News Article | May 15, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wittenberg University is currently accepting applications and enrolling students in its upcoming August Master of Science in Analytics cohort. Geared toward developing data-savvy problem solvers, this 12-month program provides students with deep analytical skills. It also provides a thorough understanding of how to best use data to meet the needs of an organization’s stakeholders and solve their biggest problems. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Wittenberg’s Analytics program offers students the only full-time, blended graduate analytics program in the United States, allowing students to maintain career and family obligations throughout their education. The program’s cohort model balances immersive monthly residency sessions on campus (three consecutive days per month) with online coursework. The program also includes a year-long project in which each student tackles a significant problem that is both relevant and of great personal or professional interest. The cohort experience allows every student to leave the program with clear evidence of professional readiness to secure a job or to advance within his/her field. The curriculum has been built to simultaneously develop students’ skills in design thinking, data analysis and contextual awareness – yielding the perspective needed to lead teams, understand problems and make better decisions. Tom Kaplan, Dean of Wittenberg’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies and the program’s Director, says, “The capstone projects of our current students are actionable and respond to problems that are challenging and relevant. One student is using data from his firm, a global feed manufacturer, to optimize food design for various types of animal feed in different regions of the United States. Another is working with millions of records provided by a national disease prevention organization to enhance the ability of physicians to diagnose a common disease sooner, a disease the student has in common with those they seek to help. Two other students are working to better align resources with those suffering from hunger and homelessness. All students in our current cohort are chasing solutions to problems that are more worth chasing than we ever anticipated. They are on the verge of adding more value than most would expect from any graduate capstone project. We could not be more pleased.” For more information or to apply to Wittenberg University’s Master of Science in Analytics program, visit www.wittenberg.edu/analytics. Named one of Forbes' Top 50 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges and a PayScale Top 10 Business School for mid-career alumni earnings, Wittenberg is a nationally-ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A leader in providing an active, engaged learning environment defined by excellence in academics, innovation, student success, service and athletics, Wittenberg has repeatedly been recognized by the Princeton Review for its professor accessibility, superior classroom experience and longstanding commitment to sustainability. Additionally, the University currently has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state, and recently earned a spot on the “Best Buy” list in the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges. For more information, visit www.wittenberg.edu. Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Wittenberg University, journalists and analysts may call 937.327.6412. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed.
News Article | May 9, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the best colleges and universities in Ohio for 2017. 50 four-year schools were ranked, with Ursuline College, Xavier University, Ohio Northern University, Case Western Reserve University and John Carroll University coming in as the top five. Of the 29 two-year schools that also made the cut, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Belmont College, Sinclair College, Owens Community College and Columbus State Community College were in the top five. A complete list of schools is included below. “Earning a certificate or degree can be a major stepping stone for career development,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These schools offer more than just educational opportunities, they represent Ohio’s best combination of education and employment resources that translate to strong post-college earnings for students.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Ohio” list, institutions must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit schools. Each college is also ranked on metrics like the variety of degree programs offered, the number of employment and academic resources offered, financial aid availability, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Ohio” list, visit: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/ohio/ Ohio’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Ashland University Baldwin Wallace University Bluffton University Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Capital University Case Western Reserve University Cedarville University Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland State University Defiance College Denison University Franciscan University of Steubenville Franklin University Heidelberg University Hiram College John Carroll University Kent State University at Kent Kenyon College Lake Erie College Lourdes University Malone University Marietta College Miami University-Oxford Mount Saint Joseph University Mount Vernon Nazarene University Muskingum University Notre Dame College Oberlin College Ohio Dominican University Ohio Northern University Ohio State University-Main Campus Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus Ohio University-Main Campus Ohio Wesleyan University Otterbein University The College of Wooster The University of Findlay Union Institute & University University of Akron Main Campus University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Dayton University of Mount Union University of Toledo Ursuline College Walsh University Wilberforce University Wittenberg University Wright State University-Main Campus Xavier University Youngstown State University Ohio’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Belmont College Bowling Green State University-Firelands Central Ohio Technical College Choffin Career and Technical Center Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Clark State Community College Columbiana County Career and Technical Center Columbus State Community College Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Gateway Community College Edison State Community College Hocking College Lakeland Community College Lorain County Community College Marion Technical College North Central State College Northwest State Community College Ohio Institute of Allied Health Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute Owens Community College Remington College-Cleveland Campus Rhodes State College Sinclair College Southern State Community College Stark State College Terra State Community College University of Akron Wayne College Washington State Community College Zane State 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 9, 2017
