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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT, United States

Quinnipiac University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational university located in Hamden, Connecticut, United States at the foot of Sleeping Giant State Park. The university grants undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through its College of Arts and science; School of Business and Engineering; School of Communications; School of Health science; School of Law; School of Nursing and School of Education. U.S. News & World Report's 2013 America's Best Colleges issue has ranked Quinnipiac University first among northern universities with master's degree programs as having made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, campus or facilities. Quinnipiac is home to the well-known Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 24, 2017
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The Tucson DUI and criminal defense law firm of Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC is proud to announce that Joseph P. St. Louis has been named a recipient of the 2017 Super Lawyers Award. Additionally, attorney Ryan Bleau was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition. The selection process is based on four thorough steps. It includes a combination of peer nomination, independent third-party research, evaluation by a highly-accredited panel of attorneys, and the final selection. Only 5% of attorneys are selected to Super Lawyers and 2.5% as Rising Stars. Tucson DUI attorney Joseph P. St. Louis has the distinction of being Arizona’s only lawyer with a dual certification in both DUI and criminal defense. St. Louis has received the Super Lawyers distinction since 2009 and has over 25 years of overall experience as an attorney. He studied at The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and is a noted speaker and writer for his legal field. Arizona criminal lawyer Ryan Bleau has been named as a member of the Rising Stars list since 2013. Bleau served as a public defender and received another Rising Star by the Arizona Public Defender Association in 2010. He studied at Quinnipiac University School of Law and has been licensed to practice since 2005. The Arizona law firm of Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC congratulates both attorneys, Joseph P. St. Louis and Ryan Bleau, on their significant achievements. The lawyers at Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC have over 50 years of combined experience defending clients against criminal law and DUI charges. Serving Pima, Cochise, Maricopa, Santa Cruz, Graham, Pinal, and Yuma Counties, these experienced attorneys aid clients from their main office in Tucson, Arizona. Contact the law firm by calling 520-777-0235 for a free consultation or visit http://www.azdefense.com.

News Article | May 11, 2017
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Amid backlash over his firing of FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump’s approval rating dipped yet again. In a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 58 percent of voters said they disapproved of Trump’s job performance, while 36 percent said they approved. The same poll showed Trump’s approval rating stood at 40 percent in mid-April. “There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, told The Hill. “[These] are red flags that the administration simply can’t brush away.” Read: Professor Who Predicted Trump's Presidency Weighs In On His Future The latest approval poll shows the lowest numbers Trump has seen since taking office. His previous low was recorded in January, when only 39 percent of voters said they approved of the job he was doing. Trump’s average approval rating for his first 100 days in office was around 41 percent, according to Gallup. While his approval rating has dipped, the odds of Trump getting impeached have risen, according to betting site Predictit. Predictit showed Trump’s odds of staying in the White House fell by six percent, with the odds of him remaining in office until 2019 only 68 percent following his firing of the FBI director. Trump fired Comey Tuesday after reports emerged that the FBI director made misstatements while discussing the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the decision was made based on the advice of those in the administration. “President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” Spicer said in a statement. “’The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,’ said President Trump.” Read: How Much Does It Cost To Protect The Trumps? Comey’s sudden firing prompted a quick backlash from those in the opposite party. Though they had decried Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation and his decision to re-open the investigation at the eleventh hour of the 2016 campaign, many took issue with the president’s firing of the director. “While I had deep reservations about the way Director Comey handled the investigation into the Clinton emails which I made clear at the time and since, to take this action without addressing the profound conflict of interest of the President and Attorney General harkens back to a similarly tainted decision by President Nixon,” said Rep. Adam Schiff. “The President’s sudden and brazen firing of the FBI Director raises the ghosts of some of the worst Executive Branch abuses,” said House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. “We cannot stand by and watch a cover-up of the possible collusion with a hostile foreign power to undermine American democracy. Democratic Rep. John Conyers said the actions “reek of a cover-up” and “appear to be part of an ongoing effort by the Trump White House to impede the investigation into Russian ties and interference in our elections.” Even before Comey’s firing, some experts predicted Trump wouldn’t last as president. Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University and the man who accurately predicted Trump would become president, predicted Trump would be impeached before his term was over. “Justice will be realized in today’s America not through revolution, but by the Constitution’s peaceful remedy of impeachment,” he wrote in his book “The Case for Impeachment.” “But only if the people demand it."

