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Southern Utah University is a public university located in Cedar City, Utah, United States, founded in 1898.What began a teacher training school has now grown into a flourishing university graduating over 1,700 graduates each year with baccalaureate and graduate degrees within the universities six colleges. Graduating more than 1,700 students each spring, SUU offers more than 85 undergraduate degrees and eight graduate programs. There are more than 8,000 students that attend SUU, allowing students find more resources and opportunities than they would at smaller colleges, but still receive a high amount of engagement with faculty, delivering a private school education on a public school budget.SUU’s 17 athletic teams compete in Division 1 of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Thunderbirds. SUU joined the Big Sky Conference in September 2012. Wikipedia.

Reychav I.,Ariel University | Wu D.,Southern Utah University
Computers in Human Behavior

The advancement of today's mobile technologies makes mobile training possible. However, how to engage users in deep learning in a mobile environment remains a challenge, especially in critical training areas such as road safety training. This study aims to understand the role of five different dimensions of cognitive absorption (CA) (i.e.; temporal dissociation, focused immersion, heightened enjoyment, control, and curiosity) in training outcomes and how affective and cognitive involvements leverage this learning process. In this study, we designed and implemented a mobile multimedia training system for users who need training for their license test in the field. We then conducted a field study with over five hundred road users with pre- and post-questionnaires. The study findings indicate that the cognitive absorption plays a significant role in affecting users' deep involvement, which in turn impacts training outcomes. In addition, all CA constructs apart from control influence perceived technology usefulness, which is also a major contributor to perceived learning. The relationship between CA constructs and perceived usefulness is obtained through cognitive and affective involvement, while cognitive involvement is more dominant in this study context. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Gasser C.L.,Southern Utah University
Journal of Animal Science

Many important changes occur throughout reproductive development in beef heifers, including during the prenatal, early postnatal, and peripubertal periods. Wave-like patterns of follicular development have been observed in heifer calves as early as 2 wk of age. Some dramatic changes occur from about 2 to 5 mo of age, most notably the transient increase in LH secretion. Most components of the hypothalamic-pituitary- ovarian axis are fully competent by approximately 5 to 6 mo of age. Peripubertal changes include increases in LH secretion, estradiol production, follicular development, and reproductive tract size. Eventually, the process reaches the point that the initial ovulation is achieved. Heifers that reach puberty and experience multiple estrous cycles before the onset of their initial breeding season have a greater probability for early conception and optimal lifetime productivity. Attainment of puberty typically occurs at around 12 to 14 mo of age in beef heifers but varies greatly. Genetic differences and environmental factors contribute to this variation. In typical U.S. cow-calf operations, calves are generally weaned at approximately 200 d of age. The impact of postweaning management on age at puberty in heifers has been demonstrated, and there is considerable flexibility in the timing of gain from weaning to breeding. However, even when heifers are grown to the desired BW before the start of breeding, there remains a pronounced variation in the timing of puberty, which impacts pregnancy rates. Less attention has been focused on the impact of preweaning management on age at puberty. Heifer calves with increased growth rates from birth to weaning have reached puberty at earlier ages. Precocious puberty has also been induced in a majority of heifers with early weaning and feeding a high-concentrate diet. Nutritional control during early maturation in heifers exerts a substantial influence on the timing of puberty. Understanding the mechanisms involved in reproductive development increases our ability to effectively manage replacement beef heifers for optimal reproductive performance. © 2013 American Society of Animal Science. All rights reserved. Source

Reychav I.,Ariel University | Wu D.,Southern Utah University
Computers and Education

Traffic injuries are predicted to be the fifth leading cause of death and injury by 2030 if no further action is taken. Generation Y, who are growing up with technology and Internet, are among the most vulnerable road users, so it is crucial to provide effective road safety training for them. In the light of the Uses and Gratification Theory (U&G), we propose a conceptual research model to measure how users' different needs and gratifications with mobile technologies impact their learning outcomes. A field study with 182 young drivers who participated in a mobile road safety training program was conducted just before they took their license exam on site. A structural equation modeling (SEM) approach was utilized to test the research model. Perceived information needs, user preference, and innovativeness were found to have significant mediating relationships with user perceived multimedia enjoyment, and effectively promoted higher-order learning outcomes. The discussion focuses on the importance of designing multimedia content with the latest mobile technologies to effectively engage young users. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Mead N.L.,University of Tilburg | Baumeister R.F.,Florida State University | Stillman T.F.,Southern Utah University | Rawn C.D.,University of British Columbia | Vohs K.D.,University of Minnesota
Journal of Consumer Research

When people's deeply ingrained need for social connection is thwarted by social exclusion, profound psychological consequences ensue. Despite the fact that social connections and consumption are central facets of daily life, little empirical attention has been devoted to understanding how belongingness threats affect consumer behavior. In four experiments, we tested the hypothesis that social exclusion causes people to spend and consume strategically in the service of affiliation. Relative to controls, excluded participants were more likely to buy a product symbolic of group membership (but not practical or self-gift items), tailor their spending preferences to the preferences of an interaction partner, spend money on an unappealing food item favored by a peer, and report being willing to try an illegal drug, but only when doing so boosted their chances of commencing social connections. Overall, results suggest that socially excluded people sacrifice personal and financial well-being for the sake of social well-being. © 2010 by JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, Inc. Source

Ostrowsky M.K.,Southern Utah University
Journal of Drug Education

Marijuana use and violent behavior are causing widespread public concern. This article reviews theory and research on the relation between marijuana use and aggressive/violent behavior. It is evident from the inconsistent findings in the literature that the exact nature of the relation remains unclear. This article identifies several possible reasons for these contradictory findings and provides suggestions for future research. In particular, more research is needed on the different subtypes of aggressive behavior. Further research is also needed to elucidate the associations between gender, marijuana use, and violent behavior. Likewise, an important task for future research is to continue to tease apart the complex relations between gang involvement, marijuana use, and violent behavior. Longitudinal studies also warrant further investigation. Moreover, future research should control for several potentially confounding variables. © 2011, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc. Source

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