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First results obtained by RUNJOB campaign  

Microsoft Academic Search

We report experimental results obtained by using a wide-gap type emulsion chamber flown in the first Japanese-Russo joint balloon project, called RUNJOB (RUssia-Nippon JOint Balloon-program). Two balloons were launched from Kamchatka in July 1995, and both were recovered successfully near the Volga River. The exposure time was 130 hours for the first flight and 168 hours for the second. The

E. Kamioka; A. V. Apanasenko; V. A. Berezovskaya; M. Fujii; T. Fukuda; M. Hareyama; G. Hashimoto; M. Ichimura; T. Kobayashi; V. Kopenkin; S. Kuramata; V. I. Lapshin; A. K. Managadze; H. Matsutani; N. P. Misnikova; T. Misu; R. A. Mukhamedshin; A. Nakamura; M. Namiki; H. Nanjo; S. I. Nikolsky; K. Ogura; S. Ohta; D. S. Oshuev; P. A. Publichencko; I. V. Rakobolskaya; T. M. Roganova; G. P. Sazhina; H. Semba; T. Shibata; T. Shiota; H. Sugimoto; L. G. Sveshnikova; V. M. Taran; Z. Watanabe; N. Yajima; T. Yamagami; I. V. Yashin; E. A. Zamchalova; G. T. Zatsepin; I. S. Zayarnaya



First results obtained by RUNJOB campaign  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We report experimental results obtained by using a wide-gap type emulsion chamber flown in the first Japanese-Russo joint balloon project, called RUNJOB ( RUssia- Nippon JOint Balloon-program). Two balloons were launched from Kamchatka in July 1995, and both were recovered successfully near the Volga River. The exposure time was 130 hours for the first flight and 168 hours for the second. The mean ceiling altitude, in both flights, was 32 km corresponding to 10 g/cm 2. Total area of the emulsion chamber was 0.8 m 2, and the thickness 0.385 and 2.28 collision m.f.p.'s for vertically incident proton- and iron-primaries, respectively. We detected 381 showers using Fuji-#200-type X-ray film; of these 174 showers were due to atmospheric secondary ?-rays, and the rest 207 came from nuclear components. The energy range covers 20˜200 TeV for proton-primary, 3˜30 TeV/nucleon for helium-primary, and 0.7˜5 TeV/nucleon for iron-primary. We give the energy spectra for various elements (proton, helium, …, iron) as well as the all-particle spectrum and the average mass of the cosmic-ray primaries.

Kamioka, E.; Apanasenko, A. V.; Berezovskaya, V. A.; Fujii, M.; Fukuda, T.; Hareyama, M.; Hashimoto, G.; Ichimura, M.; Kobayashi, T.; Kopenkin, V.; Kuramata, S.; Lapshin, V. I.; Managadze, A. K.; Matsutani, H.; Misnikova, N. P.; Misu, T.; Mukhamedshin, R. A.; Nakamura, A.; Namiki, M.; Nanjo, H.; Nikolsky, S. I.; Ogura, K.; Ohta, S.; Oshuev, D. S.; Publichencko, P. A.; Rakobolskaya, I. V.; Roganova, T. M.; Sazhina, G. P.; Semba, H.; Shibata, T.; Shiota, T.; Sugimoto, H.; Sveshnikova, L. G.; Taran, V. M.; Watanabe, Z.; Yajima, N.; Yamagami, T.; Yashin, I. V.; Zamchalova, E. A.; Zatsepin, G. T.; Zayarnaya, I. S.; Runjob Collaboration ( Russia-Nippon Joint Balloon-Program)


Results obtained using the Plastic Ball  

SciTech Connect

Single-particle inclusive experiments, and experiments that additionally measure a few correlations like the associated multiplicity, have provided the main contribution to our present understanding of high-energy heavy-ion collisions. The results from those experiments are in overall agreement with calculations of the cascade and hydrodynamical models. In the cascade model the collision of two nuclei is simulated as a cascade of nucleon-nucleon collisions using measured N-N cross sections. The hydrodynamical model, on the other hand, describes the nuclear collision as that of two fluids and makes use of a nuclear equation of state relating thermal and compressional energy densities to pressure. The pressure field dominates the expansion phase and leads to collective flow of the reaction products in a preferred direction. The observation of such effects in inclusive experiments is not well established. Collective effects that manifest themselves in the shape of the event in phase space are expected to be seen best in complete event detectors that measure the final state as exclusively as presently possible by measuring most of the charged particles emitted in the reaction. In addition, those detectors are well suited to test macroscopic concepts such as equilibrium and temperature. Global methods like the sphericity or thrust analysis take into account all the correlations measured in the event and are specially designed to determine the shape of an event in phase space and thus to define a reaction plane. Recent data from the Plastic Ball experiment about the study of nuclear stopping and thermalization and on global analysis are presented.

Ritter, H.G.; Gustafsson, H.A.; Gutbrod, H.H.



Report on recent results obtained in TCABR  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent results of experimental work and theoretical modeling carried out in the TCABR tokamak are reported on characterization of MHD instabilities, improved diagnostics of rotation of the plasma column, excitation of Alven global modes, identification of GAMs, and the effect of rotation on their behavior. Detailed measurements of edge electrostatic perturbations and of magnetic island evolution and rotation indicate that the edge turbulence is substantially affected by the islands growth, leading to a strong modulation of the edge particle losses at the same frequency of the MHD activity. Measurements with spatial resolution also show that the growth of the MHD activity is due to nonlinear coupling of magnetic islands with different poloidal mode numbers, which increases the impurity influx. A new system of data acquisition and processing of the TCABR plasma rotation diagnostic was implemented. The system is based upon a single monochromator coupled with six photomultipliers tubes and allows one toroidal and two poloidal simultaneous rotation measurements. The excitation of Global Alfven Waves - GAW has been investigated, using a new type of radio frequency amplifier. The GAW resonances are searched either by a pre-programmed density variation, at fixed generator frequency, or through three RF frequency sweeps from 2 to 4.5 MHz, at stationary density. GAW resonances have been found and their somewhat new characteristics are presented. The investigation of the effect of poloidal and toroidal rotation on the characteristics of the geodesic acoustic mode has been investigated, both theoretically and experimentally. It is found that the assumption of isothermal flux surfaces gives rise to a third branch of this mode. Detailed predictions coupled with experimental measurements are currently being carried out to investigate this question.

Galvão, R. M. O.; Amador, C. H. S.; Baquero, W. A. H.; Borges, F.; Caldas, I. L.; Cuevas, N. A. M.; Duarte, V. N.; Elfimov, A. G.; Elizondo, J. I.; Fonseca, A. M. M.; Germano, T. M.; Grenfell, G. G.; Guimarães-Filho, Z. O.; Jeronimo, J. L.; Kuznetsov, Yu K.; Manrique, M. A. M.; Nascimento, I. C.; Pires, C. J. A.; Puglia, P. G. P.; Reis, A. P.; Ronchi, G.; Ruchko, L. F.; de Sá, W. P.; Sgalla, R. J. F.; Sanada, E. K.; Severo, J. H. F.; Theodoro, V. C.; Toufen, D. L.



Portable narcotics detector and the results obtained in field tests  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A compact integrated narcotics detection instrument (CINDI) has been developed at NOVA R&D, Inc. with funding provided by the U.S. Coast Guard. CINDI is designed as a portable sensitive neutron backscatter detector which has excellent penetration for thick and high Z compartment barriers. It also has a highly sensitive detection system for backscattered neutrons and, therefore, uses a very weak californium-252 neutron source. Neutrons backscatter profusely from materials that have a large hydrogen content, such as narcotics. The rate of backscattered neutrons detected is analyzed by a microprocessor and displayed on the control panel. The operator guides the detector along a suspected area and displays in real time the backscattered neutron rate. CINDI is capable of detecting narcotics effectively behind panels made of steel, wood, fiberglass, or even lead-lined materials. This makes it useful for inspecting marine vessels, ship bulkheads, automobiles, structure walls or small sealed containers. The strong response of CINDI to hydrogen-rich materials such as narcotics makes it an effective tool for detecting concealed drugs. Its response has been field tested by NOVA, the U.S. Coast Guard and Brewt Power Systems. The results of the tests show excellent response and specificity to narcotic drugs. Several large shipments of concealed drugs have been discovered during these trials and the results are presented and discussed.

Tumer, Tumay O.; Su, Chih-Wu; Kaplan, Christopher R.; Rigdon, Stephen W.



Calibration results obtained with Liulin-4 type dosimeters  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Mobile Radiation Exposure Control System's (Liulin-4 type) main purpose is to monitor simultaneously the doses and fluxes at 4 independent places. It can also be used for personnel dosimetry. The system consists of 4 battery-operated 256-channel dosimeters-spectrometers. We describe results obtained during the calibrations of the spectrometers at the Cyclotron facilities of the University of Louvain, Belgium and of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences-STA, Chiba, Japan with protons of energies up to 70 MeV. The angular sensitivities of the devices are studied and compared with Monte-Carlo predictions. We also present the results obtained at the HIMAC accelerator with 500 MeV/u Fe ions and at the CERN high energy radiation reference fields. Records made during airplane flights are shown and compared with the predictions of the CARI-6 model.

Dachev, Ts.; Tomov, B.; Matviichuk, Yu.; Dimitrov, Pl.; Lemaire, J.; Gregoire, Gh.; Cyamukungu, M.; Schmitz, H.; Fujitaka, K.; Uchihori, Y.; Kitamura, H.; Reitz, G.; Beaujean, R.; Petrov, V.; Shurshakov, V.; Benghin, V.; Spurny, F.


Calibration results obtained with Liulin-4 type dosimeters.  


The Mobile Radiation Exposure Control System's (Liulin-4 type) main purpose is to monitor simultaneously the doses and fluxes at 4 independent places. It can also be used for personnel dosimetry. The system consists of 4 battery-operated 256-channel dosimeters-spectrometers. We describe results obtained during the calibrations of the spectrometers at the Cyclotron facilities of the University of Louvain, Belgium and of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences-STA, Chiba, Japan with protons of energies up to 70 MeV. The angular sensitivities of the devices are studied and compared with Monte-Carlo predictions. We also present the results obtained at the HIMAC accelerator with 500 MeV/u Fe ions and at the CERN high energy radiation reference fields. Records made during airplane flights are shown and compared with the predictions of the CARI-6 model. PMID:12539758

Dachev, Ts; Tomov, B; Matviichuk, Yu; Dimitrov, Pl; Lemaire, J; Gregoire, Gh; Cyamukungu, M; Schmitz, H; Fujitaka, K; Uchihori, Y; Kitamura, H; Reitz, G; Beaujean, R; Petrov, V; Shurshakov, V; Benghin, V; Spurny, F



Comparison of anaerobic susceptibility results obtained by different methods.  


Susceptibility tests using 7 antimicrobial agents (carbenicillin, chloramphenicol, clindamycin, penicillin, cephalothin, metronidazole, and tetracycline) were run against 35 anaerobes including Bacteroides fragilis (17), other gram-negative bacilli (7), clostridia (5), peptococci (4), and eubacteria (2). Results in triplicate obtained by the microbroth dilution method and the aerobic modification of the broth disk method were compared with those obtained with an agar dilution method using Wilkins-Chalgren agar. Media used in the microbroth dilution method included Wilkins-Chalgren broth, brain heart infusion broth, brucella broth, tryptic soy broth, thioglycolate broth, and Schaedler's broth. A result differing by more than one dilution from the Wilkins-Chalgren agar result was considered a discrepancy, and when there was a change in susceptibility status this was termed a significant discrepancy. The microbroth dilution method using Wilkins-Chalgren broth and thioglycolate broth produced the fewest total discrepancies (22 and 24, respectively), and Wilkins-Chalgren broth, thioglycolate, and Schaedler's broth had the fewest significant discrepancies (6, 5, and 5, respectively). With the broth disk method, there were 15 significant discrepancies, although half of these were with tetracycline, which was the antimicrobial agent associated with the highest number of significant discrepancies (33), considering all of the test methods and media. PMID:464560

Rosenblatt, J E; Murray, P R; Sonnenwirth, A C; Joyce, J L



Graded electrical breakdown method for obtaining excellent ohmic contact on nonpolar (11\\bar{2}0) p-GaN  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The graded electrical breakdown (EBD) method was introduced to obtain ohmic contact on nonpolar (11\\bar{2}0) a-plane p-GaN surfaces. The graded EBD method, by which the electrical stress voltage could be increased up to 50 V in the Ni/SiO2/p-GaN structure, produced an ohmic contact with a specific resistance of 1.47 × 10?3 ? cm2 without any sudden degradation in the contact. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements revealed that the ohmic contact was due to gallium vacancies generated near the SiO2/p-GaN interface. Current–voltage-temperature measurements exhibited an insensitive temperature dependence of the contact resistance, indicating predominant tunneling transport at the contact.

Gil, Youngun; Choi, Yunju; Song, Keun Man; Kim, Hyunsoo



First results obtained with a lidar fluorescence sensor system  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recently we have developed a lidar fluorescence sensor system, consisting of a compact Nd:YAG laser with second and third harmonics generation, mounted on a Newtonian receiver coupled to a small monochromator with a ICCD detection unit. The laser radiation induces fluorescence on a remote target and fluorescence spectra are recorded. Substances like DOM, chlorophyll and other plants pigments, algae and phytoplankton, crude oil, etc. can be identified in this way. Preliminary laboratory work was done on various substances. The concentration of the trace compound in water is usually obtained by normalizing the integrated fluorescence intensity respect to the Raman peak of water at 402 nm. Preliminary results of laboratory calibration measurements on water pollution and vegetation will be presented.

Snels, Marcel; Guarini, R.; Dell'Aglio, M.



Main results obtained by the Siberia Regional Project of GAME  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

GAME(GEWEX Asian Monsoon Experiment) selected one of their field experiment site in Siberia. Importance of this area was, first, its large area on Eurasia, second, potential effect of fresh water supply to the Arctic Ocean, thirdly, this region is one center of the recent intense warming. In order to progress the study, we set up the following objectives. 1) Clarify the physical processes of the land-surface/atmosphere interacting system. 2) Clarify the characteristics and variability of regional energy/water cycle. 3) Obtain the climate trend and land-surface change during the past 50 years. 4) Improve and develop atmospheric and hydrological models 5) Collection and archive of regional ground based/satellite data. 6) Establishment of observational network for long-term variation study, and development of hardware. The 1st phase of the study was 1996-2001, and from 2002 to 2004, 2nd phase emphasizing on integration is continued. Among the drainage in Siberia, Lena River was selected and following main results were obtained. (1) Land surface processes at three local sites: Heat water exchange study was made at three sites (Tundra: Tiksi, Flat taiga:Yakutsk, Mountaineous taiga:Tynda) for multiple years. They all showed strong influence of frozen ground (permafrost) to the heat/ water balance at patch scale. Snow cover had strong influence to hydrological process at Tundra and Mountaineous taiga, but it was masked at Flat Taiga. In Flat taiga, rhythm of heat flux to atmosphere is regulated strongly by foliation of leaves. Grassland (called alas) in comparison with nearby forest show different seasonal progress of fluxes, higher evaporation and low sensible heat at small young alas, and lower evaporation at vastly cultivated alas. Inter-annual variation of evaporation seem to be small in the Flat taiga forest compared with Tundra, although soil moisture show strong inter-annual variability, mainly due to the result of active function of the trees. In dry years trees used the soil moisture at deep depth. (2) Land/surface atmosphere interaction at flat taiga: According to the aircraft observation of heterogenous land surface at 100km scale including Lena River, distribution of low level heat/water fluxes (100m) show complex pattern influenced by characteristics of boundary layer and local circulation. (3) Precipitation recycling: Stable Isotope analysis show the seasonal change in the character of precipitation recycling, weaker in the early summer and stronger in late summer (August) in this area. (4) Hydrological models sensitivity tests: Hydrological models were developed applicable to the large drainage, and result showed that drainage is more sensitive to change in precipitation than to air temperature. (5) Development of automated year-round observation system: Automated observation system made success in acquiring year-round meteorological and ground surface data at the three local observation sites

Ohata, T.; Fukushima, Y.



Porous high-density polyethylene in functional rhinoplasty: Excellent long-term aesthetic results and safety  

PubMed Central

BACKGROUND: Experience with the use of porous high-density polyethylene (PHDPE) for reconstruction of the nasal framework has been limited. OBJECTIVE: To confirm the safety and utility of PHDPE by analyzing aesthetic outcomes and assessing the frequency of complication related to PHDPE in a large, population-based, long-term follow-up study. METHODS: A total of 151 patients who had undergone septoplasty and/or functional rhinoplasty using PHDPE were enrolled. PHDPE sheets were used for diverse purposes such as septal extension graft, spreader graft, columellar strut or dorsal augmentation graft. After a long-term follow-up period (mean [± SD] 39.5±27.8 months; range six to 101 months), postoperative aesthetic outcome was evaluated objectively (by independent surgeons) and subjectively (patient self-report). Complications related to PHDPE were estimated through review of medical records. RESULTS: The most common use of the PHDPE graft was for septal extension (n=80 [42.6%]) and spreader graft (n=58 [30.9%]). Results of aesthetic evaluation by surgeons were excellent in 61 cases (40.4%), good in 54 (35.8%) and fair in 34 (22.5%). According to patient self-report, 100 were ‘satisfied’ (66.2%) and 36 rated their new profile as ‘better than the preoperative profile’ (23.8%). Complications were reported in six cases (4.0% [five cases of extrusion and one case of infection]). All complications were resolved after the surgical removal of PHDPE sheets under local anesthesia. CONCLUSION: The present study demonstrated that PHDPE could be used in functional primary rhinoplasty with excellent long-term aesthetic results and safety. PMID:25152641

Kim, Young Hyo; Jang, Tae Young



Gamma Ray Bursts: recent results obtained by the SWIFT mission  

E-print Network

In the introduction we give the main characteristics of the Swift mission outlining how the design was driven by the science goals and by the heritage we got from the Italian - Dutch satellite Beppo SAX. We show some of the new characteristics of the X - ray light curves that became evident soon after we obtained the first set of data. In addition to the early phase steep slope afterglow discovered by Swift, we discuss the frequently observed GRB flares and the first localization of a short burst.

G. Chincarini



How to Obtain Reproducible Results for Lithium Sulfur Batteries  

SciTech Connect

The basic requirements for getting reliable Li-S battery data have been discussed in this work. Unlike Li-ion batteries, electrolyte-rich environment significantly affects the cycling stability of Li-S batteries prepared and tested under the same conditions. The reason has been assigned to the different concentrations of polysulfide-containing electrolytes in the cells, which have profound influences on both sulfur cathode and lithium anode. At optimized S/E ratio of 50 g L-1, a good balance among electrolyte viscosity, wetting ability, diffusion rate dissolved polysulfide and nucleation/growth of short-chain Li2S/Li2S2 has been built along with largely reduced contamination on the lithium anode side. Accordingly, good cyclability, high reversible capacity and Coulombic efficiency are achieved in Li-S cell with controlled S/E ratio without any additive. Other factors such as sulfur content in the composite and sulfur loading on the electrode also need careful concern in Li-S system in order to generate reproducible results and gauge the various methods used to improve Li-S battery technology.

Zheng, Jianming; Lu, Dongping; Gu, Meng; Wang, Chong M.; Zhang, Jiguang; Liu, Jun; Xiao, Jie



"What If" Analyses: Ways to Interpret Statistical Significance Test Results Using EXCEL or "R"  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The present paper aims to review two motivations to conduct "what if" analyses using Excel and "R" to understand the statistical significance tests through the sample size context. "What if" analyses can be used to teach students what statistical significance tests really do and in applied research either prospectively to estimate what sample size…

Ozturk, Elif



Employment of Co underlayer and oblique deposition to obtain high resonance frequency and excellent thermal stability in FeCo thin films  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We propose a novel approach using Co underlayer to grow FeCo thin films by sputtering oblique deposition technique to achieve desirable performance for high frequency applications working in an environment where in the temperature may fluctuate. In particular, the films show a very high resonance frequency tunable up to 6.2 GHz with the permeability of 391 and an excellent thermal stability with the variation less than 1% in the temperature range from 300 K to 420 K.

Zhong, Xiaoxi; Phuoc, Nguyen N.; Liu, Ying; Ong, C. K.



Paternity analysis in Excel.  


Paternity analysis using microsatellite information is a well-studied subject. These markers are ideal for parentage studies and fingerprinting, due to their high-discrimination power. This type of data is used to assign paternity, to compute the average selfing and outcrossing rates and to estimate the biparental inbreeding. There are several public domain programs that compute all this information from data. Most of the time, it is necessary to export data to some sort of format, feed it to the program and import the output to an Excel book for further processing. In this article we briefly describe a program referred from now on as Paternity Analysis in Excel (PAE), developed at IST and IBET (see the acknowledgments) that computes paternity candidates from data, and other information, from within Excel. In practice this means that the end user provides the data in an Excel sheet and, by pressing an appropriate button, obtains the results in another Excel sheet. For convenience PAE is divided into two modules. The first one is a filtering module that selects data from the sequencer and reorganizes it in a format appropriate to process paternity analysis, assuming certain conventions for the names of parents and offspring from the sequencer. The second module carries out the paternity analysis assuming that one parent is known. Both modules are written in Excel-VBA and can be obtained at the address ( They are free for non-commercial purposes and have been tested with different data and against different software (Cervus, FaMoz, and MLTR). PMID:17928093

Rocheta, Margarida; Dionísio, F Miguel; Fonseca, Luís; Pires, Ana M



Short Hairpin RNA Suppression of Thymidylate Synthase Produces DNA Mismatches and Results in Excellent Radiosensitization  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To determine the effect of short hairpin ribonucleic acid (shRNA)-mediated suppression of thymidylate synthase (TS) on cytotoxicity and radiosensitization and the mechanism by which these events occur. Methods and Materials: shRNA suppression of TS was compared with 5-fluoro-2 Prime -deoxyuridine (FdUrd) inactivation of TS with or without ionizing radiation in HCT116 and HT29 colon cancer cells. Cytotoxicity and radiosensitization were measured by clonogenic assay. Cell cycle effects were measured by flow cytometry. The effects of FdUrd or shRNA suppression of TS on dNTP deoxynucleotide triphosphate imbalances and consequent nucleotide misincorporations into deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) were analyzed by high-pressure liquid chromatography and as pSP189 plasmid mutations, respectively. Results: TS shRNA produced profound ({>=}90%) and prolonged ({>=}8 days) suppression of TS in HCT116 and HT29 cells, whereas FdUrd increased TS expression. TS shRNA also produced more specific and prolonged effects on dNTPs deoxynucleotide triphosphates compared with FdUrd. TS shRNA suppression allowed accumulation of cells in S-phase, although its effects were not as long-lasting as those of FdUrd. Both treatments resulted in phosphorylation of Chk1. TS shRNA alone was less cytotoxic than FdUrd but was equally effective as FdUrd in eliciting radiosensitization (radiation enhancement ratio: TS shRNA, 1.5-1.7; FdUrd, 1.4-1.6). TS shRNA and FdUrd produced a similar increase in the number and type of pSP189 mutations. Conclusions: TS shRNA produced less cytotoxicity than FdUrd but was equally effective at radiosensitizing tumor cells. Thus, the inhibitory effect of FdUrd on TS alone is sufficient to elicit radiosensitization with FdUrd, but it only partially explains FdUrd-mediated cytotoxicity and cell cycle inhibition. The increase in DNA mismatches after TS shRNA or FdUrd supports a causal and sufficient role for the depletion of dTTP thymidine triphosphate and consequent DNA mismatches underlying radiosensitization. Importantly, shRNA suppression of TS avoids FP-mediated TS elevation and its negative prognostic role. These studies support the further exploration of TS suppression as a novel radiosensitizing strategy.

Flanagan, Sheryl A., E-mail: [Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States); Cooper, Kristin S. [Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States)] [Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States); Mannava, Sudha; Nikiforov, Mikhail A. [Department of Cell Stress Biology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York (United States)] [Department of Cell Stress Biology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York (United States); Shewach, Donna S. [Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States)] [Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States)



Ensuring excellence in centers of excellence programs.  


Studies have found associations between better outcomes and a variety of structural and process criteria that help explain the wide outcome variations that occur across hospitals. In response, Centers of Excellence programs have been developed by multiple third parties. Despite this, programs have yielded disappointing results and can have unintended consequences. To outweigh potential harms, outcomes at Centers of Excellence must be clearly superior. We need to change how hospitals are designated and provide evidence that Centers of Excellence are truly excellent. PMID:25565122

Mehrotra, Ateev; Dimick, Justin B



Excellent results with the cemented Lubinus SP II 130-mm femoral stem at 10 years of follow-up  

PubMed Central

Background and purpose The Lubinus SP II stem is well documented in both orthopedic registries and clinical studies. Worldwide, the most commonly used stem lengths are 150 mm and 170 mm. In 1995, the 130-mm stem was introduced, but no outcome data have been published. We assessed the long-term survival of the Lubinus SP II 130-mm stem in primary total hip arthroplasty. Patients and methods In a retrospective cohort study, we evaluated 829 patients with a Lubinus SP II primary total hip arthroplasty (932 hips). The hips were implanted between 1996 and 2001. The primary endpoint was revision for any reason. The mean follow-up period was 10 (5–15) years. Results Survival analysis showed an all-cause 10-year survival rate of the stem of 98.7% (95% CI: 99.7–97.7), and all-cause 10-year survival of the total hip arthroplasty was 98.3% (95% CI: 99.3–97.3). Interpretation Excellent long-term results can be achieved with the cemented Lubinus SP II with the relatively short 130-mm stem. This stem has potential advantages over its 150-mm and 170-mm siblings such as bone preservation distal to the stem, better proximal filling around the prosthesis, and easier removal. PMID:24694276

Prins, Wybren; Meijer, Remco; Kollen, Boudewijn J; Verheyen, Cees CPM; Ettema, Harmen B



Results obtained with position sensitive multiwire proportional chambers with helium, carbon, and oxygen nuclei  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Spatial resolution performance results obtained at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory Bevatron with prototype multiwire proportional chamber spatial detectors with integral delay line readout are presented. The effects due to incident nuclei charge, chamber operating parameters, chamber design, electronics, gas mixtures, and magnetic field presence have been investigated and are discussed.

Emming, J. G.; Gilland, J. R.; Godden, G. D.; Smith, L. H.; Zardiackas, F.



Science Highlight January 2010 Figure 1. Time-resolved XRD results obtained  

E-print Network

Science Highlight ­ January 2010 Figure 1. Time-resolved XRD results obtained for both low and high concentration reactions. (A) In situ XRD plots; the position of the (111) and (200) reflections for bulk fcc X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and spectroscopy techniques

Wechsler, Risa H.


Digital Processing and Segmentation of Breast Microcalcifications Images Obtained by a Si Microstrips Detector: Preliminary Results  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present the preliminary results of digital processing and segmentation of breast microcalcifications images. They were obtained using a Bede X ray tube with Cu anode, which was fixed at 20 kV and 1 mA. Different biopsies were scanned using a 128 Si microstrips detector. Total scanning resulted in a data matrix, which corresponded with the image of each biopsy. We manipulated the contrast of the images using histograms and filters in the frequency domain in Matlab. Then we intended to investigate about different contour models for the segmentation of microcalcifications boundaries, which were based on the contrast and shape of the image. These algorithms could be applied to mammographic images, which may be obtained by digital mammography or digitizing conventional mammograms.

Díaz, Claudia. C.; Angulo, Abril A.



Comparison of patient self-reports and urinalysis results obtained under naturalistic methadone treatment conditions  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study examined under naturalistic assessment conditions the validity of self-reported opiate and cocaine use among 175 veterans enrolled in methadone treatment, and factors related to self-report validity, such as stage in treatment and drug of abuse. Veterans were interviewed by clinical staff about past 30-day drug use with the addiction severity index (ASI), and urinalysis results were obtained for

Stephen T Chermack; John Roll; Mark Reilly; Leonard Davis; Usha Kilaru; John Grabowski



An overview of results obtained in intercomparison exercises for determination of actinides.  


In recent years the Jožef Stefan Institute participated in numerous intercomparison exercises for determination of natural and man-made radionuclides. The reported values were mostly in good agreement with the resulting reference values. This paper describes an analysis of the measurement results obtained in intercomparison exercises for determination of actinides in the period from 2009 to 2011, organised by the National Physical Laboratory and the Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz. The review covers neptunium, plutonium and americium radioisotopes over this period. PMID:23566808

Benedik, L



Results of the 2013 UT modeling benchmark obtained with models implemented in CIVA  

SciTech Connect

The 2013 Ultrasonic Testing (UT) modeling benchmark concerns direct echoes from side drilled holes (SDH), flat bottom holes (FBH) and corner echoes from backwall breaking artificial notches inspected with a matrix phased array probe. This communication presents the results obtained with the models implemented in the CIVA software: the pencilmodel is used to compute the field radiated by the probe, the Kirchhoff approximation is applied to predict the response of FBH and notches and the SOV (Separation Of Variables) model is used for the SDH responses. The comparison between simulated and experimental results are presented and discussed.

Toullelan, Gwénaël; Raillon, Raphaële; Chatillon, Sylvain [CEA, LIST, 91191Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Lonne, Sébastien [EXTENDE, Le Bergson, 15 Avenue Emile Baudot, 91300 MASSY (France)



Simulation of energy barrier distributions using real particle parameters and comparison with experimental obtained results  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Distributions of energy barriers in systems of magnetic nanoparticles have been calculated by means of the path integral method and the results have been compared with distributions previously obtained in our experiments by means of the temperature dependent magnetorelaxation method. The path integral method allowed to obtain energies of the interactions of magnetic moments of nanoparticles with axes of their easy magnetisation as well as energies of mutual interactions of magnetic moments. Calculated distributions of energy barriers have been described satisfactorily by curves of the lognormal distribution. We found an agreement between the theory and the experiment at temperatures above approximately 100 K. The influence of the volume concentration of nanoparticles and agglomeration on the energy barrier distribution has been investigated.

Büttner, M.; Schiffler, M.; Weber, P.; Seidel, P.



Geodetic results from ISAGEX data. [for obtaining center of mass coordinates for geodetic camera sites  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Laser and camera data taken during the International Satellite Geodesy Experiment (ISAGEX) were used in dynamical solutions to obtain center-of-mass coordinates for the Astro-Soviet camera sites at Helwan, Egypt, and Oulan Bator, Mongolia, as well as the East European camera sites at Potsdam, German Democratic Republic, and Ondrejov, Czechoslovakia. The results are accurate to about 20m in each coordinate. The orbit of PEOLE (i=15) was also determined from ISAGEX data. Mean Kepler elements suitable for geodynamic investigations are presented.

Marsh, J. G.; Douglas, B. C.; Walls, D. M.



Aircrew dosimetry by means of experimental measurements and calculations: results obtained during the year 2003.  


The results of measurements performed during the year 2003 onboard aircraft, mostly during regular commercial flights of the Czech Airlines (CSA) are presented. The studies were performed during more than 30 individual flights, several dosemeters and equipments were used for both neutron and non-neutron components of the onboard radiation field. CSA colleagues submitted us for all flights with navigation data necessary for the calculation of onboard aircraft crew exposure with transport codes EPCARD and CARI. Direct readings of experimental equipments were corrected on the base of the calibration in CERN high-energy radiation fields. A reasonable agreement of measured and calculated data was observed. During one of the flights, a very deep Forbush decrease occurred. The experimental results confronted with calculation permitted to obtain new view on the influence of such events on aircraft crew exposure. PMID:16604652

Spurný, F; B?gusová, M; Turek, K; Vlcek, B



A review of recent results in gamma-ray astronomy obtained from high-altitude balloons  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This paper reviews recent results in gamma-ray astronomy obtained from experiments flown on high-altitude balloons. New generation balloon-borne imaging experiments have produced the first gamma-ray maps of the Galactic center (GC) region. Balloon flights of new gamma-ray spectrometers with improved sensitivity have provided important new information on the GC annihilation line. For the first time, the narrow 511 keV line as been resolved (FWHM approx. = 3 keV). A very interesting spectral feature at approximately 170 keV has been attributed to backscattered annihilation, probably from the vicinity of a compact object. New results from the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (CGRO)/OSSE and Granat/SIGMA experiments on the annihilation line, when considered together with the recent balloon results, have added greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the origin and distribution of this emission. Balloon-borne instruments have made important measurements of gamma-ray continuum and line emission from SN 1987A. The GRIS spectrometer unambiguously resolved the 847 and 1238 keV line emission from radioactive Co-56 synthesized during the explosion. This data indicated that simple spherically symmetric and homogeneous models did not provide an adequate description of the expanding SN shell.

Teegarden, B. J.



Glucose Meters: A Review of Technical Challenges to Obtaining Accurate Results  

PubMed Central

Glucose meters are universally utilized in the management of hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic disorders in a variety of healthcare settings. Establishing the accuracy of glucose meters, however, is challenging. Glucose meters can only analyze whole blood, and glucose is unstable in whole blood. Technical accuracy is defined as the closeness of agreement between a test result and the true value of that analyte. Truth for glucose is analysis by isotope dilution mass spectrometry, and frozen serum standards analyzed by this method are available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Truth for whole blood has not been established, and cells must be separated from the whole blood matrix before analysis by a method like isotope dilution mass spectrometry. Serum cannot be analyzed by glucose meters, and isotope dilution mass spectrometry is not commonly available in most hospitals and diabetes clinics to evaluate glucose meter accuracy. Consensus standards recommend comparing whole blood analysis on a glucose meter against plasma/serum centrifuged from a capillary specimen and analyzed by a clinical laboratory comparative method. Yet capillary samples may not provide sufficient volume to test by both methods, and venous samples may be used as an alternative when differences between venous and capillary blood are considered. There are thus multiple complexities involved in defining technical accuracy and no clear consensus among standards agencies and professional societies on accuracy criteria. Clinicians, however, are more concerned with clinical agreement of the glucose meter with a serum/plasma laboratory result. Acceptance criteria for clinical agreement vary across the range of glucose concentrations and depend on how the result will be used in screening or management of the patient. A variety of factors can affect glucose meter results, including operator technique, environmental exposure, and patient factors, such as medication, oxygen therapy, anemia, hypotension, and other disease states. This article reviews the challenges involved in obtaining accurate glucose meter results. PMID:20144348

Tonyushkina, Ksenia; Nichols, James H.



Measuring Excellence at Concordia University  

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the Next Decade" Measurement 1: Preliminary Results from Concordia's Reputation Survey Measuring Excellence at Concordia University Prepared by the Institutional Planning Office May 2006 #12;Concordia University May 2006 Measuring Excellence at Concordia

Chvátal, Va�ek


Analysis of the Cyclotron Facility Calibration and Aircraft Results Obtained by LIULIN-3M Instrument  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The LIULIN-3M instrument is a further development of the LIULIN dosimeter-radiometer, which has been used on the NffR space station in the 1988-1994 time period, The LIULIN-3M is designed for continuous monitoring of the radiation environment during the BION-12 satellite flight in 1999. A semiconductor detector with 1 mm thickness and 1 cm(exp 2) area is used in the instrument. Pulse high analysis technique is used for measurement of the energy losses in the detector. The final data sets from the instrument are the flux and the dose rate for the exposition time and 256 channels of LET spectra if a non-nal coincidence of the particles to the detector is considered. The LIULIN-3M instrument was calibrated by proton fluxes with different energies at the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility in June 1997 and was used for space radiation measurements during commercial aircraft flights. Obtained calibration and flight results are analyzed in the paper.

Dachev, T. P.; Stassinopoulos, E. G.; Tomov, B. T.; Dimitrov, P. G.; Matviichuk, Y. N.; Shurshakov, V. A.; Petrov, V. M.



Digital imaging in radiology: Preliminary results obtained with a high spatial resolution 2D silicon detector  

SciTech Connect

Double-sided microstrip silicon crystals are being tested as detectors for X-rays in the diagnostic energy range (10-100 kcV) for digital radiography. The authors have developed an ADC and CAMAC-based acquisition system to study the imaging capabilities of a silicon [mu]strip detector with 100 and 200 [mu]m read-out pitch. They present the first images of submillimeter high contract phantoms obtained with an X-ray mammography tube operating at high flux density.

Alfano, B. (Inst. per lo Studio dei Tumori Fondazione Pascale and INFN, Napoli (Italy)); Bandettini, A.; Bertolucci, E.; Bottigli, U.; Fantacci, M.E.; Rosso, V.; Stefanini, A. (Univ. di Pisa, (Italy). Dipt. di Fisica and INFN); Bencivelli, W. (dell'Univ. and INFN, Pisa (Italy). Inst. di Patologia Medica); Conti, M.; Larobina, M.; Russo, P. (Univ. di Napoli, (Italy). Dipt. di Scienze Fisiche and INFN); Guerra, A. del; Gambaccini, M.; Marziani, M. (Univ. di Ferrara, (Italy). Dipt. di Fisica and INFN); Randaccio, P. (Univ. di Cagliari, (Italy). Inst. di Fisica Medica and INFN)



Some results obtained with laser Doppler and laser two focus anemometers in transonic steam flows  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A laser Doppler (LDA) and two types of laser transit velocimeters (LTV) have been used in steam. The facility comprises a two-dimensional tunnel and a small instructional turbine. For the LTVs only the backscatter alignment is applied, while both forward and backscatter configurations are examined for the LDA. In contrast to the LTV, the laser Doppler system requires seeding. A pneumatic atomizer produces water droplets upstream of the measuring station. A computer program accounts for droplet evaporation. This allows the ideal initial droplet diameter to be calculated. Using a particle-sizer the optimum atomizer is selected. It is explained how signals produced by big droplets are rejected. This is significantly simplified when the Doppler processor is interfaced with a multichannel analyzer. A comparison is made between the velocity distributions in a transonic steam turbine cascade obtained by the LDA processor and the LTVs where the signals are processed with either a multichannel analyzer or a correlator.

Decuypere, R.


Macromolecular crystallographic results obtained at CHESS using a detector incorporating a charge-coupled device  

Microsoft Academic Search

Results from various macromolecular crystallography experiments are presented showing the effectiveness of a recently installed detector incorporating a charge-coupled device (CCD). This detector uses a 1024[times]1024 CCD directly coupled to an x-ray sensitive phosphor by a fiber optic taper. The pixel size at the phosphor (50 [mu]m) results in a point spread of 80 [mu]m full width at half-maximum. Even

Daniel J. Thiel; Richard L. Walter; Steven E. Ealick; Donald H. Bilderback; Mark W. Tate; Sol M. Gruner; Eric F. Eikenberry



A method for obtaining practical flutter-suppression control laws using results of optimal control theory  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The results of optimal control theory are used to synthesize a feedback filter. The feedback filter is used to force the output of the filtered frequency response to match that of a desired optimal frequency response over a finite frequency range. This matching is accomplished by employing a nonlinear programing algorithm to search for the coefficients of the feedback filter that minimize the error between the optimal frequency response and the filtered frequency response. The method is applied to the synthesis of an active flutter-suppression control law for an aeroelastic wind-tunnel model. It is shown that the resulting control law suppresses flutter over a wide range of subsonic Mach numbers. This is a promising method for synthesizing practical control laws using the results of optimal control theory.

Newson, J. R.



Recent Results Obtained with High Field, Internally Amplifying Semiconductor Radiation Detectors  

Microsoft Academic Search

Characterization of the gallium diffused junctions found useful as amplifying radiation detectors indicate a rather surprising window-junction depth relationship. The window, at only the self bias of the junction, has been measured to be a micron or so although the junction depth is ~50 microns. This is a result of the unusual diffusion process used - diffusion to 75 microns

Gerald C. Huth



Recent results obtained in experiments on double. beta. decay of /sup 76/Ge and other nuclides  

SciTech Connect

Results are reported of an experimental search for lepton number violation in /sup 76/Ge, /sup 150/Nd, /sup 148/Nd, /sup 100/Mo, /sup 58/Ni, and /sup 92/Mo decays. The experimental set up has been running under M. Blanc (approx. 5000 m w.e. depth). No evidence has been found so far for any type of neutrinoless process. Limits of 10/sup 22/ years for /sup 76/Ge transitions are reported.

Bellotti, E.; Fiorini, E.; Liguori, C.; Pullia, A.; Sarracino, A.; Zanotti, L.



Rotational properties of ten main belt asteroids - Analysis of the results obtained by photoelectric photometry  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The results of photoelectric light curve observations of 10 asteroids are reported. The observations were carried out using the 50-cm telescope of the Teramo Astronomical Observatory (TAO) and the 91-cm telescope of the Catania Astronomical Observatory during the 1983-1984 oppositions. The reduced data indicate the following main belt asteroids: 11 Partenope; 129 Antigone; and 20 Massalia. The asteroids 41 Daphne, 344 Desiderata, and 31 Euphrosyne were also identified. The rotation period of 11 Partenope was P = 7.83 hours, and that of 34 Desiderata P = 10,53 hours. The shape and the pole coordinates of 20 Massalia, 31 Euphrosyne, and 29 Antigone were derived, and those of 41 Daphne were confirmed. The lightcurves of the remaining asteroids are given, and some of their rotational properties and morphological features are discussed.

Barucci, M. A.; Fulchignoni, M.; Burchi, R.; D'Ambrosio, V.



2D and 3D Core-Collapse Supernovae Simulation Results Obtained with the CHIMERA Code  

E-print Network

Much progress in realistic modeling of core-collapse supernovae has occurred recently through the availability of multi-teraflop machines and the increasing sophistication of supernova codes. These improvements are enabling simulations with enough realism that the explosion mechanism, long a mystery, may soon be delineated. We briefly describe the CHIMERA code, a supernova code we have developed to simulate core-collapse supernovae in 1, 2, and 3 spatial dimensions. We then describe the results of an ongoing suite of 2D simulations initiated from a 12, 15, 20, and 25 solar mass progenitor. These have all exhibited explosions and are currently in the expanding phase with the shock at between 5,000 and 20,000 km. We also briefly describe an ongoing simulation in 3 spatial dimensions initiated from the 15 solar mass progenitor.

Bruenn, S W; Hix, W R; Blondin, J M; Marronetti, P; Messer, O E B; Dirk, C J; Yoshida, S



Excel Hero Blog  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Extraordinarily creative examples for using Excel. Many Excel based visualizations with a scientific and mathematical focus. Excel Hero is a site devoted to expanding the notion of what is possible in MS Excel. Excellent source of inspiration for further study. Not a commercial site.

