Providence, RI, United States
Providence, RI, United States

Providence College is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university located about two miles west of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, United States, the state's capital city. With a 2012–2013 enrollment of 3,852 undergraduate students and 735 graduate students, the college specializes in academic programs in the liberal arts. It is the only college or university in North America administered by the Dominican Friars.Founded in 1917, the college offers 49 majors and 34 minors and, beginning with the class of 2016, requires all its students to complete 16 credits in the Development of Western Civilization, which serves as a major part of the college's core curriculum . Fr. Brian Shanley has been the school's president since 2005.In athletics, Providence College competes in the NCAA's Division I and is a founding member of the Big East Conference and Hockey East. In December 2012, the College announced it and six other Catholic colleges would leave the Big East Conference to form its own league, which will also be called the Big East. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 2, 2017

Daniels-Carter, who also serves as a director on the Green Bay Packers and various other corporate boards, has been active with AAA for 22 years both in her home state of Wisconsin and nationally. She has served on multiple board committees and, most recently as audit committee chair, leading the efforts to raise the association's collective preparedness in cybersecurity. She was elected vice chair of the AAA board in 2015. "As a visionary and committed AAA leader, Valerie will serve the organization well, building and expanding upon the trust our members have placed in the brand for more than a century," said Marshall Doney, president and CEO of AAA. "Valerie has played an integral role in the AAA federation, putting her considerable business acumen to work on behalf of the organization and its members. And I know that as our new chair, Valerie will help ensure AAA remains a vital part of our members' daily lives." A nationally known business leader, Daniels-Carter started her franchise empire with one Burger King restaurant in 1982 and built her company into a 137-unit, multi-brand organization. A talented basketball player in her own right, Daniels-Carter has teamed up with one of the NBA's most famous and valuable players, Shaquille O'Neal, to expand the horizons of Auntie Anne's Famous Pretzels. Together, they have opened 30 new locations nationwide. "I view myself as a market innovator and I look forward to helping lead the ongoing innovation and the expansion of AAA," continued Daniels-Carter. Along with electing Daniels-Carter chair, AAA elected as vice chair, William A. Mekrut of Lincoln, Rhode Island. And joining the board for a three year term is Anthony J. Buzzelli, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Incoming Vice Chair Mekrut is vice president of finance for FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial and industrial property insurers. He was elected to the AAA national board of directors in April 2015 and has served on the board of AAA Southern New England, now AAA Northeast, since 2008. Additionally, he serves on the holding companies affiliated with AAA Northeast – AAA Motor Club Holdings and Red Rooster Investment Company. Mekrut earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Providence College and a master's degree from Bryant University. Daniels-Carter has been awarded a number of distinguishing honors including the Business Woman of the Year Frazier Network; Northwood University, Distinguished Business Leader Award; Trailblazer Award from North Milwaukee State Bank; Entrepreneurial Spirit Award presented at the Multicultural Prism Awards; Essence magazine's Top 10 Black Female Entrepreneurs; and Black Enterprise magazine's Women of the B.E. 100. Her company, V & J has received awards such as the Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses (Working Woman Magazine); Top 200 Restaurants in the U.S. (Restaurant Finance Monitor); and numerous other accolades, both locally and nationally. As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 57 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

News Article | April 17, 2017

Michael Broderick, Managing Partner, Atlantic Planning Group has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®) designation from The American College of Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, PA. Candidates for the RICP® designation must complete a minimum of three college-level courses and are required to pass a series of two-hour proctored exams. They must also have three years of experience, meet stringent ethics requirements, and participate in The College's continuing education program. The RICP® educational curricula is the most complete and comprehensive program available to professional financial advisors looking to help their clients create sustainable retirement income. The rigorous three-course credential helps advisors master retirement income planning, a key focus area not fully covered in other professional designation programs. From retirement portfolio management techniques and mitigation of plan risks to the proper use of annuities, employer-sponsored benefits and determining the best Social Security claiming age, the RICP® provides a wealth of practical information for advisors. Using the most current techniques, RICP®s identify retirement income needs and objectives and evaluate a client's current situation relative to those goals. Individuals who earn a RICP® can provide expert advice on a broad range of retirement topics including income needs and objectives, estate issues and other risks to the retirement income planning, Social Security, health insurance and housing decisions, and income taxation. Michael started his financial service career in 1987 after obtaining his B.S. concentrating in Finance from Providence College. In 1995 he cofounded Atlantic Planning Group, LLC, and has been a managing partner since. His other designations include Certified Financial Planner®, Chartered Life Underwriter®, Chartered Financial Consultant®, and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®. Michael resides in Westwood, MA with his spouse and their three children. The American College is the nation's largest non-profit educational institution devoted to financial services. Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage films, insurance companies and others for over 86 years. The American College's faculty represents some of the financial services industry's foremost thought leaders. For more information, visit

