In Memoriam: Dr. John G. (Jack) Weihaupt 1930-2014 from Associate Dean John Wyckoff

In Memoriam: Dr. John G. (Jack) Weihaupt 1930-2014 from Associate Dean John Wyckoff

From Dean Pamela Jansma: While I’m looking forward to continuing to keep all of you updated on important goings-on in the college, this week the passing of a very important member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences community took precedence over me introducing myself.  Professor Emeritus John G. (a.k.a Jack) Weihaupt (right) passed away on Monday, September 15, 2014, and I’m grateful to John Wyckoff, Associate Dean Faculty and Staff Affairs and former collaborator and colleague of Jack’s, for writing this week’s note in recognition of Dr. Weihaupt’s contributions to this college and to CU Denver.

Dr. John G. (Jack) Weihaupt, came to the University of Colorado Denver in 1982 as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. After completing his term in that office, he worked in his home department (Geography and Environmental Sciences) as Professor of Geology until his retirement in 2007. Jack, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, was a geophysicist and geologist who lived or traveled in some fifty nations, and conducted geological, geophysical, and geographic explorations in the Arctic, Canada, Chile, and Antarctica.  As a member of the Antarctic Victoria Land Traverse in 1959-1960, Dr. Weihaupt’s eight man team consisting of American, Dutch, French, and New Zealand mountaineer scientists, was commissioned by the United States National Science Foundation to conduct a four month 2,400 kilometer journey into the unexplored hinterland of East Antarctica.  As a result of that exploration, Dr. Weihaupt, with his colleague Dr. Frans G. Van der Hoeven of The Netherlands, is credited with the discovery of the 400 x 1200 kilometer Wilkes Subglacial Basin.  Dr. Weihaupt is also credited with the discovery of the Wilkes Land Gravity Anomaly, potentially the largest meteorite impact crater on the planet.  On the basis of ice cores recovered by Dr. Weihaupt and Dr. Van der Hoeven, their team member and colleague Dr. Claude Lorius of France, now a Member of the French Academy of Sciences, is credited with providing the first scientific evidence for Earth’s contemporary global warming.

Dr. Weihaupt and his team are also credited with the discovery of the Outback Nunataks, the USARP Mountain Range, and the upper reaches of the 200 kilometer long Rennick Glacier in Antarctica.  In addition, Dr. Weihaupt and his Antarctic team are credited with the first ascent of Mount Welcome, a mountain discovered by them in East Antarctica.  In a later exploration, Dr. Weihaupt was the first to successfully determine the thickness of the continental ice sheet at the South Pole, and was the first to determine the nature of the gravity spectrum of the Antarctic continent.  In addition, he is also credited with the discovery of the Orontius Finaeus map of 1531 which has resulted in a three century revision in the historical record of the time of discovery of the Antarctic continent.   For these explorations and discoveries a mountain in Victoria Land, Antarctica, Mount Weihaupt, was named for him by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names.  He is also the recipient of France’s Expéditions Polaires Françes Medal awarded by Paul-Ĕmile Victor, is recipient of the Antarctic Medal, the Madisonian Medal, and a number of military medals (Korean War), and holds commissions as a First Lieutenant (Combat Engineers, Infantry, U.S. Army) and as a Captain (Naval Intelligence, U.S. Navy). Dr. Weihaupt, the great nephew of Colonel George Rogers Clark and his brother Captain William Clark, was also an Astronaut Candidate in the early years of NASA’S space program, is a Senior Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and is a Fellow of the Explorers Club.

Since his retirement in 2007, Dr. Weihaupt had continued his research, publishing a number of papers and books. At the time of his death he and his coauthors were completing three manuscripts, two of which have been accepted for publication. Jack is survived by his wife Audrey.

