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University of Texas of the Permian Basin

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Odessa, TX, United States

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is located in Odessa, Texas. It was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1969 and founded in 1973. Its official fall 2010 enrollment was 4,063 and projected fall 2013 enrollment is 5,073. The university faces rapid growth as a result of the oil-boom currently ongoing in the Permian Basin. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 3, 2017
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VIDEO:  Extension of Continental, Marginal and Marine environments from ~18.4 to ~10.5 Ma showing the the two marine incursions reported in this study. view more A tiny shark tooth, part of a mantis shrimp and other microscopic marine organisms reveal that as the Andes rose, the Eastern Amazon sank twice, each time for less than a million years. Water from the Caribbean flooded the region from Venezuela to northwestern Brazil. These new findings by Smithsonian scientists and colleagues, published this week in Science Advances, fuel an ongoing controversy regarding the geologic history of the region. "Pollen records from oil wells in eastern Colombia and outcrops in northwestern Brazil clearly show two short-lived events in which ocean water from the Caribbean flooded what is now the northwest part of the Amazon basin," said Carlos Jaramillo, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and lead author of the study. "Geologists disagree about the origins of the sediments in this area, but we provide clear evidence that they are of marine origin, and that the flooding events were fairly brief," Jaramillo said. His team dated the two flooding events to between 17 to18 million years ago and between 16 to 12 million years ago. Several controversial interpretations of the history of the region include the existence of a large, shallow sea covering the Amazon for millions of years, a freshwater megalake, shifting lowland rivers occasionally flooded by seawater, frequent seawater incusions, and a long-lived "para-marine metalake," which has no modern analog. Jaramillo assembled a diverse team from the Smithsonian and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Corporacion Geologica Ares; the University of Birmingham; the University of Ghent; the Universidad del Norte, Baranquilla, Colombia; the University of Alberta, Edmonton; the University of Zurich; Ecopetrol, S.A.; Hocol, S.A.; the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research at Utrecht University; the University of Texas of the Permian Basin; and the Naturalis Biodiversity Center. Together, they examined evidence including more than 50,000 individual pollen grains representing more than 900 pollen types from oil drilling cores from the Saltarin region of Colombia and found two distinct layers of marine pollen separated by layers of non-marine pollen types. They also found several fossils of marine organisms in the lower layer: a shark tooth and a mantis shrimp. "It's important to understand changes across the vast Amazonian landscape that had a profound effect, both on the evolution and distribution of life there and on the modern and ancient climates of the continent," Jaramillo said. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, headquartered in Panama City, Panama, is a part of the Smithsonian Institution. The Institute furthers the understanding of tropical nature and its importance to human welfare, trains students to conduct research in the tropics and promotes conservation by increasing public awareness of the beauty and importance of tropical ecosystems. STRI website: http://www. . C. Jaramillo, I. Romero, C. D'Apolito, J. Ortiz. "Miocene flooding events of western Amazonia." Science Advances. Manuscript Number: sciadv.1601693; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


Hughes J.S.,University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy | Year: 2017

People tend to view adversaries with dissimilar opinions as irrational, biased, and negatively motivated. However, when adversaries show honest attempts to compromise evaluations should become more positive. Unfortunately, the evidence presented here does not support this idea. Across five studies using different attitudinal issues perceivers believed dissimilar attitude targets were negatively motivated, untrustworthy, and less moral compared to similar attitude targets. Further, moral character judgments mediated the relationship between attitude target and trust. Fortunately, the strong association between motives and morality provided an opportunity to intervene. Those explicitly told that an attitude target held positive rather than negative long-term motives evaluated those with dissimilar and similar attitudes positively. Discussion focuses on the importance of these findings for theory and public policy. © 2017 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.


Kamel A.H.,University of Texas of the Permian Basin
ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE) | Year: 2016

This study involves experimental investigation of rheological and hydraulic characteristics of aqueous based polymeric and surfactant fluids in straight and coiled tubing. The fluids matrix includes guar, HPG, PHPA, welan, xanthan, and surfactant. Bohlin rheometer was used to evaluate rheological and viscoelastic characteristics. For hydraulic characteristics, small- and large-scale flow loops were used. It is observed that all fluids exhibit comparable non- Newtonian behavior and improved viscous and elastic properties. Among polymeric fluids, guar and welan provide better viscosity and suspension properties. Surfactant is significantly affected by the formation of rod-like micelles and other microstructures. Master curves for rheological and elastic properties are developed using the molecular theory approach. The foremost benefit of these curves is its dimensionless form that provides a unique technique to predict viscosity for all fluids. For hydraulic properties, friction losses in coiled tubing are significantly higher than in straight tubing due to centrifugal forces and secondary flows. Surfactant is more sensitive to shear field applied where different microstructures are induced and thus they exhibit better drag reduction characteristics than polymeric fluids especially in coiled tubing with larger sizes. However, in straight tubing, guar shows better drag reduction characteristics than surfactant and other polymers, which diminishes as tubing size increases. However, welan gum exhibits a comparable performance. Overall, all fluids are considered good candidates as fracturing fluids with specific features for each. Unique characteristics of each fluid is discussed and explained in more details within the context of the present paper. Copyright © 2016 by ASME.


