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Fort Lewis College students present research projects

These Fort Lewis College students presented research projects at FLC’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 19:

Kristina Bell of Durango presented “Effect of Survey Response Format on Participant Response,” with Lewis Wittry, Lisa Colclasure and Chris Taylor.

Amelia Burns of Durango presented “Development of Q-PCR Technique for Determining Bartonella Infection in Wild Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus),” with Nellie McLean, Sherry Paddock and Alena Simpkiss.

Emily Campbell of Durango presented “The Impact of Appearance on Memory and Perception,” with Savannah Styers and Kyle Woodson.

Laura Candelaria of Durango presented “Changes in the Relationship between Humans and Bees.”

Asa Carre-Burritt of Durango presented “Synthesis and Characterization of P,P’-1,4-Diphospha-Cyclohexane Derivatives and their Metal Coordination Reactions.”

Micah Chapman of Durango presented “Remote Use Incubator: Heating Components.”

Lisa Colclasure of Durango presented “Effect of Survey Response Format on Participant Response,” with Lewis Wittry, Kristina Bell and Chris Taylor.

Angelica Connelly of Durango presented “The Initial Flooding of the Paradox Basin; The Sequence Stratigraphy of the Pennsylvanian (Atokan) Pinkerton Trail Formation, San Juan Mountains, SW Colorado.”

Benjamin Cranston of Durango presented “Synthesis and Characterization af P,P’-1,4-Diphospha-Cyclohexane Derivatives and Their Metal Coordination Reactions.”

K.M. Daly of Durango presented “Lepidoptera Larvae as an Indicator of Multi-Trophic Level Responses to Changing Seasonality in an Arctic Tundra Ecosystem.”

Trevor Downing of Mancos presented “GIS and Soil Analysis to Determine Slope Stability and Trail Opportunities: Lake Nighthorse, Durango, CO.”

Bill Fellman of Durango presented “Measurements with Piezoelectric Biosensors,” with Jake Miller.

Reece Hanson of Durangopresented “3D Strain and Relative Viscosity of Clasts in the Vallecito Conglomerate, SW Colorado.”

Andy Harris of Durango presented “Quantification and Purity Assessment of Acidobacterium capsulatum Using Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction to Amplify the 16 S Ribosomal Gene,” with R.J. Parke.

Spencer Heins of Durango presented “Findings on the Gold Catalyzed Intramolecular Cyclization of 3-Methylene-5-Phenylpent-4-yn-1-ol.”

Daniel Hosler of Durango presented “Structural Analysis of the Williams Fork Mountains: Subsurface Analysis near Craig, Colorado.”

Sunny Ketchum of Bayfield presented “Characterization of Acidobacterium capsulatum Growth in Minimal Media Containing Glucose as a Single Carbon Source,” with Pariss Trujillo, Allison Knewtiz and Katherine McLain.

Benjamin Kraushaarof Durango presented “The Timing and Emplacement of the Heart Mountain Detachment at White Mountain and Silvergate, Wyoming: Detritial Zircon and Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility Analysis.”

Nick Laitsch of Durango presented “Use & Fabrication of a Remote Use Incubator.”

Jordan Lang of Durango presented “How to Transfrom Your Green Lawn into a Green Thumb: A Model for Animas Valley, Colorado.”

Ian Lowell of Durango presented “The Effects of Controlled Hyperventilation on CO2 Exhalation and Blood pH on Anaerobically Trained Athletes on the Treadmill and Rowing Ergometer,” with Allison MacAulay.

Allison MacAulay of Durango presented “The Effects of Controlled Hyperventilation on CO2 Exhalation and Blood pH on Anaerobically Trained Athletes on the Treadmill and Rowing Ergometer,” with Ian Lowell.

Teraissa McGovern of Durango presented “For the Challenge: Ethnography of Knitting in Durango.”

Katherine McLain of Durango presented “Characterization of Acidobacterium capsulatum Growth in Minimal Media Containing Glucose as a Single Carbon Source,” with Sunny Ketchum, Pariss Trujillo and Allison Knewtiz.

Nellie McLean of Durango presented “Development of Q-PCR Technique for Determining Bartonella Infection in Wild Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus),” with Amelia Burns, Sherry Paddock and Alena Simpkiss.

