News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of West Virginia’s best colleges for 2017. 17 four-year schools were highlighted, with West Virginia Wesleyan College, Bethany College, Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia University scoring in the top five. Of the 10 two-year schools included in the ranking, Cabell County Career Technology Center, West Virginia Northern Community College, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Mountwest Community and Technical College and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College were the top five. A full list of winning schools is included below. “These West Virginia schools have created a culture of both academic and career success,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “When we look at measures of alumni success next to each school’s quality of education, these are the clear leaders in the state.” To be included on West Virginia’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on more than a dozen additional data points including diversity of program offerings, career services, educational counseling, financial aid availability, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in West Virginia” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in West Virginia for 2017 include: Alderson Broaddus University Bethany College Bluefield State College Concord University Davis & Elkins College Fairmont State University Glenville State College Marshall University Ohio Valley University Shepherd University University of Charleston West Liberty University West Virginia State University West Virginia University West Virginia University Institute of Technology West Virginia Wesleyan College Wheeling Jesuit University The Best Two-Year Colleges in West Virginia for 2017 include: Ben Franklin Career Center Blue Ridge Community and Technical College BridgeValley Community & Technical College Cabell County Career Technology Center Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Mountwest Community and Technical College New River Community and Technical College Pierpont Community and Technical College Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College West Virginia Northern Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | July 18, 2017
RyanSharkey is pleased to announce the hiring of Travis Sherman, CPA, as a Partner in its Tax Practice. Travis has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, including significant involvement with international companies of all sizes. He has assisted various types of businesses with particular focus on government contractors, professional service businesses and technology companies. Travis provides tax consulting and compliance services to complex organizations while viewing the tax consequences of any planning activity from an international tax perspective. Specifically, he has broad experience in assisting numerous clients with international tax compliance; ASC 740 implementation and review; mergers and acquisitions; foreign business investments; offshore profits planning; transfer pricing; and other tax strategies. Previously, Travis served as a tax partner and consultant with international firms, advising clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He also served as the tax director for a multi-billion dollar international company, managing all aspects of tax planning and compliance for global operations. Travis graduated from Shepherd University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University with a Master of Accountancy with a tax specialization. He is a certified public accountant in Virginia. “Travis has demonstrated remarkable leadership and expertise in advising clients on complex ASC 740, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and other domestic and international tax planning matters throughout his career,” said Tax Practice Leader and Co-Founder David Sharkey. “Our clients are relying on well-seasoned experts to help them navigate complex compliance and accounting regulation changes throughout 2017 and beyond as the tax landscape around the world continues to evolve. Travis will be instrumental in accelerating the growth of our services, particularly to our international corporate clients.” About RyanSharkey RyanSharkey, LLP is a leading accounting and consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. region, serving the technology, consumer services, and government contracting industries. The firm delivers accounting, audit, tax, and financial advisory services for a diverse group of clients. Guided by a unique corporate culture, RyanSharkey’s team of advisors is known for their personalized insight, forward-thinking solutions, and innovative strategies.
News Article | May 26, 2017
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jefferson Security Bank announced the appointment of Frederick K. Parsons as Chair and Eric J. Lewis, CPA as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the bank’s 2017 organizational meeting. Frederick K. Parsons joined the Board of Directors in April 2003 and served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors since May 2016. In addition to his 14 year tenure on the Board of Directors, Parsons is a proven leader as the President of Parsons Automotive Group and Parsons Enterprises, and part owner of Cress Creek Country Club. His executive management, business experience, and leadership provide the expertise to oversee the strategic direction of the Bank. Eric J. Lewis, CPA joined the Board of Directors of the Bank in April 2004. Lewis is a Partner with the public accounting firm, Ours, Lawyer, Lewis and Company, PLLC, a managing member of The Ranger Group, LLC, part owner of the Cress Creek Country Club and President of the Jefferson County Development Authority. Lewis is also a member of the Shepherd University Board of Governors and serves on the Board of Directors of the Shepherd University Foundation, Inc. and the Shepherd Alumni Association. Jefferson Security Bank is an independent community bank partnering with its customers and the communities it serves. Jefferson Security Bank supports entrepreneurial efforts of individuals, businesses and community organizations within its target markets. Jefferson Security Bank is a West Virginia state-chartered bank that was formed and opened for business on May 19, 1869, making it the oldest bank in Jefferson County, West Virginia. The bank provides general banking services within Jefferson and Berkeley counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Maryland, and Frederick County, Virginia. Visit www.JSB.bank for more information.