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Weihaupt’s adventures in his own words you can read more here:

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Call for Applications: CLAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at the University of Colorado Denver is pleased to announce the CLAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund (DIIF) Awards for the 2014-15 academic year.  The DIIF is targeted to promote CLAS’s strategic priority “to enhance diversity across the college and foster a culture of inclusion.” The DIIF aims particularly to fund projects that encourage people to think about diversity and inclusion in meaningful ways and to make positive changes in CLAS and the broader campus.  To achieve this goal, DIIF projects should address broad audiences rather than small groups. Examples of projects related to diversity and inclusion goals that the DIIF will support include but are not limited to

•             Hosting speakers, symposia, and conferences

•             Developing and providing workshops on best practices and pedagogies

•             Showcasing diversity and inclusion work

•             Improving policies and procedures within the college

All CLAS students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply. Applications may have multiple participants, and participation of faculty, staff, and students from other colleges on the project is acceptable.  However, the principal awardee must be a member of CLAS.

DIIF supports two types of awards

1) Deadline awards (DA) of up to $2,500, with Fall and Spring semester deadlines. The Fall 2014 deadline is October 10, 2014, and Spring 2015 deadline is March 13, 2015.

2) Rolling awards (RA) of up to $500, with applications taken throughout the academic year.

For more information see this link, or contact Marjorie Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Planning, Initiatives, and Diversity.

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REMINDER: Faculty and Staff Headshots Tomorrow from 10:00am – 3:00pm

CLAS will have a professional photographer in the Dean’s Conference Room (NC 5018) on Friday, September 26, to take headshots.  These can be used on the New Faculty and Staff Directory and for the CLAS Speaker's Bureau, as well as anywhere a professional image is needed—book jackets, speaking engagements, etc. (permissions are cleared). Appointments are not requited: simply come between 10AM and 3PM; last semester the average wait was less than 15 minutes.

Any questions can be directed to Tracy Kohm at 303.556.6663 or

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Diversity Matters

Council on Diversity and Inclusion Interdisciplinary Exchange

Prisons and Incarceration
Oct 21

Academic Building 1, Room 1401
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Lunch Served*

Sarah Tyson, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, “Do Prisons Make Us Safer?”
Policies meant to address domestic abuse, child abuse, and sexual assault have all contributed to the growth of mass incarceration.  Has that rise in incarceration effectively addressed these issues and made people safer?  Must we take into account the violence in prisons to answer that question?  Are there any viable alternatives to incarceration?

Stephen John Hartnett, Professor and Chair, Communication “Pedagogies of Empowerment: Facilitating Communication Arts in Prison”
Based on 25 years of teaching public speaking and creative writing courses in prisons and jails in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, California, and Colorado, Hartnett will discuss “pedagogies of empowerment,” the facilitation and encouragement strategies used to create innovative spaces within carceral settings. To demonstrate how such pedagogies of empowerment also entail community organizing, Hartnett will share poems and stories from Captured Words/Free Thoughts, an annual magazine of works created by imprisoned artists.

Misty Saribal, BA May 2014, Communication, “Prison Activism: A Student's Perspective”
As a recent graduate of CU Denver Misty, will discuss a student's perspective on prison activism with a focus on some of the lessons learned. Misty worked on incarceration issues, using the arts and other methods, during her time at CU I Denver and now beyond. She has collaborated with CWFT, ISISC, The Romero Troupe, Colorado Prison Arts, and recently her writing--a rally for doula care at DWCF--was featured in the Colorado Doula Association's newsletter.

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion’s Interdisciplinary Exchanges offer monthly presentations, discussions, and working groups highlighting the research and creative work of CLAS faculty, staff, and students around diversity and inclusion. All are welcome!

For questions or disability accommodations please contact Tracy Kohm at

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SIGN UP NOW: 2014 Diversity Summit

Developing Our Capacities as Inclusive Campuses
Oct 24

8:30 am - 3:30 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Denver (3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207)

ALL CU Staff and Faculty are invited to attend, and all presenters are CU Faculty and Staff.

Increase your knowledge about diversity resources and improve interaction skills.

