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Muhlenberg College is a private liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is named for Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the German patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 10, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has determined its ranking of the best colleges in Pennsylvania for 2017. 50 four-year schools were included on the list, with University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and University of Scranton ranked as the top five. 25 two-year schools were also ranked, with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Harrisburg Area Community College—Harrisburg, University of Pittsburgh—Titusville, Bucks County Community College and Manor College taking the top five spots on the list. A list of all winning schools is included below. “These Pennsylvania colleges and universities offer not only great degree programs but also excellent resources for preparing students for post-college careers,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “They have demonstrated superior overall value to students by providing an overall positive, high-quality educational experience.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Pennsylvania” list, institutions must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit schools. Each college is also ranked on metrics like the variety of degree programs offered, the number of employment and academic resources offered, financial aid availability, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Pennsylvania” list, visit: Best Four-Year Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2017 include: Allegheny College Arcadia University Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Carnegie Mellon University Cedar Crest College Chatham University DeSales University Dickinson College Drexel University Duquesne University Eastern University Elizabethtown College Franklin and Marshall College Gannon University Gettysburg College Gwynedd Mercy University Haverford College Holy Family University Immaculata University Juniata College King's College La Salle University Lafayette College Lebanon Valley College Lehigh University Marywood University Mercyhurst University Messiah College Misericordia University Moravian College Muhlenberg College Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Rosemont College Saint Francis University Saint Joseph's University Saint Vincent College Susquehanna University Swarthmore College Temple University University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus University of Scranton University of the Sciences Ursinus College Villanova University Washington & Jefferson College Westminster College Widener University-Main Campus York College Pennsylvania Best Two-Year Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2017 include: Bucks County Community College Butler County Community College Commonwealth Technical Institute Community College of Allegheny County Community College of Beaver County Community College of Philadelphia Delaware County Community College Harcum College Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Johnson College Lackawanna College Lehigh Carbon Community College Luzerne County Community College Manor College Montgomery County Community College Northampton County Area Community College Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics Reading Area Community College Rosedale Technical Institute Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology University of Pittsburgh - Titusville Valley Forge Military College Westmoreland County 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 | April 27, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Deutsche Bank continues to strengthen its investment in Global Markets Americas, and today announced the hiring of David Silber as Head of Americas Equity Derivatives, and Eoin Milligan, a Director in Equities. David Silber joins in June as Managing Director and Head of Americas Equity Derivatives, where he will be responsible for both Sales and Trading across Equity Derivatives. Silber has nearly 20 years of banking experience, and was most recently Managing Director and Head of North American Execution Sales at Citi where he was responsible for the equity derivatives business across the region. Prior to Citi, Silber spent six years at Jefferies & Company where he was most recently Head of Equity Derivatives. Silber received his B.A. from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. He will be based in New York and report to Brad Kurtzman, Head of Americas Equities, and John O’Brien, Head of Americas Equity Distribution. Deutsche Bank also hired Eoin Milligan as Director. Milligan has more than 15 years of experience building technological solutions for the financial industry, and was most recently Director at Bank of America where he was responsible for building strategic risk and exposure management applications. Prior to Bank of America, Milligan was at J.P. Morgan in a similar role. Milligan received his B.S. from The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Arts, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and his MBA from New York University. He is based in New York and reports to Miguel Barrio, Managing Director, Global Markets, Equities. “ These hires represent the continued investment in our US equities business. We are looking forward to welcoming David and Eoin to our team,” said Brad Kurtzman, Head of Americas Equities. Deutsche Bank announced earlier this month that it hired Lori Arndt as Global Head of Client Strategy in Equities, Christopher McCarthy as a Director in Global Credit Trading, and Ronnie Shah as a Director in Research. Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific. This release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts; they include statements about our beliefs and expectations and the assumptions underlying them. These statements are based on plans, estimates and projections as they are currently available to the management of Deutsche Bank. Forward-looking statements therefore speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any of them in light of new information or future events. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could therefore cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include the conditions in the financial markets in Germany, in Europe, in the United States and elsewhere from which we derive a substantial portion of our revenues and in which we hold a substantial portion of our assets, the development of asset prices and market volatility, potential defaults of borrowers or trading counterparties, the implementation of our strategic initiatives, the reliability of our risk management policies, procedures and methods, and other risks referenced in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Such factors are described in detail in our SEC Form 20-F of 11 March 2016 under the heading “Risk Factors”. Copies of this document are readily available upon request or can be downloaded from www.db.com/ir.


