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Missouri Western State University is a public, co-educational university located in Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States. The school enrolls 6,010 undergraduate students and 124 graduate students. Wikipedia.


Hegeman J.S.,Missouri Western State University
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Network | Year: 2015

Low retention rates in online freshman-level mathematics courses are a concern, especially at postsecondary institutions that serve academically unprepared students. The purpose of this study was to determine if student performance in an online College Algebra course that relies heavily on text-based multimedia tools can be improved by replacing publisher-generated educational resources with instructor-generated video lectures. The original online College Algebra course placed the publisher-generated educational resources in the role of content provider by enabling all publisher-generated learning aids within the online homework system and treating instructor-generated educational materials as supplemental resources. In contrast, the redesigned online College Algebra course enhanced the course instructor’s teaching presence by requiring students to complete instructor-generated guided note-taking sheets while watching instructor-generated video lectures, treating publisher-generated learning aids as supplemental resources by removing them from within the online homework system. Results indicate students who enrolled in a redesigned online College Algebra course that strategically placed the instructor in the role of content provider performed significantly better on both online and handwritten assessments than did students who enrolled in an online College Algebra course that placed the publisher-generated educational resources in that role. © 2015 Sloan Consortium. All rights reserved. Source


Fast W.,University of Texas at Austin | Sutton L.D.,Missouri Western State University | Sutton L.D.,Benedictine College
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Proteins and Proteomics | Year: 2013

Metallo-β-lactamases represent an emerging clinical threat due to their ability to render ineffective an entire class of antibiotics. Accordingly, this family of enzymes has been suggested as an attractive target for drug design. Progress toward developing effective inhibitors as well as the development of reporter substrates is reviewed. Inhibitors are classified into six classes and known binding interactions with metallo-β-lactamases are summarized. The development of chromogenic and fluorogenic reporter substrates is also reviewed with respect to current and prospective applications to future inhibitor and diagnostic discovery, mechanistic studies, and biological imaging. Despite progress in molecular probe development, the sequence and structural diversity within the metallo-β-lactamase family continue to present substantial hurdles for rational ligand design. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source


Tang S.,Missouri Western State University
International Journal of Wireless Information Networks | Year: 2011

We study the dynamics of virus spread in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). We first analyze the susceptible-infective (SI) epidemic model for WSNs. In the SI model, once a sensor node is attacked by a virus, the infective node then, using normal communications, spreads the virus to its neighboring nodes, which further spread the virus to their neighbors, the process continues until the whole network fails. To combat this drawback, we propose a modified SI model by leveraging the sleep mode of WSNs to perform system maintenance. The modified SI model can improve the network anti-virus capability and flexibly adapt to different types of virus, without causing any additional hardware effort and signaling overhead. We derive the explicit analytical solutions for the modified SI model, which can capture both the spatial and temporal dynamics of the virus spread process. Extensive numerical results are presented to validate our analysis. The proposed model and analysis method are expected to be used for analysis and design of information (including virus) propagation mechanisms in distributed wireless or computer networks. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source


Siebler K.,Missouri Western State University
Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health | Year: 2012

Contemporary representations of transgendered people often reinforce rigid gender binaries of masculinity and femininity, leading transgendered individuals to feel they must seek out hormones or surgery to "correctly align" their bodies with their gender. Cultural texts (e.g., films, television, Internet, digital texts) reinforce this "pre-op or post-op" ideology for trans identity. The pre-op or post-op MTF or FTM binary mandates an alignment with the heterosexual gender system (feminine female or masculine male). In this article, the author focuses on trans identities and how representations codify the need or desire for surgery and hormones and examines the paradoxical reification of gender and sexual stereotypes (particularly dichotomization) by electronic media for transgender consumers of these media at the same time that these same sources provide an abundance of information for those who would otherwise not be made aware of the resources available to them. The competition between marketing of products and services for transgender individuals and provision of otherwise nonprofitable information for the same individuals ranging from normalizing, informing of sources of help and health information is examined as well as the use of the Internet as a medium for transitioning individuals to share their experiences. This article argues that instead of a culture of hormones and surgery, teachers, medical professionals, and counselors should embrace and educate towards acceptance of trans identities and bodies that does not rely on the mandate of hormones or surgeries. Finally, the impact of the dissemination of information in the uncontrolled environment of the Internet illustrates the impact of culture on media and vice versa. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source


Dickey G.,Missouri Western State University
Research on Aging | Year: 2013

It is estimated that there will be more than 5 million gays and lesbians aged 65 and over by 2030. This study examined attitudes of sexual orientation among a sample of certified nurse assistants who work in long-term care. A sample of 119 certified nurse assistants were recruited at a national conference and asked to complete a survey that included the Homophobic scale. Results indicate low levels of homophobia among the certified nurse assistants who participated. Age and acquaintances accounted for most of the variance in the homophobia scores of the certified nurse assistants. While scores show low levels of homophobia, caution is advised as scores may reflect a stereotype that elderly people are not sexually active and that their sexuality is no longer relevant. © The Author(s) 2012. Source

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