Levine D.I.,Providence College
Annals of Internal Medicine | Year: 2013

This article analyzes the letters exchanged as part of the clinical weight management of President William H. Taft, one of the first public figures in U.S. history to be defined popularly in terms of his pathologic obesity. In 1905, Taft hired Dr. Nathaniel E. Yorke- Davies, an English diet expert, to supervise a weight-loss plan. Taft corresponded extensively with Yorke-Davies over the next 10 years, receiving and responding to courses of treatment via post. This correspondence is one of the few archival collections documenting physician and patient perspectives on the treatment of obesity, and it took place at the precise moment when obesity began to be framed as both a serious and medically manageable condition. This intimate clinical history of the 27th president and 10th chief justice of the Supreme Court offers a unique opportunity to examine in detail the history of the obesity experience in the United States, and it sheds light on the almost-timeless challenges of creating and maintaining long-term treatment courses for conditions like obesity. © 2013 American College of Physicians.

Austriaco N.P.G.,Providence College
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (United Kingdom) | Year: 2016

Patrick Lee and Germain Grisez have argued that the total brain dead patient is still dead because the integrated entity that remains is not even an animal, not only because he is not sentient but also, and more importantly, because he has lost the radical capacity for sentience. In this essay, written from within and as a contribution to the Catholic philosophical tradition, I respond to Lee and Grisez's argument by proposing that the brain dead patient is still sentient because an animal with an intact but severed spinal cord can still perceive and respond to external stimuli. The brain dead patient is an unconscious sentient organism. © 2016 The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc. All rights reserved.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCES IN BIO INFORMATICS | Award Amount: 118.14K | Year: 2013

X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology (XROMM) is a new technology for visualizing bones and joints during rapid motion, such as birds in flight, frogs jumping, and humans running. XROMM has already transformed studies of vertebrate animal motion, but the current software available for XROMM analysis is cumbersome and poorly integrated with data pipelines. This project will apply best practices of software engineering to create an open-source XROMM analysis package that is integrated with an online data management system. The software products will improve user experience, speed, robustness, and reproducibility of the XROMM analysis process. The low throughput of current tools is a problem because a fundamental goal of comparative biomechanics is to compare species, and thereby to extract robust relationships between form and function. The new tools developed through this award will significantly increase the throughput of the XROMM process, and also provide integrated analysis and management of complex data sets.

This project will substantially enhance the cyberinfrastructure for comparative biomechanics research, and increase US economic competitiveness through technology development and advanced training of the scientific workforce. All software products and documentation will be open source and made freely available, and all source code will be deposited in a public code repository. Undergraduate and graduate students at Brown University, and undergraduates at Providence College (a primarily undergraduate institution), will gain interdisciplinary training in biology, engineering, and computer science. As part of this project, at least 45 students, researchers, and educators will participate in XROMM Short Courses at Brown (15 per year for 3 years). The XROMM Short Courses at Brown are an effective way to teach complex XROMM methods to researchers and educators at a range of career levels and from diverse types of institutions, including schools, colleges, and museums as well as research universities. All products from this project will be made available through

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Physiolg Mechansms&Biomechancs | Award Amount: 200.87K | Year: 2015

Changes in environmental conditions control the expression of bacterial small noncoding RNAs (sRNAs) that regulate the expression of other genes. Though sRNAs play important roles in adjusting bacterial gene expression and physiology, there are significant hurdles to understanding their function. This project combines genetic, physiological, and transcriptomic approaches to identify sRNA genes and elucidate how expression of these sRNAs impacts bacterial cell physiology. This work is being performed in Shewanella oneidensis, a bacterium with the intriguing capacity to respire using metals in the place of oxygen. Students participate fully in all aspects of the study, including experimental design, performing experiments, data analyses, and manuscript preparation and revision. Students also regularly present their work at scientific conferences. The principle investigator and his students participate in community outreach by mentoring local primary and secondary school students performing science projects.

