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The University of the Incarnate Word is a private Catholic university whose main campus is located in San Antonio and Alamo Heights, Texas, United States.Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the university's main campus is located on 154 acres . As of 2012, the university was the largest Catholic university in Texas and the fourth-largest private university in Texas.The university operates an all-girls high school, Incarnate Word High School, as well as a co-educational high school, St. Anthony Catholic High School. It also operates two elementary schools, St. Anthony's and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles, through its Brainpower Connection program. Wikipedia.

Boswell S.S.,University of the Incarnate Word
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2016

This study investigated the effect of evaluation origin, Ratemyprofessors.com (RMP) or university-administered student evaluations of teaching (UASET), and valence, positive or negative, on professors' affect about teaching, self-efficacy for various aspects of teaching, and self-efficacy for professorial competence. Participants were 128 professors who responded to a recruitment email; they participated in an experimental manipulation via SurveyMonkey and were exposed to either RMP positive, RMP negative, UASET positive, or UASET negative evaluations. Evaluation valence alone influenced participants' affect and self-efficacy; affect and self-efficacy changed in the direction of feedback valence. Although participants consider RMP to be less accurate and less serious than UASET, RMP and UASET feedback influenced the participants equally. Feedback influence did not vary by participants' tenure status. Implications of RMP and UASET feedback on the professor-student relationship and student learning are discussed. Implications for RMP on professors and their employment are also discussed. Recommendations for the interpretation of RMP feedback are provided. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Phan S.V.,University of Georgia | Kreys T.-J.M.,University of the Incarnate Word
Pharmacotherapy | Year: 2011

Negative symptoms of schizophrenia are characterized by affective flattening, alogia, avolition, and anhedonia and are often nonresponsive to antipsychotic therapy. Because negative symptoms are predictive of poor occupational and social functioning, as well as poor global outcomes, numerous studies evaluating adjunct therapy to antipsychotics have been conducted. This review focuses on the use of the antidepressant mirtazapine as adjunct therapy to antipsychotics for the treatment of negative symptoms of schizophrenia. A literature search of the MEDLINE database (from inception-March 2011) identified eight relevant articles: six were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, and two were open-label trials. Of the six randomized trials reviewed, four studies assessed add-on mirtazapine to second-generation antipsychotics, whereas two studies examined add-on mirtazapine to first-generation antipsychotics. Five of the six randomized trials supported the use of mirtazapine for negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Of the two openlabel trials, one naturalistic study demonstrated that mirtazapine add-on therapy to clozapine was not associated with improvements in negative symptoms; however, this study focused primarily on improvements in cognition, not negative symptoms. An open-label extension phase to a randomized controlled trial showed that mirtazapine continued to produce significant improvement in negative symptoms over a longer duration of time, when added to first-generation antipsychotic therapy. Overall, mirtazapine appears to be well tolerated and associated with few drug interactions. Although adjunct mirtazapine to antipsychotics has been shown to be effective at doses of 30 mg/day in most of the trials, limitations of these studies include short study duration and small sample sizes. To improve generalizability, larger multicenter studies with broader inclusion criteria should be conducted. In addition, studies of longer duration that use different mirtazapine dosages are needed to further assess the benefits of mirtazapine for negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Source

Sgambellone M.A.,Ohio State University | David A.,Texas A&M University | Garner R.N.,University of the Incarnate Word | Dunbar K.R.,Texas A&M University | Turro C.,Ohio State University
Journal of the American Chemical Society | Year: 2013

The series [Ru(tpy)(CH3CN)3]2+ (1), cis-[Ru(tpy)(CH3CN)2Cl]+ (2), and [Ru(tpy)(5CNU)3]2+ (3), where tpy = 2,2′:6′, 2″-terpyridine and 5CNU = 5-cyanouracil, was synthesized, and their photochemical properties were investigated for use as potential photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents. When irradiated with visible light, 1-3 exhibit efficient exchange of the axial CH3CN or 5CNU ligand with H2O solvent molecules. Complexes 1-3 also exhibit photoinitiated binding to DNA when irradiated with λirr ≥ 395 nm light, and DNA binding can be accessed for 2 with λirr > 645 nm, well within the PDT window. Since 3 binds DNA and simultaneously releases biologically active 5CNU, it has the potential to be a dual-action therapeutic agent. Indeed, 3 is cytotoxic upon irradiation with visible light, whereas 1 is not under similar experimental conditions. The lack of toxicity imparted by 1 is explained by the exchange of only one CH3CN ligand in the complex under the irradiation conditions used for the cellular studies. Strategies are being sought to increase the quantum yields of ligand exchange and the cellular penetration of these compounds. © 2013 American Chemical Society. Source

This study investigated the efficacy of a gerontology education course in decreasing ageism and aging anxiety and increasing knowledge and interest in working with older adults among undergraduates training for social services careers. Participants completed study measures at the beginning and end of semester. Analyses supported the study hypotheses: ageism and aging anxiety declined over the semester whereas knowledge of aging and interest in working with older adults increased over the semester. Implications for training individuals for aging-related careers are discussed. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Source

Mulvey G.J.,University of the Incarnate Word
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society | Year: 2015

Those engaged in scientific research assume an extraordinary obligation to fellow researchers, and the world in general. They must observe accepted protocols associated with any confidential data or techniques derived under a consulting contract, abide by the regulations of their home institutions, and at the same time make their fellow researchers and the world in general aware of their findings and conclusions. It is a balancing act. © 2015 American Meteorological Society. Source

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