Colorado State University Professor Named Jefferson Science Fellow
Dr. Marvin Paule, a longtime professor of biochemistry and current Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been named a Jefferson Science Fellow by the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Paule, who joined Colorado State in 1972, will serve a one-year term as a Jefferson Science Fellow, advising the State Department on foreign policy issues that are based in science such as issues surrounding genetically modified crops or the consequences of global diseases epidemics. Dr. Paule is one of eight researchers from across the nation selected as Jefferson Science Fellows for the 2007-2008 term.
This is the fourth group of Fellows selected since the program was established in 2003 as an initiative of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State to further build capacity for science, technology and engineering expertise within the department.
At Colorado State, Dr. Paule most recently has focused his research on growth regulation of ribosomal RNA expression in normal and cancerous cells.
"This will be an exciting challenge," Paule said. "Much of my career has been focused on teaching and basic research, so this will be a departure from that into a new area."
School is Cool Announces Annual Drive, Expands Program to Meet Increasing Needs
Colorado State University's annual School Is Cool drive is expanding this year to include older students and meet rapidly growing local needs, with initial surveys showing an increased demand for supplies of 15 - 20 percent this year over last year.
Now in its 16th year, School Is Cool provides school supplies and backpacks to students in the Poudre School District. The supplies, which are grade-specific, are requested through school counselors and discretely distributed to students before classes begin. School is Cool has helped more than 14,500 children since its inception in 1992.
A donation of $20 sponsors a backpack full of grade-specific supplies for an elementary or junior high school student. To contribute, send a check, payable to School is Cool, to Colorado State University Foundation, 502 University Services Center, Campus Delivery 9100, 601 Howes St., Fort Collins, CO 80523. On-line giving also is available at http://welcome.colostate.edu/index.asp?url=schooliscool.
University Marks 10th Anniversary of Devastating Flood
The flood of July 28, 1997, indelibly changed Colorado State University and ultimately guided the university to develop innovations for which it continues to be recognized as a national leader.
Sustaining more than $120 million in damages only 28 days before fall classes were to start, the University's employees faced a daunting task of reopening with virtually every textbook for the fall semester destroyed, massive damage to Morgan Library and Lory Student Center, displaced faculty and departments, and significant damage to many other buildings on campus. In addition, many professors lost their life's work when their offices flooded, destroying years of research and collections.
While many people experienced irrevocable losses on campus and in Fort Collins, and five people in town were killed, the University's spirit of community and teamwork created opportunities out of the crisis. Ten years after the flood, the University has
- a nationally -renowned library and interlibrary-loan program,
- a state-of-the art amateur precipitation monitoring network system in 19 states,
- a more robust emergency management team and plan,
- an updated, accessible and attractive student center,
- a bookstore that can accommodate more than double its previous capacity,
- improved campus landscapes to protect the university from another flood of serious magnitude,
- and a national expert and laboratory specializing in mold mitigation.
"The flood brought out the courage and spirit of the campus community, and it left us with a special confidence that the future of this university is truly in our hands-that we can achieve greatness even under the most difficult circumstances," Colorado State President Larry Edward Penley said.