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News Article | February 21, 2017

The Nike Running Camps offer the full running camp experience in which campers are placed in small compatible groups based on fitness, event and ability while training. Nike Track & Field Camps offer the full track camp experience and are designed to help youth athletes reach their highest potential in their chosen event. The Nike Cross Country Camps offer the perfect mix of learning, training and recreation. Runners are placed in running groups based on fitness, speed and distance when running on the nearby trails and courses. The Nike Running Camps’ mission is to provide athletes with the tools necessary to improve and enjoy the sport of running for the rest of their lives. “We couldn’t be more thrilled about running camps in these new locations this summer,” states Jan O’Connor, Executive Vice President at US Sports Camps. “Our goal is for campers to receive an unforgettable experience and feel like a part of a family. With each camp’s outstanding coaching staff, I am sure our goal will be accomplished.” The new 2017 Nike Running Camp locations are: Nike Cross Country Camps at The College at Brockport, NY Nike Cross Country Camp at Bowling Green State University, OH Chris Solinsky Distance Camp, Amherst Junction, WI Nike Running Camp Whistler BC Nike Cross Country Camp at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA Nike Track & Field Camps SUNY Cortland, NY Nike Track & Field Camps at The College at Brockport, NY For more information on Nike Running Camps and US Sports Camps, please visit the company's website at or call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP (645-3226). Nike Running Camps is a division of US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. Over 85,000 athletes attended a US Sports Camps program in 2016. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.

Autin W.J.,The College at Brockport | Holbrook J.M.,Texas Christian University
GSA Today | Year: 2012

The Anthropocene has taken root in popular culture as a new time term, and scientists engaged in research and debate on anthropogenic climate change should benefit from formal stratigraphic adoption. Definition and delineation of a basal Anthropocene boundary would be sufficient to introduce the term, but the boundary could be potentially arbitrary if it lacks temporal precision. Workers commonly use Anthropocene informally, and stratigraphic practice does allow for informal nomenclature where suitable to resolve geological problems. Anthropocene is a tendency to market catch phrases that produce questionable labels. Anthropocene forces people to consider the implications of sending the Earth system into a completely new domain driven by their actions.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ANALYSIS PROGRAM | Award Amount: 26.39K | Year: 2016

This award supports participation in the conference 1st Northeastern Analysis Meeting to be hosted by The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Brockport, NY, from October 14-16, 2016. The purpose of the conference is to disseminate and exchange the latest ideas and developments in analysis, very broadly defined. It is designed to promote communication between people from different branches of Analysis. The organizers hope to establish an ongoing conference series which will meet in the fall of every year and compliment the Southeast Analysis Meeting which occurs in the spring of every year.

The scientific focus of the conference will cover the following topics: Differential Equations, Probability, Dynamical Systems, Wavelets and Analysis Methods in Image Processing. The conference will have thirteen plenary talks, a large number of twenty minute time slots for contributed talks and two open problem panel discussions. More information can be found on the conference website:

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ITEST | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2016

This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by employing mobile technology to help up to 530 teachers and more than 9,000 students use proven retrieval experiences to improve STEM learning. The project will design and implement pedagogical and technological retrieval experiences as well as test the hypothesis that these experiences will encourage students to learn, retain, and apply newly acquired scientific knowledge in novel settings. The project will accomplish this goal through the development and use of simple to complex mobile Apps ranging from basic retrieval strategies to interactive problem solving approaches involving interleaved and generative practices. Through an interdisciplinary approach this project will combine STEM content with technology and pedagogy to support more meaningful and in-depth learning. Culturally-oriented, low-threshold technologies along with cognitively effective retrieval practices will be used to increase students computational thinking as well as their scientific processing and critical thinking skills associated with careers in the future STEM workforce.

Deductive and inductive reasoning will underpin a mixed-methods research design involving pre-post surveys, rubric-scored annual competitions, classroom observations, reflective journal entries, video recall and face-to-face interviews, activity logs, and classroom artifacts. These measures will capture changes in student and teacher attitudes, beliefs, and classroom instructions brought on by the use of mobile technologies. Data analysis of information from these sources will provide a robust characterization of the validity of research findings inclusive of inter-rater reliability, internal consistency, and testing and retesting of the stability of the study design. Project outcomes will include computational models and patterns common to multiple STEM fields developed through mobile Apps in physics, chemistry, biology, Earth science, and mathematics at different educational levels. A database will be created to maintain and disseminate newly developed mobile Apps. Developed resources and research findings will be shared with Finger Lakes Learning Network of 80 regional school districts as well as STEM practitioners and policymakers elsewhere through conferences and the project?s website.

