CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | June 11, 2015
- Biology Department Student Award Winners
Congratulations to the Biology Department’s student award winners for 2014-2015:
CU Denver Outstanding Underclassman in Integrative Biology: Chloe Sanders
CU Denver Outstanding Upperclassman in Integrative Biology: Liana Boggs
CU Denver Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Integrative Biology: Sladjana Subotic
CU Denver Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Integrative Biology: Anna Nguyen
CU Denver Outstanding Service Learning in Integrative Biology: Karl Sanders
CU Denver Outstanding Graduate Defense in Integrative Biology: Juliana Valera
CU Denver Outstanding Graduate Student in Integrative Biology: Andrew Bubak
- Communication represents at Chinese Conference
A team of faculty from Communication represented CU Denver at the inaugural Conference on Communication, Media, and Governance at the China University of Communication in Beijing this past May. Stephen Hartnett, Chair of Communication, gave a keynote lecture entitled, “Communication’s Futures in the Age of Globalization; or, Building Better U.S.-China Collaborations,” along with Hong Lei, the Chinese Communist Party’s Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hamilton Bean, Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge, and Lisa Keränen also spoke, respectively, about public relations in China, harmony and dissident art, and using digital media to create bridges between the US-China cultural divide. The team is partnering with CUC for a follow-up conference for China's leading communication scholars next year.
- English at ICB publishes student literary magazine
Last month, English faculty and students at the International College Beijing held a second annual publication party to celebrate the creative work that went into the Lynx: A Literary Magazine for students. Highlights of this year's edition include two pieces of fan fiction, one choose-your-own-adventure-style fable, and the layout/design skills of a very talented student editor.
- Agee on modern policing
History Assistant Professor Chris Agee chronicles how the traditional regime of decentralized, discretionary, corrupt policing was replaced with the top-down, bureaucratic, and ostensibly more regulated urban police departments that we know today.
The Dark Side of Police Reform
- Caronan publishes new book
Faye Caronan, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, recently published Legitimizing Empire: Filipino American and U.S. Puerto Rican Cultural Critique (University of Illinois Press). Caronan's examination interprets the pivotal engagement of novels, films, performance poetry, and other cultural productions as both symptoms of and resistance against American military, social, economic, and political incursions in the Philippines and Puerto Rico.
- Everhart on gray skies and cloudy moods
Though it’s finally drying out now, Psychology Senior Instructor Kevin Everhart was called upon to discuss the impact of rainy weather on moods in the month of May.
Grey Skies Causing Blue Moods
Fox 31, May 20
- Nakamura recognized as exceptional graduate
On her journey to earn a BS in Biology, Kaylae Nakamura became a MARC U-STAR (Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research) Scholar and made good use of the ties between CU Denver and CU Anschutz. Every winter break during her four years at CU Denver, Nakamura would travel home to Hawai'i and speak at local high schools, assuring the juniors and seniors that they shouldn’t be afraid to leave their home state for higher education. Nakamura always knew she wanted to attend college far from Hawai'i to experience a new culture and environment. Read more about Nakamura here.
- Prestigious grants for French fund research
Joshua French, Assistant Professor of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, has received two grants that he’ll be working under this summer. His R01 grant will be to apply methodology to the NARCCAP data to determine the interaction between global and regional climate models in determining the effect on temperature, precipitation, etc. He also received a competitive, collaborative National Science Foundation Focused Research Group (FRG) grant focused on developing and applying statistical methodology related to the extremes of spatial functional data.
- Otañez presenting on tobacco and marijuana
Marty Otañez, Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, presented 'Labor Resistance in Malawi's Tobacco Farming Sector' on the panel 'Tobacco: A Toxic and Exploitative Crop' at the Hasta La Victoria! Farm Worker Justice in Global Supply Chains event organized by the International Labor Rights Forum in Washington, D.C. on June 3rd. Also, Otañez with Jordan Wellington, Attorney with Vicente Sederberg, formerly with the Colorado Department of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement Division as a policy analyst, co-moderated a panel 'Legitimacy and Uncertainty: A Fireside Chat about Colorado’s Pot Industry,' at the Denver-based Colorado Photographic Arts Center on Saturday, May 30th.
- Tomback concluding fellowship program
Diana Tomback, Professor and Associate Chair of Integrative Biology, has had a unique, two-phase Charles Bullard Fellowship program. She spent the winter in HF researcher Andrew Richardson's lab on the main Harvard campus, learning new approaches to assessing the impacts of global change at the forest and global scale. This summer, she's at the Forest collaborating with HF Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison to study the specific impacts of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid on eastern hemlock ecosystems. The eastern hemlock ecosystem presents a parallel to the system that Tomback regularly studies out west: whitebark pine, and its ... Read More »