Mahwah, NJ, United States
Mahwah, NJ, United States

Ramapo College of New Jersey, abbreviated RCNJ, is a public liberal arts and professional studies institution of the New Jersey system of higher education, located in Mahwah, New Jersey near the Ramapo Mountains. Wikipedia.


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RIDGEWOOD, NJ, February 16, 2017-- Kathleen McNulty has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.As a practicing psychologist, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, success coach and business consultant in private practice, Dr. McNulty had dedicated her career to helping others. She came to prominence in the early 1980s as a mental health aide for Belleville Mental Health Clinic in New Jersey. Demonstrating her reliability, compassionate attitude and professionalism in all areas of her work, she achieved prominent roles including Clinician and Supervisor for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, clinician and psychotherapist for the Family Guidance Center in Bergen County, and psychotherapist for Cliffwood Mental Health Center. In addition, she was a consultant at Meadowlands Weight Control in Rutherford, NJ. Dr. McNulty currently holds a position on the medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, Supervisor of Integrated Health Care for the Underserved of Northern New Jersey, a collaboration with Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Director and Lead Coordinator of employee assistance programs for large corporations. Dr. McNulty maintains a portion of her practice for assisting in spiritual development, developing success oriented mindsets and establishing life course corrections. Dr. McNulty served as adjunct faculty at Smith College in Massachusetts and Ramapo College of New Jersey.Dr. McNulty is a licensed practicing psychologist, licensed clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist. She is also a certified EMT and volunteers as such for her local chapter. She prepared for her career by achieving a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University in 1980. To propel her career forward, she continued in her education, achieving a Master of Social Work from Smith College in 1984. She continued her education earning her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2009. Today, she remains at the top of her field by affirming her dedication to assisting humanity to heal from the inside out, developing mindfulness and awareness of the importance we have to each other. Humanity is interconnected, woven together. Dr. McNulty continues to dedicate her life's work to understanding human nature as it connects to our spiritual, physical, neurological and psychological selves. Through the avenue and lens of psychology, Dr. McNulty visualizes the best we all are capable of being. Her stance is one of positive psychology. Dr. McNulty has many affiliations. Some of these are: the American Orthopsychiatry Association, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the National Association of Social Workers and the New Jersey Psychological Association. In recognition of her professional excellence in her career, she was selected for inclusion into Who's Who Among Human Services Professionals, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who of American Women. Looking to the future, Dr. McNulty intends to continue her work in private practice, teaching, mentoring the new doctoral students and actively working in the corporate world to improve business relations and employee work satisfaction.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


News Article | December 21, 2016
Site: www.24-7pressrelease.com

NEW YORK, NY, December 21, 2016-- "Marian," a feature-film-in-progress, written and directed by Monika Vega Abate, who also fills the title role, will debut a promo "sizzle reel" tomorrow on the internet, embedded at the showcase website http://marianthepromo.com/ Ms. Abate describes the coming feature film."The story is about a woman who hits rock bottom and is forced to make the choice between life or death, after she encounters a mysterious phantom guardian," she says. "Her protector affirms that she is the re-embodiment of a legendary woman warrior, whose duty it is to battle against self-destruction."Patrick A. Berzinski, CEO of Tranquility49 Productions, and Ms. Abate, principal of MVA films, are co-producers of the promotional reel.In addition to Ms. Abate, the promo piece stars actors David Serero (Father), Sheila Ball (Mother) and Jayson Wesley (Guardian), with actor Manuel Acevedo. A team of video/film technicians based at Ramapo College of New Jersey executed the production phase. Members of the production crew include Giancarlo Sepulveda (co-director), Jesse Muller (associate director), Bret Arndt (director of photography), Ryan Policastro and Peter Logan (sound design), and Jamar Kennedy (production associate).The showcase website is a production of MVA films and Tranquility49 PR, designed and executed by T49 PR digital media associates Kelsey Holland, Murphy McDaniel and Jennifer Nardello.Ms. Abate is a resident of Weehawken, N.J., and a professional actress, writer and director. "Marian" is her first feature film project. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. By day, she is a Facilities Supervisor at a major corporate organization in New York.To arrange an interview with Monika Vega Abate, please call Tranquility49 PR at +1-212-519-8628 and ask for Ms. Jennifer Esposito.Tranquility49, the "communications boutique for the 21st century," is a broad-spectrum media-communications firm located in the heart of New York City. For more information, please visit www.tranquility49.com


Menendez C.,Ramapo College of New Jersey | Frees S.,Ramapo College of New Jersey | Bagga P.S.,Ramapo College of New Jersey
Nucleic Acids Research | Year: 2012

