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Slippery Rock, PA, United States

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania is a public, master's-level university that offers some doctoral programs. SRU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Slippery Rock University is located in Slippery Rock, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, approximately 52 miles north of Pittsburgh and approximately 80 miles south of Erie. The university has been coeducational since its founding in 1889. It has one of the largest campuses in western Pennsylvania, occupying 611 acres . It includes new residential suites, the cornerstone being Watson Hall.In 2012, Cheryl Joy Norton was appointed as the university's first female president. Wikipedia.


Goldstein S.M.,University of Minnesota | Iossifova A.R.,Slippery Rock University
Journal of Operations Management | Year: 2012

We investigate the long-term relationship between an organization's quality management practices and process-level performance. Further, we examine whether availability of organizational slack over the study interval interferes with the relationship between quality practices and process performance. Organizational slack consists of the available and accessible resources in an organization; we focus here on unabsorbed slack in the form of financial resources. We investigate the quality practices of U.S. general acute care hospitals, measured by their depth of implementation of practices characterizing a total quality management system, and use them to predict process performance related to four medical conditions. Analysis reveals differing effects that are dependent on hospital slack conditions. In hospitals with high slack, quality practices significantly predict three of four studied process performance measures. In contrast, in hospitals with low slack, quality practices predict only one of the four process performance measures, while other factors outweigh the effects of quality practices. This study lends support to management taking a long-term perspective related to implementation of quality management systems, and highlights the relevance of slack conditions in garnering the benefits of such systems. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source


Schlosser K.,Slippery Rock University
Antipode | Year: 2013

Canadian diamonds are marketed as "ethical" alternatives to notorious "blood diamonds". This paper analyzes the specific matrices through which ethical consumption as a discourse is being mobilized to sell diamonds. I argue that consumption operates as a system of social signification in which consuming subjects are positioned as moral subjects. Moreover, I argue that historically accumulated symbolic power, in the form of imagined geographies of benevolent colonialism in the Canadian North versus the exploitation of "dark" Africa, pristine, "white" northern landscapes, modernization via commodity production, and national identity, creates the very field of meaning within which the consuming subject is positioned. The ethicalization of Canadian diamonds also has important normative implications both in terms of the cultural politics of ethical consumption and social and environmental justice in the Canadian North. © 2012 The Author. Antipode © 2012 Antipode Foundation Ltd. Source


Sanftner J.L.,Slippery Rock University
Eating Behaviors | Year: 2011

This study examined health-related quality of life in relation to psychosocial variables associated with eating disorders. A sample of 266 women and 114 men from a Midwestern university completed questionnaires asking about both generic and eating disorder-specific health-related quality of life, as well as body dissatisfaction, objectified body consciousness, internalization of sociocultural ideals, and restrained eating. Results revealed that women reported significantly higher levels of psychosocial risk variables than men. In addition, for women, all but one of the psychosocial risk variables was found to be associated with lower quality of life. Gender moderated the relationship between quality of life and objectified body consciousness, but not the other psychosocial risk variables. Finally, comparisons between a generic and an eating disorder-specific quality of life scale revealed that the eating disorder-specific scale had higher sensitivity for use in a college student population. These results suggest that women who are at higher risk for developing an eating disorder suffer from lower quality of life, and that eating disorder-specific quality of life scales are useful in understanding women and men in a general population. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Zieg M.J.,Slippery Rock University | Marsh B.D.,Johns Hopkins University
Journal of Petrology | Year: 2012

The Beacon Sill, a member of the Jurassic Ferrar group of the Transantarctic Mountains, South Victoria Land, is a 150 m thick tholeiitic diabase intrusion. Uniform on a field and macroscopic scale, it displays chemical and textural variability indicative of a sustained and complex history of emplacement and differentiation. Emplacement of the sill consisted of at least two, and probably four, discrete massive injections of magma, each averaging ∼35 m thick, over a time span of ∼100 years. The final injection event is marked by a 30 m thick interval of significantly finer-grained rock at the sill center. These fine-grained textures can be successfully reproduced by combining the results of thermal and crystal growth models, but only if the sill was a multiple intrusion. With the exception of a minor reinjection event captured in the chilled margin of the sill, earlier reinjection events are not evident texturally, most probably because of textural overprinting during prolonged cooling after initial crystallization. The dominant process involved in the post-emplacement differentiation of the Beacon Sill was compaction-driven redistribution of interstitial liquid. Transfer of residual liquid from the compacting lower solidification front to the dilating upper solidification front resulted in characteristic chemical and mineralogical effects, such as the depletion of the lower half of the sill and the enrichment of the upper half of the sill in incompatible elements (e.g. TiO2, Zr) and modal granophyre. Based on thermodynamic models, most of the compaction occurred at a crystallinity of roughly 33%. Geochemical profiles are distinctly segmented, suggesting that the sill was repeatedly split and reinjected with fresh magma near the center after compaction had redistributed the interstitial liquid within the partially solidified magma. The recognition of evidence for reinjection and compaction in a macroscopically uniform, relatively quickly cooled sill suggests that these processes may be common in the construction of sills and other mesoscale igneous intrusions in general. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Source


Iossifova A.R.,Slippery Rock University | Meyer-Goldstein S.,University of Minnesota
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2013

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a standard for the healthcare industry mandating, in part, use of the EDI X12 protocol set for data exchanges among industry members. The motivation underlying this change was the view that lack of a standard format for healthcare data created significant inefficiencies, resulting in increased costs within the industry. With regulators' supposition that the standard would improve data exchange performance, we set out to determine the actual performance implications of HIPAA. Using data on transactions occurring over 106 months from 1998 to 2004, we study the impact of the HIPAA standardization requirement on transaction performance in the form of transaction delivery time and transaction quality measured as percentage errors. Performance is expected to deteriorate immediately following HIPAA compliance, due to system disruption, before a longer-term trend toward improved performance. Transaction performance immediately following HIPAA compliance shows deterioration in transaction delivery time, as expected, but a surprising improvement in transaction quality. The longer-term trends associated with HIPAA compliance for both transaction quality and transaction delivery time show that both are trending toward improvement. However, when we compare performance three, six, and 12 months before and after HIPAA compliance, we find that neither delivery time nor quality has improved. The implications for practice and theory are discussed. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

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