Letter from Dean Pamela Jansma

Letter from Dean Pamela Jansma

ICB 20th Anniversary

Last week marked the beginning of my second month at CU Denver. During the jam-packed first four weeks, I met a lot of you, learned a great deal more about the programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and travelled to Beijing for the annual scholarship ceremony for our students there.  This ceremony coincided with the 20th anniversary celebration of ICB and its partnership with CU Denver, the first of its kind in China. Many kudos and thanks must go to Laura Argys, who while Interim Dean participated heavily in the successful renegotiation of our 5-year MOU.

The students and faculty in our programs at ICB are remarkable. The English language skills that the Chinese students have and the high expectations of the faculty were impressive. Sitting in on three classes was a highlight of the trip. I urge everyone who has not had the opportunity to go to ICB to try and find the time to do so. The visit to China was my first. I did cross an item off my bucket list that I never expected I would: seeing the Great Wall. The air quality was less than perfect the morning we went—thus we saw less of it than we might have on a different day.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, ICB hosted an alumni forum over the weekend. All five alumni who spoke were our graduates with degrees in economics.  Two of the talks were in English, which was a treat as we could understand the messages that the alumni wanted to send to the current ICB students. One of the two alumni received his PhD from North Carolina State and now works in the Research Triangle in North Carolina. The other remained in Beijing and joined Google recently. Their appreciation for the education that they received from CU Denver was deep and genuine. Both expressed that the opportunity changed them and transformed their lives. Both also extolled the importance of a liberal arts education. They strongly encouraged students to take more classes outside of their majors, to experience poetry, philosophy, music, and theater, and to learn to think critically and express themselves. This resonated with me intensely as an American with the perspective (whether correct or incorrect) that the emphasis in China is on the applied disciplines with science, mathematics, and engineering preferred. How amazing that two of our alumni were challenging the next generation to embrace the liberal arts education that we value so greatly.

The desire for additional offerings across the liberal arts will provide the potential for more faculty and programs to be involved in ICB.  It also may provide opportunities for more students here in Denver to study in China. The learning that occurs during these experiences is boundless and priceless. The Colorado-based students with whom we chatted while in Beijing have been profoundly affected by their time in China. They will not be the same people upon returning home. More of our students should have this experience. Studying abroad has been demonstrated to increase student engagement, learning, and personal growth; all are values to which we in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are committed. Of course, opportunities are not limited to China, and I know that many departments as well as the Office of International Affairs offer a variety of international study opportunities. Some of our students face barriers to participating—be they financial, curricular or otherwise—and I’d like to see us think creatively about eliminating those barriers. Any and all ideas are welcome. Being known as a College that can provide these experiences for every student would be fantastic. With increased globalization and changing demographics in the United States, equipping our students with the skills of multi-cultural perspectives is valuable and essential.   

On another note, the ICB students also had a talent show, which was a blast. Suffice it to say that the Dean’s office now has a plan for something that we can do at the CLAS event in the spring.  Stay tuned.

Best Wishes,

Pamela Jansma

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Call for Proposals: Dissemination Grants

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) provides support to its faculty for engaging in activities that promote their research and creative work and enhance the profile of the College and University.  A critical feature of a productive research program is the ability to disseminate findings and engage in scholarly discourse with colleagues around the world to inform future research activities, develop productive research collaborations, and support new grant applications.   The CLAS Dissemination Grant program is designed to provide tenure-track, tenured, and clinical teaching track faculty with up to $2000 per academic year for disseminating research via publication (page and other publication charges), travel to support presentations at professional meetings, website design related to communication of research results, or other scholarly dissemination venues.

Applicants must complete the Dissemination Grant Application Form and provide an abstract of the work to be presented, published, or promoted.  To remain eligible for funding in future years, grant recipients must provide a brief report on the dissemination activities supported by the grant within six months of their completion.  Completed applications must be received via email to CLAS.Dissemination@ucdenver.edu by 11/10/2014.  Please contact Associate Dean Laura Argys (Laura.Argys@ucdenver.edu) if you have any questions.

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Call for Nominations: Outstanding Graduate Student

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is currently soliciting nominations for Outstanding Graduate Students from the College. Departments may submit nominations for only one individual to each of two categories: Masters (MA, MS, MHUM, MSS, MIS) and Ph.D. Packets must include the following items in electronic form. Paper applications will not be reviewed:

1) A nominating letter from the department that clearly spells out why this student stands out above the norm (e.g., publications, grants, service to community or profession)

2) A clear statement by the student detailing their accomplishments and plans for the future.

3) A transcript

4) Additional supporting letters from faculty may be included

5) A current Vitae

6) Where applicable, include FCQs for teaching

Additional supporting letters and other materials may be included. Please be aware that this award is competitive across the College, so it would be useful if you can provide information that helps us to compare students from one field with students in another. One example is to include the quality of journals if the student has publications or the scope of a meeting (regional, national, international) if the student has meeting presentations.

