CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | April 24, 2014
- Geography Announces Scholarship Winners
Geography and Environmental Sciences’ (GES) is proud to announce the first winners of a new, annual scholarship: the Undergraduate Geography Major Rodgers Research Opportunity Scholarship. Designed to cover field and/or research expenses for travel for research and conferences for GES major undergraduates who undertake scholarly research in collaboration with a GES faculty member, the first-time recipients for this Spring 2014 semester are:
Ashley Bouck – winning submission: “Product Labeling and Geographic Origins of Colorado Honeys”
Susanna Diller – winning submission: “The Relationship of Social Media and Area Marketing in Boyband Popularity”
In addition, GES awarded two students their William M. Rodgers Memorial Scholarship for Spring 2014. Annually, GES awards this scholarship to a junior and/or senior geography major, and this year’s recipients are Kelsi ... Read More »
- Foss publishes thirtieth anniversary edition of book
Sonja Foss, professor of communication, along with coauthors Karen Foss and Robert Trapp, has completed the 4th edition of their book Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric; it was just released as the 30th anniversary edition. The book surveys the theories of nine theorists who provide foundational perspectives on contemporary rhetorical theory.
- Golub receives professional development grant
The philosophy department is pleased to report that Jeff Golub received an ICB Professional Development grant in the amount of $1,500 for an academic paper presentation in Italy. Not only is Golub teaching a full Instructor's load in China, but he also single-handedly runs the philosophy minor for the ICB program. Given these duties, his chair describes his ability to create professional-quality scholarship as, “… most impressive, indeed.”
- Harding publishes article
Rachel Elizabeth Harding, assistant professor of indigenous spiritual traditions in ethnic studies, recently published the article “Authority, History and Everyday Mysticism in the Poetry of Lucille Clifton: A Womanist View” in the journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism.
- Kadel keynote in Brazil
Robert Kadel, lecturer in sociology, gave a keynote address in Brazil this month at the Congresso Brasileiro de Educação Superior Particular (Conference of Brazilian Private Higher Ed. Institutions) titled, “Social Media: A Revolution in Higher Education.” You can see the presentation (in Portuguese) at this link.
- Keranen guest edits journal
Lisa Keränen, associate professor of communication, guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities on "Medicine, Health, and Publics," which demonstrates how a rhetorical understanding of publics offers conceptual, methodological, and practical benefits to health humanities scholars. Individual essays explore how various publics seek to influence medical/health knowledge and practice across cases that span vaccine refusal and public pharmaceutical hearings through controversial medical counter-publics and notions of healthy citizenship. The afterword by J. Blake Scott explores infrastructure and embodiment as they relate to the interfaces between publics and health. The issue includes a discussion guide for classes and reading groups.
- Robinson talks Aurora congressional race and race
Tony Robinson, chair of political science, commented on the sixth Congressional District race earlier this month, “America is rapidly turning into a majority-minority nation in which minority voters are driving our politics. And CD-6 is at the epicenter of that.”
In Aurora’s CD-6 race, candidates court diverse voters
Aurora Sentinel, Apr 4
- Weaver and Five Fridges Farm profiled
A local news team spent Wednesday morning of last week at the Five Fridges Farm in Wheat ridge, interviewing student interns and Amanda Weaver, geography and environmental sciences instructor. Weaver uses her farm, a research station for CU Denver, to teach students about the techniques of urban farming. Farm and apprenticeship/internship programs are tailored to students' interests and career plans, with options focused on urban planning, conservation, water rights and other topics.
CU Denver Professor Amanda Weaver takes her job so seriously that she lives in her classroom.
9News, Apr 16
- Wee receives fellowship in Sweden
Bryan Wee, assistant professor in geography and environmental sciences and STEM Education, has been awarded a research fellowship from Stockholm University, Sweden. He will spend the next academic year at their Center for Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences to further his research on cross-cultural comparisons of children’s environmental views. In addition to writing interdisciplinary papers/grants, Bryan will refine his scholarship on the use of photography to understand human-environment interactions. He will also develop a travel study course in Scandinavia focused on cultural views of nature. Bryan is very grateful for this opportunity, as well as the support he has received from CLAS and the School of Education and Human Development.
- Yoder presents collaboratively on study abroad and food
On April 3, senior instructor in communication e.j. Yoder (along with CU Denver’s senior director of international programs, John Sunnygard; and director of the Barcelona Study Abroad Experience Rich Kurtzman) presented a workshop titled "Know Food, Know Culture" at the annual Forum Education Abroad Conference in San Diego. The workshop provided a variety of tools and techniques for faculty and staff to deepen a student's study abroad experiences. The workshop explored the fundamental role of food in understanding culture, another culture’s food ways and promoted food discussions as essential to the study abroad experience. CU Denver’s Global Study programs in Spain and Guatemala were used as models to explore food as a vehicle to understand culture, social justice, globalization and personal identity. Yoder and Sunnygard will conduct a similar workshop for CU Denver ... Read More »