Douglas C.C.,University of Michigan-Flint
Energy Economics | Year: 2010
Previous studies have found evidence of asymmetric price adjustment in U.S. retail gasoline prices in that gasoline prices rise more rapidly in response to a cost increase than fall in response to a cost decrease. By estimating a threshold cointegration model that allows for multiple regimes, I am able to test how sensitive this result is to outlying observations. In contrast to previous studies, I find little evidence of asymmetry for the vast majority of observations and that the asymmetry is being driven by a small number of outlying observations. © 2009 Elsevier B.V.
Huang M.-H.,University of Michigan-Flint |
Brown S.H.,University of Michigan
Gait and Posture | Year: 2013
Reaching tasks are commonly performed during daily activities and require anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) to ensure a stable posture during movement execution. Age-related changes in APAs may impact dynamic balance and cause postural instability during reaching tasks made from standing. The present study examined age differences in postural control during reaching to targets located at different heights. Fourteen young adults (aged 20.0 ± 1.5 yrs) and 16 community-dwelling older adults (aged 73.4 ± 5.3 yrs) participated in the study. The task involved reaching forward to grasp a cylinder, and returning to an upright position as fast and accurately as possible. Postural control was analyzed using the center of pressure (COP) during four phases of the task: COP displacement during APA production, COP trajectory smoothness during the reach and return phases, and COP path length during the recovery phase following movement. APA amplitude measured by COP displacement and COP path length during the recovery phase was larger in older compared to young adults. Dynamic balance represented by COP trajectory smoothness was reduced with age. In both age groups, APA amplitude was largest and COP trajectory smoothness the least during low target reaches. The results demonstrate that, while older adults can alter APAs in order to maintain postural stability, control of COP during movement execution, particularly during low target reaches, is compromised with aging. These findings have clinical implications for both the assessment of dynamic balance and the development of balance training programs. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Alsalaheen B.,University of Michigan-Flint
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation | Year: 2015
OBJECTIVE:: To review the literature on the reliability of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT). DESIGN:: Systematic review of the relevant literature in PubMed, CINAHL, and PSYCHINFO. Studies were evaluated using the STROBE instrument and custom developed items. RESULTS:: Search yielded 5 943 articles. Ten studies met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed. With the exception of processing speed, all composite scores consistently exhibited poor to moderate reliability (ie, intraclass correlation coefficient <0.80). When considering 2 time points, participants who were misclassified as experiencing a “reliable change” in any score ranged between 5% and 26% for verbal memory, 2.2% and 19.6% for visual memory, 4% and 24% for processing speed, and 4% and 23.2% for reaction time. CONCLUSIONS:: The Pearson r correlation coefficient and average measures intraclass correlation coefficient may be inappropriately utilized to examine the reliability of ImPACT scores. Given the poor to moderate reliability of most ImPACT scores, clinicians should be cautious when ImPACT is used as a criterion for medical clearance to return to play after concussion. Because of its widespread use in concussion-related clinical research, researchers must exercise due diligence when utilizing ImPACT to evaluate outcomes after concussion or to validate other outcome measures. © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
Morckel V.C.,University of Michigan-Flint
Applied Geography | Year: 2014
This study investigates whether the probability of housing abandonment is influenced by spatial factors. Using indicators of spatial autocorrelation, the study finds that housing abandonment and the predictors of abandonment exhibit statistically significant clustering. More importantly, by comparing a multilevel regression model that does not account for spatial relationships to one that does, the study finds that accounting for spatial relationships significantly improves the ability to predict abandoned housing. Additionally, the study shows that in some cases, conditions in surrounding neighborhoods have a greater influence on the probability of housing abandonment than do conditions in the neighborhood itself. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
News Article | October 28, 2016
A leading resource of higher education and student information, AffordableCollegesOnline.org, has ranked the Best Online Colleges in Michigan for 2016. Measuring affordability and quality metrics reported by both two- and four-year schools around the state, the site lists more than 25 colleges and universities offering outstanding online education programs. Siena Heights University, Davenport University, Baker College, Eastern Michigan University and Northwood University Michigan finished in the top five for four-year schools, while Washtenaw Community College, Bay Mills Community College, Kirtland Community College, Henry Ford Community College and Glen Oaks Community College finished top five for two-year schools. "Colleges and universities in Michigan are working to implement programs to improve student retention and graduation