Tacoma, WA, United States
Tacoma, WA, United States

Pacific Lutheran University is a private university offering liberal arts and professional school programs located in Parkland, a suburb of Tacoma, Washington, United States. Founded by Norwegian Lutheran pioneers in 1890, PLU is sponsored by the 580 congregations of Region I of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. PLU has approximately 3,300 students enrolled. As of 2014, the school employs 246 full-time professors on the 156-acre woodland campus. PLU consists of the College of Arts and science , the School of Arts and Communication, the School of Business, the School of Education and Movement Studies, and the School of Nursing. Wikipedia.


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News Article | February 24, 2017
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On a daily basis, Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps challenge campers in a positive, respectful, and fun-filled summer camp environment, enabling them to build confidence, experience success, and showcase their newfound skills. "Xcelerate offers a variety of camp programs that will get you closer to your goal. We start with the fundamentals and build from there," says Steve Anderson, Founder of Xcelerate Lacrosse. "At the end of the camp our goal is for each camper to walk away with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new role models, new friends, and a true love of the game. Our small-group training gives in-depth instruction on offensive, defensive and team strategy." Jay Card - Coach Card has a wealth of experience having been a collegiate player, professional player and as a camp director for Xcelerate over the last 5 years. Coach Card will be directing camp at Auburn University (AL), North Central College (IL), St. Olaf College (MN), UNC Charlotte (NC), Baldwin Wallace University (OH), Vanderbilt University (TN) and Pacific Lutheran University (WA). Malcolm Chase - Coach Chase has a wealth of experience having been a collegiate player & coach, professional player and as a camp director for Xcelerate over the last 12 years. Coach chase will be directing camp in Vail (CO), Oregon State University (OR) and Southwestern University (TX). Dan Coates - Team Captain of the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth, Coates is also a Gold Medal winner for Team Canada in the World Lacrosse Championships. Coach Coates will be directing camp at Northern Kentucky University (KY), University at Buffalo (NY), Baldwin Wallace University (OH) and the University of South Carolina (SC). Jacob DeCola - Coach DeCola came to Albion College in 2009 to begin the varsity lacrosse program. Under his leadership, the Britons have built a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion in just six seasons. Coach DeCola will be directing camp at Albion College (MI). Jesse King - As a professional player in both the MLL and NLL, Coach King has a wealth of experience and is excited to lead the Xcelerate Nike staff in 2017. Coach King will be directing camp at Emory University (GA), Saint Louis University (MO), Oregon State University (OR) and Pacific Lutheran University (WA). Brian Lalley - Coach Lalley has a wealth of experience having been a collegiate player at Ohio State University, a college coach at Canisus College and as a camp director for Xcelerate over the last 3 years. Coach Lalley will be directing camp at Northern Kentucky University (KY), William Jewell College (MO), University at Buffalo (NY), Baldwin Wallace University (OH) and the University of South Carolina (SC). Jason Rife - Coach Rife brings an abundance of coaching experience that features more than 15 years of coaching at the collegiate level. Coach Rife will be directing camp at North Central College (IL) and Vanderbilt University (TN). Unlike tournaments, Xcelerate's summer camp opportunities provide youth and high school lacrosse players a balance of traditional and progressive drills which lead to tangible results. For more information visit http://www.xceleratelacrosse.com or call 1-800-645-3226 Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide players of all positions and skill levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the game today. Unlike tournaments, Xcelerate's summer camp opportunities provide youth and high school lacrosse players a balance of traditional and progressive drills which lead to tangible results. US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America's largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Xcelerate Lacrosse is offering the first 20 registered campers at each location a free Nike Vapor 2.0 Head. Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide players of all positions and skill levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the game today. Xcelerate's innovative curriculum and balanced approach to the game has made them the leader in lacrosse instruction throughout the nation. On a daily basis, coaches challenge campers in a positive, respectful, and fun-filled summer camp environment, enabling them to build confidence, experience success, and showcase their newfound skills. At the end of the week, campers walk away from any Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camp with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new friends, and a true love of the game. “Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide campers the opportunity to learn from some of the most respected coaches in the nation,” says Steve Anderson, Founder of Xcelerate Lacrosse. “We provide a nice balance of experienced senior staff members, highly skilled professional players, enthusiastic recent college graduates, and current college players. Their coaching credentials are outstanding: All-Pros, All-Americans, Hall of Famers, Coaches of the Year, and All-World players.” Overnight Lacrosse Camp locations include: Auburn, AL (Auburn University); Vail, CO (Vail Mountain Lodge); Atlanta, GA (Emory University); Naperville, IL (North Central College); Highland Heights, KY (Northern Kentucky University); Albion, MI (Albion College); Northfield, MN (St. Olaf College); Liberty, MO (William Jewell College); St. Louis, MO (Saint Louis University); Amherst, NY(University at Buffalo); Charlotte, NC (UNC Charlotte); Cleveland, OH (Baldwin Wallace University); Corvallis, OR (Oregont State); Columbia, SC (Univeristy of South Carolina); Nashville, TN(Vanderbilt University); Georgetown, TX (Southwestern University); Tacoma, WA (Pacific Lutheran University). For additional details or to register online, visit http://www.xceleratelacrosse.com/ or call 1-800-645-3226. Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps provide players of all positions and skill levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the game today. Unlike tournaments, Xcelerate's summer camp opportunities provide youth and high school lacrosse players a balance of traditional and progressive drills which lead to tangible results. About US Sports Camps, Inc. US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. Over 80,000 kids attended a US Sports Camps program in 2016. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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NBC Auburn Varsity Academy (VA) Fall Session is for athletes ages 12-18 and meets Sundays September 25 - October 23 from 2 - 4pm. at Auburn Adventist Academy in Auburn, Washington. Athletes are divided into training stations based on skill and ability level and teaching takes place primarily through competitive games and structured, organized play. NBC Fall Session VA is set up to challenge advanced players and teaches skills appropriate for the junior and high school player. Intensity and competition are high priorities. Varsity Academy, a training division of NBC Camps, is a great opportunity for players to improve their game in a challenging and encouraging setting. The Fall program is specifically designed to help prepare athletes for basketball season so they are ready to play on the first day of their school or AAU tryouts. NBC's Spring program is structured to assist players in building an off-season working plan. In both VA programs, the skill training, correction, conditioning, and competition gets athletes into basketball-ready shape and mentality. Roger Smith, Vice President of NBC Camps is the director of basketball and all-star camps at AAA and is the director of Varsity Academy. Roger has been involved with NBC Camps since he first attended as a camper at the age of nine. Roger has been a dynamic teacher and coach for 25 years in Puyallup, WA. Roger holds a double major in elementary and special education from Pacific Lutheran University and has a master's degree from Gonzaga University. Roger is also a co-author of "THE SEASON," NBC's newest most powerful team builder and leadership skills training curriculum. Roger's energy, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence make him one of NBC's most outstanding camp directors and core leaders. To learn more about NBC Camps Varsity Academy, please visit http://www.nbccamps.com/va or to register for the program visit http://secure.nbccamps.com/mycart or call 1-800-406-3926 NBC Camps is one of the largest overnight basketball programs in the world located in 16 states and 6 countries. Since 1971, NBC Camps has been on a mission to help athletes be stronger on and off the court. For more information about NBC Camps, please visit their website at http://www.nbccamps.com. US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. Over 75,000 kids attended a US Sports Camp program in 2015. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.


