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DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, US, is a private, national liberal arts college and School of Music with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. The school has a Methodist heritage and was originally known as Indiana Asbury University. DePauw is a member of both the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Society of Professional Journalists was founded at DePauw. DePauw is home to both the first modern-day sorority and the two longest continuously-running fraternities in the world. Wikipedia.

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News Article | December 5, 2016

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that four of our attorneys in the Columbus office have been named to the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers list. Sara H. Jodka – Ms. Jodka has been named a 2017 Ohio Super Lawyer for Employment Litigation: Defense. She was also named to the 2017 Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Columbus Super Lawyers list. She devotes a significant part of her practice to proactively counsel employers in litigation prevention and overall compliance with state, federal, and administrative laws and regulations, which includes reviewing and revising employee handbooks and policies; counseling management regarding termination decisions; performing exempt-status classification audits; and training employees on key employment policies and issues. She routinely defends employers, in both state and federal court, arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and comparable state laws. Ms. Jodka received her B.A. from The Ohio State University and her J.D. from Capital University Law School. Harlan W. Robins – Mr. Robins has been named a 2017 Ohio Super Lawyer for Real Estate Law. He is the Practice Department Manager for the firm’s Real Estate, Environmental, and Energy & Sustainability practices. He also serves as Co-Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Diversity Committee. He focuses his practice on real estate finance, development & land use, acquisitions & dispositions, and banking & financial services. He represents lenders in complex, multi-state workouts, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and foreclosure of real estate-secured loans, loan modifications and loan origination for permanent and construction financings. Mr. Robins received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Jonathan R. Secrest – Mr. Secrest has been named a 2017 Ohio Super Lawyer for General Litigation. His practice focuses on assisting clients with employment related matters, including representation through all stages of litigation and before state and federal agencies. He represents small and large employers on employment issues ranging from sexual harassment claims to alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). He also represents food manufacturers in the defense of food product liability claims and provides counsel related to FDA regulatory issues. Mr. Secrest received his B.A. from DePauw University and his J.D. from Capital University Law School. J. Troy Terakedis – Mr. Terakedis has been named a 2017 Ohio Super Lawyer for Tax Law. He counsels clients on a variety of federal income tax matters, including tax issues related to partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. He also counsels leveraged buyout, venture capital, and other private equity funds on formation and equity compensation issues and other tax-related matters often as they relate to structuring mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and reorganizations in a tax-efficient manner. He advises officers and directors of Fortune 500 companies, principals of private equity funds, owners of closely-held businesses and other high net worth individuals and executives on individual federal income tax matters. Mr. Terakedis received his B.A. from Kenyon College, his J.D./M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, and his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 425 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto. Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

