News & Events: August 28, 2012


CU Denver Block Party is a success
Bioengineering faculty win major new grants from the National Institutes of Health
Electrical engineering student conducts NSF-supported research in India over the summer
Anu Ramaswami accepts position at University of Minnesota; farewell reception Sept. 7
Dam Safety conference and job fair—free for students
Vote for CU Denver Lynx personality
Graduation application announcement
You’re invited: SWE mini conference
Poster session for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the AVS
Paper shredding, Sept. 7

Have news or an event you want to share? Contact Erica Lefeave.

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CU Denver Block Party is a success

Last Thursday, August 23, some of our students and faculty represented the college at the first-ever CU Denver Block Party.

Dan Connors, assistant professor of electrical engineering, and EE student Kyle Dunn set up an interactive demonstration of face detection and some other computer vision algorithms.

The programs used a USB camera that faced passerbys, and the computer screen showed the audience what was found. Mechanical engineering seniors Loi Ngo, Michael Dennison, Mark Maceda and Marcel Sorel showcased their senior design project, a hydrogen-powered vehicle that was built to compete in the 2012 Shell Eco-marathon. Both groups fielded questions throughout the event and did an excellent job representing the college.

Other Block Party activities included a zip line, a gondola photo booth, a rock-climbing wall, live music and food trucks. The event drew students, staff and faculty and was deemed a success by administration and university participants.

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Bioengineering faculty win major new grants from the National Institutes of Health

Faculty in the Department of Bioengineering have been awarded more than $8M in new grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Robin Shandas, chair of bioengineering, has been awarded one of six prestigious awards by the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award brings more than $2.1 million to the department to study pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in children.  This project brings together a collaborative team of bioengineers, clinicians and basic scientists to improve prediction of clinical outcomes in children born with this complex disease.

Dr. Shandas was also awarded, for a second 5-year cycle, a senior NIH K24 career award to train the next generation of translational scientists in cardiopulmonary bioengineering.  He is one of the few PhD scientists to receive this clinically oriented award, which is usually given to MD physicians. The award recognizes his longstanding record of teaching and mentoring in translational bioengineering.

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Kendall Hunter is a co-investigator on a second award made by the NHLBI to School of Medicine principal investigator and bioengineering affiliate faculty Kurt Stenmark. Hunter will develop new imaging diagnostics to evaluate how scleroderma affects the pulmonary vascular system. The NIH/NHLBI has earmarked $20.25 million over 5 years to foster research leading to improved diagnostics and therapeutics for RV disease. CU Denver won two of the six awards made nationally.

In addition, Daewon Park is co-investigator on another new RO1 grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. This $1.8M grant will be used to develop next-generation polymeric materials for various dental applications.

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Electrical engineering student conducts NSF-supported research in India over the summer

For eight weeks over the summer, electrical engineering graduate student Jarvis Hill visited the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and conducted research supported by National Science Foundation.

Hill’s research focused on finite difference time domain (FDTD) modeling and its application to the field of electrodynamics. In theoretical physics the study of fields in time and space is known as Electrodynamics. FDTD enables computational modeling and simulation of electromagnetic phenomena. This is useful when there is a need to understand how electric and magnetic fields behave in or on an object (e.g., cell phone antenna, cable dish, transformer coils, etc.). This allows engineers and scientists to gain information about a component or entire system before fabrication, which limits timely and costly redesigns. Anything that relies on electrodynamics to function is a candidate for FDTD modeling. Hill also relished in the cultural experience of living and studying in Tamil Nadu, India for eight weeks.

Next summer, the university will have the opportunity to send another PhD/MS student and electrical engineering assistant professor Yiming Deng to IIT-Madras under the support of NSF.
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Anu Ramaswami accepts position at University of Minnesota; farewell reception on Sept. 7

Civil engineering professor Anu Ramaswami has accepted a new faculty position as the Denny Chair Professor of Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. This is a university-wide professor position that includes joint appointments with the College of Engineering and the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Systems. She is resigning her tenured professorship at effective August 30, but will remain involved with CU Denver and IGERT/CSIS as an adjoint professor over the next year or so.