News Article | May 10, 2017
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ACAN), an Agricultural-Technology company that is developing sustainable, state-of-the-art medical cannabis cultivation properties discussed the recently enacted federal spending bill and its implications for medical cannabis. President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.1 trillion bill that includes a provision that is intended to prevent the Justice Department, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, from using funds to arrest or prosecute patients, caregivers, and businesses that are acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. "It is significant that the very first piece of major legislation signed into law by the new administration protects medical marijuana patients and the states that have approved medical cannabis," stated AmeriCann CEO Tim Keogh. "The continuation of bipartisan policies that preserve patient access to cannabis is very positive." Section 537 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 states that, "None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the (regulated) States…to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana." "Congress appears to be growing increasingly comfortable with states adopting their own marijuana policies," said Robert Capecchi, Director of Federal Policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. The provision that allows states to implement their own cannabis laws was first approved by the House in May 2014. The provision stems from an amendment originally sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and former Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA). Congress has extended the current version of the Rohrabacher - Farr Amendment thru September 2017, but many experts agree that the upcoming 2017 spending bill will continue with the established cannabis protections. AmeriCann is developing a 53-acre property in Massachusetts as the Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center (the "MMCC"). The MMCC is approved for 1 million square feet which will be developed in phases and is expected to be one of the most technologically advanced cultivation facilities in the nation. A Quinnipiac University Poll released on February 23rd, 2017 shows that 93% of Americans support medical marijuana. With the results of the November 2016 election results, over 60% of the US Population now live in states where medical cannabis is now legal. Of the 28 states that have implemented legal cannabis programs, only 8 have approved Adult-Use. AmeriCann (OTCQX: ACAN) is a publicly traded Ag-Tech company that is developing and sustainable, state-of-the-art medical cannabis cultivation properties. The Company has over 1,000,000 square feet of facilities in the planning and design stages of development. The Company has designed a proprietary line of cannabis infused products which will be branded and licensed to companies in regulated markets. AmeriCann, Inc. is a Certified B Corp, an acknowledgment of the company's commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency and accountability. AmeriCann became the first public cannabis company to earn this respected accreditation. More information about the Company is available at: www.americann.co or follow AmeriCann on Twitter @ACANinfo The Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center is approved for nearly 1,000,000 square feet of medical cannabis cultivation and processing in Freetown, Massachusetts. The state-of-the-art, sustainable, greenhouse project will consist of multiple planned phases for tenants in the Massachusetts medical marijuana market. AmeriCann's Cannopy System uniquely combines expertise from traditional horticulture, lean manufacturing, regulatory compliance and cannabis cultivation to create superior facilities and procedures. The first phase of the project consists of 130,000 sq. ft. of cultivation and processing infrastructure. AmeriCann can expand the first phase to approximately 600,000 sq. ft., based on patient demand. This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act") (which Sections were adopted as part of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "prospects," "outlook," and similar words or expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "should," "would," "may," and "could" are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any anticipated results, performance or achievements. The Company disclaims any intention to, and undertakes no obligation to, revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, a future event, or otherwise. For additional uncertainties that could impact the Company's forward-looking statements, please see the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2016, which the Company has filed with the SEC and which may be viewed at http://www.sec.gov.

