2-3 years, it is expected that faculty and students from additional schools will join the consortium, thereby dramatically altering the research profile of predominantly undergraduate institutions in the Baltimore Metro area. In addition to increasing and extending faculty research and, therefore, their ability to compete for extramural research/educational grants, as the consortium grows, the STEM initiatives in place at the participating schools will be intensified and will provide area students with advanced training in microscopy that will ultimately make them more competitive for summer positions, publications, professional school, and careers in the biological sciences.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 565.50K | Year: 2015

Loyola University Maryland aims to increase STEM graduation rates through the Computer Science - Physics, and Mathematics Statistics (C-PaMS) scholars program. The C-PaMS program will enroll two cohorts, in consecutive years, to major in STEM disciplines. Scholars will receive a rigorous education taught by faculty with a passion for undergraduate teaching, a focus on interdisciplinary science, and a strong grounding in the liberal arts. Scholars will develop as a cohort, through a first-year pre-orientation program and a living-learning program. These programs will include shared mentors to orient scholars to college life and to advise them about STEM opportunities. In subsequent years, each cohort will continue to develop, as the scholars enroll in a colloquium that connects them with local STEM professionals and an interdisciplinary project-based course. Throughout their four years, the scholars will be advised and encouraged to participate in STEM research and internship opportunities. Through these experiences, scholars will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in STEM careers and graduate education.Scholarships for academically strong computer science, physics and mathematics students, who may not otherwise be able to afford college, have an impact on the number of STEM graduates prepared to help national, regional, and local companies.

The project team will work with the admissions and financial aid departments at Loyola to recruit and select students for the program. To recruit locally, connections will be made with Baltimore City High Schools. Recruitment strategies will be designed to encourage participation from women and underrepresented groups by focusing on local magnet high schools, where over 75 percent of the student population is from these groups. The objectives of the program will be to: (1) increase the affordability and access to STEM degrees, (2) Build cohorts to support student success, (3) provide interdisciplinary STEM opportunities, and (4) increase graduation rates in STEM by providing academic support for scholars. Through evaluation and assessment, the project team will be able to determine which objectives correspond with high levels of success in STEM at Loyola. Results from the evaluation and assessment components of the program will be disseminated at professional conferences and journals to encourage the development of similar programs at other higher education institutions.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: IUSE | Award Amount: 80.98K | Year: 2016

The PIPELINE Network project will significantly enhance physics education by developing and evaluating methods to incorporate workforce-relevant skills and activities in the student experience. The majority of physics graduates at all degree levels will become scientists and innovators working in the private sector, yet very little of the knowledge they gain while earning their degree specifically prepares them for these roles (for example, few physics programs emphasize real-world applications of scientific concepts, communication skills, or basic business concepts, all of which are important to successful private sector careers). Adding workforce-relevant learning to the discipline will attract a larger and more diverse student body to major in physics, and by extension improve the quality of the future STEM workforce. The PIPELINE project will bring together efforts of six institutions to create and document new approaches to teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in physics which can be shared with the broader community. The project will also advance our understanding of how these practices affect student and faculty attitudes towards innovation and entrepreneurship in physics.

The goals of the PIPELINE network are to build students workforce confidence, improve physics faculty attitudes toward private sector careers, foster better integration of academic and industrial sectors, promote innovation in the physics discipline, and build a framework for wider adoption of physics innovation and entrepreneurship practices. The project will accomplish these by implementing physics innovation and entrepreneurship (PIE) approaches at member institutions during each year of the project, revising approaches between iterations, and finally documenting and disseminating curriculum. Most importantly, PIPELINE will develop surveys and interview protocols which will investigate the link between PIE experiences and student and faculty attitudes about innovation and entrepreneurship, and which can be used by other departments for gauging, monitoring, and improving institutional change around PIE. These research findings and tools will provide insights and utility that go beyond the immediate partner institutions, and live on beyond the duration of the project. PIPELINE will generate a core network of experienced PIE practitioners, a readily accessible body of tested PIE curricula deliberately varied in scope to fit unique needs and challenges of future adopters, and robust insight into the obstacles to PIE implementation and how future adopters might address them.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: UBE - Undergraduate Biology Ed | Award Amount: 50.00K | Year: 2017

The Mid-Atlantic Biology Research and Career (MABRC) network is a community of scientists, educators and business professionals working together to improve workforce preparation of life science students. The MABRC network seeks to determine the essential technical and professional skills needed to succeed in todays life sciences workplace and critically assess the current undergraduate biology curricula with respect to workforce preparation. The results of the networks evaluation will be disseminated by multiple vehicles to reach all interested stakeholders. A career conference will also be organized to inform and train students and to promote networking between graduates and employers. The network will also initiate the design of a framework for providing authentic research experiences for biology students, with an emphasis placed on early engagement in research and in experiences that incorporate emerging technologies that are critical for the workforce.