Wish Anu good luck in her future endeavors at a farewell reception next Friday, September 7, from 12 – 1 p.m. in the North Classroom Atrium A & B (near the café).

Contact Roxanne Pizano with questions.

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Students Invited to Dam Safety 2012 Conference and Career Fair, Sept. 16-21

—PLEASE SHARE WITH STUDENTS—

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), a national nonprofit organization of more than 3,000 members representing state and federal agencies, local governments, utilities and the private-sector, invites students to attend its 29th annual conference, to be held September 16-21 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.  Expected to attract more than 1,000 participants from throughout the United States and around the world, Dam Safety ’12 will offer unparalleled opportunities to learn from and network with renowned experts in dam engineering and related fields.

Complimentary Admission for Students
ASDSO will waive registration fees for students presenting valid IDs from North American schools. Students are invited to attend all sessions and receptions and to relax, mingle and browse materials in the Student Lounge area, adjacent to the exhibit hall.

Dam Safety Career Fair – Monday, Sept. 17, 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This special event for students and prospective employers is part of the evening reception, which begins at 5:00 and ends at 6:30.  It will take place in the Exhibit Hall, next to the Student Lounge.  The event will feature a short presentation on career opportunities in dam safety and engineering, followed by an informal mixer.  (Students, bring your resumes!)

Registration
Please pre-register.  Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registering helps us plan, and students who pre-register will have materials ready and waiting at the registration desk.  Complimentary registrations are not available online, but students may send a completed Dam Safety 2012 Registration Form to ASDSO via email at info@damsafety.org, fax: 859/323-1958, or postal mail: ASDSO, 450 Old Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507.

QUESTIONS?
More information on Dam Safety 2012: www.damsafety.org
Contact: Sarah McCubbin-Cain, smc@damsafety.org, 859-257-2102

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Vote for CU Denver Lynx personality

CU Denver Faculty and Staff,

CU Denver officially has selected the lynx to serve as our mascot <http://www.ucdenver.edu/life/services/studentlife/Club%20Sports/Pages/CU-Denver-Mascot.aspx> . Now, it’s time to show your support and contribute your opinion by filling out a short ‘lynx personality’ survey <https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/whoisyourlynx> .

With leadership from the Student Government Association and input from students, alumni, faculty and staff, we are adopting a mascot to build school spirit. Earlier this year, the CU Denver community voted and selected the lynx by a majority vote.

Your feedback is needed to determine exactly who the CU Denver Lynx will be. Will our lynx be bold, ferocious, cute, cuddly, wily, funny? Will it high-five, growl or dance? This is your chance to tell us how you think the lynx should represent CU Denver and you.

The survey has been extended to August 31, so there’s still time to share your opinion through the survey, and encourage others to do so, too.

Mascot activities to watch for going forward:
October – Vote on what the CU Denver Lynx will look like and its name.
November – Get your dance moves ready for the mascot performer tryouts start.
January – The CU Denver Lynx will make its first public appearance the first week of spring 2013 classes.

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Graduation application announcement

Departments and/or faculty advisors should notify all eligible graduate and undergraduate students to go online and apply for FALL 2012 graduation through UCD ACCESS before Wednesday, September 5, 2012 (Census Date). Eligible students who fail to apply for FALL 2012 graduation before Census will not be eligible to graduate in the fall 2012 term.

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You’re invited: SWE mini conference

The CU Denver Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter is hosting a professional development conference on Saturday, September 15, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Tivoli called Engineer A Little Play Into Your Day: The secret to fueling our personal and professional growth, success and happiness.

All faculty are invited to attend this event, which will feature two great speakers, including local Human Resources expert and author Barbara Brannen (sponsored by ExxonMobil), as well as several “play group” leaders from local SWE sections. It will be a unique, engaging and playful day.

For more specific details, visit the conference website.

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Poster session for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the AVS

You’re invited to attend the Annual Symposium of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Vacuum Society on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westminster, Colorado. The Symposium theme for this year is “Vacuum on the Fringe”. Symposium registration is free, and pre-registration includes a complimentary lunch. See the Symposium brochure for speakers and topics and a flier about the short courses offered during the week of September 18-21, 2012.

