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Northwest Missouri State University is a state university in Maryville, Missouri, United States. Founded in 1905 as a teachers college, it offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The campus, based on the design for Forest Park at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, is the official Missouri State Arboretum. The school is governed by a state-appointed Board of Regents and headed by President Dr. John Jasinski.The Northwest Bearcats compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association for men's and women's sports. They have won four NCAA Division II football national championships and finished four times as runner-up . The Northwest Bearcats cheerleading squad have won three Universal Cheerleaders Association Division II National Champions. Wikipedia.


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News Article | November 13, 2016
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A list ranking Missouri’s Best Online Colleges has been released by leading online higher education information provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. More than 30 two- and four-year schools were highlighted for affordability and overall excellence in online education, with Columbia College, Missouri State University Springfield, Park University, Missouri Southern State University and Lindenwood University placing highest for four-year programs and Crowder College, State Fair Community College, North Central Missouri College, Three Rivers Community College and Jefferson college placing highest for two-year schools. "The Missouri higher education system’s biggest goal is to have 60 percent of all adults in the state to hold a certificate or other college degree by the year 2025,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "A great way to maximize college learning is to provide more flexible options, such as online programs. This list shows the Missouri schools who are going the extra mile to ensure student successes by providing affordable, quality degree programs online.” To qualify for the Best Online Colleges in Missouri ranking, schools must meet specific baseline criteria. Only colleges and universities who are accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities are eligible. Cost efficiency requirements are also set; only two-year schools who provide in-state tuition for under $5,000 per year and four-year schools who provide in-state tuition under $25,000 per year are considered. All eligible schools are analyzed and compared on more than a dozen different data points ranging from financial aid availability to variety of online programs to determine an overall score and rank. For more details on the methodology and data used to determine Missouri’s Best Online Colleges ranking, and to see where each school falls on the list, visit the following page: Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary Central Christian College of the Bible City Vision College Columbia College Culver-Stockton College Drury University Evangel University Fontbonne University Hannibal-LaGrange University Lincoln University Lindenwood University Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Missouri Southern State University Missouri State University - Springfield Northwest Missouri State University Park University Southeast Missouri State University University of Central Missouri University of Missouri - Columbia University of Missouri - Kansas City Webster University William Woods University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


Hull M.W.,Northwest Missouri State University | Sevov S.C.,University of Notre Dame
Chemical Communications | Year: 2012

We report the remarkable stability of di-substituted organo-Zintl deltahedral clusters in the presence of water. This has been exploited in a reaction at the organic substituents of the cluster which produces water as a by-product. Also reported are the synthesis, characterization, and crystal structure of [K-krypt] 2[Ge 9-(CHCH-CH 2NH 2) 2] involved in the reaction. This journal is © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


Dixit G.,German Electron Synchrotron | Dixit G.,Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy | Chakraborty H.S.,Northwest Missouri State University | Madjet M.E.-A.,German Electron Synchrotron | Madjet M.E.-A.,Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute
Physical Review Letters | Year: 2013

The effects of confinement and electron correlations on the relative time delay between the 3s and 3p photoemissions of Ar confined endohedrally in C 60 are investigated using the time-dependent local density approximation - a method that is also found to mostly agree with recent time delay measurements between the 3s and 3p subshells in atomic Ar. At energies in the neighborhood of 3p Cooper minimum, correlations with C60 electrons are found to induce opposite temporal effects in the emission of Ar 3p hybridized symmetrically versus that of Ar 3p hybridized antisymmetrically with C60. A recoil-type interaction model mediated by the confinement is found to best describe the phenomenon. © 2013 American Physical Society.