The State University of New York at Brockport is developing and implementing resources and methodologies to improve technological pedagogical content knowledge in teacher education. The project is using resources and computational mathematics, science, and technology (C-MST) courses, developed under previous grants, to improve teacher education. It emphasizes the recently developed conceptual framework, technological pedagogical content knowledge that has now put both science educators and computational scientists on the same path to utilize an interdisciplinary approach to STEM and teacher education. Strong content knowledge (via a STEM degree), extensive field experience (150 hours), student teaching, dual certification (science and special education), computational pedagogy courses, monetary support in the form of internships and scholarships, and a capstone summer institute construct a set of coherent strategies to attract, prepare, and retain a new cadre of 40 secondary school science teachers. The project is informed by a formative evaluation to enable frequent reviews and mid-course corrections and is disseminating its findings and resources through articles, conference papers and the projects website. The curriculum framework and learning modules are shared with national digital library collections contributing to teacher education nationwide.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 88.00K | Year: 2010

This project builds upon the successful Phase 1 project, STEM Real World Applications Modules. New modules are developed which are closely tied to classroom concepts with mathematics used in industry. The team of investigators includes leaders in the mathematical research and educational communities, and mathematicians with years of industry experience. The overarching goal of this team is to show undergraduate students that strong mathematical skills leads to more employment options and greater chances of success.

The dissemination plan has three main components. The project impacts students and faculty members nationwide through distribution of effective teaching materials. A key part of the dissemination starts with 12 faculty members at 7 additional institutions beta testing the developed modules. After beta-testing, the modules are made available on the project website. Finally presentations about the modules and their effect on student learning are given at conferences, and articles about the modules are submitted to educational and research journals.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: Cellular Dynamics and Function | Award Amount: 262.40K | Year: 2016

RUI: Arginine methylation of a lipin homologue and its function in phospholipid biosynthesis in Trypanosoma brucei

The research question focuses on investigating modifications of a novel protein involved in essential phospholipid biosynthesis in the parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma brucei. T. brucei spends part of its life cycle in the human bloodstream and part in the African tsetse fly, thus presenting an interesting model system for studies of parasitic adaptation to multiple eukaryotic hosts. This project will strengthen the research environment in the Department of Biology at The College at Brockport, SUNY, by providing opportunities for undergraduate and Masters level graduate students to participate directly in hypothesis driven basic research using an important protozoan model system. In addition, the independent undergraduate research projects will expose participants to science in an interactive, collaborative, constructive framework. Involvement in high impact research activities will enhance the overall educational experience and increase student ability to secure graduate positions, admission to professional school, and employment in various biological disciplines.

The major objective of this project is to identify the function(s) of TbLpn, a recently identified protein, and its importance in trypanosome metabolism using a dual genetic/biochemical approach. The functions of TbLpn and the effect of arginine methylation will be assessed in vivo by disrupting its expression by RNA interference and determining the effect of the disruption on cellular growth, cell morphology, cellular phospholipid content, phosphatidic acid phosphatase activity, and expression of lipid biosynthetic genes. This research will address important aspects of trypanosome biology and will constitute an area for growth in the fields of both parasitology and protein modification. By using an innovative approach, potential roles of a novel protein in phospholipid biosynthesis and virulence will be unveiled. In addition, it will potentially increase our understanding of protein arginine methylation in an evolutionarily ancient parasite, and provide insight into the mechanisms and evolution of this common posttranslational modification in higher organisms.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 600.00K | Year: 2013

The Brockport Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science (BPMACS) Scholars Program - Completing Their Degrees provides 28 to 32 scholarships of up to $5400 each year to juniors, seniors and Masters degree students in the fields of physics, mathematics and computer science. An important emphasis of the program is to ensure that BPMACS scholars complete their degrees in a timely fashion. Scholars in the current BPMACS program have achieved 98% college-wide retention and on-time graduation rates, and it is the goal of the new program to match this success rate.

A cadre of STEM professionals from the three participating departments of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics administers the program, supported with the full backing of an involved administration. The seven academic members of the Program Board are committed to recruit a diverse applicant pool for the program.

The intellectual merit of the program is strengthened by strong academic programs of the three STEM departments involved and by the requirement that student awardees are maintain a 3.0 GPA out of 4.0 in their major and overall each semester. The team administering the program consists of two mathematicians, three computer scientists, and two physicists and includes the chairs of all three participating departments.

