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The King’s University is an accredited, evangelical university based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of north Texas. It is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education , both of which are members of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation Wikipedia.

Van Moorter B.,Norwegian Institute for Nature Research | Visscher D.,The Kings University | Herfindal I.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Basille M.,Laval University | Mysterud A.,University of Oslo
Ecography | Year: 2013

Recent studies of animal habitat selection are inferring more detail regarding the behavioural mechanisms involved, like functional responses and familiarity effects. Changes in animals' use or selection of a habitat type with changing availability are commonly interpreted as a functional response in habitat preference. Studies of familiarity inferred preference for familiar locations from selection for previously visited locations after accounting for habitat-related preference. We simulated movement paths on discrete landscapes using random walk models with known habitat selection behaviour to assess emergent properties related to habitat selection in the context of functional and familiarity responses. The behavioural interpretation of functional responses relies on the relationship between habitat use and preference. Unfortunately, this relationship is not unique and depends upon the habitat choice mechanism: habitat use can be proportional to preference or proportional to availability (called respectively, hierarchical and simultaneous choice). We found that when the analytical method did not match the choice mechanism, strong functional responses were observed in habitat selection, even though habitat preference was kept constant. Therefore, functional responses need to be discussed in the context of an animal's habitat choice mechanism. In the absence of familiarity-related preference, we found no familiarity effect while accounting for all habitat variables. However, when habitat models were incomplete (e.g. lack of information about resources and habitats in the landscape) - as in all field studies - spurious preference for familiar locations arose. Our study aids the interpretation of behavioural mechanisms in habitat selection studies, but also calls for a more thorough study of the approaches used to infer behavioural mechanisms in habitat selection studies. © 2012 The Authors.

Huang H.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Huang H.,Tohoku University | Tian Y.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Yuan G.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | And 5 more authors.
Materials Characterization | Year: 2015

The secondary phases in quasicrystal-reinforced Mg-Zn-Gd alloys are investigated by transmission electron microscopy. The orientation relationships between the dendritic I-phase and the Mg matrix are identified to be [11 2¯ 0]Mg ∥[2-fold]I-phase and (0001)Mg ∥(5-fold)I-phase. We also find that the dendritic I-phase is brittle along 2-fold, 5-fold, and 3-fold atomic planes during hot extrusion. Moreover, new orientation relations [1¯ 101]Mg ∥[mirror 2-fold]I-phase and (0 1¯ 11)Mg ∥(5-fold)I-phase are found between nanoscale I-phase and Mg matrix. The findings have implications for our understanding of excellent mechanical properties of the I-phase-strengthened Mg alloys. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.

Felix A.,University of Alberta | Tappenden A.F.,The Kings University | Miller J.,University of Alberta
Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences | Year: 2016

Recently, grammar-based fuzzers have been proposed to automate the generation of testing data. Grammar-based fuzzers differ from traditional fuzzers because the fuzzer is provided a grammatical definition of the test objective for the system under test. A novel fuzzer, Policy Generator (PG), is introduced. PG utilizes a number of heuristic techniques to improve space coverage over existing fuzzers. A simple grammatical test-bed, firewall policy generation, is used to compare the performance of these two systems. The set of test cases produced for this scenario are examined and each algorithm is evaluated against a number of novel grammar-based coverage metrics. The empirical study demonstrates that PG generates superior coverage compared to current generation techniques. © 2016 IEEE.

Kowalsky N.,St. Josephs College | Haluza-De Lay R.,The Kings University
Environmental Ethics | Year: 2015

The Alberta tar sands, and the proposed pipelines which would carry their bitumen to international markets, comprise one of the most visible environmental controversies of the early twenty-first century. Jacques Ellul's theory of technology presents ostensibly physical phenomena, such as the tar sands, as social phenomena wherein all values are subsumed under the efficient mastery of nature. The effect of technological rationality is totalizing because technical means establish themselves as the exclusive facts of the matter, which creates a socio-political environment wherein ethical engagement is precluded. Analyzing the tar sands controversy through Ellul's hermeneutic challenges environmental ethics to a more radical stance than the continuation of the technological worldview, and thus offers meaningful and hopeful alternatives to the status quo.

Needle core biopsy is an important procedure used to evaluate transplanted kidneys. By examining the morphological findings, the pathologist can inform the nephrologist of certain findings that help guide the therapeutic management to prolong the life of the transplant kidney. The request for a kidney biopsy is usually decided as soon as signs and symptoms of renal dysfunction are noticed by the nephrologist, and therefore, most biopsies of the transplanted kidneys usually have some type of morphological pathology, which may be minimal because of the acute awareness of early rejection. This review discusses the history of acute antibody-mediated rejection and themorphological findings seen in humor rejection of the transplanted kidney. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

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