Bryson J.,Northwest Missouri State University
Environmental Justice | Year: 2012

This article examines the relationship between brownfields redevelopment and urban gentrification processes. Examples from both the national environmental justice literature as well as a short case study from Spokane, Washington illustrate that the redevelopment of contaminated brownfields is central to gentrification processes and that justice advocates need to be aware of gentrification processes in brownfields communities. Brownfields-or contaminated postindustrial property-environmental justice scholars have found, are overwhelmingly found in low-income and minority communities. Federal brownfields redevelopment initiatives emerging in the mid 1990s have aimed to remedy these issues by remediating and redeveloping tainted sites, thus creating an urban landscape that poses fewer risks to environmental health and has improved the economic viability of brownfields communities. While brownfields redevelopment can "fix" many environmental justice problems, it also can create different issues, including gentrification, that threaten low-income communities. The article contends that since gentrification processes often have both social and environmental dimensions that are closely intermingled, environmental justice scholars should more closely examine socio-environmental issues such as gentrification in their research and advocacy. © Copyright 2012, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


Vetter R.E.,Northwest Missouri State University | Symonds M.L.,Northwest Missouri State University
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research | Year: 2010

The primary purpose of this research was to obtain information concerning injury incidence and perceptions of training intensities and fatigue levels among college athletes via a survey study. A second purpose was to illuminate correlations between the collected data. This study employed an investigator-designed survey instrument administered to 411 NCAA Division II male and female athletes, with 149 completed responses. The survey included 3 themes: injury incidence, training intensity, and physical and mental exhaustion. Men and women spent 4.5 days per week training using moderate-and high-intensity levels. Fifty percent of the total number of athletes reported chronic injury. During the competition season, physical exhaustion occurred "frequently" 30.86 and 23.53% of the time with men and women, respectively. In the noncompetition season, physical exhaustion was "frequently" experienced 19.75 and 17.65% of the time among men and women, respectively. Statistically significant correlations (p < 0.05) were found with acute injury for men and chronic injury for women. Also, training intensity levels and physical and mental exhaustion for men and women were statistically significant. The current investigators found the training involved 2-3 hours of moderate to high intensity 4.5 days per week both during competition and noncompetition; women and men spent 2-3 hours of light intensity 1.31 and 1.45 days per week, respectively. Women and men in addition to training, engaged in 3.78 and 4.43 hours of leisure physical activity per week. The investigators recommend tapering, periodization, and rest to help avoid overuse syndrome, overreaching, and overtraining that leads to excessive physical and mental exhaustion and injury. © 2010 National Strength and Conditioning Association.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 517.08K | Year: 2011

Northwest Missouri State University provides twenty-five S-STEM scholarships to talented yet financially disadvantaged students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in computer science or the computer science track of the interactive digital media major. Scholars receive extensive mentoring, including culturally specific mentoring by faculty, peers and industry professionals as well as career-planning assistance. Special activities include research and internship opportunities, field trips, attendance at national conferences, ACM membership and tutoring. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

Socially relevant aspects of computing have been integrated into the computing curricula at Northwest Missouri State University. This project will measure the effectiveness of using this approach to improve student retention. The effects of culturally specific mentoring will also be measured.

As part of the project, Northwest Missouri State University faculty members work with area K-12 teachers to integrate computing into the K-12 curriculum. These ties introduce computing to a diverse pool of potential scholars and improve exposure to computing concepts in area K-12 schools. In addition, the resources developed through this project are available to other colleges and universities so that results obtained at Northwest can be replicated at other institutions.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: AMO Theory/Atomic, Molecular & | Award Amount: 165.00K | Year: 2014

The encapsulation of an atom or a cluster of atoms, or even a smaller fullerene (buckyball made of carbon atoms) inside a larger fullerene cage offers a unique molecular-level laboratory in which to examine the behavior of the guest system in sub-nanometer to nanometer (1 billionth of a meter) size confinements. Studies of these so called endofullerenes can not only lead to intriguing effects at the atomic scale but also can probe processes within the nanometric space that can be accessed by the current technology. In fact, the endofullerenes hold the promise of exciting applications in areas including quantum computations, superconductivity, biomedical fields, drug delivery research, magnetic resonance imaging, and organic photovoltaic devices. Further, the discovery of endofullerenes in extraterrestrial environments indicates their astrophysical relevance. Hence, understanding the influence of the confining fullerene cage on the behavior of the confined species, and vice versa, are matters of great scientific interest.

