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News Article | February 15, 2017

The Construction Marketing Association (CMA) announces a national webcast—Blogging Best Practices—with a focus on the architectural, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industry. The webcast will be Thursday March 16, 2017 at 1 pm CST. CMA Chairman Neil Brown will moderate a panel discussion and discuss blog design optimization, blog content planning, a blogging best practices checklist, and results measurement. Kevin Enke, Bosch Power Tools Marketing Director, and Gabe Santi, Granger Construction Marketing Director, will share examples of blogging. Other panelists to be announced. “Content marketing is the hottest topic in marketing, and blogging can be the engine behind content marketing," states CMA Chairman Neil M. Brown. “The webcast will demonstrate how content and blogging builds search authority and thought leadership, drives sales leads, and social media engagement.” To register for the free Blogging Best Practices Webcast, link to: ABOUT CMA The Construction Marketing Association (CMA) provides professional development and training, resources and information, networking and recognition to marketers in the construction industry. CMA sponsors the annual Construction Marketing STAR Awards, and the Certified Construction Marketing Professional (CCMP) program. Full information on the association is available on the website at The site links to the award-winning Construction Marketing Blog with marketing news, resources and related content, and the association's Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn pages. Questions? Contact Neil Brown at 630-868-5061. ABOUT Kevin Enke                                     Kevin Enke is Bosch Power Tools Group Brand Manager-Digital. His experience includes retail, independent (hardware) co-op, lumber yards and industrial supply. His teams have won awards for packaging and merchandising from GDUSA, Home Channel News Golden Hammer, National Hardware Show and NRHA. Kevin oversees BeThePro contractor community, winner of multiple CMA STAR Awards. He serves on the Construction Marketing Association (CMA) national board of directors. Prior to Bosch, Kevin had marketing roles at Square D, ISR, Marketing Support (agency), and Wilton Industries. He holds a Bachelor degree from North Central College, Naperville, IL. Connect with Kevin in LinkedIn. ABOUT Gabe Santi Gabe Santi is the Director of Marketing for Granger Construction, a Lansing, Michigan commercial construction company. Gabe earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Journalism and Advertising from Michigan State University. A veteran marketer, Gabe has a background in strategic communications, higher education marketing and digital analytics. Throughout his career, Gabe has implemented several digital initiatives – including multiple website redesigns – and has managed all website, blog, social media and content marketing functions for Granger since April 2016. Under Gabe’s leadership, Granger’s redesigned website and blog launched in June 2016 and has resulted in significant increases in key website metrics like sessions, users and pageviews. Additionally traffic to Granger’s website from social media has increased nearly 1,500% since launch. Gabe is a CMA member. ABOUT Neil M. Brown                                     Neil Brown is Chairman of the Construction Marketing Association. He has been CEO of numerous marketing consulting and creative agencies for the past 15 years, managing some of the biggest brands in the construction sector including Emerson Electric, USG and Bosch Tools. Prior to the agency-side, Brown was a brand manager at electrical products marketing powerhouse IDEAL Industries, and later CMO of an architectural metals manufacturer. Neil is a frequent speaker, author and contributor to BtoB magazine, Advertising Age, Marketing Week and the Construction Marketing Blog. He holds a BS–Marketing from Southern Illinois University, and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. In 2012, he published the book, Tools of the Trade: Modern Marketing for Construction Brands.

Chambers A.M.,North Central College
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science | Year: 2017

Research indicates that sleep promotes various cognitive functions, such as decision-making, language, categorization, and memory. Of these, most work has focused on the influence of sleep on memory, with ample work showing that sleep enhances memory consolidation, a process that stores new memories in the brain over time. Recent psychological and neurophysiological research has vastly increased understanding of this process. Such work not only suggests that consolidation relies on plasticity-related mechanisms that reactivate and stabilize memory representations, but also that this process may be experimentally manipulated by methods that target which memory traces are reactivated during sleep. Furthermore, aside from memory storage capabilities, memory consolidation also appears to reorganize and integrate memories with preexisting knowledge, which may facilitate the discovery of underlying rules and associations that benefit other cognitive functioning, including problem solving and creativity. WIREs Cogn Sci 2017, 8:e1433. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1433. For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Glasgow S.,North Central College | Schrecker T.,Durham University
Health and Place | Year: 2015

