Message from Interim Dean Laura Argys
Support our Students (SOS)
It is getting more and more difficult for students to complete a college degree and remain financially intact. In many states, Colorado among them, funding for public institutions of higher education was a casualty of the recession over the past few years. As states struggled to meet their financial obligations to the unemployed and uninsured, and the demands of a sagging infrastructure and public safety increased, funding for state universities and colleges felt the squeeze.
Recognizing the strain this placed on the working students who pay their way through college, CU Denver responded by increasing financial aid as part of every tuition increase. Economic recovery, and the accompanying increases in personal income and state revenues has afforded state legislatures an opportunity to restore some portion of funding to higher education and proposals for large tuition increases have slowed.
Improved economic times also improve the opportunities for fundraising by the university. Identified as its fundraising priority, the CU Denver campus has launched a campaign targeting student support. This campaign, 1,000 More, seeks to raise money to provide scholarships for 1,000 additional students each year. In addition to these campus-wide scholarships there are opportunities to contribute to scholarships specific to CLAS and individual departments. Currently the college supports scholarships to all Dean’s List designees (students who have a GPA greater than 3.75) and additional scholarships through donations to the CLAS Dean’s Scholarship and Award fund. Programs aimed at improving diversity and providing opportunity for students studying in particular fields often provide scholarship support as part of the overall program. Through individual donations and generous support from the Colorado Health Foundation, the BA/BS-MD program provides meaningful scholarships to diverse participants from urban and rural Colorado in pursuit of medical degrees and to encourage their eventual practice in medically underserved areas of Colorado. Programs such as the International College Beijing devote a portion of revenues to scholarships in support of its most gifted students. Many departments have dedicated alumni and supportive donors who have donated to and endowed scholarship funds in honor of a beloved educator or in memory of former students. All of these funds provide opportunities for interested donors to support CLAS students during their educational pursuits.
Faculty and staff in CLAS have a long history of supporting students throughout their lifelong pursuit of education. In collaboration with alumni groups and active retiree boards, the efforts of our faculty, staff and students in recognizing student achievement and need through fundraising efforts to thank donors and promote support for these funds are greatly appreciated. Spread the word about the 1,000 More campaign and other CLAS Scholarship opportunities to support our students.
A Roundup of Calls for Proposals
Staff Service Excellence Award: University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC) is soliciting nominations of classified and university staff employees for the annual Service Excellence Award. The Service Excellence Award is presented to one qualified individual from each campus and system administration, and includes a $1,000 cash award. Please visit the UCSC Service Excellence Award web page for more information regarding the award criteria and nomination process. Applications are due February 28, 2014, and for more information you can contact JáNet Hurt.
Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Faculty Development Grant: promotes greater impact towards a faculty member’s career by supporting the enhanced quality of their teaching and/or research/creative work. Submit proposals (with completed cover sheet) in person to the Center for Faculty Development (LSC 320), or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8:00 a.m. on or before March 3, 2014. More information and application materials can be found here.
CLAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund (DIIF): 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 inaugural CLAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund (DIIF) Awards. The DIIF is targeted to promote CLAS’s strategic priority “to enhance diversity across the college and foster a culture of inclusion.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for smaller awards, with a deadeline of 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2014 for larger awards, and can be submitted by email to Marjorie.email@example.com. More information and application materials can be found here.
CLAS Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP): funds are designated specifically to promote innovative research activities and encourage the submission of applications for externally funded research. CRISP funds are intended to provide seed money to fund studies used in grant proposals and to facilitate research that could not be completed successfully with currently available resources. Applications must be received in the Dean’s Office or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2014. More information and application materials can be found here.
CLAS Dissemination Grant: 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. Applications must be received in the Dean’s Office or by email to email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2014. More information and application materials can be found here.
CLAS Advancing Curricula and Teaching (ACT) grant: funding is designated to further develop a campus environment that supports and encourages approaches to teaching and learning that advance the College’s mission. This year, we invite proposals for projects related to “Integrative Learning.”Applications must be received in the Dean’s Office or by email to Marjorie.firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2014. More information and application materials can be found here.
