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CLAS News from Deans' Notes

CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | September 11, 2014

Anthropology welcomes new faculty member

The Anthropology department welcomes Dr. Jamie Hodgkins (Ph.D. 2012 Arizona State University), our newest hire in the field of archaeology. Hodgkins’ research focuses on Neanderthals and Homo sapiens from Europe and southern Africa during the Middle and Upper Paleolithic periods, or about 10,000-200,000 years ago. She is particularly interested in the use of evolutionary theory to develop and test models of Neandertal and early human behavior, particularly in the ways that ancestral (or not so ancestral) species adapted to and exploited different prey animals. Her research therefore incorporates an understanding of animal behavior and how Neandertals and early humans structured their own movements to intercept them.  Her research has implications for the ongoing debates over the similarities and differences between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. Hodgkins currently works at field sites in Bulgaria and South Africa. You can meet her during her office ... Read More »

Sustainability in Berlin program kicks off

On September 12th, 9 CLAS students will arrive in Berlin where they will participate in the Sustainability in Berlin Program led by Christoph Stefes, Associate Professor for Political Science. Spending 3 months in Germany’s capital, the 3 graduate and 6 undergraduate students will intern with several organizations and think tanks such as The Nature Conservancy, WWF, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and the Ecologic Institute, CLAS’ partner organization in Berlin. Students will also take classes with Stefes and Ecologic Institute’s research fellows. During the program, students will explore pivotal issues like climate change, sustainability, and environmental protection.  Staying in apartments throughout the city, students will experience one of Europe’s most exciting, vibrant and exciting capitals.

Beekman and students research in Mexico

Christopher Beekman, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, spent 6 weeks in Mexico collecting laboratory data at the archaeological site of Los Guachimontones supported by a CRISPS grant. The primary goal was to detail the growth of the site over time to evaluate changing patterns of access to sacred space and the changing involvement of family groups in the political life at the site. Although Mexico does not allow archaeological field schools, Beekman did incorporate 9 current or former graduate students from CU Denver, California State University Los Angeles, University College of London and Trent University doing data collection in a less formal capacity. This data will be directed towards two theses and at least 5 articles or book chapters by the participants over the next 9 months. In addition, the data will be analyzed to assess the value of a very large archaeological collection for an external grant proposal.

Bohlen shares Snarktasitc tips

To kick-off the school year, Teague Bohlen, Associate professor of English, shared some of the do’s and don’ts for college from his Snarktastic Guide to College Success with the local CW affiliate.

The Snarktastic Guide to College Success
KWGN Daybreak,
Aug 29

Ferrara, Hartke and Pfender Host NSF-Funded Mathematics Workshop for Graduate Students

The first Rocky Mountain - Great Plains Graduate Research Workshop in Combinatorics (GRWC) was cohosted by CU Denver (with the University of Denver) from July 27 - August 9th, 2014.  The workshop, co-organized by Michael Ferrara, Stephen Hartke and Florian Pfender from the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Science, brought together 32 graduate students, 4 postdocs and 10 faculty from 13 different institutions.  Seven doctoral students and 1 postdoc in Applied Mathematics participated in the GRWC, serving as cohosts and guides for visitors from across the U.S. For 2 weeks, participants collaborated in small groups on open problems in combinatorics, a branch of mathematics that combines beautiful theoretical frameworks with deep applications to nearly all areas of the sciences.  As opposed to similar students workshops in mathematics, all of the open problems at the ... Read More »

Harding publishes on the lithic imagination and the tertia

The current issue of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society features an article by Rachel E. Harding, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, exploring the meaning of "the lithic imagination" and "the tertia" - two significant artistic-philosophical concepts in the work of historian of religion, Charles H. Long. (“The Lithic Imagination and the Tertia: The Longian Paradigm and Art in the Study of Afro-Atlantic Religion, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society,” 16:1-2, 99-109)

Martinez presents in DC

Donna Martinez, Professor of Ethnic Studies, presented a paper at annual American Political Science Association conference in Washington, DC, August 28-31, on "Urban American Indians: Reclaiming Native Space."

Reich research on vaccination refusal focuses on socioeconomic status

Not all students returning to school will be up to date on their vaccinations. A new study conducted by Jennifer Reich, Associate Professor of Sociology, shows that the reasons why children may not be fully vaccinated depends on the class privilege of their mothers. “Vaccine-refusers see themselves as experts on their own children and question the relevance of public health claims that vaccines are necessary for all children,” said Reich.  “They trust that ‘mother’s intuition,’ alongside their own personal research, is the best way to protect their children from potential harm.”

Researcher finds income, education disparity in reasons for choosing not to vaccinate
CU Connections,
Sept 4

Thayer publishing and selected for workshop

Zane Thayer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, had another co-authored article accepted to the American Journal of Human Biology. Thayer and her colleagues used data gathered in the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey, located in Metropolitan Cebu City, Philippines, and found fetal exposure to elevated maternal cortisol can have long-term health impacts. Thayer was also recently selected to participate in a NSF/NIH funded workshop on Social and Behavioral Epigenetics.


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