News Article | May 23, 2017
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Three individuals have been elected to the board of directors of Philadelphia-based National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI). Lending their experience and insight to the nation’s leading source of human organs, cells and tissues for research are Shawn Blackburn, CEO, YPrime, Malvern, PA; Sulayman Dib-Hajj, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine and VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT; and Megan Kasimatis Singleton, JD, MBE, CIP, Assistant Dean and Director of the Human Research Protection Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Blackburn, Dib-Hajj and Singleton were elected on May 16 to three-year terms on the NDRI board. Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, Chair of the NDRI Board and President of Shepherd University shared that, “ Shawn Blackburn’s expertise in technology to support research, Dr. Dib-Hajj’s research accomplishments and experience utilizing human tissue for research and Megan Singleton’s knowledge and experience in law, bioethics and human subject protections will be invaluable to advancing the mission of NDRI.” Bill Leinweber, NDRI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, adds, “The caliber of our new board members speaks to the significant transformative work being advanced by our organization. We are honored to have these highly respected professionals commit their time and talents to the mission of NDRI.” Blackburn is a co-founder of YPrime, a clinical trial software company focused on creating innovative solutions for researchers running global clinical trials in all therapeutic areas. Under Blackburn’s leadership, YPrime has experienced exponential growth with offices in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and additional staff based in five countries. Dib-Hajj’s research has centered on the molecular basis of excitability disorders in humans including pain, with a focus on the role of voltage-gated sodium channels in the pathophysiology of these disorders, and as targets for new therapeutics. He has published more than 160 primary papers and reviews, and has established national and international collaborations with both academic and pharmaceutical groups. Dib-Hajj received his undergraduate educated from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and his PhD from The Ohio State University. In her current role, Singleton is responsible for oversight and direction of the staff that support the seven Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). She earned her law degree from Temple University and Masters in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a frequent presenter on a range of human research protection issues. The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) is the nation’s leading source of human tissues, cells and organs for scientific research. A not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1980, NDRI is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, public and private foundations and organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations. NDRI is a 24/7 operation that partners with a nationwide network of over 130 tissue source sites (TSS), including organ procurement organizations (OPO), tissue banks, eye banks, and hospitals. The TSS, are distributed throughout the USA, in 45 states, with concentrations in major metropolitan areas on both the east and west coasts. Their wide geographic distribution allows NDRI to provide biospecimens from donor populations with diverse demographics and also facilitates the timely and efficient provision of fresh tissues directly to researchers across the country. By serving as the liaison between procurement sources and the research community, NDRI is uniquely positioned to support breakthrough advances and discoveries that can affect advances in the treatment and cure of human diseases.
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Kushin M.J.,Shepherd University
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication | Year: 2014
This study examines the ways in which online media influenced political disaffection among young adults during the 2008 presidential election campaign. The effects of social media attention, online expression, and traditional Internet sources on political cynicism, apathy, and skepticism were evaluated using data from an online survey of college students. Results show that attention to social media for campaign information is positively related to cynicism and apathy and negatively related to skepticism. Online expression has a positive effect on skepticism. Implications are discussed for the role of social media in bringing a historically disengaged demographic into the political process. © 2013 International Communication Association.
Groff J.R.,Shepherd University
American Journal of Physics | Year: 2013
The logistic map difference equation is encountered in the theoretical ecology literature as a mathematical model of population change for organisms with non-overlapping generations and density-dependent dynamics influenced solely by intraspecific interactions. This article presents the logistic map as a simple model suitable for introducing students to the properties of dynamical systems including periodic orbits, bifurcations, and deterministic chaos. After a brief historical and mathematical introduction to models of population change and the logistic map, the article summarizes the logistic map activities I teach in my introductory physics laboratories for non-physics majors. The logistic map laboratory introduces the many bioscience students in my courses to a foundational model in population ecology that has inspired ecologists to recognize the importance of nonlinear dynamics in real populations. Although I use this activity in courses for non-majors, the logistic map model of population change could also be taught to physics majors to introduce properties of dynamical systems while demonstrating an application of mathematical modeling outside of traditional physics. © 2013 American Association of Physics Teachers.
