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New York, NY, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jane Carmody, DNP, MBA, BSW, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, has joined The John A. Hartford Foundation as a new Program Officer, the Foundation announced today. Dr. Carmody has enjoyed a long and successful career in health care with a focus on the care of older adults. She has practiced in community social work, psychiatric inpatient nursing, intensive care, and community health care. She has held significant executive leadership positions over the years, including as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Health, formerly Alegent Creighton Health. Dr. Carmody has focused on safety, quality, and the patient-family care experience during her career, and most of her leadership and care practices have been to design and improve care models and health promotion systems for older adults. She has initiated and supported innovative solutions to improving outcomes such as a parish nursing network and a nursing home network. She has overseen system excellence designation programs such as Pathway to Excellence, Magnet, and NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). In the fall of 2016, Dr. Carmody and her husband relocated to New York to be closer to their family. “We are thrilled to welcome Jane Carmody with her extensive experience as a nurse, social worker, and as a health system leader,” said Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation. “Dr. Carmody adds to our exceptional team a first-hand knowledge of how to make health systems more age-friendly and a deep commitment to improving the care of older adults.” Dr. Carmody is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), National Gerontological Nursing Association, American Geriatrics Society, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She is certified as a nurse executive in practice (CENP) by the AONE, and as a nurse executive advanced (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Carmody has served on many boards over the years including the College of St. Mary, Hospice House, New Cassel, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Carmody graduated from Mercy College in Des Moines with a diploma in nursing and from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a social work degree. She also holds an MBA from Creighton University and a DNP from Rush University. Founded in 1929 by John and George Hartford of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P groceries), The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. Every eight seconds, someone in America turns 65. The largest-ever generation of older adults is living and working longer, redefining later life, and enriching our communities and society. Comprehensive, coordinated, and continuous care that keeps older adults as healthy as possible is essential to sustaining these valuable contributions. The John A. Hartford Foundation believes that its investments in aging experts and innovations can transform how care is delivered, lowering costs and dramatically improving the health of older adults. Additional information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.johnahartford.org. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/7aa8b753-4015-4323-986a-89049be30307 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/996b2c7e-c212-4486-b5db-c522e0d16c29


