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San Diego, CA, United States

Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college. Its main campus is located on the Point Loma oceanfront in San Diego, California, United States. It was founded in 1902 as a Bible college by the Church of the Nazarene. Wikipedia.

Zack M.,Point Loma Nazarene University
Nexus Network Journal | Year: 2015

In 1666, the City of London burned to the ground in what has become known as the “Great Fire of London”. In 1755, just 89 years later, Lisbon was destroyed by an earthquake. Throughout this time period Lisbon and London were joined by extensive commercial ties and there are several interesting parallels between the rebuilding of these two great cities. Both processes were led by individuals deeply committed to modernization and the use of the scientific method as a part of reconstruction. At the time of the 1666 London fire, calculus was being discovered in Europe and there were early attempts to create mathematical models for the properties of materials. By 1755, the elasticity of beams was reasonably well understood and some of the first seismically engineered structures were built in Lisbon. This paper examines some of the similarities and differences between how London and Lisbon were reconstructed and the role that mathematics and engineering played in their reconstruction. © 2015, Kim Williams Books, Turin. Source

Madanat H.,San Diego State University | Hawks S.R.,Utah State University | Angeles H.N.,Point Loma Nazarene University
Health Education and Behavior | Year: 2011

The nutrition transition is associated with increased obesity rates and increased desire to be thin. This study evaluates the relationship between actual body size and desired body size among a representative sample of 800 Jordanian women. Using Stunkard's body silhouettes, women were asked to identify their current and ideal body sizes, healthy body size, and their perception of the body size preferred by men. Body mass index (BMI) calculations indicate that 53.8% of the women were overweight or obese. Their mean current body size was 5, which is consistent with the mean BMI of 26 in the sample. Although 66% of the women were dissatisfied with their body size, the desired weight loss was not extreme. Pearson correlation was positive (.858, p <.0001) between measured BMI and body silhouettes chosen as an indicator of current body size. Jordanian women seemed pulled between the traditional and Westernized body preferences. Possible cultural explanations are explored. © by SOPHE 2011. Source

Wyman M.T.,University of California at Davis | Mooring M.S.,Point Loma Nazarene University | McCowan B.,University of California at Davis | Penedo M.C.T.,University of California at Davis | And 2 more authors.
Animal Behaviour | Year: 2012

Source-filter theory provides a framework to interpret the acoustic structure of vertebrate vocalizations in relation to biophysical production, and it predicts that specific acoustic parameters can encode information about callers. Because formant frequencies are determined by vocal tract dimensions, with longer vocal tracts producing lower formants, they can be reliable indicators of body size, as well as other important traits. In polygynous species, reliable acoustic cues to fitness-related traits are expected to be under strong sexual selection pressure through male competition and/or female choice. This study investigates whether formant frequencies of male North American bison bellow vocalizations encode information about fitness-related caller attributes. Bison exhibit male-dominance female-defence polygyny, with dominance displays involving bellows. We hypothesized that physical attributes (mass, age) would predict formants and that formants would in turn predict quality indices (dominance, copulations, offspring sired). Our results showed that heavier bulls produced lower formants and that lower formants predicted higher mating success (copulations), even when controlling for mass. Given positive associations between mating success, dominance and reproductive success (offspring sired) in bison, we conclude that bellows with lower formants reflect greater fitness in bulls. We discuss the importance of reliable acoustic cues to size and quality indices in sexual selection contexts. © 2012 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Source

Greer C.F.,Point Loma Nazarene University | Ferguson D.A.,College of Charleston
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media | Year: 2011

A content analysis examined the Twitter sites of 488 local television stations in the United States, based on a strategic and tactical model of media promotion. One finding of the study was that news stories were the most frequently occurring items on the sites. However, stations that offered news items also seldom promoted their regular newscasts. Overall, stations did not appear to use Twitter to direct viewers to the station's on-air programming. © 2011 Broadcast Education Association. Source

Carter L.,Point Loma Nazarene University
SIGCSE'11 - Proceedings of the 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education | Year: 2011

Soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and organization are important to students' future success in the working world. Faculty members know it, students know it, and employers are explicitly asking for these skills. Are computer science departments responsible to teach these skills? If so, where in the curriculum should they be covered? This paper explores the soft skills that employers want, and possible places to include the teaching of those skills in the curriculum. It then shows how an extensive set of soft skills were incorporated into a service learning course for the students in the Mathematical, Information and Computer Sciences department at Point Loma Nazarene University. Finally, it makes suggestions as to how other service learning or capstone courses could be altered to afford more opportunity for soft skill education. Source

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