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Stonehill College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college located in Easton, Massachusetts, United States, founded in 1948. Situated in Easton, Massachusetts, a suburban community of 25,710 people, Stonehill is located 22 miles south of Boston on a 375-acre campus, the original estate of Frederick Lothrop Ames. The campus map highlights 29 buildings that complement the original Georgian-style Ames mansion.Stonehill College was founded in 1948 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, whose members established the University of Notre Dame .Other Holy Cross Colleges include Our Lady of Holy Cross College , King's College , the University of Portland, Saint Mary's College , St. Edward's University, Holy Cross College , and Stonehill's sister school, the University of Notre Dame, where Stonehill's engineering majors spend their last four semesters of undergraduate education. Wikipedia.

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Mercadante M.A.,University of Connecticut | Kelly C.B.,University of Connecticut | Bobbitt J.M.,University of Connecticut | Tilley L.J.,Stonehill College | And 2 more authors.
Nature Protocols | Year: 2013

We describe the synthesis of the lesser-known stoichiometric oxidation reagent 4-Acetamido-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxoammonium tetrafluoroborate (1, Bobbitt's salt), as well as of 4-Acetamido-(2,2,6,6- tetramethyl-piperidin-1-yl)oxyl (2, AcNH-TEMPO). Several representative oxidation reactions are also presented to demonstrate the salt's oxidative capabilities. Bobbitt's salt has a range of applications, from the oxidation of various alcohols to their corresponding carbonyl derivatives to the oxidative cleavage of benzyl ethers, whereas 2 has been shown to serve as a catalytic or stoichiometric oxidant. The oxyl radical can be obtained in 85% yield over two steps on a 1-mole scale from commercially available 4-Amino-2,2,6,6- tetramethylpiperidine (5), and is far more cost-effective to prepare in-house than purchase commercially. An additional step converts the oxyl radical into the oxoammonium salt (1, Bobbitt's salt) in 88% yield, with an overall yield of 75%. The synthesis of the salt takes ∼5 d to complete. Oxoammonium salts are metal-free, nontoxic and environmentally friendly oxidants. Preparation of 1 is also inherently ′green′, as water can be used as the solvent and the use of environmentally unfriendly materials is minimal. Moreover, after it has been used, the spent oxidant can be recovered and used to regenerate 1, thereby making the process recyclable. © 2013 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved.

Arteaga Sanchez R.,University of Huelva | Cortijo V.,Stonehill College | Javed U.,COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Computers and Education | Year: 2014

Facebook is the most popular Social Network Site (SNS) among college students. Despite the popularity and extensive use of Facebook by students, its use has not made significant inroads into classroom usage. In this study, we seek to examine why this is the case and whether it would be worthwhile for faculty to invest the time to integrate Facebook into their teaching. To this end, we decided to undertake a study with a sample of 214 undergraduate students at the University of Huelva (Spain). We applied the structural equation model specifically designed by Mazman and Usluel (2010) to identify the factors that may motivate these students to adopt and use social network tools, specifically Facebook, for educational purposes. According to our results, Social Influence is the most important factor in predicting the adoption of Facebook; students are influenced to adopt it to establish or maintain contact with other people with whom they share interests. Regarding the purposes of Facebook usage, Social Relations is perceived as the most important factor among all of the purposes collected. Our findings also revealed that the educational use of Facebook is explained directly by its purposes of usage and indirectly by its adoption. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

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, Salesforce.com, 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 Virsys12.com. Salesforce, Force.com, Service Cloud, Health Cloud and others are trademarks of salesforce.com Inc., and are used here with permission.

Twyman-Ghoshal A.A.,Stonehill College | Pierce G.,Northeastern University
British Journal of Criminology | Year: 2014

The accurate monitoring of piracy tactics is imperative for understanding the changing nature of piracy. Using the most comprehensive, global piracy data set available to date-the Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database (CMPD), this article documents the change in piracy, identifying that the new form of piracy that emerged in the 1990s became the dominant type of piracy in the study period. The CMPD suggests that even though the escalation of piracy in Somalia has affected the profile of piracy overall, other forms of piracy, which display a different set of characteristics, still remain. © 2014 The Author.

Simon D.S.,Boston University | Simon D.S.,Stonehill College | Sergienko A.V.,Boston University
Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics | Year: 2012

The concept of correlated two-photon spiral imaging is introduced. We begin by analyzing the joint orbital angular momentum (OAM) spectrum of correlated photon pairs. The mutual information carried by the photon pairs is evaluated, and it is shown that when an object is placed in one of the beam paths the value of the mutual information is strongly dependent on object shape and is closely related to the degree of rotational symmetry present. After analyzing the effect of the object on the OAM correlations, the method of correlated spiral imaging is described. We first present a version using parametric down-conversion, in which entangled pairs of photons with opposite OAM values are produced, placing an object in the path of one beam. We then present a classical (correlated, but nonentangled) version. The relative problems and benefits of the classical versus entangled configurations are discussed. The prospect is raised of carrying out compressive imaging via two-photon OAM detection to reconstruct sparse objects with few measurements. © 2012 American Physical Society.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: EVOLUTIONARY PROCESSES CLUSTER | Award Amount: 16.00K | Year: 2012

Intellectual merit: The attrition rate for biologists from underrepresented groups is currently highest during the post-doctoral and assistant professor years. Tenure and promotion success to reach senior faculty positions requires sustained research productivity, even at small teaching-centered colleges. As such, virtually all early-stage faculty face the challenge of developing into consistent, creative and productive writers within their discipline. Common barriers to effective scholarly writing include: lack of a supportive community; poor mentorship and training in productive writing habits; and lack of guidance on best strategies for disseminating work. An intensive writing workshop and retreat for early stage faculty from underrepresented groups will develop models for effective publication by drawing on the expertise of editors and reviewers, highly productive senior scientists, and administrators knowledgeable about tenure processes from a range of institutions. Participants will divide their time between panel discussions and informal workshops led by the mentors, and time to work on and receive feedback about a writing project of their own. Additionally, the workshop organizers will collect and disseminate data on both the pitfalls early-stage faculty encounter in effective writing and the most effective strategies identified during the workshop for overcoming those barriers.

