Spokane, WA, United States
Spokane, WA, United States

Gonzaga University is a private Roman Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington, United States. Founded in 1887 by the Society of Jesus, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. It is named for the young Jesuit saint Aloysius Gonzaga. The campus houses 105 buildings on 131 acres of grassland along the Spokane River, in a residential setting one-half-mile from downtown Spokane.The university was founded by Father Joseph Cataldo, SJ, an Italian-born priest and missionary. He established the Catholic school for local Native Americans whom he served.The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through its seven colleges, the College of Arts and science, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law, School of Nursing and Human Physiology, and the School of Professional Studies. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 3, 2017
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Grant Associates, a nationally acclaimed workforce development company, announced today that one of the most respected leaders in the field, Marléna Sessions, will be joining on July 5th as Vice President of Public and Private Partnerships. In her new role, Ms. Sessions will engage with national leaders around some of the most pressing issues facing local economies today, with the intent of creating new solutions to strengthen our communities. Doug Cotter, President, said, “We are thrilled to have Marléna joining our team, after having admired and respected the work she has done for many years. As Grant Associates continues to grow and learn as an organization, Marléna’s breadth of experience and passion for this work will be an invaluable asset in shaping solutions that effect positive change in the lives of the customers we serve.” Ms. Sessions said, “Grant Associates has an amazing story to tell, with over two decades of experience trailblazing innovative solutions, and successfully running and growing large workforce programs. I’ve long been a fan, and I’m excited to be coming aboard at such a critical time in our industry.” As CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County since 2009, Marléna Sessions has guided Seattle-King County to national prominence as an innovative leader in job training initiatives. The Working for America Institute named the organization one of the top four workforce boards in the U.S. The Council was also one of the inaugural winners of the National Association of Workforce Board's 2016 WIOA trailblazer award. Marléna is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO), and a member of the Washington Workforce Association, serving on its Executive committee for several years. She also served on the Opportunity Center for Employment and Education (OCE&E) Policy Committee. She was the 2013 president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council, and continues to serve on its board of trustees. Marléna also founded the National Advisory Group for Connecting Homeless Jobseekers to the workforce system, and has offered expert testimony to Congress. Marléna holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whitworth University.

News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the best colleges and universities in the state of Washington for 2017. Of the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Gonzaga University, University of Washington, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University were the top five institutions. Of the 21 two-year schools that were also included, Edmonds Community College, Shorelines Community College, Renton Technical College, Bates Technical College and Clark College took the top five. A list of all the winning schools is included below. “Washington state’s unemployment rate recently hit a nine-year low, which is great news for people interested in pursuing a college degree,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Our analysis shows schools going the extra mile for students in terms of career preparation, by providing high-quality programs and resources that are translating into student success in the job market.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Washington” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, career services offered, availability of financial aid and such additional metrics as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Washington” list, visit: Washington’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bastyr University Central Washington University City University of Seattle Eastern Washington University Gonzaga University Heritage University Northwest University Pacific Lutheran University Saint Martin's University Seattle Pacific University Seattle University Trinity Lutheran College University of Puget Sound University of Washington-Seattle Campus Walla Walla University Washington State University Western Washington University Whitman College Whitworth University Washington’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bates Technical College Bellingham Technical College Big Bend Community College Cascadia Community College Clark College Edmonds Community College Everett Community College Grays Harbor College Lower Columbia College Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom Pierce College at Puyallup Renton Technical College Seattle Vocational Institute Shoreline Community College South Puget Sound Community College Spokane Community College Spokane Falls Community College Tacoma Community College Walla Walla Community College Wenatchee Valley College Whatcom Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org 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 LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

