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James Madison University Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Works: 286 works in 286 publications in 1 language and 286 library holdings
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Classifications: LB1028.M32,
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Organizational use of social media : the shift in communication, collaboration and decision-making by Dhruvi A Naik( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Social media has driven organizational communication, collaboration and decision-making in recent times. This thesis focuses first on the popularity and widespread usage of social media like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and how it has provided businesses with platforms to collaborate and communicate virtually. It then explores how organizations can implement social media for the purpose of external marketing and advertising, to connect to consumers and for the purpose of internal communications. For example, how can organizations tap the potential of social media and connect with consumers? Social media has provided organizations with opportunities for management of customer relationships, innovation, improved operations within the organization, and leadership. It has not only revolutionized internal communications, collaboration and decision-making in organizations, but it has also had a vast impact on almost all aspects of life. In the final sections of the thesis, some guidelines are discussed for organizations that decide to employ social media. The future of social media is rife with possibilities. The thesis concludes by demonstrating how tapping that potential for important corporate decisions will offer opportunities for businesses and will soon prove to be a transformative force by provoking a shift in communication, collaboration and decision-making
Secondary transposon mutagenesis of Bordetella avium by Lisa Jane Shinkarow( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Bordetella avium is the causative agent of Bordetellosis. Bordetellosis is a respiratory infection in turkeys that causes inflammation and alteration of the respiratory mucosa, which leads to sneezing, oculonasal discharge, tracheal collapse, mouth-breathing, stunted growth and susceptibility to secondary infections. This infection causes considerable financial losses to the poultry industry every year. Previous investigations into the process by which the bacterium attach to the tracheal cilia indicated the hemagglutination phenotype as an attachment factor. Previous investigations showed that two essential proteins are responsible for the hemagglutination phenotype. The genes that encode for these proteins are hagA and hagB. With these genes deleted, strains obtained from infected turkeys were still able to attach to cilia. These strains could also agglutinate red blood cells, an activity that mimics cilia attachment. However, these strains retained their original mutation and were therefore named pseudorevertants. In this study, deletion pseudorevertant strains were mutagenized using a plasmid containing a transposon. This mutagenesis yielded multiple strains with mutations in outer membrane proteins. Of these mutant strains, three were unable to hemagglutinate guinea pig RBCs. These strains then underwent further anaylsis and characterization. Sequencing of the genes interrupted by the transposon revealed two genes predicted to encode membrane proteins. These genes are glnH and the PagL family of genes. The gene glnH encodes for the glutamine transport protein and the PagL family of genes are Lipid A acetylases. These genes encode proteins that are not obvious candidates for attachment factors, but instead are involved in transport of nutrients across the membrane. Some hypotheses for how these mutations may have caused loss of hemagglutination ability have been presented. However, further study will be required to understand the relationship between these proteins and their contribution to the attachment process in the psedorevertants
Analysis of perceptions toward the use of modeling for emergency preparedness planning by Allison M Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Living tiny legally by James G Rollin( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Over the last 40 years, the average new United States house has increased in size by more than 1,000 square feet, from an average size of 1,660 square feet in 1973 (earliest year available from the Census Bureau) to 2,687 square feet last year (Perry, 2016). In that same time period, there was a 91% increase in home square footage per inhabitant and a decrease in average household size. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average home in the United States costs approximately $358,000 to build, an increase of roughly $200,000 since 1998. Meanwhile, the average annual income in the U.S. has remained unchanged for the last several years, at approximately $52,000 per year. As costs increased, the U.S. homeownership rate fell to its lowest point in over 50 years. Since 1965, the homeownership rate has decreased to 62.9% as of the second quarter in 2016. These trends have created a dire need for affordable housing. This project addresses this problem, while proposing tiny houses as a solution, and following the triple bottom line. This is an economic model that focuses on economy, ecology, and equity as the dimensions of success. Tiny homes are sustainable as they are more energy efficient and require less materials, as well as less space. In congruence with less materials and less land required, technology such as passive solar design, high R-value insulation, or energy star appliances can drastically reduce energy costs (Morrison, 2015). Depending on the size, tiny homes use only 10% of the lumber as a traditional home. The cost of a tiny home is comparable to the down payment of a traditional single family home. A typical down payment on an average-sized house is $72,000, whereas the cost of new construction for a 200 square foot tiny house can be as low as $35,000. Socially the tiny house lifestyle promotes a greater sense of community, more socio-economic accessibility, and the benefits of minimalism. This project takes all of these principles and applies them to examine the feasibility of implementing tiny homes within the Harrisonburg area
