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Western Connecticut State University is a public university located in Danbury, Connecticut. Founded in 1903, Western has an arts and science curriculum, a business school, and several professional programs including elementary and secondary education, nursing, music performance, and social work. It is also home to The Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PEMBROKE, Bermuda, May 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sompo International, a Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announced today that its U.S. Insurance business has launched a new middle market property insurance product, offering ground up single carrier coverage to U.S. mid-size companies across a broad range of industries through its retail broker network. Mr. Patrick Mulhall joined Sompo International on May 8, 2017 to build and lead the new team, which includes Mr. James Berringer.  Both Mr. Mulhall and Mr. Berringer are Senior Vice Presidents, reporting to Sompo International Executive Vice President of U.S. Commercial Property, Mr. Mark Maritzen.  They are located in Sompo International’s New York and Chicago offices respectively. Mr. Mulhall spent the past 15 years with Axis Capital, most recently as Executive Vice President in the Risk Management Property Unit.  Prior to that, Mr. Mulhall held various underwriting and management roles at companies including Liberty Mutual, CNA and St. Paul Fire and Marine.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Connecticut State University and a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. Mr. Berringer was most recently at Axis Capital where he was Senior Vice President since 2003, having played a key role in starting their U.S. Property unit. Prior to Axis, Mr. Berringer held various underwriting and management roles within CNA’s Risk Management Property unit. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and an MBA, both from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Maritzen commented, “The addition of a middle market property product is a natural complement to our U.S. Commercial Property book which focuses on large multi-national accounts across industries, including but not limited to manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, healthcare, education and transportation. With over 30 years each in the property market, Pat and Jim bring extensive underwriting experience and have developed longstanding relationships with key retail brokers. They are a welcome addition as we build out this new team with presence in key markets across the U.S.” Christopher Sparro, CEO of U.S. Insurance, added “We are excited to integrate the new team into our U.S. Insurance platform as we continue to broaden our offerings and provide value added services to our clients. This new middle market product further complements Sompo International’s extensive property capabilities across geographies, risk size and exposures, and distribution channels, offering not only responsive underwriting and claims service, but also in-house loss control engineering services. Sompo International is a global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, headquartered in Bermuda. Through its operating subsidiaries, Sompo International writes agriculture, professional lines, property, marine and energy, and casualty and other specialty lines of insurance and catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines and specialty lines of reinsurance. We maintain excellent financial strength as evidenced by the ratings of A+ (Superior) from A.M. Best (XV size category), A (Strong) from Standard and Poor’s and A2 from Moody’s on our principal operating subsidiaries. Sompo International’s headquarters are located at Waterloo House, 100 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda and its mailing address is Sompo International, Suite No. 784, No. 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda. For more information about Sompo International, please visit www.sompo-intl.com.


News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PEMBROKE, Bermuda, May 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sompo International, a Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announced today that its U.S. Insurance business has launched a new middle market property insurance product, offering ground up single carrier coverage to U.S. mid-size companies across a broad range of industries through its retail broker network. Mr. Patrick Mulhall joined Sompo International on May 8, 2017 to build and lead the new team, which includes Mr. James Berringer.  Both Mr. Mulhall and Mr. Berringer are Senior Vice Presidents, reporting to Sompo International Executive Vice President of U.S. Commercial Property, Mr. Mark Maritzen.  They are located in Sompo International’s New York and Chicago offices respectively. Mr. Mulhall spent the past 15 years with Axis Capital, most recently as Executive Vice President in the Risk Management Property Unit.  Prior to that, Mr. Mulhall held various underwriting and management roles at companies including Liberty Mutual, CNA and St. Paul Fire and Marine.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Connecticut State University and a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. Mr. Berringer was most recently at Axis Capital where he was Senior Vice President since 2003, having played a key role in starting their U.S. Property unit. Prior to Axis, Mr. Berringer held various underwriting and management roles within CNA’s Risk Management Property unit. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and an MBA, both from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Maritzen commented, “The addition of a middle market property product is a natural complement to our U.S. Commercial Property book which focuses on large multi-national accounts across industries, including but not limited to manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, healthcare, education and transportation. With over 30 years each in the property market, Pat and Jim bring extensive underwriting experience and have developed longstanding relationships with key retail brokers. They are a welcome addition as we build out this new team with presence in key markets across the U.S.” Christopher Sparro, CEO of U.S. Insurance, added “We are excited to integrate the new team into our U.S. Insurance platform as we continue to broaden our offerings and provide value added services to our clients. This new middle market product further complements Sompo International’s extensive property capabilities across geographies, risk size and exposures, and distribution channels, offering not only responsive underwriting and claims service, but also in-house loss control engineering services. Sompo International is a global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, headquartered in Bermuda. Through its operating subsidiaries, Sompo International writes agriculture, professional lines, property, marine and energy, and casualty and other specialty lines of insurance and catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines and specialty lines of reinsurance. We maintain excellent financial strength as evidenced by the ratings of A+ (Superior) from A.M. Best (XV size category), A (Strong) from Standard and Poor’s and A2 from Moody’s on our principal operating subsidiaries. Sompo International’s headquarters are located at Waterloo House, 100 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda and its mailing address is Sompo International, Suite No. 784, No. 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda. For more information about Sompo International, please visit www.sompo-intl.com.


