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High School Competition begins Friday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 4th at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia Over three dozen of the nation’s top boys and girls high school and club rugby 7s teams will be competing in the National High School Rugby Championship during the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, which returns to Philadelphia and Talen Energy Stadium for the seventh consecutive year, on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th, bringing national and International attention to the Philadelphia region through the live broadcasts on the networks of NBC Sports. The two-day rugby festival is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world, with over 30,000 fans anticipated to be in attendance. Penn Mutual is in the third year of a title sponsorship for the event, and NBC Sports once again returns as both broadcaster and event partner. In addition to the top men’s and women’s college rugby 7s teams in the United States, the cream of the crop of boys’ and girls’ rugby 7s high school and club teams have been invited to Philadelphia this June. Those teams represent 10 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. The 16-team field competing in the Boys Open Division includes: Bethesda Roosters (MD); Blackthorn (PA); Burrell (PA); Doylestown (PA); Downingtown (PA); Eagle Mountain (TX); Kiski Valley (PA); LaSalle Prep (PA); Malvern Prep (PA); Narberth (PA); North Bay (MD); Salesianum (DE); Bishop Shanahan (PA); Union Mudturtles (NJ); and Unionville (PA). The 12-team field competing in the Boys Elite Division includes: DMV United (MD); Greenwich (CT); Media (PA); New Jersey Blaze; Rhino Rugby Academy (CA); St. Augustine Prep (NJ). Utah Cannibals; West Chester Turks Head (PA); and West Shore (PA). The 12-team field competing in the Girls Open Division includes:  Divine Savior-Holy Angels High School (Milwaukee, WI); Downingtown (PA); Doylestown (PA); Kiski Valley (PA); New Jersey Blaze; Summit (CO); Union Mudturtles (NJ); Unionville (PA); Utah Cannibals; and West Shore (PA). Pool play in this June’s High School Rugby Championship will be on Friday, June 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the boys’ teams competing at Neumann University, and the girls’ teams competing at Drexel University. Knock-out rounds are Saturday, June 3rd at Talen Energy Stadium and its Academy Fields adjacent to the stadium, with the semi-finals and finals on Sunday, June 4th at Talen Energy Stadium and its Academy Fields as well. The featured event at the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is the 24-team field of the nation’s top men’s collegiate Rugby 7s squads competing for the national championship title and the Pete Dawkins Trophy.  The trophy is named after the All-American football standout at West Point who won the Heisman Trophy in 1958. Dawkins was a Rhodes Scholar and attended Oxford, where he used his outstanding football skills to make him a star on the Oxford Varsity rugby team, revolutionizing the game in the process. At the top of that field is four-time defending champion University of California, returning to the pitch on which they have won the Pete Dawkins Trophy in an unprecedented show of dominance. Men’s collegiate rugby 7s squads from American International, Arizona, Arkansas State, Army, Boston College, Clemson, Dartmouth, Delaware, Indiana University, Kutztown, Life University, Lindenwood, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, South Carolina, St. Mary’s College (Moraga, California), Temple, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin have all earned a spot in the 2017 championship field. The 16-team field in the women’s competition is led by defending women’s champion Life University, which captured the crown last June with a 19-10 victory over Lindenwood University. Lindenwood also returns for the 2017 competition, along with three-time champion and Philadelphia-area favorite Penn State, which won the title in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They are joined by the women’s Rugby 7s teams from Bloomsburg, Clemson, Dartmouth, Delaware, Drexel, Indiana, Kutztown, Navy, Notre Dame, North Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, Temple and the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Selects squad, an all-star team chosen from the best of the NSCRO’s sevens teams. Two-time defending champion New Mexico Highlands University leads the eight-team field in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) National Championship. The Vatos, out of Las Vegas, New Mexico, won the 2016 NSCRO National Championship in men’s rugby sevens last summer with a 31-7 victory over St. Mary’s College of Maryland (St. Mary’s City, MD). New Mexico Highlands and St. Mary’s return to the pitch this June 3rd and 4th, along with the men’s sevens squads from Babson College (Wellesley, MA), Colby College (Waterville, ME), Christendom College (Front Royal, VA), Duke University (Durham, NC), Solano Community College (Fairfield, CA), and the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. The NSCRO National Championship field of eight was determined through eight qualifier tournaments conducted around the country this spring. Previous NSCRO National Champions include Occidental College (2013) and New England College (2014). Six up-and-coming collegiate men’s rugby 7s squads will compete in the College Challenge bracket. Represented in the six-team bracket are Philadelphia-region favorites Villanova University, West Chester University, Drexel University and Rowan University, along with Mount St. Mary’s (Emmitsburg, MD) and Fordham University (Bronx, NY). The six-team competition gives burgeoning men’s college Rugby Sevens programs the opportunity to qualify for the main men’s Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship field in the following year. At the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the University of Delaware Blue Hens defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 36-10, to earn a place in this year’s 24-team Penn Mutual Collegiate Championship bracket. Media credential requests for the upcoming 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the world’s largest collegiate rugby festival, are now being accepted online at Qualified members of the news media should submit their application in advance of this year’s competition. Applications will be reviewed before approval is granted, and notification of that approval will be sent via email to each qualified media applicant. Credentials will be available for pick-up beginning Thursday, June 1st at the tournament’s headquarters at The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, and will be available for pick up at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th. Live national television coverage of the quest for the Pete Dawkins Trophy, as well as selected additional games, will be carried on the networks of NBC Sports, including NBC Sports Network and NBC, on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th. Outside Talen Energy Stadium, there will be a full Rugby Festival featuring local food and beverage specialties, shops, and activities for fans and families, as well as two full days of a music festival featuring bands from Philadelphia’s Let There Be Rock School. There will also be sports activities and demonstrations including the Civilian Military Combine. Related activities during the week of the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship include an official “Welcome to Philadelphia” party for all the men’s college teams at the Reading Terminal Market on Wednesday, May 31st at 6:30 p.m., and a VIP reception at The Down Town Club (600 Chestnut Street) on Thursday, June 1st, at 6 p.m. The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship has partnered with HBC Event Services to offer special hotel services, including booking of rooms, for those attending this year’s event. Alumni, family and fans of the competing college men’s and women’s rugby 7s programs, as well as family and friends of the competing boys and girls high school teams and alumni of the competing schools, can book hotel accommodations and ground transportation at Reserved and Field Level tickets are available online at  -Single-day reserved tickets are $80 and field level tickets are $56, and full weekend reserved tickets are $117 and field level tickets are $70. United World Sports (UWS) is the largest commercial rugby entity in the United States, and the owner and operator of a growing portfolio of dynamic sports, media and apparel brands including, the USA Sevens Rugby international tournament, the largest professional rugby event in North America; the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the premier college 7s rugby championship; and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship, the 15s-national rugby championship. Through its apparel division, UWS owns the exclusive North and South American license for Rhino Rugby, one of the world's leading rugby apparel and equipment brands. UWS also owns and operates, the largest and most widely read media destination dedicated to American rugby. For more information about UWS and its properties, visit: Since its founding in 1847, Penn Mutual has been driven by its purpose to empower people to live life with confidence. At the heart of this purpose is the belief that purchasing life insurance is the most protective, responsible and rewarding action a person can take, and is central to a sound financial plan. The company is committed to helping individuals, families and small businesses unlock life's possibilities through life insurance and annuity solutions. This is accomplished through a national network of more than 5,000 financial professionals, who help clients make great things possible. Penn Mutual supports its field representatives with brokerage services through Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor and wholly owned subsidiary. Member FINRA/SIPC. Visit Penn Mutual on the Internet at When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital.