For atoms confined in a fullerene, recent studies have predicted huge enhancements and alterations in the atoms response to radiation. However, it is not known how the process will evolve if instead a cluster of metal atoms or a smaller fullerene is confined. By examining couplings between such captive-captor pairs, researchers will be able to uncover fundamental effects, thereby substantially adding to the current knowledge. With capabilities of precision measurements being available, such findings shall motivate experiments involving cluster-doped endofullerenes. Furthermore, advancements in technology for generating extremely short attosecond (1 billion billionth of a second) laser pulses enable study of the light-matter interaction time with unprecedented precision. Results from this program produced the best agreement so far with the argon atoms time-delay measurements. Encouraged by this result, attosecond response studies of endofullerenes will be initiated. The outcome may bridge the gap between atto- and nano-sciences to establish a new domain of research in atto-nano-science. Finally, another planned research area will focus on processes wherein a light-driven stimulation is caused at one location inside the compound which subsequently de-stimulates to transfer energy off-site to cause a dramatic response in a new location. The current program will access processes in endofullerenes where such local stimulations may cause a global response. This is similar to an antenna-receiver pair at the molecular scale where the antenna couples to the incoming light and transfers energy globally to enhance the efficiency of the ultimate output by enabling the antenna to also contribute to the process in sync with the receiver. The effect and related knowledge may have significant utilization in nanoscale antenna technology.


This project involves the theoretical study of the response of neutral and ionic endofullerenes to an external photon. Photoelectron cross sections, angular distributions, Wigner-Smith time delays, and intercoulombic decay (ICD) resonances for both pure and hybrid levels of the compound will be calculated. This will help to understand better: (i) The many-body interactions that determine the absorption, temporal and resonant-decay properties at low plasmonic energies; and (ii) The diffraction-type oscillations due to multipath interferences between electron waves from various sites of the compound. Several areas will be studied. First, for atoms confined in C60, recent studies predicted huge enhancements in the atomic photoionization over the C60 plasmon resonance energy region. However, it is not entirely known how this coupling will evolve if instead a metal cluster or a smaller fullerene is confined, since these systems can excite their own plasmons. It is expected that by examining couplings between the plasmon-active captive-captor pair novel effects will be discovered, thereby substantially adding to the current knowledge. With recent capabilities of precision measurements such findings shall motivate experiments involving cluster-doped or onion-type endofullerenes. Second, for a confined atom the photo-liberation of atomic inner-electrons involves reflection off the fullerene shell. For the atom-fullerene hybrid-levels emissions from both the atomic and the fullerene sites occur. The quantum multipath interference between these modes of emissions carries a wealth of information on the geometry of the compound. Replacing the inner atom by a cluster or a fullerene will further compound this interference effect, producing far richer structures in photoionization cross section that can be diagnosed with our recently established Fourier photospectroscopy methods, thereby, significantly advancing scientific knowledge. Next the intercoulombic decay (ICD) process is a naturally abundant nonradiative relaxation pathway of a vacancy in a cluster and a topic of intense contemporary interest. The precursor excitation to form this vacancy can be accomplished by promoting an inner shell electron to an excited state by the photon or charged particle impact. Endofullerenes, being rotational analogues of asymmetric dimers of two concentric and unequal systems, can induce novel ICD processes. Research results in this topic can, therefore, generate significant experimental impetus, besides discovering fundamental effects. Finally, advancements in technology for generating attosecond laser pulses enable study of the light-matter interaction with unprecedented precision by pump-probe experiments. Attosecond photoemission studies of endofullerenes have been initiated. The outcome may bridge the gap between atto- and nano-sciences to establish a new domain of research in atto-nano-science.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 225.61K | Year: 2016

This project, acquiring a computational cluster named Bartik, supports faculty research employing high-performance computing (HPC) needs and undergraduate education within the home departments of all investigators and senior personnel, and creates opportunities for additional faculty, new or existing, to implement computational aspects into research and/or teaching endeavors in this mainly undergraduate serving institution. (The cluster is named after Jean Bartik, a pioneering woman in the field of computer science and programming and a Northwest alumnus.)

