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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 11, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

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 11, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

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
Site: news.yahoo.com

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 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 25, 2017
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While President Donald Trump was making his way through a multitude of international destinations, his approval rating back home remained low. Trump’s approval rating stood at 39 percent Thursday, according to a new Gallup poll. In the time since he took office, Trump’s approval rating has dropped the most among independents, sinking 11 points from January to stand at 31 percent. Eighty-four percent of Republicans currently said they approved of the job he was doing, compared to 89 percent who said they approved during the week following his inauguration. Democrats, on the other hand, largely disapproved of Trump’s performance, with an approval rating down 7 percent from January. The current 39 percent approval rating shown in the Gallup poll was roughly similar to that of recent weeks but below his all-time low of 35 percent. Trump and his administration have been the subject of numerous controversies since taking office in January. Most recently, the firing of FBI director James Comey prompted significant backlash from the president’s critics. And while polls showed that Comey actually had a lower job approval rating that Trump, those same polls revealed that many were more unhappy with the way Comey was fired than the actual firing itself. “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. Numerous Democratic officials have stepped up to call for Trump’s impeachment amid the pervasive controversies and dwindling approval ratings. “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.” According to a Harvard-Harris survey released earlier in May, 66 percent of Democrats believed the president would be ousted before his term was over. Among independents and Republicans, however, 60 percent said they believed impeachment would go nowhere. “There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of Quinnipiac University polling, told The Hill earlier in May. “[These] are red flags that the administration simply can’t brush away.” The White House, however, has notoriously put little stock into polling and approval ratings, often citing polls that showed Hillary Clinton would clinch the 2016 election. The president has seen approval ratings lower than any recorded by Gallup since they started their surveys in 1953, the company said. Allan Lichtman, the professor who correctly predicted Trump’s presidency before most others, said recently that Trump would be impeached before his term was over.


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.


Werth R.,Quinnipiac University
Theoretical Criminology | Year: 2012

Although parole and the processes of prisoner reentry have received considerable attention, how individuals on parole respond to the State's efforts to regulate their conduct and govern their personhood remains under theorized. Drawing from ethnographic research with individuals on parole, this article examines how parolees navigate the social control inherent in this penal practice. Parole entails both productive and repressive power; responsibilizing and de-responsibilizing elements. The parole agency's efforts to govern up-close-through supervision and regulation of everyday conduct-are frequently met with subversion, resistance, and hostility, while efforts to govern-at-a-distance are more productive. In general paroled subjects reproduce the injunction to transform their lives, becoming committed to 'going straight', ethical reformation, and responsible citizenship. This 'reformed subjectivity' guides how individuals enact parole, but does not reflect subjection or their full acquiescence to penal power. Rather, by engaging selectively with the rules, they render their conditions of parole malleable. These individuals on parole are committed to going straight but doing so, as much as possible, on their own terms. In this way, the reformed subjectivities they display both reflect and resist penal power. © The Author(s) 2011.


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.


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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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