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Short stories in English Literature

One of the most excellent features of life is to read and listen to tales. In general children are raised listening to the short stories which have been composed and handed down throughout the years. They are simply a means of amusement for the children and also fulfil the purpose of priceless lessons in traditions and etiquette. The notions are educated by means of the devices of narrating the stories.

Short story is a literary and fictional work which is in general composed in the forms of prose, frequently in the format of narrations. This design is inclined to be further meaningful than elongated fictional works, for example in the 20th and 21st century senses the novels and novellas. Short story explanations on the basis of the extent vary fairly, even amongst the proficient writers, in division for the reason of the disintegration of the intermediate into genus.

Given that the format of the short story comprised a broad variety of genus and fashions, the real extension is determined by the personage author’s inclination, or the actual needs of the story on conditions of artistic course or story bend and the compliance strategies applicable to the actual market of the story. Guiding principle differ to a great extent amongst the publishers. The talent of narrating a story is older than documentation of the society. Even the supposed contemporary short story, that was the most recent of the foremost fictional types to develop, has an primeval heredity.

Several short story composers label their art-work in the course of an amalgamation of artistic, individual expression, and creative reliability. They try to oppose classification by genus as well as explanation by statistics, finding such advances restraining and counter–instinctive to creative appearance and analysis. As a consequence, explanations of the short story supported on length fragment even further, while the writing procedure is taken into concerns.

The forms of Short stories have their ancestry in the verbal story-telling customs and promptly sketched circumstances which rapidly appears to its aim. By the way of the increase of the relatively practical novels, the short story developed as a minuscule adaptation, with few of its primary rightly self-sufficient illustrations in the stories of E. T. A. Hoffmann. Other writers of the 19th-century were famous for their short stories which is comprised of Bolesław Prus, Nikolai Gogol and Guy de Maupassant.

A number of authors are recognized almost completely for their work on short stories, by choice or by significant considerations. Authors such as Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, P. G. Wodehouse, Richard Matheson, Bolesław Prus, Franz Kafka, H. P. Lovecraft, Virginia Woolf, Dino Buzzati, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Mann, Shirley Jackson, D. H. Lawrence, and Stephen King were exceedingly talented short story writers as well as and novelists.

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NRMP to Release Results for More Than 40,000 Physician Residency Applicants on March 20

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 16, 2015

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) will announce results of the 2015 Main Residency Match on Match Day, March 20, at 1:00 PM ET. In 2014, more than 40,000 applicants vied for over 29,000 residency positions at institutions across the country, and the 2015 Match is expected to be even larger. Results of the Match are closely watched because they are predictive of future changes in physician manpower supply. Members of the media who would like to receive the embargoed advance data tables on Thursday, March 19, should email with your name, publication, and email address.

Match Day is an annual rite of passage for U.S. medical students and other applicants from around the world, a culmination of years of hard work and dedication. The achievement is recognized by medical schools at Match Day ceremonies across the country beginning at 12:00 PM ET on March 20. All applicants receive their Match results from the NRMP at 1:00 PM ET.

“At the medical school ceremonies, students are given personalized letters showing where they matched. It’s an exciting moment because it validates their years of effort and defines their future careers as physicians,” says Mona M. Signer, NRMP President and CEO. “We consider it a privilege to share in this life-changing day.”

The Match Process

The Main Residency Match process begins in the fall for applicants, usually in the final year of medical school, when they apply to residency programs at which they would like to train. Program directors review applications and conduct candidate interviews in the fall and early winter. From mid-January to late February, applicants submit to the NRMP their rank order lists of preferred programs, and program directors rank applicants in order of preference for training. The NRMP uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs using the preferences expressed on their ranked lists. Research on the NRMP algorithm was a basis for awarding The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2012.

Resources: Match Data Reports & Interviews

Match data reports from previous Matches are available on the NRMP Match Data page. To schedule an interview with NRMP President and CEO Mona Signer, contact media(at)nrmp(dot)org. Contact your local medical school for details on their Match Day ceremonies.

