Beloit, WI, United States
Beloit, WI, United States

Beloit College is a private liberal arts college in Beloit, Wisconsin, founded in 1846 by a Yale University graduate, Aaron Lucius Chapin. It is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and has an enrollment of roughly 1,300 undergraduate students. Beloit is the oldest continuously operated college in Wisconsin, and has the oldest building of any college northwest of Chicago in continuous academic use.Beloit gained national attention after its inclusion in Loren Pope's book, Colleges That Change Lives, which distinguishes schools having two essential elements: "A familial sense of communal enterprise that gets students heavily involved in cooperative rather than competitive learning, and a faculty of scholars devoted to helping young people develop their powers, mentors who often become their valued friends". Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has ranked the best colleges in Wisconsin for 2017. Of the 35 four-year schools who made the list, University of Wisconsin Madison, Marquette University, Saint Norbert College, Viterbo University and Lawrence University ranked the highest. 16 two-year schools also made the list; Chippewa Valley Technical College, Mid-State Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College and Western Technical College were determined to be the best five. A full list of all schools is included below. “Strong economic benefits can come from having a highly-educated workforce,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “These Wisconsin schools not only offer quality degree programs that show the value of higher education, they also have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring their students’ post-college success.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Wisconsin” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also appraised on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, career counseling services, student/teacher ratio, availability of financial aid and graduation rate. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Wisconsin” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Wisconsin for 2017 include: Alverno College Beloit College Cardinal Stritch University Carroll University Carthage College Concordia University-Wisconsin Edgewood College Lakeland College Lawrence University Maranatha Baptist University Marian University Marquette University Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee School of Engineering Mount Mary University Northland College Ottawa University-Milwaukee Ripon College Saint Norbert College Silver Lake College of the Holy Family University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University of Wisconsin-Green Bay University of Wisconsin-La Crosse University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh University of Wisconsin-Parkside University of Wisconsin-Platteville University of Wisconsin-River Falls University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point University of Wisconsin-Stout University of Wisconsin-Superior University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Viterbo University Wisconsin Lutheran College The Best Two-Year Colleges in Wisconsin for 2017 include: Blackhawk Technical College Chippewa Valley Technical College Fox Valley Technical College Gateway Technical College Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Lakeshore Technical College Mid-State Technical College Milwaukee Area Technical College Moraine Park Technical College Nicolet College Northcentral Technical College Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Waukesha County Technical College Western Technical College Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

Yasukawa K.,Beloit College
Wilson Journal of Ornithology | Year: 2016

I used 20 years of nest records and predation at silent control and begging-call playback nests to determine whether begging calls of Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) attract predators. Survival analysis provided no evidence that vocal begging affected nest predation. Survival schedules during egg and nestling periods were not significantly different, and vocal begging activity was not significantly correlated with daily nest survival. I found that predation at 35 no-longer-active nests at which begging calls were played at natural volume, at a typical rate, and following a normal schedule was slightly but not significantly higher than at 35 silent control nests. Selection may have favored adaptations of nestling Red-winged Blackbirds' begging calls that reduce the risk of predation.

Parchman T.L.,University of Wyoming | Geist K.S.,Beloit College | Benkman C.W.,University of Wyoming | Buerkle C.A.,University of Wyoming
BMC Genomics | Year: 2010

Background: Massively parallel sequencing of cDNA is now an efficient route for generating enormous sequence collections that represent expressed genes. This approach provides a valuable starting point for characterizing functional genetic variation in non-model organisms, especially where whole genome sequencing efforts are currently cost and time prohibitive. The large and complex genomes of pines (Pinus spp.) have hindered the development of genomic resources, despite the ecological and economical importance of the group. While most genomic studies have focused on a single species (P. taeda), genomic level resources for other pines are insufficiently developed to facilitate ecological genomic research. Lodgepole pine (P. contorta) is an ecologically important foundation species of montane forest ecosystems and exhibits substantial adaptive variation across its range in western North America. Here we describe a sequencing study of expressed genes from P. contorta, including their assembly and annotation, and their potential for molecular marker development to support population and association genetic studies.Results: We obtained 586,732 sequencing reads from a 454 GS XLR70 Titanium pyrosequencer (mean length: 306 base pairs). A combination of reference-based and de novo assemblies yielded 63,657 contigs, with 239,793 reads remaining as singletons. Based on sequence similarity with known proteins, these sequences represent approximately 17,000 unique genes, many of which are well covered by contig sequences. This sequence collection also included a surprisingly large number of retrotransposon sequences, suggesting that they are highly transcriptionally active in the tissues we sampled. We located and characterized thousands of simple sequence repeats and single nucleotide polymorphisms as potential molecular markers in our assembled and annotated sequences. High quality PCR primers were designed for a substantial number of the SSR loci, and a large number of these were amplified successfully in initial screening.Conclusions: This sequence collection represents a major genomic resource for P. contorta, and the large number of genetic markers characterized should contribute to future research in this and other pines. Our results illustrate the utility of next generation sequencing as a basis for marker development and population genomics in non-model species. © 2010 Parchman et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Zou K.,Pennsylvania State University | Hong X.,Pennsylvania State University | Keefer D.,Beloit College | Keefer D.,Pennsylvania State University | Zhu J.,Pennsylvania State University
Physical Review Letters | Year: 2010