As head of ETFs, Rosenberg will be responsible for creating American Century's new line of ETFs, an investment vehicle that has surged in popularity with investors in recent years. In 2016, net share issuance of U.S. ETFs reached a record $284 billion, with total assets exceeding $2.5 trillion, according to the Investment Company Institute1. Rosenberg will leverage the expertise of the firm's experienced investment teams to develop a suite of ETFs – including active ETFs – for investors. Unlike passive ETFs, which are designed to track an index, active ETFs are actively managed on a daily basis by a portfolio manager or team of managers making investment decisions in pursuit of a specific investment objective. Rosenberg also will be responsible for building relationships with market makers, authorized participants and exchanges. "Our clients know and already appreciate the active management capabilities we will harness as we develop new ETF strategies," said Peruvemba Satish, American Century senior vice president, portfolio manager and director of global analytics. "With the active ETF segment of the market still in the early stages of development, we're confident American Century can be a very relevant player by providing the solutions our clients need now and in the future." Prior to joining FlexShares in 2012, Rosenberg was director and head of capital markets and analytics with Russell Investments, where he helped launch the majority of the firm's current ETFs. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of leadership positions at Vanguard, including ETF product manager. Rosenberg graduated from Muhlenberg College with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University. American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives.  Founded in 1958, American Century Investments' 1,300 employees serve investment professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Hong Kong; Mountain View, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo. Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang and David MacEwen serve as co-chief investment officers. Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of nearly $1.3 billion since 2000. For more information about American Century Investments, visit www.americancentury.com. Shares of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) represent interests in portfolios of securities, much like mutual funds.  Unlike mutual funds, however, ETFs trade throughout the day on an exchange like an individual stock, with prices established by the market.  An ETF generally tracks an underlying benchmark or index, such as the S&P Index. *$165.3 billion in assets under management as of April 30, 2017 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/edward-rosenberg-joins-american-century-investments-to-oversee-the-firms-exchange-traded-funds-initiative-300470962.html


News Article | February 23, 2017
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NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Graham-Pelton Consulting Inc., a leading global fundraising and nonprofit management firm, announced today the appointment of its current president, Elizabeth S. Zeigler, to chief executive officer. Zeigler succeeds company founder Craig J. Leach who, after 19 years at the helm, will focus full-time on leading Collegium Holdings Inc. as its chairman and CEO. Collegium, Graham-Pelton's parent company, provides products and services to the nonprofit and social impact sectors through its network of best-in-class operating companies. "Elizabeth Zeigler is a rare strategic thinker and communicator with executive management skills second to none," said Leach. "Her tireless efforts have enabled Graham-Pelton to play a leading role in elevating the level and understanding of philanthropy worldwide." "It's a tremendous honor to be named CEO by Craig Leach and the Collegium board," said Zeigler. "Craig's collegial leadership and artful mentoring of the all-star talent at the firm has enabled both the company's ascension and my personal growth. I'm eager to lead the talented Graham-Pelton team as we continue to innovate ways of bringing value to our clients, their noble missions and those they serve," said Zeigler. Zeigler joined Graham-Pelton in a part-time role in 2001 and quickly rose through its ranks. She earned a reputation among her clients for spotting opportunities others missed and for helping them reach heights previously thought to be unattainable.  Zeigler also has become a leading voice globally on the emerging role of women in high-impact philanthropy. Named president in 2010, Zeigler is credited with turning the Great Recession into robust growth years for Graham-Pelton by creating new services and delivery methods while also expanding the company's geographic footprint.  In 2013, she spearheaded the launch of a European operating unit, which has quickly risen to the top ranks of the fundraising consulting industry throughout Europe. Most recently, Zeigler tapped into the Catholic sector's unmet fundraising needs by helping to launch a third Graham-Pelton operating unit, GP Catholic Services Inc. Before joining Graham-Pelton, Zeigler served as director of individual giving at Fordham University. She also served on the development team for Muhlenberg College. Collegium Responds to Dramatic Changes in Philanthropy Leach, who has advised some of the world's largest nonprofits during past periods of significant transition, is quick to point out the rapid pace of change in just the past three years. "The social impact sector now insists on integrated, sophisticated expertise, technique and talent.  What worked in the past no longer meets the demands of today's marketplace," said Leach who sits on the board of visitors of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "Nearly $400 billion is given to nonprofits each year in the United States alone, and the firms and individuals that help make this possible play critical - but often unnoticed - roles in our economy," Leach said. The use of data analytics and other custom technologies are now an expectation of all the leading nonprofits. The need for first rate C-suite management, communications, fundraising, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and talent management expertise only continues to expand. Firms in the Collegium holding company meet these diverse needs across the entire nonprofit landscape and serve all sector verticals, including healthcare, education, professional and trade associations, faith-based institutions, environmental groups and CSR clients. "I'm excited to work with our accomplished board of directors and partner firms to continue to expand our global reach," said Leach. Before creating Graham-Pelton, named in honor of his grandfather, Leach served as associate dean for external affairs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as vice chancellor for university affairs at Seton Hall University and was a development officer for Georgetown University. Graham-Pelton Consulting Inc. is a leading fundraising and nonprofit management firm with offices around the globe and is the trusted advisor and partner to leading impact-driven institutions across all sectors of the nonprofit world. The firm customizes fundraising services to the needs of the client and the institution's culture, providing campaign management, planning studies, board training and development, major gift counsel, interim staffing and other uniquely tailored services. For more information, visit www.grahampelton.com About Collegium Holdings Inc.  Collegium Holdings Inc., a groundbreaking partnership of diverse professional service firms, serves all sectors of the nonprofit and social impact space, including healthcare, education, faith-based institutions, environmental groups, the arts, international social change and professional and trade associations. Collegium partners are highly specialized, best-in-class firms across the entire nonprofit consulting landscape, including management, communications, fundraising, technology, corporate social responsibility (CSR), research and talent management. For more information, visit www.collegiumholdings.com