About NRMP

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors. In addition to the annual Main Residency Match® for more than 40,000 applicants, the NRMP conducts Fellowship Matches for more than 50 subspecialties through its Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®).


Existing-Home Sales In April Show Housing Market Stabilizing

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 28, 2015

Although existing-home sales in April decreased, year-over-year sales figures remain positive, The Federal Savings Bank was intrigued to hear that the housing is stabilizing, according to the National Association of Realtors on May 21st. For the second consecutive month, existing-home sales surpassed the 5 million seasonally adjusted annual rate mark. There were also seven straight months of year-to-year increases. While housing sales may have slowed because of lack of inventory, improving housing affordability and new inventory may help lift up sales.

Compared to the previous month, April sales decreased 3.3 percent to reach 5.04 million. Although NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun acknowledged this slight set back, he remained optimistic about future growth.

Supply of new homes grows in April

While tight inventory continues to be a problem in the housing market, potentially leading to higher home prices, according to Yun, supply of new homes is forecast to expand.

The U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported on May 21th that single-family housing starts in April surged 16.7 percent from March to reach almost 733,000 total.

Greater starts and completions in the single-family home market should add some much needed inventory that may alleviate the pressure in the home price environment. Housing completions in April rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 986,000, growing 20.4 percent from the previous month.

Analysts predict the housing market will return to normal because of increased building activity, as reported by the The Wall Street Journal on May 26th in a release titled “U.S. New-Home Sales, Prices Climb”. In the previous year, purchases of new homes alone climbed 26.1 percent.

With the steady pace of new home sales exhibited for much of the first half of the year, economists expect housing sales to stabilize.

“The fact that new home sales have exceeded 500,000 in three of the four months so far this year is an encouraging sign that we are moving closer to ‘normal,'” Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, said in a client note.

Economic gains lead to greater housing affordability

In addition to higher inventory, another factor that should help boost sales is the ability for buyers to secure a low rate mortgage. Yun noted, and The Federal Savings Bank agrees, that buyers are entering the market more frequently because of economic growth.

Although prices are increasing due to demand for a smaller amount of inventory, buyers are seeing their incomes also increase, Yun said.

“However, the overall data and feedback we’re hearing from Realtors continues to point to elevated levels of buying interest compared to a year ago,” Yun said in a statement. “With low interest rates and job growth, more buyers will be encouraged to enter the market unless prices accelerate even higher in relation to incomes.”

The Federal Savings Bank thinks that the expansion in the economy and wages will likely help first-time home buyers and other house hunters achieve their goals of owning a home. By applying for a low rate mortgage now before interest rates rise, applicants are more likely to get the home they want at the price that will be manageable.

First-time home buyers can contact the Federal Savings Bank, a veteran owned bank, to learn more about applying for a low rate mortgage.

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Memorial Hospital West Rehabilitation Center Expands To Serve South Florida Community

Pembroke Pines, Florida (PRWEB) May 18, 2015

Memorial Hospital West Outpatient Rehabilitation Center unveiled its new $ 6 million expansion facility that will bring an infusion of new programs, services, and technology for the South Florida community.

The debut of the 30,000 square foot complex, part of the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute, was marked by an open house event held on May 9 on the campus of Memorial Hospital West (703 N. Flamingo Road) in Pembroke Pines.

The facility’s makeover now provides a wide variety of medical and rehabilitation options, including the opportunity to continue a supervised exercise program in the adjacent Memorial Fitness Center.

“We’re uniquely qualified and equipped to provide family-centered care from an individual’s birth to their golden years,” said Director of Rehabilitation Services Debbie Lessard. “The facility currently serves more than 300 patients each day, and the additions give us the opportunity to achieve greater outcomes for many more.”

Enhancements in the rehabilitation area include separate, secure environments for both children and adults.

An all-new pediatric gym features zip lines, swings, monkey bars, a rock climbing wall, steppers, and treadmills to aid little ones overcoming neurological and medical/surgical issues.