News Article | May 11, 2017
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Republicans may hold the majority in both chambers of Congress today, but most Americans wish it were the other way around. According to a new Quinnipiac University Poll, 54 per cent of Americans wish the Democratic Party had control of the House of Representatives. Only 38 per cent feel the same about the Republicans. In fact, more than 41 per cent of Americans feel the country would be better off if the Democrats had won in 2016. Democratic leaders also win higher marks than their Republican counterparts: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gets a 31 per cent favourablity rating, while Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gets 24 per cent. Resistance to Trump is beginning as Democrats unseat Republicans That bodes well for a Democratic party still reeling from its unexpected presidential loss. Six months after the defeat, Democrats seem to have latched onto Donald Trump’s lack of legislative success – and historic unpopularity ratings – to boost their midterm prospects. When Mr Trump’s 100 days came and went without a major legislative victory, the Democrats released a triumphant press release titled “President Trump's 100 Days of Historic Broken Promises.” Mr Trump’s job approval rating is at a near-record low of 36 per cent, according to the poll. Days later, when Mr Trump and Republican representatives celebrated the passage of their health care bill through the House, Democrats taunted them by signing “Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.” Just 38 per cent of Americans approve of the health care bill. To win back a majority in the House, Democrats need to flip 25 seats – the average number of seats lost by each president’s party in every midterm since World War II. But experts say Democrats shouldn’t be celebrating just yet: The party has notoriously low turnout for midterm elections – 20 per cent lower than Republican voters. And recent special elections, in which Democrats hoped to win back several historically Republican seats, haven’t delivered the resounding victory they’d hoped. At a session of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “university” for potential candidates, consultant Dave Gold described the anti-Trump momentum as a “wave.” "It's all about getting people out there on surfboards," Mr Gold told his students. "Otherwise, the wave might come and it crashes on the shore and nothing comes of it."

News Article | May 11, 2017
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Donald Trump’s approval rating has reached a near record low as support from the US President's core base begins to falter. Just 36 per cent of Americans approved of the Republican leader, while 58 per cent disapproved - a drop of two percentage points since April. The latest Quinnipiac University poll showed waning support among the former real estate mogul’s previously loyal base. White voters with no college degree largely approved of the President in April, with 57 per cent believing he was doing a good job. However, this figure has now plummeted to 47 per cent. Male voters were also wavering in their support, with 48 per cent approving of the president, down from 53 per cent last month. Voters also found the president to be increasingly dishonest, with 61 per cent believing he is not honest compared to 58 per cent in the last poll. The survey was conducted just a day before Mr Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating allegations of Russian collusion in his presidential campaign. In April, Mr Trump received the lowest approval rating of his presidency so far, at 35 per cent.

News Article | May 12, 2017
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Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Marshalltown, Iowa. Blum is reassuring Iowans fearful of losing health coverage that the House GOP bill is just a “tweak of Obamacare,” after campaigning on repealing the health care law _ and voting last week to gut it. The second-term Blum says “only about 10 percent of Obamacare was changed with this bill,” referring to the measure narrowly passed in the GOP-controlled House last week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — After campaigning on repealing the health care law and voting to gut it, an Iowa Republican is cautioning constituents fearful of losing coverage that the House GOP replacement is just "a tweak of Obamacare" that would have gone further had he had his way. Two-term Rep. Rod Blum, who represents a swing district that includes Dubuque and Cedar Rapids, is among the conservative House Republicans who campaigned angrily against then-President Barack Obama's signature health law for two years, only to accept a bill they say did not undo enough of the 2010 law. And in so doing, Blum and others are understating the impact of the bill that, if enacted, could drop millions from their insurance by next year. "We did not repeal," Blum told about 200 people at a community college in central Iowa on Thursday. "Only about 10 percent of Obamacare was changed with this bill that we passed in the House, only 10 percent." A week ago, the House narrowly approved a bill that would gut major portions of the Obama law by overhauling government subsidies for private health insurance and winding down Obama's expansion of the Medicaid health care program for the poor, while also rolling back funding for traditional Medicaid and cutting taxes on upper-income people that Democrats used to finance the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion. Congressional analysts estimate that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year. "I don't see how he can say this won't affect people on Medicaid," Mike Poe, a 62-year-old Marshalltown farmer, said after the Blum event. "People like me, not yet eligible for Medicare, are the ones who are vulnerable." President Donald Trump and dozens of House Republicans celebrated the bill's passage in a Rose Garden ceremony. Back home in their congressional districts, many of those Republicans have had to explain their vote. Blum, a businessman, former high school basketball coach and onetime real estate developer, won his seat in the Republican wave of 2014 on the promise of repeal. "Quite frankly, this bill is a tweak of Obamacare," Blum said Tuesday in Dubuque before the first of four meetings across his district, which spans central Iowa to the Mississippi River. Blum insisted people would not lose Medicaid coverage, if they don't let their coverage lapse. "If you're on Medicaid, nothing's going to change," he told the audience in Marshalltown, which broke into a chorus of loud objections. However, some people typically enter and leave Medicaid coverage due to temporary employment, making the change in the bill potentially harmful to people who change jobs frequently. Blum was among the roughly 30 conservative House Freedom Caucus members responsible for scuttling the earlier version of the bill. He said he grudgingly supported the revised measure because it allows states to opt not to abide by the Obama law's requirement on essential benefits and coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Even that was a hard choice to make, he said. "You can't get what you want all the time," Blum told the group in Marshalltown. "So in the end I compromised." It was an unusual statement from a member of the typically unyielding Freedom Caucus. Blum, on the first day of his term, was one of 25 Republicans in January 2015 who refused to back the more pragmatic John Boehner for House speaker. Months later, in September, the Freedom Caucus hastened Boehner's departure. While the Senate works on its version of the health care bill, the House measure continues to face strong public opposition, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. The poll found that only 21 percent of voters approve of the House-passed bill, while 56 percent disapprove. With the exception of Republicans, majorities of people disapproved across demographic groups. That included 81 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents, 54 percent of men and 58 percent of women. "There's a moral obligation to protect people's health. I just think he sees it only in terms of money," 65-year-old retired teacher Anne Michael of nearby Tama said after the Blum event. Blum also cast doubt on a consensus bill emerging from the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrower majority than in the House, and have tea party conservatives Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, along with moderate Susan Collins.