High school senior Uriah Birchmier speaks about how the Upward Bound program is helping him get to college in Helena, Mont., Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Dozens of universities across the country saw their applications denied for the program that encourage poor students and those with families that have never had a college graduate to prepare for higher education because of mistakes that consisted mostly of incorrect margins, the wrong size type or lack of double-spacing. (AP Photo/Matt Volz) HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Dozens of universities and organizations that applied for federal grants to help young people from poor families prepare for college were turned down by the U.S. Education Department because of mistakes that consisted mostly of incorrect margins, the wrong font or lack of double-spacing. The rejections have triggered an outcry from members of both parties on Capitol Hill and thrown into jeopardy programs that help thousands of high school students a year. Amid the uproar, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued a memo late last month saying requests for grants from the federally funded Upward Bound program will no longer be rejected over "formatting" errors in the 65-page application. But congressional aides told The Associated Press that DeVos' staff informed them last week that the applications turned down in March will not be revisited. The department did not respond to a request from the AP for confirmation. "This is the kind of bureaucracy that President Trump ran against," said Ron Hammond, an aide to Republican Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio, whose district includes Wittenberg University, one of the schools affected. The next round of applications won't be held for another five years, and some of the affected schools and groups say their Upward Bound programs may have to shut down. More than 62,000 high school students around the country receive services from Upward Bound, which seeks to inspire low-income, first-generation and rural students to attend college. The program puts students on an academic track for college, includes summer programs that give them a taste of campus life, and arranges visits to schools. Students can receive tutoring along with career advice and help in applying to colleges and obtaining scholarships and other financial aid. The Education Department says 86 percent of Upward Bound students who graduated from high school in the spring of 2014 enrolled in college that fall. The department issued $263 million in Upward Bound grants in fiscal year 2015. Many of the schools whose applications were rejected were seeking a few hundred thousand dollars per year. The department this time received 1,592 grant applications for the five-year grants and accepted 1,222 for review. Seventy-seven of those were rejected for violating what the agency said were formatting guidelines established under the Obama administration. "Most of them involved people who had put 1½ spaces instead of double-spacing between the lines," said Kimberly Jones, a spokeswoman for the Council for Opportunity in Education, which provides guidance in administering the grants. "It was such a high volume of folks who contacted us, we realized something a little out of the ordinary was going on." Jones said the number rejected this time for formatting errors was many times higher than in previous years. The spending bill that Congress passed and the president signed last week included language encouraging the department to reconsider. A quarter of all senators signed a letter to DeVos calling on her to reverse the rejections, as did about 30 members of the House. The grant denials are "a clear example of the harm that results from inflexible, bureaucratic procedures," and allowing applicants to submit corrected applications "could prevent this absurd result," the senators wrote. The University of Montana said it has canceled its six-week campus summer program for 55 students this year. The program has been in existence for 50 years, and among the students it serves are those from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Other applicants that were rejected included Michigan State University, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Chicago, Davidson's office said. In Montana, Uriah Birchmier is finishing up his last weeks of high school and preparing to enroll at Montana State University to study chemical engineering. Raised by a single mother who didn't go to college, he said he doubts he or his two older siblings, who attend the University of Montana, would have considered college without the federal program. "I don't think it was ever really something that we thought about," said Birchmier, a senior at Helena High School. "And then with Upward Bound coming and talking to my brother initially, that's what really opened our eyes to 'This is something we can do and this is something that we should strive for.'" Watch news, TV shows, and more on Yahoo View, available on iOS and Android.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: NUCLEAR STRUCTURE & REACTIONS | Award Amount: 120.00K | Year: 2015
The research supported by this award will probe the limits of our understanding of the weak interaction, one of the four fundamental forces of nature. Among other things, the weak interaction is responsible for the type of radioactive decay called beta decay in which a nucleus is transformed into a different nucleus with the emission of an electron and a neutrino. The award will allow the two scientists to carry out experiments in which they precisely measure the energy of electrons emitted in four different nuclear beta decays. Three of these experiments will test key aspects of the Standard Model of the electroweak interaction, which is the theory that describes the unification of two of the fundamental forces, the weak interaction and the electromagnetic interaction. These precision beta decay measurements are complementary to particle collider experiments in the search for new physics. A fourth proposed experiment aims to resolve uncertainties in the beta decay of potassium-40, an important tool in geochronology. The research program has the further goal and benefit of training highly talented undergraduate physics students. Students involved will gain experience with state-of-the-art software and experimental techniques, and will learn to think independently and gain a variety of practical problem solving skills. The broader impact is felt when these students enter the workforce in STEM fields or in teaching.
