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Moravian College a private liberal arts college, and the associated Moravian Theological Seminary are located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States, in the Lehigh Valley region. The College traces its founding to 1742 by Moravians, descendants of followers of the Bohemian Reformation , the 17th century Moravian bishop, though it did not receive a charter to grant baccalaureate degrees until 1863. Wikipedia.

Adamshick P.Z.,Moravian College
Qualitative Health Research | Year: 2010

Girl-to-girl aggression is increasingly being recognized as a health problem, and the number of teenage girls involved in serious fighting is on the rise. Research on the experiences of girl-to-girl aggression in marginalized girls who are out of the mainstream because of poor relationship skills and physical aggression is notably absent, yet this group is at heightened risk for persistent violence. In this study I used the interpretive phenomenological approach to study the lived experience of girl-to-girl aggression in girls who were marginalized and attending an alternative school because of physically aggressive behavior. Data were collected over a 4-month period by means of in-depth interviews and field notes. For this population, girl-to-girl aggression provided self-protection, expressed girls' identity, and was also a means to finding attachment, connection, and friendship. These findings have multidisciplinary implications for interventions with physically aggressive girls, including mentoring programs, in-school support groups, and exploration of a paradigm shift in the use of alternative schools. © The Author(s) 2010. Source

Johnson S.K.,Moravian College | Halpern A.R.,Bucknell University
Memory and Cognition | Year: 2012

We explored the functional organization of semantic memory for music by comparing priming across familiar songs both within modalities (Experiment 1, tune to tune; Experiment 3, category label to lyrics) and across modalities (Experiment 2, category label to tune; Experiment 4, tune to lyrics). Participants judged whether or not the target tune or lyrics were real (akin to lexical decision tasks). We found significant priming, analogous to linguistic associative-priming effects, in reaction times for related primes as compared to unrelated primes, but primarily for within-modality comparisons. Reaction times to tunes (e. g., "Silent Night") were faster following related tunes ("Deck the Hall") than following unrelated tunes ("God Bless America"). However, a category label (e. g., Christmas) did not prime tunes from within that category. Lyrics were primed by a related category label, but not by a related tune. These results support the conceptual organization of music in semantic memory, but with potentially weaker associations across modalities. © 2012 Psychonomic Society, Inc. Source

Hermanek M.,Palacky University | Hermankova P.,Moravian College | Pechousek J.,Palacky University
Journal of Materials Chemistry | Year: 2010

Mesoporous-like heterogeneous catalyst, consisting of ultrasmall (<5 nm) amorphous Fe2O3 and nanocrystalline γ-Fe 2O3 possessing surface area of 440 m2 g -1 and reaching an enormous rate constant of 70 × 10 -3 min-1 in hydrogen peroxide decomposition at room temperature, pH of 6.3-6.5 and the catalyst concentration of 1 g L-1 was easily prepared by a one-step quasi-isothermal decomposition (an isothermal decomposition accompanied with a controlled time-limited exotherm) of iron(iii) oxalate in air. The non-equilibrium temperature conditions proceeding at the very beginning of the oxalate decomposition proved to be the key factor responsible for the formation of highly efficient combination of nanocrystalline character, large surface area and mesoporous-like nature of the catalyst. The material and catalytic properties of the as-prepared catalyst are discussed and compared to those obtained for our iron(iii) oxide-based catalyst (26 × 10-3 min-1) prepared earlier by a slow, purely isothermal decomposition of iron(ii) oxalate. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Source

Cruz I.,University of Miami | Quittner A.L.,University of Miami | Marker C.,University of Miami | Desjardin J.L.,Moravian College
Child Development | Year: 2013

Parental involvement and communication are essential for language development in young children. However, hearing parents of deaf children face challenges in providing language input to their children. This study utilized the largest national sample of deaf children receiving cochlear implants, with the aim of identifying effective facilitative language techniques. Ninety-three deaf children (≤ 2 years) were assessed at 6 implant centers prior to and for 3 years following implantation. All parent-child interactions were videotaped, transcribed, and coded at each assessment. Analyses using bivariate latent difference score modeling indicated that higher versus lower level strategies predicted growth in expressive language and word types predicted growth in receptive language over time. These effective, higher level strategies could be used in early intervention programs. © 2012 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc. Source

Crete J.,Moravian College
Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association | Year: 2011

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) experience symptoms such as irregular menses, hirsutism, and acne, and are at heightened risk for developing obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, infertility, and some cancers. Data also indicate an inverse correlation between PCOS and health-related quality-of-life indicators and self-image. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe the lived experience of women with PCOS in the management of their disorder and the meaning of that experience for them. Design: This qualitative study was conducted using a phenomenological approach based on the guidelines of Van Manen. Method: Individual, semistructured interviews were completed with 10 participants who were diagnosed with PCOS and managed by a health care practitioner(s) within the past 5 years. Data were analyzed using the process of hermeneutic phenomenological reflection. Findings: The four major themes that described women's lived experience of managing PCOS were frustration, confusion, searching, and gaining control. Conclusions: Women with PCOS face many challenges in managing their disorder and desire to gain control, balance, and well-being through a comprehensive treatment plan. The findings have implications for health care providers in addressing quality of life issues and overall health outcomes. Source

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