Nominating packets are due electronically to John Wyckoff by 5 p.m. on November 12th, and nominees must have graduated in August or are graduating at the end of the current semester. Please contact John Wyckoff if there are any questions.

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Geography Creates STEM Connections with Local Elementary
Geography Creates STEM Connections with Local Elementary

Associate Professor and Director of the MS Environmental Sciences Program Frederick Chambers and Senior Instructor Amanda Weaver of Geography and Environmental Sciences (GES) are now working on STEM initiatives with Prospect Valley Elementary, in Jefferson County. They initiated conversations with the school in early 2014, after a successful year of programs at 5 Fridges Farm (a CU Denver research-site in Wheatridge) involving installation and monitoring of Chambers’ online weather stations in 2013-2014,  and the second year of Weaver’s Sustainable Urban Agricultural Certificate program. The two decided to engage the nearby elementary school, and in Spring of 2014 organized an open-house between GES and Prospect Valley Elementary to discuss possible STEM based-activities to conduct with elementary students. After much guidance and encouragement from the school’s principal, Mike Collins, and other Jefferson County school officials, the first curricular connections between GES and the elementary school began during the fall semester 2014.  Prospect Valley third grade teachers, Christine Hoxie and Sherry Becker, organized a third and fourth grade girls STEM club and connected with Weaver to schedule visits from female science faculty.  This fall both Christy Briles (Assistant Professor of GES) and Weaver are leading activities on palynology and geographic technologies, respectively.  GES hopes to expand the program between Prospect Valley Elementary, 5 Fridges Farm, and faculty and students in GES as interest spreads among the elementary schools’ teachers, students, and parents.  

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Diversity Matters

CLAS Spotlight

Cooney presents paper in Switzerland
Cooney presents paper in Switzerland

Teresa Cooney, professor and chair of sociology, presented at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies International Conference, in Lausanne, Switzerland this month the paper, "Marriage and Remarriage in Later Life: Predictors of Change in Quality over Time."  (Cooney, T. M., & Proulx, C. M.)

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Friedson awarded Richard Musgrave Prize
Friedson awarded Richard Musgrave Prize

It was recently announced that Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics, will be awarded the prestigious Richard Musgrave Prize by the National Tax Association at their annual meeting on November 13,2014.  The Musgrave prize is awarded to the most outstanding paper published in the National Tax Journal each year.  The winning paper, “Ranking Up by Moving Out: The Effect of the Texas Top 10% Plan on Property Values,” is joint work with Kalena Cortes at Texas A&M.

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Hartman presents in the UK
Hartman presents in the UK

Rudi Hartmann, Associate Professor (C/T), Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences, was invited to give the keynote address at a symposium this month organized by the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK (in Northern England). The topic of the talk was, “Tourism to Memorial Sites of the Holocaust: Changing Memorial Landscapes, Changing Approaches to the Study of the Sites Associated with the Victims and Perpetrators in Nazi Germany.”

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Hasinoff on teen sexting
Hasinoff on teen sexting

Amy Hasinoff, the author of the forthcoming book Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent, discusses how sexting is a form of sexual activity, not a gateway to it.

Why Kids Sext
The Atlantic Monthly
, Oct 14

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Mansour publishes on impacts of intrauterine malnutrition
Mansour publishes on impacts of intrauterine malnutrition

Economics Assistant Professor Hani Mansour recently publishedanother paper with co-authors Rey Hernández-Julián and Christina Peters, both at Metropolitan State University, in Demography. The team studied the impact of intrauterine malnutrition on infant health, and found that children who were in utero during the most severe period of the 1974 Bangladesh Famine were significantly more likely to die within one month of birth compared to children who were not in utero during the Famine. They found the effect primarily driven by male children, and furthermore found that women who were pregnant during the Famine experienced a higher number of stillbirths in the post-Famine years. Interestingly, this increase appears to be driven by an excess number of male stillbirths.

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Musiba to help develop museum at Laetoli World Heritage Site
Musiba to help develop museum at Laetoli World Heritage Site

Associate Professor of Anthropology Charles Musiba has been appointed to an international team of advisors dedicated to creating a museum complex at the Laetoli World Heritage Site in Tanzania. Musiba, a native Tanzanian, has researched at Laetoli and run the CU Denver Tanzania Field School there for many years. The $35 million project will develop the Laetoli World Heritage Site into a state-of-the-art complex that will include a museum, research facility (with labs and accommodation for 35 scientists),  and an education center that can host 50 students and six teachers. The site is famous for work done there by anthropologist Mary Leakey, who first discovered 3.6 million years old early human footprints there in 1976.

