The University of Regina is a public research university located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Founded in 1911 as a private denominational high school of the Methodist Church of Canada, it began an association with the University of Saskatchewan as a junior college in 1925, and was disaffiliated by the Church and fully ceded to the University in 1934; in 1961 it attained degree-granting status as the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan. It became an autonomous university in 1974. The University of Regina has an enrollment of over 12,000 full and part-time students. The university's student newspaper, The Carillon, is a member of CUP.The University of Regina is well-reputed for having a focus on experiential learning and offers internships, professional placements and practicums in addition to cooperative education placements in 41 programs. This experiential learning and career-preparation focus was further highlighted when, in 2009 the University of Regina launched the UR Guarantee Program, a unique program guaranteeing participating students a successful career launch after graduation by supplementing education with experience to achieve specific educational, career and life goals. Partnership agreements with provincial crown corporations, government departments and private corporations have helped the University of Regina both place students in work experience opportunities and help gain employment post-study. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 11, 2017
THIS PRESS RELEASE IS NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. Sylogist Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SYZ) ("Sylogist" or the "Company"), a provider of enterprise information management solutions, is pleased to announce its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year, ended March 31, 2017 and the appointment of Mr. Andre Drouillard, Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations. Q2 2017 Summary (Comparisons are to Q2 2016, unless otherwise noted) In the first 6 months of fiscal 2017 (Comparisons are to the first six months of fiscal 2016, unless otherwise noted) Jim Wilson, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sylogist commented, "We are pleased to announce the appointment of Andre Drouillard, as Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations. Andre has over 15 years of experience in the Canadian investment industry, focused on sales and marketing of Equities, Structured Products, Mutual Funds and Flow-Through funds. Most recently he spent over 6 years with an independent dealer as its Vice President, Institutional Sales, working with Institutional and Corporate clients. He is a CFA charter holder and earned a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina. Andre's role with Sylogist will be focused on growth, through acquisitions and continuing organic initiatives. He will be working with the current executive team to expand our Public Sector software offerings, in conjunction with Microsoft, through broader markets in North America and beyond." Concurrent with his appointment, Mr. Drouillard was granted 75,000 stock options, and Mr. Xavier Shorter, Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer was granted an additional 25,000 options, all at the market price of Sylogist shares. Mr. Wilson continued by stating that "in the second quarter, as we had earlier indicated, we continued our internal development efforts to prepare our technology offerings and corporate foundation for broader markets in the United States and internationally, while experiencing the benefits of our global Public Sector agreement with Microsoft on our cost structure and margins. Our Gross Profit Margin increased for the second quarter 2017 to 71% from 65% for the same period last year and to 68% for the first half of 2017, from 66% in the prior period. Revenue for the second quarter and the first half of the fiscal 2017 was consistent with our expectations, as we continue to build on our relationship with Microsoft and the shift in our market place to a subscription model. With the move to a software subscription model, revenue does not experience the same volatility as it does with license sales. The revenue volatility becomes evident when comparing fiscal 2016 results with fiscal 2017 revenue performance because of two significant license sales in 2016 with no comparable license sales in the first six months of fiscal 2017." "During the second quarter, as a result of our development efforts, we successfully launched our Business Intelligence and Analytics platform for our flagship Public Sector ERP system, Navigator, consistent with our planned schedule set in late fiscal 2016. Overall, fiscal 2017 continues to be a transformational year for Sylogist, as we finalize laying the foundation for future growth," concluded Mr. Wilson. Sylogist is a technology innovation company that, through strategic acquisitions, investments and operations management, provides intellectual property solutions to a wide range of Public Sector customers. We are an industry-leading publisher of mission-critical software products that satisfy the unique and sophisticated functionality requirements of Public Sector entities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies as well as public compliance driven and funded businesses. Our Company delivers highly scalable, multi-language, multi-currency software solutions, which serve the needs of an international clientele. (1) Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings are non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA is defined as: profit for the period before stock based compensation, foreign exchange gains or losses, interest expense, bargain purchase price on acquisition, income taxes, acquisition-related costs, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted Earnings is defined as profit for the period adjusted for certain non-cash expenses (income), such as amortization of intangible assets, stock based compensation, deferred income taxes as well as foreign exchange gains or losses and certain other expenses (income). Full financial statements together with Management's Discussion and Analysis are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The Company's stock is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SYZ. Information about Sylogist can be found at http://www.sylogist.com. Certain statements in this news release may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations. These statements typically use words such as expect, believe, estimate, project, anticipate, plan, may, should, could and would, or the negative of these terms, variations thereof or similar terminology. 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News Article | May 13, 2017
Nursing-2017 features highly enlightening and interactive sessions to encourage the exchange of ideas across a wide range of disciplines in the field of nursing. They invite the contributions related to nursing research. You can submit your work in these broad themes. For conference themes please see: http://nursing.madridge.com/conference-themes.php The 1st International Conference on Nursing event was a huge success; they also welcomed the exposure to the new research and advancements presented during the 3 day conference. The conference has a gathering of 200 nursing professionals from 18 different countries all over the world. Nursing-2016 Speakers and Delegates: · Nezam Al-Nsair, University of Mount Union, USA · Phyllis Hansell, Seton Hall University, USA · Yvonne Ramlall, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada · Michael Jacqueline Lall, University of Texas at Arlington, USA · Khlood Salman, Duquesne University, USA · Jih-Yuan Chen, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan · Claire Donnellan, Trinity College, Ireland · Francis Florencio, AUT University, Newzealand · Maude Hebert, University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, Canada · Julie Slade, Chatham University, USA · Manal Alatrash, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Graduate Nursing, USA · Amera Rashed, Menoufyia University, Egypt · Shauna Davies, University of Regina, Canada · Muder Alkrisat, Chamberlain College of Nursing, USA · Linda J. Ulak, Seton Hall University, USA · Dawn Marie Nair, St. Vincent's College, USA · Kristen Crusoe, Oregon Health & Sciences University, USA · Ma'en ZaidAbu-Qamar, Edith Cowan University, Australia · Pia Yngman-Uhlin, Linköping University, Sweden · Ana Peliteiro Neto, Emirates Home Nursing, Saudi Arabia · Seamus Cowman, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Bahrain, Bahrain · Audrey Cund, University of the West of Scotland, UK · Louise Johnston, University of the West of Scotland, UK · Sherry Arvidson, University of Regina, Canada · Laureen Turner, University of San Francisco, USA · Hazel Kyle, University of the West of Scotland, UK · Johanna McMullan, Queens University, uk · Nasreena Waheed, Charles Dawin University, Australia · Maryann Godshall, Drexel University, USA · Muyssar Sabri Awadhalla, University of Bahrain, Bahrain · Kristina Schildmeijer, Linnaeus University, Sweden · Susan Carlisle, Queen's University Belfast , UK · Carin Ericsson, Linköping University, Sweden · Ghada ghamdi, University of Dhammam, Saudi Arabia · Janna Skagerström, Linköping University, Sweden · Sylvia Godelia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada · Ahmed Maghari, Merck KSA · Ahmed Naser, Merck KSA · Ahmed Niaze, Merck KSA · Aida Mohamed, Merck KSA · Areej Khan, Merck KSA · Faten Ahmad, Merck KSA · Faten Ezzeddine, Merck KSA · Fatima Al Maghrabi, Merck KSA · Fayza Hassanin, Merck KSA · Hani Alismaeel, Merck KSA Nursing-2017 Organizing Committee: · Sheila Ryan, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA · Samy A. Azer, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia · Vivien Dee, Azusa Pacific University, USA · Birsen Yurugen, Okan University of Health Sciences, Turkey · Amal Kadry Nicola Attia, University of Sharjah, Saudi Arabia · Nurhan Bayraktar, Near East University, Turkey · Esther Christian Sellars, The University of Tennessee at Martin, USA · Nezam Al-Nsair, University of Mount Union, USA · Khlood Salman, Duquesne University, USA · Michael Jacqueline Lall, The University of Texas at Arlington,USA · Mohammad Al Qadire, Al Al-Bayt University, Jordan · Aysegel Durmaz, Dumlupinar University, Turkey Nursing-2017 is organizing an outstanding Scientific Exhibition/Program and anticipates the world’s leading specialists involved