Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

The University of Kansas (KU) and Haskell Indian Nations University (Haskell) RISE Program Committee

J. Dennis O’Malley, Ph.D.
Program Director

Dr. J. Dennis O'MalleyDr. J. Dennis O’Malley is the Principal Investigator of the Haskell RISE Program and a Chemistry Faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University.  O’Malley received his B.A in English, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 

O’Malley’s interests include bicycling and hiking.

Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue
140 Sequoyah Hall
Lawrence, KS 66046
(785) 832-6693
domalley@haskell.edu

 

Dr. Marigold L. LintonMarigold L. Linton, Ph.D.
Program Co-Director

Dr. Marigold Linton is a Co-Investigator on the Haskell RISE Program. She is Director of American Indian Outreach at The University of Kansas. Linton is Cahuilla and grew up on the Morongo Indian Reservation in Southern California. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Riverside and her Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Linton taught psychology and achieved the rank of Professor at both San Diego State University and the University of Utah. Her research area involves the examination of very long-term memory.

Dr. Linton was Director of American Indian Programs at Arizona State University and worked with all the tribes in Arizona to improve math/science education before coming to the University of Kansas in 1998. Her hobbies include gardening, walking and hiking, photography and reading mysteries.

Director of American Indian Outreach
University of Kansas
Nunnemaker Hall
1506 Engel Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3845
(785) 864-7101
mlinton@ku.edu

 

Dr. James A. OrrJames A. Orr, Ph.D.
Program Co-Director

Dr. James A. Orr serves as a Co-Investigator on the RISE Program. Orr is Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Kansas and a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. Orr is a native of rural Northeastern Iowa, attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has been a faculty member at the University of Kansas since 1975. In the fall semester, Orr teaches an introductory biology class that enrolls 500 students while in the spring he team-teaches an upper level mammalian physiology course.

Orr is an animal physiologist and studies the regulation of circulatory function in mammals. Currently his laboratory is focusing on defining agents and events that stimulate nerve endings in the heart leading to changes in heart function and blood pressure. Orr is a member of the Mad Dog's group that jogs regularly at noon from KU, enjoys gardening and maintaining his family's home in the country.

Division of Biological Sciences
University of Kansas
2045 Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-5885
jorr@ku.edu

 

Dr. Claude M. LairdClaude M. Laird, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator

Dr. Claude M. Laird is the Program Coordinator for the Haskell RISE Program and a Courtesy Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Kansas.  Laird received his B.A in Physics and Political Science, his M.S. in Physics and his Ph.D. in Special Studies (Sun-Earth Connections) from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.  Laird taught Physics at the University of Kansas and Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at Garden City Community College. 

Laird’s research interests have included glaciology, climatology and nitrate deposition in Antarctica and Greenland, nitrogen management for precision agriculture, forecasting world grain yields, ozone depletion and greenhouse effects, solar activity effects on the Earth, ionization of the polar atmosphere by solar energetic particles and galactic cosmic rays, and modeling supernovae effects on the Earth.  Laird is member of the KU Astrobiology research group, studying the threat to Earth from Gamma Ray Bursts and Co-Investigator on NASA/Solar System Exploration Division Grant “Do Gamma Ray Bursts Damage Planetary Biospheres?”, July 2004 – present.  His hobbies include travel, hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, flying, gardening, and projects at his rural home.

Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue
144C Ross Hall
Lawrence, KS 66046
(785) 832-6646
claird@ku.edu

 

Sharon CondonSharon Condon, M.A.
Program Co-Director

Sharon Condon is an Evaluator on the Haskell RISE Program and Chair of the Speech Department at Haskell. Condon received her B.A and M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. 

Condon teaches course in Speech, Intercultural, and Group Communication at Haskell Indian Nations University.  Her interests include gardening, reading mystery novels, and singing in the Lawrence Women’s Chorale.

Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue
137C Ross Hall
Lawrence, KS 66046
(785) 749-8404 ext 751
scondon@haskell.ed

 


The RISE Learning Center Staff

Ruben TerryRuben Terry, M.S.
Teaching/Learning Specialist

Ruben Terry serves as the Teaching/Learning Specialist for the RISE Learning Center for the RISE Program. Ruben was born in Winchester, Virginia. He attended Shenandoah University graduating with an Assistant of Arts.  He then enrolled in North Carolina Wesleyan College where he majored in Elementary Education, receiving a B.S. degree in 1976.  He received his Master of Arts degree in Education from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas in the summer of 2001.  Ruben has spent the better part of twenty-five years involved in the education of students from the ages of six to sixty through his various teaching assignments. 

Ruben Terry oversees the daily operation of the RISE Learning Center for the RISE Program. He is responsible for the hiring and training of the peer assistants employed by the Learning Center. Ruben is here to guide and mentor students as well as the peer assistants. He believes everyone involved with the RISE Learning Center will strive to achieve their goals and work to reach their full potential.  In his leisure time, Ruben enjoys working around the house and in his wildlife-friendly backyard.

Haskell Indian Nations University
144B Ross Hall
155 Indian Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66046
(785) 749-8432
rterry@.haskell.edu

 

Rebecca WeltonRebecca Welton
Program Assistant

Rebecca (Becky) Welton serves as the Program Assistant for the RISE Program. Becky was born in Dover, Ohio and moved to the southwest while in elementary school. She attended Northern Arizona University graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, with a minor in Business.  She also did graduate work at Western New Mexico State University and Northern Arizona University in Education. 

While frequently moving with her husband and three sons, she served as a substitute teacher for 13 years and taught jr. and sr. high school in Espanola, New Mexico for five years.  Other career experiences include retail and food service management and ‘Extension’ based outreach for Haskell.

Becky Welton oversees the overall management of the University of Kansas/Haskell Indian Nations University RISE Program. She is responsible for the tracking of grant expenditures and preparing budget reports and assists with oversight of the RISE Learning Lab.  In her leisure time, Becky enjoys tending to her water garden, assisting with the ‘family’ pet store business and entertaining grandchildren.

Haskell Indian Nations University
144B Ross Hall
155 Indian Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66046
(785) 749-8432
bkwelton@.haskell.ed