Fredonia, NY, United States
Fredonia, NY, United States

The State University of New York at Fredonia is a four-year liberal arts college located in Fredonia, New York, United States. It is a constituent college of the State University of New York. The college's motto is "Where Success is a Tradition."Fredonia was one of the state teachers' colleges traditionally specializing in music education, but now offers a large number of programs in many areas, including a growing graduate division. The most popular areas of study include communication, music, education, and the social science. There are 82 majors and 41 minors.The Fredonia campus, located in Chautauqua County was designed by prominent architects I.M. Pei and Henry N. Cobb in 1968. Wikipedia.

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News Article | October 28, 2016

Virsys12, an award-winning, certified Salesforce Silver Consulting Partner, continues its shift to focus on healthcare nationwide as it marks five years in business. CEO Tammy Hawes announced today a promotion and the addition of talent, including a senior solutions executive, director of consulting services, senior project manager and two consultants. “Word is spreading about Salesforce’s impact on healthcare, especially with the release of Health Cloud,” Hawes says. “The successes of our healthcare clients that are using the platform, customizing and integrating applications, and/or using one of our own V12 apps are a big part of this story. As a result, we are pleased to see our team growing with the addition of these high-caliber individuals.” Andy Harlen joins Virsys12 as Senior Solutions Executive with recent experience providing CRM solutions to healthcare providers. He was a regional account executive with Playmaker CRM and held similar positions with Ipero, Shareholder InSite and Bernard Health. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. “The future for population health is managing the entire continuum of healthcare in one centralized place, and I know that Salesforce is the best way it can happen,” says Harlen. “When I was introduced to Virsys12, my choice was clear: I wanted to be on the team leading the charge for this game-changer technology.” Kristin Kilpatrick Johnson joined the Virsys12 team as Director, Consulting Services earlier this month with a decade of experience focused on CRM and healthcare. Johnson is a Salesforce® Certified Administrator, a Six Sigma Green Belt, is certified in Prosci Change Management methodology and has completed the Harvard Program on Negotiation. She has held senior positions with Medhost and Healthcare Management Systems. Johnson received an MA in leadership and organizational change from Belmont University and a BS in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University. “I grew to love the Virsys12 team when they were in a service provider role with my previous company,” Johnson says. “They are true partners and have your best interests in mind. I’m excited to be a part of a Salesforce A-team with so many groundbreaking projects.” Sarah McCarter joins as Senior Consultant with four Salesforce certifications, including Administrator, Advanced Administrator, Developer and Service Cloud, in addition to her ScrumMaster certification. Her experience includes positions with Eloyalty,, Nelson Technology and Stream Global Services. She holds a BS in geology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. “I was introduced to Salesforce before I finished college, and it changed the course of my life,” says McCarter. “I’ve loved technology since I was in kindergarten. Now I get to use my favorite technology to impact healthcare, and it feels right.” Sara Schroeck officially begins this week as Consultant with two Salesforce certifications including Administrator and Advanced Administrator. She has served as a business and operations analyst and in other management positions with Decision Resources Group, Relias Learning and Silverchair Learning systems. She earned a BS in management, marketing and human resources with a minor in women’s studies from Boston College. Additionally, Hannah Feeley has joined Virsys12 as Associate Consultant from her position with TechTarget in Newton, MA. Feeley’s experience includes The Kraft Group and Feeley & Brown. She holds a BS in business administration from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. “A family friend works for Salesforce,” Feeley says. “Knowing my passion for the technology, he told me ‘Virsys12 is the company for you.’ I’m proud to join the team.” Tanzy Wallace, previously Technical Sales Consultant, has been promoted to Team Lead, Solutions Engineering. Wallace, who has been with Virsys12 since 2014, holds Salesforce Administrator and Service Cloud certifications. Virsys12 continues to expand, says Vice President of Client Success Paul Peterson. “Even with a highly competitive hiring environment for technology talent, we are being selective to find candidates who have a vision for healthcare and a passion for change. If you are not content with the status quo and have the skills and passion for healthcare, give us a call. Or email careers[at]virys12[dot]com.” About Virsys12 Virsys12 is an award-winning, certified Salesforce Silver Consulting Partner focused on healthcare innovation nationwide. With success providing transformative technology for large, small, public and private enterprises, the individually certified team maintains top customer satisfaction ratings and excels in lean business process. We solve your hardest problems by making the complex simple, guaranteeing our work for implementation, integrations, applications and technology strategy. More at Salesforce,, Service Cloud, Health Cloud and others are trademarks of Inc., and are used here with permission.