Development of an AEE Certification for Energy Managers (CEM) Program at James Madison University by Nicholas Robert Stahl( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The following is report of the work done to develop an AEE Certified Energy Manager's program at James Madison University during the ISAT senior project/honors thesis work of Nicholas Stahl. The original intent of the project was to establish a partnership with the Association of Energy Engineers and have James Madison University be a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) testing location in which ISAT students could take the CEM exam by the end of the Spring 2013 semester. After talking with the AEE and analyzing the ISAT curriculum it was determined that adjustments to the curriculum were necessary to establish such a program. This lead to a series of proposed changes including the allocation of topic gaps to ISAT classes, the outlining of a 3-credit course called Building Energy Management, the outlining of a 1-credit course title The Electric Power Sector and the integration of the World Energy Engineering Congress into the ISAT 411 course
DNA sequence analysis of dry eye patients by Nickie Hosseini( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A resilience assessment of the Ramla Valley system, Gozo by Mykel Fenech( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The investigation delves into the application of the resilience concept to the ecological and anthropogenic systems of Ramla Valley, Gozo. The Resilience Assessment, the first of its kind attempted in the Islands, takes a holistic approach to study a system by considering the various system components and related pressures. Components considered include agricultural, ecological, sediment (beaches and dunes) and landscape. Current governance impacting the system was also considered. Methods used in this study were based on guidelines provided by the Resilience Alliance and supported by data derived from previous studies, interviews with interested parties, on-site observations, and comparative studies of aerial photographs and maps of the area of study. The latter provides a spatial and temporal assessment of the area, allowing investigation of the manner in which the system changed with time. The compiled information was synthesised to establish the degree to which the system and its components are resilient. Findings indicate that agricultural land composition and vegetation components have remained relatively unchanged over the past 70 years. However, instances of land abandonment were noted. This, in turn allowed for the transformation of land to other states, characterised by natural maquis vegetation, Arundo donax stands, and Eucalyptus groves used for bird-hunting activities. Soil and water resources are amongst the most vulnerable aspects of the system due to overexploitation and improper management. The dune and beach system, although dynamic, are relatively stable features of the system. Constant monitoring of the various components is required to support management decisions thereby ensuring environmentally and socially sound measures maintaining the system's benefits
Immunological analysis of Staphylococcus aureus protein A variants by Amy Elizabeth Brown( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Manufacturing management system development by Marco Demartin( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The cloning, expression and purification of Staphylococcus aureus protein A binding domain variants by Amy Janell Goss( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Extraction of cellulase genes from trichoderma reesei for genetic modification of yeast for advancements in cellulosic ethanol production : the pretreatment process of cellulose by Sujay Jayesh Desai( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The role of quality labels in farming diversification and rural development by Eman Vella( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The European Union promotes marketing of quality food products through a quality labelling scheme having three labels known as PDO, PGI and TSG. Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) are two labels that protect products with an association to a particular region. Such products need to have a traditional link with the area as well as unique attributes (known as specifications) that make the product different from the customary. PDO labels designate a product that is linked with an area in every aspect, while PGI labels indicate that the product has a unique geographical link in any phase from its production, processing or preparation. Traditional Speciality Guarantee (TSG) labels are assigned to food products that are produced using a traditional method but can still be reproduced in any other area. Apart from providing consumers with information on their point of origin, EU quality labels are a means to enhance sustainable farming methods and amplify the rural economy. Through a system of certification and uniform enforcement, farmers have the possibility to produce less for more as well as tap value added benefits linked with quality labels. Unfortunately, the concepts of quality labelling and food certification in Malta did not yet take-off. Thus, Malta is missing out on quality food production, consumer satisfaction in buying local food products, increments in the farmers' pocket, international promotion of local food products and other fringe benefits linked with rural development. This dissertation sheds a light on the prospective of applying EU quality labels to traditional Maltese food products and how such process could be idyllically achieved. From a consumer survey based on 300 respondents, it came out that the majority have never seen a quality label but there is the willingness to pay extra for quality food products. These results were consolidated by opinions gathered through eight interviews with relevant authorities and local producers. Moreover, a study visit linked with this dissertation was held with an Italian certification body in the region of Umbria in Italy. During this week in Perugia, information on quality labels was obtained through interviews as well as by participating in product conformity checks. This dissertation comes to an end by recommending policies that may possibly be adopted so that Maltese products could be able to obtain EU quality labels
