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Central College welcomes nine new faculty members for fall 2016.

Central Adds Nine Faculty Members

Nine new faculty members will join Central for the new academic year — experts in economics, history, kinesiology and more.

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Nicole Kaplan Named Weller Distinguished Professor

Nicole Kaplan has been awarded the Kenneth J. Weller Distinguished Professorship of the Liberal Arts. Named after Central College’s 18th president, who served 1970-90, the three-year endowed professorship recognizes a distinguished faculty member and provides support for teaching, research and scholarship.

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Six Central College faculty members received awards this spring for outstanding commitment, energy and innovation.

Faculty Members Honored with Awards

Six Central College faculty members received awards this spring for outstanding commitment, energy and innovation.

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It was an exciting year at Central College. What were you most interested in? Take a look back with us — our most popular stories of 2015, based on your interaction on Facebook and Twitter.

The Year’s Biggest News

It was an exciting year at Central College. What were you most interested in? Take a look back with us — our most popular stories of 2015.

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Erich Thalacker, biology and biochemistry major, is one of 23 student researchers on campus this summer. He’s doing chemistry research to discover possibilities for biorenewable plastics.

Summer Research Crew

Twenty-three students turned full-time researchers this summer. They investigated bats, bees, polymers, criminal sentencing and more — and received research grants to do it!

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Chemistry Professor Publishes Romance Novel

Central College professor of chemistry and English Catherine Haustein releases her first novel May 11 — a historical romantic comedy set in 1871.

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Central College plans Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program and service activities

Central College will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a special program Jan. 19 and service projects throughout the week.

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CD release concert for “Samba Little Samba”

Gabriel Espinosa, associate professor of music at Central College and acclaimed jazz musician, will perform a concert to celebrate the release of his new CD, “Samba Little Samba.”

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Jazz musician Gabriel Espinosa selected to Hall of Fame

Gabriel Espinosa, associate professor of music at Central College, has been unanimously selected by the Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center to receive the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame award for his years of leadership in jazz music.

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Central College receives grant to train high school teachers

Central College has been awarded a share of a $600,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Education for the next three years. The grant will fund a collaborative project between Central College and Drake University to train high school math teachers from low-income areas.

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