New Mexico Highlands University and Los Alamos National Security Llc | Date: 2014-09-15

A process for synthesizing 4-amino-2,4-dioxobutanoic acid involves reacting diethyl oxalate with an alkoxide in ethanol to form a reaction mixture, and afterward adding ethyl cyanoacetate to the reaction mixture and allowing a reaction to proceed under conditions suitable to form a first reaction product of the formula diethyl 2-cyano-3-hydroxy-butenedioate, and then isolating the diethyl 2-cyano-3-hydroxy-butenedioate, and afterward reacting the diethyl-2-cyano-3-hydroxy-butenedioate with an aqueous hydroxide under conditions suitable to form 4-amino-2,4-dioxobutanoic acid.

New Mexico Highlands University and Los Alamos National Security LLC | Date: 2014-09-17

A first process for synthesizing 4-amino-2,4-dioxobutanoate involves reacting a dialkyl oxalate with an alkoxide in ethanol to form a reaction mixture, and afterward adding an alkyl cyanoacetate to the reaction mixture and allowing a reaction to proceed under conditions suitable to form a first reaction product of the formula diethyl 2-cyano-3-hydroxy-butenedioate, and then isolating the diethyl 2-cyano-3-hydroxy-butenedioate, and afterward reacting the diethyl-2-cyano-3-hydroxy-butenedioate with an aqueous hydroxide under conditions suitable to form 4-amino-2,4-dioxobutanoate. A second process for synthesizing 4-amino-2,4-dioxobutanoate involves reacting a dialkyl oxalate with an alkoxide in ethanol to form a reaction mixture, and afterward adding acetonitrile to the reaction mixture and allowing a reaction to proceed under conditions suitable to form a first reaction product in the form of an alkali salt of the formula ethyl 3-cyano-2-oxopropenolate, and then isolating the ethyl 3-cyano-2-oxopropenolate , and afterward either (a) reacting the ethyl 3-cyano-2-oxopropenolate with an aqueous hydroxide under conditions suitable to form 4-amino-2,4-dioxobutanoate; or (b) reacting the ethyl 3-cyano-2-oxopropenolate with hydrogen peroxide and ion exchange resin under conditions suitable to form 4-amino-2,4-dioxobutanoate. In these processes, the 4-amino-2,4-dioxobutanoate may be acidified into 4-amino-2,4-dioxobutanoic acid.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 523.84K | Year: 2016


This Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant supports acquisition of a superconducting rock magnetometer (SRM) equipped with an in-line alternating field demagnetizer and automated sample handling system for the Department of Natural Sciences at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU). The SRM will complement extant paleo and rock magnetic analytical equipment at NMHU and will serve as a state and regional facility for investigation for the magnetic properties of natural materials. The facility will support multiple national and international collaborative science projects. This support is congruent with NSFs mission of promoting the progress of science and advancing the national health, prosperity and welfare given the importance of training underrepresented students in methods of analysis and scientific research. NMHU is a primarily undergraduate and Hispanic Serving Institution and the investigator has a strong track record of engaging undergraduates student in laboratory and field research. Many of the students at NMHU are first-generation college students.

The new SRM will support a wide range of research and research training applications requiring the ability to determine the magnetic remanence of often weakly magnetized materials , including studies of crustal deformation processes based on paleomagnetic and rock magnetic fabric analysis, studies of past climate conditions based on paleomagnetic proxies, paleomagnetic investigations of shallow crustal magma emplacement processes, investigation of the timing of deposition of important continental aquifers, and the timing and extent of Neoproterozoic cap carbonates indicative of past global glaciation events.


Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 414.09K | Year: 2012

The Achieving in Research, Mathematics and Science (ARMAS) Scholarship Program provides $10,000 per year for up to a three-year period to three cohorts of four New Mexico Highlands undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, environmental geology or forestry. The financial support will enable students to work off-campus less and focus on attending school full-time during the last years of their studies. Integrated with financial support, students receive enhanced academic and career support services, faculty mentorship, and peer support. Each semester the ARMAS scholars participate in an interdisciplinary, problem-based seminar that incorporates the acquisition of skills required of scientists - how to pose questions, delve into the existing literature, design experiments, find collaborators, use new instruments, develop protocols, collect and analyze data, and summarize and present results. Throughout the scholarship period, guidance is provided to ensure a smooth transition into a career or graduate program in their field. NMHU is an open enrollment institution serving a large rural population characterized by diverse cultural, economic, linguistic, and educational backgrounds. The ARMAS Scholarship Program addresses the needs of these students and the NSF S-STEM goals by improving educational opportunities and increasing retention for STEM students, consequently addressing retention and graduation rates in the biology, forestry, environmental geology and chemistry disciplines at a Hispanic-Serving Institution in rural northern New Mexico.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: INSTRUMENTATION & FACILITIES | Award Amount: 43.64K | Year: 2016

This grant supports the acquisition of a research-grade petrographic microscope (Nikon LV100) with an automatic point counter stepping stage and PETROG software to enable examination of thin sections. The requested microscope will support teaching in structural geology, sedimentology, and mineralogy courses by allowing photographic documentation and storage of thin section and grain separate images. This microscope will also support existing paleomagnetic, mineralogy, petrology, and tectonic research at New Mexico Highland University.

