Grand Junction, CO, United States
Grand Junction, CO, United States

Colorado Mesa University , formerly known as Mesa State College, is a public comprehensive university in Grand Junction, Colorado. The university has its primary campus in central Grand Junction. The university also has other campuses as well; Bishop Campus, which houses Western Colorado Community College in northwestern Grand Junction and a regional campus in Montrose, Colorado. Colorado Mesa University grants two-year associate degrees, four-year bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees.Previously called Mesa State College , the school attained university status in August 2011, changing its name to Colorado Mesa University. Wikipedia.

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News Article | February 23, 2017

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges with online programs in the state of Colorado. Among the schools that were ranked, 16 four-year colleges made the list, with University of Denver, Colorado State University Fort Collins, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Northern Colorado and University of Colorado Denver coming in as the top five schools. The state’s top 13 two-year schools were also ranked, with Trinidad State Junior College, Pueblo Community College, Aims Community College, Otero Junior College and Colorado Northwestern Community College taking the top five spots. “Colorado’s schools are becoming increasingly attuned to the needs of nontraditional students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “The accredited schools on our list accommodate all kinds of schedules with their online programs so that busy students can finish their degrees and receive a top-quality learning experience.” Schools on the “Best” list must meet specific base requirements to be included: each must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit. Each college was also scored based on more than a dozen additional data points, including student to teacher ratios, graduation rates 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: Colorado’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Adams State University Colorado Christian University Colorado Mesa University Colorado State University-Fort Collins Colorado State University-Global Campus Colorado State University-Pueblo Johnson & Wales University-Denver Metropolitan State University of Denver Nazarene Bible College Regis University University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Colorado Denver University of Denver University of Northern Colorado Western State Colorado University Colorado’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Aims Community College Arapahoe Community College Colorado Northwestern Community College Community College of Aurora Community College of Denver Front Range Community College Lamar Community College Morgan Community College Northeastern Junior College Otero Junior College Pikes Peak Community College Pueblo Community College Trinidad State Junior College About Us: 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.

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America “Hannover Re US” announces promotions within the company and the retirement of David Wheat. After 35 years in the insurance and reinsurance industries, David, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will retire effective June 30, 2017. Prior to joining Hannover Re US, David was CFO at ING Americas, which followed 17 years with EY, ending as a partner in its US insurance practice. Peter Schaefer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hannover Re US, commented, “David has served as CFO since 2010, and his leadership and expertise has been an important contributor to our success. We wish David the very best.” Clint Thompson is promoted to executive vice president and CFO, effective January 1, 2017. Clint has been the Chief Risk Officer for Hannover Re US since 2011. Before joining Hannover Re US, Clint served as a Senior Risk Officer for AEGON where he was, among other things, responsible for coordinating market risk and asset-liability management. “Clint has done an outstanding job building a first-class risk organization. I am confident that Clint will add immediate value to the organization in his new and expanded role,” said Peter. Clint received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Colorado Mesa University and Master’s degree from Ball State University. Clint is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). Clint is based at the company headquarters in Orlando, Fla. Lisa Smith is promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, effective January 1, 2017. Lisa’s new role includes responsibility for Information Technology, Human Resources and the Mortality Solutions business unit operations for Hannover Re US. Lisa joined the company in 2009 as senior vice president of operations when Hannover Re US acquired the ING reinsurance portfolio from Scottish Re. Peter commented, “With Lisa’s excellent track record of operational leadership, combining our operations, information technology and human capital under her guidance will serve our organization well going forward.” Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Lisa is based at the company’s office in Denver, Colo. Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America (Hannover Re US), which is licensed and/or accredited in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, is the North American life and health reinsurance subsidiary of the Hannover Re Group. Hannover Re, with gross premium of around EUR 16.4 billion, is the third-largest reinsurer in the world. It transacts all lines of property & casualty and life & health reinsurance and is present on all continents with around 2,500 staff. Established in 1966, the Hannover Re Group today has a network of more than 100 subsidiaries, branches and representative offices worldwide. The rating agencies most relevant to the insurance industry have awarded Hannover Re very strong insurer financial strength ratings (Standard & Poor's AA- "Very Strong" and A.M. Best A+ "Superior").

