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Undergraduate Research Symposium caps science students’ careers at Fort Lewis College
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

DURANGO, CO - “The Production of TNF-α Inflammatory Cytokines by RAW 264.7 Macrophage Cells as a Result of Exposure to Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans.” It sounds like the title of a research project you might find in a prestigious scientific journal or being conducted at a large research university. The truth, however, is that this project, and dozens more just like it, are being done by Fort Lewis College undergraduate students.

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Dr. Susan Kraus named winner of 2013 Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

For Dr. Susan Kraus, associate professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College and recipient of the 2013 Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award, began, in part, by getting criticized while earning her graduate degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“As a graduate student, I was chastised for spending too much time mentoring my students, and was pushed to prioritize research,” she recalls. “While I love research, and have not neglected that part of my career, teaching always will be my highest priority.”

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Dr. Brian Burke named winner of 2013 Fort Lewis College Achievement Award
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What do Costa Rica, happiness, and the Fort Lewis College Achievement Award have in common? In his decade of work, Associate Professor of Psychology Brian Burke has shown deep dedication to the college’s staff, faculty, and students, as well as the Durango community. Per the American Psychological Association’s mantra to “give psychology away,” Dr. Burke has spread his enthusiasm off campus to the new Durango Discovery Museum, an interactive science center, shared his expertise in Durango Herald articles and an NPR short, and trained Axis, San Juan Basin Health, La Plata Youth Services, and Durango School District 9-R staff in Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based counseling approach.

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Dr. Heidi Steltzer named winner of 2013 New Faculty Award
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

People are affected by environmental changes. For example, climate warming may lead to more carbon dioxide emissions from Arctic soils to the atmosphere, leading to greater warming, leading to an increase in mosquitoes and a greater risk of diseases carried by mosquitoes for people and wildlife.

“That means that as a society, we need to include these complex interactions across ecological systems in our planning to ensure we can ‘live with’ the conditions we create,” explains Assistant Professor of Biology Heidi Steltzer, recipient of the 2013 New Faculty Award.

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Ms. Angela Rochat named winner of 2013 Outstanding Staff Award
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

At any college or university, there are the faculty who teach and research and there are the staff who get the faculty the resources they need to do the best job they can do. Getting those resources, whether it is grant funding or assistance from the federal government, is the job of Ms. Angela Rochat, director of the Fort Lewis College Office of Sponsored Research and Federal Relations and recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Staff Award.

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