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News Article | November 28, 2016
National nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling hosted a successful Operation Money Wise, a free, one-day financial education conference for the Military, Veteran, Family and Survivor Community on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Worcester State University. This project was funded in part by the Massachusetts Economic Empowerment Trust Fund through the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Development. “We are so happy with how successful our Operation Money Wise event was,” said Steve Trumble, President and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling, which is based in Newton, MA. “With workshops such as budget and credit, financial planning and one on one counseling, attendees left the event feeling much more confident about dealing with their finances.” The event featured financial workshops including budget and credit, first time home buyer, financial planning, and VA benefits. In addition, the participants were given the opportunity to attend one on one counseling sessions and engage with, an abundance of resources. As a result of the budget and credit workshop, 84 percent of attendees stated they will think differently about their budgeting habits in the future and felt it was the most helpful workshop. Of the attendees, 71 percent stated that they have a better understanding of financial information and nearly 70 percent stated that their confidence level has changed because of the techniques presented. Through vendor resource networking more than $17,000 was returned through the Treasurer’s unclaimed property division. ACCC is a 501(c)3 organization that provides free credit counseling, bankruptcy counseling, and housing counseling to consumers nationwide in need of financial literacy education and money management. For more information, contact ACCC: About American Consumer Credit Counseling American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a nonprofit credit counseling 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering consumers to achieve financial management through credit counseling, debt management, bankruptcy counseling, housing counseling, student loan counseling and financial education. As experts in debt and credit management, ACCC is well equipped to assist our US military service members and veterans with the unique financial challenges they face. ACCC provides veterans and current military personnel with the personal finance tools needed to evaluate their financial situation and determine the best possible debt solutions to ease their transition before, after, and during deployment. As one of the nation’s leading providers of personal finance education and credit counseling services, ACCC’s certified credit advisors work with consumers to help them determine the best plan of action to get out of debt and regain financial stability. ACCC holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®). For more information or to access free personal finance resources, log on to ConsumerCredit.com
News Article | October 28, 2016
What: National nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) will host Operation Money Wise, a free, one-day financial education conference for the Military, Veteran, Family and Survivor Community on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Worcester State University. Operation Money Wise of Worcester County will offer several breakout sessions for attendees, on topics including VA Benefits, Financial Planning, Budget & Credit Management, and First Time Home Buyers. Certified financial counselors and financial planners will be onsite during the event. Financial resources, information and educational materials will also be available to provide participants with the knowledge they need to help make good financial decisions. The Operation Money Wise Project was funded in part by the Massachusetts Economic Empowerment Trust Fund through the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office of Economic empowerment. For more information and to pre-register for this event please visit http://www.OperationMoneyWise.com. When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM ACCC is a 501(c)3 organization that provides free credit counseling, bankruptcy counseling, housing counseling and student loan counseling to consumers nationwide in need of financial literacy education and money management. For more information, contact ACCC: About American Consumer Credit Counseling American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a nonprofit credit counseling 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering consumers to achieve financial management through credit counseling, debt management, bankruptcy counseling, housing counseling, student loan counseling and financial education. As experts in debt and credit management, ACCC is well equipped to assist our US military service members and veterans with the unique financial challenges they face. ACCC provides veterans and current military personnel with the personal finance tools needed to evaluate their financial situation and determine the best possible debt solutions to ease their transition before, after, and during deployment. As one of the nation’s leading providers of personal finance education and credit counseling services, ACCC’s certified credit advisors work with consumers to help them determine the best plan of action to get out of debt and regain financial stability. ACCC holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®). For more information or to access free personal finance resources, log on to ConsumerCredit.com
