Westminster, MD, United States
Westminster, MD, United States

McDaniel College is a private four-year liberal arts college in Westminster, Maryland, USA, located 30 miles northwest of Baltimore. The college also has a satellite campus located in Budapest, Hungary. Established in 1867, it was known as Western Maryland College until 2002 when it was renamed McDaniel College in honor of an alumnus who gave a lifetime of service to the college. McDaniel College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and it is one of 40 colleges profiled in the book Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope. Wikipedia.


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FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, FL--(Marketwired - October 24, 2016) - In recognition of his significant contributions to Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Robert C. Speth, Ph.D., was named the recipient of the Sixth Annual Provost's Research and Scholarship Award. Dr. Speth is a researcher and professor of pharmaceutical sciences in NSU's College of Pharmacy. Ralph V. Rogers Jr., Ph.D., NSU executive vice president and provost, made the special announcement at the university's External Funding Recognition Reception, hosted by Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., NSU vice president of Research and Technology Transfer, at which faculty members from all disciplines across the university are recognized for their commitment to advancing their fields of study. The Provost's Award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated significant achievement in support of NSU's mission to foster scholarship, intellectual inquiry, and academic excellence. Research and scholarship are two of NSU's eight core values, and excellence in these areas enhances education, patient care, and public service, and develops superior scholarship. "Dr. Speth has distinguished himself as a researcher, an educator, and a staunch supporter of the NSU community," said Dr. Rogers. "He has truly demonstrated what this award is meant to recognize: innovative and sustained activities in support of NSU's mission to foster intellectual inquiry, academic excellence, research and a dynamic learning environment." "This is the greatest honor that has ever been bestowed upon me," said Dr. Speth. "What makes it even greater is the fact that there are so many other incredibly talented faculty members in the NSU family who are also deserving of this recognition. I dedicate this award to my mentor Hank Yamamura who taught me to always make the best interests of my students my highest priority, and it is those very same students who paved the way for me to receive this honor." Dr. Speth is widely recognized for his research on how angiotensin acts in the brain to regulate the cardiovascular system. In the course of his career, he has secured more than $1 million in funding for his research through 22 externally-funded projects. Dr. Speth is a regular contributor to a variety of national publications and has served or is currently serving on the editorial boards of prestigious journals, including Regulatory Peptides, the Journal of Pharmacology & Clinical Toxicology and the International Journal of Peptides. He has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for 39 journals, including Science. He has also served the field as a grant reviewer for organizations including the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Dr. Speth manages to be a leader in the research field while also offering countless hours to teaching endeavors. In addition to his classroom commitments, he has mentored countless high-school, undergraduate and graduate students, along with junior faculty members, working with him in his lab on various projects. Dr. Speth and his wife, Janet, are Bronze members of NSU's Fellows Society which recognizes individuals, corporations, and trusts who have made cumulative gifts of $100,000-$249,999. This demonstrates Dr. Speth's investment in the advancement of NSU through the largest philanthropic campaign in its history, Realizing Potential, which aims to raise $250 million for student, faculty and 21st century education initiatives, with research integral to all three priorities. Dr. Speth has received multiple honors, including election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, his Master of Arts degree in Physiological Psychology from Connecticut College in New London, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Psychology from Western Maryland College in Westminster (now McDaniel College). *Denotes titles and college names at the time the award was presented. About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie's Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education's criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit www.nova.edu for more information about NSU and realizingpotential.nova.edu for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.


News Article | December 14, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. (ITI), a privately-held, Maryland-based biotechnology company, announces that C. Eric Winzer, M.B.A., currently serving Immunomic as Chief Financial Officer, will join the Board of Directors. “Mr. Winzer’s keen financial expertise and broad industry experience will be a valuable addition to the Immunomic Board of Directors,” announced Immunomic CEO, Dr. William Hearl. “The Board has appreciated his prior contribution to our meetings and we are pleased to formally add him to this important advisory team.” C. Eric Winzer, M.B.A., is a 30-year veteran of life science companies, familiar with executing a wide array of financial strategies including raising capital, financial reporting, investor relations, banking, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, financial planning, analysis and accounting operations. As Chief Financial Officer, Winzer has adroitly managed ITI budgets to create a notable return to investors, following the out-licensing of LAMP technology as applied to allergy with Astellas. Prior to joining Immunomic, Mr. Winzer served as Chief Financial Officer of OpGen and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Avalan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He received his B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from McDaniel College and his M.B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s University. Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. is a privately-held, clinical stage biotech company on a mission to pioneer vaccines that transform lives. The company, based in Rockville, MD, is developing nucleic acid vaccines based on the patented Lysosomal Associated Membrane Protein (LAMP) Technology. Termed LAMP-Vax™, the exclusive immunotherapy technology works with the body’s natural biochemistry system and has the potential to improve a broad range of vaccines. ITI entered into a licensing agreement with Astellas Pharma Inc. in 2015 to explore the use of LAMP-Vax in the prevention and treatment of allergic diseases, and is now focused on cancer immunotherapy. The LAMP platform has been tested in Phase I and II clinical studies. For more information, please visit www.immunomix.com.