in Nursing Research. They welcome Sponsorship and Exhibitions from the Companies and Organizations who wish to showcase their products at this exciting event. Register for the conference and book your slots at: http://nursing.madridge.com/register.php Contact person: Bhagya Rekha firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Naples, FL, May 13, 2017 --( PR.com )-- 2nd International Nursing Conference is going to be held during November 1-3, 2017 at Barcelona, Spain.Nursing-2017 features highly enlightening and interactive sessions to encourage the exchange of ideas across a wide range of disciplines in the field of nursing.They invite the contributions related to nursing research. You can submit your work in these broad themes. For conference themes please see:The 1st International Conference on Nursing event was a huge success; they also welcomed the exposure to the new research and advancements presented during the 3 day conference. The conference has a gathering of 200 nursing professionals from 18 different countries all over the world.Nursing-2016 Speakers and Delegates:· Nezam Al-Nsair, University of Mount Union, USA· Phyllis Hansell, Seton Hall University, USA· Yvonne Ramlall, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada· Michael Jacqueline Lall, University of Texas at Arlington, USA· Khlood Salman, Duquesne University, USA· Jih-Yuan Chen, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan· Claire Donnellan, Trinity College, Ireland· Francis Florencio, AUT University, Newzealand· Maude Hebert, University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, Canada· Julie Slade, Chatham University, USA· Manal Alatrash, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Graduate Nursing, USA· Amera Rashed, Menoufyia University, Egypt· Shauna Davies, University of Regina, Canada· Muder Alkrisat, Chamberlain College of Nursing, USA· Linda J. Ulak, Seton Hall University, USA· Dawn Marie Nair, St. Vincent's College, USA· Kristen Crusoe, Oregon Health & Sciences University, USA· Ma'en ZaidAbu-Qamar, Edith Cowan University, Australia· Pia Yngman-Uhlin, Linköping University, Sweden· Ana Peliteiro Neto, Emirates Home Nursing, Saudi Arabia· Seamus Cowman, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Bahrain, Bahrain· Audrey Cund, University of the West of Scotland, UK· Louise Johnston, University of the West of Scotland, UK· Sherry Arvidson, University of Regina, Canada· Laureen Turner, University of San Francisco, USA· Hazel Kyle, University of the West of Scotland, UK· Johanna McMullan, Queens University, uk· Nasreena Waheed, Charles Dawin University, Australia· Maryann Godshall, Drexel University, USA· Muyssar Sabri Awadhalla, University of Bahrain, Bahrain· Kristina Schildmeijer, Linnaeus University, Sweden· Susan Carlisle, Queen's University Belfast , UK· Carin Ericsson, Linköping University, Sweden· Ghada ghamdi, University of Dhammam, Saudi Arabia· Janna Skagerström, Linköping University, Sweden· Sylvia Godelia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada· Ahmed Maghari, Merck KSA· Ahmed Naser, Merck KSA· Ahmed Niaze, Merck KSA· Aida Mohamed, Merck KSA· Areej Khan, Merck KSA· Faten Ahmad, Merck KSA· Faten Ezzeddine, Merck KSA· Fatima Al Maghrabi, Merck KSA· Fayza Hassanin, Merck KSA· Hani Alismaeel, Merck KSANursing-2017 Organizing Committee:· Sheila Ryan, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA· Samy A. Azer, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia· Vivien Dee, Azusa Pacific University, USA· Birsen Yurugen, Okan University of Health Sciences, Turkey· Amal Kadry Nicola Attia, University of Sharjah, Saudi Arabia· Nurhan Bayraktar, Near East University, Turkey· Esther Christian Sellars, The University of Tennessee at Martin, USA· Nezam Al-Nsair, University of Mount Union, USA· Khlood Salman, Duquesne University, USA· Michael Jacqueline Lall, The University of Texas at Arlington,USA· Mohammad Al Qadire, Al Al-Bayt University, Jordan· Aysegel Durmaz, Dumlupinar University, TurkeyNursing-2017 is organizing an outstanding Scientific Exhibition/Program and anticipates the world’s leading specialists involved in Nursing Research. 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News Article | May 23, 2017
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - Troy Energy Corp. (the "Corporation" or "Troy") (NEX:TEG.H) announces the resignation of Paul Conroy and George Jones as Directors of the Corporation and the resignation of James Owen as President effective immediately. The Corporation would like to thank Mr. Conroy and Mr. Jones for their time, services and guidance during their tenure as Directors. Mr. Owen will continue in his current position as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. The Corporation also announced the appointment of Rick Wingate as President and Director of the Corporation. Mr. Wingate of Saskatoon, SK has 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has extensive knowledge of the investment industry gained through his experience as an Investment Advisor with major Canadian brokerage firms. Mr. Wingate is currently President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Basin Asset Management Inc., an asset management company focused on real asset and private equity investment in the Western Canadian Basin. He is also past President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of FNR Asset Management Inc., an asset management company focused on the Canadian resource sector. Mr. Wingate is a graduate of the University of Regina where he received his Bachelor of Administration; and he has also completed the Canadian Securities Course. The Corporation also announces that it has granted a total of 1,000,000 stock options at $0.05 per share to Officers and Directors. The options expire in 5 years and are subject to regulatory approval. The Corporation is involved in the exploration of natural resources in Canada. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the release.