News Article | November 22, 2016

A snapshot of the stellar life cycle has been captured in a new portrait from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Smithsonian's Submillimeter Array (SMA). A cloud that is giving birth to stars has been observed to reflect X-rays from Cygnus X-3, a source of X-rays produced by a system where a massive star is slowly being eaten by its companion black hole or neutron star. This discovery provides a new way to study how stars form. In 2003, astronomers used Chandra's high-resolution X-ray vision to find a mysterious source of X-ray emission located very close to Cygnus X-3. The separation of these two sources on the sky is equivalent to the width of a penny at a distance of 830 feet away. In 2013, astronomers reported that the new source is a cloud of gas and dust. In astronomical terms, this cloud is rather small -- about 0.7 light-year in diameter. Astronomers realized that this cloud was acting as a mirror, reflecting some of the X-rays generated by Cygnus X-3 towards Earth. "We nicknamed this object the 'Little Friend' because it is a faint source of X-rays next to a very bright source that showed similar X-ray variations," said Michael McCollough of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who led the most recent study of this system. The Chandra observations reported in 2013 suggested that the Little Friend had a mass between two and 24 times that of the Sun. This suggested that the cloud was a "Bok globule," a small dense cloud where infant stars can be born. However, more evidence was needed. To determine the nature of the Little Friend, astronomers used the SMA, a series of eight radio dishes atop Maunakea in Hawaii. The SMA found molecules of carbon monoxide, an important clue that the Little Friend is indeed a Bok globule. Also, the SMA data reveals the presence of a jet or outflow within the Little Friend, an indication that a star has started to form inside. "Typically, astronomers study Bok globules by looking at the visible light they block or the radio emission they produce," said co-author Lia Corrales of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. "With the Little Friend, we can examine this interstellar cocoon in a new way using X-rays -- the first time we have ever been able to do this with a Bok globule." At an estimated distance of almost 20,000 light-years from Earth, the Little Friend is also the most distant Bok globule yet seen. The properties of Cygnus X-3 and its proximity to the Little Friend also give an opportunity to make a precise distance measurement -- something that is often very difficult in astronomy. Since the early 1970s, astronomers have observed a regular 4.8-hour variation in the X-rays from Cygnus X-3. The Little Friend, acting as an X-ray mirror, shows the same variation, but slightly delayed because the path the reflected X-rays take is longer than a straight line from Cygnus X-3 to Earth. By measuring the delay time in the periodic variation between Cygnus X-3 and the Little Friend, astronomers were able to calculate the distance from Earth to Cygnus X-3 of about 24,000 light-years. Because Cygnus X-3 contains a massive, short-lived star, scientists think it must have originated in a region of the galaxy where stars are still likely to be forming. These regions are only found in the Milky Way's spiral arms. However, Cygnus X-3 is located outside any of the Milky Way's spiral arms. "In some ways it's a surprise that we find Cygnus X-3 where we do," said co-author Michael Dunham of CfA and the State University of New York at Fredonia. "We realized something rather unusual needed to happen during its early years to send it on a wild ride." The researchers suggest that the supernova explosion that formed either the black hole or neutron star in Cygnus X-3 kicked the binary system away from its original birthplace. Assuming that Cygnus X-3 and the Little Friend formed near each other, they estimate that Cygnus X-3 must have been thrown out at speeds between 400,000 and 2 million miles per hour. Reference: "Cygnus X-3: Its Little Friend's Counterpart, the Distance to Cygnus X-3, and Outflows/Jets," Michael McCollough, Lia Corrales & Michael Dunham, 2016 Oct. 20, Astrophysical Journal Letters [, preprint:]. Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

Boysen G.A.,State University of New York at Fredonia
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics | Year: 2011

Background: Dissociative identity disorder (DID) remains a controversial diagnosis due to conflicting views on its etiology. Some attribute DID to childhood trauma and others attribute it to iatrogenesis. The purpose of this article is to review the published cases of childhood DID in order to evaluate its scientific status, and to answer research questions related to the etiological models. Methods: I searched MEDLINE and PsycINFO records for studies published since 1980 on DID/multiple personality disorder in children. For each study I coded information regarding the origin of samples and diagnostic methods. Results: The review produced a total of 255 cases of childhood DID reported as individual case studies (44) or aggregated into empirical studies (211). Nearly all cases (93%) emerged from samples of children in treatment, and multiple personalities was the presenting problem in 23% of the case studies. Four US research groups accounted for 65% of all 255 cases. Diagnostic methods typically included clinical evaluation based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder criteria, but hypnosis, structured interviews, and multiple raters were rarely used in diagnoses. Conclusion: Despite continuing research on the related concepts of trauma and dissociation, childhood DID itself appears to be an extremely rare phenomenon that few researchers have studied in depth. Nearly all of the research that does exist on childhood DID is from the 1980s and 1990s and does not resolve the ongoing controversies surrounding the disorder. © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

