Lyndon State College is a public liberal arts college located at Lyndon Center in Lyndon, Caledonia County in the U.S. state of Vermont. In addition to a range of Bachelor's Degree programs, the college offers a Master's Degree program in Education. Lyndon State College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Of the 206 bones in one’s body, 52 comprise the feet. While this may seem insignificant to most, the feet functioning properly are vital to one’s overall health and well-being. With her new book, reflexology expert Geraldine Villeneuve hopes to spread awareness to the impact poor foot function can have on one’s body. “Put Your Best Feet Forward” shares valuable knowledge pertaining to foot function and how it relates to the overall movement of the body. Villeneuve has presented in-depth knowledge about foot function in layman’s terms in hopes of the common man understanding the importance of one’s foot. While learning about the importance of taking care of one’s feet, Villeneuve also sheds light on potential warning signs of declining foot health. Villeneuve is well-versed in the realm of foot reflexology, having studied the topic for several decades. She is a licensed massage practitioner and in 1992, Villeneuve founded the Seattle Reflexology and Massage Center, dedicated to the art and science of reflexology. What’s more, in 2013, she trademarked the term “Structural Reflexology®,” which is a “revolutionary motion to promote healthy feet and bodies by teaching the symbiotic relationship between foot function and reflex activity.” “Most people give very little attention to their feet and have a limited understanding in how they work, even though the feet are the foundation of the entire body,” said Villeneuve. “What I’ve done is crated a map which shows the overlapping muscle attachment sites on reflex areas on the foot. I am hoping this will make a positive change and spread awareness.” “Put Your Best Feet Forward” By Geraldine Villeneuve ISBN: 978-1-50437-323-4 (softcover); 978-1-50437-325-8 (hardcover); 978-1-50437-324-1 (electronic) Available at Balboa Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the author Villeneuve has been studying foot reflexology for more than 30 years. She earned her bachelor of science in therapeutic recreation from Lyndon State College in Vermont. She also carries a masters of reflexology certification from Feet First, a reflexology training facility in New York. Villeneuve has been a keynote speaker in many health-related forums including reflexology, chiropractic care and has spoken to the University of Vermont medical students.
News Article | April 17, 2017
A new Bachelor of Science degree in Climate Change Science at Lyndon State College, to be launched this fall, will give students skills to confront the pervasive problems caused by global climate issues. As the impacts of global warming grow and intensify, LSC is addressing a crucial need for trained professionals to find solutions to climate change challenges. One of few such degree programs in the country and the only one in Vermont, the innovative major is part of LSC’s nationally known Atmospheric Sciences department. Students will be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in a rapidly evolving field. The cutting-edge program will train students to apply their skills in a variety of areas affected by climate change, including renewable energy, public policy, climate risk management, and urban and natural resource planning. Students will do research with faculty on externally funded projects that will influence government and business initiatives. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes general science courses and meteorology and climatology courses. Students will gain hands-on experience with data collection, learn technological skills for climate data analysis and environmental assessment, and develop communication skills to help bridge the gap between scientists and non-scientists. “Climate change may be the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. We are altering our atmosphere in a way that is changing our climate and impacting all life on our planet,” says Janel Hanrahan, assistant professor in the Atmospheric Sciences department. “These impacts are expected to escalate, and our atmosphere will likely be altered for thousands of years into the future.” A new LSC website, the Climate Consensus, features faculty blogs, student content, articles, social media pages and a way for the public to give input. Visit http://www.theclimateconsensus.com/. For more information about the Climate Change Science program, visit LyndonState.edu/ClimateChange.