News Article | November 28, 2016
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Quantum Spatial, Inc., the nation’s largest independent geospatial data firm, today announced that its principal R&D scientist Scott Nowicki will present at the CEATI International Vegetation Management Conference, December 6-7 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nowicki, an expert in remote sensing and geospatial technology, will explain how the combination of remote sensing and advanced machine learning techniques can streamline utilities’ efforts to mitigate tree-related risks. He will be joined by Eric Woodyard, program manager of Technology & Innovation Programs at PG&E. Woodyard will discuss how PG&E uses the latest technologies to forecast tree mortality and to reduce the risks hazard trees pose to the company’s energy infrastructure. At Quantum Spatial, Nowicki leads projects in spectral analysis for habitat modeling, precision agriculture, tree species mapping, greenhouse gas monitoring, infrastructure inspection, vegetation mapping for utilities, and unmanned aircraft systems deployment. Scott earned a PhD in geoscience from Arizona State University, where he worked on projects related to the San Andreas fault and proposed Mars missions. Woodyard began his utility vegetation management career working as a consulting utility arborist in 2002. He joined PG&E in 2007 and in 2014 expanded the utility’s remote sensing efforts to electric distribution, where he now serves as the principal architect for developing the Vegetation Management Remote Sensing Program. Woodyard is a certified arborist and utility specialist, and earned a B.A. in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University and an M.B.A. from UC Davis. The presentation, “Advancements in Network Mapping, Species Assessment and Risk Tree Modeling for Utility Vegetation Management,” is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, at 8:05 a.m. The session will explain how Quantum Spatial’s advanced solution for large-scale vegetation mapping and management can assist with assessing tree health and identifying the presence of endangered or invasive vegetation species. With the data collected through high-density LiDAR and high-resolution hyperspectral imaging, Quantum Spatial can deliver valuable situational intelligence, enabling electric utilities to identify precisely where their facilities are, which tree species surround the facilities and where to focus on mitigating risks due to vegetation encroachment or tree failure. Nowicki also will showcase the latest refinements to Quantum Spatial’s tools, which include machine learning classification routines capable of supporting massive quantities of data, as well as ways to streamline and minimize field-based training data collection. The third annual CEATI Vegetation Management Program (VM) is designed for electrical utility employees who manage vegetation programs. The agenda focuses on program development and management, including budgeting, work planning, addressing regulatory issues, managing contractors, and setting standards and guidelines for the work. About Quantum Spatial, Inc. Quantum Spatial, Inc., (QSI) the nation’s largest independent geospatial data firm, provides geographic insights to the largest government and corporate organizations that need geospatial intelligence to mitigate risk, plan for growth, better manage resources and advance scientific understanding. A pioneer in advanced mapping technology, QSI’s end-to-end solutions and services deliver the industry’s highest data quality and accuracy, while leveraging the widest array of technologies for analyzing all types of terrains. Customers use the company’s acquisition, processing, analytics and visualization solutions in a range of technical and scientific disciplines – from geology and biology, to hydrology, forestry and civil engineering. Utilities, oil and gas producers, engineering and construction firms, as well as the military and major government agencies, are QSI customers. QSI has multiple offices around the country. For more information visit quantumspatial.com, join us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @QuantumSpatial.