Authigenic barite nodules associated with modestly 13C-depleted calcium carbonate concretions and 34S-enriched pyrite at the bottom of the Upper Devonian Hanover Shale of western New York provide evidence of sulfate reduction coupled with anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM). The methane, much of it biogenic in origin, may have diffused upward from Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale and perhaps the Upper Ordovician Utica Shale. Strong 34S enrichment and high δ34S/δ18O values of the barite nodules reflect: (1) substantial kinetic fractionation induced by microbial sulfate reduction perhaps intensified by a low seawater sulfate recharge rate and (2) upward delivery of Ba2+- and CH4- bearing pore fluid sourced within underlying sulfate-depleted deposits. However, the association of authigenic calcium carbonate and barite in the same stratigraphic interval, especially the presence of barite overgrowths on carbonate concretions, is not consistent with what is known of AOM-related mineralization of a sediment column passing downward through the sulfate-methane transition (SMT). The documented early formation of authigenic carbonate followed by barite observed relations may reflect a diminished rate of methanogenesis and/or CH4 supply. The tempered methane flux would have induced the SMT to descend the sediment column enabling barite to form within the same stratigraphic horizon that 13C-depleted calcium carbonate had most recently precipitated. Diminished methane flux may have been caused by burial-related passage of the organic-rich Marcellus Shale below the depth of peak biogenic methane generation and its replacement at that depth interval by organic-lean deposits of the upper part of the Hamilton Group. Subsidence of the SMT would have increased the preservation potential of authigenic barite. However, continued survival of the labile barite as it eventually moved through the SMT suggests that the underlying sulfate-depleted zone was strongly enriched in Ba2+. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Brown W.D.,State University of New York at Fredonia
PloS one | Year: 2012

Male praying mantises are forced into the ultimate trade-off of mating versus complete loss of future reproduction if they fall prey to a female. The balance of this trade-off will depend both on (1) the level of predatory risk imposed by females and (2) the frequency of mating opportunities for males. We report the results of a set of experiments that examine the effects of these two variables on male risk-taking behavior and the frequency of sexual cannibalism in the praying mantis Tenodera sinensis. We experimentally altered the rate at which males encountered females and measured male approach and courtship behavior under conditions of high and low risk of being attacked by females. We show that male risk taking depends on prior access to females. Males with restricted access to females showed greater risk-taking behavior. When males were given daily female encounters, they responded to greater female-imposed risk by slowing their rate of approach and remained a greater distance from a potential mate. In contrast, males without recent access to mates were greater risk-takers; they approached females more rapidly and to closer proximity, regardless of risk. In a second experiment, we altered male encounter rate with females and measured rates of sexual cannibalism when paired with hungry or well-fed females. Greater risk-taking behavior by males with low mate encounter rates resulted in high rates of sexual cannibalism when these males were paired with hungry females.

Adams J.,State University of New York at Fredonia
Qualitative Health Research | Year: 2010

Cosmetic surgery can be conceptualized as part of a spectrum of contemporary body projects whereby the individual uses body work to achieve some social and personal goal. In this article I examine individual motivations for undergoing cosmetic surgery as well as assessments of the outcomes of those surgeries. Drawing on in-depth interviews, I explore how cosmetic surgery patients understand and ascribe meaning to their own experiences and discover how the respondents evaluate their surgeries in both personal and social contexts. I found that motivations for undergoing surgery are often articulated in both physical and psychosocial terms, with the expectation that physical alterations will facilitate social or emotional changes. Additionally, outcomes are assessed in a similar fashion, with interviewees expressing not only their evaluations of the aesthetic changes to their bodies, but also how these changes made them feel about themselves and their relationships with others. © The Author(s) 2010.

Brown W.D.,State University of New York at Fredonia
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology | Year: 2011

Male tree crickets, Oecanthus nigricornis, offer a nuptial gift to females during mating in the form of a secretion from a dorsal metanotal gland. I examined the effects of male and female nutrient limitation on allocation of the gift. Males were fed 14C radiolabeled amino acids, placed onto high- or low-quality diets and then mated with females also maintained on high- or low-quality diets. Female acquisition of radiolabel increased, and residual radiolabel within the metanotal gland decreased, over time verifying that gift size correlates with duration of courtship feeding. High-diet females produced greater egg numbers and allocated proportionally more of the male-derived amino acids to their ovaries. As predicted, duration of courtship feeding was greater for males on high-quality diets and females on low-quality diets. Amino acid transfer, measured as the proportion of total radiolabel transferred to the female, showed a significant interaction between male and female diet. High-diet females acquired available radiolabel more rapidly from high-diet males, but low-diet females acquired available radiolabel more rapidly from low-diet males. The causes of these differences between feeding duration and nutrient allocation are discussed. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