rates,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "The schools on this list have made online education an area of focus, so students don’t have to sacrifice when it comes to affordability, accessibility or quality of learning and have all the tools they need to earn a degree.” Schools must meet several standards requirements to earn a spot on the AffordableCollegesOnline.org list. Institutions must be fully accredited and hold public or private not-for-profit standing. To measure affordability, all colleges on the list must provide in-state tuition under $5,000 per year for two-year schools and under $25,000 per year for four-year schools to qualify. Each school is assigned a score and ranked based on analysis of over a dozen student metrics, including financial aid use, online program variety and more. Schools featured on the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Michigan ranking are listed below. For details on each college’s score and to learn more about specific data and methodology used by AffordableCollegesOnline.org visit the link below: The 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Michigan, Two-Year: The 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Michigan, Four-Year: Baker College Cleary University Davenport University Eastern Michigan University Ferris State University Grace Bible College Lake Superior State University Madonna University Michigan Jewish Institute Michigan State University Northern Michigan University Northwood University - Michigan Oakland University Siena Heights University Spring Arbor University University of Michigan - Ann Arbor University of Michigan - Flint Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Wayne State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | December 8, 2016
A list of the nation’s Best Online Accounting Degree programs for 2016-2017 has been released by leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. The list ranks two- and four-year schools respectively, highlighting 100 colleges that offer the best overall combination of value and quality for online accounting students. Top scoring schools include Davenport University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Northern State University, Dickinson State University and Cleary University (four-year) and Holmes Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Lone Star College, Western Nebraska Community College and Southwest Virginia Community College (two-year). "The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants showed a record number of accounting graduates were hired by public accounting firms in 2012,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “With that in mind, we were compelled to highlight and rank the schools making an effort to maximize affordability and provide flexible, high-quality learning options for accounting students.” To be eligible for placement on the AffordableCollegesOnline.org rankings, a school must meet several minimum requirements. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions to qualify. Affordability standards are also set to include only schools who offer in-state tuition below $5,000 per year at two-year schools or $25,000 per year at four-year schools. More than a dozen additional statistics are compared to determine final scores and rankings for each qualifying school, such as aid offerings, graduation rates and more. For complete details on the data and methodology used to determine school scores, as well as the full ranking for the nation’s Best Online Accounting Degree programs visit: Auburn University Aurora University Baker College Belhaven University Bellevue University Brenau University Brescia University Cleary University Colorado Christian University Columbia College Concordia University - Saint Paul Dakota State University Dallas Baptist University Davenport University Dickinson State University East Carolina University Florida Atlantic University Franklin University Hawaii Pacific University Huntington University Indiana State University Indiana Wesleyan University Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Kent State University at Kent Keystone College Lakeland College Liberty University Madonna University Missouri State University - Springfield Morehead State University National University Northern Arizona University Northern State University Northwestern Oklahoma State University Northwood University - Michigan Old Dominion University Saint Leo University Thomas Edison State College Tiffin University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Charleston University of Houston - Downtown University of Houston - Victoria University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Maryland - University College University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Michigan - Flint University of Minnesota - Crookston University of the Southwest Western Governors University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | December 1, 2016
