Message from Interim Dean Laura Argys

Message from Interim Dean Laura Argys

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year

The fall semester is underway and there are many new faces on campus.  For the second year in a row, we are welcoming the largest class of entering freshmen to CU Denver.  Regardless of their major, these students will begin their college experience taking classes across the CLAS curriculum and we have seen growing enrollment in our first-year courses.  Enrollment of new transfer students is also on the rise, both in the professional schools and in liberal arts and sciences, and we are hosting the largest-ever group of junior and senior Communication and Economics majors from our International College Beijing program.  Special thanks are due to our CLAS Advising staff for their efforts throughout the summer to assist all of these students in designing their college plans and registering for their courses.  As some of you may have noticed, the process for adding classes has changed this year and I’d like to recognize the exceptional work of Mary Lovit and Sarah Carr in the Dean’s office in managing individual schedule adjustments for a steady flow of students this week.

Though the start of a new academic year has a familiar rhythm it also brings change.  The first CU Denver building on the Auraria Campus opened for business just this month and houses not only the majority of our student-services offices but a number of academic programs as well.  The Departments of Communication, History, Political Science and the Masters of Humanities and Social Science programs share the third floor of the new building and the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is on the fourth floor.  Many of you will teach in the new, flexible classrooms in this building in upcoming semesters but I encourage you to take a few minutes this week to visit your colleagues as they settle into their new offices and to explore the terrific new educational space on the first and second floors.

After a search throughout the spring, the College will soon welcome new Dean Pamela Jansma.  As you know, Dean Jansma is an educator, scholar and experienced administrator who joins us after serving as the Dean of the College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Trained as a geologist, Dr. Jansma has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Prior to her work at UT Arlington, she served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. A fellow of the American Council of Education, Dr. Jansma combines academic and administrative perspectives from a wide range of higher education institutions including the University of Arkansas and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.  Dr. Jansma was able to attend our chairs and directors at the retreat in early August and meet our new faculty at the CLAS reception but joins the college officially on September 9.      

In closing, I want to take the opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and collaboration throughout the past year.  When I agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the college last summer, I knew that the college had a terrific faculty and staff and felt that we could work together with the support of the administration not only to keep the college on an even keel but to move forward in a number of important ways.  We have seen the development and growth of our recent graduate program in Integrative Biology and the new undergraduate majors in Public Health and Ethnic Studies, accreditation of the Ph.D. program in Clinical Health Psychology, approval of a new Master’s degree in Applied Geography and Geospatial Science, continued growth of our ICB program, matriculation of the first cohort of BA/BS-MD students into medical school, increased external funding and donor support to the college and accomplishments of individual faculty and students far too numerous to list here.  It has been my pleasure to work with you and I want to thank you all for your contributions and support during this interim year.  I look forward to returning to as Associate Dean in the CLAS Office of Research and Creative Activities and working to further the college research mission with Carol Achziger and Brittany Lopez-Thrasher in the coming year. 

Please join us at the CLAS Faculty and Staff Forum for an opportunity to reflect on the past year and to welcome new Dean Pamela Jansma on September 12 (more information below).

With many thanks and all my best wishes for a productive and rewarding year,

Laura Argys

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New CLAS Directory to Replace Old -- Please Log in To Update

The new CLAS Directory needs your contact information and professional profiles. We're close to launching the new directory and integrating it fully into CLAS department websites. The new directory will replace the current directory in Sharepoint for the College and the departments, so it is essential that you log in and establish a presence. This will have numerous advantages for managing the directory moving forward.

1) Individual faculty and staff members can directly manage their own contact information and profiles, or they can also request updates to be made either by the department program assistant or via the CLAS Webmaster.

2) The directory data is managed and distributed across all departments and offers one-time update capability. Once your profile, contact information, office hours, etc. are updated, those changes are immediately reflected on the department websites.

3) The directory is tied to the University's Active Directory identity management system and offers access with your university ID and password. No new IDs or passwords necessary.

4) The faculty directory information will also be used for completion and launch of the smart phone and tablet directory version later this semester.

Please login to the new directory at and complete your profile if you haven't done so yet. In order to use and integrate the directory across the college, the directory needs many more faculty and staff to add their information.

Note: if you have a current profile in your department website that includes a bio, education & degrees, selected publications and courses taught, this information will be added for you.

