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James Beck: Appointed councilor for CU chapter of national medical honor society

James Beck, MD, professor, Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care and vice chair for Veterans Affairs in the Department of Medicine, was appointed the new councilor for CU chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.

Stephen Koester: Researches impact of Denver's camping ban on the homeless

Steve Koester, PhD

Stephen Koester and colleague present findings from fieldwork among Denver's homeless population to examine how the city's recently enacted camping ban affected people's living arrangements and survival strategies.

Meredith Mealer: Named new COMIRB director

Meredith Mealer, PhD, RN, assistant professor, School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine, has been named the director of the Colorado Multiple Institution Review Board (COMIRB).

Ashby Butnor: Named director Undergraduate Experiences

Ashby Butnor, PhD, is the director of First-Year Experiences. She comes to CU Denver from Auraria Campus partner Metropolitan State University of Denver.

MLA Faculty win ASLA Colorado 2014 Professional Design Awards

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The awards recognize exceptional accomplishments completed by Colorado and Wyoming landscape architects during 2014.

Peter J. Rice: Selected as a fellow by American Pharmacist Association

Peter J. Rice, PharmD, PhD, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, was selected as a 2015 Fellow by the American Pharmacist Association (APhA).

Zaneta Thayer: Publishes on the stress of racial discrimination during pregnancy

Zaneta Thayer, PhD, assistant professor of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently published two articles addressing effects of stress during pregnancy.

Troy Butler: Explains how math models help predict storms

Troy Butler, PhD, assistant professorof Mathematical and Statistical Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is in a new video detailing how to improve the predictive capabilities of mathematical models that can help in severe storm forecasting.

Lawrence Hunter: Honored for contributions in computational biology

Lawrence Hunter, PhD, professor of pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, received the 2015 Outstanding Contributions to the ISCB Award from the International Society for Computational Biology.

Moyed Miften and Bernard Jones: Awarded research funding for treating pancreatic cancer

Drs. Moyed Miften and Bernard Jones, Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine, recently were awarded a contract from Varian Medical Systems to support research for treating pancreas cancer.

Gabriel Finkelstein: Recognized for best book of 2014

A biography about German neuroscientist Emil du Bois-Reymond, written by CU Denver Associate Professor of History Gabriel Finkelstein, PhD, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was selected as a Best Book of 2014 by Science Books and Films .

Donna Martinez: Named associate editor for collection of humanities journals

CU Denver Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies Donna Martinez, PhD, was recently named an associate editor of the New Direction in the Humanities Collection.

Jacqueline Jones: Publishes on heart failure patients and caregivers

Jacqueline Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCNA, associate professor, College of Nursing, has written an article “The Future as a Series of Transitions: Qualitative Study of Heart Failure Patients and Their Informal Caregivers.”

Jody Tanabe: Receives Distinguished Investigator Award

Jody Tanabe, MD, professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, has been honored with the 2014 Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy of Radiology Research.

Casey Allen: Co-edits new book on field-based learning

Casey Allen, assistant professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, co-edited a new book, Geomorphological Fieldwork, Volume 18.

John Swallow: Co-authors study on insect aggression and neurochemistry

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Professor and Chair of Biology John Swallow and his lab groups are applying information about neurotransmitters to illustrate the power of using insect models to study aggression.

Amy Brooks-Kayal: Elected president of the American Epilepsy Society

Amy Brooks-Kayal, MD, professor of pediatrics and neurology, School of Medicine, was elected president of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) at the group’s annual meeting last month in Seattle.

Sarah Fields: Co-edits anthology in Sport, Culture, and Society Series

Sarah Fields

Sarah K. Fields, JD, PhD, associate professor in Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, co-edited the new anthology: Sport and the Law: Historical and Cultural Intersections.

Cory Hilliard: Teaches the business of sports and entertainment

Cory Hilliard

Cory Hilliard, CU-Boulder Buffs associate athletic director, Business Operations, and adjunct instructor in the CU Denver Business School teaches Finance in the Sports and Entertainment Industries in the Sports and Entertainment certificate program.

Robert Lee Page: Serving on two American Heart Association committees

Robert Lee Page, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine, is serving on two committees of the American Heart Association. He is the pharmacy/clinical pharmacology representative.

Leslie Knaub: Receives Fadul Award

Senior Professional Research Assistant Leslie Knaub received the Steven Fadul Award last month from School of Medicine Dean Richard Krugman, MD, during a gathering of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.

Ann Komara: Selected for residency in France

Ann Komara, associate professor and chair of Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning, has been awarded a residency fellowship by the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

Matthews, Neu and Cook: Publish findings on insomnia in children and cancer

College of Nursing colleagues Ellyn Matthews, Madalynn Neu and Paul Cook have published research findings on sleep among children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and their mothers.

Andrew Friedson: Awarded Richard Musgrave Prize

Andrew Friedson, PhD, assistant professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the prestigious Richard Musgrave Prize by the National Tax Association.

Six faculty get professional development grants

The CU Denver Association of Lecturers and Instructors announced the recipients of the Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Professional Development grants for fall 2014. Funding for each of these six $500 grants is provided through the Office of the Provost.

Jeffrey Cohn: Named new deputy chief of police

Jeffrey Cohn has been named the new deputy chief of police for CU Denver l CU Anschutz.

Christine G. H. Franck: Presents on craft in building arts

Christine G. H. Franck, planning director of Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives in the College of Architecture and Planning, last month delivered a lecture in Nashville, Tenn., entitled “The Art of Craft Today.”

Cambier and Refaeli: Awarded patent for new process to produce blood stem cells

A team led by School of Medicine colleagues John Cambier, PhD, and Yosef Refaeli, PhD, has received a patent for a technique to create large amounts of adult blood stem cells using small blood samples including cord blood or bone marrow.

Jeffrey Stansbury: Awarded patent for development of polymers

A team led by Jeffrey Stansbury, PhD, CU School of Dental Medicine and professor CU-Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, has received a patent for a photopolymerization process

Melissa Furness: Selected as ambassador to Biennial of the Americas

Melissa Furness

Melissa Furness, associate professor of Art in Painting and Drawing in the College of Arts & Media, has been invited as an ambassador for the 2015 Biennial of the Americas.

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