News Article | April 19, 2017
The election of a politically inexperienced president in the United States, Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the initial rejection of a peace deal in a Colombian referendum to end an armed conflict all signal dissatisfaction with the political status quo. Yet citizens have few opportunities to influence government decisions beyond the ballot box. “This is a time when almost every aspect of government can be improved,” Geoff Mulgan, chief of Nesta, a UK charity that aims to foster innovation and digital democracy1, has said. It is time to work out how, together. Last year, my students at the Governance Lab at New York University designed a process to help four governments — the city government of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the national governments of Argentina, Colombia and Panama — to obtain expert advice about the global Zika outbreak. Our project, called Smarter Crowdsourcing, broke down the outbreak into actionable problems, such as the accumulation of standing water leading to the breeding of more infected mosquitoes. Then we organized 6 online dialogues with 100 experts from 6 continents to gather knowledge, experiences and advice. Three months on, these governments are beginning to implement what they learned. For example, Rio and Argentina have started social media 'listening' initiatives to learn how the public perceives the disease. Listening and crowdsourcing approaches can make governments more agile in responding to problems. Whether the issue is public health, global warming or prison reform, governments struggle to identify and implement new approaches quickly. When car pioneer Henry Ford wanted to innovate, he shut down and retooled his factories. Governments do not have that luxury. Technology is already changing the way public institutions make decisions. Governments at every level are using 'big data' to pinpoint or predict the incidence of crime, heart attack and foodborne illness. Expert networking platforms — online directories of people and their skills, such as NovaGob.org in Spain — are helping to match civil servants who have the relevant expertise with those who need the know-how. To get beyond conventional democratic models of representation or referendum, and, above all, to improve learning in the civil service, we must build on these pockets of promise and evolve. That requires knowledge of what works and when. But there is a dearth of research on the impact of technology on public institutions. One reason is a lack of suitable research methods. Many academics prefer virtual labs with simulated conditions that are far from realistic. Field experiments have long been used to evaluate the choice between two policies. But much less attention is paid to how public organizations might operate differently with new technologies. The perfect must not be the enemy of the good. Even when it is impractical to create a control group and run parallel interventions in the same institution, comparisons can yield insights. For instance, one could compare the effect of using citizen commenting on legislative proposals in the Brazilian parliament with similar practices in the Finnish parliament. Of course, some leaders have little interest in advancing more than their own power. But many more politicians and public servants are keen to use research-based evidence to guide how they use technology to govern in the public interest. The MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, has started funding a research network — a dozen academics and public servants — to study the possibilities of using new technology to govern more transparently and in partnership with citizens (see www.opening-governance.org). More collaboration among universities and across disciplines is needed. New research platforms — such as the Open Governance Research Exchange, developed by the Governance Lab, the UK-based non-profit mySociety and the World Bank — can offer pathways for sharing research findings and co-creating methodologies. These are the key areas in need of research. Data-driven decision-making. Computable information can improve governance. So it is imperative to do more systematic research to guide investment in new data-rich platforms and policies. Through data analysis, policymakers can understand the past performance of policies and services — their efficiency and their disparate impact on different populations. For example, in the United Kingdom, studies of a unique birth cohort of 70,000 people since the Second World War have generated more than 6,000 