Kowalski R.M.,Clemson University | Giumetti G.W.,Quinnipiac University | Schroeder A.N.,Western Kentucky University | Lattanner M.R.,Duke University
Psychological Bulletin | Year: 2014

Although the Internet has transformed the way our world operates, it has also served as a venue for cyberbullying, a serious form of misbehavior among youth. With many of today's youth experiencing acts of cyberbullying, a growing body of literature has begun to document the prevalence, predictors, and outcomes of this behavior, but the literature is highly fragmented and lacks theoretical focus. Therefore, our purpose in the present article is to provide a critical review of the existing cyberbullying research. The general aggression model is proposed as a useful theoretical framework from which to understand this phenomenon. Additionally, results from a meta-analytic review are presented to highlight the size of the relationships between cyberbullying and traditional bullying, as well as relationships between cyberbullying and other meaningful behavioral and psychological variables. Mixed effects meta-analysis results indicate that among the strongest associations with cyberbullying perpetration were normative beliefs about aggression and moral disengagement, and the strongest associations with cyberbullying victimization were stress and suicidal ideation. Several methodological and sample characteristics served as moderators of these relationships. Limitations of the meta-analysis include issues dealing with causality or directionality of these associations as well as generalizability for those meta-analytic estimates that are based on smaller sets of studies (k 5). Finally, the present results uncover important areas for future research. We provide a relevant agenda, including the need for understanding the incremental impact of cyberbullying (over and above traditional bullying) on key behavioral and psychological outcomes. © 2014 American Psychological Association.

Ticks are unique among hematophagous arthropods by continuous attachment to host skin and blood feeding for days; complexity and diversity of biologically active molecules differentially expressed in saliva of tick species; their ability to modulate the host defenses of pain and itch, hemostasis, inflammation, innate and adaptive immunity, and wound healing; and, the diverse array of infectious agents they transmit. All of these interactions occur at the cutaneous interface in a complex sequence of carefully choreographed host defense responses and tick countermeasures resulting in an environment that facilitates successful blood feeding and establishment of tick-borne infectious agents within the host. Here, we examine diverse patterns of tick attachment to host skin, blood feeding mechanisms, salivary gland transcriptomes, bioactive molecules in tick saliva, timing of pathogen transmission, and host responses to tick bite. Ticks engage and modulate cutaneous and systemic immune defenses involving keratinocytes, natural killer cells, dendritic cells, T cell subpopulations (Th1, Th2, Th17, Treg), B cells, neutrophils, mast cells, basophils, endothelial cells, cytokines, chemokines, complement, and extracellular matrix. A framework is proposed that integrates tick induced changes of skin immune effectors with their ability to respond to tick-borne pathogens. Implications of these changes are addressed. What are the consequences of tick modulation of host cutaneous defenses? Does diversity of salivary gland transcriptomes determine differential modulation of host inflammation and immune defenses and therefore, in part, the clades of pathogens effectively transmitted by different tick species? Do ticks create an immunologically modified cutaneous environment that enhances specific pathogen establishment? Can tick saliva molecules be used to develop vaccines that block pathogen transmission? © 2013 Wikel.

