Lawrenceville, NJ, United States
Lawrenceville, NJ, United States

Rider University is a private, coeducational and nonsectarian university located chiefly in the Lawrenceville section of Lawrence Township in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. It consists of five academic units: the College of Business Administration, the College of Liberal Arts, Education and science, the College of Continuing Studies, and the Westminster College of the Arts. In addition to regional accreditation, the undergraduate and graduate programs in business are accredited by AACSB, and the professional education graduate programs are accredited by NCATE. As of 2014 there are 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students attending. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 8, 2017
Site: www.newscientist.com

The internet can be a vicious place. The way we can hide behind anonymity online has often been blamed for the web’s abundance of trolls, but an experiment using a fake football website shows it is the behaviour of those we encounter that has the most influence. Until now, anonymity has been the prime suspect behind aggressive comments, Twitter mobs and targeted trolling. We know that offline, people are more likely to behave antisocially when they cannot be identified: a classic 1976 study found, for example, that masked trick-or-treaters stole more sweets. Studies that have extended the theory online suggest that stripping us of our real-world names and dropping us into virtual communities gives us licence to unleash the inner animal. But there’s conflicting evidence. Research in 2008 found that even when people comment under their real names on Facebook, they can say aggressive things. And another study found that abuse only dropped by 0.9 percentage points the year after South Korea introduced a 2007 law requiring users of the most popular websites to register with their national ID or a credit card. “Changing levels of anonymity doesn’t have a direct impact on how civil people decide to be, at least in forums,” says Kevin Munger at New York University. To investigate further, Leonie Rösner and Nicole Krämer at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany created a fake website for German football fans, and recruited users from a local university. They then planted a false news story on the site stating that people would no longer be allowed to stand up at football matches. At the time, the idea of banning standing terraces in stadiums was a hot discussion topic in Germany. The researchers then let participants loose on the site’s forum. Half of these could comment without registering, whereas the others had to use their Facebook accounts to do so. To some participants, all commenters appeared anonymous, while others saw Facebook profiles for everyone. The forum was also manipulated so that some saw a civil discussion, whereas others were greeted with an atmosphere rich in offensive words, sarcasm, insults and slander – and many exclamation marks. Rösner and Krämer found that language used by people who were anonymous was not necessarily more aggressive than with people who could be identified. On its own, anonymity is not usually enough to turn people into trolls. What does seem to make people mean, though, is the behaviour of those around them. The tone set by other commenters was linked to the likelihood that a participant would use aggressive language to support their points. This finding supports a growing body of research showing that social cues have a strong influence on our online behaviour. For example, Facebook users have been found to adopt the same patterns of behaviour as their contacts: if most of your network shares lots of news stories or photos, you are more likely to increase those activities too. But the new findings are much more specific, says Adam Joinson at the University of Bath, UK. “What we didn’t know was that social norms can exert such an effect on aggressive behaviour.” Anonymity isn’t off the hook, however: the pair found that aggression in comments was highest when a forum was both hostile in tone and completely anonymous. “I find it fascinating,” says Alessandro Acquisti at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “To me, this research confirms that there is no single one-size-fits-all relationship between anonymity and human behaviour.” “It’s interesting that the researchers conclude that anonymity enhanced the effect of normative aggression,” adds John Suler at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Back in 2004, he identified anonymity as one factor that drives people to become less inhibited online. “A person sees that other people think aggression is OK, and so they join in with the norm, reinforce each other, give each other new ideas about how to be aggressive, and even compete with each other in being aggressive,” says Suler. Rösner and Krämer’s findings suggest that Twitter was right to introduce a “report” button for flagging up offensive content. Rösner says any method for cutting out a thread that has descended into aggression should help stop other users from getting “infected” by mob rule. Fortunately, the behaviour of other people can affect us in good ways too. Last year, Munger created chatbots that chastised racist tweeters. He found that those who shared a tweeter’s racial identity and had a high social status – that is, many followers – were able to reset the tone of these users’ language and change their behaviour. “If you create a social norm of increased civility, it becomes a virtuous cycle,” says Joinson.  “There’s not necessarily an inbuilt tendency to be aggressive to other people or impolite. It’s about what other people are doing.” Read more: The end of anonymity: A way to stop online abuse?; Hive minds: Time to drop the fiction of individuality


