William Paterson University, officially The William Paterson University of New Jersey, is an American public university located in Wayne, New Jersey, United States. Founded in 1855, William Paterson is the second oldest of the nine state colleges and universities in New Jersey. William Paterson offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees through its five academic colleges. During the Fall 2013 semester, 10,028 undergraduate students and 1,388 graduate students were enrolled. Wikipedia.
News Article | February 10, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Ladan Abbasi, NP, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Ladan Abbasi is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially vascular and cosmetic nursing, as well as the use of lasers and injections. Ladan is currently serving patients within the Vein Institute of New Jersey in Morristown, New Jersey, and Venolase in West Nyack, New York. Ladan Abbasi attended Shiraz University in Shiraz, Iran, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1995. An advocate for continuing education, Ladan went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 2014 from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in the challenging nursing field, Ladan maintains a professional membership with the American College of Phlebology. She attributes her success to being ambitious and passionate about what she does. By performing vein procedures, Ladan enhances her patient’s self esteem and overall quality of life. When she is not assisting her patients, Ladan enjoys watercolor painting, dining out, sightseeing, and traveling. Learn more about Ladan Abbasi here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4134845/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
Di Noia J.,William Paterson University |
Byrd-Bredbenner C.,Rutgers University
Nutrition Reviews | Year: 2014
Although low-income youth are likely to have low or less frequent fruit and vegetable intake, current understanding of the influences on intake in youth is limited. A systematic review of quantitative research on determinants of fruit and vegetable intake among low-income youth (i.e., persons aged <20 years) was conducted. The aims were to identify which determinants have been studied and which are consistently associated with intake. Fifty-eight papers published between 2003 and August 2013 were included. Across studies, 85 unique determinants were identified. Those best supported by evidence were race/ethnicity (with intake consistently higher among Hispanic as compared with African American and white youth), fruit and vegetable preferences, and maternal fruit and vegetable intake. For many potential determinants, the consistency of evidence could not be examined because of a lack of studies. Findings highlight racial/ethnic differences in fruit and vegetable intake and influences on intake that should be considered when designing dietary interventions for low-income youth. Further research on intake determinants in this at-risk population is needed to establish an evidence base to guide interventions. © 2014 International Life Sciences Institute.
News Article | February 16, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Ladan Abbasi, NP, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Ladan Abbasi is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially vascular and cosmetic nursing, as well as the use of lasers and injections. Ladan is currently serving patients within the Vein Institute of Hunterdon in Clinton, New Jersey, and Venolase in West Nyack, New York. Ladan Abbasi attended Shiraz University in Shiraz, Iran, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1995. An advocate for continuing education, Ladan went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 2014 from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in her challenging field, Ladan maintains a professional membership with the American College of Phlebology. She attributes her success to being ambitious and passionate about what she does. By performing vein procedures, Ladan enhances her patient’s self esteem and overall quality of life. When she is not assisting her patients, Ladan enjoys watercolor painting, dining out, sightseeing, and traveling. Learn more about Ladan Abbasi here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4134845/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
Mohlman J.,William Paterson University
Journal of Anxiety Disorders | Year: 2013
Although cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an effective intervention for treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in older adults, researchers are now considering augmenting the therapy to enhance outcome. We are also long overdue in identifying moderators of CBT response (e.g., cognitive abilities) in late life anxiety. The goals of the current investigation were to examine performance on verbal versus nonverbal tests of executive skills (ES) and to test the relation between ES and clinical indices in older GAD patients. Hierarchical and logistic regression models identified baseline ES predictors of premature termination, homework compliance and quality, and indices of cognitive restructuring, an essential component of CBT. Although the analyses of response on symptom measures did not reveal any significant baseline predictors, an alternative ES grouping scheme showed that those whose ES improved during CBT also responded best in terms of worry reduction. These findings can be applied to the optimization of treatment for older anxiety patients, who are an underserved demographic group. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Diamond B.J.,William Paterson University |
Bailey M.R.,William Paterson University
Psychiatric Clinics of North America | Year: 2013
