Stephen Brown, junior Economics major (photo from the Communique story linked here)

A recent story in the Communique featured 2 current Economics students and 1 recent Psychology graduate who are participating in the Quad Innovation Partnership’s program, “spending the semester designing solutions for Colorado Springs’ challenges and pitching strategies to bring the city into the future.”

The Communique story was written by Anna Squires: “The Sky is the Limit: Eight UCCS Students and Alumni Build a Bright Future for Colorado Springs.”

In this installment of “Why I Research,” faculty members from Anthropology, Economics, History, Physics and Energy Science, and Sociology share their reasons and motivations for conducting research.

Esther Lamidi

Esther Lamidi, Assistant Professor of Sociology

I conduct research because I love the process of finding answers to pertinent questions about evolving patterns of family life. As my friends and family often say, my curious mind can’t stop asking why. I also consider it a privilege to be part of the group of scholars in my field whose research informs changes in social policies and individual and group actions. 

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Dr. Laith Al-Shawaf, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Laith Al-Shawaf, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was recently recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). From the association’s website, “The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD. … this designation recognizes researchers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.” (https://www.psychologicalscience.org/members/awards-and-honors/aps-rising-stars). Selection as a Rising Star involves evaluation of a candidate’s publications, previous recognitions, substantive contributions to the field of research, and the potential for broad impact.

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Matthew Copus, winner of the 2019 Grand Slam competition, presenting his research, “Magnetic Rogue Waves.” Matthew’s research mentor was Dr. Bob Camley, Professor of Physics

The UCCS Mountain Lion Grad Slam competition finals, this year an all-LAS event, will take place Friday (1/31/20) from 12-1 in Berger Hall. Graduate students will explain their research in an engaging way. Each student gets 1 slide and 3 minutes to present their research to a layperson audience. The winner of this competition represents UCCS at the Colorado Graduate Schools competition and at the Western Association of Graduate Schools competition.

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Dr. Emily Skop

The research of Dr. Emily Skop, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, was featured in the UCCS Communique: “UCCS researchers highlight changed perceptions of refugees over past 100 years.” The article, written by Anna Squires, also mentions a special issue of the journal Geographical Review that Dr. Skop co-Edited on “Bordering Practices, Local Resistance and the Global Refugee ‘Crisis’ .”

Professors Robert and Barbara Lorch, circa 1995.

The family of UCCS Professors Bob and Barbara Lorch established the Robert S. and Barbara R. Lorch Department of Mathematics Endowed Scholarship in 2009. The late Drs. Lorch taught political science and sociology, respectively, at UCCS for more than 30 years. Bob and Barbara’s son John earned a B.A. degree in math at UCCS in 1988, went on to earn his Ph.D. in mathematics, and is now a Professor of Mathematics at Ball State University in Indiana. The funding provides for merit-based scholarships for junior or senior math majors. In 2019, the eleventh year of the scholarship, the Mathematics department awarded the Lorch Scholarship to Troy Johnson and Benjamin Schwartz. Read the notes of gratitude from these students below.

Ben Schwartz

“I am immensely honored and appreciative to be presented with the Lorch Scholarship. Receiving this award has allowed me to reflect on how much help my family, professors, and peers at UCCS have given me. They have challenged me to become the best version of myself. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to them and to the Lorch family. The Lorch Scholarship will give me more time to focus on my goals so I can worry less about paying my bills. I am passionate about mathematics because I believe it is the purest form of truth, and it is a privilege to be recognized for doing something I love. After graduating, I intend to pursue an MS in mathematics with the dream of one day becoming a professor. Understanding math and helping others do the same brings me great joy.”
–Benjamin Schwartz

Troy Johnson

“I am extremely appreciative and feel immensely honored to receive the Lorch Scholarship. As an avid student and fan of mathematics the Lorch Scholarship has aided me in both the pursuit of a degree and my passion. Receiving the Lorch Scholarship has helped alleviate many financial constraints that would have influenced my senior year and has unambiguously left a positive impact on my life and education.” A very grateful Troy Johnson

This story was originally published in the Fall 2019 UCCS Mathematics department newsletter. To submit story ideas please contact Mike Kisley, mkisley@uccs.edu

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Two faculty from the department of Geography and Environmental Sciences (GES) were recognized at the 2019 National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) annual meeting. Irina Kopteva, Assistant Research Professor, received an award for “Best Paper” for her publication “Humanizing Human Geography Online: The Quality Matters Journey” which appeared in The Geography Teacher this year. Rebecca Theobald, Assistant Research Professor, received the NCGE President’s Award for her contribution to geography education. Read on to learn more.

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Verlan Lewis, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Verlan Lewis is an assistant professor of Political Science at UCCS. Here we feature his research which was recently published: “The Problem of Donald Trump and the Static Spectrum Fallacy” (Party Politics, 2019)

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