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Ms. Williams joined the company in 2011 as an administrative assistant and quickly added responsibilities and rose to the role of operations manager. Ms. Williams received her degree from Rider University and subsequently worked for her family's business prior to joining Richmond Industries, Inc. About Richmond Industries, Inc. Richmond Industries, Inc. is a modern, high production non-ferrous foundry founded in 1959 located  in Dayton, New Jersey. Richmond Industries, Inc. can provide both raw and fully machined castings upon request in order to enhance the buying process. For more information, visit www.richmond-industries.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/richmond-industries-promotes-jennifer-williams-to-vice-president-300463906.html


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) has announced the election of three industry leaders to its top volunteer positions for 2017. Elected as CLFMI President for 2017 is Ted Eysenbach, General Manager of Stephens Pipe and Steel, Russell Springs, KY. Stephens is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chain link fencing fabric and framework. Prior to his position at Stephens Eysenbach was with Allied Tube & Conduit. The 2017 CLFMI Vice President is Tim O’Brien, District Manager for Master Halco, Irving, TX. O’Brien previously was Vice President of sales for Specified Technologies Incorporated and Product Manager for Thomas and Betts, a global leader in wire and cable management. He is a graduate of Rider University. David Smith, President of Sharon Fence Company, Sharon, PA, is the new CLFMI Secretary-Treasurer. Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy The three officers were joined on the CLFMI Board of Directors by Andrea Hogan, CEO of Merchants Metals, Atlanta, GA; John Schoenheit, General Manager for Pacific Fence and Wire, Clackamas, OR and Mark Daril, Sales Manager for Lock Joint Tube, Temple, TX The announcement of the election of the Institute’s leaders was made at their Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. At that same meeting the Institute unveiled its 2017 Priority Programs, which included its outreach program to architects and engineers, its contractor education program, and the renewal of its residential market development effort.   About Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute is the leading organization of chain link fence manufacturers in the US, Canada and Mexico. For more information visit http://chainlinkinfo.org or call 301-596-2583