Students are encouraged to participate in the poster session where they can win cash prizes. We would appreciate if you would post the Call For Student Posters somewhere in your department where it will be visible to students.

Any questions may be directed to the following address or email.

Lorelle Mansfield
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway MS 3219
Golden, CO 80401-3305
phone: 303-384-7884
fax: 303-384-7600
email: lorelle.mansfield@nrel.gov

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Paper shredding, Sept. 7

Shred-It will be here on Wednesday, August 29. If you have paper/documents that need to be shredded, please contact Barbara Frascello in the Dean’s Office at barbara.frascello@ucdenver.edu or 303-556-4678.

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News & Events: August 22


Welcome new faculty
Ren presents “Poop to Power” research at Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle
Chris Yakacki receives small business technology transfer research grant
Golkowski’s research featured in radio interview
Civil engineering graduate student speaks at TEDx Mile High
Graduation application announcement
You’re invited: Society of Women Engineers mini conference
You’re invited: Poster session for upcoming annual AVS symposium
Computer science and engineering department moves
CEEP survey winners
CU Denver Block Party, TOMORROW
Paper shredding August 29

Have news you’d like to share? Contact Erica Lefeave.

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Welcome new faculty

As the new semester begins, we’d like to welcome three new faculty to the college: Jimmy Kim and Indrani Pal in the Department of Civil Engineering and Kannan Premnath in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Make sure to stop in to introduce yourselves.

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Ren presents “Poop to Power” research at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle

Last week at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle, civil engineering faculty Jason Ren presented his “Poop to Power” research. Ren was one of the 19 GCE grantees that won a proposal competition to showcase research in the fair and meet with Bill and Melinda Gates.

Learn more about the Gates Foundation’s quest for safe, effective and economical sanitation services for communities without access to flush toilets.

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Chris Yakacki receives small business technology transfer research grant

This summer, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, issued MedShape, Inc. a Phase I STTR entitled “Development of a Surgical and Transcatheter Polymeric Heart Valve” for $150,000. STTRs are research grants awarded to collaborations between small business and academia—MedShape is the small business and CU Denver and Emory University are the academia.

The main investigators of this grant are Chris Yakacki (CU Denver), Jack Griffis (MedShape) and Sai Muralidhar “Murali” Padala (Emory).

Read more about Yakacki’s award on the CU Denver Newsroom.

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Mark Golkowski’s plasma research featured in local radio interview

Electrical engineering assistant professor Mark Golkowski‘s research on plasma technology was featured in a radio interview on KUNC, northern Colorado’s community radio station. Read or listen to the interview.

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Civil engineering graduate student speaks at TEDx Mile High

Civil engineering graduate student Jennifer Chipman gave an invited talk at TEDxMileHigh in June. TEDx was a free event on June 1 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House supported by the University of Colorado Denver that connected students aged 12 to 22 with the state’s most brilliant thinkers to inspire students to be more creative and innovative in their own lives and communities. Watch Jennifer’s presentation.

Jennifer was previously the recipient of the campus Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award in 2012, and the Carl Kisslinger Graduate Student Award (of the Retired Faculty Association) in 2012-2013.

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Graduation application announcement

Departments and/or faculty advisors should notify all eligible graduate and undergraduate students to go online and apply for FALL 2012 graduation through UCD ACCESS before Wednesday, September 5, 2012 (Census Date). Eligible students who fail to apply for FALL 2012 graduation before Census will not be eligible to graduate in the fall 2012 term.

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Computer science and engineering department moves

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is in the process of moving to their new space on the eighth floor in the Lawrence Street Center. The labs have been moved. Faculty are moving this Thursday and Friday (August 23 and 24). Department PA Sarah Mandos will be stationed in NC 3021-D during this time.

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CEEP survey winners announced

Congratulations to our Continuing Engineering Education Program survey winners!  Kendall Hunter of bioengineering and Arun Karunanithi and David Mays of civil engineering have each won a $20 Starbucks gift card for completing the CEEP survey.