News Article | November 27, 2016
Site: www.theguardian.com

A US government request to trawl through the personal data of millions of users of the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase signals the start of an effort to pull digital currencies like bitcoin into the mainstream, experts have said. The “John Doe” summons, a broad order for data on all Coinbase users in 2013, 2014 and 2015, was filed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a federal court in California on 17 November. In the summons, the IRS said that all of Coinbase’s users in that period “have not been or may not be complying with US internal revenue laws”. Coinbase has said it will fight the request in court. Cryptocurrencies – digital assets which exist entirely online but are exchangeable for goods or services – have grown in popularity in recent years, in part because they grant a degree of user anonymity. Coinbase is the largest bitcoin exchange and its best-known brand. But user confidentiality has also caused headaches for governments, who worry the currencies are being used for drug dealing, money laundering or tax evasion. Digital currencies are currently taxed as an asset like gold, with capital gains tax due when there is an appreciation in value. However, the extent to which bitcoin users with US tax liabilities have been declaring such assets is unclear. In documentation supporting its petition, the IRS referred to three anonymous cases of taxpayers who had used virtual currencies to evade tax, two of which were “corporate entities with annual revenues of several million dollars” which used Coinbase wallets and concealed bitcoin transactions as “technology expenses” on their tax returns. Several experts in cryptocurrency said that the IRS was on a “fishing expedition”, and pointed out that it followed an excoriating report by the US treasury’s inspector-general for taxation which said the IRS was not doing enough to regulate and investigate cryptocurrencies. “The government has no idea that anybody has committed a crime,” said Jerry Brito, the executive director of Coin Center, a lobbying and research group focused on cryptocurrencies. In a statement, Coinbase said: “Although Coinbase’s general practice is to cooperate with properly targeted law enforcement inquiries, we are extremely concerned with the indiscriminate breadth of the government’s request.” It added: “In its current form, we will oppose the government’s petition in court.” Some experts, though dismayed by what they saw as the overly broad and invasive nature of the request, said that more government scrutiny on cryptocurrencies was inevitable as they became more mainstream. “It’s an indication of bitcoin’s growing adoption,” said Chris Burniske, an analyst at ARK Investment Management who focuses on bitcoin. “As more people use it, it is going to grow in a way which affects national and global economies, so the IRS needs more clarity on how citizens are using it,” he said. “Globally, we’re seeing regulators grapple with how to regulate and tax [cryptocurrencies].” Others said that while they felt Coinbase was right to seek to narrow the scope of the request, some change was needed to bring bitcoin and its ilk out of the dark and into the world of mainstream finance. “If bitcoin and other digital currencies are going to be viewed as legitimate financial instruments, there has to be some regulatory apparatus here,” said Kevin McIntyre, associate professor of economics at McDaniel College in Maryland. “Certainly,” he added, “the tinfoil hat-wearing libertarian types who embrace the privacy of [bitcoin] are going to be very disappointed.” Not all of them, however. Juan Llanos, an advisor in financial technology regulation and compliance, said he was seeing a lot of anger within the cryptocurrency industry at the IRS’s move, but also some schadenfreude from the more anarchistic parts of bitcoin’s user base. “Coinbase has been attacked by ultra-anarchists from the beginning, because they are the closest to a digital bank there is,” he said. “Many anarchists – usually the early adopters of bitcoin – who are against the customs of Coinbase are celebrating,” he said. This is not the first time the IRS has used blanket John Doe summonses as part of an investigation, though it is possible that the Coinbase request will be the largest of its kind. In 2014, a federal judge approved similar summonses for FedEx, DHL and UPS to produce information about taxpayers who use an offshore asset-management service called Sovereign Management & Legal, and in 2015 a judge approved another summons for US taxpayers with offshore accounts at Belize Bank International Limited.