Ginkgo biloba special extract (EGb761) is used in most randomized control trials. Indications include cognition and memory in Alzheimer disease, age-associated dementia, cerebral insufficiency, intermittent claudication, schizophrenia, and multi-infarct dementia. Dosages range from 80 to 720 mg/d for durations of 2 weeks to 2 years. Mechanisms of action include increasing cerebral blood flow, antioxidant and antiinflammatory effects, with antiplatelet effects attributed to flavone and terpene lactones. Possible interactions with monoamine oxidase inhibitors, alprazolam, haloperidol, warfarin, and nifedipine have been reported. Optimal dosage/duration, dose-response characteristics, drug interactions, bioavailability, long-term effects, and optimal intervention timing should be the focus of future work. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 1.05M | Year: 2015
There is a well-documented need for competent, confident, and committed STEM teachers to serve in high-need school districts. Through this Phase 2 Noyce project, William Paterson University will produce twenty-four well-qualified STEM teachers who inspire learning and who are committed to teaching in high-needs districts. Scholarships will be provided to qualifying undergraduate STEM majors for their final two years of undergraduate study. The project will also offer opportunities for STEM majors to be exposed to teaching as a career through paid summer internships, tutoring, and/or teaching assistantships. William Paterson University (WPU) will partner with Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to develop certified STEM teachers who possess at least a baccalaureate degree in mathematics, chemistry, earth science, biology, or integrated math and science, which is a STEM major in the College of Science and Health at WPU. This Phase 2 project, funded by the National Science Foundations (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, will also conduct research using a quasi-experimental design involving Phase 1 and Phase 2 Noyce Scholars to identify variables that lead them to become teachers, as well as variables that lead to their success in teaching in high need urban schools. Comparison groups of pre-service and in-service teachers at WPU, who are not part of the Noyce program, will be used.
This project will be effective in recruiting and retaining new high-performing teachers who inspire STEM learning, thrive in high-need partner districts, and support others to do the same. The project aims to increase the number of STEM teacher candidates who become certified at WPU from 10% to 20% over the next five years by providing scholarships to qualifying WPU students and by providing opportunities for 12-20 STEM majors to be exposed to teaching as a career through summer internships, tutoring, supplemental instructional leadership or study group leader experiences. WPU will work in partnership with MCCC to recruit 3-5 STEM transfer students who are qualified for the Noyce Scholarship annually and recruit 6-10 qualified candidates who will enter the College of Education as STEM teacher candidates annually. The project will ensure that teacher candidates are capable of being inspiring teachers by enrolling in a science or mathematics pedagogy course that focuses on cooperative, collaborative, and inquiry-based methods, contributing to an annual chronicle of STEM lesson plans, and by conducting classroom observations of Phase I graduates in high need districts prior to graduation. Teacher candidates will spend their clinical practicum as well as their student teaching semester in a high-need urban professional development school. Faculty advisors, teacher-mentors and peer-mentors will be assigned to scholarship recipients during their junior and senior years and mentoring will continue into their first two years of teaching. The project will also support scholarship students through a project identity and social media forum. It is anticipated that three recruitment pools will increase as a result of this project: the number of STEM majors graduating with teacher certification, the number of minority STEM majors graduating with teacher certification, and the number of transfer STEM majors graduating with teacher certification. Ultimately, this project will contribute twenty-four new STEM teachers, many of them from underrepresented groups in STEM, as well as build knowledge related to STEM teacher recruitment for high need districts through 4-year and 2-year college partnerships.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 590.52K | Year: 2011
This project provides approximately 14 scholarships each year during the 4.5-year grant period to academically talented, low-income Biology/Biotechnology undergraduate and graduate students at William Paterson University. The project goals include increasing the number of Biology/Biotechnology majors entering research and education careers; increasing the retention and graduation rates of all Biology/Biotechnology students; increasing the number of minority students in the Biology/Biotechnology Graduate programs by 25%; and increasing the number of Biology/Biotechnology Masters degree recipients. The project supports tutoring, mentoring, faculty-guided research experiences, career guidance and internships for the scholarship recipients. The project addresses regional and national needs, and enhances the Biology/Biotechnology programs at the University by providing opportunities for graduate education for traditionally underrepresented groups. The project results are being disseminated in various ways such as project reports and University publications and press releases to regional media outlets.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: PALEOCLIMATE PROGRAM | Award Amount: 59.50K | Year: 2014
The Asian Monsoon system is an important component of the global climate system that plays a major role in the transport of heat and moisture from the tropics to higher latitudes. Even small variations in the strength and/or timing of seasonal rainfall can have significant impacts on the billions of people living within the Asian monsoon domain, yet climate model projections of future monsoon changes still remain uncertain. While paleoclimate records have significantly advanced our understanding of summer monsoon variability in some regions, we still know very little about the range and mechanisms of monsoon variability in Southeast Asia.
