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Five faculty and staff award winners for the 2017-18 academic year were announced on March 30, 2017.
Three long-time FLC faculty members were recently honored for their commitment to teaching excellence and lengthy service. The Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College awarded Professor Emeritus titles to Gordon Cheesewright, Professor of English; William Dodds, Professor of Marketing; and Ron Estler, Professor of Chemistry. Here, the professors share memories and highlights of their time at the College.
Her passion for what she does translates into ensuring that her students appreciate the value and power of math in the modern world.
For her, pursuing what she loves serves as motivation to be the best teacher, mentor, scholar and advocate she can be.
Dr. Ryan Haaland, chair of the Fort Lewis College Department of Physics & Engineering, has led his department through a stunning period of growth and change.
Justin McBrayer, associate professor of Philosophy, had a guest commentary published in the Denver Post regarding the ethical nature of chemical warfare in Syria.
Kathy Fine-Dare, professor of Anthropology and Gender & Women's Studies, was recognized by the Latin American Studies Association with Honorable Mention for the Dolores Cacuango Prize for Best Essay on Ecuadorian research.
Dr. Heidi Steltzer was recently interviewed by Bustle for How Networking In Antarctica Could Give Women In STEM Fields The Ultimate Advantage.
On March 1, 2017, Dr. Jillian Wenburg published “Meditation: Mediating the Writing Process,” in Educating through Popular Culture: You're Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics, edited by Edward Janak and Ludovic A. Sourdot, Lexington Books. Wenburg's article focuses on how college students can benefit from mindful meditation practices to facilitate writing abilities and assist with daily college living.
On International Women's Day, Associate Professor of Biology Heidi Steltzer was featured in multiple media for her work with Homeward Bound, an all-female Antarctic leadership expedition: in an AMA on Reddit, a blog post on the Sierra Club, and an article by Think Progress.
Cody Ferguson, assistant professor of history, was mentioned by The Verge for his research into the early EPA and the organization’s Documerica project.
A study on climate change by associate professor of Biology Heidi Steltzer and her colleagues, published by Biology Letters, was featured in a New York Times article, "For some Arctic plants, spring arrives almost a month earlier."
Amy Gilley, lecturer in scenic design and technical director in the Theatre Department, was chosen to read a creative piece, "Ragged Patterns of Breath," at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture in February 2017.
Tino Sonora, Economics professor and past Fulbright Scholar, was interviewed by KSJD about the Fulbright Scholar program and why FLC professors are such a good fit.
Sandy Gilpin, Leslie Goldstein and Brian Burke's MyMathLab Educator Study, measuring student success strategies in Introduction to Algebra, was recently published by Pearson.
FLC was named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for 2016-17. Three faculty were named Fulbright Scholars for the academic year: Justin McBrayer, associate professor of philosophy (Austria); Ross McCauley, associate professor of biology (Galapagos Islands); and Nancy Cardona, associate professor of English (Norway).
Rebecca Clausen, associate professor and chair of Sociology, and Steven Chischilly, Jr., a senior Environmental Studies major, were featured in the National Institute of Health's Navajo Gold King Mine Exposure Project newsletter.
Dr. Laurie Williams, professor of Engineering, received $114,715 from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund her work on the “Methane Emissions Mitigation and Quantification from Natural Gas Infrastructure” project in collaboration with Colorado State University during the summer of 2017.
Dr. Katie Mouzakis, assistant professor of Chemistry, received $339,554 over three years from the National Institutes of Health, Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Pilot Project, to support “NIH SCORE SC2 2016.” Her research goal is to improve scientific understanding of how viral RNA structures manipulate host-translational machinery to ensure successful viral replication. In addition, this grant award will provide support for cutting-edge biochemistry training for students.
Dr. Ryan Schwarz, assistant professor of Biology, received $124,300 over three years from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund “Survey for diversity of exotic honey bee pest and pathogen threats to the USA,” to better understand new and recently emerged pathogen threats to U.S. honey bee populations.
Dr. Beth LaShell, coordinator of The Old Fort at Hesperus, received $59,986 over two years from the Colorado Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant for “Introducing Land Link, New Markets and Applicant Development Programs at the Old Fort Market Garden Incubator and Assisting with Regional Incubator Program Development.”
Ross McCauley, associate professor of Biology and current Fulbright Scholar, shows what life in the Galapagos is like on his travel and science blog.
Anthony Nocella, assistant professor of Sociology, was profiled for his activism, both on and off campus.
Emily Houghton, assistant professor of Exercise Science, published an essay on sexism in cycling for the Engaging Sports section of The Society Pages, titled "Podium Girls: Time to End the Tradition."
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Justin McBrayer recently contributed "Why Christians must reject alternative facts" to the Dallas Morning News.