Aston, PA, United States
Aston, PA, United States

Neumann University is a private Roman Catholic, coeducational liberal arts college in the Franciscan tradition. It is located in Aston, Pennsylvania, USA. Neumann University is described in the Regional University category at the undergraduate level in 2014. It is ranked 332nd in the Best Nursing Program and listed with an unpublished rank Best Physical Therapy Program categories at the graduate level by US News & World Report for 2011. It is also ranked by US News & World Report as second in the publication's list of the top 10 colleges that lead to graduate school, with 71% of graduates pursuing higher education within one year after completing their bachelor's degrees. The Princeton Review has listed Neumann University in its "Best in the Northeast" category. Wikipedia.

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Than K.,Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology | Ho T.B.,Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology | Ho T.B.,Neumann University
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2012

In this paper, we propose Fully Sparse Topic Model (FSTM) for modeling large collections of documents. Three key properties of the model are: (1) the inference algorithm converges in linear time, (2) learning of topics is simply a multiplication of two sparse matrices, (3) it provides a principled way to directly trade off sparsity of solutions against inference quality and running time. These properties enable us to speedily learn sparse topics and to infer sparse latent representations of documents, and help significantly save memory for storage. We show that inference in FSTM is actually MAP inference with an implicit prior. Extensive experiments show that FSTM can perform substantially better than various existing topic models by different performance measures. Finally, our parallel implementation can handily learn thousands of topics from large corpora with millions of terms. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.

Thomas S.J.,University of Pennsylvania | Swanik C.B.,University of Delaware | Kaminski T.W.,University of Delaware | Higginson J.S.,University of Delaware | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery | Year: 2012

Hypothesis and background: Baseball players commonly present with decreases in internal rotation (IR) and concurrent increases in external rotation (ER) motion. Several glenohumeral (GH) adaptations have been theorized to cause these changes in motion, including humeral retroversion (HR) and posterior capsule thickness (PCT). However, limited data exist examining the inter-relationship between HR and PCT. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to measure HR, GH IR and ER rotation, and PCT. Materials and methods: HR and PCT were measured with an ultrasound system (Sonosite Titan; Sonosite, Bothell, WA, USA), and GH IR and ER were measured with a digital inclinometer. Results: The dominant arm had significantly more HR (15.6°, P = .0001) than the nondominant arm. Pearson correlation coefficients showed a significant negative relationship between HR and GH IR (-0.472, P = .001) and a significant positive relationship between HR and GH ER (0.295, P = .042). A significant positive correlation was also found between HR and PCT (0.427, P = .003). Discussion: This was the first study to identify a relationship between HR and PCT in addition to GH IR and ER. The identification of these multiple correlations appears to suggest that the loss of IR caused by HR may be placing additional stress on the posterior capsule during the deceleration phase of the throw, thereby causing a fibroblastic healing response. Conclusions: HR has previously been identified as a positive adaptation because of the increase in ER without anterior capsule attenuation. However, this study suggests that HR may be contributing to the negative adaptation of PCT. © 2012 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees.

Thomas S.J.,University of Pennsylvania | Swanik C.T.,University of Delaware | Higginson J.S.,University of Delaware | Kaminski T.W.,University of Delaware | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery | Year: 2011

Hypothesis: We hypothesized that posterior capsule thickness (PCT) would be greater on the dominant arm compared to the non-dominant arm. We also hypothesized that PCT would negatively correlate with glenohumeral internal rotation and scapular upward rotation. In addition, PCT would positively correlate with glenohumeral external rotation. However, currently PCT has not been measured nor have correlations been identified to exist with glenohumeral and scapular motion. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to determine if the posterior capsule was hypertrophied on the dominant arm and to identify if relationships exist with glenohumeral internal rotation (IR), external rotation (ER), and scapular upward rotation (SUR). Materials and methods: PCT was measured using a 10-MHz transducer. Glenohumeral IR and ER was measured supine using a digital inclinometer. SUR was measure at 0°, 60°, 90°, and 120° of glenohumeral abduction using a modified digital inclinometer. Results: PCT was greater on the dominant compared with the nondominant arm (P = .001). A negative correlation was found between PCT and IR (-0.498, P = .0001). A positive correlation was found between PCT and ER (0.450, P = .002) and between PCT and SUR at 60°, 90°, and 120° of glenohumeral abduction (0.388, P = .006; 0.327, P = .023; 0.304, P = .036, respectively). Discussion: This in vivo study demonstrated a hypertrophied posterior capsule and its association with GIRD, ER, and SUR. These observations suggest that PCT does occur on the throwing arm of baseball players and is linked with glenohumeral and scapular alterations. Conclusions: This methodology could be used as a noninvasive screening evaluation for overhead athletes to identify those who may be at risk for shoulder injuries due to excessive capsular thickening. © 2011 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees.

