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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.
For Fort Lewis College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Katie Mouzakis, being a good teacher boils down to a simple mantra: “If my students are learning, then I am doing my job.”
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.
Students in Elaine Labach's BA 353 class, Operations Management, got involved with the community last semester by working with local residential senior community Sunshine Gardens on a variety of projects to help the residents and administrators. [AUDIO]
President Thomas joined over 200 presidents and chancellors of other institutions by signing the "Letter from Higher Education Leaders on Climate Action."
Andrew Gulliford, professor of History and Environmental Studies, was chosen to be a keynote speaker at the 15th annual High Country Speaker Series in Avon, Colorado.
Charles Riggs, professor of Anthropology, has been appointed as the College’s Curator of Archaeological Collections.
Dawn Mulhern, associate professor and department chair for Anthropology, facilitated a group of Miller Middle School seventh graders visiting campus for a physical anthropology lab.
Dr. Heidi Steltzer, associate professor of Biology, received $299,017 over three years from the U.S. Department of Energy as a subaward with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to fund basic research in “Watershed Function SFA: Biogeochemical Dynamics from Genomes to Watershed Scales.”
Dr. Les Sommerville, professor of Chemistry, received $69,344 from the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) for “Science Scholars: The Native American Path (SSNAP),” which will fund travel expenses for up to 30 Native American students to attend the 2016 SCANAS National Conference.
Dr. Don Rabern, visiting professor of Physics/Engineering, received $1,750,000 from the U.S. Department of Education, Title III, Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions program for “Expanding STEM Opportunities for AI/AN and Low Income Students through High Impact Educational Practices.” The five year award will develop a new Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering degree program, enhance the College’s undergraduate research infrastructure, and build on existing support services at the Native American Center.
Dr. Don May, professor of Physics/Engineering, received $240,000 over five years from the National Science Foundation as a subaward of Colorado State University for “Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation” to fund academic support for minority students in STEM disciplines.
Dr. Ryan Haaland, professor and department chair for Physics/Engineering, received $936,000 over five years from the National Science Foundation as a subaward with CU Boulder for “Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging (STROBE)” to broaden participation by under-represented students in imaging science through term / summer research, internships and bridge programs, and outreach to K-12 students and teachers to prepare students in fundamental math and science related to imaging science.
Dr. Rebecca Austin, associate professor of Anthropology received $214,328 from the National Park Service, Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit for “Ethnographic Survey of African American Homesteading in Lanfair Valley, Mojave National Preserve, California” to fund ethnographic research over a two year period.