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Evansville, IN, United States

The University of Southern Indiana is a public university located just outside of Evansville in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. Founded in 1965, the school offers 70 undergraduate majors, 10 master's programs, and one doctoral program. With enrollment of over 10,800 students, USI is among the fastest growing comprehensive state universities in Indiana. Among Indiana's four-year universities, USI has the lowest tuition rates and gets the least state funding per student.The university has a modern 300-acre suburban campus situated within wooded rolling hills. USI athletic teams participate in Division II of the NCAA and are known as the Screaming Eagles. USI is a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The university is home to an extensive student life, with more than 100 student organizations. Wikipedia.

Parsons K.M.,University of Southern Indiana
TechTrends | Year: 2014

Electronic textbook usage is increasing within higher education while use of traditional textbooks is declining. While some research concerning student preference for textbook type provides insight into student choices, there is a gap in the literature regarding use of electronic textbooks within dental assisting programs. The purpose of this study was to explore dental assisting students' preferences regarding electronic textbook usage during their professional education. Two questionnaires were administered to a group of dental assisting students to ascertain their preferences. One questionnaire was given during the Dental Assisting Program orientation at the beginning of the academic year. The second questionnaire was administered at the conclusion of a nine-month dental assisting curriculum in which students were required to use electronic textbooks for approximately half of their courses. Results from the questionnaires indicated that while students were open to the idea of electronic textbooks and willing to use them prior to beginning in the Dental Assisting Program, at the conclusion of the Program they overwhelmingly preferred to use traditional print textbooks. © 2014 Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Venkatesh V.,University of Arkansas | Goyal S.,University of Southern Indiana
MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems | Year: 2010

Individual-level information systems adoption research has recently seen the introduction of expectation-disconfirmation theory (EDT) to explain how and why user reactions change over time. This prior research has produced valuable in-sights into the phenomenon of technology adoption beyond traditional models, such as the technology acceptance model. First, we identify gaps in EDT research that present potential opportunities for advances-specifically, we discuss methodological and analytical limitations in EDT research in information systems and present polynomial modeling and response surface methodology as solutions. Second, we draw from research on cognitive dissonance, realistic job preview, and prospect theory to present a polynomial model of expectation-disconfirmation in information systems. Finally, we test our model using data gathered over a period of 6 months among 1,143 employees being introduced to a new technology. The results confirmed our hypotheses that disconfirmation in general was bad, as evidenced by low behavioral intention to continue using a system for both positive and negative disconfirmation, thus supporting the need for a polynomial model to understand expectation disconfirmation in information systems.

Zehr S.,University of Southern Indiana
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change | Year: 2015

Sociological research on global climate change (GCC) can be found in several subfields, but it has primarily emerged within the theoretical and substantive domain of sociology of the environment. This review provides an overview of sociological literature on climate change and identifies key areas for further research and development. The review focuses on four broad areas: social causes, construction of the problem, relationship between GCC and social inequality, and social dimensions of mitigation and adaptation. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Urinary incontinence (UI) poses challenges for nursing home personnel. The authors of this study explored differences in attitude and knowledge about UI among registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants working in skilled nursing homes before and after study interventions.

The Red Sea basin is emerging as an important region for testing current hypotheses concerning early human dispersal routes out of Africa. However, the direct peripheries of the basin, especially the African side had seen little prior Paleolithic research, hindering well informed assessment of the temporal and cultural contexts of prehistoric human adaptations in the region. Recent archaeological investigation at Asfet, along the southern edge of the Gulf of Zula (Red Sea coast of Eritrea) has recorded a surface Middle Stone Age (MSA) assemblage. The Asfet assemblage features prepared core and blade technologies, the production of points (triangular, perforators and small bifaces) and various retouched tools mainly on local raw material sources. Typologically, the assemblage exhibits reasonable affinity with northeast (NE) African, the Nile Valley and Southern Arabian MSA Industries. Given the paucity of Paleolithic record from the western side of the Red Sea basin that can be compared with existing MSA datasets from the Horn of Africa, the Nile Valley and Arabian Peninsula, the discovery of an MSA assemblage along the Eritrean coast provides a much needed reference data to assess the role of the Red Sea coast as a potential refugium and dispersal corridor for early humans. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and INQUA.

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