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Nashua, NH, United States

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Nashua, NH, United States
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What Dr. Mark Christensen loves most about his job is that he has the chance to come face-to-face with teachers and educational staff, go to their schools, and really become involved with the things that are important. The field of education doesn't stand still, nor do the expectations. Currently, it is all about connecting with each other, which matters for faculty, students, and parents alike. Not just that, education is becoming more complex. Admissions officers, for instance, have to stay up to date with the latest enrollment software packages, after they decide to implement them. Furthermore, it is now hugely important that parents are properly involved in the education of their children. During Dr. Mark Christensen’s many years on the job, he has had some amazing experiences. And every time he visits a school, he learns something new. One of the things he has learned, for instance, is that both the school community and faculty find it much easier to transition into a new software system if key educators are provided with individualized training on that software. If that is done properly, then they will enjoy the experience more, and they will be more ready to champion the software and encourage others to use it as well. There are three things that really stood out to Christensen, and he believes that they will be insightful for you as well. The buzzword for schools nowadays is "connected." Schools have been working toward this for years, trying to determine what it actually means. Bentley School is one establishment that seems to have figured it out. Students who are enrolled in this school find themselves and their family/carers getting involved in the entire journey. This involvement is seen everywhere, from submitting dinner requests to checking schedules, from waking up in the morning to sending teacher’s notes. The school has figured out how to deliver important information the right way, at the right time, and, most importantly, by using the right types of devices. A good video for those who want to learn from Bentley School in terms of online interaction, which is a really good source, can be found here: https://whipplehill.wistia.com/medias/dacygf0mu6 This is an example of a school that did all that could be done with existing software systems, but the school community needed more. The entire school's experience was redefined by board members, parents, teachers, and faculty members alike. The school had to move on to a new interactive, online system. The decision to do so was the right decision, but it also meant making many changes. They redesigned their admissions system to make it more user-friendly, and they changed their website to make it fully responsive. Furthermore, they enabled staff and faculty to use an interactive grading experience, while at the same time students and their parents could access all learning resources whenever they wanted to. Best of all, they were able to combine all of this into one system. Check out the following video to see how the Miami Country Day School implemented new technology: https://whipplehill.wistia.com/medias/8046khob7n Last but certainly not the least, there is Miss Porter's School, where admissions officers focused on how they could remain competitive, ensuring they could overcome any barriers and obstacles that stopped students from not just enrolling, but from staying in the school as well. Any new system they would use had to make life easier. Miss Porter's School is a K-12 school for girls in Connecticut, and they have implemented an enrollment management system that ensures the whole process is easier and cleaner. The following short video explains the various benefits in terms of enrolling and retaining students, and personalizing the experience for parents/carers, while at the same time avoiding lost time chasing contracts: https://whipplehill.wistia.com/medias/k0e6k1tpb0. Dr. Mark Christensen has worked in various roles throughout his educational career from classroom teacher to school administrator to marketing communications. He holds his MBA in Marketing from Rivier College and his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Technology from Plymouth State University/Argosy.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

LEXINGTON, Mass., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTOO) today announced that Darlene Deptula-Hicks has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. Ms. Deptula-Hicks is an accomplished financial executive in the life sciences and medical technology industries and has nearly 30 years’ experience leading financial operations for both public and private companies. She brings a proven track record in financial strategy, capital raising, M&A, product commercialization, and the ability to build strong, external partnerships to T2. “We are pleased to have Darlene join as our chief financial officer during a critical time of growth for T2,” said John McDonough, president and CEO. “Her proven ability as a strategic and dynamic financial leader and in-depth knowledge of the industry will benefit our company as we look to increase contracts, form new strategic partnerships, and bring new products to market.” Ms. Deptula-Hicks was most recently CFO and senior vice president at Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biotechnology company, where she was responsible for financial strategy, capital raising, compliance and reporting, and investor relations. Ms. Deptula-Hicks joined Pieris, a German-based company, to lead its IPO, and subsequently managed its operations as a public company with facilities in Boston and Munich. Prior to Pieris, Ms. Deptula-Hicks served as the CFO for a variety of biotechnology and medical device companies, including in the areas of oncology, genomics, minimally invasive surgery, advanced image analysis, radiation oncology, and cardiology and orthopedic medical devices, among other specialties. Ms. Deptula-Hicks completed an executive education program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and has her MBA from Rivier College. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University, and serves or has served on a variety of public and private company boards. About T2 Biosystems T2 Biosystems is focused on developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health. With the FDA-cleared T2Dx® Instrument and T2Candida® Panel targeting sepsis and a range of additional products in development, T2 Biosystems is an emerging leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. The Company is utilizing its proprietary T2 Magnetic Resonance platform, or T2MR®, to develop a broad set of applications aimed at lowering mortality rates, improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of healthcare by helping medical professionals make targeted treatment decisions earlier. T2MR enables the fast and sensitive detection of pathogens, biomarkers and other abnormalities in a variety of patient sample types, including whole blood. For more information, please visit www.t2biosystems.com.


