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  1. Background Subtraction to Obtain Total Fluorescence per Cell, using ImageJ and Excel

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    Cooper, John

    1 Background Subtraction to Obtain Total Fluorescence per Cell, using ImageJ and Excel 1. Collect.e. the value you want - total fluorescence per cell). We are going to use Excel to average the values the file "Excel Sheet for Bkgd Correct.xls" #12;6 In ImageJ, copy the first row of the Results window

  2. Geodesy results obtainable with lunar retroreflectors.

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    Faller, J. E.; Bender, P. L.; Alley, C. O.; Currie, D. G.; Dicke, R. H.; Kaula, W. M.; Macdonald, G. J. F.; Mulholland, J. D.; Plotkin, H. H.; Silverberg, E. C.

    1972-01-01

    Retroreflector packages have been carried to the moon by the Apollo 11, Apollo 14, and Apollo 15 missions, as well as by Luna 17. Laser ranging from the earth onto these packages should eventually yield information on polar motions and crustal movements accurate to a few centimeters, and on UT1 to 100 microsec. Present (1971) error of the range measurements is 30 cm, but accuracy to 3 cm should be obtainable with improvements in methods and equipment.

  3. Portable narcotics detector and the results obtained in field tests

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

    1997-02-01

    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.

  4. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE University of Minnesota reports excellent tech transfer results

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    Amin, S. Massoud

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE University of Minnesota reports excellent tech transfer results Contact: John Merritt, Office of the Vice President for Research, (612) 6242609 MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL ( 12/14/2009 ) -- Tim Mulcahy, University of Minnesota vice president for research, gave his annual

  5. First results obtained with a lidar fluorescence sensor system

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

    2000-02-01

    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.

  6. Contribution of Alenia: Main results obtained within the project

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    N. Ceresola

    In this chapter the main outcomes of the activity made by Alenia in the framework of Flomania project are outlined.\\u000a \\u000a The main technical achievements that have been obtained are: 1. Validation of CFD methods and assessment of their application\\u000a envelope in cases which present critical features with respect of turbulence modelling. 2. Improvement of the quality of CFD\\u000a simulation codes

  7. Appendix: Results obtained to date. [integrated multidisciplinary optimization of rotorcraft

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    Walsh, Joanne L.; Chattopadhyay, Aditi; Pritchard, Jocelyn I.; Nixon, Mark W.

    1989-01-01

    Optimization procedures are described for the rotor blade design process by integrating appropriate disciplines and accounting for important interactions among the disciplines. Progress is reported in the areas of aerodynamic performance optimization, dynamic optimization, optimum placement of tuning masses for vibration reduction, and structural optimization. Selected results from these activities are highlighted in this appendix.

  8. Some research questions and results of UC3M in the eMadrid excellence network

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    Carlos Delgado Kloos; Abelardo Pardo; Mario Muñoz Organero; M. B. Iba?ñez; R. Crespo; P. M. Merino; L. de la Fuente; D. Leony; I. Gutie?rrez

    2010-01-01

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is one of the six main participating institutions in the eMadrid excellence network, as well as its coordinating partner. In this paper, the network is presented together with some of the main research lines carried out by UC3M. The remaining papers in this session present the work carried out by the other five universities in

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

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    Ozturk, Elif

    2012-01-01

    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…

  10. Clinical results obtained with a combination of an anti-inflammatory steroid, an antibacterial agent and an antifungal in dermatological outpatient practice.

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    Pazzaglia, A

    1985-07-01

    Forty outpatients with skin diseases were treated with an extempore combination of three creams, the respective bases of which were beclomethasone dipropionate, sodium fusidate and ketoconazole. Positive results were obtained in 97.5% of the cases with good relief of symptoms and excellent local tolerance in all cases treated. PMID:4030166

  11. Paternity analysis in Excel.

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

    2007-12-01

    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 (www.math.ist.utl.pt/~fmd/pa/pa.zip). They are free for non-commercial purposes and have been tested with different data and against different software (Cervus, FaMoz, and MLTR). PMID:17928093

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

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    Flanagan, Sheryl A., E-mail: sflan@umich.edu [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)

    2012-12-01

    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.

  13. Results Obtained Using a Simple Character Recognition Procedure on Munson's Handprinted Data

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    A. B. Shahidul Hussain; Godfried T. Toussaint; Robert W. Donaldson

    1972-01-01

    The number of black points in each of the 25 nonoverlapping square regions of a size-normalized character matrix were used to recognize the 3822 uppercase handprinted alphabetic characters from Munson's multiauthor data set. The recognition accuracy obtained using a Bayes' classifier, which assumes statistically independent features, compares favorably with earlier results obtained using recognition systems having complexity comparable to ours.

  14. Introducing "Excel"

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    Tyrrell, Sidney

    2006-01-01

    In this brief article, the author instructs teachers on how to produce an interactive spreadsheet from scratch in about 20 minutes and en route equip themselves and their students, with handy "Excel" skills. The aim is to introduce the basics of "Excel," plus some fun bits, speedily and with a purpose; producing something that is useful in its own…

  15. Publishing Excel with Excel Services

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    Michael P. Antonovich

    \\u000a You saw in Chapter 7 that Microsoft Office Excel does not, by itself, bring as much capability to the table of collaboration\\u000a as Word, Outlook, or Access. Because Microsoft has decided to deprecate synchronization between Excel and SharePoint lists,\\u000a your initial impression may be that the only value Excel can offer might lie in its ability to help you create

  16. Science Excellence

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    Service Science Excellence Conserving the Nature of America Enter Search Term(s): Search Home Resources Training Conservation Library and Literature Support Society...

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

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

    1974-01-01

    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.

  18. A q-ANALOGUE OF A FORMULA OF HERNANDEZ OBTAINED BY INVERTING A RESULT OF DILCHER

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    Prodinger, Helmut

    A q-ANALOGUE OF A FORMULA OF HERNANDEZ OBTAINED BY INVERTING A RESULT to Dilcher. 1.The identities Hern'andez in [5] proved the following question to find a q-analogue of Hern'andez' formula,* * or, what amount to the same, to find

  19. An original impact device for biomass characterisation: results obtained for spruce and poplar at different

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    dynamic tests. One of the most commonly used devices is the Drop Weight Test where a mass is raised be assessed only by performing an impact test. Introduction Numerous studies have been carried outORIGINAL An original impact device for biomass characterisation: results obtained for spruce

  20. BAIKAL Experiment: main results obtained with the neutrino telescope NT200

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    Zh. -A. Dzhilkibae

    2006-09-26

    The Baikal Neutrino Telescope NT200 takes data since April 1998. On April 9th, 2005, the 10 Mton scale detector NT200$+$ was put into operation in Lake Baikal. Selected results obtained during 1998-2002 with the neutrino telescope NT200 are presented.

  1. Analysis of student’s responses to contradictory results obtained by simple observation or controlling variables

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    Ikgyun Kim

    1998-01-01

    This study investigated students’ responses to presentations of experimental results that conflicted with their preconceptions\\u000a regarding electric circuits, and how those responses varied according to the type of inquiry skills required to obtain the\\u000a results. One hundred and twenty students of both sexes were randomly selected from a science high school in Korea. They were\\u000a questioned about their preconceptions regarding

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

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

    2000-01-01

    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

  3. A q--ANALOGUE OF A FORMULA OF HERNANDEZ OBTAINED BY INVERTING A RESULT OF DILCHER

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    Prodinger, Helmut

    A q--ANALOGUE OF A FORMULA OF HERNANDEZ OBTAINED BY INVERTING A RESULT OF DILCHER HELMUT PRODINGER Hern'andez in [5] proved the following identity: X 1ŸkŸn ` n k ' (\\Gamma1) k\\Gamma1 X 1Ÿi1Ÿi2 Ÿ in this context. Therefore it is a natural question to find a q--analogue of Hern'andez' formula, or, what amount

  4. A q--ANALOGUE OF A FORMULA OF HERNANDEZ OBTAINED BY INVERTING A RESULT OF DILCHER

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    Prodinger, Helmut

    A q--ANALOGUE OF A FORMULA OF HERNANDEZ OBTAINED BY INVERTING A RESULT OF DILCHER HELMUT PRODINGER Hern'andez in [6] proved the following identity: X 1ŸkŸn ` n k ' (\\Gamma1) k\\Gamma1 X 1Ÿi1Ÿi2 Ÿ it is a natural question to find a q--analogue of Hern'andez' formula, or, what amount to the same, to find

  5. Why Excel?

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    Barreto, Humberto

    2015-01-01

    This article is not the usual Excel pedagogy fare in that it does not provide an application or example taught via a spreadsheet. Instead, it briefly reviews the history of spreadsheets in the economics classroom and explores the current environment, with an emphasis on modern learning theory. The conclusion is not surprising: spreadsheets improve…

  6. Thermal characteristics of power MOS-FETS. Results obtained with the IRF-250

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    Delettrez, C.; Spruyt, H. J. N.

    1989-08-01

    Dynamic temperature testing on N-channel power metal oxide semiconductors-field effect transistors (MOS-FET) transistors (type IRF-250) is described. The test method was developed in order to optimize the inrush and overload capability of solid-state power distribution switches in order to be sure that the MOS-FET junction temperature is not exceeding a certain absolute temperature (115 C for space application). The idealized concept of thermal impedance and the different electrical methods for measuring the junction temperature are presented. A description of the test setup and the procedures are given, followed by examples of results obtained with different samples. Results are modeled and the conclusions summarized.

  7. A Review of Recent Results Obtained Using the Microwave Palaeointensity Method

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    Hill, M. J.; Suttie, N.; Stark, F.; Davies, C. J.; Shaw, J.

    2009-05-01

    Reliable records of geomagnetic field intensity are fundamentally important for fully understanding the Earth's magnetic field however, palaeointensity research is experimentally challenging and analysing results can be subjective. Two approaches have been taken to advance palaeointensity methodology; firstly, the addition of more and different reliability checks, and secondly, attempts to minimise known sources of non ideal behaviour. Research at the University of Liverpool over the last decade has concentrated on the latter approach resulting in the development of the microwave palaeointensity technique. The method which uses high frequency microwaves instead of heating in a conventional oven minimises the major problem of thermo chemical alteration of the sample during the experiment. As with conventional methods, it is still a requirement that the remanence is an original thermal remanence which is held by non interacting single domain behaving grains. Experiments are carried out a sample at a time and the laboratory field can be applied in any specified direction making it easy to use many different methodological protocols and tailor experiments to individual sample characteristics. As small (5mm diameter) cores are used the microwave method is ideal where limited material is available such as archaeological specimens. A key area of current research is archaeointensity determination and in particular the secular variation record held by SW Pacific Island ceramics and burnt archaeological samples from the UK. Going back further in the geological record a number of studies investigating excursions and reversals of the geomagnetic field have recently been carried out as well as investigations of field behaviour during the Cretaceous Normal Superchron. These studies include comparisons to results obtained using other methods and where alteration during the experiment occurs, using the microwave method improves the success. Intriguing differences are sometimes seen in comparative studies however different methodological protocols are often used so it is often not easy to determine whether it is the protocol or the microwave demagnetisation that causes the differences.

  8. Results and validation of marine surface wind speed obtained from SAC-D/Aquarius MWR

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    Tauro, C. B.; Etala, P.; Echevarría, P.; Hejazin, Y.; Jacob, M. M.; Jones, L.

    2012-12-01

    MWR (MicroWave Radiometer) is a radiometer on board SAC-D/Aquarius satellite, launched in June 2011. The SAC-D/Aquarius science mission was developed jointly by the Nacional Space Agency of Argentina (CONAE, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of USA (NASA), that focuses on understanding the interaction between the global water cycle, ocean circulation and climate by measuring sea surface salinity. MWR is a three channel push broom, Dicke radiometer, that has 16 beams, 8 forward-looking at 36.5 GHz (in vertical and horizontal polarization) and 8 aft-looking at 23.8 GHz (in horizontal polarization), with a swath of approximately 380 Km. The beams are arranged to have two incidence angles, one of 52° (odd beams) and one of 58° (even beams) for both forward and aft-looks. Since recently, CONAE with collaboration of CFRSL (Central Florida Remote Sensing Laboratory), are generating geophysical parameters, all over the sea surface, using brightness temperature measurements from MWR. These parameters include columnar water vapor, wind speed, sea ice concentration and rain rate, which are ancillary data for the Aquarius salinity measurements. We present in this paper the first results of wind speed over the sea, obtained using the MWR data. The wind speed retrieval algorithm is based on the microwave radiative transfer theory by Wentz [1]. The algorithm developed uses MWR brigthness temperature at 36.5 GHz in both polarizations and sea surface temperature obtained from GDAS. As a result, the neutral stability ocean surface wind speed at 10 m height and the atmospheric trasnmissivity at 36.5 GHz are retrieved. In addition, a validation process in collaboration with the Naval Hydrographic Service of Argentina (SHN) has started. The final goal of this on-going work is to assess the quality of MWR wind data in conjunction with surface wind observations from other sources in a data assimilation system. At this first stage, MWR and WindSat collocated wind speed observations are analyzed. Here we show the preliminary validation statistics and considerations on possible sources of discrepancies and the room for improvements. [1] F.J.Wentz, "Measurements of oceanic wind speed vector using satellite microwave radiometer", IEEE Transaction on Geoscience Remote Sensing, vol. 30, pp.960-972, Sep. 1992.

  9. Initial results obtained from a 3D computational model of the shaped charge jet particulation process

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    Zernow, L. [Zernow Technical Services Inc., San Dimas, CA (United States); Chapyak, E.J. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1998-02-01

    In a previous paper, the authors discussed a 3D computational model for the particulation of a stretching shaped charge jet, based on the experimentally observed double-helix surface perturbations on softly recovered jet particles. The 3D problem was derived from the unperturbed 2D problem, which was first used to generate a stretching jet. A portion of this 2D jet was selected for study in the cylindrical 3D mode, and the double-helix perturbations were placed on the cylinder surface. This initial computation was greatly simplified, to make it feasible to run on a CM 200 massively parallel processor. The initial output of this computation, which is being published here for the first time, leads to a significant simplification of the analysis of the particulation process, by avoiding the search for the elusive ``most favored wavelength`` which is characteristic of 2D axi-symmetric analyses. Previously unnoticed characteristics of flash radiographs from Viper jets, appear to support the computational results obtained, despite a counter-intuitive prediction of the location of necking loci, relative to the perturbing helices. The approximations used in this initial computation are discussed critically. Planned improvements are defined. A vision of future fundamental computations, which become possible with more powerful ASCI machines, is projected.

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

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

    1998-01-01

    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.

  11. Calculations and First Results Obtained with a SiC Prototype of the SPES Direct Target

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    Barbui, Marina [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Andrighetto, Alberto [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Antonucci, C. [ENEA, Bologna,Italy; Biasetto, Lisa [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Carturan, S. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Cervellera, F. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Cevolani, S. [ENEA, Bologna,Italy; Cinausero, Marco [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Colombo, P. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Padova, Italy; Dainelli, A. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Di Bernardo, P. [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Padova, Italy; Giacchini, Mauro [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Gramegna, Fabiana [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Lollo, M. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Maggioni, G. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Manzolaro, Mattia [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Meneghetti, G. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Padova, Italy; Petrovich, C. [ENEA, Bologna,Italy; Piga, L. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Prete, Gianfranco [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Re, Maurizio [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania, Italy; Rizzi, Valentina [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Stracener, Daniel W [ORNL; Tonezzer, Michele [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Zafiropoulos, D. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy; Zanonato, P. [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Padova, Italy

    2008-01-01

    In the framework of the SPES project at LNL [A. Bracco, A. Pisent (Ed.), REP 181/02, LNL-INFN, 2002], the realization of a direct ISOL Target for a mid-term radioactive ion beam facility is in progress. Using a primary proton beam of energy 40 MeV and intensity 0.2 mA, a high number of fission products will be obtained in the SPES multi-foil uranium carbide target, keeping a low power density deposition in the refractory matrix [A. Andrighetto, S. Cevolani, C. Petrovich, Eur. Phys J. A 25 (2005) 41]. The exotic species produced by Uranium fission in the target are collected in the ion source after the diffusion and the effusion processes. When short lived isotopes are produced it is very important to optimize the release properties of the target. To this purpose the RIBO code (radioactive ion beam optimiser) [M. Santana Leitner, A Monte Carlo Code to Optimize the Production of Radioactive Ion Beams by the ISOL Technique, PhD. Thesis, UPC-ETSEIB/CERN] has been used in order to estimate the target release efficiency for some neutron-rich nuclei. A SiC prototype of the target was recently produced at LNL and tested at ORNL using a 42 MeV proton beam. The yield of some aluminum isotopes was measured as a function of the target temperature. Some preliminary results of the data analysis will be presented.

  12. Experimental results obtained with the positron-annihilation-radiation telescope of the Toulouse-Argonne collaboration

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    J. E. Naya; P. von Ballmoos; R. K. Smither; M. Faiz; P. B. Fernandez; T. Graber; F. Albernhe; G. Vedrenne

    1996-01-01

    We present laboratory measurements obtained with a ground-based prototype of the focusing positron-annihilation-radiation telescope developed by the Toulouse-Argonne collaboration. This instrument has been designed to collect 511-keV photons from astrophysical sources when operating as a balloon borne observatory.The ground-based prototype consists of a crystal lens holding small cubes of diffracting germanium crystals and a 3×3 germanium array that detects the

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

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    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)

    1993-08-01

    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.

  14. 42 CFR 82.27 - How can claimants obtain reviews of their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH?

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    2012-10-01

    ...can claimants obtain reviews of their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH? 82...RELATED ACTIVITIES METHODS FOR CONDUCTING DOSE RECONSTRUCTION UNDER THE ENERGY EMPLOYEES...PROGRAM ACT OF 2000 Reporting and Review of Dose Reconstruction Results § 82.27...

  15. 42 CFR 82.27 - How can claimants obtain reviews of their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ...can claimants obtain reviews of their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH? 82...RELATED ACTIVITIES METHODS FOR CONDUCTING DOSE RECONSTRUCTION UNDER THE ENERGY EMPLOYEES...PROGRAM ACT OF 2000 Reporting and Review of Dose Reconstruction Results § 82.27...

  16. 42 CFR 82.27 - How can claimants obtain reviews of their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...can claimants obtain reviews of their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH? 82...RELATED ACTIVITIES METHODS FOR CONDUCTING DOSE RECONSTRUCTION UNDER THE ENERGY EMPLOYEES...PROGRAM ACT OF 2000 Reporting and Review of Dose Reconstruction Results § 82.27...

  17. 42 CFR 82.27 - How can claimants obtain reviews of their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ...can claimants obtain reviews of their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH? 82...RELATED ACTIVITIES METHODS FOR CONDUCTING DOSE RECONSTRUCTION UNDER THE ENERGY EMPLOYEES...PROGRAM ACT OF 2000 Reporting and Review of Dose Reconstruction Results § 82.27...

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

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

    1995-01-01

    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

  19. Making Excellence Inclusive Biennial Inclusive Excellence

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    Pohl, Karsten

    Making Excellence Inclusive 2nd Biennial Inclusive Excellence Statewide Summit Friday, April 20://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=9620 For more information contact Janice Pierson at UNH, Office of Inclusive Excellence, 603 to Action: Overview of NH Inclusive Excellence Initiative, and Creating Opportunities for Broadening

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

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    Gerald C. Huth

    1966-01-01

    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

  1. A Review of Recent Results Obtained Using the Microwave Palaeointensity Method

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    M. J. Hill; N. Suttie; F. Stark; C. J. Davies; J. Shaw

    2009-01-01

    Reliable records of geomagnetic field intensity are fundamentally important for fully understanding the Earth's magnetic field however, palaeointensity research is experimentally challenging and analysing results can be subjective. Two approaches have been taken to advance palaeointensity methodology; firstly, the addition of more and different reliability checks, and secondly, attempts to minimise known sources of non ideal behaviour. Research at the

  2. MATROSHKA-R experiments at ISS -results obtained with passive detectors during 2005-2009

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    Iva Jadrnickova; Zlata Mrazova; Katerina Brabcova; Jan Kubancak; Frantisek Spurny; Vyacheslav Shurshakov

    2010-01-01

    The contribution concerns with the results measured with passive detectors within the scope of MATROSHKA-R experiments. Total absorbed doses, dose equivalents, and quality factors were determined by combination of measurements with thermoluminescence (TLD) and plastic nuclear track detectors (PNTD). The detectors were placed inside and on the surface of the tissue-equivalent spherical phantom MATROSHKA-R in order to estimate spatial distribution

  3. Preliminary Results Obtained in Integrated Safety Analysis of NASA Aviation Safety Program Technologies

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    Reveley, Mary S.

    2003-01-01

    The goal of the NASA Aviation Safety Program (AvSP) is to develop and demonstrate technologies that contribute to a reduction in the aviation fatal accident rate by a factor of 5 by the year 2007 and by a factor of 10 by the year 2022. Integrated safety analysis of day-to-day operations and risks within those operations will provide an understanding of the Aviation Safety Program portfolio. Safety benefits analyses are currently being conducted. Preliminary results for the Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) and Weather Accident Prevention (WxAP) projects of the AvSP have been completed by the Logistics Management Institute under a contract with the NASA Glenn Research Center. These analyses include both a reliability analysis and a computer simulation model. The integrated safety analysis method comprises two principal components: a reliability model and a simulation model. In the reliability model, the results indicate how different technologies and systems will perform in normal, degraded, and failed modes of operation. In the simulation, an operational scenario is modeled. The primary purpose of the SVS project is to improve safety by providing visual-flightlike situation awareness during instrument conditions. The current analyses are an estimate of the benefits of SVS in avoiding controlled flight into terrain. The scenario modeled has an aircraft flying directly toward a terrain feature. When the flight crew determines that the aircraft is headed toward an obstruction, the aircraft executes a level turn at speed. The simulation is ended when the aircraft completes the turn.

  4. The Analysis of the Representativeness of Results Obtained after Applying the Method of Job Evaluation through Tasks

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    Dorin Leonard NISTOR

    2012-01-01

    The results obtained by applying a new job evaluation method are reviewed in this paper. The research aims to highlight the extent to which job evaluation methodology through tasks ensures the obtaining of appropriate data. The study is applied in three fields – human resources, financial accounting and ointments production. I used two samples of professionals (holders of the positions

  5. Computer simulation of Gumboro disease outbreak. II. Results obtained with models G-1 and G-2.

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    Takizawa, T; Ito, T; Kosuge, M; Tanaka, T; Mizumura, Y

    1978-01-01

    The authors conducted a computer simulation with their Models G-1 and G-2 for Gumboro disease ten times in each of the following initial conditions: (1) size of population, 50, 100, and 1,000 chickens; (2) age of housing, 1, 7, 14, and 21 days; (3) nine levels of parentally conferred immunity in one-day-old chicks; (4) four levels of virus contamination; and (5) three steps of coefficient for aggravating morbid status. Every simulation was operated up to the age when all the birds of a flock turned to be insusceptible so as to yield the daily numbers of chickens (1) susceptible, (2) diseased, (3) immunized, and (4) removed, and (5) the accumulation of diseased chickens. The innate resistance, parentally conferred immunity, virus contamination, and morbid status were expressed in such values that they could be compared with one another. As a result, Model G-2 produced a more realistic epizootic pattern than Model G-1, but both models concealed the effect of differences in size of population and in age of housing. Notwithstanding the incompleteness of the models, the computer simulation gave valuable information for a further advancement in this series of studies. PMID:216929

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

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

    2011-05-01

    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.

  7. Excel Hero Blog

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    Daniel Ferry

    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.

  8. Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis results obtained in the 1992 performance assessment for the waste isolation pilot plant

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    J. C. Helton; D. R. Anderson; B. L. Baker; J. E. Bean; J. W. Berglund; W. Beyeler; K. Economy; J. W. Garner; S. C. Hora; H. J. Iuzzolino; P. Knupp; M. G. Marietta; J. Rath; R. P. Rechard; P. J. Roache; D. K. Rudeen; K. Salari; J. D. Schreiber; P. N. Swift; M. S. Tierney; P. Vaughn

    1996-01-01

    Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis results obtained in the 1992 performance assessment (PA) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are presented. The primary performance measure under study is the complementary cumulative distribution function (CCDF) used in assessing compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) standard for the geologic disposal of radioactive waste (40 CFR 191, Subpart B). The analysis

  9. Autism\\/excel study

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    Mary Hart

    2005-01-01

    Five high school students with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) participating in the Excel\\/Autism study were able to demonstrate mastery of a set of Excel topics. The Excel curriculum covered approximately the same topics as are covered in the Excel portion of Computer Business Applications, a class for regular education students at Fox Chapel Area High School, a high school in

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

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

    1990-06-01

    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.

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

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

    2001-01-01

    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.

  12. New high-definition thickness data obtained at tropical glaciers: preliminary results from Antisana volcano (Ecuador) using GPR prospection

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    Zapata, Camilo; Andrade, Daniel; Córdova, Jorge; Maisincho, Luis; Carvajal, Juan; Calispa, Marlon; Villacís, Marcos

    2014-05-01

    The study of tropical glaciers has been a significant contribution to the understanding of glacier dynamics and climate change. Much of the data and results have been obtained by analyzing plan-view images obtained by air- and space-borne sensors, as well as depth data obtained by diverse methodologies at selected points on the glacier surface. However, the measurement of glacier thicknesses has remained an elusive task in tropical glaciers, often located in rough terrains where the application of geophysical surveys (i.e. seismic surveys) requires logistics sometimes hardly justified by the amount of obtained data. In the case of Ecuador, however, where most glaciers have developed on active volcanoes and represent sources/reservoirs of fresh water, the precise knowledge of such information is fundamental for scientific research but also in order to better assess key aspects for the society. The relatively recent but fast development of the GPR technology has helped to obtain new highdefinition thickness data at Antisana volcano that will be used to: 1) better understand the dynamics and fate of tropical glaciers; 2) better estimate the amount of fresh water stored in the glaciers; 3) better assess the hazards associated with the sudden widespread melting of glaciers during volcanic eruptions. The measurements have been obtained at glaciers 12 and 15 of Antisana volcano, with the help of a commercial GPR equipped with a 25 MHz antenna. A total of 30 transects have been obtained, covering a distance of more than 3 km, from the glacier ablation zone, located at ~ 4600 masl, up to the level of 5200 masl. The preliminary results show a positive correlation between altitude and glacier thickness, with maximum and minimum calculated values reaching up to 80 m, and down to 15 m, respectively. The experience gained at Antisana volcano will be used to prepare a more widespread GPR survey in the glaciers of Cotopaxi volcano, whose implications in terms of volcanic hazards are largely more significant. Other ice-cladded ecuadorian volcanoes, like Cayambe or Chimborazo, could also be considered in future research..

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

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

    1981-01-01

    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.

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

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    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

  15. Interpretation of Positive TMA Test Results from PCR-Negative Samples Obtained after Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C

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    Morishima, Chihiro; Morgan, Timothy R.; Everhart, James E.; Wright, Elizabeth C.; Apodaca, Minjun C.; Gretch, David R.; Shiffman, Mitchell L.; Everson, Gregory T.; Lindsay, Karen L.; Lee, William M.; Lok, Anna S. F.; Dienstag, Jules L.; Ghany, Marc G.; Curto, Teresa M.

    2009-01-01

    Background The Siemens VERSANT™ transcription mediated amplification (TMA) assay is extremely sensitive for the detection of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA in serum. Eleven of 180 subjects in the Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-term Treatment against Cirrhosis (HALT-C) Trial who achieved polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-defined sustained virologic response (SVR) at week 72 also had TMA-positive results from the same blood draw; 6 were positive on repeat testing. We report the follow-up on these 11 patients, and the reproducibility of TMA test results from PCR-negative samples in relationship to antiviral treatment outcome. Materials and Methods 1145 interferon nonresponders with advanced hepatic fibrosis were retreated with peginterferon and ribavirin for 48 weeks if HCV RNA was undetectable by PCR (Roche COBAS Amplicor HCV Test v. 2.0) at week 20. Frozen serum samples from weeks 12, 20, 24, 48 and 72 were subsequently tested by TMA. Results Nine of the 11 patients returned for testing (mean 30 months after completing treatment) and all had undetectable HCV RNA by TMA and PCR. Among 759 PCR-negative samples obtained during treatment that were tested twice by TMA, 17% overall exhibited consistently positive results and 21% exhibited inconsistently positive results. SVR was more likely if TMA was consistently negative than if consistently or inconsistently positive. With continued treatment, patients with inconsistently positive TMA results were more likely to become TMA-negative than TMA-positive (p<0.0001). Conclusion In PCR-negative samples, positive TMA results may indicate the presence of low levels of HCV RNA. However, because patients with positive TMA results may achieve SVR, management decisions during therapy should not be based upon a single positive TMA test result. PMID:18816437

  16. Quantitating heart lipids: comparison of results obtained using the Iatroscan method with those from phosphorus and gas chromatographic techniques.

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    Kramer, J K; Farnworth, E R; Thompson, B K

    1985-08-01

    The precision and accuracy of the Iatroscan method was evaluated by comparing the results obtained with established phosphorus and gas chromatographic techniques. A complete lipid class analysis of rat heart lipids was chosen in order to evaluate the performance of the Iatroscan method for biological samples which contained both neutral lipids and phospholipids. A partial scan and repeat development with chloroform/methanol/water (68.5:29:2.5) was introduced to achieve consistently good separations of the phospholipids on the Chromarods in the Iatroscan method. The results showed that the precision of the Iatroscan method for some lipid classes was comparable to that of phosphorus or gas chromatographic techniques, while for other lipid classes it was lower. Compared to the data obtained using the phosphorus method, the Iatroscan data were generally similar, while the gas chromatographic method generally gave lower values. These findings, together with the advantages of time required for analysis, size of sample, and universality of detection, suggest that the Iatroscan is a valuable complementary method for complex lipid analyses. PMID:4033372

  17. EXCELLENCE: Academic Strategic

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    Minnesota, University of

    ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE: Academic Strategic Positioning 2005­10 #12;Produced by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost #12;ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE: Academic Strategic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 #12;#12;5 ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE: Academic Strategic Positioning 2005­10 #12;InTrOduCTIOn In late

  18. Creating Charts in Excel

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    Mrs. Reed

    2007-11-07

    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 ...

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

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

    2013-01-01

    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

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

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    2014-01-01

    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 ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01382030, EudraCT 2004-002501-72, 17.06.2011 PMID:24885755

  1. [Pollen content of the Paris air: comparison of the results obtained by two samplers for the year 2003].

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    Distigny, C; Polenne, J P; Bordenave, L; Bex, V; Squinazi, F

    2004-09-01

    During the 2003 season, a second pollen collector has been established in Paris city (Audubon site) to study the representativeness of the initial collector situated on the roof of the Pasteur Institute. The Hygiene Laboratory of Paris followed the pollen counts from the two collectors, during the period going from May to September. Both the samplers are Lanzoni model with a flow rate of 10 l x min(-1). The quantitative results show that no statistical difference exists between the pollen counts obtained from the 2 sites (Mann-Withney test, p > .05). The dominant species are Urticaceae, Poacae and Castenea species for the 2 collectors. Their counts are similar except for Poacae whose results are higher at the Audubon site. The collection period do not take into account the pollen production period of many trees species because of the late installation of the collector on the Audubon site. The results show that the two sites chosen for the study of pollen distribution are comparable. Nevertheless, the comparative study should be maintained on the next year to get more details about the observed differences and to collect the early trees pollen. PMID:15529829

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

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

    2008-08-01

    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.

  3. Four Conceptions of Excellence.

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    Prakash, Madhu Suri; Waks, Leonard Joseph

    1985-01-01

    This article describes four possible conceptions of education, each with its own standards of excellence. These conceptions are called the technical, the rational, the personal, and the social. The authors argue for adoption of the social responsibility conception of educational excellence as a national goal. (MT)

  4. Melding Excellence and Equity.

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    Bennett, David A.

    1983-01-01

    This document examines the issues of educational excellence and equity. The Milwaukee Public School System, Wisconsin, is cited as an example of a desegregation program that both exceeded court requirements of equity and also made a substantial contribution to the goals of excellence in education. The school effectiveness movement, like…

  5. Recognition of teaching excellence.

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

    2010-11-10

    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

  6. Recognition of Teaching Excellence*

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

    2010-01-01

    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

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

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    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.

    1998-09-01

    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).

  8. Excellence in Graduate Education: Programmatic

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    Grether, Gregory

    Excellence in Graduate Education: Programmatic Issues William G. Roy, the Committee on Degree Programs, and the Graduate Council Excellence in graduate education depends upon outstanding performance receives an excellent graduate education only when elected programs achieve excellence as such

  9. 42 CFR 82.27 - How can claimants obtain reviews of their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH?

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    2010-10-01

    ...their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH? 82.27 Section...OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES ...Review of Dose Reconstruction Results § 82.27 How can claimants...their NIOSH dose reconstruction results by NIOSH? (a)...

  10. Excel 1 - The Basics

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    Mrs. Brewer

    2006-11-25

    Spreadsheets are used to keep track of numbers and other data in an organized fashion. It is kind of like a big calculator. In this lesson you will learn the basics of Microsoft\\'s spreadsheet program, Excel. The tutorial link below will take you through the very basics of Excel. You will start with an Overview of what Excel is and what kinds of documents it is used to create. Watch the video from the link on the right hand side of the screen. ...

  11. Ionospheric electron density profiles obtained with the Global Positioning System: Results from the GPS\\/MET experiment

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    George A. Hajj; Larry J. Romans

    1998-01-01

    The experiment, which placed a GPS receiver in a low-Earth orbit tracking GPSsatellites setting behind the Earth's limb, has collected data from several thousands ofoccultations since its launch in April 1995. This experiment demonstrated for the first timethe use of GPS in obtaining profiles of electron density and other geophysical variablessuch as temperature, pressure and water vapor in the lower

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

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

    1971-01-01

    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

  13. THE IMPORTANCE OF OBTAINING VERIFIABLE OCCURRENCE DATA ON FOREST CARNIVORES AND AN INTERACTIVE WEBSITE FOR ARCHIVING RESULTS FROM STANDARDIZED SURVEYS

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    KEITH B. AUBRY; LESLIE A. JAGGER

    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

  14. How Statistics "Excel" Online.

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    Chao, Faith; Davis, James

    2000-01-01

    Discusses the use of Microsoft Excel software and provides examples of its use in an online statistics course at Golden Gate University in the areas of randomness and probability, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and regression analysis. (LRW)

  15. Educational Innovation and Excellence

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    Sabatini, David M.

    Supporting Educational Innovation and Excellence » Promote the value and quality of graduate education at MIT » Facilitate and support innovation and interdisciplinarity in graduate programs strategies for existing internal fellowships » Collect, analyze, and disseminate financial data information

  16. Excel For Statistical Data Analysis

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    Arsham, Hossein.

    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.

  17. Class WorkbookClass Workbook Basic ExcelBasic ExcelBasic Excel

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    California at San Diego, University of

    Class WorkbookClass Workbook Basic ExcelBasic ExcelBasic Excel Workshop 101Workshop 101Workshop 101 Instructors: David Newbold Jennifer Tran UCSD Libraries Educational Services 09/29/10 #12;2 Why Use Excel? 1 in Excel Formulas are calculations which can show relationships between numbers. Formulas in Excel can

  18. ON THE DIFFERENT ANALYTICAL RESULTS OBTAINED FOR THE PARALLEL DIFFUSION COEFFICIENT OF COSMIC PARTICLES WITH ADIABATIC FOCUSING

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    Shalchi, A.; Danos, R. J., E-mail: andreasm4@yahoo.com [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 (Canada)

    2013-03-10

    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.

  19. Excel Appendix -1 Appendix: Plotting Data on Microsoft Excel 2003

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    Nizkorodov, Sergey

    Excel Appendix - 1 Appendix: Plotting Data on Microsoft Excel 2003 Plotting Data sets on Excel Graph a) Bring up Microsoft Excel and start a new spreadsheet. b) Type in your x ­ axis values (the should already be entered, since we highlighted it on the Excel spreadsheet earlier. b) Click

  20. RESULTS FOR THE INTERMEDIATE-SPECTRUM ZEUS BENCHMARK OBTAINED WITH NEW 63,65Cu CROSS-SECTION EVALUATIONS

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

    2014-01-01

    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.

  1. Comparison of environmental TLD (thermoluminescent dosimeter) results obtained using glow curve deconvolution and region of interest analysis

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    Not Available

    1987-01-01

    We tested a Harshaw Model 4000 TLD Reader in the Sandia Environmental TLD Program. An extra set of LiF TLD-700 chips were prepared for each field location and calibration level. At the end of quarter one, half of the TLDs were read on the Model 4000 and the other half were read on our standard Harshaw Model 2000. This presentation compares the results of the two systems. The Model 4000 results are reported for two regions of interest and for background subtraction using Harshaw Glow Curve Deconvolution Software.

  2. A comparison of results obtained from foil chaff clouds at 69 deg northern latitude during winter, summer and autumn

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    Widdel, H. U.; Vonzahn, U.

    1989-01-01

    Results from high resolution foil chaff experiments flown during the campaigns MAP/WINE (December 83 to February 84), MAC/SINE (June to July 1987) and Epsilon (October to November 1987) at Andenes (Northern Norway) are compared to each other and the differences in wind direction and wave activity during the different seasons are worked out.

  3. Elements of Engineering Excellence

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

    2012-01-01

    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.

  4. Getting Started With Excel

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    Garrison, Sharon Hatten

    Excel is a very common spreadsheet application, and developing mastery of this powerful tool can be a bit difficult for those who might be less experienced with its various features and analytical tools. This rather useful Excel tutorial is part of the StudyFinance.com website, which was developed by Professor Sharon Garrison of the University of Arizona. The tutorial is divided into eight sections, which include "Entering and Editing Data", "Formatting the Worksheet", and "Creating a Chart". Each section contains several short paragraphs of text, complemented effectively with a few helpful graphics. The tutorial is rounded out by several problem assignments that will make sure students have mastered some of the basic features of Excel.

  5. Porous titanium obtained by a new powder metallurgy technique: Preliminary results of human osteoblast adhesion on surface polished substrates.

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    Biasotto, M; Ricceri, R; Scuor, N; Schmid, C; Sandrucci, M A; Di Lenarda, R; Matteazzi, P

    2003-01-01

    This study concerns a novel powder metallurgy method for producing porous titanium (pTi) exhibiting high mechanical properties. The preparation procedure consisted of the following stages: first, the preparation of Ti and titanium hydride (TiH2) powder mixtures and their consolidation with a cold isostatic press, followed by a sintering of the green bodies performed with hot isostatic press (HIP) equipment. Thermal decomposition in controlled environment of the TiH2 phase results in the foam structure. The resulting porosity percolates with a volume fraction of approximately 20%. The final material exhibits interesting mechanical properties, comparable to those of full density titanium (between grade 2 and grade 3), with the advantage of a minor density. The samples produced were tested to verify their biological response by studying the effectiveness of osteoblast adhesion and growth. In this preliminary study, osteoblastic cell morphology was investigated and compared to that observed on fully dense commercially pure titanium (Ti-cp) (ASTM, grade 3). The preliminary results were promising regarding cellular adhesion and spreading. (Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Biomechanics 2003; 1: 172-7). PMID:20803454

  6. Cerebral perfusion in infants and neonates: preliminary results obtained using dynamic susceptibility contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging

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    Tanner, S; Cornette, L; Ramenghi, L; Miall, L; Ridgway, J; Smith, M; Levene, M

    2003-01-01

    Background: Previous studies have used the dynamic susceptibility contrast enhanced (DSCE) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging technique to measure cerebral perfusion in adults. Objective: To assess the feasibility of the technique in a heterogeneous cohort of sick human infants and identify cerebral perfusion abnormalities. Methods: Perfusion measurements were made by characterising the changing concentration of an injected bolus of contrast agent using a series of MR images acquired during the first pass of the contrast bolus. Qualitative values of relative cerebral blood flow (rCBF) were then calculated from these data on a pixel by pixel basis to generate parametric maps of perfusion. Results: Images of perfusion were successfully calculated from 12 out of 27 neonates and infants, all with established cerebral pathology. Normal vascular anatomical structures such as the circle of Willis were identified within all calculated images. Values of rCBF were generally larger in grey matter than in white matter. In several patients, perfusion abnormalities resulted in structural abnormalities which were detected in conventional MR imaging at follow up. The acquisition of perfusion data was most difficult when the least mature brains were examined because of motion artefacts and a smaller head size with a lower level of rCBF than adults. Conclusions: This preliminary study shows that: (a) maps of rCBF can be acquired from neonates and infants; (b) characterisation of the bolus passage becomes progressively easier as the brain matures; (c) early abnormalities in cerebral perfusion may have negative prognostic implications; (d) the main difficulty when using the DSCE technique to study neonates relates to image artefacts resulting from bulk head motion. PMID:14602704

  7. The neurobehavioral impact of manganese: Results and challenges obtained by a meta-analysis of individual participant data

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    Meyer-Baron, Monika; Schäper, Michael; Knapp, Guido; Lucchini, Roberto; Zoni, Silvia; Bast-Pettersen, Rita; Ellingsen, Dag G.; Thomassen, Yngvar; He, Shuchang; Yuan, Hong; Niu, Qiao; Wang, Xian-liang; Yang, Yong-jian; Iregren, Anders; Sjögren, Bengt; Blond, Morten; Laursen, Peter; Netterstrom, Bo; Mergler, Donna; Bowler, Rosemarie; van Thriel, Christoph

    2014-01-01

    Results from a meta-analysis of aggregated data provoked a new analysis using individual data on the neuropsychological performance of occupationally exposed workers. Data from eight studies examining 579 exposed and 433 reference participants were included, 28 performance variables analyzed. The performance scores were adjusted for well-known individual-level covariates; the influence of possible, but unknown study-level covariates was attenuated by means of a z-normalization. Associations between performance and exposure were estimated by ANOVAs and ANCOVAs, the latter representing multi-level models. Four cognitive and motor performance variables each indicated significantly lower performances of exposed individuals when confounding was considered; slowed motor performances and deficits in attention and short-term memory were found. Performance on a single test was significantly related to the biomarker manganese in blood. The outcomes on susceptibility were weak. The slowing of responses was the most distinct feature of performances of exposed workers. It remains unclear, whether this result is related to the employed tests or provides important information about early stages of the neurotoxic impairment. More specific cognitive tests need to be employed to answer this question. The lack of dose–response relationships was related to features of the biomarker: it does not reflect the Mn in brain responsible for changes in performances. PMID:23419685

  8. The neurobehavioral impact of manganese: results and challenges obtained by a meta-analysis of individual participant data.

    PubMed

    Meyer-Baron, Monika; Schäper, Michael; Knapp, Guido; Lucchini, Roberto; Zoni, Silvia; Bast-Pettersen, Rita; Ellingsen, Dag G; Thomassen, Yngvar; He, Shuchang; Yuan, Hong; Niu, Qiao; Wang, Xian-Liang; Yang, Yong-Jian; Iregren, Anders; Sjögren, Bengt; Blond, Morten; Laursen, Peter; Netterstrom, Bo; Mergler, Donna; Bowler, Rosemarie; van Thriel, Christoph

    2013-05-01

    Results from a meta-analysis of aggregated data provoked a new analysis using individual data on the neuropsychological performance of occupationally exposed workers. Data from eight studies examining 579 exposed and 433 reference participants were included, 28 performance variables analyzed. The performance scores were adjusted for well-known individual-level covariates; the influence of possible, but unknown study-level covariates was attenuated by means of a z-normalization. Associations between performance and exposure were estimated by ANOVAs and ANCOVAs, the latter representing multi-level models. Four cognitive and motor performance variables each indicated significantly lower performances of exposed individuals when confounding was considered; slowed motor performances and deficits in attention and short-term memory were found. Performance on a single test was significantly related to the biomarker manganese in blood. The outcomes on susceptibility were weak. The slowing of responses was the most distinct feature of performances of exposed workers. It remains unclear, whether this result is related to the employed tests or provides important information about early stages of the neurotoxic impairment. More specific cognitive tests need to be employed to answer this question. The lack of dose-response relationships was related to features of the biomarker: it does not reflect the Mn in brain responsible for changes in performances. PMID:23419685

  9. Measuring Excellence at Concordia University

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    Chvátal, Va?ek

    Measuring Excellence at Concordia University Prepared by the Institutional Planning Office May 2006 #12;Concordia University May 2006 Measuring Excellence at Concordia] #12;Concordia University May 2006 Measuring Excellence at Concordia University First Annual Report

  10. Reaching for Excellence.

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    Wright, Emmett L.; Perna, Jack A.

    1992-01-01

    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)…

  11. Horizon 2020: Excellent Science

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    De Cindio, Fiorella

    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

  12. Excel 2007 Tutorial

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    Florida Gulf Coast University

    This is a well-organized website with an on-line tutorial demonstrating many essential features of Excel. This site can be used as an introduction to use of spreadsheets or as a remedial resource for students who need help with spreadsheet functions.

  13. Enlisting Excel--Again

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    Parramore, Keith

    2009-01-01

    In Volume 26, Number 2, we reported on a group case study run for level 3 mathematics students at the University of Brighton. At the core of the study was a quadratic assignment problem, and we reported on attempts by students to use Excel to solve the problem, and on the attendant difficulties. We provided an elegant solution. In this article, we…

  14. Excellence in Education.

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    Mangieri, John N., Ed.

    The nine essays in this collection focus on individual aspects of the educational system, from preschool education to school board issues and teacher recruitment. The essays and their authors are: (1) "The Challenge of Attaining Excellence" (John N. Mangieri); (2) "Common Ground" (Ernest L. Boyer); (3) "The Elementary School" (M. Carol Allen); (4)…

  15. Rewards to Stimulate Excellence.

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    Toll, John S.

    1980-01-01

    In a new environment of decreased enrollments and financial austerity, what incentives and rewards can be used to stimulate increased excellence among professors in colleges and universities? Among the possibilities are salary, tenure, rank, merit considerations, increased time for research, mobility for research pursuits, and funds for research.…

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

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    Cleveland, Mathew A., E-mail: cleveland7@llnl.gov; Brunner, Thomas A.; Gentile, Nicholas A.; Keasler, Jeffrey A.

    2013-10-15

    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.

  17. Assessing the impact of common forensic presumptive tests on the ability to obtain results using a novel rapid DNA platform.

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    Donachie, Gillian E; Dawnay, Nick; Ahmed, Romana; Naif, Sarah; Duxbury, Nicola J; Tribble, Nicholas D

    2015-07-01

    The rise of DNA evidence to the forefront of forensic science has led to high sample numbers being submitted for profiling by investigators to casework laboratories: bottleneck effects are often seen resulting in slow turnaround times and sample backlog. The ParaDNA(®) Screening and Intelligence Tests have been designed to guide investigators on the viability of potential sources of DNA allowing them to determine which samples should be sent for full DNA analysis. Both tests are designed to augment the arsenal of available forensic tests for end users and be used concurrently to those commonly available. Therefore, assessing the impact that common forensic tests have on such novel technology is important to measure. The systems were tested against various potential inhibitors to which samples may be exposed as part of the investigative process. Presumptive test agents for biological materials (blood, semen and saliva) and those used as fingerprint enhancement agents were both used. The Screening Test showed a drop in performance following application of aluminium powder and cyanoacrylate (CNA) on fingerprints samples; however this drop in performance was not replicated with high template DNA. No significant effect was observed for any agent using the Intelligence Test. Therefore, both tests stand up well to the chemical agents applied and can be used by investigators with confidence that system performance will be maintained. PMID:25864157

  18. Technical Excellence: A Requirement for Good Engineering

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    Gill, Paul S.; Vaughan, William W.

    2008-01-01

    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.

  19. Evaluation of the effect of agar on the results obtained in the L5178Y mouse lymphoma assay.

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    Meyer, M; Brock, K; Lawrence, K; Casto, B; Moore, M M

    1986-01-01

    The L5178Y TK+/- mouse lymphoma assay is widely used in mutagenicity testing. Trifluorothymidine-resistant (TFTr) mutants are quantitated following growth in agar-supplemented cloning medium. In an attempt to evaluate the effect of agar on plating efficiency, we have tested several lots of Difco Noble agar (cat. No. 0142-01-8; normally used in this assay) and compared it with Baltimore Biological Laboratory (BBL) agar (cat No. 11849). We find that BBL agar gives a higher and less variable plating efficiency than any of the Noble lots tested. Colonies plated in BBL agar tend to appear significantly earlier on the plates than those cloned in Noble agar. The absolute mutant number and the induced mutant frequency quantitated from a treated culture is generally higher in BBL compared to Noble agar. To determine if this higher frequency is due to increased mutant recovery rather than "sneak through" of nonmutant cells, we isolated 97 mutants from treated cultures (44 large colonies and 53 small colonies) and 69 mutants from untreated cultures (24 large colonies and 45 small colonies) and tested them for TFT resistance. All but one (a large colony from an untreated culture) were found to be TFTr, indicating that the mutant frequency is due to an increased mutant recovery. The spontaneous mutant frequency was quantitated for 122 untreated cultures. Showing little variation within and between experiments, the spontaneous mutant frequency yielded a mean of 57.7, with a standard deviation of 14.4. Under our laboratory conditions, BBL agar gave reliable results, and we prefer it for use in cloning L5178Y mouse lymphoma cells. PMID:3769874

  20. Simulation of maize irrigation requirements at the regional scale: comparison between results obtained with measured and FAO-56 crop coefficient

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    Facchi, A.; Gharsallah, O.; Gandolfi, C.; Chiaradia, E.; Mancini, M.

    2012-04-01

    The FAO-56 "single crop coefficient" or "double crop coefficient" approaches are the most recommended and widely adopted procedures for the estimation of crop irrigation requirements. In these methods crop evapotranspiration in well-watered conditions is calculated by multiplying the grass reference evapotranspiration ET0 determined by the Penman-Monteith FAO-56 equation and a crop coefficient Kc depending on the crop type and its growing stage. In particular, the "double crop coefficient" allows the separation of soil evaporation and crop transpiration, splitting Kc in two different terms: a basal crop coefficient Kcb and a soil evaporation coefficient Ke. Many authors in the last fifteen years showed that the FAO Kc and Kcb tabulated coefficients, even if adjusted using the specific procedure based on local meteorological, irrigation and crop data suggested by FAO-56, tend to underestimate the observed crop coefficients in arid and semi-arid environments, while an overestimation often occurs for humid and semi-humid regions. In the literature differences up to ±40% especially during the middle growth cycle are reported, mainly due to the complexity of the crop coefficient which actually integrates several physical and biological factors. The purpose of our research was to measure the Kc pattern for maize grown in the Lombardy Region (Northern Italy) and to evaluate the difference in crop irrigation requirements at a regional scale considering the measured Kc instead of the FAO tabulated values using a spatially distributed hydrological model. Kc was calculated for two experimental maize fields for years 2006, 2010 and 2011 as the ratio between actual crop evapotranspiration (ET) in well watered conditions and ET0. ET was measured using eddy-covariance technique while ET0 was determined from agro-meteorological data registered by the two standard meteo stations closest to the experimental areas. The second step of the research was achieved by using the distributed model IDRAGRA, which allows the computation of crop irrigation requirements on the basis of the "double crop coefficient" FAO-56 approach. This model has been adopted in various projects carried out in collaboration with the Lombardia Regional Authority. In the simulations, the spatial variability of soil types and the spatial and temporal variability of meteorological inputs was taken into account. Observed Kc and Kcb patterns showed that the mid-season stage tabulated values overestimate the observed values by around 18%; if adjustments with local data are considered for FAO crop coefficients, the average overestimation reduces to 13%. Results of the spatially distributed model application illustrated the effect of this overestimation on the crop irrigation requirements over the regional territory. Considerations on its repercussion in term of water resources planning were finally made.

  1. Excellence in Research Program Page 1 Excellence in Research

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    Barrett, Jeffrey A.

    Excellence in Research Program Page 1 Excellence in Research SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES TO Affairs RE: Undergraduate Research Symposium, Excellence in Research Program 2012- 2013 (http in the Excellence in Research Program. Those students who successfully complete the program will be awarded

  2. Excellence in Research Program Page 1 Excellence in Research

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    Rose, Michael R.

    Excellence in Research Program Page 1 Excellence in Research SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES TO Affairs RE: Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences, 2012-2013, Excellence in Research Program (http://www.bio.uci.edu/Excellence/) The School of Biological Sciences believes that successful

  3. Excellence in Research Program Page 1 Excellence in Research

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    Rose, Michael R.

    Excellence in Research Program Page 1 Excellence in Research SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES TO Affairs RE: Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2013-2014 Excellence in Research Program (http in the Excellence in Research Program. Those students who successfully complete the program will be awarded

  4. ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE APRIL 1, 2009

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    Minnesota, University of

    MN/DOT'S ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS APRIL 1, 2009 #12;ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE IN HIGHWAY-rap. #12;ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE IN HIGHWAY DESIGN CSAH 18 BRIDGE OVER VALLEY CREEK ROAD WASHINGTON COUNTY #12;ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE IN HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION HIGHWAY 19 HENNEPIN COUNTY REGIONAL TRAIL #12;A

  5. Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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    Zhou, Yaoqi

    Page 1 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Page 8 Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Page 14 Excellence in Civic Engagement Page i Letter from the Chancellor Page ii Introduction Page 1­7 Excellence in Teaching and Learning 1­ Attract and support a better-prepared, more diverse

  6. Quest for Excellence Examiner Support

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    Baldrige Quest for Excellence® Outreach Examiner Support www.nist.gov/baldrige Baldrige Performance Excellence #12;Overview Today, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program represents so much more than on using the Criteria for Performance Excellence for improvement as well as for an award application

  7. Supporting Educational Innovation and Excellence

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    Sabatini, David M.

    Supporting Educational Innovation and Excellence #12;11 SupportingEducationalInnovationandExcellence The ODGE carries out activities that support innovation and excellence in graduate education and foster information exchange and best practices among graduate programs. #12;12 SupportingEducationalInnovationandExcellence

  8. High-frequency audiometry above 8 kHz. Comparative results of normative thresholds obtained with a headphone system and a quasi-free-field system.

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    De Seta, E; Bertoli, G A; Filipo, R

    1985-01-01

    Since a standard method for high-frequency audiometry does not yet exist, the authors, using 20 young subjects, compare the results obtained with a quasi-free-field system devised by Osterhammel et al. [Scand. Audiol. 6:91-95, 1977] and those obtained by a headphone system. The headphone system is considered to be better, because it offers many practical advantages. PMID:4051875

  9. Non-linear curve fitting using microsoft excel solver

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Walsh; D. Diamond

    1995-01-01

    Solver, an analysis tool incorporated into Microsoft Excel V 5.0 for Windows, has been evaluated for solving non-linear equations. Test and experimental data sets have been processed, and the results suggest that solver can be successfully used for modelling data obtained in many analytical situations (e.g. chromatography and FIA peaks, fluorescence decays and ISE response characteristics). The relatively simple user

  10. Objective and subjective measurements of slipperiness in fast-food restaurants in the USA and their comparison with the previous results obtained in Taiwan

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    Wen-Ruey Chang; Yueng-Hsiang Huang; Alfred Filiaggi

    2006-01-01

    Floor slipperiness is a critical issue in slip and fall incidents which are a major source of occupational injuries. The objectives of the current study were to investigate if the protocols used in a field study conducted in Taiwan could be used in similar environments in the USA and whether consistent results could be obtained. Protocols used in the field

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

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

    1988-01-01

    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.

  12. Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Bacillus anthracis: Comparison of Results Obtained by Using the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards Broth Microdilution Reference and Etest Agar Gradient Diffusion Methods

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Jasmine Mohammed; Chung K. Marston; Tanja Popovic; Robbin S. Weyant; Fred C. Tenover

    We determined the patterns of antimicrobial susceptibility of 65 isolates of Bacillus anthracis (50 historical and 15 recent U.S. clinical isolates) to nine antimicrobial agents using the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) broth microdilution reference method. The results for the 50 historical B. anthracis isolates obtained by the broth microdilution method were compared to those generated by the

  13. Jesse Jackson's Declaration Of Excellence

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    Instructor, 1978

    1978-01-01

    Lists Project EXCEL's 10 Commandments for Schools and presents an interview with Jesse Jackson in which he discusses why and how principles for promoting excellence should be applied in elementary schools. (JMB)

  14. World Population Activity I: Excel

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

    (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.

  15. Results of the 2008 UT Modeling Benchmark Obtained with 2 Semi-Analytical Models: Responses of Flat Bottom Holes at Various Depths Under Interfaces of Different Curvatures

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    Raillon, R.; Mahaut, S.; Leymarie, N.; Lonne, S.; Spies, M.

    2009-03-01

    This paper presents the results of the 2008 UT modeling benchmark with the ultrasonic simulation code for predicting echo-responses from flaws integrated into the Civa software platform and with the code developed by M. Spies. UT configurations addressed are similar to 2007 ones, to better understand some responses obtained last year. Experimental results proposed concern the responses of flat bottom holes at different depths inside surface curved blocks inspected by an immersion probe in normal incidence. They investigate the influence of surface curvature upon the amplitude and shape of flaw responses. Comparison of the simulated and experimental results is discussed.

  16. 1 Excellent algebraic groups I

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    Rehmann, Ulf

    Excellent algebraic groups I Ina Kersten and Ulf Rehmann (Published in J. Algebra 200 (1998), no. 1, 334-346) Abstract: The notion of an excellent quadratic linear algebraic group G over an arbitrary field k: the group G is excellent if, * *for any

  17. CIMI PROJECT EXCELLENCE RESEARCH CHAIR

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    Ledoux, Michel

    CIMI PROJECT EXCELLENCE RESEARCH CHAIR This document aims at providing guidance on the format to be used when submitting a scientific project to CIMI Executive Committee. Excellence Research Chairs, post-doctoral courses, workshops or dissemination. The CIMI funding for an Excellence Chair over a 6

  18. Club Sports Excellence & Developmental Funding

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    Pittendrigh, Barry

    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

  19. 50 keV electron-beam projection maskless lithography (PML2): results obtained with 2,500 programmable 12.5-nm sized beams

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    Klein, Christof; Klikovits, Jan; Szikszai, Laszlo; Platzgummer, Elmar; Loeschner, Hans

    2010-03-01

    Projection Mask-Less Lithography (PML2) is a potentially cost-effective electron multi-beam solution for the 16 nm hp ITRS technology node and beyond. First results obtained with a PML2 Testbench are presented where a programmable Aperture Plate System (APS) was used to generate ca. 2500 micrometer-sized beams which are projected onto wafer level with 200x demagnification. The APS contains CMOS electronics which allows for addressable deflection of selected beams; only non-deflected beams make it to the wafer surface to achieve 12.5 nm spot size. Beam energy (50keV) and current density (~2 A/cm2) are the same as in future PML2 production tools. Thus, the results obtained with the PML2 Testbench unambiguously prove the patterning capabilities of the PML2 technology.

  20. Recognizing Excellent Outreach Performance.

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    Knox, Alan B.

    This study analyzed aspects of assistant professor promotion and tenure packets that contained varying emphases on outreach associated with a positive promotion recommendation. Fictionalized versions of actual promotion packets for 18 men and women were obtained from seven midwest universities. Packets varied by type of department and by extent…

  1. Double-wavelength superheterodyne interferometer for absolute ranging with submillimeter resolution: results obtained with a demonstration model by use of rough and reflective targets.

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    Margheri, G; Giunti, C; Zatti, S; Manhart, S; Maurer, R

    1997-09-01

    The potential of double-wavelength interferometry is well known, especially regarding the capability of performing absolute distance measurements of rough targets with high resolutions. We describe the experimental results obtained with a demonstration model of a double-wavelength interferometer with superheterodyne detection. Our system, implemented with two four-quadrant detectors to improve the detection probability, has demonstrated the ability to reach resolutions of 0.2 mm at 5-m distances on rough targets in 50-ms integration time. PMID:18259469

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

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    Gatti, Bernard

    1987-01-01

    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)

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

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

    2012-06-01

    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.

  4. Mark's Maths and Excel Pages

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    Dabbs, Mark

    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.

  5. Search for Trans-Neptunian Objects: a new MIDAS context confronted with some results obtained with the UH 8k CCD Mosaic Camera

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    Rousselot, P.; Lombard, F.; Moreels, G.

    1998-09-01

    We present the results obtained with a new program dedicated to the automatic detection of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) with standard sets of images obtained in the same field of view. This program has the key advantage, when compared to other similar softwares, of being designed to be used with one of the main astronomical data processing package; the Munich Image Data Analysis System (MIDAS) developped by The European Southern Observatory (ESO). It is available freely from the World Wide Web server of the Observatory of Besan\\c con (http://www.obs-besancon/www/ publi/philippe/tno.html). This program has been tested with observational data collected with the UH 8k CCD mosaic Camera, used during two nights, on October 25 and 26, 1997, at the prime focus of the CFH telescope (Mauna Kea, Hawaii). The purpose of these observational data was to detect new TNOs and a previous analysis conducted by the classical method of blinking, had lead to a first detection of a new TNO. This object appears close to the detection limit of the images (i.e. to the 24(th) magnitude) and presents an unsual orbital inclination (i =~ 33(deg) ). It has allowed the efficient and successful testing of the program to detect faint moving objects, demonstrating its ability to detect the objects close to the sky background noise with a very limited number of false detections.

  6. Interobserver agreement of the injury diagnoses obtained by postmortem computed tomography of traffic fatality victims and a comparison with autopsy results.

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    Leth, Peter Mygind; Struckmann, Henrik; Lauritsen, Jens

    2013-02-10

    The present study investigated the interobserver variation between a radiologist and a forensic pathologist in 994 injury diagnoses obtained by postmortem computed tomography (CT) of 67 traffic fatality victims, and the results were compared with diagnoses obtained by autopsy. The injuries were coded according to the abbreviated injury scale (AIS). We found a low interobserver variability for postmortem CT injury diagnoses, and the variability was the lowest for injuries with a high AIS severity score. The radiologist diagnosed more injuries than the pathologist, especially in the skeletal system, but the pathologist diagnosed more organ injuries. We recommend the use of a radiologist as a consultant for the evaluation of postmortem CT images. Training in radiology should be included in forensic medicine postgraduate training. CT was superior to autopsy in detecting abnormal air accumulations, but autopsy was superior to CT in the detection of organ injuries and aortic ruptures. We recommend a combination of CT and autopsy for the postmortem investigation of traffic fatality victims. PMID:22541590

  7. Be(com)ing an Excellent Student: A Qualitative Study with Engineering Undergraduates

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    Monteiro, Sílvia; Almeida, Leandro S.; Vasconcelos, Rosa M.; Cruz, José Fernando A.

    2014-01-01

    This study explores the factors affecting the development of academic excellence on a group of 33 high-achieving engineering students. Participants were interviewed individually to explore several personal and contextual aspects of their past and current academic pathways. The results obtained reflect three main contributions to the…

  8. Recent results obtained by use of accelerators on plasma-edge properties in controlled-fusion devices and on properties of high-power neutral beams

    SciTech Connect

    Langley, R.A.

    1982-01-01

    The study of plasma-wall interactions is of primary importance in present fusion devices. Measurements of incident fuel and impurity fluxes, retention and release of fuel atoms, and erosion of internal components are of particular interest. Accelerators in the megaelectronvolt range are being used both to measure the depth profile of fuel atoms implanted in samples placed in the plasma edge by use of nuclear reactions and to measure impurities and film thicknesses by use of elastic scattering reactions. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) is used to determine flux and energy distributions of fuel atoms and to measure species composition and impurities in the beams of high power neutral beam injectors. Recent results obtained with these techniques are presented and areas of future study are discussed.

  9. Quasiminimal excellent classes Chains, existence, and definability

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    Kirby, Jonathan

    Quasiminimal excellent classes Chains, existence, and definability Conclusions On Quasiminimal Excellent Classes Jonathan Kirby University of Oxford 5th October, 2007 Jonathan Kirby Definability of Quasiminimal Excellent Classes #12;Quasiminimal excellent classes Chains, existence, and definability

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

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

    2005-01-01

    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

  11. MICROSOFT EXCEL 2000 Microsoft Excel , verileri hesaplama , yenileme, depolama, grafik hazirlama, siralama, tablo

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    Excel 2000 1 MICROSOFT EXCEL 2000 Microsoft Excel , verileri hesaplama , yenileme, depolama, grafik verilerin girilecei hücreler ,satir ve sütunlarin kesiimlerinde bulunur. BALATMA: Microsoft Excel 2000, Microsoft Windows 95 veya Microsoft Windows 98 programiyla birlikte çaliir. Excel programini çalitirmak için

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

    1975-01-01

    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.

  13. Comparison of Typing Results Obtained for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Isolates with the DiversiLab System and Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis?

    PubMed Central

    Tenover, Fred C.; Gay, Emily A.; Frye, Stacie; Eells, Samantha J.; Healy, Mimi; McGowan, John E.

    2009-01-01

    We compared the results of typing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates using the DiversiLab system (DL) to the results obtained using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). One hundred five MRSA isolates of PFGE types USA100 to USA1100 and the Brazilian clone, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Project ICARE strain collections, were typed using DL. In addition, four unique sets of MRSA isolates from purported MRSA outbreaks that had been previously typed by DL, each consisting of six isolates (where five isolates were classified as indistinguishable by DL and one was an unrelated DL type) were typed by PFGE. DL separated the 105 MRSA isolates of known USA types into 11 clusters and six unique banding patterns. DL grouped most of the USA100, USA200, and USA1100 isolates into unique clusters. Multilocus sequence type 8 isolates (i.e., USA300 and USA500) often clustered together at >95% similarity in DL dendrograms. Nevertheless, USA300 and USA500 DL patterns could be distinguished using the pattern overlay function of the DL software. Among the hospital outbreak clusters, PFGE and DL identified the same “unrelated” organism in three of four sets. However, PFGE showed more pattern diversity than did DL, suggesting that two of the sets were less likely to represent true outbreaks. In summary, DL is useful for screening MRSA isolates to rule out potential outbreaks of MRSA in hospitals, but PFGE provides better discrimination of potential outbreak strains and is more useful for confirming strain relatedness and specific USA types. PMID:19553588

  14. ROBIN: a platform for evaluating automatic target recognition algorithms: II. Protocols used for evaluating algorithms and results obtained on the SAGEM DS database

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    Duclos, D.; Lonnoy, J.; Guillerm, Q.; Jurie, F.; Herbin, S.; D'Angelo, E.

    2008-04-01

    Over the five past years, the computer vision community has explored many different avenues of research for Automatic Target Recognition. Noticeable advances have been made and we are now in the situation where large-scale evaluations of ATR technologies have to be carried out, to determine what the limitations of the recently proposed methods are and to determine the best directions for future works. ROBIN, which is a project funded by the French Ministry of Defence and by the French Ministry of Research, has the ambition of being a new reference for benchmarking ATR algorithms in operational contexts. This project, headed by major companies and research centers involved in Computer Vision R&D in the field of Defense (Bertin Technologies, CNES, ECA, DGA, EADS, INRIA, ONERA, MBDA, SAGEM, THALES) recently released a large dataset of several thousands of hand-annotated infrared and RGB images of different targets in different situations. Setting up an evaluation campaign requires us to define, accurately and carefully, sets of data (both for training ATR algorithms and for their evaluation), tasks to be evaluated, and finally protocols and metrics for the evaluation. ROBIN offers interesting contributions to each one of these three points. This paper first describes, justifies and defines the set of functions used in the ROBIN competitions and relevant for evaluating ATR algorithms (Detection, Localization, Recognition and Identification). It also defines the metrics and the protocol used for evaluating these functions. In the second part of the paper, the results obtained by several state-of-the-art algorithms on the SAGEM DS database (a subpart of ROBIN) are presented and discussed

  15. Excellent lubricating behavior of Brasenia schreberi mucilage.

    PubMed

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

    2012-05-22

    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

  16. Factors Associated With Students’ Perception of Preceptor Excellence

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    Young, Shardae; Cantrell, Matthew; Shaw, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Objectives. To identify factors associated with preceptor excellence as rated by student pharmacists and to assess the correlation of excellent ratings with years as pharmacist, specialty certification, and faculty appointment status. Methods. A retrospective analysis of student pharmacist evaluations of preceptors from May 2009 to May 2012 was completed to determine factors associated with preceptor excellence. Results. Preceptors who showed an interest in teaching, related to the student as an individual, encouraged discussion, were accessible, provided feedback, served as a role model, were organized, and/or spent increased time with students were more likely to be rated excellent. Conclusion. Serving as role models and showing an interest in teaching demonstrated the strongest association with being an excellent preceptor. Identifying factors students associate with preceptor excellence may result in enhanced preceptor recruitment, development, and training. PMID:24761014

  17. 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.

  18. LAB ASSIGNMENT -6 MATRIX OPERATIONS IN EXCEL

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    Clement, Prabhakar

    1 LAB ASSIGNMENT -6 MATRIX OPERATIONS IN EXCEL 8.1 ARRAYS IN EXCEL: Excel uses arrays to store the arrays for matrix operations in Excel but this helps in keeping the spreadsheet organized and easy described above. Figure 8.2 Matrix addition using array math in excel In the above example, A and B are both

  19. Developing talent for operational excellence.

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    Theadore, Jason C; O'Brien, Thaddeus J

    2012-01-01

    Many organizations have the expectation that their employees will prepare for their own professional development without much support or guidance. To achieve operational excellence, development of the people in an organization is just as important as the development of technologies and processes. Ohio Health Ambulatory Division in Columbus, OH created a plan to develop its people systematically in three distinct pillars: management development, staff engagement, and clinical excellence. Much was learned about talent development since work began on "The People Plan", perhaps the most critical lesson learned has been the importance of not giving up on the effort. PMID:22908485

  20. the certificate Program in Process & Performance Excellence

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    the certificate Program in Process & Performance Excellence aarhus university business and social & Performance Excellence provides participants with the knowledge, the vi- sion, and the confidence to apply process and performance excellence throughout their organizations. Participants will learn both the theory

  1. This volume brings together, through a peer-revision process, the advanced research results obtained by the European COST Action 2102: Cross-Modal Analysis of Verbal

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    Nijholt, Anton

    obtained by the European COST Action 2102: Cross-Modal Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and Nonverbal Communication" (cost2102.cs.stir.ac.uk) COST Action 2102 in its third year of life brought, www.cost.esf.org ) in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for disseminating

  2. Carry On-with Excellence.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Thompson, Helen

    2002-01-01

    Discussion of the expanded role of teacher for library media specialists focuses on characteristics of teaching excellence based on a story about the life of Nathaniel Bowditch. Highlights include lifelong learning; caring about learners; believing everyone can learn; reflecting on teaching methods; understanding human nature; and contributing to…

  3. Rewarding excellence in pharmacy teaching

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

    2011-01-01

    Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy need uniform, valid, and reliable methods to select and formally recognize teaching excellence. This manuscript describes important considerations in establishing a quality teaching recognition program. Factors to consider include the number and mix of awards, criteria, and process of choosing award winners, and the impact of awards on the School or College teaching program. Institutions

  4. Partnership for Excellence, Fall 2000.

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    Cartnal, Ryan; Hagen, Pete

    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)…

  5. On Excellence: Craftsmanship and Leadership

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    Merrill, Chris

    2013-01-01

    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,…

  6. 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.

  7. Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

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    FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) is a website from the United States Department of Education that makes hundreds of learning resources from over forty federal organizations available and searchable in one place. Topics include arts, music, health, physical education, language arts, math, science, world studies and U.S. history. Links to primary source materials, videos, photos and animations are included.

  8. A Path to Academic Excellence

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    Grizzard, Clare; Woerner, Georgia K.

    2010-01-01

    Educators in Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore recognize the essential role that the arts play in education. This K-8 urban public school, which serves a highly diverse population, focuses on academic excellence and high standards for students and faculty. They believe that teaching "in and through the arts" helps to achieve those…

  9. NATIONAL PLANNING EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR

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    Handy, Susan L.

    planning is acting to green the city wherever it can," said planning commissioner Amanda Burden, FAICP#12;NATIONAL PLANNING EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING. ZONE GREEN, NEW YORK CIT, \\'ew York City adopted a sweeping set of regulations--together the provisions are called Zone Green

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

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

    2014-05-01

    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.

  11. Results on Dose Distributions in a Human Body from the Matroshka-R Experiment onboard the ISS Obtained with the Tissue-Equivalent Spherical Phantom

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    Shurshakov, Vyacheslav; Nikolaev, Igor; Kartsev, Ivan; Tolochek, Raisa; Lyagushin, Vladimir

    The tissue-equivalent spherical phantom (32 kg mass, 35 cm diameter and 10 cm central spherical cave) made in Russia has been used on board the ISS in Matroshka-R experiment for more than 10 years. Both passive and active space radiation detectors can be located inside the phantom and on its surface. Due to the specially chosen phantom shape and size, the chord length distributions of the detector locations are attributed to self-shielding properties of the critical organs in a human body. Originally the spherical phantom was installed in the star board crew cabin of the ISS Service Module, then in the Piers-1, MIM-2, and MIM-1 modules of the ISS Russian segment, and finally in JAXA Kibo module. Total duration of the detector exposure is more than 2000 days in 9 sessions of the space experiment. In the first phase of the experiment with the spherical phantom the dose measurements were realized with only passive detectors (thermoluminescent and solid state track detectors). The detectors are placed inside the phantom along the axes of 20 containers and on the phantom outer surface in 32 pockets of the phantom jacket. After each session the passive detectors are returned to the ground. The results obtained show the dose difference on the phantom surface as much as a factor of 2, the highest dose being usually observed close to the outer wall of the compartment, and the lowest dose being in the opposite location along the phantom diameter. However, because of the ISS module shielding properties an inverse dose distribution in a human body can be observed when the dose rate maximum is closer to the geometrical center of the module. Maximum dose rate measured in the phantom is obviously due to the action of two radiation sources, namely, galactic cosmic rays (GCR) and Earth’ radiation belts. Minimum dose rate is produced mainly by the strongly penetrating GCR particles and is mostly observed behind more than 5 g/cm2 tissue shielding. Critical organ doses, mean-tissue and effective doses of a crew member in the ISS compartments are also estimated with the spherical phantom data. The estimated effective dose rate is found to be from 10 % to 15 % lower than the averaged dose on the phantom surface as dependent on the attitude of the critical organs. If compared with the anthropomorphic phantom Rando used inside and outside the ISS earlier, the Matroshka-R space experiment spherical phantom has lower mass, smaller size, and requires less crew time for the detector installation/retrieval; its tissue-equivalent properties are closer to the standard human body tissue than the Rando-phantom material. New sessions with the two tissue-equivalent phantoms are of great interest. Development of modified passive and active detector sets is in progress for the future ISS expeditions. Both the spherical and Rando-type phantoms proved their effectiveness to measure the critical organ doses and effective doses in-flight and if supplied with modernized dosimeters can be recommended for future exploratory manned missions to monitor continuously the crew exposure to space radiation.

  12. Graphing techniques for materials laboratory using Excel

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    Kundu, Nikhil K.

    1994-01-01

    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.

  13. Importing Questions Using Microsoft Excel Page 1 Importing Questions Using Microsoft Excel

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    Xu, Shouhuai

    Importing Questions Using Microsoft Excel Page 1 Importing Questions Using Microsoft Excel Excel Question Format You can create different question types in Microsoft Excel and upload the questions answers, use the column that follow) Create a Test in Microsoft Excel 1. From Microsoft Excel, create your

  14. Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence

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    2013-01-01

    Based at Pennsylvania State University, the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence was created "to advance and inspire excellence in Penn State's teaching and learning community." Many of the fine resources on this site are broadly applicable to anyone teaching college students. The materials here are divided into eight primary areas, including Events, Consultations, Grants, Tools/Tips, and TAs/Grad Instructors. The Tools/Tips area is marvelous, as it contains sections, such as Course Design and Planning and Teaching and Assessment Strategies, that feature fact sheets, lesson plans, and the like. Moving on, the TAs/Grad Instructors area contains helpful advice for graduate student teachers, such as "Guide to interacting with students," and "Guide to effective grading." [KMG

  15. Teaching Resource Guide Center for Teaching Excellence

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    Aydilek, Ahmet

    Teaching Resource Guide 2013-2014 Center for Teaching Excellence Office of Undergraduate Studies for Teaching Excellence Reproduce with permission only Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland important contributions to undergraduate student learning and to the commitment to excellence in teaching

  16. Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni Microsoft Excel

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    Bortolussi, Luca

    Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni Microsoft Excel Nozioni di base Luca Bortolussi #12;SOMMARIO 2 Introduzione ­ Interfaccia Excel Celle ­ Immissioni dati ­ Formattazione Gestione fogli di ­ Elenchi #12;Introduzione Cos'è Excel? 3 Excel è uno spreadsheet: Consente di effettuare calcoli e analisi

  17. Faculty of Science AWARD for RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

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    Pedersen, Tom

    Faculty of Science AWARD for RESEARCH EXCELLENCE The Faculty of Science annually presents one "Award for Research Excellence". Purpose This award recognizes and rewards excellence in research for Research Excellence in the Faculty of Science consists of a commemorative plaque and a cash prize of $1000

  18. Excellence and Education: Rhetoric and Reality

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    Gillies, Donald

    2007-01-01

    "Excellence" has been a prevalent term in New Labour rhetoric on education, most notably in the stated goal of "excellence for all" in education. Despite that, the meaning of the term has remained imprecise, and the implications of universal excellence unclear. In this paper, three distinct definitions of excellence are identified and the…

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

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

    2013-01-01

    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

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

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

    1993-01-01

    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.

  1. Delaying the Empiric Treatment of Candida Bloodstream Infection until Positive Blood Culture Results Are Obtained: a Potential Risk Factor for Hospital Mortality

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    Matthew Morrell; Victoria J. Fraser; Marin H. Kollef

    2005-01-01

    Fungal bloodstream infections are associated with significant patient mortality and health care costs. Nevertheless, the relationship between a delay of the initial empiric antifungal treatment until blood culture results are known and the clinical outcome is not well established. A retrospective cohort analysis with automated patient medical records and the pharmacy database at Barnes-Jewish Hospital was conducted. One hundred fifty-seven

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

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

    2003-01-01

    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

  3. Comparison of analytical predictions and verification flight test results for the performance of the Spacelab environmental control and life support subsystem as obtained during the 1st mission.

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    Loser, H

    1985-12-01

    The environmental control and life support subsystem (ECLS) of the Spacelab module provides various functions which can be assigned to its various branches as follows: Thermal insulation from the external environment is achieved by the passive thermal control subsystem (PTCS). Rejection of the heat produced by the Spacelab subsystem equipment and by the various experiments is the task of the active thermal control subsystem (ATCS). Life support in the form of cabin air ventilation, oxygen/carbon dioxide partial pressure control; total pressure and air temperature/humidity control is achieved by the life support subsystem (LSS). In the first part of the paper a brief description of the various elements and loops forming the Spacelab ECLS will be given by discussing the PTCS, ATCS and LSS in some detail. Objective of the verification flight test program--as implied in the title already--is the verification of major requirements the ECLS has to comply with. Those requirements will then be comprehensively discussed in the second part of the paper. A description of the analytical approach is given in the third part of the paper. However, only those areas will be addressed which were included in the verification flight test program. A brief description of the flight instrumentation, the data transmission and collection follows then in the fourth part of the paper. In the fifth part of the paper the approach to select and compile flight test data obtained during the first mission (Shuttle flight STS 9) from November 28 till December 8, 1983 is illustrated. Flight test data are compared with the analytical predictions in form of examples. In the sixth and last portion of the paper the actual/measured performance is compared with the requirements, and conclusions are drawn with respect to comprehensiveness/accuracy of the flight test verification and the compliance of the Spacelab actual performance with the requirements. PMID:11542823

  4. Analysis of results obtained using the automatic chemical control of the quality of the water heat carrier in the drum boiler of the Ivanovo CHP-3 power plant

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    Larin, A. B.; Kolegov, A. V.

    2012-10-01

    Results of industrial tests of the new method used for the automatic chemical control of the quality of boiler water of the drum-type power boiler ( P d = 13.8 MPa) are described. The possibility of using an H-cationite column for measuring the electric conductivity of an H-cationized sample of boiler water over a long period of time is shown.

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

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    Bamber, M J; House, R O

    1937-01-01

    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.

  6. Evaluation of capillary gas chromatography for pesticide and industrial chemical residue analysis. II. Comparison of quantitative results obtained on capillary and packed columns.

    PubMed

    Fehringer, N V; Walters, S M

    1986-01-01

    Results of pesticide and industrial chemical residue determinations, using both capillary and packed column gas chromatography (GC), in 3 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratories have been compiled and compared. Samples consisted of food products collected for routine residue screening by the respective laboratories. Extracts were prepared by conventional multiresidue methodology. Capillary column systems and operating conditions were selected at the discretion of each laboratory and were therefore variable, although split/splitless injectors in the split mode were used with prescribed precautions in all cases. Packed column systems were operated as specified in the FDA Pesticide Analytical Manual (PAM). Overall correlation between the 2 systems, expressed as the average ratio of packed column result to capillary column result, was 0.99 for 120 determinations in 41 samples. The higher resolving power of the capillary systems allowed quantitation of several residues that were incompletely separated and therefore unquantifiable using the packed columns. Capillary column GC with the split injection technique, used with appropriate precautions, was found to be both reliable and advantageous for regulatory determination of pesticide and industrial chemical residues in foods and feeds. PMID:3949710

  7. Magnetization transfer imaging of the brain: A quantitative comparison of results obtained at 1.5 and 4.0 T.

    PubMed

    Duvvuri, U; Roberts, D A; Leigh, J S; Bolinger, L

    1999-10-01

    The preliminary results of magnetization transfer (MT) imaging on a whole body 4.0 T system are presented. Cooked egg phantoms and several volunteers were imaged on 1.5 and 4.0 T magnets interfaced to GE Signa scanners. The MT ratio (MTR), signal difference to noise ratio (SDNR), and contrast parameters were measured at both fields and compared. Furthermore, single-shot Z-spectroscopy was used to characterize the frequency dependence of the MT phenomenon. The results show that MT imaging can be safely performed at 4.0 T without exceeding limitations of radio frequency power. The MT effect is more pronounced at the higher field, leading to better quality images with higher contrast and SDNR. The Z-spectra are not markedly different at the higher field although the MTR is greater. The potential applications of this technique to study neurodegenerative diseases, as well as, perfusion imaging and angiography are discussed. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 1999;10:527-532. PMID:10508319

  8. Biodosimetry results obtained by various cytogenetic methods and electron spin resonance spectrometry among inhabitants of a radionuclide contaminated area around the siberian chemical plant (Tomsk-7).

    PubMed

    Ilyinskikh, N N; Ilyinskikh, I N; Porovskiy, V A; Natarajan, A T; Suskov, I I; Smirenniy, L N; Ilyinskikh, E N

    1999-09-01

    On April 6, 1993, near the town of Tomsk (Russia) there was an accident at the Siberian Chemical Plant (SCP) which resulted in extensive contamination of an area of 250 km(2) to the north of SCP with long-lived radionuclides such as (239)Pu, (137)Cs and (90)Sr. Cytogenetic methods and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometry of tooth enamel were used to estimate the radiation doses received by the population. The ESR signal intensity and the chromosomal aberration frequency in lymphocytes of the tooth donors showed a good correlation. The data showed that 15% of the inhabitants of the Samus settlement received a radiation dose >90 cGy. The exceptions were results of an examination of fishermen, where ESR gave high values (80-210 cGy) but both the chromosome assay and the cytokinesis block micronucleus method gave lower ones (8-52 cGy). A large increase in chromosome damage was observed in people born between 1961 and 1969. It was found that during these years several serious accidents at the Siberian Chemical Plant had occurred causing radiation pollution of the area. The number of cells with chromosome aberrations was significantly less among the people arriving in Samus after 1980. We found good correlations between the level of carotene consumption and a decrease in frequency of both micronuclei in binucleated lymphocytes (r = 0.68, P < 0.01) and chromatid aberrations (r = 0.61, P < 0.01) among the inhabitants. We also examined the inhabitants of Samus for opisthorchis infection, which was present in 30% of the population. The Samus inhabitants affected by Opisthorchis felineus showed significantly increased levels of micronuclei in binucleated lymphocytes and chromatid aberrations as compared with the controls. PMID:10473650

  9. 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.

    PubMed

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

    2014-03-25

    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

  10. New results for the space radiation environment of MIR space station obtained by Liulin dosimeter-radiometer. Comparison with LET spectrometer NAUSICAA.

    PubMed

    Dachev TsP; Semkova, J V; Matviichuk YuN; Koleva, R T; Tomov, B T; Baynov, P T; Bottollier-Depois, J F; Nguen, V D; Lebaron-Jacobs, L; Siegrist, M; Duvivier, E; Almarcha, B; Petrov, V M; Shurshakov, V V

    1995-01-01

    Since 1988 high sensitivity semiconductor dosimeter-radiometer "Liulin" worked on board of MIR space station. Device measured the absorbed dose rate and the flux of penetrating particles. The analysis of the data shows the following new results: In October 1989 and after March 24, 1991, two additional stable maximums in flux channel were observed in the southern-eastern part of South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA). These two maximums existed at least several months and seem to be due to trapped high energy electron and proton fluxes. In April 1991 additional maximums were localized in the following geographical coordinates regions: latitude = (-35 degrees)-(-50 degrees) longitude = 332 degrees-l6 degrees and lat.(-46 degrees)-(-52 degrees) long. 360 degrees-60 degrees. Additional maximums diffusion occurs inside radiation belt. Appearance of these maximums seems to be closely connected with preceding powerful solar proton events and associated geomagnetic dynamics of new belt disturbances. Alter the series of solar proton events in June 1991 we observed significant enhancement of this new radiation belt formation. To achieve sufficient accuracy of dose rate predictions in low Earth orbits the structure and dynamics of new belt should be carefully analyzed to be included in a new environment model. From the inter comparison of the data from "Liulin" and French developed tissue equivalent LET spectrometer NAUSICAA in the time period August-November 1992 we come to the following conclusions: Mainly there is good agreement between both data sets for absorbed dose in the region of SAA; Different situation of the instruments on the station can explain the cases when differences up to 2 times are observed; At high latitudes usually the tissue equivalent absorbed dose observations are 2 times larger than "Liulin" doses. PMID:11540982

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

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

    2013-12-01

    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.

  12. Obtaining accurate measurement using redundant sensors 

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    Burnett, Michael Scott

    1996-01-01

    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...

  13. Alliance for Excellent Education: Publications

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2014-03-20

    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.

  14. EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH 2013-2014 ELIGIBILITY

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    Rose, Michael R.

    EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH 2013-2014 ELIGIBILITY Undergraduate students must be enrolled in independent Dishonesty. Those students who have earned Excellence in Research previously are eligible again, provided students in your lab participating in Excellence - your project needs to be divided so that each student

  15. EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH 2014-2015 ELIGIBILITY

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    Loudon, Catherine

    EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH 2014-2015 ELIGIBILITY Undergraduate students must be enrolled in independent Dishonesty. Those students who have earned Excellence in Research previously are eligible again, provided students in your lab participating in Excellence - your project needs to be divided so that each student

  16. Faculty of Science AWARD for STAFF EXCELLENCE

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    Pedersen, Tom

    Faculty of Science AWARD for STAFF EXCELLENCE The Faculty of Science annually presents one "Award for Staff Excellence". Purpose This Award recognizes and rewards a staff member in the Faculty of Science for demonstrated excellence in their support of the teaching and/or research missions of the Faculty and

  17. System Description: Embedding Verification into Microsoft Excel ?

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    Dennis, Louise

    System Description: Embedding Verification into Microsoft Excel ? Graham Collins 1 and Louise A toolkit satisfied this aim. The system combines the toolkit with Microsoft Excel, a popular commercial embedding verification into Mi­ crosoft Excel without inventing or re­implementing any existing theorem

  18. Excel Reference Manual: A gentle overview

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    Priestley, Jennifer Lewis

    Excel Reference Manual: A gentle overview #12;2 Developed and maintained by the Center for Statistics and Analytical Services of Kennesaw State University Table of Contents 1. Introduction to MS Excel What is Excel 4 Importing Data 5 2. Data Analysis and Statistical Concepts 9 Concept 1 ­ Measurements

  19. EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE AWARD GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA

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    Leistikow, Bruce N.

    EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE AWARD GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA Human Resources accepts nominations for the Employee Excellence Award Program in February and March of each year. This document identifies the general These awards are granted to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in one of the Health System

  20. Managing Excellence Annual Report 2003/2004

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    Stevenson, Paul

    Managing Excellence Annual Report 2003/2004 UniS #12;Vice-Chancellor's Introduction 1 Managing Excellence ...through a New Academic Strategy 7 ...in the School of Management 15 ...in the PostgraduateS Associated Institutions 57 MANAGING EXCELLENCE Chancellor HRH The Duke of Kent, KG Pro-Chancellors Emeritus

  1. Access and Excellence Robert J. Birgeneau,

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    Walker, Matthew P.

    Access and Excellence Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley Fall and Excellence Page 2 Our Mission and Values With its long and distinguished history, Berkeley is a preeminent over 450,000 living alumni who are proud and distinguished graduates. Commitment to excellence

  2. Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award

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    Schiller, Stephan

    Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award Chemistry Category June 27, 2014 Prof. Dr. Abigail Doyle (Auditorium) on in the to from Princeton University (USA) #12;10:00 Opening Remarks: from Research Excellence in Science & Society / the Early Excellence in Science Award Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord, Head of Bayer Foundations

  3. EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH 2012-2013 ELIGIBILITY

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    Rose, Michael R.

    EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH 2012-2013 ELIGIBILITY Undergraduate students must be enrolled in independent Dishonesty. Those students who have earned Excellence in Research previously are eligible again, provided students in your lab participating in Excellence - your project needs to be divided so that each student

  4. Call for Nominations TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

    E-print Network

    Call for Nominations TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE Staff Awards Do you know someone working, nominate him or her for the Academic Affairs Tradition of Excellence Staff Awards. Nomination forms-4016) or online at http://provost.tamu.edu/special-events/tradition-of-excellence-awards. Reward and Recognition

  5. Centers for excellence in engineering education: a case study

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Helen M. Grady

    2004-01-01

    In 2000, Mercer University established a Center for Excellence in engineering education (CE3) to promote excellence in teaching and to support engineering faculty in their efforts to use technology to improve student learning of engineering and science. This paper reports the results of various CE3 initiatives, such as workshops, biweekly faculty brown-bag lunch sessions (LunchBytes), individualized technical support, a center

  6. Clinical Excellence in Psychiatry: A Review of the Psychiatric Literature

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

    2012-01-01

    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

  7. On the accuracy of statistical procedures in Microsoft Excel 2000 and Excel XP

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. D. McCullough; Berry Wilson

    2002-01-01

    The problems that rendered Excel 97 unfit for use as a statistical package have not been fixed in either Excel 2000 or Excel 2002 (also called “Excel XP”). Microsoft attempted to fix errors in the standard normal random number generator and the inverse normal function, and in the former case actually made the problem worse.

  8. Utilisation d'Excel pour traiter ses donnes Note pralable sur les limites d'Excel

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    Parrott, Lael

    Utilisation d'Excel pour traiter ses données numériques Note préalable sur les limites d'Excel une traiter vos données sous Excel. Le plus facile: PRN (ou TAB) o Vous allez enregistrer un fichier *.PRN ou des tabulations. o Vous ouvrez le logiciel Excel. o Pour ouvrir le fichier : Vous faites un glisser

  9. Excellence in Undergraduate I. Establish a Culture of Excellence at UCLA

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    Grether, Gregory

    Excellence in Undergraduate Education I. Establish a Culture of Excellence at UCLA A of excellence at UCLA. This context for the educational experience should be facilitated by: 1. Clear, frequent, and joint statements by all concerned regarding expectations for excellence, both in terms of the pedagogy

  10. SOMA, Excel and Data AnalysisSOMA, Excel and Data Analysis Ryan Ringle, NSCL

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    Rumolo, Giovanni

    SOMA, Excel and Data AnalysisSOMA, Excel and Data Analysis Ryan Ringle, NSCL ringle Archival/Discrimination -Mass Measure TOF/Fit Analysis -Eva Mass Analysis -Excel -SOMA #12;Single. Should work on Linux. Saved "parameter files" in user editable text format. #12;SOMA vs. ExcelSOMA vs

  11. Page 1 of 13 ExcelGrid: A .NET Plug-in for Outsourcing Excel Spreadsheet

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    Melbourne, University of

    Page 1 of 13 ExcelGrid: A .NET Plug-in for Outsourcing Excel Spreadsheet Workload to Enterprise Excel is a widely used spreadsheet application and provides a very easy-to-use system, which any user this problem. This paper describes a method to grid-enable Microsoft Excel, to execute spreadsheet computations

  12. Reach for Excellence The University of Leeds Reach for Excellence programme is inspiring bright teenagers from

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    Haase, Markus

    Reach for Excellence The University of Leeds Reach for Excellence programme is inspiring bright for Excellence builds on the success of an innovative pilot project, which over the course of four years has support of the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, the Reach for Excellence programme is now fully funded

  13. Diagnostic Implications of Inconsistent Results Obtained with the Xpert MTB/Rif Assay in Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Isolates with an rpoB Mutation Associated with Low-Level Rifampin Resistance

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    Deggim, Vanessa; Ciardo, Diana; Bloemberg, Guido V.

    2013-01-01

    Xpert-MTB/Rif is one of the most frequently used molecular screening tests for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis worldwide. We report false-negative assay results in the presence of rpoB Leu533Pro, which is associated with low-level phenotypic rifampin resistance. Accurate and timely confirmation of rifampin susceptibility results obtained with Xpert-MTB/Rif is imperative. PMID:23850949

  14. Diagnostic implications of inconsistent results obtained with the Xpert MTB/Rif assay in detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates with an rpoB mutation associated with low-level rifampin resistance.

    PubMed

    Somoskovi, Akos; Deggim, Vanessa; Ciardo, Diana; Bloemberg, Guido V

    2013-09-01

    Xpert-MTB/Rif is one of the most frequently used molecular screening tests for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis worldwide. We report false-negative assay results in the presence of rpoB Leu533Pro, which is associated with low-level phenotypic rifampin resistance. Accurate and timely confirmation of rifampin susceptibility results obtained with Xpert-MTB/Rif is imperative. PMID:23850949

  15. 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.

  16. Total quality management: achieving service excellence.

    PubMed

    Adelson, R

    1997-01-01

    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

  17. Myeloablative Anti-CD20 Radioimmunotherapy +/- High-Dose Chemotherapy Followed by Autologous Stem Cell Support for Relapsed/Refractory B-Cell Lymphoma Results in Excellent Long-Term Survival

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    Schreiber, Susanne; Schmidt, Burkhard; Wester, Hans-Jürgen; Schwaiger, Markus; Peschel, Christian; von Schilling, Christoph

    2013-01-01

    Background Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) has been used to treat relapsed/refractory CD20+ Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Myeloablative anti-CD20 RIT followed by autologous stem cell infusion (ASCT) enables high radiation doses to lymphoma sites. We performed a phase I/II trial to assess feasibility and survival. Methods Twenty-three patients with relapsed/refractory NHL without complete remission (CR) to salvage chemotherapy were enrolled to evaluate RIT with Iodine-131 labelled rituximab (131I-rituximab) in a myeloablative setting. Biodistribution and dosimetric studies were performed to determine 131I activity required to induce a total body dose of 21-27Gy to critical organs. In 6/23 patients RIT was combined with high-dose chemotherapy. 8/23 patients received a sequential high-dose chemotherapy with a second ASCT. The median follow-up is 9.5 years. Results 6.956-19.425GBq of 131I was delivered to achieve the limiting organ dose to lungs or kidneys. No grade III/IV non-hematologic toxicity was seen with RIT alone. Significant grade III/IV toxicity (mucositis, fever, infection, one therapy related death) was observed in patients treated with RIT combined with high-dose chemotherapy. The overall response rate was 87% (64% CR). The median progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) is 47.5 and 101.5 months. An international prognostic index score >1 was predictive for OS. Conclusion Myeloablative RIT with 131I-rituximab followed by ASCT is feasible, well-tolerated and effective in high risk CD20+ NHL. Combination of RIT and high-dose chemotherapy increased toxicity significantly. Long-term results for PFS and OS are encouraging. PMID:23765188

  18. Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution

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    Noble, James S.

    Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) A National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) #12;CELDi is a university-based enterprise providing innovative solutions for logistics and distribution excellence with our member organizations. What

  19. Standards of Excellence in Budget Presentation.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Bolton, Denny G.; Harmer, W. Gary

    This guide describes the Meritorious Budget Awards Program recognizing excellence in school system budgeting awarded by the Association of School Business Officials. The award is designed to help school business administrators achieve a high standard of excellence in budget presentations. Chapters provide the expectations and relevant criteria…

  20. Excellence in Schools of Education: An Oxymoron?

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    Brabeck, Mary M.; Shirley, David

    2003-01-01

    Offers thoughts on why schools, colleges, and departments of education fail to achieve excellence and three premises for achieving same involving building strong partnerships with schools and communities, building an excellent research base, and the preparation of teachers with deep content knowledge, an understanding of child development and…

  1. From Quality Management To Organization Excellence: \\

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kevin J. Foley

    There is now a ground swell in both business and research communities to reject quality management as a management methodology, declare it to be yet another in the long line of management fads, and seek a substitute methodology. That substitute seems to be organization or business excellence. This paper argues that business excellence, whilst more obviously the business aim, (indeed

  2. Career Destinations Excel Southampton Student Case

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    Molinari, Marc

    Career Destinations Excel Southampton Student Case Studies Career Destinations | 023 8059 3501 | careers@southampton.ac.uk www.southampton.ac.uk/careers Fiona Clabon, BA Graphic Design (2013) Excel;Career Destinations | 023 8059 3501 | careers@southampton.ac.uk www.southampton.ac.uk/careers Jake Verma

  3. Using Microsoft Excel to Generate Usage Statistics

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    Spellman, Rosemary

    2011-01-01

    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…

  4. Notes on quasiminimality and excellence

    Microsoft Academic Search

    John T. Baldwin

    2004-01-01

    0 can be taken as a reduct of an expansion of the complex numbers by analytic functions'. This program interacts with two other lines of research. First is the general study of categoricity theorems in infinitary languages. After initial results by Keisler, reported in (31), this line was taken up in a long series of works by Shelah. We place

  5. Harrah Excellence in Innovation Award AWARD BACKGROUND & INFORMATION

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    Ahmad, Sajjad

    Harrah Excellence in Innovation Award AWARD BACKGROUND & INFORMATION Harrah Excellence innovative approaches have contributed significantly to business excellence. The distinguished innovations Research Center, UNLV. Previous award winners include: 2009 Harrah Excellence in Innovation Award Tapcode

  6. On the accuracy of statistical distributions in Microsoft Excel 2003

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Leo Knüsel

    2005-01-01

    Some of previously indicated errors in Microsoft Excel 97 and Excel XP have been eliminated in Excel 2003. But some others have not been corrected in Excel 2003 and new ones have been found as is shown by numerical examples.

  7. MINT Excellence Das Stipendienprogramm der Manfred Lautenschlger-Stiftung

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    Fiebig, Peter

    MINT Excellence ­ Das Stipendienprogramm der Manfred Lautenschläger-Stiftung ­ durchgeführt von MLP.mintexcellence.de Die Stipendienkategorien: Studies Excellence: Zehn Stipendien für gute Studienleistungen Social Excellence: Zehn Stipendien für gesellschaftliches Engagement Science Excellence: Zehn Stipendien für

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

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    Stuart, Steven J.

    Chapter Excellence Program Outline Mission of the Greek Community ­ Developed by the Chapter Excellence Team We, the fraternity men and sorority women, chosen to lead the three councils commit. Scholarship. Striving to excel in our professional and educational endeavors, we strengthen our fraternal bond

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

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    Kimiyoshi Kobayashi; Hirofumi Matsuo; Yutaka Sekine

    2006-01-01

    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

  10. Demulsifier for separation of liquid obtained in chemical flooding of oil layers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Fusheng Zhang; Jian Ouyang; Huaibin Zhang; Xinfang Feng; Jiatai Bu

    2010-01-01

    The development and use of a demulsifier for separation of the fluid obtained after flooding of an oil layer using ASP (alkaline\\u000a surfactant polymer) are described. The mechanism of separation of the emulsion was investigated. As a result of laboratory\\u000a studies and tests in the field, it was shown that the demulsifier produces excellent results in separation of such emulsions.

  11. Modelling of Spiral Coil Heat Exchanger: Model with Easy Simulation Using Ms-Excel

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    Khan, N. A.; Khan, A. M.; Kamil, M.

    2014-04-01

    A theoretical model has been presented for the measurement of heat transfer characteristics of a spiral coil heat exchanger under wet conditions. The solution is obtained using Ms Excel and the simulated results have been compared with the experimental data reported in open literature. It has been found that there is a good agreement between the simulated and experimental values. It is also observed that air mass flow rate and inlet air temperature have significant effect on the increase of the outlet water temperatures. Further outlet air and water temperature decreases with increasing water mass flow rate.

  12. Influencing Decisions with Charts using Excel 2007

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    This freely adaptable, non-commercial instructional module from Maricopa Community Colleges covers creating and customizing charts using the popular electronic spreadsheet computer program Microsoft Excel version 2007. This site offers an instructorâ??s guide plus four activities including a quiz with an answer key. Estimated class time is two â?? 50 minute sessions with an additional two hours of additional homework covering line, pie, column, and stock charts. This resource was designed for adult learners, or college or technical school students who already have some experience using Excel 2007. Note that this will not work with earlier versions of Excel.

  13. Graduate School of Excellence HBRS interacts with

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    Manstein, Dietmar J.

    into collaborative research centres of MHH (REBIRTH, SFBs, BMBF Centres or Networks of Competence, Clinical Research school being supported in the German Excellence Iniative (BMBF, from 2006). We have long- standing

  14. Teaching Comparative Statics with Microsoft Excel.

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    Barreto, Humberto

    2001-01-01

    Describes a Web site that makes use of the Comparative Statics Wizard add-in feature for Microsoft Excel. Enables students to focus on economic problems involving optimality, rate of change, and equilibrium solutions. (JEH)

  15. Vostok Ice Core: Excel (Mac or PC)

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    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.

    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.

  16. The Efficacy of the Mathematical Academic Centre for Excellence

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    Northern British Columbia, University of

    (Math/Stats) Kamal Lutfi, Disability Management July 2008 #12;The Efficacy of MACE 1 IntroductionThe Efficacy of the Mathematical Academic Centre for Excellence MACE A Technical Report Delivered Associate award to do an analysis of usage and efficacy of MACE. This report summarizes the results

  17. Excellence in Communication: A Factor in Corporate Profitability.

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    Mascolini, Marcia

    1988-01-01

    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)

  18. Managing SharePoint Lists from Excel

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Michael P. Antonovich

    \\u000a Along with MS Word, MS Excel is one of the oldest products in the Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft developed Excel in the\\u000a early days of PCs as competition for the wildly successful Lotus 1-2-3 program, which was one of the great early productivity\\u000a tools that helped justify using PCs in many business offices. However, even before the introduction of Lotus,

  19. Influencing Decisions with Charts â?? Excel 2003

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    From the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction at Maricopa Community College, Gail Korkames, and Kay Gaisford, this page presents how to manipulate data and influence decisions with charts using Microsoft Excel 2003. The module is presented in the context of digital visual literacy (DVL), the "set of skills that enable students to function in an increasingly digital and visual workplace." In this lesson, visitors will find an instructors' guide and four phases of the lesson: an introduction with background information, a demonstration of Excel tools, an independent student activity, and a quiz. The introductory PowerPoint presentation covers topics such as charts versus tables, good versus bad charts, labeling, deceptive information presentation, chart types, and designing effective charts. This is an excellent resource not only for courses or programs focused specifically on DVL, but for many other fields as effective and persuasive presentation of information is a skill that benefits everyone.

  20. Transportation Safety Excellence in Operations Through Improved Transportation Safety Document

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    Dr. Michael A. Lehto; MAL

    2007-05-01

    A recent accomplishment of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) Nuclear Safety analysis group was to obtain DOE-ID approval for the inter-facility transfer of greater-than-Hazard-Category-3 quantity radioactive/fissionable waste in Department of Transportation (DOT) Type A drums at MFC. This accomplishment supported excellence in operations through safety analysis by better integrating nuclear safety requirements with waste requirements in the Transportation Safety Document (TSD); reducing container and transport costs; and making facility operations more efficient. The MFC TSD governs and controls the inter-facility transfer of greater-than-Hazard-Category-3 radioactive and/or fissionable materials in non-DOT approved containers. Previously, the TSD did not include the capability to transfer payloads of greater-than-Hazard-Category-3 radioactive and/or fissionable materials using DOT Type A drums. Previous practice was to package the waste materials to less-than-Hazard-Category-3 quantities when loading DOT Type A drums for transfer out of facilities to reduce facility waste accumulations. This practice allowed operations to proceed, but resulted in drums being loaded to less than the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) waste acceptance criteria (WAC) waste limits, which was not cost effective or operations friendly. An improved and revised safety analysis was used to gain DOE-ID approval for adding this container configuration to the MFC TSD safety basis. In the process of obtaining approval of the revised safety basis, safety analysis practices were used effectively to directly support excellence in operations. Several factors contributed to the success of MFC’s effort to obtain approval for the use of DOT Type A drums, including two practices that could help in future safety basis changes at other facilities. 1) The process of incorporating the DOT Type A drums into the TSD at MFC helped to better integrate nuclear safety requirements with waste requirements. MFC’s efforts illustrate that utilizing the requirements of other disciplines, beyond nuclear safety, can provide an efficient process. Analyzing current processes to find better ways of meeting the requirements of multiple disciplines within a safety basis can lead to a more cost-effective, streamlined process. 2) Incorporating the DOT Type A drums into the MFC TSD was efficient because safety analysts utilized a transportation plan that provided analysis that could also be used for the change to the TSD addendum. In addition, because the plan they used had already been approved and was in use by the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) at the INL, justification for the change to the TSD was more compelling. MFC safety analysts proved that streamlining a process can be made more feasible by drawing from analysis that has already been completed.

  1. Centre of Excellence forCentre of Excellence for High Performance ComputingHigh Performance Computing

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    Fiebig, Peter

    1 Centre of Excellence forCentre of Excellence for High Performance ComputingHigh Performance Fujitsu VPP HLRB Hitachi SR8000 #12;High Performance Computing Eine Herausforderung ¢ Prozessorleistung Computing ErlangenErlangen Kompetenzgruppe für Supercomputer und Technisch-Wissenschaftliche Simulation Dr

  2. 75 FR 4822 - 2010 Travel and Relocation Excellence Award

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    2010-01-29

    ...GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION 2010 Travel and Relocation Excellence Award AGENCY...seeking candidates for the biennial 2010 Travel and Relocation Excellence Award, which honors excellence in federal travel and relocation policy. FOR...

  3. OperatingInstructions Excellence Balances XS Models Part 2

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    Kleinfeld, David

    OperatingInstructions Excellence Balances XS Models ­ Part 2 Weighing Statistics Formulation Piece Applications #12;Excellence XS Precision Balances Excellence XS Analytical Balances #12;Contents 3 Contents 1 Introduction to the Operating Instructions ­ Part 2 XS Balances

  4. INTERDEPARTMENTAL BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM RAPPAPORT AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

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    Amaral, Luis A.N.

    IBIB ii SS INTERDEPARTMENTAL BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM RAPPAPORT AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE fellowships that will be awarded at the same time as the Rappaport Award for Research Excellence? If so, list receiving the Rappaport Award for Research Excellence. Student Signature

  5. A Bridge to Excellence: Faculty Handbook.

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    Grosz, Karen, Ed.

    This handbook was designed to promote teaching excellence and faculty involvement at Santa Monica College (SMC). Introductory material offers messages to the faculty from college trustees and the president, presents SMC's mission statement, and contains policy statements on academic freedom and academic responsibility. The next section offers…

  6. Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution

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    Noble, James S.

    Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) James S. Noble, MU Site Director@missouri.edu A National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) #12;Reverse Logistics Network Design in a PBL Environment The Boeing Company Research Team: James Noble (PI), Wooseung

  7. Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution

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    Noble, James S.

    Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) James S. Noble, MU Site Director@missouri.edu A National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) #12;Center Center Designated Projects Logistics Network Design for Less-than-Truckload Consolidation Helping Green

  8. Introduction to 3D Graphics through Excel

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    Benacka, Jan

    2013-01-01

    The article presents a method of explaining the principles of 3D graphics through making a revolvable and sizable orthographic parallel projection of cuboid in Excel. No programming is used. The method was tried in fourteen 90 minute lessons with 181 participants, which were Informatics teachers, undergraduates of Applied Informatics and gymnasium…

  9. District Awards for Teacher Excellence: Research Brief

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    National Center on Performance Incentives, 2010

    2010-01-01

    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…

  10. Safety and Excellence. Safety in the Schools

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    Merrow, John

    2004-01-01

    As far as schools are concerned, there are three kinds of safety: physical, emotional, and intellectual. Excellence demands all three, while "good enough" schools are simply physically safe. How can parents and others determine whether a school is physically safe? It's always good to find out how many students were suspended at a particular…

  11. The Excellence of Play. Second Edition

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    Moyles, Janet, Ed.

    2005-01-01

    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…

  12. College of Engineering Points of Excellence

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    Dyer, Bill

    undergraduate engineering students each received a $3,500 Gilhousen Undergraduate Scholarship to study electrical and computer engineering. The scholarships were awarded through the Gilhousen Undergraduate2/3/2006 College of Engineering Points of Excellence Student-centered Campus COE engages groups

  13. Instructions for Data Analysis 1. Excel Files

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    White, Douglas R.

    Instructions for Data Analysis 1. Excel Files http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/AnthroSci/Instructions4EXCELDataAnalysis.pdf 2. GIS ­ Geographic Information Systems To load a new data file click /Add://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/xc/book.htm 4. Network Analysis http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/AnthroSci/Instructions4-network-DataAnalysis

  14. Standards of Excellence in Budget Presentation.

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    Strachota, Dennis

    The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) inaugurated the Meritorious Budget Awards Program (MBA) in July 1995. ASBO specifically created this program to help school business administrators achieve a standard of excellence in budget presentation. This book is intended to serve as a practical guide to the MBA program and…

  15. Teaching Excellence: A View of the Classroom.

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    Paoni, Frank

    Developed for distribution at a workshop on teaching excellence, this collection of materials offers various perspectives on the characteristics and instructional methods of effective teachers. The collection includes: (1) brief summaries of five videotapes illustrating the use of examples, role playing, simulation, humorous lectures, and…

  16. CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING

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    Carter, John

    Rigor: Promoting Deep Approaches to Learning (2 sessions: 26 attendees) Therese Huston and David Green · Pursuing Deep Learning and Social Change: Academic Service-Learning (1 session: 13 attendees) Kent KothCENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING CETL Annual Report 2008­2009 Hunthausen 120, 901 12

  17. EASE for Industrial Excellence in Software

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    , which may cause friction in the collaboration. On the other hand, the academic values of afterthought, thorough analysis and thinking "out of the box" pro- vide new perspectives. The industrial excellence engineering practices, research papers and graduated stu- dents. From the industry perspective

  18. Plotting Florida River Data Using Excel

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    Kim Hannula

    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.

  19. Research Excellence Framework Impact pilot exercise

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    Crowther, Paul

    Research Excellence Framework Impact pilot exercise Guidance to expert panels HEFCE, 30 March 2010 exercise on the REF,1 we proposed that the impact of research should be assessed as a distinct element are now running a pilot exercise that will be vital to developing our approach to assessing the impact

  20. NOMINATION FORM WSU SPOKANE EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE AWARD

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    Collins, Gary S.

    NOMINATION FORM WSU SPOKANE EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE AWARD 2014 ACADEMIC YEAR Use this form to nominate a WSU Spokane Employee: Civil Service Administrative/Professional NOMINATION Nominee Title Unit or to the WSU/Spokane campus that went above and beyond their normal duties in the current year? Section 3

  1. Using Excel to Calculate Mineral Chemical Analyses

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    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.

  2. Tips for Using Microsoft Excel in Assessment.

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    Kahan, David

    Acknowledging the need for additional practical resources for integrating technology into physical education assessment, this paper provides strategies and step-by-step instructions for incorporating Microsoft Excel into physical educators' assessment tools. The first section briefly reviews the literature on assessment in physical education. The…

  3. Implementing Service Excellence in Higher Education

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    Khan, Hina; Matlay, Harry

    2009-01-01

    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…

  4. Developing Excellence through Curriculum in Art.

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    Parrott, June

    1986-01-01

    This article explores the curriculum development implications of greater acceptance of the importance of fine arts to learning, the centrality of art to the development of an individual's uniqueness, and the disciplinary nature of the study of art. Proposes a model for art education in the primary school that ensures equity and excellence in all…

  5. Teaching Excellence: The Foundation for Technology Effectiveness.

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    Kearsley, Greg

    1996-01-01

    Ten faculty from different disciplines at George Washington University (D.C.) documented their teaching behaviors and ideas in an interactive multimedia format that focused on general philosophy/vision of teaching; characteristics of excellent teachers; teaching strategies/techniques employed; motivating students; assessing teaching effectiveness;…

  6. Charts in Excel - A Series Matter

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    Hunt, Neville; Mashhoudy, Houshang

    2004-01-01

    The Chart Wizard in Microsoft Excel is supposed to make chart drawing so easy that a child can do it, yet many intelligent adults fail to use it successfully. This article suggests some simple principles that resolve many of the difficulties.

  7. Celebrating 150 years of Veterinary Excellence

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    Glasgow, University of

    Celebrating 150 years of Veterinary Excellence 1862 ­2012 #12;1862 ­2012 #12;The facilities Veterinary College with a total of ten students: the dedication to provide the best possible experience. Professor Ewan Cameron Head of School School of Veterinary Medicine The Small Animal Hospital Reception area

  8. Business Excellence model for supply chain management

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    GOPAL K. KANJI; Alfred Wong

    1999-01-01

    Supply chain management (SCM) has been increasingly adopted by companies world- wide so as to utilize better their supply chain activities for competitive advantages. This paper reviews the relationships between total quality management (TQM) and SCM and concludes that existing SCM models have inadequacies which can be enriched by TQM principles and concepts. The authors selected Kanji's Business Excellence model,

  9. Children's Literature--The Search for Excellence.

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    Brett, Betty M.

    Few children possess the knowledge and experience to identify the best books from the numbers that flood the market, so it is wise for authors, publishers, librarians, teachers, and parents to be aware of any body of informed critical opinion regarding excellence in books for children. The contribution of the conscientious critic is as valuable to…

  10. Forensics Education: Assessment and Measures of Excellence

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    Carol A. Taylor; Barbara Endicott-popovsky; Amelia Phillips

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we assess current academic and certificate based education and training programs in digital forensics education. Strong interest in the digital forensics field has led to a proliferation of education options in both academia and professional training programs. Yet, few studies have attempted to define quality attributes or measures of excellence for these programs. This study defines a

  11. Gulf of Suez has excellent potential

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    Abdine, S.

    1981-07-01

    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.

  12. Career Destinations Excel Southampton UK Placement

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    Molinari, Marc

    Career Destinations Excel Southampton UK Placement Programme 2014/15 Student Fact Sheet Career Destinations | 023 8059 3501 | careers@southampton.ac.uk www.southampton.ac.uk/careers Timeline: 3rd November 2014 ­ Placements will begin to be advertised at http://www.southampton

  13. Tenegra Awards for Internet Marketing Excellence

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    For those who want to see some of the better Internet marketing efforts in the last year, the Tenegra Awards for Internet Marketing Excellence are posted. Information on current and past award winners is available at the site. Net watchers will find it interesting.

  14. Innovation. Discovery. Community. Excellence. Committed to

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    Kambhampati, Patanjali

    you will read how McGill's commitment ­ to innovation, to discovery, to community, and to excellence London, won for his contribution to the discovery of cells that act as the brain's `inner GPS,' making scientists' discoveries have solved a longstanding mystery: how does our brain create a map of the space

  15. Equity and Excellence: Confronting the Dilemmas.

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    Passow, A. Harry

    A common theme in the current spate of reports advocating reform of American schools has been the need for attaining the twin goals of "equity" and "excellence." Yet there is widespread disagreement, not only on the relationship of quality and equality, but on the acceptable meanings of these terms as well. James Coleman, (1969) in "The Concept of…

  16. LICSS - a chemical spreadsheet in microsoft excel

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    2012-01-01

    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

  17. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Goals for the University of Vermont

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    Hayden, Nancy J.

    ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Goals for the University of Vermont Supporting the President's Strategic and facilitate University-wide discussions, engagement, and initiatives around Academic Excellence. Success

  18. The Effect of Using Microsoft Excel in a High School Algebra Class

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    Neurath, Rachel A.; Stephens, Larry J.

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of integrating Microsoft Excel into a high school algebra class. The results indicate a slight increase in student achievement when Excel was used. A teacher-created final exam and two Criterion Referenced Tests measured success. One of the Criterion Referenced Tests indicated that the…

  19. Learning Styles and Approaches to Learning in Excellent and Average First-Year University Students

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    Gargallo López, Bernardo; Almerich Cerveró, Gonzalo; Suárez Rodríguez, Jesús M.; García Félix, Eloïna; Garfella Esteban, Pedro R.

    2013-01-01

    We assessed the learning approaches and learning styles of a sample of 148 excellent students selected from 11 degrees from nine centers of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), and we compared the results with those of a sample of 133 average students from the same centers. We found that excellent students took deeper approach than…

  20. Problems With Using Microsoft Excel for Statistics

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    Jonathan D. Cryer

    2001-01-01

    deemingfeatures either!)Scatterplots represent bread-and-butter graphs forvisualizing relationships between variables.Scatterplots Should Have:4 Good Choice of Axes4 Meaningful Legends4 No False Third DimensionsHowever, Excel's default scatterplots leave much to bedesired. In the following example two data points havebeen covered up by the axis labels. Can you find them?And is the legend displayed to the right of the graphuseful? Note that there is

  1. Gervais High School: 100% Committed to Excellence

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    Principal Leadership, 2013

    2013-01-01

    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…

  2. Surface Spectroscopy Center Of Excellence Project

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    Wooden, Diane

    2014-01-01

    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.

  3. Development of a Center for Teaching Excellence

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    Andurkar, Shridhar; Sincak, Carrie; Todd, Timothy

    2010-01-01

    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

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

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    Chao Li

    2009-01-01

    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

  5. Conductive methyl blue-functionalized reduced graphene oxide with excellent stability and solubility in water

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    Cai, Xiang [Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China)] [Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Tan, Shaozao, E-mail: shaozao@tom.com [Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China)] [Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Xie, Agui; Lin, Minsong; Liu, Yingliang [Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China)] [Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Zhang, Xiuju; Lin, Zhidan [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China)] [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Wu, Ting [Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China)] [Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China); Mai, Wenjie, E-mail: wenjiemai@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China)] [Department of Physics, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632 (China)

    2011-12-15

    Graphical abstract: MB-rGO was synthesized by making use of {pi} stacking and water-solubility of MB to assist the hydrazine mediated reduction of graphene oxide (GO) in aqueous solution. The resulting MB-rGO shows excellent solubility and stability in aqueous solution, and the electrical conductivity of MB-rGO is almost two orders of magnitude larger than that of GO. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Methyl blue (MB) stacks onto the plane of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) by strong {pi}-{pi} interactions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sulfo groups of MB prevent rGO from aggregating by electrostatic and steric repulsions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MB-functionalized rGO (MB-rGO) shows excellent solubility and stability in aqueous solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrical conductivity of MB-rGO is almost two orders of magnitude larger than that of GO. -- Abstract: {pi} stacking and water-solubility of methyl blue (MB) are expected to facilitate the hydrazine mediated reduction of graphene oxide (GO) in aqueous environment. Our newly obtained MB-functionalized reduced graphene oxide (MB-rGO) exhibited excellent solubility and stability in water. The results showed that the MB molecules stacked non-covalently onto the basal plane of rGO while the sulfo groups of MB prevented the rGO from aggregation. In addition, the better electrical conductivity of MB-rGO than that of GO was analyzed. This novel conductive MB-rGO should have promising applications in diverse nanotechnological areas, such as electronic and optoelectronic devices, photovoltaics, sensors, and microfabrication.

  6. Role modeling excellence in clinical nursing practice.

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    Perry, R N Beth

    2009-01-01

    Role modeling excellence in clinical nursing practice is the focus of this paper. The phenomenological research study reported involved a group of 8 nurses identified by their colleagues as exemplary. The major theme revealed in this study was that these exemplary nurses were also excellent role models in the clinical setting. This paper details approaches used by these nurses that made them excellent role models. Specifically, the themes of attending to the little things, making connections, maintaining a light-hearted attitude, modeling, and affirming others are presented. These themes are discussed within the framework of Watson [Watson, J., 1989. Human caring and suffering: a subjective model for health services. In: Watson, J., Taylor, R. (Eds.), They Shall Not Hurt: Human Suffering and Human Caring. Colorado University, Boulder, CO] "transpersonal caring" and [Bandura, A., 1997. Social Learning Theory. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ] "Social Learning Theory." Particular emphasis in the discussion is on how positive role modeling by exemplary practitioners can contribute to the education of clinical nurses in the practice setting. PMID:18590978

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

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

    2015-08-01

    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

  8. Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search CommitteesSearching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search CommitteesSearching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search CommitteesSearching for Excellence and Diversity

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    Sheridan, Jennifer

    Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search CommitteesSearching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search CommitteesSearching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search CommitteesSearching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search Committees Thank you! As part

  9. Excellent algebraic groups I Ina Kersten and Ulf Rehmann

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    Bielefeld, University of

    1 Excellent algebraic groups I Ina Kersten and Ulf Rehmann Abstract: The notion of an excellent linear algebraic group G over an arbitrary field k: the group G is excellent if, for any field extension of this paper is to investigate excellence properties of special linear and orthogonal groups. Introduction

  10. Building on Excellence Guide to Recruiting and Retaining

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    Puglisi, Joseph

    Building on Excellence Guide to Recruiting and Retaining an Excellent and Diverse Faculty at Stanford University #12; I N S I D E An excellent and diverse faculty............................................................................................................. 2 by President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy Recruiting an excellent and diverse faculty

  11. THE JAMES AND MARY ROSS PROVOST'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

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    Dyer, Bill

    THE JAMES AND MARY ROSS PROVOST'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE The James and Mary Ross Provost's Award for Excellence will recognize excellence in teaching and scholarship at Montana State University that promote inquiry and synthesis of information at the introductory level Excellent student evaluations

  12. 4 Excel and Solver. 4.1 Spreadsheets.

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    Linner, Anders

    4 Excel and Solver. 4.1 Spreadsheets. There are many computer programs to solve optimization problems. The most widely available is Microsoft Excel. Excel is an all-purpose spreadsheet-based program changes its value to 9 without any user-intervention. 4.2 Solver. As expected, Excel can be programmed

  13. Organizational Cultures of Excellent Schools in Hong Kong.

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    Pang, Nicholas Sun-Keung

    Currently school organizations are under pressure to achieve excellence. There is no exception to this pressure in the schools of Hong Kong. Research into organizational cultures of excellent schools in Hong Kong is seeking evidence for others striving for excellence. Excellent schools are defined as few schools that have many aspects that…

  14. A comparative study of results obtained in magnetotelluric deep soundings in Villarrica active volcano zone (Chile) with gravity investigations, distribution of earthquake foci, heat flow empirical relationships, isotopic geochemistry 87Sr/ 86Sr and SB systematics

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    Muñoz, M.; Fournier, H.; Mamani, M.; Febrer, J.; Borzotta, E.; Maidana, A.

    The first magnetotelluric deep soundings in Chile were carried out during 1986 in the Villarrica active volcano zone (39°25'S, 71°57'W). In the TM mode of polarization, the curves show a distorted segment with dispersion. A static distortion at long periods is observed in curves in the TE mode of polarization; the segment was shifted vertically to fit the geomagnetic global model values at daily periods. This modified curve was used for 1D modelling to determine the electrical structure in the study area. The upper level of the intermediate conducting layer of resistivity 20-60 ? m is found to be at 35-50 km depth. A higher resistivity layer (600 ? m), starting at 100 km depth, may be resolved in the intermediate conducting layer. A sharp decrease in the resistivity is shown by the model at 500 km. Large heterogeneities at the level of the conducting layer encountered in the 1D modelling, and increased resistivity of the ultimate layer, may account for distortion observed at long periods. Two-dimensional test models show that the conducting layer in the area of Villarrica volcano may be an anomalous heated layer surrounded by rocks of higher resistivity of about 2 × 10 3 ? m. These features correspond to the interaction with a subsiding oceanic lithosphere resulting in a complex thermal structure and perturbed resistivity distribution in transition zones of the Pacific type such as Chile, and to the existence of a megafault and a system of fractures in the sounding area. These facts make it difficult to determine the conductance of the electrical asthenosphere. The parameters of the model structure correlate well with geophysical and geochemical results obtained in the area by other workers. Gravity studies indicate a maximum crustal thickness of about 37 km, which implies a non-full compensation according to the Airy hypothesis. The morphology of the Wadati-Benioff zone clearly shows a sharp decrease of earthquake foci at 50 km depth, and a reinitiation of seismic activity from a depth of 100 km down to 160 km. Kaufman and Keller and Levi and Lysak empirical relationships between heat flow and thickness of the lithosphere are somewhat consistent when the parameters of the model structure are assumed. The strontium isotope ratios are indicative of minimal crustal contamination of mantle-derived magmas, thus allowing a relatively thin crust under the area. Furthermore, the SB index of partial melting of mantle peridotite may suggest the contribution of uprising material from the deep asthenosphere through fractures extending to depth.

  15. Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research The Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research honors Binghamton University

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    Suzuki, Masatsugu

    Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research The Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research honors Binghamton University students who have excelled in research, scholarship are not allowed. Criteria for Nomination The award honors excellence in faculty-mentored research and creative

  16. IT is vital to the College's strategy in supporting delivery of an excellent student experience, excellence in

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    Applebaum, David

    1 #12;IT is vital to the College's strategy in supporting delivery of an excellent student experience, excellence in research and efficient administration. The role of IT is to... Partner with all;There are five strategic themes in delivering excellent student experience, excellence in research

  17. Mori Excellence Awards 2014 The Mori Excellence Awards were established by the University of Waikato to encourage and support Mori

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    Waikato, University of

    Mori Excellence Awards 2014 PURPOSE The Mori Excellence Awards were established by the University. The awards shall be known as the Mori Excellence Awards. 2. The awards will be made annually to applicants by the Selection Panel on the basis of one of the following categories; a) outstanding academic excellence

  18. Exporting to Word, PDF or Excel v4 1 myPublications: Exporting to Word, PDF or Excel

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    Oakley, Jeremy

    Exporting to Word, PDF or Excel v4 1 myPublications: Exporting to Word, PDF or Excel You can export your outputs list into Word, PDF or Excel. This may be useful for inserting into CVs, grant the drop- down arrow and select the chosen type of export #12;Exporting outputs to Word, PDF or Excel v4 2

  19. Obtaining lignin nanoparticles by sonication.

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

    2015-03-01

    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

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

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

    2014-06-01

    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.

  1. Present status of quinoxaline motifs: excellent pathfinders in therapeutic medicine.

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    Ajani, Olayinka Oyewale

    2014-10-01

    Quinoxalines belong to a class of excellent heterocyclic scaffolds owing to their wide biological properties and diverse therapeutic applications in medicinal research. They are complementary in shapes and charges to numerous biomolecules they interact with, thereby resulting in increased binding affinity. The pharmacokinetic properties of drugs bearing quinoxaline cores have shown them to be relatively easy to administer either as intramuscular solutions, oral capsules or rectal suppositories. This work deals with recent advances in the synthesis and pharmacological diversities of quinoxaline motifs which might pave ways for novel drugs development. PMID:25128670

  2. Multifunctional polymethylsilsesquioxane (PMSQ) surfaces prepared by electrospinning at the sol-gel transition: superhydrophobicity, excellent solvent resistance, thermal stability and enhanced sound absorption property.

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    Xiang, Haifan; Zhang, Liang; Wang, Zhen; Yu, Xiaolan; Long, Yuhua; Zhang, Xiaoli; Zhao, Ning; Xu, Jian

    2011-07-01

    Multifunctional superhydrophobic polymethylsilsesquioxane (PMSQ) surfaces with excellent solvent resistance, thermal stability and enhanced sound absorption property were manufactured by electrospinning. The surfaces with various hierarchical morphologies and hydrophobicity were obtained by electrospinning at the different stages of sol-gel transition of PMSQ prepolymer solution. At the stage with a proper viscosity the superhydrophobic PMSQ surface with a contact angle as high as 151° and a sliding angle as low as 8° was prepared. Due to the excellent thermal stability and solvent resistance properties of the cured PMSQ, the resultant surfaces remain superhydrophobicity after thermal treatment at 300 °C and immersion into many solvents. Additionally, an enhanced acoustical performance and ultra water repellency were obtained simultaneously when the traditional acoustical sponge was decorated with the electrospun PMSQ superhydrophobic surface. The robust superhydrophobic PMSQ surfaces may promise practical applications in many fields. PMID:21492863

  3. SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance

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    O'Toole, Alice J.

    SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance IECG Membership - Individual $399 The Thought Leader in Corporate Governance Click IECG Membership Registration to purchase Membership Form SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance Name: Company

  4. NEXTOR: The National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research

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    Shapiro, Benjamin

    NEXTOR: The National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research Co-directors: M. Ball Mathematics, Economics, Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering. BACKGROUND The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established The National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR

  5. The position is supported by the university's institutional strategy within the German Excel-lence Initiative.

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    The position is supported by the university's institutional strategy within the German Excel- lence Matter and Materials" and the broader competence area "Quantitative Modelling of Complex Systems- aged to apply. The University of Cologne is an equal opportunity employer in compliance with the German

  6. Learning Excellence: How Do Learning Providers Measure Up to the Benchmarks of Service Excellence?

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    Owen, Jane; Robson, Andy; Yarrow, Dave; Appleby, Alex

    In order for learning providers to become learning organizations, their services must be delivered effectively. The Learning PROBE (Promoting Business Excellence) was created for the learning and skills sector and was in use by nearly 100 colleges and work-based learning (WBL) providers by April 2003. PROBE has assisted 3000 organizations across…

  7. Developing the health, safety and environment excellence instrument

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    2013-01-01

    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

  8. 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)

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    Mennell, R. C.

    1976-01-01

    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.

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

    1990-01-01

    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.

  10. THE INDUSTRIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD AS A TRAINING GUIDANCE TOOL

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    Aristomenis, Antoniadis

    THE 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 on industrial excellence. The methodology is based on the Industrial Excellence model developed by INSEAD

  11. On the accuracy of statistical procedures in Microsoft Excel 97

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    B. D. McCullough; Berry Wilson

    1999-01-01

    The reliability of statistical procedures in Excel are assessed in three areas: estimation (both linear and nonlinear); random number generation; and statistical distributions (e.g., for calculating p-values). Excel's performance in all three areas is found to be inadequate. Persons desiring to conduct statistical analyses of data are advised not to use Excel.

  12. From Excellence to Eminence: The One University Enrollment Plan,

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    Howat, Ian M.

    From Excellence to Eminence: The One University Enrollment Plan, 2011-2015 September, 2010 Updated: January, 2012 #12;i From Excellence to Eminence: The One University Enrollment Plan, 2011-2015 Table Graduates Demographics) #12;1 From Excellence to Eminence: The One University Enrollment Plan, 2011

  13. www.mainz.uni-mainz.de Graduate School of Excellence

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    Kaus, Boris

    www.mainz.uni-mainz.de Graduate School of Excellence #12;CONTRIBUTORS PUBLISHER Director of the Graduate School of Excellence "MAterials Science IN MainZ" Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Professor Dr 2008 DISTRIBUTION 2000 copies CONTACT JOHANNES GUTENBERG UNIVERSITY MAINZ Graduate School of Excellence

  14. On the accuracy of statistical procedures in Microsoft Excel 2007

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. D. Mccullough; David A. Heiser

    2008-01-01

    Excel 2007, like its predecessors, fails a standard set of intermediate-level accuracy tests in three areas: statistical distributions, random number generation, and estimation. Additional errors in specific Excel procedures are discussed. Microsoft’s continuing inability to correctly fix errors is discussed. No statistical procedure in Excel should be used until Microsoft documents that the procedure is correct; it is not safe

  15. Download Grid Data to Excel Step-by-Step Procedure

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    Eustice, Ryan

    M-Pathways Download Grid Data to Excel Step-by-Step Procedure 1 of 5 Last updated: 5/13/2010 Download Grid Data to Excel Overview Data grids that display a Download button can be saved. The Download option requires that you have Microsft Excel software. It is not supported by Apple's Numbers

  16. QUICK START GUIDE CO2Sys EXCEL Macro

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    QUICK START GUIDE CO2Sys EXCEL Macro Purpose:.......................................................................................................................... 4 The Excel Macro was created by Dr. D. Pierrot (Denis.Pierrot@noaa.gov) using the code developed by Ernie Drs. Lewis and Doug Wallace in1998. Purpose: The EXCEL Macro spreadsheet calculates

  17. On the Reliability of Microsoft Excel XP for Statistical Purposes

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    Leo Knüsel

    The paper deals with the reliability of Micro- soft Excel XP for statistical purposes. In section 1 we show that Excel can compute negative variances. In section 2 we see that the random numbers generated by Excel cannot suffice scientific statistical requirements, and in section 3 we have to report that unbearable errors with the computation of statistical distributions that

  18. Excel Assignment 2, part 1 SA405, Fall 2012

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    Phillips, David

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

  19. Cognos Reporting Setting Security Options for Excel Reports

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    Shull, Kenneth R.

    Cognos Reporting FMS111 Setting Security Options for Excel Reports 5/4/2011, rgs, vlr © 2011 Northwestern University FMS111 1 Setting Security Options for Excel Reports This is a training guide to step you through setting your Internet security options for Excel report format. NOTE: There are 3

  20. EXCELLENCE IN SUPPLY CHAIN Rodney Thomas, Ph.D.

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    Westfall, Peter H.

    EXCELLENCE IN SUPPLY CHAIN Rodney Thomas, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Marketing "Supply chain 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

  1. SEARCHING FOR EXCELLENCE AND DIVERSITY: EVALUATION OF THE WORKSHOP PRESENTED

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    Sheridan, Jennifer

    SEARCHING FOR EXCELLENCE AND DIVERSITY: EVALUATION OF THE WORKSHOP PRESENTED ACROSS THE UW Somewhat Valuable Very Valuable Didn't Attend Session I: Actively Recruiting an Excellent and Diverse Pool an Excellent and Diverse Pool of Candidates 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) No comments. Workshop Component

  2. Microsoft Excel as a Tool for Teaching Basic Statistics.

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    Warner, C. Bruce; Meehan, Anita M.

    2001-01-01

    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)

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

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    Sung, Christopher Teh Boon

    2011-01-01

    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…

  4. A biodegradable shape-memory nanocomposite with excellent magnetism sensitivity

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    Yu, Xiongjun; Zhou, Shaobing; Zheng, Xiaotong; Guo, Tao; Xiao, Yu; Song, Botao

    2009-06-01

    This paper reports a kind of biodegradable nanocomposite which can show an excellent shape-memory property in hot water or in an alternating magnetic field with f = 20 kH and H = 6.8 kA m-1. The nanocomposite is composed of crosslinked poly(?-caprolactone) (c-PCL) and Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The crosslinking reaction in PCL with linear molecular structure was realized using benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as an initiator. The biocompatible Fe3O4 magnetite nanoparticles with an average size of 10 nm were synthesized according to a chemical coprecipitation method. The initial results from c-PCL showed crosslinking modification had brought about a large enhancement in shape-memory effect for PCL. Then a series of composites made of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and c-PCL were prepared and their morphological properties, mechanical properties, thermodynamic properties and shape-memory effect were investigated in succession. Significantly, the photos of the shape-memory process confirmed the anticipatory magnetically responsive shape-recovery effect of the nanocomposites because inductive heat from Fe3O4 can be utilized to actuate the c-PCL vivification from their frozen temporary shape. All the results imply a very feasible method to fabricate shape-memory PCL-based nanocomposites since just a simple modification is required. Additionally, this modification would endow an excellent shape-memory effect to all other kinds of polymers so that they could broadly serve in various fields, especially in medicine.

  5. B-BM Eitim Birimi / Aralik 2003 1 MICROSOFT EXCEL 2002

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    Excel 2002 BÜ-BM Eitim Birimi / Aralik 2003 1 MICROSOFT EXCEL 2002 Microsoft Excel , verileri bulunur. BALATMA: Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft Windows 98,Windows 2000 veya Windows XP programiyla içinden Microsoft Excel'e tiklayin, · Excel programini balattiinizda Excel ekraninda yeni,bo bir belge

  6. CALCMIN – an EXCEL™ Visual Basic application for calculating mineral structural formulae from electron microprobe analyses

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    Andreas Brandelik

    2009-01-01

    CALCMIN, an open source Visual Basic program, was implemented in EXCEL™. The program was primarily developed to support geoscientists in their routine task of calculating structural formulae of minerals on the basis of chemical analysis mainly obtained by electron microprobe (EMP) techniques. Calculation programs for various minerals are already included in the form of sub-routines. These routines are arranged in

  7. The recyclable synthesis of hierarchical zeolite SAPO-34 with excellent MTO catalytic performance.

    PubMed

    Xi, Dongyang; Sun, Qiming; Chen, Xiaoxin; Wang, Ning; Yu, Jihong

    2015-07-14

    A facile and green route has been developed for the synthesis of hierarchical zeolite catalysts by recycling of waste mother-liquors. After three recycles of mother-liquors, the obtained hierarchical SAPO-34 zeolites retain high crystallinity, texture properties, and acidity, as well as excellent MTO catalytic performance as compared to the initially prepared catalysts. PMID:26121259

  8. Organosilane surfactant-directed synthesis of hierarchical porous SAPO-34 catalysts with excellent MTO performance.

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    Sun, Qiming; Wang, Ning; Xi, Dongyang; Yang, Miao; Yu, Jihong

    2014-06-21

    Using an organosilane surfactant as the mesopore director, hierarchical porous silicoaluminophosphate SAPO-34 is obtained as an assembly of nanocrystallites intergrown into cubic micrometer-sized crystals, which show excellent performance in MTO reactions with a remarkably prolonged catalyst lifetime and enhanced selectivity of ethylene and propylene compared to the conventional microporous SAPO-34. PMID:24817555

  9. The Conceptual Foundation of a Practical Experiment to Obtain Distinct Which-Way and Non-Which-Way Distributions at a Distance Using Delayed Choice and Without Correlating Measurement Results on Entangled Entities

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    Snyder, Douglas

    2014-03-01

    For a pair of entangled signal idler photons, one may ``lose'' the idler photon that carries which-way information and provides which-way information to the entangled signal photon before the signal photon is detected, thereby losing the entanglement. Over a number of runs, the result is an overall non-ww distribution of the signal photons. If instead the idler photon is not lost, the idler photon continues to supply ww information to the signal photon and over a number of runs the result is an overall ww distribution of the signal photons. These different overall distributions of signal photons do not depend on correlating detections of the entangled paired signal idler photons. The experiment allows for a delayed choice on the idler photons to determine the distribution of distant signal photons (either overall ww or overall not ww) without having to make correlations between signal and idler photon detections.

  10. Results of flutter test OS7 obtained using the 0.14-scale space shuttle orbiter fin/rudder model number 55-0 in the NASA LaRC 16-foot transonic dynamics wind tunnel

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    Berthold, C. L.

    1977-01-01

    A 0.14-scale dynamically scaled model of the space shuttle orbiter vertical tail was tested in a 16-foot transonic dynamic wind tunnel to determine flutter, buffet, and rudder buzz boundaries. Mach numbers between .5 and 1.11 were investigated. Rockwell shuttle model 55-0 was used for this investigation. A description of the test procedure, hardware, and results of this test is presented.

  11. 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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    Berthold, C. L.

    1977-01-01

    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.

  12. Integration of production analyst and Microsoft Excel`s Solver for production forecasts and optimization

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    Arnondin, M.C.

    1995-10-01

    Mobil North Sea Ltd. has used OGCI`s Production Analyst (PA) for several years for reservoir management and surveillance. Once most professionals had been migrated to Microsoft Windows and Excel, the authors began to integrate the spread sheet with PA for specialized applications. Production optimization and forecasts are two applications of significant economic benefit. They developed an Excel spreadsheet and macro that use the Solver and production-decline data from PA for predicting the maximum platform oil production while honoring gas-compression and water-handling constraints. By use of PA, a database of decline-curve information is generated by well for the relationships of oil rate, GOR, and water cut to cumulative oil. Other input required for the forecast are the combination of months and years to forecast, gas compression limit, water-handling limit, and platform efficiency at each timestep. This model adds value to their operations by leveraging existing products and data to predict facility-constrained production schedules. A custom program with this type of functionality would certainly be more expensive than the combined costs of PA and Excel. The integration of these tools provides cost-effective solutions to the specialized problems experienced in oil and gas exploitation.

  13. Sex Differences and Science: The Etiology of Science Excellence

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    Haworth, Claire M.A.; Dale, Philip S.; Plomin, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Background Are there sex differences in the etiology of high performance in science in childhood that could contribute to the under-representation of women in scientific careers? In this study the relative contributions of genetic and environmental influences on high performance in science in both boys and girls were assessed using standard twin analyses. Methods The sample included 3000 twin pairs from the UK Twins Early Development Study (TEDS). Science performance ratings based on the UK National Curriculum were collected from teachers when the twins were 9, 10 and 12 years old. Science excellence was defined as performing above the 85th percentile. Sex-limitation liability threshold models were used to assess sex differences in etiology. Results We found no evidence for quantitative or qualitative sex differences in the etiology of science excellence, which was moderately heritable (30–50%), and influenced by both shared (40–56%) and non-shared (10–13%) environmental influences. Conclusions Although boys and girls do not differ genetically in relation to school science performance per se, the under-representation of women in scientific careers may be due to attitudes rather than aptitudes. PMID:19496894

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

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1991-01-01

    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.

  15. Evaluation of the quality of results obtained in institutions participating in interlaboratory experiments and of the reliability characteristics of the analytical methods used on the basis of certification of standard soil samples

    SciTech Connect

    Parshin, A.K.; Obol'yaninova, V.G.; Sul'dina, N.P.

    1986-08-20

    Rapid monitoring of the level of pollution of the environment and, especially, of soils necessitates preparation of standard samples (SS) close in properties and material composition to the objects to be analyzed. During 1978-1982 four sets (three types of samples in each) of State Standard Samples of different soils were developed: soddy-podzolic sandy-loamy, typical chernozem, krasnozem, and calcareous sierozem. The certification studies of the SS of the soils were carried out in accordance with the classical scheme of interlab experiment (ILE). More than 100 institutions were involved in the ILE and the total number of independent analytical results was of the order of 10/sup 4/. With such a volume of analytical information at their disposal they were able to find some general characteristics intrinsic to certification studies, to assess the quality of work of the ILE participants with due regard for their specialization, and the reliability characteristics of the analytical methods used.

  16. Astrophysical Reaction Rates Obtained By Indirect Techniques

    SciTech Connect

    Tribble, R. E.; Al-Abdullah, T.; Alharbi, A.; Banu, A.; Chen, X.; Clark, H. L.; Fu, C.; Gagliardi, C. A.; Hardy, J. C.; Iacob, V. E.; Lui, Y.-W.; McCleskey, M.; Mukhamedzhanov, A.; Nica, N.; Park, H. I.; Roeder, B.; Simmons, E.; Tabacaru, G.; Tokimoto, Y.; Trache, L. [Cyclotron Institute, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843 (United States)

    2010-08-12

    Indirect techniques have been used to obtain information about reaction rates for several proton capture reactions that occur on short-lived nuclei. The techniques used to carry out the measurements are reviewed and the results obtained are presented. Also future prospects for further measurements with a new facility, T-REX are discussed.

  17. Confirmatory Analysis of Exploratively Obtained Factor Structures

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jan-Willem van Prooijen; Willem A. van der Kloot

    2001-01-01

    Factor structures obtained by exploratory factor analysis (EFA) often turn out to fit poorly in confirmative follow-up studies. In the present study, the authors assessed the extent to which results obtained in EFA studies can be replicated by confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) in the same sample. More specifically, the authors used CFA to test three different factor models on several

  18. Re-investigating business excellence: Values, measures and a framework

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Dawei Lu; Alan Betts; Simon Croom

    2011-01-01

    This paper revisits the nature of business excellence, explores the conceptual development and suggests a normative framework that better supports the measurement, management and delivery of competitive performance at the ‘world-class’ level. It stresses the importance of the firm-specific and situation-sensitive means of evaluation for excellence. The proposed model has four dimensions of operational excellence, strategic fit, capability to adapt

  19. Excellent microwave absorption property of Graphene-coated Fe nanocomposites.

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

    2013-01-01

    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

  20. Excellent microwave absorption property of Graphene-coated Fe nanocomposites

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

    2013-12-01

    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.

  1. THE LINDA CRANE MEMORIAL LECTURE: Striving for Excellence

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    Hayes, Sherrill H

    2010-01-01

    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

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

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    Umamaheswari, Selvaraj; Mainzen Prince, Ponnaian Stanely

    2007-01-01

    '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

  3. Information obtained in cladistic analysis

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    J. R. Stone

    2001-01-01

    The application of elementary equations from information theory to the elements involved in cladistic analysis is formalized mathematically. An equation is derived that quantifies the amount of information obtained by constructing a cladogram from a cladistic data matrix. Given particular conditions, the amount of information obtained increases monotonically with increases of the number of taxa involved and, so, may be

  4. Do mental skills make champions? Examining the discriminant function of the psychological characteristics of developing excellence questionnaire.

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    Macnamara, Aine; Collins, Dave

    2013-01-01

    The ability to successfully develop to the highest levels in sport is dependent on a range of variables, not least an individual's ability to cope with the various challenges of development. Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence (PCDEs) include both the trait characteristics and the state-deployed skills that have been shown to play a crucial role in the realisation of potential. Psychological characteristics of developing excellence equip aspiring elites with the mental skills, attitudes, and emotions to cope with the challenges of the development pathway, as well as underpinning their capacity to make the most of their innate abilities. The Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence Questionnaire (PCDEQ) was designed to assess the possession and deployment of these characteristics. The purpose of this paper was to examine the ability of the Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence Questionnaire to effectively discriminate between good and poor developers based on their current possession and deployment of psychological characteristics of developing excellence. Two hundred and eighty-five athletes (n = 192 team athletes; n = 93 individual athletes) completed the Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence Questionnaire. Results from the discriminant function analysis suggest that the Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence Questionnaire correctly classifies between 67% and 75% of athletes based on their responses. The Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence Questionnaire can be used as a formative assessment tool to direct training programmes by identifying weaknesses in psychological characteristics of developing excellence and incorporating specific training to address these weaknesses in advance of developmental challenges. PMID:23194087

  5. First results obtained by the Cluster STAFF experiment

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    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

    2003-01-01

    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).

  6. Obtaining Trustworthy Test Results in Multi-threaded Systems

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    Cirne, Walfredo

    , fubica, walfredo}@lsd.ufcg.edu.br Abstract. Testing multi-threaded systems is quite a challenge. The non- determinism of these systems makes their implementation and their test imple- mentation far more susceptible) are performed at inappropriate times. Unreliable tests make de- velopers waste their time trying to find non

  7. Obtaining Synchronous Cultures of Algae

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    W. A. Glooschenko; H. Curl

    1968-01-01

    A COMMUNICATION from Lafeber and Steenbergen1 described a ``simple device for obtaining synchronous cultures of algae''. They stated that Scenedesmus obliquus, Ankistrodesmus falcatus, and Chlorella vulgaris all underwent synchronous cell division induced by the photo-period used.

  8. National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

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    Yue, Chuan

    , Colorado Springs as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education for Information Systems Security Education on 11 June 2012. The Colloquium will be held at the Royal Plaza in LakeNational Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education 9800 Savage Road Ft

  9. The University of Maryland Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship

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    Yorke, James

    The University of Maryland Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship 2014 Announcement The University of Maryland, College Park will award Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarships to 30 outstanding. Those selected to receive the scholarship are expected to enroll at the University of Maryland as full

  10. The University of Maryland Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship

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    Shapiro, Benjamin

    The University of Maryland Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship 2013 Announcement The University of Maryland, College Park will award Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarships to 30 outstanding selected to receive the scholarship are expected to enroll at the University of Maryland as full

  11. The German Excellence Initiative: Update. Go8 Backgrounder 24a

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    Frohlich, Ellen

    2012-01-01

    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…

  12. Excellence Environment Learning Discovery People We are one of

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    Northern British Columbia, University of

    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

  13. Managing Change Towards Service Excellence: SDS a Case Study

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    Jean Gorman

    1999-01-01

    In a business environment where change is the only constant, companies must direct their attention to activities that will make their offerings excellent. The attainment of service excellence is a very prominent theme in the literature on services marketing. However, while the benefits of programs to achieve this status are unquestionable, there are in fact very few service companies that

  14. Excellence, leadership, skills, diversity: marketing liberal arts education

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    Bonnie Urciuoli

    2003-01-01

    College promotional discourse highlights qualities that a college claims for itself (excellence), claims to instill or select for in students (skills or leadership) or values in itself and its students (diversity). These terms appear to have clear cut referents because of their semiotic coherence in this discourse: excellence, skills and leadership denote qualities which contribute to the good of the

  15. On the accuracy of statistical distributions in Microsoft Excel 97

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    Leo Knüsel

    1998-01-01

    The paper deals with the numerical accuracy of some statistical functions in Microsoft Excel (Excel version in Microsoft Office 97 for Windows). It is shown that the computation of some discrete distributions (Binomial, Poisson, Hypergeometric) fails even for probabilities in the central range between 0.01 and 0.99 and even for parameter values that cannot be judged as too extreme. Furthermore

  16. Analysis of Variance with Summary Statistics in Microsoft® Excel®

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    Larson, David A.; Hsu, Ko-Cheng

    2010-01-01

    Students regularly are asked to solve Single Factor Analysis of Variance problems given only the sample summary statistics (number of observations per category, category means, and corresponding category standard deviations). Most undergraduate students today use Excel for data analysis of this type. However, Excel, like all other statistical…

  17. Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology Research Excellence

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    Malinnikova, Eugenia

    need to focus on means to maintain their excellence status. One of their most important success research topics, being essential inputs to the design of robust marine structures and control systems. research programmes The group has been hosting the Centre of Excellence (SFF) Centre for Ships and Ocean

  18. Excel Spreadsheets for Algebra: Improving Mental Modeling for Problem Solving

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    Engerman, Jason; Rusek, Matthew; Clariana, Roy

    2014-01-01

    This experiment investigates the effectiveness of Excel spreadsheets in a high school algebra class. Students in the experiment group convincingly outperformed the control group on a post lesson assessment. The student responses, teacher observations involving Excel spreadsheet revealed that it operated as a mindtool, which formed the users'…

  19. Finding Aristotle's Golden Mean: Social Justice and Academic Excellence

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    Rivera, John

    2005-01-01

    Over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle wrote a treatise on ethics in which he proposed that there were both intellectual and moral virtues to be developed in the human being. Virtue ("aristeia") was roughly equivalent to the English word "excellence" and the unifying virtue that was both a moral and an intellectual virtue was prudence. Excellence lay not…

  20. Perlman Faculty/Staff Award For Excellence in Student Counseling

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    Provancher, William

    2009 Perlman Faculty/Staff Award For Excellence in Student Counseling The Philip and Miriam Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling was established in 1979 and is given annually to a faculty advising and counseling. The award is open to all staff and both tenure- and non-tenure-track faculty

  1. Excellence and Enjoyment: The Logic of a "Contradiction"

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    Hartley, David

    2006-01-01

    In 2004, the Department for Education and Skills in England published its Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners (DfES, 2004). It was preceded by Excellence and Enjoyment: a strategy for primary schools (DfES, 2003). "Excellence and enjoyment" seems to constitute an ambiguity, even a contradiction. The government's view is otherwise. It…

  2. Excellence and Enjoyment: The Logic of a "Contradiction"

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    Hartley, David

    2006-01-01

    In 2004, the Department for Education and Skills in England published its Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners (DfES, 2004). It was preceded by Excellence and Enjoyment: a strategy for primary schools (DfES, 003). "Excellence and enjoyment" seems to constitute an ambiguity, even a contradiction. The government's view is otherwise. It…

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

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    Vicknair, David; Spruell, James

    2009-01-01

    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…

  4. Inclusive Excellence: UConn Builds Capacity for Diversity and Change

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    Williams, Damon A.

    2006-01-01

    For the past several years, the University of Connecticut has been carrying out an ambitious plan in pursuit of what the Association of American Colleges and Universities calls "inclusive excellence." The idea is that true excellence should be measured by how well campus systems, structures and processes meet the needs of "all" students,…

  5. Technology Tips: Two Useful Functions for Excel Grade Books

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    Lobo, Glen E.

    2006-01-01

    The topic of this month's department is writing macros in Excel. The examples given are of use to teachers who maintain their grade books in Excel, and show, for example, how to drop the lowest or choose the highest scores from a student's record. The Surfing Note cites a collection of online tools and resources for professional development…

  6. 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

  7. The Foruth Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching. An Analysis of Procedure and Data.

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    Di Mauro, Philip Victor

    The purpose of the thesis was to present the procedure and techniques used to select the fourth annual recipient of the Rear Admiral John J. Shieffelin Award for Excellence in Teaching. The data and results were analyzed and compared with the results from the previous year. Findings indicate that the best teacher in each of the eleven academic…

  8. Pathways to Excellence Scholarship Program for women in STEM fields

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    di Rienzi, Joseph

    2013-03-01

    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. 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. This program is funded by a National Science Foundation S-STEM grant which is not responsible for its content.

  9. Women Faculty Excel as Campus Citizens.

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    Change, 1990

    1990-01-01

    Results of a national survey by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on the role and status of women faculty on college campuses are reported. Data, presented in graphic form with narrative analysis, concern women's salary, rank, job security, and teaching loads relative to those of men faculty, and their contributions to the…

  10. Business excellence in non-profit company

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    Cornelia Kruslin

    2010-01-01

    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

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

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

    2012-01-01

    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…

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

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    Nalley, Donna

    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…

  13. Excellence in Environmental Education: Self Assessment Tool

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    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.

  14. Methods of obtaining thermodynamic data

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    Brewer, L.

    1987-10-01

    The types of thermodynamic data needed to predict behavior of high temperature systems such as an overheated nuclear reactor in which the fuel has been exposed to water and oxygen are discussed. Procedures for obtaining the needed data are reviewed. 14 refs.

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

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    Marino, Dale J

    2005-01-01

    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

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

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

    2014-01-01

    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

  17. Carla Guerrini Elaborazione dati (excel) 1 Redigere bilanci, formule proiezioni finanziarie , analisi

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    Guerrini, Carla

    Carla Guerrini Elaborazione dati (excel) 1 Excel · Redigere bilanci, formule proiezioni finanziarie , analisi dei dati, creare elenchi ordinati, creare moduli Carla Guerrini Elaborazione dati (excel) 2 All (excel) 3 Carla Guerrini Elaborazione dati (excel) 4 #12;Carla Guerrini Elaborazione dati (excel) 5 Carla

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

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    Harris, Charles E. (Editor)

    1998-01-01

    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.

  19. Planning for Research Excellence in the Era of Analytics

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    ...................................................................19 Associate and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, respectively, University of Nebraska Krennrich, Arun Somani, Martin Spalding................................ 75 Assistant Director of ResearchPlanning for Research Excellence in the Era of Analytics Merrill Series on The Research Mission

  20. Colectica for Excel: Using DDI Lifecycle with Spreadsheets

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    Smith, Dan

    2013-04-02

    Colectica is a suite of modern metadata management software that is used to document statistical datasets, public opinion and survey research methodologies, and data collection. This demonstration will introduce the new Colectica for Microsoft Excel...

  1. OU Medicine Standards of Excellence PROFESSIONALISM -CARING -COMMUNICATION -QUALITY -INNOVATION

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    Oklahoma, University of

    OU Medicine Standards of Excellence PROFESSIONALISM - CARING - COMMUNICATION - QUALITY - INNOVATION manner. · I will communicate effectively by speaking clearly and actively listening while learning constructive feedback. We believe effective communication is fundamental to everything we do: · I

  2. Excellent approximate solution to the mysterious mass equation by Koide

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    Wojciech Krolikowski

    2005-08-03

    It is shown that the efficient mass formula we found for charged leptons in 1992 can be considered as an excellent approximate solution to the mysterious charged-lepton mass equation proposed by Koide in 1981.

  3. A System for Measuring School Effectiveness: The Profile of School Excellence (PRO-S/E).

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    Sanders, Jack; And Others

    This paper reports the status of the Profile of School Excellence (PRO-S/E) after three years use and the results of a second validation study. The PRO-S/E, used in over 20 school districts in six states, is a diagnostic system school districts use to determine strengths and weaknesses based on 11 characteristics of effective schools. Data is…

  4. Evaluation of State University System of Florida's Indicator of Excellence Program. AIR 1987 Annual Forum Paper.

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    Coles, Charlene; And Others

    Information is provided on the Florida State University System's Indicators of Excellence Program and how it is evaluated. The 21 indicators of quality are used in setting annual goals for quality improvement, in justifying university budget requests, and in evaluating the results of the universities' quality improvement efforts. Some of these…

  5. Latino Faculty Development in U.S. Medical Schools: A Hispanic Center of Excellence Perspective

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    Maria L. Soto-Greene; Jorge Sanchez; Jose Churrango; Debbie Salas-Lopez

    2005-01-01

    Traditionally, faculty development programs and fellowships have been shown to successfully address the developmental needs of individual faculty members. Despite positive results, there are very few programs targeted specifically toward career development for Latino and other minority faculty. The Hispanic Center of Excellence, as a Bureau of Health Professions grant, provides New Jersey Medical School a unique opportunity to focus

  6. Latino Faculty Development in U.S. Medical Schools: A Hispanic Center of Excellence Perspective

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    Soto-Greene, Maria L.; Sanchez, Jorge; Churrango, Jose; Salas-Lopez, Debbie

    2005-01-01

    Traditionally, faculty development programs and fellowships have been shown to successfully address the developmental needs of individual faculty members. Despite positive results, there are very few programs targeted specifically toward career development for Latino and other minority faculty. The Hispanic Center of Excellence, as a Bureau of…

  7. “Trickle-down” reform: Hispanics, higher education, and the excellence movement

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    John J. Halcón; María de la Luz Reyes

    1991-01-01

    The current excellence-in-education movement has dealt a heavy blow to the advancement of Hispanics seeking degrees in higher education. Attempting to reform education while ignoring the concerns of minorities who traditionally have not fared well in schools strongly suggests that reformers expect the benefits of reform to “trickle down” to minorities after first benefiting mainstream students. The result is that

  8. Center for ocean sciences education excellence central Gulf of Mexico (COSEE:CGOM)

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    S. H. Walker; J. J. Dindo; J. A. Kastler; M. S. Spranger; R. K. Tinnin; R. D. Brook

    2003-01-01

    The primary goal of this proposed regional Center for ocean sciences education excellence (COSEE)-Gulf of Mexico effort is to strengthen ocean sciences education through the interpretation of research results for interested public, precollege teachers and their students, informal educators, and university and community college faculty and their students concerning the relevance of the oceans to our everyday lives. This COSEE

  9. An Analysis of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Examiners' Continuous Improvement Process

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    Ricker, Anita P.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the continuous improvement process of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCP). Results of surveys conducted annually by the TNCPE from postapplicants provided data from the state award applicants. Their responses offered indicators of satisfaction among different industry sectors (education,…

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

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    Merisotis, Jamie P.; Kee, Arnold M.

    2006-01-01

    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…

  11. Restricted Hartree-Fock SCF Calculations Using Microsoft Excel

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    Courses in computational chemistry are increasingly common at the undergraduate level. Excellent user-friendly programs, which make the execution of ab initio calculations quite simple, are available. However, there is a danger that the underlying SCF procedure (usually coupled with contracted Gaussian atomic orbital basis sets) can become a ?black box? for the student. This Microsoft Excel spreadsheet contains all the essential elements of far more complicated ab initio calculations, but on the simplest possible molecular system.

  12. Climate literacy for secondary science teachers: Inspiring Climate Education Excellence

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

    2010-05-01

    The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences (http://www.climatescience.gov/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 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 http://cires.colorado.edu/education/k12/ .

  13. Choking and Excelling Under Pressure in Experienced Classifiers

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    Worthy, Darrell A.; Markman, Arthur B.; Maddox, W. Todd

    2009-01-01

    We extend previous work examining the effects of pressure on category learning to the effects of pressure on categorization performance in highly trained individuals. After extensive training on either a rule-based or information-integration classification task, half of the participants performed the same task on a fifth day while under pressure to earn a monetary bonus ($50) for themselves and a ‘partner.’ Performance of this group was compared to that of a low pressure control group who performed without the pressure manipulation. Pressure caused performance decrements for experienced classifiers performing both rule-based and information-integration tasks relative to the control groups. These results contrast with previous research where inexperienced classifiers choked on rule-based tasks but excelled on information-integration tasks. An additional ‘super pressure’ block of trials was given at the end of the fifth session. Under this type of pressure, participants performing an information-integration task outperformed those performing rule-based tasks. Implications for theories of choking under pressure are discussed. PMID:19429969

  14. Achieving Excellence Excellence indicates the very highest quality, significantly exceeding the norm, as reflected by the `Made in Sheffield' stamp. It reflects a refusal to accept the ordinary.

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    Dixon, Peter

    Strategic Plan 2010­2015. #12;2 Objectives Achieving Excellence Excellence indicates the very success, encouraging staff and students to achieve and excel. What are our goals? Our priorities up (KPI number) 1 To be recognised worldwide for excellence in research-led learning and teaching

  15. John Warren Excellence in Leadership and Service The John Warren Excellence in Leadership and Service Award was introduced by the University of

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    Firestone, Jeremy

    John Warren Excellence in Leadership and Service Award The John Warren Excellence in Leadership accomplishments by supervisory staff in the areas of leadership and service. Standards of Excellence in Leadership the University's mission Nomination Process John Warren Excellence in Leadership and Service awards are made

  16. ESERCITAZIONE DI LABORATORIO DI INFORMATICA 9 Dicembre 2009 Esercitazioni sull'uso di EXCEL. Nella casella di posta elettronica troverete un file excel chiamato

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    Guerrini, Carla

    ESERCITAZIONE DI LABORATORIO DI INFORMATICA 9 Dicembre 2009 Esercitazioni sull'uso di EXCEL. Nella casella di posta elettronica troverete un file excel chiamato "esercizi tirocinio excel.xls". Salvatelo nella vostra directory di lavoro e apritelo con excel e cercate di eseguire gli esercizi proposti

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

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    Zhou, Junli, E-mail: Zhoujunli19851111@163.com [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: gych@gdut.edu.cn [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)

    2013-02-15

    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.

  18. Distance-based and stochastic uncertainty analysis for multi-criteria decision analysis in Excel using Visual Basic for Applications

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    K. M. Hyde; Holger R. Maier

    2006-01-01

    A program has been developed in Excel and written in Visual Basic for Applications, which enables a decision maker to examine the robustness of a solution obtained when using multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). The distance-based and stochastic uncertainty analysis approaches contained in the program allow a decision to be made with confidence that the alternative chosen is the best performing

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

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    Nicolet, Pierrick; Jaboyedoff, Michel; Lévy, Sébastien

    2014-05-01

    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.

  20. Template-free synthesis of V2O5 hierarchical nanosheet-assembled microspheres with excellent cycling stability

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    Dong, Yujuan; Wei, Huiying; Liu, Wei; Liu, Qianjin; Zhang, Wenjing; Yang, Yanzhao

    2015-07-01

    V2O5 microspheres with hierarchical structure via a facile two-step strategy. The first is preparing vanadium glycolate precursor through polyol medium template-free process and the second is subsequent thermal annealing treatment of the well-prepared precursors at high temperature in air. However, just by one-plot calcination of vanadium(IV) acetylacetone, V2O5 nanorods were obtained. The gained metal oxide were characterized by different physical and electrochemical analytical techniques. Electrochemical testing results show that V2O5 microspheres displayed a high specific discharge capacity of 275 mAh g-1 at 1 C which is higher than the obtained nanorods, and the microspheres still kept 243 mAh g-1 after 200 cycles. Notably, the nanosheet-assembled microspheres as electrode materials still show 200 mAh g-1 even at a rate of 5 C after 500 cycles. These results demonstrated that the well-prepared nanosheet-assembled microspheres are a fine cathode material for lithium ion battery with a high specific capacity and excellent cycle stability.

  1. FOCUS on excellence: making a difference through global initiatives.

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

    2013-01-01

    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

  2. A microsoft excel(®) 2010 based tool for calculating interobserver agreement.

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    Reed, Derek D; Azulay, Richard L

    2011-01-01

    This technical report provides detailed information on the rationale for using a common computer spreadsheet program (Microsoft Excel(®)) to calculate various forms of interobserver agreement for both continuous and discontinuous data sets. In addition, we provide a brief tutorial on how to use an Excel spreadsheet to automatically compute traditional total count, partial agreement-within-intervals, exact agreement, trial-by-trial, interval-by-interval, scored-interval, unscored-interval, total duration, and mean duration-per-interval interobserver agreement algorithms. We conclude with a discussion of how practitioners may integrate this tool into their clinical work. PMID:22649578

  3. Integrating service excellence in a CHF clinical pathway pilot project.

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    Hahn, Joyce; Bishop, Geri; Fennell, Lenora

    2002-01-01

    The complex dynamics of the current healthcare environment require healthcare delivery systems to become cost effective and quality driven. Educated healthcare consumers expect superior service and timely responses to their needs. For one healthcare system, customer expectations were an integral part of designing, implementing, and measuring the service components of congestive heart failure pathway outcomes. Service excellence can influence overall clinical outcomes when measured by consumer awareness and patient satisfaction. The inclusion of service excellence as an intrinsic piece of the organizational strategic plan laid the groundwork for this integrated pilot project. PMID:11942156

  4. NetpathXL - An Excel Interface to the Program NETPATH

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    Parkhurst, David L.; Charlton, Scott R.

    2008-01-01

    NetpathXL is a revised version of NETPATH that runs under Windows? operating systems. NETPATH is a computer program that uses inverse geochemical modeling techniques to calculate net geochemical reactions that can account for changes in water composition between initial and final evolutionary waters in hydrologic systems. The inverse models also can account for the isotopic composition of waters and can be used to estimate radiocarbon ages of dissolved carbon in ground water. NETPATH relies on an auxiliary, database program, DB, to enter the chemical analyses and to perform speciation calculations that define total concentrations of elements, charge balance, and redox state of aqueous solutions that are then used in inverse modeling. Instead of DB, NetpathXL relies on Microsoft Excel? to enter the chemical analyses. The speciation calculation formerly included in DB is implemented within the program NetpathXL. A program DBXL can be used to translate files from the old DB format (.lon files) to NetpathXL spreadsheets, or to create new NetpathXL spreadsheets. Once users have a NetpathXL spreadsheet with the proper format, new spreadsheets can be generated by copying or saving NetpathXL spreadsheets. In addition, DBXL can convert NetpathXL spreadsheets to PHREEQC input files. New capabilities in PHREEQC (version 2.15) allow solution compositions to be written to a .lon file, and inverse models developed in PHREEQC to be written as NetpathXL .pat and model files. NetpathXL can open NetpathXL spreadsheets, NETPATH-format path files (.pat files), and NetpathXL-format path files (.pat files). Once the speciation calculations have been performed on a spreadsheet file or a .pat file has been opened, the NetpathXL calculation engine is identical to the original NETPATH. Development of models and viewing results in NetpathXL rely on keyboard entry as in NETPATH.

  5. Tapping Into Water: Key Considerations for Achieving Excellence in School Drinking Water Access

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    Hecht, Kenneth; Hampton, Karla E.; Grumbach, Jacob M.; Braff-Guajardo, Ellen; Brindis, Claire D.

    2014-01-01

    Objectives. We examined free drinking water access in schools. Methods. We conducted cross-sectional interviews with administrators from 240 California public schools from May to November 2011 to examine the proportion of schools that met excellent water access criteria (i.e., location, density, type, maintenance, and appeal of water sources), school-level characteristics associated with excellent water access, and barriers to improvements. Results. No schools met all criteria for excellent water access. High schools and middle schools had lower fountain:student ratios than elementary schools (odds ratio [OR]?=?0.06; 95% confidence interval [CI]?=?0.02, 0.20; OR?=?0.30, 95% CI?=?0.12, 0.70). Rural schools were more likely to offer a nonfountain water source than city schools (OR?=?5.0; 95% CI?=?1.74, 14.70). Newer schools were more likely to maintain water sources than older schools (OR?=?0.98; 95% CI?=?0.97, 1.00). Schools that offered free water in food service areas increased from pre- to postimplementation of California’s school water policy (72%–83%; P?excellence in drinking water access. PMID:24832141

  6. 76 FR 58488 - President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

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    ...White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics...President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics...Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), in Washington...White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for...

  7. 76 FR 28013 - President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

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    ...White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics...President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics...Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), in Washington...White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for...

  8. 78 FR 72070 - President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

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    ...White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics...President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics...Financial Protection Bureau Building Auditorium, 1700 G Street...White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for...

  9. Excellence in Collaborative Programming Social Work Graduate Association / Undergraduate Social Work

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    Su, Xiao

    Excellence in Collaborative Programming Social Work Graduate Association / Undergraduate Social Program Delta Zeta's I Have a Choice Campaign: Mocktails Event Excellence in Interfraternal Relations Delta Zeta Academic Excellence Alpha Tau Omega Academic Improvement Kappa Alpha Psi Commitment

  10. MAFES Excellence in Research Awards The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will recognize a faculty,

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    Ray, David

    MAFES Excellence in Research Awards The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will recognize a faculty, research staff, and students who demonstrate excellence in research performance. All criterion for the award being excellence in research performance Nomination Process 1. Professional

  11. SEARCHING FOR EXCELLENCE AND DIVERSITY: A Workshop Series for L&S Search Committees

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    Sheridan, Jennifer

    SEARCHING FOR EXCELLENCE AND DIVERSITY: A Workshop Series for L&S Search Committees, recruit excellent and diverse applicants, conduct fair and thorough reviews of candidates will report on their recruitment efforts, their satisfaction with the diversity and excellence

  12. Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Workshop for Search Committees UWSMPH Session

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    Sheridan, Jennifer

    Searching for Excellence and Diversity®: A Workshop for Search Committees ­ UWSMPH Session October committees run effective and efficient searches, recruit excellent and diverse applicants, conduct fair recipients will receive and utilize our guidebook, Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Guide

  13. RESEARCH VISION By 2016, the OHSU School of Medicine will be recognized globally for excellence

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    Chapman, Michael S.

    RESEARCH VISION By 2016, the OHSU School of Medicine will be recognized globally for excellence education models and curricula that advance our scientific excellence. Develop strategic external in translational research. 3. Promote research excellence through effective organizational systems

  14. [Project EXCEL. Curriculum for Momentum, Inc.: Modules 1-5.

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

    Five curriculum modules for Momentum, Inc., a San Francisco (California) outerwear design and contract manufacturer, are presented. Momentum 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…

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

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

    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…

  16. Quality metrics in academic libraries: Striving for excellence

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Leoné Tiemensma

    2009-01-01

    Quality in academic libraries is a multi-dimensional construct. Quality management and quality assurance is part of measuring performance excellence. Libraries are services. To improve service quality, stakeholders' needs and expectations should be monitored and measured, shortfalls should be identified and addressed. Some basic principles are common to all measurements, but quality metrics will focus on the unique nature and factors

  17. To be the global leader in research training and excellence

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    Handy, Todd C.

    of high-quality research and highly-trained geologists for employment in the minerals industry To increaseVision To be the global leader in research training and excellence To ensure the continuous flow the understanding of mineral deposits and the methods that are used for their discovery, through research, training

  18. Using and Evaluating Resampling Simulations in SPSS and Excel.

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    Smith, Brad

    2003-01-01

    Describes and evaluates three computer-assisted simulations used with Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and Microsoft Excel. Designed the simulations to reinforce and enhance student understanding of sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and significance tests. Reports evaluations revealed improved student comprehension of…

  19. Library of the Year 2009: The Politics of Excellence

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    Berry, John N., III

    2009-01-01

    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…

  20. Great Lakes Center of Excellence in Environmental Health

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    =Español Examples: Guidelines for drinking-water quality, third edition, incorporating first addendum Resource Type:Sample for safe recreational waters Volume 1 - Coastal and fresh waters Resource Type:Sample/model programs/excellence/danh/default.htm Lead Poisoning Prevention & Removal Resource Type:WebcastTarget Audience:Public Health professionals

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

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    School Business Affairs, 1997

    1997-01-01

    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…

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

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    School Business Affairs, 2002

    2002-01-01

    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…

  3. ASBO's Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by School Systems.

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    Gatti, Bernard F.

    1989-01-01

    The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by Schools Program reached a high of 180 submissions for program year 1989. Describes technical developments, including a 90-minute videotape about the program, highlights of the previous year, and a summary of certain program specifics. (MLF)

  4. Year in Review: ASBO's Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.

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    Gatti, Bernard F.

    1995-01-01

    Describes the Association of School Business Officials' (ASBO's) Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting review process for school district accounting and financial reporting. Describes the Self-Evaluation Worksheet revision, the panel of review members' guide, and highlights of program year 1994. Two figures are included. (LMI)

  5. Academic excellence for business and the professions School of Informatics

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    Weyde, Tillman

    Engineering Student life at City How to apply Scholarships: Rewarding Excellence Map and contacts School of Informatics: Undergraduate courses City University London is o ering Scholarships of up to £ , per year to UK and Information Technology Undergraduate courses #12;#12;Contents Contents Welcome Why study at City? Research

  6. Identifying Individual Excellence: The Dependable Strengths Articulation Process.

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    Boivin-Brown, Allen; Haldane, Jean; Forster, Jerald

    This paper was written to describe the essential tasks of a process known as Dependable Strengths Articulation (DSA) and how career development practitioners can acquire the skills to use the process. DSA, when combined with practices known as Job Magnet, helps participants identify their individual excellence and then use this knowledge to…

  7. Volume 7, Issue 3 pet center of excellence

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    Jadvar, Hossein

    ), and type of lesions (lymph nodes and visceral lesions vs. osseous lesions) (11­13). Biochemical FailureVolume 7, Issue 3 2010.3 newsletter pet center of excellence ImagingEvaluationofProstateCancer withFDG-PET cancer is biologically and clini- cally a heterogeneous disease. The utility of FDG-PET in prostate

  8. The Excellence Movement in Education and Lessons from History.

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    Willie, Charles V.

    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…

  9. Huskie Soccer School of Excellence 2012 Huskie Athletics Soccer

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    Saskatchewan, University of

    soccer program is taking the lead role in encouraging, teaching, and nurturing the talented playersHuskie Soccer School of Excellence 2012 Huskie Athletics Soccer Camps Welcome to the Huskie soccer with all campers over the week. Huskie soccer camps are committed to providing each player with a memorable

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

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    Haizlip, Harold C.

    1983-01-01

    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)

  11. The Rothschild-Weizmann Program for Excellence in Science Teaching

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    Pilpel, Yitzhak

    by the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation Second and Third Graduating Classes December 2012 ' Baron Edmond Benjamin-Weizmann Program for Excellence in Science Teaching Supported by the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation Second is expected to trigger a significant leap in the quality of science teaching in Israel. The program targets

  12. Towards Excellence: Developing High Standards in Youth Programs.

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    Harrington, Diane

    Examination of four programs in which young people have consistently excelled shows common elements, despite differences in setting, population, and goals. The four programs, which exemplify problem solving, peer counseling, community service, and communication respectively, include: (1) the Youth Action Program in New York City, a community…

  13. Comprehensive Technology Utilization Leading to Excellence in Medium Sized Schools.

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    Diercks, Eileen; And Others

    Although limited finances and a student body of 3,200 have made it necessary to be selective in acquiring educational technology, the Plainfield (Illinois) Community Consolidated School District No. 202 has been very active in the regional partnership for excellence. Curricular programs at the Plainfield High School include use of…

  14. Research Excellence in ICT Wealth Creation for Australia

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    Heiser, Gernot

    Research Excellence in ICT Wealth Creation for Australia From imagination to impact NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia's Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of this research, to create national benefit and wealth for Australia. NICTA aims to be one of the world's top ten

  15. Center for Organizational and Workforce Effectiveness Manager Excellence

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    Walker, Matthew P.

    -to-use guides, tools, templates, and e-learning courses. Online Learning Resource Available! UCBerkeleyCOrWE Center for Organizational and Workforce Effectiveness The Manager Excellence Resource Center A resource to help you increase your team's performance and manage your own work transitions using ready

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

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

    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…

  17. ~ Lois B. DeFleur Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership

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    Suzuki, Masatsugu

    ~ 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

  18. A methodology for simulating biological systems using Microsoft Excel

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Angus M. Brown

    1999-01-01

    The objective of this present study was to develop a simple, easily understood methodology for solving biologically based models using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The method involves the use of in-cell formulas in which Rows and Columns of new data are generated from data typed into the spreadsheet, but does not require any programming skills or use of the macro

  19. Application of EXCEL for analyzing DC\\/DC converters

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Peter H. WURM; Felix A. HIMMELSTOSS

    1998-01-01

    EXCEL is an often used and easily accessible calculation and drawing tool. The application for analyzing converters is therefore obvious. A special step-down converter is used to explain and to show the efficiency and usefulness of this tool for technical applications. The use of tapped inductors in the classical buck converter leads to high step-down ratios overcoming the extreme duty

  20. Using Excel's Matrix Operations to Facilitate Reciprocal Cost Allocations

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    Leese, Wallace R.; Kizirian, Tim

    2009-01-01

    The reciprocal method of service department cost allocation requires linear equations to be solved simultaneously. These computations are often so complex as to cause the abandonment of the reciprocal method in favor of the less sophisticated direct or step-down methods. Here is a short example demonstrating how Excel's sometimes unknown matrix…

  1. The vision: Famous for Excellence -in Education and Research

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    Saunders, Mark

    The vision: Famous for Excellence - in Education and Research UCL is committed to be as outstanding. · To continue its founders' pioneering vision by providing educational opportunities of the highest quality Balance Sheet 20 Statement of Total Recognised Gains and Losses and of Cash Flow 21-36 Notes

  2. Increasing Academic Excellence and Enhancing Diversity Are Compatible Goals

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    Sternberg, Robert Jeffrey

    2008-01-01

    It is possible to simultaneously increase academic excellence and diversity. This article describes how the theory of successful intelligence can be used to accomplish both of these goals. The theory postulates that intelligence comprises creative skills in generating novel ideas, analytical skills in discerning whether they are good ideas, and…

  3. Linking service to profit: the business case for service excellence

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ken Bates; Hilary Bates; Robert Johnston

    2003-01-01

    Adds to the stream of research concerned with understanding the relationship between good service and profit. Takes a broader perspective than recent studies and asks does the financial performance of those organisations with a reputation for service excellence differ markedly from those with a poor reputation? Focuses on three questions: “Does size matter?”; “Are the better organisations more productive?”; and

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

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    Marra, Francis J.

    1998-01-01

    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)

  5. Computing Multivariate Process Capability Indices With Microsoft Excel

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Michele Scagliarini; Raffaele Vermiglio

    2007-01-01

    In manufacturing industry there is growing interest in measures of process capability under multivariate setting. While there are many statistical packages to assess univariate capability, a current problem with the multivariate measures of capability is the shortage of user friendly software. In this paper a Visual Basic program has been developed to realize an Excel spreadsheet that may be used

  6. Illustrating the Central Limit Theorem through Microsoft Excel Simulations

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    Moen, David H.; Powell, John E.

    2005-01-01

    Using Microsoft Excel, several interactive, computerized learning modules are developed to demonstrate the Central Limit Theorem. These modules are used in the classroom to enhance the comprehension of this theorem. The Central Limit Theorem is a very important theorem in statistics, and yet because it is not intuitively obvious, statistics…

  7. Center of Excellence for Geographic Education South Carolina Geographic Alliance

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    Almor, Amit

    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

  8. Lesson Summary Excellent instructions on making and using a

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    Mojzsis, Stephen J.

    Time: 20- minutes 1. Review lesson plan 2. Build and use a simple magnetometer 3. Practice mappingLesson Summary Excellent instructions on making and using a simple magnetometer and using it to establish solar activity Prior Knowledge & Skills Completed the lesson: · Mapping the Field of a Dipole

  9. 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

  10. Striking a Balance: Supporting Teaching Excellence Award Applications

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    Layton, Catherine; Brown, Christine

    2011-01-01

    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…

  11. WAAVP\\/Pfizer Award for Excellence in Veterinary Parasitology Research

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. R Hennessy

    2000-01-01

    Being presented with the WAAVP Pfizer award for excellence in parasitological research is the pinnacle of my career. In accepting I acknowledge the support that I have received from workmates, colleagues, friends and family over the years that I have been involved in this field of endeavour. Parasitic disease is the most significant threat to the Australian sheep industry. A

  12. News Note: NCI Launches Centers of Quantitative Imaging Excellence Program

    Cancer.gov

    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.

  13. Five Potholes in the Road to Community College Excellence.

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    Hammons, Jim

    1987-01-01

    Discusses major obstacles to excellence in community colleges: failure to develop adequate means for systematic, periodic, performance appraisal; failure to evaluate individual courses and programs periodically and systematically; failure to commit adequate time and resources to continued personnel development; lack of an adequate decision-making…

  14. Accountability, Transparency, Redundancy: Academic Identities in an Era of "Excellence"

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    Watson, Cate

    2011-01-01

    Higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK and elsewhere are having a hard time, pushed into the marketplace with the turn to "academic capitalism" and now suffering the effects of the economic downturn. Increasingly, the discourse of "excellence" is being invoked as HEIs are held to account and public funding for research is predicated on the…

  15. Dr. Howard A. Tanner Fisheries Excellence Fellowship Graduate Student Award

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    The Annual Dr. Howard A. Tanner Fisheries Excellence Fellowship Graduate Student Award Department. Tanner (with a copy to the Department) prior to release of fellowship money to the successful student for the award are as follows: · Student must be a graduate student in the department of Fisheries and Wildlife

  16. The Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) initiative

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Cook; E. Rom

    2003-01-01

    Seven regional Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence have recently been established to promote the integration of ocean science research into high-quality education programs aimed at both formal and informal audiences throughout the United States. The regional Centers include two complementary partnerships in California, a New England regional effort, a Mid-Atlantic partnership, a Southeastern collaborative, a Florida initiative and a

  17. Goals for Implementing IUPUI's Mission Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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    Zhou, Yaoqi

    Goals for Implementing IUPUI's Mission Excellence in Teaching and Learning I; The IUPUI campus ranks among the top twenty universities in the country in the number of first professional- based learning, and academic performance of student athletes. Student housing has the capacity for 1

  18. Arkansas State & UNVL Earn the 2010 Award for Excellence

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    Facilities Manager, 2010

    2010-01-01

    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…

  19. An Institution in Search of Excellence: Lessons Learnt

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    Hashim, Fatimah; Awang, Halimah

    2005-01-01

    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…

  20. Financing Excellence in the District of Columbia Public Schools

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    Council of the Great City Schools, 2005

    2005-01-01

    This report is a sequel to the Council of Great City Schools' 2004 report "Restoring Excellence to the DC Public Schools" that prompted the district school system to develop a new strategic plan, adopt strong academic standards, recruit new talent and accelerate professional development, and generally overhaul both buildings and curriculum. The…

  1. In Pursuit of Excellence in Teaching: An ESL Educator's Narrative

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    Barr, Sheldon; Clark, M. Carolyn

    2012-01-01

    This is an educator's story about the pursuit of excellence in teaching. The narrative of an ESL teacher is examined using the analysis tool, Burke's Pentad (Burke 1945). This qualitative examination considers contributing factors of teacher self-efficacy and agency connected with the development, implementation, and sustenance of exemplary…

  2. How polysulfone dialysis membranes containing polyvinylpyrrolidone achieve excellent biocompatibility?

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

    2004-01-01

    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

  3. Academic Work and Educational Excellence. Raising Student Productivity.

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    Tomlinson, Tommy M., Ed.; Walberg, Herbert J., Ed.

    The papers presented in this book were selected from some 40 papers commissioned by the National Commission on Excellence in Education. The papers provided the commission with background information for its deliberations prior to the preparation of its report entitled "A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform." The following papers…

  4. In appreciation of His Excellency S R Nathan

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    Tan, Chew Lim

    In appreciation of His Excellency S R Nathan A Publication of National University of Singapore University Town's third residential college NUS has appointed renowned policy maker J Y Pillay, Chairman, as the Rector of its third residential college at University Town. The College also has a newly appointed Master

  5. Creating Teacher Incentives for School Excellence and Equity

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    Berry, Barnett; Eckert, Jon

    2012-01-01

    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…

  6. How Should We Group To Achieve Excellence with Equity?

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    Grossen, Bonnie

    This paper addresses issues in the relationship of instructional grouping to both educational excellence and equity. First, equity issues are considered in light of two court cases: Hobson v. Hansen and Marshall v. Georgia which, together, offer guidelines for equitable ability grouping. Next, the research on the effects of grouping arrangements…

  7. APPLICATION HR-EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH RADBOUD UNIVERSITY NIJMEGEN

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    van Suijlekom, Walter

    excellent education with leading-edge research. While leaving scope for diversity, we concentrate on four the institutes are internationally competitive and make a significant contribution to each discourse community and Cultural Studies Research Centre of the Faculty of Law Institute for Management Research Nijmegen Institute

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

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

    2015-01-01

    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 http://melts.ofm-research.org.

  9. An Overview of the ACE Project—Advocating for Clinical Excellence: Transdisciplinary Palliative Care Education

    PubMed Central

    Otis-Green, Shirley; Ferrell, Betty; Spolum, Maren; Uman, Gwen; Mullan, Patricia; Baird, Reverend Pamela; Grant, Marcia

    2009-01-01

    Background Excellence in palliative care demands attention to the multidimensional aspects of patient and family suffering, yet too few psycho-oncology professionals report adequate preparation in this vital area. Methods A total of 148 competitively selected psychologists, social workers, and spiritual care professionals participated in intensive educational courses to enhance their palliative care delivery, leadership, and advocacy skills. Extensive process and outcome evaluations measured the effectiveness of this educational program. Results To date, 2 national courses have been completed. The courses received strong overall evaluations, with participants rating increased confidence in defined palliative care skills. Conclusions The initial results of this innovative National Cancer Institute-funded transdisciplinary training for psycho-oncology professionals affirm the need and feasibility of the program. See the Advocating for Clinical Excellence Project Web site (www.cityofhope.org/ACEproject) for additional course information. PMID:19431028

  10. CosmoCalc: An Excel add-in for cosmogenic nuclide calculations

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Pieter Vermeesch

    2007-01-01

    As dating methods using Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclides (TCN) become more popular, the need arises for a general-purpose and easy-to-use data reduction software. The CosmoCalc Excel add-in calculates TCN production rate scaling factors (using Lal, Stone, Dunai, and Desilets methods); topographic, snow, and self-shielding factors; and exposure ages, erosion rates, and burial ages and visualizes the results on banana-style plots. It

  11. Mistaken Identifiers: Gene name errors can be introduced inadvertently when using Excel in bioinformatics

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Barry R Zeeberg; Joseph Riss; David W. Kane; Kimberly J. Bussey; Edward Uchio; W. Marston Linehan; J. Carl Barrett; John N. Weinstein

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: When processing microarray data sets, we recently noticed that some gene names were being changed inadvertently to non-gene names. RESULTS: A little detective work traced the problem to default date format conversions and floating-point format conversions in the very useful Excel program package. The date conversions affect at least 30 gene names; the floating-point conversions affect at least 2,000

  12. A 6-18 GHz broadband power amplifier MMIC with excellent efficiency

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    Yifeng, Chen; Jinhai, Quan; Yungang, Liu; Liulin, Hu

    2014-01-01

    A three-stage monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifier from 6-18 GHz, which achieves high output power with excellent efficiency, is designed, fabricated and tested. Measured results show that the saturated output power and the small signal gain are about 32 dBm and 23 dB, respectively. Thus, the power added efficiency of about 28% indicates that it is useful in various communication systems.

  13. Making Excellence Inclusive Making Excellence Inclusive is AAC&U's guiding principle for access, student success, and high-quality

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    Barrash, Warren

    , student success, and high-quality learning. It is designed to help colleges and universities integrate is thus an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender

  14. A novel spectral analysis algorithm to obtain local scalar field statistics from line-of-sight measurements in turbulent flows

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    Kolhe, Pankaj S.; Agrawal, Ajay K.

    2009-11-01

    Statistical tomography to obtain local field variables from non-intrusive line-of-sight measurements in turbulent flows has been an intriguing subject for some time. In this study, a novel algorithm is presented to obtain statistical information on the local scalar field in axisymmetric turbulent flows. The algorithm uses line-of-sight transverse deflection angle measurements in only one view direction to greatly simplify the optical configuration. The validity of the algorithm is examined using noise-free synthetically generated scalar data that simulate the concentration field of a turbulent helium jet. Results show that the proposed algorithm provides excellent reconstruction of integral length scale and variance of refractive index difference, which can be related to scalar physical properties such as density, temperature and/or species concentrations. Good reconstruction accuracy and the need for a simple optical configuration make the proposed algorithm a promising method to characterize the scalar field in turbulent flows using path-integrated measurements.

  15. Using Excel in Finite Math and Business Calculus

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Narasimhan, Revathi

    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.

  16. A center of nursing excellence: supporting the professional practice environment.

    PubMed

    Schutzenhofer, K K

    1992-08-01

    The Center of Nursing Excellence is a unique, multifaceted program that promotes the professional practice environment. The Center provides programs and services in six areas: career planning and development, nursing practice review, research and grants support, scholarly affairs, nursing outreach, and nursing resources. The Center serves as a resource to nurses at St. Louis Children's Hospital and in the nursing community at large. PMID:1507058

  17. A power IC technology with excellent cross-talk isolation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Wilson W. T. Chan; K. O. Sin; P. K. T. Mok; S. S. Wong

    1996-01-01

    This paper reports a low-cost, excellent cross-talk isolation power integrated circuit (PIG) technology capable of integrating high-voltage LDMOS, high-voltage LIGBT, and low-voltage CMOS control circuit. The technology is implemented using a conventional twin-well CMOS process with no compromise on the CMOS devices, and the breakdown voltages of the LDMOS and LIGBT with drift length of 40 ?m are over 400

  18. AVESTAR Center for operational excellence of electricity generation plants

    SciTech Connect

    Zitney, S.

    2012-01-01

    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.

  19. Design and Use of the Microsoft Excel Solver

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Daniel Fylstra; Leon Lasdon; J. Watson; A. Waren

    1998-01-01

    This paper was refereed.COMPUTERS\\/COMPUTER SCIENCE---SOFTWAREINTERFACES 28: 5 September--October 1998 (pp. 29--55)Design and Use of the Microsoft Excel SolverDaniel Fylstra Frontline Systems Inc., PO Box 4288,Incline Village, Nevada 89450Leon Lasdon Department of Management Science andInformation Systems, College of BusinessAdministration, University of Texas,Austin, Texas 78712John Watson Software Engines, 725 Magnolia Street,Menlo Park, California 94025Allan Waren Computer and ...

  20. An Excel macro for transformed and weighted averaging

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Stanley A. Klein

    1992-01-01

    An Excel macro is presented for averaging spreadsheet data. The macro has several special features: (1) The data are weighted\\u000a by the inverse variance of each datum to decrease the contribution-of noisy outliers. (2) There is a provision for a power\\u000a or a log transform of the data before averaging. The rationale for transforming the data before averaging is discussed

  1. The Case of Ruth James A Woman in Excellent Health

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Christine M. Catney

    1999-01-01

    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.

  2. 16. 'EXCELLENT NEW PARADE GROUND BEST SINCE POST ESTABLISHED. STARTED ...

    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

  3. Experimental studies to obtain rice malt.

    PubMed

    Ceppi, Elena L M; Brenna, Oreste V

    2010-07-14

    The production of a rice malt that could be used as an ingredient in gluten-free foodstuffs, especially for brewing purposes, was studied. Different rice varieties were characterized through morphological description and chemical-physical analyses. Each rice variety was germinated in the laboratory in jute bags for different periods. To produce a rice malt with a good diastatic power, steeping and airing conditions, as well as time and temperature during germination, were studied. The endogenous enzymatic activities, which developed during the malting process and which characterize the diastatic power of the obtained rice malts, were also measured. The conditions of the malting process and the drying step were checked and optimized to produce rice malt with the desired color and aroma. Once the most efficient malting procedure had been chosen, the most suitable rice variety underwent the germination and kilning process in a pilot plant. Some saccharification tests were performed in the laboratory to verify the sugar content of worts obtained from the produced rice malts and whether they could be successfully fermented. The results showed that a good rice malt could be obtained, even if it has a lower enzymatic activity than barley malt. PMID:20524666

  4. Ancient science of yogic life for academic excellence in university students

    PubMed Central

    Tikhe, Sham Ganpat; Nagendra, H. R.; Tripathi, Neeraj

    2012-01-01

    Background: Academic excellence is essential to provide opportunities for students to work together to improve their understanding of concepts in their academic core. Academic excellence helps students to teach problem-solving and collaborative learning strategies. Objective: The objective of this study was to assess Guna (personality traits) in students undergoing Yoga Instructor's Course (YIC). Materials and Methods: In all, 68 YIC students with a mean age of 28.03 ± 9.38 years participated in this single group pre–post study. The Personality Inventory data were collected before (pre) and after (post) the YIC. Statistical Analysis: Means, standard deviations, Kolmogorov–Smirnov test, and Wilcoxon signed rank test were used for analyzing the data with the help of SPSS 16. Results: The data analysis showed 11.33% decrease (P < 0.01) in Tamas Guna (dull personality trait), 0.68% decrease (P =0.819) in Rajas Guna (violent personality trait), and 10.34% increase (P <0.01) in Sattva Guna (balanced personality trait) scores. Conclusion: This study suggests that YIC can result in the improvement of Sattva Guna (balance personality trait) among students, thus paving the way for their academic excellence. PMID:23284211

  5. Clinical results with titanium crowns fabricated with machine duplication and spark erosion.

    PubMed

    Andersson, M; Bergman, B; Bessing, C; Ericson, G; Lundquist, P; Nilson, H

    1989-10-01

    A new method for fabrication of metal crowns has been developed by one of the authors (M.A.). There are two principles involved: machine duplication of models and electric discharge machining. The metal used is pure unalloyed titanium, which is processed as a coping and later covered by a composite resin. In 1986, 205 separate titanium crowns were made on 149 patients. One year later 192 crowns on 137 patients could be examined. Five crowns had been replaced by new ones owing to fracture of the composite resin. In accordance with the CDA quality evaluation system the following results were obtained for the remaining 187 crowns: margin integrity, 186 excellent or satisfactory (99.5%); anatomic form, 185 excellent or satisfactory (98.9%); and surface and color, 181 excellent or satisfactory results (96.8%). The 1-year results are promising, and further follow-up studies will be made. PMID:2686338

  6. Steps to Creating a Basic Epidemic Curve Using Microsoft Excel 2007 Step 1a Launch Microsoft Excel 2007. Open a spreadsheet by selecting the Microsoft button at the

    E-print Network

    Steps to Creating a Basic Epidemic Curve Using Microsoft Excel 2007 1 Step 1a ­ Launch Microsoft Excel 2007©. Open a spreadsheet by selecting the Microsoft button at the upper, left portion Curve Using Microsoft Excel 2007 2 Step 11a ­ To add a title to the chart, under the Layout ribbon

  7. Steps to Creating a Basic Epidemic Curve Using Microsoft Excel 2007 Step 1a Open a blank Microsoft Excel 2007 spreadsheet by selecting the Microsoft button

    E-print Network

    Steps to Creating a Basic Epidemic Curve Using Microsoft Excel 2007 1 Step 1a ­ Open a blank Microsoft Excel 2007© spreadsheet by selecting the Microsoft button (1) at the upper, left portion the OK button (3). 1 2 3 #12;Steps to Creating a Basic Epidemic Curve Using Microsoft Excel 2007 2 Step 1

  8. Importing Grades into Moodle from Excel 1. To get started make sure that there is one column in your Excel spreadsheet that will be able to

    E-print Network

    Bieber, Michael

    Importing Grades into Moodle from Excel 1. To get started make sure that there is one column in your Excel spreadsheet that will be able to map at NJIT we will use the student's UCID. 2. Using Excel, create a row

  9. UCF's GABOR A&P Excellence Award You are invited to participate in the University of Central Florida's Excellence Award nominations, sponsored

    E-print Network

    Van Stryland, Eric

    UCF's GABOR A&P Excellence Award You are invited to participate in the University of Central Florida's Excellence Award nominations, sponsored by The GABOR Agency. The purpose of this awards program Resources no later than May 9, 2014. UCF Excellence Award Eligibility Criteria (will be verified by HR): o

  10. and the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award annual Quest for excellence

    E-print Network

    Magee, Joseph W.

    for excellence® Join Us and learn from the Best Featuring the 2010 recipients of the Baldrige award--the only Presidential Award for Performance Excellence. and the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality, the Quest for Excellence is the leading conference designed around performance excellence. It will take

  11. MONT 104N Modeling The Environment Seminar A "Crash Course" on Excel, Including Linear Regression

    E-print Network

    Little, John B.

    MONT 104N ­ Modeling The Environment Seminar A "Crash Course" on Excel, Including Linear Regression October 15, 2012 General Information on Excel Excel is a general-purpose spreadsheet and data analysis of different data analysis tasks. The instructions below are tailored to Excel 2010 running on a Windows PC

  12. Computers & Geosciences 34 (2008) 269277 FISCHERPLOTS: An Excel spreadsheet for computing Fischer

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    Husinec, Antun

    2008-01-01

    Computers & Geosciences 34 (2008) 269­277 FISCHERPLOTS: An Excel spreadsheet for computing Fischer no published, easily accessible programs that utilize Excel. In this paper, we present an Excel, peritidal parasequences. r 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Keywords: Excel spreadsheet; Fischer

  13. REAL-PANLAR Project for the Implementation and Accreditation of Centers of Excellence in Rheumatoid Arthritis Throughout Latin America

    PubMed Central

    Santos-Moreno, Pedro; Galarza-Maldonado, Claudio; Caballero-Uribe, Carlo V.; Cardiel, Mario H.; Massardo, Loreto; Soriano, Enrique R.; Olano, José Aguilar; Díaz Coto, José F.; Durán Pozo, Gabriel R.; da Silveira, Inês Guimarães; de Castrejón, Vianna J. Khoury; Pérez, Leticia Lino; Méndez Justo, Carlos A.; Montufar Guardado, Rubén A.; Muños, Rafael; Elvir, Sergio Murillo; Paredes Domínguez, Ernesto R.; Pons-Estel, Bernardo; Ríos Acosta, Carlos R.; Sandino, Sayonara; Toro Gutiérrez, Carlos E.; Villegas de Morales, Sol María; Pineda, Carlos

    2015-01-01

    Objective A consensus meeting of representatives of 16 Latin American and Caribbean countries and the REAL-PANLAR group met in the city of Bogota to provide recommendations for improving quality of care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Latin America, defining a minimum standards of care and the concept of center of excellence in RA. Methods Twenty-two rheumatologists from 16 Latin American countries with a special interest in quality of care in RA participated in the consensus meeting. Two RA Colombian patients and 2 health care excellence advisors were also invited to the meeting. A RAND-modified Delphi procedure of 5 steps was applied to define categories of centers of excellence. During a 1-day meeting, working groups were created in order to discuss and validate the minimum quality-of-care standards for the 3 proposed types of centers of excellence in RA. Positive votes from at least 60% of the attending leaders were required for the approval of each standard. Results Twenty-two opinion leaders from the PANLAR countries and the REAL-PANLAR group participated in the discussion and definition of the standards. One hundred percent of the participants agreed with setting up centers of excellence in RA throughout Latin America. Three types of centers of excellence and its criteria were defined, according to indicators of structure, processes, and outcomes: standard, optimal, and model. The standard level should have basic structure and process indicators, the intermediate or optimal level should accomplish more structure and process indicators, and model level should also fulfill outcome indicators and patient experience. Conclusions This is the first Latin American effort to standardize and harmonize the treatment provided to RA patients and to establish centers of excellence that would offer to RA patients acceptable clinical results and high levels of safety. PMID:26010179

  14. LaBr3:Ce small FOV gamma camera with excellent energy resolution for multi-isotope imaging

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pani, R.; Fabbri, A.; Cinti, M. N.; Orlandi, C.; Pellegrini, R.; Scafè, R.; Artibani, M.

    2015-06-01

    The simultaneous administration of radiopharmaceuticals labeled with more than one radioisotope is becoming of increasing interest in clinical practice. Because the photon energies of the utilized radioisotopes could be very close (less than 15% difference), a gamma camera with adequate energy resolution is required. The availability of scintillation crystals with high light yield, as lanthanum tri-bromide (LaBr3:Ce), is particularly appealing for these applications. In this work, a new small field of view gamma camera prototype is presented, based on a planar LaBr3:Ce scintillation crystal with surfaces treatment typical of spectrometric devices, in order to enhance energy resolution performances. The crystal has round shape and has been optically coupled with a position sensitive photomultiplier tube with high quantum efficiency. The presented gamma camera shows outstanding energy resolution results in the investigated energy range (32–662 keV). These relevant performances have been obtained through the application of uniformity correction on the raw data, necessary due to the presence of position sensitive phototube, characterized by a spread of anodic gain values. In spite of position linearity degradation at crystal edges, due to reflective treatment of surfaces, intrinsic spatial resolution values are satisfactory on the useful field of view.The characterization of the presented gamma camera, based on a continuous LaBr3:Ce scintillation crystal with reflective surfaces, indicates good performances in multi-isotope imaging due to the excellent energy resolution results, also in comparison with similar detectors.

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

    PubMed

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

    2014-05-01

    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

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

    SciTech Connect

    JAY, JEFFERY

    2005-10-07

    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.

  17. Standards for heart valve surgery in a ‘Heart Valve Centre of Excellence’

    PubMed Central

    Chambers, John; Ray, Simon; Prendergast, Bernard; Graham, Tim; Campbell, Brian; Greenhalgh, Donna; Petrou, Mario; Tinkler, Jeremy; Gohlke-Bärwolf, Christa; Mestres, Carlos A; Rosenhek, Raphael; Pibarot, Philippe; Otto, Catherine; Sundt, Thoralf

    2015-01-01

    Surgical centres of excellence should include multidisciplinary teams with specialist expertise in imaging, clinical assessment and surgery for patients with heart valve disease. There should be structured training programmes for the staff involved in the periprocedural care of the patient and these should be overseen by national or international professional societies. Good results are usually associated with high individual and centre volumes, but this relationship is complex. Results of surgery should be published by centre and should include rates of residual regurgitation for mitral repairs and reoperation rates matched to the preoperative pathology and risk. PMID:26180639

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

    PubMed Central

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

    2012-01-01

    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

  19. Integrating Excel Spreadsheets into the Introductory Astronomy Laboratory

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2008-05-01

    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
  20. Engineering nanostructured polymer blends with controlled nanoparticle location for excellent microwave absorption: a compartmentalized approach.

    PubMed

    Biswas, Sourav; Kar, Goutam Prasanna; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2015-06-25

    In order to obtain better materials, control over the precise location of nanoparticles is indispensable. It is shown here that ordered arrangements of nanoparticles, possessing different characteristics (electrical/magnetic dipoles), in the blend structure can result in excellent microwave absorption. This is manifested from a high reflection loss of ca. -67 dB for the best blend structure designed here. To attenuate electromagnetic radiation, the key parameters of high electrical conductivity and large dielectric/magnetic loss are targeted here by including a conductive material [multiwall carbon nanotubes, MWNTs], ferroelectric nanostructured material with associated relaxations in the GHz frequency [barium titanate, BT] and lossy ferromagnetic nanoparticles [nickel ferrite, NF]. In this study, bi-continuous structures were designed using 50/50 (by wt) blends of polycarbonate (PC) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The MWNTs were modified using an electron acceptor molecule, a derivative of perylenediimide, which facilitates ?-? stacking with the nanotubes and stimulates efficient charge transport in the blends. The nanoscopic materials have specific affinity towards the PVDF phase. Hence, by introducing surface-active groups, an ordered arrangement can be tailored. To accomplish this, both BT and NF were first hydroxylated followed by the introduction of amine-terminal groups on the surface. The latter facilitated nucleophilic substitution reactions with PC and resulted in their precise location. In this study, we have shown for the first time that by a compartmentalized approach, superior EM attenuation can be achieved. For instance, when the nanoparticles were localized exclusively in the PVDF phase or in both the phases, the minimum reflection losses were ca. -18 dB (for the MWNT/BT mixture) and -29 dB (for the MWNT/NF mixture), and the shielding occurred primarily through reflection. Interestingly, by adopting the compartmentalized approach wherein the lossy materials were in the PC phase and the conductive materials (MWNT) were in the PVDF phase, outstanding reflection losses of ca. -57 dB (for the BT and MWNT combination) and -67 dB (for the NF and MWNT combination) were noted and the shielding occurred primarily through absorption. Thus, the approach demonstrates that nanoscopic structuring in the blends can be achieved under macroscopic processing conditions and this strategy can further be explored to design microwave absorbers. PMID:26067647

    1. The effects of blood pressure on rebleeding when using ExcelArrest™ in a porcine model of lethal femoral injury

      PubMed Central

      Hirst, HaYong; Brinkman, John; Beasley, Amy; Crocker, Richard; O’Sullivan, Joseph

      2011-01-01

      Background: Uncontrolled hemorrhage is one of the leading causes of death in both combat and civilian trauma. This study was designed to compare the arterial blood pressures at which rebleeding occurred when a hemostatic agent, ExcelArrest™, was used compared with a standard pressure dressing. Materials and Methods: This study was a prospective, experimental, and mixed research design. Swine were assigned to one of two groups: ExcelArrest™ (n=5) or a control consisting of standard pressure dressings (n=5). Investigators generated a complex groin injury. The femoral artery and vein were transected and allowed to bleed for 60 s in each pig. After 60 s, ExcelArrest™ was poured into the wound. The control group underwent the same procedures, but without treatment with the hemostatic agent. After 5 min of direct pressure, a standard pressure dressing was applied. After 30 min, dressings were removed and the systolic blood pressure (SBP) was increased incrementally using intravenous phenylephrine until rebleeding occurred. Statistical Analysis: A multivariate ANOVA and a least significant difference were used to analyze the data. Results: ExcelArrest™ was more effective in preventing rebleeding compared to a standard pressure dressing (P<0.05). The means and standard deviations in mmHg for SBP and mean arterial pressure (MAP) for rebleeding were as follows: ExcelArrest™ (SBP=206.4, SD±11.6; MAP=171.4, SD±12.5); for the control group (SBP=89.40±3.58, MAP=58.60±12.86). Conclusions: ExcelArrest™ was more effective in preventing rebleeding compared to the standard dressing with elevated blood pressures. There may be protective benefits in using this hemostatic agent against elevated blood pressures provided by ExcelArrest™. PMID:21769207

    2. Center of Excellence for Laser Applications in Medicine, Microlaser Microscope

      SciTech Connect

      Webb, R. H.

      2003-01-17

      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.

    3. Variant selection and transformation texture in zirconium alloy Excel

      NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

      Sattari, M.; Holt, R. A.; Daymond, M. R.

      2014-10-01

      The crystallographic texture and variant selection during phase transformations in zirconium alloy Excel (Zr-3.5% Sn-0.8% Mo-0.8% Nb) was investigated. It was shown that upon water-quenching from ?Zr + ?Zr or fully ?Zr regions, variant selection occurs during ?Zr ? ??Zr martensitic transformation. Also during air-cooling from the ?Zr + ?Zr region, only a partial memory effect and some transformation texture with variant selection was observed which is contrary to previous reports on zirconium alloys heat treated in the ?Zr + ?Zr region.

    4. The Dartmouth Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence: magnetic hyperthermia.

      PubMed

      Baker, Ian; Fiering, Steve N; Griswold, Karl E; Hoopes, P Jack; Kekalo, Katerina; Ndong, Christian; Paulsen, Keith; Petryk, Alicea A; Pogue, Brian; Shubitidze, Fridon; Weaver, John

      2015-06-01

      The Dartmouth Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence - one of nine funded by the National Cancer Institute as part of the Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer - focuses on the use of magnetic nanoparticles for cancer diagnostics and hyperthermia therapy. It brings together a diverse team of engineers and biomedical researchers with expertise in nanomaterials, molecular targeting, advanced biomedical imaging and translational in vivo studies. The goal of successfully treating cancer is being approached by developing nanoparticles, conjugating them with Fabs, hyperthermia treatment, immunotherapy and sensing treatment response. PMID:26080693

    5. Center of Excellence in laser medicine. Progress performance report

      SciTech Connect

      Parrish, J.A.

      1993-04-29

      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.

    6. 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.

    7. Department of Energy Training Accreditation Program: A Program of Excellence

      SciTech Connect

      Arner, S.A. [Idaho National Engineering Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

      1994-12-31

      In 1989, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) embarked on an aggressive program to upgrade and standardize the training for those personnel operating and maintaining its category-A reactors, its high-hazard nonreactor nuclear facilities, and selected moderate-hazard nonreactor nuclear facilities. Officially, DOE`s signing of DOE Order 5480.18, {open_quotes}Accreditation of Performance-Based Training for Category A Reactors and Nuclear Facilities{close_quotes} on November 2, 1989, spearheaded the Training Accreditation Program: A Program of Excellence.

    8. An Excel Workbook for Identifying Redox Processes in Ground Water

      USGS Publications Warehouse

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

      2009-01-01

      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.

    9. Lattice properties of the Phase I BNL x-ray lithography source obtained from fits to magnetic measurement data

      SciTech Connect

      Blumberg, L.N.; Murphy, J.B. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (USA)); Reusch, M.F. (Grumman Aerospace Corp., Princeton, NJ (USA))

      1991-01-01

      The orbit, tune, chromaticity and {beta} values for the Phase 1 XLS ring were computed by numerical integration of equations of motion using fields obtained from the coefficients of the 3-dimensional solution of Laplace's Equation evaluated by fits to magnetic measurements. The results are in good agreement with available data. The method has been extended to higher order fits of TOSCA generated fields in planes normal to the reference axis using the coil configuration proposed for the Superconducting X-Ray Lithography Source. Agreement with results from numerical integration through fields given directly by TOSCA is excellent. The formulation of the normal multipole expansion presented by Brown and Servranckx has been extended to include skew multipole terms. The method appears appropriate for analysis of magnetic measurements of the SXLS. 8 refs. , 2 figs., 2 tabs.

    10. Plasma-sprayed CaTiSiO5 ceramic coating on Ti-6Al-4V with excellent bonding strength, stability and cellular bioactivity.

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      Wu, Chengtie; Ramaswamy, Yogambha; Liu, Xuanyong; Wang, Guocheng; Zreiqat, Hala

      2009-02-01

      Novel Ca-Si-Ti-based sphene (CaTiSiO5) ceramics possess excellent chemical stability and cytocompatibility. The aim of this study was to prepare sphene coating on titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) for orthopaedic applications using the plasma spray method. The phase composition, surface and interface microstructure, coating thickness, surface roughness and bonding strength of the plasma-sprayed sphene coating were analysed using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and the standard mechanical testing of the American Society for Testing and Materials, respectively. The results indicated that sphene coating was obtained with a uniform and dense microstructure at the interface of the Ti-6Al-4V surface and the thickness and surface roughness of the coating were approximately 150 and 10 microm, respectively. Plasma-sprayed sphene coating on Ti-6Al-4V possessed a significantly improved bonding strength and chemical stability compared with plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite (HAp) coating. Plasma-sprayed sphene coating supported human osteoblast-like cell (HOB) attachment and significantly enhanced HOB proliferation and differentiation compared with plasma-sprayed HAp coating and uncoated Ti-6Al-4V. Taken together, plasma-sprayed sphene coating on Ti-6Al-4V possessed excellent bonding strength, chemical stability and cellular bioactivity, indicating its potential application for orthopaedic implants. PMID:18664431

    11. Plasma-sprayed CaTiSiO5 ceramic coating on Ti-6Al-4V with excellent bonding strength, stability and cellular bioactivity

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      Wu, Chengtie; Ramaswamy, Yogambha; Liu, Xuanyong; Wang, Guocheng; Zreiqat, Hala

      2008-01-01

      Novel Ca-Si-Ti-based sphene (CaTiSiO5) ceramics possess excellent chemical stability and cytocompatibility. The aim of this study was to prepare sphene coating on titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) for orthopaedic applications using the plasma spray method. The phase composition, surface and interface microstructure, coating thickness, surface roughness and bonding strength of the plasma-sprayed sphene coating were analysed using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and the standard mechanical testing of the American Society for Testing and Materials, respectively. The results indicated that sphene coating was obtained with a uniform and dense microstructure at the interface of the Ti-6Al-4V surface and the thickness and surface roughness of the coating were approximately 150 and 10??m, respectively. Plasma-sprayed sphene coating on Ti-6Al-4V possessed a significantly improved bonding strength and chemical stability compared with plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite (HAp) coating. Plasma-sprayed sphene coating supported human osteoblast-like cell (HOB) attachment and significantly enhanced HOB proliferation and differentiation compared with plasma-sprayed HAp coating and uncoated Ti-6Al-4V. Taken together, plasma-sprayed sphene coating on Ti-6Al-4V possessed excellent bonding strength, chemical stability and cellular bioactivity, indicating its potential application for orthopaedic implants. PMID:18664431

    12. The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education

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      The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in 1993, is addressing what it means to be environmentally literate. The project is taking the lead in establishing guidelines for the development of balanced, scientifically accurate, and comprehensive environmental education programs. It is a multi-year program designed to identify and provide examples of high quality environmental education practice. This site offers access to Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence, a publication that provides a set of recommendations for developing and selecting environmental education materials. These guidelines aim to help developers of activity guides, lesson plans, and other instructional materials produce high quality products, and to provide educators with a tool to evaluate the wide array of available environmental education material. Other publications are designed to help educators find curricula, multimedia resources, and other educational materials that can enhance teaching environmental education in a variety of settings. Reviews of specific curriculum guides and educational materials are included.

    13. Fabrication of superhydrophobic aluminium alloy surface with excellent corrosion resistance by a facile and environment-friendly method

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      Feng, Libang; Che, Yanhui; Liu, Yanhua; Qiang, Xiaohu; Wang, Yanping

      2013-10-01

      This work develops a facile and environment-friendly method for preparing the superhydrophobic aluminium alloy surface with excellent corrosion resistance. The superhydrophobic aluminium alloy surface is fabricated by the boiling water treatment and stearic acid (STA) modification. Results show that the boiling water treatment endows the aluminium alloy surface with a porous and rough structure, while STA modification chemically grafts the long hydrophobic alkyl chains onto the aluminium alloy surface. Just grounded on the micro- and nano-scale hierarchical structure along with the hydrophobic chemical composition, the superhydrophobic aluminium alloy surface is endued the excellent corrosion resistance.

    14. Last Interglacial sea-surface temperature recorded in Porites corals obtained from Hateruma, Japan.

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      Yokoyama, Y.; Suzuki, A.; Kawahata, H.; Easat, T. M.

      2004-12-01

      The Last Interglacial fossil Porites corals were obtained from uplifted reef complex at the Hateruma island, Japan. The preservation condition was excellent and the samples were used to investigate paleoceanographic environments in the Western Pacific region. We present the analytical results of d18O and d13C to reconstruct the past hydrological settings in this region. The island is located in the Kuroshio pass and hence d18O could tells us the changes in the ocean circulation pattern and/or precipitation changes in the Western Pacific. More than 4 large Porites coral heads of which growth rates ranged from 8mm/yr to 13mm/yr were analyzed for stable isotopes. Longer than 10 years records were recovered from each corals and the results were compared to the previously reported the present coral samples from the same reef setting in the Ishigaki Island located nearby. Seasonal variations in the d18O for the fossil corals are greater than those from the Ishigaki corals suggested that the insolation seasonality enhancements in the northern hemisphere during the Last Interglacial were recorded in the coral stable isotope data. This is consistent with the result reported previously from the fossil corals in the Yonaguni island (Suzuki et al., 2001). The record from Hateruma corals suggested possible variations in the sea water d18O due mainly to the fluctuations in the flux of the seawater in this region by the Kuroshio current.

    15. A Model of SuccessThe Model Institutions for Excellence Program’s Decade of Leadership in STEM Education

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      Jamie P. Merisotis; Arnold M. Kee

      2006-01-01

      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 model included faculty development, laboratory renovation, student scholarships, intensified student services, and undergraduate research.

    16. SNP_tools: A compact tool package for analysis and conversion of genotype data for MS-Excel

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      Bowang Chen; Stefan Wilkening; Marion Drechsel; Kari Hemminki

      2009-01-01

      BACKGROUND: Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping is a major activity in biomedical research. Scientists prefer to have a facile access to the results which may require conversions between data formats. First hand SNP data is often entered in or saved in the MS-Excel format, but this software lacks genetic and epidemiological related functions. A general tool to do basic genetic

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

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

      2006-01-01

      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

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

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      Anne Lightbody

      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.

    19. Using Imported Data In EXCEL: Plot Atmospheric Temperature

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      Ruth Starkins

      This activity demonstrates how to import data from the Internet and make EXCEL graphs. The instructions included were provided by a classroom teacher who used these instructions with high school students. Following detailed, illustrated instructions, students will complete the activity by working with data from two cities: Little Rock, Arkansas and Miami, Florida. Since temperature generally decreases with height, this change is called the lapse rate. The average global lapse rate is about 0.6°C per 100 meters. However, lapse rates vary due to location and time. The data from this activity shows different lapse rates in two cities, with a cold front separating the cities; one of the cities is influenced by a polar air mass, while the other is affected by a tropical air mass.

    20. Overview of research in progress at the Center of Excellence

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      Wandell, Brian A.

      1993-01-01

      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.