Amiraslani A.,Shepherd University
International Journal of Computer Mathematics | Year: 2011
We show that using the constrained Rayleigh quotient method to find the eigenvalues of matrix polynomials in different polynomial bases is equivalent to applying the Newton method to certain functions. We find those functions explicitly for a variety of polynomial bases including monomial, orthogonal, Newton, Lagrange and Bernstein bases. In order to do so, we provide explicit symbolic formulas for the right and left eigenvectors of the generalized companion matrix pencils for matrix polynomials expressed in those bases. Using the properties of the Newton basis, we also find two different formulas for the companion matrix pencil corresponding to the Hermite interpolation. We give pairs of explicit LU factors associated with these pencils. Additionally, we explicitly find the right and left eigenvectors for each of these pencils. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Clayton L.H.,Shepherd University
Nutrition in Clinical Practice | Year: 2010
Nutrition and diet therapy are at the center of health promotion activities and self-management of chronic diseases. To assist an individual in making informed decisions regarding his or her diet and increase adherence to dietary recommendations or treatments, healthcare professionals must select health information that is appropriate to the client's level of understanding. A systematic approach in the evaluation of patient education material, whether in print or on the World Wide Web, must focus on the information's content, literacy level, graphical displays, layout and typography, motivating principles, cultural relevance, and feasibility. Additional criteria should be evaluated when accessing Web sites and include source, site credibility, conflict of interest, disclaimer, disclosure, navigation, and interactivity information. © 2010 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
Hendrickson S.L.,Shepherd University
BMC Evolutionary Biology | Year: 2013
Background: Life at high altitude results in physiological and metabolic challenges that put strong evolutionary pressure on performance due to oxidative stress, UV radiation and other factors dependent on the natural history of the species. To look for genes involved in altitude adaptation in a large herbivore, this study explored genome differentiation between a feral population of Andean horses introduced by the Spanish in the 1500s to the high Andes and their Iberian breed relatives. Results: Using allelic genetic models and Fst analyses of ∼50 K single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) across the horse genome, 131 candidate genes for altitude adaptation were revealed (Bonferoni of p ≤ 2 × 10-7). Significant signals included the EPAS1 in the hypoxia-induction-pathway (HIF) that was previously discovered in human studies (p = 9.27 × 10-8); validating the approach and emphasizing the importance of this gene to hypoxia adaptation. Strong signals in the cytochrome P450 3A gene family (p = 1.5 ×10-8) indicate that other factors, such as highly endemic vegetation in altitude environments are also important in adaptation. Signals in tenuerin 2 (TENM2, p = 7.9 × 10 -14) along with several other genes in the nervous system (gene categories representation p = 5.1 × 10-5) indicate the nervous system is important in altitude adaptation. Conclusions: In this study of a large introduced herbivore, it becomes apparent that some gene pathways, such as the HIF pathway are universally important for high altitude adaptation in mammals, but several others may be selected upon based on the natural history of a species and the unique ecology of the altitude environment. © 2013 Hendrickson; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
News Article | December 19, 2016
Chris and Tim have known each other since high school. They started their Frederick, MD franchise in March 1999 after connecting with a U.S. Lawns franchisee nearby. Both were about 20 years old and had been working for other companies - Chris trimming trees and Tim doing residential lawn work. They wanted to own their own business. With a truck, mower, weedeater and a chain saw to start with, they had a vision. They attended a U.S. Lawns Annual Conference before signing their franchisee agreement. They liked what they saw, signed, and they hit the ground running from day one. Seeking ways to generate a bigger base, they purchased their second territory in Winchester, VA in early 2015. Hiring the right people was key. Austin Elliott was a perfect choice to lead the charge in Winchester, equipped with a BS in environmental studies from Shepherd University. And within six months, they were happy with the income and it continues to grow. Chris and Tim have built their businesses utilizing the tools and systems of U.S. Lawns. Their 16 years of experience with agronomics, providing quality, professional grade service and building great customer relationships have given them a depth of knowledge that is a very valuable resource. They are always glad to give sage advice about the green or the snow management industry to newer franchisees, as they are also very successful in the snow & ice management business and are respected by their peers as experts. U.S. Laws President Ken Hutcheson joined U.S. Lawns in 1995 and helped grow the company from a regional 18-franchise network to an industry leader with over 250 commercial landscape management franchises nationwide offering year-round grounds services. To honor his longevity and commitment to the company in its 30th anniversary year, Ken was inducted into the U.S. Lawns Hall of Fame. “I was proud to see Tim Harrell and Chris Seaborne inducted into the U.S. Lawns Hall of Fame," said Ken Hutcheson. "Watching them over the years grow as individuals, grow their families, grow their team, and grow their business has been inspiring to me and many others. They are a great example of what this industry, this country, and U.S. Lawns offers people who are willing to commit to a dream and work diligently to turn that dream into reality.” Hall of Fame members are individuals who exemplify the mission and vision of U.S. Lawns. This is the company’s most prestigious award. About U.S. Lawns Founded in 1986, U.S. Lawns services commercial landscape customers through a network of over 250 locally owned franchise locations nationwide, providing customized landscape management and snow & ice management services to corporate campuses, retail centers, industrial parks, multi-family residential communities and other commercial customers. For more information, visit http://www.USLawns.com and http://www.USLawnsFranchise.com.