CU-Denver professor on team to protect first footprints
, Oct 14

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Pendleton on PBS talks Rocky Flats

Lecturer and National History Day Coordinator Stacey Pendleton was featured on the PBS show, Colorado Experience. Pendleton provides valuable insight on Rocky Flats and the larger impact of a global conflict. 

Colorado’s Cold War
Colorado Experience
, Oct 16

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Robinson on disparities in on-the-job death rates
Robinson on disparities in on-the-job death rates

Tony Robinson, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, and also a founding board member of El Centro Humanitario in Denver (which works with day laborers and domestic workers), commented on the hiring practices that result in Latinos remaining at a higher risk of being killed at work than others.

Hispanics have highest rate of on-the-job fatalities in Colorado
Denver Post
, Oct 19

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Stones comments on political advertising
Stones comments on political advertising

Communication Lecturer Emily Stones discussed political ad strategy recently with Gary Shapiro.

Looking at trends in this year’s campaign ads
, Oct 8

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Thomas presents paper on China

Associate Professor of Political Science Stephen Thomas presented a paper based on his sabbatical research at the Northern State University International Business Conference on October 12.  The paper was titled, "The Influences of China’s 1842 to 1943 Century of Humiliation on Current Chinese Economic Development Policies.”  

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University Events

Sweet Medicine: The Waters Still Flow

Nov 10
11:30am - 1:30 pm
LSC Terrace Room

Dr. Henrietta Mann is speaking at CU Denver on November 10 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado. Dr. Mann is an honored elder of the Cheyenne and Arapho Tribe, a descendant of two survivors of the massacre, a native speaker of Cheyenne, and founding president of Cheyenne and Arapho Tribal College at Southwest Oklahoma University. Center for Colorado & the West (CC&W) and American Indian Student Services (AISS) are co-sponsoring her presentation. This also occurs during American Indian and Alaska Heritage Month. The talk will be available for live webcast for the four campuses and digitally recorded to be archived in the CC&W.

For more information contact Deborah Esquibel Hunt, Director of American Indian Student Services, at  (303) 315-1882 or Deborah.hunt@ucdenver.edu.

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CLAS Events

Psi Chi Psychology Undergraduate Honor Society Colloquium

Oct 27
11:00am - 12:15pm
Tivoli 444

Dr. Sara Honn Qualls, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies Professor of Psychology Director, Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will present: “Integrating Psychology and Health Promotion into Aging Services:  Findings from An Innovation Lab in Senior Housing.”  Light refreshments will be provided.

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Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award Lecture: Diana Tomback

Oct 31
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Student Commons (ACAD), Room 1401

Trouble at Tree Line: Loss of a Rocky Mountain Keystone Species
Tomback’s research, spanning four decades, uncovered how the ecology and population biology of the widely-distributed but little-studied whitebark pine had been influenced by reliance on a bird, Clark’s nutcracker, for seed dispersal. Her work has also highlighted how whitebark pine provides important ecosystem services and processes, supporting biodiversity and community stability. Now, with whitebark pine declining precipitously nearly rangewide--
threatened with extirpation caused by introduced disease, pest outbreaks, and climate
change--Tomback discusses a newly- found ecosystem service at the highest forest elevations, impacting the crucial “water towers” of western forests.

Reception and refreshments to follow.

For more information contact Tracy Kohm at tracy.kohm@ucdenver.edu

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Department of History Faculty Research Colloquium

Nov 7
1:30-3:30 pm
Academic Building 1, Room 4125

Dr. Azusa Ono will be speaking on “People at the Crossroads: Native Americans in Denver."

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Digital Stories and Panel by Storytellers from Florence Crittenton High School

Nov 10
St. Cajatan’s

Produced as part of the project ‘Digital Storytelling Designed to Improve Diversity-Related Course and Program Content,’ funded by the Diversity and Excellence Grant Program and the University of Colorado Office of the President, with themes of Educational Opportunities and Health Care Access for Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers. Healthy Snacks and Beverages Provided.

For more information contact Marty Otañez, at 303-556-6606 or marty.otanez@ucdenver.edu.

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Writing Effective Broader Impacts

Nov  11
11:00am - 12:30 pm
Science 4127

MSLE is in a position to support CLAS STEM faculty in creating and accomplishing broader impact goals related to their research. In this meeting, the group will discuss how to write a compelling broader impact statement and what MSLE can do to support the broader impacts related to grant proposals (e.g., provide access to K-12 teachers and students, support Research Experiences for Teachers). Mike Jacobson, recent Program Officer at the National Science Foundation and CU Denver faculty member will offer insights about effective NSF broader impact statements. John Swallow, Chair of Integrative Biology, will offer the perspective of a successful PI.

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