Dr. Liakeas' has been named as one of America's Top Doctors® multiple times. Dr. George is also a recipient of over two dozen awards and recognitions for his compassionate care and commitment to the medical profession, including from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. He is the President of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York and Teaching Physician for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York Medical College, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and Mercy College of Physician Assistants. Currently, Dr. Liakeas' is also the Medical Director of Smooth Synergy Cosmedical Spa and New York City Marathon Medical Captain. Dr. George is affiliated with Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and has full privileges at Lenox Hill Hospital. By collaborating with CCPHP, Dr. Liakeas will be able to continue to provide his patients with outstanding, personalized care through a flexible membership model that will allow: same-day and next-day appointments, extended office visits, enhanced connectivity to over 48,000 Castle Connolly Top Doctors, the innovative and personalized SENS Solution Health Coaching program, and more. "For almost two decades, I have been practicing medicine, like a 'small town doc in our big city,'" says Dr. Liakeas. "Practicing medicine has always been very rewarding to me, and now the membership-based practice I've established with CCPHP will allow me to devote extended time and attention to my patients." "We are extremely happy to expand our roster of top concierge doctors with the launch of Dr. Liakeas' concierge practice," said Dean McElwain, President of CCPHP. "We love that Dr. Liakeas shares our approach to serving Members --- providing a more personalized, connected and collaborative approach to care." To learn more about Dr. Liakeas' practice and the benefits of membership, visit www.liakeasccphp.net or call 646-973-5098. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/george-liakeas-md-establishes-concierge-practice-in-collaboration-with-castle-connolly-private-health-partners-llc-300463394.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
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With the continuing shifts in the higher education instructional materials market trending towards engaging, easy-to-use, digital courseware, the University of Hawai‘i Press and startup LingroLearning are building their next-generation higher education learning products on Junction Education’s award-winning adaptive courseware platform. Other college and university clients include Doral College, Mercy College, and Yale University Press. University of Hawai’i Press and LingroLearning will use Junction Author to create their digital language learning products and rely on Junction’s turnkey LTI integration and suite of available ecommerce and fulfillment options to service their college and university clients across the world. “We’ve been searching for an easy-to-use, easy to support, digital courseware platform to complement our leading textbooks and workbooks for a long time, and are delighted to now partner with Junction.” said Trond Knutsen, Digital Publishing Manager at University of Hawai’i Press. “Junction’s intuitive design and expansive feature set reinforce the value of our content and pedagogy. We’re confident instructors and students alike are going to enjoy learning on Junction, which we'll be piloting this Fall.” “It was critical for us to find a partner who appreciates the nuances of learning on screens and who shares our view of the importance of learner engagement. Junction Education quickly jumped to the top of our list and we’re looking forward to launching a variety of new products and experiences, ” said Steve Debow, CEO, LingroLearning. “LingroLearning, University of Hawai‘i Press, and Yale University Press are leaders at the forefront of applying advances in digital learning to improve faculty and student experiences,” said Vineet Madan, CEO, Junction Education. “Our team is excited and proud to work with these clients to extend their reach and impact through easy-to-use digital courseware.” About Junction Education Used by more than 50 colleges and universities since 2014, Junction Education’s award-winning adaptive courseware platform is the one that 82% of students prefer to alternatives. For more information about Junction Education and their Platform-as-a-Service offering, visit http://www.junctioneducation.com. About University of Hawai’i Press University of Hawai‘i Press is one of the most respected publishers of Asian and Pacific studies titles in the world. The Press seeks to stimulate public debate and educate both within and outside the classroom by providing books, journals and educational resource materials of exceptional merit. For more information about University of Hawai‘i Press, visit http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/. About LingroLearning LingroLearning is about to change the way we all learn languages. Founded in 2016, the company is partnering with leading language scholars, practitioners, and institutions to launch pedagogically sound, tech-enabled language learning products and experiences that help people learn. For more information on LingroLearning, go to http://www.lingrolearning.com.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has announced its list of the best online colleges for veterans and military personnel for 2017. The ranking names the top 59 two- and four-year schools and the top 50 four-year schools in the nation based on service member-friendly benefits, affordability and program quality. The four-year schools with the best scores were University of Southern Mississippi, Webster University, Saint Leo University, University of Idaho and Murray State University. The top five two-year schools include Central Texas College, St. Philip’s College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Del Mar College. "Veterans and current members of the military face some unique challenges when it comes to earning a certificate or degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools have demonstrated a commitment to providing outstanding benefits and resources to service members who choose to pursue an online education, while also maintaining affordability and quality standards.” To qualify for a spot on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s rankings, schools must meet several minimum requirements. Each college cited is institutionally accredited and holds public or private not-for-profit standing. Each is also scored based on a comparison of more than a dozen metrics including the availability and amount of financial aid, military tuition discounts, ROTC programs, veteran support services and graduation rates by school. AffordableCollegesOnline.org enforces strict affordability standards, requiring schools to offer in-state tuition rates below $20,000 per year for four-year schools, and below $5,000 per year for two-year schools. All eligible school scores are compared to determine the final “Best” list. For complete details on the data and methodology used to score each school and a full list of ranking colleges, visit: Top Four-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017: Arkansas State University-Main Campus Azusa Pacific University Ball State University Columbia College Dallas Baptist University Duquesne University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Hampton University Hawaii Pacific University Iowa State University Kansas State University Lawrence Technological University Lewis University Mercy College Mississippi State University Missouri State University-Springfield Montana State University-Billings Murray State University New England College Niagara University Northern Arizona University Northern Kentucky University Norwich University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Oral Roberts University Point Park University Regis University Saint Leo University Texas A & M University-College Station The College of Saint Scholastica The University of Alabama The University of Montana Tiffin University Troy University University of Arizona University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Idaho University of Mississippi University of Nebraska at Omaha University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus University of South Florida-Main Campus University of Southern Mississippi University of the Incarnate Word University of Toledo Viterbo University Washington State University Webster University Western Kentucky University Top Two-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017: ### AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | June 22, 2017
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Mercy College has entered a memorandum of understanding with Northeast STEM Starter Academy (NSSA) in Mount Vernon, New York. The partnership between the two organizations means that NSSA students will benefit from Mercy faculty and volunteers who will teach STEM to the students. Additionally, the students will be exposed to STEM activities and have more informed options about the benefits of higher education. The NSSA works in partnership with public school leadership in Mount Vernon to ensure at-risk students have access to state-of-the-art science and technology resources that prepare them for careers as teachers, scientists, computer technologists, doctors and engineers. Mercy College Provost Jose Herrera said: “I’m excited about the opportunity to partner with an organization that, like Mercy College, is committed to driving meaningful change. I am excited about the mutual impact we can have in the lives of students from Mt. Vernon.” NSSA Executive Director Gerald D. Dennis said: “As we strive to deliver at-risk, underserved students with access to enhanced STEM learning, our partnering with Mercy College adds significant value. In addition to supporting our mission to address the disparity associated with educational outcomes, the relationship will empower our public-school students with a host of experiences that will encourage college enrollment and securing their degrees.” Among the items settled on in the agreement are: Mercy College is the dynamic, diverse New York City area college whose students are on a personal mission: to get the most out of life by getting the most out of their education. Founded in 1950, Mercy offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College challenges its faculty and staff to make higher education work for anyone hungry enough to earn a better place in life. With campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan and Yorktown Heights, the vibrancy of the College culture is sustained by a diverse student body from around the region. Committed to supporting students throughout their education, Mercy College offers a personalized learning experience that includes the College’s Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. PACT is a nationally recognized mentoring program that serves as a model for student success. http://www.mercy.edu/ 877-MERCY-GO.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: IUSE | Award Amount: 78.47K | Year: 2016

