Nancy B. Sussman

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Nanomaterials are frontier technological products used in different manufactured goods. Because of their unique physicochemical, electrical, mechanical, and thermal properties, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) are finding numerous applications in electronics, aerospace devices, computers, and chemical, polymer, and pharmaceutical industries. SWCNT are(More)
The focus of this article is to examine how the choice of comparison group affects the identification and interpretation of cause-specific health risks in occupational cohorts when different external control populations are used. The mortality experience of approximately 31,000 high nickel alloys workers is compared with the total US population and to local(More)
Introduction Identifying postures and behaviors during keyboard use that can discriminate between individuals with and without musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity (MSD-UE) is important for developing intervention strategies. This study explores the ability of models built from items of the Keyboard-Personal Computer Style instrument (K-PeCS) to(More)
Structure-activity relationship (SAR) models can be used to predict the biological activity of potential developmental toxicants whose adverse effects include death, structural abnormalities, altered growth and functional deficiencies in the developing organism. Physico-chemical descriptors of spatial, electronic and lipophilic properties were used to(More)
A cross-sectional study of 1,142 male employees at the Arkansas Operations of a large aluminum production company examined the effect on pulmonary function of chronic exposure to total dust produced in the mining and refining of bauxite and the production of alumina chemicals. Never smokers, ex-smokers, and current smokers were analyzed separately. Among(More)
Twenty-four organic compounds currently undergoing testing within cancer bioassays under the aegis of the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) were submitted to the computer automated structure evaluation (CASE) and multiple computer automated structure evaluation (MULTICASE) system for predictions of activity. Individual predictions resulting from the(More)
Chronic radiation sickness is a deterministic radiation health effect observed among the Mayak Production Association workers in Russia. In this study, unsupervised neural networks were used to cluster hematological measurements in a subset (n = 88) of the Mayak Production Association population while excluding from the analysis the radiation dose and the(More)
The process of assessing the prediction ability of a computational model is called model validation. For models predicting a categorical response, the prediction ability is usually quantified by prediction measures such as sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy. This paper presents a software Model Validation using Repeated Partitioning (MVREP) that(More)
The availability of nitric oxide (NO), which is required for the normal regulation of vascular tone, may be decreased in preeclampsia, thus contributing to the vascular pathogenesis of this pregnancy disorder. Because ascorbate is essential for the decomposition of S-nitrothiols and the release of NO, we speculated that the ascorbate deficiency typical of(More)