academic papers and led to an overhaul of medical support during pregnancy and childbirth2. And better data can help to predict policy outcomes. Chicago's city government, for example, created an algorithm to predict food-safety violations. This increased the effectiveness of its inspections by 25%. But it is the exception not the rule in the public sector to use advanced analytics, not the rule. Even when algorithmic approaches are adopted, such as to measure the risk of reoffending, outcomes are rarely evaluated. Few people working for government have the data-science skills needed to conduct such research. Open government data. Many nations collect and publish government information in freely reusable forms. The impact of these data on solving public problems needs study. In the United States, data from universities and transport authorities have been transformed into apps to help the public make more-informed decisions about their university education and their commutes to work. And open data can promote civil rights. For example, civil-rights lawyers in Zanesville, Ohio, used data released by utility companies to uncover a 50-year pattern of racial discrimination in water-service provision3. But more research is needed on the impact of open data on governing and problem solving. For example, many governments assume that, by helping consumers to make more effective choices, the collection and disclosure of information on energy efficiency or mobile-phone tariffs lets them regulate industry with little administrative burden. But under what circumstances are disclosures more effective than command-and-control regulations? This is a testable research question. The potential public good of companies giving consumers access to the data they each generate also needs researching. The Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech in New York City is investigating what happens when online supermarkets open up purchase data to individuals, and to researchers on their behalf. The team is testing tools that use such information to 'nudge' people towards healthier eating, with personalized coaching derived from their data. Responsible data use. To move towards evidence-based decision-making, citizens must probe how to make use of administrative data collected about them by the government. The London-based non-profit organization New Philanthropy Capital has been testing a model for a secure 'data lab'. The lab accepts outside requests to use UK Ministry of Justice administrative data about criminals who reoffend to measure the effectiveness of social-service programmes. It next wants to test the approach with Britain's National Health Service to use health and social-care data to evaluate programme effectiveness while safeguarding privacy. Research is urgently needed on the impact of algorithms on public life — of the kind being done by Lee Rainie at the Pew Research Center in Washington DC, who is studying both the ways in which algorithms might be used to solve societal problems and their potential for misuse. Questions about the impact of data-driven decision-making on civil liberties go beyond the usual issues of surveillance and privacy. There are ethical implications for the 'digital invisibles' — people on whom data are not collected. Justin Longo, a open-government researcher at the University of Regina in Canada, has found that people who aren't represented in the big-data world may be subject to misguided interventions and biased policy. Citizen engagement. Whether obtaining diverse public input through the Internet improves the legitimacy and efficacy of governing processes is another hypothesis in need of testing. Crowdsourcing and open innovation have been used in the public sector, but the practices are not well institutionalized. There is a dearth of research on how public organizations engage with civil servants and the public online, and thus a lack of insight into how to design successful online engagement processes and institutions. What are the best ways to devise participatory opportunities at each stage of public decision-making, from problem solving to policy evaluation? At Arizona State University, the Center for Policy Informatics is partnering with the city of Phoenix to test and develop ways of including the expertise, experience and priorities of citizens in urban planning. Approaches range from sophisticated computer models to coloured pieces of paper scaled to the sizes of budget proposals. Crowdsourcing environmental data holds great promise, as citizen scientists worldwide are doing in the SciStarter, CrowdCrafting and Safecast online communities. There are myriad natural experiments on citizen participation in lawmaking, from Brazil to Canada and France. But research lags behind and lessons are not being learned. Incentives. To design participatory governing processes for the digital age, researchers must dig into the age-old question of human motivation. There is a well-developed literature on crowdsourcing in business and science, but there is too little understanding of what drives different kinds of individuals to take part in online policy consultations and what motivates governments to run them. Research led by Karim Lakhani at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, suggests4 