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Upper Iowa University

Washington, IA, United States

Upper Iowa University is a private institution of higher education with its residential campus located in northeast Iowa, United States near the Volga River in the rural community of Fayette, where around 900 students are enrolled.UIU offers distance education programs that include 15 centers in the U.S., an online program, an independent study program, and centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. UIU has a total student enrollment of more than 6,000 students with a 24:1 student-to-faculty ratio .Upper Iowa offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 40 majors, including art, business, conservation management, education, higher education administration, human services, information technology, liberal arts, math, nursing, psychology, science, and more. It operates on two eight-week terms per semester, allowing students to take two classes per term.UIU is the only NCAA Division II Athletics Program in the state of Iowa and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference .Upper Iowa University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Wikipedia.

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Korobova N.,Upper Iowa University | Starobin S.S.,Iowa State University
Journal of International Students | Year: 2015

This study examines the relationship between student engagement, student satisfaction, and the academic success of international and American students using 2008 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) data. It was found that international students scored slightly higher than American students on enriching educational experiences and supportive campus environment/institutional emphases during their senior year benchmarks. Further, international and American students similarly evaluated their entire educational experience at this institution between good and excellent; however, American students evaluated it slightly higher than international students. Additionally, academic success measured by grades was between B+ and A- for both groups of students; however, international students evaluated it slightly higher than American students. Finally, it was found that the best predictors of satisfaction with the entire experience at this institution and academic success measured by grades were the five benchmarks of effective educational practice: level of academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, supportive campus environment/quality of relationships, and supportive campus environment/institutional emphasis. © 2015, University Printing Services. All rights received.

News Article | December 14, 2016
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TROY, Mich., Dec. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Keela Johnson Gracey is now a shareholder with the firm. Keela specializes in complex divorce litigation in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.  She is involved in cases that impact all aspects of the family including high conflict custody and parenting time disputes, guardianships and conservatorships.  She is frequently appointed as a Guardian ad Litem on behalf of children in custody disputes. Keela is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Committee; Oakland County Bar Association & Foundation; Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and the Michigan Interprofessional Association on Marriage, Divorce and the Family.  She is a past Chair of the OCBA, Family Court Committee.  She is also an Oakland County Bar Foundation Fellow. Keela received her J.D., cum laude, from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she was on the Dean’s List and an Honors Scholar. She also holds a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Upper Iowa University. Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. ranks as the 12th largest law firm in Michigan.  Founded over 40 years ago and located in Troy, Michigan, Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is a full service law firm with 66 attorneys.  GMH has been recognized as a Top Tier Law Firm in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.  Additional recognitions include Crain’s Detroit Business Cool Place to Work and Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Freda Kiboko, BSN, RN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Freda Kiboko is a Registered Nurse with five years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially in acute care. Freda is currently serving patients within Select Specialty Hospital a Long Term Acute Care Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Freda Kiboko attended Indian Hills Community College to earn her Associate of Applied Science with focus in Nursing, and Associate of Arts with focus in Accounting. Later, she attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She holds additional certifications in Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Freda is also active in her community with volunteer work, through her church she volunteers for organizations such as the Appalachian Service Project (ASP). Freda attributes her success to the support of her family and friends. She grew up surrounded by well educated women, and it was her grandmother who inspired her to become a nurse, and her parents that encouraged her to pursue her dreams. In her free time, Freda enjoys time with family and friends, reading, traveling, watching football, knitting and crocheting. Learn more about Freda Kiboko here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4135359/info/and be sure to read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

News Article | February 28, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges and universities with online programs in the state of Iowa for 2017. Of the 17 four-year schools that were ranked, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Buena Vista University, Saint Ambrose University and University of Northern Iowa came in as the top five institutions. Iowa’s top 14 two-year schools were also included, with Western Iowa Tech Community, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Eastern Iowa Community College and Des Moines Area Community College taking the top five spots. “By 2025, 68 percent of all jobs in Iowa will require postsecondary training or education, according to research from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The online programs at schools on our list provide the best opportunities for students to meet their educational and career goals.” To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, Iowa colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and have a minimum of one online certificate or degree program. Each college is also scored based on more than a dozen unique data points that include graduation rates, student/teacher ratios, employment services and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Iowa for 2017 include the following: Allen College Briar Cliff University Buena Vista University Dordt College Graceland University-Lamoni Iowa State University Iowa Wesleyan University Maharishi University of Management Morningside College Mount Mercy University Northwestern College Saint Ambrose University University of Dubuque University of Iowa University of Northern Iowa Upper Iowa University William Penn University Iowa’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Des Moines Area Community College Eastern Iowa Community College District Ellsworth Community College Hawkeye Community College Indian Hills Community College Iowa Central Community College Iowa Lakes Community College Kirkwood Community College Marshalltown Community College Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar Northwest Iowa Community College Southeastern Community College Southwestern Community College Western Iowa Tech Community College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

Neel M.C.,University of Maryland University College | Leidner A.K.,University of Maryland University College | Haines A.,Upper Iowa University | Goble D.D.,University of Idaho | Scott J.M.,University of Idaho
BioScience | Year: 2012

Nearly 40 years after passage of the US Endangered Species Act, the prospects for listed species remain dim because they are too severely imperiled by the time they receive the act's protection. Even if threats are abated, the low abundances required for recovery often preclude a high probability of persistence. The lack of sufficient data for setting recovery objectives also remains a barrier. Delisting is considered possible for only 74% of the 1173 species with recovery plans92% of threatened and 69% of endangered species. The median number of populations required for delisting (8) was at or below the historical numbers for 64% and at or below the numbers at listing for 37% of the species. The median number of individuals required for recovery (2400) exceeded the abundances at listing for 93% of the species, but most were below the levels considered necessary for long-term persistence, especially in changing environments. © 2012 2012 by American Institute of Biological Sciences. All rights reserved.