Daniel Ferry


Development, calibration, and experimental results obtained with an innovative calorimeter (CALMOS) for nuclear heating measurements  

SciTech Connect

Nuclear heating inside an MTR reactor has to be known in order to be able to control samples temperature during irradiation experiments. An R and D program has been carried out at CEA to design a new type of in-core calorimetric system. This new development, started in 2002, has for main objective to manufacture a calorimeter suitable to monitoring nuclear heating inside the 70 MWth OSIRIS material testing reactor operated by CEA's Nuclear Energy Division at the Saclay research center. An innovative calorimetric probe, associated to a specific handling system, has been designed to provide access to measurements both along the fissile height and on the upper part of the core, where nuclear heating still remains high. Two mock-ups of the probe were manufactured and tested in 2005 and 2009 in ex-core area of OSIRIS reactor for process validation, while a displacement system has been especially studied to move the probe along a given axial measurement range. This paper deals with the development, tests on preliminary mock-ups and the finalization of the probe. Main modeling and experimental results are presented. Moreover, alternative methods to calibration for nuclear heating rate measurements which are now possible with this new calorimeter are presented and discussed. (authors)

Carcreff, Hubert; Cloute-Cazalaa, Veronique; Salmon, Laurent [CEA, DEN, DRSN, SIREN, LASPI Saclay, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette, (France)



Development, calibration and experimental results obtained with an innovative calorimeter (CALMOS) for nuclear heating measurements  

SciTech Connect

Nuclear heating inside an MTR reactor has to be known in order to be able to control samples temperature during irradiation experiments. An R and D program has been carried out at CEA to design a new type of in-core calorimetric system. This new development, started in 2002, has for main objective to manufacture a calorimeter suitable to monitoring nuclear heating inside the 70 MWth OSIRIS material testing reactor operated by CEA's Nuclear Energy Div. at the Saclay research center. An innovative calorimetric probe, associated to a specific handling system, has been designed to provide access to measurements both along the fissile height and on the upper part of the core, where nuclear heating still remains high. Two mock-ups of the probe were manufactured and tested in 2005 and 2009 in ex-core area of OSIRIS reactor for process validation, while a displacement system has been especially studied to move the probe along a given axial measurement range. This paper deals with the development, tests on preliminary mock-ups and the finalization of the probe. Main modeling and experimental results are presented. Moreover, alternative methods to calibration for nuclear heating rate measurements which are now possible with this new calorimeter are presented and discussed. (authors)

Carcreff, H.; Cloute-Cazalaa, V.; Salmon, L. [CEA/DEN/DRSN/SIREN/LASPI (Saclay), F-91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France)



Implantation of peritoneal catheters by laparotomy: nephrologists obtained similar results to general surgeons  

PubMed Central

Purpose To analyze the complications and costs of minilaparotomies performed by a nephrologist (group A) compared with conventional laparotomies performed by a surgeon (group B) for peritoneal catheter implantation. Setting Two university hospitals (Santa Sofia and Caldas) in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. Methods The study included stage 5 chronic kidney disease patients, with indication of renal replacement therapy, who were candidates for peritoneal dialysis and gave informed consent for a peritoneal catheter implant. Minilaparotomies were performed by a nephrologist in a minor surgery room under local anesthesia. Conventional laparotomies were performed by a surgeon in an operating room under general anesthesia. Results Two nephrologists inserted 157 peritoneal catheters, and seven general surgeons inserted 185 peritoneal catheters. The groups had similar characteristics: the mean age was 55 years, 49.5% were men, and the primary diagnoses were diabetic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, and unknown etiology. The implant was successful for 98.09% of group A and 99.46% of group B. There was no procedure-related mortality. The most frequent complications in the first 30 days postsurgery in group A versus group B, respectively, were: peritonitis (6.37% versus 3.78%), exit-site infection (3.82% versus 2.16%), tunnel infection (0% versus 0.54%), catheter entrapment by omentum (1.27% versus 3.24%), peritoneal effluent spillover (1.91% versus 2.16%), draining failure (4.46% versus 6.49%), hematoma (0% versus 1.08%), catheter migration with kinking (3.18% versus 2.70%), hemoperitoneum (1.27% versus 0%), and hollow viscera accidental puncture (1.91% versus 0.54%). There were no statistically significant differences in the number of complications between groups. In 2013, the cost of a surgeon-implanted peritoneal dialysis catheter in Colombia was US $366 (666,000 COP), whereas the cost of a nephrologist-implanted catheter was US $198 (356,725 COP). Conclusion Nephrologist-performed minilaparotomies had similar effectiveness to surgeon-performed conventional laparotomies and were cost-effective; however, the nonuse of general anesthesia may be related with hollow viscera puncture during the procedure. PMID:25364270

Restrepo, Cesar A; Buitrago, Carlos Alberto; Holguin, Cielo



Experimental results obtained with the Interstellar Astrochemistry Chamber (ISAC) for the simulation of ice processes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

ISAC is an ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) setup, with a base pressure down to P = 2.5 ?ó 10-11 mbar, dedicated to the study of ice processes. The UHV conditions of ISAC allow experiments under extremely clean conditions. Transmittance FTIR spectroscopy coupled to QMS proved to be ideal for in situ monitoring of ice processes that include radiation and thermal annealing. The optimal performance of ISAC becomes evident after an analysis of the results. As an example, thermal desorption of CO starting at 15 K, induced by the release of H2 from the CO ice, was observed. We measured the photodesorption yield of CO ice per incident photon at 7, 8, and 15 K, respectively yielding 6.4 ± 0.5 10-2} 5.4± 0.5 10-2, and 3.5± 0.5 10-2 CO molecules photon (7.3-10.5 eV)-1. Our value of the photodesorption yield of CO ice at 15 K is about one order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate. We confirmed that the photodesorption yield is constant during irradiation and independent of the ice thickness. Only below ˜ 5 monolayers ice thickness the photodesorption rate decreases, which suggests that only the UV photons absorbed in the top 5 monolayers led to photodesorption. The measured CO photodesorption quantum yield at 7 K per absorbed photon in the top 5 monolayers is 3.4 molecules photon-1. We also studied the UV-photochemistry of H2S ice, leading to the formation of more refractory products such as H2S2, S2, and S8. X-ray irradiation experiments of ice were also performed with ISAC. These experiments are challenging because the flux of current X-ray sources emitting in the 0.1-1 keV range is very low, and therefore the product abundances are at the trace level. In our experiments, the typical irradiation dose was of 10-5 - 10-6 photons molecule-1. Despite that, we were able to detect for the first time X-ray irradiation products of several ices of astrophysical interest.

Muñoz Caro, G. M.; Jimenez Escobar, A.; Cruz Diaz, G. A.; Ciaravella, A.; Cecchi-Pestellini, C.



Validation of computer-generated results with experimental data obtained for torsional vibration of synchronous motor-driven turbomachinery  

E-print Network


Ganatra, Nirmal Kirtikumar



Paternity analysis in Excel Margarida Rocheta  

E-print Network

modules are written in Excel-VBA and can be obtained at the address wwwPaternity analysis in Excel Margarida Rocheta Centro de Bot^anica Aplicada `a Agricultura, Sec the output to an Excel book for further processing. In this article we briefly describe a program referred

Lisboa, Universidade Técnica de


Main results and experience obtained on Mir space station and experiment program for Russian segment of ISS.  


This article presents main scientific and practical results obtained in course of scientific and applied research and experiments on Mir space station. Based on Mir experience, processes of research program formation for the Russian Segment of the ISS are briefly described. The major trends of activities planned in the frames of these programs as well as preliminary results of increment research programs implementation in the ISS' first missions are also presented. PMID:12678098

Utkin, V F; Lukjashchenko, V I; Borisov, V V; Suvorov, V V; Tsymbalyuk, M M



2013 update Achieving Excellence  

E-print Network

of the Games, using irrigation and pruning to control flowering times. Professor Dunnett said, "We wanted to the approaches to urban planting developed at Sheffield. Olympic fields of dreams Achieving Excellence Excellence

Martin, Stephen John


Bringing Excellence to Automotive  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Market situation and development in recent years shows, that organization's ability to meet customer requirements is not enough. Successful organizations are able to exceed the expectations of all stakeholders. They are building their excellence systematically. Our contribution basically how the excellence in automotive is created using EFQM Excellence Model in Total Quality Management.

Ve?e?a, Pavel; Paulová, Iveta



Creating Charts in Excel  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

You will learn how to make charts using Microsoft Excel. The first thing to understand in Excel is how to make a bar graph. Follow this simple tutorial to make a bar graph. As you read through this tutorial open up Excel and follow each of the steps. In column A enter the names of the planets in order. In ...

Mrs. Reed



A comparison of results obtained by two different chromium-51 methods of determining platelet survival and recovery  

SciTech Connect

A number of different methods exist that use chromium-51 to determine platelet survival and recovery. A 1986 article in TRANSFUSION described the recommended methods for conducting such studies in the hope of standardizing methodology and permitting interlaboratory comparison of results. The results obtained with the recommended method have been compared with those of our previous method. With the new method, recovery of fresh random-donor platelets prepared in polyolefin bags was 76 +/- 6 percent with a survival of 9.3 +/- 2.8 days (n = 4). After 5 days of storage, these values were 67 +/- 8 percent and 7.8 +/- 1.9 days. Similar values were obtained for fresh and stored platelets collected on automated cell separators. However, when our previous (pre-1986) method of evaluation was used, recovery of fresh platelets in the polyolefin bags was 56 +/- 11 percent, and survival was 8.6 +/- 1.3 days. The 5-day values were 36 +/- 5 percent and 6.9 +/- 2.7 days. These values are significantly lower (p less than 0.05) than those obtained with the newer method, but they are in agreement with those previously reported for other techniques. Thus, the new method consistently gives higher values, possibly as a result of a less harmful labeling procedure.

Rock, G.; Tittley, P. (Univ. of Ottawa, Ontario (Canada))



A comparison of results obtained with two subsurface non-isothermal multiphase reactive transport simulators, FADES-CORE and TOUGHREACT  

SciTech Connect

FADES-CORE and TOUGHREACT are codes used to model the non-isothermal multiphase flow with multicomponent reactive transport in porous media. Different flow and reactive transport problems were used to compare the FADES-CORE and TOUGHREACT codes. These problems take into account the different cases of multiphase flow with and without heat transport, conservative transport, and reactive transport. Consistent results were obtained from both codes, which use different numerical methods to solve the differential equations resulting from the various physicochemical processes. Here we present the results obtained from both codes for various cases. Some results are slightly different with minor discrepancies, which have been remedied, so that both codes would be able to reproduce the same processes using the same parameters. One of the discrepancies found is related to the different calculation for thermal conductivity in heat transport, which affects the calculation of the temperatures, as well as the pH of the reaction of calcite dissolution problem modeled. Therefore it is possible to affirm that the pH is highly sensitive to temperature. Generally speaking, the comparison was concluded to be highly satisfactory, leading to the complete verification of the FADES-CORE code. However, we must keep in mind that, as there are no analytical solutions available with which to verify the codes, the TOUGHREACT code has been thoroughly corroborated, given that the only possible way to prove that the code simulation is correct, is by comparing the results obtained with both codes for the identical problems, or to validate the simulation results with actual measured data.

Juncosa Rivera, Ricardo; Xu, Tianfu; Pruess, Karsten



The LANDSAT system operated in Brazil by CNPq/INPE - results obtained in the area of mapping and future perspectives  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The LANDSAT system, operated in the country by CNPg/INPE since 1973, systematically acquires, produces, and distributes both multispectral and panchromatic images obtained through remote sensing satellites to thousands of researchers and technicians involved in the natural resources survey. To cooperate in the solution of national problems, CNPq/INPE is developing efforts in the area of manipulation of those images with the objective of making them useful as planimetric bases for the simple revision of already published maps or for its utilization as basic material in regions not yet reliability mapped. The results obtained from performed tests are presented and the existing limitations are discussed. The new system purchased to handle data from the next series of LANDSAT as well as from MAPSAT and SPOT which will be in operation within the 80's decade, and are designed not only for natural resources survey but also for the solution of cartographic problems.

Dejesusparada, N. (principal investigator); Barbosa, M. N.



Quantitative assessment of the impact of biomedical image acquisition on the results obtained from image analysis and processing  

PubMed Central

Introduction Dedicated, automatic algorithms for image analysis and processing are becoming more and more common in medical diagnosis. When creating dedicated algorithms, many factors must be taken into consideration. They are associated with selecting the appropriate algorithm parameters and taking into account the impact of data acquisition on the results obtained. An important feature of algorithms is the possibility of their use in other medical units by other operators. This problem, namely operator’s (acquisition) impact on the results obtained from image analysis and processing, has been shown on a few examples. Material and method The analysed images were obtained from a variety of medical devices such as thermal imaging, tomography devices and those working in visible light. The objects of imaging were cellular elements, the anterior segment and fundus of the eye, postural defects and others. In total, almost 200'000 images coming from 8 different medical units were analysed. All image analysis algorithms were implemented in C and Matlab. Results For various algorithms and methods of medical imaging, the impact of image acquisition on the results obtained is different. There are different levels of algorithm sensitivity to changes in the parameters, for example: (1) for microscope settings and the brightness assessment of cellular elements there is a difference of 8%; (2) for the thyroid ultrasound images there is a difference in marking the thyroid lobe area which results in a brightness assessment difference of 2%. The method of image acquisition in image analysis and processing also affects: (3) the accuracy of determining the temperature in the characteristic areas on the patient’s back for the thermal method - error of 31%; (4) the accuracy of finding characteristic points in photogrammetric images when evaluating postural defects – error of 11%; (5) the accuracy of performing ablative and non-ablative treatments in cosmetology - error of 18% for the nose, 10% for the cheeks, and 7% for the forehead. Similarly, when: (7) measuring the anterior eye chamber – there is an error of 20%; (8) measuring the tooth enamel thickness - error of 15%; (9) evaluating the mechanical properties of the cornea during pressure measurement - error of 47%. Conclusions The paper presents vital, selected issues occurring when assessing the accuracy of designed automatic algorithms for image analysis and processing in bioengineering. The impact of acquisition of images on the problems arising in their analysis has been shown on selected examples. It has also been indicated to which elements of image analysis and processing special attention should be paid in their design. PMID:24997012



Excellent local control with IOERT and postoperative EBRT in high grade extremity sarcoma: results from a subgroup analysis of a prospective trial  

PubMed Central

Background To report the results of a subgroup analysis of a prospective phase II trial focussing on radiation therapy and outcome in patients with extremity soft tissue sarcomas (STS). Methods Between 2005 and 2010, 50 patients (pts) with high risk STS (size???5 cm, deep/extracompartimental location, grade II-III (FNCLCC)) were enrolled. The protocol comprised 4 cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy with EIA (etoposide, ifosfamide and doxorubicin), definitive surgery with IOERT, postoperative EBRT and 4 adjuvant cycles of EIA. 34 pts, who suffered from extremity tumors and received radiation therapy after limb-sparing surgery, formed the basis of this subgroup analysis. Results Median follow-up from inclusion was 48 months in survivors. Margin status was R0 in 30 pts (88%) and R1 in 4 pts (12%). IOERT was performed as planned in 31 pts (91%) with a median dose of 15 Gy, a median electron energy of 6 MeV and a median cone size of 9 cm. All patients received postoperative EBRT with a median dose of 46 Gy after IOERT or 60 Gy without IOERT. Median time from surgery to EBRT and median EBRT duration was 36 days, respectively. One patient developed a local recurrence while 11 patients showed nodal or distant failures. The estimated 5-year rates of local control, distant control and overall survival were 97%, 66% and 79%, respectively. Postoperative wound complications were found in 7 pts (20%), resulting in delayed EBRT (>60 day interval) in 3 pts. Acute radiation toxicity mainly consisted of radiation dermatitis (grade II: 24%, no grade III reactions). 4 pts developed grade I/II radiation recall dermatitis during adjuvant chemotherapy, which resolved during the following cycles. Severe late toxicity was observed in 6 pts (18%). Long-term limb preservation was achieved in 32 pts (94%) with good functional outcome in 81%. Conclusion Multimodal therapy including IOERT and postoperative EBRT resulted in excellent local control and good overall survival in patients with high risk STS of the extremities with acceptable acute and late radiation side effects. Limb preservation with good functional outcome was achieved in the majority of patients. Trial registration NCT01382030, EudraCT 2004-002501-72, 17.06.2011 PMID:24885755



Remnant Preservation is Helpful to Obtain Good Clinical Results in Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Comparison of Clinical Results of Three Techniques  

PubMed Central

Background The purpose of the present study was to compare the clinical results of 3 posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction techniques according to the time from injury to surgery and remnant PCL status and to evaluate the efficiency of each technique. Methods The records of 89 patients who underwent primary PCL reconstructions with a posterolateral corner sling were analyzed retrospectively. Thirty-four patients were treated by anterolateral bundle (ALB) reconstruction with preservation of the remnant PCL using a transtibial tunnel technique in the acute and subacute stages of injury (group 1). Forty patients were treated with remnant PCL tensioning and an ALB reconstruction using the modified inlay technique in the chronic stage (group 2), and fifteen patients were treated with double-bundle reconstruction using the modified inlay technique (group 3). The double-bundle reconstruction was performed if there was a very weak or no PCL remnant. Results The mean side-to-side differences in posterior tibial translation on the stress radiographs were reduced from 10.1 ± 2.5 mm in group 1, 10.6 ± 2.4 mm in group 2, and 12.8 ± 3.2 mm in group 3 preoperatively to 2.3 ± 1.4 mm in group 1, 2.3 ± 1.5 mm in group 2, and 4.0 ± 2.5 mm in group 3 at the last follow-up (p < 0.001, p < 0.001, and p < 0.001, respectively). Statistical analyses revealed that group 1 and group 2 were similar in terms of side-to-side difference changes in posterior tibial translation on the stress radiographs; however, group 3 was inferior to group 1 and group 2 at the last follow-up (p = 0.022). The clinical results were not significantly different among the three groups. Conclusions Excellent posterior stability and good clinical results were achieved with ALB reconstruction preserving the injured remnant PCL in the acute and subacute stages and remnant PCL tensioning with ALB reconstruction in the chronic stage. The PCL injuries could be surgically corrected with different techniques depending on both the remnant PCL status and the interval between the knee trauma and operation. PMID:24340147

Lee, Sang Hak; Lee, Han-Jun; Jung, Ho Joong; Kim, Seong Hwan



"Excellence" in STEM Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

So what does it take to achieve excellence in STEM education? That is the title of the author's presentation delivered at International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's (ITEEA's) FTEE "Spirit of Excellence" Breakfast on March 16, 2012, in Long Beach, California. In preparation for this presentation, the author went back and read…

Clark, Aaron C.



Recognition of teaching excellence.  


The 2008-2009 Task Force for the Recognition of Teaching Excellence was charged by the AACP Council of Faculties Leadership to examine teaching excellence by collecting best practices from colleges and schools of pharmacy, evaluating the literature to identify evidence-based criteria for excellent teaching, and recommending appropriate means to acknowledge and reward teaching excellence. This report defines teaching excellence and discusses a variety of ways to assess it, including student, alumni, peer, and self-assessment. The task force identifies important considerations that colleges and schools must address when establishing teaching recognition programs including the purpose, criteria, number and mix of awards, frequency, type of award, and method of nominating and determining awardees. The report concludes with recommendations for the academy to consider when establishing and revising teaching award programs. PMID:21301598

Hammer, Dana; Piascik, Peggy; Medina, Melissa; Pittenger, Amy; Rose, Renee; Creekmore, Freddy; Soltis, Robert; Bouldin, Alicia; Schwarz, Lindsay; Scott, Steven



Recognition of Teaching Excellence*  

PubMed Central

The 2008-2009 Task Force for the Recognition of Teaching Excellence was charged by the AACP Council of Faculties Leadership to examine teaching excellence by collecting best practices from colleges and schools of pharmacy, evaluating the literature to identify evidence-based criteria for excellent teaching, and recommending appropriate means to acknowledge and reward teaching excellence. This report defines teaching excellence and discusses a variety of ways to assess it, including student, alumni, peer, and self-assessment. The task force identifies important considerations that colleges and schools must address when establishing teaching recognition programs including the purpose, criteria, number and mix of awards, frequency, type of award, and method of nominating and determining awardees. The report concludes with recommendations for the academy to consider when establishing and revising teaching award programs. PMID:21301598

Piascik, Peggy; Medina, Melissa; Pittenger, Amy; Rose, Renee; Creekmore, Freddy; Soltis, Robert; Bouldin, Alicia; Schwarz, Lindsay; Scott, Steven



Excel for Cost Engineers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Excel is a powerful tool with a plethora of largely unused capabilities that can make the life of an engineer cognizant of them a great deal easier. This paper offers tips, tricks and techniques for better worksheets. Including the use of data validation, conditional formatting, subtotals, text formulas, custom functions and much more. It is assumed that the reader will have a cursory understanding of Excel so the basics will not be covered, if you get hung up try Excel's built in help menus, or a good book.

Butts, Glenn C.



The renewal of excellence.  


Excellence in orthopaedic surgery has been a long time in the making. What we currently enjoy reflects over a century of innovation, leadership, and consummate professionalism. Today, our practice faces monumental challenges that have never been more demanding, and our commitment to the preservation and advancement of excellence has never been more pressing. Away from the scientific tone but without romanticizing our proud heritage, this article seeks to revitalize the values that have defined our practice, drawing on the wisdom and experiences of leaders in our field. Collectively, it aims to stimulate our enlightened understanding, to reignite our hopes, and to reaffirm our commitment to the highest standards of excellence. PMID:25274797

Halawi, Mohamad J



Density-functional-theory results for Ga and As vacancies in GaAs obtained using the Socorro code.  

SciTech Connect

The Socorro code has been used to obtain density-functional theory results for the Ga vacancy (V{sub Ga}) and the As vacancy (V{sub As}) in GaAs. Calculations were performed in a nominal 216-atom simulation cell using the local-density approximation for exchange and correlation. The results from these calculations include: (1) the charge states, the atomic configurations of stable and metastable states, (2) energy levels in the gap, and (3) activation energies for migration. Seven charge states were found for the Ga vacancy (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3). The stable structures of the -3, -2, -1, and 0 charge states consist of an empty Ga site with four As neighbors displaying T{sub d} symmetry. The stable structures of the +1, +2, and +3 charge states consist of an As antisite next to an As vacancy; AsGa-V{sub As}. Five charge states were found for the As vacancy (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1). The stable structures of the -1, 0, and +1 charge states consist of an empty As site with four Ga neighbors displaying C{sub 2v} symmetry. The stable structures of the -3 and -2 charge states consist of a Ga antisite next to a Ga vacancy; Ga{sub As}-V{sub Ga}. The energy levels of V{sub Ga} lie below mid-gap while the energy levels of As{sub Ga}-V{sub As} lie above and below mid-gap. All but one of the V{sub As} energy levels lie above mid-gap while the As{sub Ga}-V{sub As} energy level lies below mid-gap. The migration activation energies of the defect states were all found to be larger than 1.35 eV.

Wright, Alan Francis




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UNIVERSITY RANKINGS: DIVERSITY, EXCELLENCE AND THE EUROPEAN INITIATIVE GEOFFREY BOULTON (senior policy officer). #12;3 Summary · International rankings of universities influence the perceptions of high ranking as a strategic imperative. · However, their value and benefit is questionable

Zürich, Universität


An assessment of the reliability of palaeointensity results obtained from the Cretaceous aged Suhongtu section, Inner Mongolia, China  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Here we present microwave palaeointensity results from 89 sister samples from the study of Zhu et al. [Zhu, R., Pan, Y., He, H., Qin, H., Ren, S., 2008. Palaeomagnetism and 40Ar/ 39Ar age from a Cretaceous volcanic sequence, Inner Mongolia, China: implications for the field variation during the Cretaceous normal superchron. Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 169, 59-75] who carried out Thellier palaeointensity analysis as part of their integrated palaeomagnetic and 40Ar/ 39Ar dating study of Cretaceous lava from the Suhungtu section, Inner Mongolia, China. Additionally, a comprehensive rock magnetic investigation has been carried out in order to determine the mineralogy and hence the validity of assuming that the remanence is a thermal remanent magnetisation (TRM). The microwave results are of apparent high quality and give flow mean palaeointensity estimates ranging from 13 to 49 ?T corresponding to virtual dipole moment (VDM) estimates ranging from 2.5 to 8.9 × 10 22 Am 2, and an overall mean VDM of 5.5 ± 1.9 × 10 22 Am 2 for the 24 flows (aged 110.6 ± 0.1 Ma). When the microwave results (using the perpendicular applied field method with partial microwave thermal remanence (pT MRM) and pT MRM tail checks) are compared to those obtained with the Thellier method (Coe version with pTRM but not tail checks, and heating in argon atmosphere) differences are seen at the sample, flow and palaeomagnetic unit level however, the overall means and spread in palaeointensity estimates are consistent. Some discrepancy is due to the differing sized sample sets and sample inhomogeneity but discrepancy is also interpreted to be due to the differing protocols, methodology, plus the subjectivity in interpretation. Considering only those results that are consistent to within 20% the spread in palaeointensity estimates remains. There is substantial rock magnetic evidence from progressive heating in air and argon experiments (both showing irreversible thermomagnetic behaviour) as well as looking at samples under the scanning electron microscope to suggest that maghaemite is present (albeit to varying degrees) in many of the samples. Alteration therefore occurred in nature and it is likely that the remanence will have been affected to differing degrees potentially causing underestimates in palaeointensity. Maghaemite is interpreted to be a remanence carrier where a component of remanence remains after heating to 580 °C and loss of pTRM acquisition capacity is found on heating. No correlation was found between the estimated palaeointensity (microwave or Thellier datasets) and amount of high temperature remanence or any rock magnetic parameter. This could suggest that the palaeointensity estimates are reliable or as seems likely more than one factor (such as methodology, protocol, interpretation, chemical remanent magnetisation (CRM) contamination and the geomagnetic field) are influencing the palaeointensity estimates. In an attempt to remove the influence of palaeointensity protocol and methodology the palaeointensity datasets were reduced to consist only of those results mutually consistent to 20% ( N = 22). No obvious correlation was again seen between the inferred maghaemite contribution and palaeointensity estimate. There is therefore no clear evidence for the biasing of results due to CRM contamination (assuming a simple relationship between biasing and maghaemite contribution) and it can thus be inferred that the geomagnetic field was a major influencing factor. Further studies are however needed to fully elucidate the extent and result of each possible influencing factor and ultimately the reliability of palaeointensity estimates from rocks of this type.

Hill, Mimi J.; Pan, Yongxin; Davies, Ceri J.



Kinetic parameters of interstellar neutral helium. Review of results obtained during one solar cycle with the Ulysses/GAS-instrument  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The GAS-instrument onboard the space probe Ulysses is designed to measure the local angular distribution of the flow of interstellar neutral He-atoms within ?3 AU distance from the sun. It allows to infer the kinetic parameters (velocity vector, temperature and density) of these particles outside the heliosphere (``at infinity''). During three observational periods, 1990/1991, shortly after launch and during the two fast latitude scans of Ulysses, from 9/1994 to 8/1996 and from 9/2000 to 8/2002, more than 300 measurements of the distributions were obtained and analyzed in detail. Known issues that relate to the pointing accuracy of the detector and to the efficiency calibration along with their impact on the results are addressed in this paper. The average values, derived from these observations and their refined analysis, are the bulk speed (vHe?= 26.3 ± 0.4 km s-1), the flow direction (ecliptic longitude ?? = 74.7° ± 0.5°, ecliptic latitude ?? = -5.2° ± 0.2°) and temperature (THe? = 6300 K ± 340 K). From 1990 to 2002, covering a complete solar cycle, no significant temporal variations of these parameters were observed, nor variations with solar latitude. In contrast, in the density nHe?, derived from the series of local observations along the Ulysses-orbit, substantial apparent variations were seen. After a first attempt to explain these by an inadequate energy calibration of the efficiency they are now interpreted as variations in the loss processes (predominantly photo-ionization), which the neutral gas experiences along its trajectory to the observer. While the temporal variations of the ionization rate were taken into account using the measured solar EUV irradiance (from CELIAS/SEM on SOHO), the residual latitudinal variation has been attributed to a dependence of the solar irradiance on latitude, which thus far has not been accessible to direct observations. As a result of a simple model that includes these effects a density nHe?= 0.015 ± 0.003 cm-3 has been deduced, which is in good agreement with an independent result from pickup ion observations.

Witte, M.



Results of the Two-Year Pilot of the the Achievement Formula That Applies the Correlates of Effective Schools and Recommendations of the "Excellence" Reports To Predict, Monitor, and Enhance Student Achievement.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This report disseminates the results of a two-year pilot study in three small rural Ohio school districts of an achievement formula that applies the correlates of effective schools research and recommendations of the "excellence" reports to predict, monitor, and enhance student achievement. Using regression formulas, the researchers found that…

Crisci, Pat E.; And Others


Excel For Statistical Data Analysis  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The site, created by Dr. Hossein Arsham of the University of Baltimore, provides an introduction to understand the basics of and working with Excel. Redoing the illustrated numerical examples in this site will help in improving your familiarity, and as a result, increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your process in statistics.

Arsham, Hossein.


Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis Results Obtained in the 1996 Performance Assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant  

SciTech Connect

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WPP) is located in southeastern New Mexico and is being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the geologic (deep underground) disposal of transuranic (TRU) waste. A detailed performance assessment (PA) for the WIPP was carried out in 1996 and supports an application by the DOE to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the certification of the WIPP for the disposal of TRU waste. The 1996 WIPP PA uses a computational structure that maintains a separation between stochastic (i.e., aleatory) and subjective (i.e., epistemic) uncertainty, with stochastic uncertainty arising from the many possible disruptions that could occur over the 10,000 yr regulatory period that applies to the WIPP and subjective uncertainty arising from the imprecision with which many of the quantities required in the PA are known. Important parts of this structure are (1) the use of Latin hypercube sampling to incorporate the effects of subjective uncertainty, (2) the use of Monte Carlo (i.e., random) sampling to incorporate the effects of stochastic uncertainty, and (3) the efficient use of the necessarily limited number of mechanistic calculations that can be performed to support the analysis. The use of Latin hypercube sampling generates a mapping from imprecisely known analysis inputs to analysis outcomes of interest that provides both a display of the uncertainty in analysis outcomes (i.e., uncertainty analysis) and a basis for investigating the effects of individual inputs on these outcomes (i.e., sensitivity analysis). The sensitivity analysis procedures used in the PA include examination of scatterplots, stepwise regression analysis, and partial correlation analysis. Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis results obtained as part of the 1996 WIPP PA are presented and discussed. Specific topics considered include two phase flow in the vicinity of the repository, radionuclide release from the repository, fluid flow and radionuclide transport in formations overlying the repository, and complementary cumulative distribution functions used in comparisons with regulatory standards (i.e., 40 CFR 191, Subpart B).

Bean, J.E.; Berglund, J.W.; Davis, F.J.; Economy, K.; Garner, J.W.; Helton, J.C.; Johnson, J.D.; MacKinnon, R.J.; Miller, J.; O'Brien, D.G.; Ramsey, J.L.; Schreiber, J.D.; Shinta, A.; Smith, L.N.; Stockman, C.; Stoelzel, D.M.; Vaughn, P.



Elements of Engineering Excellence  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The inspiration for this Contract Report (CR) originated in discussions with the director of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Engineering who asked that we investigate the question: "How do you achieve excellence in aerospace engineering?" Engineering a space system is a complex activity. Avoiding its inherent potential pitfalls and achieving a successful product is a challenge. This CR presents one approach to answering the question of how to achieve Engineering Excellence. We first investigated the root causes of NASA major failures as a basis for developing a proposed answer to the question of Excellence. The following discussions integrate a triad of Technical Understanding and Execution, Partnership with the Project, and Individual and Organizational Culture. The thesis is that you must focus on the whole process and its underlying culture, not just on the technical aspects. In addition to the engineering process, emphasis is given to the need and characteristics of a Learning Organization as a mechanism for changing the culture.

Blair, J. C.; Ryan, R. S.; Schutzenhofer



Cytological mapping of human chromosomes: results obtained with Quinacrine fluorescence and the Acetic-Saline-Giemsa techniques  

Microsoft Academic Search

The similarities and differences between the banding patterns obtained in human chromosomes with the Quinacrine fluorescence and the Acetic-Saline-Giemsa (ASG) techniques are described. The use of these techniques to identify each chromosome pair in the human karyotype is discussed, as also is the use of the methods to identify aberrant chromosomes and to map points of exchange in translocations and

H. J. Evans; K. E. Buckton; A. T. Sumner




Microsoft Academic Search

Anecdotal occurrence records (sighting reports, descriptions of tracks etc.) cannot be independently verified and, thus, are inherently unreliable and vulnerable to both scientific and legal challenges. In contrast, verifiable occurrence records (specimens, photos, track-plate impressions etc.) represent conclusive evidence of species presence, and provide a scientifically sound basis for conservation actions and management recommendations. To obtain reliable data on the



Reaching for Excellence.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Presents the four program goals for biology set forth in the National Science Teacher Association's "A Focus on Excellence: Biology Revisited" to (1) address biosphere, human society, and individual needs; (2) encourage students to experience, understand, and appreciate of natural systems; (3) apply the basic concept of the biosphere; and (4)…

Wright, Emmett L.; Perna, Jack A.



Horizon 2020: Excellent Science  

E-print Network

research to open new fields of innovation Marie Sklodowska Curie actions Opportunities for training Technologies 3.505 3.100 2.457 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions 6.503 5.572 5.616 Research Infrastructures 2 SKLODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS FET* RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES FP7 EXCELLENT SCIENCE H2020 *Expanded from ICT

De Cindio, Fiorella


What Price Excellence?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article discusses through the use of three case studies, the possible problems caused by pressure placed on high achievers to excell academically. Perhaps the maximization of academic achievement may well be accomplished at some crucial personal or social cost for the individual. (Author/KJ)

Fischer, Robert J.; Wass, Hannelore




SciTech Connect

A spatially varying mean magnetic field gives rise to so-called adiabatic focusing of energetic particles propagating through the universe. In the past, different analytical approaches have been proposed to calculate the particle diffusion coefficient along the mean field with focusing. In the present paper, we show how these different results are related to each other. New results for the parallel diffusion coefficient that are more general than previous results are also presented.

Shalchi, A.; Danos, R. J., E-mail: [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 (Canada)



Technical Excellence: A Requirement for Good Engineering  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Technical excellence is a requirement for good engineering. Technical excellence has many different ways of expressing itself within engineering. NASA has initiatives that address the enhancement of the Agency's technical excellence and thrust to maintain the associated high level of performance by the Agency on current programs/projects and as it moves into the Constellation Program and the return to the Moon with plans to visit Mars. This paper addresses some of the key initiatives associated with NASA's technical excellence thrust. Examples are provided to illustrate some results being achieved and plans to enhance these initiatives.

Gill, Paul S.; Vaughan, William W.



Achieving clinical excellence.  


Clinical excellence can be divided into three defining categories: procedures, systems, and communications. Six steps have been introduced to guide our journey. New systems will produce less stressful, more profitable dentistry, and with this commitment to clinical excellence, patient care will improve automatically. Evaluating our practices and making the necessary changes will bring significant rewards. In Designing the Future, Visions and Strategies, I state, "Maximum efficiency, profitability, and security, the rewards of business momentum, come only to those who start paddling early. To avoid dead water, we must view business strategies in the context of social, technological, and economic currents. It's the difference between actively engaging trends and being destroyed by them." PMID:11413618

Austin, C J



Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics

The Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics Lecture series recognizes outstanding leaders who are making ground-breaking contributions in molecular diagnostics and who have demonstrated broad and integrated approaches in the development and implementation of diagnostics commensurate with emerging technologies. Speakers in this series will have made significant achievement through fundamental observations, discoveries and intellectual contributions in the basic and applied sciences relevant to the practice of clinical molecular diagnostics.


Ink dating using thermal desorption and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry: comparison of results obtained in two laboratories.  


An ink dating method based on solvent analysis was recently developed using thermal desorption followed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and is currently implemented in several forensic laboratories. The main aims of this work were to implement this method in a new laboratory to evaluate whether results were comparable at three levels: (i) validation criteria, (ii) aging curves, and (iii) results interpretation. While the results were indeed comparable in terms of validation, the method proved to be very sensitive to maintenances. Moreover, the aging curves were influenced by ink composition, as well as storage conditions (particularly when the samples were not stored in "normal" room conditions). Finally, as current interpretation models showed limitations, an alternative model based on slope calculation was proposed. However, in the future, a probabilistic approach may represent a better solution to deal with ink sample inhomogeneity. PMID:25389038

Koenig, Agnès; Bügler, Jürgen; Kirsch, Dieter; Köhler, Fritz; Weyermann, Céline




SciTech Connect

The four HEU, intermediate-spectrum, copper-reflected Zeus experiments have shown discrepant results between measurement and calculation for the last several major releases of the ENDF library. The four benchmarks show a trend in reported C/E values with increasing energy of average lethargy causing fission. Recently, ORNL has made improvements to the evaluations of three key isotopes involved in the benchmark cases in question. Namely, an updated evaluation for 235U and evaluations of 63,65Cu. This paper presents the benchmarking results of the four intermediate-spectrum Zeus cases using the three updated evaluations.

Sobes, Vladimir [ORNL] [ORNL; Leal, Luiz C [ORNL] [ORNL



Shielding effectiveness measurements of a shielded window: comparative results obtained using mode-stirred and anechoic chambers  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper discusses results of shielding effectiveness (SE) testing of a shielded window in a mode-stirred Chamber (MSC) and in an anechoic chamber. It shows that the agreement between the MSC and anechoic chamber SE data is good when a large number of aspect angles are tested in the anechoic chamber and when the same equation (with modifications appropriate for

D. Mark Johnson; M. O. Hatfield



Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament in the dogComparison of results obtained with three different porous synthetic materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

The anterior cruciate ligaments in 17 knees of 12 mongrel dogs were replaced with one of three porous minimally reactive prosthetic (synthetic) materials. The results show that while the porous materials support the ingrowth of fibrous tissue from the bone of the dog's knee, fatigue failure occurred before sufficient fibrous tissue was incorporated to reconstitute a functional ligament. Further laboratory

John F. Meyers; William A. Grana; Peggy A. Lesker



Results of culture from colonoscopically obtained specimens for bacteria and fungi in HIV-infected patients with diarrhea  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background: The aim of our study was to determine the diagnostic yield of culture for bacteria and fungi from colonic biopsy specimens in 290 consecutive HIV-infected patients with diarrhea. Methods: During each colonoscopy, three biopsy specimens were homogenized and cultured on media for Salmonella and Shigella and for Campylobacter and Yersinia, on Loewenstein medium and on Sabouraud medium. Results: Cultures

Laurent Beaugerie; Béatrice Salauze; Anne Buré; Anne-Marie Deluol; Nadia Hoyeau-Idrissi; Franck Carbonnel; Yann Ngô; Jacques Cosnes; Willy Rozenbaum; Jean-Claude Nicolas; Jean-Pierre Gendre



FMD: functional development in Excel  

Microsoft Academic Search

Barclays Capital, like many other investment banks, uses Microsoft Excel as a rapid application development environment for pricing models and other tools. While this may sound bizarre, Excel's flexibility and convenience renders it an immensely useful tool for the Front Office, and our Traders are extremely Excel literate. Excel combines two programming models a zeroth order functional language (the spreadsheet)

Lee Benfield




E-print Network


Minnesota, University of


First results on low-latitude E and F region irregularities obtained using the Gadanki Ionospheric Radar Interferometer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A 30 MHz radar has recently been established at Gadanki (13.5°N, 79.2°E; 6.5°N magnetic latitude) to make unattended observations of the ionospheric field-aligned irregularities (FAI). This radar, called the Gadanki Ionospheric Radar Interferometer (GIRI), has been designed to have scanning capability of 100° in the east-west plane perpendicular to Earth's magnetic field and interferometry/imaging system to study drifts and spatial distribution of plasma irregularities at both large and small scales. In this paper, we present the first results on the E and F region FAI made using the scanning capability of the GIRI. Daytime observations of E region FAI show type 2 echoes with velocities predominantly upward northward (downward-southward) at altitudes >100 km (<100 km) and westward (eastward) in the forenoon (afternoon) with signature of tidal wind field. F region irregularities show bottom-type, bottomside and plume structures with close resemblance to those observed over the magnetic equator. Observations made with the east-west scanning capability have been used to study the origin, evolution, and drift of the FAI for the first time from Gadanki. Eastward drifts are estimated to be 90-210 m s-1 during 20-24 LT. Upward velocity as large as 500 m s-1 has been observed in the initial phase of the plume structures. Intriguingly, downward velocity as large as 60 m s-1 has also been observed in the plumes, displaying descending pattern, observed in the early evening hours. These results are presented and discussed in the light of current understanding of low-latitude plasma irregularities, and future prospects of GIRI are outlined.

Patra, A. K.; Srinivasulu, P.; Chaitanya, P. Pavan; Rao, M. Durga; Jayaraman, A.



Characteristics of Plate Boundary Reflected Phases at the Japan Trench Obtained by OBS-Airgun Study in 2001. -Preliminary Results-  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent GPS and rapture process studies for large earthquakes suggest that earthquake generation is controlled by the distribution of asperities. Among the subduction zones around the Japanese islands, the subduction zone along the Japan Trench is one of the well studied areas in viewpoint of asperity distribution. The seismic experiment using controlled source-OBS study in 1996 revealed strong correlation between seismic reflection intensity and the seismic activity in 38o40'N and 39o00'N on the forearc slope of the Japan Trench (Fujie et al., 2002). P-wave velocity structure under the NS-line can be represented by horizontal layering structure, and the plate boundary is located at slightly deeper depth than 10 km (Suyehiro and Nishizawa, 1994 and Fujie et al., 2000). In order to study 3-D distribution of seismic reflection intensity at the subdction plate boundary for this region, we carried out a seismic experiment in 2001 in a part of the area of the 1996 experiment, with a denser OBS array. Thirty-nine OBSs were placed on 30 km x 50 km along seven seismic lines. Airguns were used as artificial seismic sources, and their average total chamber volume was 57 liters. While making record sections, each trace was plotted at the mid point between the source and receiver locations so that reflected arrivals were plotted at their approximated reflection points. The distribution of seismic reflection intensity observed in this experiment agreed well with the result of Fujie, 2000. In their results, strong seismic reflections from plate boundary occur at aseismic region. The seismic reflection intensities were found to be largely heterogeneous over the surveyed area. We identified these reflected arrivals as reflections from plate boundary.

Nakamura, M.; Kasahara, J.; Mochizuki, K.; Hino, R.; Nishino, M.; Yamada, T.; Kuwano, A.; Kuno, T.; Sato, T.; Nakamura, Y.; Kanazawa, T.



Temporal and spatial variations of pulsating auroras obtained from ground-based observations at Poker Flat Research Range: Initial result  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Pulsating Aurora(PA) is characterized by the periodically changing emission amplitudes with the rectangular pulses of a few seconds to a few tens of seconds [e.g., Oguti et al., 1981; Yamamoto, 1988]. PAs tend to appear in the recovery phase of substorm between postmidnight and dawn sector. The horizontal size of PAs are known to be 10-200 km, based on the optical observations. Recently, some ground-satellite coordinated observations suggested the generation mechanisms of PAs as a result of pitch angle scatterings due to whistler mode chorus waves and/or the electron cyclotron harmonics[Nishimura et al., 2010; Liang et al., 2010]. Time-varying field aligned potential was also suggested by Sato et al. [2004]. The dominant mechanisms and the origin of the periodicity remain unclear. Ground-based all-sky observations have been made for a long time, although they were not enough for a quantitative discussion about small-scale characteristics of PAs such as the shapes and dynamics due to their limited spatial resolutions. The fast temporal variations of intensity known as quasi-3Hz modulations, which was reported by a number of rocket/satellite observations about precipitating electrons[e.g., Sandahl et al., 1980], has been hardly discussed in detail using the ground instruments because of the limited temporal resolutions and sensitivities. We have carried out ground-based observations using a suit of instruments, consisting of an EMCCD camera, an all-sky video camera, a photometer, and a search coil magnetometer covering the frequency range of ELF-VLF. We installed the instruments at Poker Flat Research Range between November 2010 and March 2011. Our EMCCD camera has narrow field of view corresponding to 100km × 100km at altitude of 110 km and high sampling rate up to 100 frames per second. An initial analysis result of event on March 4th 2011 around 1100UT revealed two important features of PAs in small scale. One is PAs in the FOV can be categorized into three regions which showed different periods. There were 1-3Hz modulations inside each patches, while there was no higher frequency modulations. In addition, simultaneous observations with the search coil demonstrated that modulations of PA ranged 1 to 3Hz correlated to ELF amplitudes integrated over frequency range of 1-10Hz. On the other hand, VLF emissions corresponding to whistler mode waves were not seen during this period. Isolated PA seen around UT14:30 on the same day showed continuous modulations with peak at 3Hz and no correlations to ELF amplitudes. These results demonstrate that the temporal and spatial characteristics of PA, such as periodicity, modulation and micro-shapes, varies considerably with MLT in a narrow region corresponding to about 2000km × 2000km in the magnetosphere. It means that the generation processes depend greatly on local plasma conditions and the conditions are nonuniform in the source regions.

Nishiyama, T.; Sakanoi, T.; Miyoshi, Y.; Kataoka, R.; Katoh, Y.; Asamura, K.; Sato, M.; Okano, S.



Mapping The Urban Heat Island Effect In Athens: Results Obtained From The UHI and Thermopolis 2009 Projects  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Urban Heat Island (UHI) is an urban climate phenomenon, which is described by the occurrence of temperatures that are higher over urban surfaces than over surrounding rural areas of similar elevation. The phenomenon is particularly pronounced during night-time. UHI is primarily driven by the shortwave incoming radiation energy reaching the urban surface, which has very different physical properties from rural areas. Contemporary technologies such as airborne/satellite remote sensing, offer unique capabilities for mapping and monitoring UHI at different spatial and temporal scales, and ideally extend and complement ground-based techniques. To assist in understanding the UHI effect and its complexities in European cities through the combination of spacecraft remote sensing and ground-based observations, a relevant project entitled "Urban Heat Islands and Urban Thermography" was launched recently by the European Space Agency (ESA). In the framework of the aforementioned project, the "Thermopolis 2009" campaign was implemented by a wide consortium in Athens during the summer of 2009, with the aim to provide a mapping of parameters related to the characterization of UHI at different spatial scales. During the Thermopolis campaign abundant airborne and satellite observations concurrently to ground measurements were collected for the study site. This paper aims to present results from the analysis of the different spatial scale datasets collected during the Thermopolis campaign, discussing also various aspects of the UHI for the studied region, on which the analysis has been conducted thus far.

Daglis, I. A.; Rapsomanikis, S.; Kourtidis, K.; Melas, D.; Papayannis, A.; Keramitsoglou, I.; Giannaros, T.; Amiridis, V.; Petropoulos, G.; Bianchi, J. Sobrino (5), P. Manunta (5), J. Grobner (6), M. Paganini (7), R.



