Political Science Department Meets Hilary Clinton

Students, faculty and staff showed CU Denver pride at Clinton event.

Political Science Department Meets Hilary Clinton

On June 23, a lucky group of ten CU Denver students, faculty, and staff got an exclusive opportunity to meet former Secretary of State and First Lady, Hillary Clinton.  The Clinton family visited Denver to support nonprofits and Hillary stopped by local bookstore, The Tattered Cover, to sign her newest book, Hard Choices. The CU Denver Political Science Department reserved tickets in advance, announced the event via their Facebook page, and received over 50 interested-party responses in the span of a few short hours.  “That was so fun! I’m glad I got the chance to do this event today!” Roselyn Farley, a CU Denver double major in ethnic studies and psychology, enthused about the outing later. And what did Hillary Clinton say when she saw the black-and-gold-clad clan?  Why, “Go CU Denver Lynxes!” of course!

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DSST Cole Visit Showcases CU Denver Focus on Sustainability

Associate Professor Larry Erbert discusses climate change with a group of DSST Cole students.

DSST Cole Visit Showcases CU Denver Focus on Sustainability

For the third year, students from Denver's DSST Cole School visited the Auraria Campus on July 11 to learn about sustainability research and courses underway at CU Denver.  The Cole High School is a Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) with a focus on sustainability. This group of seventy 9th grade students and twenty teachers and staff concluded their summer session, focused on STEM and sustainability, by visiting CU Denver to gain real-world perspectives by interacting with CU Denver faculty and students.  Laurel Dodds, Director of Initiatives and Continuing and Professional Education for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has coordinated the planning of the DSST Cole campus visits for three years with the Business School, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Auraria Library and this year the School of Public Affairs and the Admissions Office.   Dodds says of the experience, “We are pleased to continue the relationship CU Denver has with the DSST Cole Middle and High School , and look forward to further collaboration between faculty, staff and students working together in the future.”  After a series of four morning sessions presented by CLAS, Business, Engineering and the Library, the Cole students gathered for lunch in the Business School to hear from representatives of each College/School, the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Brenda Allen, and then interact with a graduate and undergraduate student panel from CU Denver to learn more about the college experience. 

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Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Conference a Success

Keynote speaker Billy Mills (Makata Taka Hela) addresses a crowd in the King Center.

Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Conference a Success

Co-sponsored by the CLAS Continuing and Professional Education Office, the American Indians Pathways Taskforce hosted a training and education conference to promote the civil rights of American Indians on the Auraria Campus July 14-15. Workshops and speakers allowed participants the chance to learn about issues surrounding health care, employment, education, environmental justice, nutrition, hate crimes, the loss of culture and violence against Native women.  The goal of the conference was to provide participants with answers to a wide range of questions in the Native American community, under an umbrella of cultural comfort. The keynote address was given Monday morning by Billy Mills (aka Makata Taka Hela) a Oglala Lakota, US Marine, and Olympic gold medalist. Inducted into the US National Track & Field Hall of Fame, the US Olympic Hall of Fame, and the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, Mills was the subject in the film Running Brave.  Mills serves as the spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, and was awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal and the Theodore Roosevelt Award in 2014.

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Denver Math Fellows Seeks Recent Graduates

The Denver Math Fellows program is a district-wide urban education fellowship in Denver Public Schools. This program is the first large-scale tutorial program integrated into the school day to be implemented district-wide in Colorado schools. The Denver Math Fellows program is seeking individuals interested in a year of service working with high need students across Denver. Being a fellow is an opportunity to be part of a unique and transformative initiative in the fastest-growing urban school district in the nation. Fellows provide small group mathematics instruction to students in groups of three-to-one or four-to-one for a minimum of 45 minutes each day, emphasizing depth rather than breadth in math studies. Fellows work with students during the school day in addition to a traditional math class. Students are served at over 50 elementary and secondary schools across DPS. Fellows are full-time employees of Denver Public Schools and are an integral part of the school team at each school site. If faculty know of students or alumni that might be interested they can get more information and apply by visiting

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CLAS Spotlight

Geography moves into new space

It is with great pleasure that the Department of Geography and Environmental Science announces their main office space has moved to a new location in North Classroom: 3014. Chair Brian Page is now located in NC 3014-Suite B, making for a centralized location for the department.  Please feel free to stop by to say hello and visit the new digs!

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Briles research finds forest recovery within a century

In May, Christy Briles, Assistant Professor in Geography and Environmental Sciences, released a co-authored paper, the result of three years of research, that found lodgepole pine forests recover within a century following severe wildfires (Dunnette, P.V., P.E. Higuera, K.K. McLauchlan, K.M. Derr, C.E. Briles, M.H. Keefe. 2014. Biogeochemical impacts of wildfires over four millennia in a Rocky Mountain subalpine watershed. New Phytologist . 203: 900-912 doi: 10.1111/nph.12828).