Kang P.J.,Ohio State University |
Hood-DeGrenier J.K.,Worcester State University |
Park H.-O.,Ohio State University
Journal of Cell Science | Year: 2013
Cells of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae select a site for polarized growth in a specific pattern that depends on their cell type. Haploid a and a cells bud in the axial budding pattern, which requires assembly of a landmark that includes the Bud4 protein. To understand how an axial bud site is established, we performed a structure-function analysis of Bud4. Bud4 contains DUF1709 (domain of unknown function), which is similar to a part of the anillin-homology domain, and a putative Pleckstrin homology (PH) domain near to its C terminus. Although its localization depends on septins, a conserved family of GTP-binding proteins, Bud4 is necessary for the stable inheritance of septin rings during cell division. Although some anillins interact directly with septins, we find that neither DUF1709 nor the PH domain is necessary for targeting Bud4 to the mother-bud neck. Instead, this C-terminal region is crucial for association of Bud4 with Bud3 and other components of the axial landmark. Remarkably, septins colocalize with Bud4 mutant proteins that lack these C-terminal domains, forming an arc or a single ring instead of a double ring during and after cytokinesis. Interestingly, overexpression of Bud4 also induces formation of extra Bud4 rings and arcs that are associated with septins. Analyses of a series of bud4 truncation mutants suggest that at least two domains in the central region play a redundant role in targeting Bud4 to the mother-bud neck and are thus likely to interact with septins. Taken together, these results indicate that Bud4 functions as a platform that links septins to the axial landmark. © 2013. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.
Street C.A.,Worcester State University |
Bryan B.A.,Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Anticancer Research | Year: 2011
Rho kinase (ROCK) proteins are Rho-GTPase activated serine/threonine kinases that function as modulators of actin-myosin cytoskeletal dynamics via regulation of Lin11, Isl-1 & Mec-3 domain (LIM) kinase, myosin light chain (MLC), and MLC phosphatase. A strong correlation between cytoskeletal rearrangements and tumor cell invasion, metastasis, and deregulated microenvironment interaction has been reported in the literature, and the utilization of pharmacological inhibitors of ROCK signaling for the treatment of cancer is actively being pursued by a number of pharmaceutical companies. Indeed, in many preclinical models ROCK inhibitors have shown remarkable efficacy in reducing tumor growth and metastasis. Interestingly, ROCK signaling has been shown to be either pro-apoptotic or pro-survival in a cell type and context dependent manner, though the molecular mechanisms controlling ROCK-mediated cell fate decisions are unknown. This review summarizes the many pleiotropic roles of ROCK signaling in survival and apoptosis, and suggests that controlled modulation of ROCK activity in tumor cells has the potential to significantly affect tumor survival and patient outcome.
Chalupka S.,Worcester State University
AAOHN journal : official journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses | Year: 2010
Bedbugs are increasingly encountered in hotels, motels, office buildings, movie theaters, and modes of transport--anywhere the turnover of occupants is constant. Copyright 2010, SLACK Incorporated.
Antonucci S.M.,Worcester State University
Aphasiology | Year: 2014
Background: The relationship between object concept domains (living vs. nonliving) and their underlying feature structures is a frequent area of investigation regarding semantic processing in healthy individuals and some individuals with neuropsychological impairment resulting from herpes simplex encephalitis, semantic dementia, and Alzheimer's disease. However, this relationship has been less well investigated in persons with stroke-aphasia (PWA), even though many treatments for anomia following stroke are predicated on the use of semantic feature cues.Aims: As part of a larger investigation into the influence of semantic feature processing on naming for PWA, this study examined the ability of PWA to confirm the relations between object concepts and associated semantic features.Methods & Procedures: Fifteen native English-speaking, right-handed individuals with post-stroke-aphasia responded yes or no via button press to feature verification questions designed to probe the relationships between concept domain and feature type and distinctiveness.Outcomes & Results: PWA were more accurate and quicker to confirm concept-feature relationships when features contained function/action, rather than visual-perceptual information about concepts and when features were distinctive