News Article | March 2, 2017
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WIXOM, Mich., March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMTI), a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company targeting end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) with innovative products for the treatment of iron replacement, secondary hyperparathyroidism and hemodialysis, announced today that David Domzalski, has been nominated to join the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Domzalski is nominated to replace Mr. Ken Holt, whose term is expiring. Mr. Holt has served the Rockwell Board for several years and will remain engaged through the end of his term. “David has a proven track record at a senior level in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Robert L. Chioini, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Medical. “He has extensive experience in building commercial organizations and launching products, which will be helpful as we commercialize Triferic globally. We are very pleased to have someone of David’s caliber join our Board of Directors and we look forward to the strategic contributions and insights he will bring.” Mr. Chioini also added, “Ken Holt has been a valuable member of our Board and served the Company loyally for many years and has contributed a great deal during his tenure. We thank Ken for his contributions and wish him the very best.” “I am excited to join the Rockwell Medical Board of Directors at this exciting time for the company,” said David Domzalski. “I look forward to working with the executive team and the Board and contributing to the successful launches of their drug products into the global marketplace.” David Domzalski is an accomplished healthcare and pharmaceutical executive with strategic and operational experience across key functional disciplines, including commercial operations, clinical development, manufacturing and product development, corporate financing, and business development. He has extensive experience in building and restructuring commercial organizations within multi-cultural environments of “start-up” and established corporations. He has a record of achievement in new product launches and life-cycle management across multiple therapeutic classes. He is highly successful in cultivating external partnerships and strategic alliances guided by strong interpersonal and negotiation skills. Mr. Domzalski has more than 20 years of industrial experience. David Domzalski currently serves as President of the U.S. subsidiary of Foamix Pharmaceuticals Inc., a position he has held since April 2014. Prior to his tenure at Foamix, Mr. Domzalski was Vice President of Sales & Marketing at LEO Pharma, Inc. where he led the efforts to design and build-out the U.S. commercial operations, overseeing approximately 200 employees across multiple functional areas. He successfully managed the turnaround of LEO Pharma’s psoriasis franchise from a 2-year prescription decline to an annual growth of 26%. He was responsible for the strategic re-launch of Taclonex® Topical Suspension, which resulted in Taclonex being reestablished as the number one brand in the category. Prior to LEO Pharma, Mr. Domzalski was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Women’s Health & Urology division of Azur Pharma, where he had full P&L responsibility for a start-up business unit. Before Azur, Mr. Domzalski spent 5 years from 2003 to 2008 as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Warner Chilcott, where he directed all commercial efforts for in-line brands focused on therapeutic areas of dermatology, women’s health and urology. His achievements at Warner Chilcott included the launch of four products within a twelve month period, including Taclonex for psoriasis and Doryx® Tablets for acne. He led the structural design, development and growth of the commercial team at Warner Chilcott from 150 to 500 employees. Earlier in his career, Mr. Domzalski held senior sales and marketing positions at Sanofi-Synthelabo, Pharmacia, Dendrite International and Parke-Davis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Muhlenberg College. About Rockwell Medical Rockwell Medical is a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company targeting end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) with innovative products for the treatment of iron replacement, secondary hyperparathyroidism and hemodialysis. Rockwell’s anemia drug Triferic is the only FDA approved product indicated for iron replacement and maintenance of hemoglobin in hemodialysis patients. Triferic delivers iron to patients during their regular dialysis treatment, using dialysate as the delivery mechanism. Triferic has demonstrated that it safely and effectively delivers sufficient iron to the bone marrow and maintains hemoglobin, without increasing iron stores (ferritin). Rockwell intends to market Triferic to hemodialysis patients in the U.S. dialysis market and globally. Rockwell’s FDA approved generic drug Calcitriol is for treating secondary hyperparathyroidism in dialysis patients. Calcitriol (active vitamin D) injection is indicated in the management of hypocalcemia in patients undergoing chronic renal dialysis. It has been shown to significantly reduce elevated parathyroid hormone levels. Reduction of PTH has been shown to result in an improvement in renal osteodystrophy. Rockwell intends to market Calcitriol to hemodialysis patients in the U.S. dialysis market. Rockwell is also an established manufacturer and leader in delivering high-quality hemodialysis concentrates/dialysates to dialysis providers and distributors in the U.S. and abroad. As one of the two major suppliers in the U.S., Rockwell’s products are used to maintain human life by removing toxins and replacing critical nutrients in the dialysis patient’s bloodstream. Rockwell has three U.S. manufacturing/distribution facilities. Rockwell’s exclusive renal drug therapies support disease management initiatives to improve the quality of life and care of dialysis patients and are intended to deliver safe and effective therapy, while decreasing drug administration costs and improving patient convenience. Rockwell Medical is developing a pipeline of drug therapies, including extensions of Triferic for indications outside of hemodialysis. Please visit www.rockwellmed.com for more information. Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, but not limited to, Rockwell’s intention to sell and market Calcitriol and Triferic. Words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “predict,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “intend” or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While Rockwell Medical believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward-looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation those set forth in Rockwell Medical’s SEC filings. Thus, actual results could be materially different. Rockwell Medical expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Triferic® is a registered trademark of Rockwell Medical, Inc.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 607.79K | Year: 2015