that people respond to intrinsic incentives (such as membership of a group) more than they do to extrinsic ones (such as the offer of an iPad). Companies may need other encouragements to share data that help solve public problems. At New York University, Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young study different ways of getting companies to do so. They are creating and studying such data-sharing arrangements, what they call data collaboratives, in partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations' children's charity. We also need to know more about who participates. To 'unmask the crowd', Tanja Aitamurto at Stanford University in California and colleagues have studied5 a crowdsourced law-reform initiative in Finland and found that it mostly involved educated professional males. To accelerate research into how real-world institutions could improve through technology, I offer these short-term prescriptions. First, more conferences in more disciplines should address how to introduce research, including experimental design, to study innovations in governing. Anita McGahan, who studies strategic management at Toronto University in Canada, made opening governance the theme of the 2015 annual conference of business-school researchers when she was president of the US-based Academy of Management, an association for management researchers. Henry Farrell, a political scientist at George Washington University in Washington DC, brings together computer and political scientists to develop a common understanding of collective problem solving. Second, in addition to philanthropic investment, more agency budgets at every level of government should pay for research into agency operations. Although dedicated science agencies fund external research on innovation, almost no money goes towards addressing internal innovation. Third, public officials need to know how and when to design experiments that will yield insight while protecting taxpayers' money. Policy agencies such as the UK Cabinet Office and the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) should offer guidance and training on how to design responsible research experiments including randomized controlled trials. Fourth, government bodies need streamlined ways of collaborating with academia, such as the authority to recruit and to create short-term fellowships. The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, a cross-agency group that was part of former US president Barack Obama's administration, routinely collaborated with and brought in outside academic experts to complete rigorous evaluations of more than 30 trials of new policy interventions. Fifth, where academics cannot be brought into government, agencies should push questions out. The United States has legal authority under the America Competes Act to award prizes to members of the public for solving difficult problems. US federal agencies have conducted such prize-based challenges more than 750 times on Challenge.gov, inviting the public to reduce casualties from runaway vehicles at military checkpoints or to compose a catchy public service announcement to increase handwashing and prevent the spread of influenza. Finally, rules on ethical but efficient administration of research need to be clarified. For example, US regulations on human-subjects research exempt from ethical review any research on how government service and benefits are delivered — but make no mention of the study of governance innovations. The United States should streamline its Paperwork Reduction Act statute, which requires that agencies wishing to ask questions of the public submit to a lengthy approval process by the OMB. In the face of increasingly complex challenges, rapid social change and technological innovation, governments must find new ways to do more with less. Despite declining tax revenues and deteriorating fiscal conditions, public expectations of what governments should deliver have risen. In every domain, governments need to innovate in how we respond to challenges. It is not enough to experiment with new policies in the laboratory of democracy if we use the same beakers. We need to change the processes by which we make policy and deliver services for the public good. Empirical yet agile research in the wild is the route to knowing how.
Sharpe D.,University of Regina
Psychological Methods | Year: 2013
While quantitative methodologists advance statistical theory and refine statistical methods, substantive researchers resist adopting many of these statistical innovations. Traditional explanations for this resistance are reviewed, specifically a lack of awareness of statistical developments, the failure of journal editors to mandate change, publish or perish pressures, the unavailability of user friendly software, inadequate education in statistics, and psychological factors. Resistance is reconsidered in light of the complexity of modern statistical methods and a communication gap between substantive researchers and quantitative methodologists. The concept of a Maven is introduced as a means to bridge the communication gap. On the basis of this review and reconsideration, recommendations are made to improve communication of statistical innovations. © 2013 American Psychological Association.