Pagonis V.,McDaniel College | Kitis G.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Physica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research | Year: 2012

Typical materials used in thermoluminescence (TL) dosimetry exhibit the following common characteristics: (i) the temperature of glow peak maximum of individual glow peaks remains practically constant over a wide dose range, (ii) there are no systematic changes in the glow curve shapes with the irradiation dose, and (iii) higher order kinetics is rarely seen in dosimetric materials, while first-order kinetics is a common occurrence in experimental TL work. Theoretical explanation of these experimental characteristics is an open topic of TL research. In the present work these three characteristics are studied by using several models of increasing complexity. The simplest model studied is based on the empirical analytical general order (GO) expressions, followed by two commonly used models, the well-known one trap one recombination center models (OTOR) and the interactive multiple trap system (IMTS). Previous researchers have studied the behavior of these models using arbitrary values of the kinetic parameters in the models, and by varying these parameters within limited physically reasonable ranges. In this paper, a new method of analyzing the results from such models is presented, in which the average behavior of real dosimetric materials is simulated by allowing simultaneous random variations of the kinetic parameters, within several orders of magnitude. The simulation results lead to the conclusion that the presence of many competitive processes during the heating stage of TL, may be correlated to the remarkable stability of the glow curve shapes exhibited by most materials, and to the prevalence of first-order kinetics. This correlation is demonstrated further by a series of simulations in which the number of competitor traps is increased systematically, by adding up to 12 competitor traps in the IMTS model. As the number of competitor traps increases, the average behavior of the TL glow curves tends progressively toward first-order kinetics, and this in turn results in very small average variations in the shape of the TL glow peak. The simulation results in this paper provide a convincing demonstration and explanation of the stability of the shape of TL glow curves in dosimetric materials, and for the prevalence of first-order kinetics in TL. © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


Kitis G.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Pagonis V.,McDaniel College
Journal of Luminescence | Year: 2013

Recently a new kinetic model was presented in the literature, which describes localized electronic recombination in donor-acceptor pairs of luminescent materials. Within this model, recombination is assumed to take place via the excited state of the donor, and nearest-neighbor recombinations take place within a random distribution of centers. Two versions of the model were presented which were found to be in good agreement with each other, namely an exact model that evolves both in space and in time, and an approximate semi-analytical model evolving only in time. The model simulated successfully both thermally stimulated luminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), and also demonstrated the power law behavior for simulated OSL signals. This paper shows that the system of simultaneous differential equations in the semi-analytical model can be approximated to an excellent precision by a single differential equation. Furthermore, analytical solutions are obtained for this single differential equation, and for four different experimental modes of stimulation: TL, OSL, linearly modulated OSL (LM-OSL) and isothermal TL processes. The exact form of the power law for the model is found in analytical form for both OSL and isothermal TL processes. The analytical equations are tested by successfully fitting typical infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) signals, as well as experimental TL glow curves from feldspar samples. The dimensionless number density of acceptors in the model is estimated from fitting the experimental IRSL and TL data. The analytical expressions derived in this paper apply also to stimulated emission via the excited state of the donor-acceptor system. However, the same analytical expression, with different numerical values for its constants, can also be applied in the case of ground state tunneling, with important implications for luminescence dating. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


News Article | December 22, 2016
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McDaniel College has partnered with 11 community colleges to offer Educator’s Legacy Scholarships. Now eligible to receive up to $100,000 to attend McDaniel College are children of employees at Anne Arundel Community College, Carroll Community College, Cecil Community College, Chesapeake College, Community College of Baltimore County, Frederick Community College, Garrett College, Hagerstown Community College, Howard Community College and Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, as well as HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. High school seniors whose parent or guardian works full time in K-12 education can also apply for this guaranteed scholarship to attend McDaniel. Any service in a K-12 school or at one of the inaugural community college partners qualifies, including teachers, counselors, support staff or administrators, as long as the parent or guardian has at least four years of current and consecutive full-time employment. There is no limit to the number of scholarships awarded by McDaniel. The $25,000 annual scholarship (or $20,000 per year for commuter students) is renewable each year to students who maintain continuous enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. Visit http://www.mcdaniel.edu/edulegacyscholarship for additional information about the Educator’s Legacy Scholarship or to learn more about applying to McDaniel College. For more information about McDaniel College, visit http://www.mcdaniel.edu. McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary. http://www.mcdaniel.edu


