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    “… is an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal”: How open access journals describe themselves in their “Aims and Scope” statements
    (Universidad de Extremadura - Servicio de Publicaciones, 2023-12-14) Cheng, An
    Open access journals (OAJs) have been celebrated for freeing research from paywalls and increasing the visibility of research results beyond disciplinary, academic, or financial boundaries. They have been recognized as an important part of the Open Science (OS) ecology. However, they are still viewed by some with skepticism. Given these conflicting perceptions, it would be important for LSP researchers and practitioners to understand OAJs better as they may need to work with students who are or will be part of the OS movement. Examining how open access journals describe themselves in their “Aims and Scope” (A&S) statement is a worthwhile step in this direction. I analyzed the A&S statements of 104 OAJs and 104 subscription-based journals. I conducted thematic analysis aided by NVivo. Although both groups of journals include some broad themes in their A&S statements, there are some observable differences in the way they describe their scope and promote themselves. Using the concept of the prestige economy, I offer two theoretical insights: the OAJs journals may be self-consciously and purposefully responding to the expectations of the prestige economy. Meanwhile, they may be redefining what is relevant in such an economy.
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    Learning about research writing across the disciplines: Pathways, problems, and possibilities
    (Universidad de Extremadura - Servicio de Publicaciones, 2023-06-07) Cheng, An
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    OER at OKState: Centering faculty expertise
    (2024-05-08) Essmiller, Kathy
    In 2013, the Oklahoma State University Libraries included a commitment to open practices as part of its mission and strategic plan. In the years following, the Libraries created and filled a full-time OER librarian position, secured a subscription to an online content creation and publishing platform, and set aside consistent funding in order to shift from a series of project to development and implementation of a sustainable program. As of 2023, all incoming freshmen students have the option to take at least one general education course that does not require purchase of commercial materials. In this session, Kathy Essmiller will share how the OpenOKState program comes alongside faculty and students to help curate, modify and create research, teaching and learning resources to enact the university's commitment to research and student success.
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    Development of an RNA interference (RNAi) gene knockdown protocol in the anaerobic gut fungus Pecoramyces ruminantium strain C1A
    (2018-01-30) Calkins, Shelby S.; Elledge, Nicole C.; Mueller, Katherine E.; Marek, Stephen M.; Couger, MB; Elshahed, Mostafa S.; Youssef, Noha H.
    Members of the anaerobic gut fungi (AGF) reside in rumen, hindgut, and feces of ruminant and non-ruminant herbivorous mammals and reptilian herbivores. No protocols for gene insertion, deletion, silencing, or mutation are currently available for the AGF, rendering gene-targeted molecular biological manipulations unfeasible. Here, we developed and optimized an RNA interference (RNAi)-based protocol for targeted gene silencing in the anaerobic gut fungus Pecoramyces ruminantium strain C1A. Analysis of the C1A genome identified genes encoding enzymes required for RNA silencing in fungi (Dicer, Argonaute, Neurospora crassa QDE-3 homolog DNA helicase, Argonaute-interacting protein, and Neurospora crassa QIP homolog exonuclease); and the competency of C1A germinating spores for RNA uptake was confirmed using fluorescently labeled small interfering RNAs (siRNA). Addition of chemically- synthesized siRNAs targeting D-lactate dehydrogenase (ldhD) gene to C1A germinating spores resulted in marked target gene silencing; as evident by significantly lower ldhD transcriptional levels, a marked reduction in the D-LDH specific enzymatic activity in intracellular protein extracts, and a reduction in D-lactate levels accumulating in the culture supernatant. Comparative transcriptomic analysis of untreated versus siRNA- treated cultures identified a few off-target siRNA-mediated gene silencing effects. As well, significant differential up-regulation of the gene encoding NAD-dependent 2- hydroxyacid dehydrogenase (Pfam00389) in siRNA-treated C1A cultures was observed, which could possibly compensate for loss of D-LDH as an electron sink mechanism in C1A. The results demonstrate the feasibility of RNAi in anaerobic fungi, and opens the door for gene silencing-based studies in this fungal clade.
