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Chemistry student's work competes in the major leagues of research

Perseverance and hard work get noticed. Just ask Ashlee Robison.
 
This past summer, the senior Chemistry major's research on solutions to the honey bee colony collapse syndrome was the only undergraduate finalist in the American Chemical Society's Chemistry Champions Contest. Her research skills also earned her entry into the prestigious Materials Research Science and Engineering Center's Research Experience for Undergraduates program, where she again found herself among peers from the big research universities.

Physics professor Ryan Haaland announced as 2014-15 Featured Scholar

Growing up on a farm in Minnesota might not seem like the obvious beginning of a scientist’s life, but Dr. Ryan Haaland can trace the genesis of his future career path to those early days. Dr. Haaland is a professor of physics and the winner of the 2014-15 FLC Featured Scholar Award.

“I was always breaking and taking things apart on the farm,” he recalls. “So I think that’s where I got my curiosity for science and technological things.”

Youngest Miss Native America promotes arthritis awareness

Nineteen-year-old Fort Lewis College student April Yazza wants to spend the next 12 months encouraging Native women to take care of their joints.

Yazza, who was named Miss Native American USA on August 1, said she grew up watching women sew, cook and clean. When she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis seven months ago, Yazza decided more people needed to know about the disease.

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History grad shares the power of the liberal arts in award-winning essay

A liberal arts education helps students learn to both speak for themselves as well as listen to different views of the world. So explains Jane Jackson, who graduated from Fort Lewis College in May with a bachelor's degree in History, in her award-winning essay, “Reflections on a College Experience.”

That essay earned Jackson the 2014 Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges' David J. Prior Award. The award recognizes senior-level undergraduates whose academic careers and future goals have been shaped by the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences.

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Dr. Kenny Miller named winner of 2014 Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award

Fort Lewis College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Kenny Miller, the 2014-15 Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award winner, had options as to where he wanted to teach, but he chose a small undergraduate school like Fort Lewis College because he felt he could have the most impact on his students here.

“The really transformational opportunities, the opportunities to set a trajectory for a person’s career and their life, happen here,” Dr. Miller says, “happen at the undergraduate level. So I wanted to be a part of that.”

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