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Think Tank campaign rolls out new signage

Think Tank signs adorn CU Denver Building at 14th and Larimer streets

DENVER (May 1, 2012) - Colorful new window signage with CU Denver logos, students' faces and provocative questions goes up on the Denver Campus.

Colorado Center for Health and Wellness fights childhood obesity

5th Gear Kids

AURORA, Colo. (May 1, 2012) – The Colorado Center for Health and Wellness wants children in Colorado to make healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices so it is partnering with two school districts to empower students with skills to make healthy choices.

Kate Lampkin graduation story

DENVER (May 3, 2012) - Kate Lampkin graduates in May after a long struggle with her health.

Colorado School of Public Health scientist testifies before congressional panel

Lisa McKenzie

DENVER (May 2, 2012) – Lisa McKenzie, a research associate at the Colorado School of Public Health, testified before a congressional panel urging stronger regulations to protect against hazardous air emissions near hydraulic fracturing or fracking sites.

Beam elected to prestigious National Academy of Sciences

Professor Kurt Beam, PhD

AURORA, Colo. (May 2, 2012) - The National Academy of Sciences announced CU School of Medicine’s Professor Kurt Beam, PhD, Department of Physiology & Biophysics has been elected to membership.

Middle and high school students work on school issues

Students gather at the civioc inquiry project

DENVER (May 3, 2012) - Middle and high school students gathered on the Auraria campus for the Critical Civic Inquiry project to show off their research on issues related to students and schools.

CU Medical School moves forward on implementation of state AED registry

Mary Tappe, a cardiac arrest survivor, talks at the Pilot AED Registry meeting as Comilla Sasson looks on

AURORA, Colo. (May 3, 2012) - A group of more than 30 stakeholders met today at Anschutz Medical Campus to move the pilot automated external defibrillator (AED) registry into its action stage.

Panel says partnerships, education, trust key to productive ties with China

Buechner Breakfast panelists talk about "Colorado and China -- Partnerships for Tomorrow"

DENVER (May 4, 2012) - The path to a productive relationship with China lies in partnerships in cultural, educational and economic arenas, panelists said at a Buechner Breakfast First Friday session this morning.

Hopkins headed to military after graduation

Moses Hopkins

DENVER (May 4, 2012) - Moses Hopkins will be commissioned as an officer into active duty in the Army the day before graduation.

Business School partners with 9News for Your Money Monday

Reporter Gregg Moss interviews Business School Dean Sueann Ambron during Your Money Monday

DENVER (May 7, 2012) - In a new partnership, 9News anchor/reporter Gregg Moss will broadcast live from the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities every Monday morning for the next year in news segments called “Your Money Monday.”

School based clinics boost adolescent vaccine rates

Nurse preparing vaccine

AURORA, Colo. (May 7, 2012) - New research from the University of Colorado School of Medicine shows that school-based health centers are highly effective in delivering comprehensive care, especially vaccines to adolescents.

Eye color may indicate risk for serious skin conditions

Richard Spritz, MD, of the CU School of Medicine

AURORA, Colo. (May 7, 2012) - Eye color may be an indicator of whether a person is high-risk for certain serious skin conditions. A study, led by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, shows people with blue eyes are less likely to have vitiligo.

Dental Medicine dedicates new clinic; unveils symbolic sculpture

Dental Medicine dedicates new clinic; unveils symbolic sculpture

AURORA, Colo. (May 7, 2012) - Ribbon cutting at CU School of Dental Medicine opens new clinical space that allows the school to increase access to education for more students and serve more patients.

Gift allows School of Education’s “Pyramid Plus” to expand reach

Children on playground

DENVER (May 8, 2012) – Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver will expand its statewide reach, thanks to a new $811,810 grant from The Colorado Health Foundation.

CU Denver Boots to Suits participants find jobs

CU Denver Boots to Suits participants find jobs

DENVER (May 8, 2011) – 37 student military vets are finding jobs through Boots to Suits, a program that helps veterans shift from their roles as service members to students and then to business professionals and leaders in our community.

Students get fueled for finals week

Finals Fuel was put on by the Office of Student Life

DENVER (May 8, 2012) - Students on the Auraria campus are offered many different forms of 'fuel' as they head into finals week.

Barbershop Quartet looks to bring life to National Anthem

DENVER (May 9, 2012) - All-female barbershop quartet Ruby Blue hits 'high note' for honor of singing National Anthem at the Denver Campus Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Officials celebrate opening of Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

From left, James O. Hill, Ted Harms and Bruce Benson cut the ribbon at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

AURORA, Colo. (May 9, 2012) - A new world-class model for healthier living has been built on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and officials, benefactors and dignitaries gathered Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

Colorado School of Public Health wins Grand Challenges Exploration funding

AURORA, Colo. (May 9, 2012) - The Colorado School of Public Health announced Wednesday that it will receive $100,000 for an innovative vaccine program through Grand Challenges Explorations, created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Student graduates after family health scare

DENVER (May 10, 2012) - Sarah Coughlin will graduate on Saturday from the College of Arts & Media after a family health scare that prompted her to give up a kidney.