Large datasets continue to become increasingly common in many studies. Web-based commerce has allowed marketing data to grow exponentially, and breakthroughs in laboratory technology have enabled collection of vast datasets that were previously unattainable. These data can no longer be stored, manipulated, or analyzed on desktop computers, leaving HPC as a main outlet for many studies.
NWMSU interacts with the supercomputing network XSEDE, but relatively few projects require its exceptional resources. The computational cluster would support projects outlined in this proposal and allow benchmarking and piloting of code to be run on XSEDE resources. Bartik would service both the research and education needs at NWMSU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as some high school students that are frequently engaged in faculty research. Research experiences for these students are invaluable and often lead to increased success and retention rates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. This cluster would also support a new undergraduate program in Data Sciences that will begin accepting students in the Fall of 2016. Within this course of study, undergraduate students in Mathematics, Computer Science, Business, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Biology will be trained to work with big data using coding, statistical, and visualization approaches.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 171.00K | Year: 2011

The encapsulation of an atom or an atomic cluster, or even a smaller fullerene in a fullerene cage offers a unique natural laboratory in which to examine the behavior of the guest system in confinement. Studies of these endofullerenes can not only lead to intriguing effects at the atomic scale but also can probe subtleties of quantum effects in the nanometer region. The endo-fullerenes also hold the promise of exciting applications in areas including, quantum computations, superconductivity, biomedical fields, drug delivery research, magnetic resonance imaging, and organic photovoltaic devices. Further, the discovery of endo-fullerenes in extraterrestrial environments indicates their astrophysical relevance. Hence, understanding the influence of the confining cage on the spectroscopy of the confined species and vice versa, are matters of great scientific interest.

A theoretical study of the response of these compounds to the external electromagnetic and charged particle fields will be performed in the current research. By employing this, the roles of (i) the collectivized plasmonic motion of electrons, (ii) the dopant-fullerene hybridization, and (iii) the oscillations due to multipath interferences between electrons liberated from various sites of the compound will be investigated. Spectroscopy of fullerenes and endo-fullerenes by fast, bare ion impact will also be considered to determine in detail the effects of dipole and non-dipole collective motions, and the interference between various multipole channels. Furthermore, calculations of the electron capture by positron impact on fullerenes and endo-fullerenes, forming positroniums, will be undertaken.


News Article | November 2, 2016
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Republic Business Credit announced today it has hired Thomas Harris as Senior Vice President of Business Development. As the new business team continues to expand this appointment adds depth and strength to the already cemented Midwestern presence supporting Republic’s ability to provide cash flow solutions throughout the U.S. Thomas marks the fourth Midwestern based hire this year. The New Orleans-headquartered Republic Business Credit provides working capital solutions for companies that are experiencing high-growth or recoverable distress. Based in Chicago, Harris will drive new relationships for Republic in the Midwestern region and support businesses that need cash flow funding ranging from $250,000 to $10 million. “Tom is a highly experienced professional with substantive relationships throughout the Chicagoland and Midwestern marketplace,” said Robert Meyers, Chief Commercial Officer, Republic Business Credit. “Tom brings strong credit, underwriting and sales leadership skills within the vertical markets of factoring, asset based lending, consulting, equipment leasing and banking. He is a great addition to our team and his efforts will support our continuing growth.” Harris previously worked as a Director of Underwriting and Regional Sales Executive with a national factoring company, A lifelong resident of the Midwest, Tom is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, and resides in the Chicago area with his wife and two sons. “As a 20 year commercial lending and financing professional, Tom delivers to the Midwest market an array of sales and marketing, relationship management, credit and operational experience,” said Stewart Chesters, Chief Executive Officer, Republic Business Credit. “I know he will continue to build his reputation as one of the leading commercial finance professionals in the Midwest.”

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