Broader impacts: Bringing together a diverse group of participants and mentors who encompass the full range of scholarly publication experience will build a more diverse community of biologists who may support each other in attaining scholarly productivity commiserate with promotion and tenure in a variety of institutional contexts.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ANIMAL BEHAVIOR | Award Amount: 385.00K | Year: 2015

A central problem in modern biology is understanding how an individuals traits, whether physical features, disease or behavior, result from the combined action of genes, the physical environment and the social environment in which an individual interacts. Describing genetic influences on behavior is particularly challenging if genes in social partners interact to generate behavior. Little is known about the extent of such genetic influences, whether their effects vary across populations or the physiological mechanisms that allow the genes in one individual to influence another individuals behavior. Trinidadian guppies are an excellent model system to study these effects on behavior because guppies perform a suite of cooperative antipredator behavior that is strongly influenced by social partners and which varies greatly across populations depending on predation risk. This project uses statistical genetics to describe the relative importance of an individuals own genes and those of its social partners for generating cooperation among guppies. This project will also link variation in physiology, gene expression, and sensory anatomy to variation in cooperation across populations. Undergraduates from under-represented groups will be provided long-term comprehensive research and mentorship experiences. An active learning curriculum for evolution classes will be developed. This work will advance our scientific understanding of the genetics of complex traits, including social behavior, while preparing diverse students to be scientists, educators, and mentors.

How interacting phenotypes, such as cooperation, evolve depends on both the genetic architecture of the behavior and the structure of the social environment. This project will describe the complete genetic architecture of indirect genetic effects (IGEs) on guppy antipredator behavior, especially as it might vary with changes in social selection imposed by cooperation under differential predation risk. A quantitative genetic breeding design paired with behavioral experiments will measure the influence imposed by and responsiveness to social partners and genetic covariances between those traits for high and low predation populations. Variation in these traits will be correlated with differences in gene expression for hormone receptors and cognate hormone secretion, pheromone excretion, and somatosensory anatomy. Differences in social environments will be characterized by measuring the proportions of individuals in each population that are influential on and/or responsive to social their partners. Lastly, the combination of influential and responsive partners will be varied to measure how well different combinations cooperate, quantifying differences in social selection across populations. This work will provide some of the first experimental links between proximate mechanisms, variation in IGEs, and social selection. Data will be archived and made publically available through Dryad Digital Repository and GenBank, as appropriate.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2012

Stonehill College is providing 36 scholarships to about 18 junior or senior mathematics majors who commit to teaching at high needs school districts (including districts in Avon, Brockton, Holbrook, Randolph and Stoughton, MA). The project addresses the problems of retaining would-be teachers by developing a community of practice model to prepare and sustain teachers as they matriculate through their teacher preparation and beyond. The project provides professional development opportunities including bringing in master teachers for an on-campus Noyce Speaker Series, school-based enrichment programs where the scholars interact with K-12 students to develop deep conceptual understanding of mathematics, paid mathematics internships within local school districts, special interest housing, and semester-long or summer-long undergraduate research with mathematics or education faculty. The project also addresses the challenge of attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers in the difficult-to-recruit field of mathematics to high need schools while making an effort to attract and retain a more diverse teacher population. The recruitment of these scholars involves theme-based events while cultivating current and potential mathematics majors or students with a declared interest in education to consider joining a community of practice facilitated by the programs activities. The programs intentional design of integrating research with educational experiences enables new mathematics teachers to adopt similar models in their own classrooms, infusing education with the excitement of discovery and sparking their students interest in mathematics.

Dugan Jr. R.F.,Stonehill College
Computer Science Education | Year: 2011

In this article, we surveyed literature related to undergraduate computer science capstone courses. The survey was organized around course and project issues. Course issues included: course models, learning theories, course goals, course topics, student evaluation, and course evaluation. Project issues included: software process models, software process phases, project type, documentation, tools, groups, and instructor administration. We reflected on these issues and the computer science capstone course we have taught for seven years. The survey summarized, organized, and synthesized the literature to provide a referenced resource for computer science instructors and researchers interested in computer science capstone courses. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Paradise A.,Stonehill College | Sullivan M.,Stonehill College
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking | Year: 2012

The popularity of Facebook has generated numerous discussions on the individual-level effects of social networking. However, we know very little about people's perceptions of the effects of the most popular social networking site, Facebook. The current investigation reports the findings from a survey designed to help us better understand young people's estimates of the perceived negative effects of Facebook use on themselves and others in regard to three outcome categories: (1) personal relationships, (2) future employment opportunities, and (3) privacy. Congruent with Davidson's third-person effect theory, respondents, when asked about the three outcome categories, believed that the use of Facebook had a larger negative impact on others (e.g., "your closest friends," "younger people," "people in your Facebook network of friends," and "Facebook users in general") than on themselves. Overall, results were inconclusive when it came to the link between the third-person perceptual gap and support for enhanced regulation of Facebook. Implications and limitations of this research are discussed. © 2012 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

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