News Article | November 23, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its list of the 2016-2017 Best Online Counseling Degree Programs in the nation. A total of 34 schools across the U.S. made the list, which was determined by comparing a variety of value-based statistics and educational outcome data from each school. Top finishers include the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Amridge University, University of Cincinnati and the University of Alabama. "With many opportunities to specialize and grow a meaningful career, counseling is a niche field these schools are making an extra effort to maximize student success in,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "From financial aid to placement services and overall affordability, these schools are providing the best overall combination of value and quality for counseling students in the nation.” To qualify for a spot on the AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s rankings schools must meet several basic requirements. Colleges must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institution. Two-year schools must offer tuition under $5,000 per year for in-state students, while four-year schools must offer tuition under $25,000 per year for in-state students. From there, the site analyzes and compares a variety of qualitative and quantitative data points, tuition costs and more to come up with final scores and ranks for each school. An alphabetical listing of schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Counseling Degree Programs list can be found below. For more details on data and methodology used to score each, visit: The Best Online Counseling Degree Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017: Amridge University Bellevue University Brescia University California State University - East Bay Colorado State University - Fort Collins Crown College Indiana Wesleyan University Mercy College Mid-Atlantic Christian University Mississippi College Missouri State University - Springfield National University North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northwestern State University of Louisiana Ohio Christian University Oral Roberts University Oregon State University Pacific Oaks College Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Spring Arbor University The University of Alabama The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Thomas University Union Institute & University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Houston-Victoria University of Maine at Augusta University of North Dakota University of Wisconsin - Stout Utah State University Viterbo University Western New Mexico 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 29, 2016
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The 2016 ranking of the Best Online Colleges in Texas has been released by leading higher education and online student resource provider, AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Four-year colleges earning the highest marks include the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, the University of Texas, Victoria, and Southwestern Adventist University. Frank Phillips College, Western Texas College and Odessa College received top honors for two-year colleges. Between the two lists, more than 70 colleges in Texas were recognized for their variety of online education options and their strong focus on affordability. "The number of Texans earning college degrees has increased dramatically over the past five years,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "We’ve found the schools in Texas who are designing learning options to be more flexible and accessible than ever before, for both in-state students and learners located across the nation.” To earn a place on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s list, schools are required to meet certain baseline criteria. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Schools had to also meet baseline affordability standards, offering in-state tuition for under $5,000 per year at two year schools and under $25,000 per year at four year schools. Each college’s ranking is determined by an in-depth analysis of more than a dozen different metrics, ranging from financial aid options to graduation rate to online program variety. The full list of colleges is included below. To see where each ranks specifically and to get more specific details about the methodology used to compare each college, visit the following page: The Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Texas for 2016: Alvin Community College Amarillo College Central Texas College College of the Mainland Collin College Del Mar College El Paso Community College Frank Phillips College Grayson College Houston Community College Kilgore College Lamar Institute of Technology Lone Star College Navarro College North Central Texas College Odessa College Panola College South Plains College Tarrant County College District Temple College Texas State Technical College - Waco Trinity Valley Community College Tyler Junior College Western Texas College The Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Texas for 2016: Amberton University Angelo State University Arlington Baptist College Dallas Baptist University Dallas Christian College Grace School of Theology King's University Lamar University Lubbock Christian University Messenger College Midwestern State University Our Lady of the Lake University Parker University Prairie View A & M University Sam Houston State University South Texas College Southwestern Adventist University Southwestern Assemblies of God University Southwestern Christian College Stephen F. Austin State University Sul Ross State University Tarleton State University Texas A & M University - Central Texas Texas A & M University - College Station Texas A & M University - Commerce Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi Texas A & M University - Kingsville Texas A & M University - Texarkana Texas Tech University Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Texas Woman's University The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Brownsville The University of Texas at El Paso The University of Texas at Tyler The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center The University of Texas Medical Branch The University of Texas of the Permian Basin University of Houston - Clear Lake University of Houston - Downtown University of Houston - Victoria University of North Texas University of North Texas at Dallas Wayland Baptist University West Texas A & M 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.