Development of a database-driven online cooperative for CHPM rapid prototyping manufacturers by Reneé M Parilak( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Is there a win-win scenario in furniture manufacturing offshoring? - : a case study of Leggett & Platt Inc. by Nileena Menon Moolayil( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Economic analysis of the upper South River special regulation area in Augusta County, Virginia by Brian Rapp( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Upper South River Special Regulation Area (SRA) is a fishery in Augusta County, Virginia that opened as a trout fishery in January 2011. There is a need to estimate the economic impact of the fishery on the local community in order to find the value of the fishery. The economic value of the fishery is important because of its implications in the management practices as well as funding for future restoration and conservation projects. In this study, the economic impact was estimated to be 78,181 dollars from January 2011 through June 2012. This was calculated based on prior surveys and not from a survey to Upper South River SRA anglers. Most notably, the 2006 National Survey offered trip-related expenditures for Virginia anglers and non-Virginia anglers when fishing in Virginia, the 2011 South River Survey gave a percentage of expenditures that are spent within 20 miles of the river, and conversations with active anglers gave an estimate of angling effort. Upper South River SRA Permit application data was used to get geographic data of the anglers. It is recommended that a future survey be conducted on Upper South River SRA permit applicants in order to further assess the economic impacts of the fishery on the local community. 78,181 dollars is a conservative estimate of the economic impact and a focused survey can show the impact to be much larger. This document outlines the importance and procedure of natural resource valuation and has recommendations for a survey to continue the efforts to value the Upper South River SRA
Why haven't technologies fixed open source intelligence? by Tim Sparks( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Intelligence Community (IC) reached consensus after 9/11/2001 on the importance of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) due to the changing nature of the global threat environment, the information explosion, and the changing intelligence requirements of the IC. Voluminous amounts of information, much of it with potential application for use in intelligence operations, continue to challenge IC intelligence analysts⁰́₉ capabilities to harness, and effectively use in finished all-source intelligence production. Government reform commissions, senior IC officials, along with OSINT and technology advocates, have all espoused the growing importance of OSINT, and have outlined many ways in which the IC should improve including through improved OSINT training and expertise, along with the application of technologies and tools to assist IC analysts to perform the OSINT mission. This thesis examines how OSINT became important again after the events of 9/11, and the systematic efforts to institutionalize OSINT within the IC. This thesis examines the envisioned state of OSINT as published in the 2006 National Open Source Enterprise OSINT vision, that OSINT would be used as the Source of First Resort, and examines past IC efforts to implement technological solutions to make OSINT better for IC analysts. This examination attempts to answer the simple question of why haven't technologies fixed OSINT yet? The thesis outlines many of the IC cultural challenges and limitations of the IC, as reflected in the literature, and personal observations of IC challenges that have inhibited OSINT, or may do so in the future. The thesis concludes by highlighting where OSINT has been and the unclear status of OSINT in the future IC. It is unknown whether OSINT will ever reach its full potential within the IC, or if on-going OSINT initiatives and reform efforts will repeat past trends. Further research may be required to understand future IC OSINT initiatives and how well OSINT fares in the coming years
Assessing the impact of a constructed wetland biome on the ecosystem health of Cedar Run by Thomas Vasilopoulos( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A wetlands ecosystem is defined as "an area saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency or duration sufficient to support ... a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions" (Batzer and Sharitz, 2007). Wetlands serve as biofilters and thus have been used to treat sewage and wastewater, as well as to restore the health of polluted water systems. Solly Walker and Lorinda Palin, owners of a certified natural and biodynamic farm called Avalon Acres located in Broadway, Virginia, constructed a wetland two years ago, using the stream, Cedar Run, that flows through their property. Pollution from agricultural activity in the watershed upstream of Avalon Acres has compromised the health of the ecosystem. Ultimately, Solly and Lorinda would like to restore the health of the stream ecosystem, provide a safe habitat for native plant and animal species, and help to mitigate ecological destruction taking place downstream. The purpose of this project is to assess the impact that the constructed wetlands has had on water and soil quality. Stream water quality data, such as nitrate, phosphate and coliform levels, dissolved oxygen concentration, pH and conductivity, were collected over the course of 11 months. Soil carbon data and results from plant and macroinvertebrate sampling were also used to analyze the influence of the wetlands on the ecosystem. Consistently high levels of nitrates and phosphates were found indicating impairment of the stream. Due to the limited time and scope of the project, and the relatively recent introduction of the wetlands, no definitive conclusions can be made regarding the impact of the wetlands on water and soil quality. However, there were lower levels of pollutants in sites within the wetland area than sites outside of the wetland in the stream, which indicates that the wetland is having an effect. This research project establishes a baseline for further investigation into the impact of the wetlands at Avalon Acres Farm over the coming years
Studies on WiMax broadband wireless technology by Khadija Kraimeche( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Development of an optimized protocol for the isolation of methicillin-resistance genes in Staphylococcus aureus bacteriophages present in the environment by Taryn Katherine Boyle( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Bringing DNA technologies to the high school classroom : a feast for the future and the innocent project by Kerry Veronica Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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