News Article | April 27, 2017
Lyndon State College interim President Dr. Nolan Atkins has been named provost of Lyndon and Johnson State Colleges and of their to-be-unified institution, Northern Vermont University (NVU). Johnson State President Elaine Collins said Atkins was chosen from about 65 candidates to be the chief academic officer for Lyndon State and Johnson State effective July 1, 2017. He will become provost for NVU effective July 1, 2018, when the colleges become Northern Vermont University with campuses in Lyndonville and Johnson. “Nolan has exhibited a strong commitment to students, faculty and staff in all his previous assignments and comes highly recommended for his integrity, forward-looking vision and data-driven decision making. Additionally, given his interest in advancing a quality academic mission, his curiosity and his collaborative leadership style, I have no doubt that he will thrive as provost,” says Collins, who will be NVU’s first president. Atkins, former chair of Lyndon’s nationally recognized Atmospheric Sciences Department, was named interim president last July, when President Joe Bertolino left to become president of Southern State Connecticut University. Atkins began teaching at Lyndon in 1997 and was interim dean of academic affairs for 18 months until he became president. He has a doctorate in meteorology from the University of California-Los Angeles. “I look forward to working with the students, faculty and staff on both campuses as we create NVU. The work will be challenging, but I am most excited about what we can create by tapping into the expertise that exists on both campuses,” Atkins says. “My top three priorities will be becoming an engaged member on the JSC campus, developing a strategic plan for NVU, and working with faculty to identify areas of collaboration, innovation and efficiency within our existing LSC and JSC curriculum,” he says. Atkins will be based at Lyndon State but will spend equal time on both campuses. As the second-ranking NVU administrator, he will be responsible for managing academic programs, administering the review process for faculty promotion and tenure, overseeing development of courses and degree programs, and acting as the chief administrator for NVU’s accreditation, among other duties. Lyndon State College balances liberal arts and nationally recognized professional programs that integrate theory with hands-on experiences and career-ready skills to prepare individuals for personal and professional success. Nestled in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the college of 1,200 students is known for preparing students for career success as well as its tradition of community. Learn more at http://www.lyndonstate.edu. Located in the Green Mountains near Stowe, Johnson State College is Vermont’s premier public liberal arts college and the state’s sole member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. A leader in high-impact education, Johnson State takes students into the laboratory, the field and the community through internships, research, study away, civic engagement and other career-building opportunities with courses available on campus, online and in communities around Vermont. Learn more at http://www.jsc.edu. NVU’s first class will enter in fall 2018. Last September, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved a proposal to unify Johnson State and Lyndon State to provide new academic and extracurricular opportunities for students. Students will continue to benefit from the current strengths of the colleges while gaining expanded opportunities for involvement in shared classes and extracurricular activities, new academic programs and enhanced advising support; the campuses will retain their own athletic teams and mascots.
O'Hare T.,Chestnut Hill College |
Sherrer M.,Lyndon State College
Addictive Behaviors | Year: 2011
Research has consistently shown that drinking to alleviate negative emotional states predicts alcohol use and relapse among clients with co-occurring disorders including depressive and posttraumatic stress disorders. However, studies examining the mediating role of drinking motives in persons with severe mental illness (SMI) are few. The current survey of 116 community mental health clients (51.7% men; 47.4% women) diagnosed with either a schizophrenia spectrum disorder (41, 35.3%) or major mood disorder (75, 64.7%) tested the hypothesis that convivial drinking and drinking to cope with negative emotions would mediate posttraumatic stress symptoms (PSS-I) and alcohol consumption (QF). A series of path models revealed that convivial drinking fully mediated hyper-arousal symptoms and alcohol consumption, and negative coping fully mediated total posttraumatic stress symptoms, avoidance and hyper-arousal symptoms and alcohol consumption. The results support an emotional distress reduction model of alcohol use in people with severe mental illness, and highlight the need to assess specific drinking motives and target them in cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches. The cross sectional design employed limits cause-effect inferences regarding mediation, and highlights the need for longitudinal designs to sort out causal pathways among symptoms, drinking motives and alcohol consumption in clients with SMI. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Wakimoto R.M.,U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research |
