Marymount University is a coeducational, four-year Catholic university that has its main campus located in Arlington, Virginia. Marymount offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines and has a diverse and welcoming academic community with approximately 3,600 students representing approximately 40 states and 70 countries. Wikipedia.
News Article | December 14, 2016
From Thunderfoot Press: Murder, Corruption and the Unthinkable in the 1950s Heartland Suddenly Resonate Today Chapel Hill, NC, December 14, 2016 --( But in 1958, that potential was a frightening certainty, especially in Midwestern cities where homosexuals were considered “perverts” and “degenerates” and law officers ignored assaults on them – law officers not unlike the fictitious Sheriff Pat Brundy, who quickly pronounced the death of an old, gay, black man as suicide. No investigation. Case closed. In "Midland Club," a new murder mystery by Mark Spano, one man refuses to believe Puce Bordeaux’s death was suicide, despite Sheriff Brundy’s assertion. That man is Rich St. Pierre, a member of the wealthy, white First Family of the town who was locked up, along with Puce, after a raid on a dive where the town’s otherwise hidden homosexuals hung out. He’s certain that Puce, the quiet, genteel “Negro” who served as a waiter in the exclusive Midland Club for decades, was killed. He’s certain that the subsequent death of Puce’s priest, Monsignor Corliss, was murder. Ostracized by his influential family, Rich St. Pierre also knows that his own life will be in grave danger if he attempts to prove his assumptions by unraveling the town’s secrets, lies, and corruption. “I set this book in the neighborhood of my childhood,” said Spano, a gay man who knew life before the Stonewall riots of 1969. "I came of age in the era of gay liberation. My story is a glimpse back at how it used to be." Published by Thunderfoot Press, Spano’s 120-page book is a quick page-turner that suddenly stops the reader in his or her tracks with such moments as art dealer and self-described “queen” Luther Beaumont’s drunken rant on human instincts: “We were taught that the only two instincts we humans have are self-preservation and species preservation. “That is not so. There are more than those. The third instinct is just as primitive but has somehow been ignored by all these research people as being part of the human creature. It’s the preservation by the tribe of those things beautiful about the tribe. That’s why we’re decorators and designers and art dealers. While the rest of the world is cranking out babies like there’s no tomorrow, queers are at home saving what’s beautiful in the world so there’ll be something to look at or listen to tomorrow.” "Midland Club" has all the elements of a good mystery: vibrant characters, a familiar setting, and a plot in which the solution to the mystery is ultimately revealed. Beyond a good mystery, it also addresses the pain of one gay man, alone in a town that despises him. And if the reader is paying attention, that pain foreshadows the conclusion. Review copies of "Midland Club" are available by contacting Publicist Kim Weiss at Blueplate PR: firstname.lastname@example.org. Paperback and Kindle editions are available for purchase on Amazon. About The Author: Mark Spano is the author of five works of fiction and a memoir. As a filmmaker, his work includes The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell and the definitive documentary on Sicily, “Reimagining Sicily.” He holds advanced degrees from Marymount University of Virginia and the American University in Washington, D.C., and now resides in rural Orange County, North Carolina. (Headshot available upon request.) Chapel Hill, NC, December 14, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Since November 8th, LGBTQ citizens have come to fear a surge in hate crimes after reports of homophobic attacks, some verbal, some physical. Sadly, the potential is evident.But in 1958, that potential was a frightening certainty, especially in Midwestern cities where homosexuals were considered “perverts” and “degenerates” and law officers ignored assaults on them – law officers not unlike the fictitious Sheriff Pat Brundy, who quickly pronounced the death of an old, gay, black man as suicide. No investigation. Case closed.In "Midland Club," a new murder mystery by Mark Spano, one man refuses to believe Puce Bordeaux’s death was suicide, despite Sheriff Brundy’s assertion. That man is Rich St. Pierre, a member of the wealthy, white First Family of the town who was locked up, along with Puce, after a raid on a dive where the town’s otherwise hidden homosexuals hung out. He’s certain that Puce, the quiet, genteel “Negro” who served as a waiter in the exclusive Midland Club for decades, was killed. He’s certain that the subsequent death of Puce’s priest, Monsignor Corliss, was murder.Ostracized by his influential family, Rich St. Pierre also knows that his own life will be in grave danger if he attempts to prove his assumptions by unraveling the town’s secrets, lies, and corruption.