Goodwin named interim dean of college of arts and media

Laura Goodwin

DENVER (May 10, 2012) - University of Colorado Denver Provost Roderick Nairn today announced that Laura Goodwin will serve as the interim dean of the College of Arts & Media.

Vaccine safety focus of international summit

AURORA, Colo. (May 10, 2012) – Public health officials from across the Americas converged on the Anschutz Medical Campus Thursday for the first Pan-American Vaccine Safety Summit, aimed at creating new ways of delivering immunizations safely.

Student graduates with dual master degrees

DENVER (May 11, 2012) - Josh Pauletic graduates with a dual degree of a MBA and a MS in marketing and looks forward to impacting the business world.

Let's Talk event celebrates special bonds between mothers and daughters

Mother and daughter

AURORA, Colo. (May 11, 2012) - Moms and their daughters are invited to "Let's Talk: Conversations About Women's Health," at the Anschutz Medical Campus on Saturday. The event will run from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the Trivisible Room

Graduating students enjoy festive Senior Sendoff

CU Denver senior Vanessa Avitia, right, enjoys Senior Sendoff with her mom, Rose Avitia

DENVER (May 11, 2012) - On Thursday evening, CU Denver students reveled in a well-deserved party at the annual Senior Sendoff. The event was hosted by the Rock Bottom Brewery on the 16th Street Mall.

Overjoyed students graduate at chilly commencement ceremony

CU Denver graduate Abbie Sietsema poses with her family members after graduation on Saturday

DENVER (May 14, 2012) - "Pretty surreal," "overjoyed" and "the greatest day of my life" were just a few of the comments made by Class of 2012 graduates at the University of Colorado Denver Spring Commencement on Saturday.

Brain circuitry is different for women with anorexia and obesity

brain xray

AURORA, Colo. (May 14, 2012) - A study recently published by a University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher shows that reward circuits in the brain are sensitized in anorexic women and desensitized in obese women.

Mother Goose awaits arrivals on Anschutz Medical Campus

Mother Goose awaits arrival on Anschutz Medical Campus

AURORA, Colo. (May 14, 2912) - One 'mom-to-be' at the Anschutz Medical Campus is getting some extra special attention

Graduate leaves CU Denver with no student loan debt

Graduate leaves CU Denver with no student loan debt

DENVER (May 15, 2012) - Ana Pereza-Alfaro has just graduated from CU Denver after four years with zero student loan debt -- thanks to help from her husband and parents.

Dietary supplements increase cancer risk

Dietary supplements

AURORA (May 15, 2012) - Beta-carotene, selenium and folic acid – taken up to three times their recommended daily allowance, these supplements are probably harmless. But taken at higher levels, they are proven to increase the risk of developing cancer.

Project brings CPR awareness and training to high-risk neighborhoods

Comilla Sasson, MD, demonstrates the proper technique for CPR on a simulator dummy

DENVER (May 15, 2012) - Comilla Sasson, MD, with the Department of Emergency Medicine is leading a grassroots project to try to improve cardiac arrest survival rates in high-risk neighborhoods.

New financial aid director takes over

New finanical aid director Broscheit starts at CU Denver

DENVER (May 16, 2012) - James Broscheit recently began work as the director of Financial Aid -- filling a nearly year-long vacancy.

Author signs book on bettering yourself

Garth Sundem signing books

AURORA, Colo. (May 16, 2012) - Local author Garth Sundem was at Anschutz Medical Campus signing his most recent book about improving skill sets in your life.

Web-based teaching techniques necessary to meet demands of today's student

Jeff Borden delivers the keynote address at the CU Online Spring Symposium

DENVER (May 17, 2012) - Jeff Borden, an eCollege executive, used the Pong vs. Pac-Man example to illustrate how education must adapt to changing technology. He was the keynote speaker at today's CU Online Symposium.

Diversity awards honors groundbreakers

Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts luncheon for honorees

AURORA, Colo. (May 17, 2012) - Diversity awards honor 8 individuals or groups for their excellence in increasing awareness of diversity needs at the university.

Satisfying work and constant growth keeps 25-year faculty members happy

Ellen Stevens, Sally Nathenson-Mejia and Deanna Sands are pictured at the CU Denver 25-year faculty celebration

DENVER (May 18, 2012) - Back when traffic streamed across the Auraria Campus and state money flowed more readily into higher education, nine faculty members joined the School of Education and Human Development in 1987.

Forever Mankind by DAC could be a hit on film circuit

Speechwriter William Safire ponders what to write in a scene from DAC's Forever Mankind

DENVER (May 18, 2012) - The Digital Animation Center could have another hit on its hands with "Forever Mankind," a film about the words a grieving nation would have heard if the Apollo 11 mission ended in catastrophe.