Charter Health Care Training Center in Flint, Michigan has announced the launch of a new pharmacy technician training program. Open House will be Thursday, December 1, 2016 1:00 – 6:00 PM, and the first class will start January 3rd, 2017. This course will prepare students for entry level jobs in various pharmacy practice settings. Participants in the program will enjoy a course that was especially created to meet the Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs established by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). In addition to learning in a stimulating and interactive classroom environment, students will get hands on experience in a state of the art pharmacy simulation lab. Students will also get key practice at preparing prescriptions in a setting that replicates community and hospital pharmacy settings. Directing the program will be Ms. Dena Scully, who graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2011, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, a minor in Communications, and was recipient of the Maize and Blue Distinguished Scholar Award. Her career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician brings 30 years of experience in a variety of practice settings including retail, hospital and managed care. Ms. Scully has been a member of the Michigan Pharmacists Association for 14 years and served on the Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians (MSPT) Executive Committee from 2006-2011, including as its president in 2007. She was recently elected to serve on the MSPT Executive Committee again for a 3 year term beginning January 2017. Said Ms. Scully “This is an exciting time to be a pharmacy technician! Pharmacists are being used in more clinical roles, and this has opened up numerous opportunities for technicians to expand the types of roles they can fill. New pharmacy technician positions are being created all the time.” She went on to say “Our new pharmacy simulation lab provides the opportunity for our students to receive valuable training in aseptic technique, a practice used to make sterile IV compounds. This skill is highly desired by hospital pharmacy employers.” Upon completing the program, students will have all the necessary skills and preparation needed to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Further, students will have ample opportunities to take practice exams that will help prepare them to succeed on the national exam. More information about the Pharmacy Technician Program can be found at: Charter Health Care Training Center may be contacted at: For more information, please visit http://www.cnaflintmichigan.com/
News Article | February 15, 2017
Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, and the National Military Family Association, a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, are pleased to announce military wife and mother Kathleen Brown as the third recipient of Career Step’s full-tuition scholarship in 2016. “I am excited that as my husband deploys next month, I have a goal, a purpose, and the gift of making forward steps in my career,” said Kathleen Brown. “Thank you for this scholarship.” Before becoming a military wife, Mrs. Brown enjoyed a successful career as a registered nurse for the Army, VA and Navy. She had worked hard to put herself through the nursing program at University of Michigan-Flint, graduating with honors, and thrived in the workforce. “I was given opportunities to do things most RNs never will get to do,” she wrote in her scholarship application essay. “Amazing things. Hard things.” However, between the intense demands of mothering two boys born within 14 months of each other and supporting a husband working upwards of 80 hours a week in his residency, Mrs. Brown made the hard choice to put her career on hold and put family first. Even so, she kept her RN license active with continuing education each year, always planning an eventual return to the workforce. With both sons now in elementary school, Mrs. Brown is ready to resume her career—but discovered her six-year hiatus makes her unemployable as a nurse in their new home state of Maryland. Instead of going through the expensive process to retrain as an RN, Mrs. Brown sought the Career Step scholarship to apply her extensive healthcare experience and knowledge to Career Step’s Professional Medical Coding and Billing program. “I want options,” Mrs. Brown said. “Flexible options, familiar options … I want to add this to my marketable packet to be able to help my family no matter where we move and what hurdles get in my way. I never give up, and I would like the chance to make a change… I am certain the coding and billing certification will help me find a portable career I don't fear losing.” The program will provide Mrs. Brown with the ICD-10 coding skills she lacks and refresh her knowledge of DRG and CPT codes from past medical office jobs to help her thrive in a successful second career. “Kathleen Brown exemplifies the tenacity and sacrifice that we see so often from the military spouses with whom we are privileged to work,” said Steve Tober, President and CEO of Career Step. “With her impressive medical background and work ethic, we have no doubt she will excel in our program and will go on to do great things for her family. We congratulate Kathleen and are honored to help her fulfill her goal of a flexible, portable career.” Helping military families succeed is a passion for Career Step, which been recognized as a Military Friendly School™ for the past six years in a row. More than 15,000 military spouses and service members have improved their educations with Career Step’s programs, many leveraging Career Step’s MyCAA-approved school status. Career Step is an original member of the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) program, and in December 2016, Career Step was recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve. Career Step and the National Military Family Association award one full tuition scholarship each quarter to a spouse of a service member who is either on active duty or is a veteran of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or National Guard. Applications are currently being accepted for the first scholarship of 2017. For more information, please visit CareerStep.com/nmfa. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836. About National Military Family Association The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit http://www.MilitaryFamily.org.