The project will investigate the role of a highly-conserved RNA chaperone molecule, Hfq, in regulation of sRNA signaling in S. oneidensis metabolism and stress responses. The research couples discovery-based systematics (next generation RNA sequencing) with molecular, genetic, and physiological approaches. RNA-Seq is used to identify putative sRNAs expressed under conditions of interest. Manipulating sRNA expression using genetic loss-of-function and gain-of-function approaches will be used to test whether sRNAs regulate predicted mRNA targets and to determine how sRNA expression impacts cell physiology. Given the large number of sRNA genes in bacteria, this study focuses on sRNA functions likely to be linked to the metal reducing metabolism of S. oneidensis. Results from the research effort will be disseminated through peer-reviewed journal publications, and through presentations at regional, national, and international meetings.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY | Award Amount: 227.72K | Year: 2015

In many areas around the world jellyfish population abundances are increasing and, at times, result in destructive blooms. Their rapid growth and high feeding rates make them important predators in marine ecosystems and their effects on ecosystems and human activities have increasingly raised concerns. Unfortunately, scientists do not currently understand the factors that determine which types of prey jellyfish eat and how much prey they eat. This presents a knowledge gap of increasing importance as jellyfish undergo inexplicable population fluctuations and invade new environments. In this project the investigators will develop a robust understanding of the factors that determine who and how much jellyfish consume based on their morphology, behavior and size. This fundamental understanding of their feeding process will enable researchers to use simple jellyfish characteristics to predict the ecological impact of different types of jellyfish. This project will include the studying of a greatly under-studied group, rhizostome jellyfish, which represents many of the recorded bloom events and geographic expansions. Further, these techniques are sufficiently robust to have broader use in the study of physical-biological interactions for other jellyfish species and other pelagic organisms. The principal investigators participating in this collaboration are from primarily undergraduate institutions. Student participation in the project will involve several undergraduates during each year of the proposal. Through summer research at the Marine Biology Laboratory, undergraduate students will become exposed to a wide range of research and become immersed in a post-graduate environment that can strongly influence their perception of the scientific profession. The trophic impacts of scyphomedusae are subjects of broad international interest and results of our research will be exchanged with a wide range of colleagues, contributing to international scientific dialogue. In addition, we will use our contacts with media (e.g. PBS Shape of Life series, Fantastic Jellies exhibit at the New England Aquarium) involved in scientific education of the general public to communicate our new findings.

The goal of this project is to quantify the variables that control the post-encounter capture process in order to be able to predict the prey selection patterns and clearance rate potential of different rowing medusae based upon their morphological characteristics and size. To achieve this goal, the PIs will use laboratory and in situ videography and optics techniques to quantify the outcome of individual interactions with prey in the lab and in the field. Step-by-step quantification of the post-encounter capture process will enable them to quantify capture efficiencies of different prey types and determine which stages of the process were most influential in determining the outcome of the encounter. The investigators will use these quantitative observations to relate medusan morphology and nematocyst properties to capture efficiencies. This will allow them to predict prey selection patterns. These predictions will be combined with flow-based encounter models to predict clearance rate potential and prey selection of different medusan species under different prey conditions. Finally, the investigators will validate our predictions using laboratory bottle incubation studies to quantify prey selection and clearance rates of medusae fed different prey assemblages. When achieved, this study will provide marine ecologists with the critical missing links to be able to model and predict the ecological impact of medusae populations in all environments.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: FLUID DYNAMICS | Award Amount: 123.89K | Year: 2015

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Costello, John H. / Dabiri, John, Colin, Sean / Gemmell, Brad

The goal of the proposed study is to investigate the mechanisms by which different swimming animals propel and maneuver themselves in order to identify common flow characteristics. Results of this work will be applicable to the engineering of vehicles that can bend and twist, mimicking efficient swimmers from nature.