News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PEMBROKE, Bermuda, May 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sompo International, a Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announced today that its U.S. Insurance business has launched a new middle market property insurance product, offering ground up single carrier coverage to U.S. mid-size companies across a broad range of industries through its retail broker network. Mr. Patrick Mulhall joined Sompo International on May 8, 2017 to build and lead the new team, which includes Mr. James Berringer.  Both Mr. Mulhall and Mr. Berringer are Senior Vice Presidents, reporting to Sompo International Executive Vice President of U.S. Commercial Property, Mr. Mark Maritzen.  They are located in Sompo International’s New York and Chicago offices respectively. Mr. Mulhall spent the past 15 years with Axis Capital, most recently as Executive Vice President in the Risk Management Property Unit.  Prior to that, Mr. Mulhall held various underwriting and management roles at companies including Liberty Mutual, CNA and St. Paul Fire and Marine.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Connecticut State University and a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. Mr. Berringer was most recently at Axis Capital where he was Senior Vice President since 2003, having played a key role in starting their U.S. Property unit. Prior to Axis, Mr. Berringer held various underwriting and management roles within CNA’s Risk Management Property unit. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and an MBA, both from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Maritzen commented, “The addition of a middle market property product is a natural complement to our U.S. Commercial Property book which focuses on large multi-national accounts across industries, including but not limited to manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, healthcare, education and transportation. With over 30 years each in the property market, Pat and Jim bring extensive underwriting experience and have developed longstanding relationships with key retail brokers. They are a welcome addition as we build out this new team with presence in key markets across the U.S.” Christopher Sparro, CEO of U.S. Insurance, added “We are excited to integrate the new team into our U.S. Insurance platform as we continue to broaden our offerings and provide value added services to our clients. This new middle market product further complements Sompo International’s extensive property capabilities across geographies, risk size and exposures, and distribution channels, offering not only responsive underwriting and claims service, but also in-house loss control engineering services. Sompo International is a global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, headquartered in Bermuda. Through its operating subsidiaries, Sompo International writes agriculture, professional lines, property, marine and energy, and casualty and other specialty lines of insurance and catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines and specialty lines of reinsurance. We maintain excellent financial strength as evidenced by the ratings of A+ (Superior) from A.M. Best (XV size category), A (Strong) from Standard and Poor’s and A2 from Moody’s on our principal operating subsidiaries. Sompo International’s headquarters are located at Waterloo House, 100 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda and its mailing address is Sompo International, Suite No. 784, No. 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda. For more information about Sompo International, please visit www.sompo-intl.com.


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of Connecticut’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Yale University, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, University of Hartford and University of Connecticut scored highest. Of the 12 two-year schools that were also included, Capital Community College, Manchester Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Three Rivers Community College and Gateway Community College were the top five schools. A full list of the 31 schools is included below. “As Connecticut’s job market fluctuates, many people consider earning a certificate or degree to help change or bolster their career,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These Connecticut schools have proven themselves with solid educational programs, but have also taken extra steps to provide resources that translate into career success for students.” To be included on Connecticut’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional metrics such as employment resources, academic counseling, financial aid availability, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Connecticut” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Connecticut for 2017 include: Albertus Magnus College Central Connecticut State University Connecticut College Eastern Connecticut State University Fairfield University Goodwin College Mitchell College Quinnipiac University Sacred Heart University Southern Connecticut State University Trinity College University of Bridgeport University of Connecticut University of Hartford University of New Haven University of Saint Joseph Wesleyan University Western Connecticut State University Yale University The Best Two-Year Colleges in Connecticut for 2017 include: Asnuntuck Community College Capital Community College Gateway Community College Housatonic Community College Manchester Community College Middlesex Community College Naugatuck Valley Community College Northwestern Connecticut Community College Norwalk Community College Quinebaug Valley Community College Three Rivers Community College Tunxis Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.


Onafowora O.A.,Susquehanna University | Owoye O.,Western Connecticut State University
Energy Economics | Year: 2014

This paper examines the long-run and the dynamic temporal relationships between economic growth, energy consumption, population density, trade openness, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Brazil, China, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea, and South Africa based on the environment Kuznets curve (EKC) hypothesis. We employ the ARDL Bounds test to cointegration and CUSUM and CUSUMSQ tests to ensure cointegration and parameter stability. The estimated results show that the inverted U-shaped EKC hypothesis holds in Japan and South Korea. In the other six countries, the long-run relationship between economic growth and CO2 emissions follows an N-shaped trajectory and the estimated turning points are much higher than the sample mean. In addition, the results indicate that energy consumption Granger-causes both CO2 emissions and economic growth in all the countries. Our results are consistent with previous studies that show that there is no unique relationship between energy consumption, population density, economic growth, trade openness, and the environment across countries. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.


