Focusing on Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
One of the main draws for students coming to CU Denver is becoming a part of Denver’s only public, urban, research university. Research and creative activities are central to what it means to get a liberal arts and sciences undergraduate degree from our college. When I meet our students I’m so often impressed by their dedication to their chosen fields of study, manifesting in what they research. Programs like the EUReCA! Fellows and the TRIO McNair Scholars make it possible for amazing students to undertake incredibly advanced levels of academic interrogation - inspiring students, like Dana Mallozzi.
Sociology major Dana Mallozzi has been working with mentor Keith Guzik on a project called, An Exploration of University Student Services for Increasing Student Outreach and Retention. Mallozzi has been using qualitative methods to investigate the positive outcomes of the coalition between TRIO and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) programs. Her research is focused not just on students' educational needs but also their human and social needs. In her abstract on the project for the upcoming Research and creative Activities Symposium Mallozzi wrote, “Accessible childcare is essential to institutions of higher education. It helps students go to college, graduate, find jobs, and earn more in their lifetime. It allows colleges to attract the best faculty and staff. It helps strengthen our nation through lasting economic and social benefits. The literature on college services is replete with references to TRIO… Few investigations have evaluated the impactful role of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Grant Program that supplements tuition to support and establish campus-based childcare. Its impact is mighty.” The impact our students’ research can have on our communities and their futures is mighty as well.
The 25th Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium is back in person to celebrate CU Denver's student researchers. Each year over 200 undergraduate and graduate presenters share the research and creative projects they've worked on throughout the academic year, and they need over a hundred volunteers to make that possible. This year faculty and staff have a new opportunity to get involved by signing up to table at RaCAS. While tabling you can share resources and research opportunities as well as information about your majors, minors, and certificate programs with the students and community members in attendance. And as always, RaCAS relies on faculty and staff to serve as reviewers. Reviewers engage directly with students and their projects; asking questions, guiding discussions, and providing constructive input that supports the educational mission of the symposium. You can find all details about how to get involved with RaCAS on the website.
I know many of you are actively engaged in supporting our undergraduate students in pursuing their research and creative activities, and I want to thank you. I want to especially thank Erin Golden, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities, and her remarkable team for all the hard work they’ve put in over the past few years making RaCAS and many other research support programs possible.
Update from the Inclusive Teaching Practices Journal Club
There is a common issue that arises when instructors attempt to incorporate evidence-based teaching practices (EBPs) into their courses, the students don’t always embrace the change. In order to effectively implement EBPs the instructor needs to value the practice and know how to implement it, but the students also need to be open to the deviation from the more traditional ways of learning. This study looks at how students’ growth mindset and trust in their instructor connects with their acceptance of EBPs.
In this article experts break down exactly what gaslighting means, and the article posits four categories of gaslighting. In medical gaslighting, women and particularly women of color "are often diagnosed and treated differently by doctors than men, even when they have the same health conditions," according to Karen Lutfey Spencer, Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences.
During the pandemic, amid sickness and job losses, mobile home park residents also have grappled with rent hikes or revisions of their leases, often with little help from state laws. “There’s basically 50 different policies for how to protect residents in these parks,” said Assistant Professor of Sociology Esther Sullivan.
James Walsh, Clinical Associate Professor of Political Science, offers insights to the history of strikes and the current debate of strikes in Colorado. Walsh was also recently part of a group welcoming a delegation from the Allihies Copper Mine Museum in West Cork, Ireland, who traveled to Leadville, Colorado, to formally establish twinning arrangements.
Share your story related to being a Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color (BIPOC) student, staff, and faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver. A new 2-day Digital Storytelling Workshop on the Auraria campus has 12 open positions available for CU Denver community members who self-identify as BIPOC. The workshop will take place Fridays, April 22 and 29th, from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Location details coming soon. Each participant receives a $250 stipend after completing the two-day workshop. Facilitators: Dr. Marty Otañez (Anthropology), Dr. Bryan Wee (Geography & Environmental Sciences), and Donica Snyder, Art Therapist. Funds Provided by the DEI Office and CLAS Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Gabriel Finkelstein, Associate Professor of History, now on sabbatical as a visiting fellow, published an interview with Bordeaux Neurocampus, the neuroscience Department of Bordeaux University. Finkelstein is working with the Neuroscience, Humanities and Society team of the Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases.
Political Science Professor Christoph Stefes, spoke recently at the ACT Human Rights Film Festival about post-Soviet Union autocracy, diplomacy, corruption, and the present Ukraine and Russia situation. The festival included twelve human rights-related film screenings at the Colorado State University Lory Student Center.
Please join Provost Constancio Nakuma, College of Engineering, Design and Computing Dean and Chief Research Officer Martin Dunn, and Vice Chancellor of Research for the CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus Thomas Flaig for an interactive “Community Conversations: Research and Creative Activities” webinar. They will provide information about the overall state of CU Denver’s research enterprise and the work being done to elevate research and creative work as outlined in Goal 3 of the 2030 Strategic Plan. You may submit questions ahead of time or ask a question live through the Q&A function on Zoom. Please note that due to Zoom capabilities in creating breakout rooms and interactive sessions, the webinar will have to be limited to 300 participants. However, a recording will be shared campus wide after the event.
The University of Colorado Boulder is continuing efforts to provide high quality public education on drugs and drug policy with the 2022 Cannabis and Psychedelic Symposium. This year the event includes a virtual series of speakers, panels, a film screening, and more. The event is free and open to the public.
12:00 noon - 1:15pm
North Classroom 3212 or Virtual
In this GAMLab workshop, we will explore a number of data visualization libraries for Python and discuss the pros and cons of each for creating graphics to share your research. This workshop is free and open to all CU Denver affiliates. Presented by: Dr. Diane Fritz, Geospatial Data Scientist, Auraria Library
12:00 noon - 1:15pm
North Classroom 3212 or Virtual
In this GAMLab workshop, we will work through some simple ways to create locations maps to include in research presentations or publications. This workshop is free and open to all CU Denver affiliates.Presented by: Alicia Cowart, GAMLab Director
Please join the Learning Assistant Program for a celebration of our Learning Assistants and the sucees of the program. We are celebrating our 10th anniversary of supporting student success and excellence in teaching at CU Denver.
• Remarks from CLAS Dean Pam Jansma
• Learning Assistant awards
• Recognition of graduating LAs, and distribution of LA Program Graduation Cords
• Faculty recognition
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Lawrence Street Center Terrace Room
Each year the CLAS dean gathers the community to celebrate the excellence of faculty, staff and students in areas related to teaching, research, creative activities and service. Light refreshments are served and all are welcome!
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center Courtyard
At Grad Bash faculty and staff are invited to join graduates, families, and guests to kick off commencement weekend and celebrate the end of the semester together. If you're not able to attend commencement this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our graduates with activities, live music, and lunch.
Tickets are not required, and seating will be first-come-first-served. Everyone can visit the Commencement website for other details on activities, registration, academic regalia, and more.