Muhlenberg College has received an NSF Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) award for a project entitled The Scholars in Math and Science (SIMS) program. SIMS will target academically talented and economically disadvantaged students who enter college seeking a major within the biological sciences. Two cohorts of 8 students each will be recruited: the first cohort will receive scholarships of $9,500/year for 4 years, and the second will receive scholarships of $9,500/year for 3 years. The proposal is building upon successful program elements of a previous STEM grant that included enhanced recruitment and academic support. Through this program, Muhlenberg College will promote a robust and diverse STEM workforce.

Program elements new to this project are being designed to develop academic and science skills, create a learning community that lasts from freshman to senior year, and develop student leadership through activities on campus and in public outreach. The project will improve student support services including forming learning communities, providing special classes and sections to get students past hurdle classes, instituting peer-led learning, and providing long-term mentors. SIMS will increase the leadership roles of scholars, improving their science process skills, encouraging participation in research, and improving recruitment and financial support for low income and otherwise underrepresented groups. SIMS assessment and evaluation will be comprehensive and ongoing and include both quantitative and qualitative instruments and measures from the literature. The project external evaluator is using both formative and summative evaluations to assess student mathematics readiness, skills development, ability to understand and communicate key principles in biology, progress to degree, and graduation rates. Particular emphasis will be placed on the surveys to assess and continually improve the elements of the program that are focused on student success. The data will inform our understanding of effective practices that support the persistence to graduation of students underrepresented in STEM disciplines.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 162.00K | Year: 2012

A thriving nuclear physics program for undergraduates at Muhlenberg College has been established. Sourced by activities with the PHENIX Collaboration, students and the primary investigator engage in summer research at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). There, research using the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) proceeds along two lines. The first line of inquiry is the study of nuclear matter at very high temperature and density, such as existed a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang. Under these conditions, a hot brew of quarks and gluons is created. RHIC recreates these conditions via the collision of nuclei at very high energies. The Muhlenberg group will help to characterize some of the properties of the plasma. The other line of inquiry is the quest to understand the source of the protons intrinsic angular momentum (or spin). As the only stable hadron, the proton is a system of fundamental importance. Protons and neutrons (collectively referred to as nucleons) constitute most of the mass of ordinary matter in the universe. PHENIX has implemented a new hardware upgrade, a Muon Trigger, to probe the contribution of antiquarks to the overall spin of the proton. The group will carry out performance studies of the Resistive Plate Chambers (RPCs) that are core components of the upgrade. Such studies are crucial to maintain the RPCs in good operating condition and to parameterize time dependencies in the RPC performance as input to the offline analysis. The information gleaned using this upgrade will supply answers to an important piece of the so-called spin puzzle. This collaborative activity at a national laboratory exposes students to research experiences they could not otherwise obtain at a small college. It provides students with new skills and a better understanding of the scientific enterprise, and it can help with informed career choices, whether in physics or in other areas.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: WORKFORCE IN THE MATHEMAT SCI | Award Amount: 107.97K | Year: 2016