There is also a multi-sensory room for kids, baby treatment rooms, quiet rooms, and specialized speech and feeding rooms. The reconfigured adult area includes upgraded rehabilitation equipment for cardiovascular, orthopedic, oncology and sports medicine patients. The center, which completed some of its improvements earlier this year, is also home to more than 50 therapists, many with specialized clinical expertise in advanced areas of physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

Memorial has also begun a “Return to Sports” program for athletes in the community looking to get to the next level through the use of technology, injury prevention, and proven training methods.

For more information, call 954-265-0985.

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About the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute:

Memorial Rehabilitation Institute provides a wide array of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for adults and children. With the goal of maximizing results – helping patients go beyond their perceived limitations and get back to their “max” – our multidisciplinary team provides assessment, personalized treatment program development and progress monitoring for a variety of conditions, including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, multiple trauma, neurologic conditions and multiple orthopedic conditions. Memorial Rehabilitation Institute is the recipient of multiple accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, as well as numerous awards including the “Guardian of Excellence Award” for patient satisfaction and the “Gold Seal” award for excellence in long-term care.

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The Hertz Foundation Announces Robbee Baker Kosak as New President

Livermore, CA (PRWEB) May 07, 2015

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, known for its commitment to providing fellowship support to top PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences, today named Robbee Baker Kosak its new president. Under Kosak’s leadership, the Hertz Foundation is poised to enter a new era of philanthropic leadership as its community of Hertz Fellows grows in size and impact. She is the first woman to be named president by the Foundation and is deeply committed to its mission to support the education of preeminent scientists and engineers.

Kosak, former Vice President of University Advancement at Carnegie Mellon University, has been a leader in expanding the field of global philanthropy in higher education and has more than 35 years of experience in developing philanthropy and partnership networks on behalf of the scientific community.

“Robbee is a visionary leader with decades of experience building philanthropic partnerships and other strategic relationships,” says David J. Galas, PhD, Hertz Fellow, Chairman of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Board of Directors, and a preeminent leader in biology and medicine. “Her relationships with major international philanthropists, foundations, businesses, in the science and technology fields will prove incredibly valuable for the Foundation and our Fellows. She is the right individual to lead the Hertz Foundation into a new era of increased global impact, as more Hertz Fellows fuel important scientific discovery,” he added.

While at Carnegie Mellon, Kosak helped position the university as a pioneer among United States research universities as it grew its footprint around the world. She created successful strategies for building philanthropic investment, engaging alumni and global institutional partners and marketing the university’s programs in the Middle East, East and South Asia, and Africa. Her efforts expanded the university’s reputation in parts of the world in great need of higher education opportunities, especially in science and technology. During her tenure, she led the university’s successful $ 1 billion fundraising drive.

“I am honored to be named president of the Hertz Foundation. It is a privilege to carry forward the vision of Fannie and John Hertz and leaders like famed 20th century scientist Edward Teller, a friend of John Hertz, who believed deeply in the importance of scientific exploration,” said Robbee Kosak. She added, “We undoubtedly are at a key point in our nation’s history. The global leadership position of the U.S. in science, technology and innovation must remain strong. Yet given the pressure today on government funding, philanthropy must step in and fill this void if we are to continue to educate and prepare a robust pipeline of exceptionally talented leaders in these arenas. The Hertz Foundation plays a vital role in funding the education of these future leaders and we are unabashed about our goal to increase the number of fellowships that we provide. The world faces immense challenges—disease eradication, cybersecurity, environmental health, and quality of life across the years, are but a few. Supporting the education of our most talented scientists and engineers is one of the most important investments that we can make today to ensure the quality of our future.”

Along with positioning the Foundation for fiscal sustainability and growth, Kosak plans to continue to strengthen the community of Hertz Fellows. Moreover, she notes that the United States continues to lag far behind other countries in education spending, especially in the STEM disciplines. Joining with the influential members of the Hertz Community, as well as other government, philanthropic and private sector leaders, she is anxious to address this deficit.

