Power Outages in Late March
In order to facilitate work that will upgrade the campus electrical system, it will be necessary to temporarily interrupt the power to almost all of the buildings on campus two separate times. This work when completed will increase the ability of XCEL Energy to provide emergency back-up power to the campus by 48%. On Friday evening, March 21st, beginning at 10 p.m., technicians will move through the campus on a building-by-building basis to complete the work necessary for the upgrade. The following week, on Friday evening, March 28th, another series of outages is planned beginning at 10 p.m. Power will be interrupted for each building for less than 10 minutes on average. Buildings NOT Scheduled for Electrical Work: King Center, Tivoli, modulars, Admin Building, and the 5th Street Hub are the only buildings on campus that will not be affected by this work. For more specific information about outages see this link and for questions contact Ken Ross, Campus Engineer at 303.556.2247 or email@example.com.
A Call for Student Posters, Exhibits, and Presentations for the 7th Annual Research & Creative Activities Symposium
When: April 25, 2014
Where: Anschutz Medical Campus, RC2, Trivisible
YOUR CHARGE AS A FACULTY MEMBER:
Please encourage your undergraduate and graduate students to submit for presentation
- poster presentations of student or student-faculty generated research findings
- exhibitions of all forms of artwork
- interactive or streaming media presentations (max. length: 12 minutes)
- video presentations (max. length: 12 minutes)
- performance presentations (max. length: 12 minutes)
- literary readings (max. length: 12 minutes)
The abstract submitted on line should be geared toward the lay person and should explain what the research is about and why it is important to the observer. The abstract that will be exhibited should include, as an addendum, the abstract submitted on line and geared toward the lay person. This may be a page attached to the exhibit or provided as a hand out. Plan to attend the symposium as a way of showing your support for these talented students.
DEADLINE: Students must submit applications by March 28, 2014
SUBMISSION & NOMINATION INFORMATION: www.ucdenver.edu/researchday
ICB Club Hosts Honored Heritage Event
In honor of Chinese New Year, on February 18th the CU Denver Intercultural Club Beijing (ICB Club) hosted an impressive banquet for Chinese students who are away from home, and for friends and faculty members who enjoy learning about traditional Chinese culture. The celebration coincided with the annual Lantern Festival, which marks the end of New Year celebrations and the first full moon of the year, according to the Lunar Calendar. In China, when this full moon climbs high in the sky, people go outdoors to observe and celebrate with family members. The campus celebration included performances by ICB students, a banquet including yuanxiao (traditional sticky rice dumplings) and plenty of camaraderie. After the celebration Jeff Schweinfest, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences academic advisor, commented, “I think this event is becoming a ‘must-go-to’ event on the campus. I was really happy to see other groups participating. It’s truly an inclusive event that embraces the diversity of our community.” Find out more about the celebration here.
UHL Students Step-up to Serve DPS Students
This semester, University Honors and Leadership (UHL) student Pratibha Anand, Anna Astashchanka, Adam Blair, Mirissa Price and Miriam Sarwana established a partnership Denver Public Schools to establish a new initiative: Crafting Yourself. The program engages middle school students in an after-school creative environment that demonstrates and cultivates the importance of self-awareness and appreciation. Starting in January, the program settled in at the STRIVE Prep Lake Campus. “We selected STRIVE Prep Lake Campus, as the population is largely minority and on free and reduced lunch; this location is thus truly appreciative of the volunteer program,” said Price. “Further, the students at STRIVE Prep do not currently have a fine arts curriculum, enabling Crafting Yourself to dually offer a creative outlet and a personal development program in a single, enjoyable format.” Learn more about the program here.
Please share with students: Noyce Internship Deadline Extended
Application deadline: March 31, 2014
Do you know a math or science student who would make a great teacher? Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014-2015 cohort of Noyce Scholars. The scholarship provides an annual award of $12,000 or more per year for math and science students to earn a teaching license. In addition to funding, scholars receive support in the form of a biweekly seminar, mentorship, and professional development opportunities. The program is open to undergraduates and post-bac students from CU Denver and other universities.
Click here to learn more, or contact Erin Howe, Noyce Program Manager, at Erin.D.Howe@ucdenver.edu.
CORRECTION: French Program Updates
In the previous issue of Deans' Notes the Department of Modern Languages announced a new format for elementary level French language courses beginning fall semester 2014. This announcemnet contained an inaccuracy: instead of listing the twice weekly meetings as 1 hour 50 minutes it should have listed them as 1 hour 20 minutes. Appologies for any confussion this caused! For questions and further information please contact Diane Dansereau, Director of the French Program, at Diane.Dansereau@ucdenver.edu.
Council on Diversity and Inclusion Interdisciplinary Exchange
11:00am - 12:30pm
Tivoli Multicultural Lounge
Council on Diversity and Inclusion’s Interdisciplinary Exchanges will 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! *Lunch Served*
Elevating American Indian and Indigenous Perspectives
Joaquin Gallegos (Jicarilla Apache/Santa Anna Pueblo), BS Public Health Senior
Scientific research of American Indian Alaska Native communities has repeatedly been conducted unethically and to the detriment of Indian health status. This talk presents examples of how the delicate relationship between Indian Nations and the scientific community has been improved
Glenn Morris, JD (Shawnee), Associate Professor of Political Science
Indigenous peoples have been active in international relations and diplomacy for centuries. This talk will discuss that history, and update more recent developments in the UN system, such as the possible global implications of the UN's adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.
