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A man is taken into custody March 17, 2018 by Clovis police officers. The police department reported a large disturbance at the MB2 Raceway at the Sierra Vista Mall. LARRY VALENZUELA
A man is taken into custody March 17, 2018 by Clovis police officers. The police department reported a large disturbance at the MB2 Raceway at the Sierra Vista Mall. LARRY VALENZUELA


Clovis police investigating disturbance, possible shots fired at Sierra Vista Mall

By Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado

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Updated March 17, 2018 09:52 PM

Nine people were in custody Saturday at the Clovis Police Department after officers responded to Sierra Vista Mall for a possible armed disturbance where gunshots may have been fired.

Clovis Police Service Officer Ty Wood said the nine people were being questioned Saturday night at the department's headquarters to determine what happened inside the MB2 Raceway at the Sierra Vista Mall.

Wood said customers ran out of the business following a disturbance inside involving several people. The department released brief updates stating that a witness saw a man brandish a weapon.

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The witness told police the man involved may have fired the weapon once or twice. Whether someone actually fired still remains unclear, police said.

Wood said officers were still searching fir bullet casings or holes at the scene.

Update: at 5:12PM, We received calls of a large disturbance att MB2 Raceway at Sierra Vista Mall involving several subjects. A witness reported that 1 male involved brandished and fired a hand gun 1-2 times. Officers competed a high risk stop near Shaw/Helm...

No injuries were reported following the disturbance, Wood said. The nine who are in custody have not been arrested or charged with any crimes as of Saturday night.

Up the road near Shaw and Willow avenues, officers conducted a "high-risk stop" for a vehicle that was reportedly involved in the incident at Sierra Vista Mall, Wood said. Of the nine in police custody, some came from that traffic stop, Wood added.

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Ptychographic X-ray imaging is used to characterize the structure and properties of matter and materials. While the method has been around for 50 years or so, wide use was at first hampered by the experimental process being slow and the computational processing of the data to produce a reconstructed image being expensive. But in recent years, advances in detectors and X-ray microscopes at light sources such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source have made it possible to measure a ptychographic data set in seconds. As a result, today ptychography is used in a range of scientific domains, including condensed-matter physics, cell biology and electronics.

Reconstructing ptychographic data sets can be a data-intensive challenge, as it involves solving a difficult phase-retrieval problem, calibrating optical elements and dealing with experimental outliers and 'noise'. To address this challenge, Berkeley Lab scientists developed (scalable heterogeneous adaptive real-time ptychography), which enables the reconstruction of millions of phases of ptychographic image data per second. Since being introduced in 2016, has had notable successes in the analysis of magnetic thin films, magnetozomes and three-dimensional battery materials.

Now members of the collaboration have developed a model that further enhances 's reconstruction capabilities. The new algorithm, (gradient decomposition of the probe/alternating direction method of multipliers), is described in a recent article in Section A [ Angara PearShaped Pink Sapphire Leverback Drop Earrings 4VX7i
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'The goal was to offer the ability to quickly discover interesting nanoparticles at full resolution by enabling rapid feedback from the microscopists at the beamlines,' said Stefano Marchesini, a staff scientist at Berkeley Lab and a co-author of the article. 'Even when the next-generation coherent light sources come online, we may be able to extend the X-ray energies that can be used in ptychography by using this model.'

The results from structure prediction programs have demonstrated that any organic molecule has the potential to interrelate with its siblings in a number of different ways, the observed crystal structure representing an energy minimum where the contributions from various types of intermolecular interactions have been carefully balanced. Systematic investigations of molecules that share one important moiety/feature provide valuable experimental data for the understanding of this balance and for rationalizing important trends, even among other sets of compounds. Amino acids constitute an attractive group for such a survey, with a common polar head and a variable side chain. Crystal structures of more than 120 regular, acyclic amino acids have been published in the past, meaning that the 20 proteinogenic amino acids represent but a minor fraction of the experimental material. If these amino acids are used, however, to construct dipeptides, they alone leave 20 x 20 = 400 different options. As of June 2018, crystal structures are only available for 104 of them.

is a subgroup of particular interest. These are based on combinations of the five non-polar amino acids alanine (Ala), valine (Val), isoleucine (Ile), leucine (Leu) and phenylalanine (Phe) only, meaning that hydrogen bonds are essentially limited to connecting the constant parts of the molecules, the peptide main chains. Accordingly, any change in crystal structure upon amino acid substitution is due to the side chain.

The crystal structure of Val-Leu acetonitrile solvate presented in Görbitz (2018). B 74 , 311-318 is the 25th and last missing piece in the 5 x 5 puzzle of hydrophobic dipeptide structures. This “completion event” is used here as an opportunity to review their crystal packing arrangements and hydrogen-bonding pattern preferences, the associated peptide conformations and the sometimes unexpected impact a seemingly modest amino acid substitution can have not only on the crystal structure but also on the propensity to include co-crystallized solvent molecules.

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Based on previous studies it is anticipated that findings will reveal a positive relationship between ASE and academic resilience, although it is unclear which of the 30 responses to academic adversity will present as most pivotal in defining differences in academic resilience between lower and higher ASE students. Because self-efficacy is a “self” construct most closely related to personal functioning, it is anticipated that any association between self-efficacy and resilience will be more pronounced in responses to the personal adversity vignette as compared to the vicarious adversity vignette.

The sample comprised 435 British undergraduate students (see Tables 1 , Angara Tennis Diamond Eternity Bracelet in Yellow Gold 6IbG5
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Table 1. Total sample details .


Table 2. Sample details by vignette group .

This is 23 item context-specific scale measuring student ASE. The General Academic Self-Efficacy Scale was adapted from the Health Student Self-Efficacy (HSSE) Scale originally developed by Eachus (1993) as a measure of self-efficacy beliefs in students on health-related courses involving clinical training and practice. Cassidy and Eachus (2002) revised the HSSE scale, removing reference to clinical placements, and developed the GASE scale for use with general undergraduate student populations. Participants record their level of agreement with each of the 23 items along a 9-point Likert scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree. The scale contains both positively and negatively worded items, examples of which include “I know I have the ability to complete this course successfully” and “I have some doubts about my ability to grasp some of the topics taught on this course.” Scores for negatively worded items are reversed so that a high GASE score indicates high (or positive) ASE. Scores for the 23 items are summed providing a total scale score between 23 and 207. Cassidy and Eachus (2002) report high internal (α = 0.86) and external ( r = 0.71) reliability for the GASE scale and construct validity is further demonstrated through significant correlations with academic locus of control and computer user self-efficacy. A similarly high alpha (α = 0.84, N = 434) is reported in the present study.

In the absence of a suitable measure of academic resilience, the ARS-30 was developed as a context-specific measure of student response to academic adversity. Scale items represent a sample of relevant positively and negatively phrased behavioral and cognitive-affective responses that participants have to rate as likely or unlikely along a 5-point Likert scale following exposure to the personal or vicarious adversity case vignette:

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