The research program consists of several experiments involving the high precision measurement of the shapes of beta spectra. In two of the proposed experiments the goal is to provide a strong test of the Conserved Vector Current hypothesis in the electroweak sector of the Standard Model of particle physics. In a third experiment, the goal is to improve limits on non-Standard-Model contributions (Fierz terms) to the description of the weak interaction. A fourth experiment has the goal of resolving an uncertainty in the potassium-40 beta spectrum, which is relevant to applications in geochronology. Specifically, the carbon-14 beta spectrum will be measured using a new magnetic spectrometer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This spectrometer will be nearly identical in form to the superconducting spectrometer used to make the same measurement in oxygen-14, enabling reduced uncertainties arising from higher order matrix element contributions. Measurements in fluorine-20 and helium-6 will be carried out at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory using implantation into a scintillator detector, which will have significantly different systematic effects from the magnetic spectrometer measurements and will be important in achieving low thresholds. A fourth experiment has the goal of measuring the shape of the potassium-40 beta spectrum. Knowledge of this spectrum shape is important for a standard technique in radioactive dating of geologic samples, but a recent report suggests the shape may not be as well understood as had been thought. An important aspect of all these measurements is in assessing and correcting for systematic effects through measurement and computational modeling.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 43.07K | Year: 2013
This planning activity supports Wittenberg Universitys efforts in developing a plan to improve campus network infrastructure aligning with the goals and guidance described in NSF CISE/ACIs CC-NIE program. The 6-month planning period includes the following activities: assessing network infrastructure needs driven by science and education activities on campus; defining partnerships and collaborations on campus and elsewhere to create leveraging opportunities and help define those opportunities; and develop a complete plan documenting design, re-architecting, and implementation of an improved campus network that includes the science DMZ concept. Wittenberg University will also host a campus CI day. The activity creates the opportunity to make the most of existing infrastructure, both locally and regionally, and in turn enhance research capabilities internally and with partners outside the institution.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: PLASMA PHYSICS | Award Amount: 5.00K | Year: 2015
This award supports graduate student travel to the 14th Workshop on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas to be held at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama in May 2015. The field of dusty plasmas constitutes a fully developed interdisciplinary field with direct connections to astrophysics, nanoscience, fluid mechanics and colloidal physics through experimental, theoretical and computational studies. This workshop will bring together researchers from around to the world to (1) provide a review of recent advances in the field of dusty plasmas, (2) help to define new and existing research questions and challenges and (3) help to strengthen the interaction between dusty plasma researchers and facilitate interactions between the field of dusty plasmas and other related research disciplines. The involvement of graduate students will contribute to the formation of the next generation of scientists working in this area.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 1.17M | Year: 2011
Wittenberg University is providing scholarships to 16 junior and senior math and science majors who commit to completing four years of teaching at the secondary level in high need school districts, including Springfield City Schools, Mad River Local Schools, and Tecumseh Local Schools. The project specifically addresses the challenge of attracting and retaining highly qualified STEM teachers to high need schools through financial incentives, new licensure programs in chemistry and physics, early field experiences, and a mentoring program initiated during students sophomore year and continuing through their first year of teaching. The project provides early field experiences for college freshmen through internships in informal settings and schools serving high need students to spark an interest in teaching and internships for sophomores in research labs at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to prepare them to integrate research into their classroom teaching. A new STEM Teacher Learning Community is bringing together in-service teacher mentors, pre-service teachers, and Wittenberg STEM and STEM education faculty to nurture the professional development and growth of new teachers. The project builds upon established partnerships with high need schools, a new urban teaching track and fifth year induction program, and several established STEM programs including recently awarded state and NSF grants to increase the number of STEM graduates. The blend of strong content preparation and research experiences is preparing students to create environments of discovery and inquiry-based learning in their classrooms. The project addresses the challenge of attracting and retaining highly qualified STEM teachers, including in the difficult-to-recruit fields of physics and chemistry, to high need schools. The programs intentional design integrating research with educational experiences enables new STEM teachers to adopt similar models in their own classrooms, infusing education with the excitement of discovery and sparking their students interest in STEM. The new mentoring program and STEM Teacher Learning Community is establishing a mechanism for participation by Wittenberg STEM faculty in teacher preparation programs and for ongoing collaboration between Wittenberg STEM and STEM education faculty and area STEM teachers. By strengthening partnerships with high need districts, the project seeks to ensure a future pipeline of qualified STEM teachers to serve in area high need schools.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 75.00K | Year: 2015
The weak interaction, one of the four fundamental forces of nature, is responsible for the type of radioactive decay called beta decay. Precise measurements of beta decay can probe the limits of our understanding of the weak interaction, complementing particle collider experiments in the search for new physics while being much less costly. The recent development of facilities, such as at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, that can produce a variety of beams of radioactive isotopes has created new opportunities for improved beta decay measurements. To fully exploit the potential of these new isotopes requires a good understanding of the response of various types of particle detectors. Understanding the response of particle detectors is also important for many applications in homeland security, nuclear safeguards, and medicine. The instrument to be acquired through this grant will enable the measurement of the response of a variety of particle detectors to a new level of precision over a wide energy range.
