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.
News Article | May 8, 2017
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.
News Article | April 17, 2017
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 3, 2017
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 | May 31, 2017
Today, SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004, released two new resources to support students seeking a faith-based education: a comprehensive 2017 List of Accredited Online Christian Colleges and the 2017 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges. Both lists employ data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to confirm Christian religious affiliation, and all schools are regionally or nationally accredited and offer at least one fully online program. The 2017 List of Accredited Online Christian Colleges, published on GuidetoOnlineSchools.com, is the largest comprehensive resource available to students seeking an online Christian education. SR Education Group researched 476 schools, 341 of which are included in the list. Between the chosen schools, over 30 religious affiliations are represented, including Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Interdenominational. The fully online degree levels include associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs. To supplement the complete list of colleges, SR Education Group also manually collected and verified annual tuition rates for each school. The 25 colleges with the lowest annual tuition rates and regional accreditation earned a spot on the 2017 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges, a ranking published on OnlineU.org. While all schools featured in the most affordable rankings have rates of $9,675 or lower, Columbia College, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), boasts the lowest annual tuition at $5,280 for the undergraduate level. Columbia College also offers the largest array of online programs. Georgetown College, ranked #7, provides a Center for Christian Discernment and Academic Leadership as well as a Christian Scholars Program. Between the 25 schools ranked for affordability, 12 different religious affiliations are represented. SR Education Group also highlights a list of 2017 Top Online Christian Colleges selected based on their exceptional affordability and academic strength. Academic strength scores were calculated using each school’s average college entrance exam scores, which were provided by the NCES. Gonzaga University, with an annual tuition of $7,000 and an academic strength score of 74%, is ranked the #1 top school. Fordham University, founded by the Catholic Diocese of New York, has the highest academic strength score of all ranked Christian Colleges at 79%. Indiana Wesleyan University, whose mission is to change the world through a Christ-centered academic community, offers 79 separate online degree programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. Eight of the top online colleges can also be found in the most affordable colleges ranking. The 2017 Online Christian College resources are SR Education Group’s first publishings covering faith-based higher education. The organization will be updating the resources annually to help prospective students seeking an online degree from a Christian institution find a quality, affordable education. About SR Education Group Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, SR Education Group was founded in 2004 by CEO Sung Rhee. The company’s mission is to create authoritative online resources for students seeking an online education program that best suits their budget and career aspirations. SR Education Group is passionate about making quality education attainable for everyone and believes that objective information about education, careers, and educational financing should be free and easily accessible. For more information, please visit http://www.sreducationgroup.org/.
News Article | May 27, 2017
-- Gayle Renken, principal of St. Timothy's Christian Academy in San Jose, California, was selected as the ELCA 2017 Principal of the Year. ELCA schools are served through ELEA, the national membership association of private secondary, elementary and early childhood schools throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran church body in the United States. "Principal Renken was nominated by a colleague, and selected by fellow principals through a national process conducted by the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association", said Gayle Denny, Executive Director of ELEA.A graduate of Valparaiso University, with a Master of Arts Degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Ms. Renken has served St. Timothy's Lutheran as principal and previously as a leadership team member and teacher since 2001. She has served as principal since 2007.As Principal of the Year for the ELCA, Gayle Renken's application has also been submitted to the National Association of Elementary School Principals as a candidate for the National Distinguished Principal award. The Private School Selection Committee of NAESP's NDP program will meet in June to determine which candidates within the private school arena are worthy of this award.Criteria for selection of both the ELCA Principal of the Year Award and the National Distinguished Principal program require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.Daniel Selbo, Pastor of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, says of Ms. Renken, "Gayle is loved and respected by our teachers and staff. She is a gifted communicator. She skillfully combines strong convictions with a personable approach to all the lives she touches." Regarding changes she has made to the school and its programming, "All of this was accomplished without compromising our foundational commitments."Gayle Renken will be honored at the February 28-March 2, 2018 ELEA IGNITE National Administrator & Pastor Conference being held at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, Minneapolis, MN. Recipients of the 2017 ELCA Distinguished Pastor of the Year Award, the 2017 ELCA Early Childhood Director of the Year Award, and ELEA's Donald A. Vetter Educational Service Award will also be honored at that event.For more information about St. Timothy's Christian Academy, please visit www.sttimschristianacademy.org. Since 1988, the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association has served as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's professional educational association and represents about 100 elementary and middle-level principals throughout the nation, along with 1400 early childhood programs. ELEA maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington DC - based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 23,000 members worldwide, and is also an active member of CAPE – the Council for American Private Education.
