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CLAS News from Deans' Notes

CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | September 25, 2014

Bosick presents in Czech Republic

Stacey Bosick, Assistant Professor of Sociology, presented, "Gender Differences in the Relationship between Victimization Reporting and Adult Role Statuses" at the Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Prague, Czech Republic, Sep 10-13, 2014.

Dodge publishes on Chinese classrooms and crossing the line

Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge recently published, "Finding the Line in Beijing: Classrooms as Liminal Space," Chapter 4 in Local Contextual Influences on Teaching (Patrick Ng & Esther Boucher Eds., Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-4438-6405-3). In his chapter, Dodge explores the question, “What is ‘the line’ you cannot cross in the Chinese classroom?” Starting from recent challenges to academic freedom in China and the challenge of self-censorship by international professors and instructors, Dodge conceptualizes his classroom in Beijing as "liminal space", being between and betwixt systems, structures, and cultures where possibilities to explore and engage sensitive topics might otherwise be avoided for fear of crossing “the line.” His classrooms in Beijing comprise a “double-structure, double-buffer zone” ... Read More »

Grace publishes on stalk-eyed flies

Jaime Grace, a Post-Doctoral student currently working in the lab of John Swallow, Chair and Professor of Integrative Biology, is a member of an international team whose research was recently highlighted in Brunei. The team discovered three stalk-eyed flies species (Teleopsis discrepans, Teleopsis dalmanni Brunei and Teleopsis pallifacies) unique to Brunei during their trip to Kuala Belalaong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) in 2012.

Scientist sheds light on local stalk-eyed flies
The Brunei Times
, Aug 28

Guzik presents in Poland

Keith Guzik, Associate Professor of Sociology, traveled to Torun, Poland to take part in the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology.  Guzik made a presentation entitled, "Ni Con Cola: How Agencies Give State Surveillance the Slip in Mexico," which is based on his research on security technologies in Mexico.

Kruger and Mueller publish on smoking in prisons

Patrick M. Krueger, Assistant Professor in Health & Behavioral Sciences, and Shane Mueller, PhD student in Health & Behavioral Sciences, are co-authors on a paper in the British Medical Journal that examines the association between tobacco control policies in prisons and smoking related deaths in the US. The authors find that smoking attributable mortality per 100,000 population is much higher in prisons than in the non-institutionalized population. Further, policies that restrict tobacco in prisons are associated with reductions in deaths from cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and pulmonary diseases. The article was recently discussed by the Respiratory & Sleep Journal Club, on Twitter, at the University of Toronto.

Mandel NSF funded wildfire work to continue

Jan Mandel, Professor and Chair of the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences department, is working with a group that has received Phase II of the NASA grant "Wildland Fire Behavior and Risk Forecasting” at $455,881. This is a collaboration with NOAA, CSU, and the University of Utah, and the CU Denver subcontract is $190,393. The goal of the project is to drive wildfire simulations by satellite fire detection and other satellite data, and integrate the fire forecasts with NOAA weather forecasts. 

Otanez digital storytelling project comes to fruition

As a result of Ford Foundation funding, Marty Ortañez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has been working for over a year with Florence Crittenton Colorado, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the Latino/a Research and Policy Center, the Colorado School of Public Health and youth+tech+health (YTH), on promoting digital storytelling to local teen moms.  The full video collaboration is now available, and you can join the conversation and hear pregnant and parenting teens share their stories of strength and overcoming challenges ‪at #‎TeenMomsTalkBack.

Ren laboratory provides novel findings that help explain the PcG-mediated epigenetic memory

A multi-disciplinary team from the Department of Chemistry including Xiaojun Ren, Assistant Professor, BS/MS students Chao Yu Zhen and Huy Nguyen Duc, and undergraduate student Marko Kokotovic, and the Department of Integrative Biology's  Assistant Professor Christopher Phiel, will publish the article Cbx2 stably associates with mitotic chromosomes via a PRC2 or PRC1-independent mechanism and is needed for recruiting PRC1 complex to mitotic chromosomes in Molecular Biology of the Cell. The maintenance of the PcG-mediated epigenetic inheritance through many cell generations is essential for cellular differentiation. The molecular mechanisms that regulate this process are enigmatic, and this article will help explain the molecular mechanisms of the ... Read More »

Tomback reports on Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk

Diana Tomback, Professor and Associate Chair of Integrative Biology, was invited as a panelist to address climate change and whitebark pine at the Denver Press Club on Sept 10th, after the roll-out of Union of Concerned Scientists report “Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk.”  Tomback was one of the reviewers of the draft report, which explains that impacts of climate change are already seen in pest outbreaks and dead and dying trees. The report further discusses the changes in tree distribution projected by Forest Service modelers, as well as other predictions made about the Rocky Mountain region.  With all of her research and time as Director of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, Tomback has become a go-to expert.

Rocky Mountain forests are dying, report ... Read More »

Tracer publishes on cooperation and generosity

David P. Tracer, Professor and Chair of Health & Behavioral Sciences, co-published a chapter titled Cruel to be Kind?: Effects of Sanctions and Third Party Enforcement on Generosity in Papua New Guinea in the 2014 Sage Foundation volume Experimenting with Social Norms: Fairness and Punishment in Cross-Cultural Perspective.  In it, he and his co-authors use experimental economic methods to demonstrate that, contrary to expectations, the threat of punishment by an outside authority for non-cooperative or stingy behavior actually reduces people's propensity to cooperate and act generously.

Yeatman publishes on research in Malawi

Sara Yeatman, Assistant Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, published two articles in September. In the first paper, published in Population and Development Review, Yeatman and colleagues contrast the discourse around AIDS in Malawi as presented in the media with that of everyday conversations. In the second paper, published in Studies in Family Planning, Yeatman and Sennott examine the influence of partners’ fertility preferences on one another in rural Malawi.


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