We demonstrate atomic layer deposition of high-quality dielectric HfO2 films on graphene and determine the magnitude of remote oxide surface phonon scattering in dual-oxide structures. The carrier mobility in these HfO2-covered graphene samples reaches 20000cm2/Vs at low temperature. Distinct contributions to the resistivity from surface optical phonons in the SiO2 substrate and the HfO2 overlayer are isolated. At 300A K, surface phonon modes of the HfO2 film centered at 54A meV limit the mobility to approximately 20000cm2/Vs. © 2010 The American Physical Society.

Hall J.,Beloit College
Independent Review | Year: 2012

Accreditation, the large and complex public-private system of federal, state and private regulators, has significant shortcomings. Accreditation agencies play a gatekeeper role in determining the eligibility of institutions and programs to receive federal and state grants and loans. The quality of some goods and services is easier to observe than that of other goods and services. For example, it is fairly easy to determine a book's quality while thumbing through it in a bookstore. It is more difficult, however, to ascertain a physician's quality by seeing a picture of her in a white coat or speaking with her for a few moments. In addition, colleges and universities want to convince students and their families that the institution is actually providing the good that students think they are purchasing. If consumers and producers value quality regulation, such regulation will be provided without government intervention. One prominent example of voluntary private quality regulation is Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

Khiripet N.,National Electronics and Computer Technology Center | Khantuwan W.,National Electronics and Computer Technology Center | Jungck J.R.,Beloit College
Bioinformatics | Year: 2012

Summary: Ka-me is a Voronoi image analyzer that allows users to analyze any image with a convex polygonal tessellation or any spatial point distribution by fitting Voronoi polygons and their dual, Delaunay triangulations, to the pattern. The analytical tools include a variety of graph theoretic and geometric tools that summarize the distribution of the numbers of edges per face, areas, perimeters, angles of Delaunay triangle edges (anglograms), Gabriel graphs, nearest neighbor graphs, minimal spanning trees, Ulam trees, Pitteway tests, circumcircles and convexhulls, as well as spatial statistics (Clark-Evans Nearest Neighborhood and Variance to Mean Ratio) and export functions for standard relationships (Lewis's Law, Desch's Law and Aboav-Weaire Law). © The Author(s) 2012. Published by Oxford University Press.

Scharringhausen B.R.,Beloit College | Nicholson P.D.,Cornell University
Icarus | Year: 2013

We present a photometric model of the rings of Saturn which includes the main rings and an F ring, inclined to the main rings, with a Gaussian vertical profile of optical depth. This model reproduces the asymmetry in brightness between the east and west ansae of the rings of Saturn that was observed by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) within a few hours after the Earth ring-plane crossing (RPX) of 10 August 1995. The model shows that during this observation the inclined F ring unevenly blocked the east and west ansae of the main rings. The brightness asymmetry produced by the model is highly sensitive to the vertical thickness and radial optical depth of the F ring. The F-ring model that best matches the observations has a vertical full width at half maximum of 13 ± 7. km and an equivalent depth of 10 ± 4. km. The model also reproduces the shape of the HST profiles of ring brightness vs. distance from Saturn, both before and after the time of ring-plane crossing. Smaller asymmetries observed before the RPX, when the Earth was on the dark side of the rings, cannot be explained by blocking of the main rings by the F ring or vice versa and are probably instead due to the intrinsic longitudinal variation exhibited by the F ring. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

The ability of sexually mature non-territorial floaters to sire offspring affects the success of floating as a breeding strategy. Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) have second-year (SY) and after-second-year (ASY) floater males, and genetic studies suggest that floaters may gain paternity. Despite these studies, we still know little about the fitness costs and benefits of floating in this species. By presenting taxidermic models of females in soliciting, precopulatory postures in territories of experienced (previously attracted at least one mate in the study area) and inexperienced (did not previously defend a territory in the study area) males, I was able to examine the copulation behavior and success of floater male Red-winged Blackbirds as well as the effect of experience for territorial males. Floaters trespassed during 66.1% of presentations and 85.4% of trespassers were SY males. Experienced territorial males (92.5%) and neighbors (87.5%) were most successful in attempts to copulate with models, inexperienced territorial males (62.5%) and ASY floaters (50.0%) had intermediate success, and SY floaters (6.9%) were least successful. Experienced territorial males were more likely to approach models than inexperienced males, and floaters were more likely to approach models in territories of experienced than inexperienced males. These results provide further evidence that floaters trespass frequently, suggest that floaters sire offspring, and demonstrate that prior breeding experience affects the behavior and reproductive success of territorial male Red-winged Blackbirds. Floating appears to be a conditional strategy for ASY male Red-winged Blackbirds, but, because it is still not known if SY floaters sire offspring, these males may be trespassing to gain information or experience. © 2013 The Author. Journal of Field Ornithology © 2013 Association of Field Ornithologists.