“I set this book in the neighborhood of my childhood,” said Spano, a gay man who knew life before the Stonewall riots of 1969. "I came of age in the era of gay liberation. My story is a glimpse back at how it used to be."Published by Thunderfoot Press, Spano’s 120-page book is a quick page-turner that suddenly stops the reader in his or her tracks with such moments as art dealer and self-described “queen” Luther Beaumont’s drunken rant on human instincts:“We were taught that the only two instincts we humans have are self-preservation and species preservation.“That is not so. There are more than those. The third instinct is just as primitive but has somehow been ignored by all these research people as being part of the human creature. It’s the preservation by the tribe of those things beautiful about the tribe. That’s why we’re decorators and designers and art dealers. While the rest of the world is cranking out babies like there’s no tomorrow, queers are at home saving what’s beautiful in the world so there’ll be something to look at or listen to tomorrow.”"Midland Club" has all the elements of a good mystery: vibrant characters, a familiar setting, and a plot in which the solution to the mystery is ultimately revealed. Beyond a good mystery, it also addresses the pain of one gay man, alone in a town that despises him. And if the reader is paying attention, that pain foreshadows the conclusion.Review copies of "Midland Club" are available by contactingPublicist Kim Weiss at Blueplate PR: email@example.com.Paperback and Kindle editions are available for purchase on Amazon.About The Author:Mark Spano is the author of five works of fiction and a memoir. As a filmmaker, his work includes The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell and the definitive documentary on Sicily, “Reimagining Sicily.” He holds advanced degrees from Marymount University of Virginia and the American University in Washington, D.C., and now resides in rural Orange County, North Carolina. (Headshot available upon request.) Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Thunderfoot Press
News Article | February 27, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Kasie M. Cassell, NP-BC, MSN/Ed, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Kasie M. Cassell is a Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing with a focus in women’s health and mental health. Kasie is currently caring for patients within Columbia Associates in Psychiatry, and Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Furthermore, she is Co Founder of The Perinatal Project located in Chantilly, Virginia, a program designed to meet the neglected area of women’s mental health, to include maternal mental health during the crucial perinatal period. Kasie’s career in nursing began in 2004 when she graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Penn State University. An advocate for continuing education, Kasie attended George Mason University, gaining her Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education in 2009. She then received her Post Master’s Certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Colorado in 2014 and is board certified by the National Certification Corporation. She is currently studying for her board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Drexel University. In addition, Kasie served in the United States Air Force for four years as an Active Duty Registered Nurse and Captain at the United States Air Force Academy. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in nursing, she maintains a professional membership with the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Kasie pioneered the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Program at Columbia Associates in Psychiatry for the treatment of depression, and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions to include the Air Force Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. She attributes her success to the support and encouragement of her spouse and family, especially her mother and stepfather who have been her mentors and inspiration. When she is not working, Kasie is an enthusiastic reader and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. Kasie plans on pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in the near future. Learn more about Kasie M. Cassell here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4135429/info/ and www.theperinatalproject.com and be sure to read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | November 21, 2016
