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News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has used metrics provided by the government to select the best colleges and universities in Arizona for 2017. 6 four-year schools had the qualifying scores to be included, and Arizona State University Tempe, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University were the top three. Of the 20 two-year schools included in the ranking, Cochise College, Northland Pioneer College, Mesa Community College, GateWay Community College and Eastern Arizona College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “A certificate or degree can go a long way when it comes to starting or advancing a career,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These colleges and universities in Arizona have demonstrated their value to students who want to be prepared for their role in the job market. Post-college earnings, employment resources and high program caliber were all evaluated to determine which schools belonged on our list.” To be included on Arizona’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. In addition to their career resources, each college is also analyzed based on additional metrics including program offerings, academic counseling, opportunities for financial aid, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Arizona” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Arizona for 2017 include: Arizona Christian University Arizona State University-Tempe Northern Arizona University Ottawa University-Phoenix Prescott College University of Arizona The Best Two-Year Colleges in Arizona for 2017 include: Arizona Western College Central Arizona College Chandler-Gilbert Community College Cochise College Coconino Community College Eastern Arizona College Estrella Mountain Community College GateWay Community College Glendale Community College Mesa Community College Mohave Community College Northland Pioneer College Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix College Pima Community College Rio Salado College Scottsdale Community College South Mountain Community College Tohono O'Odham Community College Yavapai 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 | November 24, 2016
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AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a leading higher education information resource provider, has released its picks for the Best Colleges in the U.S. to earn an Online Teaching Degree from in 2016-2017. Comparing data on affordability and student success from thousands of schools with online teaching programs, the rankings list the top 100 two-year and four-year schools respectively. Schools topping the four-year list include Dickinson State University, Fort Hays State University, North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University and University of Southern Mississippi; schools topping the two-year list include East Mississippi Community College, Arizona Western College, Holmes Community College, Northeast Community College and Odessa College. "There were 3.5 million teachers working in elementary and secondary education in the U.S. in 2014,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “It’s important for us to help aspiring teachers and those looking to advance their career in education find the best opportunities to earn an affordable, quality online teaching degree.” Schools who earn a spot on the Best Online Teaching Degrees lists must qualify by meeting certain baseline requirements. AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires all schools to be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions to be eligible. Colleges must also meet minimum affordability standards, offering in-state tuition under $5,000 per year at two-year schools and under $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Final scoring and ranks are determined by comparing data on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative measures, such as financial aid availability and graduation rates. All schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Teaching Degrees list can be found below. The attached map shows how many schools were honored by state. The full rankings can be found along with data and methodology details at: Allen County Community College Amarillo College Arizona Western College Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Baltimore City Community College Bay Mills Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Casper College Central Texas College Coconino Community College College of Southern Idaho Collin College Colorado Northwestern Community College Dakota College at Bottineau Dawson Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern Wyoming College Edgecombe Community College El Paso Community College Front Range Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Haywood Community College Henry Ford Community College Holmes Community College Kilgore College Lenoir Community College Lone Star College Mitchell Community College Montgomery Community College Navarro College Nebraska Indian Community College North Central Missouri College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Odessa College Ozarks Technical Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pima Community College Shoreline Community College Stanly Community College Tri-County Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Washtenaw Community College Western Oklahoma State College Yavapai College Appalachian State University Arkansas Tech University Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Chadron State College Chaminade University of Honolulu Concordia University - Saint Paul Dickinson State University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Ferris State University Fort Hays State University Granite State College Great Basin College Hobe Sound Bible College Indiana State University Judson College Lesley University Liberty University Mayville State University Minot State University Newman University North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University Northeastern State University Northern Arizona University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Southwestern College Sterling College SUNY College at Oswego The University of West Florida University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast University of Central Missouri University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Missouri - Columbia University of Nebraska at Kearney University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Northern Colorado University of South Dakota University of Southern Mississippi University of the Southwest University of West Alabama Wayland Baptist University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Western New Mexico University Wilmington University Winston-Salem State 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.