Buechner J.,Rutgers University | Buechner J.,City University of New York | Tavani H.T.,Rivier College
Ethics and Information Technology | Year: 2011

We argue that the notion of trust, as it figures in an ethical context, can be illuminated by examining research in artificial intelligence on multi-agent systems in which commitment and trust are modeled. We begin with an analysis of a philosophical model of trust based on Richard Holton's interpretation of P. F. Strawson's writings on freedom and resentment, and we show why this account of trust is difficult to extend to artificial agents (AAs) as well as to other non-human entities. We then examine Margaret Urban Walker's notions of "default trust" and "default, diffuse trust" to see how these concepts can inform our analysis of trust in the context of AAs. In the final section, we show how ethicists can improve their understanding of important features in the trust relationship by examining data resulting from a classic experiment involving AAs. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


News Article | December 19, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

HANOVER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ledyard National Bank is pleased to announce their expansion into the Concord, New Hampshire region. Ledyard launched this effort with the hiring of Diane DeStefano, Diane Mullin, Karen Crump, and Jeffrey Trombly who bring with them a combined 82 years of experience in investments, financial planning, portfolio management, retirement planning, and gifting. They will be leading the effort to expand Ledyard’s services into the Concord area by introducing Ledyard Financial Advisors as the premier wealth management firm providing integrated investment, tax, and wealth management services to individuals, families, and institutions. Kathy Underwood, President and CEO of Ledyard National Bank remarked, “Expanding into Concord is an important next step as we look to grow. We are thrilled to launch this endeavor with such talented and established professionals who know and understand the Concord market. We expect the addition of commercial banking, mortgage lending, and private banking activities to follow quickly.” Ledyard’s wealth management division, Ledyard Financial Advisors, was established in 1994 and was designed to provide outstanding investment management, trust, and custody services. Today, with over $1 billion dollars in assets under management and headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, it serves clients in 29 States and 5 foreign countries. The four individuals joining Ledyard’s Concord team are: Diane DeStefano has over 25 years of senior level experience in investments and financial planning. She received her Associate’s Degree from Rivier College in Nashua, NH, her Bachelor’s Degree from the University System of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, and obtained a Certificate in Financial Planning from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. She received the designation of Certified Financial Planner from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, as well as the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers. Diane can be reached at (603) 640-2708. Her email address is diane.destefano@ledyardbank.com Diane Mullin has over 12 years of experience in the financial industry. She worked in the financial services industry specifically in product design and competitive intelligence for variable and universal life insurance products. Ms. Mullin received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Business Administration from Simmons College. She successfully completed the courses of study for the American Bankers Associate Trust Administration Level I, II, & III with emphasis in Taxation and Estate Planning, Trust Administration, and Investment Management. She is currently matriculated in Boston University’s Institute of Finance studying for her Certificate in Financial Planning. She also holds the designation of FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute). Diane can be reached at (603) 640-2736. Her email address is diane.mullin@ledyardbank.com Karen Crump is a graduate of Champlain College in Vermont and has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Ms. Crump manages portfolios for individuals, families, institutions, and charitable organizations. Her expertise ranges across the investment landscape, including extensive work with companies in the healthcare sector and industrial domestic companies. Karen can be reached at (603) 640-2741. Her email address is karen.crump@ledyardbank.com Jeffrey Trombly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bates College and comes to Ledyard with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has completed more than 500 hours of professional training in a variety of financial areas and managed client portfolios for a large financial institution based in Springfield, Massachusetts prior to joining Ledyard. Jeffrey can be reached at (603) 640-2733. His email address is jeff.trombly@ledyardbank.com Ledyard Financial Group, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, is the holding company for Ledyard National Bank. Ledyard National Bank, founded in 1991, is a full service community bank offering a broad range of banking, investment, tax, and wealth management services. Ledyard Financial Group, Inc. shares can be bought and sold through the NASD sanctioned “OTC Markets” under the trading symbol LFGP. Shares may be traded through an individual’s broker. For more information, please refer to the “Investor Relations” section of the bank’s website at www.ledyardbank.com or contact the bank’s Chief Financial Officer, Gregory D. Steverson.