Obtaining identical results with double precision global accuracy on different numbers of processors in parallel particle Monte Carlo simulations  

SciTech Connect

We describe and compare different approaches for achieving numerical reproducibility in photon Monte Carlo simulations. Reproducibility is desirable for code verification, testing, and debugging. Parallelism creates a unique problem for achieving reproducibility in Monte Carlo simulations because it changes the order in which values are summed. This is a numerical problem because double precision arithmetic is not associative. Parallel Monte Carlo, both domain replicated and decomposed simulations, will run their particles in a different order during different runs of the same simulation because the non-reproducibility of communication between processors. In addition, runs of the same simulation using different domain decompositions will also result in particles being simulated in a different order. In [1], a way of eliminating non-associative accumulations using integer tallies was described. This approach successfully achieves reproducibility at the cost of lost accuracy by rounding double precision numbers to fewer significant digits. This integer approach, and other extended and reduced precision reproducibility techniques, are described and compared in this work. Increased precision alone is not enough to ensure reproducibility of photon Monte Carlo simulations. Non-arbitrary precision approaches require a varying degree of rounding to achieve reproducibility. For the problems investigated in this work double precision global accuracy was achievable by using 100 bits of precision or greater on all unordered sums which where subsequently rounded to double precision at the end of every time-step.

Cleveland, Mathew A., E-mail:; Brunner, Thomas A.; Gentile, Nicholas A.; Keasler, Jeffrey A.



Apfel's excellent match  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Apfel's excellent match: This series of photos shows a water drop containing a surfactant (Triton-100) as it experiences a complete cycle of superoscillation on U.S. Microgravity Lab-2 (USML-2; October 1995). The time in seconds appears under the photos. The figures above the photos are the oscillation shapes predicted by a numerical model. The time shown with the predictions is nondimensional. Robert Apfel (Yale University) used the Drop Physics Module on USML-2 to explore the effect of surfactants on liquid drops. Apfel's research of surfactants may contribute to improvements in a variety of industrial processes, including oil recovery and environmental cleanup.



Committing to Excellence  

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We are honored, indeed, that President Reagan has agreed to participate in this symposium to underscore his personal commitment to productivity growth and quality improvement. NASA is proud to take the lead in what is certainly one of the most challenging and most important areas of our national life, the drive for excellence in all we do and all we produce. And we appreciate the cooperation and support of the corporate members of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics in helping to make this symposium a success.

Beggs, John M.



Lie Theory and Applications. II P 14195-MAT We are going to present three selected results obtained within this research project.  

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Lie Theory and Applications. II P 14195-MAT We are going to present three selected results obtained within this research project. Choosing roots differentiably. Consider a family of polynomials Pt(x) = xn

Michor, Peter W.


Access Excellence Classic Collection  

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Another good resource from is the Activities Exchange Classic Collection Web site. The page presents links that focus on a single person or event by putting it into historical context and relating it to current science. Each contains a set of references, classroom activities, graphics, background information, and more. Some of the titles of the activities include The Discovery Of Radioactivity: The Dawn of the Nuclear Age; Radioactivity: Historical Figures; How We See: The First Steps of Human Vision; Discovery, Chance, and the Scientific Method; DNA Structure; and Development of Polio Vaccines. The pages and activities are well designed and offer educators some interesting and unique lessons for their students.


World Population Activity I: Excel  

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(Activity 1 of 2) This activity is primarily intended as an introductory tutorial on using Excel. Students use Excel to explore population dynamics using the Logistic equation for (S-shaped) population growth.

Activity and Starting Point page by R.M. MacKay. Clark College, Physics and Meteorology.


Club Sports Excellence & Developmental Funding  

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Club Sports Excellence & Developmental Funding Additional funding may be available to clubs through and the Club Sports Council will hear the presentation before recommending an award amount. Excellence and requests must be made to the Club Sports Office by the stated deadline. To be considered for Excellence

Pittendrigh, Barry


Toward Excellence in Technology Education  

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This article presents a text of a speech delivered by the author at the Foundation for Technology Education (FTE) Spirit of Excellence breakfast in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this speech, the author talked about the meaning of excellence. In order to pursue excellence, the author suggested that people in the field of technology education should…

LaPorte, James E.



Microsoft Excel 2007 Advanced Workshop  

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on to Excel Macros Visual Basic for Applica ons (VBA) Macro Defini on: A macro is a sequence of VBA statements that performs an ac on with Excel. It is a series of commands that either the user 1 03/01/11 Microsoft Excel 2007 401 Advanced Workshop Streamlining Your Work with Macros

California at San Diego, University of


Aircraft and ground vehicle friction correlation test results obtained under winter runway conditions during joint FAA/NASA Runway Friction Program  

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Aircraft and ground vehicle friction data collected during the Joint FAA/NASA Runway Friction Program under winter runway conditions are discussed and test results are summarized. The relationship between the different ground vehicle friction measurements obtained on compacted snow- and ice-covered conditions is defined together with the correlation to aircraft tire friction performance under similar runway conditions.

Yager, Thomas J.; Vogler, William A.; Baldasare, Paul



Results Obtained with a Prototype Negative Ion Time Projection Chamber (NITPC) Designed for Measuring the Prompt X-ray Emission from Gamma-ray Bursts  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Gas based time projection chambers (TPCs) have been shown to be highly sensitive X-ray polarimeters having excellent quantum efficiency while at the same time achieving large modulation factors . To observe polarization of the prompt X-ray emission of a Gamma-ray burst (GRB), a large area detector is needed. Diffusion of the electron cloud in a standard TPC could be prohibitive to measuring good modulation when the drift distance is large. We propose using a negative ion TPC (NITPC) with Nitromethane (CH3NO2) as the electron capture agent. An NITPC will have improved diffusion characteristics due to the thermal coupling of the negative ion to the surrounding gas and reduced electronic power consumption due to the slower velocity of the negative ions. We present results from tests of a single and double GEM TPC and NITPC. SciEnergy GEMs of 3x3 cm^2 and 2x5 cm^2 were used in the experiment and tested with various concentrations and pressures of P10, NeCO2 and NeCO2CH3NO2. Gain curves, photoelectron tacks and modulation curves will be presented for each instrument.

Prieskorn, Zachary; Hill, J. E.; Kaaret, P.; Black, J. K.; Jahoda, K.



ASBO's Certificate of Excellence Program: 15 years of Professional Excellence.  

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Presents the history, advantages, and requirements of the Association of School Business Officials' Certificate of Excellence Program. Receiving a Certificate of Excellence provides evidence of the integrity and technical competence of a school system's fiscal administration to the board members and superintendent. (MLF)

Gatti, Bernard



Realizing Excellence: Structuring Technology Programs  

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"Realizing Excellence: Structuring Technology Programs" offers educators and other concerned individuals suggestions and tools for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating standards-based technology programs. Working together, users of "Realizing Excellence" can achieve the vision that all students can and should become technologically…

International Technology Education Association (ITEA), 2005



Excellence in Public & Global Health  

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Excellence in Public & Global Health The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & purpose 4 Strategic themes & actions 7 1 Research: Addressing public & global health needs 8 2 Education systems v Facilities vi Communications Assessing progress 17 Excellence in Public & Global Health

Maizels, Rick


Mark's Maths and Excel Pages  

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Geometry topics presented with the aid of downloadable Geometer's Sketchpad (GSP) files; see, in particular, Japanese temple geometry. Two comprehensive Tutorials in Excel spreadsheet form are provided for intermediate and advanced (VBA) users, and an Excel Teachers' markbook is available for download.

Dabbs, Mark


Space-time spectra of complex cell filters in the macaque monkey: a comparison of results obtained with pseudowhite noise and grating stimuli.  


White noise stimuli were used to estimate second-order kernels for complex cells in cortical area V1 of the macaque monkey, and drifting grating stimuli were presented to the sample of neurons to obtain orientation and spatial-frequency tuning curves. Using these data, we quantified how well second-order kernels predict the normalized tuning of the average response of complex cells to drifting gratings. The estimated second-order kernel of each complex cell was transformed into an interaction function defined over all spatial and temporal lags without regard to absolute position or delay. The Fourier transform of each interaction function was then computed to obtain an interaction spectrum. For a cell that is well modeled by a second-order system, the cell's interaction spectrum is proportional to the tuning of its average spike rate to drifting gratings. This result was used to obtain spatial-frequency and orientation tuning predictions for each cell based on its second-order kernel. From the spatial-frequency and orientation tuning curves, we computed peaks and bandwidths, and an index for directional selectivity. We found that the predictions derived from second-order kernels provide an accurate description of the change in the average spike rate of complex cells to single drifting sine-wave gratings. These findings are consistent with a model for complex cells that has a quadratic spectral energy operator at its core but are inconsistent with a spectral amplitude model. PMID:7918230

Gaska, J P; Jacobson, L D; Chen, H W; Pollen, D A



Results of in vivo measurements of strontium-90 body-burden in Urals residents: analyses of data obtained 2006-2012  

SciTech Connect

A part of the Urals territory was contaminated with 90Sr and 137Cs in the 1950s as a result of accidents at the "Mayak" Production Association. The paper describes the analysis of in vivo 90Sr measurements in Urals residents. The measurements were performed with the use of whole-body-counter SICH-9.1M in 2006-2012. Totally 5840 measurements for 4876 persons were performed from 2006 to 2012; maximal measured value was 24 kBq. Earlier, similar measurements were performed with SICH-9.1 (1974-1997). Comparison of the results obtained with SICH-9.1 and SICH-9.1M has shown a good agreement of the two data sets.

Tolstykh, E. I.; Bougrov, N. G.; Krivoshchapov, Victor A.; Shishkina, Elena A.; Shagina, N. B.; Degteva, M. O.; Anspaugh, L. R.; Napier, Bruce A.



Biology Statistics Made Using Excel.  

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Describes when and how to carry out many of the most common statistical tests including mean, standard deviation, confidence limits, correlation, regression, t-test, Chi square test, and ANOVA. Uses Excel to perform these operations. (DDR)

Millar, Neil



Canine hip dysplasia of selected breeds--results obtained by two Polish clinics based on radiological examination conducted in 1997-2006.  


Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is still a significant health problem among dogs of so called predisposed breeds where this disease is revealed even among 30% individuals of the whole population. The present results were obtained by two clinics and deal with CHD occurrence among the most frequently and predisposed breeds in Olsztyn and Siemianowice Slaskie/Upper Silesia, Poland. Radiographs of hip joints were described using Riser's method. Altogether 2279 dog were examined including 2113 animals which were analysed. The German Shepherd Dog was the prevalent breed found in both clinics, but CHD was not common in this breed. In the Olsztyn Clinic, the most numerous group affected by CHD was Neapolitan Mastiff (60%), while in the Siemianowice Slaskie Clinic, dysplasia dominated in Bernese Mountain Dog (46%). PMID:18683543

Aleksiewicz, R; Budzi?ska, Z; Nowicki, M; Adamiak, Z; Lisiecka, B



Prevention of false resistance results obtained in testing the susceptibility of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to pyrazinamide with the Bactec MGIT 960 system using a reduced inoculum.  


The susceptibility of 211 clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (201 M. tuberculosis and 10 Mycobacterium bovis isolates) to pyrazinamide (PZA) was assessed by the nonradiometric Bactec MGIT 960 system (M960). Detection of PZA resistance was followed by a repeat testing using a reduced inoculum (RI) of 0.25 ml instead of 0.5 ml. According to the first M960 analysis, resistance was observed in 55 samples. In the RI assay, 32 samples turned out to be susceptible and 23 proved to be resistant (58.2% false positivity). The Bactec 460 assay confirmed as resistant those strains detected by the RI assay, while discrepant results were found susceptible. Mutation analysis performed on 13 M. tuberculosis isolates detected pncA mutations in 11 samples. On the basis of our data, we suggest using the RI assay to confirm all PZA resistance results obtained with the standard M960 assay. Further studies are required to confirm our findings. PMID:23100351

Piersimoni, Claudio; Mustazzolu, Alessandro; Giannoni, Federico; Bornigia, Stefano; Gherardi, Giancarlo; Fattorini, Lanfranco



Prevention of False Resistance Results Obtained in Testing the Susceptibility of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to Pyrazinamide with the Bactec MGIT 960 System Using a Reduced Inoculum  

PubMed Central

The susceptibility of 211 clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (201 M. tuberculosis and 10 Mycobacterium bovis isolates) to pyrazinamide (PZA) was assessed by the nonradiometric Bactec MGIT 960 system (M960). Detection of PZA resistance was followed by a repeat testing using a reduced inoculum (RI) of 0.25 ml instead of 0.5 ml. According to the first M960 analysis, resistance was observed in 55 samples. In the RI assay, 32 samples turned out to be susceptible and 23 proved to be resistant (58.2% false positivity). The Bactec 460 assay confirmed as resistant those strains detected by the RI assay, while discrepant results were found susceptible. Mutation analysis performed on 13 M. tuberculosis isolates detected pncA mutations in 11 samples. On the basis of our data, we suggest using the RI assay to confirm all PZA resistance results obtained with the standard M960 assay. Further studies are required to confirm our findings. PMID:23100351

Mustazzolu, Alessandro; Giannoni, Federico; Bornigia, Stefano; Gherardi, Giancarlo; Fattorini, Lanfranco



Excel - Beginning and Intermediate Training  

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The Information Technology Services Department at the University of Texas at Austin have created this online Excel overview which is a basic but valuable site designed to cover â??entering and editing data, formatting, formulas, page setup, and printing spreadsheets.â? Visitors will find step-by-step instructions on how to create new Excel files, instructions on how to utilize automatic formulas that provide mathematic analysis of the data, as well as instructions on how to alter existing files without losing the existing structure. This site would be useful for anyone studying or practicing medical administration, business administration, accounting, or any profession requiring record-keeping as well as for the layperson wishing to learn the basics of Microsoft Excel.


Excellent lubricating behavior of Brasenia schreberi mucilage.  


The present work reports an excellent lubrication property of an aquatic plant called Brasenia schreberi (BS). To investigate the lubrication characteristics of the BS mucilage, a novel measuring system is designed, and an ultralow friction coefficient about 0.005 between the mucilage and glass surface has been obtained. It is found that the ultralow friction is closely related to the structure of mucilage and water molecules in the mucilage. The microstructure analysis indicates that the mucilage surrounding BS forms a kind of polysaccharide gel with many nanosheets. A possible lubrication mechanism is proposed that the formation of hydration layers among these polymer nanosheets with plenty of bonded water molecules causes the ultralow friction. The excellent lubrication property has a potential application for reducing the friction between a glossy pill coated with such layer of mucilage and people's throats. PMID:22548346

Li, Jinjin; Liu, Yuhong; Luo, Jianbin; Liu, Pengxiao; Zhang, Chenhui



A comparison of two methods for prediction of response and rates of inbreeding in selected populations with the results obtained in two selection experiments  

PubMed Central

Selection programmes are mainly concerned with increasing genetic gain. However, short-term progress should not be obtained at the expense of the within-population genetic variability. Different prediction models for the evolution within a small population of the genetic mean of a selected trait, its genetic variance and its inbreeding have been developed but have mainly been validated through Monte Carlo simulation studies. The purpose of this study was to compare theoretical predictions to experimental results. Two deterministic methods were considered, both grounded on a polygenic additive model. Differences between theoretical predictions and experimental results arise from differences between the true and the assumed genetic model, and from mathematical simplifications applied in the prediction methods. Two sets of experimental lines of chickens were used in this study: the Dutch lines undergoing true truncation mass selection, the other lines (French) undergoing mass selection with a restriction on the representation of the different families. This study confirmed, on an experimental basis, that modelling is an efficient approach to make useful predictions of the evolution of selected populations although the basic assumptions considered in the models (polygenic additive model, normality of the distribution, base population at the equilibrium, etc.) are not met in reality. The two deterministic methods compared yielded results that were close to those observed in real data, especially when the selection scheme followed the rules of strict mass selection: for instance, both predictions overestimated the genetic gain in the French experiment, whereas both predictions were close to the observed values in the Dutch experiment. PMID:15823236

Loywyck, Valérie; Bijma, Piter; Laan, Marie-Hélène Pinard-van der; van Arendonk, Johan; Verrier, Etienne



Obtaining land cover changes information from multitemporal analysis of Landsat-TM images: results from a case study in West African dryland  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Sahelian belt of West Africa is a semiarid region characterized by wide climate variations, which can in turn affect the livelihood of local populations particularly in rangeland areas, as happens during the dramatic food crisis in the 70-80s caused by rainfall scarcity. The monitoring of natural resources and rainfed agricultural activities, with the aim to provide information to support Sahelian food security action, needs the production of detailed thematic maps as emphasized by several scientific papers. In this framework, a study was conducted to develop a method to exploit time series of remote sensed satellite data to 1) provide reliable land cover (LC) map at local scale in a dry region and 2) obtain a LC change (LCC) map that contribute to identify the plausible causes of local environmental instability. Satellite images used for this work consist in a time series of Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) (path row 195-50) acquired in the 2000 (6 scenes) and 2007 (9 scenes) from February (Dry season) to September (end of wet season). The study investigates the different contribution provided by spectra information of a single Landsat TM image and by time series of derived NDVI. Different tests have been conducted with different combination of data set (spectral and temporal)in order to identify the best approach to obtain a LC map in five classes of interest: Shrubland, Cultivated Land, Water body, Herbaceous vegetation and Bare soil. The best classification approach is exposed and applied on two years in the last decade. The comparison between this two LC results in land cover change map, that displays the changes of vegetation patterns that have been characterized the area. The discussed results show a largely stable dryland region, but locally characterized by hot-spot of decreasing in natural vegetation inside the rangelands and an increasing of cultivations along fossil valleys where human activities are slightly intense. The discussion shows that this hot-spot aren't fully explained by climatic variability as displayed by a comparison with rainfall satellite data, and suggest that there are localized area where vegetation development is driven by other anthropic factors which interfere in the dynamics of plant growing.

Nutini, F.; Boschetti, M.; Brivio, P. A.; Antoninetti, M.



Collection of relevant results obtained with the ERTS-1 satellite images by the Institute for Space Research (INPE), volume 2. [Brazil  

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The author has identified the following significant results. Soil resource studies in Brazil have concluded that: areas with agricultural activities appear surrounding urban centers; some areas are suffering a strong erosion action; there exist two drainage systems near Paraguai River and Parana River; and this region possesses great variety of soil types. It is possible to count the number of lakes and sluices as well as their superficial area using a channel 7 photographic enlargement. The great concentration of water bodies along the Jacui River determines the large rice crops. Data concerning regions around Teresina City, Presidente Prudente, Piracicaba City, Dourados, and Tres Marias Dam revealed several characteristics concerning the soil and water resources. Two basic maps were made of the natural vegetation distribution over central eastern Brazil from data ERTS-1 data. One map shows the drainage system, the road system, and cities; while the second shows the natural vegetation. It was possible to identify old reforestation, new reforestation, natural forest in flat lands, and natural forest in rolling lands from the ERTS images. Different pasture plant species could be identified by multispectral remote sensing. Data obtained along different wavelength bands provide essential data for the range manager to evaluate his range and to establish a suitable policy. Hydrographic mapping was done using the ERTS images.

Demendonca, F.; Amaral, G.; Gamadealmeida, E. (principal investigators)



Implementing the Reading Excellence Act.  

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This slide presentation outlines one state's (Utah) version of implementation of a model for literacy learning under the Reading Excellence Act (REA). According to the presentation, the model is called "The Utah Reads K-3 Literacy Model." The presentation is divided into the following sections: Utah's Vision: What We've Learned So Far; One…

Lacy, Laurie; Dole, Janice; Donaldson, Becky; Donaldson, Brady


On Excellence: Craftsmanship and Leadership  

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At a presentation from the Maley "Spirit of Excellence" Breakfast in Columbus, OH, March 2013, the author shares comments about craftsmanship and leadership as they relate to technology and engineering education. Students need more experience getting their hands dirty troubleshooting, researching and developing, inventing and innovating,…

Merrill, Chris



Partnership for Excellence, Fall 2000.  

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Cuesta College (California) students are exceeding goals for AA/AS degrees and certificates, along with basic skills, vocational and occupational course completions. Students have shown excellent progress for goals with transfer preparedness and have shown improvement in combined California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC)…

Cartnal, Ryan; Hagen, Pete


Using Excel in the Classroom.  

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Microsoft Excel is a sophisticated and flexible reporting, planning, and presentation tool that teachers can use effectively for curriculum prep, class projects, budget planning and reporting, and even as a database. This book, a how-to guide for teachers at all grade levels, provides information on the fundamentals of creating powerful…

Summerville, Jennifer; Morrow, Jean; Howell, Dusti


Sustainable growth and business excellence  

Microsoft Academic Search

In the modern world, business is viewed as the opportunity for wealth creation and economic growth for jobs and prosperity. However, market-economics depends on the integrity of the organization to function within the values and norms of the society. For sustained growth and business excellence it is necessary to consider environmental and other social concerns. Leadership should demonstrate their business

Gopal K. Kanji



EVER TO EXCEL Boston College  

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boston college 2000­2001 EVER TO EXCEL #12;Boston College Chestnut Hill Massachusetts 02467 617-552-8000 BOSTON COLLEGE BULLETIN 2000-2001 Volume LXX, Number 13, April 2000 The Boston College Bulletin contains's contractual undertakings. Boston College reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature

Huang, Jianyu


EVER TO EXCEL Boston College  

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boston college 1999­2000 EVER TO EXCEL #12;Boston College Chestnut Hill Massachusetts 02467 617-552-8000 BOSTON COLLEGE BULLETIN 1999-2000 Volume LXIX, Number 12, April 1999 The Boston College Bulletin contains's contractual undertakings. Boston College reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature

Huang, Jianyu


Excellence in Professional Legal Training  

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Development All of our courses are carefully created to support professionals in developing their skillsExcellence in Professional Legal Training In-house, public and bespoke CPD courses World. Offering an impressive range of academic and professional courses, it is the first law school in London

Martin, Ralph R.


Electronics Manufacturing Center of Excellence  

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EMPFasis is a publication of the American Competitiveness Institute and the EMPF. The EMPF is the U.S. NavyÂ?'s National Center of Excellence dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in electronics and increasing domestic productivity in electronics manufacturing.


Graphing techniques for materials laboratory using Excel  

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Engineering technology curricula stress hands on training and laboratory practices in most of the technical courses. Laboratory reports should include analytical as well as graphical evaluation of experimental data. Experience shows that many students neither have the mathematical background nor the expertise for graphing. This paper briefly describes the procedure and data obtained from a number of experiments such as spring rate, stress concentration, endurance limit, and column buckling for a variety of materials. Then with a brief introduction to Microsoft Excel the author explains the techniques used for linear regression and logarithmic graphing.

Kundu, Nikhil K.



The Center for Teaching Excellence  

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A number of colleges and universities have excellent sites dedicated to helping professors and other educators learn more about effective teaching methods. In recent years, more than a few community colleges have also adopted such techniques, creating a plethora of websites geared towards assisting educators. The first site profiled is from the Lansing Community Collegeâ??s Center For Teaching Excellence. From their page, visitors can take a look through a number of useful documents, such as â??Classroom Strategies for Fostering Student Retentionâ? and â??Essays on Teaching Excellence.â? The site also contains their biannual newsletter, â??Spotlight on Facultyâ?, which features a number of teaching tips and techniques developed by faculty at the college. The second site will take users to the Teaching and Learning Center at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Here visitors can find helpful â??technology tipsâ? designed for incorporating technology into the classroom, and a number of podcasts of interest. These podcasts deal with a number of themes, ranging from mental health crises on campus to resource challenges facing community colleges.


An audit of the contribution to post-mortem examination diagnosis of individual analyte results obtained from biochemical analysis of the vitreous.  


Biochemical analysis of the vitreous humor from the eye is an accepted accessory test for post-mortem investigation of cause of death. Modern biochemical analyzers allow testing of a range of analytes from a sample. However, it is not clear which analytes should be requested in order to prevent unnecessary testing (and expense). The means and standard deviation of the values obtained from analysis of the vitreous humor for sodium, potassium, chloride, osmolality, glucose, ketones (?-hydroxybutyrate), creatinine, urea, calcium, lactate, and ammonia were calculated from which the contribution of each analyte was reviewed in the context of post-mortem findings and final cause of death. For sodium 32 cases were regarded as high (more than one standard deviation above the mean), from which 9 contributed to post-mortem diagnosis [drowning (4), heat related death (2), diabetic hyperglycemia (2), and dehydration (1)], but 25 low values (greater than one standard deviation below the mean) made no contribution. For chloride 29 high values contributed to 4 cases--3 drowning and 1 heat-related, but these were all previously identified by a high sodium level. There were 29 high and 35 low potassium values, none of which contributed to determining the final cause of death. Of 22 high values of creatinine, 12 contributed to a diagnosis of renal failure. From 32 high values of urea, 18 contributed to 16 cases of renal failure (2 associated with diabetic hyperglycemia), 1 heat-related death, and one case with dehydration. Osmolarity contributed to 12 cases (5 heat-related, 4 diabetes, 2 renal failure, and 1 dehydration) from 36 high values. There was no contribution from 32 high values and 19 low values of calcium and there was no contribution from 4 high and 2 low values of ammonia. There were 11 high values of glucose, which contributed to the diagnosis of 6 cases of diabetic hyperglycemia and 21 high ketone levels contributed to 8 cases: 4 diabetic ketosis, 3 hypothermia, 3 ketosis of unknown cause, and 2 alcohol related deaths. A high lactate was identified in 25 cases, which contributed to 1 case with a diagnosis of metformin toxicity (1), but none of the 22 low lactate values contributed. The results of this audit have been used to reduce vitreous biochemistry test requests for sodium, osmolality, glucose, ketones, urea, and creatinine in most cases. Critical appraisal of each part of the post-mortem process should be undertaken to provide evidence to justify any investigative methods used in an autopsy. PMID:23852932

Mitchell, Rebecca; Charlwood, Cheryl; Thomas, Sunethra Devika; Bellis, Maria; Langlois, Neil E I



Determination of hydraulic properties of the Callovo-Oxfordian argillite at the bure site: Synthesis of the results obtained in deep boreholes using several in situ investigation techniques  

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Since 1991, ANDRA ( Agence Nationale pour la gestion des Déchets Radioactifs - National Radioactive Waste Management Agency) has been performing research on the possibility of geologic disposal of high level radioactive waste. In 1999, Andra began constructing an Underground Research Laboratory at Bure, a site located on the border of the Meuse-Haute-Marne departments, 300 km East of Paris. The laboratory is investigating the Callovo-Oxfordian argillite, a 130 m thick middle Jurassic stratum, at a depth of about 420 m. Argillite is a clay-rich sedimentary rock with low-permeability. Between 1994 and 2004, Andra collected from deep boreholes an impressive wealth of data covering a wide range of geosciences. This paper focuses on the hydraulic data related to argillite, including the results from short-term hydraulic packer tests and long-term monitoring of the formation pressures. Three types of tools are used on the site for investigations in deep boreholes. The first one is a conventional packer test tool used in the petroleum industry and adapted for hydrogeological purposes. The main objective is to determinate the permeability of the formation through short-term tests (24-72 h) at about 10 regular intervals. The two other types of tool are permanent monitoring devices. The electromagnetic pressure gauge (EPG) is totally isolated from the surface perturbations. There are no electric or hydraulic lines to the surface and the borehole is cemented. The advantage of this tool is that the formation almost recovers its initial pressure, avoiding disturbances from surface. Although the multi-packer equipment, installed in an open borehole can be affected by surface perturbations, it is used to measure pressure at different isolated levels in the same borehole ( i. e., 11 chambers in one borehole). Evaluations of the formation pressure (freshwater head) and hydraulic conductivity have been performed for all intervals investigated (19 short-term packer tests and 15 long-term monitoring sections). Borehole simulators were used to define a suitable flow model taking into account the complete pressure history of the borehole, and to derive best-guess estimates and uncertainty ranges for the hydraulic parameters. The sources of perturbations and the consistency of results are discussed in this paper. For instance, for a same interval tested through different techniques, an overestimation by one order of magnitude of the hydraulic conductivity due to a large overestimation of pore pressure during packer test was observed. In situ permeability estimations are also compared with those obtained from laboratory tests on core samples. Both short-term and long-term measurements provide values for the hydraulic conductivity at different scales with high consistency. This parameter is shown to be less than 2 × 10 -12 m/s. Pressures measurements from long-term monitoring are sufficiently accurate for determining formation hydraulic heads. A pressure profile in the argillite, derived from the extensive set of data currently available, shows an overpressure in the argillite 20-60 m above its surrounding formations. As a whole, the pressure data and derived hydraulic properties acquired from deep boreholes, offer a high degree of reliability and constitute a major contribution to the hydraulic characterisation of the low-permeable argillite formation. In 2006, this data will be complemented with measurements carried out in the Laboratory at 490 m depth, with the aim to characterize in greater depth the pressure profile of the argillite.

Distinguin, Marc; Lavanchy, Jean-Marc


New results on ground deformation in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin (southern Poland) obtained during the DORIS Project (EU-FP 7)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents application of satellite interferometric methods (persistent scatterer interferometric synthetic aperture radar (PSInSAR™) and differential interferometric synthetic aperture radar (DInSAR)) for observation of ground deformation in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin (USCB) in Southern Poland. The presented results were obtained during the DORIS project (EC FP 7, Grant Agreement n. 242212, Several InSAR datasets for this area were analysed. Most of them were processed by Tele-Rilevamento Europa - T.R.E. s.r.l. Italy. Datasets came from different SAR satellites (ERS 1 and 2, Envisat, ALOS- PALSAR and TerraSAR-X) and cover three different SAR bands (L, C and X). They were processed using both InSAR techniques: DInSAR, where deformations are presented as interferometric fringes on the raster image, and PSInSAR, where motion is indentified on irregular set of persistent scatterer (PS) points. Archival data from the C-band European Space Agency satellites ERS and ENVISAT provided information about ground movement since 1992 until 2010 in two separate datasets (1992-2000 and 2003-2010). Two coal mines were selected as examples of ground motion within inactive mining areas: Sosnowiec and Saturn, where mining ceased in 1995 and 1997, respectively. Despite well pumping after closure of the mines, groundwater rose several dozen meters, returning to its natural horizon. Small surface uplift clearly indicated on satellite interferometric data is related to high permeability of the hydrogeological subregion and insufficient water withdrawal from abandoned mines. The older 1992-2000 PSInSAR dataset indicates values of ground motion ranging from -40.0 to 0.0 mm. The newer 2003-2010 dataset shows values ranging from -2.0 to +7.0 mm. This means that during this period of time subsidence was less and uplift greater in comparison to the older dataset. This is even more evident in the time series of randomly selected PS points from both coal mines. The presence of bentonite deposits in the Saturn coal mine can also have influence on the ground surface uplift. Analysis of interferometric L and X-band data in Upper Silesia has enabled observation and monitoring of the underground mining front for several months. It was indicated by the example from the Halemba-Wirek coal mine. Analysis of the TerraSAR-X dataset processed by SqueeSAR algorithms proved to be the most effective for this purpose. X-band persistent scatterer interferometry (PSI) time series can help to indentify small seemingly negligible movements and are successfully supplemented by fringes when displacement becomes significant. Differential interferograms from the L-band dataset detect similar displacement values but, thanks to longer wavelength, are characterized by better coherence, especially in the middle of the subsidence trough. Results on ground deformation proved that ground motion above abandoned mines continues long after their closure. Therefore, existing regulations stating that abandoned mines are considered fully safe five years after mine closure should change. Moreover, it should be emphasised that construction in these areas should be avoided due to existing potential risks.

Graniczny, Marek; Colombo, Davide; Kowalski, Zbigniew; Przy?ucka, Maria; Zdanowski, Albin



Academic excellence workshops in chemistry and physics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the mid-1970's, Uri Treisman, at the University of California, Berkeley, developed an academic excellence workshop program that had important successes in increasing minority student achievement and persistence in calculus. The present dissertation research is an in-depth study of chemistry and physics workshops at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Data for the first, longitudinal component of this study were obtained by tracking to Spring 1998 all workshop minority students, i.e., Latino, African American, and Native American workshop students, a random sample of non-workshop minority students, and a random sample of non-targeted students, i.e., Anglo and Asian students, enrolled in first-quarter General Chemistry or Physics during specific quarters of 1992 or 1993. Data for the second component were obtained by administering questionnaires, conducting interviews, and observing science students during Fall, 1996. Workshop participation was a significant predictor of first-quarter course grade for minority students in both chemistry and physics, while verbal and mathematics Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores were not significant predictors of beginning course grade for minority science students. The lack of predictive ability of the SAT and the importance of workshop participation in minority students' beginning science course performance are results with important implications for educators and students. In comparing pre-college achievement measures for workshop and non-targeted students, non-targeted students' mathematics SAT scores were significantly higher than chemistry and physics workshop students' scores. Nonetheless, workshop participation "leveled the field" as workshop and non-targeted students performed similarly in beginning science courses. Positive impacts of workshop participation on achievement, persistence, efficiency, social integration, and self-confidence support the continued and expanded funding of workshop programs. This research also studied how gender and ethnicity affect attitudes, achievement, and persistence in science courses and mathematics-based majors. College-level females, both minority and non-minority, in science showed no differences from males or were in fact more positive about science than males. However, in interviews, minority females expressed concerns about gender and believed gender to be more important in their science experiences than ethnicity. This research suggests intervention programs to increase the number of females in the science- and technology-based job pipeline can be successful.

Mills, Susan Rose


Biomarker based reconstruction of Pleistocene climate and environmental conditions in the Gulf of Alaska: Preliminary results obtained from IODP Expedition 341 sediments  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A remarkable sedimentary record that extends from the Miocene to the late Pleistocene/Holocene has been drilled during IODP Expedition 341 (May - July 2013) in the Gulf of Alaska. The recovery and examination of sediments along a transect of five drill sites (U1417 - U1421) from the deep ocean towards the continental slope and shelf offshore the St. Elias Mountains enables the reconstruction of the palaeoceanographic and environmental development in the NE Pacific during a period of significant global cooling and directly addresses the overall research objectives of the IODP programme. The knowledge about palaeo sea surface conditions and their relation to climate changes in the subpolar NE Pacific is relatively scarce and mainly confined to the past 17 ka BP (Barron et al., 2009; Davies et al., 2011; Addison et al., 2012). Biomarker based reconstructions of the sea surface conditions (i.e. sea surface temperature (SST), sea ice coverage, marine primary productivity) that characterised the subpolar NE Pacific during critical time intervals of Plio- and Pleistocene climate change may provide new information on oceanic and atmospheric feedback mechanisms and further enable the identification of teleconnections between the palaeoceanographic evolution in the North Pacific and the North Atlantic. Here we present preliminary biomarker data obtained from sediments from the distal deepwater site U1417 and the proximal site U1419 located at the Gulf of Alaska continental slope. Variability in the distribution and abundance of short- and long-chain n-alkanes, sterols, and C25-highly branched isoprenoids (HBIs) is interpreted to reflect changes in the environmental setting. These data provide insight in marine primary productivity changes (in response to cooling and warming intervals) and the variable input of terrigenous organic matter via meltwater and/or iceberg discharge events. The C25-HBI diene/triene ratio - hitherto used as a sea ice proxy in the Southern Ocean (Etourneau et al., 2013) - is applied to gain information about the variability in polar water/sea ice extent in the study area. Previously, Rowland et al. (2001) documented that not only the degree of unsaturation in C25-HBIs but also the E- to Z-isomerisation in the C25-HBI trienes increases with increasing water temperature. Based on this observation we suggest that the ratio of the Z-isomer to the E-isomer in the trienes might reflect SST changes and could be used as an additional SST proxy. The applicability of this approach, however, needs further evaluation (e.g. through comparisons with alkenone SST data obtained from Expedition 341 sediments). References Addison, J.A., Finney, B.P., Dean, W.E., Davies, M.H., Mix, A.C., Stoner, J.S. and Jaeger, J.M., 2012. Productivity and sedimentary d15N variability for the last 17,000 years along the northern Gulf of Alaska continental slope. Paleoceanography, 27 (1), PA1206. Barron, J.A., Bukry, D., Dean, W.E., Addison, J.A. and Finney, B., 2009. Paleoceanography of the Gulf of Alaska during the past 15,000 years: Results from diatoms, silicoflagellates, and geochemistry. Marine Micropaleontology, 72 (3-4), 176-195. Davies, M.H., Mix, A.C., Stoner, J.S., Addison, J.A., Jaeger, J., Finney, B. and Wiest, J., 2011. The deglacial transition on the southeastern Alaska Margin: Meltwater input, sea level rise, marine productivity, and sedimentary anoxia. Paleoceanography, 26 (2), PA2223. Etourneau, J., Collins, L.G., Willmott, V., Kim, J.H., Barbara, L., Leventer, A., Schouten, S., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Bianchini, A., Klein, V., Crosta, X. and Massé, G., 2013. Holocene climate variations in the western Antarctic Peninsula: evidence for sea ice extent predominantly controlled by changes in insolation and ENSO variability. Clim. Past, 9 (4), 1431-1446. Rowland, S.J., Allard, W.G., Belt, S.T., Masse, G., Robert, J.M., Blackburn, S., Frampton, D., Revill, A.T. and Volkman, J.K., 2001. Factors influencing the distributions of polyunsaturated terpenoids in the diatom, Rhizosolenia setigera. Phytochemistry, 58 (5), 717-728.

Müller, Juliane; Sanchez Montes, Maria Luisa; McClymont, Erin; Stein, Ruediger; Fahl, Kirsten; Mangelsdorf, Kai; Wilkes, Heinz; 341 Scientists, Expedition



Centers of Excellence: A Catalogue  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This report summarizes information on State-sponsored 'Centers of Excellence' gathered during a survey of State programs in the Fall of 1987. For the purposes of this catalog, 'Centers of Excellence' refers to organizations or activities with the following characteristics: institutionalized, focused, cooperative Research and Development (R&D) programs; supported in part by State governments, in addition to universities, industry and (in some cases) Federal agencies; performed by teams that may include both industry and university employees; and concentrated on relatively specific R&D agendas, usually with near term commercial or governmental applicability. Most of these activities involve state-of-the-art advancement of new technologies under conditions leading to early practical applications. Not included in this catalog are project-level matching grant programs. The principal purpose of this catalog is to help NASA program management, at all levels. to identify and where appropriate, to initiate relationships with other technology-developing organizations. These State-sponsored programs should be of particular interest, because: they present an opportunity to leverage NASA's R&D investments; they are concentrated at the frontier, yet have a concern for practical applications; and they involve industrial participation under conditions that increase the probability of prompt, widespread dissemination in the form of new or enhanced commercial products, processes, or services.

Phelps, Paul B. (Compiler)



Excel2Genie: A Microsoft Excel application to improve the flexibility of the Genie-2000 Spectroscopic software.  


Excel2Genie, a simple and user-friendly Microsoft Excel interface, has been developed to the Genie-2000 Spectroscopic Software of Canberra Industries. This Excel application can directly control Canberra Multichannel Analyzer (MCA), process the acquired data and visualize them. Combination of Genie-2000 with Excel2Genie results in remarkably increased flexibility and a possibility to carry out repetitive data acquisitions even with changing parameters and more sophisticated analysis. The developed software package comprises three worksheets: display parameters and results of data acquisition, data analysis and mathematical operations carried out on the measured gamma spectra. At the same time it also allows control of these processes. Excel2Genie is freely available to assist gamma spectrum measurements and data evaluation by the interested Canberra users. With access to the Visual Basic Application (VBA) source code of this application users are enabled to modify the developed interface according to their intentions. PMID:25113536

Forgács, Attila; Balkay, László; Trón, Lajos; Raics, Péter



Are Bibliographic Management Software Search Interfaces Reliable?: A Comparison between Search Results Obtained Using Database Interfaces and the EndNote Online Search Function  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The use of bibliographic management software and its internal search interfaces is now pervasive among researchers. This study compares the results between searches conducted in academic databases' search interfaces versus the EndNote search interface. The results show mixed search reliability, depending on the database and type of search…

Fitzgibbons, Megan; Meert, Deborah



Alliance for Excellent Education: Publications  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The mission of the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) is "to promote high school transformation to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary learning and success in life." Based in Washington, D.C., Alliance publications include reports and fact sheets designed for use by journalists, policy experts, and others. Within its Publications area, visitors can look over recent items that include â??New Assessments: A Guide for State Policymakers" and "Leading In and Beyond the Library." Moving on, the High School Soup Blog brings together a daily serving of high school news and policy from around the United States. Webinars & Events rounds out the Allianceâ??s site, featuring webinars on national educational policy changes and digital learning in the classroom.



(Center of excellence: Microlaser microscope)  

SciTech Connect

This Center-of-Excellence grant has two components: development of an imaging system based on microlaser arrays forms a central project among a group of laser diagnostic and therapeutic efforts primarily funded outside the grant. In these first 8 months we have set up the Microlaser Microscope using small microlaser arrays. We have emphasized the basics of microlaser handling and electronic addressing and the optics of the microscope. Details of electronics and optics given here will be used in the larger arrays which should be available soon. After a description of the central Microlaser Microscope project, we touch briefly on the other projects of the Center, which have been outstandingly fruitful this year. Publications are necessarily concerned with the smaller projects, since the Microlaser Microscope is in its early stages.

Webb, R.H.



A long-term memory obtained by genetic immunization results in full protection from a mammary adenocarcinoma expressing an EBV gene.  


We have tested the capability of a plasmid DNA (pDNA) expressing the EBV nuclear Ag-4 (EBNA-4) to evoke a T cell response-associated protective immune response against a tumor expressing this gene. We have found that ACA mice immunized with EBNA-4-expressing plasmid were partially protected against syngeneic mammary carcinoma line (S6C) expressing EBNA-4 (S6C-E4). This protection was enhanced by coimmunizing mice with EBNA-4- and GM-CSF-expressing plasmids, and a full protection was achieved by coimmunizing mice with EBNA-4- and IFN-gamma-expressing plasmids. Furthermore, mice that have rejected the EBNA-4-positive tumor were also resistant against a subsequent challenge with the original nontransfected tumor line. We then checked for the ability of pDNA immunization to provide a protective long-term memory response. We indeed found that even after 3 mo from the last immunization, full protection was obtained by this method, as compared with full tumor outgrowth in the control-immunized group. These findings support the concept that a nonviral, pDNA-based vaccination strategy is useful to fully protect from the outgrowth of tumors expressing this EBV gene. PMID:10570277

Charo, J; Ciupitu, A M; Le Chevalier De Préville, A; Trivedi, P; Klein, G; Hinkula, J; Kiessling, R



Factors affecting the process of obtaining informed consent to surgery among patients and relatives in a developing country: results from Pakistan.  


Efforts have been made in Pakistan to create ethical guidelines for research and medical practice. This study explored the perceptions of and factors affecting the process of obtaining informed consent to surgery among inpatients and families at a tertiary-care hospital in Karachi. A random sample of 400 post-surgery adult patients answered a pre-tested, structured questionnaire. Overall, 233 patients (58.3%) had signed the surgery consent form themselves, while 167 relatives (41.7%) had signed on behalf of the patient. Perceived factors significantly associated with patients not signing the consent form themselves were: language used (adjusted OR = 4.6), medical terminology used (aOR = 2.7), insufficient time allocation (aOR = 3.8), cultural/traditional reasons (aOR = 1.5) and low education (aOR = 2.4). Inappropriate timing for taking consent and not being informed/asked about consent were not statistically significant factors. Health-care practitioners should encourage patients to sign the consent form themselves. PMID:25343470

Jahan, F; Roshan, R; Nanji, K; Sajwani, U; Warsani, S; Jaffer, S



Results and interpretation of groundwater data obtained from multiport-instrumented coreholes (GW-131 through GS-135), fiscal years 1990 and 1991  

SciTech Connect

With the increased emphasis by Department of Energy personnel on assessing the environmental impact of past waste disposal practices at all of its facilities, there has been an associated increase in characterization activities that focus on delineating site-specific groundwater flow regimes and contaminant migration pathways. At the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant, the complex geologic and hydrologic relationships require a more detailed understanding of the three-dimensional properties of groundwater flow regimes than can be obtained by conventional monitoring activities. Thus, as part of groundwater characterization activities conducted by the Environmental Surveillance Section staff of the Y-12 Plant Environmental Management Department, five existing deep core holes were instrumented with multiport monitoring systems to provide greatly enhanced resolution of the hydraulic and hydrochemical properties of the groundwater system within Bear Creek Valley. With a multiport system, it is possible to measure hydraulic head and hydraulic conductivity and collect water samples from multiple levels within a single borehole. In this report, multiport data collected during fiscal years (FYs) 1990 and 1991 are summarized.