News Article | May 8, 2017
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Balboa Capital, a leading provider of business loans and equipment financing programs in the United States, has opened a new office location in Spokane, Washington to better serve its existing and future customers in the Pacific Northwest. The Spokane office opened its doors on May 1st, 2017 as Balboa Capital’s fourth office location; the company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California and has additional offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and San Ramon, California. The new office is located in Kendall Yards, a new “urban by nature” concept in downtown Spokane. The office will be led by Michael Bivins, Director of Enterprise and Commercial Sales. “The decision to expand our presence in the Pacific Northwest is part of our company’s growth strategy,” said Phil Silva, President of Balboa Capital. “Our Spokane location will prove useful in anchoring our presence in this region and enable us to support area businesses with the same flexible financing solutions and outstanding customer service we are known for nationwide.” Mr. Silva also sees Balboa Capital’s new Spokane office as an opportunity to leverage the area’s talent pool. “This area is rich with talent from leading colleges and universities, and this presents us with the opportunity to hire highly skilled and qualified account managers and support staff members.” Balboa Capital implemented a well-defined strategy to recruit employees for its new Spokane office. Digital marketing and social media efforts helped attract potential candidates for the company’s executive recruiting team to evaluate. In addition, Balboa Capital was a featured exhibitor at the Spring 2017 FUSE Career Fair, which attracted students from Gonzaga University, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitworth University. Members of Balboa Capital’s Spokane office met with current students and alumni to discuss the many career opportunities that are available at the new office location. “Our new employees are ready to kick-start their sales careers in a fast-paced, technology-driven work environment,” said Mr. Silva, adding, “We are really looking forward to welcoming our new team members to the Balboa Capital family.” Balboa Capital will continue its recruiting efforts for its Spokane office in the months to come. Interested candidates can visit the Balboa Capital careers page to apply online. Kendall Yards, the location of Balboa Capital’s new office, is a brand new, coveted community in the heart of Spokane, Washington. When evaluating potential office locations, Balboa Capital found Spokane to be a good fit for its employees based on its affordability index. The office is within walking distance of downtown Spokane, a city known for all it has to offer outdoor enthusiasts. With close to 200 nearby lakes and plenty of areas for outdoor recreational activities, Spokane is truly paradise for people who enjoy hiking, cycling, fishing, golfing, skiing, and more. “To attract workers in today’s competitive job market, we needed an appealing, amenity-filled office in a vibrant location, and Kendall Yards has it all,” said Mr. Silva. About Balboa Capital Balboa Capital is a technology-driven financing company that provides business owners with fast, hassle-free solutions to fuel their growth and success. The company specializes in small business loans, equipment financing, commercial financing, equipment vendor financing, and franchise financing. Balboa Capital developed an intuitive online platform that simplifies the entire financing process. Calculators provide instant estimates, applications can be completed and submitted in a matter of minutes, and sophisticated credit scoring technology provides instant decisions. To learn more, visit http://www.balboacapital.com.

Makinde O.D.,Cape Peninsula University of Technology | Aziz A.,Gonzaga University
International Journal of Thermal Sciences | Year: 2011

The boundary layer flow induced in a nanofluid due to a linearly stretching sheet is studied numerically. The transport equations include the effects of Brownian motion and thermophoresis. Unlike the commonly employed thermal conditions of constant temperature or constant heat flux, the present study uses a convective heating boundary condition. The solutions for the temperature and nanoparticle concentration distributions depend on five parameters, Prandtl number Pr, Lewis number Le, the Brownian motion parameter Nb, the thermophoresis parameter Nt, and convection Biot number Bi. Numerical results are presented both in tabular and graphical forms illustrating the effects of these parameters on thermal and concentration boundary layers. The thermal boundary layer thickens with a rise in the local temperature as the Brownian motion, thermophoresis, and convective heating each intensify. The effect of Lewis number on the temperature distribution is minimal. With the other parameters fixed, the local concentration of nanoparticles increases as the convection Biot number increases but decreases as the Lewis number increases. For fixed Pr, Le, and Bi, the reduced Nusselt number decreases but the reduced Sherwood number increases as the Brownian motion and thermophoresis effects become stronger. © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 114.06K | Year: 2015