Gummer N.D.,Beloit College
Journal of the American Academy of Religion | Year: 2014

Early Buddhist thought and practice were shaped in several important respects by the rejection of the sacrificial rituals that were so central to Brahmanical tradition. For instance, as scholars have recognized, the bodhisattva path inverts the logic of substitution that informs animal sacrifice: the bodhisattva perfects himself not through sacrificing another in his place, but by sacrificing himself for the sake of others. This article argues that some Maha¯ya¯na su¯tras (specifically, the Suvar{ncombining dot below}a- (pra)bha¯sottama, the Saddharmapu{ncombining dot below}{dcombining dot below}ari¯ka, and the Vimalaki¯rtinirdes̈a) invert this inversion by portraying themselves as aesthetic, dramatic forms of sacrifice, rituals of recitation that obviate the violence not only of animal sacrifice, but also of the bodhisattva's self-sacrifice. These su¯tras substitute themselves for both the fire and the food of sacrificial ritual, offering audiences a performative technology for transformation and a bloodless path to buddhahood. © The Author 2014.

News Article | November 16, 2016

Senior talent in user experience and marketing have joined the agency to deepen Fastspot’s product offering and elevate its brand. A director of design has been named from an internal candidate, and an additional developer, user experience designer and project manager have been added. Anne Petersen, Fastspot’s new director of user experience, brings over 12 years of creating holistic strategies centered on the experiences of users who need technology to work for their benefit. Her work spans user research, roadmaps, content strategy and collaborative workshops with clients. Petersen graduated from Beloit College and holds an MFA from Penn State University. Julie Higgins, in the newly created role of director of marketing and communications, brings communications and marketing expertise to Fastspot from a variety of industries, including tech. A veteran of the communications and marketing divisions of Blackboard, Levi Strauss & Co., Gymboree and Fleishman-Hillard, Higgins is focused on extending Fastspot’s brand reach into new markets and offering communications services to clients. Higgins earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Yianni Mathioudakis has been promoted to director of design at Fastspot after ten years at the agency. Mathioudakis specializes in concept development, usability, interface design, and content visualization and has made beautiful work for George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Mathioudakis earned a BFA in graphic design from Maryland Institute College of Art. Mathioudakis will continue to report to Curt Kotula, Fastspot’s creative director. Lucas Roe, Fastspot’s new user experience designer, joined Fastspot from Columbia-based ACGI Software, where he was the lead user experience (UX) designer. Prior to that, Roe worked for and R2I in Baltimore as a UX designer. Roe graduated from Towson University with a BS in graphic design. He is heavily involved in local UX meet-ups in Baltimore. Bryan Stoner, Fastspot’s new developer, comes to Fastspot from Idfive, where he was a front-end web developer. Prior to that, Stoner was at Finalsite as a front-end developer until they merged with Silverpoint, where Stoner met Fastspot's Nick Hall and Scott Opirhory. Stoner came to web development via the University of Maryland Baltimore County college career fair, where he obtained a BS in Information Systems. Abigail Pendergrass, Fastspot’s new project manager, brings account management experience to Fastspot from her days at Waybetter Marketing, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and management consulting firm Ciotek. Pendergrass graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore City and completed her MBA while studying abroad in the UK. “Organizations partner with Fastspot for the powerful blend of great design and user-focused interactive strategy, along with our highly collaborative approach to digital communications,” said Tracey Halvorsen, chief visionary officer and co-founder at Fastspot. “It is very important for us to add the right people to our growing teams, and the process is highly selective. We value the trust our clients put in us to deliver amazing results, and we need outstanding talent in every seat at the company." Fastspot specializes in large-scale web-based strategy, design and development for higher education, cultural organizations, health care and financial services organizations. For more information about Fastspot, please visit Fastspot or follow us on Twitter at Fastspot, and on Facebook. Interactive digital agency Fastspot was founded in 2001. The company has helped build numerous brands, including the Walters Art Museum, Bucknell University, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Kenyon College and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Fastspot’s work is consistently present in prestigious award programs, such as the Webbys, the CASE Awards and the W3 Awards. Fastspot combines a high level of creativity with an unparalleled level of user experience focus, and a skill set within interactive technologies which delivers work that delights, nails business objectives and is sustainable.

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