Yao Y.,University of Regina
Information Sciences | Year: 2010
The rough set theory approximates a concept by three regions, namely, the positive, boundary and negative regions. Rules constructed from the three regions are associated with different actions and decisions, which immediately leads to the notion of three-way decision rules. A positive rule makes a decision of acceptance, a negative rule makes a decision of rejection, and a boundary rule makes a decision of abstaining. This paper provides an analysis of three-way decision rules in the classical rough set model and the decision-theoretic rough set model. The results enrich the rough set theory by ideas from Bayesian decision theory and hypothesis testing in statistics. The connections established between the levels of tolerance for errors and costs of incorrect decisions make the rough set theory practical in applications. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Carleton R.N.,University of Regina
Journal of Anxiety Disorders | Year: 2016
The current review and synthesis serves to define and contextualize fear of the unknown relative to related constructs, such as intolerance of uncertainty, and contemporary models of emotion, attachment, and neuroticism. The contemporary models appear to share a common core in underscoring the importance of responses to unknowns. A recent surge in published research has explored the transdiagnostic impact of not knowing on anxiety and related pathologies; as such, there appears to be mounting evidence for fear of the unknown as an important core transdiagnostic construct. The result is a robust foundation for transdiagnostic theoretical and empirical explorations into fearing the unknown and intolerance of uncertainty. © 2016 Z.
Carleton R.N.,University of Regina
Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics | Year: 2012
Modern anxiety disorder models implicitly include intolerance of uncertainty (IU) as a critical component for the development and maintenance of these pervasive social and economic concerns. IU represents, at its core, fear of the unknown -a long-recognized, deep-seated fear identified in normative and pathological samples. Indeed, the intrinsic nature of IU can be argued as evolutionarily supported, a notion buttressed by initial biophysiological evidence from uncertainty-related research. Originally thought to be specific to generalized anxiety disorder, recent research has clearly demonstrated that IU is a broad transdiagnostic dispositional risk factor for the development and maintenance of clinically significant anxiety. The available evidence suggests that theorists, researchers and clinicians may benefit from explicitly incorporating IU into models, research designs, case conceptualizations and as a treatment target. © 2012 Expert Reviews Ltd.
Yao Y.,University of Regina
Information Sciences | Year: 2011
Three-way decisions provide a means for trading off different types of classification error in order to obtain a minimum cost ternary classifier. This paper compares probabilistic three-way decisions, probabilistic two-way decisions, and qualitative three-way decisions of the standard rough set model. It is shown that, under certain conditions when considering the costs of different types of miss-classifications, probabilistic three-way decisions are superior to the other two. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Marchildon G.,University of Regina
Health systems in transition | Year: 2013
Canada is a high-income country with a population of 33 million people. Its economic performance has been solid despite the recession that began in 2008. Life expectancy in Canada continues to rise and is high compared with most OECD countries; however, infant and maternal mortality rates tend to be worse than in countries such as Australia, France and Sweden. About 70% of total health expenditure comes from the general tax revenues of the federal, provincial and territorial governments. Most public revenues for health are used to provide universal medicare (medically necessary hospital and physician services that are free at the point of service for residents) and to subsidise the costs of outpatient prescription drugs and long-term care. Health care costs continue to grow at a faster rate than the economy and government revenue, largely driven by spending on prescription drugs. In the last five years, however, growth rates in pharmaceutical spending have been matched by hospital spending and overtaken by physician spending, mainly due to increased provider remuneration. The governance, organization and delivery of health services is highly decentralized, with the provinces and territories responsible for administering medicare and planning health services. In the last ten years there have been no major pan-Canadian health reform initiatives but individual provinces and territories have focused on reorganizing or fine tuning their regional health systems and improving the quality, timeliness and patient experience of primary, acute and chronic care. The medicare system has been effective in providing Canadians with financial protection against hospital and physician costs. However, the narrow scope of services covered under medicare has produced important gaps in coverage and equitable access may be a challenge in these areas. World Health Organization 2013 (acting as the host organization for, and secretariat of, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies).