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Fries R.J.,Texas A&M University | Fries R.J.,Ave Maria University | Rodriguez R.,Brookhaven National Laboratory | Rodriguez R.,Texas A&M University
Nuclear Physics A | Year: 2011

We investigate the effect of event-by-event fluctuations of the fireball created in high energy nuclear collisions on hard probe observables. We show that spatial inhomogeneities lead to changes in the nuclear suppression factor of high momentum hadrons which can be absorbed in the quenching strength q̂. This can increase the theoretical uncertainty on extracted values of q̂ by up to 50%. We also investigate effects on azimuthal asymmetries v2 and dihadron correlation functions. The latter show a promising residual signal of event-by-event quenching that might allow us to estimate the size of spatial inhomogeneities in the fireball from experimental data. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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PLYMOUTH, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ave Maria Mutual Funds is saddened by the passing of Michael Novak, a long-time member of the funds’ Catholic Advisory Board. Michael Novak was a Templeton award winner and director of Social and Political Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He also served as U.S. Delegate to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe; U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva; Adviser to the White House Office of Ethnic Affairs; and was on the faculty at Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, Ave Maria University, and Catholic University of America. In addition to being a world-renowned theologian and author of numerous books, Michael Novak was a personal friend of Saint Pope John Paul II. George P. Schwartz, CFA, Chairman and CEO of Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., said, “Professor Novak was a giant among Catholic intellectuals and his contributions to the Catholic Advisory Board were tremendous. He will be greatly missed.” Paul Roney, Chairman of the Catholic Advisory Board stated, “Michael had a brilliant mind and was a highly-respected voice in the Catholic world. He was committed to pro-life causes and spreading the Gospel.” Ave Maria Mutual Funds is the largest family of Catholic mutual funds in the U.S. The five no-load funds invest in companies that do not violate the pro-life, pro-family values of the Catholic Church. Ave Maria Mutual Funds launched its first fund, the Ave Maria Catholic Values Fund (Ticker: AVEMX), on May 1, 2001. Since then it has added three additional stock funds and one bond fund. The largest of the funds is the $888 million Ave Maria Rising Dividend Fund (Ticker: AVEDX). For more information about Ave Maria Mutual Funds, please call 1-866-AVE-MARIA (866-283-6274) or visit www.avemariafunds.com Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. is a Registered Investment Adviser founded in 1980. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, the firm manages more than $1.9 billion of investor assets and has a branch office in Ave Maria, Florida. The firm aims to provide superior investment counsel to investors who seek a disciplined approach to investing. For more information about Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., please visit www.schwartzinvest.com. Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. serves as investment adviser for Ave Maria Mutual Funds, which invests in securities only if they meet the Funds’ investment and religious requirements. As such, the returns may be lower or higher than if decisions were based solely on investment considerations. The Funds’ method of security selection may or may not be successful and the Funds may underperform or outperform the stock market as a whole. All mutual funds are subject to market risk, including possible loss of principal. Request a prospectus, which includes investment objectives, risks, fees, expenses and other information that you should read and consider carefully before investing. The prospectus can be obtained by calling 1-866-283-6274 or it can be viewed at www.avemariafunds.com. Distributed by Ultimus Fund Distributors LLC.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best schools with online programs in the state of Florida for 2017. A total of 45 schools received honors for their online education offerings, with University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University, University of South Florida-Main Campus, Jacksonville University, Tallahassee Community College and Florida Keys Community College earning top spots overall. More than a dozen unique data points were evaluated to determine each school’s score. “The schools on our Best Online Schools list for Florida all meet high standards of excellence for students who want to succeed outside of a brick-and-mortar classroom,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. Colleges and universities on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included. Qualifications include being institutionally accredited and holding public or private not-for-profit status. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes the student/teacher ratio, graduation rate, employment services and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Florida’s Best Online Schools for 2017 include the following: Adventist University of Health Sciences Ave Maria University Barry University Bethune-Cookman University Broward College City College-Fort Lauderdale Daytona State College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Everglades University Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Institute of Technology Florida International University Florida Keys Community College Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Florida State University Hobe Sound Bible College Hodges University Indian River State College Jacksonville University Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Keiser University-Ft. Lauderdale Lynn University Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Atlantic University Saint Leo University South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Southeastern University St. Petersburg College St. Thomas University State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Stetson University Tallahassee Community College The Baptist College of Florida The University of West Florida Trinity College of Florida University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Miami University of North Florida University of South Florida-Main Campus Warner University Webber International University ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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FINDING CALCUTTA: MEMOIRS OF A PHOTOGRAPHER, written by Marie Bissell Constantin and published Lulu Press, Inc., is now available on http://www.lulu.com in e-book, paperback and hardcover. The cost of an e-book is $8.99; paperback is $14.99; and hardcover is $29.99. All 3 versions are also on other platforms like Amazon and Kindle, etc. FINDING CALCUTTA: MEMOIRS OF A PHOTOGRAPHER, chronicles Constantin’s photographic experiences with Mother Teresa and is a love story about the work of nuns. “I would hope in some way this book will help bring nuns back into the consciousness of people,” said Constantin. When the late Mother Teresa was alive, Constantin was invited to travel with an entourage capturing images of Mother Teresa and the sisters during the sister’s vows ceremonies, and then afterwards in rare private moments behind the scenes. While Constantin’s travels were for the purpose of giving the sisters photos of the ceremonies to send back home, she also wanted to become a nun. This was a good way for her to explore that path and maintain privacy while doing so. Even though she made three “Come-and Sees,” short live-in stints with the order, Constantin never joined, but continued working with Catholic nuns who gave services to the poor. While Constantin's commercial work takes her to industrial plants, hospitals and a host of hometown businesses in Baton Rouge, it was her personal work that took her to some of the world's worst slums—Calcutta, Haiti, Nicaragua and Tijuana—where she photographed or worked alongside Catholic nuns working with the poor. “Mother Teresa and all the nuns I was privileged to be around or write about stole my heart forever. I gave it back in this book,” Constantin concluded. “Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer” By Marie Constantin ISBN: 978-1-4834-5476-4 (hardback) 978-1-4834-5478-8 (paperback) 978-1-4834-5477-1 (e-book) Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book Available on LULU, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble Marie Bissell Constantin—an American still photographer—became internationally known for her photographic works of the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta when the Vatican chose one of her photos to hang in St. Peter's Square for Mother Teresa's 2003 Beatification Ceremony. On September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa was declared a saint in a canonization Mass held by Pope Francis. While in Rome to attend the ceremony, Constantin learned her photo had been used on thousands of medals that were distributed. USA Today’s piece on Constantin’s famous photo running prior to the canonization: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/09/02/famous-mother-teresa-photo-almost-never-released/89782002/ The Beatification photo was unveiled in front of over 300,000 people. During the celebrations Charles Osgood, with CBS Sunday Morning, featured Constantin in a 6-minute piece that showed more than 25 black-and-white photos Constantin made over a 13-year period. Since the Beatification, Constantin’s images of Mother Teresa have appeared in numerous venues, including museums, for the public to enjoy. On September 1, 2016 the East Baton Rouge Parish Library at 7711 Goodwood Boulevard in Baton Rouge will display an 18-piece show called Finding Calcutta. The show just came back from Ave Maria University in Florida. Ave Maria University students made this video from a talk given by Constantin in 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1-pB4HN7bk A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Marie attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduating with a journalism degree—yet she did not own a camera until the age of 32. Today she is in demand for commercial, corporate, editorial and humanitarian assignments. For more information on Marie Constantin, please visit http://www.marieconstantin.com


Schwartz J.A.,University of South Florida | Curtis N.E.,Ave Maria University | Pierce S.K.,University of South Florida | Pierce S.K.,University of Maryland University College
Biological Bulletin | Year: 2014

The horizontal transfer of functional nuclear genes, coding for both chloroplast proteins and chlorophyll synthesis, from the food alga Vaucheria litorea to the sea slug Elysia chlorotica has been demonstrated by pharmacological, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), real time PCR (qRT-PCR), and transcriptome sequencing experiments. However, partial genomic sequencing of E. chlorotica larvae failed to find evidence for gene transfer. Here, we have used fluorescent in situ hybridization to localize an algal nuclear gene, prk, found in both larval and adult slug DNA by PCR and in adult RNA by transcriptome sequencing and RT-PCR. The prk probe hybridized with a metaphase chromosome in slug larvae, confirming gene transfer between alga and slug. © 2014 Marine Biological Laboratory.


Alvarado S.,Arizona Western College | Calvo J.A.,Ave Maria University | Millett K.C.,University of California at Santa Barbara
Journal of Statistical Physics | Year: 2011

Freely jointed random equilateral polygons serve as a common model for polymer rings, reflecting their statistical properties under theta conditions. To generate equilateral polygons, researchers employ many procedures that have been proved, or at least are believed, to be random with respect to the natural measure on the space of polygonal knots. As a result, the random selection of equilateral polygons, as well as the statistical robustness of this selection, is of particular interest. In this research, we study the key features of four popular methods: the Polygonal Folding, the Crankshaft Rotation, the Hedgehog, and the Triangle Methods. In particular, we compare the implementation and efficacy of these procedures, especially in regards to the population distribution of polygons in the space of polygonal knots, the distribution of edge vectors, the local curvature, and the local torsion. In addition, we give a rigorous proof that the Crankshaft Rotation Method is ergodic. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Rodriguez R.,Ave Maria University | Fries R.J.,Texas A&M University
Journal of Physics: Conference Series | Year: 2013

High momentum jets and hadrons are important probes for the quark gluon plasma (QGP) formed in nuclear collisions at high energies. We investigate how fluctuations in the background density of the QGP and fluctuations in the spatial distribution of the hard process create azimuthal asymmetries of the high momentum hadron spectrum, described by the Fourier coefficients v n, n > 0 . We estimate the coefficients up to v6 in a simple energy loss model tuned to single inclusive hadron suppression. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.


Smith T.E.,Ave Maria University
International Journal on Algae | Year: 2015

The purpose of this study is to document new records from Sudan and to revise and update nomenclature to reflect current taxonomic understanding for previously recorded algae. There are a total of 906 species: 295 Charophyta (293 Conjugatophyceae, 1 Charophyceae, 1 Klebsormidiophyceae), 337 Ochrophyta (270 Bacillariophyceae, 30 Coscinodiscophyceae, 29 Fragilariophyceae, 6 Xanthophyceae, 2 Eustigmatophyceae), 129 Chlorophyta (101 Chlorophyceae, 23 Trebouxiophyceae, 5 Ulvophyceae), 113 Cyanoprokaryota, 25 Euglenoza, 4 Dinophyta and 1 Rhodophyta. © Begell House Inc., 2015.


Smith T.E.,Ave Maria University
International Journal on Algae | Year: 2010

This study was an algal species diversity and taxonomic survey of WCA-2A and Big Cypress National Preserve (Florida, USA). 121 species were identified with 60 Cyanophyta, 57 Chlorophyta, 3 Euglenophyta, 1 Bacillariophyta and 1 unknown structure. This was the first report for 9 Cyanophyta and 2 Chlorophyta species from the United States and 56 Cyanophyta, 21 Chlorophyta and 3 euglenoid species to the state of Florida. © Begell House Inc., 2010.


Smith T.E.,Ave Maria University
International Journal on Algae | Year: 2010

The purpose of this study is to document new records from Arkansas and to revise and update nomenclature to reflect current taxonomic understanding for previously recorded algae. There are a total of 1387 species: 386 Bacillariophyta (327 Bacillariophyceae, 17 Coscinodiscophyceae, 42 Fragilariophyceae), 337 Cyanoprokaryota, 212 Charophyta (1 Charophyceae, 1 Klebsormidiophyceae, 303 Zygnematophyceae), 143 Chlorophyta (126 Chlorophyceae, 4 Prasinophyceae, 2 Trebouxiophyceae, 11 Ulvophyceae), 101 Heterokontophyta (40 Chrysophyceae, 3 Eustigmatophyceae, 7 Paraphysomonadaceae, 1 Raphidophyceae, 27 Synurophyceae, 23 Xanthophyceae), 69 Euglenophyceae, 7 Rhodophyta (1 Stylonematophyceae, 1 Compsopogono-phyceae, 5 Florideophyceae), 12 Cryptophyceae, 19 Dinophyceae, and 8 Haptophyceae (5 Pavlovophyceae, 3 Prymnesiophyceae) and 707 new records to the state of Arkansas. © 2010 Begell House Inc.

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