The growing prevalence of NCDs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is now recognized as one of the major global health policy issues of the early 21st century. Current official approaches reflect ambivalence about how health policy should approach the social determinants of health identified by the WHO Commission on the topic that released its report in 2008, and in particular the role of macro-scale economic and social processes. Authoritative framing of options for NCD prevention in advance of the September, 2011 UN high-level meeting on NCDs arguably relied on a selective reading of the scientific (including social scientific) evidence, and foregrounded a limited number of risk factors defined in terms of individual behavior: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, alcohol (ab)use and physical inactivity. The effect was to reproduce at a transnational level the individualization of responsibility for health that characterizes most health promotion initiatives in high-income countries, ignoring both the limited control that many people have over their exposure to these risk factors and the contribution of macro-scale processes like trade liberalization and the marketing activities of transnational corporations to the global burden of NCDs. An alternative perspective focuses on "the inequitable distribution of power, money, and resources" described by the WHO Commission, and the ways in which policies that address those inequities can avoid unintentional incorporation of neoliberal constructions of risk and responsibility. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

News Article | March 2, 2017

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Northern Trust announced today that Glenn Weiss has joined its Atlanta Wealth Management office as president of the Georgia region, and a member of the East Region Operating Group. Weiss will oversee the wealth management business in Georgia and the neighboring southeastern states, with a focus on building Northern Trust’s presence locally and expanding the business regionally. He reports to Brett Rees, president of the mid-Atlantic region. “Glenn brings extensive wealth management experience, a depth of business acumen, proven leadership skills and a keen understanding of Northern Trust’s commitment to delivering superior client service,” said Rees. Weiss has been with Northern Trust for more than 14 years in the wealth management business and has over 25 years of experience and expertise in serving the holistic wealth management needs of high net worth individuals and the asset management needs of nonprofit clients. His previous roles at Northern Trust included senior wealth strategist and regional sales manager for the Chicago suburban communities, managing director for the DuPage (IL) wealth advisory team and most recently, senior managing director for a Chicago wealth advisory team. Prior to Northern Trust, Glenn was a vice president at Fifth Third Bank from 1993 to 2002. Weiss has a BS degree from Louisiana State University and a MBA with honors from North Central College (Naperville, IL). He holds the designations of Certified Retirement Services Professional (“CRSP”), Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (“CTFA”) and Certified Private Wealth Advisor (“CPWA”). He has a strong passion for community service, including a specific commitment to youth and education which he looks forward to bringing to the Atlanta Community. Weiss will be based in Northern Trust’s Atlanta office located at 3282 Northside Parkway NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30327. Northern Trust Wealth Management specializes in Goals Driven Wealth Management backed by innovative technology and a strong fiduciary heritage. Northern Trust Wealth Management is ranked among the top 10 U.S. wealth managers, with $248 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2016, and a wide network of wealth management offices across the United States. The Northern Trust Company is an Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and 20 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of December 31, 2016, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$6.7 trillion, and assets under management of US$942 billion. For more than 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust. Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at