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) has named Torryn P. Brazell, MS, CAE, as its new Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. ATA is the nation’s foremost organization committed to improving the lives of people with tinnitus and hyperacusis by providing hope for a quieter future through education, advocacy, and research toward a cure. Tinnitus affects approximately 50 million individuals in the United States and is commonly referred to as "ringing in the ears." According to data analyzed from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 16 million in the United States suffer from chronic tinnitus and have sought medical attention for their condition. The leading cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud sound, which can harm an individual's auditory system; the second leading cause is head or neck trauma. Tinnitus is also the leading service-connected disability for U.S. veterans. “My experience working in the audiology space has exposed me to the crisis we are facing in America regarding tinnitus,” Brazell said. “My mother has suffered from tinnitus for years and now uses hearing aids; it is disheartening to imagine that so many people will go through the loss that my mother has. I look forward to working with the ATA’s Board of Directors and staff to help raise awareness about tinnitus and how to prevent it.” Said Scott C. Mitchell, CPA, JD, Chair, ATA Board of Directors, “With Torryn’s experience working with hearing professionals and her understanding of the tinnitus epidemic, we believe she is the perfect fit to help the ATA fulfill its mission of finding a cure for tinnitus and helping those who suffer from the condition to have a better quality of life.” Brazell joins the ATA following five years as the Managing Director of the American Board of Audiology, a national organization that creates and promotes rigorous credentials earned by leading audiologists. Before the ABA, Brazell served as the Executive Director of the National Grants Management Association. She holds an MS in Business and Organizational Management, and a Curriculum Design Certificate, from Marymount University, and a BS in Political Science from Oregon State University. She also holds Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Association Executive certifications. Brazell currently serves as immediate past chair, Board of Directors, Certification Network Group (CNG), and is an active speaker, ISO/IEC 17024 technical and quality management assessor, and fund-raiser for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. About the American Tinnitus Association The American Tinnitus Association (ATA), headquartered in Portland, OR, has been a public supported 501(c)3 organization since 1971, with its Scientific Advisory Committee representing the top researchers in the field. The ATA fulfills its mission by: 1) funding targeted research projects; 2) providing education, hope and support for the tinnitus community; 3) advocating for effective public policies focused on advancing science towards cures for tinnitus and hyperacusis; and 4) collaborating with others to promote awareness, encourage prevention, and to ultimately silence tinnitus. http://www.ata.org
News Article | October 31, 2016
Within the pages of Elouise Matthews’ new book, A Rhapsody of Poetic Words, ($12.99, paperback, 9781498483780; $6.99, e-book, 9781498483797) readers will be inspired, enlightened, uplifted, provoked, instructed, and provided with hope. The poetic words in this book were written to empower all readers to become blessings to those in Christ as well as to those without Christ. Elouise Matthews candidly shares with readers from around the world what God has given to her. She also reminds all godly people about the importance of passing on a spiritual legacy to the future younger generations. “This book is ‘fresh manna’ for a new generation of believers, inspiring them to be keepers of the faith,” states the author. “The good news of the gospel is creatively shared through poetry and songs, encouraging them to become living epistles for all of the world to read.” Here’s what others are saying about this outstanding book: “Through her poetry, Elouise Matthews expresses the integrity of her soul, thus making her work unquestionable and unique.” – Mrs. Vivienne Anderson, Former Episcopal Supervisor, AME Church “’A Rhapsody of Poetic Words’ are words of wisdom and inspiration coming from a mature Christian who allows the Holy Spirit to enlighten, elevate, and illuminate your soul.” – Mr. Patrick Lundy, Director of Christian Fine Arts, Reid Temple AME Church Elouise Matthews has a passion for the Word of God and puts in print blessings for the family of God. She is a Christian educator, teacher/writer, teacher/parent workshop facilitator, Reading Specialist, ACPS Poetry Liaison, Writing Consultant, a trained Reading Recovery Teacher, and former RIF Coordinator, tutor, prayer Intercessor, and Missionary Society member. Elouise holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Southeast Missouri University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Arkansas. She has done additional study at the University Of Virginia, George Mason University, James Madison University, Marymount University, Shenandoah University, in Reading in the Content Areas, Writing, Connections in Math and Science, and Word Study. She has also acquired training in technology, multiple intelligence, and cooperative learning. She is passionate about families working together to succeed in Literacy. Elouise is a wife, mother of three young adults, and a grandmother. She is also the author of A Symphony In My Soul. 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 A Rhapsody of Poetic Words through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.
