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Mississippi University for Women, also known as MUW or simply the "W" is a four-year coeducational public university located in Columbus, Mississippi. It was formerly known as Industrial Institute and College and later Mississippi State College for Women . Men have been offered admission to MUW since 1982. Wikipedia.

Fletchall A.M.,Mississippi University for Women
Geographical Review

Montana's craft brewing industry has grown astronomically in the last few decades and has spawned many breweries with local names and themes. Using Montana's craft breweries as a case study, this paper demonstrates that craft breweries play a significant role in contemporary place-making. First, brewery and beer names are analyzed to extract several place-based themes, and it is argued that these perpetuate a particular New West identity for the state. Then, through the lens of tourism and the quest for "authenticity," surveys of brewery visitors are used to identify the various attractions that drinking craft beer and visiting breweries offer their patrons. Besides the taste of the beer, the local nature of breweries and their community focus prove to be an important draw for brewery visitors and provide the chance to experience the community in a more authentic way, and thus, offer an opportunity to make a meaningful connection with place. This research proves that craft breweries have become an important venue for place-making, not only in Montana, but in other cities and states with a significant craft-brewing industry. © 2016 American Geographical Society of New York. Source

Maskiewicz A.C.,Point Loma Nazarene University | Griscom H.P.,James Madison University | Welch N.T.,Mississippi University for Women
CBE Life Sciences Education

In this study, we used targeted active-learning activities to help students improve their ways of reasoning about carbon flow in ecosystems. The results of a validated ecology conceptual inventory (diagnostic question clusters [DQCs]) provided us with information about students' understanding of and reasoning about transformation of inorganic and organic carbon-containing compounds in biological systems. These results helped us identify specific active-learning exercises that would be responsive to students' existing knowledge. The effects of the active-learning interventions were then examined through analysis of students' pre- and postinstruction responses on theDQCs. The biology and non-biology majors participating in this study attended a range of institutions and the instructors varied in their use of active learning; one lecture-only comparison class was included. Changes in pre- to postinstruction scores on the DQCs showed that an instructor's teaching method had a highly significant effect on student reasoning following course instruction, especially for questions pertaining to cellular-level, carbon-transforming processes.We conclude that using targeted in-class activities had a beneficial effect on student learning regardless of major or class size, and argue that using diagnostic questions to identify effective learning activities is a valuable strategy for promoting learning, as gains from lecture-only classes were minimal.©2012 The American Society for Cell Biology. Source

Ansar S.M.,Mississippi State University | Li X.,Mississippi University for Women | Zou S.,University of Central Florida | Zhang D.,Mississippi State University
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Studying the correlation between the molecular structures of SERS-active analytes and their SERS enhancement factors is important to our fundamental understanding of SERS chemical enhancement. Using a common internal reference method, we quantitatively compared the Raman activities, SERS activities, and SERS enhancement factors for a series of organothiols that differ significantly in their structural characteristics and reported chemical enhancements. We find that while the tested molecules vary tremendously in their normal Raman and SERS activities (by more than 4 orders of magnitude), their SERS enhancement factors are very similar (the largest difference is less than 1 order of magnitude). This result strongly suggests that SERS chemical enhancement factors are not as diverse as initially believed. In addition to shedding critical insight on the SERS phenomena, the common internal reference method developed in this work provides a simple and reliable way for systematic investigation of the correlation between molecular structures and their normal Raman and SERS activities. © 2012 American Chemical Society. Source

Heda G.D.,Mississippi University for Women
Analytical biochemistry

In this article, we present a modified and improved protein assay that was previously described as "amidoschwarz assay" by Schaffner and Weissmann. Our improved protein assay is user-friendly and 30-40 times more sensitive than the earlier method. The assay was developed into three formats (macro-, micro-, and nanoassay) with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) as protein precipitating agent, measuring up to 96 samples. The macro and micro formats of this assay require a single reagent staining with amido black of protein dots bound to nitrocellulose membrane with lowest protein measurements to 1 and 0.1 μg, respectively. On the other hand, the nanoassay, with combination staining of amido black followed by colloidal gold, can extend the detection limit to 2.5 ng of protein. Protein concentrations were determined by densitometry and/or spectrophotometry. This assay is compatible with many ionic and non-ionic detergents. This improved protein assay provides an additional choice to researchers in measuring total protein concentration accurately in dilute biological samples as low as 0.125 μg/ml prior to their biochemical analysis such as in comparative proteomics. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Roy J.,Mississippi University for Women
An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences: Production, Chemistry, Techniques and Technology

This textbook is written as a unified approach to various topics, ranging from drug discovery to manufacturing, techniques and technology, regulation and marketing. The key theme of the book is pharmaceuticals - what every student of pharmaceutical sciences should know: from the active pharmaceutical ingredients to the preparation of various dosage forms along with the relevant chemistry, this book makes pharmaceuticals relevant to undergraduate students of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. This book explains how a particular drug was discovered and then converted from lab-scale to manufacturing scale, to the market. It explains the motivation for drug discovery, the reaction chemistry involved, experimental difficulties, various dosage forms and the reasoning behind them, mechanism of action, quality assurance and role of regulatory agencies. After having a course based on this book, the student will be able to understand: 1) the career prospects in the pharmaceutical industry, 2) the need for interdisciplinary teamwork in science, 3) the techniques and technology involved in making pharmaceuticals starting from bulk drugs, and 4) different dosage forms and critical factors in the development of pharmaceutical formulations in relation to the principles of chemistry. A few blockbuster drugs including atorvastatin, sildanefil, ranitidine, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin, and the longest serving drugs such as aspirin and paracetamol are discussed in detail. Finally, the book also covers the important current pharmaceutical issues like quality control, safety, counterfeiting and abuse of drugs, and future prospects for pharmaceutical industry. Unified approach explaining drug discovery, bulk drug manufacturing, formulation of dosage forms, with pharmacological and therapeutic actions. Manufacturing processes of representative active pharmaceutical ingredients and their chemistry plus formulation of dosage forms presented in this book are based on actual industrial processes. Covers many aspects relevant to students of the pharmaceutical sciences or newly employed pharmaceutical researchers/employees. It contains summary information about regulatory agencies of different countries. © 2011 Woodhead Publishing Limited. All rights reserved. Source

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