The Introductory Physics for Life Science (IPLS) Portal will enhance the education of hundreds of thousands of life science students each year by providing engaging and effective IPLS instructional materials and helping IPLS instructors use these materials. This collaborative effort of the American Association of Physics Teachers and eight colleges and universities, including a community college and a Hispanic-serving institution, will create an open-source, peer-reviewed, and innovatively structured environment for IPLS content. Initially containing materials from multiple NSF-funded research and development projects, the Portal will become a development platform for IPLS curricula. The site will serve as both an archive and a dissemination tool, including a course-building interface for faculty. Instructors will be supported in creating innovative and individualized courses, mixing and matching from multiple sources tuned to their needs, offering a flexible and low-cost alternative to traditional textbooks.

Many of the objectives and features of the project are innovative. Hence, the project also includes research components of four critical and interacting elements: IPLS content, IPLS pedagogy, the organizational structure of the site, including tagging and taxonomy of all elements for appropriate selection to meet the needs of individual users, and the user interface. Three overlapping research teams will carry out this work: the User-Centered Design team, the Instructional Content Design team, and the Community-Building and Professional-Development team. This project focuses on engaging and expanding three communities: (1) physics and biology education researchers, (2) IPLS contributors, and (3) IPLS adopters wanting to use and adapt existing IPLS materials. Merging and expanding the efforts of these communities will occur through a combination of workshops, online support communities, and research to advance the understanding of faculty professional development for IPLS education. The IPLS-Portal infrastructure, once developed, could be used to provide a community-sourcing environment for other STEM disciplines.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 1.17M | Year: 2016

With funding from the National Science Foundations Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, the Mathematics Education Intensive Residency Project Focusing on Veterans will recruit veterans with strong mathematics backgrounds and prepare them to become grade 7-12 grade mathematics teachers. The project will fund twenty scholarships/fellowships over four years. In this project, Mercy College will collaborate with the Yonkers Public School District. The program will implement a clinically rich masters degree program in secondary mathematics education to investigate the nexus between theory and practice, and will benefit Noyce Scholars through the partnership between school practitioners and college faculty. The program will provide recipients with the content and methodology necessary to work effectively in inclusive and traditional mathematics classrooms. Particular emphasis will be given to helping candidates understand the spirit, intent, and content of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and will investigate multiple strategies for implementing successful research-based mathematics education in high-need classrooms. At the conclusion of this 14-month masters degree program, candidates will be eligible for certification and employment.