President’s Diversity Awards: The System Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to solicit proposals for the spring 2014 President’s Diversity Awards. This annual award recognizes significant achievements of faculty, staff, students and academic or administrative units toward developing a culturally diverse, compassionate university community reflective of inclusive excellence. Please visit the President’s Diversity Award web page for more information regarding the award and selection criteria. The deadline for submission is March 14, 2014. Additional inquiries may be directed to Thomas Spahr, Academic Planning, Programs and Policy Analyst, at 303-860-5623 or Thomas.Spahr@cu.edu.
Non-Tenure Track Faculty Professional Development Grants Announced
UCDALI, the University of Colorado Denver Association of Lecturers and Instructors, is pleased to announce the recipients of the first CLAS Non-Tenure Track Faculty Professional Development grants:
Margaret Woodhull (Master of Humanities Program) will present her paper “Architecture and Female Agency in Post–Augustan Rome: Agrippina the Younger’s Temple for Divine Claudius and the Demise of Imperial Women Building Rome” at the international conference: “Commemorating Augustus,” University of Leeds, England.
Margaret Bruehl (Department of Chemistry) will participate in workshops and present two of her own papers from her project “Enhancing General Chemistry Pedagogy through Active Collaborations” at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.
Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge (Department of Communication, ICB) presented "Contesting the Facade of Harmony Through Art and the Internet in China" at the annual convention of the Western States Communication Association “Dilemmas & Opportunities of U.S.-China Communication in an Age of Globalization.”
Marta K. Maroń (Department of Chemistry) will engage in curriculum development to improve chemistry students’ technical writing skills with her project “A progressive approach to improving undergraduate science writing through laboratory courses.”
Linda Alcott (Department of Modern Languages) will be designing a new course, "Voices of Haiti and the Caribbean," and presenting on this topic at the Fall 2014 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference.
Masoud Asadi-Zeydabadi (Department of Physics) will bring physics education and undergraduate research opportunities to low income students with his project "Low Cost and Genuine Research in Complex Systems."
Gail E. Krovitz (Department of Anthropology) will enhance new anthropology course offerings by participating in the "Forensic anthropology workshop: Analysis of bone trauma and pseudo-trauma in suspected violent deaths."
Psychology Open House for New Psychological Services Center a Success
The Psychological Services Center (PSC), a service of the Clinical Health Psychology (CHP) PhD program and the Department of Psychology, moved into their newly renovated space in North Classroom 4036 on Monday February 24. The move of the PSC to its new home on the 4th floor tremendously enhances the CHP program’s capacity to train first class clinicians and provide much needed, low-cost psychological services to the people of Denver. The new space is also a visible representation of the key support provided to the program by the university and college, an important consideration in the program’s bid for accreditation by the American Psychological Association (the accreditation site visit will occur March 13 and 14).
French Program Updates
The Department of Modern Languages is happy to announce a new format for elementary level French language courses beginning fall semester 2014. We are replacing the 5 credit beginning French I & II (that meets twice weekly for a grueling 2 hours and 15 minutes) with 4 credit, hybrid courses. Successful completion of the new courses will fulfill the 2 semester CLAS foreign language requirement. FREN 1001 and 1002 (French Language 1 and 2) will meet twice weekly for 1 hour and 20 minutes and will require 50 additional minutes of online work per week. The new format will not only make it easier for students to fit a language into their schedules but will also allow them to continue to benefit from in-class interaction essential for the development of solid second language skills while at the same time taking advantage of excellent online activities that fit so well into their learning style.
For questions and further information please contact Diane Dansereau, Director of the French Program, at Diane.Dansereau@ucdenver.edu.
Philosophy Event Takes Humans to Court
On February 20, the Philosophy Department, with the support of the Office of Student Life, the Philosophy Club, and Auraria Students for the Humane Treatment of Animals, hosted a talk by Professors Katharine Loevy (Pacific University) and Richard McGregor (Vanderbilt University) on the 10th century Islamic text The Case of the Animals versus Man before the King of the Jinn. The seemingly simple premise of the story is that the animals charge the humans with unjust enslavement. While projecting drawings from the text, Professors McGregor and Loevy showed the rich philosophical implications of this text for comparative religion, animal ethics, and our contemporary understanding of the history of Islam. Information about future philosophy department events can be found here.