Collins B.S.,Marymount University
Discovery medicine | Year: 2011
Gram-negative bacteria naturally and constitutively release lipid bilayer vesicles from the outer membrane. Outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) range in size from approximately 20-200 nanometers in diameter and enclose many native bacterial antigens in the spherical particles. Composed of outer membrane and periplasmic constituents, the vesicles function in diverse roles that, ultimately, make them a transportable part of the bacterial arsenal and survival system. These functional roles entail mediation of bacterial envelope stress, biofilm formation, virulence, and transformation. With their immunogenic properties, self-adjuvanticity, ability to be taken up by mammalian cells, and capacity for enhancement by recombinant engineering, OMVs are attractive candidates for vaccine delivery platforms. The first OMV vaccines were shown to be protective against clonal serogroup B meningococci outbreaks in Cuba, Norway, Brazil, and New Zealand, although there is still no global vaccine against serogroup B meningococci. However, interest in OMVs as vaccine carriers is growing as research exposes more of the molecular intricacies of vesiculation and how the vesicles can be co-opted to fight infectious bacterial agents.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: FED CYBER SERV: SCHLAR FOR SER | Award Amount: 162.56K | Year: 2013
This project is addressing the question of why there are few women in the growing cybersecurity profession. One of the first exposures to cybersecurity for young people is often a cybersecurity competition, offered at the high school and college levels. Most of these competitions have a male focus, based on military capture the flag principles. As a result, very few females attend them. The purpose of this project is to develop a female-friendly cybersecurity competition, which is based on three concepts: (1) an alternative view of cybersecurity, using protect, use and analyze approaches; (2) systems and data in the healthcare environment where security and privacy are increasingly important; and (3) a competition designed by university students (male and female) for high-school students. The project integrates the development of the competition into existing courses. Marymount University is the location for this project: it has both healthcare and information technology programs in the same school and a diverse student body that is also 70% female. For the first competition, students, and their teachers, are invited to attend a summer camp to cybersecurity principles and practices, with the competition at the end of the camp. University students act as mentors and invited speakers present cybersecurity as a career. Student workers then act as mentors for local area teachers providing them with gender-neutral materials as they prepare other students for a second stand-alone cybersecurity competition. Assessment includes the perceptions of students (male and female) to the cybersecurity field before and after the competitions.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 24.60K | Year: 2011
This collaborative project is applying the approach of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), which has been successful in chemistry, to undergraduate pre-calculus and first semester calculus courses. The teams work is guided by three main goals: i) to create new POGIL learning materials for pre-calculus and calculus where reform will have a large and visible impact; ii) to develop faculty expertise within the mathematics community to implement these new materials by presenting math-specific POGIL workshops at national mathematics meetings and POGIL summer workshops; and iii) to conduct in depth research on undergraduate mathematics education by implementing a case study design to examine learning in POGIL MATH classroom contexts. Several factors contribute to the strong intellectual merit of this project. First, the PI team brings together combined expertise in (1) authoring high quality POGIL chemistry activities; (2) curricular innovations in mathematics; (3) mathematics education research; and (4) evaluation. Second, the POGIL Projects National Office is lending support in training and dissemination. Moreover, because POGIL is a nationally tested and proven pedagogical strategy based on research on how students learn, classroom materials generated as part of the proposed project are expected to generate results in mathematics similar to those in chemistry: a) improved student learning; b) decreased attrition (especially among underrepresented minority students); c) improved attitudes toward mathematics; and d) increased faculty adoptions. The project is exercising its broader impact in several ways. First, the case study design of the projects research component is informing the mathematics community about how POGIL activities can challenge student misconceptions in calculus as identified in the mathematics education literature, as well as how classroom context affects implementation of POGIL activities. Second, the materials developed in this project are being classroom tested in diverse settings, both by the authors and by beta-testers, hence increasing the potential transportability of these POGIL mathematics activities to any faculty members classroom. In addition, several of the institutions directly involved in the development of the POGIL calculus materials have large percentages of underrepresented students taking calculus, and thus any curricular change is in the position to have a significant impact on retention of minority students and women. Finally, the variety of institutions both in the collaborative and among the pilot test sites are expanding the network of POGIL experts, spanning a variety of post-secondary institutions, regions throughout the U.S., and disciplines, thus having a potentially transformative effect on mathematics instruction in the undergraduate STEM education community.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: EarthCube | Award Amount: 144.40K | Year: 2014
The proposed work addresses a challenge central to the EarthCube programs success: How to employ state of the art technology for geoscience data discovery, access, and integration. The project brings together significant geosciences holdings in the ocean, earth and polar sciences to demonstrate how innovative technologies can be robustly applied to these facilities to enhance the capabilities for scientists to discover and interpret relevant geoscience data and knowledge. The end product, GEOLink, will lower barriers to cross-repository data discovery and access, while respecting and preserving repository autonomy and heterogeneity. They will demonstrate the approach through a portal that allows searching and browsing of integrated content from multiple repositories.