Timberley Roane, PhD (Lumbee), Associate Professor of Integrative Biology
Federal law enacted in 1990 (NAGPRA) requires the return of certain artifacts to tribal owners; however, the preservative chemicals remaining on these artifacts pose health and spiritual risks. This talk covers a current effort to heal these artifacts, both spiritually and scientifically, a process aiming to establish a culturally-sensitive and scientifically sound method for the return of Native artifacts.
For questions please contact Tracy Kohm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philosophy hosts successful SAAP conference
The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Conference, hosted by the Philosophy Department, was a big success. The 41st Annual Meeting of the SAAP at the Westin Downtown included scholars, graduate students, and publishers. The quality of the papers presented was very high, and a selection of these papers will constitute an issue of The Pluralist, a peer-reviewed academic journal. The conference drew visitors from across the US and from as far away as Finland, Brazil, and Japan. There were also quite a number of local community participants--some from other academic institutions and some from among CU Denver alumni and donors.
Burns latest mystery reviewed
Rex Burns, Emeritus Professor of English, recently published his third mystery novel, Body Slam. The plot follows detectives, Julie Campbell and her father Jim Railford, as they help a Denver wrestling promoter investigate who is sending threats after his partner commits suicide. Body Slam is the first in the Touchstone Agency series, with a second book, Crude Carrier, due out next year, and a third in the works.
Book review: "Body Slam" by Rex Burns
Denver Post, Feb 9
Hartnett and Keranen lead workshop
On Friday, March 7, Stephen John Hartnett, communication professor and chair, led an 8-hour workshop on Communication Leadership and Civic Engagement for Roaring Fork Leadership, a community-based group training next generation leaders; the session was held at the Base Village Conference Center in Snowmass, CO. The workshop included a session on Visual Strategic Communication for Wired Activists, led by Lisa Keranen, associate professor and communication director of graduate studies.
11:30am - 1:00pm
Auraria Library Advanced Learning Center
Reconsidering FCQs is a forum to discuss the role of FCQ’ s in promotion and tenure, and their limitations as a measurement of effective teaching. Join the CU Denver Minority Affairs Committee for lunch to learn about the quantitative data from CU Denver Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness and to provide insights and direction on finding alternative methods of evaluating teaching. This event is funded by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Please RSVP for lunch by clicking on this link.
CU @ The Nuggets
Discounted Nuggets tickets for sale in Tivoli 303 for CU Denver students! Come see the Nuggets take on the L.A. Clippers at the Pepsi Center. Tickets are $10 each and include a pizza party before the game. Limit 2 tickets per person (must have a CU Denver student ID, second ticket does not require ID).
Mar 17 - 21
An event geared at bringing all-inclusive sex education to campus, including all bodies, sexualities, and safe practices. More information can be found here.
Safe Spring Break
Join the Office of Student Life to play games that are centered on the common troubles that students face during spring break. Disscusions will focus on safe sex, binge drinking, criminal charges, and more. Free condoms and food! Sponsored by CU Denver Community Standards and Wellness.
Transgender Day of Visibility: Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Her portrayal of the incarcerated Sophia Burset has touched the hearts of viewers. Cox is the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1s critically acclaimed TRANSForm Me. Cox was named as one of the most influential trans people in America in the inaugural Trans 100 in 2013. She was named one of the top 50 trans icons by the Huffington Post in 2012. As a transgender advocate Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She is committed to telling diverse and three dimensional trans stories in the media. She travels the country speaking about issues that affect the trans community.
First Generation Screening
The Students of Sociology Club is sponsoring a screening of the nationally acclaimed film "First Generation," which profiles the experiences of high school students who are the first in their families to attend college. There will be a panel of first generation students in various stages of their education who will talk about their experiences and things they wish they had known about college. Food will be served and admission is free and open to everyone. Interested participants should RSVP to Charlene.email@example.com.
CLAS Spring Faculty and Staff Forum
9:00 – 11:00 am
North Classroom 1806
Light breakfast snacks will be served.
Inaugural Jake Adam York Memorial Reading Featuring Eduardo C. Corral
The Jake Adam York Memorial Reading was founded to honor the memory of Jake Adam York (1972-2012), a poet and editor who taught at the University of Colorado Denver from 2000-2012. During his time at CU Denver, York helped start the creative writing program and founded CU Denver’s national literary journal, Copper Nickel. This year’s reading is co-sponsored by Creative Writing, Copper Nickel, Colorado Center for Public Humanities, Department of English, Hispanic Student Services, and the CLAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund. This memorial reading will be held each spring semester and feature a poet or prose writer whose work, like York’s poetry, engages with history and/or issues of social importance.
Eduardo C. Corral’s first book of poems, Slow Lightning (2012), won the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino recipient of the award. He has earned degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshops. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Discovery/The Nation Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Corral’s poems range from traditional forms to more experimental free verse structures, and they often seamlessly mix English and Spanish in their explorations of topics such as immigration and identity, sexual orientation, history, and violence
The reading is free and open to everyone. A Q & A, book signing, and reception will follow. For questions about this event, please contact Brian Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Progressive Approach to Improving Undergraduate Science Writing Through Chemistry Laboratory Courses
11:00am - 12:0 pm
Marta K. Maroń, Intructor, Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Summary: Communication skills through written form for chemistry undergraduates are fundamentally important to their transformation from novice to expert chemists. However, many students who can successfully complete the undergraduate chemistry curricula are not able to effectively construct and communicate scientiﬁc meaning in written form. This presentation describes the development and implementation of a science writing scaffold across three laboratory courses, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I (Quantum Mechanics), and Instrumental Analysis, to improve student writing skills. A progressive approach to introducing how to write journal style documents, integrations of peer-review, TA-review, and revision will be discussed as a means to allow students to improve and progress towards autonomy in their writing.