News Article | June 26, 2017
-- The Inside Baseball Coaches Clinic January 11 to 13, 2018 will feature presentations by the nation's top coaches including Travis Jewett of Tulane University as well as Michigan, Long Beach State, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Cal State Fullerton, and many more. Industry experts from Baseball America have called our coaches "some of the brightest minds in the game today." We are featuring 15 renowned coaches who will be presenting over 60 powerful and insightful talks covering in-game coaching, pitching, hitting, fielding, speed, arm care, functional strength, mental edge, and much more.This 3-day event will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Registration is now open to high school coaches, assistant coaches, baseball players, as well as students under age 18. We also are offering exclusive Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities.Travis Jewett just finished his first season as Head Baseball Coach at Tulane. He spent the previous 18 seasons as a Division I assistant coach at Gonzaga University, Washington University, Washington State, Arizona State. He also worked at Vanderbilt for the past four years helping to build a national baseball powerhouse. There, Jewett was promoted to associate head coach under Tim Corbin in 2016. Vanderbilt's offense thrived under Jewett's guidance in 2013 during his first year in Nashville with the Dores improving in virtually every offensive category. As the recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, Jewett regularly produced some of the nation's top classes. Twenty-five of Jewett's pupils were drafted, including four first round picks. Of those 25 drafted, 12 were hitters. Before working at Vanderbilt, Jewett was Associated Head Coach for three years at Arizona State, where he oversaw the Sun Devils' hitters and recruiting.From 2005-09, Jewett helped to improve the Washington State program. He helped lead the Cougars from a 1-23 Pac-10 record in his first year to a 19-8 mark to finish second in the league in his final season in Pullman. In 2009, the Cougars played in the Norman, Oklahoma NCAA Regional at their first NCAA Tournament in nearly 20 years. Jewett worked five seasons in Pullman and spent 2002-04 in Seattle at Washington, where the Huskies went 114-65-2 in Jewett's three seasons.Since 1999, Jewett has been one of the top assistants in Division I. Prior to moving to the DI level though, Jewett served as the head coach at community colleges in Edmonds (WA) C.C. (1997-98) and Tacoma (WA) C.C. (1995-96), as well as an assistant coach at Tacoma C.C. in 1994 before becoming the head coach. Jewett first broke into the Division I level at Gonzaga. He was in charge of the infield and coached third base while assisting with the offense from 1999-2001. Also, he worked as the head coach at Edmonds (Wash.) Community College for two seasons, earning NWAACC Coach of the Year and National Junior College Coach of the Year honors in 1998.
News Article | June 21, 2017
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Demisto, Inc., an innovator in Security Automation and Orchestration technology, today announced the launch of its channel and integration partner programs, called Nucleus, enabling the expansion of its security automation and orchestration offering to end users, while greatly broadening the reach of Demisto’s solution to meet rapidly growing global demand. To build and grow Demisto’s partner programs, the company has named former VP of Partnerships at Optiv Bob Kruse as its VP of Alliances. Mr. Kruse has 20 years of experience in IT spanning Enterprise Applications, Infrastructure and Information Security. The new Nucleus program will build upon Demisto’s early partner success and will execute on the company’s dynamic product integration growth as it moves to channel and integration partner development as one of its main go-to-market strategies. “Demisto’s platform effectively addresses multiple trends in the information security industry today – end users saturated with tools that don’t interoperate, alert fatigue from numerous tools, and an insufficient supply of skilled personnel,” said Tera Davis, Managing Director at Critical Start, a leading cybersecurity solution provider. “With Demisto’s Nucleus Channel and Integration Partner Programs, Critical Start can offer customers a practical solution to integrate threat feeds, drive efficiency for security operations and further maximize the effectiveness of many of the partner solutions we offer today.” Demisto Enterprise integrates with a growing list of hundreds of security products and collaboration platforms. These integrations equip partners with the industry’s first comprehensive security orchestration platform that includes automation, incident management, and real-time interactive investigation. Integration with disparate solutions is a key tenet of Demisto’s value proposition and enables partners to add more value and monetize their customer base. Also, Demisto was built with multi-tenancy from day one and it provides Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) with an option to service their customers with strong margins and reduced operational cost for security operations centers (SOCs), as announced with Demisto’s partnership with Wipro in April. “Demisto has seen exponential growth with customers and sales, and Bob joins us to build on that momentum with his strong expertise and background with channels and partners,” said Slavik Markovich, Demisto CEO and Co-Founder. “With our growing channel and partner strategy, Demisto will continue to enable CISOs with the most effective way to harness the power out of every product in their security arsenal.” Demisto’s new programs include many advantages for partners, including deal registration that rewards partners for their investments. The programs offer an increased loyalty program with partner tiers that enable a predictable investment model. Partner types include: For more information on the programs, or to become a Demisto partner, see: https://www.demisto.com/partners/. “Demisto presents an aggressive discount and adoption model that equips partners to allow any of their end users to create, automate and orchestrate SOC and IR (incident response) playbooks with greater ease and economics than ever before,” said Mr. Kruse. “Unlike other solutions on the market, Demisto has an open playbook architecture that encourages sharing and collaboration between customers across various vertical markets. And I’m excited to lead this partner and channel strategy at Demisto with its superior platform.” Demisto Enterprise is the first and only comprehensive, Security Operations Platform to combine security orchestration, incident management and interactive investigation into a seamless experience. Demisto’s orchestration engine is designed to automate security product tasks and weave in the human analyst tasks and workflows. Demisto Enterprise, powered by Dbot, learns from the real-life analyst interactions and past investigations to help SOC teams with analyst assignment suggestions, playbook enhancements, and best next steps for investigations. With Demisto, security teams can build future-proof security operations to reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR), create consistent and audited incident management processes, and increase analyst productivity. Prior to Demisto, Mr. Kruse served as Vice President of Sales for Illumio, Dtex Systems and then FireEye where he founded operations in Canada, LATAM and originated the first Strategic Alliances and Integrations. Before joining FireEye, Mr. Kruse held various sales management roles at Blue Coat Systems where his roles spanned regional sales management, building corporate teams, and global service sales. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and has completed post graduate work at USC, Marshall School of Business. Demisto Enterprise is the first and only comprehensive Security Operations Platform to combine security orchestration, incident management and interactive investigation. Demisto’s orchestration engine automates security product tasks and weaves in the human analyst tasks and workflows. Demisto enables security teams to reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR), create consistent incident management process, and increase analyst productivity. Demisto is backed by Accel and other prominent investors and has offices in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. For more information, visit www.demisto.com or email email@example.com. Demisto is a registered trademark of Demisto in the United States and other countries. All rights reserved. All other company and product names are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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.
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.