Nicholson N.R.,Quinnipiac University
Journal of Primary Prevention | Year: 2012

Social isolation is a major and prevalent health problem among community-dwelling older adults, leading to numerous detrimental health conditions. With a high prevalence, and an increasing number of older persons, social isolation will impact the health, well-being, and quality of life of numerous older adults now and in the foreseeable future. For this review, a series of literature searches of the CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Medline databases were conducted, using the key words "social isolation," "social networks," "older adults," "elderly," "belonging," "perceived isolation," "social engagement," "social contacts," and "social integration," for the period of 1995-2010. The results show that there is an overabundance of evidence demonstrating numerous negative health outcomes and potential risk factors related to social isolation. However, there is scarce evidence that public health professionals are assessing social isolation in older persons, despite their unique access to very socially isolated, homebound older adults. Additionally, few viable interventions were found; therefore, it is advisable to focus on the prevention of social isolation in older adults. Public health professionals can take steps toward increasing the early assessment of social isolation and referring at-risk individuals to available community resourcesin ordertoprevent social isolation or further isolation, which would serve to reduce the numerous negative health outcomes associated with this condition. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 358.56K | Year: 2015

This project is supported under the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program, which is an NSF-wide program although each Directorate administers its own REU Site competition. This program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in an effort to introduce them to scientific research so as to encourage their continued engagement in the nations scientific research and development enterprise. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed especially for the purpose. The REU program is a major contributor to the NSFs goal of developing a diverse, internationally competitive, and globally-engaged science and engineering workforce. The Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) sciences Directorate awarded this REU Site grant to Quinnipiac University for the BAKOTA REU Site field-school to offer a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment for students from underrepresented groups and under-resourced institutions to receive training in scientific research and publication. Working with Hungarian students and colleagues, American students receive the theoretical background, hands-on experience and the careful attention of individual mentors required for mastering the increasingly specialized STEM methods leading archaeological research. Each summer, ten undergraduate students are engaged in 1) working next to Hungarian students while they receive instruction in survey and excavation techniques, record keeping and data management, and artifact analysis, 2) participating in seminars and workshops taught by experts on archaeological method and theory and the cultural history of Eastern Europe, 3) visiting museums and archaeological sites, 4) planning and completing an independent research project with a faculty mentor, and 5) living in the small town of Vésztõ and learning about life in Hungary from the villagers, Hungarian students, and visiting project participants. Students are guided (via formal instruction and informal mentoring) from dependent to independent thinkers who have the skill sets to make their own unique contributions to the research team. Students present their work at a national conference, in academic journals, and on the project website (http://bakota.net). By engaging students who would not otherwise participate in high-level research, the BAKOTA field-school opens the door to further student inquiry in science, and supports collaborations that will impact the students throughout their academic and professional careers. The international experience of the project requires a culturally sensitive atmosphere and results in participants who promote a more tolerant, educated, and collaborative society.

In this REU Site project, undergraduate students become contributing members of an archaeological project centered on understanding the rise of social inequality in European prehistory. A number of significant social transformations occur in the Bronze Age, including agricultural intensification, population increases, and an explosion in trade. The location of the field-school in eastern Hungary has evidence for many forms of social complexity, but unlike neighboring areas, it did not undergo massive changes in social stratification. Despite an increasing population and intensified agricultural production, no hierarchy or monopoly over bronze manufacturing emerged. This makes eastern Hungary a fascinating place to study social change. By comparing the trajectory of Bronze Age peoples of the Carpathian Basin to those of stratified societies elsewhere in the world, we engage the large anthropological debates focused on understanding the foundations and development of social inequality. The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) REU Site field-school has three years of funding for a summer field school at the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 2000-1500 BC) cemetery and settlement of Békés 103, located in southeastern Hungary. Professional development mentoring takes place before the program starts, throughout the research season, and post-project. Participants also receive training in ethical and equitable fieldwork codes of conduct, including Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) and sexual harassment awareness. NSFs International Science and Engineering (ISE) program has co-funded this project.

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