Albaugh K.W.,Neumann University | Biely S.A.,Neumann University | Cavorsi J.P.,Center for Advanced Wound Care
Ostomy Wound Management | Year: 2013

High levels of persistent bacteria may contribute to wound chronicity and delayed healing. A prospective study was conducted to: 1) evaluate the effect of applying vancomycin topically on appropriately cultured chronic lower leg wounds, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Gram-positive bacteria, and 2) evaluate its effect in combination with a cellulose dressing on healing. Twenty-three (23) outpatients (11 men, 12 women, average age 65 years [range 3989 years]) with lower extremity wounds (15 venous ulcers, six chronic open wounds with a history of diabetes, and two chronic open trauma wounds) averaging 43.58 weeks™ (range 5121 weeks) duration and swab-cultured positive for MRSA or Gram-positive bacteria were provided 1 g vancomycin delivered by a cellulose dressing and changed every 72 hours. Patients served as their own control, and all wounds were debrided once a week. Wound surface area and bacterial and exudate levels were recorded weekly during the 3-week pretreatment period and compared to 3-week treatment period levels. Patients were followed until healed. Mean change in wound surface area was +14.5% (SD 71.91) per week before and -24.6% (SD 13.59) during the vancomycin treatment period (P = 0.014), average exudate levels decreased from 2.75 (range 14) to 1.81 (range 03) (P = 0.016), and the number of patients with positive wound cultures for MRSA or Gram-positive bacteria decreased from 23 to four after the 3-week study period. All wounds healed after an average of 8.18 weeks (SD 4.76, range 217 weeks). The results of this study suggest topical vancomycin applied using a dressing that retains moisture reduces wound bacterial load and may facilitate healing. Randomized, controlled clinical studies to evaluate the effectiveness and efficacy of this treatment modality and explore the relationship between wound culture results and healing are warranted.

Luo X.,University of New Mexico | Gurung A.,Neumann University | Shim J.P.,Mississippi State University
Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce | Year: 2010

As modern organizations increasingly depend on information systems (IS) to enhance work productivity and seek new business opportunities, communication effectiveness has become one of the key factors that underlie the effective performance of IS implementations and applications. Instant Messaging (IM) presents a revolution in enterprise communication. As more organizations are findings ways to utilize this near-synchronous computing communication technology to enhance communication effectiveness in the workplace, there is a compelling need to understand the factors that are important for the adoption of enterprise IM. We have developed an integrative model based on constructs of the existing IT adoption models as well as theories on motivation, innovation diffusion, and critical mass. Using responses from 140 intended subjects, we have found the results of survey data support the contentions that perceived usefulness, compatibility, enjoyment, and security are significant predictors of intention to use enterprise IM. Although perceived connectivity did not predict the intention directly, it did indirectly through perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use. Implications and future research are discussed. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Kaye D.H.,Pennsylvania State University | Dann B.M.,Maricopa County Superior Court Arizona | Farley E.J.,University of North Carolina at Wilmington | Albertson S.,Neumann University
Law and Human Behavior | Year: 2011

Questions about how jurors understand and apply scientific evidence were addressed in a mock jury study in which 480 jury pool members watched a videotaped mock trial that included expert testimony about mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) evidence purportedly linking a defendant to a crime. Collectively, jurors showed moderately good comprehension of the mtDNA evidence, although some made definitional and inferential errors. Comprehension was better among jurors with higher educational attainment and more mathematics and science courses. Lower comprehension was associated with jurors' reservations about science and concerns about the contamination of mtDNA evidence. The results suggest that most jurors are capable of comprehending and employing scientific evidence presented during trial, although errors and doubts about the evidence should be anticipated. © 2010 American Psychology-Law Society/Division 41 of the American Psychological Association.

Pietsch T.M.,Neumann University
CIN - Computers Informatics Nursing | Year: 2012

E-mentoring is a form of mentoring that uses the Internet to remove the boundaries of traditional mentoring. Instead of face-to-face and synchronous communication, interactions between mentor(s) and protégé(s) of e-mentoring relationships are primarily asynchronous. Since there was limited information about nurses and e-mentoring in the literature, this quantitative study was undertaken to explore nurses' attitudes and the identification of facilitators and constraints that could influence the adoption of e-mentoring. Overall, participants (n = 139) had positive attitudes; there were differences in attitudes between participants who had previously experienced mentoring and those who never had (P < .05). The likely-to-engage group had more positive attitudes and identified more facilitators and fewer constraints than did the indecisive and not-likely groups (P < .001). Age and attitudes had a positive relationship with e-mentoring (P = .01). These findings suggest that e-mentoring can be adopted by nurses of all ages, and despite the constraints identified, the benefits of e-mentoring may outweigh the constraints. Organizations considering the adoption of e-mentoring should encourage nurses with positive attitudes and previous mentoring experience to participate in their endeavors. E-mentoring can address today's multigenerational nursing workforce and positively influence the mentoring process. Copyright © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Tick J.,Neumann University
9th IEEE International Symposium on Applied Machine Intelligence and Informatics, SAMI 2011 - Proceedings | Year: 2011

The cost effective and error free management solution of the complex business processes as well as the solution's efficiency rate are corner points in the life of profit and non-profit oriented organizations and institutions, since the optimal efficiency of the complicated office-automation processes is of primary economic interest. Workflow is the most widespread modeling technique application in the field of office information systems. This paper introduces a new extension of the P-graph-based workflow modeling. The new model, apart from the management of the process-structure, enables the management of the input, temporary, and output documents, is capable of the quantitative and qualitative analysis of the necessary and available resources, as well as the management of the resource- and other type of constraints and other bottlenecks. © 2011 IEEE.

May K.A.,Neumann University
Nurse educator | Year: 2014

A survey was conducted to assess nursing faculty (n=231) knowledge of the Americans With Disabilities Act requirements. Only 21% (n=46) of the participants received a passing score of 78%. While 76% (n=161) knew that students must provide documentation of a disability to receive accommodation, 49% (n=104) did not recognize that an individual faculty member may be held personally liable if he/she fails to provide accommodation. Participants' knowledge of the Act was low and could create barriers to student success.

Neumann University | Date: 2015-10-07

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