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Medgar Evers College is a senior college of The City University of New York.Medgar Evers College was officially established in 1970 through cooperation from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who, while serving in World War II, became disenchanted by the knowledge that he was fighting for freedom halfway around the world while he and other American blacks endured segregation and other forms of racism. He later helped secure many social and political advances for African Americans, including helping the first black student, James Meredith, attend the previously whites-only University of Mississippi in 1962. Evers was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. The College also operates several external programs and associated centers such as Male Development and Empowerment Center, Center for Women's Development, Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy. Wikipedia.

The purpose of this study was to explore the extent to which African American women participate in diabetes self-management education (DSME) and the impact of participation on self-care behaviors. Results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (2007) revealed, approximately, 53.6% of participants reported having had DSME, less than the 62.5% participation rate suggested by Healthy People 2020. Those who received DSME were significantly more likely to check their own blood sugar and feet regularly; to participate in moderate physical activity; and to have received healthcare provider foot examinations, glycosolated hemoglobin measurements, and dilated eye examinations in the past year. These results indicate the importance of DSME and the need for health care providers to develop strategies and policies to improve participation among this ethnic group of women. Thereby, decreasing complications related to Type 2 diabetes and improving the quality of life for these Women.

Thompson C.,Medgar Evers College
Geography Compass | Year: 2013

Master-planned estates are an increasingly proliferating phenomenon in urban development. These primarily residential estates have often been explored under the terms 'gated community', 'planned community' and 'common interest development', however the development of the term 'master-planned estate' or MPE by Australian geographers has opened up the terminology describing this phenomenon to a variety of planned residential forms. Three key themes dominate the literature on MPEs: privatization, socio-spatial polarization and community. Through assessing the research completed on MPEs to date, with specific attention to Australian research using this terminology, I explore these key themes, as well as oversights in the literature, particularly in the lack of research on inner-city MPEs. I conclude that new-build gentrification can offer a fruitful launching point to explore the development of inner-city MPEs. © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Darnel M.R.,Indiana University at South Bend | Holland W.C.,University of Colorado | Pajoohesh H.,Medgar Evers College
Order | Year: 2013

Holland et al. (Algebra Univers 67:1-18, 2012) considered varieties E{open}n of lattice-ordered groups defined by partial metrics, and showed for all n that E{open}n is contained within the variety Ln defined by xnyn = ynxn. They also showed that if n were prime, then E{open}n = Ln. Letting A2 denote the metabelian variety (defined at the beginning of Section 2), this article continues their work, showing that for all n, Ln ∩ A2 ⊆ E{open}n while showing that if n is not prime, Ln ⊈ E{open}n. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 94.27K | Year: 2012


Several approaches for biological and biomimetic energy conversion systems have been proposed. In particular, the possibility of using photosynthesis to produce hydrogen from biological resources is attractive, and both natural microorganisms and semi-artificial devices are being investigated within various national and international programs. The approaches of semi-artificial device research being followed are aimed at a photoelectrochemical system based on PSII and PSI, which are natural photosystems, and hydrogenase. The original model, proposed in 1979, entailed the use of particles floating in solution in the presence of redox mediators. New strategies proposed by the research team of Professor Michele Vittadello of CUNY Medgar Evers College and Professor Paul Falkowski of Rutgers University involve the immobilization of PSII and PSI CCs (core complexes) and hydrogenases onto electrodic surfaces. So far, no one has published a full working device using isolated core complexes.

Vittadello and Falkowski propose to demonstrate the possibility by assembling a viable photosynthetic hybrid system for water splitting based on graphene oxide (GO), core complexes of natural photosystems PSII and PSI, and Pt as a catalyst. Single-layered GO provides an ideal chemical ?canvas? for the self-assembly of photosynthetic proteins. The residual oxygen-containing chemical species include hydroxyl, carboxyl, epoxy, and ketonic functional groups concentrated at the edges of graphene quantum islands. The degree of oxidation can be used to control electron/hole transport properties. Although preliminary results for the PSI-GO and PSII-GO have been attained, the basis for this EAGER proposal is the attempt to demonstrate that photoinduced vectorial electron transfer is possible in triads comprised of PSII CCs, GO, and PSI CCs in a direct or facilitated fashion, giving rise to a supramolecular hybrid electron-transport chain with minimized overpotentials, on the model of the natural photosynthetic Z-scheme.

The investigators are well qualified for conducting this project given their background knowledge in photosynthesis, electrochemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, materials science and engineering. The research team includes Senior Research Associate Kamil Woronowicz and is in an excellent position to expand the collaborative effort in semi-artificial photosynthesis for hydrogen generation. The investigation of GO-protein interactions is highly transformational for bionanotechnologies with potential applications in multi-enzyme catalysis for fuel production and chemical synthesis, and protein purification for drug development. The successful proof-of-concept will lay the foundation for further studies. The vibrancy of the topic will help leverage the ongoing effort of the investigators in the STEM educational area, through the unique institutional expertise available at Medgar Evers College and at the Rutgers Energy Institute.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 50.00K | Year: 2014

A new family of innovative immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) resins based on graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets for protein purification is proposed. These IMAC resins potentially constitute a disruptive technology in the protein purification market well beyond the current level of application of IMAC stationary phase materials. This novel IMAC material is expected to provide improved protein loading capacity and specificity compared to commercially available resins. Alternative applications in response to customer needs of the IMAC material and its possible derivatives will be explored. The most promising commercial applications of the proposed IMAC resins will be determined on the base of a customer discovery and business development effort by means of a targeted market exploration in the biotechnology sector.

The IMAC method is an elegant and powerful approach for isolation of proteins with high purity. The team estimates that the IMAC resin global market is likely to experience further growth. The IMAC resin proposed herein, when compared to existing commercial products, will: a) be endowed with higher volumetric and gravimetric metal density, b) exhibit superior protein loading capacity and purity, c) ensure state-of-the-art durability and chemical stability, d) promote high retention of activity of isolated proteins, e) provide control of binding affinity versus analyte protein specificity. Some of these characteristics have been investigated in the course of the research conducted. Other applications may be possible beyond the natural business segment of the IMAC resin.

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