Patent
University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University | Date: 2013-12-09

A polymer including a self-immolative polymer segment and a thermally-activated trigger moiety is described. The self-immolative polymer segment includes a head end, a tail end, and a plurality of repeating units. The trigger moiety includes a cycloaddition adduct that is covalently coupled to the head end of the self-immolative polymer segment. When the polymer is exposed to an activation temperature, the cycloaddition adduct undergoes retro-cycloaddition to release the self-immolative polymer segment. The self-immolative polymer segment then decomposes to sequentially release repeating units in a head-to-tail direction.


Davis P.B.,Pacific Lutheran University
Tectonics | Year: 2011

The Sivrihisar massif of the Tavanl Zone of Turkey is 1 of less than 10 known lawsonite eclogite localities worldwide. Rocks of the Sivrihisar massif consist of eclogite and blueschist in contact with metasedimentary host rocks and record decreasing maximum pressure conditions across three WNW-ESE striking belts from 16-24 kbar in the northern Halilba belt to 14-16 kbar in the Karacaren belt and 8-10 kbar in the Kertek belt. Where present, sodic-amphibole, phengite, chlorite, and quartz define a pervasive S0/S1 foliation; garnet, omphacite, and lawsonite define stretching lineations and kinematic indicators. D1 and D2 structures are similar in the Halilba and Karacaren belts but differ to those in the Kertek belt. D 3 structures are uniform across the massif including fibrous calcite that occurs parallel to F3 fold axes. Shear sense indicators from field observations and asymmetric type-I cross girdle of quartz c axes obtained from electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) show top to the south thrusting throughout much of the massif. D1 and D2 structures are interpreted to have formed during exhumation by extrusion along a ∼5°C/km gradient. The Halilba and Karacaren belts were juxtaposed possibly as deep as 45 km within the subduction channel and exhumed by the arrival of the Anatolide microcontinent at approximately 70 Ma. Homogeneity of F3 axes and calcite fibers across the massif suggests that assembly occurred at blueschist conditions before exhumation through the aragonite-calcite transition (∼350C) above 8 kbar. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.


Moon C.,Pacific Lutheran University
Clinics in Perinatology | Year: 2011

Auditory perception and learning take place during the third trimester of gestation. Fetuses and newborns who lack typical auditory experience can go on to develop typical socioemotional attachment and language, given a supportive environment. For hospitalized preterm infants in developmentally sensitive neonatal intensive care units, detrimental effects of deviant early auditory experience may be remediated by later experience, but much is unknown about the causes of language deficits of prematurity. Prenatal auditory stimulation programs that incorporate audio speakers against the maternal belly should be discouraged because of possible overstimulation effects on the developing auditory system and sleep/wake state organization. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: POLYMERS | Award Amount: 98.00K | Year: 2010

TECHNICAL:

Compatibilized polymer blends continue to be important in traditional bulk applications as well as in thin film related applications (e.g., polymer solar cells, fuel cell membranes, and battery technology). A better understanding of how copolymer additives can enhance polymer blends will enable further advances in these technologies. The research to be conducted as part of this Research in Undergraduate Institution (RUI) renewal award will broaden the knowledge of how copolymer structure can influence bulk and thin film polymer blends. The research will be conducted on compatibilized polymer blends divided into two main areas, bulk blends and thin film blends. Both areas of research will investigate the influence of copolymer additive structure. First, the copolymer effect on the bulk polymer blends will be investigated using scattering techniques, solid state NMR, and atomic force microscopy focusing on thermodynamics and interfacial properties. Second, compatibilization of thin film polymer blends will be investigated with atomic force microscopy both as static films as well as at higher temperatures studying the dewetting and phase separation kinetics. The primary polymer system to be studied is a blend of polybutadiene and polystyrene homopolymers with the additives being various diblock, triblock, and tetrablock copolymers of butadiene and styrene. The research will take place in a predominantly undergraduate institution, providing summer research experiences for at least four undergraduate students. Outreach activities are also be included that provide opportunities for underrepresented students through the local Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program.