Efficient swimmers in nature appear to exhibit common traits in the bending and twisting of their bodies. While the effects of other morphological characteristics of swimmers have been explored, this is an area that we do not have a good understanding. The basic hypothesis is that the bending kinematics among various species are similar, and these unifying characteristics need to be discovered. Validation of the hypothesis to the broader animal kingdom will be tested using animal informatics. The proposed work focuses on the study of the propulsion of three different model animals (jellyfish, pteropods and lamprey), so that the common swimming traits can be identified, characterized and theoretically analyzed. State-of-the-art experimental techniques (such as 2D and 3D particle image velocimetry and holographing imaging) will be used to quantify the flow, the forces, the torque and the pressure fields generated during bending by these animal models. The final goal is to provide not only quantitative but also predictive evaluation of the fluid dynamic effects of propulsor bending.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: Chemical Synthesis | Award Amount: 126.40K | Year: 2016

The Chemical Synthesis Program of the NSF Chemistry Division supports the research of Professor Seann Mulcahy in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Providence College. Professor Mulcahy and his undergraduate students are developing a new methodology for the synthesis of a class of organic compounds called isomeric carbolines. These molecules are known to have attractive biological properties, which range from neurochemical effects to antibacterial and anticancer activity. One major goal of this project is to use compounds containing the element, palladium, as a catalyst that will stitch together these molecules in a single vessel from simpler precursors. Such an efficient chemical process would reduce the time, energy, and resources needed for the synthesis of carbolines. The project further is serving as a training tool for undergraduate students at Providence College, including those students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The projects breadth reaches beyond the research laboratory and is being incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum, a summer bridge program, and outreach activities in Providence public schools. All of the students involved in this work are gaining problem solving and critical thinking skills that are needed for success in chemistry at all levels.

This project involves the development of catalytic, one-pot procedures for the synthesis of isomeric alpha, beta, gamma and delta-carboline heterocycles that have important biochemical function including neuropharmacological activity. Specific targets of this research have potential as molecular probes for studying diseases of the brain. The overarching strategy in this work is the use of a single palladium precursor that will catalyze two mechanistically unique transformations. The first objective is to complete the synthesis of beta-carbolines which have an additional ring attached. By performing a tandem Sonogashira/[2+2+2] cyclization in the same flask, these molecules are created in an atom-economical way using a multitasking palladium catalyst. The second objective is to devise similar strategies for the more electron-rich alpha-carboline isomers. The final scientific objective is to synthesize precursor alkynylnitrile and functionalized iodoaniline molecules leading to the gamma- and delta-isomers. The substrate scope, catalytic efficiency, and ligand/solvent effects are optimized for each isomeric class. Equally important in this work is the training of undergraduate students to become better scientists. Through their involvement in original research, undergraduates explore new areas of chemical synthesis and catalysis. The project also seeks to recruit underrepresented groups to study chemistry, both through a summer bridge research experience for incoming students or the Catalysts for Chemistry outreach program in Providence public schools.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 79.42K | Year: 2015

An award is made to the California Institute of Technology and other collaborating organizations including Providence College, Roger Williams University and the University of Texas at Austin to do research and development of a new diver-operated technology to measure key biological and physical processes that affect the health of the ocean and the organisms therein. The ability to conduct science directly in the ocean environment will be a unique national capability that will transform our understanding of the ocean and can potentially enable prediction of adverse impacts on industries such as fishing and coastal tourism. The project will advance the study of marine biology by extending previous laboratory research into more realistic experiments in the field. Importantly, the technology developed during this project will be made available free-of-charge to other U.S. researchers through a loan program developed and tested under prior NSF support. A small business will collaborate with the researchers toward low-cost manufacturing of the technology. The project will support a diverse workforce through the hiring and training of a full-time graduate student and summer students recruited through a program of targeted research opportunities for underrepresented students. These researchers will conduct laboratory and field work at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, exposing them to front-line field research.
Knowledge of aquatic animal ecology depends upon accurate measurement of individual organisms for critical processes such as feeding, behavior, and associated fluid motions. Imaging of these interactions has yielded important advances in the understanding of these processes, but has depended primarily upon the controlled conditions of the laboratory. Laboratory conditions allow advanced optical configurations to provide high spatial and temporal resolution moving images within highly controlled conditions. However, these same controlled and defined conditions may also inadvertently create artificial environments that affect the outcome of natural process measurements. The goal of this research is to enable in situ measurements that combine novel daytime particle image velocimetry (PIV); high-resolution, collimated brightfield imaging, and three-dimensional image holography. This new technology will enable (1) direct quantification of complex processes, such as feeding and swimming in turbulent flows under variable lighting conditions, (2) detailed field measurements of animals that are important in the environment but comparatively intractable for controlled laboratory studies, and (3) field confirmation of laboratory data on processes such as predator-prey interactions.

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