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 email@example.com.
Communication has another strong showing at WSCA Annual Conference
The Department of Communication had a strong showing at the Western States Communication Association’s annual conference in Anaheim, CA, February 14-18, 2014. Brian Ott served as President of WSCA. Patrick Dodge and Supriya Karudapuram from the International College Beijing (ICB) program participated in a preconference and working session on U.S.-China communication. Gordana Lazic served as a representative to the WSCA Legislative Assembly; Michelle Medal was ubiquitous at panels and was a great support to faculty and students; Amira Aletebi, Allison Dietz, Cassie Schoon, and Harry Archer represented the MA program; Emily Stones represented our Lecturers; and Hamilton Bean, Lisa Keranen, Sonja Foss, Brian Ott, Sarah Fields, Amy Hasinoff, Gordana Lazic, and Stephen Hartnett served as panel chairs, respondents, and presenters.
Bean elected Vice Chair
Hamilton Bean, assistant professor in communication, has been elected Vice Chair of the Organizational Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA). He will become Chair and lead interest group planning for the 2016 WSCA convention in San Diego, CA.
Knight receives NIH grant
Assistant professor of chemistry Jefferson Knight was recently awarded a $228,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study molecules that coordinate the cellular machinery of insulin exocytosis, the process by which this hormone is released from a cell into the bloodstream. The mechanisms by which two cellular lipid membranes fuse into a single membrane during exocytosis are still not completely understood; less is understood about how these processes go awry in disease states, such as the progressive deterioration of insulin secretion that accompanies type 2 diabetes. Under the award, Dr. Knight’s group will investigate how the synaptotagmins and related proteins involved in insulin secretion interact with lipids to catalyze membrane fusion. The results will lead to a better understanding of how these particular proteins contribute to insulin secretion in both the healthy and diabetic states, possibly leading to new options for diabetes treatment or diagnosis. More broadly, the studies will shed light on whether changes in membrane lipids may contribute to cellular defects that underlie many diseases.
Ott delivers presidential address at WSCA
For the past year, Brian L. Ott, associate professor of communication, has served as the Western States Communication Association's President, which has more than 1,000 active members. At this month's annual convention luncheon, he delivered a Presidential Address on the radical proliferation of information and its implications for teaching and research to an audience of 400 communication scholars. Ott's remarks will be published in the Western Journal of Communication later this year. His term as President ended with the convention.
Smolinski thesis work to be published
Sharon Smolinski completed her Master of Science in Environmental Science in the department of Geography and Environmental Science in 2012, and has submitted her work to the Journal of Environmental Management where it was recently accepted. The title of her article is "Mountain pine beetle infestation of lodgepole pine in areas of water diversion," which was based on her thesis work in the GES program. Sharon works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is currently earning her PhD in the School of Public Affairs.
York work selected for Best American Poetry 2014
The English department has received confirmation that Jake Adam York’s poem "Calendar Days" has been selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2014, which will be out in September. The poem was originally published by The Missouri Review in March 2013 as part of an online tribute.
CU Denver Dance Marathon
8:00pm - 12:00am (NOTE NEW TIME)
Participate in the first ever CU Denver Dance Marathon and help raise funds for a good cause! Dance Marathon is a student run fundraising effort with the goal of creating a meaningful and long-lasting partnership between CU Denver and Brent’s Place, a local organization providing housing and programming to children living with cancer. An estimated 250 participants will enjoy live performances from local and national DJs and artists, along with food and beverages (non-alcoholic) throughout the 12-hour event. Participants are required to fundraise a minimum of $100. Registration is free; once you register a fundraising page will be created for you. You can share this page with family and friends through social media networks even create fundraising teams! Event is open to the public. For registration and additional information visit www.cudenverdancemarathon.com.
Office of Development—Lawrence Street Center, 13th Floor
Scholarships. Research Support. State-of-the-Art Facilities. Tutoring. If you benefit from these or any of the other amazing aspects of campus life at CU Denver then you have a compelling reason to call and personally thank some of the donors who support you and this university. The Office of Development is seeking volunteers for our 2nd Annual Donor Thank-A-Thon in order to thank the over 2100 generous donors we had in 2013. We need your help!