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digital Shadows, the industry leader in digital risk management, continues to strengthen its management team by today announcing the appointment of Dan Lowden as Chief Marketing Officer, Schwark Satyavolu joining the company’s board and Paul Kenealy joining as Director of Intelligence. Digital Shadows finished 2016 with its third consecutive year of triple-digit revenue growth, and experienced significant customer expansion in both the United States and Europe, across verticals such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail, and technology. The company expanded rapidly and opened a new office in Dallas to add to the sites in San Francisco and London. Dan Lowden has more than 20 years of executive-level experience in technology marketing. He has driven brand leadership and marketing excellence that substantially grew startups and large enterprises in security, mobile computing, wireless services, enterprise software and cloud. As CMO at Digital Shadows he will lead all aspects of the company’s strategic marketing efforts to expand its global market presence, develop new partnerships and relationships, and continue to focus on customer needs. Previously Dan was Chief Marketing Officer at Invincea, a machine learning next-gen antivirus company that was recently acquired by Sophos. Prior to that, he was VP of Marketing at vArmour, a leading data center and cloud security company. Previous roles also include VP of Marketing at Digby (acquired by Phunware), and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Wayport (acquired by AT&T). In addition, he has held marketing leadership positions at IBM, NEC, and Sharp Electronics. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Rider University and an MBA in International Business from Rutgers Graduate School of Management. Industry veteran Schwark Satyavolu has joined the company’s Board and will bring considerable expertise and advice to the business. Schwark is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures focusing on Fintech, Security and Artificial Intelligence investments. For almost 20 years, he has built and complied with security standards for some of the largest financial institutions in the country. Schwark co-founded two Fintech companies – Yodlee (YDLE, acquired by Envestnet in 2015) and Truaxis (a Trinity portfolio company acquired by MasterCard in 2012). Before joining Trinity, Schwark served as EVP at LifeLock and head of MasterCard’s global rewards and offers initiatives. Paul Kenealy has joined Digital Shadows as Director of Intelligence tasked with expanding the company’s human led closed source coverage and intelligence. Kenealy has 14 years experience running intelligence programs and was previously at KPMG where he was responsible for Cyber Threat Intelligence and Response. He has also held cybersecurity roles at Barclays Bank and Betfair amongst other companies. Since joining, Kenealy has already expanded the Digital Shadow’s human led closed source coverage and intelligence capabilities. "We are excited to be able to attract executives of the caliber of Dan, Paul and Schwark to join the Digital Shadows team," said Alastair Paterson, Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Shadows. "Customer demand for Digital Risk Management has never been higher and we are looking forward to the next phase of our growth as we deliver our industry leading SearchLight™ service to help organization’s recognize and reduce their digital risks, including cyber threats, data leakage, and reputational risks." Digital Shadows provides insight into an organization’s digital risks and the threat actors targeting them. The Digital Shadows SearchLight™ service combines scalable data analytics with human analysts to monitor for cyber threats, data leakage, and reputation risks. Digital Shadows continually monitors the Internet across the visible, deep and dark web, as well as other online sources to create an up-to-the minute view of an organization’s digital risk and provide it with tailored threat intelligence. The company is jointly headquartered in London and San Francisco. For more information, visit www.digitalshadows.com.


Lowrey P.L.,Rider University | Takahashi J.S.,University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Advances in Genetics | Year: 2011

The mammalian circadian system is a complex hierarchical temporal network which is organized around an ensemble of uniquely coupled cells comprising the principal circadian pacemaker in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus. This central pacemaker is entrained each day by the environmental light/dark cycle and transmits synchronizing cues to cell-autonomous oscillators in tissues throughout the body. Within cells of the central pacemaker and the peripheral tissues, the underlying molecular mechanism by which oscillations in gene expression occur involves interconnected feedback loops of transcription and translation. Over the past 10 years, we have learned much regarding the genetics of this system, including how it is particularly resilient when challenged by single-gene mutations, how accessory transcriptional loops enhance the robustness of oscillations, how epigenetic mechanisms contribute to the control of circadian gene expression, and how, from coupled neuronal networks, emergent clock properties arise. Here, we will explore the genetics of the mammalian circadian system from cell-autonomous molecular oscillations, to interactions among central and peripheral oscillators and ultimately, to the daily rhythms of behavior observed in the animal. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 100.21K | Year: 2011

1126281
Sun

This Major Research Instrumentation grant supports acquisition of an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) for elemental analysis. The ICP-OES will support faculty and student research that will benefit from rapid, high precision and low detection limit analysis of alkaline earth, transition metals and halogen elements in water, soil, minerals, rocks, and plant tissues.
Applications to studies of the biogeochemistry and weathering processes in soils, stream water chemistry and the impacts of road salt in watersheds, beach sediment composition and provenance, the catalytic behavior of transition metal oxides, and phytoremediation of heavy metal impacted soils will be facilitated. The ICP-OES will support student research training at this non-Ph.D. granting institution and the PIs plan outreach activities with local community colleges.

