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Mount Mercy University is a four-year, co-educational Catholic liberal arts university located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States. The school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928.Intellectual development and strong career preparation are the twin anchors of academic life at Mount Mercy University, an 85 year-old Catholic four-year co-educational University founded by the Sisters of Mercy. Students take a core of liberal arts courses providing a comprehensive foundation for many specific areas of study including: English, fine arts, history, mathematics, multicultural studies, natural science, philosophy, religious studies, social science and speech/drama. The University offers over 37 undergraduate majors in both liberal arts and professional programs, as well as four graduate programs. Wikipedia.

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Martin B.T.,University of Texas at Tyler | Bernstein N.P.,Mount Mercy University | Birkhead R.D.,Auburn University | Koukl J.F.,University of Texas at Tyler | And 2 more authors.
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution | Year: 2013

•Terrapene ornata ornata and T. o. luteola lack distinction phylogenetically.•T. carolina triunguis, T. c. yucatana, T. c. mexicana elevated to T. mexicana spp.•T. carolina bauri, T. c. major, and T. coahuila remain unresolved.•DNA barcoding analyses support our recommended classification revisions.•Molecular clock analysis provides divergence estimates for Terrapene. The classification of the American box turtles (Terrapene spp.) has remained enigmatic to systematists. Previous comprehensive phylogenetic studies focused primarily on morphology. The goal of this study was to re-assess the classification of Terrapene spp. by obtaining DNA sequence data from a broad geographic range and from all four recognized species and 11 subspecies within the genus. Tissue samples were obtained for all taxa except for Terrapene nelsoni klauberi. DNA was extracted, and the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) cytochrome b (Cytb) and nuclear DNA (nucDNA) glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase (GAPD) genes were amplified via polymerase chain reaction and sequenced. In addition, the mtDNA gene commonly used for DNA barcoding (cytochrome oxidase c subunit I; COI) was amplified and sequenced to calculate pairwise percent DNA sequence divergence comparisons for each Terrapene taxon. The sequence data were analyzed using maximum likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic inference, a molecular clock, AMOVAs, SAMOVAs, haplotype networks, and pairwise percent sequence divergence comparisons. Terrapene carolina mexicana and T. c. yucatana formed a monophyletic clade with T. c. triunguis, and this clade was paraphyletic to the rest of T. carolina. Terrapene ornata ornata and T. o. luteola lacked distinction phylogenetically, and Terrapene nelsoni was confirmed to be the sister taxon of T. ornata. Terrapene c. major, T. c. bauri, and Terrapene coahuila were not well resolved for some of the analyses. The DNA barcoding results indicated that all taxa were different species (>2% sequence divergence) except for T. c. triunguis - T. c. mexicana and T. o. ornata - T. o. luteola. The results suggest that T. c. triunguis should be elevated to species status (Terrapene mexicana), and mexicana and yucatana should be included in this group as subspecies. In addition, T. o. ornata and T. o. luteola should not be considered separate subspecies. The DNA barcoding data support these recommended taxonomic revisions. Because conservation efforts are typically species-based, these results will be important for facilitating successful conservation management strategies. © 2013 Elsevier Inc..

The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Julie M. Weldon, RN, MSN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Julie M. Weldon is a Registered Nurse with extensive expertise in many facets of nursing. Julie is currently serving as Project Manager within the Mercy Accountable Care Organization, affiliated with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Julie M. Weldon graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1995 from Mount Mercy University. She subsequently gained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1997 from Grand View University, followed by her Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 2005 from the University of Iowa. Appreciating the value of continuing education, Julie is currently enrolled in the PhD in Nursing program at the University of Iowa, with a projected graduation in 2021-2022. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in nursing, Julie maintains a professional membership with Sigma Theta Tau as a board member of her local chapter, Infusion Nurses Society, Association for Vascular Access, and Midwest Nursing Research Society. For her hard work and dedication, Julie was selected as one of Iowa’s 100 Great Iowa Nurses. She also has had opportunities in publications and presentations at the national, state and local level. She is thankful for her success related to her education, mentorship, and career opportunities. In her free time, Julie enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family. Learn more about Julie M. Weldon here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4135083/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

Lee J.E.,Mount Mercy University | Lee J.E.,University of Iowa | Watson D.,University of Notre Dame | Frey-Law L.A.,University of Iowa
European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom) | Year: 2013

