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Message from Dean Daniel J. Howard

Message from Dean Daniel J. Howard

Spring Break

I hope you are enjoying our early spring and recharging your batteries for the last six weeks of the semester.
With all best wishes,

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Call for Proposals: 2012-2013 CLAS Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP)

CRISP grant proposals are invited from all tenured and tenure-track faculty to provide funding to facilitate and support research activities in CLAS. Proposed projects should result in new research projects accompanied by searches for possible external funding but no large grant application requirement (Track A) or by data generation and preliminary research to support the submission of a large grant application (Track B). Details of the program, submission requirements, allowed expenses, and required activities can be found here.

The deadline for submission is March 27, 2012

Please contact Laura Argys (303) 556-3949 or at with any questions you might have regarding the announcement, the program, or submission.

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Call for Nominations: Outstanding Graduate Student

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is currently soliciting nominations for the Outstanding Graduate Student from the College. Departments may submit one individual to each of two categories: Masters (MA, MS, MHUM, MSS, MIS) and Ph.D. Nominees must be eligible to graduate this semester.

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 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. 
Nominating packets are due via email to John Wyckoff by 5 p.m. on March 28, 2012.

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Call for Student Posters, Exhibits, and Presentations: 2012 Research and Creative Activities Symposium

Event Date: April 27, 2012; 10:30am - 4:30pm
Event Location: Anschutz Medical Campus, RC2 Trivisible Room - Shuttle service will be available from Denver Campus
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Students must submit their applications and faculty must submit nominations by March 30, 2012.
What is the purpose of RaCAS?

  • To showcase and promote the scholarly and creative activities of UC Denver students
  • To foster individual professional development via the presentation experience
  • To encourage student-faculty collaboration on scholarly projects
  • Recognizing extraordinary scholarly achievement in our students
  • To celebrate excellence

Faculty, we need you to:

  • Encourage your undergraduate and graduate students to submit their work in the following types of presentations:posters 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) and literary readings (max. length: 12 minutes).
  • Nominate your students for the RaCAS Outstanding Student Research and Creativity Awards. Faculty can nominate your most talented students for one of four awards (two undergraduate and two graduate students), selections will be made prior to the symposium. The winners of these awards will give presentations of 12 minutes describing their research or creative project during the morning general session.

An additional four awards (two undergraduate and two graduate) will be made based on the outcome of the judging on the day of the symposium. All eight awards come with a cash prize.

Go to the RaCAS website to see more about the nomination process and the event.

Questions can be directed to Mary Coussons-Read or Carie Carroll.

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Crucial Conversations Training coming to Campus

Human Resources, in collaboration with the Ombuds Office, is pleased to announce Crucial Conversations Training, beginning April 19th. This will be a great opportunity for you to enhance and enrich your skills, as part of professional development. More than 2,000,000 people and 300 of the Fortune 500 companies have used Crucial Conversation skills in enabling them to step up to controversial and heated issues and handle them well.
What is a Crucial Conversation? A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations, when handled poorly or ignored, cause teams and organizations to get less-than desirable results.

Crucial Conversations Training/Background Drawing on 30 years of research, our award-winning training teaches you how to achieve spirited dialogue at all levels in your organization; you’ll begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. This training experience introduces a set of tools that builds alignment, agreement, and interpersonal communication.

Registration requires department funding and approval. Class fees are $180.00 per person for materials. Space is limited, so register today for the two day class. For questions or for registration, please contact Shelly Crowley at 303-315-2052 or

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Volunteer for The Art of Social Justice Conference

The Collective for Social Change (CSC), is organizing and hosting the first ever Art of Social Justice Conference all over the Auraria campus April 10-12, 2012, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a sponsor.  Putting on this massive endeavor will require lots of volunteers – from students, faculty, staff and the community!  Open to the public, people from all walks of life will be encouraged and taught how to harness their own skills to better serve a culture of social justice on campus and beyond.

To volunteer, you will be required to attend one of two trainings on the Auraria Campus (location TBA) the week prior to the event. A bonus: volunteering gets you into the conference Reception at the Mercury Cafe (2199 California St · Denver) Wednesday, April 11th, at 7:30 pm.

To register as a volunteer please click here.
For more information on any of the conference events contact

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CLAS Spotlight

Alcott presents paper
Alcott presents paper

Assistant professor of French, C/T, Linda Alcott, presented a paper at the 6th International Women in French Conference held at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, February 24-25.  Sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures at ASU, the conference program focused on "Crossing Boundaries: French and Francophone women in Literature and Science, Culture and the Arts."  Dr. Alcott's paper is titled "From Self-Sacrifice to Androgyny: How Mme de Graffigny's Lesser Known Heroines Imagine the Autonomous Ideal."