Atkins N.T.,Lyndon State College |
Wurman J.,Center for Severe Weather Research
Monthly Weather Review | Year: 2011
This study presents a single-Doppler radar analysis combined with cloud photography of the LaGrange, Wyoming, tornado on 5 June 2009 in an attempt to relate the radar-observed hook echo, weak-echo hole (WEH), and rotational couplet to the visual characteristics of the tornado. The tornado was rated EF2. The circulation at low levels went through two intensification periods based on azimuthal shear measurements. The first intensification was followed by the appearance of a brief funnel cloud. The second intensification was coincident with the appearance of a second funnel cloud that remained in contact with the ground until the tornado dissipated. A deep WEH rapidly formed within the hook echo after damaging wind was identified at the ground and before the appearance of a funnel cloud. The echo pattern through the hook echo on 5 June undergoes a dramatic evolution. Initially, the minimum radar reflectivities are near the surface (15 dBZ) and theWEH does not suggest a tapered structure near the ground. Subsequently, higher reflectivities appear at low levels when the funnel cloud makes contact with the ground. During one analysis time, the increase of the echo within the WEH at low levels results in a couplet of high/low radar reflectivity in the vertical. This increase in echo at low levels is believed to be associated with lofted debris although none was visibly apparent until the last analysis time. The WEH was nominally wider than the visible funnel cloud. The dataset provides the first detailed analysis of the double-ring structure within a hook echo that has been reported in several studies. The inner high-reflectivity region is believed to be a result of lofted debris. At higher-elevation angles, a small secondary WEH formed within the first WEH when debris was lofted and centrifuged. A feature noted in past studies showing high-resolution vertical cross sections of single-Doppler velocity normal to the radar beam is an intense rotational couplet of negative and positive values in the lowest few hundred meters. This couplet was also evident in the analysis of the LaGrange tornado. The couplet was asymmetric with stronger negative velocities owing to the motion of the tornado toward the radar. The damaging wind observed by radar extended well beyond the condensation funnel in the lowest few hundred meters. However, another couplet indicating strong rotation was also noted aloft in a number of volume scans. The decrease in rotational velocities between the low-and upper-level couplets may be related to air being forced radially outward from the tornado center at a location above the intense inflow. © 2011 American Meteorological Society.
O'Hare T.,Boston College |
Shen C.,Boston College |
Sherrer M.,Lyndon State College
Journal of Traumatic Stress | Year: 2010
Face-to-face interviews with 276 community mental health clients (56.2% women; 42.8% men) diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (44.6%) and major mood disorders (55.4%) were used to examine mediating relationships among physical and sexual abuse, high-risk behaviors, drink-to-cope motives, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom severity. Structural equation modeling revealed that both high-risk behaviors and drinking-to-cope significantly mediated the relationship between lifetime abuse and PTSD symptom severity with an excellent fit of model to data. Alternative models using PTSD symptom level as mediator were also tested, but did not meet optimal goodness-of-fit standards. Implications of findings call for vigilant screening for trauma, substance abuse, and high risk behaviors in clients with severe mental illnesses to inform treatment, and the need for longitudinal studies to test causal pathways. © 2010 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Hughes D.S.,Lyndon State College
Proceedings of the Annual Southeast Conference | Year: 2012
Deciding on the best approach to introduce non-CS students to programming logic in a one-credit course can be a formidable task. Due to time constraints, it is essential that the curriculum content, as well as the programming tools of choice, be planned and chosen with great care. This paper will present three diverse approaches to creating an introduction to programming logic course and will suggest recommendations for best practices. © 2012 ACM.