News Article | November 21, 2016

Five of the University of South Florida's leading scientific researchers have been named to the new class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest and one of its most prestigious scientific societies. Spanning medicine, public health, and technology research, the new group of USF AAAS Fellows are among some of the university's most accomplished faculty members, representing decades of scientific accomplishments and more than 50 patented technologies. The new designations bring the total number of AAAS Fellows among USF's faculty to 61. "The global recognition of the accomplishments and careers of these five stellar scientists says much about the quality and impact of research across the University of South Florida System," said Paul Sanberg, senior vice president for research, innovation and economic development at USF and himself a AAAS Fellow. "These five faculty members are on the leading edge of discovery in areas that have great impact on the daily lives of people everywhere. Their scientific accomplishments have led to better healthcare and more advanced technology that serve humankind in a myriad of ways. We're very proud these individuals are leaders in our community here at USF and among scientists around the world." With this year's new Fellows class, USF again ranks fourth among all organizations worldwide, tied with University of Florida, in the designation of new AAAS Fellows, joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. USF and UF lead Florida universities in new AAAS Fellows selection. Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year 391 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin in February during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. The five faculty members from USF are: John H. Adams, Ph.D. Elected AAAS Fellow in the Biological Sciences Section Citation: For pioneering efforts and distinguished contributions in fundamental and translational malaria research, particularly in discoveries to improve antimalarial drugs and vaccines. Adams is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Global Health, in the College of Public Health. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine, and Department of Internal Medicine in the Morsani College of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized scientist who has distinguished himself in the field of malaria research and dedicated his career to finding solutions for one of the leading causes of death and disease throughout the world. Early in his career he identified and characterized the proteins of Plasmodium vivax, one of the five types of malaria parasites that infect humans. He also assisted in the sequencing of the complete genome of Plasmodium falciparum, another human malaria, in 2008, published as a cover story in the journal Nature, which has stimulated new research pathways for potential drug targets and vaccines. He received an $8.5 million grant in 2010 (as PI) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to lead an interdisciplinary multi-national team to develop new technologies to advance research on Plasmodium vivax. The development of these state of the art genomic and functional tools for both Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax greatly propelled the field of anti-malarial drug discovery and vaccine development. He has published more than 120 articles, and is an inventor on 6 patents. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to AAAS, he is an active member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), American Society of Parasitologists, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), and the Society of Protozoologists. Dmitry B. Goldgof, Ph.D. Elected AAAS Fellow in the Information, Computing, and Communication Section Citation: For distinguished contributions to the fields of computer vision, pattern recognition and biomedical applications, particularly in biomedical image analysis. Goldgof is a Professor in the USF Department of Computer Science & Engineering in the College of Engineering, and the Department of Oncological Sciences in the Morsani College of Medicine, and a Member of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. His expertise spans the research areas of computer vision, image analysis, and pattern recognition, with an emphasis in biomedical applications. For example, he developed a system that automatically identifies tumors in human brain MRI scans, and techniques for automated tracking of deformation in cardiac MRIs. These developments have led to faster and more precise evaluations of medical imaging. He has also made significant advances in the area of biometrics and facial analysis for security applications. He holds five patents and published five edited volumes, 20 book chapters, and more than 85 journal articles. In addition to AAAS, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR); and member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), Optical Society of America (OSA), Pattern Recognition Society, and Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his M.S. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his B.S. from Moscow Forest Engineering Institute, Moscow, Russia. Dennis K. Killinger, Ph.D. Elected AAAS Fellow in the Physics Section Citation: For pioneering contributions in tunable laser spectroscopy and atmospheric remote sensing, especially new techniques for Lidar sensing of global CO2 and environmental trace species. Killinger is a USF Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Physics and Director of the Lidar Remote Sensing Laboratory in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is also President and CEO of SenOptics, Inc., a developer of patented LIF and Lidar sensors. He was one of the early pioneers in the field of laser remote sensing more than 30 years ago, and he is responsible for some of the major advances of this field, such as the understanding of "noise" in these systems, and for developing parameters to determine signal-to-noise ratio, among many other leading contributions. He is a past Member of the National Academy/NRC Committee on Optical Science and Engineering (COSE) to assess the future technology trends in optics and lasers: Harnessing Light; and University Representative to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Southeastern Science Policy Colloquium. In addition to AAAS, he is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE; founding member of the National Academy of Inventors; and Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has published eight patents and more than 100 papers and book chapters. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan, M.S. from DePauw University, and B.A. from the University of Iowa. Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM Elected AAAS Fellow in the Medical Sciences Section Citation: For distinguished contributions to reproductive science particularly discovery of the first biochemical marker of preterm birth, fetal fibronectin, and the molecular mechanisms underlying uterine hemostasis. Lockwood is the Senior Vice President for USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. At USF Health, Lockwood leads the Morsani College of Medicine and the Colleges of Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy; and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. He also oversees the USF Physicians Group, the faculty group practice of the medical school -- and the largest multispecialty group practice on the West Coast of Florida. He is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Public Health at USF. Lockwood is an internationally recognized health care and research leader who earned a Sc.B., magna cum laude, with distinction, from Brown University, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and his Master of Science in Health Care Management degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He served his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital and his fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Lockwood is the recipient of multiple research grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the March of Dimes and other foundations. He has authored 290 peer-reviewed publications and 170 editorials, authored or co-authored three books, and co-edited seven major textbooks. He led a research team that discovered fetal fibronectin, the first biochemical predictor of prematurity. His clinical interests include prevention of recurrent pregnancy loss, preterm delivery and maternal thrombosis, and he maintains an active laboratory at USF Health dedicated to research in these areas. Lockwood is also member of the March of Dimes Board of Trustees. Shyam S. Mohapatra, Ph.D., MBA, FAAAAI, FNAI, FAIMBE Elected AAAS Fellow in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Section Citation: For outstanding contributions in the field of pharmaceutical and health sciences, particularly for pioneering achievements in advancing biomedical nanotechnology for inflammatory diseases. Mohapatra is a Distinguished USF Health Professor; Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Professor in the College of Pharmacy; Director of Translational Medicine; Distinguished Professor in the Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation; and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine. His research on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), atrial natriuretic peptides (ANPs), and Nanoparticle-mediated gene/drug delivery has helped guide the fields of immunology, infectious disease, biotherapeutics and translational medicine. RSV infection is a condition which afflicts primarily infants, but also adults and the elderly. Even 45 years after the discovery of RSV, there is no vaccine or other effective therapy against RSV, however, Mohapatra's research has led to the unraveling of the molecular mechanisms underlying RSV infection and resulting illnesses, and the development of a potential multi-gene vaccine against RSV. He has also pioneered novel treatment approaches for lung cancer, respiratory viral infections, respiratory allergies, and other chronic lung diseases. He also founded the USF Center for Research & Education in Nanobioengineering in 2010. In addition to AAAS, he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE), and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology; member of the National Academy of Inventors; and among the inaugural inductees of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. He holds 28 patents, and has published nearly 200 articles and book chapters. He earned his Ph.D. from the Australian National University; M.S. from the GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, India; and B.S. from Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, India. This year's AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 25. The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 25 research university among public institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS. See http://www. .

