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.

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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