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Wagner College is a private, co-educational, national liberal arts college founded in 1883 with an enrollment of approximately 2,100 total students located atop Grymes Hill in the New York City borough of Staten Island, in the U.S. state of New York. The college is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Wikipedia.

Anteby M.,Harvard University | Garip F.,Harvard University | Martorana P.V.,Wagner College | Lozanoff S.,University of Hawaii at Manoa
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012

Background: Human cadavers are crucial to numerous aspects of health care, including initial and continuing training of medical doctors and advancement of medical research. Concerns have periodically been raised about the limited number of whole body donations. Little is known, however, about a unique form of donation, namely co-donations or instances when married individuals decide to register at the same time as their spouse as whole body donors. Our study aims to determine the extent of whole body co-donation and individual factors that might influence co-donation. Methods and Findings: We reviewed all records of registrants to the University of Hawaii Medical School's whole body donation program from 1967 through 2006 to identify married registrants. We then examined the 806 married individuals' characteristics to understand their decision to register alone or with their spouse. We found that married individuals who registered at the same time as their spouse accounted for 38.2 percent of married registrants. Sex differences provided an initial lens to understand co-donation. Wives were more likely to co-donate than to register alone (p = 0.002). Moreover, registrants' main occupational background had a significant effect on co-donations (p = 0.001). Married registrants (regardless of sex) in female-gendered occupations were more likely to co-donate than to donate alone (p = 0.014). Female-gendered occupations were defined as ones in which women represented more than 55 percent of the workforce (e.g., preschool teachers). Thus, variations in donors' occupational backgrounds explained co-donation above and beyond sex differences. Conclusions: Efforts to secure whole body donations have historically focused on individual donations regardless of donors' marital status. More attention needs to be paid, however, to co-donations since they represent a non-trivial number of total donations. Also, targeted outreach efforts to male and female members of female-gendered occupations might prove a successful way to increase donations through co-donations. © 2012 Anteby et al. Source

Chowdhury Z.,San Diego State University | Le L.T.,San Diego State University | Masud A.A.,Utah State University | Chang K.C.,San Diego State University | And 4 more authors.
Aerosol and Air Quality Research | Year: 2012

A longitudinal stove intervention study was conducted in Northwest Bangladesh between August 2005 and June 2009 to quantify the reduction of indoor air pollution from a Bangladeshi manufactured and commercialized cookstove (the BCSIR improved stove). In the post-intervention phase of the study, the indoor particulate matter (PM) size distribution and chemical composition, as well as carbon monoxide (CO) concentration, were characterized in 40 kitchens, 50% with the BCSIR improved stoves and 50% with traditional stoves. The TSI DustTrak, P-TRAK and Q-TRAK Plus, along with the UCB Particle Monitor and the Onset HOBO, were simultaneously deployed to continuously characterize Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Particulate Matter (PM). Detailed chemical composition was quantified from X-Ray Flouroscence and Carbon Analyzer. Median 24-hr concentrations for CO and PM2.5 were 2.5 mg/m3 and 1.8 mg/m3, respectively, for the unimproved mud stove kitchens and were 2.0 mg/m3 and 0.73 mg/m3, respectively, for the BCSIR improved stove kitchens. These differences were equivalent to 23% and 59% reduction of CO and PM2.5 concentrations, respectively. The cook's daily exposure was estimated from these measurements to assess health impacts. Ultrafine particle number concentrations were 15,000 ± 7,200 pt/cm3 during non-cooking periods and 75,000 ± 31,000 pt/cm3 during cooking periods. Of the chemical composition of the PM2.5 emitted from cooking, 59-60% was organic matter and 29-30% was elemental carbon. The predominant chemical species were elemental carbon (EC), organic carbon (OC), chlorine, and potassium. These results demonstrate possible reduction of PM and CO from cooking with improved stoves in rural areas in Bangladesh where solid fuels are used for cooking. © Taiwan Association for Aerosol Research. Source

Sharma A.K.,Christopher Newport University | Sharma A.K.,Wagner College | Hammerton K.M.,Christopher Newport University
Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience | Year: 2015

Heavy water has been a subject of intense computational investigation. The conventional approach has been to use any of the popular water models (Simple Point Charge, SPC, SPC/E, etc.) and convert H2O to D2 O by changing the mass of the hydrogen atoms in the model. Many studies of protein solvation in the conventional model of heavy water have been reported; however the mechanism of isotope effect is not clear. Recently, a model of heavy water, Simple Point Charge Heavy Water (SPCHW) by Grigera et al., was proposed and has received widespread attention. We investigate this newly proposed model of heavy water for solvation of small designed protein, trp mini-cage and compare solvation parameters for two heavy water models. The protein solvent interaction of these proteins in SPCHW model is then compared with that presented by the solvation in conventional D2O model, abbreviated as SPCED and the water model SPC/E. Three independent simulations of the proteins were carried out at 300 K for 100 ns in each solvent. The stability of the helix of trp-cage is slightly enhanced in the SPCHW model compared to the SPCED heavy water model. This is a crucial result for protein folding mechanistic studies in heavy water. Copyright © 2015 American Scientific Publishers. Source

Nolan L.J.,Wagner College | Geliebter A.,Mount Sinai St. Lukes Hospital | Geliebter A.,Touro College
Appetite | Year: 2016

Night eating syndrome (NES) and "food addiction" (FA) are associated with elevated body mass index (BMI) and disturbed eating behavior. The present study was conducted to examine whether NES is associated with FA, and whether BMI, depression and sleep quality contribute to any relationship between NES and FA. Two groups were studied: a sample of 254 university students and a sample of 244 older adults. All completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS), the Night Eating Questionnaire (NEQ), the Zung Self-report Depression Scale, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and BMI was computed from height and weight. In both samples, higher global NEQ scores were significantly correlated with more FA symptoms, elevated depression, and poorer sleep quality, and these correlations were significantly higher in the older adult sample than in the younger student sample. Higher BMI was significantly correlated with NEQ score only in the older adult sample. The hypothesis that the prediction of NEQ by YFAS was moderated by BMI and group membership (moderated moderation) was tested; while the prediction of NEQ by YFAS was not moderated by BMI, elevated YFAS predicted higher NEQ in the adult sample than it did in the student sample. In addition, multiple regression revealed that "continued use of food despite adverse effects" was the sole FA symptom predictive of NES symptoms in students while in older adults food tolerance was the only predictor of NES. Thus, NES appears to be associated with FA, more strongly in an older community sample; higher food tolerance in NES may contribute to a desire to eat late in the evening and/or when awakening at night. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Groth M.,Wagner College
International Journal of Men's Health | Year: 2011

Men are called on to step forward to mentor boys and young men whenever possible, but especially in situations where boys are in households where there is no father. The weakening of the nuclear family is in large part due to the absent father in the generations since World War II. The social institution that will replace the traditional nuclear family will likely depend on such mentoring relationships. Both the institution and nature of the relationship are being created in a time of rapid social change. It is argued that mentors as fathering figures will be important for the well-being of both boys and girls, women and men in the 21 st century, but that boys are in an especially precarious situation. Originally given as an address at the biannual gathering of men at Newcastle University in Australia in 2009, the text singles out the words of the title as starting points for reflection on the importance of mentoring relationships between men and boys throughout the West. © 2011 by the Men's Studies Press, LLC. All rights reserved. Source

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