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Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology Michael Wunder and students from his lab are tracking the migration patterns of organisms all over North America by comparing chemical signatures in isotopes of everyday elements like carbon, oxygen and hydrogen in migratory birds and animals. Living creatures store chemical signatures in tissue that create a record of where they have been and what they have been up to, and those who know how to read these signals can snoop into an individual's past and predict future behaviors.
In ways that most academics can't claim, Political Science Instructor Jim Walsh integrates his passionate beliefs about education's place in modern society, powerful convictions about social justice and strong abilities as an educator and organizer. The result is the Romero Theater Troupe–an on-going experiment in changing the lives of students and community members throughout Denver–for which Walsh recently won the CU Denver Rosa Parks Diversity Award.
Meng Li of Health – Getting a Clearer Understanding of Public Opinion on Allocating Limited Health Care Resources
To allocate money, people tend to use principles consistent with market norms; for example, one can use the efficiency principle, which maximizes benefits from limited resources. However, people are reluctant to make tradeoffs that are essential for efficiency when the allocation concerns "sacred values", such as life-and-death and quality-of-life issues associated with healthcare, as they cannot be measured by money. The United States faces an eminent need to curb healthcare spending -- but there is no obvious consensus among the public on how to allocate limited healthcare resources, or agreement about how to balance efficiency versus equality in such allocations.
With her first collection of poetry, The Diminishing House, Assistant Professor of English Nicky Beer was awarded the Colorado Book for Poetry. Prior to its publication, she had already earned awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Now Beer has finished The Octopus Game, a new collection focused on – you guessed it – cephalopods.
Associate Professor of Communication Hamilton Bean and his research collaborators, affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland, are conducting multi-method research on how to best word short, text-based warning messages delivered over mobile devices during an emergency.
Chris Agee – Important Insight into How Law and Order Developed Alongside Liberal Politics in San Francisco
Through personal papers and over forty oral histories, Assistant Professor of History Christopher Lowen Agee researched seldom-reported, street-level interactions between police officers and San Francisco residents during the 1950s and 60s for his first book,The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972.