For questions and comments about the directory, please e-mail

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APA Accreditation of the Clinical Health Psychology PhD Program Official

Peter Kaplan, Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department, is proud to announce that the Clinical Health Psychology (CHP) PhD Program at CU Denver has officially received accreditation from the American Psychological Association. Kaplan thanks Kevin Masters, Professor and Program Director of CHP, for his skillful leadership of the CHP Program and his excellent work on writing the self-study, conducting the site visit, and preparing the final response to the site visitors' report. Masters joined CU Denver’s faculty to lead the program through accreditation and beyond, and he has done a fantastic job. In addition, many other people have contributed to the success of the program, including the faculty, staff, and supportive administration.  Says Kaplan, “This is indeed wonderful news, and in fact marks an historical moment in the history of the Department of Psychology at CU Denver. We have an outstanding program with outstanding faculty and students. The sky is the limit on what can be achieved.”

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Math Honors Retirees with Conference
Math Honors Retirees with Conference

On July 25-26, the department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences hosted a conference on campus to honor three recent retirees: Bill Cherowitzo, Rich Lundgren, and Stan Payne – all of whom are now Professor Emeritus. The Rocky Mountain Conference on Graphs, Geometry, and Combinatorics was playfully deemed the CheLuPa Fest this year (for Cherowitzo, Lundgren and Payne). The conference covered three of the main pillars of discrete mathematics (graph theory, geometry, and combinatorics) representing the work of the three individuals whom the conference honored. In addition to promoting mathematical research Cherowitzo, Lundgren, and Payne also modeled the importance of mathematics pedagogy, and in this spirit, the conference organizers solicited 20 minute talks related to both mathematical research and to the teaching of collegiate level discrete mathematics.

Some statistics on the Professors Emeritus Cherowitzo, Lundgren and Payne celebrated by the department:

 • A combined 94 years of faculty time at CU Denver, (31/35/28)

 • 122 years of faculty time overall, (time after PhD,) (31/43/48)

 • Over 75% (94/122) of their time after PhD was at CU Denver, (100%/81%/58%)

 • A combined 214 publications in peer reviewed journals, (23/85/106)

 • A combined average about 1.75 publications a year for 122 years, (0.74/1.98/2.21)

 • A total 19 CU Denver PhD students supervised (3/12/4)

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Wellness Center Feasibility Focus Group for Faculty and Staff

CU Denver is conducting a Wellness Center Feasibility Study. One component is holding focus groups to determine the level of general interest. The focus groups are scheduled for next week: Thursday-Friday, Sept. 4-5, 8:30-9:30 am. CLICK HERE for full details and to reserve your space in a FACULTY/STAFF focus group. For more information and to view a video of a possible design concept, go to

 Amenities in the Wellness Center concept could include, but are not limited to:

  • Student lounge- a place to relax, study, and socialize with other CU Denver students
  • Large weight room
  • Numerous cardio workout options
  • Large multi-use gym and event space (approx. 3000 seats)
  • Classroom and workshop space for wellness related activities
  • Swimming pool
  • Reflection rooms for meditation or prayer
  • Extra locker rooms for students and Club Sports athletes
  • Dance studios
  • Demonstration kitchen
  • Indoor track
  • Steam room and/or sauna
  • Rock climbing wall

If you have questions, please contact, 303-556-3258.

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CLAS Spotlight

DeForest's Latin-O-Meter helps writers analyze how they come across

Lecturer in Modern Languages, Mary DeForest, has developed a web-based tool to help writers gain greater insight into their writing and how it might be perceived. The Latin-O-Meter analyzes writing, determines the origins of the words used, and assigns a score indicating whether the writing comes across to readers as snobby or uneducated.

Content Analysis App For Pretentiousness: Use The Latin-O-Meter To Test Yourself
, Aug 12

LatinOMeter analyzes your writing, tells you if readers think you're pretentious or educated
, Aug 12

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Hartley and student present at annual meeting
Hartley and student present at annual meeting

Laurel Hartley, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, and graduate student Mark Visel attended the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in August. Hartley and Visel presented results of their research on the effects of plague-extirpation on vegetation of prairie dog colonies in urban Colorado. Hartley also presented results of her pedagogical research related to how grades 6-12 students develop understanding of ecosystem ecology.

