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Dr. Ryan N. Smith: Robot Brain Surgeon

Dr. Ryan N. Smith: Robot Brain Surgeon

“We don't build robots,” he explains. “We build the autonomy that goes in the robots and so we're kind of like brain surgeons, really. We put in the computer code. We put in the algorithms that enable the robots to make their own decisions.”

Forensic therapist bridges psychology and criminal justice

Forensic therapist bridges psychology and criminal justice

“Forensic therapy” sounds like the premise for a dramatic television series. But the work Alex Easterbrook does as a real forensic therapist is far more challenging – and far more rewarding – than any scripted treatment could imagine. “Forensic psychology is the intersection between the criminal justice system and the therapy world,” Easterbrook (Psychology, ’13) says.

SkySteps: Connecting campus to Durango in 550 steps [VIDEO]

SkySteps: Connecting campus to Durango in 550 steps [VIDEO]

This summer, community organization Trails 2000 created a stairway between campus and town, appropriately named "SkySteps." Take a look at the 550 steps that take users up 300 feet in just a few minutes! 

Banker invests in his community

Banker invests in his community

Norm Franke didn’t set out to be a banker when he attended college. But 34 years after starting his career, he finds himself a regional president of Alpine Bank in charge of location development – a role that also enables him to invest in the health of his new community. Franke (Business Administration, ’83) worked on Colorado’s Western Slope for 20 years before he moved to Denver in 2013. 

Fort Lewis College presents Real History of the Americas

Fort Lewis College presents Real History of the Americas

The Real History of the Americas takes a positive, but different look at the history of North and South America from the viewpoints of Hispanic, African-American, Asian, Native and LGBT peoples, among others. The 2017 theme is “Honoring the Heartbeat of our Mother,” and will feature indigenous drumming, traditional foods, lectures, art, theatre and storytelling.

Outdoor Pursuits celebrates 40 years of getting students out there

Outdoor Pursuits celebrates 40 years of getting students out there

At its birth in 1977, Outdoor Pursuits was stuffed into a small room in the College Union Building. The fledging student club had available for use ten backpacks, ten sleeping bags, and ten tents. And that was it. In spite of its humble beginnings, Outdoor Pursuits today is housed in the Student Life Center and warehouses an expansive variety of outdoor gear, including skiing, backpacking, boating, and bicycling equipment.

Fort Lewis College begins collaborative search for new president

Fort Lewis College begins collaborative search for new president

The search will begin in earnest in September 2017, culminating in the hiring of the new president in spring 2018, said Trustee Richard Kaufman, the search committee chair.

Brothers better the world, eight colors at a time

Brothers better the world, eight colors at a time

It’s hard to go into business with family. But the Martin brothers can hardly imagine working with anybody else. For them, the formula is paying off: Nitrum Dynamic Paint, which they founded while attending Fort Lewis College, is increasing its capacity to recycle paint, while also contributing to a better world and keeping these brothers connected beyond their college experiences.

Joy Harjo announced as Common Reading Experience author

Joy Harjo announced as Common Reading Experience author

The Common Reading Experience is happy to announce Joy Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave as the 2017-2018 CRE book. Harjo, an author and musician, will visit the FLC campus in February to work with students and speak to the Durango community.

Animal encounters turn biologist to the wild side

Animal encounters turn biologist to the wild side

Angela Grogan couldn’t imagine that a rhinoceros would help determine her passion and her career. That was before she spent two summers interning with Out of Africa Wildlife Park, a private zoo in Camp Verde, Arizona.

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