Dreier, R.B.; Early, T.O. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); King, H.L. [Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant, TN (United States)



Toxic Metal Concentrations in Cigarettes Obtained from U.S. Smokers in 2009: Results from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) United States Survey Cohort  

PubMed Central

Smoking-related diseases can be attributed to the inhalation of many different toxins, including heavy metals, which have a host of detrimental health effects. The current study reports the levels of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni), and lead (Pb) in cigarettes obtained from adult smokers participating in the 2009 wave of the ITC United States Survey (N = 320). The mean As, Cd, Cr, Ni, and Pb levels were 0.17, 0.86, 2.35, 2.21, and 0.44 µg/g, respectively. There were some differences in metal concentrations of cigarette brands produced by different manufacturers, suggesting differences in the source of tobaccos used by different companies. For Ni, there were significant pairwise differences between Philip Morris U.S. (PMUSA) and R.J. Reynolds (RJR) brands (PMUSA higher; p < 0.001), PMUSA and other manufacturer (OM) brands (PMUSA higher; p < 0.001), and RJR and OM brands (RJR higher; p = 0.006). For Cr, RJR brands had higher levels than did OM brands (p = 0.02). Levels of As, Cd, and Pb did not differ significantly across manufacturer groups (p > 0.10). Because of the variety of toxic heavy metals in cigarette tobacco, and their numerous negative health effects, metal content in cigarette tobacco should be reduced. PMID:24452255

Caruso, Rosalie V.; O’Connor, Richard J.; Stephens, W. Edryd; Cummings, K. Michael; Fong, Geoffrey T.



Negative Immunodiffusion Test Results Obtained with Sera of Paracoccidioidomycosis Patients May Be Related to Low-Avidity Immunoglobulin G2 Antibodies Directed against Carbohydrate Epitopes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Immunodiffusion (ID) is the serologic test most frequently used for the diagnosis and posttherapy follow-up of patients with paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM). The ID test is highly specific (100%), but its sensitivity is relatively low (90%), leading to false-negative results. The aim of this study was to determine the profiles of antibodies in sera from patients with proven PCM and with negative

Andreia R. Neves; Ronei L. Mamoni; Claudio L. Rossi; Zoilo P. de Camargo; M. H. S. L. Blotta



Comparison of results obtained with standard and inside out vein graft techniques and their implication on neurotrophin expression in repair of nerve defect: An experimental study.  


Standard vein graft (SVG) and inside out vein graft (IOVG) techniques to promote peripheral nerve regeneration have been widely studied since last two decades. In this experimental study, we attempted to compare these two techniques and analyze the differences in the expression of the neurotrophins during peripheral nerve regeneration. Thirty-six male Wistar rats were used in this sciatic nerve transection model and were divided into two experimental groups (SVG and IOVG) and one sham operated control group. An overall defect of 10 mm was made in the sciatic nerve of the animals in the experimental groups. Each group consisted of two time intervals of 6 and 12 weeks (n = 6). After each experimental interval, sciatic functional index (SFI) along with area and diameter of the axons and fibers of each group were calculated. Muscle mass measurements were also evaluated to see any functional recovery in the groups. Expression of neurotrophins in the graft and distal stump were analyzed with the help of RT-PCR. SFI obtained from walking track analysis showed poor motor recovery in the experimental groups during both time intervals. No significant differences in the histological, morphometric (P > 0.05), and muscle mass measurements (P > 0.05) between the two experimental groups were observed. Analysis of RT-PCR data exhibited an increase in the expression of NT-3 with time in both the grafts (6 weeks 0.428 ± 0.392, 12 weeks 1.089 ± 0.455, P < 0.05) and distal stump (6 weeks 0.411 ± 0.306, 12 weeks 0.807 ± 0.303, P < 0.05) of the SVG group. The study concludes that there is no substantial difference in the nerve regeneration ability between both the techniques. Also, the difference in the level of NT-3 between SVG and IOVG suggests a distinct regulation of NT-3 in peripheral nerve regeneration. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Microsurgery, 2014. PMID:25445241

Ahmed, Farooque Jamaluddin; Junior, Geraldo Marco Rosa; Shinohara, Andre Luis; De Souza Melo, Carina Guimaraes; Buchaim, Rogerio Leone; Andreo, Jesus Carlos; De Castro Rodrigues, Antonio



A Comparison of Palaeointensity Results Obtained Using the Microwave Technique and LTD- DHT Shaw Method on Basalts From the Auckland Volcanic Field, New Zealand  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Samples from five monogenetic volcanoes in the Quaternary Auckland volcanic field that record the same geomagnetic excursion have been investigated using the microwave palaeointensity technique. Both the perpendicular applied field method and Coe version of the Thellier technique were carried out, with sister sub samples being run in many cases to check for consistency. The experiments were performed using the Liverpool microwave systems operating at 14 GHz. A total of 58 samples gave results ranging from 1 to 24 ?T with the mean palaeointensity per volcano ranging from 7 to 17 ?T. Mochizuki et al (2006 Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 154, 168-179) previously studied samples from three of the five volcanoes using the LTD-DHT Shaw palaeointensity method. Their results from 17 samples showed greater consistency both between and within volcanoes. Possible reasons for the differences between results from the microwave method and LTD-DHT Shaw method will be discussed. Despite the differences, both overall mean palaeointensities are statistically indistinguishable and show that the geomagnetic dipole moment was reduced to about 2 x 1022 Am2 for this Auckland excursion.

Hill, M. J.; Cassidy, J.



Spinning Characteristics of the XN2Y-1 Airplane Obtained from the Spinning Balance and Compared with Results from the Spinning Tunnel and from Flight Tests  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Report presents the results of tests of a 1/10-scale model of the XN2Y-1 airplane tested in the NACA 5-foot vertical wind tunnel in which the six components of forces and moments were measured. The model was tested in 17 attitudes in which the full-scale airplane had been observed to spin, in order to determine the effects of scale, tunnel, and interference. In addition, a series of tests was made to cover the range of angles of attack, angles of sideslip, rates of rotation, and control setting likely to be encountered by a spinning airplane. The data were used to estimate the probable attitudes in steady spins of an airplane in flight and of a model in the free-spinning tunnel. The estimated attitudes of steady spin were compared with attitudes measured in flight and in the spinning tunnel. The results indicate that corrections for certain scale and tunnel effects are necessary to estimate full-scale spinning attitudes from model results.

Bamber, M J; House, R O



On Excellence--Illustrated through Four Exemplars  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this article, the author presents an excerpt from his speech delivered at the Foundation for Technology Education (FTE) Spirit of Excellence Breakfast in Louisville, Kentucky, in Marcy 2009. The author focuses on people whose work reflect excellence and social responsibility. He uses this frame of excellence and social responsibility to reflect…

Lewis, Theodore



Searching for excellence in business education  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to contradict past and present perceptions of excellence in business education, and to present excellence as a primary element for future business education in an era of new challenges for global management. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – The approach, by which this paper is structured, is theoretical and has been based on literature regarding excellence

Loukas N. Anninos; Leonidas Chytiris



MICROSOFT EXCEL Laboratorio di alfabetizzazione informatica  

E-print Network

MICROSOFT EXCEL Laboratorio di alfabetizzazione informatica a.a. 2013/2014 1 #12;INTRODUZIONE - I 2:// Laboratorio di Informatica #12;INTRODUZIONE -II 3 ¢ Excel mette'interno di documenti Word. Laboratorio di Informatica #12;INTRODUZIONE -II 4 ¢ Excel mette a disposizione una

Sproston, Jeremy


Neutron-induced 63Ni in copper samples from Hiroshima and Nagasaki: a comprehensive presentation of results obtained at the Munich Maier-Leibnitz Laboratory.  


Those inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who were affected by the A-bomb explosions, were exposed to a mixed neutron and gamma radiation field. Few years later about 120,000 survivors of both cities were selected, and since then radiation-induced late effects such as leukemia and solid tumors are being investigated in this cohort. When the present study was initiated, the fast neutron fluences that caused the neutron doses of these survivors had never been determined experimentally. In principle, this would have been possible if radioisotopes produced by fast neutrons from the A-bomb explosions had been detected in samples from Hiroshima and Nagasaki at distances where the inhabitants survived. However, no suitable radioisotope had so far been identified. As a contribution to a large international effort to re-evaluate the A-bomb dosimetry, the concentration of the radionuclide (63)Ni (half-life 100.1 years) has been measured in copper samples from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These measurements were mainly performed at the Maier-Leibnitz-Laboratory in Munich, Germany, by means of accelerator mass spectrometry. Because the (63)Ni had been produced in these samples by fast A-bomb neutrons via the reaction (63)Cu(n,p)(63)Ni, these measurements allow direct experimental validation of calculated neutron doses to the members of the LSS cohort, for the first time. The results of these efforts have already been published in a compact form. A more detailed discussion of the methodical aspects of these measurements and their results are given in the present paper. Eight copper samples that had been significantly exposed to fast neutrons from the Hiroshima A-bomb explosion were investigated. In general, measured (63)Ni concentrations decreased in these samples with increasing distance to the hypocenter, from 4 x 10(6 ) (63)Ni nuclei per gram copper at 391 m, to about 1 x 10(5 ) (63)Ni nuclei per gram copper at about 1,400 m. Additional measurements performed on three large-distant copper samples from Hiroshima (distance to the hypocenter 1,880-7,500 m) and on three large-distant copper samples from Nagasaki (distance to the hypocenter 3,931-4,428 m) that were not exposed significantly to A-bomb neutrons, suggest a typical background concentration of about 8 x 10(4 ) (63)Ni nuclei per gram copper. If the observed background is accounted for, the results are consistent with state-of-the-art neutron transport calculations for Hiroshima, in particular for those distances where the victims survived and were included in the life span study cohort. PMID:17828415

Rühm, W; Carroll, K L; Egbert, S D; Faestermann, T; Knie, K; Korschinek, G; Martinelli, R E; Marchetti, A A; McAninch, J E; Rugel, G; Straume, T; Wallner, A; Wallner, C; Fujita, S; Hasai, H; Hoshi, M; Shizuma, K



Second-order advantage obtained from standard addition first-order instrumental data and multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares. Calculation of the feasible bands of results.  


In order to achieve the second-order advantage, second-order data per sample is usually required, e.g., kinetic-spectrophotometric data. In this study, instead of monitoring the time evolution of spectra (and collecting the kinetic-spectrophotometric data) replicate spectra are used to build a virtual second order data. This data matrix (replicate mode×?) is rank deficient. Augmentation of these data with standard addition data [or standard sample(s)] will break the rank deficiency, making the quantification of the analyte of interest possible. The MCR-ALS algorithm was applied for the resolution and quantitation of the analyte in both simulated and experimental data sets. In order to evaluate the rotational ambiguity in the retrieved solutions, the MCR-BANDS algorithm was employed. It has been shown that the reliability of the quantitative results significantly depends on the amount of spectral overlap in the spectral region of occurrence of the compound of interest and the remaining constituent(s). PMID:24370937

Mohseni, Naimeh; Bahram, Morteza; Olivieri, Alejandro C



Quantity and quality of black carbon molecular markers as obtained by two chromatographic methods (GC-FID and HPLC-DAD) - How do results compare?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Chars produced by wildfires are an important source of black carbon (BC) in the environment. After their deposition on the soil surface they can be distributed into rivers, marine waters and sediments. The analysis of benzenepolycarboxylic acids (BPCAs) as a quantitative measure for black carbon (BC) in soil and sediment samples is a well-established method (Glaser et al., 1998; Brodowski et al., 2005). Briefly, the nitric acid oxidation of fused aromatic ring systems in BC forms eight molecular markers (BPCAs), which can be assigned to BC, and which subsequently can be quantified by GC-FID (gas chromatography with flame ionization detector). Recently, this method was modified for the quantification of BC in seawater samples using HPLC-DAD (High performance liquid chromatography with diode array detector) for the determination of individual BPCAs (Dittmar, 2008). A direct comparison of both analytical techniques is lacking but would be important for future data comparison aimed at the calculation of global BC budgets. Here we present a systematic comparison of the two BPCA quantification methods. We prepared chars under well-defined laboratory conditions. In order to cover a broad spectrum of char properties we used two sources of biomass and a wide range of pyrolysis temperatures. Chestnut hardwood chips (Castanea sativa) and rice straw (Oryza sativa) were pyrolysed at temperatures between 200 and 1000°C under a constant N2 stream. The maximum temperatures were held constant for 5 hours (Hammes et al., 2006). The BC contents of the chars have been analysed using the BPCA extraction method followed by either GC-FID or HPLC-DAD quantification. Preliminary results suggest that both methods yield similar total quantities of BPCA, and also the proportions of the individual markers are similar. Ongoing experiments will allow for a more detailed comparison of the two methods. The BPCA composition of chars formed at different temperatures and from different precursor biomass is being used for this purpose. We seek to establish a conversion factor between both methods, if required. Results show that both the GC and the HPLC method can be used for organic samples containing some silica, such as grass char. Further tests include silica-rich materials, such as soils. Ongoing methodological work aims at carbon isotope analysis (13C and 14C) on individual BPCAs isolated via HPLC. At present the HPLC method employs tetrabutyl ammonium bromide (TBAB) as a modifier for the liquid phase. TBAB is not volatile and contains carbon, it therefore prevents carbon isotopic analysis on isolated BPCAs. References Brodowski, S., Rodionov, A., Haumeier, L., Glaser, B., Amelung, W. (2005) Revised black carbon assessment using benzene polycarboxylic acids. Organic Geochemistry, 36(9), 1299-1310. Dittmar, T. (2008) The molecular level determination of black carbon in marine dissolved organic matter. Organic Geochemistry, 39(4). 396-407. Glaser, B., Haumeier, L., Guggenberger, G., Zech, W. (1998) Black carbon in soils: the use of benzenecarboxylic acids as specific markers. Organic Geochemistry, 29(4), 811-819. Hammes, K. Smernik, R. J., Skjemstad, J. O., Herzog, A., Vogt, U. F., Schmidt, M. W. I. (2006) Synthesis and characterisation of laboratory-charred grass straw (Oryza saliva) and chestnut wood (Castanea sativa) as reference materials for black carbon quantification Organic Geochemistry 37(11). 1629-1633

Schneider, M. P. W.; Smittenberg, R. H.; Dittmar, T.; Schmidt, M. W. I.



Chemically assisted enucleation results in higher G6PD expression in early bovine female embryos obtained by somatic cell nuclear transfer.  


Despite extensive efforts, low efficiency is still an issue in bovine somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). The hypothesis of our study was that the use of cytoplasts produced by chemically assisted enucleation (EN) would improve nuclear reprogramming in nuclear transfer (NT)-derived embryos because it results in lower damage and higher cytoplasm content than conventional EN. For that purpose, we investigated the expression of two X-linked genes: X inactive-specific transcript (XIST) and glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD). In the first experiment, gene expression was assessed in day-7 female blastocysts from embryonic cell NT (ECNT) groups [conventional, ECNT conv; chemically assisted, ECNT deme (demecolcine)]. Whereas in the ECNT conv group, only one embryo (25%; n=4) expressed XIST transcripts, most embryos showed XIST expression (75%; n=4) in the ECNT deme group. However, no significant differences in transcript abundance of XIST and G6PD were found when comparing the embryos from all groups. In a second experiment using somatic cells as nuclear donors, we evaluated gene expression profiles in female SCNT-derived embryos. No significant differences in relative abundance (RA) of XIST transcripts were observed among the groups. Nonetheless, higher (p<0.05) levels of G6PD were observed in SCNT deme and in vitro-derived groups in comparison to SCNT conv. To know whether higher G6PD expression in embryos derived from SCNT chemically assisted EN indicates higher metabolism in embryos considered of superior quality or if the presence of higher reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels generated by the increased oxygen consumption triggers G6PD activation, the expression of genes related to stress response should be investigated in embryos produced by that technique. PMID:22908977

Saraiva, Naiara Zoccal; Oliveira, Clara Slade; Tetzner, Tatiane Almeida Drummond; de Lima, Marina Ragagnin; de Melo, Danilas Salinet; Niciura, Simone Cristina Méo; Garcia, Joaquim Mansano



Validity of instruction leaflets for parents to measure their child's weight and height at home: results obtained from a randomised controlled trial  

PubMed Central

Objectives To compare the validity of parent-reported height, weight and body mass index (BMI) values of children (aged 4–10?years), when measured at home by means of newly developed instruction leaflets in comparison with simple estimated parental reports. Design Randomised controlled trial with control and intervention group using simple randomisation. Setting Belgian children and their parents recruited via schools (multistage cluster sampling design). Participants 164 Belgian children (53% male; participation rate 62%). Intervention Parents completed a questionnaire including questions about the height and weight of their child. Parents in the intervention group received instruction leaflets to measure their child's weight and height. Classes were randomly allocated to the intervention and control groups. Nurses measured height and weight following standardised procedures up to 2?weeks after parental reports. Outcome measures Weight, height and BMI category of the child were derived from the index measurements and the parental reports. Results Mean parent-reported weight was slightly more underestimated in the intervention group than in the control group relative to the index weights. However, for all three parameters (weight, height and BMI), correlations between parental reports and nurse measurements were higher in the intervention group. Sensitivity for underweight and overweight/obesity was respectively, 75% and 60% in the intervention group, and 67% and 43% in the control group. Weighed ? for classifying children in the correct BMI category was 0.30 in the control group and was 0.51 in the intervention group. Conclusions Although mean parent-reported weight was slightly more underestimated in the intervention than in the control group, correlations were higher and there was considerably less misclassification into valid BMI categories for the intervention group. This pattern suggests that most of the parental deviations from the index measurements were probably due to random errors of measurement and that diagnostic measures could improve by encouraging parents to measure their children's weight and height at home by means of instruction leaflets. PMID:24508849

Huybrechts, Inge; Beirlaen, Celine; De Vriendt, Tineke; Slimani, Nadia; Pisa, Pedro T; Schouppe, Elien; De Coene, Anja; De Bacquer, Dirk; De Henauw, Stefaan; Himes, John H



An Excel macro for generating trilinear plots.  


This computer note describes a method for creating trilinear plots in Microsoft Excel. Macros have been created in MS Excel's internal language: Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). A simple form has been set up to allow the user to input data from an Excel worksheet. The VBA macro is used to convert the triangular data (which consist of three columns of percentage data) into X-Y data. The macro then generates the axes, labels, and grid for the trilinear plot. The X-Y data are plotted as scatter data in Excel. By providing this macro in Excel, users can create trilinear plots in a quick, inexpensive manner. PMID:17257347

Shikaze, Steven G; Crowe, Allan S



Obtaining accurate measurement using redundant sensors  

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Conventional wisdom suggests to accomplish accurate measurement, the sensors used must have high precision and excellent dynamic range. This generally results in sensor systems that are complex, costly, and often sensitive to environmental factors...

Burnett, Michael Scott



Results from Mobile Lab Measurements Obtained in the Barnett Shale with Emphasis on Methane and Gaseous Mercury Emissions (Fort Worth, TX)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Our work is part of a comprehensive analysis conducted through a collaboration of ground based measurements and airborne measurements with several research groups in order to gain a better understanding of methane and mercury emissions in the Barnett Shale. It's a vast rock formation that sits in the 5,000 square miles surrounding the Fort Worth area. To get the gas to market requires an underground highway of pipelines and compression stations. Texas state records show that since 2000 the number of gas compressors in the Barnett Shale has tripled (from a few hundred to 1,300), and they're ever infringing on populated areas. Recent preliminary data reported by Pétron et al. and Tollefson et al. (from the natural-gas operations in Denver-Julesburg Basin) point to CH4 loss from the process of 4-8%, not including additional losses in the pipeline and distribution system. Additionally, Howarth et al. have conducted a comprehensive analysis of greenhouse gases (methane, in particular) emitted from shale gas as a result of hydraulic fracturing and they estimate up to 8% of all natural gas mined from shale formations leaks to the atmosphere. Not only is this cause for alarm due to the global warming potential of methane, but we would expect similar losses of additional (potentially harmful) gases, i.e., atmospheric Hg, from the extraction systems. These preliminary findings are higher than the current U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) leakage estimate of 2.3 percent. Our strategy employs the use of our mobile laboratory, a four door Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a camper shell, outfitted with trace gas instrumentation including a Picarro G2132i and a Tekran 2537 mercury analyzer. The Picarro cavity ring down instrument has high precision and accuracy H2O, CO2, CH4, and 13?C in CH4 and CO2 with very little drift due to precise temperature and pressure controls. The Tekran mercury analyzer allows for accurate total gaseous mercury measurements via employment of cold vapor atomic fluoresence spectroscopy. This work offers quantification of the spurious emissions associated with natural gas fracking in the Fort Worth area.

Laine, P. L.; Lan, X.; Anderson, D.; Talbot, R. W.



The Intersection Between Clinical Excellence and Role Modeling in Medicine  

PubMed Central

Background Role modeling is an integral component of medical education. The literature suggests that being a clinically excellent academic physician and serving as a role model for trainees are integrally related. Purpose To explore the relationship between being considered clinically excellent and being considered an effective role model. Methods Two independent surveys were administered to clinically active faculty (asked to name clinically excellent colleagues) and internal medicine residents (asked to name faculty role models). We compared frequency counts of clinically excellent faculty mentioned and frequency counts of role models mentioned by respondents. Spearman correlations and odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals were used to assess the relationship between the responses. Results A total of 39 of 66 faculty (59%) and 45 of 50 residents (90%) responded. There were 31 faculty members judged to be clinically excellent and 67 faculty identified as role models. Thirty faculty members appeared on both lists. There was a moderately high correlation between these groups (Spearman correlation coefficient ?=? 0.54, P < .001). Faculty members who were among those named as clinically excellent by their peers were more likely to be named 3 or more times as a role model by trainees (odds ratio, 24.6; confidence interval, 2.9–207). Conclusions This study tested and confirmed the correlation between clinical excellence and role modeling, illustrating the value of these faculty members at teaching hospitals. PMID:23205192

Kravet, Steven J.; Christmas, Colleen; Durso, Samuel; Parson, Gregory; Burkhart, Kathleen; Wright, Scott



Evolution of “Universal Business Excellence Model” incorporating Vedic philosophy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evolve the Universal Business Excellence Model (UBEM) with the integration of common features of business excellence models (BEMs) with universal laws of nature to facilitate multi-dimensional business growth. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – Business has focused on accumulation of wealth at the cost of society for decades. It has resulted in socio-economic, political and

Anil K. Sharma; Balvir Talwar



Simplifying CEA through Excel, VBA, and Subeq  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Many people use compound equilibrium programs for very different reasons, varying from refrigerators to light bulbs to rockets. A commonly used equilibrium program is CEA. CEA can take various inputs such as pressure, temperature, and volume along with numerous reactants and run them through equilibrium equations to obtain valuable output information, including products formed and their relative amounts. A little over a year ago, Bonnie McBride created the program subeq with the goal to simplify the calling of CEA. Subeq was also designed to be called by other programs, including Excel, through the use of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The largest advantage of using Excel is that it allows the user to input the information in a colorful and user-friendly environment while allowing VBA to run subeq, which is in the form of a FORTRAN DLL (Dynamic Link Library). Calling subeq in this form makes it much faster than if it were converted to VBA. Since subeq requires such large lists of reactant and product names, all of which can't be passed in as an array, subeq had to be changed to accept very long strings of reactants and products. To pass this string and adjust the transfer of input and output parameters, the subeq DLL had to be changed. One program that does this is Compaq Visual FORTRAN, which allows DLLs to be edited, debugged, and compiled. Compaq Visual FORTRAN uses FORTRAN 90/95, which has additional features to that of FORTRAN 77. My goals this summer include finishing up the excel spreadsheet of subeq, which I started last summer, and putting it on the Internet so that others can use it without having to download my spreadsheet. To finish up the spreadsheet I will need to work on debugging current options and problems. I will also work on making it as robust as possible, so that all errors that may arise will be clearly communicated to the user. New features will be added old ones will be changed as I receive comments from people using the spreadsheet. To implement this onto the Internet, I will need to develop an XML input/output format and learn how to write HTML.

Foster, Ryan



Clinical Excellence in Psychiatry: A Review of the Psychiatric Literature  

PubMed Central

Objective: The provision of excellent patient care is a goal that physicians would like to achieve in caring for all patients, all of the time. Until recently, clinical excellence had not been defined, and the extent to which this recently published definition applies to the care of patients with psychiatric illness is not known. This article sets out to consider how the paradigm for clinical excellence applies to the field of psychiatry. Data Source: PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, and PsycINFO were searched (1962 through December 2010) combining the keywords psychiatry (or psychiatrist) and clinical excellence, limiting the output to English-language case reports. In subsequent searches, the term clinical excellence was replaced by each of the components of the definition: communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism and humanism, diagnostic acumen, skillful negotiation of the health care system, knowledge, scholarly approach to clinical practice, exhibiting a passion for patient care, explicitly modeling mastery to medical trainees, and collaborating with investigators to advance science and discovery. Study Selection: The search yielded 218 case reports. All of the case reports were reviewed, and a consensus was reached on the 8 exemplars and 1 teaching model to be presented in the article. Careful consideration was given as to whether any aspects of the framework for clinical excellence were missing or not applicable for psychiatry. Results Every case report reviewed touched on 1 or more of the domains of clinical excellence. None of the case reports uncovered new aspects of clinical excellence that were not described in the existing definition. Conclusions: This review of the case reports published in psychiatry reveals that the definition of clinical excellence described in this article may be highly applicable to those caring for patients with psychiatric illness. PMID:22943033

Chisolm, Margaret S.; Peters, Matthew E.; Burkhart, Kathleen



Grid Computing Middleware for Microsoft Excel  

Microsoft Academic Search

This work provides a grid and parallel computing middleware, which enables Microsoft Excel users to make a parallel program\\u000a on desktop grid computing environment. The proposed middleware uses no PC cluster and no special device, but needs only some\\u000a personal computers with MS Excel. Most MS Excel VBA applications can be parallelized in a few steps with the middleware using

Katsumi Konishi; Tohru Nakazawa


BREEAM Excellent: Business Value Vs Employee Morale  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

BREEAM is gaining popularity in the UK. Similar green building standards have gained popularity worldwide. However, it is important that we analyse the actual value added to a business by having a BREEAM rated facility. It is also important to analyze the impact on employee performance of such a facility. This paper presents a case study of a BREEAM excellent rated building with impact on the morale and performance of the employees. The data for the paper was collected using semi-structured interviews of a group of employees who work at this facility located in Glasgow. The results suggest that it is important to highlight the tangible benefits and value added through the implementation of the BREEAM standard.

Turner, Nova; Arif, Mohammed



Total quality management: achieving service excellence.  


Total Quality Management (TQM) provides a philosophy and a method for organizational renewal and redesign. It is based on the principle that productive work is accomplished through processes. Improving these processes requires the office team to objectively measure performance, discover root causes of problems, take corrective action, determine the effect of these actions, and secure achievements. TQM is a technique that provides a series of steps and set of tools. Through staff involvement and a desire for quality improvement, organizations involved in total quality note the accompanying satisfaction in taking constructive action, improving patient relations, and achieving service excellence. In today's competitive delivery environment, implementation of TQM can result in more satisfied patients, higher staff morale, and a more effective office team. PMID:9161134

Adelson, R



Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Based in Ohio, the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) website "bring[s] STEM School design, STEM curriculum, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states, and the federal government". Since implementing STEM goals and seeing results can be a difficult prospect schools face, one of the innovative programs being tried by TIES is under the "Learn and Earn Challenge" tab on the menu across the top of the page. Visitors will see that students engage in apprenticeships that pay them a living wage while earning credentials. The list of grants given for such programs are highlighted, as well as news of grants recently given, such as to Arizona, for encouraging rural engineers, and to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) from IBM, to make UMES' engineers competitive in the engineering job market. Visitors will find almost a dozen publications and various resources dealing with the "Learn and Earn Challenge" near the bottom of the page.


This last diet gave the most unfavourable results as for body composition. The results of all the other treatments were less good as those obtained with the control diet (body composition and  

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the other treatments were less good as those obtained with the control diet (body composition and food of the controls (3.01 compared with 3.m-3.58). The advantage of wheat bran at the lowest level was only partially récolté et conservé suivant différentes méthodes : en grain séché et récolté à maturité, GSM ; en grain

Paris-Sud XI, Université de


Fabrication of superhydrophobic copper surface with excellent corrosion resistance  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This article presents an effective and facile method for preparing the superhydrophobic copper surface with excellent corrosion resistance. The superhydrophobic copper surfaces were fabricated by oxidizing, heat-treating, and alkyl chains' grafting. The resulting copper plates take on the binary structure which is composed of a great deal of nanosheets and needle-like/rod-like fibers. Just grounded on both the micro- and nanoscale hierarchical surface and the grafted long alkyl chains, the resulting copper plates are endued with the excellent water repellence, while the water contact angle and sliding angle can reach 157.3° and 5°, respectively. As a result, the superhydrophobic copper plates get the outstanding corrosion resistance.

Feng, Libang; Zhao, Libin; Qiang, Xiaohu; Liu, Yanhua; Sun, Zhiqiang; Wang, Bei



Fabrication of superhydrophobic copper surface with excellent corrosion resistance  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This article presents an effective and facile method for preparing the superhydrophobic copper surface with excellent corrosion resistance. The superhydrophobic copper surfaces were fabricated by oxidizing, heat-treating, and alkyl chains' grafting. The resulting copper plates take on the binary structure which is composed of a great deal of nanosheets and needle-like/rod-like fibers. Just grounded on both the micro- and nanoscale hierarchical surface and the grafted long alkyl chains, the resulting copper plates are endued with the excellent water repellence, while the water contact angle and sliding angle can reach 157.3° and 5°, respectively. As a result, the superhydrophobic copper plates get the outstanding corrosion resistance.

Feng, Libang; Zhao, Libin; Qiang, Xiaohu; Liu, Yanhua; Sun, Zhiqiang; Wang, Bei



Advanced Materials Center of Excellence Jason Boehm  

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Advanced Materials Center of Excellence Webinar Jason Boehm Program Coordination Office National · Materials Genome Initiative · Advanced Materials Center of Excellence · Overview Federal Funding Opportunity one Center focused on Advanced Materials Depending on FY2014 Funding NIST expects to announce


Florida's Centers of Excellence in English.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The eight English language arts programs in the six Florida public schools included among the 150 Centers of Excellence in English selected by the National Council of Teachers of English are described in this focused journal issue. Following an introductory essay by coeditor Edward Deluzain describing the Centers of Excellence selection procedure,…

Deluzain, Edward, Ed.



Using Microsoft Excel to Generate Usage Statistics  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

At the Libraries Service Center, statistics are generated on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis by using four Microsoft Excel workbooks. These statistics provide information about what materials are being requested and by whom. They also give details about why certain requests may not have been filled. Utilizing Excel allows for a shallower…

Spellman, Rosemary



Getting the Best out of Excel  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Excel, Microsoft's spreadsheet program, offers several tools which have proven useful in solving some optimization problems that arise in operations research. We will look at two such tools, the Excel modules called Solver and Goal Seek--this after deriving an equation, called the "cash accumulation equation", to be used in conjunction with them.

Heys, Chris




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CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES Call for Nominations Nominations are requested for the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in Scholarship and Creative Activities may be selected: when possible, at least one will be drawn from

Suzuki, Masatsugu



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others. The increasing importance of analog integrated circuits in electronic systems and imaging devices depends on the availability of engineering talent for analog research and development. TxCENTER OF EXCELLENCE #12;2 TxACE MISSION The Texas Analog Center of Excellence seeks to create

O'Toole, Alice J.


EASE for Industrial Excellence in Software  

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. Furthermore, it will provide a basis for defining and measuring agility in software industry, says Samireh and fail in another, the research project focuses on viewing agile software develop- ment from differentEASE for Industrial Excellence in Software Activity Report 2010 for Industry Excellence Center


Implied Binomial Trees in Excel without VBA  

Microsoft Academic Search

We implement a Rubinstein-type (1994) implied binomial tree using an Excel spreadsheet, but without using VBA (Visual Basic Application). We demonstrate both the optimization needed to generate implied ending risk-neutral probabilities from a set of actual option prices and the backwards recursion needed to solve for the entire implied tree. By using only standard Excel spreadsheet functions, and not resorting

Tom Arnold; Timothy Falcon Crack; Adam Schwartz



Excellent Beginnings: An Early Childhood Initiative.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This report describes the first 3 years of three Excellent Beginnings projects from 1991 to 1994 funded by the Plan for Social Excellence, a private nonprofit foundation that creates or supports innovative pilot projects in education. Programs that are flexible and responsible to needs of individuals and communities, rather than system-wide…

Walter, Kate


What constitutes an excellent allied health care professional? A multidisciplinary focus group study  

PubMed Central

Background Determining what constitutes an excellent allied health care professional (AHCP) is important, since this is what will guide the development of curricula for training future physical therapists, oral hygienists, speech therapists, diagnostic radiographers, and dietitians. This also determines the quality of care. Aim To describe perspectives of AHCPs on which characteristics are commonly associated with an excellent AHCP. Methods AHCPs’ perspectives were derived from three focus group discussions. Twenty-one health care professionals participated. The final analysis of the focus group discussions produced eight domains, in which content validity was obtained through a Delphi panel survey of 27 contributing experts. Results According to the survey, a combination of the following characteristics defines an excellent AHCP: (1) cognizance, to obtain and to apply knowledge in a broad multidisciplinary health care field; (2) cooperativity, to effectively work with others in a multidisciplinary context; (3) communicative, to communicate effectively at different levels in complex situations; (4) initiative, to initiate new ideas, to act proactively, and to follow them through; (5) innovative, to devise new ideas and to implement alternatives beyond current practices; (6) introspective, to self-examine and to reflect; (7) broad perspective, to capture the big picture; and (8) evidence-driven, to find and to use scientific evidence to guide one’s decisions. Conclusion The AHCPs perspectives can be used as a reference for personal improvement for supervisors and professionals in clinical practice and for educational purposes. These perspectives may serve as a guide against which talented students can evaluate themselves. PMID:24049449

Paans, Wolter; Wijkamp, Inge; Wiltens, Egbert; Wolfensberger, Marca V



Graduate School of ExcellenceGraduate School of Excellence PhD Program "Molecular Medicine"  

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colloquia_______________________________________________15 5. Travel#12;#12;Graduate School of ExcellenceGraduate School of Excellence PhD Program "Molecular Medicine" Hannover Medical School Hannover Biomedical Research School Report 2009 #12;#12;PhD Program "Molecular

Manstein, Dietmar J.


Graduate School of ExcellenceGraduate School of Excellence PhD Program "Molecular Medicine"  

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colloquia_______________________________________________15 5. Travel#12;Graduate School of ExcellenceGraduate School of Excellence PhD Program "Molecular Medicine" Hannover Medical School Hannover Biomedical Research School Report 2010 #12;PhD Program "Molecular Medicine

Manstein, Dietmar J.


Creating a climate for excellence.  


Some people are motivated to achieve in a manner consistent with the goals of their organization while others pursue individual goals. The attitudes people hold determine their behavior. Therefore, the manager is charged with creating an environment that fosters employee commitment to organizational goals. To create a climate for achievement, managers must recognize that all employees want recognition. Employees perform more effectively when they understand the goals of the organization, know what is expected of them, and are part of a system that includes feedback and reinforcement. Generally, people perform more effectively in an environment with minimal threat and punishment; individual responsibility should be encouraged, rewards based on results, and a climate of trust and open communication should prevail. PMID:3843843

Lancaster, J



76 FR 40728 - Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC); Request for Nominations for 2011 Clean Air Excellence...  

Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

...Concerning the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program please use...the Year 2011 ``Clean Air Excellence Awards Program''(CAEAP...obtained from the Clean Air Excellence Awards Web site at http...and (3) The individual or organization submitting the entry...



Assessing excellence in translational cancer research: a consensus based framework  

PubMed Central

Background It takes several years on average to translate basic research findings into clinical research and eventually deliver patient benefits. An expert-based excellence assessment can help improve this process by: identifying high performing Comprehensive Cancer Centres; best practices in translational cancer research; improving the quality and efficiency of the translational cancer research process. This can help build networks of excellent Centres by aiding focused partnerships. In this paper we report on a consensus building exercise that was undertaken to construct an excellence assessment framework for translational cancer research in Europe. Methods We used mixed methods to reach consensus: a systematic review of existing translational research models critically appraised for suitability in performance assessment of Cancer Centres; a survey among European stakeholders (researchers, clinicians, patient representatives and managers) to score a list of potential excellence criteria, a focus group with selected representatives of survey participants to review and rescore the excellence criteria; an expert group meeting to refine the list; an open validation round with stakeholders and a critical review of the emerging framework by an independent body: a committee formed by the European Academy of Cancer Sciences. Results The resulting excellence assessment framework has 18 criteria categorized in 6 themes. Each criterion has a number of questions/sub-criteria. Stakeholders favoured using qualitative excellence criteria to evaluate the translational research “process” rather than quantitative criteria or judging only the outputs. Examples of criteria include checking if the Centre has mechanisms that can be rated as excellent for: involvement of basic researchers and clinicians in translational research (quality of supervision and incentives provided to clinicians to do a PhD in translational research) and well designed clinical trials based on ground-breaking concepts (innovative patient stratification, substantial fraction of phase I/II trials, investigator-initiated trials). Critically, the framework supports reduced bureaucracy by building on existing European evaluation systems. Conclusions The excellence framework is the product of an intense stakeholder consensus building exercise. It will be piloted during an expert peer review/site visit of at least three European Comprehensive Cancer Centres. The findings regarding content, governance and implementation can have relevance for other clinical and research fields. PMID:24168073



Vostok Ice Core: Excel (Mac or PC)  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Students use Excel to graph and analyze Vostok ice core data (160,000 years of Ice core data from Vostok Station). Data includes ice age, ice depth, carbon dioxide, methane, dust, and deuterium isotope relative abundance.

Professor Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College. Based on data of J. Chapellaz, Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l'Environment, Grenoble. Archived at: Lamont-Dohert Earth Observatory (more info) . Starting Point page organized by R.M. MacKay.


An excellent operating point tracker of the solar-cell power supply system  

Microsoft Academic Search

When the solar array is used as an input power source, the excellent operating point tracker is often employed to exploit more effectively the solar array as an electric power source and to obtain the maximum electric power at all times even when the light intensity and environmental temperature of the solar array are varied. Usually, the excellent operating point

Kimiyoshi Kobayashi; Hirofumi Matsuo; Yutaka Sekine



Educational Excellence for Hispanics: A White House Initiative.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and a White House Advisory Commission of leaders concerned with the education of Hispanic Americans sent a survey to 32 federal agencies. Results show that most agencies have not adequately monitored Hispanic participation in the educational programs they sponsored. The…

Mellander, Gustavo A.; Mellander, Nelly


Excellence in Communication: A Factor in Corporate Profitability.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The profitability of 49 publicly owned companies that have won communications awards was compared to that of nonaward winning companies in the same industries. Results indicate that excellence in communication is an important factor in corporate profitability in that two out of three award winning companies outperformed in their industries. (JOW)

Mascolini, Marcia



An Excel[TM] Model of a Radioactive Series  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A computer model of the decay of a radioactive series, written in Visual Basic in Excel[TM], is presented. The model is based on the random selection of cells in an array. The results compare well with the theoretical equations. The model is a useful tool in teaching this aspect of radioactivity. (Contains 4 figures.)

Andrews, D. G. H.



Auto Draw from Excel Input Files  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The design process often involves the use of Excel files during project development. To facilitate communications of the information in the Excel files, drawings are often generated. During the design process, the Excel files are updated often to reflect new input. The problem is that the drawings often lag the updates, often leading to confusion of the current state of the design. The use of this program allows visualization of complex data in a format that is more easily understandable than pages of numbers. Because the graphical output can be updated automatically, the manual labor of diagram drawing can be eliminated. The more frequent update of system diagrams can reduce confusion and reduce errors and is likely to uncover symmetric problems earlier in the design cycle, thus reducing rework and redesign.

Strauss, Karl F.; Goullioud, Renaud; Cox, Brian; Grimes, James M.



Predictors of excellent functional outcome in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.  


OBJECT Case fatality rates after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) have decreased over time, and many patients treated with modern paradigms return to a normal life. However, there is little information on predictors of excellent functional outcome after aSAH. In this study, the authors investigated predictors of excellent outcome in a modern consecutive series of patients with aSAH. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted of patients with aSAH admitted between 2001 and 2013. The primary outcome measure was excellent functional outcome, defined as modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score of 0 or 1 at last follow-up within 1 year of aSAH. RESULTS Three hundred seventy-three patients were identified with posthospital follow-up. Excellent outcome was noted in 236 patients (63.3%), including an mRS score of 0 in 122 (32.7%) and an mRS score of 1 in 114 (30.6%). On univariate analysis, the following factors were associated with an excellent outcome: indicators of less severe bleeding, such as better World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies grade at any of the times of assessment, better modified Fisher grade, and absence of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), and symptomatic hydrocephalus; aneurysm treatment with coil embolization; absence of symptomatic vasospasm, delayed cerebral ischemia, and radiological infarction; absence of in-hospital seizures; lack of need for CSF diversion; fewer hours with fever; less severe anemia; and absence of transfusion. On multivariable analysis, the 4 variables that were most strongly associated with excellent outcome were presence of good clinical grade after neurological resuscitation, absence of ICH on initial CT scan, blood transfusion during the hospitalization, and radiological infarctions on final brain imaging. CONCLUSIONS Excellent outcomes (mRS score 0-1) can be achieved in the majority of patients with aSAH. The likelihood of excellent outcome is predicted by good clinical condition after resuscitation, absence of ICH on presentation, no evidence of infarction on brain imaging, and absence of blood transfusion during hospitalization. PMID:25495745

Pegoli, Marianna; Mandrekar, Jay; Rabinstein, Alejandro A; Lanzino, Giuseppe



Using Excel to Calculate Mineral Chemical Analyses  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this assignment, students are provided instructions to make an Excel spreadsheet to calculate mineral chemical analyses from weight percent to atoms per given number of oxygen atoms. This skill will be useful for the major rock-forming mineral groups.


Buckeye City Schools Baldrige Performance Excellence Program  

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National Quality Award Examiner Preparation Course. The fictitious case study organization is a preschool and improve our quality of life. NIST carries out its mission in three cooperative programs, including organizations against the 2013­2014 Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, the application does


Catholic Intellectual Excellence: Challenges and Visions.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This publication on the subject of Catholic intellectual excellence at the university level reproduces six papers from an annual meeting and four papers on John Henry Cardinal Newman in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his death in 1890. The papers on Newman include the following: "Newman's Idea of a University: Is It Viable Today?" (E. J.…

Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, 1991



Reading Excellence Act (REA): A Progress Report.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Three analyses were conducted for this progress report of the Reading Excellence Act as implemented in Alabama public schools. The first analysis involved third grade reading comprehension scores over the 3-year period (1999-2001). Overall, reading comprehension scores remained stable. Based on multiple criteria, schools that either failed to meet…

Shannon, David M.


District Awards for Teacher Excellence: Research Brief  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Since 2008 Texas's District Awards for Teacher Excellence (D.A.T.E.) program has provided grants to districts for the implementation of locally designed incentive pay plans. The 2010-11 school year is the third year of the D.A.T.E. incentive pay plans with approximately $197 million in annual state funding. This research brief summarizes the key…

National Center on Performance Incentives, 2010



Excel Yourself with Personalised Email Messages  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Combining the Excel spreadsheet with an email program provides a very powerful tool for sending students personalised emails. Most email clients now support a Mail Merge facility whereby a generic template is created and information unique to each student record in the spreadsheet is filled into that template, generating tens if not hundreds of…

McClean, Stephen



Implementing Service Excellence in Higher Education  

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical analysis of the importance of service excellence in higher education. Design/methodology/approach: The research upon which this paper is based employed a phenomenological approach. This method was selected for its focus on respondent perceptions and experiences. Both structured and…

Khan, Hina; Matlay, Harry



eXcel REGISTRATION 2014 Student's Name  

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· improve critical thinking and writing · become independent, active learners · maximize learning potential the following: Thinking, Reading and Writing Critically · Reading efficiently · Evaluating academic writing · Thinking critically about learning Science · Scientific writing · Using Microsoft Excel to construct graphs


Graduate Student Excellence Award Application Form  

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graduate studies at Purdue are admissible). The essay should be written in Times New Roman 12 pt. fontPGSG Graduate Student Excellence Award Application Form Name: Email: Address: Phone: Department. Professional students include only those from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Krannert School of Management

Ginzel, Matthew



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Certifications Green, Black, Lean Six Sigma, and Master Black) Lean (one week of coursework) 2) Lean Six Sigma (two weeks of coursework) 3) Six Sigma (two weeks) lean Six Sigma Green Belt coursework: Location: Knoxville, Tennessee Tuition: $4,500 (5 days) or $3

Grissino-Mayer, Henri D.