Precise measurements of the shapes of spectra in nuclear beta decay are sensitive to physics beyond the Standard Model of particle interactions. The recent development of powerful radioactive beam facilities has created a new opportunity for improved measurements of nuclear beta spectrum shapes through implantation of the nuclei in detectors that fully contain the emitted particles. In the ideal case, this provides measurements free of many of the systematic eﬀects more conventional beta spectroscopy is subject to. Fully exploiting the potential of the new detector method, however, requires precise knowledge of implantation detector response. This detector response characterization is the primary research to be enabled by the proposed acquisition of an all-digital multi-parameter gamma spectroscopy system. The basis of the characterizations is the Wide Angle Compton Coincidence technique. This technique uses Compton scattering with standard gamma sources of modest strength to characterize the energy dependent electron response of essentially any detector material relative to, for example, a High Purity Germanium detector. The system acquired under this proposal will enable the measurement of the nonlinearity of a wide variety of detectors to a new level of precision and over a wider energy range than presently exists.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: PLASMA PHYSICS | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2016
The award will support a series of experiments aimed at understanding fundamental properties of a unique state of matter, a dusty or complex plasma, which is an ionized gas consisting of ions, electrons, and small particulate matter (dust or ice) that is typically much smaller than the width of a human hair. In space, examples of dusty plasmas include the clouds from which stars and planets form, comet tails, planetary rings and noctilucent clouds in the Earths ionosphere. Dusty plasmas are also formed in the chemically active plasmas that are used in industrial plasma processing devices to create computer chips, contaminating the end product and reducing overall yield, and the manufacturing of solar photovoltaic cells, where the dust can increase the overall efficiency of the resulting solar cells. The research program will support the training of several highly talented undergraduate students in a small college environment, providing the students with a more comprehensive research skills training than at comparable experiences at larger institutions; experience with state-of-the-art software and experimental techniques; and a variety of practical problem solving skills.
The research program consists of several experiments designed to understand the thermal and transport properties of weakly-coupled (fluid-like) dusty plasmas. One series of experiments is designed to measure the thermal state of weakly-coupled dusty plasmas to better understand the mechanism responsible for the high temperatures that have been measured in a number of experimental systems. This effort will directly test two models that are believed to be responsible for the observed heating and will also support the development of a time-resolved stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (PIV) system. This work will extend collaborative work done in the development of a time-resolved planar PIV with colleagues at in the Plasma Science Laboratory at Auburn University and the Complex Plasmas Research Group at the German Aerospace Center. Additionally, a portion of this work will be done at the newly operational Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment facility at Auburn University and will examine the effect that magnetic fields have on the thermal state of these dusty plasma systems. A second series of experiments is designed to understand the properties of a fundamental wave mode that propagates in dusty plasma systems known as the dust acoustic wave. The contribution that thermal effects have on how this wave propagates and the nonlinear process of synchronization where the properties of the wave adjust to match an externally applied drive will be investigated. Together, these studies will contribute to the fundamental understanding of the thermal properties of dusty plasmas and provide new insight into the nonlinear properties of the dust acoustic wave.
Williams J.D.,Wittenberg University
Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics | Year: 2014
The spatiotemporal evolution of the naturally occurring dust acoustic wave mode is experimentally investigated in a weakly coupled dc glow discharge dusty plasma system over a range of neutral gas pressures through the application of a time-resolved Hilbert Transform. Frequency clusters are observed over a range of neutral gas pressures, though their spatial distribution varies with neutral gas pressure. It is also observed that the wave frequency is observed to drop by ∼10 Hz across these frequency clusters independent of the experimental parameters. © 2014 American Physical Society.