Lorann Stallones and Laurie Stargell Named 2011 Professor Laureates by Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences

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For their outstanding contributions to science in scholarship, research and outreach in their respective fields, Lorann Stallones of psychology and Laurie Stargell of biochemistry have been named Professor Laureates 2011 by Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences.

“Professors Stallones and Stargell are two of the college’s most prominent educators,” said Jan Nerger, dean of the College of Natural Sciences. “They join the ranks of a select group – the highest academic title awarded by the college to faculty for their career accomplishments.”

Each laureate will deliver a college-wide address on an academic subject of their choice. A reception will be held at Stallones’ spring lecture on April 18, where both Stallones and Stargell will be honored. Stallones will speak at 4 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Greyrock Room on “Food Matters: Something for Everyone.”

Stargell will give a lecture in the fall.

Lorann Stallones is a professor of epidemiology in the Department of Psychology and director of the Colorado Injury Control Research Center and the Institute of Applied Prevention Research. She also is director of the CSU Graduate Degree Program in Public Health, part of the inter-institutional Colorado School of Public Health.

Since joining Colorado State in 1990, Stallones has been nationally and internationally recognized as an occupational epidemiologist and has worked extensively in agricultural safety and health. In 2005, she received a research award from the National Institute for Farm Safety for major contributions to the prevention of farm injuries for an article published in “Injury Prevention.” Stallones is currently principal investigator on an NIH/Fogarty International Center funded project to train Chinese scholars to conduct agricultural injury prevention.

Laurie Stargell is professor and associate chair in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology. At Colorado State, Stargell’s research focuses on yeast genetics and the basic mechanisms that govern genes. In 2010, Stargell was part of a $7.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how chromosomes untangle to expose genes that dictate cell behavior – a unique project that could have a significant impact on understanding human health.

She also has funding from the National Science foundation, which supports further gene expression studies and an outreach program with fifth graders and their teachers at an elementary school in Weld County to introduce younger Coloradoans to the excitement of scientific discovery. She is a recipient of the CNS Graduate Education and Mentoring Award and the Jack E. Cermak Outstanding Advising Award.

The title, Professor Laureate, provides recipients an honorarium and three years of resources for student projects. The title remains for three years, is not renewable, and is relinquished upon retirement or transitional retirement.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Adele Howe, Computer Science
  • LeRoy Poff, Biology
  • Ellen R. Fisher, Chemistry
  • Alan K. Knapp, Biology
  • C. Michael Elliot, Chemistry
  • Jennifer K. Nyborg, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Anireddy S. N. Reddy, Biology
  • Norman Curthoys, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Richard Davis, Statistics
  • Jerry Deffenbacher, Psychology