Dr. Andy Klocko

Dr. Andy Klocko, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, just received notification that his grant proposal to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS, an institute within the National Institutes of Health, NIH) was successful. The award for the project, entitled “Genome topology in the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa: organizing factors and impact on genome function,” is for $420,000 over 3 years. This competitive award was funded through the R15 AREA (Research Enhancement Award) mechanism; from the NIH website: The R15 mechanism “supports small-scale research projects at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation’s research scientists but that have not been major recipients of NIH support.”

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Dr. Sara H. Qualls

Dr. Sara H. Qualls, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies, in the Department of Psychology, was recently received the M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology. From the website: ” The Distinguished Contribution Award in Applied Gerontology is presented in honor of the memory of M. Powell Lawton to recognize those whose contributions have improved the quality of life of older persons. The contributions being honored include developing or implementing a program, practice, policy, or treatment that has had or will have the great potential to improve the lives of older adults.”

Dr. Qualls’s research was recently described in a research profile for the UCCS Office of Research.

GES 1010 students doing some socially distant field work along Fountain Creek…masks on of course.

Every year the Fall semester gets off to an early start with pre-term courses. In fact some courses have finished before the official Fall term even begins. This week Eric Billmeyer, Senior Instructor of Geography & Environmental Studies, not only finished teaching LAS’s first course of the Fall 2020 semester during a pandemic, but he took his students out into the field.

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Dr. David Weiss

Dr. David Weiss, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemisty, will be the President of the UCCS Faculty Assembly for the 2020-21 academic year. The UCCS Communique recently featured Professor Weiss, his leadership style, and his priorities in an article titled “Faculty Assembly to prioritize safety, equitable teaching evaluations for 2020-21 academic year,” written by Anna Squires.

Dr. Chip Benight

Psychology Professor Charles (“Chip”) Benight was recently featured in multiple UCCS Communique articles. “Benight on resilience: We’re going to get through this” discusses the newly formed National Institute for Human Resilience, which Dr. Benight directs. In “Seven steps to creating resilience during a pandemic,” Dr. Benight provides 5 concrete steps anyone can take to deal with the current situation. Both articles were written by Anna Squires.

Dr. Lynn Vidler, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (LAS), recently presented a webinar for incoming students and their parents. Dean Vidler provided an overview of our majors, our core educational model, and also earning trends for graduates with the majors we offer. They also answered questions submitted during the webinar about the Fall 2020 term and strategies for succeeding in online courses. You can watch a recording of the webinar to get up to speed on our College and what the Fall 2020 term will look like.