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    Getting to know the Tribal Treaties Database
    (2024-03-07) Nykolaiszyn, Juliana
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    Novel dual-channel configuration of non-contact diffuse reflectance spectroscopy towards assessing the spectral absorption at a depth below 1 mm
    (SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, 2024-03-12) Farahzadi, Nafiseh; Piao, Daqing; Ramanathan, Ranjith
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    Understanding the limiting patterns of the total diffuse reflectance from center-illuminated-central-acquired geometry towards non-contact sensing
    (SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, 2024-03-12) Piao, Daqing; Sun, Tengfei; Farahzadi, Nafiseh
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    Seeding wildflowers: The role of self-compassion in creating neurodiversity-affirming libraries
    (2024-03-21) Hoffner, Bailey
    Want to learn how to make your library a more naturally accommodating space for autistic and neurodivergent staff and patrons? In this session, we will spend time seeding self compassion while learning about neurodivergent needs through fictional vignettes, personal reflection, and creative expression. You’ll walk away with a handout on Neurodiversity-Affirming Practices for Libraries and plenty of seeds for compassion towards all library workers and patrons. The session will employ multiple, optional anonymous polls, and attendees are encouraged to have paper and a pen or pencil at hand.
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    Neurodiversity-affirming principles for libraries
    (2024-03-21) Hoffner, Bailey
    A handout on neurodiversity-affirming principles and practices for libraries.
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    Being the change we wish to see: Neurodiversity-affirming practices for library workers and patrons
    (2024-03-07) Hoffner, Bailey
    This session will provide and talk through practical tips for supporting the agency of autistic and neurodivergent individuals in your library. Led by an adult-diagnosed autistic librarian, the session will encourage attendees to ask questions such as: What are specific ways of thinking that aren't serving your entire community, and how might you work towards a neuro-affirming, universal design?
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    Three simplicial resolutions
    (2011-02-24) Mermin, Jeffrey
    We describe the Taylor and Lyubeznik resolutions as simplicial resolutions, and use them to show that the Scarf complex of a monomial ideal is the intersection of all its minimal free resolutions.
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    Double burden of COVID-19 knowledge deficit: Low health literacy and high information avoidance
    (Springer Nature, 2022-02-05) Chen, Xuewei; Li, Ming; Kreps, Gary L.
    People with lower levels of health literacy are likely to report engaging in information avoidance. However, health information avoidance has been overlooked in previous research on responses to viral outbreaks. The purpose of this cross-sectional survey study was to assess the relationship between health literacy and COVID-19 information avoidance. Students (n = 561) at a university in the south central region of the U.S. completed our online survey conducted from April to June 2020 using simple random sampling. We measured information avoidance and the degree to which people opt not to learn about COVID-19 when given the choice. We assessed participants’ health literacy level using the Newest Vital Sign (NVS), eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS), and All Aspect of Health Literacy Scale (AAHLS).
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    Identifying mental health literacy as a key predictor of COVID-19 vaccination acceptance among American Indian/Alaska Native/Native American people
    (MDPI, 2023-11-30) Chen, Xuewei; Winterowd, Carrie; Li, Ming; Kreps, Gary L.
    This study examines how health literacy and mental health literacy associate with the willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination among American Indian/Alaska Native/Native American (AI/AN) people. Methods: The data were collected with an online Qualtrics survey in February 2021 (n = 563). A purposive snowball sampling strategy was used by sending recruitment flyers to colleagues and organizations who work with AI/AN communities to share with appropriate potential respondents. We performed linear regression analyses examining the relationships between the willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and socio-demographic characteristics such as age, gender, education, health literacy, mental health literacy, self-rated physical and mental health status, worry about getting COVID-19, perceived COVID-19 susceptibility, and perceived COVID-19 severity. Results: Mental health literacy and health literacy predicted 30.90% and 4.65% of the variance (R² adjusted) in the willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, respectively. After holding the self-rated physical/mental health status, worry about getting COVID-19, perceived susceptibility, perceived severity, health literacy, and socio-demographics constant, mental health literacy was still a strong predictor (b = 0.03, p < 0.001) for the willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (model R² adjusted = 40.14%). Conclusions: We identified mental health literacy as a substantial factor associated with the willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination among AI/AN respondents.