Teaching Excellence for All Our Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Education has the power to change the world. We wrote this article in the spirit of the hope embodied by the election of President Obama and the critical need for improved teaching to benefit all the nation's students. This article offers a synthesis of the characteristics of excellent teaching for the diverse student population. This article…

King, Sabrina Hope; Watson, Audra



Degrees of Excellence: Higher Education in Minnesota.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Degrees of Excellence is a publication that examines the forces behind the rising cost of higher education, and discusses several policy proposals put forward in Minnesota and elsewhere to improve performance and accountability in higher education. Several factors that have converged to strain public higher education budgets in Minnesota include…

Larson, Mark; Rubinstein, Mitchell; Pile, Deborah; Bergstrom, Todd; Walter, Amy


Fall 2013 BOSTONIA Athletes Excel in  

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Fall 2013 BOSTONIA Athletes Excel in NCAA Academic Ranking Perfect scores go to 7 teams, 21 top other institutions, including Cornell University, Davidson College, Berklee College of Music, Université, the University of Texas, Wellesley College, Georgetown University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Spence, Harlan Ernest


Gulf of Suez has excellent potential  

SciTech Connect

Egypt's re-emergence as an oil exporting country in the past several years was brought about by the drilling of fewer than 100 exploration wells in a small area of the Gulf of Suez. Now that Israel and Egypt are at peace and Egypt again controls this area, prospects for large, new discoveries in previously untested areas are excellent.

Abdine, S.



Equilibrator: Modeling Chemical Equilibria with Excel  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Equilibrator is a Microsoft Excel program for learning about chemical equilibria through modeling, similar in function to EQS4WIN, which is no longer supported and does not work well with newer Windows operating systems. Similar to EQS4WIN, Equilibrator allows the user to define a system with temperature, initial moles, and then either total…

Vander Griend, Douglas A.



School Leadership: Handbook for Excellence. Second Edition.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Recognizing the importance of good leadership to the achievement of educational excellence, the second edition of this handbook synthesizes a large body of school leadership literature and explores the subject from three perspectives: the person, the structure, and the skills. Part I examines characteristics of today's educational leaders;…

Smith, Stuart C., Ed.; Piele, Philip K., Ed.


Plotting Florida River Data Using Excel  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Students graph existing water quality data using MS Excel, and use the graphs to discuss the changes in discharge, sediment load, and dissolved load along the length of the river and over time. This exercise prepares students to analyze and discuss their own data later in the semester.

Kim Hannula


Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center Center of Excellence  

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Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center Center of Excellence for Chemical Hydrogen Storage William Tumas proprietary or confidential information #12;2 Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center Overview Project Start Date: FY Barriers Addressed #12;3 Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center National

Carver, Jeffrey C.


The Excellence of Play. Second Edition  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This second edition of "The Excellence of Play" encapsulates all of the many changes that have taken place in early childhood in the last decade. It examines the vital importance of play as a tool for learning and teaching for children and practitioners, supporting all those who work in early childhood education and care in developing and…

Moyles, Janet, Ed.



The All-Greek Circle of Excellence  

E-print Network

to excellence. This program utilizes a system that recognizes Greek organizations that commit themselves. The program encourages positive growth and rewards behavior which illustrates a Greek organization through signed document of participation by both parties The Organization President must receive Team

Escher, Christine



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. To help guide you, members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee asked fellow athletes, as wellAAPEX ATHLETIC, ACADEMIC, AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE HARVARD UNIVERSITY E-MAIL: 5 with no repercussions, but you will end up paying the price. m. Study when it is time to study, and relax when it's time

Heller, Eric


Using Professional Software To Enhance Teaching Excellence.  

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Commitment to teaching excellence is enhanced when innovative and creative methods are introduced into the education setting. With today's rapidly changing technology, professional and presentation software can be used to improve the learning process. At Florida's Stetson University, professional estate, gift, and fiduciary software packages were…

Coulter, Fredrik V.; Stryker, Judson P.


LICSS - a chemical spreadsheet in microsoft excel  

PubMed Central

Background Representations of chemical datasets in spreadsheet format are important for ready data assimilation and manipulation. In addition to the normal spreadsheet facilities, chemical spreadsheets need to have visualisable chemical structures and data searchable by chemical as well as textual queries. Many such chemical spreadsheet tools are available, some operating in the familiar Microsoft Excel environment. However, within this group, the performance of Excel is often compromised, particularly in terms of the number of compounds which can usefully be stored on a sheet. Summary LICSS is a lightweight chemical spreadsheet within Microsoft Excel for Windows. LICSS stores structures solely as Smiles strings. Chemical operations are carried out by calling Java code modules which use the CDK, JChemPaint and OPSIN libraries to provide cheminformatics functionality. Compounds in sheets or charts may be visualised (individually or en masse), and sheets may be searched by substructure or similarity. All the molecular descriptors available in CDK may be calculated for compounds (in batch or on-the-fly), and various cheminformatic operations such as fingerprint calculation, Sammon mapping, clustering and R group table creation may be carried out. We detail here the features of LICSS and how they are implemented. We also explain the design criteria, particularly in terms of potential corporate use, which led to this particular implementation. Conclusions LICSS is an Excel-based chemical spreadsheet with a difference: • It can usefully be used on sheets containing hundreds of thousands of compounds; it doesn't compromise the normal performance of Microsoft Excel • It is designed to be installed and run in environments in which users do not have admin privileges; installation involves merely file copying, and sharing of LICSS sheets invokes automatic installation • It is free and extensible LICSS is open source software and we hope sufficient detail is provided here to enable developers to add their own features and share with the community. PMID:22301088



Darrell W. Nelson Excellence in Graduate Student Advising  

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Darrell W. Nelson Excellence in Graduate Student Advising The Darrell W. Nelson Excellence of former IANR Agricultural Research Division Dean Darrell W. Nelson, the award acknowledges many of the traits exemplified by Dean Nelson: Excellent scientist. Successful graduate student mentoring

Powers, Robert


Implications of Academic Medicine’s Failure to Recognize Clinical Excellence  

PubMed Central

Objective: To better understand the implications of inadequately recognizing clinical excellence in academia by exploring the perspectives of clinically excellent faculty within prominent American departments of medicine. Design: Qualitative study. Setting: 8 academic institutions. Participants: 24 clinically excellent department of medicine physicians. Methods: Between March 1 and May 31, 2007, investigators conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews with 24 clinically excellent physicians at leading academic institutions. Interview transcripts were independently coded by two investigators and compared for agreement. Content analysis identified themes related to clinical excellence in academia. Results: Twenty informants (83%) were Associate Professors or Professors, 8 (33%) were females, and the physicians hailed from a wide range of internal medicine specialties. The mean percent effort spent in clinical care by the physicians was 48%. The five domains that emerged related to academic medicine’s failure to recognize clinical excellence were: (1) low morale and prestige among clinicians, (2) less than excellent patient care, (3) loss of talented clinicians, (4) a lack of commitment to improve patient care systems, and (5) fewer excellent clinician role models to inspire trainees. Conclusions: If academic medical centers fail to recognize clinical excellence among its physicians, they may be doing a disservice to the patients that they pledge to serve. It is hoped that initiatives aiming to measure clinical performance in our academic medical centers will translate into meaningful recognition for those achieving excellence such that outstanding clinicians may feel valued and decide to stay in academia. PMID:19889945

Durso, Samuel C.; Christmas, Colleen; Kravet, Steven J.; Parsons, Gregory; Wright, Scott M.



RETScreen - obtain data  

Atmospheric Science Data Center

On the SSE web site, select "Renewable Software Application Inputs". Select "RETScreen data access". ... and "Submit" The resulting page contains energy analysis data. SSE: Renewable Software Application ...



Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence Program  

SciTech Connect

Abstract In 1994 the Department of Energy established the DOE Chair of Excellence Professorship in Environmental Disciplines Program. In 2004, the Massie Chair of Excellence Professor at Howard University transitioned from Dr. Edward Martin to Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr. At the time of his appointment Dr. Johnson served as professor of civil engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences. Program activities under Dr. Johnson were in the following areas: • Increase the institution’s capacity to conduct scientific research and technical investigations at the cutting-edge. • Promote interactions, collaborations and partnerships between the private sector, Federal agencies, majority research institutes and other HBCUs. • Assist other HBCUs in reaching parity in engineering and related fields. • Mentor young investigators and be a role model for students.

Johnson, James H



Maintaining technical excellence requires a national plan  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

To meet the challenge of technical excellence, AIA established a rocket propulsion committee to develop the National Rocket Propulsion Strategic Plan. Developing such a plan required a broad spectrum of experience and disciplines. The Strategic Plan team needed the participation of industry, government, and academia. The plan provides, if followed, a means for the U.S. to maintain technical excellence and world leadership in rocket propulsion. To implement the National Rocket Propulsion Strategic Plan is to invest in the social, economic, and technological futures of America. The plan lays the basis for upgrading existing propulsion systems and a firm base for future full scale development, production, and operation of rocket propulsion systems for space, defense, and commercial applications.

Davidson, T. F.



Center of excellence in laser medicine  

SciTech Connect

Achievements during the first six months of funding to prepare for a Center of Excellence in biomedical laser development include limited specific research projects within the Center's three broad interest areas, and program development to establish the Center and its activities. Progress in the three interest areas -- new medical laser systems development, optical diagnostics, and photosensitization, is reported. Feasibility studies and prototype development were emphasized, to enhance establishing a substantial Center through future support. Specific projects are an optimized laser-catheter system for reversal of vasospasm; optical detection of major skin burn depth and cancers using fluorescent drugs, and photosensitization of vascular tissues. In addition, an interdepartmental Laser Center was established at MGH to enhance collaborations and institutional committment to the Center of Excellence. Competitive postdoctoral research fellowships, with provision for matching funds from other departments, have been announced.

Parrish, J.A.



Gervais High School: 100% Committed to Excellence  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Gervais High School--with a senior class of 80 and a total enrollment of 337--may be small in size compared to its neighbors, but it has demonstrated over the last four years the ability to think big in pursuit of excellence. A decade ago, Gervais had a well-earned reputation in Oregon's Willamette Valley as a drug-ridden, gang-infested…

Principal Leadership, 2013



Development of a Center for Teaching Excellence  

PubMed Central

This article describes the development, implementation, and assessment of a Center for Teaching Excellence at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. The purpose of the Center was to create a systematic framework to promote, enhance, and assess the scholarship of teaching and learning. Assessment of the Center's activities suggests a positive impact on the teaching abilities of faculty. This report is intended to offer other schools or colleges of pharmacy considerations for center development. PMID:21088728

Andurkar, Shridhar; Sincak, Carrie; Todd, Timothy



Surgical and Restorative Excellence in Dentistry Symposium  

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,2014 ContinuingDentalEducation 110BergenStreet,B701 Newark,NJ07103 NoN-Profit orgaNizatioN U.S.PoStagE PaiD PErmit on Surgical and Restorative Excellence to be held in the newly renovated Marriott Hotel at Newark Liberty Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days Location: The Marriott Hotel at Newark Liberty International

Kiledjian, Mike


Surface Spectroscopy Center Of Excellence Project  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We propose to develop a national center of excellence in Regolith Radiative Transfer (RRT), i.e., in modeling spectral reflectivity and emissivity of grainy or structured surfaces. The focus is the regime where the structural elements of grainy surfaces have grain sizes and separations of tens of microns, comparable to the wavelengths carrying diagnostic compositional information. This regime is of fundamental interest to remote sensing of planetary and terrestrial surfaces.

Wooden, Diane



Chapter Excellence Program Outline Mission of the Greek Community Developed by the Chapter Excellence Team  

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Excellence Team We, the fraternity men and sorority women, chosen to lead the three councils commit of their rights through the Bill of Rights Statement. 2. Academic Minimum: Each chapter must maintain a minimum

Stuart, Steven J.


The Teaching and Learning of Chemical Kinetics Supported with MS Excel  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Students in 12 secondary schools in three states of Malaysia were taught to use worksheets on the chemical kinetics topic which had been pre-created using the MS Excel worksheets. After the teaching, an opinion survey of 612 Form Six students from these schools was conducted. The results showed that almost all the students felt that MS Excel…

Zain, Sharifuddin Md; Rahman, Noorsaadah Abdul; Chin, Lee Sui



Based on EXCEL Macro to Realize Comprehensive Evaluation by Principal Component Analysis with One-Key  

Microsoft Academic Search

Aiming at the shortcoming that obtained from comprehensive evaluation by principal component analysis, this paper points out the method of based on the EXCEL\\/VBA one-click technology to achieve principal component comprehensive evaluation. Namely, according to the algorithm of Eigenvalue and Eigenvector with the function in Excel-macro, in this article, an easy-to-implement solution to comprehensive evaluation by principal component analysis with

Chao Li



Rock black fungi: excellence in the extremes, from the Antarctic to space.  


This work focuses on rock-inhabiting fungi (RIF) of Antarctic rocky deserts, considered the closest to a possible Martian habitat, as the best example of adaptation to the extremes. The study of RIF ecophysiology, resistance and adaptation provides tools that shed light on the evolution of extremophily. These studies also help define the actual limits for life and provide insight for investigating its existence beyond our planet. The scientific results obtained from over 20 years of research on the biodiversity, phylogeny and evolution toward extremotolerance reviewed here demonstrate how these fascinating organisms can withstand conditions well beyond those in their natural environment. A final focus is given on results and perspectives arising from a recent proteomic approach, and from astrobiological experiments and their significance for future space exploration. These studies demonstrate that Antarctic RIF offer an excellent opportunity to investigate many basic, but also applicative areas of research on extremophily. PMID:25381156

Selbmann, Laura; Zucconi, Laura; Isola, Daniela; Onofri, Silvano




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Describes the Collegiate Results Instrument (CRI), which measures a range of collegiate outcomes for alumni 6 years after graduation. The CRI was designed to target alumni from institutions across market segments and assess their values, abilities, work skills, occupations, and pursuit of lifelong learning. (EV)

Zemsky, Robert; Shaman, Susan; Shapiro, Daniel B.



Faculty receives Excellence in Geophysical Education Award  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

“The second AGU Excellence in Geophysical Education Award was presented to the faculty of the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE): Scott Baldridge, Shawn Biehler, Larry Braile, John Ferguson, Bernard Gilpin, and George Jiracek. The persistence and commitment of this group has provided the geophysical community with a superb educational program for over 16 years, reaching nearly 400 students, including undergraduates, graduates, and professionals. The award was presented at the AGU Fall Meeting Honors Ceremony, which was held on December 8, 1998, in San Francisco, California.

Kruse, Sarah; Baldridge, W. Scott; Biehler, Shawn; Braile, Lawrence W.; Ferguson, John F.; Gilpin, Bernard E.; Jiracek, George R.


Using humor to communicate competitive excellence  

SciTech Connect

The use of humor to communicate excellence in the nuclear industry is described, particularly as a method to relieve public anxiety. At many companies throughout our culture, it is not okay to have fun with anything work related; it violates the puritan work ethic - you know, nose to the grindstone, buckle down and get crackin, and so forth. At Wolf Creek, we`re finding that when we have fun - not only among ourselves, but around and with others as well - we are more effective with the public, more interesting to the media, and we all smile more.

Grimsley, M.



Access Excellence: A Walk Through the Gut  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Hosted by the Access Excellence at the National Health Museum, this website features A Walk Through the Gut, a lesson created for high school students by educator VivianLee Ward. This hands-on lesson promotes cooperative learning by directing students to work together as they simulate and analyze the passage of food through the digestive system. Ms. Ward designed this one-hour life sciences lesson for special education and special needs students as well. The site includes short sections on Materials, Procedure / Description of Lesson, Group Questions, and more.

Ward, Vivian Lee



Special Relativity is an Excellent Theory  

E-print Network

Criteria for defining errors of a physical theory are formulated. It is shown that the Special Theory of Relativity (STR) has a solid mathematical basis. An enormous amount of experiments carried out in particle physics use beams of particles having a very high energy. The data of these experiments are consistent with STR and support our confidence that STR is an excellent theory. Several specific cases of this issue are discussed explicitly. Contrary to a common belief, it is proved that the contemporary mainstream of physicists adhere to some theoretical ideas that violate STR.

E. Comay



Project for Excellence in Journalism: Journalism Tools  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism has garnered significant accolades in recent years and their professional toolbox is well-heralded. This particular component of their site brings together thematically organized tools for a range of partners, including citizens, print journalists, online journalists, journalism teachers, and journalism students. The resources here include helpful tools, blogs, apps, news sources, teaching guides, and other materials culled from a range of experts. Visitors can also search through these materials at their leisure or sign up to receive updates about new additions as well.


Explorations in the Meanings of Excellence and Its Importance for Counselors: The Culture of Excellence in the United States  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Contemporary narratives of excellence embody the competitive striving and achievement themes underlying the idea of American exceptionalism. The author examines excellence through Aristotle's (trans. 2002) "Nicomachean Ethics". An overemphasis on winning or excelling can undermine general human excellence and harm well-being. Counselors are…

Stewart, Alan E.



Obtaining lignin nanoparticles by sonication.  


Lignin, the main natural aromatic polymer was always aroused researchers interest. Currently around 90% of this biomaterial is burned for energy. It has a very complex and complicated structure which depends on the separation method and plant species, what determine difficulties to use as a raw material widely. This research presents a physical method to modify lignin by ultrasonic irradiation in order to obtain nanoparticles. The nanoparticles synthesized were dimensionally and morphologically characterized. At the same time the preoccupations were to determine the structural and compositional changes that occurred after sonication. To achieve this, two types of commercial lignins (wheat straw and Sarkanda grass) were used and the modifications were analyzed by FTIR-spectroscopy, GPC-chromatography, (31)P-NMR-spectroscopy and HSQC0. The results confirm that the compositional and structural changes of nanoparticles obtained are not significantly modified at the intensity applied but depend on the nature of lignin. PMID:25218770

Gilca, Iulian Andrei; Popa, Valentin I; Crestini, Claudia



Center-of-Excellence: Microlaser microscope  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This Center-of-Excellence grant has supported the development of an imaging system based on microlaser arrays. In the second year of the grant, we dealt with the slow delivery of new microlaser arrays by developing a new approach to the idea of all-solid-state confocal microscopy. One solution was moderately successful, and the other has produced the first microscope that is electronically switchable from confocal to non-confocal. We think this may be a useful alternative to the final design. This report thus discloses patentable material. We describe first the central Microlaser Microscope project, then we will touch briefly on the other projects of the Center. The publications are primarily those of the smaller projects, though no longer exclusively so. The appendix includes some of the publications.

Webb, R. H.


Project for Excellence in Journalism: Ethics Codes  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

For those persons teaching journalism students, this selection of ethics codes from a range of news organizations will be indispensable. Brought together by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, this page contains ethics guidelines and codes from fifteen different news organizations from around the globe. Visitors can scan through the list at their leisure, and the codes here come from organizations such as the Detroit Free Press, the BBC, the U.S. Department of State, and National Public Radio. There are a few extra features here, including a link to a piece titled "What are the ethics of online journalism?", direct from the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review. The site is rounded out by the inclusion of some additional links dealing with "Advice to Students" and "Journalism Schools".


Glovebox - an Excellent Environment for Microgravity Experiments  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The use of the Spacelab Glovebox on the recent First United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-1) mission and the success with which the facility accommodated a large number of microgravity experiments are discussed. Sixteen Materials Science experiments were developed and successfully operated during the first microgravity usage of this new glovebox in space. This facility has a closed working volume to safely contain loose particles and droplets that may be inadvertently freed in setting up or conducting the experiments. The facility also offers an excellent photographic laboratory for observing and recording science data. The USML-1 Spacelab Globebox was a highly successful project that provided the motivation to begin the development of an Orbiter Middeck Glovebox and also provided valuable experience in setting the requirements for the Space Station Freedom Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG).

Chassay, Roger P.; Broach, Timothy M.



Controllable synthesis Co3O4 nanorods and nanobelts and their excellent lithium storage performance  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Co3O4 nanorods and nanobelts can be synthesized controllably by a template-free hydrothermal method. Enhanced lithium-ion battery performances are obtained from Co3O4 nanorods and nanobelts. After 50 cycles, the reversible capacity is up to 1124 and 1260 mAh g-1 at C/20 rate (20 h per half cycle), respectively, and the cyclability are excellent. Lithium-ion battery performance of nanobelts is much higher than that of nanorods. Such a behavior is attributed to more efficient Li insertion, less volume change and no agglomeration of nanobelts. The present results open a way for fabrication of porous 1D nanostructures and imply that porous 1D nanostructures are good candidates for high performance lithium-ion battery anodes.

Xing, Li-Li; Chen, Zhao-Hui; Xue, Xin-Yu



Neuroscience Center of Excellence Calendar of Events 2001  

E-print Network

Neuroscience Center of Excellence Calendar of Events 2001 Neuroscience Center of Excellence of the Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute on Aging; Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Johns of Medicine "Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disorders" The Thirteenth Annual LSU Neuroscience


UT Arlington Graduate Dean's Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring Award  

E-print Network

UT Arlington Graduate Dean's Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring Award OGS lb 10.2012 The Graduate Dean's Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring in mentoring graduate students. Effective mentoring is a crucial determinant

Texas at Arlington, University of


The University of Maryland Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship  

E-print Network

The University of Maryland Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship 2015 Announcement The University of Maryland, College Park will award Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarships to 30 outstanding transfer students. This highly competitive scholarship offers full tuition for four consecutive semesters

Milchberg, Howard


Developing the health, safety and environment excellence instrument  

PubMed Central

Quality and efficiency are important issues in management systems. To increase quality, to reach best results, to move towards the continuous improvement of system and also to make the internal and external customers satisfied, it is necessary to consider the system performance measurement. In this study the Health, Safety and Environment Excellence Instrument was represented as a performance measurement tool for a wide range of health, safety and environment management systems. In this article the development of the instrument overall structure, its parts, and its test results in three organizations are presented. According to the results, the scores ranking was the managership organization, the manufacturing company and the powerhouse construction project, respectively. The results of the instrument test in three organizations show that, on the whole, the instrument has the ability to measure the performance of health, safety and environment management systems in a wide range of organizations. PMID:23369610



Urban Schools: Community Leadership, Excellence in Teaching, Systemic Change.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This collection of essays discusses excellence and achievement in urban schools. "Needed: Excellent Teachers for Urban Schools" (Diane Ravitch) suggests that the best thing to do to help urban students is to ensure that they have excellent teachers. "Beyond the Courage to Change Urban School Systems" (Rudolph F. Crew) discusses how much difference…

Poliakoff, Anne Rogers, Ed.



Searching for Excellence in Education: Knowledge, Virtue and Presence?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article addresses two main questions: (1) what is excellence and (2) should epistemic excellence be the main purpose of education? Though references to excellence have become increasingly frequent in the UK education policy, these questions are perhaps especially important in Scotland where the curriculum is explicitly "for"…

MacAllister, James; Macleod, Gale; Pirrie, Anne



Microsoft Excel as a Tool for Teaching Basic Statistics.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Focuses on the use of Microsoft Excel in introductory statistics courses. Discusses the benefits of using a spreadsheet application for teaching statistics and why Excel is a good choice. Examines student reactions to Excel in introductory statistics courses using a survey method. (CMK)

Warner, C. Bruce; Meehan, Anita M.




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Islam, M. Saif


Office of the Provost Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring  

E-print Network

Office of the Provost Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring 2014 Guidelines The Award The Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring will annually recognize outstanding mentoring of graduate's Award for Excellence in Mentoring will consist of a cash prize to the graduate faculty member of $2

Jiang, Huiqiang


Overcoming Microsoft Excel's Weaknesses for Crop Model Building and Simulations  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Using spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel for building crop models and running simulations can be beneficial. Excel is easy to use, powerful, and versatile, and it requires the least proficiency in computer programming compared to other programming platforms. Excel, however, has several weaknesses: it does not directly support loops for iterative…

Sung, Christopher Teh Boon



Excel Assignment 2, part 1 SA405, Fall 2012  

E-print Network

use dynamically dimensioned arrays. To do this in excel VBA, you should use the syntax as specifiedExcel Assignment 2, part 1 SA405, Fall 2012 Instructors: Foraker and Phillips In what follows based on 'data read from the excel sheet Dim n as Integer Dim somevector() as Integer Dim somematrix

Phillips, David


Implementing Large-Scale Optimization Models in Excel Using VBA  

Microsoft Academic Search

We discuss the importance of spreadsheets for optimization modeling, including a description of their limitations for large-scale problems. We then describe efficient ways to overcome these limits. Our approach makes use of Excel's standard functionality but augments Excel with its programming language, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), where necessary. We show how using VBA within Excel to generate and solve

Larry J. LeBlanc; Michael R. Galbreth



Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring The Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring honors  

E-print Network

Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring The Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring honors Binghamton University faculty who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment as mentors of Binghamton's undergraduate students in research

Suzuki, Masatsugu


ESD training: A challenging path to excellence  

PubMed Central

Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has important advantages over endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) for early gastrointestinal neoplasia treatment, but its difficult learning curve and associated risks have constrained its wider expansion. ESD training includes a comprehensive study of ESD basics, attending live cases and performing initial interventions in animal models, ideally under expert supervision. Mentoring methods in Japan and other Asian countries are reviewed, with a special concern in the conditions recommended for trainees to engage in an ESD program and achieve competence. Animal training is usually based on the well-known porcine model. Ex vivo models for esophageal, gastric and rectal ESD are cheap and easy to set up, whereas in vivo training requires special settings and veterinarian support. Nevertheless, it is advisable to gain experience in the live pig, with conditions that are similar to humans, before moving on to real patients. Particular attention is focused on colorectal ESD (CR-ESD), one of the most difficult locations for this technique. Since most of the potential lesions for ESD in Western countries are located in the colon or rectum, excellence in training is of paramount importance for successful outcomes in CR-ESD in the West. PMID:24748918

Herreros de Tejada, Alberto



Results of an investigation of the space shuttle integrated vehicle aerodynamic heating characteristics obtained using the 0.0175-scale model 60-OTS in AEDC tunnel A during tests IH41 and IH41A  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A thin skin thermocouple test was conducted to obtain heat-transfer data on the space shuttle integrated vehicle during the ascent phase of the flight profile. The test model was the 0.0175-scale thin skin thermocouple model (60-OTS) of the Rockwell International vehicle 5 configuration. The test was conducted at nominal Mach numbers of 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, and 5.5, and a free stream unit Reynolds number of 5 million per ft. Heat transfer data were obtained for angles of attack of 0, + or - 5, and 10 deg and yaw angles of 0, 3, and 6 deg. The integrated vehicle model was tested with the external tank configured with both a smooth ogive nose and an ogive nose with a spherical nose tip (nipple nose). The remainder of the test was conducted with the external tank installed alone in the tunnel.

Cummings, J. W.; Dye, W. H.



An electroless plating film of palladium on 304 stainless steel and its excellent corrosion resistance  

Microsoft Academic Search

An uniform palladium film on 304 stainless steel was obtained by electroless plating. Scanning electronic microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, weight loss tests and electrochemical measurements were used to character the properties of the film. The palladium plated stainless steel samples showed excellent corrosion resistance in strong reductive corrosion mediums. In boiling dilute sulfuric acid solutions and boiling acetic\\/formic acids, corrosion

Y. Zuo; Junlei Tang; Chongzhi Fan; Yuming Tang; Jinping Xiong



Results of an investigation of Reynolds effects on integrated vehicle elevon hinge moments and wing panel loads obtained with 0.010 scale model 72 OTS in the Rockwell trisonic wind tunnel (IA141)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Wind tunnel investigations were conducted on an 0.010-scale representation of the VL70-000140C Integrated Space Shuttle Launch Vehicle. The primary test objective was to obtain Reynolds number effects on orbiter elevon hinge moments and wing bending/torsional moments. Launch vehicle aerodynamic force data were also recorded. The elevon hinge moments, wing bending/torsional moments, and vehicle force data were recorded over an angle of attack range of -6 deg to +6 deg, an angle of sideslip range of -6 deg to +6 deg, at Mach numbers of 0.6, 0.975, 1.05 and 1.25. The Reynolds number was varied from a minimum of 4.5 million/foot to a maximum of 11.5 million/foot. The complete integrated configuration was tested with the orbiter elevons set at 0 deg and deflected to 9 deg on the outboard elevon and 10 deg on the inboard elevon. Testing was conducted in the TWT 19.7% porous transonic test section with the model sting mounted through the orbiter base. All aerodynamic force data were obtained from internal strain gage balance located in the orbiter.

Mennell, R. C.



Evaluation of two transport aircraft and several ground test vehicle friction measurements obtained for various runway surface types and conditions. A summary of test results from joint FAA/NASA Runway Friction Program  

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Tests with specially instrumented NASA Boeing 737 and 727 aircraft together with several different ground friction measuring devices were conducted for a variety of runway surface types and conditions. These tests are part of joint FAA/NASA Aircraft/Ground Vehicle Runway Friction Program aimed at obtaining a better understanding of aircraft ground handling performance under adverse weather conditions and defining relationships between aircraft and ground vehicle tire friction measurements. Aircraft braking performance on dry, wet, snow and ice-covered runway conditions is discussed as well as ground vehicle friction data obtained under similar runway conditions. For a given contaminated runway surface condition, the correlation between ground vehicles and aircraft friction data is identified. The influence of major test parameters on friction measurements such as speed, test tire characteristics, type and amount of surface contaminant, and ambient temperature are discussed. The effect of surface type on wet friction levels is also evaluated from comparative data collected on grooved and ungrooved concrete and asphalt surfaces.

Yager, Thomas J.; Vogler, William A.; Baldasare, Paul



George M. Low Trophy: NASA's quality and excellence award  

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NASA's major goal is the preservation of America's position as a leader in the aerospace industry. To maintain that status, it is crucial that the products and services we depend upon from NASA contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers meet the highest quality standards to ensure the space program's success. The George M. Low Trophy: NASA's Quality and Excellence Award is the result of NASA's desire to encourage continuous improvement and Total Quality Management (TQM) in the aerospace industry and is awarded to members of NASA's contractor community that have demonstrated sustained excellence, customer orientation, and outstanding achievements in a Total Quality Management (TQM) environment. The purpose in presenting this award is to increase public awareness of the importance of quality and productivity to the nation's aerospace industry and the nation's leadership position overall; encourage domestic business to continuously pursue efforts that enhance quality and increase productivity which will strengthen the nation's competitiveness in the international arena; and provide a forum for sharing the successful techniques and strategies used by applicants with other American organizations. Awards to Rockwell International and Marotta Scientific Controls, Inc. are announced and discussed.



Results of flutter test OS6 obtained using the 0.14-scale wing/elevon model (54-0) in the NASA LaRC 16-foot transonic dynamics wind tunnel  

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A 0.14-scale dynamically scaled model of the space shuttle orbiter wing was tested in the Langley Research Center 16-Foot Transonic Dynamics Wind Tunnel to determine flutter, buffet, and elevon buzz boundaries. Mach numbers between 0.3 and 1.1 were investigated. Rockwell shuttle model 54-0 was utilized for this investigation. A description of the test procedure, hardware, and results of this test is presented.

Berthold, C. L.




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Haykin, Simon



PubMed Central

Historically, invited lecturers have often challenged us to define excel lence in physical therapy practice, or in our academic programs. While some have addressed different char acteristics of excellence, our profession has not really come together to address 2 very important questions: what does “quality” mean in physical therapist education? And how do we measure it? Using 3 elements of Friendship, Leadership, and Mentoring, and Defining Excellence and juxtaposing these with Linda Crane and her life, a vision of excellence in physical therapy educational programs was explored in this invited lecture. The text of that lecture ensues. PMID:20520760

Hayes, Sherrill H



Final report for the DOE Metal Hydride Center of Excellence.  

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This report summarizes the R&D activities within the U.S. Department of Energy Metal Hydride Center of Excellence (MHCoE) from March 2005 to June 2010. The purpose of the MHCoE has been to conduct highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary applied R&D to develop new reversible hydrogen storage materials that meet or exceed DOE 2010 and 2015 system goals for hydrogen storage materials. The MHCoE combines three broad areas: mechanisms and modeling (which provide a theoretically driven basis for pursuing new materials), materials development (in which new materials are synthesized and characterized) and system design and engineering (which allow these new materials to be realized as practical automotive hydrogen storage systems). This Final Report summarizes the organization and execution of the 5-year research program to develop practical hydrogen storage materials for light duty vehicles. Major results from the MHCoE are summarized, along with suggestions for future research areas.

Keller, Jay O.; Klebanoff, Leonard E.



Excellent microwave absorption property of Graphene-coated Fe nanocomposites  

PubMed Central

Graphene has evoked extensive interests for its abundant physical properties and potential applications. It is reported that the interfacial electronic interaction between metal and graphene would give rise to charge transfer and change the electronic properties of graphene, leading to some novel electrical and magnetic properties in metal-graphene heterostructure. In addition, large specific surface area, low density and high chemical stability make graphene act as an ideal coating material. Taking full advantage of the aforementioned features of graphene, we synthesized graphene-coated Fe nanocomposites for the first time and investigated their microwave absorption properties. Due to the charge transfer at Fe-graphene interface in Fe/G, the nanocomposites show distinct dielectric properties, which result in excellent microwave absorption performance in a wide frequency range. This work provides a novel approach for exploring high-performance microwave absorption material as well as expands the application field of graphene-based materials. PMID:24305606

Zhao, Xingchen; Zhang, Zhengming; Wang, Liaoyu; Xi, Kai; Cao, Qingqi; Wang, Dunhui; Yang, Yi; Du, Youwei





As part of the intercomparison on the measurement of personal dose equivalent Hp(10), jointly organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Algerian Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory, for the African region, up to 12 dosemeters were added to the packages of the 28 participants to evaluate the background and transport dose (BGTD), received by the dosemeters before and after their irradiation at the SSDL (environmental irradiations, scanning process at the airports, etc.). Out of the 28 participants, only 17 reported the corresponding BGTD measured values, which lied between 0.03 and 0.8 mSv. The mean measured value of BG was (0.25±0.14) mSv, which is significantly high compared with the lowest dose value used in the intercomparison exercise. The BGTD correction shifted the overall results of the intercomparison from an overestimation of dose (?8 % before applying BGT dose correction) to an underestimation of dose (-9 % after correction). The measurement protocol and the detailed analysis of the results and applied corrections are discussed in this paper. PMID:25433048

Arib, M; Herrati, A; Dari, F; Lounis-Mokrani, Z



Acoustic barriers obtained from industrial wastes.  


Acoustic pollution is an environmental problem that is becoming increasingly more important in our society. Likewise, the accumulation of generated waste and the need for waste management are also becoming more and more pressing. In this study we describe a new material--called PROUSO--obtained from industrial wastes. PROUSO has a variety of commercial and engineering, as well as building, applications. The main raw materials used for this environmentally friendly material come from slag from the aluminium recycling process, dust from the marble industry, foundry sands, and recycled expanded polystyrene from recycled packaging. Some natural materials, such as plastic clays, are also used. To obtain PROUSO we used a conventional ceramic process, forming new mineral phases and incorporating polluted elements into the structure. Its physical properties make PROUSO an excellent acoustic and thermal insulation material. It absorbs 95% of the sound in the frequency band of the 500 Hz. Its compressive strength makes it ideal for use in ceramic wall building. PMID:18514765

Garcia-Valles, M; Avila, G; Martinez, S; Terradas, R; Nogués, J M



Torsional Angle Driver (TorAD) System for HyperChem/Excel  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The torsional angle driver system for HyperChem/Excel is a package of several Excel spreadsheets and macro programs to be used with HyperChem to obtain and plot information, such as total energy, for the conformations that result from a 360° rotation about a torsional angle system in a molecule. The TorAD system also includes several HyperChem scripts to facilitate its use. TorAD was developed for use in the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory. The results obtained with TorAD could be obtained manually with HyperChem, but it would take considerable time and would not be instructive to the students. Use of the TorAD system allows students to spend their time on the more important aspect of conformation analysisinterpretation of results. The Excel spreadsheet/macro programs in TorAD include:

· Tor_xl_a and tor_xl obtain and plot the total energy at 5° torsional-angle intervals. The calculation method, the torsional-angle restraint, and the structure to be used at each angle can be set by the user. The advanced version, tor_xl_a, which requires HyperChem 4.5 or later, also allows torsional-angle structures to be saved for later recall as individual structures or, using a HyperChem script, in a movie format. It also provides a rapid scan of the 360° rotation where only single-point calculations, rather than geometry optimizations, are performed. The tor_xl system will perform routine tasks in a manner suitable for most instructional settings. · Tor_Comp performs molecular mechanics optimizations at 5° intervals and obtains and plots four energy parameters (total, torsional, nonbonded, and bond [bend plus stretch] energy) as a function of torsional angle. The calculation method and the restraint can be specified. · TorDipol produces a plot of the total energy and the calculated dipole moment at 5° steps of the torsional angle. The default calculation is the semi-empirical AM1 method, but other methods can be used. The calculation method and the restraint can be specified. · Tor2_180 and Tor2_360 rotate two torsional angles to provide a 3D plot of the resulting total energy surface. Tor2_180 performs a 0 to 180° rotation, in 10° steps, on each of the two torsional angle systems (tor1 and tor2) selected. Tor2_360 will do a -180° to +180° (360° total) rotation of the two torsional angles in 20° steps.
Both tor2_180 and tor2_360 provide an x, y, z plot (x = angle 1, y = angle 2, z = energy) and a topo plot (x = angle 1, y = angle 2, z = topo lines and color coding). The molecular mechanics method and the restraint can be specified. Hardware and Software Requirement Hardware and software requirements for Torsional Angle Driver (TorAD) are shown in Table 1. These programs require a version of HyperChem 4.0 or later that supports DDE. Also required is Microsoft Excel 5.0 or higher. HyperChem and Excel are not included with the issue.
Ordering and Information JCE Software is a publication of the Journal of Chemical Education. There is an order form inserted in this issue that provides prices and other ordering information. If this card is not available or if you need additional information, contact: JCE Software, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1396 phone: 608/262-5153 or 800/991-5534 fax: 608/265-8094; email: Information about all of our publications (including abstracts, descriptions, updates) is available from the JCE Software World Wide Web site.

Starkey, Ronald



Method of Nonlinear Transformation for Obtaining Approximate Analytic Solution of Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equation  

Microsoft Academic Search

We exemplify the method of nonlinear transformation (NTR)as a powerful tool for obtaining excellent approximate analyticsolution of nonlinear ordinary differential equation. The Duffingoscillators and Brusselator are adopted to demonstrate its usefulnessand suitability of the method of NTR.

Hidetoshi Konno; Hiroyuki Sawahata



Center of Excellence Structural Health Monitoring  

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technology areas Vision: Bring designers and owners of platforms that benefit from SHM technology together of a structure or system using built-in or autonomous sensory systems, and any resultant intervention to preserve


Antihyperglycaemic effect of 'Ilogen-Excel', an ayurvedic herbal formulation in streptozotocin-induced diabetes mellitus.  


'Ilogen-Excel', an Ayurvedic herbal formulation is composed of eight medicinal plants (Curcuma longa, Strychnos potatorum, Salacia oblonga, Tinospora cordifolia, Vetivelia zizanioides, Coscinium fenestratum, Andrographis paniculata and Mimosa pudica). The present study evaluates the antihyperglycemic effect of 'Ilogen-Excel' in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats. Rats were rendered diabetic by streptozotocin (STZ) (45 mg/kg body weight). Oral administration of 'Ilogen-Excel' (50 mg/kg and 100 mg/kg) for 60 days resulted in significantly lowered levels of blood glucose and significantly increased levels of plasma insulin, hepatic glycogen and total hemoglobin. 'Ilogen-Excel' administration also decreased the levels of glycosylated hemoglobin, plasma thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, hydroperoxides, ceruloplasmin and vitamin E in diabetic rats. Plasma reduced glutathione and vitamin C were significantly elevated by oral administration of 'Ilogen-Excel'. Administration of insulin normalized all the biochemical parameters studied in diabetic rats. The effect at a dose of 100 mg/kg was more pronounced than 50 mg/kg and brought back all the parameters to near normal levels. Thus, our study shows the antihyperglycemic effects of 'Ilogen-Excel' in STZ-induced diabetic rats. Our study also shows that combined therapy is better than individual therapy. PMID:17665851

Umamaheswari, Selvaraj; Mainzen Prince, Ponnaian Stanely



Mercapturic acids of styrene in man: comparability of the results obtained by LC/MS/MS and by HPLC-fluorimeter, and stability of samples under different storage conditions.  


Two analytical methods (HPLC-fluorimeter [HPLC-FLD] and tandem mass spectrometry LC/MS/MS) are available to assay phenyl-hydroxyethylmercapturic acids (PHEMAs), the mercapturic acids of styrene in humans. In the past, each method was used to check different populations of subjects, but until now no attempt has been made to compare the two methods. This study was designed to verify whether the two methods actually give comparable results. The influence of different conditions of sample storage in altering the concentration of PHEMAs was also investigated. Urine samples were collected at the beginning and at the end of the workshift from 10 workers exposed to different levels of styrene. Each sample was analysed both by LC/MS/MS after storage under different conditions (respectively, at -20 and +4 degrees C, and after repeated freezing-thawing cycles), and by HPLC-FLD (in the same conditions of storage). Strong correlations were found between the two methods both for total PHEMAs and for each of the isomers measured, including the minor (S,R)-M1. Also an alternative approach, the Bland-Altman test, confirmed the agreement between the two methods. The different storage conditions tested did not decrease the concentration of PHEMAs but, surprisingly, a clear trend to increase was shown, particularly for (R,R)-M1, (S,R)-M2 and (R,R)-M2 in samples stored at +4 degrees C for 1 week. In conclusion, the study demonstrates that the methods give comparable results. Indirectly, this confirms also the main characteristics of PHEMAs, showed in the previous experiments: low biotransformation rates of styrene into PHEMAs; large inter-individual variability; and the presence of a clear preference in the excretion of the isomers deriving from (S)-styrene oxide. PHEMAs appear stable under different storage conditions, but further studies are needed to explain the increase of levels that occurs when samples are not kept frozen. To avoid pre-analytical errors, samples collected for biomonitoring or research purposes should be frozen as soon as possible, and thawed only one time just before the analysis. PMID:16242871

Negri, Sara; Maestri, Luciano; Andreoli, Roberta; Manini, Paola; Mutti, Antonio; Imbriani, Marcello



Excellence in Education. Perspectives on Policy and Practice.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The current reform movement in education is investigated in this book through analysis of the many reports on the state of the nation's schools collectively called the excellence reports. Five areas of investigation are focused upon in this volume: (1) an overview of what the excellence reports say; (2) a consideration of the social, political,…

Altbach, Philip G., Ed.; And Others


Excellence Environment Learning Discovery People We are one of  

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Excellence · Environment · Learning · Discovery · People #12;21 We are one of Canada's premier small universities. We welcome you to share our passion for excellence, the environment, people-winning students and professors. The Environment: We are Canada's Green University. We explore the relationships

Northern British Columbia, University of



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WESTERN UNIVERSITY CLUSTER OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE WESTERN RESEARCH CHAIRS IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE Western University is investing in a Cluster of Research Excellence in Cognitive Neuroscience through the newly established Western Research Chairs program to build on significant research

Sinnamon, Gordon J.


The Oldest Cave Art: An Essay on Giftedness and Excellence.  

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This essay examines issues of giftedness and excellence, beginning with classical references to human striving toward the "good," the attraction of gifted children to quality, and the recent discovery of the oldest known cave art with its manifest excellence. Classroom activities related to cave art and language arts, social studies, sciences,…

Breen, Maureen; White, David A.



Searching for Excellence & Diversity Does training faculty search  

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#12;Searching for Excellence & Diversity Does training faculty search committees improve hiring of women? #12;Outline What is WISELI? Why focus on hiring? Searching for Excellence & Diversity workshops Emphasis on research on bias and assumptions How's it working? #12;Women in Science & Engineering

Sheridan, Jennifer


Searching for Excellence & Diversity An evidence-based approach to  

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#12;Searching for Excellence & Diversity An evidence-based approach to training search committees #12;Outline What is WISELI? Why focus on hiring? Searching for Excellence & Diversity workshops Emphasis on research on bias and assumptions How's it working? #12;Women in Science & Engineering

Sheridan, Jennifer


Evaluation of the Centres of Excellence in Higher Education  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study presents an evaluation of the centres of excellence in higher education in Finland. This approach is an example of enhancement?led evaluation aiming to improve the long?term development of education. The study presents the Degree Programme in Civil Engineering of the Turku University of Applied Sciences, which was awarded the distinction as a centre of excellence. The pedagogical development

Juha Matti Kettunen



National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence 9600 Gudelsky Drive  

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National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence 9600 Gudelsky Drive Rockville, MD 20850 NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY CENTER OF EXCELLENCE Accelerating the deployment and use of secure technologies GET INVOLVED or academic institution? Our team interacts with those who want to mobilize industries to adopt cybersecurity


Standards of Excellence for Business Education. Executive Summary.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A project was conducted to develop and disseminate a set of standards for excellence common to business education programs and to define instructional standards for excellence common to information processing. The following five procedural phases were used over an 18-month period to develop the standards: completion of a comprehensive literature…

East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC.