The goal of this project is to understand the evolution of complex social evolution using, as a model species, the acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), a highly social bird common in the southwestern United States. Acorn woodpeckers live in family groups of up to 15 individuals containing a combination of helpers--young that remain in their natal group and help raise younger siblings--and multiple breeders of both sexes, a rare mating system known as polygynandry found in several primate species. Researchers will combine cutting edge tracking technology with long-term demographic data, experimental studies, and genetic analyses to understand why helpers sacrifice reproduction to feed young that are not their own, and why helpers vary so much in their willingness to help their parents raise other siblings. The project will involve the training of a postdoctoral associate, a Ph.D. student, and 36 - 60 undergraduate and recent postgraduate students who will participate in the field and laboratory aspects of the study. The lead researchers will communicate their findings to the public through publications, outreach activities of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and television documentaries.

The project will focus specifically on determining: (1) the extent to which provisioning behavior by helpers per se, rather than other behaviors unrelated to provisioning that helpers engage in on their territory, is responsible for the indirect fitness benefits gained by helpers that remain in their natal group; (2) whether individual variability in helping behavior is due to differences in the amount of time helpers spend away from their natal territory or differences in their provisioning effort while present at the territory; and (3) the role that direct fitness benefits such as experience gained by helping or pay-to-stay play in the evolution of provisioning behavior. These goals will be achieved by (i) combining over 40 years of continuous monitoring of a color-banded population in which parentage is assigned genetically; (ii) conducting behavioral watches of provisioning behavior; and (iii) deploying solar-powered nanotags that will allow researchers to continuously monitor the location of individuals in the population. The project will disentangle the fitness benefits and drivers of provisioning behavior by helpers, thus providing a new understanding of the evolution of this putatively altruistic behavior. Data associated with specific publications will be made available in Dryad, whereas the more general datasets acquired as part of the project will be archived either with the Network Information System (NIS) designed for the LTER program (when it is expanded to include other long-term projects) or, alternatively, as a collection within the iPlant Data Store funded by the NSF Division of Biological Infrastucture.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 129.68K | Year: 2013

The purpose of this project is to engage all of the introductory biology students at Gonzaga University (n=350) in a transformative research-based lab course during their freshman year. The project goals are to 1) increase the science competencies of students at all three developmental levels (beginners, intermediate, and advanced), 2) increase the retention rate of underrepresented minorities in the sciences by engaging students early on in research, and 3) inspire other institutions to implement authentic discovery-based research on a large scale in introductory laboratory courses.
Because of the growing recognition that research experience in the first year is a critical influence on retention in science, many programs are now offering an alternative introductory lab sequence based on discovering new mycobacteriophages and annotating their genomes) in a two-semester course, the HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) program. Based on the assumption that the gains observed among this select group of students are the kinds of gains all students could experience, the project team has devised several strategies to effectively scale up SEA-PHAGES and make it the introductory biology lab course for 350 students per year. The strategies involve 1) introducing a one-semester Gonzaga Phage Discovery Lab course for all students in the introductory biology class, 2) implementing a Phage Genomics module embedded within the 200-level Genetics Lab course, 3) offering a third course, Advanced Phage Research Lab, for upper division students, and 4) teaching the Phage Discovery Lab course for non-science majors, as well.

Intellectual Merit: With this number of students engaged each year, this project is obtaining strong measures of the effectiveness of the one-semester Phage Discovery lab as a research experience for a wide variety of beginning science and non-science majors.

Broader Impacts: The outcomes of this project, can increase the science education communitys understanding of how best to increase the scientific literacy of all undergraduates. The project is also producing teaching and learning materials adaptable by other institutions.

This project is being jointly funded by the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education as part of their efforts toward support of Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education.