“Our Hertz Community now exceeds 1,100 Fellows – these are leaders who are paving the way for monumental discoveries,” adds Kosak. “The future is science-based. Government, business, academia, and philanthropy all need to work together to nurture brilliant minds. Yet, in 2014 our federal government allocated only 4 percent of the federal budget to education, well behind the average 9 percent of the 30 OECD countries. We have to increase this number if the United States is to successfully compete in tomorrow’s marketplace of ideas and discoveries. We all benefit when our best young talent is challenged to push even farther and if they are well supported throughout their careers.”

“Robbee is a wonderful choice for President of the Hertz Foundation,” adds Dr. Edward H. Frank, Hertz Fellow, founder and CEO of CloudParity, former executive at Apple, and life trustee of Carnegie Mellon University. “She has the vision required to transform the Foundation as she deeply understands the need for greater investments in the sciences and has the expertise to identify and implement the strategies to bring that funding to bear.”

Since 1963, the Hertz Foundation has awarded $ 200 million (present value) for the graduate education of over 1,100 Fellows in science and engineering fields. Alumni of the Hertz Fellowship include two Nobel laureates—John Cromwell Mather, a Nobel laureate for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite, and Carl Wieman, a Nobel laureate for his work in the production of the first true Bose-Einstein condensate. Alumni also include a Fields Medal recipient (awarded to two to four mathematicians under 40 years old at the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union, which convenes every four years), and a National Science Medal recipient. Fellows have gone on to found more than 200 companies, register over 3,000 patents, head major universities, teach in academia, lead in key positions at National Laboratories, and command senior positions in the United States Military.

Key to its mission, the Hertz Foundation gives Fellows the freedom to innovate in their doctoral studies. They are not bound by traditional research funding restrictions or the funded projects of any faculty member. Hertz Fellows are able to pursue their own ideas with complete financial independence, under the guidance of some of the country’s finest professors and mentors.

Kosak’s Extensive Experience

Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Kosak served as the Vice President for Institute Advancement at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she was responsible for the university’s global activities related to marketing and media relations, alumni relations, and fundraising. Prior to joining Rensselaer in 1994, she served as Vice President for University Relations at Bucknell University, Executive Director of the Campaign for Illinois Institute of Technology, and Assistant Vice President of Development at Northwestern University. Kosak began her career in university administration at Carnegie Mellon, where she served as Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Director of Foundation Fundraising.

Along with her new role at the Hertz Foundation, Kosak is a member of the prestigious International Women’s Forum and serves on the board of trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the American Middle East Institute (founding board member). She is a summa cum laude graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, and attended the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management. Mrs. Kosak will relocate to the Bay Area from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Thomas, an award-winning graphic designer.

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About the Hertz Foundation

For over half a century, the Hertz Foundation has selected and supported the best and brightest graduate students in the applied, physical, and biological sciences. These select leaders drive scientific discovery, fuel technical innovations across disciplines and industries, and make breakthroughs that positively impact our country – and the world. Hertz Fellows pursue a PhD in the STEM fields and follow their academic curiosity with greater financial independence. These students are chosen for their intellect, their ingenuity and their potential to make scientific advancements for the public good. They join the vibrant and supportive Hertz Fellows Community, which gathers the Fellows together at annual workshops and retreats to inspire and learn from one another across disciplines and generations. For more information visit

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Oral Cancer on the Rise Due to HPV

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 18, 2015

Oral cancer among young adults is skyrocketing and the human papilloma virus (HPV) is the culprit, say researchers. New research in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that people infected with HPV are 32 times more likely to develop oral or throat cancers compared to the increased risk associated with smoking (three times more likely to develop these cancers) and drinking alcohol (two-and-a-half times more likely). (1)

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) wants to get the word out about causes and prevention. A public service campaign is planned to launch this summer.

Oral cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips and adjacent areas including the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus and other sites within the head and neck. An estimated 42,000 new cases of oral and throat cancers are diagnosed in the U.S. each year and are responsible for almost one death every hour. The mortality rate is high — not because the cancer is hard to detect or diagnose, but because it is often discovered too late in its development. Survivors often suffer long-term problems such as severe facial disfigurement and/or difficulties eating and speaking.