News Article | October 29, 2016
Site:, a leading online higher education information and resource provider, is highlighting 25 schools as the Best Online Colleges in Colorado for 2016-2017. Comparing more than a dozen unique cost and quality measures, the following two-year and four-year schools received top marks respectively: Lamar Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Northeastern Junior College and Morgan Community College; Colorado Christian University, University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Adams State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. "In 2014 alone, non-residents made up nearly half of all four-year college applicants in Colorado. That shows a growing opportunity for distance and online learning programs in the state,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "We’re highlighting colleges who are going above and beyond to create quality, affordable online programs to accommodate the growing number of students looking to Colorado for higher education resources.” Schools are required to meet specific baseline requirements to make the lists. An institution must hold regional accreditation and be a public or private not-for-profit college or university to qualify. Tuition rates must also fall under specific minimums: two-year schools must offer an in-state tuition rate below $5,000 per year and four-year schools must offer an in-state tuition rate below $25,000 per year. All schools on the Best Online Colleges in Colorado ranking are listed below. For more details on where each ranks and the data and methodology used to determine each school’s score visit the following page: The Best Online Colleges in Colorado (Two-Year) for 2016-2017: The Best Online Colleges in Colorado (Four-Year) for 2016-2017: Colorado Christian University University of Northern Colorado University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Adams State University Metropolitan State University of Denver University of Colorado Denver Colorado State University - Fort Collins Western State Colorado University Nazarene Bible College Colorado Mesa University Colorado State University - Global Campus Colorado State University - Pueblo began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

News Article | March 1, 2017

The city of Murray, Utah is ideally located just fifteen minutes from Salt Lake City. Thousands of people each year visit Murray City Park for organized sports and its wooded areas. "Campers will train each day at the Murray Park Center, a 25 yard x 8 lane pool," states Geoff Hanson, camp director and the head coach of Colorado Mesa University. "My goal is to help each individual improve their strokes and make this the best technique swim camp for competitive swimmers from the Salt Lake City area and beyond." This summer, Nike Swim Camps is offering one session of day camp (9:00am-3:00pm) for ages 9-18. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. Camp staff do their best to accommodate campers needs, taking into consideration experience and desire to improve. Players, coaches, parents and others interested in the Nike Swim Camps for 2017 can visit or call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP (645-3226). US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America's largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high-quality sports education and skill enhancement.

Heng K.,University of Bern | Workman J.,Colorado Mesa University
Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series | Year: 2014

Within the context of exoplanetary atmospheres, we present a comprehensive linear analysis of forced, damped, magnetized shallow water systems, exploring the effects of dimensionality, geometry (Cartesian, pseudo-spherical, and spherical), rotation, magnetic tension, and hydrodynamic and magnetic sources of friction. Across a broad range of conditions, we find that the key governing equation for atmospheres and quantum harmonic oscillators are identical, even when forcing (stellar irradiation), sources of friction (molecular viscosity, Rayleigh drag, and magnetic drag), and magnetic tension are included. The global atmospheric structure is largely controlled by a single key parameter that involves the Rossby and Prandtl numbers. This near-universality breaks down when either molecular viscosity or magnetic drag acts non-uniformly across latitude or a poloidal magnetic field is present, suggesting that these effects will introduce qualitative changes to the familiar chevron-shaped feature witnessed in simulations of atmospheric circulation. We also find that hydrodynamic and magnetic sources of friction have dissimilar phase signatures and affect the flow in fundamentally different ways, implying that using Rayleigh drag to mimic magnetic drag is inaccurate. We exhaustively lay down the theoretical formalism (dispersion relations, governing equations, and time-dependent wave solutions) for a broad suite of models. In all situations, we derive the steady state of an atmosphere, which is relevant to interpreting infrared phase and eclipse maps of exoplanetary atmospheres. We elucidate a pinching effect that confines the atmospheric structure to be near the equator. Our suite of analytical models may be used to develop decisively physical intuition and as a reference point for three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic simulations of atmospheric circulation. © 2014. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..

Collins D.,Colorado Mesa University
Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics | Year: 2013

The accuracy of any physical scheme used to estimate the parameter describing the strength of a single qubit Pauli channel can be quantified using standard techniques from quantum estimation theory. It is known that the optimal estimation scheme, with m channel invocations, uses initial states for the systems which are pure and unentangled and provides an uncertainty of O(1/√m). This protocol is analogous to a classical repetition and averaging scheme. We consider estimation schemes where the initial states available are not pure and compare a protocol involving quantum correlated states to independent state protocols analogous to classical repetition schemes. We show, that unlike the pure state case, the quantum correlated state protocol can yield greater estimation accuracy than any independent state protocol. We show that these gains persist even when the system states are separable and, in some cases, when quantum discord is absent after channel invocation. We describe the relevance of these protocols to nuclear magnetic resonance measurements. © 2013 American Physical Society.

Middleton C.A.,Colorado Mesa University
American Journal of Physics | Year: 2015

Embedding diagrams prove to be quite useful when learning general relativity as they offer a way of visualizing spacetime curvature through warped two dimensional (2D) surfaces. In this manuscript, we present a different 2D construct that also serves as a useful conceptual tool for gaining insight into gravitation: orbital dynamics-namely, the cylindrically symmetric surfaces that generate Newtonian and general relativistic orbits with small eccentricities. Although we first show that no such surface exists that can exactly reproduce the arbitrary bound orbits of Newtonian gravitation or of general relativity (or, more generally, of any spherically symmetric potential), surfaces do exist that closely approximate the resulting orbital motion for small eccentricities (exactly the regime that describes the motion of the solar system planets). These surfaces help to illustrate the similarities and differences between the two theories of gravitation (i.e., stationary elliptical orbits in Newtonian gravitation and precessing elliptical-like orbits in general relativity) and offer, in this age of 3D printing, an opportunity for students and instructors to experimentally explore the predictions made by each. © 2015 American Association of Physics Teachers.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 94.87K | Year: 2011