Lash G.G.,State University of New York at Fredonia | Engelder T.,Pennsylvania State University
AAPG Bulletin | Year: 2011

Analysis of more than 900 wireline logs indicates that the Middle Devonian Marcellus Formation encompasses two thirdorder transgressive-regressive (T-R) sequences, MSS1 and MSS2, in ascending order. Compositional elements of the Marcellus Formation crucial to the successful development of this emerging shale gas play, including quartz, clay, carbonate, pyrite, and organic carbon, vary predictably within the proposed sequencestratigraphic framework. Thickness trends of Marcellus T-R sequences and lithostratigraphic units reflect the interplay of Acadian thrust-load-induced subsidence, short-term base-level fluctuations, and recurrent basement structures. Rapid thickening of both T-R sequences, especially MSS2, toward the northeastern region of the basin preserves a record of greater accommodation space and proximity to clastic sources early in the Acadian orogeny. However, local variations in T-R sequence thickness in the western, more distal, area of the basin may reflect the reactivation of inherited Eocambrian basement structures, including the Rome trough and northwest-striking cross-structural discontinuities, induced by Acadian plate convergence. Episodes of block displacement locally warped the basin into northeast-southwest-trending regions of starved sedimentation and/or erosion adjacent to depocenters in which regressive systems tract deposits were ponded. Block movement appears to have initiated in late Early Devonian time, resulting first in thinning and local erosion of the Oriskany sandstone in northwest Pennsylvania. This study, in addition to providing the basis for a predictive sequence-stratigraphic model that can be used to further Marcellus exploration, tells of a foreland basin more tectonically complex than accounted for by simple flexural models. Copyright © 2011. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists. All rights reserved.

Masciadrelli B.P.,State University of New York at Fredonia
Journal of Gerontological Social Work | Year: 2014

This article describes a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Gero-Ed Center BEL Project's activities and reports its final outcomes. An oral history interview in paired human behavior and practice skills courses addressed gerontological social work competencies focused on assessing and addressing values and biases regarding aging, and the ability to relate concepts and theories of aging to practice. Significant increases in perceived proficiency in these competencies occurred, as did significant decreases in negative attitudes toward older people and working with older adults. Qualitative data supported these results. Findings suggest social work educators utilize a combination of classroom-based and experiential learning to maximize student development. © 2014 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: Genetic Mechanisms | Award Amount: 250.72K | Year: 2013

Intellectual merit: All animals must reproducibly establish their body plan in the face of a constantly changing environment. Gurken is an evolutionarily conserved growth factor that is carefully regulated to establish the anterior / posterior and dorsal / ventral axis during oogenesis in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. This project aims to identify the mechanisms by which the translation of Gurken is regulated by addressing the response of gurken mRNA to two stimuli: Nutrient limitation and DNA-damage. The first goal of the research is to understand how Drosophila maintain robust developmental patterning when confronted with an environment where the availability of nutrients is highly variable. The production of proteins is highly regulated in response to nutrient availability and ensures the efficient utilization of resources. Translation in the cell is globally repressed when nutrients are scarce; however, a small subset of essential proteins escape this repression by employing an alternative mechanism known as IRES-mediated translation. Preliminary work from the PIs lab suggests that the gurken mRNA utilizes this alternative mechanism to maintain the axis patterning when nutrients are limiting. The research will utilize a number of genetic and biochemical approaches to study the activity of the gurken mRNA both in vitro and in vivo. Specifically, the activity of regulatory regions of the gurken mRNA will be probed by joining them to light emitting luciferase reporter genes. This will facilitate the discovery of IRES elements that allow the oocyte to maintain its robust patterning. The second goal of the research is to understand how damage to the genome that occurs during meiosis affects the translation of gurken. Previous research has shown that mutations that interfere with DNA repair inhibit the translation of gurken by an unknown mechanism. Several novel mutations that affect this signaling pathway have been isolated. This project will take a genomic sequencing approach to identify these mutations and shed light on the mechanism(s) that communicates the integrity of the genome to developmental patterning molecules.

Broader Impact: The research conducted in this project will engage students in the study of translation regulation at the State University of New York College at Fredonia, a predominantly undergraduate institution. The research will address several pressing questions in the field, as indicated above, while allowing students to be the driving force behind the activities. The students will be intimately involved in the design and execution of the experiments and have the opportunity to present the results of the project at regional and national meetings. The research will directly impact not only the students working in the PIs laboratory, but also students that are enrolled in the core genetics lab and upper level molecular genetics lab courses (approximately 70 students per year). The project will facilitate full-time research experiences for three summer students that will be recruited from Fredonia and/or regional community colleges.

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