Western forests recover quickly from natural wildfires
, May 20

Western forests recover quickly from natural wildfires
New Phytologist Trust
, June 5

Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire, In Tree Years Anyway
Northwest Public Radio
, July 9

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Cronin putting the transdisciplinary approach to work
Cronin putting the transdisciplinary approach to work

Greg Cronin, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, was a keynote speaker at the 20th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment (IICE), where he gave a talk titled “Rewarding Transdisciplinary Scholarship in Higher Education.”  At the 19th IICE, Cronin presented a paper about combining transdisciplinary research with Boyer’s model of scholarship, creating an approach he labeled  "transdisciplinary scholarship".  At this year’s conference, Cronin shared some of the results of using this approach, including the declaration of a 230,000 acre marine park in Haiti (with PI Jean Wiener) , the first aquaponic system ever built in a US jail (at Denver County Jail) and the formation of a partnership to build two music schools in Haiti, called Royalty Free Haiti.  Rewarding transdisciplinary achievements during the merit review process was also discussed.  The conference was held in Denver June 13-15, for the first time in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association’s twenty year history.  Cronin will spend sabbatical leave this year using the transdisciplinary approach in Haiti, restoring ecosystem services to the most degraded ecosystems in the Western Hemisphere.

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Fields editorial on concussion risks in soccer
Fields editorial on concussion risks in soccer

Sarah K. Fields, Associate Professor of Communication, had an editorial published on youth soccer, citing a National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study, arguing that heading isn’t the only concern in the area of concussions, but more specifically on-field collisions need to be minimized.

It’s Not Heading, but On-Field Collisions
New York Times
, June 27

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Hurst talks prepaid credit cards

Kyle Hurst, Instructor of Economics, was interviewed by CBS4 on the topic of prepaid credit cards, how they have become so widespread and who is issuing them.

Prepaid Debit Cards Becoming Choice Of Scammers
, June 23

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Keranen and Levin-Clark publish on health humanities

History Professor and Associate Dean Marjorie Levine-Clark (left) and Associate Professor of Communication Lisa Keränen (right) published essays in the Health Humanities Reader (2014, Rutgers University Press), edited by AMC’s Therese Jones, along with Delease Wear and Lester Friedman. Levine-Clark’s essay is called "'I Always Prefer the Scissors': Isaac Baker Brown and Feminist Histories of Medicine,” while Keränen’s is "'This Weird, Incurable Disease': Competing Diagnoses in the Rhetoric of Morgellons.” After a foreword by Mark Vonnegut, the book assembles leading humanities scholars, bioethicists, and clinicians to envision fresh approaches to the health humanities through original essays. Students interested in minoring in health humanities (HEHM), which critically analyzes historical and contemporary connections among health, medicine, and society (and is useful for anyone interested in a health career) can find out more about the minor here.

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Vajda presentation in Italy recapped on radio

Alan Vajda, Assistant Professor of Environmental Endocrinology in the Department of Integrative Biology, presented a paper titled "Infrastructure Investment Improves Ecosystem Health" at the Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Endocrine Disruption in Barga, Italy in May, 2014. Further detail on this long-term research was presented during a radio interview on the award-winning science show, How on Earth, on July 8, 2014.

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University Events

CU at the Zoo

July 23
6:30-9:00 pm
Denver Zoo (2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205)

Ever wanted to have the Denver Zoo to yourself? Well, this event comes close, as the entire zoo will be open to just CU guests. Please join CU President Bruce Benson, CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, CU Denver Chancellor Don Elliman and CU Anschutz Medical Campus Executive Vice Chancellor Lilly Marks for a celebration of CU alumni and friends at the Denver Zoo. Your ticket includes dinner and access to the entire zoo, including the carousel:  $15 for adults, $10 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and younger, cash bar available.

For more information contact or 303-860-5624.

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Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference

Aug 6 & 7
CU Boulder Campus

Join the CU System Office of Academic Affairs for two great days filled with captivating sessions and opportunities for networking and learning with your colleagues from the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.  Attendance at last year’s conference was so high organizers have reluctantly placed a cap on registration this year and encourage early registration to secure a spot. For registration information, please go to:

Keynote speaker: Steven Pollock, a U.S. Carnegie Professor of the Year for 2013 and Professor of Physics at CU-Boulder. The Carnegie Foundation honored Professor Pollock by recognizing his national reputation as an educator of excellence whose work is transforming physics education.

If you have additional questions about the conference, please contact Jill Lester at

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CLAS Events

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

July 19 & 20
8:00 am
Sloan’s Lake

Every July since 2001, various Asian communities around the city of Denver have come together to organize the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, one of  the largest Pan Asian cultural festivals in the nation. This year Team CU Denver will be participating in their 8th Dragon Boat Festival: led by students Dollar Lee, Alex Pong and Jeffrey Dang; organized by EOP staff, headed by James Speed; and co-sponsored by CLAS.  Come help cheer the Lynx team onto victory and glory!

On Saturday, July 19th, Team CU Denver will participate in the 250 meter race; and on Sunday, July 20th, Team CU Denver will participate in specialty races that include 500 meter races, guys and glory, and other races.

To find out more on the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival Click Here

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