Naturally occurring G-quadruplex structural motifs, formed by guanine-rich nucleic acids, have been reported in telomeric, promoter and transcribed regions of mammalian genomes. G-quadruplex structures have received significant attention because of growing evidence for their role in important biological processes, human disease and as therapeutic targets. Lately, there has been much interest in the potential roles of RNA G-quadruplexes as cis-regulatory elements of post-transcriptional gene expression. Large-scale computational genomics studies on G-quadruplexes have difficulty validating their predictions without laborious testing in 'wet' labs. We have developed a bioinformatics tool, QGRS-H Predictor that can map and analyze conserved putative Quadruplex forming 'G'-Rich Sequences (QGRS) in mRNAs, ncRNAs and other nucleotide sequences, e.g. promoter, telomeric and gene flanking regions. Identifying conserved regulatory motifs helps validate computations and enhances accuracy of predictions. The QGRS-H Predictor is particularly useful for mapping homologous G-quadruplex forming sequences as cis-regulatory elements in the context of 5′-and 3′-untranslated regions, and CDS sections of aligned mRNA sequences. QGRS-H Predictor features highly interactive graphic representation of the data. It is a unique and user-friendly application that provides many options for defining and studying G-quadruplexes. The QGRS-H Predictor can be freely accessed at: http://quadruplex.ramapo.edu/qgrs/app/start. © 2012 The Author(s).


Kumar A.N.,Ramapo College of New Jersey
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

A controlled study was conducted in-natura to evaluate the effectiveness of presenting passive self-explanation questions in a problem-solving tutor on code-tracing. Data was collected from multiple institutions over three semesters using a tutor on selection statements: fall 2012-fall 2013. ANOVA and ANCOVA were used to analyze the collected data. After accounting for the additional time provided to test group students to answer self-explanation questions, test group was found to fare no better than control group on the number of concepts practiced, the pre-post change in score or the number of practice problems solved per practiced concept. It is speculated that this lack of difference might be attributable to self-efficacy issues, and that the features of tutors found to be effective in-vivo might need self-efficacy supports to also be effective in-natura. © 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Kumar A.N.,Ramapo College of New Jersey
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

In this paper, we will examine how a model-based tutor can automatically generate demand feedback. We will propose a two-stage feedback generation algorithm that maintains the principle of modularity characteristic of model-based representation, while automatically generating detailed demand feedback. We will evaluate model-based programming tutors to demonstrate that the feedback generated using this algorithm is coherent and effective at improving learning. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004.


Kumar A.N.,Ramapo College of New Jersey
Proceedings - IEEE 6th International Conference on Technology for Education, T4E 2014 | Year: 2014

We propose a model for deployment of software tutors. In the model, the first stage of the pre-test-practice post-test evaluation protocol is used to initialize the student model needed for adaptation. In order to keep assessment congruent with learning, the same type of activity is used in all three stages of evaluation, and the software tutor itself is used to administer all three stages of the protocol. In order to minimize time while maximizing learning, post-test is set to adapt to practice, and students are also provided feedback after pre-test activities on which they provide incorrect response. Finally, the software tutor is set up to administer the pre-test-practice-post-test protocol as one seamless integrated session with no discernible breaks between the stages. This model of deployment helps the developer evaluate the effectiveness of the software tutor, helps the student minimize time while maximizing learning and enables the instructor to obtain concept-level summary of what worked and what needs to be reviewed again in the classroom. The deployment model has been implemented in software tutors for programming, called problets (problets.org). We produce quantitative data from three problets used in spring 2013 to illustrate the benefits of the deployment model that accrue to developers, students and instructors. © 2014 IEEE.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 95.41K | Year: 2015

The need for a programming-savvy workforce, the challenges encountered nation-wide in teaching programming skills, and the advent of massively open online courses (MOOCs) all stress the importance of revolutionizing existing technologies meant to support learning via unsupervised practice. The reliance on hand-designed learning experiences in Intelligent Tutoring Systems has created a bottleneck in the enhancement of such technologies. The significance and importance of this project will be the creation of a system that automatically provides programming practice problems via a tutoring system. Parsons puzzles, which are the focus of this work, have already demonstrated improvement in programming skills. This project will continue research on the effectiveness of Parsons puzzles and determine whether an evolutionary algorithm approach to creating Parsons puzzles is effective in producing the same or better learning outcomes.

To this end, this project will achieve two complementary goals. First, Interactive Evolutionary Algorithms will be used to autonomously design Parsons puzzles. These relatively new practice problems have already shown great promise in supporting the development of programming skills. By integrating Vygotskys Zone of Proximal Development theory in the design of our fitness function, the pedagogical soundness of the evolved Parsons puzzles will be further enhanced. Second, recent breakthroughs in Co-evolutionary Algorithms will be leveraged to data-mine the underlying learners-problems interaction space. This will permit autonomous extraction of insights about the most informational interactions. Such information has the potential to provide new perspectives on the significance of both evolved and hand-designed Parsons puzzles, along with the order in which to guide students through these puzzles to ensure proper scaffolding. Quantitative and objective measures of differences in mean difficulty and number of attempts to solution will be used in comparing hand-designed Parsons puzzles and evolutionary algorithm created Pasons puzzles.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 151.14K | Year: 2016