Auraria library receives a new look

DENVER (May 21, 2012) - The Auraria Library has begun a multi-phase renovation that utilized surveys of students, faculty, and staff to find the major areas of concern.

College of Nursing reaches out to homeless community

College of Nursing reaches out to homeless community

DENVER (May 21, 2012) - It is difficult to tell who gets more out of a partnership between the CU College of Nursing, School of Medicine and Urban Peak – the volunteers or the young people who receive services in the Urban Peak health clinic.

Gift of Life and Breath Race raises $85,000 for lung cancer research

Participants at the May 19 Gift of Life and Breath run at Anschutz Medical Campus

AURORA, Colo. (May 21, 2012) - Rain and cold temperatures couldn’t dampen the dedication of more than 300 runners and their supporters at the sixth annual Gift of Life and Breath Race held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Baby goslings arrive at Anschutz Medical Campus

A mother goose and her babies live on a parking island at Anschutz Medical Campus

AURORA, Colo. (May 22, 2012) - Mother goose watches over newly hatched goslings in Georgetown parking lot on Anschutz Medical Campus.

Health professional programs partner with King Soopers

AURORA, Colo. (May 22, 2012) - University of Colorado health professional programs partner with King Soopers and The Little Clinic to improve community health services.

Free screenings for relatives of people with type 1 diabetes

Diabetes blood test

AURORA, Colo. (May 23, 2012) – Researchers at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes are offering free screenings from TrialNet to relatives of people with type 1 diabetes.

Learning from past fires to prevent future catastrophe

CU Denver Professor Lloyd Burton is studying the policy changes that follow massive wildfires

DENVER (May 23, 2012) - A University of Colorado Denver professor is studying the aftermath of wildfire -- specifically whether governments make policy changes in the wake of devastating fires.

Anschutz Medical Campus Student Service Excellence Awards

Silver Society

AURORA, Colo. (May 23, 2012) - Anschutz Medical Campus Student Service Excellence Awards recently were announced.

Student graduates with doctorate of nursing practice

Shawn Elliott

AURORA, Colo. (May 24, 2012) - Shawn Elliott is graduating from the Anschutz Medical Campus with a doctorate of nursing practice that she earned for her work with an asthma project.

Summertime is perfect time for counseling connection

DENVER (May 8, 2012) – With summertime fast approaching, the Counseling Center at the university is reminding families that the summer months provide the perfect opportunity to grow and strengthen with the support of counseling.

Elementary school helps beautify Anschutz Medical Campus

Paris Elementary students plant Norwegian pine saplings at Anschutz Medical Campus

AURORA, Colo. (May 24, 2012) - Thirty-five fourth-graders from Paris Elementary walked two miles from their school to plant dozens of saplings on a relatively barren corner of the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Students excited to graduate at Anschutz Medical Campus

Graduates celebrated in gusty conditions at Anschutz Medical Campus May 25

AURORA, Colo. (May 25, 2012) - Amid blustery winds and cool temperatures, graduates in the fields of health and sciences received their degrees this morning at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Pharmacy graduate has served in Israeli military

Noah Nevo

AURORA, Colo. (May 25, 2012) - Graduating today from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Noah Nevo is an Israeli citizen whose parents moved to Fort Collins when he was two years old. He has lived most of his life in the U.S.

Disclosure law may have little impact on what drugs are prescribed

Prescription pills

AURORA, (May 29, 2012) - A Colorado School of Public Health researcher has found that laws designed to illuminate financial links between doctors and pharmaceutical companies have little or no effect on what drugs are prescribed.

Largest Cancer Center in Region is Expanding

Ribbon cutting at University of Colorado Hospital expansion ceremony

AURORA, Colo. (May. 29, 2012) – The University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) has just opened a large expansion to the Anschutz Cancer Pavilion (ACP).

Employees with milestone anniversaries recognized at luncheon

Longterm employees were honored at the milestone anniversary luncheon at Anschutz Medical Campus

AURORA, Colo. (May 29, 2012) - University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus employees who have reached milestone years of service were recognized at a luncheon today on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Bioengineering graduates first Master of Science class

Bioengineering Master of Science students graduate May 25 at Anschutz Medical Campus

AURORA, Colo. (May 31, 2012) - The Department of Bioengineering graduated its first Master of Science students in the spring commencement May 25 at Anschutz Medical Campus.

China is classroom setting for Maymester course

Amanda Heersink trying the cuisine in Olympic Park, China.

SHANGHAI, China - Through CU Denver's Maymester offerings, senior communications major Amanda Heersink is six-thousand miles away from home in China for a class titled: Narratives of the New China: Engagement & Exploration.

Clinicians and researchers head to ASCO Conference

AURORA, Colo. (May 31, 2012) – Clinicians and researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are heading to Chicago to attend the annual gathering of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

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