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Horton publishes on health care access for immigrants
Horton publishes on health care access for immigrants

Sarah Horton, Anthropology Assistant Professor, had an article on health care access among undocumented immigrants in the US published in Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States, an edited three volume collection on undocumented migration oriented towards an undergraduate audience. Horton has also recently submitted articles to American Ethnologist and to the Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

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Koester working and publishing on homelessness and drug use
Koester working and publishing on homelessness and drug use

Professor Steve Koester of Anthropology is working on an NIH R-34 grant on prescription drug overdose with colleagues in Internal Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Koester is also the Co-PI of a Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) project (with the Harm Reduction Center) on naloxone intervention among injection drug users. Keeping very busy, Koester also recently co-authored papers on homelessness at the Association of American Geographers meeting and at the International Sociological meeting.

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Lin receives prestigious Henry Dreyfus Award
Lin receives prestigious Henry Dreyfus Award

Hai Lin, Associate Professor of Chemistry, was recently named a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar for 2014.  Awarded by the Camile and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching, and provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000.

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Phiel publishing solo and with CLAS colleagues
Phiel publishing solo and with CLAS colleagues

Christopher J. Phiel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, recently had two papers accepted for publication. The first paper is a multi-disciplinary effort between members of the Departments of Integrative Biology (PRA Colleen Bartman, MS student Jennifer Egelston, Assistant Professor Raibatak Das, and Phiel) and Chemistry (Assistant Professor Xiaojun Ren). Entitled “A Simple and Efficient Method for Transfecting Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells” and published in Experimental Cell Research, this paper describes the development of a new protocol for introducing DNA into mouse embryonic stem cells, a widely used cell type in academic and industry laboratories. The second paper entitled “Gene Expression Profiling in Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells Reveals Gsk-3-Dependent Targets of PI3K and Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling Pathways,” was accepted for publication at Frontiers in Endocrinology. This work provides detailed comparisons of the expression of all genes in different mouse embryonic stem cells in which Gsk-3 activity has been inhibited or genetically deleted. These results provide a broader perspective on how Gsk-3 activity affects gene expression.

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Swallow presents in Germany
Swallow presents in Germany

John Swallow, Chair and Professor of Integrative Biology, was invited to present in a symposium this month focusing on the biology of stalk-eyed flies at the 8th International Congress of Dipterology in Potsdam, Germany. Swallow presented a synthesis of recent work in his lab on the evolution of aggressive behaviors with emphasis on the modulatory role of the monoamine serotonin in stalk-eyed flies. The title of his invited presentation was “Neural Mechanisms Underlying Aggression in Stalk-eyed Flies.”

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Woodhull presents in England
Woodhull presents in England

Margaret L. Woodhull, Director of the Master of Humanities Program, just returned from giving a paper at a conference at the University of Leeds in England. The three-day, international conference was called Commemorating Augustus, and explored the impact of Rome's first emperor and imperialism in the world after Roman antiquity. Woodhull’s  paper was titled, "Agrippina's Temple for Claudius and the Demise of Women Building Rome."

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University Events

Welcome Back Meet and Greet from Asian American Student Services and Hispanic Student Services

August 28
5:00-7:00 pm
AB1 2500 & Terrace

This will be an opportunity for students to network with one another as well as with campus staff and faculty.  This event will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about your offices and departments and expand their network of support.   Please join us in the fun and feel free to forward this invite to your networks.  RSVP is encouraged at but not required.

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Aug 30
Spruce Parking Lot, Auraria Campus 

Tickets are still available for the annual CU Denver Live! event, Lynxapalooza featuring Matt and Kim. More information at

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Workshop on Addressing Disruptive and Distressing Student Behaviors featuring Scott Lewis

September 15
9:00 am- 11:00 am = Session A
11:15 am- 12:45 pm = Deans and Associate Deans Town Hall Lunch Q+A
1:00 pm- 3:00 pm = Session B
LSC Terrace Room

Scott Lewis is the co-author of A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior, and is one of the most in demand Risk Management Consultants in Higher Education. Seating to the event is limited so please register now. Details and registration can be found here.  Light refreshments will be served at each session.

For more information contact Kristin D. Kushmider, Director of Case Management, at (303) 724-8488 or

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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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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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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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