News Article | October 28, 2016
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Salt Lake Community College, as part of its Reading Series program, will host a reading by essayist Aisha Sabatini Sloan Oct. 26, 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at SLCC’s South City Campus, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City. Sabatini Sloan was born and raised in Los Angeles and writes about race and current events, often including analysis of art, film and pop culture. Her work has earned her finalist nominations for the 1913 First Book contest, the Write-A-House competition and the Disquiet Literary Prize. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and named “notable” for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays anthologies. She is a contributing editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics and a staff writer for Autostraddle, and her current work can be found in numerous publications throughout the country. She has also taught composition, literature and creative writing at the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program and at Carlton College. Sabatini Sloan currently lives in Tuscon. A passage from her recently published “A Road Trip With Your Father In Honor of His 74th Birthday, In Playlist Form,” at the Autostraddle website, reads, “The audiobook that your father has chosen for your journey to Vermont involves a question that, though explored in a manner that does not make you feel fully awake, elicits an exchange of raised eyebrows between the two of you: “Why aren’t Africans, Aborigines and Eurasians the ones who decimated, subjugated and exterminated other nations? Why indeed.” Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

Qin Y.,University of Arizona | Qin Y.,CAS Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences | Wysocki R.J.,University of Arizona | Somogyi A.,University of Arizona | And 11 more authors.
Plant Journal | Year: 2011

Polarized cell elongation is triggered by small molecule cues during development of diverse organisms. During plant reproduction, pollen interactions with the stigma result in the polar outgrowth of a pollen tube, which delivers sperm cells to the female gametophyte to effect double fertilization. In many plants, pistils stimulate pollen germination. However, in Arabidopsis, the effect of pistils on pollen germination and the pistil factors that stimulate pollen germination remain poorly characterized. Here, we demonstrate that stigma, style, and ovules in Arabidopsis pistils stimulate pollen germination. We isolated an Arabidopsis pistil extract fraction that stimulates Arabidopsis pollen germination, and employed ultra-high resolution electrospray ionization (ESI), Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) and MS/MS techniques to accurately determine the mass (202.126 Da) of a compound that is specifically present in this pistil extract fraction. Using the molecular formula (C 10H 19NOS) and tandem mass spectral fragmentation patterns of the m/z (mass to charge ratio) 202.126 ion, we postulated chemical structures, devised protocols, synthesized N-methanesulfinyl 1- and 2-azadecalins that are close structural mimics of the m/z 202.126 ion, and showed that they are sufficient to stimulate Arabidopsis pollen germination in vitro (30 μm stimulated approximately 50% germination) and elicit accession-specific response. Although N-methanesulfinyl 2-azadecalin stimulated pollen germination in three species of Lineage I of Brassicaceae, it did not induce a germination response in Sisymbrium irio (Lineage II of Brassicaceae) and tobacco, indicating that activity of the compound is not random. Our results show that Arabidopsis pistils promote germination by producing azadecalin-like molecules to ensure rapid fertilization by the appropriate pollen. © 2011 The Authors. The Plant Journal © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

News Article | November 14, 2016
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Greater Tucson Leadership announced that S.L. “Si” Schorr, senior partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, is recipient of its 64th annual Founders Award recognizing long-term achievements in the community. Last year’s awardee, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, will present the award at a gala event at Loews Ventana Canyon on Feb. 11, 2017. The Founders Award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated significant long-term community involvement and professional accomplishments. “This was quite a surprise, and I’m flattered that others in the greater Tucson community thought that I was worthy of this recognition,” said Schorr. “So many other outstanding people have received the award in the past. It’s a distinguished group and quite an honor to be included.” A Tucson resident for nearly 60 years, Schorr’s law practice focuses in the areas of real estate, corporate and general business law. He has served on numerous local and state boards and committees, helping lead the region’s growth and vitality. The award nomination notes, “Aside from being an extraordinarily respected professional in his field, he has been an extraordinarily engaged person in his community in both the public and private sectors. He is a leader by virtue of how he spends his efforts and the values he consistently upholds. He does not tout his civic engagement, he just gets down to business and … all admire the way he conducts himself, his integrity, and the dedication he shows to our community.” “Si Schorr is one of Tucson’s leading citizens, and it’s gratifying to see him recognized for his contributions. He has been a mentor and role model for many and has no doubt impacted countless lives with his commitment to serving the public,” said Ken Van Winkle Jr., managing partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. Schorr served as a founding member of the Pima Community College Board, founding chair of the Regional Transportation Authority of Pima County, on the founding board of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, as chairman of the Arizona State Transportation Board, and on the Governor’s Economic Planning and Development Advisory Board, Pima County Planning Commission, Tucson Pima County Commission on Improved Government Management, Governor’s Task Force on the Seriously Mentally Ill, Tucson Airport Authority and the Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission. In addition to his recurrent inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for Land Use/Zoning Law and Real Estate Law, Schorr also was recipient of the Special Award of Honor from the State Bar of Arizona for his more than 50 years of service to the legal profession. Greater Tucson Leadership is a non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization dedicated to providing leadership education, community development, and civic engagement for the overall care of and commitment to the Tucson community.. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP is an Am Law 200 commercial law firm for handling complex matters in litigation, intellectual property, business transactions, gaming, government relations and other practice areas. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie offices are located in Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Irvine, Phoenix, Reno, Silicon Valley and Tucson.