An article by Anjum et al. in the December 2013 issue of GENETICS can be used to illustrate reverse genetic manipulation in a model organism, targeted RNA interference, synergistic gene interaction, and biochemical regulation of gene expression using posttranslational modification. This Primer provides background information, technical explanations of methods and genetic approaches from the study, an example approach for classroom use, and discussion questions to promote understanding of the research article. © 2014 by the Genetics Society of America.

Existing standardized protocols for clinical validation of noninvasive blood pressure (BP) monitors do not have specific provisions for monitors that require patient-specific calibration by a secondary method or device before use. This article seeks to identify accuracy requirements and protocol considerations for such monitors. Measurement methods that require patient-specific calibration were reviewed to identify their clinical accuracy requirements. Validation studies of monitors that use these methods were reviewed to identify limitations in their protocols. For a monitor that requires patient-specific calibration, inadequate adaptation of existing protocols can fail to validate the accuracy of the monitor for its intended use. A protocol for such a monitor must have provisions to assess the monitor's accuracy in tracking intrapatient BP changes, from the calibrated level, after a calibration or between calibrations. Performing a patient-specific calibration with a patient at rest and immediately evaluating the monitor against a reference method with the patient also at rest will not assess this accuracy, because changes in BP at rest and over a short time are generally small compared with those that occur over 24 h. For validation purposes, intrapatient BP changes can be achieved by validating the monitor over an extended period or induced by means of physical maneuvers or pharmacological interventions. The secondary method or device used for the calibration must be accurate. The protocol must also have provisions to assess the monitor's ability to correct for changes in hydrostatic pressure, reject or correct for motion artefacts, and correct for other factors that affect measurement accuracy during use. There is a need to establish protocol provisions to ensure that noninvasive BP monitors that require patient-specific calibration are properly validated for their intended use before they are placed on the market or introduced into clinical use. © 2011 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Opel K.L.,Upper Iowa University | Chung D.,Brigham and Women's Hospital | McCord B.R.,Florida International University
Journal of Forensic Sciences | Year: 2010

In this project, real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was utilized to study the mechanism of PCR inhibition through examination of the effect of amplicon length, melting temperature, and sequence. Specifically designed primers with three different amplicon lengths and three different melting temperatures were used to target a single homozygous allele in the HUMTH01 locus. The effect on amplification efficiency for each primer pair was determined by adding different concentrations of various PCR inhibitors to the reaction mixture. The results show that a variety of inhibition mechanisms can occur during the PCR process depending on the type of co-extracted inhibitor. These include Taq inhibition, DNA template binding, and effects on reaction efficiency. In addition, some inhibitors appear to affect the reaction in more than one manner. Overall we find that amplicon size and melting temperature are important in some inhibition mechanisms and not in others and the key issue in understanding PCR inhibition is determining the identity of the interfering substance. © 2009 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 649.96K | Year: 2016

The STEM-Pros project at Upper Iowa University (UIU) will increase recruitment, retention, and degree completion while preparing STEM professionals for the 21st century workplace. STEM-Pros scholars will develop their full potential as STEM professionals by establishing self-identity and acquiring the skills to define and solve complex problems. With faculty guidance, academic supports, co-curricular experiences, and innovative family programming, students will more fully engage in their chosen fields and thus persist in overcoming challenges. STEM-Pros will focus on four majors (environmental science, forensic science, computing sciences/information technology, and mathematics), and will provide support for 14 students over five years.

Impacts of family-oriented programming on retention, academic achievement, and STEM career trajectories of 14 STEM-Pros scholars will be assessed using a mixed-methods, quasi-experimental study, conducted with an external evaluator. The evaluation will utilize a nonequivalent comparison group with dependent pretest and posttest samples. To reduce selection differences, the treatment group (students that receive family-oriented programming) will be matched with a comparison group (students in the same program and department, but that do not receive family-oriented programming) on characteristics associated with outcomes including gender, GPA, and other factors. Qualitative and quantitative instruments will be used in interviews and online questionnaires of individuals including: (1) two STEM-Pros cohorts and their matched comparison cohorts; (2) local STEM industry partners; (3) family orientation participants and facilitators; and (4) management team.

News Article | November 17, 2016
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its ratings for the following bonds due to prerefunding activity: --Iowa Higher Education Loan Authority (IA) (Upper Iowa University Project) private college facility revenue and refunding bonds series 2010 (prerefunded maturities only - 462460L38, 462460M29, 462460L53, 462460L61, 462460L79, 462460L87, 462460L95, 462460L46) Previous Rating: BB/Stable Outlook; --Iowa Higher Education Loan Authority (IA) (Upper Iowa University Project) privat

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