The ability to examine thin sections with transmitted and reflected light is fundamental in rock and mineral characterizations. The microscopic images and the textural analyses obtained can provide important information to aid the determination of formation history, which is crucial in the study of structural geology, volcanology, and paleomagnetic research. The microscope will be open to regional, national and international collaborators. This equipment will facilitate the training of a diverse undergraduate and M.S. student body at this Hispanic Serving Institution as well as at surrounding institutions. This support is congruent with NSF?s mission of promoting the progress of science and will advance the national prosperity and welfare especially through the training of the next generations of scientists.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Catalyzing New Intl Collab | Award Amount: 27.11K | Year: 2014

This award for Catalyzing New International Collaborations(CNIC) provides the PI, Michael Petronis, and two U.S. graduate students from New Mexico Highlands University with an opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic (CR) and initiate a collaboration with partners from the Czech Geological Survey and the Czech Academy of Sciences Institute of Rock Structures and Mechanisms. Together the U.S.-Czech team will examine the growth of ancient volcanoes in the Jièín Volcanic Field, CR, and compare those volcanoes to ones in northern New Mexico. Their goal is to derive new paradigms for understanding the development of small volcanoes, known as cinder cones, which are the most common terrestrial volcanic feature on Earth. Through laboratory studies and field research at two or more Czech volcanic sites, the US-Czech team intends to test common models of small volcano construction that treat the magma feeder system as a simple dike or pipe-like conduit that transports magma vertically from a reservoir to the eruptive vent. Their alternative hypothesis maintains that feeder geometries beneath these apparently simple exteriors are considerably more complex. This catalytic effort is expected to establish essential ground work for follow-on cooperative research and applications to NSF-Tectonics and NSF-Petrology and Geochemistry programs with the parallel goal of involving under-represented U.S. students in futue field and laboraroty aspects of such projects, thereby contributing to the next generation of geoscientists, with early career international research experience.

If successful, new preliminary data should assist with defining the evolution of the anticipated, more complex magma feeder system, specifically, one that involves multiple, time-transgressive injections beneath the cone with magma transported vertically upward and downward and laterally toward and away from the central vent conduit. The team hypothesizes that magma supply rate (e.g., pulsed versus continuous), magma pressure as well as magma composition, influence the subvolcanic construction geometries and edifice deformation. Their field methods will include primary field observations of eruption products, deposit characteristics, and structural measurements, as well as sample collection. Laboratory methods are to include thin section petrology, paleomagnetic, anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility analysis, and geophysical surveys to map the subsurface structure. The new data obtained during these activities in partnership with Czech colleagues will enable preliminary assessments of magmatic flow patterns, sub-volcanic deformation (microstructures and paleomagnetism), and the subsurface structure of the volcanoes (geophysics). If the Czech Republic volcanoes yield results and data similar to that from sites previously studied by the PI, then the U.S.-Czech team maintains that this pattern of magma flow beneath small volcanoes may be established as a new norm, potentially transforming our fundamental understanding of the most abundant volcanic construct on Earth.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: PREM | Award Amount: 1.32M | Year: 2015

Non-Technical Abstract
To improve educational and research opportunities in the Hispanic serving (~70% Hispanic student body) New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) collaborative project between NMHU and Ohio State University (OSU) was developed. This multi-institutional and multidisciplinary project allows for achieving a higher level of understanding of materials design in areas of electronic, optical and magnetic properties. Faculty in physics, engineering, chemistry and geology with strong expertise in a broad area of materials science will be able to assist students, especially from underrepresented groups, to enter into state-of-the-art materials research via research related education. The NMHU-OSU partnership will systematically impact undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate students and faculty at all partner institutions. In New Mexico, at the high school level, PREM will use the dual credit and Achieving in Research, Mathematics and Science (ARMAS) Center to encourage and engage students in science education programs at the High Schools. At NMHU in collaboration with OSU, two new materials science courses devoted to an in-depth understanding of materials structure and magnetic properties of materials will be designed. OSU experts will visit to deliver guest lectures and special community high-tech seminars accompanied by lively PREM receptions to encourage mixing of high school and university students and faculty. Undergraduates from NMHU will be invited to perform hands-on research projects at OSU Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) summer program. For master?s level students one semester of study at OSU will be offered to promote their future admission into PhD programs at OSU or other research universities. The existing PREM and OSU partnership with Los Alamos and Argonne National Laboratory will allow for NMHU student summer internships. It is in New Mexicos and the nations best interests to train young residents to qualify for home-grown jobs that require expertise in various fields of technology.

