CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | May 12, 2016
- Chemistry working to recycle waste acetone
The Chemistry Department is now recycling waste acetone that is generated in teaching laboratories. Through conversations between the Chemistry Department and the university’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), it was discovered that the teaching labs at CU Denver could greatly benefit from reusing their waste acetone. EHS realized its recycler, which was infrequently used, would be an endless resource at CU Denver; so EHS donated the recycler to the Chemistry Department. Since January, Pam Nagafuji, Organic Chemistry Lab Coordinator, has recycled 260 liters of waste acetone, saving the department over $700. You can read more about the program here.
- Allen on Traditional Geography
In the latest American Association of Geographers newsletter, Associate Professor of GES Casey Allen poetically argues the case for allowing more breadth in geographical study and specialization, with phrases like: But the road is long, the path arduous, and plagued with bandits who seem bent on robbing our wonderful discipline of its valuable catholic human-physical perspective.
Wither “Traditional” Geography?
AAG Newsletter, May 10
- Hildebrand headed to Scandinavia
In May and June, David Hildebrand, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, heads to Scandinavia to present a workshop paper entitled “Educating for Pluralistic Conflicts." The paper offers a pragmatic, philosophical toolkit for addressing the challenges posed to democracies by individual and cultural pluralism. The workshop is entitled "Pluralism" and is co-organized by the GROW research project (University of Eastern Finland), the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence, "Reasons and Religious Recognition" (University of Helsinki), and the Nordic Pragmatism Network. A few days later, at Aarhus University (Denmark), Hildebrand will serve as an invited, external PhD Assessor for a dissertation defense on John Dewey, democracy, and inquiry at the Aarhus Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas.
- Hill and students launch North/East Denver Change
A team led by Humanities and Social Sciences Instructor Jordan Hill has launched North/East Denver Change, a website dedicated to nonpartisan information about developments and the neighborhoods being affected. An interdisciplinary group of graduate students taking the “Critical Public Humanities” course launched the organization they have been creating for the past four months. The members of the organization have sought to create a community resource that was fully bilingual and the only one-stop place for comprehensive information on the changes occurring in North / East Denver, including I-70, the National Western Stock show Complex, RiNo, the neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria and Swansea, and much more. North / East Denver change won “1st Place for Best Interdisciplinary Research Project” at CU Denver in 2015-2016 at the Research and Creative Activities Symposium.
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- Hodgkins new paper on Neandertals
Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology Jamie Hodgkins’ latest papers is now available online in the Journal of Human Evolution, “Climate-mediated shifts in Neandertal subsistence behaviors at Pech de l'Azé IV and Roc de Marsal (Dordogne Valley, France).” Neandertals are our closest fossil relatives, but they went extinct 40,000 years ago. One hypothesis is that their populations crashed during a series of rapid cold events at the end of the Ice Age. Hodgkins new paper suggests that Neandertals living in southwestern France butchered animals more intensively during cold, harsh, glacial time periods, supporting the idea that cold climates caused nutritional stress, which may have contributed to their demise.
- Lippert new research on E-Cigarettes
A new study from Adam Lippert, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, and published in the journal Health and Place, found that certain school environments have an impact on electronic cigarette use among teenagers. Lippert’s research showed that students attending schools where e-cigarette use was very common were more likely to use themselves, regardless of personal risk factors including whether they smoked regular cigarettes or knew someone who did. "Our results indicate that there are certain types of schools that facilitate higher rates of e-cigarette use among students," said Lippert.
New study finds e-cigarette clustered in certain schools
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- Martinez new book on the way
Donna Martinez, Professor of Ethnic Studies, has a new book in-press, Urban Indians: Reclaiming Native Space (Praeger, August 31, 2016).
- English proud to announce Richard T. Dillon Scholarship winner
The English Department is proud to announce Grace Wagner is this year’s Richard T. Dillon Scholarship winner. A nontraditional student, majoring in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry, Wagner maintains a 4.0 GPA and plans on getting her masters and doctorate in Creative Writing. Born in Oklahoma, she has lived in a variety of places including Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, but now calls Colorado home. Nominated by Professor Joanna Luloff, she was recently accepted into and offered a 50% tuition scholarship for the prestigious Skidmore College Summer Writers Institute where she will be spending the month of July.