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CLAS News from Deans' Notes

CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | July 23, 2015

Adams study of same sex parents sparks media

Jimi Adams, Associate Professor in Health and Behavioral Sciences, examined thousands of peer-reviewed articles on same-sex parenting over several decades, and found that scientific consensus among researchers supported a "no difference" conclusion – agreement that  children of same-sex parents experience "no difference" on a range of social and behavioral outcomes compared to children of heterosexual or single parents.

Study: Kids of same-sex couples not negatively impacted
9 News
, June 16

No negative impact on children of same sex couples
Yahoo News India
, June 16

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Outstanding alum Cook recognized at SDB meeting

Jonathan Cook, CLAS Outstanding Graduate Student for Spring 2015 from the Department of Integrative Biology, received an honorary mention in the graduate poster category at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology, presenting his thesis work "Zygote arrest (Zar) proteins regulate mRNA translation and disrupt formation of the translation initiation complex."

Cooney publishes in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Teresa Cooney, Professor and Chair of Sociology, has published “A randomized crash injury prevention trial of transitioning high risk elders from driving.” in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, (79(1), 132-137, Stowe, J. D., & Cooney, Teresa M., Bonne, S., Meuser, T. M., Berg-Weger, M., Schmidt, S., & Coughenour, J. (2015).

Cronin active at IEA Conference

Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, Greg Cronin presented a paper at the 21st International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, in Puerto Rico June 10-13. He was also elected a Counselor of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association and agreed to be on the Review Board of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Review.  Read more about the presentation here.

Ferencik selected for Gilman International Scholarship

Aaron Ferencik, Senior in the Department of International Studies, has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, Buerau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Institute of International Education. Ferenick is currently studying Arabic in Jordan, with additional funding through the Critical Need Language Award, with promotes the study of languages important to U.S. Diplomacy.

Huber moving into a next generation of dark matter experiments with NSF funding

Martin E. Huber, Professor of Physics and Director of the Master of Integrated Sciences Program, received funding for his latest NSF proposal to extend his work at the next-generation dark matter experiment  SuperCDMS SNOLAB. Huber’s funding will provide for an additional Senior Professional Research Associate and make available positions for undergraduate research assistants.

Johnson and Oleson Boettcher Foundation 2015 Class of Boettcher Investigators

Last month, the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees announced its 2015 class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. Aaron N. Johnson (left), Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, and Erik B. Oleson (right), Assistant Professor of Psychology, will each receive a grant of $225,000 to cover up to three years of biomedical research activity.

Pierce on Smithsonian blog

Allison K. Pierce, MS student in the Department of Integrative Biology, had her research on Mountain Plovers in South Park highlighted this month on the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center expedition blog.

Reich new ASA Section Chair on Sex and Gender

Jennifer Reich, Associate Professor of Sociology, is the new Chair-elect for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sociology of Sex and Gender.

Timely Scull study on male stripper mentality

In the July 13 edition of the journal Deviant Behavior, Sociology Instructor Maren Scull found that male strippers reported higher self-confidence and self-esteem thanks to their forays into exotic dancing. Coinciding with the release of the film Magic Mike XXL, this research "The Self-Concept as a Side-Bet: How Stripping Enhances the Self-Views of Men who Dance for Women.” garnered considerable media attention.

Why Do Men Strip? Here’s the Answer from CU Denver’s Maren Scull
, July 14

Why Men Strip
Fox 31
, July 14

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Swallow examines David and Goliath from a serotonin standpoint

John Swallow, Chair and Professor of Integrative Biology, and his collaborators, including graduate student Andrew Bubak, published their peer-reviewed article “David vs. Goliath: Serotonin modulates opponent perception between smaller and larger rivals.” this month in Behavioral Brain Research. This study examined the effects of serotonin manipulation on smaller competitors to determine whether elevated serotonin levels would overcome the advantage of size, allowing David to “slay” Goliath. Results show that increasing brain serotonin levels in smaller rivals elevates aggression. However, the larger opponents adjust their fighting strategy mid-contest to match the increased aggression displayed by the smaller opponent, suggesting contextual flexibility based on opponent assessment.  In the end, serotonin significantly increased aggressive displays ... Read More »


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