Lexington, VA, United States
Lexington, VA, United States

The Virginia Military Institute is a state-supported military college in Lexington, Virginia, the oldest such institution in the United States. Unlike any other senior military college in the United States, and in keeping with its founding principles, VMI enrolls only military cadets and awards baccalaureate degrees exclusively. VMI offers cadets strict military discipline combined with a spartan, physically and academically demanding environment. The Institute grants degrees in 14 disciplines in engineering, the science, and the liberal arts.While VMI has been called the "West Point of the South", it differs from the federal service academies in several respects. For example, the living conditions at VMI are far more austere than at the service academies. Also, while all cadets must participate in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps , they are afforded the flexibility of pursuing civilian endeavors or accepting a commission in any of the active or reserve components of any of the US military branches upon graduation. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

The Sheridan Livery Inn announced today that online-only reservations for May 2018 Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee graduation weekends will open at 9:00 a.m. on June 1, 2017.

News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has determined its list of Virginia’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the four-year schools that were analyzed, 40 made the list, with University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, Washington and Lee University and Hampton University ranked as the top five. Of the 23 two-year schools that were also included, Tidewater Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Danville Community College and Central Virginia Community College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “Virginia’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest point since before the Great Recession, which is great news for career-minded students,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “The schools on our list have shown that they offer the educational experience and resources that leave their students career-ready.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes employment and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, opportunities for financial aid and such additional statistics as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, visit: Best Four-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Averett University Bluefield College Bridgewater College Christopher Newport University College of William and Mary Eastern Mennonite University Emory & Henry College Ferrum College George Mason University Hampden-Sydney College Hampton University Hollins University James Madison University Jefferson College of Health Sciences Liberty University Longwood University Lynchburg College Mary Baldwin College Marymount University Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Radford University Randolph College Randolph-Macon College Regent University Roanoke College Shenandoah University Southern Virginia University Sweet Briar College The University of Virginia's College at Wise University of Mary Washington University of Richmond University of Virginia-Main Campus Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Military Institute Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia State University Virginia Union University Virginia Wesleyan College Washington and Lee University Best Two-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Blue Ridge Community College Central Virginia Community College Dabney S Lancaster Community College Danville Community College Eastern Shore Community College Germanna Community College John Tyler Community College Lord Fairfax Community College Mountain Empire Community College New River Community College Northern Virginia Community College Patrick Henry Community College Paul D Camp Community College Piedmont Virginia Community College Rappahannock Community College Reynolds Community College Southside Virginia Community College Southwest Virginia Community College Thomas Nelson Community College Tidewater Community College Virginia Highlands Community College Virginia Western Community College Wytheville Community 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 | May 1, 2017
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The Robert E. Lee Hotel announced today that online-only reservations for May 2018 Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee graduation weekends will open at 9:00 a.m. on June 1, 2017.

News Article | December 7, 2016
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WealthVest is pleased to announce the addition of Addison Hagan to our team. Mr. Hagan is a Regional Director for Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. Mr. Hagan comes to WealthVest with 19 years of industry experience and a long track record of supporting the efforts of his advisors. His experience includes distribution and private wealth management. Most recently Mr. Hagan was with TCW where he was a Vice President in the Wealth Advisor Group. Previously, he provided distribution for Stadion Money Management, Transamerica and Putnam Investments. Mr. Hagan has also spent time in private wealth management with Wachovia, now Wells Fargo, and U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Having worked on both sides of the desk, he knows well the rewards—and challenges—advisors encounter every day. Mr. Hagan earned his degree in Business and Economics from The Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia and is proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps. He possesses his FINRA Series 7, 65, 63 and 6 as well as the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate from the CAIA Association. WealthVest is a financial services distribution firm specializing in high-quality fixed and indexed insurance and retirement savings products from top carriers. WealthVest designs, markets, and distributes these essential products throughout the nation. WealthVest’s focus is on creating product with the highest consumer value. WealthVest was founded in 2009 by former CEO of American Skandia, Wade Dokken, and former CEO of Hartford Life Limited, Europe, Lincoln Collins. From the beginning, the company has provided financial professionals with exceptional field and phone support, effective sales training materials, thorough coaching, and the highest quality product. The company possesses four sales teams: two field wholesaling teams dedicated to banks and broker-dealers, a field team dedicated to independent agents, and a Bozeman-based sales team focused on all agents and advisors. WealthVest has relationships with over 130 banks and broker-dealers around the United States, more than 100 committed professionals on their team, and over $1 billion in sales to date.