Flocker F.W.,University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME | Year: 2012

Cam follower systems are widely used in manufacturing because of their precise motion and ability to easily dwell. The cam typically drives a follower in some precise motion needed to accomplish a manufacturing task. Presented in this paper is a closed-form modified trapezoidal cam motion function with adjustable positive and negative acceleration. The profile is suitable for multiple-dwell cam and follower applications. The profile is particularly applicable to high-speed cams in which the follower acceleration is a primary design objective. The main benefit of the profile is that it allows cam designers to easily set limits on the positive and negative acceleration to achieve design objectives. Additional benefits are that the cycle jerk is continuous and that the cam designer can control the maximum magnitude of jerk. The motion program is presented in closed-form for easy implementation in standard equation-solver or spreadsheet software. Dynamic and harmonic analyses are presented to illustrate the benefits of the profile. © 2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Hoskin A.W.,University of Texas of the Permian Basin | Ellis L.,University of Malaya
Criminology | Year: 2015

Evolutionary neuroandrogenic (ENA) theory asserts that criminality is a crude form of competitive behavior over resources, status, and mating opportunities. Theoretically, males have been selected for resource acquisitiveness as a result of female preferences for mates who are successful at resource provisioning. ENA theory also asserts that brain exposure to both prenatal and postpubertal androgens (particularly testosterone) promotes all forms of competitiveness, including those that victimize others. The present study was undertaken to test ENA theory by correlating 14 self-reported measures of offending with a biomarker for fetal testosterone exposure based on the ratio of the 2nd and 4th digits of the right hand (r2D:4D), in a nonrepresentative sample of 445. Both Spearman correlations and negative binomial regressions produced results that largely supported the hypothesized connection between offending and high prenatal androgen exposure, even when findings were analyzed separately by sex. Also, offending was significantly associated with r2D:4D for both males and females. Overall, this study supports the view that exposing the brain to high levels of testosterone and other androgens prenatally elevates the probability of offending later in life. © 2014 American Society of Criminology.


Hahn C.,University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Organometallics | Year: 2010

The X-ray structures of the π-complex [Pt(PNP)(CH 2=CHPh)] (BF 4) 2 and the σ-complex [Pt(PNP)((E)-CH=CHPh)] BF 4 are reported (PNP = 2,6-bis(diphenylphosphinomethyl)pyridine). The styrene complex undergoes vinylic deprotonation by reaction with the weakly basic nucleophiles ROH (R = Me, Et, H), which was monitored by 1H and 31P NMR. The mechanistic pathway includes nucleophilic addition of the oxygen donor nucleophiles to the coordinated styrene. The resulting addition products [Pt(PNP)(CH 2CHPhOR)]BF 4 transformed to the styryl complex only when protons are present. Similarly, the related 1-vinylnaphthalene complex [Pt(PNP)(CH 2=CHC 10H 7)](BF 4) 2 undergoes vinylic deprotonation in the presence of methanol, forming the corresponding σ-complex [Pt(PNP)((E)-CH=CHC 10H 7)]BF 4. © 2010 American Chemical Society.


Kamel A.H.,University of Texas of the Permian Basin
SPE Eastern Regional Meeting | Year: 2016

With the worldwide trend of low oil prices, high maturity of oil fields, excessive cost of horizontal and fracking technologies, and necessity for green drilling applications, radial jet drilling (RJD) technology can be a cost effective and environmentally-friendly alternative. RJD is an unconventional drilling technique that utilizes coiled tubing conveyed tools and the energy of high velocity fluid jets to drill laterals inside the reservoir. In recent years, rapid advances in high pressure water jet technology has tremendously increased its application in oil and gas industry not only in drilling operations to improve drilling rate and reduce drilling cost, but also in production to maximize hydrocarbon recovery. In addition, RJD can be used to bypass near wellbore damage, direct reservoir treatments/injections, improve water disposal and re-injection rates, and assist in steam or CO2 treatments. This paper highlights the theoretical basis, technological advancement, procedures, applications, and challenges of high pressure water jets. Several worldwide case studies are discussed to evaluate the success, results, pros, and cons of RJD. The results show that nearly an average of four to five fold production increase can be obtained. The present paper clearly shows that radial jet drilling is a viable and attractive alternative in marginal and small reservoirs that still have significant oil in place to capture the benefits of horizontal drilling/fracking and to improve productivity from both new wells and/or workover wells that cannot be produced with the existing expensive conventional completions. Copyright 2016, Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Ellis L.,University of Malaya | Hoskin A.W.,University of Texas of the Permian Basin
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology | Year: 2015

A decade old theory hypothesizes that brain exposure to androgens promotes involvement in criminal behavior. General support for this hypothesis has been provided by studies of postpubertal circulating levels of testosterone, at least among males. However, the theory also predicts that for both genders, prenatal androgens will be positively correlated with persistent offending, an idea for which no evidence currently exists. The present study used an indirect measure of prenatal androgen exposure - the relative length of the second and fourth fingers of the right hand (r2D:4D) - to test the hypothesis that elevated prenatal androgens promote criminal tendencies later in life for males and females. Questionnaires were administered to 2,059 college students in Malaysia and 1,291 college students in the United States. Respondents reported their r2D:4D relative finger lengths along with involvement in 13 categories of delinquent and criminal acts. Statistically significant correlations between the commission of most types of offenses and r2D:4D ratios were found for males and females even after controlling for age. It is concluded that high exposure to androgens during prenatal development contributes to most forms of offending following the onset of puberty. © The Author(s) 2013.

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