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CLAS News from Deans' Notes

CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | January 22, 2015

Geography has success at Regional AAG Meeting

Geography and Environmental Sciences (GES) students attended a joint meeting of the Southwest and Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Divisions of the Association of American Geographers last month in Albuquerque, NM and did an exceptional job showing off their work.

Undergraduate Student Poster Awards went to Issamar Pichardo and Jeannette Rodriguez (1st Place) for Understanding Latino Community Recovery after the September 2013 Colorado Flash Floods, (Issamar Pichardo, Jeannette Rodriguez, Deborah Thomas, Andrew Rumbach, Lily Lizarraga, Waverly Klaw, David Lizarraga, Leah Cole, Jeremy Nemeth, and Carrie Makarewicz) and Denise Swack, Erica Reynolds, Filiberto Morales, and Dillon Riebel (3rd Place) for  Body Mass Index (BMI) Mapping and Community Engagement (Denise Swack, Erica Reynolds, Filiberto Morales, Dillon Riebel, Peter Anthamatten, and Deborah Thomas). Other ... Read More »

Allen has new book and is celebrated for his impact on students

Casey Allen, Geography and Environmental Sciences’ Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs and Advising, coedited a new book, Geomorphological Fieldwork, Volume 18 (Developments in Earth Surface Processes). In addition, Allen solo-authored one chapter and co-authored a few others in the book. Allen was also recently profiled by his alma mater, Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, for his work mentoring and teaching student in the field. Allen is quoted as saying, “Students always benefit from getting outside the classroom, and my feedback has shown that students consistently appreciate--and want more—fieldwork.”

Butler on modeling extreme weather

How can mathematical models help in the prediction of storms and hurricanes? How do they help determine the uncertainty that underlies extreme weather conditions? Understanding these answers can help reduce the human and monetary costs associated with natural disasters. Troy Butler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Science, is in a new video produced by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) featuring him with University of Texas, Austin’s Lindley Graham answering these questions. The video was produced at the SIAM Annual Meeting earlier this year, where Butler and Graham presented their work at a mini-symposium on uncertainty and prediction of a storm surge.

Researchers from UT-Austin and University of Colorado discuss uncertainty in storm predictions

Cooney publishes two new articles

Teresa Cooney, Professor and Chair of Sociology, has published two new articles: “Productive and social engagement following driving cessation among older couples.” Research on Aging, 37, 171-199, (Curl, A., Stowe, J., Proulx, C., & Cooney, T. M.); and for a special issue of The Gerontologist focused on successful aging, “Examining Rowe and Kahn’s concept of successful aging: Importance of taking a life course perspective,” 55 (1) (Stowe, J. D., & Cooney, T. M.).

Finkelstein book named a best of 2014

Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany, written by Gabriel Finkelstein, Associate Professor of History, was selected as a best book of 2014 in the Medical Sciences & Psychiatry Aimed at Adults category by Science Books and Films (SB&F). SB&F is a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Henderson recipient of the 2015 Student Leadership Award

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Education Undergraduate Student Programs Advisory Board recently selected CU Denver Chemistry Club president Jack Henderson as the recipient of the 2015 Student Leadership Award. The award recognizes emerging ACS student chapter leaders and helps them prepare for leadership opportunities at volunteer organizations and in their professional career.

Jenkins on the future of the Spanish language

Rapid changes in the use of the Spanish language in the Southwest may lead to the language's extinction in coming decades in the region unless bilingualism is accepted and promoted, according to Devin Jenkins, Associate Professor of Spanish and Modern Languages Department Chair. In this interview,  Jenkins discusses is research which has found that in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, areas with a large population of Spanish and Mexican descent, the use of Spanish is no longer growing.

Is Spanish language dying in the U.S. Southwest? One expert thinks so

Fox News Latino, Jan 7

Make on end-of-life choices

“My argument -- and the reason I have devoted myself to a fellowship researching, writing, and talking about the issue -- is through communication, we can preserve a patient's wishes, whatever they might be,” writes Jeremy Make,  Puksta Foundation Fellow and Master's student in the Department of Communication, discussing his research and efforts on the Auraria campus with the Conversation Project. His fliers around campus at the end of last semester generated buzz: “Let's talk about a good death, what do you say? (Snacks included).”

Opinion: Guest Opinions -- Jeremy Make: Talking about the end

Daily Camera, Dec 5

Martinez named Associate Editor

Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies Donna Martinez was recently named an Associate Editor of the New Direction in the Humanities Collection. Martinez also serves as a reviewer for the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.

Miech research in USA Today

Richard Miech, Professor of Health and Behavioral Science, discussed his research into hookah use among youth, and commented on how future survey questions may drill deeper into youths' perception of hookah. "They see hookah as fundamentally different from cigarette use," he said. "Most likely they see it as safer."

Warning teens of hookah's dangers is tough sell

USA Today, Dec 16

Reich research profiled in the New Republic

Jennifer A. Reich, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, has been researching the anti-vaccination movement since 2007, seeking to understand the processes by which people come to reject vaccines. Over the past seven years, she has conducted in-depth interviews with parents who refuse mainstream vaccine recommendations, along with doctors, alternative healers, and public policymakers.

The Best Way to Combat Anti-Vaxxers Is to Understand Them

New Republic, Jan 5

Tyson executes DIIF grant and fights stereotype threat on campus

With a Diversity and Inclusion Council Initiative Fund grant, Sarah Tyson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, brought Dr. Jenessa Shapiro to campus to give a Stereotype Threat Workshop. The successful workshop was attended by thirty people, including faculty and staff from CU Denver. Dr. Shapiro explained the difference between: Implicit Association, the automatic association of certain traits with certain identity categories; Self Fulfilling Prophecy, the ability of expectations that someone will perform in a certain way to bring about the expected outcome; and Stereotype Threat, a concern about confirming a negative stereotype about one's social group, which often sets up an obstacle to success. She reviewed the most effective techniques for mitigating each of these obstacles to student success. Participants were then asked to work in groups to discuss situations they face in their roles as teachers and administrators where stereotype threat may affect student ... Read More »


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