NEW YORK, NY, December 21, 2016-- Martin F. Puris has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Recognized for almost five and a half decades of invaluable contributions to his field, Mr. Puris is currently the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Puris & Partners, a strategic marketing consulting firm. Prior to entering the advertising and marketing field, he pursued studies at DePauw University. His first role in advertising was with Campbell-Ewald Co., where he stayed from 1962 to 1964 before transferring to Young & Rubicam, Inc., in 1965. He subsequently joined Carl Ally, Inc., became a Vice President, and remained there for 8 1/2 years,In 1974, Mr. Puris co-founded Ammirati&Puris and served as President and CEO. In 1994 Ammirati&Puris was acquired by the Interpublic Group of Companies. Subsequent to the acquisition, Mr. Puris served as Chairman and CEO of the merged company, Ammirati Puris Lintas- which then became the seventh largest agency in the world. In 1999 Mr. Puris left the IPG Group to co-fund several start-ups in the burgeoning field of mobile technology.Throughout his career, Mr. Puris has won numerous accolades - national and international - for his work, including induction into The One Club's Creative Hall of Fame - as well as recognition in numerous editions of Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.Mr. Puris served as media advisor to President George H. W. Bush in both Presidential Campaigns.A member of the Union Club, Devon Yacht Club, American Yacht Club, Nantucket Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club, Mr. Puris parlayed his knowledge of the field into a book titled, "Comeback: How Seven Straight-Shooting CEOs Turned Around Troubled Companies," which was published in 1999.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at

Schmit V.L.,University of Wyoming | Martoglio R.,DePauw University | Carron K.T.,University of Wyoming
Analytical Chemistry | Year: 2012

We describe a novel sandwich assay based on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) comprised of buoyant silica microspheres coated with antibodies against the β subunit of the cholera toxin (CT), and gold nanoparticles tagged with a Raman reporter, shelled with silica and coated with antibodies against the β subunit of the CT. Together these components couple to form a sandwich which, after incubation, floats on the surface of the sample. The buoyant silica microparticle/nanoparticle reporter combination has been coined a lab on a bubble (LoB). LoB materials may provide a platform for rapid detection of antigen in solution and offers advantages over lateral flow or magnetic pull-down assays. The Raman reporter provides a unique and intense signal to indicate a positive analysis. Our limit of detection for the β subunit of the CT in a buffer based system is 1100 ng. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

Pickerill M.L.,DePauw University | Harter R.A.,Texas State University
Journal of Athletic Training | Year: 2011

Context: A lack of published comparisons between measures from commercially available computerized posturography devices and the outcome measures used to define the limits of stability (LOS) makes meaningful interpretation of dynamic postural stability measures difficult. Objectives: To compare postural stability measures between and within devices to establish concurrent and construct validity and to determine test-retest reliability for LOS measures generated by the NeuroCom Smart Balance Master and the Biodex Balance System. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Controlled research laboratory. Patients or Other Participants: A total of 23 healthy participants with no vestibular or visual disabilities or lower limb impairments. Intervention(s) The LOS were assessed during 2 laboratory test sessions 1 week apart. Main Outcome Measure(s): Three NeuroCom LOS variables (directional control, endpoint excursion, and movement velocity) and 2 Biodex LOS variables (directional control, test duration). Results: Test-retest reliability ranged from high to low across the 5 LOS measures (intraclass correlation coefficient [2,k] = 0.82 to 0.48). Pearson correlations revealed 4 significant relationships (P < .05) between and within the 2 computerized posturography devices (r = 0.42 to -0.65). Conclusions: Based on the wide range of intraclass correlation values we observed for the NeuroCom measures, clinicians and researchers alike should establish the reliability of LOS testing for their own clinics and laboratories. The low to moderate reliability outcomes observed for the Biodex measures were not of sufficient magnitude for us to recommend using the LOS measures from this system as the gold standard. The moderate Pearson interclass correlations we observed suggest that the Biodex and NeuroCom postural stability systems provided unique information. In this study of healthy participants, the concurrent and construct validity of the Biodex and NeuroCom LOS tests were not definitively established. We recommend that this study be repeated with a clinical population to further explore the matter. © by the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: NUCLEAR PRECISION MEASUREMENTS | Award Amount: 90.00K | Year: 2013

