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CLAS News from Deans' Notes

CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | March 19, 2015

Diversity among pre-nursing students, men and people of color tell their stories​

Charlene Shelton, doctoral student in Health & Behavioral Sciences and a lecturer in the department of Sociology, has teamed with Marty Otañez, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, to study the pipeline of Latino/as into nursing. With a grant from the Diversity and Inclusion Council of CLAS, Shelton and Otañez are recruiting 3 students: a high school student hoping to become a nurse, a CU Denver pre-nursing student, and a nursing PhD student. Each student will develop a digital story about barriers and triumphs as they move toward their goal of excellence in nursing. Colorado has a large population on Latino/as, but few Latino/a RNs. This project is a pilot in conjunction with the School of Nursing and the Latino/a Research and Policy Center at CU Denver. Otañez and Shelton hope that the project will lead to a larger project that explores the barriers and triumphs of other non-dominant groups who want to be RNs. ... Read More »

Communication workshops and lectures

On March 6, Stephen J. Hartnett and Lisa B. Keranen, from the Department of Communication, co-led an all-day workshop for the Roaring Forks Leadership Program. Held in Snowmass, CO, and featuring fifty participants, Hartnett and Keranen led workshops on “Traditions of Leadership and Social Change,” “Visual and Strategic Communication,” “Public Speaking for Social Change,” and “Power-Mapping as a Long-Term Strategy of Community Leadership.” In addition, on March 10 Hartnett delivered the 32nd Annual J. Jeffrey Auer Lecture in Political Communication at Indiana University, in Bloomington, IN, entitled “Alternative Modernities, Post-Colonial Colonialism, and the Storm of Progress in Tibet; A Case Study of Communication in the Age of Globalization.”

Integrative Biology students and faculty publish on the fathead minnow microbiome

Students Adrienne Narrowe and Munira Albuthi-Lantz, from the PhD Program in Integrative and Systems Biology, are authors on a study in the journal Microbiome which examines the effect of environmental triclosan exposure on the collection of microbes inhabiting fish guts.  Triclosan is a chemical commonly found in antimicrobial hand soaps and other personal care products, and an emerging environmental contaminant in wastewater treatment plant effluent.  The collaborative study, done in the labs of Chris Miller, Timberley Roane, and Alan Vajda in the Department of Integrative Biology, showed that the normal microbiome (the collection of bacteria) inhabiting the guts of the fathead minnow was significantly altered by minute, environmentally relevant levels of triclosan exposure.  Fathead minnows are commonly used ... Read More »

Political Science walksout

The Political Science Department participated in the National Adjunct Walkout Day on February 25th, 2015.  Thorsten Spehn, Assistant Professor C/T and Director of the Graduate Program in Political Science, had this to say about the event, "Over 100 people attended on a cold day. I was impressed by the solidarity between adjuncts, instructors, tenured faculty and students." 

Abeyta leads national security field trip

Loring Abeyta, Adjunct Lecturer in Political Science, recently took her PSCI 4237 class to an American National Security class held by the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  The trip was preparation for an in-class security disaster simulation that the class will have in April. 

Beekman awarded fellowship at Harvard Research Library in DC

Chris Beekman, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, just accepted a year-long fellowship award at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. He will be working on a book detailing his archaeological research in western Mexico. He also gave a talk this month to the Alianza de las Artes Americanas at the Denver Art Museum, on the uses and meaning of ceramic sculptures from western Mexico.

Breger Bush publishing on food and climate change

Sasha Breger Bush, Assistant Professor of Political Science, recently published a chapter entitled, “Gambling on Hunger and Climate Change” in State of Power, 2015 published by the Transnational Institute. Breger Bush also has a forthcoming article called, “No Friendship in Trade” in a special issue of Dollars & Sense Magazine.  The magazine’s March/April issue focuses on food and farming in conjunction with Farm Aid.

Cummings set to publish on kids and politics

Professor Michael Cummings of Political Science is set to publish his book, Children’s Voices in Politics in 2016, through Peter Lang Academic Publishers. The book is intended to put pressure on citizens and officials to enforce the provisions of the United Nations' 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, which includes the rights to religious choice, health, education, association, voice, and participation in the making of public policy. One theme of the book is that the track record of adultist politics is not good and that incorporating the voices of children in the democratic dialogue can improve things. Another is that we come to politics too late if we favor a robustly participatory democracy rather than the pale and ailing form we have now.

Finkelstein discusses book with Australian blog

Associate Professor of History, Gabriel Finkelstein, was interviewed by the Australian blog Science Book a Day about his book Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany.

Horton gives talk in California

Sarah Horton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, did a presentation this month at University of California Santa Cruz (sponsored by the Chicano/Latino Research Center, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Latin American and Latin@ Studies, and the Center for Labor Studies) on "From 'Deportability' to 'Denounce-ability:' New Forms of Labor Subordination in an Era of 'Governing Immigration through Crime.'"

Johnson headed to Georgetown

Matthew Johnson, May 2014 Honors BA Graduate in Sociology and finalist for the CLAS Outstanding Graduate Award, has been accepted to the PhD History program at Georgetown University and awarded a five-year fully funded Environmental History fellowship.

Kadel gives keynote and travels to Middle East

Robert Kadel, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, presented a keynote at the 4th International Conference on eLearning and Distance Education, entitled “The Untapped Potential for eLearning: Placing Efficacy at the Heart of Digital Learning Challenges.” He then headed to Dubai, U.A.E. and Doha, Qatar to give a workshop called “Transitioning to Digital.”

Thayer presenting and organizing at national conventions

Zaneta Thayer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and one of her students just presented a poster on the relationship between maternal depression and PTSD in relation to offspring methylation. Thayer followed this up by presenting a poster at the Human Biology Association and delivering a paper at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. The poster gave an analysis looking at the relationship between early life stress and adult health in a sample of American Indians, while the paper presented data on the relationship between maternal discrimination experience in pregnancy and offspring methylation based on her studies in New Zealand. She is co-organizing a session for the Committee on Diversity at AAPA and will be doing a talk for that as well.

Thomas leading NSF funded fellowship program

Deborah S.K. Thomas, Chair and Associate Professor in the Geography and Environmental Sciences Department, is leading Round 4 of the prestigious NSF funded Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program, with Brian Gerber of the School of Public Affairs and Samuel Brody of Texas A&M University. This demonstrably successful mentoring program supports and develops junior faculty to become active scholars in both their individual disciplines and in the broader hazards and disasters research community. The “Enabling Program” has previously mentored three cohorts of new researchers (1996, 2003, 2009). The current 2014 cohort of 22 competitively selected Fellows matched with 11 leading scholars aims to: (1) foster the development of scholars with a career-long commitment to research on hazards, risk, and disasters; (2) contribute to the nation’s future ... Read More »


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