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Cummings comments on Republican rhetoric
Cummings comments on Republican rhetoric

National abortion politics take center stage in Colorado The Colorado Independent, Mar 13

Michael Cummings, professor of political science, says recent "personhood" and "religious freedom" bills, introduced by Republican lawmakers and candidates, can be viewed as electoral theater in a state with a Democrat-controlled Senate and Democratic governor. Cummings sees controversial talk about "anti-contraception" and "invasive ultra-sound legislation" as undermining true political discourse, and ultimately detrimental to Republicans' image with voters.

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Hildebrand presents paper
Hildebrand presents paper

David Hildebrand, associate professor of philosophy, presented a paper entitled "Pragmatism, Objectivity, and Democratic Inquiry" as part of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, held March 15-17, in New York, NY. The paper was given as part of the panel, "Media, Objectivity, and Public Inquiry: Pragmatic Strategies for Deliberating in an Age of Manipulation." Fellow panelists included William Caspary (political science, NYU) and Stephen Ward (Director, Center for Journalism Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison).

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Noel on opera past, present and future in Colorado
Noel on opera past, present and future in Colorado

A rush to respectability The Denver Post, Mar 18
Tom Noel, professor of history, gives his opinion on the state of opera in Colorado, the loss of cultural heritage with the reduced number of historic opera houses, and gives recommendations on where you can see opera this summer.

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Tagg working locally, and across the country, to get more students interested in physics
Tagg working locally, and across the country, to get more students interested in physics

LIGHTS go on for APS science students Aurora Sentinel, Mar 2

Randall Tagg, associate professor in physics, collaborated with Judy Bleakley and others from Aurora Lights to oversee 11 projects from 31 students at last month’s Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair (see article).
In addition, Tagg ran a session called "Students, physics, and innovation" at the American Physical Societies largest annual meeting, February 29, in Boston. The purpose was to heighten interest in connecting physics curriculum with technology innovation and commercial development.
Earlier last month, Tagg was on a panel discussing "What is the point of the physics instructional lab?" at the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, in Southern California.

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Communication department welcomes visiting scholar Wang
Communication department welcomes visiting scholar Wang

Please join the Communication Department in welcoming Dr. Zhiwei (James) Wang as a visiting scholar. Dr. Wang is an associate professor at Zhengzhou University in the Henan province of central China. He was awarded a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council to study in the United States for six months, and he chose to spend his time working with CU Denver faculty. Dr. Wang received his PhD in 2007 from Shanghai International Studies University, and he specializes in rhetorical criticism and discourse studies. His office is in 113A Plaza Building. Please stop by, say hello, and make him feel at home in our scholarly community.

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Student Life Events

Stacy Peralta to talk about his films

Monday, Mar 26 12:30 pm - 3:15 pm St Cajetan’s
Hollywood documentary filmmaker and skateboard legend Stacy Peralta will present his documentary storytelling techniques through clips of his films (including 2001’s Dogtown and Z-Boys) and present clips from his his latest film, The Bones Brigade: An Autobiography -- one of eight documentaries shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Peralta's films explore the creation and culture of modern skateboarding - and explore Peralta's part in it alongside Bones Brigade members Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen – during the 1980s era and beyond.

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The 2012 Hispanic Voice Town Hall

Tuesday, Mar 27 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Tivoli Turnhalle

The Career Center and Student Life Office are working with an organization from California called the Center for Hispanic Leadership to coordinate this event. All students and community members are invited to attend!

Initiatives and Goals of the 2012 Hispanic Voice

  • Define an agenda for Hispanic issues in America to help us better understand why we must play a more active and influential role in the evolution of America.
  • Educate the rest of America about the Hispanic community and the value we represent as leaders and citizens to help renew foundational values, cultivate economic growth, and reclaim America's global competitiveness.
  • Encourage engagement with other minority communities to find common purpose using diverse perspectives.
  • Empower everyone in America to own their vote by recognizing that their voice influences the future of America.
  • Increase informed voter turnout by helping voters understand that their vote has value and that it greatly matters, especially when empowered to make informed decisions.

Register to attend here. Questions can be directed to Roseann Diaz Wagner at 303-556-2250.

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Women in Public Health Panel

Wednesday, Mar 28                                                          3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location TBD

Join a panel of public health professionals to hear about how they got involved in the field and their personal success stories. Networking opportunities and career councilors will be available at the event to discuss your professional options.

For more information contact Joe Halter in the Office of Student Life.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Give Back to the Community

Thursday, Mar 29 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Outside the Tivoli between the Events and PE Building
Join other students, faculty and staff in distributing gift bags to the homeless in Denver. Meet outside in between the Events Center and the Grass Fields where we will break up into groups and deliver food and hygiene items!
For more information contact the Experiential Learning Center at 303.556.6656.