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... ........................................................................................................... 2 Files Needed to run the Macro...(for PC version only).....Error! Bookmark not defined. Layout on the red "START START START..." ribbon at the top of the worksheet (see below) How to Run the Macro. 1. Open the file in Excel... a. Remember to enable macros. b. If Excel doesn't give you the choice, go to "


Page 1 of 3 Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship  

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Page 1 of 3 Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship Policy Statement for Entering Class of 2012-2013 Description and Eligibility The Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship Program (TAES) program provides scholarship assistance for outstanding students transferring from a Maryland Community college. Students who

Rubloff, Gary W.


Automating Partial Period Bond Valuation with Excel's Day Counting Functions  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

An Excel model for calculating the actual price of bonds under a 30 day/month, 360 day/year day counting assumption by nesting the DAYS360 function within the PV function is developed. When programmed into an Excel spreadsheet, the model can accommodate annual and semiannual payment bonds sold on or between interest dates using six fundamental…

Vicknair, David; Spruell, James




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, we focus on concepts such as brand management, research, sales, logistics and customer relationship to work with our energetic, creative, bright students." " EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING The sales program Professor and United Supermarkets Professor of Marketing EXCELLENCE IN SALES Marketing is crucial

Westfall, Peter H.


Mapping Excellence in National Research Systems: The Case of Italy  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The study of "scientific excellence" is taking on increasing importance in the development of research policies in many nations. However, scientific excellence is difficult to define because of its multidimensional and highly complex character. This work contributes to the state of the art by exploring an effective, simple, and inexpensive…

Abramo, Giovanni; D'Angelo, Ciriaco Andrea; Di Costa, Flavia



The German Excellence Initiative: Update. Go8 Backgrounder 24a  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

As described in "Go8 Backgrounder 24: Answering the Global Challenge--Experiences from European Excellence Initiatives," Germany began a debate about how to strengthen its position as an excellent location for science and research in 2004. This debate focussed in particular on the competitiveness of the country's universities and research centres…

Frohlich, Ellen



Programming VBA macro with the recording tool of Excel  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this paper the author accomplishes the repeating tasks of Microsoft Excel by recording VBA macro, and then people can easily and conveniently change the tasks into VBA models and defined tool keys. The Excel progress will become more efficiently to be handled and program is easily compiled.

Lv hongsheng



What Is Community College Excellence? Lessons from the Aspen Prize  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Over the past year, in a process to select the winner of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Aspen Institute has convened national experts to define and determine how to measure "excellence," to identify community colleges with high levels of student success, and to help more community colleges understand what can be done to…

Wyner, Joshua



Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence in Environmental Disciplines  

SciTech Connect

The establishment of the DOE-EM Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence provides an excellent opportunity for Hampton University to be involved in key environmental issues in the 21st Century. The main areas of focus are on: 1. Coal gasification with respect to pollution prevention and reduction. 2. Solid waste treatment through bioremediation technology and 3. Industrial wastewater treatment Synthesizing ion catalysts suitable for use in slurry bubble column reaction was carried out. Construction of an autoclave continuous stirred tank reactor has been completed. At the initial stage of the development of this program, work was conducted in the area of formic acid recovery from waste streams, which yielded useful results. We also succeeded in the removal of priority metal ions such as cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, silver, thallium, zinc, etc., from industrial and municipal wastewater by using natural wastes. The process uses tree leaves to adsorb the metal ions in the wastewater. The ultimate goal is to develop inexpensive, highly available, effective metal ion adsorbents from natural wastes as an alternative to existing commercial adsorbents, and also to explain the possible adsorption mechanism that is taking place. This technology uses natural wastes to eliminate other wastes. Obviously, there are several advantages: (1) the negative impact on environment is eliminated, (2) the complicated regeneration step is not needed, and (3) the procedure saves money and energy. Twelve different types of leaves have been tested with lead, zinc, and nickel. The study mechanism showed that the leaf tannin is an active ingredient in the adsorption of metal ions. The ion-exchange mechanism controlled the adsorption process.

Adeyiga, Adeyinka A.



First Steps to Excellence in College Teaching.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book is intended to help college faculty members, teaching assistants, and prospective instructors to develop their teaching skills and choose instructional strategies that match their personalities and result in improved student learning. The nine chapters cover the following topics: (1) determining teaching objectives (stresses specificity…

Johnson, Glenn Ross


Investigating Complexity Using Excel and Visual Basic.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Shows how some of the simple ideas in complexity can be investigated using a spreadsheet and a macro written in Visual Basic. Shows how the sandpile model of Bak, Chao, and Wiesenfeld can be simulated and animated. The model produces results that cannot easily be predicted from its properties. (Author/MM)

Zetie, K. P.



Striving for Excellence: The National Education Goals.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This compilation of ERIC Digests describes issues, highlights exemplary programs and promising practices, and explains research results that can assist educators in achieving the far-reaching national education goals adopted by the President and the governors in 1990. The two lead digests are "An Overview of the Six National Education Goals" and…

ACCESS ERIC, Rockville, MD.


Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, 2002.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The education criteria presented in this guide are designed to help organizations use an integrated approach to organizational performance management that results in delivery of ever-improving value to students and stakeholders. Implementation of the criteria will contribute to improvement of education quality, improvement of overall…

National Inst. of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.


Business excellence in non-profit company  

Microsoft Academic Search

The success in achieving positive business results and employees satisfaction, which means overall company satisfaction, success and recognition on market, depends a lot on the quality of integrated business processes, their well estimated optimization and implemented measures for tracking and monitoring the processes. For this reason companies need much more time to dedicate not only to carry out routine jobs

Cornelia Kruslin



Creating a Continuum of Excellence: A U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Conference Proceedings (Coral Gables, Florida, 1999).  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

These proceedings of the conference "Creating a Continuum of Excellence: A U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Conference," produced by SERVE in collaboration with Nova Southeastern University was held in Coral Gables, Florida, 1999. It lists keynote speakers, action planning meetings, think tanks, and titles of exemplary practice sessions, as…

Nalley, Donna


A Tutorial on the Use of Excel 2010 and Excel for Mac 2011 for Conducting Delay-Discounting Analyses  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In recent years, researchers and practitioners in the behavioral sciences have profited from a growing literature on delay discounting. The purpose of this article is to provide readers with a brief tutorial on how to use Microsoft Office Excel 2010 and Excel for Mac 2011 to analyze discounting data to yield parameters for both the hyperbolic…

Reed, Derek D.; Kaplan, Brent A.; Brewer, Adam T.



Excellence in Environmental Education: Self Assessment Tool  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This tool for K-12 educators provides a do-it-yourself assessment for environmental education programs to determine the degree to which they deliver a comprehensive set of learning experiences, and to determine where the gaps are. It consists of a set of checklists for grades PreK-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Each checklist features a column of strand items; users can check off whether the items are fully, partly, or not addressed. A downloadable, printable table is provided to tally results and provide an overview of the self-assessment.


First results obtained by the Cluster STAFF experiment  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Spatio Temporal Analysis of Field Fluctuations (STAFF) experiment is one of the five experiments, which constitute the Cluster Wave Experiment Consortium (WEC). STAFF consists of a three-axis search coil magnetometer to measure magnetic fluctuations at frequencies up to 4 kHz, a waveform unit (up to either 10 Hz or 180 Hz) and a Spectrum Analyser (up to 4 kHz).

N. Cornilleau-Wehrlin; G. Chanteur; S. Perraut; L. Rezeau; P. Robert; A. Roux; C. de Villedary; P. Canu; M. Maksimovic; Y. de Conchy; D. Hubert C. Lacombe; F. Lefeuvre; M. Parrot; J. L. Pinçon; P. M. E. Décréau; C. C. Harvey; Ph. Louarn; O. Santolik; H. St. C. Alleyne; M. Roth; T. Chust; O. Le Contel



Pathways to Excellence Scholarship Program for women in STEM fields  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) has an NSF S-STEM grant, Pathways to Excellence, that gives 10 scholarships annually to academically talented women undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing degrees in mathematics, physics, computer information systems, or engineering. NDMU has been cited (Whitten, et al. (2007)) as providing a female friendly environment for the study of physics. In this program we are using a tri-part mentoring system involving a faculty member in the student's discipline, a peer mentor from the program and an external alumnae mentor. The program also has a thematic seminar course for the scholars. Each student in the program is tasked to construct a career development plan in assistance with her faculty mentor and set measured annual goals. In addition, all scholarship students are requested to have an experiential experience. As a result, NDMU aims to strengthen its role in increasing the numbers of well-educated and skilled women employees from diverse backgrounds, including mostly first-generation college students, in technical and scientific areas. Early assessment of the success of the program will be presented as well as modifications that resulted from the formative evaluation.

di Rienzi, Joseph



Instructions for obtaining travel reimbursement  

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Instructions for obtaining travel reimbursement To be reimbursed for your travel you must fill out a Princeton University Non Employee Travel Voucher. Travel reimbursement will be processed by Princeton. · Fill out all lines marked with an X. At the space labeled `Host' put CHRISTOPHER SKINNER. · INCLUDE

Hida, Haruzo


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence  


... Welcome Welcome to the official SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence Web site. The ... with Dan Dubovsky TIP 58: Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) TIP 58 Webinar Materials Tools for ...


Setting up a Keynesian cross model in Excel  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This Excel spreadsheet assignment brings students step-by-step through the process of solving and analyzing a Keynesian cross model. It is most appropriate for principles-level macroeconomics courses.

Miles Cahill


Research for Change: What is "research excellence" for civil society  

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", "Participatory/Collaborative Action Research", "participatory" and "multi-stakeholder" research are now common by John Gaventa and Alison Mathie, Coady International Institute "Research for Action", "Action ResearchResearch for Change: What is "research excellence" for civil society organizations


FT Digital Filtering and Simulating Fourier transform Apodization via Excel  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This report presents an excel spreadsheet which simulates Fourier Transform apodization filtering on a noisy signal that contains either white or an environmental noise source. Users may download the report in PDF file format.

Overway, Ken


Hotel shows health system keys to service excellence.  


Ritz-Carlton partnership part of broader program pursuing service excellence. Nearly 600 system leaders will participate in day-long seminars. GE, Harvard serve as strategic partners for ongoing educational efforts. PMID:12901319




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PAUL HALMOS - EXPOSITOR PAR EXCELLENCE V.S. SUNDER Paul Richard Halmos, one of the best expositors to be a Mathematician are classic books that reflect his clar- ity, conciseness, and color. He edited the American

Sunder, V S


Physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling using microsoft excel and visual basic for applications.  


Abstract Physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models are mathematical descriptions depicting the relationship between external exposure and internal dose. These models have found great utility for interspecies extrapolation. However, specialized computer software packages, which are not widely distributed, have typically been used for model development and utilization. A few physiological models have been reported using more widely available software packages (e.g., Microsoft Excel), but these tend to include less complex processes and dose metrics. To ascertain the capability of Microsoft Excel and Visual Basis for Applications (VBA) for PBPK modeling, models for styrene, vinyl chloride, and methylene chloride were coded in Advanced Continuous Simulation Language (ACSL), Excel, and VBA, and simulation results were compared. For styrene, differences between ACSL and Excel or VBA compartment concentrations and rates of change were less than +/-7.5E-10 using the same numerical integration technique and time step. Differences using VBA fixed step or ACSL Gear's methods were generally <1.00E-03, although larger differences involving very small values were noted after exposure transitions. For vinyl chloride and methylene chloride, Excel and VBA PBPK model dose metrics differed by no more than -0.013% or -0.23%, respectively, from ACSL results. These differences are likely attributable to different step sizes rather than different numerical integration techniques. These results indicate that Microsoft Excel and VBA can be useful tools for utilizing PBPK models, and given the availability of these software programs, it is hoped that this effort will help facilitate the use and investigation of PBPK modeling. PMID:20021074

Marino, Dale J



The relationship of learning motivation, achievement and satisfaction for nurses learning simple excel VBA information systems programming.  


This study aims to understand the relationship between participating nurses' motivation, achievement and satisfaction before and after they learned to program in Excel Visual Basic for Applications (Excel VBA). We held a workshop to train nurses in developing simple Excel VBA information systems to support their clinical or administrative practices. Before and after the workshop, the participants were evaluated on their knowledge of Excel VBA, and a questionnaire was given to survey their learning motivation and satisfaction. Statistics softwares Winsteps and SPSS were used for data analysis. Results show that the participants are more knowledgeable about VBA as well as more motivated in learning VBA after the workshop. Participants were highly satisfied with the overall arrangement of the workshop and instructors, but didn't have enough confidence in promoting the application of Excel VBA themselves. In addition, we were unable to predict the participants' achievement by their demographic characteristics or pre-test motivation level. PMID:24943568

Lee, Ying Li; Chien, Tsai Feng; Kuo, Ming Chuan; Chang, Polun



Excellence Theory in Public Relations: Past, Present, and Future  

Microsoft Academic Search

The programme of research known as the excellence theory began in the 1960s with J. Grunig’s research on publics found among\\u000a Colombian farmers. Research then followed on the role of public relations in organizational decision-making, the symmetrical\\u000a model of public relations, public relations measurement, and how the structure and environment of organizations shape public\\u000a relations behaviour. The IABC excellence project

James E. Grunig; Larissa A. Grunig


Implementation Plan for the NASA Center of Excellence for Structures and Materials  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This report presents the implementation plans of the Center of Excellence (COE) for Structures and Materials. The plan documented herein is the result of an Agencywide planning activity led by the Office of the Center of Excellence for Structures and Materials at Langley Research Center (LaRC). The COE Leadership Team, with a representative from each NASA Field Center, was established to assist LaRC in fulfilling the responsibilities of the COE. The Leadership Team developed the plan presented in this report.

Harris, Charles E. (Editor)



Encapsulating Pd Nanoparticles in Double-Shelled Graphene@Carbon Hollow Spheres for Excellent Chemical Catalytic Property  

PubMed Central

Double-shelled hollow carbon spheres with reduced graphene oxide (RGO) as inner shell and carbon (C) layer as outer shell have been successfully designed and prepared. This tailor-making structure acts as an excellent capsule for encapsulating with ultrafine Pd nanoparticles (Pd NPs), which could effectively prevent Pd NPs from aggregation and leaching. As a result, the as-obtained RGO@Pd@C nanohybid exhibits superior and stable catalytic performance. With the aid of RGO@Pd@C, the reduction reaction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) to 4-aminophenol with NaBH4 as reducing agent can be finished within only 30?s, even the content of Pd is as low as 0.28 wt%. As far as we know, RGO@Pd@C is one of the most effective catalyst for 4-NP reducing reaction up to now. PMID:24514577

Zhang, Zheye; Xiao, Fei; Xi, Jiangbo; Sun, Tai; Xiao, Shuang; Wang, Hairong; Wang, Shuai; Liu, Yunqi



Everyday Excellence: A Framework for Professional Nursing Practice in Long-Term Care  

PubMed Central

Registered nurses make measurable contributions to the health and wellness of persons living in nursing homes. However, most nursing homes do not employ adequate numbers of professional nurses with specialized training in the nursing care of older adults to positively impact resident outcomes. As a result, many people never receive excellent geriatric nursing while living in a long-term care facility. Nurses have introduced various professional practice models into health care institutions as tools for leading nursing practice, improving client outcomes, and achieving organizational goals. Problematically, few professional practice models have been implemented in nursing homes. This article introduces an evidence-based framework for professional nursing practice in long-term care. The Everyday Excellence framework is based upon eight guiding principles: Valuing, Envisioning, Peopling, Securing, Learning, Empowering, Leading, and Advancing Excellence. Future research will evaluate the usefulness of this framework for professional nursing practice. PMID:20077966

Lyons, Stacie Salsbury; Specht, Janet Pringle; Karlman, Susan E.



Building a State Coalition for Nursing Home Excellence  

PubMed Central

Purpose of the Study: This article describes the successful evolution of a state coalition for nursing home excellence that brought together organizations that had once worked in silos to improve the quality of care through the implementation of culture change for Arkansas’ 240 nursing homes with 27,700 residents. Design and Methods: The Coalition was established in 2004 when stakeholders were invited to participate in a retreat to explore how they could come together with a common goal to improve the care of older Arkansans. These stakeholders were encouraged to bring their organization’s perspectives to the Coalition and determine ways to work with others. The continuous refinement of the Coalition’s activities involved revisiting goals of the Coalition, assessing the need for other stakeholders, identifying gaps and overlaps in quality and culture change programming, and providing feedback to Coalition members. Results: The Coalition stakeholders had the leadership to articulate and mobilize others around a common vision of improving quality of care in nursing homes through culture change. Over time, the Coalition members developed a willingness to share resources and to speak as one voice. Implications: Stakeholders from diverse organizations and governing bodies can come together to complement each other’s work and collaborate on programs to build a better system of care for the frail and elderly persons across a state. The success of this statewide effort lends support for policies that encourage regional coalitions of providers to improve care. PMID:24443610

Beck, Cornelia



Climate literacy for secondary science teachers: Inspiring Climate Education Excellence  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences ( provides a coherent framework for climate education, but educators need professional development and standards-aligned curriculum to implement it. Climate literacy efforts at CIRES range from professional development for teachers, scientists and communicators to online courses and curriculum development. The NASA-funded Inspiring Climate Education Excellence (ICEE) project is a professional development project for secondary science educators, incorporating face to face workshops, an online course and self-directed learning modules for teachers. Focusing on changes in Arctic ice and sea level rise, the modules use NASA resources for professional development around key guiding questions, and build content knowledge and pedagogical skills for how to teach climate science. The resources are being developed in partnership with GLOBE, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) and the University of Colorado, Boulder Independent Learning Program. This presentation describes ICEE and other CIRES climate literacy projects, and describes results from a recent CIRES survey of US teachers on their climate education needs, practices and knowledge of climate literacy topics. Learn more at .

Buhr, Susan; Lynds, Susan; McCaffrey, Mark; van Gundy, Susan; Wise, Sarah



Excellent daytime seeing at Dome Fuji on the Antarctic plateau  

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Context. Dome Fuji, the second highest region on the Antarctic plateau, is expected to have some of the best astronomical seeing on Earth. However, site testing at Dome Fuji is still in its very early stages. Aims. To investigate the astronomical seeing in the free atmosphere above Dome Fuji, and to determine the height of the surface boundary layer. Methods. A Differential Image Motion Monitor was used to measure the seeing in the visible (472 nm) at a height of 11 m above the snow surface at Dome Fuji during the austral summer of 2012/2013. Results. Seeing below 0.2'' has been observed. The seeing often has a local minimum of ~0.3'' near 18 h local time. Some periods of excellent seeing, 0.3'' or smaller, were also observed, sometimes extending for several hours at local midnight. The median seeing is higher, at 0.52''---this large value is believed to be caused by periods when the telescope was within the turbulent boundary layer. Conclusions. The diurnal variation of the daytime seeing at Dome Fuji is sim...

Okita, H; Ashley, M C B; Takato, N



Chinese College Students' Perceptions of Characteristics of Excellent Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

We "employed the Teacher Behavior Checklist" (TBC) to investigate Chinese college students' perceptions of excellent teachers' qualities and then compared the results to those from previously collected data from American and Japanese students. Chinese students tended to favor additional structure both in the classroom and in…

Liu, Shujie; Keeley, Jared; Buskist, William



A Model of Success: The Model Institutions for Excellence Program's Decade of Leadership in STEM Education  

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The Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE) Grant, funded by the National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, enhanced student pathways into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It achieved these results through 10 years of sustained investment and collaborative leadership. Components of the MIE…

Merisotis, Jamie P.; Kee, Arnold M.



Advancing diversity through inclusive excellence in nursing education.  


Nurse leaders call for a more diverse nursing workforce, but too few address the concept of inclusion as a recruitment and retention strategy or as part of improving the academic learning milieu. This article addresses organizational considerations of diversity and inclusion as part of the agenda established by the Association of American Colleges and Universities for inclusive excellence, building on the idea that academic environments only become excellent when an inclusive climate is reached. Six organizational strategies to inclusion are presented from the authors' experiences, some structural and others behavioral: admissions processes, invisibility, absence of community, promotion and tenure, exclusion, and tokenism. A call for structural and behavioral adaptions within nursing education to advance an inclusive excellence agenda is presented. PMID:25839947

Bleich, Michael R; MacWilliams, Brent R; Schmidt, Bonnie J



FOCUS on excellence: making a difference through global initiatives.  


The Center of Excellence (COE) designation in the category of"student learning and professional development" has hallmarked Regis College as having nursing programs that create environments for students to excel academically, professionally, and personally. As a designated COE nursing program, our efforts have focused on creating and sustaining a curriculum that has a strong enculturation of diversity, with numerous local, regional, national, and international learning experiences. Examples of learning opportunities through global outreach health initiatives are included, demonstrating how the COE designation has provided recognition and led to further opportunities for faculty and students to become involved in health-related activities. PMID:23586201

Bittner, Nancy Phoenix; Ericson, Kathleen; McCarthy, Marie; Jones, Janet



Well-ordered organic-inorganic hybrid layered manganese oxide nanocomposites with excellent decolorization performance  

SciTech Connect

Well-ordered organic-inorganic hybrid layered manganese oxide nanocomposites (CTAB-Al-MO) with excellent decolorization performance were prepared through a two-step process. Specifically, the MnO{sub 2} nanosheets were self-assembled in the presence of CTAB, and subsequently pillared with Keggin ions. The obtained CTAB-Al-MO with the basal spacing of 1.59 nm could be stable at 300 Degree-Sign C for 2 h and also possesses high total pore volumes (0.41 cm Superscript-Three g{sup -1}) and high specific BET surface area (161 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}), which is nine times larger than that of the pristine (19 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}). Possible formation process for the highly thermal stable CTAB-Al-MO is proposed here. The decolorization experiments of methyl orange showed that the obtained CTAB-Al-MO exhibit excellent performance in wastewater treatment and the decolorization rate could reach 95% within 5 min. - Graphical Abstract: Well-ordered organic-inorganic hybrid LMO nanocomposites (CTAB-Al-MO) with excellent decolorization performance were prepared through a two-step process. Specifically, the MnO{sub 2} nanosheets were self-assembled by CTAB, and subsequently pillared with Keggin ions. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A two-step synthesis method was used to prepare the CTAB-Al-MO. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The CTAB-Al-MO has the large basal spacing and high specific BET surface area. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The thermal stability of the well-ordered CTAB-Al-MO could obviously improve. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The CTAB-Al-MO exhibits excellent oxidation and absorption ability to remove organic pollutants.

Zhou, Junli, E-mail: [Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China)] [Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China); Yu, Lin, E-mail: [Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China)] [Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China); Sun, Ming; Ye, Fei; Lan, Bang; Diao, Guiqiang; He, Jun [Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China)] [Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China)



NASA Excellence Award for Quality and Productivity 1989 highlights. The 1989 recipient: Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company  

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The NASA Excellence Award for Productivity and Quality is the result of NASA's desire to encourage superior quality and the continuous improvement philosophy in the aerospace industry. It is awarded to NASA contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers who have demonstrated sustained excellence, customer orientation, and outstanding achievements in a total quality management (TQM) environment. The 'highlights' booklet is intended to transfer successful techniques demonstrated by the performance and quality of major NASA contractors.



Rounbletz: An Excel-based software to perform cost-benefit analysis at local scale  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Public financial support for natural hazard protection measure is generally attributed, in Switzerland, according to the results of cost-benefit analysis. The analysis is generally made with a very controlled procedure, where many parameters are predefined according to a few input parameters. Vulnerability is, for example, defined according to the building's type and the hazard's type and intensity (divided in 4 classes). Therefore, this procedure, although having the advantage of being reproducible, suffers from a lack of ability to describe the local specificities. This work describes an Excel-based application which allows to calculate the cost-benefit analysis at local scale, based on the usual 3 scenarios and the predefined intensities used in Switzerland. Although the risk equations are not new, this study focuses on finding the right balance between a rigid but reproducible, and a free but too much user-dependent approach. Many parameters value are therefore predefined, but are displayed and can be modified by the user if needed. If these predefined parameters are modified, the program highlights them in the output in order to be transparent for the person who will take a decision based on these results. The software is multi-hazard, but is not yet designed to account for the possible hazards interactions. A preliminary attempt to include the uncertainty in the calculation is also presented. The uncertainty analysis consists of using triangular distributions for the input parameters and performing a Monte-Carlo simulation to obtain a distribution of possible values. The triangular distribution is chosen because of its simplicity, which is a desirable characteristic since the specialist assessing the risk is most of the time more comfortable with the natural phenomenon than with probabilities. Thus, since this type of analysis always suffers from a high uncertainty, this simple procedure allows taking this uncertainty into account for the decision process.

Nicolet, Pierrick; Jaboyedoff, Michel; Lévy, Sébastien



University-Industry Interaction in the Ontario Centres of Excellence.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The development and enhancement of alliances among universities, industry, and government is widely seen as a prescription for strengthening the competitiveness of regional and national economies. The interaction of university and industrial scientists is examined, and whether the creation of Ontario's Centres of Excellence should serve as a model…

Bell, Stephen




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and behaviors. We approach our work in a professional manner: · I will model integrity by being honest will strive to be helpful in every situation. · I will demonstrate and encourage positive behaviors. We alwaysOU Medicine Standards of Excellence PROFESSIONALISM - CARING - COMMUNICATION - QUALITY - INNOVATION

Oklahoma, University of


Excellence, Innovation, Leadership RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO  

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Excellence, Innovation, Leadership RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO IN PROFILE #12;University of Toronto 1 These monumental works and discoveries ­ and many others ­ have helped make the University of Toronto one of North America's research powerhouses. Today, U of T continues to define research innovation

Sokolowski, Marla


Excellence, Innovation, Leadership RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO  

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Excellence, Innovation, Leadership RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO BY THE NUMBERS #12 of Research Proportion of Research Paper Co-Authorship by Continent,University of Toronto and Partner Harvard Tokyo TORONTO Michigan - Ann Arbor Calif - Los Angeles U Washington U Penn Stanford Columbia Calif

Sokolowski, Marla


How polysulfone dialysis membranes containing polyvinylpyrrolidone achieve excellent biocompatibility?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Polysulfone (PS) dialysis membranes hydrophilized by blending polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) are well known to have excellent biocompatibility in clinical use. The objective of the present study is thus to clarify how PVP improves biocompatibility of PS membranes and furthermore to develop a patient-friendly PS dialysis membrane with higher biocompatibility. Biocompatibility based on both lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity and amount of protein

Masayo Hayama; Ken-ichiro Yamamoto; Fukashi Kohori; Kiyotaka Sakai



~ Lois B. DeFleur Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership  

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~ Lois B. DeFleur Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership 2012-2013 Are YOU a leader? We leadership abilities for the advancement and enhancement of Binghamton University. These abilities may be demonstrated by having participated in a leadership capacity in student activities on campus. Because financial

Suzuki, Masatsugu


The Excellence Movement in Education and Lessons from History.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Backed by the federal government, the excellence movement in education has advocated higher college admissions requirements and reliance on nationally administered standardized tests. Although intended to benefit the public welfare, these recommendations actually discourage learners considered less worthy. When discussing the movement's mental…

Willie, Charles V.


International University Ranking Systems and the Idea of University Excellence  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

We look at some of the theoretical and methodological issues underlying international university ranking systems and, in particular, their conceptual connection with the idea of excellence. We then turn to a critical examination of the two best-known international university ranking systems--the "Times Higher Education Supplement (THES)" World…

Taylor, Paul; Braddock, Richard



Teaching Excellence, Teaching Expertise, and the Scholarship of Teaching  

Microsoft Academic Search

The previous decade witnessed significant advancements in the scholarship of teaching at the levels of both theory building and program development. Notwithstanding these achievements, there remains considerable ambiguity regarding the meaning of the concept. This ambiguity has implications for faculty evaluation. Excellence in teaching, expertise in teaching, and the scholarship of teaching are analyzed according to the nature and sources

Carolin Kreber



Planning for Research Excellence in the Era of Analytics  

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.......................................................................................................... 62 Principal Research Analyst, University of Kansas Medical Center Evolution of Research ReportingPlanning for Research Excellence in the Era of Analytics Merrill Series on The Research Mission-Making and Data Analytics Panel 1: Research Administrators Regina Werum and Michael Zeleny


Neuroscience Center of Excellence Calendar of Events 2000  

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Neuroscience Center of Excellence Calendar of Events 2000 Louisiana State University Health Neuroscience Center Retreat Saturday, February 5, 2000, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. University of New Orleans, residents or students that are employed by the Neuroscience Center. These awards are to be used to present


Striking a Balance: Supporting Teaching Excellence Award Applications  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Students and peers who nominate academic staff for teaching excellence awards unwittingly invite them to reflect on their work, and explain their practices to other academics. What is an effective system of academic support for these applicants and should academic developers be doing it at all? Is it possible that academic developers and academic…

Layton, Catherine; Brown, Christine




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arising out of the industrial revolution, which has seen the emergence of explicit ways of producing goodsTHE INDUSTRIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD AS A TRAINING GUIDANCE TOOL NICHOLAS BILALIS, Professor Department. Introduction This paper presents an approach for meeting the current educational needs of industry

Aristomenis, Antoniadis


The Reading Excellence Program: Preparing an Effective Application.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This slide presentation first states the purposes of the Reading Excellence Act (REA): (1) teach every child to read by the end of the third grade; (2) improve reading instruction through the use of findings from scientifically-based reading research; (3) provide early intervention to children experiencing reading difficulties and prevent…

Rhett, Nancy


TA Orientation Handbook PIE Program for Instructional Excellence  

E-print Network

TA Orientation Handbook PIE Program for Instructional Excellence The Florida State University. Such appointments depend on discipline, expe- rience and training, and range in time commitment from 10 to 20 hours department for information. If you have questions about classroom procedures, testing, etc., check with your

Ronquist, Fredrik


Crisis Communication Plans: Poor Predictors of Excellent Crisis Public Relations.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Argues that newly developed theory in crisis public relations suggests a shift is necessary in the way practitioners view crises. Notes that the new paradigm defines excellent crisis public relations very differently from the literature of the past 20 years. (RS)

Marra, Francis J.



Teaching Excellence Awards: An Apple for the Teacher?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this article the status of teaching as a profession and the morale of teachers in Australian schools in the current era provide a framework for the examination of the intent and outcomes of teaching excellence awards. The research study applied an interpretive research paradigm and used both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods.…

Mackenzie, Noella



508 Compliance: Preparing Presentations, Excel Files, Websites, and Multimedia Products  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

PowerPoint presentations, Excel documents, Web pages, and videos posted on federal websites must meet the requirements of the 1998 amendment to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Doing so ensures that these materials are accessible to a wide range of people with disabilities, including visual, auditory, sensory, and motor impairments. These…

Regional Educational Laboratory, 2014



ASBO International's 1996 Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Winners of the Association of School Business Officials International's 1996 Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design include Perkins & Will, of Chicago, for designing the Fort Collins (CO) High School and Kingscott Associates, Inc., of Kalamazoo, for designing the Lincoln Consolidated Middle/High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Awards of…

School Business Affairs, 1997



ASBO International's 2001 Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes four new school buildings that received the Association of School Business Officials, International's Certificates of Excellence and three new school buildings and one building renovation and expansion that received Certificates of Merit. Includes the architectural firm; building name and location, grades served, size, and cost; and…

School Business Affairs, 2002



Community, Professionalism, Excellence University at Albany Police Department  

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Community, Professionalism, Excellence University at Albany Police Department Annual Report 2010 Philosophy 5 Chief Wileys Ideal Officer Profile 6 Community Policing 7 Our Members 9 Programs of Note 10 community policing philosophy we enthusiastically work to create new partnerships and maintain old ones

Linsley, Braddock K.


University of New Hampshire 2010 2020 Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan  

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: Recruitment and Retention 14 Faculty 14 Students 14 Staff 15 Administration 16 Theme 5: Community Engagement on Enhancing Inclusive Excellence in New Hampshire Higher Education Learning Communities. Internally to be done. As an institution of higher learning, the University of New Hampshire must respond to the social

New Hampshire, University of


MINT Excellence Das Stipendienprogramm der Manfred Lautenschlger-Stiftung  

E-print Network

MINT Excellence ­ Das Stipendienprogramm der Manfred Lautenschläger-Stiftung ­ durchgeführt von MLP Stipendien werden pro Jahr 300 Studierende der MINT-Fächer in das exklusive Netzwerk des Stipendienprogramms erwerben, die für den erfolgreichen Berufseinstieg und eine Karriere im MINT-Bereich mittlerweile

Fiebig, Peter


ME Staff Excellence Award Nomination Form Nomination Period (extended)  

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, competence, conscientious performance, excellent customer service, or ingenuity. Must have had, or is having or unit. 4) Nominee has demonstrated an exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues and University constituents. 5) Nominee has performed at a level above

Ben-Yakar, Adela


[Project EXCEL. Curriculum Ace Mailing: Modules 1-6.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Six curriculum modules for Ace Mailing, a San Francisco communications and mass mailing firm, are presented. Ace Mailing was one of four small businesses involved in Project EXCEL, a workplace literacy project that focused on literacy and basic skills training for limited-English-proficient (LEP) workers. The modules are as follows: (1) Ace…

Career Resources Development Center, Inc., San Francisco, CA.


Candidate University ID# Area(s) of Excellence  

E-print Network

Candidate University ID# Area(s) of Excellence School Department 2008-2009 IUPUI Faculty Promotion-informed about requirements for P&T dossiers should: review the candidate's full dossier; ensure that all's recommendation and summary evaluation of candidate's work If a candidate has an adjunct or joint appointment

Zhou, Yaoqi


Sustainable development: extending the scope of business excellence models  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents an example of how to integrate the values of sustainable development in a business excellence model. It discusses definitions and measures of sustainable development, integrating values of total quality management with global human and environmental stakeholder interests. Requirements, core values, main criteria and different concepts of measures for sustainable development are examined, discussed and defined. Existing methods

Rickard Garvare; Raine Isaksson



Operational excellence (six sigma) philosophy: Application to software quality assurance  

SciTech Connect

This report contains viewgraphs on operational excellence philosophy of six sigma applied to software quality assurance. This report outlines the following: goal of six sigma; six sigma tools; manufacturing vs administrative processes; Software quality assurance document inspections; map software quality assurance requirements document; failure mode effects analysis for requirements document; measuring the right response variables; and questions.

Lackner, M.



Arkansas State & UNVL Earn the 2010 Award for Excellence  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

APPA's highest institutional honor, the Award for Excellence in Facilities Management (AFE), recognizes those educational institutions whose facilities management organizations demonstrate quality in overall operations and effectiveness. The two most recent recipients, Arkansas State University-Jonesboro (ASU-J) and the University of Nevada-Las…

Facilities Manager, 2010



Academic excellence for business and the professions Masters in Innovation,  

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domains ­ a wide range of creativity and innovation processes, techniques and tools for creative design prepares you for the difficult process of delivering innovation ­ turning ideas into action ­ addressingAcademic excellence for business and the professions Masters in Innovation, Creativity

Weyde, Tillman


Potential for Excellence: Interdisciplinary Learning Outdoors as a Moral Enterprise  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article is concerned with the place and status of outdoor learning within formal schooling. In light of recent British outdoor educational trends, it considers the general educational significance of outdoor learning in the context of the recent Scottish "Curriculum for Excellence". The article begins with an overview of some key educational…

Allison, Pete; Carr, David; Meldrum, George



Programme of events The open evening provides an excellent opportunity  

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D student journey The PhD student journey 5.15-5.30pm Funding in the Social Sciences Funding in the SciencesProgramme of events The open evening provides an excellent opportunity to discuss PhD study options with faculty, meet current PhD students and learn more about funding, admission requirements and career

Sussex, University of


Acoustic Markers of Syllabic Stress in Spanish Excellent Oesophageal Speakers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this investigation is to explore the use by Spanish excellent oesophageal speakers of acoustic cues to mark syllabic stress. The speech material has consisted of five pairs of disyllabic words which only differed in stress position. Total 44 oesophageal and 9 laryngeal speakers were recorded and a computerised designed "ad hoc"…

Cuenca, Maria Heliodora; Barrio, Marina M.; Anaya, Pablo; Establier, Carmelo



Elevation at work: The effects of leaders’ moral excellence  

Microsoft Academic Search

Leaders influence followers in many ways; one way is by eliciting positive emotions. In three studies we demonstrate that the nearly unstudied moral emotion of ‘elevation’ (a reaction to moral excellence) mediates the relations between leaders’ and their followers’ ethical behavior. Study 1 used scenarios manipulated experimentally; study 2 examined employees’ emotional responses to their leaders in a natural work

Michelangelo Vianello; Elisa Maria Galliani; Jonathan Haidt



European Union Center of Excellence European Studies Center  

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the Arab perspective on the European Neighborhood Policy. 4 Fellowships, Grants, and Opportunities. 5 into the following categories: Muslim/Turkish, East European/Russian, and West European. Clearly, there was reasonNEWSLETTER European Union Center of Excellence European Studies Center URAL Continued on page 6

Sibille, Etienne


Amid Manhattan's Razzmatazz BMCC Is an Environment for Excellence.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Highlights the dedication of the Borough of Manhattan Community College's new $127.3 million campus. Traces planning and development, difficulties and successes, and programs and curriculum projects. Recounts former student's testimonials attesting to BMCC's pursuit of teaching and learning excellence. (DMM)

Haizlip, Harold C.



Evaluation of the Centres of Excellence in Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study presents an evaluation of the centres of excellence in higher education in Finland. This approach is an example of enhancement-led evaluation aiming to improve the long-term development of education. The study presents the Degree Programme in Civil Engineering of the Turku University of Applied Sciences, which was awarded the…

Kettunen, Juha Matti



Center of Excellence for Geographic Education South Carolina Geographic Alliance  

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Center of Excellence for Geographic Education South Carolina Geographic Alliance Earthquakes in South Carolina: Bridging the Social and Science Divide for K-12 Educators Saturday, November 3, 2012 9:00 AM ­ 3:00 PM University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, South Carolina This one-day workshop

Almor, Amit


Creating Teacher Incentives for School Excellence and Equity  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Ensuring that all students in America's public schools are taught by good teachers is an educational and moral imperative. Teacher incentive proposals are rarely grounded on what high-quality research indicates are the kinds of teacher incentives that lead to school excellence and equity. Few of the current approaches to creating teacher…

Berry, Barnett; Eckert, Jon



Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence Workbook. Bridging Theory & Practice.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This workbook is designed for use with "Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence." The workbook is divided into six sections that correspond to the six key characteristics found in the Materials Guidelines: (1) fairness and accuracy; (2) depth; (3) emphasis on skills building; (4) action orientation; (5) instructional…

North American Association for Environmental Education, Rock Spring, GA.


Research Excellence in ICT Wealth Creation for Australia  

E-print Network

Research Excellence in ICT Wealth Creation for Australia From imagination to impact NICTA (National of this research, to create national benefit and wealth for Australia. NICTA aims to be one of the world's top ten the leading groups in their field. Wealth Creation NICTA focuses on wealth creation opportunities that draw

Heiser, Gernot


CWLA Standards of Excellence for Kinship Care Services.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This handbook presents standards for kinship foster care services. The handbook begins with introductory sections describing standards development, detailing how to use the standards, and differentiating standards of excellence; Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. (COA) standards for accreditation; and state…

Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Washington, DC.


Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury  


Defense Centers of Excellence For Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury U.S. Department of Defense About DCoE Centers Leadership ... Options Tips for Treating mTBI and PTSD Traumatic Brain Injury Tips for Treating mTBI and PTSD TBI Info ...


automotive excellence Why Coventry University received a Royal  

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the campus art anD DeSiGn 7 look and learn Helping children with Visual Dyslexia 8 A perfect match How perfect match How a partnership with Coventry City Football Club is reaping benefits for all Applied Rese recognised for being business-facing we are committed to providing an excellent education enriched by our

Low, Robert


Making a World of Difference: Collaboration. Excellence for Intercultural Teams  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Cultural awareness training that emphasizes communication delivers only a partial solution to the challenges that intercultural work teams face. Improving collaboration requires a strong foundation of performance management before a work team can determine how they will cooperate to perform to excellence. Against the backdrop of the authors'…

Schneider, Luise; Romberg, Claudia



Executive Summaries Hydrogen Storage Materials Centers of Excellence  

E-print Network

Executive Summaries for the Hydrogen Storage Materials Centers of Excellence Chemical Hydrogen Storage CoE, Hydrogen Sorption CoE, and Metal Hydride CoE Period of Performance: 2005 of Energy April 2012 #12;2 #12;3 Primary Authors: Chemical Hydrogen Storage (CHSCoE): Kevin Ott, Los


Impact of the Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation Program  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study investigated the national impact of the Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation program (CETP). Impact of the program was examined in two different settings: institutions of higher education, and K-12 science and mathematics classrooms. The focus of this study was to determine the impact of the CETP program on the…

Lawrenz, Frances; Huffman, Douglas; Gravely, Amy



National Aeronautics and Space Administration 50 Years of excellence  

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration 50 Years of excellence In the past five decades, NASA of Stennis on May 17, 1963. #12;National Aeronautics and Space Administration John C. Stennis Space Center's John C. Stennis Space Center has established itself as the nation's premier rocket engine test facility


Constructs and systems: Connecting strategy deployment and performance excellence  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper examines the field of strategy deployment in relation to its connection with quality management. It surveys literature from the two fields to strengthen the validity of a framework for implementing strategic initiatives in a business excellence (quality management) environment. The framework of seven constructs, which emerged from an empirical study, has elements from the quality management and strategy

Max Saunders; Robin Mann; Robin Smith



An Institution in Search of Excellence: Lessons Learnt  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This is a report of the strategies adopted by the University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia, to address the issues and complexities involved in its search for excellence in teaching and learning, research and service. The story is told how the university sought accreditation through the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and how by uniting their…

Hashim, Fatimah; Awang, Halimah



GChem: Learning basic concepts in chemistry using MS Excel VBA  

Microsoft Academic Search

GChem is an Excel VBA (Visual Basic for Application) program that has been developed to assist chemistry students learn basic concepts in chemistry. Two modules are included: electrochemistry and acid base calculations. For the electrochemistry module, users can calculate the cell potential of an electrochemical cell, the free energy change (?G) and the equilibrium constant (K) of a chemical reaction.

Borhannuddin Arifin



Analysis of Micro Flow Sensor using Excel Spreadsheet  

Microsoft Academic Search

The micro flow sensor with multiple temperature sensing elements on silicon substrate was proposed and fabricated for the flow sensor to measure wide flow range. To evaluate optimal spacing between central heater and each sensing element pair, a heat transfer equation in steady state was formulated to be finite difference equation in rectangular grid space. The numerical solutions using Excel

Tae Yong Kim; Wan-Young Chung



Library of the Year 2009: The Politics of Excellence  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Public library service is a critical service that must be preserved. Despite a current (FY08) budget cut of $5 million and the threat of reductions of nearly $20 million more in the next budget, the Queens Library has maintained massive and excellent programs of service and incredibly high levels of use by a public that lines up at every one of…

Berry, John N., III



Biology. Focus on Excellence. Volume 1, Number 3.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The 1982 Search for Excellence in Science Education project has identified 10 exemplary programs in biology. Descriptions of the programs and the criteria used in their selection are presented. Chapter 1 discusses the desired state in biology education, examining the goals of biology education and how these goals relate to biology curriculum and…

Penick, John E., Ed.; Bonnstetter, Ronald J.


News Note: NCI Launches Centers of Quantitative Imaging Excellence Program

NCI is launching a new program to qualify existing NCI designated Cancer Centers with an added attribute -- as Centers of Quantitative Imaging Excellence. This program will significantly decrease potential variability in image procedures done while a patient is undergoing treatment as part of a NCI-sponsored clinical trial.


The Ohio Supported Employment Coordinating Center of Excellence  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Ohio Supported Employment Coordinating Center of Excellence is a joint project of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. The center is focused on helping to implement and evaluate evidence-based employment services provided to individuals with a severe mental illness.…

Biegel, David E.; Swanson, Sarah; Kola, Lenore A.



Student Recruitment Strategies in Higher Education: Promoting Excellence and Diversity?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: This paper seeks to analyse how excellence and diversity are addressed in student recruitment strategies, and how these strategies are developed in eight Norwegian higher education institutions. Design/methodology/approach: The study utilises a theoretical perspective that asserts that strategy is developed through practice. The authors…

Frolich, Nicoline; Stensaker, Bjorn



Defining Excellence: Lessons from the 2013 Aspen Prize Finalists  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In many respects, one couldn't find a group of 10 schools more diverse than the finalists for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. One community college serves 1,500 students, another 56,000. There are institutions devoted primarily--even solely--to technical degrees, and ones devoted mainly to preparing students for further…

Aspen Institute, 2013



Shooting method with excellent initial guess functions for multipoint pumping Yb3+-doped fiber lasers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Excellent initial guess functions for shooting method, providing for setting suitable initial estimates, are developed to solve multipoint pumping high power Yb3+-doped fiber lasers (YDFLs) model with boundary conditions. Simulation results show that shooting method with excellent initial guess functions can get rapidly the exact values of YDFLs after less than five iteration times. In excellent initial guess functions for signal power and pump power of 3-point pumping or 4-point pumping YDFLs, the guess value of conversion efficiency is greater than or equal to the critical guess value of conversion efficiency. The critical guess value of conversion efficiency is less than 0.21 for all the fiber length in three-point pumping or four-point pumping YDFLs. Comparing to number sequence transition method based on MATLAB BVP solvers of bvp4c(NSTM-bvp4c) and shooting method with answer ranges definition, the simple shooting method with excellent initial guess functions is more reliable and faster for multipoint pumping YDFLs.

