NHS Highlights

Physics and Astronomy Student Project to be Aboard NASA Balloon During Solar Eclipse

A unique project conceived and designed by UNC Physics and Astronomy students will be aboard a NASA high-altitude balloon that will be launched during the solar eclipse Aug. 21. Seniors and military veterans Josh Fender, Justin Morse and John Ringler will spend the first day of fall classes witnessing the launch from Camp Guernsey in southeastern Wyoming, which is in the path of the full eclipse. Continue Reading.

Colorado Aspiring Educator Honor role -

Earth sciences

Joel Suarez-Ramirez has been interested in teaching from a young age, and has been especially curious about all things science. Many summers during his teen years and beyond, he worked with camp children in Carbondale, Colorado and is a natural leader. Joel grew up in a Spanish-speaking home and at each turn of his education has achieved top marks in his schooling. Much of his youth was spent in El Jebel, Colorado—exploring the outdoors and pursuing deep explanations of what makes the natural world work. Mr. Suarez-Ramirez is a very impressive teacher licensure candidate (junior) in the secondary science (Earth Science) program. He is a good and helpful team player—and probably the strongest candidate seen in our program in over 25 years.


Amie has always had a passion for learning, and has been interested in becoming a teacher since elementary school. In college, she discovered her passion for mathematics and aims to share the joys of learning math with others. She is a recipient of the College of Natural and Health Sciences’ Academic Scholars Award and is an active member in Mortar Board, a national honors society for seniors. Amie is an outstanding future educator is extremely reflective about all aspects of her teaching. She participated in the national Putnam Mathematics Exam and was part of a UNC team that submitted an entry in the national Mathematical Modeling competition this semester. Amie is a truly outstanding student, with a passionate desire to learn all that she can, both mathematically and pedagogically, in order to be ready to be the best teacher that she can be.


​2018 Winchester Distinguished Scholar 


Deanna K. Meinke, Ph.D., professor of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences in the School of Human Sciences, has been chosen as the 2018 Winchester Distinguished Scholar by UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board.

Dr. Meinke is a professor for Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences and Co-director of Dangerous Decibels, an educational effort to reduce the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus; and serves as an expert consultant to the World Health Organization's Make Listening Safe initiative.

 Biological science professor stuns nikon small world exhibition

A stunning image of a bat fetus produced by University of Northern Colorado Professor Rick Adams is circulating widely online after placing 15th out of 2,000 entries submitted from 88 countries in Nikon’s annual Small World contest. 

Adams, a foremost authority on bats, took the photo using an Olympus dissection microscope with an Olympus digital camera. He used red-and-blue dyes on the third-trimester fetus of the flying fox fruit bat. He then removed the pigmentation with rubbing alcohols to produce a see-through specimen similar to a 3-D, color X-ray. The backlighting technique he added is called “dark field” photomicroscopy.

“This is part of a study on the development of wings in bats as a surrogate for understanding how a ‘standard issue’ mammalian embryo evolved wings, giving rise to bats 55 million years ago,” Adams said.

For more about his lab, visit his website.

To see his photo and other winners from the Nikon Small World contest, click here.




Dr. Scott Douglas, Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Science, and students in Physical Education, Sports Coaching, and Exercise Science programs hiked through over 40 public parks in Greeley to assess the trails and park features (parking, pavilions, bathrooms, picnic areas, fields, docks, playgrounds, etc.) for wheelchair accessibility under the guidelines of the ADA. Results were reported back to the city for future repairs, improvements, and upgrades to informational signage in all the parks as appropriate and mandated by ADA law.

Douglas is incorporating a new accessible trail project into his Outdoor Adventure Curriculum and Teaching Diverse Populations classes. A new learning and discovery building will soon be constructed at the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley and UNC students will be assessing, surveying, planning, and building an accessible trail system on-site that connects existing trails.

 MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR Recognized by Mathematics Association of america

Dr. Hortensia Soto has been recognized for the second time by the Mathematical Association of America for meritorious service. 

The MAA selected Soto as one of three winners of the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Each year, the MAA recognizes math teachers who demonstrate extraordinary success in teaching, even beyond their own institutions. 

In the MAA news release, the association states: As an engaging mentor and educator, Soto is recognized for her innovative work designing classroom activities that implement research-based teaching strategies for the full spectrum of learners. Soto also dedicates her time to train fellow mathematics teachers through MAA Project NExT. Soto is also applauded for her work in Las Chicas de Mathemáticas, a mathematics camp that introduces young women to college-level math.



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dietetics alum shares story about unc and being the director of TEAM nutrition for the denver broncos

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PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES ALUM builds bb-8 droid for star wars


NHS faculty within Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, Dietetics, Nutrition, Community Health, and Nursing collaborated with faculty within the College of Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) to create the Interdisciplinary Patient Simulation Academy (ISPA). The intention of the ISPA is to develop standardized patient simulations for students.  

The first simulations took place over the summer. Drs. Katie Bright from Audiology, Carlo Parker from Nursing, and Shelly Gaza and Ken Womble from Theatre Arts and Dance, trained theater students to portray patients suffering from either a cardiac arrest or a terminal illness. Nursing students in their fifth semester participated in the simulation to gain experience treating the patients suffering from heart attacks and talking to the terminally ill patients and their family members.  



The Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Environmental Geosciences is an innovative interdisciplinary graduate degree certified by the Council of Graduate Schools through the Professional Science Master’s Association.  This program prepares scientists through advanced scientific training combined with development of professional workplace skills for high-level careers in science. The program graduated their first students in spring and summer 2016. This year they have eight continuing students and 12 new students. 

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