The electroweak standard model describes two of the four fundamental forces present in the universe. By conducting experiments that probe with increasing sensitivity phenomena that can be described with this model, it is hoped discrepancies will appear that will lead to a more complete understanding of the weak interaction which is responsible for the decay, or transformation, of the neutron into a proton, electron and antineutrino. Among the measurements that can be made involving neutron decay are correlations between the properties of the neutron and its decay products. One of these correlations, known as little a, involves the direction of emission of the electron and antineutrino from the decay region. Other neutron decay correlations are known to within 1%, but little a is only known to 4%. After several years of planning and construction, the aCORN (a CORrelation in Neutron decay) collaboration is in the process of collecting data on the fundamental physics beamline at the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). This grant will provide support that will allow DePauw University undergraduate students and the Principal Investigator to continue participating in the experiment.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 285.63K | Year: 2012

This funding renews a long-running and highly-successful CISE Research
Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site at DePauw University. The
site exposes students to a range of topics in Computer Science, including
pen-based computing, computer-supported cooperative work, assistive
technology, natural language processing, functional programming
languages, wireless sensor networks, programming pedagogy, parallel
programming, and virtual reality. Students will work in small teams
with a mentor and will experience conducting research as part of a team,
disseminating research results, and participating in a community of

This REU site will allow 24 students (over three years) to experience
research in a variety of areas in Computer Science. The site focuses
on recruiting students from undergraduate-only institutions, who do not
have as ready access to research opportunities as students at research
universities. The site?s primary objective is to encourage talented
students enrolled at undergraduate institutions to pursue graduate
studies and research careers in Computer Science.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: IUSE | Award Amount: 288.99K | Year: 2016

This projects goal is to test an integrated bottom-up/top-down model of institutional reform within a college of liberal arts STEM division. The broad strategy is to provide momentum to fuel a transition from an active mobilization stage of this faculty-driven initiative to subsequent stages: implementation and then institutionalization. Initial grassroots efforts have led to base-level support for division-wide engagement of this goal. This model of change is focused on moving the STEM faculty towards significant course transformation reflective of the growing evidence base indicating what works while simultaneously developing a productive STEM learning community. This will be accomplished partly through curriculum reform awards that would be made to individuals or faculty teams to redesign their courses or to develop new, team-taught interdisciplinary courses. Linked to the awards are best practices pedagogical workshops that also engage interdisciplinary faculty teams from other institutions.

This project is building on the work of Ann Austin [Promoting evidence-based change in undergraduate science education. Paper presented at the Fourth Committee Meeting on Status, Contributions, and Future Directions of Discipline-Based Education Research, 2011] and Susan Elrod and Adrianna Kezar [Facilitating interdisciplinary learning: Lessons learned from Project Kaleidoscope. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, Jan-Feb 2012]. The institution itself will add additional diversity to the group of institutions supported by EHR grants working to achieve institutional transformation.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 218.08K | Year: 2012

This study investigates the complex, episodic development of an ancient mountain belt (the Yanshan belt), relics of which now form the rugged terrain underlying the Great Wall of China north of Beijing. Recent work in the Yanshan belt has begun to document a complex geologic history that includes multiple, cyclic episodes of crustal shortening, extension, and volcanism that took place from approximately 200 to 100 million years ago. The causes of this tectonic cyclicity are presently unclear (although multiple potential drivers exist), in part because the timing and geographic extent of each individual event is imprecisely known. The purpose of this study is to use field geologic mapping, sedimentary basin analysis, geochemistry, and radiometric dating (U-Pb zircon dating of volcanic and plutonic rocks, and detrital U-Pb and Hf dating) to better constrain the age and extent of the multiple events evident in the geology of the Yanshan. Resultant data would have bearing on major questions such as: (1) Can the variety of structures developed in the Yanshan be deconvolved into individual events that tie to discrete plate boundary processes, or is deformational complexity in the Yanshan the result of long-term, progressive deformation associated with multiple drivers?; (2) Can the magnitude of shortening be quantified in the Yanshan belt?; (3) When and by what process did lithosphere loss occur in the eastern North China craton?