The MABRC network will create a forum for bridging the divide between undergraduate biology education and student preparation by a) identifying technical and professional skills essential for the workplace, b) evaluating undergraduate biology training in the context of career preparation, and c) serving as a gateway between academe, government, and the private sector to students and teachers at high schools, and community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities. Preparation of graduates from these institutions for the workplace will assessed via examination of departmental learning aims, curricular offerings, and via surveys of stakeholders including industry leaders. Follow up analyses will be performed to evaluate strengths and deficiencies of undergraduate biology curricula in relation to desired workface skills. Subsequent network activities include enhancing student career preparation through the development of a framework for authentic research experiences that can serve as a model for other networks in a variety of discipline contexts. The network is designed to promote training of diverse student populations, with the intent of recruiting and retaining underserved and underrepresented students in life science careers. Member institutions and organizations will initially be affiliated with the emerging biotechnology industry in the mid-Atlantic region. This strategy will promote direct access to a large network of future employers, facilitates connections with regional high school programs, and allows direct contribution to the workforce in the home states of participating students, the latter being especially important for underrepresented students to serve as peers and STEM role models for K-12 students in their own communities.

This project is being jointly funded by the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, 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/.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 280.12K | Year: 2016

Loyola University Maryland will acquire a computing cluster with central processing and graphical processing units (CPU and GPU). The computing cluster will be utilized for computationally expensive research projects spanning multiple fields, including computer science, materials engineering, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and economics. As a primarily undergraduate institution, Loyola is also committed to training the next generation of researchers via undergraduate research opportunities. Through the acquisition of its first major computing cluster, Loyola will expand opportunities to introduce undergraduate students to modern computationally-intensive tasks and multidisciplinary research, preparing them for graduate school and computational work within their chosen fields. Additionally, it will support projects within the universitys new interdisciplinary Data Science M.S. degree program.

The initial eleven research projects will impact areas as diverse as software development, medicine, and social policy. Example impacts include developing techniques leading to drugs to fight SARS; understanding protein-DNA interactions for biotechnology applications; providing policymakers with a better understanding of how job competition and human capital allocation influence the optimal design of unemployment insurance; improving software quality by helping programmers identify and avoid the introduction of dependence clusters; improving techniques for coordination in pursuing a moving target, such as in military operations, autonomous automobile police chases, or surveillance programs; new methods for the creation of fossil fuel alternatives; providing secure communications for mobile devices in the Internet of Things; and improving techniques for nondestructive evaluation of electromagnetic materials, which is of critical importance in agriculture, bio-electromagnetics, aerospace, and the design of integrated circuits. This high performance computing cluster will significantly increase the shared computing resources on campus, thereby expanding opportunities for faculty research, faculty recruitment, and student research.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 32.10K | Year: 2014

Integrated Control and Safety Systems (ICSSs) are large software-intensive systems that monitor and control safety-critical devices and processes in domains such as process plants, oil and gas production, and maritime equipment. To leverage commonality and accommodate variation, ICSSs are often produced as component-based product families, an effective tactic for developing a portfolio of software products based on shared assets. Principal Investigator, David Binkley of Loyola University Maryland, will visit Norwegian counterparts at the Simula Research Laboratory in Oslo to initiate a collaborative investigation of techniques to improve the construction and maintenance of software product families. If successful, future results should benefit those who construct software and more broadly, those who rely on software. The envisioned research is important to society because software, which is ever increasing in complexity, is being given ever greater responsibility for complex safety-critical systems in daily life, including airplane flight and power plant operation.

The long term technical goal of this U.S.-Norwegian project development effort is to conceive novel recommendation technology that can support engineers through the evolution of families of complex, safety-critical, software-intensive systems. In doing so, the project aims to improve industrial practice through developing enhanced tools, techniques, and best practices such as software production guidelines for large safety-critical systems. The initial techniques considered by the team will generalize existing techniques that are effective with programming-in-the-small. For example, the dependences used to determine ripple effects in small programs are often Boolean. However, Boolean precision comes at a cost, and thus, the new collaboration intends to pursue replacement with a more continuous notion that captures a more varied level of dependence. Through broad dissemination, future results should benefit other researchers as well as the industrial community, where improved tool support can help to reduce the time and expense of software construction while improving its quality.

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