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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.

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. Source

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. Source

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. Source

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. Source

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. Source

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