CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | November 20, 2014
- Economics dual degree ranks top 10 in the nation
Ranking organization The Financial Engineer released its 2015 Financial Economics Rankings recently, and the Financial Economics dual degree offered by the Department of Economics and the Business School came in at number 8. The degree combines the quantitative skills of an MA in Economics with the practical applications of an MS in Finance. It is designed to create highly-skilled research professionals with considerable econometric skill as well as familiarity with the finance industry. The Financial Engineer ranks schools based on a number of components; including mean GMAT score, mean starting salary of graduates, mean undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate, ... Read More »
- Geography students flying high
On November 3, Geography students from Assistant Professor Christy Briles’ Weather and Climate course (GEOG 3232) visited the wind tunnel at iFLY Denver, in Lone Tree, for a demonstration on the effects and power of Wind. The STEM educator, Sara, at iFLY provided a detailed explanation on the design and operation of the wind tunnel as well as an overview of the experiments to be conducted while in the tunnel. The group tested a series of objects including whiffle balls, a Nerf football, basketball, and yoga ball to determine which one would require the highest velocity of wind to float in the tunnel. They learned that surface area was a major factor influencing the velocity of wind required to keep each object floating. The most interesting experiment for the group was watching how water was influenced by different wind speeds. The students each got the opportunity to see how much wind was required to float them by flying in the tunnel ... Read More »
- Alcott presents at two conferences this fall
Assistant Professor of French, Clinical Teaching Track, Linda Alcott presented papers at two conferences this fall. As an invited teaching panel specialist on “Teaching the Caribbean,” Alcott’s first presentation, titled, “Voices of Haiti and the Caribbean,” was given at the 68th Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention held in Boise, Idaho, Oct 9-11. Alcott’s paper titled, “Suitable for Sacrifice: The Portrait of Expendable Humanity in Marguerite Duras’s Un Barrage contre le Pacifique,” was presented at the Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association’s 112th Annual Conference in Riverside, CA, Oct. 31-Nov 2, for the Women in French special panel, Marguerite Duras: 100 years later.
- Fernandez Martinez publishes new book
María Luisa Fernández Martínez, Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature in the department of Modern Languages, recently published the book El medio fotográfico en la narrativa de Antonio Muñoz Molina.
- Finkelstein book shortlisted for Pickstone Prize
Associate Professor of History, Gabriel Finkelstein’s book Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany (MIT, 2013) is shortlisted for the 2014 Pickstone Prize - a new biennial prize that will be awarded this year by the British Society for the History of Science for “the best scholarly book in the history of science (broadly construed) in English”. Winning books show a “major advance in the understanding and interpretation of the scientific past,” and the winner may have the opportunity to give a presentation on the subject of the winning book. The winner will be announced in early December 2014.
History of science books: Pickstone Prize shortlist ... Read More »
- Noel on Rocky Mountain National Park
Dr. Colorado, Tom Noel, Professor of History, Director of Public History & Preservation, and Co-Director Center for Colorado and the West, shares his thoughts on Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado's most visited attraction.
Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates 100th birthday in 2015
KUSA (CO & Co), Nov 11
- Harding keynotes in Brazil
Rachel Elizabeth Harding, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Spiritual Traditions in the department of Ethnic Studies, gave the keynote address at the 5th annual National Seminar on Afro-Brazilian Cultural Studies, at the Federal University of Paraiba in João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil. Harding lectured on the relationship of African American Spirituals to other religious traditions of the Afro-Atlantic diaspora.
- Kautzer talks elections and gives inaugural lecture
Chad Kautzer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Social Justice Minor, was interviewed for the Japanese newspaper, The Diamond, for an article about the 2014 elections. Kautzer was asked to analyze the election outcomes in Colorado, as well as discuss the proposed amendments and propositions.
Kautzer also delivered the inaugural lecture of the Community Philosophy Institute for Homelessness and Home at the University of Oregon this month. The lecture, titled "Homelessness, Security, and the Politics of Dys-Appearance," can be seen here. As part of the visit, Kautzer also taught a class on homelessness and participated in a community roundtable discussion with the mayors of Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, the Eugene city manager, and ... Read More »
- Scandlyn recognizes veterans with op-ed
Jean Scandlyn, Research Professor in Anthropology, wrote this piece with Sarah Hautzinger, a Professor of Anthropology at Colorado College, in recognition of Veterans Day. From the piece: “Most visible among the wounded survivors who live in Colorado Springs and around the country are physical wounds — veterans living with blindness, deafness, burn scars, paralysis and multiple amputations. And as many as a third of all U.S. military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan return with invisible wounds: post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and major depression. Beyond physical and mental healthcare, returning soldiers often need financial and employment counseling, assistance applying for VA benefits or school tuition, or help reestablishing intimacy with family members and friends. “
Op-Ed: In honor of Veterans Day, ... Read More »
- Shepard gives lecture in California
Doug Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Physics, was an invited Speaker at the Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research Conference on October 11th, at Harvey-Mudd College in Claremont, California. Shepard presented his group’s work on using mathematical models of RNA expression in immune cells to create more single-cell RNA expression experiments in a session focused on the importance of spatial information in mathematical modeling of biology.