CLAS Community Survey Now Open

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this quick, anonymous 12 question survey for faculty and staff within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Data from this survey will help to direct programming for the year, as well as give our new dean a better idea of faculty and staff preferences and perspectives.  The survey will remain open until Thursday, September 18, and any questions can be directed to Tracy Kohm at 303.556.6663 or

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Faculty and Staff Headshots: September 26, 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, 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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Call for Papers: Don Quixote in the American West: A Fourth-Centenary Celebration (1615–2015)

The University of Colorado Denver and the University of Wyoming are now accepting abstracts in English or Spanish for the upcoming International Conference “Don Quixote in the American West: A Fourth-Centenary Celebration (1615–2015)” to be held April 23–26, 2015 in Denver, Colorado, and Laramie, Wyoming. Papers are welcome from any theoretical perspective and may examine any aspect of the second part of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote (1615). This conference will feature seven of the most prestigious Cervantes scholars: William Egginton (Johns Hopkins University), Mercedes Alcalá Galán (University of Wisconsin Madison), María Antonia Garcés(Cornell University), Steven Hutchinson (University of Wisconsin Madison), Luce López-Baralt (Universidad de Puerto Rico Río Piedras),Edwin Williamson (University of Oxford), and Diana de Armas Wilson(University of Denver).  A selection of papers will be published in a collective volume.

Please send paper abstracts and titles (max. 250 words) by December 1st, 2014 to:Conxita Domènech at

For more information on the conference please visit this link.

For any additional information contact Andrés Lema-Hincapié at 303- 556-3443 or

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TODAY: CU Denver Casting Call

WHEN: until 4:00 pm

WHERE: Tivoli Turnhall

DO YOU LEARN WITH PURPOSE? The University is looking for real CU Denver students, faculty and staff  to participate in the Learn with Purpose advertising campaign—including still photography and a new TV commercial! If you are comfortable in front of the camera and are available September 23rd for location shooting, help us tell the world what CU Denver is really all about.

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Psychology Lab Seeking Subjects

The CaLM Heart Lab (Cardiovascular Health and Life Meaning Lab) in the Clinical Health Psychology PhD program is now recruiting married couples who are Christians, married for at least 1 year, and believe in prayer. The purpose of the study is to examine the influence that conversations between married couples have on the functioning of the heart and their response to stress. Couples will be asked to complete an on-line questionnaire and come to our research lab on the downtown CU Denver campus (North Classroom) for a 2 hour session. Each participating couple will be given $40. Please contact for more information.

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Campaign Corner

CLAS Development Team Expands: Meet Marianna DiVietro

Marianna DiVietro recently accepted the role of Assistant Director of Development in the Office of University Development.  She is the second fulltime fundraiser for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and will work on gifts up to $25,000.  She manages a donor portfolio, represents CLAS at special events, and report directly to Catherine Lopez, Senior Director of Development.  Previously, Marianna served as a Development Officer for the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Before her work in Development, Marianna worked in Career Services, connecting college students and employers.  She obtained her Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in Indiana and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradley University in Illinois.  A Chicago native, Marianna roots for the Bears but as per the requirements of her new position, was required to pledge her loyalty to the Broncos!  Outside of work, Marianna enjoys teaching group fitness classes and exploring trails with her dog.  Marianna's office number is 303.315.2028 and her email:

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Diversity Matters

Body Positive Training

September 20th & 21st
9:00am – 5:00pm
Science Building, Rm1086

Author, speaker, educator & co-founder of The Body Positive Organization, Connie Sobczak will be conducting a special training for students, staff & faculty.

What To Expect From The Training:

• Examine societal and familial messages about health and weight

• Learn how to become the expert of your body and improve physical health through intuitive eating and exercise

• Explore why cultivating compassion for oneself and others leads to improved self-care

• Discover the power of declaring your authentic beauty

• Realize the importance of developing supportive Body Positive communities on school campuses.

Event sponsored and made possible by funding from the Presidents Diversity Fund for Development & Support, the Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives Fund, The Graduate School, The Women’s Resource Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Breakfast, coffee, tea, snacks and lunch will be provided. SPACE IS LIMITED!

Contact Lindsay Millar at immediately to reserve your spot.

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Council on Diversity and Inclusion Interdisciplinary Exchange

Engaging English Language Learners and Building Intercultural Bridges: Stories, Community, and Narratives of the New China
Sept 22

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

Featuring the research of Lisa B. Keränen, Communication Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, with students Li Yao Lü, Andrew Gilmore, Demyla Patterson, and others.

This session draws from focus groups conducted with English Language Learners in CLAS about their experiences in college classrooms as well as the experiences of Chinese, British, and American students enrolled in Narratives of the New China, a Maymester 2014 travel study course that relied, in part, on digital storytelling to bridge cultures. After a brief presentation by students and the instructor, participants will discuss strategies for engaging international English Language Learners across the campus and our classrooms.

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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Stereotype Threat Workshop

Sept 25
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Plaza M203

STEREOTYPE THREAT refers to a concern about confirming a negative stereotype about one's social group, which often sets up an obstacle to success. Dr. Jenessa Shapiro will teach  workshop participants how stereotypes can negatively affect student performance and what faculty and staff can do to mitigate the threat. Dr. Shapiro received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at UCLA, as well as an Associate Professor at UCLA's Graduate School of Management. Made possible in part by a CLAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund (DIIF) grant.

For more information contact Sarah K. Tyson, Philosophy, at or 303.556.5661.

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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

Anthropology welcomes new faculty member
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 hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 – 5:00 pm.