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    Chinese Americans’ information sources on, preferred types of, and satisfaction with COVID-19 vaccination
    (MDPI, 2023-12-06) Li, Ming; Yu, Zuojin; Yang, Bo Kyum; Chen, Xuewei; Kreps, Gary L.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 87% of Asian Americans had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of July 2023. The purpose of this study is to identify the sources of information, preferred vaccine types, and levels of satisfaction related to COVID-19 vaccination among Chinese Americans, the largest subgroup of Asian immigrants living in the U.S. Our survey data were collected from 241 Chinese American early adopters of the COVID-19 vaccine, who completed at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in June 2021. Our results indicated that their major information sources regarding COVID-19 vaccination included health officials and authorities, local news, family/friends/co-workers, social media platforms, and healthcare professionals. More than half of the participants expressed a preference for the Pfizer-BioNTech (New York, U.S.) vaccine based on the primary considerations of safety, efficacy, credibility of the developer, and availability. A majority of the participants felt satisfied with their experience of receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Participants with higher levels of self-efficacy and subjective norms related to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine were more likely to express satisfaction with the vaccination. These findings provide valuable insights into Chinese Americans’ information sources, vaccine preferences, and satisfaction levels regarding COVID-19 vaccination. This knowledge can help guide future vaccination interventions and campaigns.
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    Examining the relationship between health literacy and preventive care use
    (New Prairie Press, 2023-10) Chen, Xuewei; Luo, Guofan; Li, Ming; Kreps, Gary
    We examined the role of health literacy on preventive care among college students and assessed individual health literacy skills from a theory-based multidimensional perspective using both subjective and objective measures. Methods: Participants (n=561) completed our online survey with valid responses. Data collection was conducted from April to June 2020. We assessed participants’ health literacy using different measures, including Health Insurance Literacy Measure (HILM), eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS), All Aspect of Health Literacy Scale (AAHLS), and the Newest Vital Sign (NVS). The first three were subjective measures. The last one was an objective test. Preventive care included annual flu vaccinations, annual routine physical examinations, blood pressure checks, blood tests for cholesterol level, and annual dental checks. We performed logistic and linear regressions to examine the relationships among individual’s preventive care use, health literacy, and other factors including age, education, gender, race/ethnicity, health insurance coverage, and self-rated health status. Age, education, gender, race/ethnicity, health insurance coverage (medical health insurance and dental insurance), and self-rated health status predicted 15.42% of the variance (model R²) in the number of preventive care services received. Higher HILM, eHEALS, and AAHLS scores were significantly associated with a greater number of preventive care services received. The HILM increased the model R² by 2.42%. The eHEALS increased the model R² by 1.20%. The AAHLS increased the model R² by 1.73%. We identified health insurance status, health literacy, self-related health status, age, gender, and race/ethnicity as important predictors of preventive care use.
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    Risk factors associated with outcome in goats with encephalitic listeriosis: A retrospective study of 36 cases from 2008 to 2021
    (Wiley, 2023-04-21) Kennedy, Shari; Passler, Thomas; Stockler, Jenna; Bayne, Jenna
    BACKGROUND: There exists a scarcity of information on risk factors associated with case outcomes in goats diagnosed with encephalitic listeriosis.
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    Computing generalized Frobenius powers of monomial ideals
    (2020-05-29) Francisco, Christopher A.; Mastroeni, Matthew; Mermin, Jeffrey; Schweig, Jay
    Generalized Frobenius powers of an ideal were introduced in [HTW18] as characteristic-dependent analogs of test ideals. However, little is known about the Frobenius powers and critical exponents of specific ideals, even in the monomial case. We describe an algorithm to compute the critical exponents of monomial ideals, and use this algorithm to prove some results about their Frobenius powers and critical exponents. Rather than using test ideals, our algorithm uses techniques from linear optimization.