Tracy with the Dr. Maureen Brandon, Dean of the School of
Natural and Behavioral Sciences, as she presents her poster session on 
"The SOLAS Spine Surgery Registry - Minimally Invasive Surgery"

Tracey Williams is a Navajo student from Keams Canyon, Ariz., majoring in Biochemistry.  She is currently doing a two-year internship at Spine Colorado where she will monitor any of 10 surgeons there and at Durango Orthopedics doing research.  She will participate with other spine clinics in establishing a database of surgery outcomes for the Society of Lateral Access Surgery. The goal is to document the effectiveness of minimally invasive surgery.  


Noel Altaha
graduated in the spring of 2013. She is a White Mountain Apache from Whiteriver, Arizona majoring in psychology with a minor in Native American Indigenous Studies, with an interest in researching the effects of historical trauma in Native American populations. Her plans is to examine any evidence and implications of historical trauma and grief in current Native Americans students at Fort Lewis College.  Other areas of research include multiculturalism, prejudice/stereotyping, resilience and compassion.

Nellie McLean (L) and Phillida Charley

Phillida Charley  graduated from Fort Lewis College in April, 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cell & Molecular Biology.  She currently is attending  graduate school at Colorado State University in pursuit of a PhD studying infectious diseases in the Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology program.

In April, 2012, Nellie McLean graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Fort Lewis College.   She began the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program, working in Dr. Baier’s diabetes research lab, in the NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) facility in Phoenix, AZ.


The NIH-MARC Kick-Off Dinner was held in January 2011 with Joslynn S. Lee as the keynote speaker. Joslynn was an NIH-MARC awardee while at FLC and graduated in 2006 with an emphasis in biochemistry and a degree in chemistry. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Northeastern University, where she recently received a highly competitive National Science Foundation-funded Graduate Research Fellowship. Prior to starting graduate school Joslynn worked at VRTX Pharmaceuticals. She is pictured here with MARC Program Director, Dr. Les Sommerville.