Tiffany McNeese of Durango presented “Similar Stimuli and Misattribution.”

Jake Miller of Bayfield presented “Modeling and Prototyping of Piezoelectric Biosensors.” Miller was also involved in a second research project, “Measurements with Piezoelectric Biosensors,” with Bill Fellman.

Michelle Moore of Durango presented “The Effect of Mortality Salience on Political Attitudes: The Influence of Positive Psychology.”

Mayda Mujica of Durango presented “Development of a Cloning Procedure for Triose Phosphate Isomerase, Phosphofructokinas E, and Transaldolase Genes from Acidobacterium capsulatum,” with Jesse Gordon-Blake, Phyllida Charley, Allex McDaniel, Chris Regnery and Justine Smith.

Drew Myers of Durango presented “Facebook as an Element of Cultural Change.”

Kyla Norcross of Bayfield presented “How Compassion Affects Terror Management Theory and the Ratings of Social Transgressions.”

Logan Ott of Mancos presented “Piezoelectric Biosensors,” with Jay Engstrom.

Sherry Paddock of Bayfield presented “The Relationship Between Seasonal Stressors and Innate Immunity in Wild Deer Mice Chronically Infected with Sin Nombre Virus,” with Alena Simpkiss. Paddock was also involved in a second research project, “Development of Q-PCR Technique for Determining Bartonella Infection in Wild Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus),” with Amelia Burns, Nellie McLean, and Alena Simpkiss.

R.J. Parke of Durango presented “Quantification and Purity Assessment of Acidobacterium capsulatum Using Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction to Amplify the 16 S Ribosomal Gene,” with Andy Harris.

Anne Pesata of Durango presented “Addressing the Jicarilla Apache Housing Crisis: Options for Sustainable Community Development.”

Steven Jeremy Pike of Durango presented “The Interaction of Monsoonal Precipitation and River Discharge on Riparian Aquifer Recharge along the Impounded Dolores River, Southwestern Colorado, 2011.”

Christopher Regnery of Durango presented “Synthesis of Sattabacin, Sattazolin, and Structural Analogs and Evaluation of Antiviral Activity,” with Joshua Dahlke. Regnery was also involved in a second research project, “Development of a Cloning Procedure for Triose Phosphate Isomerase, Phosphofructokinas E, and Transaldolase Genes from Acidobacterium capsulatum,” with Jesse Gordon-Blake, Phyllida Charley, Allex McDaniel, Mayda Mujica and Justine Smith.

Alena Simpkiss of Durango presented “The Relationship Between Seasonal Stressors and Innate Immunity in Wild Deer Mice Chronically Infected with Sin Nombre Virus,” with Sherry Paddock. Simpkiss was also involved in a second research project, “Development of Q-PCR Technique for Determining Bartonella Infection in Wild Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus),” with Amelia Burns, Nellie McLean, and Sherry Paddock.

Edward Takamura of Durango presented “Chemical Signatures of Perovskite in Katungite Dikes of the Navajo Volcanic Field: Implications for Magma Sources and Conditions.”

Chris Taylor of Durango presented “Effect of Mortality Salience on Moral Reasoning.” Taylor was also involved in a second research project, “Effect of Survey Response Format on Participant Response,” with Lewis Wittry, Kristina Bell and Lisa Colclasure.

Samuel Verutti of Durango presented “Comparing Burnout Between Therapeutic and Developmental Outdoor Educators.”

Jane Worrall of Durango presented “Remote Use Incubator: Heat Transfer Analysis and Construction,” with Trevor Ragsdale.

Regional Knowledge Bowl results announced

Miller Middle School hosted the 2012 Regional Knowledge Bowl meet on May 10. About 85 students, representing Cortez Middle, Escalante Middle, Ignacio Elementary, Ignacio Junior High, Miller Middle and Pagosa Springs Middle schools participated in the event.

These schools placed in the middle school division for seventh and eighth grades:

Pagosa Springs Middle School No. 4 won the middle school division with a score of 105 points. Team members include Briar Erskin, Blake Irons, Billy Jamerson and Gus Palma. The team is coached by Pam Levonius.