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Sustainability in Berlin program kicks off
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.

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Beekman and students research in Mexico
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.

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Bohlen shares Snarktasitc tips
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

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Ferrara, Hartke and Pfender Host NSF-Funded Mathematics Workshop for Graduate Students
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 GRWC were researched and presented by participating doctoral students, with input from a faculty mentor.  In addition to their research activities, students participated in professional development workshops and had the opportunity to build their professional peer networks through a number of social events around Denver.  The GRWC was funded in part by a workshop grant from the National Science Foundation (DMS 1427546) along with generous support from CLAS, the Graduate School, the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, and the other organizing institutions (DU, Iowa State, Nebraska and Wyoming).   

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Harding publishes on the lithic imagination and the tertia
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)

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Martinez presents in DC
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."

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Reich research on vaccination refusal focuses on socioeconomic status
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

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Thayer publishing and selected for workshop
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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University Events

Graduate School Fair

September 17
2:00 - 6:00 pm
St Cajetan’s

This event will provide information to current and prospective students regarding CU Denver graduate programs. For more information contact JESSICA.HALLIDAY@UCDENVER.EDU.

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Ozone Depletion at the Ends of the Earth: A Science and Policy Success Story

September 17
6:00 – 7:00 pm
New Academic Building, 2600

The Damrauer Endowed Lectureship Fund presents the first annual Chancellor's Distinguished  Lecture by Susan Solomon, PhD . Solomon is the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is well known for having pioneered the theory explaining why the ozone hole occurs in Antarctica. She is also the author of several influential scientific papers in climate science, including one on the irreversibilities of the climate change problem. Solomon received her PhD in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981. She received the 1999 US National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor. She is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Acadameia Europaea. She served as co-chair of the climate science group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 2002-2007, and in 2008, Time magazine named Solomon as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. A glacier in Antarctica has been named after her, Solomon Glacier.

The Damrauer Endowed Lectureship Fund was created by Lennie and Bob Damrauer in 2014 to establish an annual free lecture series that focuses on subjects of broad general interest and appeal in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM disciplines)

Tickets are required and may be requested in advance here. Additional tickets - if available - will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis one hour prior to the lecture outside Room 2600 in the new academic building.               

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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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CLAS Events

CLAS Fall Faculty and Staff Forum

September 12
9:00 – 11:00 am
Lawrence Street Center Terrace Room

Please come to the annual Fall Faculty and Staff Forum- all CLAS faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  As part of this event we will have an update on the college from our outgoing Interim Dean Laura Argys and also get to hear from our new CLAS Dean Pamela Jansma and have some mingling time with her.

For more information contact Karen Fennell, Executive Assistant to the Dean, at 303.556.2624 or

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Union Station Mini-Writing Marathon

Sept 20
9:00am – 3:00pm
Union Station, Main Terminal, 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO

The Denver Writing project is hosting a writing event open to anyone and everyone. Meet at the Union Station Main Terminal, at the tables in front of the Terminal Bar, for a session of  writing and sharing work “on location” in various corners of this urban space. Bring your preferred writing technology (pen, journal, laptop, tablet, etc.). Don’t worry, the session won’t be covering 26.2 miles, but you may still want to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Spend a good portion of the day writing and sharing with colleagues. Registration Fee: $10, includes a certificate for six hours of professional development.

Register today:

For more info email: or call 303-556-8394

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Psychology Research Showcase and APA Accreditation Celebration

September 23
1:00 – 3:30 pm = Presentation of research by faculty and students in the Psychology Department

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm = Clinical Health Psychology PhD Program Accreditation Announcement and Celebration
NC Atrium

Please mark your calendars for the CHP Official Accreditation Announcement & Celebration and 2nd Annual Research Showcase.  All CLAS and Graduate School friends and colleagues are invited.

For more information contact Anne Beard at

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2014 Sankofa Lecture Series w/ Dead Prez

Sept 24 - 25
St. Cajetan’s

Cosponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, the next installment of the Sankofa Lecture Series will emphasize the various contexts in which Hip Hop culture is used to address, impact, and create social change in our society. To further demonstrate this point several organizations and businesses from the Denver community have graciously agreed to participate in the Sankofa Community Resource Fair. This forum will provide attendees with access to a myriad of resources that foster holistic health, community engagement, and political agency. Other activities during the two-day initiative include a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed documentary, Black and Cuba, and the official ‘After Set’ featuring Phife Dawg, co-founder of the legendary Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest.

All events on Wednesday (9/24) and during the day on Thursday (9/25) are FREE and open to the public, participants are encouraged to RSVP via Facebook

For more information contact B. Afeni McNeely Cobham at

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Sept 25, 7pm at Irving Street Women’s Residence (601 South Irving, Denver)
Sept 26, 7pm at St Barnabas Church (1280 Vine, Denver)

The CU Denver Community is invited to a staged reading of a new play, Sheltered, based on stories told by women experiencing homelessness.  Professor Cate Wiley of the English Department wrote the play after years of working with and talking to these women, and  hopes the play will present a realistic face of homelessness. Sheltered unfolds over a single day, with choral interludes by different homeless women illustrating the complexities of their lives. They discuss and debate the origins of their predicament, the realities of living on the receiving end of charity, and their hopes for the future. The protagonist, a shelter volunteer, will learn that the face of homelessness, whether that face is intimately related or profoundly strange, may be impossible to know. The readings are free and open to the public. The reading is funded in part by a grant from The Puffin Foundation.

Contact Cate Wiley at for more information.

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