News Article | March 1, 2017

Moody's Mega Math Challenge Participants Make Recommendations to the National Park Service on Dealing With Global Change FactorS PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - March 01, 2017) - In recent years, the National Park Service (NPS) has tallied more than 300 million annual visits to sites of the national park system -- 417 parks covering more than 84 million acres. These sites range from well-known national parks like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, to smaller historic units like the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in NYC. Despite being in an era of accelerated technological and digital advancement -- according to Social Media Today, people now spend an average of five years and four months of their lives on social media -- America loves its national parks, as we've seen more than a 17% increase in NPS site visits over the last 20 years. This weekend, over 1,100 teams comprised of more than 5,100 students from the Digital Generation used their technological prowess to compete in Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge, where they used mathematical modeling to make recommendations about the future of our ever-important national parks to the NPS, the federal bureau within the Department of the Interior responsible for managing, protecting, and maintaining all units within the National Park System. According to the NPS, global change factors such as climate are likely to affect park resources and visitor experience in coming years and, as a result, their mission to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of their system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations. That's why the NPS was excited to work with M3 Challenge this year. "The National Park Service is privileged to work with the high school mathematicians in Moody's Mega Math Challenge," says Dr. Rebecca Beavers, Coastal Geology and Adaptation Coordinator at NPS. "These bright, young minds hold the keys to innovative solutions for many environmental concerns, including climate change." During the intensive M3 Challenge weekend, 11th and 12th grade students from throughout the U.S. spent 14 hours gathering and evaluating data on the changing landscape of our nation's parks, investigating ideas like sea level change risk and the effects of all climate-related events on coastal park sites. First charged with building a mathematical model to determine sea level change risk for five specific parks for the next 10, 20, and 50 years, participants were then tasked with assigning a single climate vulnerability score to any NPS coastal unit. Finally, students used this information to create a new model that predicts long-term changes in visitors for each park, and advise NPS on prioritization of where future financial resources should go. Organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), M3 Challenge gives high school students the opportunity to answer broad questions by applying mathematics and quantifying the related variables, and encourages them to study and pursue careers in science and math. "I tell my colleagues and students, even though I'm a trained pure mathematician, I believe applied mathematics, and in particular math modeling, will be the 'go-to' hot major on college campuses 10 years from now," says Dr. Neil R. Nicholson, Associate Professor of Mathematics at North Central College, and 2017 M3 Challenge problem author. "There is this push from all areas of life, whether it be politics, science, business -- to justify decisions with some sort of quantification. I look at this as exactly what math modeling does…It truly is an exercise in the liberal arts: understanding, research, validation, communication, application, and use of mathematics." As academically-rewarding as the M3 Challenge is, with 90 scholarship prizes totaling $150,000 up for grabs from The Moody's Foundation, students can't help but be motivated by the chance to earn some cash to help with college expenses, too. The Challenge is free, requiring only accessibility to the Internet. After two rounds of judging by professional applied mathematicians over the next eight weeks, six finalist teams will be selected to present their solutions to a panel of mathematical experts at Moody's Foundation headquarters in New York City on April 24. Approximately 90 teams will be recognized with team scholarship prizes, with the champion team receiving $20,000. "It would be absolutely wonderful to see ideas from M3 Challenge teams become part of the NPS discussion," Nicholson says. "To take ideas from eager, interested high school problem solvers and make meaningful real-world changes to existing systems? That's just cool." View the complete 2017 problem statement now, and learn more about M3 Challenge. Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Built on the recognition that a company grows stronger by helping others, The Moody's Foundation works to enhance its communities and the lives of its employees by providing grants and engaging in community service in local neighborhoods. The Moody's Foundation, established in 2002 by Moody's Corporation, partners with nonprofit organizations to support initiatives such as education in the fields of mathematics, finance, and economics, as well as workforce development, civic affairs, and arts and culture. For more information, please visit About the Organizer The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an international society of more than 14,000 individual, academic and corporate members from 85 countries. SIAM helps build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology to solve real-world problems through publications, conferences, and communities like chapters, sections and activity groups. Learn more at Image Available: Image Available: Image Available:

News Article | February 24, 2017

On a daily basis, Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps challenge campers in a positive, respectful, and fun-filled summer camp environment, enabling them to build confidence, experience success, and showcase their newfound skills. "Xcelerate offers a variety of camp programs that will get you closer to your goal. We start with the fundamentals and build from there," says Steve Anderson, Founder of Xcelerate Lacrosse. "At the end of the camp our goal is for each camper to walk away with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new role models, new friends, and a true love of the game. Our small-group training gives in-depth instruction on offensive, defensive and team strategy." Jay Card - Coach Card has a wealth of experience having been a collegiate player, professional player and as a camp director for Xcelerate over the last 5 years. Coach Card will be directing camp at Auburn University (AL), North Central College (IL), St. Olaf College (MN), UNC Charlotte (NC), Baldwin Wallace University (OH), Vanderbilt University (TN) and Pacific Lutheran University (WA). Malcolm Chase - Coach Chase has a wealth of experience having been a collegiate player & coach, professional player and as a camp director for Xcelerate over the last 12 years. Coach chase will be directing camp in Vail (CO), Oregon State University (OR) and Southwestern University (TX). Dan Coates - Team Captain of the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth, Coates is also a Gold Medal winner for Team Canada in the World Lacrosse Championships. Coach Coates will be directing camp at Northern Kentucky University (KY), University at Buffalo (NY), Baldwin Wallace University (OH) and the University of South Carolina (SC). Jacob DeCola - Coach DeCola came to Albion College in 2009 to begin the varsity lacrosse program. Under his leadership, the Britons have built a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion in just six seasons. Coach DeCola will be directing camp at Albion College (MI). Jesse King - As a professional player in both the MLL and NLL, Coach King has a wealth of experience and is excited to lead the Xcelerate Nike staff in 2017. Coach King will be directing camp at Emory University (GA), Saint Louis University (MO), Oregon State University (OR) and Pacific Lutheran University (WA). Brian Lalley - Coach Lalley has a wealth of experience having been a collegiate player at Ohio State University, a college coach at Canisus College and as a camp director for Xcelerate over the last 3 years. Coach Lalley will be directing camp at Northern Kentucky University (KY), William Jewell College (MO), University at Buffalo (NY), Baldwin Wallace University (OH) and the University of South Carolina (SC). Jason Rife - Coach Rife brings an abundance of coaching experience that features more than 15 years of coaching at the collegiate level. Coach Rife will be directing camp at North Central College (IL) and Vanderbilt University (TN). Unlike tournaments, Xcelerate's summer camp opportunities provide youth and high school lacrosse players a balance of traditional and progressive drills which lead to tangible results. For more information visit or call 1-800-645-3226 Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide players of all positions and skill levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the game today. Unlike tournaments, Xcelerate's summer camp opportunities provide youth and high school lacrosse players a balance of traditional and progressive drills which lead to tangible results. US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America's largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.

News Article | February 15, 2017

Xcelerate Lacrosse is offering the first 20 registered campers at each location a free Nike Vapor 2.0 Head. Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide players of all positions and skill levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the game today. Xcelerate's innovative curriculum and balanced approach to the game has made them the leader in lacrosse instruction throughout the nation. On a daily basis, coaches challenge campers in a positive, respectful, and fun-filled summer camp environment, enabling them to build confidence, experience success, and showcase their newfound skills. At the end of the week, campers walk away from any Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camp with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new friends, and a true love of the game. “Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide campers the opportunity to learn from some of the most respected coaches in the nation,” says Steve Anderson, Founder of Xcelerate Lacrosse. “We provide a nice balance of experienced senior staff members, highly skilled professional players, enthusiastic recent college graduates, and current college players. Their coaching credentials are outstanding: All-Pros, All-Americans, Hall of Famers, Coaches of the Year, and All-World players.” Overnight Lacrosse Camp locations include: Auburn, AL (Auburn University); Vail, CO (Vail Mountain Lodge); Atlanta, GA (Emory University); Naperville, IL (North Central College); Highland Heights, KY (Northern Kentucky University); Albion, MI (Albion College); Northfield, MN (St. Olaf College); Liberty, MO (William Jewell College); St. Louis, MO (Saint Louis University); Amherst, NY(University at Buffalo); Charlotte, NC (UNC Charlotte); Cleveland, OH (Baldwin Wallace University); Corvallis, OR (Oregont State); Columbia, SC (Univeristy of South Carolina); Nashville, TN(Vanderbilt University); Georgetown, TX (Southwestern University); Tacoma, WA (Pacific Lutheran University). For additional details or to register online, visit or call 1-800-645-3226. Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide players of all positions and skill levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the game today. Unlike tournaments, Xcelerate's summer camp opportunities provide youth and high school lacrosse players a balance of traditional and progressive drills which lead to tangible results. About US Sports Camps, Inc. US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. Over 80,000 kids attended a US Sports Camps program in 2016. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.

