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News Article | February 25, 2017

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges and universities with online programs in the state of Illinois. Of the four-year schools that were ranked, 35 made the list with Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Loyola University Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and DePaul University positioned as the top five. Illinois’ top 19 two-year schools were also included on the list, with Illinois Central College, Richland Community College, Kaskaskia College, Harper College and Waubonsee Community College coming in as the top five. “As online programs become more readily available at Illinois schools, the options for students who want to earn a degree on their own schedule become more difficult to choose from,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “The schools on our list have proven themselves to be the most high-quality options for an online education in Illinois.” To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, Illinois colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities. Each college is also scored based on more than a dozen unique data points that include graduation rates, total online program offerings and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Illinois for 2017 include the following: Aurora University Benedictine University Chicago State University Concordia University-Chicago DePaul University Dominican University Eastern Illinois University Elmhurst College Governors State University Greenville College Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois State University Judson University Lewis University Lincoln Christian University Loyola University Chicago MacMurray College McKendree University Moody Bible Institute National Louis University North Park University Northwestern University Olivet Nazarene University Quincy University Roosevelt University Rush University Saint Xavier University Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville University of Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of St Francis Western Illinois University Illinois’ Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Frontier Community College Harper College Illinois Central College John A. Logan College John Wood Community College Joliet Junior College Kaskaskia College Lincoln Trail College McHenry County College Moraine Valley Community College Olney Central College Richland Community College Shawnee Community College Southeastern Illinois College Wabash Valley College Waubonsee Community College ### About Us: was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

Pollock B.J.,Hope College | Pollock B.J.,Harper College | Sikes C.A.,Hope College | Sikes C.A.,Harper College | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Organic Chemistry | Year: 2012

The spirocyclic oxazinoquinolinespirohexadienone (OSHD) "photochromes" are computationally predicted to be an attractive target as electron deficient analogues of the perimidinespirohexadienone (PSHD) photochromes, for eventual application as photochromic photooxidants. We have found the literature method for their preparation unsuitable and present an alternative synthesis. Unfortunately the product of this synthesis is the long wavelength (LW) ring-opened quinonimine isomer of the OSHD. We have found this isomer does not close to the spirocyclic short wavelength isomer (SW) upon prolonged standing in the dark, unlike other PSHD photochromes. The structure of this long wavelength isomer was found by NMR and X-ray crystallography to be exclusively the quinolinone (keto) tautomer, though experimental cyclic voltammetry supported by our computational methodology indicates that the quinolinol (enol) tautomer (not detected by other means) may be accessible through a fast equilibrium lying far toward the keto tautomer. Computations also support the relative stability order of keto LW over enol LW over SW. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

Burke S.V.,Northern Illinois University | Clark L.G.,Iowa State University | Triplett J.K.,Jacksonville State University | Grennan C.P.,Harper College | And 2 more authors.
American Journal of Botany | Year: 2014

• Premise of the study: New World Bambusoideae have only recently been studied in a phylogenomic context. Plastome sequences were determined and analyzed from Arundinaria appalachiana, A. tecta, and Olyra latifolia, to refine our knowledge of their evolution and historical biogeography. A correction is noted regarding an error in an earlier report on the biogeography of Cryptochloa. • Methods: Single-end DNA libraries were prepared and sequenced on the Illumina platform. Complete plastomes were assembled and analyzed with 13 other Poaceae.• Key results: Complete sampling in Arundinaria and an additional species of Olyreae gave a more detailed picture of their evolution/historical biogeography. Phylogenomic analyses indicated that the first major divergence in Arundinaria occurred around 2.3 to 3.2 mya and that Arundinaria tecta and A. appalachiana diverged from their common ancestor around 0.57 to 0.82 mya. Estimates of the divergence of Olyra latifolia from Cryptochloa strictiflora ranged from 14.6 to 20.7 mya. The age of the stem node of Olyreae ranged from an estimated 26.9 to 38.2 mya. • Conclusions: Estimates of divergences in Arundinaria can be correlated with paleoclimatic events including an early Pliocene warming, subsequent cooling, and North American glaciations. Discriminating between alternate evolutionary/biogeographic scenarios in Olyreae is challenging. © 2014 Botanical Society of America.