The project will correlate with current education reform practice to support a cohort model, clinical residency and follow-up induction services as a means for preparing and retaining successful teachers, and will follow the professional development model suggested by data from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Center for Teaching Quality. It will guide each cohort through a sequence of activities designed to integrate theory and practice, including research-based courses in teaching, the use of technology in the classroom, differentiated teaching strategies, and implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The program will provide a coherent curriculum and sequenced courses requiring increasing levels of knowledge for application to the clinical residency and emphasize authentic classroom teaching under the mentorship of a well-qualified mathematics teacher and guidance from visiting Mercy College clinical faculty. A year of follow-up support for each cohort will be provided through online seminars, SKYPE and after-school learning workshops. Through multiple sources -- coursework, the internship, certification tests, and the awarding of the degree -- the project will verify candidates level of competence to teach mathematics curricula in secondary schools, and will evaluate the progress of student achievement in their classes. Data collected from this project will provide an understanding of 1) whether veterans can serve as successful role models for at-risk youngsters by bringing the value-added strengths of maturity and teamwork skills to secondary school teaching and school capacity-building and 2) whether an ongoing learning community will empower a successful transition to civilian life, enable veterans to become effective teachers upon entering the profession, and work productively with diverse populations of secondary school students and educator colleagues.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 626.82K | Year: 2013

This project provides scholarships to support academically talented students with demonstrated financial need in attaining baccalaureate degrees in biology, computer information science, and mathematics at Gwynedd-Mercy College. In addition to scholarship aid, students are being supported through such activities as a living-learning community, modules and coaching on STEM study-skills, and peer tutoring. The project also features comprehensive training in ethics, leadership and decision making, seeking to graduate students imbued not only with the knowledge and competencies in STEM, but also sound ethical judgment. The intellectual merit of this project lies in the well-planned, literature-based activities to support student learning and success. The broader impacts include strengthening relationships with local schools and employers, as well as contributing to workforce needs, notably in bio- and information technology, in the Greater Philadelphia region. The focus on ethics education also serves as a model for similar institutions in the region and beyond.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 1.10M | Year: 2014

The Mercy Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative (MISTI), a Track I, Phase I Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, is a five year program designed to produce 20 certified high school or middle school math and biology teachers, each with a major in biology or mathematics and each earning a Masters in Adolescence Education as well as New York State teaching certification. Partner organizations include Yonkers Public Schools, the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, Ossining Public Schools, and Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, Westchester Community College, Bronx Community College, and Rockland Community College. Activities specifically designed for this program include STEM Summer Immersion Camps at the end of the freshman and sophomore years and, for juniors and seniors, an introduction to teaching that features classroom observations, peer teaching, pedagogical seminars, workshop development and presentation at the Mercy College Parent Center. It culminates in a full-year clinical residency in high-need middle and high schools. Noyce Scholars receive intensive mentoring at the undergraduate, graduate, and induction levels. The program puts an emphasis on community building through an online community of practice; and explicitly integrates STEM subjects through a summer engineering experience at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Intellectual Merit: The program design is firmly grounded in the literature on effective practices in teacher preparation and is adding to that growing body of knowledge through analysis of the outcomes of providing intensive mentoring, summer research and collaborative learning activities, and hands-on engineering experiences (a subject not traditionally included in teacher preparation but one of growing importance in K-12 education). MISTI project data is informing math and science teacher educators and other researchers of best practices related to the: 1) recruitment of underrepresented students into STEM teaching; 2) improving teacher retention in high-need schools; and 3) clinically rich models of teacher preparation.

Broader Impacts: By forging formal partnerships with regional community colleges, this project creates a new pathway for community college students in and around New York City to become STEM educators. Project findings are shared with partner colleges and through conference presentations, workshops, and peer-reviewed literature.

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