NON-TECHNICAL:

Some of todays biggest challenges include providing clean energy production through new solar energy and fuel cell technology. The capability of manufacturing high performance materials, which can address needs in these technologies, is very import. Similar advanced materials can impact many other technologies as well, ranging from environmentally friendly roofing materials, mobile devices, coatings, to critical components in automobiles. The research to be conducted as part of this NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions renewal award will help increase our fundamental knowledge of how to make these kinds of materials with tailored properties and may eventually lead to an increased ability to manufacture new plastics with specific properties. Undergraduate students will be the primary participants in this research giving them vital experience and facilitating their movement into post-baccalaureate education as well as in the scientific work force. This award will also be beneficial to the educational efforts of the principal investigators institution through the broadening of research experiences for undergraduate students during the summer and the academic year. Outreach activities are also included that bring underrepresented high school students from a local Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program to our labs for a polymer materials workshop.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ANTARCTIC EARTH SCIENCES | Award Amount: 110.19K | Year: 2014

The investigators will map glacial deposits and date variations in glacier variability at several ice-free regions in northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. These data will constrain the nature and timing of past ice thickness changes for major glaciers that drain into the northwestern Ross Sea. This is important because during the Last Glacial Maximum (15,000 - 18,000 years ago) these glaciers were most likely flowing together with grounded ice from both the East and West Antarctic Ice Sheets that expanded across the Ross Sea continental shelf to near the present shelf edge. Thus, the thickness of these glaciers was most likely controlled in part by the extent and thickness of the Ross Sea ice sheet and ice shelf. The data the PIs propose to collect can provide constraints on the position of the grounding line in the western Ross Sea during the Last Glacial Maximum, the time that position was reached, and ice thickness changes that occurred after that time. The primary intellectual merit of this project will be to improve understanding of a period of Antarctic ice sheet history that is relatively unconstrained at present and also potentially important in understanding past ice sheet-sea level interactions.

This proposal will support an early career researchers ongoing program of undergraduate education and research that is building a socio-economically diverse student body with students from backgrounds underrepresented in the geosciences. This proposal will also bring an early career researcher into Antarctic research.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: POLYMERS | Award Amount: 192.00K | Year: 2014

TECHNICAL SUMMARY:

New materials will be synthesized with the goal of improving the function and safety of solid polymer electrolyte supports in lithium ion batteries. Polymers based on two types of dicarboximide oxanorbornyl monomers will be synthesized using ring opening metathesis techniques creating a fairly rigid and bulky backbone. This backbone may assist in more effectively decoupling ionic motion from polymer segmental motion. Polymers with varying lengths of ethylene oxide side chains and molecular weights will be investigated to maximize lithium ion conductivity. Accordingly, the optimized monomers will be incorporated into diblock and random copolymers with a second monomer that has a substantially higher glass transition temperature. The random copolymers will be evaluated at compositions where the ionic conductivity is balanced with increased modulus due to the higher glass transition monomer. The phase diagram of a diblock copolymer system with one block using the optimal ethylene oxide side chain and the other block having a high glass transition will be studied to understand how the microphase separated morphology (e.g., lamellae or cylinder) might benefit ionic conductivity. Characterization of the polymer structure and dynamics will include dielectric spectroscopy, X-ray and neutron scattering, atomic force microscopy, and possibly solid-state NMR. This research also includes a shared component where some of the characterization will be conducted on NSF funded equipment and with collaborators at other universities, and at national user facility laboratories. Undergraduate student researchers will carry out this research over the course of three years.

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY:

This research project will create and study strategically tailored materials for use as membranes in lithium ion batteries. These new membranes may lead to improved safety and performance in lithium ion batteries, benefiting the growing necessity for better and safer energy storage systems. These new materials might allow lithium batteries to be lighter, smaller, and constructed out of materials that are much less flammable than conventional materials. This research will include a number of broader impacts. Our future scientific work force will be benefited by direct involvement and education of undergraduate students in all aspects of this research. Collaborations will be established with scientists at other local and national universities, and federally supported national user facilities will be utilized in these studies such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Also, increased exposure of underrepresented high school students to science will take place through outreach activities involving the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program. These activities will include mentoring by undergraduate research students in polymer science experiential learning activities, chemical demonstrations, and demonstrations of modern scientific instrumentation.

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