Thielmann S.S.,GeoEngineers Inc. | Fox P.J.,Pennsylvania State University | Athanassopoulos C.,Harper College
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering | Year: 2016

An experimental program of large-scale direct shear tests was conducted to evaluate shear strength of a composite liner consisting of a textured geomembrane (GMX) over a hydrated needle-punched geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) for a wide range of normal stress, including high-stress conditions (>4 MPa). Tests were conducted with specimens placed between hard backing plates (single-interface) as well as between sand and gravel layers (multi-interface) to investigate the effects of local stress concentrations from coarse soil particles. Single- and multi-interface specimens experienced similar transitions from GMX/GCL interface failure at low normal stress to GCL internal failure at high normal stress. Failure surfaces for the single-interface specimens were essentially planar. Failure surfaces for the multi-interface specimens exhibited out-of-plane deformation (i.e., dimpling) that occurred because of variation in contact stress from the overlying gravel layer and increased with increasing normal stress. This deformation yielded modest percentage increases in peak shear strength and large percentage increases in large displacement shear strength and produced changes in local thickness and local bentonite dry mass per unit area for the GCL specimens. Direct shear tests conducted on single-interface GMX/GCL composite liners placed between hard backing plates are unlikely to reveal geomembrane out-of-plane deformation and damage effects but are likely to yield conservative (low) shear strengths for GMX/GCL composite liners that are placed in close proximity to coarse soils in the field. © 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers.

News Article | October 28, 2016

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Baker T.A.,University of South Florida | Buchanan N.T.,Michigan State University | Small B.J.,University of South Florida | Hines R.D.,Harper College | Whitfield K.E.,Duke University
Research on Aging | Year: 2011

Empirical research on the chronic pain experience of older African Americans is scarce. Here, the authors examined the influence psychosocial indicators have on the pain experience in a sample of older African Americans. Data were collected from African Americans (N = 247) 50 to 96 years of age (69.4 ± 9.4). All participants provided self-report data on pain indicators, demographic characteristics, social (social support, locus of control, life satisfaction) variables, and depression. Those reporting higher levels of social support and depressive symptoms experienced greater pain intensity. Pain had an indirect effect on depression as mediated through life satisfaction. These findings demonstrate the need to focus more on the means to prevent and treat pain and to ameliorate its impact on social well-being, psychological functioning, and quality of life in older adults in general and older minority adults in particular. © The Author(s) 2011.

Wink D.J.,University of Illinois at Chicago | Gislason S.F.,University of Illinois at Chicago | Ellefson J.,Harper College
ACS Symposium Series | Year: 2013

Three chemical educators, working with others in a large metropolitan area, have followed a trajectory whereby they built a multi-faceted program of chemical education practice. This followed a trajectory of development that was done in part through three particular projects, one focused on course development, one on lab materials development, and a third on curriculum development. The three projects are described according to common themes that played out in very different ways: collaboration, interdisciplinarity, student-focus, and dissemination. But attending to these themes, long term development of sustainable programs occurred, with impacts at the individual, institutional, regional, and national levels. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

Cremins B.,Harper College
Journal of Medical Humanities | Year: 2013

This essay studies Edie Fake's award-winning graphic novel Gaylord Phoenix from the perspective of Queer Theory and Transgender Studies. Nikki Sullivan's use of the term transmogrification from her work on somatechnics provides a critical lens through which to examine Fake's exploration of the transgender body in his narrative. Fake includes multiple images of bodies undergoing radical transformations through a combination of magic and surgery, blurring the distinction between modern science and the occult. The essay also explores Fake's status as an innovator in the world of comic books and graphic novels as he creates an idiosyncratic verbal and visual vocabulary largely unprecedented in the world of sequential art. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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