Hu, Xudong; Ning, Tigang; Pei, Li; Chen, Qingyan; Li, Jing; Zheng, Jingjing; Zhang, Chuanbiao



MELTS_Excel: A Microsoft Excel-based MELTS interface for research and teaching of magma properties and evolution  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

thermodynamic modeling software MELTS is a powerful tool for investigating crystallization and melting in natural magmatic systems. Rhyolite-MELTS is a recalibration of MELTS that better captures the evolution of silicic magmas in the upper crust. The current interface of rhyolite-MELTS, while flexible, can be somewhat cumbersome for the novice. We present a new interface that uses web services consumed by a VBA backend in Microsoft Excel©. The interface is contained within a macro-enabled workbook, where the user can insert the model input information and initiate computations that are executed on a central server at OFM Research. Results of simple calculations are shown immediately within the interface itself. It is also possible to combine a sequence of calculations into an evolutionary path; the user can input starting and ending temperatures and pressures, temperature and pressure steps, and the prevailing oxidation conditions. The program shows partial updates at every step of the computations; at the conclusion of the calculations, a series of data sheets and diagrams are created in a separate workbook, which can be saved independently of the interface. Additionally, the user can specify a grid of temperatures and pressures and calculate a phase diagram showing the conditions at which different phases are present. The interface can be used to apply the rhyolite-MELTS geobarometer. We demonstrate applications of the interface using an example early-erupted Bishop Tuff composition. The interface is simple to use and flexible, but it requires an internet connection. The interface is distributed for free from

Gualda, Guilherme A. R.; Ghiorso, Mark S.



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Stimulating Manufacturing Excellence in Small and Medium Enterprises, SMESME 2005 Stimulating Industrial Excellence in European Textile SME's  

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Industrial Excellence in European Textile SME's Nicholas Bilalis 1 , Emmanuel Alvizos 1 , Emmanuel and retailing with more than 2 million employees. Most of these EU textile manufacturers are facing fierce developments, the European textile SMEs need to readjust their focus and restructure their goals in order

Aristomenis, Antoniadis


Cultivating Excellence: A Curriculum for Excellence in School Administration. I. Introduction: Is There a Common Role for an Educational Leader?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This report is the first of a series on cultivating excellence in education for the purpose of training and retraining school leaders of the 1990s. The common role of educational leaders is discussed. Their central areas of responsibility and administrative and leadership skills are reviewed, not as discrete concepts, but as complex and dynamic…

Joyce, Mark


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An affordable method to obtain cultured endothelial cells from peripheral blood.  


The culture of endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) provides an excellent tool to research on EPC biology and vascular regeneration and vasculogenesis. The use of different protocols to obtain EPC cultures makes it difficult to obtain comparable results in different groups. This work offers a systematic comparison of the main variables of most commonly used protocols for EPC isolation, culture and functional evaluation. Peripheral blood samples from healthy individuals were recovered and mononuclear cells were cultured. Different recovery and culture conditions were tested: blood volume, blood anticoagulant, coating matrix and percentage of foetal bovine serum (FBS) in culture media. The success of culture procedure, first colonies of endothelial cells appearance time, correlation with number of circulating EPC (cEPC) and functional comparison with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were studied. The use of heparin, a minimum blood volume of 30 ml, fibronectin as a coating matrix and endothelial growing media-2 supplemented with 20% FBS increased the success of obtaining EPC cultures up to 80% of the processed samples while reducing EPC colony appearance mean time to a minimum of 13 days. Blood samples exhibiting higher cEPC numbers resulted in reduced EPC colony appearance mean time. Cells isolated by using this combination were endothelial cell-like EPCs morphological and phenotypically. Functionally, cultured EPC showed decreased growing and vasculogenic capacity when compared to HUVEC. Thus, above-mentioned conditions allow the isolation and culture of EPC with smaller blood volumes and shorter times than currently used protocols. PMID:24118735

Bueno-Betí, Carlos; Novella, Susana; Lázaro-Franco, Macarena; Pérez-Cremades, Daniel; Heras, Magda; Sanchís, Juan; Hermenegildo, Carlos



An affordable method to obtain cultured endothelial cells from peripheral blood  

PubMed Central

The culture of endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) provides an excellent tool to research on EPC biology and vascular regeneration and vasculogenesis. The use of different protocols to obtain EPC cultures makes it difficult to obtain comparable results in different groups. This work offers a systematic comparison of the main variables of most commonly used protocols for EPC isolation, culture and functional evaluation. Peripheral blood samples from healthy individuals were recovered and mononuclear cells were cultured. Different recovery and culture conditions were tested: blood volume, blood anticoagulant, coating matrix and percentage of foetal bovine serum (FBS) in culture media. The success of culture procedure, first colonies of endothelial cells appearance time, correlation with number of circulating EPC (cEPC) and functional comparison with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were studied. The use of heparin, a minimum blood volume of 30 ml, fibronectin as a coating matrix and endothelial growing media-2 supplemented with 20% FBS increased the success of obtaining EPC cultures up to 80% of the processed samples while reducing EPC colony appearance mean time to a minimum of 13 days. Blood samples exhibiting higher cEPC numbers resulted in reduced EPC colony appearance mean time. Cells isolated by using this combination were endothelial cell-like EPCs morphological and phenotypically. Functionally, cultured EPC showed decreased growing and vasculogenic capacity when compared to HUVEC. Thus, above-mentioned conditions allow the isolation and culture of EPC with smaller blood volumes and shorter times than currently used protocols. PMID:24118735

Bueno-Betí, Carlos; Novella, Susana; Lázaro-Franco, Macarena; Pérez-Cremades, Daniel; Heras, Magda; Sanchís, Juan; Hermenegildo, Carlos



Center of excellence in laser medicine. Progress report  

SciTech Connect

Achievements during the first six months of funding to prepare for a Center of Excellence in biomedical laser development include limited specific research projects within the Center`s three broad interest areas, and program development to establish the Center and its activities. Progress in the three interest areas -- new medical laser systems development, optical diagnostics, and photosensitization, is reported. Feasibility studies and prototype development were emphasized, to enhance establishing a substantial Center through future support. Specific projects are an optimized laser-catheter system for reversal of vasospasm; optical detection of major skin burn depth and cancers using fluorescent drugs, and photosensitization of vascular tissues. In addition, an interdepartmental Laser Center was established at MGH to enhance collaborations and institutional committment to the Center of Excellence. Competitive postdoctoral research fellowships, with provision for matching funds from other departments, have been announced.

Parrish, J.A.



Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence: Tools for Teaching and Learning  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Colleges and universities around the world have embarked on a new era of assisting teachers with their classroom manner and organization. The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence at Pennsylvania State University has created this site to give educators access to a wide range of excellent teaching and learning tools. The materials and resources here are divided into the following sections: "Course Design and Planning", "Teaching and Assessment Strategies", "Tools for Course Evaluation", "Tools for University Assessment", and "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning". Within these sections, users can read and download specific activities geared towards syllabus improvement, writing effective and meaningful tests, and incorporating problem-based activities into the classroom. Overall, the site is well designed and it is one that educators and the like will want to pass along to their colleagues across campus.


A nickel silicide nanowire microscopy tip obtains nanoscale information  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An electric conductive Ni silicide nanowire (NiSi NW) embedding electric force microscopy (EFM) tip was fabricated by the dielectrophoretic method and was used to obtain electric information. Due to the geometric and electric excellence, the NiSi NW provides advantages in imaging and fabrication of the microscopy tip. A lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ferroelectric thin film was positively and negatively polarized, and the polarities were obtained by probing of the NiSi NW EFM tip to give distinctive charging information of the PZT film. Moreover, the NiSi NW EFM probing was adopted to achieve the electrical signal from the NW interconnect. The NiSi NW EFM probe confirmed the uniform electric-potential distribution through the NiSi NW interconnect with a small standard deviation. This demonstrates the feasibility of functional utilizations of the NiSi NW.

Kim, Joondong; Shin, Young-Hyun; Yun, Ju-Hyung; Han, Chang-Soo; Hyun, Moon Seop; Anderson, Wayne A.



A nickel silicide nanowire microscopy tip obtains nanoscale information.  


An electric conductive Ni silicide nanowire (NiSi NW) embedding electric force microscopy (EFM) tip was fabricated by the dielectrophoretic method and was used to obtain electric information. Due to the geometric and electric excellence, the NiSi NW provides advantages in imaging and fabrication of the microscopy tip. A lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ferroelectric thin film was positively and negatively polarized, and the polarities were obtained by probing of the NiSi NW EFM tip to give distinctive charging information of the PZT film. Moreover, the NiSi NW EFM probing was adopted to achieve the electrical signal from the NW interconnect. The NiSi NW EFM probe confirmed the uniform electric-potential distribution through the NiSi NW interconnect with a small standard deviation. This demonstrates the feasibility of functional utilizations of the NiSi NW. PMID:21836320

Kim, Joondong; Shin, Young-Hyun; Yun, Ju-Hyung; Han, Chang-Soo; Hyun, Moon Seop; Anderson, Wayne A



Climate literacy for secondary science teachers: Inspiring Climate Education Excellence  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences (http:\\/\\/\\/Library\\/Literacy\\/) provides a coherent framework for climate education, but educators need professional development and standards-aligned curriculum to implement it. Climate literacy efforts at CIRES range from professional development for teachers, scientists and communicators to online courses and curriculum development. The NASA-funded Inspiring Climate Education Excellence (ICEE) project is a professional development project for secondary

Susan Buhr; Susan Lynds; Mark McCaffrey; Susan van Gundy; Sarah Wise



Sialon base ceramic materials excellent in wear resistance  

Microsoft Academic Search

Sialon-base ceramic materials having both high hardness and good sinterability and can show excellent wear resistance when used in cutting tools and other wear-resisting tools. A sialon-base ceramic material according to the invention has main components consisting of b-Sialon expressed by a chemical formula Si6- \\/SUB z\\/ A1 \\/SUB z\\/ O \\/SUB z\\/ N8- \\/SUB z\\/ , z being larger

T. Tanase; T. Ajima; K. Nishigaki



PEP-II vacuum system pressure profile modeling using EXCEL  

SciTech Connect

A generic, adaptable Microsoft EXCEL program to simulate molecular flow in beam line vacuum systems is introduced. Modeling using finite-element approximation of the governing differential equation is discussed, as well as error estimation and program capabilities. The ease of use and flexibility of the spreadsheet-based program is demonstrated. PEP-II vacuum system models are reviewed and compared with analytical models.

Nordby, M.; Perkins, C.



Kinetica; An Excel program to Stimulate or Analyze Kinetic Data  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Excel spreadsheet Kinetica both simulates and analyzes kinetic data for simple rate equations of the form: - d[A]/dt = k [A]^n Instructors or students can generate simulated kinetic data using parameters they specify, or using parameters randomized by Kinetica. The data set that is generated may then be exported for use in exercises, homework, and exams, or may be analyzed directly within Kinetica. A kinetics data set may also be imported from an external source into Kinetica for analysis.


The Case of Ruth James A Woman in Excellent Health  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this case, designed for beginning pharmacy students, an elderly woman apparently “in excellent health” suddenly becomes ill and health care practitioners must determine the cause. The case is written in a four-part progressive disclosure format with an acute care clinical context. Ideally, the case should be used early in a pharmacy curriculum in a course such as pharmacy orientation, introduction to pharmaceutical care, or a pharmacy practice laboratory.

Christine M. Catney




Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

16. 'EXCELLENT NEW PARADE GROUND BEST SINCE POST ESTABLISHED. STARTED BY COL. RALPH PARKER, FINISHED BY COL. TROUPE MILLER, PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY CALIFORNIA.' No date, probably ca. 1936. No signature, photographer probably Anton C. Heidrick. This panoramic view looks east over Soldier Field to the Bay, from the cannons at the west end. Original hand tinted silver gelatin print measures 90.4 cm by 20.2 cm, flush mounted on mat board. - Presidio of Monterey, Soldier Field, Monterey, Monterey County, CA


Using Microsoft Excel to Explore Gravity Forces and Accelerations  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This activity is a computer lab activity in which students use Microsoft Excel to create a spreadsheet capable of calculating gravity forces and acceleration values for any two objects if the masses of the objects and their separation distance are entered. Students will use their calculators to analyze numerous object pairs and make conclusions about gravity forces and accelerations on earth, on other planets, and in space.

Scott Holland


Using Excel in Finite Math and Business Calculus  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Classroom resources: freely downloadble Excel workbooks containing tutorials and projects for exploration of topics in college level finite mathematics and applied calculus. A user's guide containing details and contents of all workbooks is also available for download. All materials were written by the author for the companion web sites for Prentice Hall textbooks. However, the workbooks are general enough for use with any finite mathematics or calculus course.

Narasimhan, Revathi


Excel Heat Transfer Add-in for Engineering Courses  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The application of computer software is central in modern engineering instruction. Software has been specifically designed for courses and some textbooks are packaged with specialized versions of popular software. However, a survey of University of Alabama alumni shows that the majority primarily uses MS Excel for engineering computations compared to those that commonly use engineering software packages. The wide availability of MS Excel contributes to its use. With this in mind, an Add-in for MS Excel is being developed to provide a useful package of engineering functions for heat transfer instruction. The initial Add-in was developed to calculate the dimensionless temperature for 1-D transient heat conduction in a solid. The Add-in includes 4 functions which handle a plane wall, infinite cylinder, sphere and semi-infinite solid. Additional modules have been developed to calculate the local or average Nusselt number for internal or external flows and the view factors for different 3-D radiation heat transfer setups. Currently, these three modules are presented separately as part of a Heat Transfer course, but could be combined into a single Add-in.

Dent, Troy


EDITORIAL: Excelling under strain: band engineering in nanomaterials Excelling under strain: band engineering in nanomaterials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A little stress or strain has been known to improve the performance of athletes, actors and of course nanomaterials alike. In fact strain in silicon is now a major engineering tool for improving the performance of devices, and is ubiquitously used in device design and fabrication. Strain engineering alters a material's band structure, a model of electron behaviour that describes how as atoms come together in a solid, their discrete electron orbitals overlap to ultimately give rise to bands of allowed energy levels. In a strained crystal lattice of silicon or silicon germanium the distance between atoms in the lattice is greater than usual and the bands of allowed energy levels change. This July marks 100 years since Bohr submitted his paper 'On the constitution of atoms and molecules' [1] where he describes the structure of the atom in terms of discrete allowed energy levels. The paper was a seminal contribution to the development of quantum mechanics and laid the initial theoretical precepts for band gap engineering in devices. In this issue Nrauda and a collaboration of researchers in Europe and Australia study the growth of defect-free SiGe islands on pre-patterned silicon [2]. They analyse the strain in the islands and determine at what point lattice dislocations set in with a view to informing implementation of strain engineering in devices. The effects of strain on band structure in silicon and germanium were already studied and reported in the 1950s [3, 4]. Since then the increasing focus on nanoscale materials and the hunger for control of electronic properties has prompted further study of strain effects. The increased surface area to volume ratio in nanostructures changes the strain behaviour with respect to bulk materials, and this can also be exploited for handling and fine tuning strain to manipulate material properties. It is perhaps no surprise that graphene, one of the most high-profile materials in current nanotechnology research, has attracted interest in strain studies as well. Researchers in China investigated the effects of tensile strain on the thermal conductivity of graphene nanoribbons. Tuning the thermal conductivity of nanomaterials is highly desirable to optimize their functionality [5]. Wei and colleagues use computer simulations based on reverse nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (RNEMD) to demonstrate what they describe as 'a strain-induced magic flexibility of thermal engineering for carbon-based nanostructures', which may provide a new approach for tailoring nanomaterial functionality. Despite the attractions of more recently discovered carbon nanomaterials silicon remains the bedrock of the semiconductor device industry. Germanium nanostructures also hold significant interest, such as Ge nanowires, which have high mobility and a conveniently low synthesis temperature [6]. In fact the potential applications of germanium nanowires in field effect transistors and nanobridge devices prompted Jagadish and colleagues in Australia, Korea and the UK to investigate the growth of taper-free kinked Ge nanowires in silicon [7]. As they point out many recent reports have highlighted such kinked nanowires as valuable components for novel nanodevices. The work reported by Hrauda and colleagues in this issue looks at the growth of germanium islands on a silicon substrate rather than nanowires [2]. They grow islands on pre-patterned silicon with different levels of Ge deposition with the aim of better understanding how to manage the effects of strain due to lattice mismatch between the two metals. Their results show that considerably more Ge can be deposited without dislocations forming than previously thought and reveal a distinctive cycle of changing island morphologies as Ge is deposited. They add, 'Strain relaxation is revealed to be the main driving force of a rather complex evolution of island shape and Ge distribution'. In reference to his theory of atoms Bohr is once said to have told Werner Heisenberg, 'We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet

Demming, Anna



Where and how adolescents obtain alcoholic beverages.  


Patterns of acquisition of alcoholic beverages by underage youth were studied, using focus group methods with a sample of midwestern youth. Results showed that the alcohol initially used by those in their early teens is obtained from parents' stocks or from older siblings and friends. By the midteens, parties at which alcohol (usually beer) is readily available become the major source. In the mid to late teens, young people purchase alcohol from commercial alcohol outlets, despite the fact that 21 is the legal age for purchasing alcohol. Factors reported to increase the rate of successful alcohol purchases include female buyer, male seller, young seller, and convenience store outlet. Results of focus group interviews revealed the easy accessibility of alcoholic beverages to underage youth. Further investigation into patterns of underage access to alcohol is recommended, with results from the focus group study guiding the design of probability sample studies to assess their generalizability. PMID:8341780

Wagenaar, A C; Finnegan, J R; Wolfson, M; Anstine, P S; Williams, C L; Perry, C L



Bariatric surgery outcomes in a European Centre of Excellence (CoE).  


Bariatric Surgery Centres of Excellence have been promoted by the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders European Chapter to improve outcomes and security of patients. A retrospective analysis of our prospective database has been performed. Between May 2001 and September 2012, we operated on 690 patients, first with open gastric bypass (2001-2005), then laparoscopy (2006-2009), introduced robotics and finally the Centre of Excellence period (2012). Complication rate was 18.9 % in the first period and 3 % in the last. We reoperated on 9 % of patients in two early periods and none in the last. Mortality rate was 2, 0.85, 0.47 and 0 % in the four periods. Teams that are just at the beginning of their experience in bariatric surgery in order to avoid complications and deal with better long-term results. PMID:23645480

Fort, José Manuel; Vilallonga, Ramon; Lecube, Albert; Gonzalez, Oscar; Caubet, Enric; Mesa, Jordi; Armengol, Manel



A fluorinated dendrimer achieves excellent gene transfection efficacy at extremely low nitrogen to phosphorus ratios  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Polymers have shown great promise in the design of high efficient and low cytotoxic gene vectors. Here we synthesize fluorinated dendrimers for use as gene vectors. Fluorinated dendrimers achieve excellent gene transfection efficacy in several cell lines (higher than 90% in HEK293 and HeLa cells) at extremely low N/P ratios. These polymers show superior efficacy and biocompatibility compared with several commercial transfection reagents such as Lipofectamine 2000 and SuperFect. Fluorination enhances the cellular uptake of the dendrimer/DNA polyplexes and facilitates their endosomal escape. In addition, the fluorinated dendrimer shows excellent serum resistance and exhibits high gene transfection efficacy even in medium containing 50% FBS. The results suggest that fluorinated dendrimers are a new class of highly efficient gene vectors and fluorination is a promising strategy to design gene vectors without involving sophisticated syntheses.

Wang, Mingming; Liu, Hongmei; Li, Lei; Cheng, Yiyun



48 CFR 1353.107 - Obtaining forms.  

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Integrating Excel Spreadsheets into the Introductory Astronomy Laboratory  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

At Hampden-Sydney College, we teach a one-semester introductory astronomy class targeting non-science majors. This course fulfills the laboratory science requirement, and as such the class is obligated to teach transferable skills such as basic numeracy, quantitative reasoning and data analysis. To this end, we explicitly teach the use of the most commonly available data analysis program, which is currently Microsoft Excel. The laboratory sciences are ideally suited to teaching these skills. During each laboratory session, students explore an astronomical phenomenon related to the lectures for that week. Randomly assigned partners use computers to analyze their data in spreadsheets and to write detailed reports structured like journal articles. We present nine Excel templates, along with the corresponding laboratory instructions, that are designed to teach general data analysis techniques using spreadsheets within the context of a traditional astronomy laboratory. These exercises begin with basic calculations and move toward more complex ones such as least squares fitting of sine functions and calculating distances from measured magnitudes and assumed luminosities.
Laboratory Exercises with Excel Templates
Measuring AnglesThis first lab uses the small angle formula.
Jupiter's MoonsThe students take data with the CLEA lab of Jupiter's moons, but complete the data analysis using Excel. This includes least squares fitting of sine functions.
Astrometry and ParallaxThe students complete the Astrometry of Asteroids CLEA lab, but perform the parallax calculations using Excel.
The Resolution of a TelescopeThe students measure the resolution of their naked eyes and a telescope, using two eye charts, along with the theoretical resolution of the telescope for comparison.
The Light Gathering Power of a TelescopeThe students observe a light bulb using a telescope equipped with a photometer and a mask of variable aperture.
Solar RadiationThe students measure the length of a solar day and the transparency of the earth's atmosphere, using a sundial and a calorimeter.
Binary StarsThe students use photodiodes and oscilloscopes to measure the light curve of a model eclipsing binary star.
Distance and Age of the PleiadesThe students gather data using the CLEA lab of the same name, but they plot an HR diagram along with a distance dependent standard main sequence using Excel. This lab uses luminosities and the inverse square law, instead of absolute magnitudes and the distance modulus.
Hubble's Law

Keohane, Jonathan W.; Bartlett, J. L.; Bloom, S. D.; Foy, J. P.; Thurman, H. O.



Porous cobalt hydroxide nanosheets with excellent supercapacitive behavior  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

High surface area Co(OH)2 nanosheets were prepared via cathodic electrodeposition and their electrochemical performance was investigated using cyclic voltammetry and charge-discharge tests. A specific capacitance as high as 1047.3 F g-1 was obtained in aqueous 1 M KOH within the potential range of -0.3 to 0.5 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) at the scan rate of 10 mV s-1, suggesting the potential application of the prepared nanosheets in electrochemical supercapacitors. Result of this Letter showed that galvanostatic cathodic electrodeposition can be recognized as a facile method for the preparation of porous and high surface area Co(OH)2 sheets.

Malek Barmi, Abbas-Ali; Aghazadeh, Mustafa; Arhami, Behzad; Shiri, Hamid Mohammad; Fazl, Alireza Amini; Jangju, Esmaeil



Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Southeast (COSEE-SE)  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This is the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) center for ocean science integration and outreach in the southeastern U.S. The mission is to "spark and nurture collaborations among scientists and educators to advance ocean discovery and make known the vital role of the oceans in our lives. " The site provides information for educators and scientists, upcoming news and events, and a "creature feature. " In the "Educatorâ??s niche" visitors will find professional development opportunities, educator resources, and much more. The site also features current research, monitoring, and management initiatives taking place in the area.


Center of Excellence in laser medicine. Progress performance report  

SciTech Connect

Achievements during the last 12 months of funding to initiate a Center of Excellence in biomedical laser development include: seven specific research projects within the Center`s three broad interest areas, and program development to establish the MGH Laser Center and its activities. Progress in the three interest areas namely new medical laser systems development, optical diagnostics and photo sensitization is reported. Feasibility studies and prototype development were emphasized, to enhance establishing a substantial Center through future support. Specific projects are outlined below. In addition, the interdepartmental MGH Laser Center`s activities and accomplishments.

Parrish, J.A.



AVESTAR Center for Operational Excellence of Clean Energy Plants  

SciTech Connect

To address challenges in attaining operational excellence for clean energy plants, the U.S.Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has launched a world-class facility for Advanced Virtual Energy Simulation Training and Research (AVESTAR™). The AVESTAR Center brings together state-of-the-art, real time,high-fidelity dynamic simulators with operator training systems and 3D virtual immersive training systems into an integrated energy plant and control room environment. This presentation will highlight the AVESTAR Center simulators, facilities, and comprehensive training, education, and research programs focused on the operation and control of high-efficiency, near-zero-emission energy plants.

Zitney, S.E.



AVESTAR Center for Operational Excellence of Clean Energy Plants  

SciTech Connect

To address challenges in attaining operational excellence for clean energy plants, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory has launched a world-class facility for Advanced Virtual Energy Simulation Training and Research (AVESTAR{trademark}). The AVESTAR Center brings together state-of-the-art, real time,high-fidelity dynamic simulators with operator training systems and 3D virtual immersive training systems into an integrated energy plant and control room environment. This presentation will highlight the AVESTAR Center simulators, facilities, and comprehensive training, education, and research programs focused on the operation and control of high-efficiency, near-zero-emission energy plants.

Zitney, Stephen



Excellent oxidation endurance of boron nitride nanotube field electron emitters  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are considered as a promising cold electron emission material owing to their negative electron affinity. BNNT field emitters show excellent oxidation endurance after high temperature thermal annealing of 600 °C in air ambient. There is no damage to the BNNTs after thermal annealing at a temperature of 600 °C and also no degradation of field emission properties. The thermally annealed BNNTs exhibit a high maximum emission current density of 8.39 mA/cm2 and show very robust emission stability. The BNNTs can be a promising emitter material for field emission devices under harsh oxygen environments.

Song, Yenan; Sun, Yuning; Hoon Shin, Dong; Nam Yun, Ki; Song, Yoon-Ho; Milne, William I.; Jin Lee, Cheol



An Excel Workbook for Identifying Redox Processes in Ground Water  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The reduction/oxidation (redox) condition of ground water affects the concentration, transport, and fate of many anthropogenic and natural contaminants. The redox state of a ground-water sample is defined by the dominant type of reduction/oxidation reaction, or redox process, occurring in the sample, as inferred from water-quality data. However, because of the difficulty in defining and applying a systematic redox framework to samples from diverse hydrogeologic settings, many regional water-quality investigations do not attempt to determine the predominant redox process in ground water. Recently, McMahon and Chapelle (2008) devised a redox framework that was applied to a large number of samples from 15 principal aquifer systems in the United States to examine the effect of redox processes on water quality. This framework was expanded by Chapelle and others (in press) to use measured sulfide data to differentiate between iron(III)- and sulfate-reducing conditions. These investigations showed that a systematic approach to characterize redox conditions in ground water could be applied to datasets from diverse hydrogeologic settings using water-quality data routinely collected in regional water-quality investigations. This report describes the Microsoft Excel workbook, RedoxAssignment_McMahon&Chapelle.xls, that assigns the predominant redox process to samples using the framework created by McMahon and Chapelle (2008) and expanded by Chapelle and others (in press). Assignment of redox conditions is based on concentrations of dissolved oxygen (O2), nitrate (NO3-), manganese (Mn2+), iron (Fe2+), sulfate (SO42-), and sulfide (sum of dihydrogen sulfide [aqueous H2S], hydrogen sulfide [HS-], and sulfide [S2-]). The logical arguments for assigning the predominant redox process to each sample are performed by a program written in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The program is called from buttons on the main worksheet. The number of samples that can be analyzed is only limited by the number of rows in Excel (65,536 for Excel 2003 and XP; and 1,048,576 for Excel 2007), and is therefore appropriate for large datasets.

Jurgens, Bryant C.; McMahon, Peter B.; Chapelle, Francis H.; Eberts, Sandra M.



Center of Excellence for Laser Applications in Medicine, Microlaser Microscope  

SciTech Connect

The Center of Excellence for Laser Applications in Medicine at the Schepens Eye Research Institute (SERI) is a Center for: A core group of researchers who support each other and their various projects for real-time medical imaging and diagnostics in contiguous space at SERI. Clinical collaborators who participate in the core research at SERI, MEEI, and local ophthalmology practices, and at associated sites around the world. Industrial partners who transfer our technology to commercial products that will reach clinical usage everywhere. Students, post-doctoral associates and medical fellows who work with us and learn how to practice real-time medical imaging and diagnostics.

Webb, R. H.



Excellent oxidation endurance of boron nitride nanotube field electron emitters  

SciTech Connect

Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are considered as a promising cold electron emission material owing to their negative electron affinity. BNNT field emitters show excellent oxidation endurance after high temperature thermal annealing of 600?°C in air ambient. There is no damage to the BNNTs after thermal annealing at a temperature of 600?°C and also no degradation of field emission properties. The thermally annealed BNNTs exhibit a high maximum emission current density of 8.39?mA/cm{sup 2} and show very robust emission stability. The BNNTs can be a promising emitter material for field emission devices under harsh oxygen environments.

Song, Yenan [Department of Micro/Nano Systems, Korea University, Seoul 136-713 (Korea, Republic of); Sun, Yuning; Hoon Shin, Dong; Nam Yun, Ki [School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-713 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Yoon-Ho [Nano Electron-Source Creative Research Center, Creative and Challenging Research Division, ETRI, Daejeon 305-700 (Korea, Republic of); Milne, William I. [Electrical Engineering Division, Engineering Department, Cambridge University, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom); Jin Lee, Cheol, E-mail: [Department of Micro/Nano Systems, Korea University, Seoul 136-713 (Korea, Republic of); School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-713 (Korea, Republic of)



a) Excellent interatomic potential is calibrated against experimental results and DFT calculations  

E-print Network

coalescence in silica glass plays similar important roles as it does in metallic materials, albeit at much Simulations of Void Coalescence in Glasses Weiqiang Wang, Aiichiro Nakano, Rajiv K. Kalia, Priya Vashishta) to investigate the interaction of voids in silica. Critical intervoid ligament distance (ILD) in the silica glass

Southern California, University of


Demagnetization Analysis in Excel (DAIE) - An open source workbook in Excel for viewing and analyzing demagnetization data from paleomagnetic discrete samples and u-channels  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Modern rock magnetometers and stepwise demagnetization procedures result in the production of large datasets, which need a versatile and fast software for their display and analysis. Various software packages for paleomagnetic analyses have been recently developed to overcome the problems linked to the limited capability and the loss of operability of early codes written in obsolete computer languages and/or platforms, not compatible with modern 64 bit processors. The Demagnetization Analysis in Excel (DAIE) workbook is a new software that has been designed to make the analysis of demagnetization data easy and accessible on an application (Microsoft Excel) widely diffused and available on both the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. The widespread diffusion of Excel should guarantee a long term working life, since compatibility and functionality of current Excel files should be most likely maintained during the development of new processors and operating systems. DAIE is designed for viewing and analyzing stepwise demagnetization data of both discrete and u-channel samples. DAIE consists of a single file and has an open modular structure organized in 10 distinct worksheets. The standard demagnetization diagrams and various parameters of common use are shown on the same worksheet including selectable parameters and user's choices. The remanence characteristic components may be computed by principal component analysis (PCA) on a selected interval of demagnetization steps. Saving of the PCA data can be done both sample by sample, or in automatic by applying the selected choices to all the samples included in the file. The DAIE open structure allows easy personalization, development and improvement. The workbook has the following features which may be valuable for various users: - Operability in nearly all the computers and platforms; - Easy inputs of demagnetization data by "copy and paste" from ASCII files; - Easy export of computed parameters and demagnetization plots; - Complete control of the whole workflow and possibility of implementation of the workbook by any user; - Modular structure in distinct worksheets for each type of analyses and plots, in order to make implementation and personalization easier; - Opportunity to use the workbook for educational purposes, since all the computations and analyses are easily traceable and accessible; - Automatic and fast analysis of a large batch of demagnetization data, such as those measured on u-channel samples. The DAIE workbook and the "User manual" are available for download on a dedicated web site (

Sagnotti, Leonardo



MCA Center of Excellence Through Benchmarking and INMM Involvement - Key Tools for Change  

SciTech Connect

Nuclear Materials Management Department, a BWXT-corporate partner with Westinghouse Savannah River Company, has established a vision for positioning the organization as a Global Center of Excellence for Strategic Materials Management. NMM's Road to Excellence results from a changing business environment where flexibility and adaptability have become key demands from the Department of Energy customer. Flexibility and adaptability are integral components of the department's MC&A Center of Excellence philosophy in the pursuit of improvement technologies that meet domestic and international safeguards requirements. The customer challenge has put the organization in the forefront of change where benchmarking with other MC&A programs, applying human performance technologies and leveraging INMM leadership and participation opportunities are key ingredients to influencing improvements and changes in existing MC&A standards, policies and practices. The paper challenges MC&A professionals, MC&A program owners and organizational leaders to engage in the debate of new ideas, partnering arrangements and timely deployment of technologies (human performance and technical-based applications) to exponentially improve safeguards programs. Research and development efforts in support of safeguards improvements need to seriously consider deployment to field practitioners within a 2-3 year time frame from inception. INMM plays a crucial role in accelerating such opportunities and establishing improved performance standards above our normal governmental and organizational bureaucracies.




Bioactive bredigite coating with improved bonding strength, rapid apatite mineralization and excellent cytocompatibility.  


Previous studies have shown that bredigite (Ca7MgSi4O16) bioceramics possessed excellent biocompatibility, apatite-mineralization ability and mechanical properties. In this paper, the bredigite coating on Ti-6Al-4?V substrate was prepared by plasma spraying technique. The main compositions of the coating were bredigite crystal phase with small parts of amorphous phases. The bonding strength of the coating to Ti-6Al-4?V substrate reached 49.8?MPa, which was significantly higher than that of hydroxyapatite coating and other silicate-based bioceramic coatings prepared by same method. After immersed in simulated body fluid for 2 days, a distinct apatite layer was deposited on the surface of bredigite coating, indicating that the prepared bredigite coating has excellent apatite-mineralization ability. The prepared bredigite coating supported the attachment and proliferation of rabbit bone marrow stem cells. The proliferation level of bone marrow stem cells was significantly higher than that on the hydroxyapatite coating. Our further study showed that the released SiO4 (4-) and Mg(2+) ions from bredigite coating as well as the formed nano-apatite layer on the coating surface might mainly contribute to the improvement of cell proliferation. The results indicated that the bredigite coating may be applied on orthopedic implants due to its excellent bonding strength, apatite mineralization and cytocompatibility. PMID:24131918

Yi, Deliang; Wu, Chengtie; Ma, Bing; Ji, Heng; Zheng, Xuebin; Chang, Jiang



Evaluation of a Centers of Excellence Program for Knee and Hip Replacement  

PubMed Central

Background Medicare and private plans are encouraging individuals to seek care at hospitals which are designated as centers of excellence. Few evaluations of such programs have been conducted. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, whose member plans insure one in three Americans, has established an initiative to designate hospitals as centers of excellence for knee and hip replacement. Objective Comparison of outcomes and costs associated with knee and hip replacement at designated hospitals and other hospitals. Research design Retrospective claims analysis of approximately 54 million enrollees. Study population Individuals with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance who underwent a primary knee or hip replacement in 2007-2009. Outcomes Primary outcomes were any complication within 30 days of discharge and costs within 90 days following the procedure. Results 80,931 patients had a knee replacement and 39,532 patients had a hip replacement of which 52.2% and 56.5%, respectively, were performed at a designated hospital. Designated hospitals had a larger number of beds and were more likely to be an academic center. Patients with a knee replacement at designated hospitals did not have a statistically significantly lower overall complication rate with an odds ratio of 0.90 (p=0.08). Patients with a hip replacement treated at designated hospitals had a statistically significantly lower risk of complications with an odds ratio of 0.80 (p=0.002). There was no significant difference in 90-day costs for either procedure. Conclusions Hospitals designated as joint replacement centers of excellence had lower rates of complications for hip replacement, but there was no statistically significant difference for knee replacement. It is important to validate the criteria used to designate centers of excellence. PMID:23222470

Mehrotra, Ateev; Sloss, Elizabeth M.; Hussey, Peter S.; Adams, John L.; Lovejoy, Susan; SooHoo, Nelson F.



Ternary ag/epoxy adhesive with excellent overall performance.  


Excellent electrical conductivity (EC) generally conflicts with high lap shear strength (LSS) for electrically conductive adhesives (ECAs) since EC increases while LSS decreases with increasing conductive filler content. In this work, the ECAs with the excellent overall performance are developed based on the ternary hybrid of Ag microflakes (Ag-MFs), Ag nanospheres (Ag-NSs), and Ag nanowires (Ag-NWs). First, a low silver content adhesive system is determined. Then, the effects of the relative contents of Ag fillers on the EC and the LSS are studied. It is shown that a small amount of Ag-NSs or Ag-NWs can dramatically improve the EC for the Ag-MF/epoxy adhesives. The Ag-NSs and Ag-NWs with appropriate contents have a synergistic effect in improving the EC. Meanwhile, the LSS of the as-prepared adhesive with the appropriate Ag contents reaches an optimal value. Both the EC and the LSS of the as-prepared ternary hybrid ECA with a low content of 40 wt % Ag are higher than those of the commercial ECAs filled with the Ag-MF content over 60 wt %. Finally, the ternary hybrid ECA with the optimal formulation is shown to be promising for printing the radio frequency identification tag antennas as an immediate application example. PMID:25835391

Ji, Yan-Hong; Liu, Yu; Huang, Gui-Wen; Shen, Xiao-Jun; Xiao, Hong-Mei; Fu, Shao-Yun



Excellent catalytic effects of multi-walled carbon nanotube supported titania on hydrogen storage of a Mg-Ni alloy.  


Superior catalytic effects of multi-walled carbon nanotube supported titania synthesized by the sol-gel method on hydrogen storage of a Mg-Ni alloy were investigated. The excellent hydrogen storage properties were obtained: absorbed 5.60 wt% H2 within 60 s at 373 K and released 6.08 wt% H2 within 600 s at 553 K. PMID:25563234

Tan, Yajun; Zhu, Yunfeng; Li, Liquan



Optimizing outcomes with azacitidine: recommendations from Canadian centres of excellence  

PubMed Central

Myelodysplastic syndromes (mdss) constitute a heterogeneous group of malignant hematologic disorders characterized by marrow dysplasia, ineffective hematopoiesis, peripheral blood cytopenias, and pronounced risk of progression to acute myeloid leukemia. Azacitidine has emerged as an important treatment option and is recommended by the Canadian Consortium on Evidence-Based Care in mds as a first-line therapy for intermediate-2 and high-risk patients not eligible for allogeneic stem cell transplant; however, practical guidance on how to manage patients through treatment is limited. This best practice guideline provides recommendations by a panel of experts from Canadian centres of excellence on the selection and clinical management of mds patients with azacitidine. Familiarity with the referral process, treatment protocols, dose scheduling, treatment expectations, response monitoring, management of treatment breaks and adverse events, and multidisciplinary strategies for patient support will improve the opportunity for optimizing treatment outcomes with azacitidine. PMID:24523604

Wells, R.A.; Leber, B.; Zhu, N.Y.; Storring, J.M.



Proceedings from the 1998 Occupational Health Conference: Benchmarking for Excellence  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The theme of the 1998 NASA Occupational Health Conference was "Benchmarking for Excellence." Conference participants included NASA and contractor Occupational Health professionals, as well as speakers from NASA, other Federal agencies and private companies. Addressing the Conference theme, speakers described new concepts and techniques for corporate benchmarking. They also identified practices used by NASA, other Federal agencies, and by award winning programs in private industry. A two-part Professional Development Course on workplace toxicology and indoor air quality was conducted a day before the Conference. A program manager with the International Space Station Office provided an update on station activities and an expert delivered practical advice on both oral and written communications. A keynote address on the medical aspects of space walking by a retired NASA astronaut highlighted the Conference. Discipline breakout sessions, poster presentations, and a KSC tour complemented the Conference agenda.

Hoffler, G. Wyckliffe (Editor); O'Donnell, Michele D. (Editor)



The Center for Teaching Excellence: Lansing Community College  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Based at the Lansing Community College, the Center for Teaching Excellence helps to support instructors committed to expanding their own teaching capabilities. Visitors can click on the Teaching & Learning Resources area to get started. Here they will find resources like "Classroom Strategies for Fostering Student Retention," "Dealing with Classroom Incivilities," and additional links on Internet copyright issues and academic journals. The Teaching Tips area contains 14 different categories of tips, including "Active Learning Strategies," "Assessment, Evaluation and Testing," and "Creating an Inclusive Classroom." All told, there are over 40 different activities and fact sheets here. Some of the overall highlights include "Tips for Teaching to a Diverse Student Body" and "Developing a Good Syllabus." The site is rounded out by the Self-Paced Online Workshops area which features directed workshops on course planning, development, and other topics that are available for all.



Project for Excellence in Journalism: Analysis: Our Studies  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Pew Research Center's Project For Excellence takes a broad view of news coverage, and this website contains their timely and empirical research studies. Visitors will find that the reports can be viewed by date, media sector, industry trend, or by a combination of sector and trend. The reports provide in-depth answers to questions like "How has the Internet and mobile technology changed the way people consume news?" and "What role do new media, blogs and specialty news sites play in the news cycle?" The reports date back to February 1998, and journalists and others who study the media will find materials to use in their own work or to share with friends and students.


[Center of excellence: Microlaser microscope]. Annual progress report  

SciTech Connect

This Center-of-Excellence grant has two components: development of an imaging system based on microlaser arrays forms a central project among a group of laser diagnostic and therapeutic efforts primarily funded outside the grant. In these first 8 months we have set up the Microlaser Microscope using small microlaser arrays. We have emphasized the basics of microlaser handling and electronic addressing and the optics of the microscope. Details of electronics and optics given here will be used in the larger arrays which should be available soon. After a description of the central Microlaser Microscope project, we touch briefly on the other projects of the Center, which have been outstandingly fruitful this year. Publications are necessarily concerned with the smaller projects, since the Microlaser Microscope is in its early stages.

Webb, R.H.



Overview of research in progress at the Center of Excellence  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Center of Excellence (COE) was created nine years ago to facilitate active collaboration between the scientists at Ames Research Center and the Stanford Psychology Department. Significant interchange of ideas and personnel continues between Stanford and participating groups at NASA-Ames; the COE serves its function well. This progress report is organized into sections divided by project. Each section contains a list of investigators, a background statement, progress report, and a proposal for work during the coming year. The projects are: Algorithms for development and calibration of visual systems, Visually optimized image compression, Evaluation of advanced piloting displays, Spectral representations of color, Perception of motion in man and machine, Automation and decision making, and Motion information used for navigation and control.

Wandell, Brian A.



Micro-MoS2 with Excellent Reversible Sodium-Ion Storage.  


Low storage capacity and poor cycling stability are the main drawbacks of the electrode materials for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries, due to the large radius of the Na ion. Here we show that micro-structured molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) can exhibit high storage capacity and excellent cycling and rate performances as an anode material for Na-ion batteries by controlling its intercalation depth and optimizing the binder. The former method is to preserve the layered structure of MoS2 , whereas the latter maintains the integrity of the electrode during cycling. A reversible capacity of 90?mAh?g(-1) is obtained on a potential plateau feature when less than 0.5 Na per formula unit is intercalated into micro-MoS2 . The fully discharged electrode with sodium alginate (NaAlg) binder delivers a high reversible capacity of 420?mAh?g(-1) . Both cells show excellent cycling performance. These findings indicate that metal chalcogenides, for example, MoS2 , can be promising Na-storage materials if their operation potential range and the binder can be appropriately optimized. PMID:25753621

Wang, Xuefeng; Li, Yejing; Guan, Zhaoruxin; Wang, Zhaoxiang; Chen, Liquan



Negligible Magnetism in Excellent Structural Quality CrxTi1-xO2 Anatase: Contrast with High-TC Ferromagnetism in Structurally Defective CrxTi1-xO2  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We reexamine the mechanism of ferromagnetism in doped TiO2 anatase, using epitaxial Cr?TiO2 with excellent structural quality as a model system. In contrast to highly oriented but defective Cr?TiO2 (˜0.5?B/Cr), these structurally superior single crystal films exhibit negligible ferromagnetism. Similar results were obtained for Co?TiO2. We show for the first time that charge-compensating oxygen vacancies alone, as predicted by F-center mediated exchange, are not sufficient to activate ferromagnetism. Instead, the onset of ferromagnetism correlates with the presence of structural defects.

Kaspar, T. C.; Heald, S. M.; Wang, C. M.; Bryan, J. D.; Droubay, T.; Shutthanandan, V.; Thevuthasan, S.; McCready, D. E.; Kellock, A. J.; Gamelin, D. R.; Chambers, S. A.



15 CFR 285.15 - Obtaining documents.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

...PROGRAM § 285.15 Obtaining documents. (a) Application forms, NVLAP handbooks, and other NVLAP documents and information may be obtained by contacting the NVLAP, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau...



