Categories:Education & OutreachGetting InvolvedScience & TechnologySpaceNews HeadlinesCampus Community Published: Aug. 8, 2013 The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission to Mars will carry just over 1,100 haiku, along with thousands of names, on its journey to the red planet. The haiku were part of a contest, sponsored by the University of Colorado Boulder, asking the public to submit haiku poetry relating to NASA’s upcoming MAVEN mission to Mars.The winners of the contest, coordinated by CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), came from across the nation and around the world, including entries from Palestine, India, Australia and Europe. The top five haiku received 1,000 votes or more, and included entries by popular British blogger Benedict Smith and well-known American poet Vanna Bonta.The spacecraft for NASA’s MAVEN mission, which is being led by CU-Boulder’s LASP, arrived in Florida last week in preparation for a scheduled November launch. The principal investigator for the MAVEN project is CU-Boulder Professor Bruce Jakosky.The top five winning haiku entries and their authors are below:It’s funny, they named Mars after the God of War Have a look at Earth Benedict Smith United KingdomThirty-six million miles of whispering welcome. Mars, you called us home. Vanna Bonta USAStars in the blue sky cheerfully observe the Earth while we long for them Luisa Santoro Italydistant red planet the dreams of earth beings flow we will someday roam Greg Pruett Idaho, USAMars, your secret is unknown for humanity we want to know you. Fanni Redenczki Hungary“The contest has resonated with people in ways that I never imagined,” said Stephanie Renfrow, MAVEN Education and Public Outreach leader and the Going to Mars campaign leader. “Both new and accomplished poets wrote poetry to reflect their views of Earth and Mars, to share their feelings about space exploration, to pay tribute to loved ones who have passed on and to make us laugh with their words.”CU-Boulder also is providing MAVEN’s science operations, science instruments and leading the Education and Public Outreach program. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is managing the project and providing two of the science instruments for the mission. Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colo., built the spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations. The University of California, Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory is providing science instruments for the mission. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is providing navigation support, the Deep Space Network and the Electra telecommunications relay hardware and operations.For information on other MAVEN haiku contest winners, as well as how you can submit your name to be placed on a DVD that will travel to Mars aboard the MAVEN spacecraft, visit LASP’s Going to Mars with MAVEN program at http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/.For more information on the MAVEN project visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/. For updates, photos and more about the MAVEN journey visit CU-Boulder’s social media collection at http://www.colorado.edu/social/maven-mars. See more at http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/maven-arrives-florida#sthash.KSNQ1RIH.dpuf.Contact: Stephanie Renfrow, [email protected] Jim Scott, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail
Arizonans have spent the last three years digging out of a deep recession, and from what we’re seeing in the residential communities we manage, the worst may not be over.Expert data backs up this observation. A huge portion of the state’s homeowners are underwater on their mortgages. The good news is that Arizona’s rate of negative equity has actually dropped since last year. The bad news: the drop is attributed to more homeowners losing their houses to foreclosure.By now, most everyone has heard the familiar advice about what cash-strapped individuals should do when they find themselves in over their heads with home mortgage payments or credit card bills. They’re encouraged to talk to the lender or credit card companies and try to work out a payment plan, right?But, most people don’t realize this counsel also holds true for HOAs and community management companies. In most cases, HOAs are eager to work out payment options with homeowners, operating under the belief that some money coming in is better than no money at all.HOAs are non-profit corporations that use income from homeowners’ dues to pay for everything from common area upkeep and clubhouse operations to private streets and street lighting, depending on the community and the terms laid out in its governing documents. The theory is that if everyone pays their designated share, the community is able to operate at a level that not only preserves appearances, but maintains property values as well.Since the recession hit, HOA membership fees seem to fall last on the list of bills to pay when homeowners are scrimping to pay mortgages and other necessities. Assessment delinquency rates that once hovered around five percent during the real estate boom years have shot up to 15 percent to 20 percent. Like most businesses, HOAs are not structured to bear year after year of declining income.If you are facing foreclosure on your home, or are struggling financially, here are two simple things you can do. First, understand that as a member of an HOA, you are still responsible for paying your assessment fees, even if you move out of the home. You are obligated to make payments until the transfer of the home’s title.Second, pick up the phone and call your HOA or community management company. Ask for help. Most HOAs and management companies have been empowered by their associations’ boards of directors to work out payment plans that can suit everybody.The Great Recession has touched us all in some way — whether personally or by affecting someone we know. If you give us a chance to help, we all win.We aren’t here to judge. We’re all on the same team.[stextbox id=”grey”]About AAMAAM’s system of community support has provided more personal attention and expert care per customer dollar than any other homeowners’ association management team for over 20 years. Better workload ratios and the longevity of AAM managers ensure each community will be managed by an industry leader who will treat it as their own. Homeowners can expect all AAM professionals to be able to answer the same 193 community management-related questions and to attend HOA meetings in person. A 24/7 emergency pager is just one example of AAM’s daily dedication to developing lasting client relationships and delivering peace of mind. For more information, visit www.AAMAZ.com.[/stextbox]
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Meridian Automotive Systems has appointed Christopher Mack as senior vice president and chief financial officer.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mack was most recently vice president, strategic planning. Prior to assuming that role, he was vice president, finance-operations. Mack joined Meridian in 2006 from FTI.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.