Russell Selected to Participate in Summer Leadership Institute

Posted on May 19th, 2010 by

Brandy Russell

Gustavus Adolphus College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brandy Russell has been accepted to attend the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Summer Leadership Institute for Early Career Faculty.

This year’s Summer Leadership Institute – the 11th of its kind – will be held July 17-22 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colo.

PKAL is one of the leading advocates in the United States for what works in building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). PKAL is an informal alliance taking responsibility for shaping undergraduate STEM learning environments that attract undergraduate students to STEM fields, inspiring them to persist and succeed by giving them personal experience with the joy of discovery and an awareness of the influence of science and technology in their world.

PKAL invites early-career STEM faculty engaged with transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms and departments to apply for the Summer Leadership Institute. The six-day experience is designed to enhance the leadership capacity and ability for early-career faculty to act as agents of change within their home institutions or professional societies to reform STEM education.

PKAL’s 2010 Summer Leadership Institute features an esteemed list of mentors and staff including Tuajuanda Jordan, Director of the Science Education Alliance at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; George Forsythe, President of Westminster College; James Stith, Vice President Emeritus of the American Institute of Physics; and Melvin George, President Emeritus of the University of Missouri.

Russell joined the Gustavus faculty in 2005 after receiving her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in 2003 and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her special interests include bioinorganic chemistry and metalloprotein structure and folding.

For more information about the PKAL Summer Leadership Institute, go online to


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