Excellence needs training "Certified programme in endoscopic surgery".  


The complexity of modern surgery has increased the demands and challenges to surgical education and quality control. Today the endoscopic approach is preferred because it increases the surgical possibilities and decreases patient discomfort. Implementing endoscopic surgery without specific training leads to decrease in surgical performance and increase in patient morbidity and mortality. Research of the European Academy for Gynaecological Surgery (+he Academy) has resulted in the establishment of a structured certification and diploma programme with three levels of expertise. One level should be passed to obtain access to the next level. Furthermore one should first pass +he Academy skill exam before entering the clinical surgical competence programme. The European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE) has defined the different diplomas, whereas the Bachelor diploma is seen as a prerequisite to start the in OR one to one clinical training aiming to provide endoscopic skilled individuals to the clinical one to one training. Further diplomas are the Minimal invasive Gynaecological Surgeon (MIGS), master in hysteroscopy and the laparoscopic pelvic surgeon. This programme is based on the best available scientific evidence. It counteracts the problem of the traditional surgical apprentice tutor model and increases patient safety and surgical performance. It is seen as a major step toward standardization of endoscopic surgical training in general. PMID:25593700

Campo, R; Puga, M; Meier Furst, R; Wattiez, A; De Wilde, R L



The DOE Center of Excellence for the Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials: Research briefs  

SciTech Connect

This publication is designed to inform present and potential customers and partners of the DOE Center of Excellence for the Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials about significant advances resulting from Center-coordinated research. The format is an easy-to-read, not highly technical, concise presentation of the accomplishments. Selected accomplishments from each of the Center`s seven initial focused projects are presented. The seven projects are: (1) conventional and superplastic forming; (2) materials joining; (3) nanoscale materials for energy applications; (4) microstructural engineering with polymers; (5) tailored microstructures in hard magnets; (6) processing for surface hardness; and (7) mechanically reliable surface oxides for high-temperature corrosion resistance.




Using Excel to plot numerical and analytical forms of the diffusion equation  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This computer-based assignment forces students to compare and contrast integral and differential forms of the conservation of mass equation, as well as analytical and numerical approaches to solution. Students are given a text description of a simple environmental problem (a conservative tracer diffusing in a one-dimensional system with no-flux boundaries) and are then required to first write equations that describe the system and then implement these equations in an Excel spreadsheet or Matlab m-file. Students then use their spreadsheets/m-files to compare different solution methods and must communicate these results in short text answers.

Anne Lightbody


The development of a heuristic-based excel scheduling support system for nurses.  


The purpose of this study was to develop a nurse-self-made scheduling support system based on the heuristic approach. A Pediatric ICU unit, staffed with 35 nurses, was taken as the case in this study. Nurses' preferred scheduling principles were surveyed. The Excel VBA was used to develop the support system by an informatics nurse. The system was composed of five components: personal scheduling request setting, auto-scheduling, shift modification, report generating and inquiry. The scheduling results were widely accepted by the nurses and the time to plan a monthly schedule was reduced from 4-5 hours to 30 minutes. PMID:17102384

Cheng, Shih-Tsu; Wung, Shin-Huey; Chang, Polun



Novel blue-emitting carboxyl-functionalized poly(arylene ether nitrile)s with excellent thermal  

E-print Network

potassium carbonate. The resulting CPAENs exhibited high glass transition temperatures ranging from 181 C and can be readily cast into transparent films with a tensile strength of 75.1­104.7 MPa and a tensile as they are an intriguing class of engi- neering thermoplastics possessing excellent chemical and thermal properties

Lin, Zhiqun


A negative Vth cell architecture for highly scalable, excellently noise-immune, and highly reliable NAND flash memories  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new, negative Vth cell architecture is proposed where both the erased and the programmed state have negative Vth. This architecture realizes highly scalable, excellently noise-immune, and highly reliable NAND flash memories. The program disturbance that limits the scaling of a local oxidation of silicon (LOCOS) width in a conventional NAND-type cell is drastically reduced. As a result, the scaling

Ken Takeuchi; Shinji Satoh; Tomoharu Tanaka; Ken-ichi Imamiya; Koji Sakui



An effective route for the fabrication of rare earth-iron-boron thin films having strong c-axis texture and excellent hard magnetic properties  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Rare-earth iron-boron (RE-Fe-B) thin films with a c-axis texture were prepared on a Ta (110) buffer layer on thermally oxidized Si substrates by dc magnetron sputtering. The microstructure, magnetic structure, and magnetic properties of these films were studied as a function of the deposition temperature. The results show that c-axis texture can be obtained over a wide range of deposition temperatures and that the degree of c-axis orientation improves with deposition temperature. It was established that deposition of a RE-Fe-B thin film to obtain grains with a strong c-axis RE2Fe14B texture, coexisting with an amorphous phase, followed by annealing at higher temperature, is an effective route for obtaining excellent hard magnetic properties. Initial results show that a film, which was deposited at 470°C and annealed at 590°C, had a high perpendicular coercivity of 1.8T, in combination with a large maximum energy product of 238kJ/m3.

Tang, S. L.; Gibbs, M. R. J.; Davies, H. A.; Liu, Z. W.; Lane, S. C.; Mateen, N. E.



75 FR 11561 - Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement-Training for Executive Excellence: Leadership Style and...  

Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

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77 FR 26511 - Announcing a National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) Workshop  

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...and Technology Announcing a National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) Workshop...SUMMARY: NIST announces a National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) Workshop...the widespread adoption of integrated cybersecurity tools and technologies. The...



A. James Clark School of Engineering Excellence in Project Management Education, Research, & Outreach. 1  

E-print Network

A. James Clark School of Engineering Excellence in Project Management Education, Research of Engineering Excellence in Project Management Education, Research, & Outreach. 2 should equal project disciplines that contribute to project management: cost engineering, scheduling, legal, finance and accounting

Shapiro, Benjamin


Comparative Biomedical Sciences Strategic Plan March 21, 2011 The goals of the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences will be to seek and obtain excellence  

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of international and national meeting presentations, abstracts, and publications generated by graduate students meetings. Integrate basic science concepts into transitional courses taught through CBS. Integrate expertise needed for the professional curriculum and recruit new, qualified faculty to meet those needs 2


Departmental Graduate Awards for Excellence in Research Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry  

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Departmental Graduate Awards for Excellence in Research Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to reward and foster excellence. Eligibility. All Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students are eligible that all nominees will have advanced to candidacy. Award Description. A Research Excellence Award includes

Thirumalai, Devarajan


Mind the (Other) Gap! The Growing Excellence Gap in K-12 Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This report is intended to provide some preliminary excellence gap data and kick start the national discussion on the importance of excellence in the national and state K-12 education systems. After briefly summarizing recent literature on the excellence gap, the trends in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores along gender,…

Plucker, Jonathan A.; Burroughs, Nathan; Song, Ruiting



TEES Personnel Services -Customer Service Survey Excellent Good Fair Poor Comments  

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DOE Chair of Excellence Professorship in Environmental Disciplines  

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The United States (US) nuclear weapons program during the Cold War left a legacy of radioactive, hazardous, chemical wastes and facilities that may seriously harm the environment and people even today. Widespread public concern about the environmental pollution has created an extraordinary demand for the treatment and disposal of wastes in a manner to protect the public health and safety. The pollution abatement and environmental protection require an understanding of technical, regulatory, economic, permitting, institutional, and public policy issues. Scientists and engineers have a major role in this national effort to clean our environment, especially in developing alternative solutions and evaluation criteria and designing the necessary facilities to implement the solutions. The objective of the DOE Chair of Excellence project is to develop a high quality educational and research program in environmental engineering at North Carolina A&T State University (A&T). This project aims to increase the number of graduate and undergraduate students trained in environmental areas while developing a faculty concentrated in environmental education and research. Although A&T had a well developed environmental program prior to the Massie Chair grant, A&T's goal is to become a model of excellence in environmental engineering through the program's support. The program will provide a catalyst to enhance collaboration of faculty and students among various engineering departments to work together in a focus research area. The collaboration will be expanded to other programs at A&T. The past research focus areas include: hazardous and radioactive waste treatment and disposal fate and transport of hazardous chemicals in the environment innovative technologies for hazardous waste site remediation pollution prevention Starting from 2005, the new research focus was in the improvement of accuracy for radioactive contaminant transport models by ensemble based data assimilation. The specific objectives are to: 1). improve model accuracy for use in minimizing health and environmental risk, and 2). improve the decision making process in the selection and application of available technologies for long-term monitoring and safeguard operation at NNSA sites.

Shoou-Yuh Chang



Establishing a malaria diagnostics centre of excellence in Kisumu, Kenya  

PubMed Central

Background Malaria microscopy, while the gold standard for malaria diagnosis, has limitations. Efficacy estimates in drug and vaccine malaria trials are very sensitive to small errors in microscopy endpoints. This fact led to the establishment of a Malaria Diagnostics Centre of Excellence in Kisumu, Kenya. The primary objective was to ensure valid clinical trial and diagnostic test evaluations. Key secondary objectives were technology transfer to host countries, establishment of partnerships, and training of clinical microscopists. Case description A twelve-day "long" and a four-day "short" training course consisting of supervised laboratory practicals, lectures, group discussions, demonstrations, and take home assignments were developed. Well characterized slides were developed and training materials iteratively improved. Objective pre- and post-course evaluations consisted of 30 slides (19 negative, 11 positive) with a density range of 50–660 parasites/?l, a written examination (65 questions), a photographic image examination (30 images of artifacts and species specific characteristics), and a parasite counting examination. Discussion and Evaluation To date, 209 microscopists have participated from 11 countries. Seventy-seven experienced microscopists participated in the "long" courses, including 47 research microscopists. Sensitivity improved by a mean of 14% (CI 9–19%) from 77% baseline (CI 73–81 %), while specificity improved by a mean of 17% (CI 11–23%) from 76% (CI 70–82%) baseline. Twenty-three microscopists who had been selected for a four-day refresher course showed continued improvement with a mean final sensitivity of 95% (CI 91–98%) and specificity of 97% (CI 95–100%). Only 9% of those taking the pre-test in the "long" course achieved a 90% sensitivity and 95% specificity, which increased to 61% of those completing the "short" course. All measures of performance improved substantially across each of the five organization types and in each course offered. Conclusion The data clearly illustrated that false positive and negative malaria smears are a serious problem, even with research microscopists. Training dramatically improved performance. Quality microscopy can be provided by the Centre of Excellence concept. This concept can be extended to other diagnostics of public health importance, and comprehensive disease control strategies. PMID:17565676

Ohrt, Colin; Obare, Peter; Nanakorn, Ampon; Adhiambo, Christine; Awuondo, Ken; O'Meara, Wendy Prudhomme; Remich, Shon; Martin, Kurt; Cook, Earnest; Chretien, Jean-Paul; Lucas, Carmen; Osoga, Joseph; McEvoy, Peter; Owaga, Martin Lucas; Odera, James Sande; Ogutu, Bernhards



D-methionine provides excellent protection from cisplatin ototoxicity in the rat.  


Cisplatin (CDDP) is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent. Unfortunately, CDDP is highly ototoxic. We tested D-methionine (D-Met), a sulfur containing compound, as an otoprotectant in male Wistar rats. Complete data sets were obtained for five groups of five animals each, including a treated control group (16 mg/kg CDDP), an untreated control group (administered an equivalent volume of saline) and three groups that received either 75, 150, or 300 mg/kg D-Met 30 min prior to the 16 mg/kg CDDP dosing. Auditory brainstem response (ABR) thresholds were obtained in response to clicks, and 1 kHz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 14 kHz toneburst stimuli, before and 3 days after drug administration. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to examine the outer hair cells of the apical, middle and basal turns of the cochlea. Animal weight was measured on the first and final day. D-Met provided excellent otoprotection even at the lowest level with complete otoprotection obtained for the 300 mg/kg dosing as measured by both ABR and SEM. D-Met also markedly reduced weight loss and mortality. All animals receiving D-Met (15/15) survived to the end of the study period as opposed to only 5/10 of the treated controls. PMID:8951454

Campbell, K C; Rybak, L P; Meech, R P; Hughes, L



Achieving Educational Excellence through Collaboration. National Conference Report [of the] Foundation for Excellent Schools. (Stowe, VT, November 6-7, 1998).  

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More than 230 educators from 125 schools and communities around the country gathered for the national conference of the Foundation for Excellent Schools to exchange ideas and strategies for educational improvement. The conference theme, "Achieving Educational Excellence through Collaboration," was featured in sessions exploring the possibilities…

Foundation for Excellent Schools, Middlebury, VT.


UCSF School of Dentistry Research and Clinical Excellence Day 2014 Program 1 UCSF School of Dentistry Research and Clinical Excellence Day  

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#12;UCSF School of Dentistry Research and Clinical Excellence Day 2014 Program 1 UCSF School of Dentistry Research and Clinical Excellence Day October 16, 2014 8:00 ­ 9:00 Breakfast ­ lobby outside Cole, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry "Osteal macrophages and parathyroid hormone: partners in bone

Derisi, Joseph


Striving for excellence: nurturing midwives' skills in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  


Midwives provide critical, life-saving care to women and babies. Effective midwives must be clinically competent, with the required knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide quality care. Their success depends on an environment of supportive supervision, continuing education, enabling policies, and access to equipment and referral facilities. In Freetown, Sierra Leone, the Aberdeen Women's Centre launched a maternity unit with an emphasis on striving for excellence and providing ongoing professional development to its staff midwives. Its success was built upon fostering a sense of responsibility and teamwork, providing necessary resources, conforming to evidence-based standards, and building partnerships. An explicit philosophy of care was crucial for guiding clinical decision making. In its first two years of operation, the Aberdeen Women's Centre assisted 2076 births with two maternal deaths and 92 perinatal deaths. In-service education and supportive supervision facilitated the midwives' professional growth, leading to capable future leaders who are providing exemplary care to delivering mothers and their newborns in Freetown. PMID:23541272

Ngongo, Carrie; Christie, Kate; Holden, Jude; Ford, Carolyn; Pett, Celia



Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM): 25 Years Of Excellent Service  

PubMed Central

Our Hospital University Sains Malaysia (HUSM) was given the Cabinet approval to exist under the Ministry of Education on 23 November 1982. The Deputy Prime Minister during that period, Yang Berhormat Tun Musa Hitam announced this after the cabinet meeting was held together with the presence of the Yang Berhormat Ministers of Health; and Education, Director of the Public Works Department and the Implementation and Coordinating Unit, Prime Minister’s Department. The first patients moved in on 14 March 1983 and the inauguration of HUSM was done on 26 August 1984 by the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Ismail Petra Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Yahya Petra, the Sultan of Kelantan Darul Naim. HUSM celebrated it’s 25th anniversary at the Dewan Utama, USM Health Campus on the 15th December 2008 which was inaugurated by Yang Berhormat, Minister of Higher Education Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin. USM’s Vice Chancellor Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Chairman of the USM Board of Directors Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Dr. Ani bin Arope, Health Campus Director Professor Dato’ Dr. Mafauzy Mohamed, former Campus Director, Dato’ Prof Mohd Roslani Abdul Majid, the current and previous Hospital Directors and Deputy Directors since 1983 were present. The achievements of HUSM since its establishment and its vision to fulfil the University’s Accelerated Programme for Excellence (APEX) are elaborated. PMID:22589644

Kamari, Zaidun



Best Practices in Academic Mentoring: A Model for Excellence  

PubMed Central

Mentoring is important for the recruitment and retention of qualified nurse faculty, their ongoing career development, and leadership development. However, what are current best practices of mentoring? The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of a model for excellence in establishing a formal mentoring program for academic nurse educators. Six themes for establishing a formal mentoring program are presented, highlighting best practices in mentoring as culled from experience and the literature. Themes reflect aims to achieve appropriately matched dyads, establish clear mentorship purpose and goals, solidify the dyad relationship, advocate for and guide the protégé, integrate the protégé into the academic culture, and mobilize institutional resources for mentoring support. Attending to the six themes will help mentors achieve important protégé outcomes, such as orientation to the educator role, integration into the academic community, development of teaching, scholarship, and service skills, as well as leadership development. The model is intended to be generalizable for faculty teaching in a variety of academic nursing institution types and sizes. Mentoring that integrates the six themes assists faculty members to better navigate the academic environment and more easily transition to new roles and responsibilities. PMID:22685645

Nick, Jan M.; Delahoyde, Theresa M.; Del Prato, Darlene; Mitchell, Claudia; Ortiz, Jennifer; Ottley, Clarise; Young, Patricia; Cannon, Sharon B.; Lasater, Kathie; Reising, Deanna; Siktberg, Linda



Well-being and excellence in the Earth sciences  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the symposium on Earth Sciences and Society at the Spring AGU Meeting May 29-June 1, Baltimore, Md.), I was assigned to speak on the maintenance of excellence and national well-being in the Earth sciences. I developed serious writer's block every time I approached the topic until I remembered a paragraph at the beginning of Doug Adams' great text, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe [Adams, 1982]. It tells how [A race of highly intelligent pan-dimensional beings once built themselves a gigantic supercomputer called Deep Thought to calculate once and for all the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, Universe and Everything. For seven and a half million years, Deep Thought computed and calculated, and in the end announced that the answer was in fact Forty-two—and so another, even bigger, computer had to be built to find out what the actual question was. And this computer, which was called the Earth, was so large that it was frequently mistaken for a planet-especially by the strange apelike beings who roamed its surface, totally unaware that they were simply part of a gigantic computer program. And this is very odd, because without that fairly simple and obvious piece of knowledge, nothing that ever happened on the Earth could possibly make the slightest bit of sense.

Drake, Charles L.


Creating an outpatient center of excellence in CT.  


CT examinations represent a substantial portion of the workload for many radiology departments, and optimizing service delivery is a critical function to ensure customer satisfaction. This article describes how the Six Sigma methodology was used in the radiology department at a large academic hospital to improve the patient experience and increase CT capacity while reducing waste and improving staff satisfaction. The 5 distinct phases of Six Sigma are reviewed as they apply to our CT Center of Excellence project: define, measure, analyze, improve, and control. Process metrics used in this project include the percentage of outpatient CT exams started within 5 minutes of the scheduled appointment time, and the number of studies with protocols selected >48 hours before the CT exam is performed. Outcome metrics include monthly department expense per scan and CT Press Ganey "standard test and treatment" mean scores. An approach to developing interventions is described based on identifying critical sources of variation, ranking these by creating risk prioritization numbers, performing root cause analysis, and utilizing the failure mode and effects analysis tool to prioritize possible solutions. Finally, the key features of action plans and a control plan are reviewed. PMID:25467726

Itri, Jason N; Bakow, Eric; Woods, Jordan



Chemical Punch Packed in Venoms Makes Centipedes Excellent Predators*  

PubMed Central

Centipedes are excellent predatory arthropods that inject venom to kill or immobilize their prey. Although centipedes have long been known to be venomous, their venoms remain largely unexplored. The chemical components responsible for centipede predation and the functional mechanisms are unknown. Twenty-six neurotoxin-like peptides belonging to ten groups were identified from the centipede venoms, Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans L. Koch by peptidomics combined with transcriptome analysis, revealing the diversity of neurotoxins. These neurotoxins each contain two to four intramolecular disulfide bridges, and in most cases the disulfide framework is different from that found in neurotoxins from the venoms of spiders, scorpions, marine cone snails, sea anemones, and snakes (5S animals). Several neurotoxins contain potential insecticidal abilities, and they are found to act on voltage-gated sodium, potassium, and calcium channels, respectively. Although these neurotoxins are functionally similar to the disulfide-rich neurotoxins found in the venoms of 5S animals in that they modulate the activity of voltage-gated ion channels, in almost all cases the primary structures of the centipede venom peptides are unique. This represents an interesting case of convergent evolution in which different venomous animals have evolved different molecular strategies for targeting the same ion channels in prey and predators. Moreover, the high level of biochemical diversity revealed in this study suggests that centipede venoms might be attractive subjects for prospecting and screening for peptide candidates with potential pharmaceutical or agrochemical applications. PMID:22595790

Yang, Shilong; Liu, Zhonghua; Xiao, Yao; Li, Yuan; Rong, Mingqiang; Liang, Songping; Zhang, Zhiye; Yu, Haining; King, Glenn F.; Lai, Ren



Chemical punch packed in venoms makes centipedes excellent predators.  


Centipedes are excellent predatory arthropods that inject venom to kill or immobilize their prey. Although centipedes have long been known to be venomous, their venoms remain largely unexplored. The chemical components responsible for centipede predation and the functional mechanisms are unknown. Twenty-six neurotoxin-like peptides belonging to ten groups were identified from the centipede venoms, Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans L. Koch by peptidomics combined with transcriptome analysis, revealing the diversity of neurotoxins. These neurotoxins each contain two to four intramolecular disulfide bridges, and in most cases the disulfide framework is different from that found in neurotoxins from the venoms of spiders, scorpions, marine cone snails, sea anemones, and snakes (5S animals). Several neurotoxins contain potential insecticidal abilities, and they are found to act on voltage-gated sodium, potassium, and calcium channels, respectively. Although these neurotoxins are functionally similar to the disulfide-rich neurotoxins found in the venoms of 5S animals in that they modulate the activity of voltage-gated ion channels, in almost all cases the primary structures of the centipede venom peptides are unique. This represents an interesting case of convergent evolution in which different venomous animals have evolved different molecular strategies for targeting the same ion channels in prey and predators. Moreover, the high level of biochemical diversity revealed in this study suggests that centipede venoms might be attractive subjects for prospecting and screening for peptide candidates with potential pharmaceutical or agrochemical applications. PMID:22595790

Yang, Shilong; Liu, Zhonghua; Xiao, Yao; Li, Yuan; Rong, Mingqiang; Liang, Songping; Zhang, Zhiye; Yu, Haining; King, Glenn F; Lai, Ren



Oglala Lakota College: A Model Institution for Excellence  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Oglala Lakota College (OLC) was selected in 1996 by the National Science Foundation as one of six Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE). The MIE Program funded the physical infrastructure, staff, and faculty with the goal of increasing the opportunities for Native Americans to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and to develop our capacity to engage in scientific research. As one of the few four-year Tribal Colleges, OLC offers degree programs in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science, pre-engineering, life-science and Information Technology. With the development of the Lakota Center for Science and Technology, which includes a full suite of analytical testing labs and Geographic Information System/Remote Sensing labs, OLC has much to offer the Earth science community. During this session we will discuss our interests and abilities that expand to include students beginning in the eighth grade through the baccalaureate level across South Dakota in Earth Systems Science, Biological Science, Engineering, Information Technology and distance education. We look forward to sharing our capability with this larger community.

Phelps, S.; Fredenberg, M.



Center of Excellence in Model-Based Human Performance  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Center of Excellence (COE) was created in 1984 to facilitate active collaboration between the scientists at Ames Research Center and the Stanford Psychology Department. As this document will review, over that period of time, the COE served its function well. Funds from the Center supported a large number of projects over the last ten years. Many of the people who were supported by the Center Have gone on to distinguished research careers in government, industry and university. In fact, several of the people currently working at NASA Ames were initially funded by the Center mechanism, which served as a useful vehicle for attracting top quality candidates and supporting their research efforts. We are grateful for NASA's support over the years. As we reviewed in the reports for each year, the COE budget generally provided a portion of the true costs of the individual research project. Hence, the funds from the COE were leveraged with funds from industry and other government agencies. In this way, we feel that all parties benefitted greatly from the collaborative spirit and interactive aspects of the COE. The portion of the support from NASA was particularly important in helping members of the COE to set aside the time to publish papers and communicate advances in our understanding of human performance in NASA-related missions.

Wandell, Brian A.



Center of Excellence in Model-Based Human Performance  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Center of Excellence (COE) was created in 1984 to facilitate active collaboration between the scientists at Ames Research Center and the Stanford Psychology Department. As this document will review, over that period of time, the COE served its function well. Funds from the Center supported a large number of projects over the last ten years. Many of the people who were supported by the Center have gone on to distinguished research careers in government, industry and university. In fact, several of the people currently working at NASA Ames were initially funded by the Center mechanism, which served as a useful vehicle for attracting top quality candidates and supporting their research efforts. We are grateful for NASA's support over the years. As we reviewed in the reports for each year, the COE budget generally provided a portion of the true costs of the individual research projects. Hence, the funds from the COE were leveraged with funds from industry and other government agencies. In this way, we feel that all parties benefitted greatly from the collaborative spirit and interactive aspects of the COE. The portion of the support from NASA was particularly important in helping members of the COE to set aside the time to publish papers and communicate advances in our understanding of human performance in NASA-related missions.

Wandell, Brian A.



A faculty created strategic plan for excellence in nursing education.  


Strategic planning for nursing education, when seen through a faculty lens creates a deeper, more meaningful critical analysis of effective program development. New strategies are required for academic institutions to transform their curricula to meet the needs of a dynamic healthcare and changing global environment to provide quality education for students. In this article, an evidence-informed process is presented that was progressively co-created by the faculty and facilitators. Seminal business frameworks, leadership development philosophies, and innovative interventions enabled faculty to become engaged and developed as they created a strategic plan for a future-driven nursing program. Phase One presents the process of developing a strategic plan for excellence in nursing education by leveraging faculty potential and preparing for an upcoming accreditation. In Phase Two, four team members from Phase One continue as part of Phase Two team serving as the collective memory for this initial work. This method of strategic planning encouraged faculty engagement and leadership and laid the groundwork for a positive culture change among nursing faculty. PMID:24516007

Evans, Connie Joan; Francis Shackell, Eileen; Jean Kerr-Wilson, Selma; Joan Doyle, Glynda; McCutcheon, Jodie Anita; Budz, Bernice



Modifying networks to obtain low cost trees  

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We consider the problem of reducing the edge lengths of a given network so that the modified network has a spanning tree of small total length. It is assumed that each edge e of the given network has an associated function C{sub e} that specifies the cost of shortening the edge by a given amount and that there is a budget B on the total reduction cost. The goal is to develop a reduction strategy satisfying the budget constraint so that the total length of a minimum spanning tree in the modified network is the smallest possible over all reduction strategies that obey the budget constraint. We show that in general the problem of computing optimal reduction strategy for modifying the network as above in NP-hard and present the first polynomial time approximation algorithms for the problem, where the cost functions C{sub e} are allowed to be taken from a broad class of functions. We also present improved approximation algorithms for the class of treewidth-bounded graphs when the cost functions are linear. Our results can be extended to obtain approximation algorithms for more general network design problems such as those considered in [GW, GG+94].

Krumke, S.O.; Noltemeier, H.; Drangmeister, K.U. [Wurzburg Univ. (Germany) Dept. of Computer Science; Marathe, M.V. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Ravi, S.S. [Albany Univ., Albany, NY (United States) Dept. of Computer Science



Novel Ti-base superelastic alloys with large recovery strain and excellent biocompatibility.  


In this study, a new Ti-Zr-Nb-Sn alloy system was developed as Ni-free biomedical superelastic alloys with a large recovery strain and excellent biocompatibility. Ti-18Zr-(9-16)Nb-(0-4)Sn alloys were prepared by an Ar arc melting method and the effect of composition on the crystal structure and superelastic properties was investigated. A large superelastic recovery strain of 6.0% was observed in Ti-18Zr-12.5Nb-2Sn, Ti-18Zr-11Nb-3Sn, and Ti-18Zr-9.5Nb-4Sn alloys subjected to cold-rolling and solution treatment. XRD results showed that the large recovery strain of Sn-added alloys is due to a combination effect of a large transformation strain and a strong recrystallization texture. The Ti-18Zr-11Nb-3Sn alloy exhibited excellent cyclic stability with an extremely narrow stress hysteresis about 20MPa. Cytocompatibility was also examined using three types of cell lines, murine fibroblast L929, human osteosarcoma SaOS-2, and human umbilical vein endothelial cell HUVEC and the results showed that the Ti-18Zr-11Nb-3Sn alloy exhibited larger cell covering ratios when compared with those of the Ti-50.5Ni alloy for all kinds of cells. PMID:25676584

Fu, Jie; Yamamoto, Akiko; Kim, Hee Young; Hosoda, Hideki; Miyazaki, Shuichi



EDCTP regional networks of excellence: initial merits for planned clinical trials in Africa  

PubMed Central

Background Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and combating hotspots with escalating but preventable communicable diseases remain major challenges in Africa. The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) intervened to combat poverty-related diseases including malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and to conduct multi-centre clinical trials and multi-disciplinary health research through an innovative model of regional Networks of Excellence (NoEs). Methods We participated in a quasi-formative evaluation between October and December 2011 on the 4 regional-led research networks. These included the: Central Africa Network on Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CANTAM); East African Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR); West African Network of Excellence for TB, AIDS and Malaria (WANETAM), and the Trials of Excellence for Southern Africa (TESA) launched between 2009 and 2010. We shared a participatory appraisal of field reports, progress reports and presentations from each network to jointly outline the initial experiences of the merits, outputs and lessons learnt. Results The self-regulating democratic networks, with 64 institutions in 21 African countries, have trained over 1, 000 African scientists, upgraded 36 sites for clinical trials, leveraged additional € 24 million and generated 38 peer-reviewed publications through networking and partnerships. Conclusions The shared initial merits and lessons learnt portray in part the strengthened capacity of these networks for improved research coordination and conduct of planned multi-center clinical trials in Africa. Increased funding by African agencies, governments and international health partners will ensure sustainability of these networks for research capacity development and demonstrate their commitment to achieving the MDGs in Africa. PMID:23517572



Excellence and evidence in staffing: a data-driven model for excellence in staffing (2nd edition).  


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, 2010) and the Institute of Medicine's (IOM, 2011) Future of Nursing report have prompted changes in the U.S. health care system. This has also stimulated a new direction of thinking for the profession of nursing. New payment and priority structures, where value is placed ahead of volume in care, will start to define our health system in new and unknown ways for years. One thing we all know for sure: we cannot afford the same inefficient models and systems of care of yesterday any longer. The Data-Driven Model for Excellence in Staffing was created as the organizing framework to lead the development of best practices for nurse staffing across the continuum through research and innovation. Regardless of the setting, nurses must integrate multiple concepts with the value of professional nursing to create new care and staffing models. Traditional models demonstrate that nurses are a commodity. If the profession is to make any significant changes in nurse staffing, it is through the articulation of the value of our professional practice within the overall health care environment. This position paper is organized around the concepts from the Data-Driven Model for Excellence in Staffing. The main concepts are: Core Concept 1: Users and Patients of Health Care, Core Concept 2: Providers of Health Care, Core Concept 3: Environment of Care, Core Concept 4: Delivery of Care, Core Concept 5: Quality, Safety, and Outcomes of Care. This position paper provides a comprehensive view of those concepts and components, why those concepts and components are important in this new era of nurse staffing, and a 3-year challenge that will push the nursing profession forward in all settings across the care continuum. There are decades of research supporting various changes to nurse staffing. Yet little has been done to move that research into practice and operations. While the primary goal of this position paper is to generate research and innovative thinking about nurse staffing across all health care settings, a second goal is to stimulate additional publications. This includes a goal of at least 20 articles in Nursing Economic$ on best practices in staffing and care models from across the continuum over the next 3 years. PMID:25144948

Baggett, Margarita; Batcheller, Joyce; Blouin, Ann Scott; Behrens, Elizabeth; Bradley, Carol; Brown, Mary J; Brown, Diane Storer; Bolton, Linda Burnes; Borromeo, Annabelle R; Burtson, Paige; Caramanica, Laura; Caspers, Barbara A; Chow, Marilyn; Christopher, Mary Ann; Clarke, Sean P; Delucas, Christine; Dent, Robert L; Disser, Tony; Eliopoulos, Charlotte; Everett, Linda Q; Garcia, Amy; Glassman, Kimberly; Goodwin, Susan; Haagenson, Deb; Harper, Ellen; Harris, Kathy; Hoying, Cheryl L; Hughes-Rease, Marsha; Kelly, Lesly; Kiger, Anna J; Kobs-Abbott, Ann; Krueger, Janelle; Larson, Jackie; March, Connie; Martin, Deborah Maust; Mazyck, Donna; Meenan, Penny; McGaffigan, Patricia; Myers, Karen K; Nell, Kate; Newcomer, Britta; Cathy, Rick; O'Rourke, Maria; Rosa, Billy; Rose, Robert; Rudisill, Pamela; Sanford, Kathy; Simpson, Roy L; Snowden, Tami; Strickland, Bob; Strohecker, Sharon; Weems, Roger B; Welton, John; Weston, Marla; Valentine, Nancy M; Vento, Laura; Yendro, Susan



A method for obtaining Darboux transformations  

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In this paper we give a method to obtain Darboux transformations (DTs) of integrable equations. As an example we give a DT of the dispersive water wave equation. Using the Miura map, we also obtain the DT of the Jaulent-Miodek equation. \\end{abstract}

Baoqun Lu; Yong He; Guangjiong Ni



Strategies for Obtaining Parental Consent To Participate in Research.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Researchers recruiting samples of children through schools typically face considerable challenges in obtaining completed consent forms from parents. Describes a set of procedures used to obtain active parental consent for child participation that resulted in a 95% return rate of consent forms. Rates of return were similar across schools that…

Fletcher, Anne C.; Hunter, Andrea G.



Characterization of the carbonaceous materials obtained from different agro-industrial wastes.  


This paper reports the preparation and characterization of carbonaceous materials obtained from three types of vegetable wastes provided by agricultural industries. Soft carbonization (280°C) and H3PO4-activation procedures were used to convert the agricultural wastes to carbon powders with high adsorbent capacities. This process is excellent for eliminating and exploiting the huge masses (many tons) of vegetable residues remaining after each harvest every year in several Colombian agro-industries. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and N2-adsorption isotherms. XRD and IR verified the formation of carbons, and SEM showed small particles (20-500?µm) with characteristic morphology for each type of residue used and abundant cavities of different sizes. The N2-adsorption analyses showed that the carbons had high adsorption capacities with important surface area values and large pore volumes. The use of the activated carbonaceous materials as adsorbent of azo dyes (allura red and sunset yellow) from aqueous solutions was evaluated. The results showed a good adsorption capacity indicating the potentiality of these materials as pollutant adsorbents in food industry wastewaters. These results indicate that these powders can be used as potential adsorbents for different gaseous or liquid pollutants. PMID:25189634

Ensuncho-Muñoz, A E; Carriazo, J G



Theorising culture and culture in context: institutional excellence and control.  


In this paper an attempt is made to focus on the ideological and practical implications of the new cultural forms of healthcare sector management variously described as institutional excellence, empowerment, total quality and human resource management. Thus, I look in detail at the managerial and academic claims concerning the mobilisation of corporate culture and go on to emphasise the impact which the literature of culture management has had on nursing employees and healthcare organisations. I also highlight the restrictions of the applied research approaches and argue that the managerial and poststructural literature is limited in that its conceptualisation of culture and change is incomplete. The focus switches then to a range of literature which has been used to study change with a labour process perspective and explains why an approach based upon the study of the disparity between the cultural rhetoric and the day-to-day practice, as well as how people experience and respond to that disparity, is to be preferred. Furthermore, I gain substance from a variety of viewpoints in order to discover a suitable way of putting the matter of interest into context. Drawing on the analytical framework of the sector model, which differentiates in the economy between private and state production sectors, it is possible to distinguish between the different modes of rationality governing each sector. As a basis for further contextualisation, the powerful and privileged positions of nursing as well as other healthcare professionals and the distinctive character of their employment relationships are considered. The paper concludes that an extended labour process analysis is necessary to challenge the way in which the concept of culture is applied by nursing academics and practitioners. PMID:12460421

Beil-Hildebrand, Margitta B



Thermal Effusivity of Vegetable Oils Obtained by a Photothermal Technique  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermal properties of several vegetable oils such as soy, corn, and avocado commercial oils were obtained by using a photopyroelectric technique. The inverse photopyroelectric configuration was used in order to obtain the thermal effusivity of the oil samples. The theoretical equation for the photopyroelectric signal in this configuration, as a function of the incident light modulation frequency, was fitted to the experimental data in order to obtain the thermal effusivity of these samples. The obtained results are in good agreement with the thermal effusivity reported for other vegetable oils. All measurements were done at room temperature.

Cervantes-Espinosa, L. M.; de L. Castillo-Alvarado, F.; Lara-Hernández, G.; Cruz-Orea, A.; Hernández-Aguilar, C.; Domínguez-Pacheco, A.



Virtual Guidance Ultrasound: A Tool to Obtain Diagnostic Ultrasound for Remote Environments  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Astronauts currently acquire ultrasound images on the International Space Station with the assistance of real-time remote guidance from an ultrasound expert in Mission Control. Remote guidance will not be feasible when significant communication delays exist during exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit. For example, there may be as much as a 20- minute delay in communications between the Earth and Mars. Virtual-guidance, a pre-recorded audio-visual tutorial viewed in real-time, is a viable modality for minimally trained scanners to obtain diagnostically-adequate images of clinically relevant anatomical structures in an autonomous manner. METHODS: Inexperienced ultrasound operators were recruited to perform carotid artery (n = 10) and ophthalmic (n = 9) ultrasound examinations using virtual guidance as their only instructional tool. In the carotid group, each each untrained operator acquired two-dimensional, pulsed, and color Doppler of the carotid artery. In the ophthalmic group, operators acquired representative images of the anterior chamber of the eye, retina, optic nerve, and nerve sheath. Ultrasound image quality was evaluated by independent imaging experts. RESULTS: Eight of the 10 carotid studies were judged to be diagnostically adequate. With one exception the quality of all the ophthalmic images were adequate to excellent. CONCLUSION: Diagnostically-adequate carotid and ophthalmic ultrasound examinations can be obtained by untrained operators with instruction only from an audio/video tutorial viewed in real time while scanning. This form of quick-response-guidance, can be developed for other ultrasound examinations, represents an opportunity to acquire important medical and scientific information for NASA flight surgeons and researchers when trained medical personnel are not present. Further, virtual guidance will allow untrained personnel to autonomously obtain important medical information in remote locations on Earth where communication is difficult or absent.

Caine,Timothy L.; Martin David S.; Matz, Timothy; Lee, Stuart M. C.; Stenger, Michael B.; Platts, Steven H.



Excellence in Educational Fund-Raising at America's Community Colleges.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Presents research findings on community colleges' success in obtaining corporate and foundation funds; the characteristics of donors to community colleges; reasons community colleges do not begin fund-raising programs; and characteristics and models of successful programs. Discusses implications for practical applications. (DMM)

Ryan, G. Jeremiah



Performance management excellence among the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winners in Health Care.  


When carefully constructed, performance management systems can help health care organizations direct their efforts toward strategic goals, high performance, and continuous improvement needed to ensure high-quality patient care and cost control. The effective management of performance is an integral component in hospital and health care systems that are recognized for excellence by the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Health Care. Using the framework in the 2011-2012 Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence, this article identifies the best practices in performance management demonstrated by 15 Baldrige recipients. The results show that all of the recipients base their performance management systems on strategic goals, outcomes, or competencies that cascade from the organizational to the individual level. At the individual level, each hospital or health system reinforces the strategic direction with performance evaluations of leaders and employees, including the governing board, based on key outcomes and competencies. Leader evaluations consistently include feedback from internal and external stakeholders, creating a culture of information sharing and performance improvement. The hospitals or health care systems also align their reward systems to promote high performance by emphasizing merit and recognition for contributions. Best practices can provide a guide for leaders in other health systems in developing high-performance work systems. PMID:24168871

Duarte, Neville T; Goodson, Jane R; Arnold, Edwin W



Polymer/TiO? hybrid vesicles for excellent UV screening and effective encapsulation of antioxidant agents.  


Presented in this paper is a hybrid polymer/titanium dioxide (TiO2) vesicle that has excellent UV-screening efficacy and strong capacity to encapsulate antioxidant agents. Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)-block-polystyrene (PEO-b-PDMAEMA-b-PS) triblock terpolymer was synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and then self-assembled into vesicles. Those vesicles showed excellent UV-screening property due to the scattering by vesicles and the absorption by PS vesicle membrane. The selective deposition of solvophobic tetrabutyl titanate in the PDMAEMA shell and the PS membrane of the vesicles led to the formation of polymer/TiO2 hybrid vesicles, resulting in an enhanced UV-screening property by further reflecting and scattering UV radiation. The vesicles can effectively encapsulate antioxidant agents such as ferulic acid (up to 57%), showing a rapid antioxidant capability (within 1 min) and a long-lasting antioxidant effect. PMID:25059274

Du, Jianzhong; Sun, Hui



PKSolver: An add-in program for pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data analysis in Microsoft Excel.  


This study presents PKSolver, a freely available menu-driven add-in program for Microsoft Excel written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), for solving basic problems in pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) data analysis. The program provides a range of modules for PK and PD analysis including noncompartmental analysis (NCA), compartmental analysis (CA), and pharmacodynamic modeling. Two special built-in modules, multiple absorption sites (MAS) and enterohepatic circulation (EHC), were developed for fitting the double-peak concentration-time profile based on the classical one-compartment model. In addition, twenty frequently used pharmacokinetic functions were encoded as a macro and can be directly accessed in an Excel spreadsheet. To evaluate the program, a detailed comparison of modeling PK data using PKSolver and professional PK/PD software package WinNonlin and Scientist was performed. The results showed that the parameters estimated with PKSolver were satisfactory. In conclusion, the PKSolver simplified the PK and PD data analysis process and its output could be generated in Microsoft Word in the form of an integrated report. The program provides pharmacokinetic researchers with a fast and easy-to-use tool for routine and basic PK and PD data analysis with a more user-friendly interface. PMID:20176408

Zhang, Yong; Huo, Meirong; Zhou, Jianping; Xie, Shaofei



Treatment of biomass to obtain ethanol  


Ethanol was produced using biocatalysts that are able to ferment sugars derived from treated biomass. Sugars were obtained by pretreating biomass under conditions of high solids and low ammonia concentration, followed by saccharification.

Dunson, Jr., James B. (Newark, DE); Elander, Richard T. (Evergreen, CO); Tucker, III, Melvin P. (Lakewood, CO); Hennessey, Susan Marie (Avondale, PA)



Mass culture of photobacteria to obtain luciferase  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Inoculating preheated trays containing nutrient agar with photobacteria provides a means for mass culture of aerobic microorganisms in order to obtain large quantities of luciferase. To determine optimum harvest time, growth can be monitored by automated light-detection instrumentation.

Chappelle, E. W.; Picciolo, G. L.; Rich, E., Jr.



A Source for the Excellent Floating Ability of a Water Strider  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A water strider's floating mechanism is of significance for the design of new biomimetic robots. However, the explanation of this mechanism has not been fully comprehended due to a lack of effective experimental methods. We describe a novel transmission speckle correlation technique, which is used to determine the deformation of liquid surfaces caused by a resting water strider, as well as a calculation of the resulting forces in the vertical direction. Furthermore, the variation of the liquid surface morphology at different times in the process of a water strider being unconscious has been measured and analyzed. The results show that the wax material secreted by water striders is a vital source for the excellent floating ability of a water strider, and that the effective time of the wax is less than 2h.

Liu, Shuang; Liu, Zhan-Wei; Shi, Wen-Xiong



Obtaining high thermally conductive materials by pressing from the granulate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This work contains results of investigation of obtaining high thermally conductive ceramics from commercial powders of aluminum nitride and yttrium oxide by the method of monoaxial compaction of granulate. The principal scheme of preparation is proposed and technological properties of granulate are defined. Compaction conditions for simple items to use as heat removal in microelectronics and power electrical engineering have been established. Investigations of thermophysical properties of obtained ceramics and its structure by the XRD and SEM methods have been carried out. Ceramics with thermal conductivity from 172 to 174 W/m·K has been obtained as result of this work.

Ditts, A.; Revva, I.; Pautova, Y.; Pogrebenkov, V.; Nepochatov, Y.; Galashov, E.; Tarnovskiy, R.



Rapid analysis of neonicotinoid insecticides in guttation drops of corn seedlings obtained from coated seeds.  


Regarding the hypothesis that neonicotinoid insecticides used for seed coating of agricultural crops - mainly corn, sunflower and seed rape - are related to the extensive death of honey bees, the phenomenon of corn seedling guttation has been recently considered as a possible route of exposure of bees to these systemic insecticides. In the present study, guttation drops of corn plants obtained from commercial seeds coated with thiamethoxam, clothianidin, imidacloprid and fipronil have been analyzed by an optimized fast UHPLC-DAD procedure showing excellent detection limits and accuracy, both adequate for the purpose. The young plants grown both in pots - in greenhouse - and in open field from coated seeds, produced guttation solutions containing high levels of the neonicotinoid insecticides (up to 346 mg L(-1) for imidacloprid, 102 mg L(-1) for clothianidin and 146 mg L(-1) for thiamethoxam). These concentration levels may represent lethal doses for bees that use guttation drops as a source of water. The neonicotinoid concentrations in guttation drops progressively decrease during the fir