LAS recently hired 2 Finance and Business Professionals. Beckie Munoz replaces Tish Fleener, who recently retired, in the Chemistry/Biochemistry department. Rosy Mora de Mondragon replaces Ruth Jackson, who retired, in the Biology department.
Keep reading to learn more about our newest staff members Beckie and Rosy…
Dr. Irina Kopteva, Assistant Professor of Research in GES, received an award from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region program. In partnership with the Douglas County School District, Dr. Kopteva will work on the project entitled Remote Teaching of Earth and Environmental Science with Primary Sources. The project team will address challenges of distance education during pandemic and will develop curriculum that connects social studies and science with the use of primary sources. The curriculum will be presented to high school environmental science teachers at the professional development online workshops.
Dr. David Havlick, Professor of GES, will be giving a talk at a UN conference in December. He will be speaking during the “Diverse approaches to harmony with nature in the context of peace making in borderlands” session of the Development, Environment and Peace Nexus (DEEPEN): Peace Making In Borderlands international conference in Cheorwon, South Korea. For more information see the conference website.
The faculty of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences continue to make an impact through their research, creative works, teaching and service, activities. Three of our faculty members were recently highlighted in the Communique. Click the links for each story to read more.
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.”