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Mcneese State University
Lake Charles, LA, United States

McNeese State University is a public university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the United States. Founded in 1939 as Lake Charles Junior College, it was renamed McNeese Junior College after John McNeese, an early local educator. It adopted its present name in 1970.McNeese is part of the University of Louisiana System and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Master's University. U.S. News and World Report designates McNeese as a Tier One South Regional University. The selective admissions university consists of six colleges and the Doré School of Graduate Studies. McNeese is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and all programs of study are accredited by their respective national boards. Wikipedia.

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Hoffman J.D.,Mcneese State University | Aguilar-Amuchastegui N.,University of North Carolina at Wilmington | Tyre A.J.,University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Ecography | Year: 2010

Much research has centered on determining which habitat model best predicts species occurrence. However, previous work typically used data sets that are inherently biased for evaluation. The use of simulated data provides a way of testing model performance using un-biased data where the true relationships between species occurrence and population processes are predefined using sound ecological theory. We used a process-based habitat model to generate simulated occurrence data to evaluate presence-absence and presence-only methods: generalized linear and generalized additive models (GLM, GAM), maximum entropy model (Maxent), and discrete choice models (DCM). This is the first study to use a DCM for predicting species distributions. We varied the effect that habitat quality had on fecundity and reported the model responses to these changes. When the effect of habitat quality on fecundity was weak, model performance was no better than random for all methods, however, performance increased as the habitat/fecundity relationship became stronger. For each level of habitat quality effect, there was little variation in performance between the presence-absence and presence-only methods. The use of a process-based habitat model to generate occurrence data for evaluating model performance has a distinct advantage over other testing methods, because no errors are made during sampling and the true ecological relationships between population process and species occurrence are known. This leads to un-biased results and increased confidence in assessing model performance and making management recommendations. © 2010 The Authors.

Willis M.,Virginia Commonwealth University | Gotz M.,University of Konstanz | Kandalam A.K.,Mcneese State University | Gantefor G.F.,University of Konstanz | Jena P.,Virginia Commonwealth University
Angewandte Chemie - International Edition | Year: 2010

Hyper trumps super: A central atom, typically a metal, surrounded by halogen or oxygen atoms is called a superhalogen. Theoretical calculations and experiments reveal that a new class of highly electronegative species can be created when the central metal atom is surrounded by superhalogen moieties. These hyperhalogens can have electron affinities even larger than those of their superhalogen building blocks. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Jin L.,Mcneese State University
Computational Statistics and Data Analysis | Year: 2011

In this paper, a data-driven test is proposed to compare two independent or dependent stationary time series, in terms of the second order dynamics. We show that the problem of time series comparison is equivalent to a goodness-of-fit test checking if a constant model is adequate. Using the same framework, the proposed test is easily extended to compare multiple time series and time series of different lengths. Different to previous methods, it is based on generalized score statistics in an estimating equation setting, with some weak and flexible conditions. An extensive simulation study illustrates the validity of the asymptotic result and finite sample properties, using the tapered periodogram. The proposed test is found to perform well for many different situations, including time series with heavy-tailed or skewed innovations. An application to damage detection using vibration data is discussed. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Meyer H.A.,Mcneese State University
Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington | Year: 2012

A new species of tardigrade, Minibiotus acadianus, is described from a moss sample collected in June 2009 from a rainforest palm tree on the island of Dominica, West Indies. The new species has a buccal tube with a single anterior curvature, two macroplacoids, and a microplacoid. The cuticle is smooth with small, evenly-distributed circular or elliptical pores. Eggs have a reticulated shell surface and short inverted goblet egg process; a dentate margin on the distal dish of the processes bears 1012 short teeth. The new species is most similar to Minibiotus acadianus Meyer & Domingue, 2011; both have wider buccal tubes than other species in the genus. The new species is easily distinguished from M. acadianus in lacking cuticular gibbosities and in some characters of the egg.

Furman T.M.,Mcneese State University | Tuminello A.,Jr.
Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology | Year: 2016

This essay asks and answers the question: Is it possible for children with autism to live a good life, to flourish? The notion of a good life that is used is borrowed from Aristotle. Initially, the answer is no. Left to their own devises, children with autism do not flourish. However, unbeknownst to the public, a significant percentage of children with autism can and do flourish when properly treated with the ‘new’ science of Applied Behavior Analysis. © 2016 by The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Bender P.,Mcneese State University
SenSys 2014 - Proceedings of the 12th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems | Year: 2014

This paper describes the components used to build a sensor/ actuator network to control a model railroad layout. Control of the model railroad is accomplished using a network of Digi International XBee modules. Information generated by sensors and actions sent to the layout are coordinated using the open source JMRI software package on a general purpose computer connected to the XBee network. Copyright 2014 ACM.