Background: Recent studies suggest an underlying three- or four-factor structure explains the conceptual overlap and distinctiveness of several negative emotionality and pain-related constructs. However, the validity of these latent factors for predicting pain has not been examined. Methods: A cohort of 189 (99 female, 90 male) healthy volunteers completed eight self-report negative emotionality and pain-related measures (Eysenck Personality Questionnaire - Revised, Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Pain Catastrophizing Scale, Fear of Pain Questionnaire; Somatosensory Amplification Scale, Anxiety Sensitivity Index and Whiteley Index). Using principal axis factoring, three primary latent factors were extracted: general distress, catastrophic thinking and pain-related fear. Using these factors, individuals clustered into three subgroups of high, moderate and low negative emotionality responses. Experimental pain was induced via intramuscular acidic infusion into the anterior tibialis muscle, producing local (infusion site) and/or referred (anterior ankle) pain and hyperalgesia. Results: Pain outcomes differed between clusters (multivariate analysis of variance and multinomial regression), with individuals in the highest negative emotionality cluster reporting the greatest local pain (p = 0.05), mechanical hyperalgesia (pressure pain thresholds; p = 0.009) and greater odds (2.21 odds ratio) of experiencing referred pain when compared to the lowest negative emotionality cluster. Conclusion: Our results provide support for three latent psychological factors explaining the majority of the variance between several pain-related psychological measures, and that individuals in the high negative emotionality subgroup are at increased risk for (1) acute local muscle pain; (2) local hyperalgesia; and (3) referred pain using a standardized nociceptive input. © 2012 European Federation of International Association for the Study of Pain Chapters.

News Article | February 28, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges and universities with online programs in the state of Iowa for 2017. Of the 17 four-year schools that were ranked, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Buena Vista University, Saint Ambrose University and University of Northern Iowa came in as the top five institutions. Iowa’s top 14 two-year schools were also included, with Western Iowa Tech Community, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Eastern Iowa Community College and Des Moines Area Community College taking the top five spots. “By 2025, 68 percent of all jobs in Iowa will require postsecondary training or education, according to research from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The online programs at schools on our list provide the best opportunities for students to meet their educational and career goals.” To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, Iowa colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and have a minimum of one online certificate or degree program. Each college is also scored based on more than a dozen unique data points that include graduation rates, student/teacher ratios, employment services and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Iowa for 2017 include the following: Allen College Briar Cliff University Buena Vista University Dordt College Graceland University-Lamoni Iowa State University Iowa Wesleyan University Maharishi University of Management Morningside College Mount Mercy University Northwestern College Saint Ambrose University University of Dubuque University of Iowa University of Northern Iowa Upper Iowa University William Penn University Iowa’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Des Moines Area Community College Eastern Iowa Community College District Ellsworth Community College Hawkeye Community College Indian Hills Community College Iowa Central Community College Iowa Lakes Community College Kirkwood Community College Marshalltown Community College Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar Northwest Iowa Community College Southeastern Community College Southwestern Community College Western Iowa Tech Community College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

Skemp L.E.,Our Lady of the Lake College | Maas M.L.,University of Iowa | Umbarger-Mackey M.,Mount Mercy University
Gerontologist | Year: 2014

Purpose: Historically, hotels and single-room occupancy residences have provided room, board, and social support services to elders, in particular the poor and the disenfranchised. This article presents the results of a case study drawn from a larger ethnographic community study that set forth to describe how and why elders from one rural community chose to live in a motel in that same rural community. The focus of this study is a description of 7 middle-income and affluent rural elders living in a motel setting as a housing option that enabled them to remain independent in their community. Design and Methods: Using a community study ethnographic design and the strategies of formal and informal interviews, participant observation, and inductive comparative case study analysis, this study provides a description of why these elders decided to live in the motel and how this facilitated their living in the community. Results and Implications: Reasons that these elders decided to live at the motel included saving my energy for living, safety, connections and privacy, and the freedom to come and go. This study informs elder care policy, emphasizing the importance of naturally occurring networks to develop community capacity for healthy aging in one rural setting. © 2013 The Author.

This purpose of this paper is to provide a summary of the cost-effectiveness research for the profession and practice of marriage and family therapy. Studies based on four sources of data were considered: (1) a western United States HMO covering 180,000 subscribers; (2) the Kansas State Medicaid system with over 300,000 beneficiaries; (3) Cigna, a large Unites States health insurance benefits management company with more than nine million subscribers; and (4) a marriage and family therapy training clinic in the western United States serving approximately 300 individuals and families a year. Results from the studies support the potential for a medical offset effect after couple or family therapy, with the largest reduction occurring for high utilizers of health care. The studies also show that covering family therapy as a treatment option and marriage and family therapists as a provider group is not associated with significantly higher treatment costs. An application of cost-effectiveness methodology to medical family therapy is also considered.