This research, a collaborative effort between scientists from the University of California, Irvine and William Patterson College of New Jersey, will generate high-resolution speleothem (cave calcite deposit) records of past hydroclimate variability over the last 20,000 years from Laos, a key site at the interface between the Indian and East Asian monsoon systems. The new oxygen isotope records will document changes in Southeast Asian monsoon strength on sub-decadal to orbital timescales, filling in a key spatial and temporal gap in the paleoclimate record of the tropics. Through integrating paleoclimate proxy data, instrumental climate data, and climate model analyses, the project will address three main questions: (1) How has Southeast Asian monsoon intensity varied over the past 20,000 years in response to orbital forcing, millennial-scale abrupt climate events, and interannual to multi-decadal climate modes?; (2) What are the mechanisms that control precipitation and speleothem oxygen isotopes on interannual to orbital timescales in Laos?; and (3) How do the Laos speleothem records relate to broader spatial and temporal patterns of past climate variability in the tropical Indo-Pacific, the Asian monsoon region, and high latitudes? In addition to the scientific outcomes, this project will provide research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students and will be incorporated in outreach efforts aimed at improving the participation of underrepresented groups in the geosciences. For instance, a hands-on field and laboratory exercise on paleoclimate, climate change, and native culture will be developed for the NSF funded American Indian Summer Institute in Earth System Science held at the University of California, Irvine each summer.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 235.78K | Year: 2014
The project is a collaborative effort among Columbia University, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Passaic County Community College, and Centralia College to develop, evaluate and refine undergraduate science and mathematical modules based on applications of tree rings to age dating, climate and environmental change, volcanic hazards, statistical modeling, and forensic science. Interactive multi-media modules are being made available through a website and are accompanied by background material and guidelines for flexible use to instructor adoption. Students can measure tree-ring widths virtually and/or use datasets to conduct inquiry-based investigations and quantitative analyses, with an emphasis on learning the process of science. The project is also conducting faculty-development workshops at the partnering institutions, and undertaking rigorous evaluation of learning outcomes.
The intellectual merit of the project lies in its innovative approach to leveraging the readily grasped basic premise and wide range of applicability of tree-ring science to engage students in learning scientific methods and quantitative reasoning. Broader impacts include infusion of tree-ring science in the undergraduate curriculum at the diverse partnering institutions and beyond. Skills and attitudes imparted by the modules both benefit students who go on in STEM and bolster scientific literacy among the general population.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 98.94K | Year: 2010
The acquisition of this high-resolution spectrograph that can be used to explore the physical properties of discharge plasmas will advance research activities at William Paterson University and Stevens Institute of Technology. A spectrograph analyzes the intensity of light emitted by a light source or discharge plasma as a function of wavelength that can be used to characterize the light source, leading to greater understanding of the physical processes that occur in the discharge. In light sources that involve high-pressure plasmas the pertinent information includes the rotational, vibrational and electronic temperatures, the electron density and the collisional and radiative processes occurring in the discharge. These results can be used to model the processes occurring in the discharge and determine the extent in which the plasmas are in thermal equilibrium. The many interesting applications that involve high-pressure plasmas include excimer lamps, high power lasers, opening switches, and novel plasma processing applications.
This instrument provides opportunities in cutting edge research at William Paterson University and also for a broader community. The broader community includes high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, undergraduate students and graduate students from other institutions. The impact on these populations includes exposing a larger audience to training on a cutting edge research instrument that, in turn, may make the students more likely to go on to higher levels of education in the physical sciences. The acquisition will foster a collaborative research environment that will extend across the disciplines of chemistry, physics and chemical engineering and between William Paterson University and Stevens Institute of Technology.