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CLAS News from Deans' Notes

CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | February 19, 2015

Communication faculty and students recognized at WSCA Meeting

Members of the Department of Communication were recognized in the annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) in Spokane, WA, from February 21-24, 2015. Lisa Keranen received WSCA’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award, while Brian L. Ott was recognized as the Immediate Past-President of WSCA. As Second Vice President of the National Communication Association, Stephen John Hartnett served as the NCA’s Executive Committee representative. Other faculty members participated in various presentations and panels addressing media studies, environmental communication, research careers, prisons, feminism, and top papers. Hamilton Bean was elected Member-at-Large to the WSCA Executive Council and also assumed the role of Chair of the Organizational Communication Interest Group. Masters students Andrew Gilmore, Kellie ... Read More »

History and Political Science bring General James Mattis to campus

The History and Political Science departments worked together to bring General James Mattis to campus on Tuesday, February 17th.  General Mattis met with students for Q & A sessions, tours, and student-led press interviews throughout the day.  The students’ pieces will be released on the departments’ blogs: and  Pictures from the visit and more information on General Mattis can be found at:

Psychology proud on Match Day 2015

All three Clinical Health Psychology PhD students who applied for internships matched with their first choice on March 20th:  Kellie Martens will be going to Michigan; Jessica Geller is headed to Yale; and Lisa Betthauser will be working with the Denver VA.  Congratulations to these hardworking students!

Allen receives Fullbright

Casey Allen, Geography and Environmental Sciences’ Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs and Advising, was recently selected for a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant.  Allen will be working with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in the Dana Biosphere Reserve training local Jordanian university students to conduct fieldwork that will result in ecotones maps for the DBR in Wadi Dana, as well as working in Petra with the Petra National Trust studying tourism impacts on the decay of cultural heritage stone monuments.

Carver and Williams receive research funding

Tyler Williams and Amber Carver, Integrative Biology Graduate Students in the lab of Professor Diana Tomback, were recently awarded grants from Denver Field Ornithologists to support their research and field work.  Williams is studying limber pine’s metapopulation structure in Rocky Mountain National Park, and his $1,900 grant will allow him to purchase some of the equipment required for radio tracking Clark’s Nutcrackers (crucial for the limber pine metapopulation structure by dispersing seeds and initiating regeneration). Carver’s research takes place at the Central Plains Experimental Range, on the shortgrass steppe of Northern Colorado, where she investigating nest success dynamics in ground-nesting birds.   Onsite, undergraduate assistants help locate and monitor nests and in return get training in wildlife monitoring, GPS navigation, and data collection, and Carver was awarded $1,800 to go toward on-site ... Read More »

Everhart on celebrity mental illness

Contributing to an article examining the public ridicule of certain actors Kevin Everhart, Associate Professor in Psychology says, "Celebrities are people who, for better or worse, make a living out of being a spectacle… And I think there's a sense of schadenfreude going through people's minds when they see a celebrity suffering. Typically, those who take pleasure in someone else's suffering have low self-esteem. And for someone like that, someone who feels that they don't have anything, there can be a sense of perverse justice when watching someone fall apart."

Should We Be Laughing at Celebrities with Mental Disorders?
Vice Media, Feb 17

Martinez publishes on American Indian urbanization

Donna Martinez, Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies, published “Urbanization is Part of American Indian Ancestry” in The American Mosaic: The American Indian Experience

Rodriguez selected for National Geographic internship

Jeannette Rodriguez, an undergraduate Geography major, has been selected for an internship this spring with the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. She will be a social media intern on Team Teach, part of National Geographic’s Education and Children’s Media Marketing. Rodriguez will be responsible for sourcing and creating content to support the mission “to inspire, illuminate and teach” geography. To learn more about National Geographic Society internships, please visit this website.

York poem and tribute appears in NYT Magazine

Natasha Trethewey, appointed United States Poet Laureate in June 2012, remembers and celebrates Jake Adam York, Associate Professor of English, who died of a stroke in 2012. She says, “When I read the poem now, I am struck by a kind of prescience in the elegiac lines, as if he were speaking his last words to the beloved, knowing how those of us who lost him must now abide.”

New York Times Magazine
, Feb 18


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