Gonzaga University and The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary Of Agriculture | Date: 2012-07-27

Formulations having a selective, mycoherbicide activity for killing ungerminated seeds of invasive grass species are provided. An agricultural, mycoherbicide formulation is taught for killing ungerminated seeds of invasive grass species. The formulations can comprise, for example, a slow-growing strain of Pyrenophora semeniperda, a fast-growing strain of Pyrenophora semeniperda, or a combination thereof, and an agriculturally acceptable carrier. As such, the teachings include a composition comprising a mixture of a slow-growing strain of Pyrenophora semeniperda and a fast-growing strain of Pyrenophora semeniperda. The mixture of strains can be used to provide a mixture of virulence that is useful for killing carryover seed banks, with regard to both type and level of virulence.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 36.28K | Year: 2014

The goal of this RUI (Research at Undergraduate Institutions) project is to assemble a data set of galaxy spectra to better determine the primordial abundance of helium relative to hydrogen. The improved calibration of the helium abundance will place significant constraints on models for the creation of the light elements in the early universe. Broader impacts of the work include training of STEM undergraduate students in scientific research. Activities will include student summer seminar talks that will reach other STEM students, and parents.

The program will utilize spectra of low metallicity HII galaxies from the Sloan digital Sky Survey, together with an integrated, self-consistent model for HII region emission. The project aims to reduce uncertainties and improve accuracy relative to current estimates of the primordial helium abundance.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCE-PAID | Award Amount: 598.61K | Year: 2011

The goal of the project is to create a sustainable network of women STEM faculty who work in small predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) where isolation is particularly pronounced. This project proposes to create both horizontal and vertical mentoring for women STEM faculty at 12 PUIs across four STEM areas (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science/ Engineering/physics, and Mathematics) The mentoring will target women early in their careers, mid-career, and at the senior level.


The proposers have done a very nice job of documenting the need for the mentoring program and leadership development among STEM women faculty at PUIs. They have done an excellent job of setting up a highly sustainable program thorough the cooperation of three national organizations. Each of the 12 participating institutions as well as the three organizations has submitted letters of support and commitment. Overall, this proposal is extremely well constructed. The PIs are well qualified to carry out the duties of this project.


Through the mentoring and leadership activities 70 STEM women academics will be directly affected. In addition the proposers make a compelling case that the retention and increased job satisfaction of these faculty will have the potential to influence about 25,660 female undergraduate students who are in their classes. Additionally, the outcomes of this project, through traditional dissemination activities, conference activities, and the social networking components are positioned to impact broadly women STEM faculty at PUIs.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 241.49K | Year: 2012

With support from the Chemical Measurement and Imaging Program in the Division of Chemistry, Professor Eric Ross and his group at Gonzaga University are developing new chromatography methods and materials for the evaluation of binding and partitioning events at lipid bilayers. The materials under study are based on dynamic phospholipid phases supported on aggregates of silica nanoparticles which allow lipid bilayers and incorporated synthetic and natural receptors to be assayed in a nano-volume liquid chromatography format. The high-performance features of the solid support and the dynamic properties of natural membranes that are replicated in the phospholipid coatings promise to extend the capabilities of current biomembrane affinity stationary phases to probe the influence of membrane and solution composition on the function of natural or synthetic pores and channels within lipid bialyers or to screen substances that modulate their function. Project goals include structurally and chemically optimizing the stationary phases for the support of lipid bilayers and functional embedded receptors, optimizing chromatographic procedures for studies of membrane partitioning and binding with key model receptors both natural and synthetic, understanding the separation mechanism associated with ion-channel functionalized membranes, and establishing the compatibility of the system and format with increasingly complex biomembrane systems.

Advances in research-enabling, cost- and time-effective technology that can be used to investigate factors affecting the strength and selectivity of interactions at biomembranes have the potential to broadly impact scientific fields that study this crucial biological interface which is hampered by the various analytical limitations of existing model systems. Engagement of undergraduate students in all aspects of the research project beginning as early as the sophomore year and continuing through graduation will provide structured and advanced training in applied materials and bioanalytical sciences for students largely from rural areas of the inland Northwest. Multi-year engagement on collaborative projects will allow undergraduate researchers to engage in vertical mentorship roles as they grow in scientific skill and ability.

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