The number of oropharyngeal cancers linked to HPV has risen dramatically over the past few decades. The reason for the rising rate of HPV-linked cancers is unclear, although some think that it could be because of changes in sexual practices in recent decades, in particular an increase in oral sex. People with oral and oropharyngeal cancer linked to HPV infection tend to be younger and are less likely to be smokers and drinkers. Oropharyngeal cancers that contain HPV DNA tend to have a better outlook than those without HPV. (2)

The earlier the cancer is detected, the easier the treatment and the greater the chance of a cure. While a family dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) can easily check for oral cancer during routine exams, the AAOMS wants to emphasize the importance of performing monthly self-exams. A video of the self-exam screening is available at

Only a mirror and bright light are needed for the self-exam. The video explains where to look — inside lips, front of gums, roof of mouth, the tongue surface and underneath, inside cheeks, and the back of the gums. Also check for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes (glands) on both sides of the neck including under the lower jaw. The video also describes what to look for when performing a self-exam.

The AAOMS is committed to educating the public about the risk factors for oral cancer and the importance of early detection. Everyone should see a dentist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at least once a year and learn how to perform self-exams monthly. The mouth is one of the body’s most important early warning systems, and any suspicious lumps or sores should not be ignored. Make an appointment for a prompt examination, as early treatment may well be the key to complete recovery.

(1) New England Journal of Medicine “Case–Control Study of Human Papillomavirus and Oropharyngeal Cancer” 10 May 2007

(2) “What are the risk factors for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers?” 16 July 2014


The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) represents more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, supporting specialized education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office anesthesia evaluations to ensure that the office procedures meet stringent national standards. To find a surgeon in your area, visit, or call (847) 67806200 or (800) 822-6637.

About HPV

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world to affect the skin and mucosal areas of the body. Over eighty types of HPV have been identified. Different types of the human papillomavirus are known to infect different parts of the body. It infects the epithelial cells of skin and mucosa. The epithelial surfaces include all areas covered by skin and/or mucosa such as the mouth, throat, tongue, tonsils, vagina, penis, and anus. Infection with the virus occurs when these areas come into contact with a virus, allowing it to transfer between epithelial cells. (2)


Wisdom Natural Brands Receives Presidential Award For Export Successes

Gilbert, Arizona (PRWEB) May 28, 2015

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Wisdom Natural Brands® with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“The President’s ‘E’ Award winners are outstanding American businesses and organizations that have played a crucial role in strengthening and growing our economy through increased U.S. exports,” said Secretary Pritzker. “By selling Made-in-America goods and services internationally, winners are creating jobs in Arizona and their local communities. Congratulations to Wisdom Natural Brands. Exports are critical to our nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace and solidify our country’s economic leadership across the globe.”

Wisdom Natural Brands is a manufacturer of natural sweetener products made from the Stevia plant and other natural ingredients. Branded under SweetLeaf®, our product line includes powders, liquids and tabs.

“We are honored to be one of the 45 companies to receive the Presidential ‘E’ Award. And we are especially grateful for the assistance that the U.S. Department of Commerce has rendered in helping us make the world a sweeter place,” said Michael May, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer for Wisdom Natural Brands. “A key part of our strategy for growth in the coming years will originate from customers and partners in the global marketplace.”

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Secretary Pritzker honored 45 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

U.S. exports of goods and services hit an all-time record of $ 2.34 trillion in 2014, accounting for 13.4 percent of U.S. GDP, compared to 7.5 percent 30 years ago. Nationally, jobs supported by exports reached an all-time high last year with more than 11.7 million jobs, up 1.8 million since 2009.

American companies are nominated for “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the overall winners.

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit


Ohio State Newark’s Student Research Forum Winners Announced

Newark, Ohio (PRWEB) March 26, 2015

In its 11th year at The Ohio State University at Newark, the Student Research Forum showcased oral and poster presentations from 25 students in the John Gilbert Reese Center.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for the campus and the community to see some of our best and brightest,” says Dr. Nathaniel Swigger, Assistant Professor and co-organizer of the event. Adding, “In the end it’s all about our hard-working students presenting their research accomplishments.”