Sinkeldam R.W.,University of California at San Diego | Greco N.J.,University of California at San Diego | Greco N.J.,Western Connecticut State University | Tor Y.,University of California at San Diego
Chemical Reviews | Year: 2010

The designing fluorescent probes for the four major families of macromolecular building blocks, lipids, monosaccharides, amino acids, and nucleosides, are studied. In an ideal situation, an emissive analog of any naturally occurring biomolecular building block should closely resemble its natural counterpart and retain the original function. The study revealed that not all applications require the strict imposition of isomorphic design criteria. Furthermore, the different chemical natures of the distinct families of biomolecular building blocks inherently control the possible structural and electronic changes. The heterocyclic nucleobases provide a fertile platform for modifications that easily alter the photophysical characteristics. This also holds true for certain aromatic amino acids. In contrast, turning phospholipids or monosaccharides into emissive analogs requires rather creative and sometimes drastic modifications, with saccharides being viewed as the most limiting in this respect.


Sexual selection and parental investment theory have been used to study mate selection for many years and for much of that time has been applied to humans, with the prediction that humans will follow the general mammalian pattern. One aspect of human mate selection that has received much less attention is that of same sex mate selection. The present study used an analysis of 800 personal advertisements from print and online media to determine the mate selection criteria of four mating groups - males seeking females (MF), females seeking males (FM), males seeking males (MM) and females seeking females (FF). Consistent with results of earlier studies, heterosexual males (MF) in our study preferred significantly younger partners than heterosexual females (FM), offered physical attractiveness significantly less often than FM, sought resources significantly less often than FM and indicated a willingness to make a commitment significantly more often than FM. Homosexual females (FF) differed from heterosexual females by the same four criteria and in the same direction as heterosexual males, in clear contrast to hypotheses suggesting that homosexuals only differ from heterosexuals of the same gender in choice of sexual object. Homosexual males (MM) differed from heterosexual males in only two criteria, both of which exhibited an exaggerated male pattern, possibly because MM are unaffected by the sexual strategies of females; MM sought attractiveness (even) more than MF and offered resources less than MF. Homosexual men, thus, exhibited no evidence of selection on the mate preference characteristics predicted by sexual selection theory. In contrast, the proximate mate selection preferences of female homosexuals were consistent with the assumption that in their case procreation is irrelevant to mate selection. © 2011 BRILL.


Trace levels of oxytetracylcine spiked into commercial milk samples are extracted, cleaned up, and preconcentrated using a C 18 solid-phase extraction column. The extract is then analyzed by a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) instrument equipped with a UV detector and a C18 column (150 mm × 4.6 mm × 3.5 μm). An isocratic mobile phase of 0.010 M oxalic acid/acetonitrile/methanol (in 15/2/2 ratio by volume) is employed with an average elution time of 5 min. The method has been successfully used in an upper-class instrumental analysis laboratory course to determine the concentration of oxytetracycline at 50 μg/g in the spiked milk sample. Students' results show an RSD of 18% and a percent error of -1%. © 2012 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.


Flanagan R.,Western Connecticut State University
Cognitive Processing | Year: 2013

Online learning tools and course materials have not only taken root: they are fully established and thriving. However, some wonder whether the missing interaction with physical, rather than virtual, tools may be undermining the foundation of more abstract spatial and cognitive skills. Sixty third-grade (28 male and 32 female) children with a mean age of 8.95 years (SD =.56 years) were randomly assigned to practice new math skills on a physical wooden Chinese abacus or a virtual Chinese abacus, programmed using Hypercard. Later; the children did equally well on a paper and pencil recognition test, but the children who had practiced with the virtual Chinese abacus were significantly worse at building on their knowledge to figure out how to use the abacus for more advanced computation than those who had practiced with the wooden Chinese abacus. This could have important implications for the early development of the foundation of mathematical, spatial, and cognitive skills. © 2013 Marta Olivetti Belardinelli and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


In this experiment, students learn how to find the unknown concentration of sodium acetate using both the graphical treatment of standard addition and the standard addition equation. In the graphical treatment of standard addition, the peak area of the methyl peak in each of the sodium acetate standard solutions is found by integration using proton NMR. Using the calibration curve of the peak areas of the methyl protons of sodium acetate versus the concentration of the sodium acetate solutions, the concentration of the unknown is determined through extrapolation to the x axis. In a separate experiment, the unknown concentration of sodium acetate is found using the standard addition equation. In this case, the methyl peak areas in the unknown sodium acetate solution and the unknown sodium acetate spiked with a standard are obtained using proton NMR. The standard addition equation is then used to find the concentration of the unknown. This experiment has been successfully used in the undergraduate analytical lab and students have learned the method of standard addition to find unknown concentrations of sodium acetate in the millimolar range. It has also given them the opportunity to have hands-on experience using NMR spectroscopy as a quantitative tool. © 2012 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

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