Tom Pyszczynski

Tom Pyszczynski, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, was recently honored by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology with the Career Contribution Award. He was honored along with his close collaborators, Jeff Greenberg of the University of Arizona, and Sheldon Solomon of Skidmore College. Together they developed Terror Management Theory, which has exerted a strong influence on social psychology.

Laura Martinez Chandler

Laura Martinez Chandler, Program Assistant for the Psychology Department, is among 6 LAS alumni who will participate as Silver Graduates in the Summer/Fall Commencement this year. Silver Graduates received their degree 25 years ago. Laura received her BA in Economics in 1995.

The other LAS Silver Graduates participating this year are Stephanie Bruhn (BA Psychology), Dawn Enger (BA Psychology), Dyanne Helms-Keller (McCaffrey) (BA History), Jennifer Lynne Rudis (BA Psychology), Tandy L. Zitkus (BA Biology).

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Sherry Marshall, Instructor, Department of Sociology

The following email was sent by a student to the Dean of Students, who forwarded to LAS leadership:

“To Whom it May Concern, 

This semester has been hard on me, being that it was all online. With that being said, I had the best professor this semester that I just need to tell someone about. I am in the Criminal Justice program here at UCCS and I cannot say enough good things about our professors. I have not had a bad teacher here. I feel extremely lucky for that. However, one teacher has stood out to me this year. Her name is Sherry Marshall who taught my Social Research Methods class. No matter the hour, she would answer my emails. She always responded with a thoughtful and thorough response and gave every student the opportunity to make up points that were lost if they were willing to put in the work and communicated with her. I just think she is flat out amazing. I love her willingness to help and her dedication to her students. This is a teacher that listens to her students and bases her plans off her student’s lives. She is everything anyone could need in a professor. Do not get me wrong, her class is very challenging and has a lot of work. But she walks with the students and does not expect more than we can handle. That right there is an outstanding professor! I just thought I would let someone know.

Thanks, and happy holidays!

Karson Horan”

Our thanks to Karson for sending this, and for permission to post it to the news feed.

Dr. Magdalene Lim, Director, UCCS Aging Center

The UCCS Aging Center, housed within the Department of Psychology, has been awarded $247,141 by NextFifty Initiative to fund its one year project called “Next Steps: Identifying Barriers and Optimizing Independence of At-Risk Seniors.” Read more in the Communique story, “UCCS Aging Center receives NextFifty Initiative grant to advance independence for at-risk seniors,” written by Jared Verner.

The Aging Center is featured in the Indy Give campaign: UCCS Aging Center IndyGive page.

Tom Pyszczynski
Kristi Samuelson

At the closing ceremonies for the 2020 Mountain Lion Research Week, organized by the Office of Research and the Center for Student Research, two Psychology faculty members were recognized for their contributions to research at UCCS. Dr. Kristi Samuelson, Associate Professor of Psychology, was named to the UCCS Million Dollar Club, a recognition for UCCS researchers who have earned more than $1M in external funding. Dr. Tom Pyszczynski, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, received the Research Mentor Award for 2020. Read more about Dr. Pyszczynski and his mentoring in this recent story in the Communique.

Irina Kopteva

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. 

David Havlick

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.

Minette Church
Karin Larkin

Minette Church, Professor & Chair of Anthropology, and Karin Larkin, Assistsant Professor of Anthropology, will be giving a virtual (Zoom) talk for the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum 2020 Scholar Series this Saturday (11/14/20) at 2pm. They will talk about their archaeological work on campus and in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs. The title of their talk is “Colorado Springs’ Archaeological Past.” In addition, they were both asked to write essays for the museum around the complete overhaul of the Colorado Crossroads exhibit…ongoing, but opening delayed by Covid. For more information contact: [email protected]

Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding, Women’s & Ethnic Studies

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.

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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.