Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver play a pivotal role in accomplishing the University’s mission by engaging in a comprehensive variety of research and creative activities. They employ a multiplicity of methods and approaches across a wide range of subject areas within the disciplines represented in the College: the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences.
As a result of their impressive efforts, faculty have received international, national, local, and University awards and accolades. Profiles of some of our faculty activities below provide examples of research and creative endeavor from across the college.
Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology Michael Wunder and students from his lab are tracking the migration patterns of organisms all over North America by comparing chemical signatures in isotopes of everyday elements like carbon, oxygen and hydrogen in migratory birds and animals. Living creatures store chemical signatures in tissue that create a record of where they have been and what they have been up to, and those who know how to read these signals can snoop into an individual's past and predict future behaviors.
In ways that most academics can't claim, Political Science Instructor Jim Walsh integrates his passionate beliefs about education's place in modern society, powerful convictions about social justice and strong abilities as an educator and organizer. The result is the Romero Theater Troupe–an on-going experiment in changing the lives of students and community members throughout Denver–for which Walsh recently won the CU Denver Rosa Parks Diversity Award.
Meng Li, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, has secured a National Science Foundation grant to study "Money, Lives and Scarcity - How do People Allocate Healthcare Resources?" This research will untangle public opinions on healthcare allocation by examining how policy framing and perceived scarcity might influence allocation preference. Li's research, to be conducted between 2014 and 2017, will provide rich data on public opinions for critical health policy issues and will provide guidance to policymakers for how to design different allocation policies for different healthcare resources.
With her first collection of poetry, The Diminishing House, Assistant Professor of English Nicky Beer was awarded the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Prior to its publication, she had already earned awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Now Beer has finished The Octopus Game, a new collection focused on – you guessed it – cephalopods.
Associate Professor of Communication Hamilton Bean and his research collaborators, affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland, are conducting multi-method research on how to best word short, text-based warning messages delivered over mobile devices during an emergency.
Through personal papers and over forty oral histories, Assistant Professor of History Christopher Lowen Agee researched seldom-reported, street-level interactions between police officers and San Francisco residents during the 1950s and 60s for his first book,The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972.