Student participants gave poster presentations as well oral presentations followed by question and answer sessions. Both were judged in separate categories divided between students presenting completed research and students who are proposing research topics.

The full list of winners and participants follows.

Oral Presentation, Completed Research:

Wesley Barnhart and Samuel Rivera, “Auditory Stimuli Slow Down Responses and First Fixations: Support for Auditory Dominance”

Carolyn Dunifon, “Heart Rate Variability Associated with Attentional Control in High-Load Flanker Tasks” (1st place)

Chelsea Hinshaw, “Mysterious Bones: The Key to Unlocking New Orleans’ Odd Fellows Rest”

Amanda Hunt, “Adolescent Literature for Young Adults vs. for Adults” (2nd place)

Bryce Jones, “Intellectuals and Zombies in Star Wars: Death Troopers”

Oral Presentation, Proposed Research:

Torah Silvera, “Mardi Gras Indians: Exploring the Intersection of History, Community, and Culture in a Unique Tradition” (2nd place)

Lenise Sunnenberg, “New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian Queens: Exploring the Intersection of Race, Gender and Culture in a Unique Tradition”

Ashley Theodore, “Maintaining Black Culture through Mardi Gras Indian Suits” (1st place)

Poster Presentation, Completed Research:

Wesley Barnhart, “The Effects of Math Anxiety on Behavioral Decision Making Tasks”

Wyatt Bowman, “The Perception of Research Quality Based on Institutional Esteem”

Robert Burkhart, “Testing the Utility of Stable Isotopes for Analyzing Bee Foraging Across Habitats”

Krysten R. Chadwick, “Prosodic Processing by Individuals with Williams Syndrome” (1st place)

Rebekah Clark, “The Effects of Simulated ADHD Symptoms on Cognition”

Carolyn Dunifon, “Pay Attention to the Pictures: Auditory Dominance Not Under Attentional Control”

Max Frankenberry, “Utility of Carbon 13 Isotopes for Determining Adult Bumblebee Diets”

Kayla Palmiter, “Cross-Domain Priming of Language and Music in Children”

Lindsey Rike, “The Cross-Domain Priming of Language and Motor Rate” (2nd place)

Andrew Sabula, “An Archaic Ungulate of Middle Paleocene Age from Southeast Montana”

Poster Presentation, Proposed Research:

Emily Fischer, “Is it a Bat or a Bat? How Preschoolers Use Prosody to Disambiguate Nouns”

Steven Foley, “Pre-Katrina vs. After Katrina: N’awlins Does Matter”

Austin Hulse, “Spectral Lags of Swift Gamma-Ray Bursts with Precursor Emission” (2nd place)

Ashley Luu and Cody Price, “Providing Unique Information May Lead to Being Ostracized”

Michael Madson, “Spectral Lags of Swift GRBs with Prompt Optical Emission” (1st place)

Brandon Porter, “The Effect of Prosody on Decision Making”

K’ree Wright, “Using Prosody to Predict a Credible Source”

To learn more about the Student Research Forum or about student research at Ohio State Newark, contact Nathaniel Swigger, Assistant Professor, Political Science at swigger.1(at)osu(dot)edu.


PHOTO Attached – Dr. Robert Cook congratulates a student winner at the 2015 Student Research Forum

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Solving the energy crisis in West Africa; crucial months ahead for the Power industry

London (PRWEB UK) 28 May 2015

The frequent power shortages currently happening in West Africa are causing a significant human and economic development slow-down and have forced ECOWAS’ Governments to initiate several measures to remedy the energy crisis.

Nigerian government recently announced that a 10MW capacity wind farm, the largest in West Africa, has started functioning on trial basis. Situated in the Northwestern part of the country, the project is the first wind-based energy development.

Ghana, which is suffering from interrupted power supply after a long period of stability, is planning to double its Power output before 2020 thanks to power purchase from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and plants upgrade. President Mahama promised to inject an additional 3,665 MW of power into the national grid.