Ignacio Junior High School No. 1 won second place. Team members include Bryan Gram, Clint LaBattaglia and Zachary Weinreich. The team is coached by MaryLynn Herr.

Miller Middle School No. 2 finished in third place. Team members include Cord Arnold, Zachary Clements, Camden Garland and Bryce Ward. Miller is coached by Dean Garland.

These schools placed in the sixth grade division:

Miller sixth grade No. 2 captured first place with a score of 81 points. Team members include Dragon Cruz-Yen, Luke Meyer and Corbin Reiter.

Miller sixth grade No. 1 placed second. Team members include Kieran Brook, Trevor Candelaria and Quinn Luthy.

Escalante sixth grade No. 2 finished in third place. Team members include Trent Durnen, Chamisa Edd, Kate Hallin and Rollin Leavitt.The team is coached by John Hise.

Blake Sherman receives doctor of medicine

Blake Sherman of Durango graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine on May 25 with a doctor of medicine degree and Alpha Omega Alpha Honors.

Sherman is a 2003 graduate of Durango High School and a 2006 graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in biological science. He will complete his residency in emergency medicine at the Maricopa County Medical Center in Phoenix.

Sherman is the son of Joseph and Peggy Sherman of Durango.

Moonwalker Williams named to dean’s list

Moonwalker Williams from Durango was recently listed on the 2012 spring semester dean’s list at the University of Portland.

Students need at least a 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for the dean’s list.

Benjamin Harclerode receives recognition

Benjamin Harclerode of Cortez was recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments by being named to the LeTourneau University Dean’s List for the Spring 2012 semester.

Harclerode achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester.

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas.

Jazmin Stoner graduates from Bryant University

Jazmin Stoner of Durango graduated from Bryant University at its Commencement on May 19.

Stoner received a Bachelor of Arts in applied psychology, and was named magna cum laude.

Bryant University is located in Smithfield, R.I.

New Country names scholarship winner

New Country Auto Center announces the recipient of this year’s $1,000 FFA Built Ford Tough Scholarship is Dustrie Stock a 2012 graduate of Durango High School.

Stock’s parents are Curt Marlatt and Sandie Marlatt of Durango. Stock plans to study B202 Agricultural Education at Brigham Young University.

The FFA scholarship Program is designed to recognize FFA’s members’ talents and accomplishments while encouraging their future academic achievements.

9-R finance department receives award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Durango School District 9-R’s Finance Department by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents an accomplishment by a government and its management.

Florida Mesa Elementary announces May citizens

Florida Mesa Elementary School named these students the May Citizens of the Month for being thinkers: Kate Baker, Randall Webb, Rhianna Lopez, Dale Martinez, Shawn Logsdon, Jacob Kelley, Gavinn McKinney, Tyler Young, Emma Carlson, Hannah Cronister, Zach Haber, Cheyanne Ford, Kayli Stiles-Smith, Kaetlyn Brown, Kadence Parsons, Natalie Stiles-Smith, Thomas Barnes, Mia Boughton, Layla Apodaca, Caden Gurr, Kiley Ryan, Iris Linscott, Kyler Ryan, Brianna Castillo and Trini Secunda.

Cattlemen, CowBelles list scholarship winners

The La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association and the La Plata County CowBelles announce that these are the winners of their scholarships:

Scholarships of $1,000 were presented to these previous recipients attending an institution of higher learning: Zack Riley, attending Western State College; Megan Lane, attending Creighton University; Kelsi Lucero, attending Adams State College; Courtney Guilliams, attending Fort Lewis College; Russell Van Soelen, attending New Mexico State University/Las Cruces; and Megan Semler, attending Colorado State University at Fort Collins.

First-time recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen Association are: Shane Richmond, a graduate of Ignacio High School; and Austin Riley, a graduate of Bayfield High School.

The La Plata County CowBelles presented Miranda LaShell, attending CSU Fort Collins with a $1,000 scholarship; and first-time recipient Brenden Ruybal, a graduate of Bayfield High School with a $1,000 scholarship.

Together, the organizations will give 10 $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships go to children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of their members.