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Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 404.81K | Year: 2011

Circadian rhythms are important biological signals that have been found in almost all major groups of life from bacteria to man. Yet, it remains unclear if any members of the second major prokaryotic domain of life, the Archaea, also possess a biological clock. From an evolutionary perspective, the study of the Archaea is of great relevance, as their origin and relationship to the eukaryotes and bacteria thus far remains unresolved. Interestingly, DNA sequence information has revealed the presence of circadian gene homologs, known as kaiC, throughout a number of diverse archaeal genomes. KaiC is a major driver of the cyanobacterial circadian clock that acts to regulate rhythmic gene expression and to control the timing of cell division. To date, experimental evidence has not been provided to explain a functional role for any of these archaeal kaiC homologs. This project focuses on examining both the genetic regulation of four kaiC homologs found in the genome of the model system, the obligate halophilic, or salt-loving, archaeon Haloferax volcanii, as well as performing targeted gene knockouts to ascertain their true function. Evidence suggests that these four genes are regulated by diurnal cycles of light and darkness. Specific objectives for this research have been designed to define and characterize what role, if any, these circadian rhythm genes are playing in the Archaea. The following questions are addressed: How important is each of the four H. volcanii circadian-like genes in contributing to diurnal light sensing?; Are these genes inter-dependent for proper function? A multi-faceted experimental approach will involve classical genetics and microbiology, molecular biology, and protein biochemistry. These experiments will give a more complete picture regarding the nature of the ubiquitous kaiC homologs found among the Archaea. These results will provide the necessary first steps for better understanding if Archaea do indeed have some type of circadian clock, cyanobacterial-like, or otherwise. Alternatively, if the circadian clock hypothesis is dispelled following these experiments, the results will nevertheless be important in improved understanding of the role played by the haloarchaeal kaiC homologs, and, by association, the kaiC homologs found among the Archaea.

Broader impacts
All of the proposed research will take place at Rider University, a small, liberal arts school that does not have graduate programs in the sciences. Thus, undergraduate involvement in this work is imperative for the timely completion of the proposed experiments. The PI is committed to the training of undergraduates in bench research, public speaking, and scientific writing. Greater than 70% of students mentored in the Bidle lab over the last nine years (n=40) have been female and 30% were underrepresented minorities (African-, Caribbean-, Latin-, or Arab-Americans). Nearly half of these 40 students have been accepted into graduate (both Ph.D. and Masters level) or professional (Medical, Nursing, Dental, Veterinary) programs. Students mentored in the Bidle lab have been the recipients of national research awards in microbiology, have been listed as authors on peer-reviewed journal publications and present their data at national scientific meetings each year. These students are trained in fundamental techniques covering a host of disciplines including genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and microbiology. Hands-on, experiential learning is fostered in the Bidle lab, leading to the graduation of well-trained, next-generation life scientists.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY | Award Amount: 120.81K | Year: 2013

Geometric reconfiguration problems underlie modern mathematical investigations in robotics, mechanical design and structural engineering. In recent years, challenging questions in computational biology and computational materials science (such as protein folding, viral assembly, flexibility studies of crystalline materials and the rational design of macromolecules with desired functionality) are approached with methods originally developed for abstract, geometrically constraint structures.

This project will develop novel algorithms based on mathematically rigorous techniques, by exploiting discrete structures underlying three-dimensional articulated structures (such as linkages, panel-and-hinge chains and polyhedra). Examples include reconfigurations of robot arms within their 3D workspace, with singularity- and collision-avoidance, expansive motions and pseudo-triangulations in a 3D and in periodic settings, and origami foldability.

The research project builds upon the PIs previous work, and extends it in new directions. It seeks to generalize concepts from Rigidity Theory (such as pointed pseudo-triangulations), which were previously applied successfully to 2-dimensional linkage reconfiguration problems. It addresses problems concerning extremal configurations of revolute jointed robotic manipulators and the intrinsic mathematical structure of their 3D workspace. It aims at bringing in novel algebraic and combinatorial rigidity-theoretic methods, and at applying them to periodic and crystalline structures. Recent results relating origami design to properties of piecewise linear surfaces will also be extended to questions concerning origami folding properties to rigidity questions of panel-and-hinge structures.