Niger’s power production capacity meets only one third of the country’s needs, creating inevitable blackouts that are crippling the country’s economy for more than 3 weeks. The country, one of the world’s poorest, urgently requires significant Energy investment to end power outages and avoid further generators burnt outs caused by round-the-clock production.

Additionally, a recent IEA report stated that increasing the electrification rate in sub-Saharan Africa from 32% today to 70% in 2040 would cost $ 205 billion in capital investment. The largest share ($ 75 billion) will go to West Africa, with Nigeria accounting for about 60% of the projected investments.

Next month, IRN will organise on 16-17 June, in Lagos, the West Africa Power 2015 Summit that will assess the solutions and plans formed by West African nations to improve their country’s electrification and boost their economies. This includes, amongst others, the privatisation of their power sector, further investment on clean energy and the construction of new turbines.

The Energy Ministers of Nigeria, Togo, Niger and Mali along with current operators, utilities and service providers will provide 100 high-profile delegates with the latest insights for them to learn about the regional opportunities and eventually get involved in the region.

More information can be found on the website

The official Twitter hashtag to join the discussion is #WAPower.

Marx Modifies Design Plans to Meet NYC Zone Green

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 21, 2015

Structural thermal break elements by Schock Isokorb® are part of an upcoming project in the Queens area of NYC.

The Marx, a 7-story building at 34-32 35th Street in Astoria designed by Fogarty Finger Architects, will adhere to NYC’s Zone Green amendment regarding wall thickness. Zone Green is a set of amendments to zoning regulations in an effort to encourage green building. To meet the Zone Green exemption, Isokorb® structural thermal breaks were used in the Marx design to provide greater insulation surrounding the concrete balconies.

Vidaris, Inc., provider of niche consulting services focusing on high performance buildings, contributed to the design of the building. According to Dan Luddy, Vidaris Associate, “[The Zone Green amendment] allows a well-insulated building to exempt up to 8” of wall thickness from zoning requirements, allowing for more usable floor area. In order to achieve this, the opaque wall area has to be 20% better than the NYC energy code on a combined u-factor basis, and the total vertical wall area (opaque and glass) needs to be 10% better.

The building was designed with the assumption of claiming the extra usable floor area, however, it was discovered pretty late that we were not quite hitting the targets. An energy analysis found that it was nearly impossible for the building to meet the required targets with uninsulated balconies. Schöck recommended Isokorb® in combination with some additional insulation in the wall assemblies to avoid a major redesign of the building.”

Schock Isokorb® is one of the first to contribute structural thermal breaks to a Zone Green project. Providing insulation through structural thermal breaks contributes to energy saving, sustainable building, cost savings and added comfort for the residents.

“We look forward to continuing to contribute to this and other initiatives toward higher efficient building, and meeting the changing codes” said Matt Capone, Sales Manager, Schock USA Inc.

For more information please contact Schӧck USA Inc. at 855 572 4625 or visit

Project Details

Project:      Marx

Architect: Fogarty Finger Architects

Structural Engineer:      Rossenwasser/ Grossman

Building Consultants: Vidaris Associate

Construction:    Procida Construction Corp

Products:        Schöck Isokorb®

Notes to the editor

About Isokorb®

The Schöck Isokorb reduces thermal bridges between exterior and interior components to a minimum. The risk of condensation formation and consequently structural damage and possible mold growth is prevented. The Schöck Isokorb can be used in both Institutional Buildings and High Rise Residentials. The product lines of Schöck Isokorb Type CM and S allow the thermal insulation of concrete and steel connections and offer maximum design freedom. At the same time the products ensure structural integrity.

About Schöck

The Schöck group consists of 13 companies and 650 employees, and is headquartered in Baden-Baden, Germany. They focus on the development of high value components that are part of statics and building physics, such as the products that avoid thermal bridges or impact noise in the building. The main product is the Schöck Isokorb® – a supporting element to heat insulating cantilever bridges on the components such as balconies, porches or canopies. With over 12,000 standard types and solutions for use in concrete, steel and wood, Schöck is the leading specialist in this segment. They have solutions for both new construction and building modernization.



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