Three chemistry faculty presented classroom strategies at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, held at Pennsylvania State University July 29 – Aug. 2. They attended many valuable sessions and workshops focused on bettering the chemistry. Dr. Christy Miller, professor of chemistry, presented “Reading More Than the Textbook Makes Biochemistry More Interesting.” Asst. professor of chemistry Dr. Chris Adams presented a poster entitled, “Building and testing a Stirling engine: A four-week, undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory experiment.”Asst. Professor of Chemistry Dr. Renee Beeton gave a talk on “The adventures of developing two forensics chemistry courses” and she also assisted with two mini-workshops in forensic science.
Allison Bennett, Nursing Simulation Laboratory coordinator, was awarded a 2012-2014 Health Professions Scholarship through the El Pomar San Luis Valley Regional Council, sponsored by the Colorado AHEC Program Office at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center (SLVAHEC). She has been accepted to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Master’s of Science degree in nursing. Scholarship recipients commit to practice two years in a Colorado rural community and/or urban underserved practice.
Dr. Benita Brink, assoc. professor and chair of the Department of Biology and Earth Sciences, and Adam Kleinschmit, asst. professor of biology, participated in the Genomics Education Partnership workshop in June. As new participants in the program, they will introduce genomics research into classes and as independent research projects with students. Continuing instruction begun by Dr. James Bedard, they plan to expand student knowledge of genomics by broadening their exposure to the field and introducing key concepts in multiple courses.
Brink also attended the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions meeting in June. The meeting described upcoming changes to the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) and the impact this will have on pre-medical undergraduate preparation for medical school, holistic review of applications, and trends in many health professions.
Eric Carpio, asst. vice president for enrollment management, is president-elect of Co-Ceal — Colorado’s Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinos.
Margaret Doell, professor and chair of the Art Department, was one of 57 selected as Fellows with the American Council on Education (ACE) for academic year 2012-13. As such, she will spend the upcoming academic year under the mentorship of Chancellor Pamela Shockley Zalabak at University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.
Dr. Tracy Doyle, chair of the Music Department, was selected by competitive audition to perform at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. She performed Nocturnal Passage, a composition by Dr. Matthew Schildt for flute and piano, as well as Ute Sundance with Professor James Doyle, a traditional work arranged by Alamosa native Valarie Naranjo.
Dr. Kristy L. Duran, asst. professor of biology, had a paper published in this month’s issue of Journal of Biogeography entitled “From middens to molecules: phylogeography of the pinon piñon pine, Pinus edulis.” See abstract.
Shawn Elliot, asst. professor of nursing, returns to campus after a leave of absence to pursue her doctorate degree. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Colorado Denver in May, 2012. She coordinates the RN to BSN program.
Dr. Richard Goddard, assoc. professor of history and archeology, presented “Archaeological Investigations at Fort Massachusetts,” at the Friends of the Fort Garland Museum’s July 10 meeting. Located six miles north of the Fort Garland, Fort Massachusetts was the first US Army fort in Colorado, occupied from 1852 to 1858. In 1858 it was moved and renamed Fort Garland. He showed slides of discoveries and remaining questions from two summers of excavations at the site.
Marianna King, adjunct professor, has published her book, School Violence – Crisis and Opportunity, described by experts in the field as the definitive book about school violence. She teaches a course on school violence. More information.
Ken Marquez was recently named Adams State University’s Vice President for Student Affairs. While the title is new, the job is not. Since 2005, he has served as Adams State’s Interim Dean of Students, Dean of Students, and Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs.
“Ken has been reporting directly to me for two years and this title more accurately reflects Ken’s duties,” said Adams State President David Svaldi. “This change in title is also a result of requests from Ken’s direct reports that his title more accurately reflect the reporting structure and his duties and responsibilities.” More.
Dr. Nate Pipitone, asst. professor of psychology, was part of an international team that published a paper in PLOS ONE entitled “Voice and Handgrip Strength Predict Reproductive Success in a Group of Indigenous African Females.” The research was also covered in Popular Science.
Pipitone’s fellow researchers included Jeremy Atkinson (SUNY Albany), Piotr and Agnieszka Sorokowscy (University of Wroclaw, Poland), and Gordon Gallup (SUNY Albany). They studied the Himba people from Opuwo, Namibia, in Africa, a population whose lifestyle closely resembles human evolutionary history. Their study results bore out the hypothesis that women’s voice pitch would be positively correlated to the number of children and grandchildren these women have. Women with higher-pitched voices reported more children and grandchildren. This study is the first to show a link between voice and reproductive success among women. What’s more is that among older women, those who were stronger (had higher handgrip strengths) had more children as well. Consistent with this hypothesis, the current study found that stronger women (both in general and among older women) have more offspring and grand-offspring
Jenna Neilsen, asst. professor of theatre, studied Comedy Improvisation in a week-long summer intensive at Second City, Chicago. She also presented on a panel entitled “It Takes a Village: Parenthood in Theatre Academia” at the recent Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference, held in Washington, DC.
Dr. Ana Vivas, asst. professor of science/math/technology was selected to participate in the Mathematical Association of America’s Project NExT.
Robert Affeldt – English, Theatre, Communications faculty
Mark Alexander – Sports Information Director
Michael Austin – Structural Trades
Steven Binz – Physics faculty
James Capra – Head Baseball Coach
Ankur Chattopadhyay – Computer Science faculty
Kathleen Chavez – Reading/writing faculty
Mariana DiGiovanni – Head Women’s LaCrosse Coach
Stuart Figueroa – Residence Director, Housing
Zoila Gomez – Asst. Coach/High Altitude Training Center Coord.
Kathleen Gubbels – English, Theatre, Communications faculty
Stephanie Hensley – Teacher Education faculty
Adam Kleinschmit – Biology faculty
Matthew Luttrell – Music faculty
John McCeery – Head Men’s LaCrosse Coach
Cheri Meder – Counselor Education faculty
Aaron Moehlig – Chemistry faculty
Candice Morgan – Residence Director, Housing
Lori Notestine – Counselor Education faculty
Carissa Rahn – Extended Studies
Natalie Rogers – School of Business faculty
Erica Romero – Financial Aid
Max Ruybal – Admissions counselor
Michael Tomlin – Chair, School of Business
Aaron Tuioti-Mariner – MBA Program Asst.
Emerson Watanabe – Intramural sports
Alfonso Velasquez – Admissions counselor
Jeremy Yeats – Human Performance & Physical Education faculty