This award provides support for REU Site: Research Challenges of Identifying Integer Sequences Using the OEIS, at Muhlenberg College. Projects make an effective use the On-line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS) as a resource tool, and provide glimpses into future. The research impact of the OEIS across disciplines continues to grow. Applications of the to the life sciences, physical sciences, and earth sciences abound. The OEIS has also impacted research in scientific and engineering fields beyond the mathematical sciences. There are currently more than 3,000 papers and books in many areas of mathematics, computer science, and many other branches of science that reference and/or acknowledge the OEIS. The large number of citations and links to OEIS attests to its impact on advancing many areas of active research and its appeal to a broad multidisciplinary community.

The intellectual focus of this research concentrates on the important role sequences play in mathematics, as well as their contributions to other fields. The program will contribute to the OEIS knowledge base through projects that are influenced by recent developments and tackle challenges of mathematical and scientific discovery inspired by integer sequences. These challenges include experimentation by developing computational algorithms and meta-algorithms through the use of computers. The methodologies applied to these challenges have come to be loosely defined as rigorous experimental mathematics and have proven effective in developing conjectures in areas that include number theory, algorithmic and enumerative combinatorics, combinatorial number theory, and many other mathematical fields. Our program aims to prepare students to become the next generation of mathematical scientists efficient in researching sequences and their applications through the OEIS database, the most successful of whom will have the capacity to look to the OEIS for inspiration. We will nurture this capacity by highlighting the contributions to the mathematical sciences of the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. A particular emphasis of our program will be to discuss the important role the OEIS has played in developing conjectures in areas that include number theory, algorithmic and enumerative combinatorics, combinatorial number theory, and many other mathematical and scientific fields, as well as the tools necessary for identifying such conjectures.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: Nuclear & Hadron Quantum Chrom | Award Amount: 110.00K | Year: 2015

It is now a well-established fact that nucleons, protons and neutrons, are made up of more elementary particles called quarks. The main physics program supported by this grant is to measure the energy of particles produced at small scattering angles from collisions of atomic nuclei at high energies, carried out at the Brookhaven National Lab using the PHENIX particle detector. These measurements will help to understand the new state of matter, a plasma of quarks, that is formed from such collisions. In particular, the results of this measurement are expected to probe the initial conditions of quarks and other strongly-interacting particles in the nucleus before the collision. In recent years, we have learned that the initial conditions of the quarks before the collision result in hot-spots within the quark-gluon plasma, and how these hot-spots spread their energy within the plasma provides information on this new state of matter. It is worth noting that this research program is carried out at an undergraduate institution, Muhlenberg College, and is a highlight of the Physics Department. Most of the physics majors have participated in it by the time of their graduation. Furthermore, almost all of the participants have chosen to continue in STEM fields after graduation.

Theorists have suggested that measurements of transverse energy are a barometer of a state of saturated plasma. Both studies of existing data from a relativistic heavy ion collisions (RHIC) experiment, called the beam energy scan, by the PHENIX Collaboration and work on transverse energy in the forward and backward kinematic regions are testing gluon-saturation models in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions. To date, transverse energy in the forward and backward kinematic regions has not been reported. Associated with regions of higher net baryon chemical potential on the phase diagram of nuclear matter, these measurements, along with existing transverse energy measurements at central rapidity for a variety of colliding systems and beam energies, provide new insight into the strongly interacting quark gluon plasma.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: TUES-Type 1 Project | Award Amount: 161.37K | Year: 2011

Faculty are developing Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning materials (POGIL) to teach computer science topics: software engineering and data structures & algorithms. POGIL is based on the biology of learning and has been developed and validated for over fifteen years. Teams of learners work on scripted inquiry activities to help them construct their own knowledge. The instructor serves as facilitator, not lecturer. Ten student activities are being developed for software engineering topics including project management and the Unified Modeling Language. Ten activities are being developed to support data structures & algorithms topics including basic data structures, searching and sorting. Materials include facilitator instructions, activity descriptions and supplemental information.

Four collaborators are developing and assessing materials at a variety of institutions including selective liberal arts colleges, a public university and an institute of technology. The project leverages and extends the successful inquiry-based approach to a new subject and explores the use of computer tablets and web-based tools that could benefit the POGIL movement in general. Faculty workshops during the third year are designed to raise awareness and adoption in the computer science education community.

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