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The University of St. Francis is a Catholic, Franciscan university, serving more than 3,300 students at locations throughout the United States. USF's main campus is located at 500 Wilcox Street in Joliet, Illinois. It is located about 35 miles southwest of Chicago in a residential neighborhood and serves 1,300 students. Wikipedia.

Van Byssum D.M.,University of St. Francis
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing

PROBLEM: An 18-year-old male patient comes in for an initial evaluation of his anxiety. His anxiety is not in remission on his current medication, and he is experiencing tics when his anxiety escalates. METHODS: Time and patience are used to complete a comprehensive evaluation of the patient by interviewing him, gathering collateral information from a family member, utilizing a screening tool, reviewing past history and treatment regimens, and conceptualizing the patient. FINDINGS: A thorough interview and assessment reveals a rich history of possible antecedents to the anxiety of the patient. CONCLUSION: In order to make a thorough biopsychosocial assessment, the practitioner needs to approach the patient with a genuine interest. By utilizing time and patience, the practitioner has a greater opportunity to gather pertinent information for comprehensive recommendations. Underlying issues contributing to the patient's anxiety may be alleviated through nonpharmacologic management in addition to medication. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

Sagi E.,University of St. Francis | Diermeier D.,University of Chicago
Cognitive Science

The alignment of bargaining positions is crucial to a successful negotiation. Prior research has shown that similarity in language use is indicative of the conceptual alignment of interlocutors. We use latent semantic analysis to explore how the similarity of language use between negotiating parties develops over the course of a three-party negotiation. Results show that parties that reach an agreement show a gradual increase in language similarity over the course of the negotiation. Furthermore, reaching the most financially efficient outcome is dependent on similarity in language use between the parties that have the most to gain from such an outcome. © 2015 Cognitive Science Society, Inc. Source

Clott C.,SUNY Maritime College | Hartman B.C.,University of St. Francis
Journal of Transport Geography

Seaports have traditionally been the focus of maritime logistics supply chains. Changing production patterns demanding greater end to end visibility by customers and accessibility to key inland population centers assume greater importance in the organization and design of transport resources and cargo flows. While synchronization of all aspects of the supply chain has become an operational necessity for firms, it is often held hostage to the efficiency of hinterland networks who must respond to a large group of stakeholders with sporadic coordination. This is particularly true when looking at the central US city and region of Chicago, a critical intermodal exchange point for truck, air and river barge traffic domestic and global, as well as a major central distribution location. This paper analyzes supply chain integration (SCI) efforts in the metropolitan Chicago region and considers efforts by public and private actors to collaborate for region-wide SCI improvements. Pareto analysis suggests that concentrated freight corridors exist, influencing freight planning for regional transportation networks more directly than diffused regional freight movements. If the corridor service becomes less responsive or congested the corridor will move to different end nodes within the broad region. Regional planning must thus address national, regional, and local moves. Private/public sector infrastructure firms should address functional cooperation on SCI by focusing on corridors as well as local improvements. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Prince L.M.,University of St. Francis
The ABNF journal : official journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc

Prostituted women have a unique combination of overall healthcare needs. This qualitative study explored the general health and perceived healthcare needs for eleven women. Lack of access to affordable culturally sensitive health clinics, individual mental health counseling, and healthy nutrition were unmet needs. Cultural sensitivity training and formation of partnerships among health care providers at Federally Qualified Health Centers with those in the social service and behavioral health fields could facilitate the provision of integrated healthcare services. Source

Pan C.-P.,Case Western Reserve University | Muino P.L.,Montana State University | Muino P.L.,University of St. Francis | Barkley M.D.,Case Western Reserve University | Callis P.R.,Montana State University
Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Tryptophan (Trp) fluorescence is potentially a powerful probe for studying the conformational ensembles of proteins in solution, as it is highly sensitive to the local electrostatic environment of the indole side chain. However, interpretation of the wavelength-dependent complex fluorescence decays of proteins has been stymied by controversy about two plausible origins of the typical multiple fluorescence lifetimes: multiple ground-state populations or excited-state relaxation. The latter naturally predicts the commonly observed wavelength-lifetime correlation between decay components, which associates short lifetimes with blue-shifted emission spectra and long lifetimes with red-shifted spectra. Here we show how multiple conformational populations also lead to the same strong wavelength-lifetime correlation in cyclic hexapeptides containing a single Trp residue. Fluorescence quenching in these peptides is due to electron transfer. Quantum mechanics-molecular mechanics simulations with 150-ps trajectories were used to calculate fluorescence wavelengths and lifetimes for the six canonical rotamers of seven hexapeptides in aqueous solution at room temperature. The simulations capture most of the unexpected diversity of the fluorescence properties of the seven peptides and reveal that rotamers having blue-shifted emission spectra, i.e., higher average energy, have an increased probability for quenching, i.e., shorter average lifetime, during large fluctuations in environment that bring the nonfluorescent charge transfer state and the fluorescing state into resonance. This general mechanism should also be operative in proteins that exhibit multiexponential fluorescence decays, where myriad other sources of conformational heterogeneity besides rotamers are possible. © 2011 American Chemical Society. Source

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