to concepts rather than shared. The truthfulness (i.e., veracity) of concept-feature pairings was demonstrated to differentially affect living versus nonliving concepts. Within domain, only nonliving concepts were verified more accurately and more quickly when pairings were true (rather than false). Between domains, true nonliving concept-feature pairings were more accurately and more quickly verified than true living concept-feature pairings. Also with respect to veracity, correlations were observed between aphasia severity and accuracy and speed of response to false concept-feature pairings.Conclusions: Findings have implications for the way in which semantic processing is probed with PWA, as well as providing preliminary information regarding responsivity of PWA to differing types of semantic information for living versus nonliving concepts. The fact that PWA demonstrated disproportionate difficulty responding to certain types of semantic information also suggests preliminary implications for the utility of different types of semantic cues in semantically based treatments for word retrieval impairment. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ANTARCTIC EARTH SCIENCES | Award Amount: 41.69K | Year: 2013
The PIs propose to complement the ANDRILL marine record with a terrestrial project that will provide chronological control for past fluctuations of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and alpine glaciers in McMurdo Sound. The project will develop high-resolution maps of drifts deposited from grounded marine-based ice and alpine glaciers on islands and peninsulas in McMurdo Sound. In addition, the PIs will acquire multi-clast/multi-nuclide cosmogenic analyses of these mapped drift sheets and alpine moraines and use regional climate modeling to shed light on the range of possible environmental conditions in the McMurdo region during periods of grounded ice expansion and recession. The PIs will make use of geological records for ice sheet and alpine glacier fluctuations preserved on the flanks of Mount Discovery, Black Island, and Brown Peninsula. Drifts deposited from grounded, marine-based ice will yield spatial constraints for former advances and retreats of the WAIS. Moraines from alpine glaciers, hypothesized to be of interglacial origin, could yield a first-order record of hydrologic change in the region. Synthesizing the field data, the team proposes to improve the resolution of existing regional-scale climate models for the Ross Embayment. The overall approach and anticipated results will provide the first steps towards linking the marine and terrestrial records in this critical sector of Antarctica.
Results from the proposed work will be integrated with outreach programs at Boston University, Columbia University, and Worcester State University. The team will actively collaborate with the American Museum of Natural History to feature this project prominently in museum outreach. The team will also include a PolarTREC teacher as a member of the research team. The geomorphological results will be presented in 3D at Boston University?s Antarctic Digital Image Analyses Lab. The research will form the basis of a PhD dissertation at Boston University.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 22.28K | Year: 2013
This project will measure, map and analyze economic forms of production, consumption, exchange, finance, and governing of common resources that pursue social and environmental sustainability associated with the broad range of activities known as the solidarity economy. Organizations participating in the solidarity economy are considered to be those that prioritize ethical commitment to cooperation, democratic participation, ecological resilience and social inclusion. Examples of organizations in this group include worker cooperatives, such as Cooperative Home Care Associates in the Bronx and Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing in Wisconsin; consumer cooperatives, such as REI and Lancaster Farm Fresh; community land trusts, such as the Champlain Housing Trust in Vermont; credit unions; food cooperatives; and other enterprises, such as Wikipedia and local bike-sharing programs. This interdisciplinary research project will gather information about the solidarity economy in the United States, with its core hypothesis being that the U.S. solidarity economy has substantial and often unrecognized impacts on local communities in terms of increasing economic activity, employment, well-being, and overall socio-environmental sustainability. The investigators will use mixed methods from geography, economics, and other social sciences, including geographic information system-based analyses, surveys, in-depth interviews, and economic impact modeling. They expect to produce the first estimate of the spatial distribution, economic output, and locally significant influences associated with the solidarity economy in the U.S., both nationally and at local levels in Philadelphia, New York City, and Massachusetts. The project will make available a website for research, education, and participatory mapping of the solidarity economy, and it will generate a guide to enable replication of the analysis across the country by researchers, community groups, and policymakers.
This project will establish the groundwork for the solidarity economy as a new object of geographic, economic, and social research in the U.S., and it will develop methods for analysis of its nature and influence. The mapping and measurement of the role of the solidarity economy will help identify place-based strategies for local economic development. Project findings will contribute to efforts to create more socially and environmentally sustainable economic institutions that produce equity alongside jobs, goods, and services. With local community members participating in the project as researchers along with senior researchers and both graduate and undergraduate students, the project is expected to yield new insights regarding the efficacy with which solidarity economy organizations generate solutions to the pressing social problems of inequality, unemployment, and ecological unsustainability.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ANTARCTIC EARTH SCIENCES | Award Amount: 17.11K | Year: 2016
Scientific drilling in Antarctica allows scientists to gather detailed information about past periods of global climate variability. Previous drilling projects that targeted marine sediments have shown that Antarctica experienced a major cooling event about 15 million years ago. Previous studies of surface sediments in the Friis Hills, located in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, suggested that this transition at 15 million years ago shifted Antarctica from a vegetated to a glaciated environment. This project is targeting terrestrial drilling sites in the Friis Hills to collect cores of ancient and well-preserved lake sediment that can be compared to the marine sediment cores and surface deposits. Volcanic ash layers from the core and surface deposits can be dated and correlated to constrain the timing of climate transition in Antarctica. The combined data set of the marine and lake sediment cores will give scientists a more complete picture of past climate events as they compare environmental data across a broad onshore-offshore transect for the Antarctic continent. The US investigators supported by this RAPID (Rapid Response Research) project will join a research team from New Zealand and Italy to conduct the drilling and collect multiple lake sediment cores.
This novel dataset will provide the oldest continuous sedimentary record in the terrestrial Antarctic and thus help to answer long-standing questions of biogeography including: (1) When did the Neogene tundra biota become extinct? (2) Was the climate change that caused the biotic turnover unidirectional and permanent; or, did short-lived, warmer-climatic conditions that supported tundra, return to the Dry Valleys after the mid-Miocene? (3) Were any possible warmer conditions regional or continental in their extent? (4) How closely linked are the records for Neogene climate evolution and Neogene landscape evolution in the western Dry Valleys region? The U.S. participants in this project are responsible for the following objectives: (1) establish chronology of the Friis Hills core by 40Ar/39Ar dating of crystals from ash layers found in the core, (2) correlate the published outcrop record from surface sediments to the forthcoming Friis Hills core stratigraphy, and (3) characterize the microclimate of Friis Hills for future ice sheet and climate modeling initiatives. The project benefits an early career researcher and provides training for a graduate student. Dissemination of results and products will be via peer-reviewed publications and conference abstracts and will be highlighted in the novel AntarcticKids program at Worcester State University, MA, aimed at attracting K-8 school students to science.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 29.73K | Year: 2013
Neogene sediment records recovered by ANDRILL suggest multiple events of open water conditions and elevated sea surface temperatures at times when terrestrial data from the McMurdo Dry Valleys indicate hyper arid, cold, desert conditions. Interpretation of the ANDRILL data suggests the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is highly sensitive to changes in Pliocene sea surface temperatures and this conclusion has been supported by recent Global Circulation Model results for the early to mid Pliocene. The PIs propose to model paleo-ice configurations and warm orbits associated with a WAIS collapse to assess potential climate change in East Antarctica. During such episodes of polar warmth they propose to answer: What is the limit of ablation along the East Antarctic Ice Sheet?; Are relict landforms in the Dry Valleys susceptible to modification from increase in maximum summertime temperatures?; and Is there sufficient increase in minimum wintertime temperatures to sustain a tundra environment in the Dry Valleys? Integration of depositional records and model outputs have the potential to test the performance of numerical models currently under development as part of ANDRILL; reconcile inconsistencies between marine and terrestrial paleoclimate records in high Southern Latitudes; and improve understanding of Antarctic climate and ice volume sensitivity to forcing for both the East Antarctic and West Antarctic Ice Sheets.
Results from this study have the potential to be used widely by the research community. Outreach to local elementary schools from other funded efforts will continue and be extended to homeschooled students. A Post Doc will be supported as part of this award.