The program achieves broader impacts through the large number (85 - 90) of STEM scholars it anticipates to graduate, its collaborative relationship with the Empire State STEM Hub, its focus on minority and female recruitment and awardees, its financial support for student research presentations at regional and national professional meetings and its interface to college/industry forums through its series of invited STEM lectures.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Cellular Dynamics and Function | Award Amount: 409.14K | Year: 2015

The control of hormone signaling before, during, and after cell maturation requires an intricate program of coordinated activities. During growth and development, tissues undergo expansion and specialization to adapt to the physiological needs of the animal. Variations in cell-to-cell responsiveness within a tissue depends on the portfolio of proteins available for signaling cellular change. Cell sub-compartments, or microenvironments, may enhance or desensitize signals according to environmental cues. This project tests the hypothesis that melanin-concentrating hormone, or MCH, signals changes as a fat cell matures, and that MCH also participates in the fat cell maturation process. Results will enhance our understanding of the interplay between appetite signaling and fat storage. Hands-on student learning is emphasized through independent research experiences, and by providing an interdisciplinary framework that engages undergraduate and Masters students in the scientific method and technological advances in receptor biology, within the context of human obesity. Basic research on the development of adipose tissue is relevant to biology, medicine and food science.

To gain a more complete understanding of how cells respond to G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)-derived signals, the role of membrane microenvironments must be considered; that individual sub-populations of proteins may vary across different regions of the cell, and that differentiation alters those microenvironments. The differentiating 3T3-L1 adipocytes and the GPCR signaling pathway were chosen as a signaling microenvironment. It is targeted by melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH), which signals appetite in many mammals. This project specifically addresses the following Aims to increase understanding of the function of the MCH receptor (MCHR)1 in different cellular contexts: 1) Determine the importance of MCHR1 localization to primary cilia in differentiating pre-adipocytes; 2) Analyze MCHR1 signals that could promote expansion and proliferation in of adipose tissue; and 3) Analyze localization and trafficking of MCHR1 in 3T3-L1 cells in different states of cellular differentiation. Biochemical isolation methods, RNA Seq, mass spectrometry, immunodetection and confocal microscopy will be used to accomplish these aims. Experiments are designed to enable the participation and success of undergraduate and Masters research students.

News Article | February 15, 2017

Nike Running Camps new pole vaulting camps place a large emphasis on running mechanics for the approach, work on the pole, and very specific skills needed to participate in pole vault. Campers are taught breakthrough skill enhancing techniques that launch athletes to a higher tier. The following Nike Running Camps are offering pole-vaulting this summer. Nike Track & Field camp of champions at Stanford University: This one of a kind T&F camp features pole vaulting as one of its disciplines and is open to any and all entrants ages 12-18, welcoming pole vaulters of all skill levels. This co-ed camp runs July 2nd-6th. Nike Rising Stars Track & Field Camp Hillsdale College: This co-ed T&F camp is open to any and all entrants ages 12-18. Campers who choose pole vaulting as their discipline receive hands-on educational and skill training. This camp welcomes pole vaulters of all skill levels and runs July 12th-15th. Nike Track & Field Camp at The College at Brockport: Ranked #1 athletic facility in the New York State collegiate system in 2016, pole vaulters enjoy the immaculate Special Events Recreation Center, in which Olympian Gold Medalist Jenn Suhr set the Indoor World Record in the women’s pole vault in February of 2016. This co-ed T&F camp is open to any and all entrants ages 10-18, running July 30th – August 2nd. Duke Nike Track & Field Camp: “I highly recommend this camp to future campers,” states Olivia G., Duke University Camper 2016. “It's great for beginners to experienced track athletes. As a pole vaulter, I experienced a positive environment with my event group.” This co-ed T&F camp is open to any and all entrants ages 12-18, welcoming pole vaulters of all skill levels. This camp runs July 12th-15th. Nike Track & Field Camps SUNY Cortland: Considered to be one of the best pole vaulting camps in the country, this is the only Nike Running Camp that features an independent pole vaulting session. The SUNY Cortland camp offers top-of-the-line skill training as well as educational lectures given by NCAA coaches on topics geared towards cutting-edge knowledge about the pole vault. This co-ed pole vaulting camp is open to any and all entrants ages 12-18, welcoming beginners as well as more advanced vaulters. This camp runs July 28th-30th. NOTE: FOR LIABILITY REASONS, ALL OF THESE CAMPS REQUIRE THAT POLE VAULTERS BRING THEIR OWN POLES. For additional details or to register online, visit or call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP. About US Sports Camps, Inc. US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. Over 80,000 kids attended a US Sports Camps program in 2016. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.

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