Technical Abstract
The main goals of the proposed partnership led by Prof. Timofeeva (NMHU) and Prof. Johnston-Halperin (OSU) will include understanding the principles of materials design, synthesis, and applications in areas of materials with electronic, optical and magnetic properties. A new approach to materials design and crystal engineering will allow for the combination of two or more components in one crystalline material which brings significant alteration of electronic properties of multi-component systems. Construction of new porous metalorganic frameworks, which can be doped with magnetic particles, will allow for creation of new sensors, drug delivery systems, magnetic-based cooling systems, and other applications. Collaboration with OSU will allow NMHU researchers and students to start new for NMHU area of materials science related to 2D graphene and its varieties, modified by absorbed metal nanoparticles. These fundamental studies will suggest pathways for future applications of such materials. Collaborative use OSU and NMHU existing research facilities will broaden opportunities for multidisciplinary research training. The research results of the NMHU-OSU PREM partnership will be disseminated via publications in peer reviewed journals and presented at domestic and international conferences. PREM will open the door for young people interested in gaining a foothold in areas of study that are directly relevant to the research interests and needs of the state and nation.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 384.93K | Year: 2013


This Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program grant supports the acquisition of an optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescence reader and associated gamma ray spectrometer to support research and undergraduate education at New Mexico Highlands University, a non-Ph.D granting institution. The OSL lab at NMHU will support research that will benefit from the ability to date the burial ages of silicate phases in geological and archaeological materials up to several hundreds of thousands years before present. The instrument will support Quaternary investigations of the timing and extent of past glaciations and subsequent retreat and the influence of past climate on plant and animal life and human evolution and distribution. The OSL lab will be the first of its kind in the state of New Mexico and will support experiential laboratory training for a student population dominated by Hispanic students. The NMHU OSL lab will serve researchers and students across the departments of Forestry, Environmental Geology, Chemistry, Biology, and Anthropology and will support national and international collaborations.


Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: TECTONICS | Award Amount: 154.42K | Year: 2013

Modern deformation between the North American and Pacific plates is distributed across a wide zone of western North America from the San Andreas fault eastward into the western Basin and Range Province. The eastern Mojave Desert and the region between the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin form a zone of distributed deformation that accommodates about 25 percent of the relative motion between the Pacific and North American plates. Deformation to the south is localized within the Eastern California Shear Zone and to the north in the Walker Lane Belt, which today is characterized by northwest-trending faults with associated earthquake focal mechanisms and GPS velocities that are indicative of transtensional deformation. This project tests the hypothesis that deformation associated with the transtensional system during the early to mid-Miocene was located east of the Sierra Nevada front in the area of the Mono Basin prior to stepping east into the Mina Deflection in the late Miocene. To do so the research team is carrying out a detailed paleomagnetic study of the Oligocene to Pliocene mafic to intermediate lava flows, rhyolitic ignimbrites, sediments in the Mono Basin area (Huntoon Valley, Adobe Hills, Antelope Mountains, Cowtrack Mountains) to determine the spatial and temporal patterns of vertical axis rotation. Field structural studies coupled with 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of volcanic and intrusive rocks are used to constrain the fault geometry, kinematics, magnitude of fault slip, and the timing of deformation.

The Eastern California Shear Zone and Walker Lane Belt, a zone that stretches from the Mojave Desert to northern California/northwestern Nevada, are important fault systems that accommodate a substantial portion of the motion of between the North American and Pacific plates, with most of the motion taken up by the San Andreas fault. However, the tectonic evolution of this complex fault zone remains poorly understood. This project aims to resolve an important part of the puzzle in that it would contribute to a better understanding of how deformation shifts through time. The project has a significant component of student involvement. Improving students technological and basic science skill-sets will train and foster research endeavors for minority and underrepresented students.

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