Prinsloo S.,University of Houston | Gabel S.,University of Houston | Lyle R.,Mount Mercy University | Cohen L.,University of Houston
Integrative Cancer Therapies | Year: 2014

Managing cancer-related chronic pain is challenging to health care professionals as well as cancer patients and survivors. The management of cancer-related pain has largely consisted of pharmacological treatments, which has caused researchers to focus on neurotransmitter activity as a mediator of patients' perception of pain rather than the electrical activity during neurobiological processes of cancer-related pain. Consequently, brain-based pain treatment has focused mainly on neurotransmitters and not electrical neuromodulation. Neuroimaging research has revealed that brain activity is associated with patients' perceptions of symptoms across various diagnoses. The brain modulates internally generated neural activity and adjusts perceptions according to sensory input from the peripheral nervous system. Cancer-related pain may result not only from changes in the peripheral nervous system but also from changes in cortical activity over time. Thus, cortical reorganization by way of the brain's natural, plastic ability (neuroplasticity) may be used to manage pain symptoms. Physical and psychological distress could be modulated by giving patients tools to regulate neural activity in symptom-specific regions of interest. Initial research in nononcology populations suggests that encouraging neuroplasticity through a learning paradigm can be a useful technique to help treat chronic pain. Here we review evidence that indicates a measurable link between brain activity and patient-reported psychological and physical distress. We also summarize findings regarding both the neuroelectrical and neuroanatomical experience of symptoms, review research examining the mechanisms of the brain's ability to modify its own activity, and propose a brain-computer interface as a learning paradigm to augment neuroplasticity for pain management. © The Author(s) 2013.

Bernstein N.P.,Mount Mercy University | Christiansen J.L.,Drake University
Natural Areas Journal | Year: 2011

Yellow mud turtles (Kinosternon flavescens) have been studied in and around a nature preserve near Muscatine, Iowa, for over three decades. The deep sand prairie habitat, unusual for Iowa, has incurred a variety of human disturbances since the 19th century. The area has been managed for natural habitat for the last 40 years, initially by private hunt club (1970s) and now as a private conservation area (late 1970s to the present). The surrounding landscape either continues to suffer a variety of anthropogenic disturbances or was abandoned following disturbances during the 20th century. Recent survey data for yellow mud turtles, an Iowa endangered species, were compared with past surveys to determine efficacy of management practices and effects of habitat alteration on the species. Because yellow mud turtles require wetlands in spring for hydration, feeding, and mating, we specifically focused on impacts and management of former oxbow habitats once connected to the Mississippi River. We conclude that wetlands outside the preserve no longer contain populations of yellow mud turtles. Causes of decline include a history of severe environmental disturbance, in addition to perpetual populations of permanent water-adapted aquatic turtles (e.g., Chrysemys picta) and predatory fishes that either compete for food with yellow mud turtles or prey upon juveniles. Our studies validate the necessity of wetlands that are shallow enough for aquatic turtle and fish winterkills. However, the wetlands also require sufficient depth each spring to satisfy the hydration and feeding requirements for yellow mud turtles.

Ghosh A.P.,Iowa State University | Kleiman E.,Mount Mercy University | Roitershtein A.,Iowa State University
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory | Year: 2011

In a number of applications, the underlying stochastic process is modeled as a finite-state discrete-time Markov chain that cannot be observed directly and is represented by an auxiliary process. The maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimator is widely used to estimate states of this hidden Markov model through available observations. The MAP path estimator based on a finite number of observations is calculated by the Viterbi algorithm, and is often referred to as the Viterbi path. It was recently shown in [2], [3] and [16], [17] (see also [12] and [15]) that under mild conditions, the sequence of estimators of a given state converges almost surely to a limiting regenerative process as the number of observations approaches infinity. This in particular implies a law of large numbers for some functionals of hidden states and finite Viterbi paths. The aim of this paper is to provide the corresponding large deviation estimates. © 2011 IEEE.

Ebert A.,Mount Mercy University
Agricultural History | Year: 2011

This essay expands and refines academic knowledge of English beekeeping during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Scientific beekeeping focused on improvement, which, in turn, depended on the dissemination of ideas and practices. This analysis, therefore, encompasses the mentalities and tactics of popularizers. The article also identifies two neglected concepts in the popularization campaign. First, popularizers saw scientific beekeeping as a way to end the tradition of killing the bees in order to safely harvest. Second, they sought to promote a rural industry for the economic welfare of the nation. The case study of Exeter's Western Apiarian Society reveals precisely how popularization functioned in reality. The result is a more thorough history of scientific beekeeping and how the rhetoric of improvement related to the culture of practice. © the Agricultural History Society, 2011.

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