News Article | November 20, 2016
An analysis of collegiate graduate and post-graduate programs by AffordableCollegesOnline.org has determined the best places to earn a Master’s and Doctorate Degree Online in the nation for 2016-2017. As a leader in online higher education resources, the site measured cost and quality data to determine the top online programs for each degree level, identifying Western New Mexico University, Fort Hays State University, University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University and Wilmington University as the top scoring schools for earning an online master’s degree and the University of Colorado Denver, University of Mississippi, Indiana State University, University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University as the top scoring schools for earning an online doctorate degree. "As of 2013, over 23 percent of master’s and doctoral level students were completing their degrees entirely online,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "Our list pinpoints the schools around the nation who are providing students affordable, quality options when it comes to earning a post-baccalaureate degree, with the bonus of greater learning flexibility provided by online curriculum.” Schools must meet specific criteria to qualify for the Best Online Master’s Degree Programs & Best Online Doctorate Degree Programs lists. All institutions must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and must offer in-state tuition and fees under $25,000 per year. Eligible institutions are further evaluated and scored based on a variety of data points, such as financial aid offerings, graduation rates and online program variety, to determine overall cost and quality rankings by school. Full rankings, as well as specific details on data and methodology used to determine school scores can be found at the following pages: All colleges highlighted for excellence in Online Master’s Programs for 2016-2017 are listed below: Adams State University Arkansas State University - Main Campus Ball State University Brenau University Chadron State College Columbus State University Concordia University-Saint Paul Delta State University East Carolina University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Emporia State University Fort Hays State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University Indiana Wesleyan University Liberty University Missouri State University - Springfield New Mexico State University - Main Campus North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University at Raleigh Northern Arizona University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Purdue University - Main Campus Saint Leo University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus The University of Texas at Brownsville (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) The University of Texas at Tyler Troy University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Arkansas University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Central Arkansas University of Central Missouri University of Colorado Denver University of Idaho University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Memphis University of Nebraska at Kearney University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Dakota University of Southern Mississippi University of West Alabama Wayland Baptist University Webster University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Western New Mexico University Wilmington University All colleges highlighted for excellence in Online Doctorate Programs for 2016-2017 are listed below: Allen College Amridge University Clemson University Colorado State University - Fort Collins Hampton University Harding University Indiana State University Kansas State University Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Liberty University Mississippi State University Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Rutgers University - New Brunswick Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Stony Brook University Temple University Texas A & M University - College Station Texas A & M University - Commerce Texas Tech University The University of Alabama The University of Montana The University of Tennessee - Knoxville The University of Texas at Tyler The University of Texas Medical Branch Union Institute & University University at Buffalo University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of Arkansas University of California - Berkeley University of Colorado Denver University of Delaware University of Florida University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Michigan - Flint University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Mississippi University of Nebraska - Lincoln University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Dakota University of Northern Colorado University of South Carolina - Columbia University of the Cumberlands Virginia Commonwealth University Wilmington University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | March 1, 2017
SWARTZ CREEK, MI, March 01, 2017-- Dr. Matthew James Packer has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Supported by over three decades of practiced experience, Dr. Packer currently acts as a professor at Mott Community College, directing the choirs, teaching voice and piano proficiency. He is also the choir director for Mott Middle College, choir accompanist at Swartz Creek High School, director if the Flint Male Chorus, choir and handbell director at Flushing United Methodist Church, and music director for Swartz Creek Center Stage Community Theater. Upon his commencement from Central Michigan University, Dr. Packer began his professional life as an elementary school music teacher for LakeVille Community Schools. Subsequently, he became the music and Christian education director for Clare United Methodist Church, and the director of worship and music for Fenton United Methodist Church. Dr. Packer has also been a lecturer at Mid Michigan Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint, teaching voice studies and piano proficiency respectively.An alumnus of Central Michigan University and the Institute of Worship Studies, Dr. Packer holds a Bachelor of Music Education, a Master of Music, and a Doctor of Worship Studies. His professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. In recognition of his professional efforts, Dr. Packer was presented with National Religious Music Week Alliance Award of Merit, Music and Liturgy, and was featured in the 60th through 62nd editions of Who's Who in America.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com