Hood L.L.,University of Arizona | Richmond N.C.,Pima Community College | Spudis P.D.,Lunar and Planetary Institute
Journal of Geophysical Research E: Planets | Year: 2013

The existence of magnetization signatures and landform modification antipodal to young lunar impact basins is investigated further by (a) producing more detailed regional crustal magnetic field maps at low altitudes using Lunar Prospector magnetometer data; and (b) examining Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Wide Angle Camera imagery. Of the eight youngest lunar basins, five are found to have concentrations of relatively strong magnetic anomalies centered within 10° of their antipodes. This includes the polar Schrödinger basin, which is one of the three youngest basins and has not previously been investigated in this context. Unusual terrain is also extensively present near the antipodes of the two largest basins (Orientale and Imbrium) while less pronounced manifestations of this terrain may be present near the antipodes of Serenitatis and Schrödinger. The area near the Imbrium antipode is characterized by enhanced surface thorium abundances, which may be a consequence of antipodal deposition of ejecta from Imbrium. The remaining three basins either have antipodal regions that have been heavily modified by later events (Hertzsprung and Bailly) or are not clearly recognized to be a true basin (Sikorsky-Rittenhouse). The most probable source of the Descartes anomaly, which is the strongest isolated magnetic anomaly, is the hilly and furrowed Descartes terrain near the Apollo 16 landing site, which has been inferred to consist of basin ejecta, probably from Imbrium according to one recent sample study. A model for the origin of both the modified landforms and the magnetization signatures near lunar basin antipodes involving shock effects of converging ejecta impacts is discussed. Key PointsFive young lunar basins have antipodal magnetization signatures.Unusual terrain is also present in many of the same antipode regions.Shock effects of converging ejecta impacts are discussed ©2013. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.

Marek P.,University of Arizona | Papaj D.,University of Arizona | Yeager J.,Tulane University | Molina S.,University of Arizona | And 2 more authors.
Current Biology | Year: 2011

Bioluminescence - the ability of organisms to emit light - has evolved about 40-50 times independently across the tree of life [1]. Many different functions for bioluminescence have been proposed, for example, mate recognition, prey attraction, camouflage, and warning coloration. Millipedes in the genus Motyxia produce a greenish-blue light at a wavelength of 495 nm that can be seen in darkness [2]. These detritivores defend themselves with cyanide, which they generate internally and discharge through lateral ozopores [3]. Motyxia are an ideal model system to investigate the ecological role of bioluminescence because they are blind, thus limiting their visual signalling to other organisms, for example predators. While the biochemical mechanisms underlying Motyxia bioluminescence have been studied in detail [2,4], its adaptive significance remained unknown [5,6]. We here show that bioluminescence has a single evolutionary origin in millipedes and it serves as an aposematic warning signal to deter nocturnal mammalian predators. Among the numerous examples of bioluminescence, this is the first field experiment in any organism to demonstrate that bioluminescence functions as a warning signal. Video Abstract: The editors of Current Biology welcome correspondence on any article in the journal, but reserve the right to reduce the length of any letter to be published. All Correspondence containing data or scientific argument will be refereed. Queries about articles for consideration in this format should be sent by e-mail to cbiol@current-biology.com © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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