Michael Ferguson

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Two methods of biostimulation were compared in a laboratory incubation study with monitored natural attenuation (MNA) for total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) degradation in diesel-contaminated Tarpley clay soil with low carbon content. One method utilized rapid-release inorganic fertilizers rich in N and P, and the other used sterilized, slow-release(More)
Sankoff and Ferretti (1996) introduced several models of the evolution of chromosome size by reciprocal translocations, where for simplicity they ignored the existence of centromeres. However, when they compared the models to data on six organisms they found that their short chromosomes were too short, and their long chromosomes were too long. Here, we(More)
In this paper, we present an investigation into the use of cue phrases as a basis for dialogue act classification. We define what we mean by cue phrases, and describe how we extract them from a manually labelled corpus of dialogue. We describe one method of evaluating the usefulness of such cue phrases, by applying them directly as a classifier to unseen(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE We assessed the use of a pleural catheter (Thoracic Vent) to determine its effectiveness in treating simple pneumothorax (PTX) and in preventing recurrent PTX. DESIGN A retrospective review was conducted of 84 patients treated with a pleural catheter for iatrogenic (52) and spontaneous (11 primary, 21 secondary) PTX between 1989 and 1994.(More)
Most patients with advanced solid tumors of the chest will have local and/or distant disease progression despite standard therapy. Vinorelbine (Navelbine; Burroughs Wellcome Co, Research Triangle Park, NC; Pierre Fabre Medicament, Paris, France) is a new semisynthetic vinca alkaloid with single-agent activity in lung cancer that recently also has been shown(More)
The records were reviewed of 111 consecutive patients who had lung cancer resected and who were followed with serial postoperative whole-body gallium scans. Scans were obtained preoperatively at intervals of 3-6 months for about 1 year after surgery and subsequently at yearly intervals. The period of follow-up varied from 1 1/2 to 8 years. Of 55 patients(More)
To date, nickel(II) oxide (NiO) is one of the few p-type semiconductors that has successfully been used for the construction of dye-sensitized photocathodes as well as tandem dye-sensitized solar cells. In this study we present a novel fabrication method for the preparation of mesoporous NiO films based on preformed NiO nanopowders. Critical properties such(More)
While Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) programming languages such as UPC/UPC++, CAF, Chapel and X10 provide high-level programming models for facilitating large-scale distributed-memory parallel programming, it is widely recognized that compiler analysis and optimization for these languages has been very limited, unlike the optimization of SMP models(More)
A social robot is a robotic platform that supports natural interaction with people in a human-scale environment. Such a platform allows interesting opportunities for both traditional Computer Science students and students from other disciplines, such as psychology, philosophy, design and communications. In this paper, we describe a new social robotic(More)