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You’re invited: Society of Women Engineers mini conference

The CU Denver Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter is hosting a professional development conference on Saturday, September 15, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Tivoli called Engineer A Little Play Into Your Day: The secret to fueling our personal and professional growth, success and happiness.

All faculty are invited to attend this event, which will feature two great speakers, including local Human Resources expert and author Barbara Brannen (sponsored by ExxonMobil), as well as several “play group” leaders from local SWE sections. It will be a unique, engaging and playful day.

For more specific details, visit the conference website.

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You’re invited: Poster session for the Rocky Mountain AVS Chapter

You’re invited to attend the Annual Symposium of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Vacuum Society on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westminster, Colorado. The Symposium theme for this year is “Vacuum on the Fringe”. Symposium registration is free, and pre-registration includes a complimentary lunch. See the Symposium brochure for speakers and topics and a flier about the short courses offered during the week of September 18-21, 2012.

Students are encouraged to participate in the poster session where they can win cash prizes. We would appreciate if you would post the Call For Student Posters somewhere in your department where it will be visible to students.

Any questions may be directed to the following address or email.

Lorelle Mansfield
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway MS 3219
Golden, CO 80401-3305
phone: 303-384-7884
fax: 303-384-7600
email: lorelle.mansfield@nrel.gov

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Tomorrow! CU Denver Block Party

To celebrate the beginning of the semester, the university Office of Outreach, Events and Alumni Relations invites you to join in the festivities of the first first-ever CU Denver Block Party in downtown Denver on Thursday (August 23).

This free event will be the kickoff to the academic year and is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Activities include a zip line, rock wall, live music and a variety of food trucks from around the city. We hope to see you zooming down the zip line. (I may consider prizes for all who participate!)

And while you’re there, stop by the College of Engineering and Applied Science booth to check out an interactive demo from Dan Connors and his students and the hydrogen fuel-cell car built by mechanical engineering students.

For more information, go to the official Block Party website.

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Paper shredding, August 29

Shred-It will be here on Wednesday, August 29. If you have paper/documents that need to be shredded, please contact Barbara Frascello in the Dean’s Office at barbara.frascello@ucdenver.edu or 303-556-4678.

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News & Events: summer edition, August 7


Jonathan Wu invited to serve on national MSE task force
President Obama on campus, Wednesday, August 8
Help create the personality of the CU Denver Lynx
Campus blood drives in honor of shooting victims
Traffic disruption around Denver campus, August 6 – 9
Power outages scheduled for Denver campus August 9 & 10
August 14: Bioengineering new-student orientation
August 16: Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Information Session
August 17: New student convocation, Denver campus
August 23: CU Denver Block Party

Do you have news you’d like to share with the college? Send it to Erica Lefeave.

Jonathan Wu invited to serve on national MSE task force

Civil Engineering Professor Jonathan Wu has been invited to serve on the AASHTO T-15 mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) Task Force. He is among nine international experts on reinforced soil selected. The Task Force will help chart the future direction of bridge design practice in North America and around the world.

Congratulations, Jonathan.

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President Obama to Speak on Denver Campus on Wednesday, Aug. 8

Tickets Required

President Barack Obama will make a campaign stop on the University of Colorado Denver Campus this Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The event is being hosted by the University of Colorado Denver Veteran Student Organization, which hosted an event for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney in February.
The President will speak at the Auraria Event Center at 1 p.m. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets to this event are not being distributed by the university, but by the Obama campaign.
Free tickets, available on a first-come, first-served basis, are being distributed at the following Obama campaign offices in Denver:

  • Central Denver Field Office, 77 West 9th Avenue
  • North Denver Field Office, 3100 Downing Street
  • West Denver Field Office, 3131 West Alameda Avenue

The Redwood parking lot will be closed on Wednesday, as will pedestrian access on Larimer Street through campus.

Please note: additional street closures, which could impact the CU Denver Campus, are possible.

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Help create the personality of the CU Denver Lynx

CU Denver officially has selected the lynx to serve as our mascot.