News Article | December 21, 2016
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Beynon's Engineering and Sports Surfacing Technology on Display at the Keydets Indoor Training Facility The Virginia Military Institute indoor fieldhouse has joined the ranks of the elite facilities in the country to feature a hydraulically banked track system. The specialized Beynon surface is at the center of the new 205,000 square foot athletic and military training facility. The hydraulically banked track and field system includes a retractable steel frame with a custom-built control system; all designed and built in the United States by Beynon Sports of Hunt Valley, Maryland. The completed facility known as the Corps Physical Training Facility, showcases Beynon’s Rise-N-Run Hydraulic system, which allows athletes to raise and lower the track surface to specific angles of embankment to counteract centrifugal force caused by their circular motion and achieve unparalleled racing times. “To have Beynon’s hydraulic track at the center of one of the nation’s most acclaimed military training institutions is an honor,” said John Beynon, President of Beynon Sports. “The finished project at VMI exceeded everyone’s expectations. We commend the Virginia Military Academy - they have built an amazing athletic complex to train the fine men and women who protect our country.” After hosting the Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships several times, VMI has established itself as a gathering place for regional track competition. With the addition of Beynon’s indoor hydraulic track, the Keydets are sure to draw more attention than ever before. “And the facility is all inclusive, which is probably the greatest excitement for our team,” Webb said. “Time is of the greatest demand at VMI, and training on a Beynon track; throwing, and jumping in an outstanding facility, and being able to have their locker rooms, weight room and athletic training room in the same building is a great benefit for our teams.”

Yuan D.,Texas A&M University | Zhao D.,Texas A&M University | Timmons D.J.,Virginia Military Institute | Zhou H.-C.,Texas A&M University
Chemical Science | Year: 2011

A Cd MOF with twisted partially augmented the net was synthesized. Activation at increasing temperatures revealed an unprecedented stepwise transition from microporosity to mesoporosity. This thermal treatment may serve as an alternative approach for the preparation of mesoporous MOFs. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011.

Zhao D.,Texas A&M University | Timmons D.J.,Virginia Military Institute | Yuan D.,Texas A&M University | Zhou H.-C.,Texas A&M University
Accounts of Chemical Research | Year: 2011

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) - highly crystalline hybrid materials that combine metal ions with rigid organic ligands - have emerged as an important class of porous materials. The organic ligands add flexibility and diversity to the chemical structures and functions of these materials. In this Account, we summarize our laboratorys experience in tuning the topology and functionality of MOFs by ligand design.These investigations have led to new materials with interesting properties. By using a ligand that can adopt different symmetry conformations through free internal bond rotation, we have obtained two MOFs that are supramolecular stereoisomers of each other at different reaction temperatures. In another case, where the dimerized ligands function as a D 3-Piedfort unit spacer, we achieve chiral (10,3)-a networks.In the design of MOF-based materials for hydrogen and methane storage, we focused on increasing the gas affinity of frameworks by using ligands with different geometries to control the pore size and effectively introduce unsaturated metal centers (UMCs) into the framework. Framework interpenetration in PCN-6 (PCN stands for porous coordination network) can lead to higher hydrogen uptake. Because of the proper alignment of the UMCs, PCN-12 holds the record for uptake of hydrogen at 77 K/760 Torr. In the case of methane storage, PCN-14 with anthracene-derived ligand achieves breakthrough storage capacity, at a level 28% higher than the U.S. Department of Energy target.Selective gas adsorption requires a pore size comparable to that of the target gas molecules; therefore, we use bulky ligands and network interpenetration to reduce the pore size. In addition, with the help of an amphiphilic ligand, we were able to use temperature to continuously change pore size in a 2D layer MOF. Adding charge to an organic ligand can also stabilize frameworks. By ionizing the amine group within mesoMOF-1, the resulting electronic repulsion keeps the network from collapsing, giving rise to the first case of mesoporous MOF that demonstrates the type IV isotherm. We use dendritic hexacarboxylate ligands to synthesize an isoreticular series of MOFs with (3,24)-connected network topology. The cuboctahedral cages serve as building blocks that narrow the opening of the mesocavities into microwindows and stabilize these MOFs. The resulting materials have exceptionally high surface areas and hydrogen uptake capacities.Despite the many achievements in MOF development, there is still ample opportunity for further exploration. We will be continuing our efforts and look forward to contributing to this blossoming field in the next decade. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