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Maryland Chapter (AFPWMD), the non-profit organization dedicated to developing skilled and prepared fundraisers to maximize benefit and philanthropic giving, recently announced three new officers of the board, as well as the full slate of board members for 2017. The newly elected officers of the board are President-Elect Jessica El-Zeftawy, development officer at Frederick County Public Libraries; Treasurer Laura McCullough, director of philanthropic services at The Community Foundation of Frederick County; and Secretary Karen Pelton, assistant director of institutional advancement at the Carroll Community College Foundation. In addition, eight board members at large will serve during the 2017 fiscal year: Bonnie Caton, director of corporate and foundation relations at McDaniel College; Mimi Dickinson, executive director of the Barbara Ingram Foundation; Joyce Heptner, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County; Ken Oldham, president and CEO of United Way of Frederick County; Dana Pauley, director of development and marketing of MdBio Foundation, Inc.; Katie Rictor, director of the Fund for Good Counsel at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School; Teresa Witt, director of development of The Treatment and Learning Center; and Phil York, director of development of Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County. For more information about the AFP Western Maryland Chapter, please contact Jessica El-Zeftway at JEl-Zeftawy(at)FrederickCountyMD.gov or visit AFPwesternmd.afpnet.org. About AFPW The Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Maryland Chapter assists in developing skilled and prepared fundraisers to maximize benefit and philanthropic giving within the Western Maryland region. Currently, the Western Maryland chapter of the AFP serves Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Montgomery, Alleghany, and Garrett County by offering personal connections, educational opportunities, and professional growth experiences. Recently AFPW hosted a National Philanthropy day luncheon honoring outstanding volunteers who commit themselves to raising money for fantastic causes and making substantial impact within their communities.


Hardy S.D.,McDaniel College | Koontz T.M.,Ohio State University
Landscape and Urban Planning | Year: 2010

This study addresses the impact of biophysical characteristics, institutional rules-in-use, and community attributes on the actors and actions of 2 collaborative watershed partnerships with different land use patterns: one in an urban environment, and the other rural. The Institutional Analysis and Development framework is employed to investigate the institutional performance of each partnership by evaluating the transaction costs and environmental, social, and policy outputs of the two different groups. Results suggest that the nature of environmental problems in the two watersheds, combined with unique cultural attributes, and varying institutional frameworks, lead to different partnership goals, processes, and outputs. In the urban setting, watershed practitioners have taken advantage of the "thick" institutional framework to establish stormwater institutions, remediate impairments, and strengthen local policies. In the rural watershed, partnership members have sought to combat threats associated with land conversion and incompatible development with comprehensive planning and by building relationships with landowners in an attempt to encourage the adoption of conservation easements and BMPs. Thus, different sets of variables are critical for success across the two types of settings. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Feathers J.K.,University of Washington | Pagonis V.,McDaniel College
Quaternary Geochronology | Year: 2015

Single-grain dating of quartz near saturation is shown to have the potential of under-estimating equivalent dose. Experimental work shows that dose recoveries can be under-estimated when the administered dose approaches saturation, an observation also seen by Duller (2012). Duller (2012) found that by calculating the ratio between the fast and medium bleaching components, the "fast ratio", for each grain, the under-estimation can be corrected by removing those grains with low fast ratios. Similar results are shown for samples from archaeological sites in South Africa and South Carolina. To understand why grains with low fast ratios might lead to equivalent dose under-estimation, simulations using a comprehensive quartz model was employed. It was found that large grain-to-grain variation in the decay constants for the fast and medium components can cause this effect. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.


Hardy S.D.,McDaniel College
Society and Natural Resources | Year: 2010

This study addresses the convergence of governments, group membership, and watershed partnerships in the Lake Erie basin. A theoretical framework for studying the impacts of government on collaborative environmental management (Koontz et al. 2004) is employed to analyze the goals and activities of six representative watershed partnerships and their environmental and social outputs, and to investigate the impact government actors and institutions have on watershed partnership activities and outputs. Results suggest government impacts on partnership issue definition, resources for collaboration, and structure and decision processes are affected by differences in membership profile (government-centered, citizen-centered, or mixed-membership) and land use (rural or urban). © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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