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Wilkes - Barre, PA, United States

Wilkes University is a private, non-denominational American university located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It has over 2,200 undergraduates and over 2,200 graduate students . Wilkes was founded in 1933 as a satellite campus of Bucknell University, and became an independent institution in 1947, naming itself Wilkes College, after English radical politician John Wilkes. The school was granted university status in January 1990.The school mascot, which was suggested by Wilkes student Joe Pringle , is a Colonel and the official colors are blue and yellow. The campus symbol is a letter "W" known as the "flying W" by students and alumni. Wikipedia.

Using an explanatory sequential mixed methods design, the study investigated high school students' affordances for social media, their attitudes and beliefs about these new technologies, and related obstacles and issues. The affordance findings indicate that students depend on social media in their daily lives for leisure and social connections. Educational uses by teachers for classroom teaching and learning are sporadic, while uses by students on their own for learning purposes seem to be abundant but also incidental and informal. Quantitative results suggest that in general, students show positive attitudes and beliefs about social media use in education. Exploratory factor analysis revealed three components that explained a total of 65.4% of the variance: (a) benefits of social media use, (b) disadvantages of social media use, and (c) current social media use in education. Three issues emerged from the interview data: Conceptual understanding of social media for learning; close-minded, acquired uses versus open-minded, innate uses of social media; and changed concepts of learning. The study results suggest that for social media to be used as effective learning tools and to adjust students' prior affordances with these tools, complicated efforts in designing, scaffolding, and interacting with students during the process are necessary. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Witczak Z.J.,Wilkes University
Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements | Year: 2013

Incorporation of sulfur into desirable thio-link for further functionalization is available by two methods, which are clearly emerging from available pool of tools, specifically, Thiol Michael Enone Addition (TMEA) and thiol-ene coupling (TEC). Both approaches are highly stereoselective, and form adducts in overall high yield. TEC thiol-ene coupling protocol was employed in the stereoselective and high yield coupling (78% and 86%) of ene 2 with 1-thioglucose and 1-thiogalactose © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Source

Bielski R.,Value Recovery Inc. | Witczak Z.,Wilkes University
Chemical Reviews | Year: 2013

Chemists spend a great deal of time developing new methodologies to connect various molecules and add decorations to molecules of biological origin. There are many circumstances when there is a need to couple two or more units and then decouple them later. There is no doubt that decoupling chemistry is much less developed than coupling chemistry. However, there are many situations that call for the use of reliable disconnection reactions. The most common reason is to better control the delivery of the active drug. The concept of codrugs is similar. Codrug or mutual prodrug is an approach where various effective drugs, which are associated with some drawbacks, can be modified by attaching with other drugs of same or different categories directly or via a linkage. More appropriately one can say combining two different pharmacophores with similar or different pharmacological activities elicit synergistic action or help to target the parent drug to specific site/organ/cells respectively. Source

Lichti N.I.,Purdue University | Steele M.A.,Wilkes University | Zhang H.,Purdue University | Swihart R.K.,Purdue University
Ecology | Year: 2014

Interactions between plants and scatter-hoarding animals may shift from mutualism to predation as a function of the resources available to those animals. Because seed species differ in their nutrient content and defenses to predation, resource selection and cache management by scatter-hoarders, and thus seed fate, may also depend on the relative availability of different seed types. We tracked the fates of tagged Castanea dentata, Quercus alba, and Q. rubra seeds presented to rodents in pairwise combinations and found that C. dentata, which has moderate dormancy prior to germination, survived better in the presence of Q. alba (no dormancy) than with Q. rubra (longer dormancy). Decisions made by scatterhoarders in response to the composition of available seed resources can alter the relationship between masting and seed dispersal effectiveness in individual tree species and may have influenced the evolution of asynchrony among species-specific masting patterns in temperate forests. In theory, preferential allocation of certain seed species to storage or consumption could also result in indirect apparent predation by one seed species on another. © 2014 by the Ecological Society of America. Source

Wilkes University | Date: 2013-07-15

A gaze contingent control system for a robotic laparoscope holder which has a video-based remote eye tracking device and at least one processor capable of receiving eye gaze data from said eye tracking device and in response outputting a series of control signals for moving said robotic laparoscope.

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