A key challenge for EarthCube is to enable data discovery, access, and integration in a sustainable way. Existing data repositories and networks must be linked, while retaining their independent missions and services to existing disciplinary communities. Cultural, conceptual, and infrastructural heterogeneities must be respected in order to maintain different perspectives and differing priorities and thus foster inclusivity in the EarthCube endeavor. In particular, individual choices made by providers of data or repositories will need to be respected in an inclusive manner, and approaches to integration must reflect this. At the same time, however, the diversity and heterogeneity of geoscience data presents a significant barrier to its discovery. In this project, the researchers involved will develop a demonstration called GEOLink based on: 1) digital publication of geoscience data and knowledge as Linked Open Data; combined with 2) semantic integration using design patterns and vocabularies shared among federated repositories; and 3) an underlying cyberinfrastructure extendable in both depth and breadth, that can become a central building block for EarthCube data harmonization. The cyberinfrastructure underlying the approach is extendable, sustainable, and affordable - leveraging state of the art developments in Linked Open Data and formal semantics, grounded through shared Ontology Design Patterns. GEOLink-enabled repositories will support discovery of related resources, including Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R), the Biological and Chemical Oceanographic Data Management Office (BCO-DMO), Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA), the Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER), DataONE, and the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), as well content from other EarthCube Building Block projects and collaborators.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: FED CYBER SERV: SCHLAR FOR SER | Award Amount: 2.29M | Year: 2013
The new CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program offered by Marymount University in Arlington, VA educates undergraduate and graduate students in cybersecurity, preparing them for critical positions in the Federal Government. Students are taught and mentored by full-time faculty, with a research focus, and part-time faculty who are working professionals, including SFS alumni. The program focuses on inquiry-learning with students playing an active role in developing cybersecurity techniques in the lab and in performing cybersecurity service-learning initiatives for local non-profit groups. Marymount, with its proven record of recruiting and educating students from underrepresented populations, launches students in cybersecurity careers in the Federal Government. The inquiry-based approach to learning strengthens analytical and critical thinking skills that are vital to professionals working in the Federal Government cybersecurity field. By focusing on specific non-traditional populations like veterans, minorities and women, and community college students, Marymount will contribute to broadening the pool of cybersecurity professionals in the federal workforce. Additionally, Marymount faculty and students, drawing on long established bonds with local high schools, will expose younger students to the opportunities for future careers in cybersecurity.
This SFS project involves the participation of Northern Virginia Community College.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 142.69K | Year: 2013
This project uses mobile app development in required, inquiry-based general education courses to increase the number of non-STEM and undeclared major students who see technology as a career objective. Through this exposure as technology creators rather than just as consumers, it is hoped that students will develop an interest in pursuing more STEM courses and majors. The project is developing a series of mobile app courses and is also training faculty on how to include these concepts into a number of other general education courses. While university freshmen, transfer students, and students at risk of leaving the university are the primary audience for the courses, rising junior and senior students at local high schools as well as students at Northern Virginia Community College have access to the mobile app development courses through Marymounts summer institute.
A particular focus and strength of the project is formal assessment of student: learning gains, interest in technology, confidence with technology, and attention to increases in the number of STEM majors at the university after introduction of the mobile app development courses and concepts. The outcomes of this research could contribute to a foundation for understanding the degree to which the engagement with mobile app development affects students interest, persistence, and learning gains in STEM, computing, and IT majors and careers. In addition to faculty training workshops, the projects progress and results are available through the project website and at local, regional, and national conferences.