Establishment of a robust tectonic history for the Yanshan region will place much-needed additional constraints on key events in the evolution of eastern Asia. These events include multiple continental collisions that were responsible for the early assembly of Asia, the initiation and development of the western Pacific plate boundary, and a mysterious loss of the ancient continental lithosphere that once underpinned the Yanshan belt and surrounding regions. This work may also yield insights into the development of mountain belts in general, including how crustal extension, compression, and volcanism interact in time and space during mountain building, how the continental crust and lithosphere respond to repeated magmatic and tectonic events, and how the lithosphere and mantle interact during crustal thickening.

This project is an extension of a long-term collaborative venture between the PI and Chinese researchers from China University of Geosciences, Beijing. The project will support summer research in China for DePauw University undergraduate students and foster collaborative relationships between these students and students from China University of Geosciences, Beijing. This project is supported by the Earth Sciences Division Tectonics Program and the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering.

News Article | November 18, 2016

The Indianapolis-area office of UNCF will host its 9th annual Masked Ball on Dec. 3, raising vitally needed funds for the next generation of leaders. Close to 900 business, civic and education leaders, including UNCF’s president and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax and masked honorary co-chairs Congressman Andre’ Carson and Mayor Joe Hogsett, will attend the event, which will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. “Today, it is important for the community to continue to come together to support our future leaders,” said Lomax. “We determine the future by ensuring our institutions can meet their financial needs and providing the opportunity for all students to not only attend but stay in school.” The 2016 UNCF Indianapolis Masked Ball continues its tradition of honoring leaders for their game-changing advocacy on behalf of education through partnerships with UNCF and their own work. Norma Dartis devoted 10 years of service as Masked Ball planning chair. Brittany Davis excels in education as a 2016 UNCF Shining Student and a 2016 UNCF Stem Scholar funded by the Fund II Foundation. Retired as superintendent from MSD Pike Township Schools, Dr. Nathaniel Jones-led Pike High school has the highest number of Gates scholars in the state. A true testament of paying it forward through education is the participation of Indiana scholars who have benefited from the diligence of UNCF and community members. Damion Miller was selected as a member of the Anthem Corporate Scholars program’s first cohort and obtained his degree from Wiley College in three years. Later, he was hired by Anthem after completing the final year of the programs internship. Brittany Davis graduated as valedictorian from Ben Davis High School. As a freshman at DePauw University, she received the Stem Scholarship from the Fund II Foundation. Notre Dame University sophomore Trebor Goodall is the first Gates scholar from an Indiana charter school and is also the first in his family to go to college. Lastly, Gates scholar Sidney Rucker is a Ph.D. candidate from Indiana University. Founded 14 years ago as the Indianapolis AEOS gala hosted by corporate chair Bart Peterson, this event continues to grow as one of the signature fundraising events in Indianapolis. This year’s presenting sponsors are Anthem, Eli Lilly and Company and new vice chair Lumina Foundation. Their support, along with that of other sponsors and UNCF supporters, will help raise funds for UNCF’s 37 member institutions and more than 400 scholarships, internships and fellowship programs. “With the support of our corporate and community partners, we continue to invest and enrich the lives of young people wanting to succeed, said Andrea Neely, regional development director, UNCF.” “UNCF’s remains steadfast in our mission in providing quality education, investing in our youth- secures better futures for us all.” Lori Wilson, WISH-TV anchor and J. Anthony Brown, actor and comedian from the Tom Joyner Morning show, will serve as masters of ceremonies. The evening will feature a silent and live auction, paddle raise, dinner, dancing and entertainment by Grammy-nominated En Vogue. “I’m excited to be a part of the UNCF Masked Ball Gala in The Hoosier state, Indianapolis, Indiana, said Brown” “Being a part of a gala of this magnitude is extremely welcoming and exciting. UNCF is an organization that I have had the pleasure of watching to grow and thrive over the past few years. I have no doubt in my mind that the UNCF will continue to be exactly what it has always been... and that’s purposeful in everything that they do. On Dec 3rd, I’m looking forward to doing my thing in a way that only I can. Watch out there now!!” For more information on sponsorship or how to support the area office of UNCF, please visit: About UNCF UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities. Learn more at or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter @UNCF.

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