Information and Online Registration can be found at this link.

For more information contact:

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CLAS Spotlight

Bosick presents in Czech Republic
Bosick presents in Czech Republic

Stacey Bosick, Assistant Professor of Sociology, presented, "Gender Differences in the Relationship between Victimization Reporting and Adult Role Statuses" at the Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Prague, Czech Republic, Sep 10-13, 2014.

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Dodge publishes on Chinese classrooms and crossing the line
Dodge publishes on Chinese classrooms and crossing the line

Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge recently published, "Finding the Line in Beijing: Classrooms as Liminal Space," Chapter 4 in Local Contextual Influences on Teaching (Patrick Ng & Esther Boucher Eds., Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-4438-6405-3). In his chapter, Dodge explores the question, “What is ‘the line’ you cannot cross in the Chinese classroom?” Starting from recent challenges to academic freedom in China and the challenge of self-censorship by international professors and instructors, Dodge conceptualizes his classroom in Beijing as "liminal space", being between and betwixt systems, structures, and cultures where possibilities to explore and engage sensitive topics might otherwise be avoided for fear of crossing “the line.” His classrooms in Beijing comprise a “double-structure, double-buffer zone” that confuse and tangle attempts to locate “the line,” yet also  safeguard discussions and engagements about sensitive topics that may otherwise be thought of as off-limit and avoided. Ultimately, he argues that the liminal space of the international classroom coupled with a “double-structure, double-buffer zone,” make possible the leeway to shifting trajectories of academic freedom in China.

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Grace publishes on stalk-eyed flies
Grace publishes on stalk-eyed flies

Jaime Grace, a Post-Doctoral student currently working in the lab of John Swallow, Chair and Professor of Integrative Biology, is a member of an international team whose research was recently highlighted in Brunei. The team discovered three stalk-eyed flies species (Teleopsis discrepans, Teleopsis dalmanni Brunei and Teleopsis pallifacies) unique to Brunei during their trip to Kuala Belalaong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) in 2012.

Scientist sheds light on local stalk-eyed flies
The Brunei Times
, Aug 28

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Guzik presents in Poland
Guzik presents in Poland

Keith Guzik, Associate Professor of Sociology, traveled to Torun, Poland to take part in the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology.  Guzik made a presentation entitled, "Ni Con Cola: How Agencies Give State Surveillance the Slip in Mexico," which is based on his research on security technologies in Mexico.

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Kruger and Mueller publish on smoking in prisons
Kruger and Mueller publish on smoking in prisons

Patrick M. Krueger, Assistant Professor in Health & Behavioral Sciences, and Shane Mueller, PhD student in Health & Behavioral Sciences, are co-authors on a paper in the British Medical Journal that examines the association between tobacco control policies in prisons and smoking related deaths in the US. The authors find that smoking attributable mortality per 100,000 population is much higher in prisons than in the non-institutionalized population. Further, policies that restrict tobacco in prisons are associated with reductions in deaths from cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and pulmonary diseases. The article was recently discussed by the Respiratory & Sleep Journal Club, on Twitter, at the University of Toronto.

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Mandel NSF funded wildfire work to continue
Mandel NSF funded wildfire work to continue

Jan Mandel, Professor and Chair of the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences department, is working with a group that has received Phase II of the NASA grant "Wildland Fire Behavior and Risk Forecasting” at $455,881. This is a collaboration with NOAA, CSU, and the University of Utah, and the CU Denver subcontract is $190,393. The goal of the project is to drive wildfire simulations by satellite fire detection and other satellite data, and integrate the fire forecasts with NOAA weather forecasts. 

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Otanez digital storytelling project comes to fruition
Otanez digital storytelling project comes to fruition

As a result of Ford Foundation funding, Marty Ortañez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has been working for over a year with Florence Crittenton Colorado, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the Latino/a Research and Policy Center, the Colorado School of Public Health and youth+tech+health (YTH), on promoting digital storytelling to local teen moms.  The full video collaboration is now available, and you can join the conversation and hear pregnant and parenting teens share their stories of strength and overcoming challenges ‪at #‎TeenMomsTalkBack.