Terrestrial tardigrades were collected from moss, lichen and leaf litter from Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, West Indies. Six species were found. Milnesium tardigradum Doyère, 1840, Minibiotus intermedius (Plate, 1889), Paramacro-biotus areolatus (Murray, 1907) and P. richtersi (Murray, 1911) have been reported previously from other islands in the Caribbean Sea. Two species on Grand Cayman were new to science. Doryphoribius tessellatus sp. n. belongs to the 'evelinae-group', with two macroplacoids and cuticular gibbosities. In having two pairs of posterior gibbosities and cuticular depressions forming a reticular design, it is most similar to Doryphoribius quadrituberculatus Kaczmarek & Michalczyk, 2004 from Costa Rica. It differs from D. quadrituberculatus in its gibbosity sequence (III:4:2:2), the number of teeth, size of macroplacoids and details of the reticular design on the dorsal cuticle. Macrobiotus caymanensis sp. n. belongs to the 'polyopus-group' of species. It differs from other species of the group in having a shorter buccal tube, a more posterior stylet support insertion point and fewer, larger egg processes.

Meyer H.A.,Mcneese State University
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Abstract This paper provides a comprehensive list of the freshwater and terrestrial tardigrade fauna reported from the Americas (North America, South America, Central America and the West Indies), their distribution in the Americas, and the substrates from which they have been reported. Data were obtained from 316 published references. Authors' identifications were accepted at face value unless subsequently amended. Taxa were assigned to sub-national units (states, provinces, etc.). Many areas, in particular large portions of Central America and the West Indies, have no reported tardigrade fauna. The presence of 54 genera and 380 species has been reported for the Americas; 245 species have been collected in the Nearctic ecozone and 251 in the Neotropical ecozone. Among the tardigrade species found in the Americas, 52 are currently considered cosmopolitan, while 153 species have known distributions restricted to the Americas. Based on recent taxonomic revision of the genus Milnesium, the vast majority of records of M. tardigradum in the Americas should now be reassigned to Milnesium tardigradum sensu lato, either because the provided description differs from M. tardigradum sensu stricto or because insufficient description is provided to make a determination; the remainder should be considered Milnesium cf. tardigradum. Most terrestrial tardigrade sampling in the Americas has focused on cryptogams (mosses, lichens and liverworts); 90% of the species have been collected in such substrates. The proportion of species collected in other habitats is lower: 14% in leaf litter, 20% in soil, and 24% in aquatic samples (in other terrestrial substrates the proportion never exceeds 5%). Most freshwater tardigrades have been collected from aquatic vegetation and sediment. For nine species in the Americas no substrates have been reported Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 131.57K | Year: 2011

Koasati is an endangered language with 200 speakers. This project is a collaborative endeavor among The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, an anthropologist at McNeese University, and linguists at The College of William and Mary and UC Santa Barbara to conduct the first phonetic study of Koasati. The data will be gathered over two years and will consist of analyses of scripted surveys of fluent speakers and conversational data. In order to maintain existing community support, the project will also seek to expand an existing audio dictionary of 1,200 words and to assist and train tribal members in lexicography, ethno-botany, and language documentation.

The intellectual merit of the proposal lies in providing basic, quantified data regarding Koasati consonants and vowels, the pitch accent system in nouns, the grammatical system of tone in verbs, as well as phrasal and sentence-level prosody. These aspects of Koasati are not well described, and the researchers pilot studies suggest important differences between Koasati and both Creek and Chickasaw. These findings will contribute to knowledge of sound patterns in Koasati, Muskogean languages, North American languages, and language in general. The multimedia dictionary will provide a lasting record of the pronunciation of words.

The project will have a broader impact in training tribal members in language documentation, in training graduate and undergraduate students in instrumental phonetics, and in providing a model within linguistics of collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-based research.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: EXP PROG TO STIM COMP RES | Award Amount: 112.95K | Year: 2014


WSC-Category 1 Collaborative: A surface water management framework to counterbalance groundwater withdrawals in wetter regions of the U.S.

The over-use of groundwater is becoming a critical problem in regions historically characterized by abundant rainfall and surface water, including much of the U.S. Northern Gulf and Southern Atlantic Coastal regions. This project proposes to develop a theoretical framework and a new modeling/decision support tool aimed at better managing surface water so that it can be used to close groundwater supply gaps. The proposed management framework focuses on understanding human-water-land use interactions, with an emphasis on agriculture. The research team will explore the potentially transformative concept of integrating the social and biophysical dimensions of water systems into a unified framework for improved management of surface water resources. This includes consideration of the balance between water demand for humans and ecosystems.

The project team will develop an innovative geospatial decision support/modeling tool that can identify and evaluate opportunities to capture and use surface water to replace groundwater in these wetter regions of the US. The theoretical framework and associated geospatial decision support tool will be unique for wetter regions of the U.S. where groundwater and surface water have traditionally been managed separately and surface water management has focused largely on flood control. The tool will directly benefit farmers, land managers, regulatory agencies, and state and local government officials. The research will be integrated with education through a trans-disciplinary senior/MS-level course at UL Lafayette. Public outreach, focusing on water conservation efforts, will be part of this course. We will additionally leverage and expand existing NSF and NOAA watershed-based education/outreach projects that target graduate students and high school teachers, respectively. This project also serves as a catalyst for developing a new collaborative team of researchers interested in water sustainability.

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