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CLAS News from Deans' Notes

CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | December 14, 2017

Biology Department Travel Awards

Benjamin Lagasse, M.S. student advised by Mike Wunder, received a travel award from the Department of Integrative Biology to attend the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting (WHSG) in Paracas, Peru. While attending WHSG, he gave an oral presentation detailing a method for prioritizing landscape conservation using annual tracking data from a population of Dunlin tagged in 2010 and 2016. Generally, this presentation emphasized the need to implement local conservation actions that work collectively to safeguard all critical links within the chain of habitats that facilitate continental migrations.

Lamya’a Dawud, PhD Graduate Student advised by Dr. Sondra Bland, received travel awards from the Department of Integrative Biology and CLAS to attend the Society for Neuroscience 2017 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Lamya’a presented a poster titled, “Fear conditioning with a social cue in differentially housed adolescent ... Read More »


Chemistry and Physics Student Clubs recognized

The Chemistry Club has been recognized as a Student Chapter Honorable Mention Award Recipient for the 2016-2017academic year by the American Chemical Society. And for a second year in a row, the Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma (through the American Institute of Physics) named the CU Denver chapter an Outstanding Chapter for 2016-2017. Congratulations to Kristopher Bunker, Marta Maron and all the students involved!


Bean publishing prolifically this semester

Communication Associate Professor and International Studies Director Hamilton Bean has had a flurry of 11 publications this year reflecting his scholarship on terrorism and international studies, including: “How communication theory can help counter-terrorism stakeholders” in Spectra, “A genosonic analysis of ISIL and U.S. counter-extremism video messages” in Media, War & Conflict, “ Introduction to the special issue: Conceptualizing multicultural discourses of security” in Journal of Multicultural Discourses,  and “Milling and public warnings” in Environment & Behavior.


Dodge commended by National Communication Association

Communication Associate Professor CT, Patrick Dodge, received a commendation from the National Communication Association for his work with the "Task Force to Foster International Collaborations in the Age of Globalization," involving many research and pedagogy based projects, as well as co-planning several international conferences with the Communication University of China.


Fischer receives award for dissertation

Communication Assistant Professor Mia Fischer received the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the LGBTQ Division of the National Communication Association for her 2016 doctoral dissertation, "Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State" (completed at the University of Minnesota, advised by Drs. Mary Vavrus and Jigna Desai).


Harding distinguished visiting professor at Williams next year

Rachel E. Harding has been named the Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College in Massachusetts.  Harding, who is associate professor of Indigenous Spiritual Traditions in the Ethnic Studies Department, will be on leave from CU Denver in the spring and fall of 2018.  While at Williams, Harding will work on a manuscript on the conjunction of mysticism and activism in Black women’s social justice organizing in Brazil and the USA.  The professorship, created in honor of Williams alumnus, Sterling Brown, ’22, an acclaimed poet, was previously held by a number of esteemed scholars and artists including philosopher Cornel West, political scientist Manning Marable, novelist Aminata Forna, visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and theologian Katie Cannon.


Hartnett delivers NCA presidential address

Communication Professor Stephen John Hartnett delivered the Presidential Address at the 2017 annual National Communication Association Conference in Dallas, Texas on “Communication, Globalization, and the Prospects of Solidarity,” stressing the importance of forming collaborative international partnerships that link scholars and students.


Mastin publishes on plant systematics and evolution

Jared Mastin, Integrated Biology BS 2013, and MS 2017, recently published “Evidence for genetic allopolyploidy in Eutrema edwardsii (Brassicaceae): implications for conservation” in the international journal Plant Systematics and Evolution. The paper, which is co-authored by Leo P. Bruederle (Associate Professor of Integrative Biology) and Peter Anthamatten (Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Sciences), grew out of research initiated while Jared was an undergraduate at CU Denver. Therein, they document the evolutionary origin of the Edward’s mock wallflower, a near circumpolar arctic-alpine species, whose closest relative is Eutrema penlandii, a federally listed endemic that is restricted in distribution to the Mosquito Range of Colorado.


Sanders takes second in ESA competition

Sanders takes second in ESA competition

Erin Sanders, Psychology BA 2012, and current MS Integrated Biology student, received second place in the 2017 Student Competition for the Presidents Prize from the Entomological Society of America. Each year during the ESA Annual Meeting, students are offered the opportunity to present their research and win prizes. There are four components to the competition: ten-minute oral presentations, posters, virtual posters, and new in 2017 three-minute Lightning Bug Talks.


Scrivner op-ed on binary communication strategy

Communication MA student Eli Woody Scrivner had an op-ed published by The Capital-Journal. "We engage in binary thinking by creating two sides in a conversation, and these two sides almost always boil down to ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ When we hear someone present a standpoint that is different than ours, instead of asking them why they think that or trying to empathize and understand them, we fight."  



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