News Article | October 26, 2016
Site: news.yahoo.com

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine said in an interview published Monday that, if elected, Hillary Clinton would quickly ask Congress for fresh legal authority to make war on the so-called Islamic State and other terrorist groups around the world. “Hillary has said that that’s something she wants to do very early in her administration,” the Virginia senator said. He made his remarks in an interview with “The Axe Files,” hosted by David Axelrod, a former top adviser to President Obama. Kaine said the former secretary of state will press lawmakers to rewrite the Sept. 14, 2001, Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that set the stage for the invasion of Afghanistan and has underpinned the entire war on terrorism. Obama has invoked the measure to argue that his undeclared but escalating war on ISIS is legal, a position Kaine had previously dismissed as an “Alice in Wonderland” strategy. Clinton believes that “it’s time for us to take that now-outdated authorization, and really think about what we are confronting, and work together to reach some legislative-executive accord about what it is we’re doing,” Kaine told Axelrod. “It’s time for Congress to get back in the game and refine and revise that authorization.” Seventy percent of the current Congress wasn’t in office when lawmakers approved the 2001 AUMF, and America’s terrorist enemies have “morphed and changed,” the senator argued. Obama called in a May 2013 speech for revising and repealing the 2001 AUMF, saying it was time to get America off “a perpetual wartime footing.” His top aides have since admitted that the job will fall to the next president. No lawmaker has worked harder than Kaine to get Congress to debate and vote on an AUMF that specifically covers the Islamic State. “We have allowed President Obama to wage an executive war of his own choosing without any congressional permission for nearly two years,” Kaine told Virginia Military Institute cadets at their graduation in mid-May. “It’s not hard to imagine that a future president will use this example to also justify initiating war without the permission of Congress.” Clinton had sent mixed messages about whether she would seek a new AUMF, but lined up earlier this year squarely behind her running mate’s view. A spokesman for her campaign, Jesse Lehrich, told Yahoo News in July that the former secretary of state “agrees with Senator Kaine that if we are serious about confronting ISIS, Congress ought to express its resolve to stand behind our military and win this fight by passing a new AUMF.” After stalling at the request of vulnerable Democratic lawmakers facing the 2014 midterm elections, Obama finally submitted an ISIS-specific AUMF to Congress in February 2015, but it’s essentially dead. The legislation reflected his national security aides’ desire that it not tie his hands. The document authorized airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in the following three years. It forbade the use of American ground troops in “enduring offensive ground combat operations” — a term the White House described as deliberately vague. It also allowed strikes against “individuals and organizations fighting for, on behalf of, or alongside ISIL” anywhere in the world. Democrats have balked at supporting such a sweeping measure. Republicans have pointed to the three-year limit and the ground-combat language to argue that the AUMF improperly binds the hands of Obama’s successor. The truth of the matter is that both sides see political peril in the president’s proposal. Democrats recall how voting in favor of the Iraq War helped to doom Clinton’s 2008 presidential ambitions. And Republicans, who could vote to remove the language they describe as objectionable, prefer to criticize Obama’s handling of the conflict without taking any steps that might make them co-owners of the strategy.

Herald M.C.,Virginia Military Institute
Bulletin of Mathematical Biology | Year: 2010

Dysfunctions in the immune system, due to genetics, disease or environmental factors, can cause bacterial colonization and chronic inflammation. In cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory infections can initiate inflammation of the airway. We propose a system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations to describe interactions between macrophages, both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, and bacteria. Small changes in parameters governing inflammatory cytokine production and macrophage sensitivity to cytokines result in dramatically different model behaviors. When the immune system is functioning properly, a non-aggressive pathogen will not provide a sufficient trigger to initiate chronic inflammation, however, in disease positive feedback of the inflammatory cytokine can induce chronic inflammation even after a bacterial infection has been resolved. In addition, if the macrophage population is more sensitive to inflammatory cytokines small perturbations initiated by bacteria will also lead to chronic inflammation. We have found nonaggressive bacteria are able to initiate chronic inflammation and propose why anti-inflammatory cytokine therapy may not be effective in resolving this inflammation. © 2009 Society for Mathematical Biology.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 141.46K | Year: 2012

The CLEAR-VMI research group seeks support to study the following objectives: (1) development of a low nitrogen genetically enhanced biomass species for use as a reduced nutrient emission alternative energy production fuel source; (2) elemental characterization of low nitrogen biomass species to develop full-scale emission predictions; (3) real-time laboratory and field level emission analysis of enhanced biomass species for determination and validation of reduced atmospheric nitrogen loads; and (4) three-dimensional community multiscale air quality (CMAQ) modeling of measured biomass emissions to quantify resulting nitrogen deposition within the Chesapeake Bay. Also, as an educational component, our group seeks to enhance the professional presentation and communication skills of our student researchers through an added rhetorical development objective. Experiments will involve the development of a genetically modified biomass capable of producing low nitrogen (N) emissions. Through accelerated stem senescence, the CLEAR group proposes to remobilize N to the seeds, creating a more nutritious crop yield for consumption and leaving low N content stems and leaves for use in alternative power and fuel production.

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