Zheng Q.,Gannon University | Gao L.Q.,North Central College | Gao Z.,Cleveland State University
Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Transactions of the ASME | Year: 2012

This paper is concerned with the question of, for a physical plant to be controlled, whether or not its internal dynamics and external disturbances can be realistically estimated in real time from its input-output data. A positive answer would have significant implications on control system design, because it means that an accurate model of the plant is perhaps no longer required. Based on the extended state observer, it is shown that, for an nth order plant, the answer to the above question is indeed yes. In particular, it is shown that the estimation error converges to the origin asymptotically when the model of the plant is given. In face of large dynamic uncertainties, the estimation error is shown to be bounded. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the error upper bound monotonously decreases with the bandwidth. Note that this is not another parameter estimation algorithm in the framework of adaptive control. It applies to a large class of nonlinear, time-varying processes with unknown dynamics. The solution is deceivingly simple and easy to implement. The results of analysis are further verified through simulation and hardware tests. © 2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Weilhoefer C.L.,US Ecology | Weilhoefer C.L.,North Central College
Ecological Indicators | Year: 2011

This review critically evaluates indicators of tidal wetland condition based on 36 indicator development studies and indicators developed as part of U.S. state tidal wetland monitoring programs. Individual metrics were evaluated based on relative scores on two sets of evaluation factors. A rigor score evaluated metric development based on conceptual relevance, indicator development method, degree of independent validation, and temporal and spatial extent tested. An applicability score evaluated metrics based on cost of data collection, probable spatial extent of applicability, technical complexity, and indicator responsiveness. The majority of indicators could be classified as biotic condition indicators (81%), with vegetation (37%) and macroinvertebrate (28%) metrics composing the largest proportion. Most metrics provided a conceptual model or scientific justification (97%), were developed by correlation to environmental gradients (46%), were tested over multiple seasons or years (49%) and at multiple sites (88%). Few were independently validated (18%). Average rigor score was 10 (on a scale of 0-25) and ranged between 1 and 21. Highest rigor scores were for trematode community metrics (community similarity index, species richness) and metrics of grass shrimp (Palaemonetes pugio) individuals (gene expression, relative fecundity, embryo hatching success, larval survival). Most metrics had a high cost of data collection (63%), required field and laboratory processing (84%), would be applicable across the U.S. (72%), and were responsive to the variable of interest (44%). Mean applicability score was 4.9 (range: 2-8). Highest scores were found for metrics that only required field collection of data using simple or no instrumentation. Lowest scoring metrics required expensive equipment, specialized taxonomic knowledge, complex laboratory analysis, and/or culturing of organisms. Scores for individual metrics were grouped by indicator, then averaged and rescaled between 0 and 100 to provide a composite evaluation of the indicator they measured. Among major indicator types, biotic indicators had the highest rigor scores (mean=44, range 20-79), followedby indicators of chemical/physical characteristics (mean=36, range 16-56), landscape condition (mean=31, range 24-37), and hydrology/geomorphology indicators (mean=21, range 4-52). In contrast, biotic indicators scored lowest for applicability (mean=58, range 25-100) and indicators of landscape condition scored highest. The results of this review suggest that the development and selection of tidal wetland indicators could be vastly improved by employing a standardized development methodology that provides uniform information about each indicator.Inaddition, tidal wetland indicator research should focus on the development of indicators of ecological processes and disturbance regimes. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Chow S.-F.,Northwestern University | Wick S.D.,North Central College | Riecke H.,Northwestern University
PLoS Computational Biology | Year: 2012

The reshaping and decorrelation of similar activity patterns by neuronal networks can enhance their discriminability, storage, and retrieval. How can such networks learn to decorrelate new complex patterns, as they arise in the olfactory system? Using a computational network model for the dominant neural populations of the olfactory bulb we show that fundamental aspects of the adult neurogenesis observed in the olfactory bulb - the persistent addition of new inhibitory granule cells to the network, their activity-dependent survival, and the reciprocal character of their synapses with the principal mitral cells - are sufficient to restructure the network and to alter its encoding of odor stimuli adaptively so as to reduce the correlations between the bulbar representations of similar stimuli. The decorrelation is quite robust with respect to various types of perturbations of the reciprocity. The model parsimoniously captures the experimentally observed role of neurogenesis in perceptual learning and the enhanced response of young granule cells to novel stimuli. Moreover, it makes specific predictions for the type of odor enrichment that should be effective in enhancing the ability of animals to discriminate similar odor mixtures. © 2012 Chow et al.

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