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Annual Latino/a Leadership Summit

Friday, Mar 30                                                          8:00 am - 3:00 pm Tivoli Student Union

The Latino Leadership Summit is a one-day event that highlights issues at the forefront of the Latino community. Guest speakers and workshops will be presented to help students identify topics and engage in real dialogue about potential solutions for these issues facing the community.

For more information contact the Office of Student Activities at 303-556-2595 or visit Tivoli 305.

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CLAS Events

EDGE Career Night / Geography Career Night Panel Discussion

Wednesday, Mar 28 5:30 pm – 7: 00 pm Tivoli 320 BC
Come learn about all the exciting job opportunities in Geography and Environmental Sciences. Talk to current professionals, recent graduates and representatives from private and governmental agencies. Food and drink provided.

For more information contact Caroline Croyle.

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Department of Philosophy Presents: The 2012 Honi F. Haber Memorial Lecture

"From Scientific Socialism to Socialist Science: Naturdialektik Then and Now" By Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico
Friday, Mar 30 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 1380 Lawrence St., Terrace Room (2nd floor)

Adrian Johnston is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and an Assistant Teaching Analyst at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute in Atlanta. He is the author of Time Driven: Metapsychology and the Splitting of the Drive (2005), Žižek’s Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (2008), and Badiou, Žižek, and Political Transformations: The Cadence of Change (2009), all published by Northwestern University Press. With Catherine Malabou, he has co-authored a book on affects entitled Self and Emotional Life: Merging Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neurobiology (forthcoming from Columbia University Press). He is currently working on a trilogy entitled Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism addressing forms of materialism ranging from historical and dialectical materialisms to such recent developments as speculative realism, with the first volume, The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy, to be released by Northwestern University Press in late 2012 or early 2013. Refreshments will be served

For more information contact Chad Kautzer.

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Wayne Miller Reading

Thursday, April 5th 6:30 pm Tivoli 320 B & C (Baerresen Ballroom) Award-winning poet, translator, and editor Wayne Miller will be reading from his work, a question and answer session and book signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public. Wayne Miller is the author of three collections of poems, The City, Our City (Milkweed Editions, 2011), The Book of Props (Milkweed, 2009), and Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues, 2006). He is the recipient of a Ruth Lily Fellowship and the Bess Hokin Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the George Bogin Award, the Lucille Medwick Award, and the Lyric Poetry Award, all from the Poetry Society of America.

In addition, Miller is the translator of contemporary Albanian poet Moikom Zeqo’s I Don’t Believe in Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2007) and co-editor of both New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life and Work of a 20th Century Master (Pleiades Press, 2011). He lives in Kansas City and teaches at University of Central Missouri, where he edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and Reviews.

This reading is sponsored by the UCD English Department & Copper Nickel.

For more information please contact Brian Barker at 303.556.8849.

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History Research Colloquium

"Perceptions and Reality: How Chinese Communists Failed to Understand Chinese Peasants" Presented by Professor Xiaojia Hou

Friday, April 6 2:00 pm Tivoli 320A, ( Baeressen Ballroom)

For more information contact Gabriel Finkelstein at 303-556-4272.

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Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series

"Real Nature: Ecological Anthropology and the New Ontologies" Presented by Adam Henne, Ph.D.,  University of Wyoming
Friday, April 6 3:00 p.m Conference Room 200, 2nd floor, Administration Building

Climate change is real, even if we can't see it or identify which of our latest disasters it's caused. Collateralized debt obligations are not real, but they helped bring the world economy to its knees. Globalization is real, but we can't agree on what it is, when it happened, and whether we like it or not. The red spirits and smoke woman are not real, but Rappaport demonstrated their role as keystone species in the Tsembaga ecosystem. We study "the environment" because it's an important "real-world" issue, but this puts us in a troubling position vis-a-vis the Real. Environmental anthropologies share a common heritage of positivist science, enriching the discipline with liberal borrowings from ecosystem science, agroecology, behavioural evolution, etc.

At the same time, as anthropologists we commit to the "native's point of view," whether that native is forager, shaman, swiddener, conservationist, rancher, migrant worker, climate modeler. The entities, forces and relations recognized as real by one actor won't match those recognized by another; a nominally objective perspective is just one more knot in the tangle.

In practice, anthropologists usually default quietly to romantic advocacy, naïve realism, or somehow both. Cultural relativism, consensus modeling, and other anthropological swipes at big ontological questions have not snagged the aporia of the real in our human-environment theories. In this presentation Henne will read classic examples of ecological anthropology against the 'ontological turn' in contemporary theory, and consider the implications of this approach through his own ethnographic work on forest politics and indigenous rights in Chile. Light Refreshments will be served

For more information contact Connie Turner.

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