The grant provides funding for the training of graduate and undergraduate students. In particular, REU projects emerging from these topics will involve students from Smith College, an all-women college with a sustained reputation for successfully educating minority undergraduate students in the sciences.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 1.45M | Year: 2016

This Noyce Teacher Scholarship and Stipend project will train 24 STEM teachers to teach in high-needs high schools in central and southern New Jersey. The goal of the project is to develop sound, adaptable, and sustainable strategies for increasing the number and quality of K-12 science and math educators from underrepresented groups, particularly Latinos, in these traditionally low income communities. The objectives are to (a) recruit student cohorts from Rider University and partner community colleges, (b) deliver sustainable academic and extracurricular programming that supports the development of highly qualified and culturally responsive high school STEM teachers, (c) provide frequent opportunities for faculty development across campus to institutionalize an emergent culture of civic engagement into STEM courses, as a tool to increase retention of the participants, and (d) support these teachers during an induction period.

The project will increase the number of high-quality high school science and math teachers from underrepresented groups, particularly Latinos. Relying on social science research, the project clearly identifies challenges (inadequate mathematics and science preparation, poor self-efficacy, negative sociocultural factors, hostile campus climate, and economic burdens) that underrepresented students face as they attempt to attain STEM degrees and describes how these challenges will be addressed. Central to the project are the development of culturally responsive teachers through the incorporation of Science Education for New Civic Engagements & Responsibilities (SENCER) techniques into their STEM curriculum, the creation of a grow-your-own recruitment plan that integrates elements such as family-centered and bilingual and bicultural engagement, and the use of established inquiry-based professional development institutes during the induction period. Project evaluation will focus on the effectiveness of the educational strategies used for the Noyce scholars before graduation and during induction. Affective outcomes such as STEM teaching self-efficacy will be examined along with academic success, and retention in the field. The effectiveness of the scholars teaching practices will also be assessed using teaching evaluation scores from AchieveNJ, the state educator evaluation agency. Project curricula will be disseminated through the SENCER website and results will be submitted to the Journal of STEM Education or the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HYDROLOGIC SCIENCES | Award Amount: 68.11K | Year: 2016

Forest Water Use Efficiency (WUE) is defined as the ratio of carbon uptake per unit water vapor loss via transpiration. Micrometeorological measurements suggest that forest WUE has dramatically increased over the last two decades, in excess of what would be expected from increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Coinciding with observed trends in forest WUE have been marked decreases in acid deposition throughout much of North America and Europe. There is evidence that acid deposition may impact forest WUE, either by altering the availability of nutrients in forest soils or by directly affecting foliar physiology. Changes in WUE could also lead to changes in stream discharge from forested catchments. The hypothesized response of forests to changing levels of acid deposition is not currently considered in the land surface components of global climate models (GCMs). Since carbon dioxide and water vapor are the two most important greenhouse gases, it is vital to accurately model their land-atmosphere exchange.

The proposed research uses a catchment-based approach to investigate the effects of changing acid deposition on forest WUE. Tree ring carbon isotopes will be used to reconstruct historical WUE time series within six catchments that have been differentially impacted by acid deposition due to distinctions between their underlying bedrock mineralogy and geological histories. The research will also capitalize on experimental treatments that have altered soil biogeochemistry in paired catchment designs (Bear Brook, ME; Hubbard Brook, NH; and Fernow Experimental Forest, WV). Stream discharge analysis and model-based approaches will be applied to detect the impact of acid deposition on forest WUE.

The project will support a Ph.D. student, who will receive training in a wide range of field, laboratory, and modeling techniques, and at least eight undergraduate students. High school students will also be involved through established programs, and will include their participation in both field and lab activities. All senior members of the project team have track records of recruiting students from underrepresented groups. Results will be communicated to the broader scientific community through journal publications and conference presentations, and a special conference session will be organized with an objective of sharing research findings with the modeling community.

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