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2012-06-16 01:00:43

Ongoing research by Mercyhurst University biologists intended to expand and expedite testing for potential pathogens in beach water at Presque Isle State Park has resulted in a new method that delivers near real-time water quality results. Mercyhurst biologist Dr. Steven Mauro, who has been instrumental in local beach water research the past five years, said the system is being piloted at Presque Isle this summer and represents a collaboration of Mercyhurst, Penn State Behrend, the...

2011-03-08 19:39:21

The artificial intelligence program "Watson" may have outsmarted human competitors on the television quiz show "Jeopardy!" recently, but it would have to go a long way to best an intelligence analyst, according to Kristan Wheaton, J.D., associate professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst College. On Feb. 14-16, the reigning champions of Jeopardy! "“ Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter "“ faced a formidable new competitor "“ a supercomputer named Watson under development by...

2011-01-04 15:02:23

Kris Wheaton pushes a key on his computer and the reminder transmits to dozens of intelligence studies students: Game Lab Tonight! Himself a long-time gamer, Wheaton is a pioneer in game-based learning as it applies to the teaching of intelligence analysis. Whether wrangling over the next move in "Defiant Russia," a board game based on the 1941 German attack on the Soviet Union, where players control the units that fought in the campaign; or strategizing over the online musical puzzle journey...

2010-03-27 11:25:58

The Applied Forensic Sciences Department at Mercyhurst College continues its landmark research into the recovery and interpretation of burned human remains from fatal fire scenes with a mock fire and excavation in Montgomery County, Pa., this weekend. Representatives of the department were on site last week when area fire officials conducted a controlled burn of a modular home at the Hickory Park Campgrounds, 2140 Big Road, Gilbertsville, Pa. Before the structure was set ablaze, the...

2009-09-27 12:40:55

Dwarf scouring rush found in rare wetland on Mercyhurst College land Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) scientists have discovered a plant in Erie County that has never been recorded in Pennsylvania. The plant, dwarf scouring rush, was identified with the aid of a Mercyhurst College professor on the college's Mercyhurst West property in Girard. Dwarf scouring rush is known to exist in northern U.S. states and in Canada, but the plant had not been identified in Pennsylvania until this...

2009-07-09 11:43:17

Where the first Americans came from, when they arrived and how they got here is as lively a debate as ever, only most of the research to date has focused on dry land excavations. But, last summer's pivotal underwater exploration in the Gulf of Mexico led by Mercyhurst College archaeologist Dr. James Adovasio yielded evidence of inundated terrestrial sites that may well have supported human occupation more than 12,000 years ago, and paved the way for another expedition this July.As part of...

2009-04-15 13:33:00

VAI Donates their Analytical Software to Mercyhurst College for Instructional Classroom Purposes FREDERICK, Md., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Visual Analytics Inc. (VAI) is pleased to announce that Mercyhurst College is the first educational institution to take part in VAI's Collegiate Outreach Program. VAI's VisuaLinks(R) software will be used for instructional classroom purposes within the Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies (MCIIS) beginning in the fall of the 2009-2010...

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2005-05-31 07:20:00

Study shows people prefer serious songs in bad times, snappy pop in good ones In the peaceful, affluent America of 1958, Danny & the Juniors released what would be that year's top hit -- a frothy, dance-party anthem called At the Hop. Just 12 years later, in 1970, a country convulsed by Vietnam, rising crime rates and rapid social change turned to Simon & Garfunkel for a Bridge Over Troubled Water. According to a new study analyzing Billboard magazine's number one hits for the years...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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