Philip B.N.,Miami University Ohio | Philip B.N.,Rivier College | Kiss A.J.,Miami University Ohio | Lee Jr. R.E.,Miami University Ohio
Journal of Experimental Biology | Year: 2011

The movement of water and small solutes is integral to the survival of freezing and desiccation in insects, yet the underlying mechanisms of these processes are not fully known. Recent evidence suggests that aquaporin (AQP) water channels play critical roles in protecting cells from osmotic damage during freezing and desiccation. Our study sequenced, functionally characterized and measured the tissue abundance of an AQP from freeze-tolerant larvae of the gall fly, Eurosta solidaginis (Diptera: Tephritidae). The newly characterized EsAQP1 contains two NPA motifs and six transmembrane regions, and is phylogenetically related to an AQP from the anhydrobiotic chironomid Polypedilum vanderplanki. Using a Xenopus laevis oocyte swelling assay, we demonstrated that EsAQP1 increases water permeability to nine times that of simple diffusion through the membrane. In contrast to its high water permeability, EsAQP1 was impermeable to both glycerol and urea. The abundance of EsAQP1 increased from October to December in all tissues tested and was most abundant in the brain of winter larvae. Because the nervous system is thought to be the primary site of freezing injury, EsAQP1 may cryoprotect the brain from damage associated with water imbalance. The sequence, phylogenetic relationship, osmotic permeability, tissue distribution and seasonal abundance of EsAQP1 further support the role of AQPs in promoting freezing tolerance. © 2011. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.


Tavani H.T.,Rivier College
Minds and Machines | Year: 2011

Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen have authored a book titled 'Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong', which examines a wide range of theoretical and practical questions affecting AMAs (artificial moral agent). In Chapter 1, the authors describe the criteria essential for something to be a good AMA. In Chapter 2, Wallach and Allen draw an important distinction between operational morality and functional morality, which they also contrast with full-blown moral agency. Also in Chapter 2, Wallach and Allen draw an important distinction between reasoning about ethics and ethical decision making. Chapter 3 considers the question of whether humans want computers to make moral decisions, and it also asks whether AMAs could lead humans to abdicate responsibility to machines. In Chapter 4, Wallach and Allen question whether artificial agents (AAs) can be genuine moral agents, especially if AAs lack critical human qualities.


Riabov V.V.,Rivier College
27th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2010, ICAS 2010 | Year: 2010

Hypersonic flows of argon, nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide near a toroidal ballute have been investigated numerically using the Direct Simulation Monte-Carlo (DSMC) technique under transition rarefied-gas flow conditions (Knudsen numbers from 0.005 to 10). Strong influences of the geometrical factor (a ratio of the distance between the axis of symmetry and the torus disk center, and the torus radius) and the Knudsen number on the flow structure (the shape of shock waves and the stagnation point location), skin friction, pressure distribution, and drag have been found. © 2010 by the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences - ICAS.


Philip B.N.,Rivier College
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) | Year: 2011

The discovery of RNAi, in which double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) suppresses the translation of homologous mRNA, has had a huge impact on evolutionary genetics by enabling the analysis of loss-of-function phenotypes in organisms in which classical genetic analysis is laborious or impossible. In this chapter, we discuss an RNAi method via simple dsRNA injection in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. Tribolium is gaining popularity in evolutionary genetics due in part to the ease of RNAi application. We describe procedures for dsRNA synthesis and injection and provide a description of the injection apparatus. In addition, we detail two methods to validate the efficacy of RNAi (real-time PCR and western blot analyses). Although this chapter focuses mainly on Tribolium, many of the molecular biology and injection procedures described here are applicable to other organisms with some modifications. A few notes regarding dsRNA injection in other species are also included.


Riabov V.V.,Rivier College
AIP Conference Proceedings | Year: 2011

The problem of redistribution of translational and rotational energy has been solved for diatomic gases within the framework of the Chapman-Enskog method and the Parker model in the general case of the arbitrary energy exchange ratio. The nonequilibrium gasdynamic equations, transport coefficients and relaxation time have been found for rotational-translational processes in a diatomic gas. The calculations of relaxation time, viscosity, thermal conductivity, and diffusion coefficients are carried out in the temperature range from 200 K to 10,000 K for nitrogen. The calculated parameters and coefficients are compared with the values obtained by the Mason-Monchick approximate method as well as data from experiments in ultrasonic, shock-wave, and vacuum devices. The correlation of the theoretical and experimental data is satisfactory. The applicability of one- and two-temperature relaxation models is discussed. The numerical solutions of the obtained system of the Navier-Stokes equations are analyzed for the cases of nitrogen flow in underexpanded jets and supersonic rarefied gas flow near a sphere. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.


Riabov V.V.,Rivier College
AIP Conference Proceedings | Year: 2011

The Direct Simulation Monte-Carlo (DSMC) technique is used for numerical analysis of rarefied-gas hypersonic flows near a blunt plate, wedge, two side-by-side plates, disk, torus, and rotating cylinder. The role of various similarity parameters (Knudsen and Mach numbers, geometrical and temperature factors, specific heat ratios, and others) in aerodynamics of the probes is studied. Important kinetic effects that are specific for the transition flow regime have been found: non-monotonic lift and drag of plates, strong repulsive force between side-by-side plates and cylinders, dependence of drag on torus radii ratio, and the reverse Magnus effect on the lift of a rotating cylinder. The numerical results are in a good agreement with experimental data, which were obtained in a vacuum chamber at low and moderate Knudsen numbers from 0.01 to 10. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.

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