Please contact Kristi at Kristi.Sharon@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-2095 for more information and shift sign up.
Career Panel: Women in Entrepreneurship
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Are you interested in being an entrepreneur? Come to this career panel to learn some of the ins and outs and listen to the experiences of those who are succeeding.
Working it Out
The GLBT community still faces unique challenges in the world of work. Auraria campus students and alumni, as well as the general public, are invited to join us for our annual Working it Out panel discussion of these issues, as well as helpful information from diverse professionals.
Hot Topics: Richard Shusterman
Hear from Richard Shusterman, an American pragmatist philosopher known for his contributions to philosophical aesthetics and the emerging field of somaesthetics.
Corkey Lee Exhibit
Tivoli Multicultural Lounge
A photography exhibit and presentation by the renowned photographer Corky Lee. Corky Lee is lauded as the “unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate” and his work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Associated Press, The Villager, and Downtown Express. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Right law, CU Denver Asian American Student Services, CU Denver Live, the Office of Outreach and Inclusion, and Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be showcasing the contributions of Asian Americans in the struggle for civil rights with Mr. Lee’s exhibit. His body of work expands 40 years and chronicles the diversity and nuances of Asian American life that is not often included in mainstream media.
Women's Leadership Conference
This annual conference, now in its 18th year, is an opportunity to network, learn, develop skills, find solutions, and grow ideas from a multitude of perspectives that highlight women’s leadership. The cost is $5 for students; scholarships are available.
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.
Biology Department Seminar Series
3:30 - 4:30pm
Lee Niswander is not only a Howard Hughes investigator but also one of the most accomplished female scientists in the biomedical field these days. In addition, Lee started her collegiate education on our campus and provides a great inspiration to students. Questions can be directed to Aaron Johnson, Assistant Professor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-556-2593.
Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecture
2:00 - 3:15pm
Born to Shop? Consumerism and the American Woman, by Jennifer Scanlon, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College
We love to joke about women and shopping. Women "shop 'till they drop." "A woman's place is at the mall." It's true that women as a group love to shop; many would rather do so than relax, read a book, or take a walk. But what if we were to take that practice seriously, historically and in contemporary life? What can we make of women's devotion to shopping? Generously sponsored by History; Humanities and Social Sciences; Women’s and Gender Studies.
If you have questions or need disability accommodations, please contact Marjorie Levine-Clark, 303.556.2896, email@example.com
Ibero-American Film Series
Plaza Building, room 118 P
CINEMA AND FOOD - Hosted by the Department of Modern Languages
FUERA DE CARTA (2008), by Nacho G. Velilla (Spain), [Chef’s Special] In Spanish, with English Subtitles ― 111 min.
Bring your lunch, snacks provided by a gracious donation from AMIGOS DEL SUR.
For more information and the Spring Semester Schedule, contact: Andrés Lema-Hincapié, Andres.Lema-Hincapie@ucdenver.edu
Annual Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP) Conference
Westin Downtown Denver
The Philosophy Department will host the Annual Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP) conference. Sessions will be held on all the American philosophical figures (Dewey, James, Peirce, Rorty, Addams, et al.) as well as on a huge variety of interdisciplinary topics: race, environmentalism, democracy, feminism, social science, African-American thought, Asian philosophy, native American, French, German political thought, and more. The full program is online for your perusal, here. Faculty (and any students especially interested) are welcome to attend any session which sparks their interest free of charge. For anyone who plans to do more than drop in on a session or two, registration can be done here (anyone can register as a student). Please come see what philosophers DO!
For more information you can contact local organizer and Chair of Philosophy, David Hildebrand, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philosophy Department's Speaker Series
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Haber Library Plaza M.108
"How is Ethics Possible as a Science?" By Henrik Rydenfelt (U. of Helsinki)
For more information contact the CU Denver Philosophy Department (303) 556-4868.
CLAS Spring Faculty and Staff Forum
9:00 – 11:00 am
North Classroom 1806
Light breakfast snacks will be served.