This project will study how the Grand Canyon region is responding to surface uplift driven by upper mantle convection. The goal of the research is to use the continental-scale Colorado River system as a well exposed field laboratory and sensitive gauge of the complex interplay between the processes of faulting, volcanism, uplift, river dynamics, and climatic processes that, collectively, are shaping the landscape of this classic region. The methods and approaches to be used include a variety of dating techniques (Ar-Ar dating of basalt flows, U-series dating of travertine cements, cosmogenic ages of gravels, OSL dates on young terraces) that will be used to determine terrace gravel ages. These deposits preserve past landscape positions and hence can be used to gauge uplift, incision rates, and changing landscapes. The aim is to test the idea that mantle flow and buoyancy modification are driving surface uplift and long wavelength surface deformation of the Colorado Plateau by determining whether or not there are spatial patterns in incision rate that mimic mantle anomalies.

This research will test the idea that the rugged topography of the Grand Canyon and western United States are being re-shaped today by upper mantle convection. This movement of mass and fluid is taking place hundreds of kilometers below the surface and involves upwelling domains of hot buoyant asthenosphere that consists of flowing rock, partial melt, and fluid, as well as downwelling domains of cold dense North American lithosphere. The upwellings appear to be responsible for 400-1000 meters of surface uplift that has taken place in the Colorado Plateau region in the last 10 million years. This amounts to 25-50% of the present average elevation of the region. This uplift is still ongoing. The research plan involves integration of teaching with research and mentorship of numerous graduate and undergraduate students, including Hispanic and Native American students from the southwestern U.S.. The project will lead to improved written and web materials on Colorado Plateau uplift and canyon carving that will be linked to geoscience interpretation for Plateau Parks via the National Park Service web pages and the newly opened Trail of Time Geoscience Education Exhibition at Grand Canyon National Park.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 193.07K | Year: 2010

Plants, plant-feeding insects, and insect-feeding wasps and flies (known as parasitoids) are central components of terrestrial forest ecosystems. These plants and insects represent more than half of all described organisms in the world and comprise a larger proportion of undiscovered tropical species. This project consists of an intensive plant, caterpillar, and parasitoid insect inventory at the Yanayacu Biological Station (YBS) in the Ecuadorian Andes. The objectives are: 1) to sample and catalog the diverse community of caterpillars and associated parasitoid insects at YBS to discover new species and understand interactions between species; 2) to disseminate this information with a searchable database accessible to scientists and the public throughout the world; and 3) to discover natural history information, such as caterpillar diets, development times, and what insects feed upon specific herbivores and plants. Such information is used to test hypotheses about how diversity evolved and how it affects variables such as ecosystem stability, forest productivity, or ecosystem services.

The intellectual merit of this activity includes significant advances in insect classification by naming new species, developing identification guides, providing specimens with associated molecular data to experts, as well as providing a critical inventory that can be used in conservation efforts in the equatorial Andes (a global hot-spot of biodiversity). These data will also be used to address a variety of basic and applied questions, particularly those associated with climate change and biodiversity. The broader impacts of this project include direct involvement of multiple local field assistants, senior scientists, postdoctoral researchers, collaborating insect specialists, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Therefore the project strengthens international scientific dialogue and relationships. The project includes enhancements in science education and research experience programs for minorities.

Small body size imposes limitations on the feeding capabilities of juveniles, particularly in species that consume their prey whole. It has been hypothesized that juveniles exhibit exceptional performance measures to compensate for their small size. However, few studies have examined whether juveniles have better feeding performance relative to adults and investigations of snake feeding ontogeny have not shown enhanced performance in smaller snakes. I tested the hypothesis that juvenile snakes have better feeding performance by comparing maximum gape circumference and ingestion performance (time and number of pterygoid protractions) in a series of banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata) of different sizes fed fish and frogs. I also measured several external and osteological dimensions of the head and used Akaike's information criterion to determine which morphological measurements were the strongest predictors of relative gape. All skull measurements and maximum gape circumference showed negative allometry relative to snout-vent length (SVL). Given the available models, Akaike information criterion (AIC) analysis indicated that both skull length and mandible length were the strongest predictors of gape circumference for both external and osteological measurements. Multiple regression analysis of ingestion performance indicated SVL was negatively correlated with the time and number of pterygoid protractions required to consume fish or frogs, indicating that juveniles do not have a higher ingestion performance than adults. While exaggerated morphology in juvenile snakes does not appear to improve ingestion performance, a larger gape should increase the ability of juvenile snakes to consume a wide range of encountered prey shapes and sizes. © 2014. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

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