With leadership from the Student Government Association and input from students, alumni, faculty and staff, CU Denver is adopting a mascot to build school spirit. Earlier this year, the university community voted and selected the lynx by a majority vote.

Now, it’s time to show your support and contribute your opinion by filling out a short ‘lynx personality’ survey <https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/whoisyourlynx>. This is your chance to tell us how you think the lynx should represent CU Denver and you.

The survey will be open August 6 – 26.

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Campus blood drives in honor of Aurora shooting victims

Below are dates, times and locations available to make a blood donation on campus.

Anschutz Medical Campus
Monday, August 13, 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Campus Services Bldg., 1st-floor conference room, 1945 North Wheeling Street

Thursday, August 16, 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Bonfils Bus, north side of RC 1 North Bldg., corner of Scranton and 19th Avenue

Denver Campus with Auraria

Wednesday, August 22, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bonfils Bus, Tivoli Commons, Auraria Campus – Downtown Denver

To reserve a spot to participate in one of the blood drives on campus, make an appointment online  at https://donors.bonfils.org/.

  • For the August 13 drive, expand the date range to 8/13/12 and use site code 6026.
  • For the August 16 drive, expand the date range to 8/16/12 and use site code A378.
  • For the August 22 drive, expand the date range to 8/22/12 and use site code 0529.

Or you may contact the Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-2300.

Donors without an appointment will be registered as space is available. For general information about blood donor eligibility or to contact Bonfils’ Donor Relations department with questions about blood donation, please call 303-363-2202.

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Traffic disruption around Denver campus

Street closures around campus from August 6 through August 9 may impact getting to/from campus. Closures include Larimer between Speer and 15th and 14th between Market and Larimer. Details can be found here.

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Temporary Power Outages Scheduled

On Thursday, August 9 and Friday, August 10, AHEC Facilities Services will conduct a series of temporary power outages that will affect several buildings on the Denver campus—North Classroom outages are scheduled for August 10.  These scheduled outages are necessary as a part of a campus voltage upgrade.  Outages each day will begin at 2 a.m. and will be completed by 5:30 a.m. No building will be without power for longer than 30 minutes.

To avoid possible data loss, building occupants should power down computers and electronic equipment prior to leaving work on Wednesday and Thursday.

Facilities Services has identified critical areas that will be affected and have contacted all interested parties.

The building schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 9
7th St Classroom, South, St. Cajetan, Technology and West.

Friday, August 10
7th Street Classroom, 7th Street Garage, 9th Street Park, Central, Children’s College, Early Learning Center, Events Center, Facilities Annex, Facilities Services, Field House, North, Redwood Lot, South chiller plant, Student Success Building, Student Learning and Engagement.

For more information contact Art Ortega, Electrical Supervisor with Facilities Services at art.ortega@ahec.edu.

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Bioengineering new-student orientation

On August 14, the Department of Bioengineering will welcome seven doctoral and 15 master’s students at their new-student orientation. Current students, faculty and staff will participate in the day-long event.

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Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Information Session

Learn about American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)’s Science and Technology Policy Fellowships on Thursday, August 16, at 4 p.m. in room 480 of the CU Building (1250 14th Street).

The AAAS’s Science and Technology Policy Fellowship is a post-graduate-level fellowship that offers medical doctors, scientists and engineers the opportunity to contribute their analytical skills to policymaking in Washington D.C. while learning about the role of science in the federal government.

For more information, visit http://fellowships.aaas.org. Download a flier for the event here.

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Welcome new students at CU Denver’s New Student Convocation

On August 17, join new students, friends, family and university faculty and staff at New Student Convocation. This ceremony marks the official beginning of a student’s academic career at CU Denver. It begins at noon in the Tivoli Turnhalle and will be followed by a BBQ.

Contact the Office of Student Life at 303-556-3399 for additional information.

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CU Denver Block Party—food, music and fun!

The university is hosting its first-ever Block party on August 23. Lawrence Street between 14th and 15th will be closed to traffic and open for fun. Listen to local music, fly down a zip line, climb a rock wall and enjoy lunch from a variety of local food trucks.

Learn more.

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