Through the acquisition of a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer with extended spectral ranges and optical cryostat, this Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award supports and enhances the research and educational capabilities at Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ), a predominantly undergraduate institution. The instrument will enable several research activities pursued by one tenure-track and one tenured faculty at RCNJ. These activities include optical spectroscopy studies of: (a) spintronics materials, aimed at manipulating the spin of electrons in technological applications such as high-speed electronics, high volume storage or quantum computing; (b) hard coating ceramic thin films for use in space and nuclear applications; and (c) monolayer thin films of functional polymers, which play an important role in different technologies, including liquid-liquid extraction, stabilization of emulsions, and formation of supramolecular structures by self-assembly. The FTIR spectrometer will also provide research and training opportunities for a significant number of undergraduate students majoring in engineering physics, chemistry, biochemistry and biology, will increase the enrollment in the Research Honors course supported by the college, and will attract more undergraduate students in science and engineering.


Measurements of optical reflectance (and/or transmittance) over a wide spectral range (from THz to VIS/UV) allows extraction of optical properties such as dielectric function, optical conductivity, loss function, refractive index, and extinction coefficient. In turn, these optical parameters provide critical insight into the electronic band structure and electronic transport properties, as well as into the chemical structure and lattice dynamics of materials. The FTIR spectrometer, with additional capabilities, will enable several research activities, including: (a) temperature dependent optical spectroscopy on single crystals of bulk Dirac fermions and bulk Rashba semiconductors. The goals are to advance the understanding of the origin of bulk Dirac band dispersion, and to provide a reliable experimental procedure for determining the bulk Rashba parameters in noncentrosymmetric semiconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling; (b) effects of ion-irradiation on hard coatings of ceramic thin films. This research aims to utilize optical spectroscopy as a non-destructive tool for assessing the effects of irradiation on crystal and chemical structures of ceramic thin films; (c) direct structural measurements of the orientation of functional groups in polymer films. The main goal is to further the understanding of the structure and orientation of polymers and proteins in mixed monolayer films.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 499.55K | Year: 2014

The low numbers of computer science graduates is a national concern. One of the frequently cited reasons for leaving computer science is students difficulties with programming. The goal of this project is to build a software tutor that provides feedback designed to guide students through the process of developing a sequence of steps to solve a given problem, selecting the programming language features appropriate for each step, and then writing code using those features. Students will learn to solve 40 different problems of varying complexity using the software tutor. The software tutor is expected to help reduce the number of students, especially women, who typically drop out of programming courses and increase the number of graduates who eventually go on to careers in Information Technology.

This research and development project will consist of the following activities: 1) Creation of practice software that provides formative feedback to help students learn algorithm formulation and program design by solving problems. In addition, students will learn to write code for the problems, which will cover selection, loops, and functions in both Java and C++. 2) Assessment of student learning throughout the course using a formative evaluation of the pedagogic modules and feedback from the practice software. Summative evaluation will examine the impact of the software on the success of students in an introductory Computer Science course, measured in terms of grades, retention, and specifically, the differential impact of the software on women in the introductory programming course. 3) Dissemination of the results of the project through research conferences and journals and by sharing the practice software among educators so it can be adopted and used in other introductory Computer Science courses.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 79.00K | Year: 2011

The engineering physics program enrolls 40 majors and additional minors, and the numbers are increasing. The program became focused on engineering physics four years ago and has a strong applied physics component, with cutting edge courses offered by faculty with excellent preparation and expertise. The program maintains reciprocal agreements with a local community college and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The goal of this project is to further develop the Ramapo College physics program, especially in undergraduate research. This project is adding a laboratory in Medical Physics dedicated to the Medical Physics course, a growing area of interest. The goal of the laboratory is to create hands-on skills in the particular field of applied physics, to enhance students understanding of the topic, and to create research opportunities at the undergraduate level for juniors and seniors. The laboratory is helping to create opportunities for faculty and students to do cutting-edge physics and strengthen the engineering physics curriculum.

Intellectual Merit: The intellectual merit of this project consists of the development of new laboratory curriculum components in the fields of Medical Physics. This laboratory is unique for the public colleges of the state of NJ at the undergraduate level. The new laboratory environment fosters faculty development and faculty-guided undergraduate research in new areas of science and technology.

Broader Impacts: By creating the needed research and laboratory environments, this project addresses the nationwide problem that students have too little experience with frontier physics topics. Findings are being disseminated through physics education and research papers and presentations at national and international conferences. At yearly meetings with the Council of Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the project is reaching four-year colleges and engaging them in a conversation about similar engineering physics curricula. Locally, the project is collaborating with Rockland Community College as well as New Jersey Institute of Technology, to offer laboratory and course offerings to their physics and engineering students.

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