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Ren laboratory provides novel findings that help explain the PcG-mediated epigenetic memory
Ren laboratory provides novel findings that help explain the PcG-mediated epigenetic memory

A multi-disciplinary team from the Department of Chemistry including Xiaojun Ren, Assistant Professor, BS/MS students Chao Yu Zhen and Huy Nguyen Duc, and undergraduate student Marko Kokotovic, and the Department of Integrative Biology's  Assistant Professor Christopher Phiel, will publish the article Cbx2 stably associates with mitotic chromosomes via a PRC2 or PRC1-independent mechanism and is needed for recruiting PRC1 complex to mitotic chromosomes in Molecular Biology of the Cell. The maintenance of the PcG-mediated epigenetic inheritance through many cell generations is essential for cellular differentiation. The molecular mechanisms that regulate this process are enigmatic, and this article will help explain the molecular mechanisms of the PcG-mediated epigenetic inheritance.  In the paper, the data point to the importance of the PcG protein Cbx2 for recruiting other members of PcG proteins to mitotic chromosomes, illustrate the marked differences of dynamics of PcG proteins binding to chromatins between interphase and mitosis, and demonstrate the recruitment and maintenance of PcG proteins on mitotic chromosomes are mechanistically uncoupled.

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Tomback reports on Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk
Tomback reports on Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk

Diana Tomback, Professor and Associate Chair of Integrative Biology, was invited as a panelist to address climate change and whitebark pine at the Denver Press Club on Sept 10th, after the roll-out of Union of Concerned Scientists report “Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk.”  Tomback was one of the reviewers of the draft report, which explains that impacts of climate change are already seen in pest outbreaks and dead and dying trees. The report further discusses the changes in tree distribution projected by Forest Service modelers, as well as other predictions made about the Rocky Mountain region.  With all of her research and time as Director of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, Tomback has become a go-to expert.

Rocky Mountain forests are dying, report finds, blaming climate change
The Denver Post
, Sept 10

For Trees Under Threat, Flight May Be Best Response
New York Times
, Sept 18

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Tracer publishes on cooperation and generosity
Tracer publishes on cooperation and generosity

David P. Tracer, Professor and Chair of Health & Behavioral Sciences, co-published a chapter titled Cruel to be Kind?: Effects of Sanctions and Third Party Enforcement on Generosity in Papua New Guinea in the 2014 Sage Foundation volume Experimenting with Social Norms: Fairness and Punishment in Cross-Cultural Perspective.  In it, he and his co-authors use experimental economic methods to demonstrate that, contrary to expectations, the threat of punishment by an outside authority for non-cooperative or stingy behavior actually reduces people's propensity to cooperate and act generously.

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Yeatman publishes on research in Malawi
Yeatman publishes on research in Malawi

Sara Yeatman, Assistant Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, published two articles in September. In the first paper, published in Population and Development Review, Yeatman and colleagues contrast the discourse around AIDS in Malawi as presented in the media with that of everyday conversations. In the second paper, published in Studies in Family Planning, Yeatman and Sennott examine the influence of partners’ fertility preferences on one another in rural Malawi.

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University Events

Memories of Heart Mountain: The Imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II

Sept 26
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Tivoli Multicultural Lounge

Guest speaker – Mr. Sam Mihara
Introduction - Professor Russell Endo, retired CU Denver Ethnic Studies Professor

During World War II, the U.S. government forced 9-yearold Sam Mihara and his entire family to move from their home in San Francisco to an internment camp in Wyoming. Seventy years have passed since the incarceration and Sam is one of the few survivors willing to speak about this experience. In his moving presentation, Memories of Heart Mountain, he talks about his years in the Heart Mountain and Pomona internment camps, providing a first-hand account of this great civil rights injustice that was experienced by more than 120,000 Japanese Americans. RSVP Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsors: CU Denver Asian American Student Services & Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Inclusion and Outreach