Sherrer M.V.,Lyndon State College
Trauma, Violence, and Abuse | Year: 2011
A compelling body of literature suggests that negative appraisal may be associated with adverse reactions to traumatic stress. However, very few studies have examined how appraisal influences posttraumatic adaptation in people with serious mental illness (SMI) despite evidence of disproportionately high prevalence rates of trauma exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in this population. The purpose of this article is to provide a critical analysis of the theoretical and empirical literature on cognitive appraisal and psychological adaptation to traumatic stress with a specific focus on individuals diagnosed with SMI. It will be argued that appraisal is a key correlate that may partially account for higher rates of PTSD in people diagnosed with major mood and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, meriting special consideration for future research. © The Author(s) 2011.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: LARS SPECIAL PROGRAMS | Award Amount: 13.71K | Year: 2013
This research will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the devastating Moore, Oklahoma tornado that occurred on 20 May, 2013. The focus of this study will be the integration of a comprehensive damage survey with high-resolution radar data from the nearby Twin Lakes, OK WSR-88D operational Doppler radar, as well as visual data of the tornado and attendant debris.
There are very few analyses of large, devastating tornadoes published in the referred literature. This study would be unique since, for the first time, the relationship between radar-detected features associated with the tornado and attendant debris, visual characteristics of the tornado and debris, and damage intensity and location will be examined. Such an integrated analysis has yet to be published in the refereed literature for a large, violent tornado.
One of the more important broader impacts is to produce a detailed damage map of the deadly Moore tornado. The Moore tornado will be considered one of the most significant weather events to impact the Southern Plains. The integrated analysis will enhance our understanding of radar features commonly associated with tornadoes and attendant debris. This project will also employ an undergraduate student who will gain invaluable experience with the research process, data analysis and interpretation.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: PHYSICAL & DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY | Award Amount: 234.31K | Year: 2013
This research focuses on the formation and structure of wall clouds associated with supercell thunderstorms that were observed during the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment II (VORTEX2). The study will be accomplished through analysis of photogrammetrically analyzed photos and high-definition video of the hook region of supercells that were also concurrently being scanned by mobile Doppler radars. The objectives below will be met by integrating the visual data with high-resolution single and dual-Doppler analyses of the supercell hook region. The Ground Based Velocity Track Display (GBVTD) technique will be used to obtain axisymmetric wind fields for storms with good visual data and coverage with only one radar. Sounding, mobile mesonet, and surface station data will also be incorporated to document the thermodynamic characteristics of the environment and supercell hook region.
The first objective is to understand the processes responsible for wall cloud formation.
Current understanding of wall cloud formation is based on idealized numerical simulations published more than 25 years ago and visual observations. Three hypotheses will be tested. The first is that lower èe air behind the supercell gust front is ingested into the updraft and saturates at a lower altitude than the primary cloud base. Second, the wall cloud is formed by the adiabatic cooling associated with the pressure deficit created by circulation that may be present in the wall cloud. Third, wall cloud formation is due to rising low-level scud that attaches to the primary cloud base.
The second objective is to document the three-dimensional structure of the precipitation (reflectivity), vorticity, vertical motion, perturbation pressure, angular momentum, and horizontal wind fields within tornadic and non tornadic wall clouds. This analysis will, for the first time, document the differences and/or similarities between tornadic and nontornadic wall clouds. It will also help to define the relationship between the scale and intensity of the wall cloud relative to the updraft, low-level mesocyclone, and precipitation distribution within the hook region for lower precipitation, classic, and high precipitation supercells sampled during VORTEX2. Finally, it will be possible to compare the visual characteristics of the wall cloud with the kinematic structure derived from the Doppler radar data.
The wall cloud associated with supercell thunderstorms has been visually documented in many observational studies. It is generally accepted to be associated with the low-level updraft and is often the location of tornadogenesis. Amazingly, no observational study to date has systematically examined wall cloud formation, structure, and evolution relative to the low-level updraft, mesocyclone, and precipitation distribution within the hook region. Hence, realizing the above stated objectives would enhance our fundamental understanding of the low-level visual structure and evolution of supercell thunderstorms.
It is anticipated that results from this research will be incorporated into the National Weather Service Skywarn storm spotter training. Skywarn spotters are vital to the accurate dissemination of visual weather information during severe weather situations. The project will expose a number of undergraduate students to the research process and will enhance the research infrastructure (also used in teaching) at Lyndon State College. Research results will be incorporated into many of the undergraduate classes.