Janel Owens

Last year the LAS New Feed featured Janel Owens, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and her research on the chemistry of whiskey: “Live Better with Science: The Chemistry of Whiskey”

This year, CU On the Air interviewed, and toasted, Dr. Owens: “Sláinte! We Toast UCCS Professor Janel Owens’ Whiskey Research”

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. Roger Martinez-Davila

The historical research of Roger Martinez-Davila, Associate Professor of History, recently helped a stateless Palestinian woman establish her Spanish citizenship. This was covered by Public Radio International (“Stateless Palestinian becomes Spanish citizen after proving Sephardic origin“), as well as many other national and international news outlets. Here are some of them:

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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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