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From Discussion to Action: Unifying the Undergraduate Experience

10th Annual Undergraduate Experiences Symposium (UES)
Oct 3
8:30am until mid-to-late afternoon (TBA)
Curtis Hotel

Why should you attend? Here are some reasons:

  • Community: The UES brings together faculty and staff from across campus for dialogue about priorities for reform that impact us all. To attend is to see the forest, to recognize one’s membership in a large community of diverse and usually separated individuals who even so all work toward some of the same goals. Break out of your silo and join our campus.
  • Importance: Undergraduate education is the most important thing we do. It is our primary service and “product.” We owe it to ourselves, our students, and society to do it as well as we can. And, it pays the bills. We all have a stake in it.
  • Expanded perspective: The UES often brings in national experts in higher-education reform. This year the speakers are from two states—Cal State and U Wisconsin—that have done at the university system level what we may want to do at the level of our campus. Please visit the Symposium website for the presenters' bios.
  • Real impact: The chancellor, provost, and deans will be attending the UES, and they listen. Every year the UES generates recommendations, and a review of those from previous years shows that many of them have been enacted. Participate in real outcomes.
  • Fun and food: Light breakfast and sumptuous lunch are provided. The Curtis gives good eats.

Register here, and for more information contact the Office of Undergraduate Experiences (OUE).

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Mini School for Public Affairs and Public Health

7:00 – 8:30 pm
Baerresen Ballroom, Tivoli,

Oct 2: Mary Guy, PhD - Why Can’t the Government be More Like a Business?
Oct 9: Paul Teske, PhD - The Challenge of Educating all Kids to High Standards

Faculty from CU Denver will present on topics related to Public Affairs & Public Health, and the lectures will be understandable to every interested layperson. The Mini-School for Public Affairs & Public Health is free for all, and those who do attend at least 6 classes will receive a certificate. Seating is limited and registration is required. Please register at:

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Wall Street of the West Information Session and Mini Career Fair

Oct 15
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Business School, 5th Floor Commons

All CU Denver students are invited to network with key business leaders from companies like Charles Schwab, Fidelity Investments, Great West Financial, Merrill Lynch, Oppenheimer Funds, TIAA-CREF, and T. Rowe Price. These companies are looking for undergraduates, graduates, and alumni to fill internships and full-time positions in accounting, computer science, customer service, finance, information systems, marketing, and sales.

Panelists will include:

Jennifer Fedora, Vice President, Charles Schwab
Brent Clark, Vice President, Retirement Investment Solutions, Fidelity Investments
Kate Ives, SVP of Internal Audit, Oppenheimer Funds
Molly Samson, Director, Participant Services Group, TIAA-CREF
Elissa Washburn, Vice President, Retail Investment Services, T. Rowe Price Associates

RSVP and business attire required. For more information contact Kim Halpern at

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CLAS Events

Ethnic Studies Department Open House

Oct 1
Silent Auction 11:00 am - 12:00
Lunch and program 12:00 - 1:00pm
Terrace Room, LSC 2nd Floor

RSVP to Jennifer L Williams| Program Assistant at 303.315.3612 |

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Young Writers Event with Slam Nuba

Oct 4
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Science Building Room 1067

The Denver Writing Project  will be hosting its first Young Writers continuity workshop!  In an effort to bring together our community of young writers we are hosting a Young Writers Workshop with Jovan Mays and Slam Nuba!  The workshop is open to any young writer from 4th grade up to 12th grade. Young writers who haven’t been able to participate in our summer camps are also welcome, so feel free to pass this information on to family and friends. Please feel free to use attached flyer to help us get the word out to students. Cost: $40.00 plus money for lunch at the Tivoli or bring a sack lunch.  Bagel breakfast is provided.

Please click here to register!  Please contact Sarah Woodard with any questions.  

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