Vaccine Requirements, Lynx Together, and Celebrating GES Students Helping the Latinx Community
The University of Colorado system announced yesterday that it will be joining many other university systems across the country in requiring all University of Colorado students, faculty, and staff receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of fall semester 2021. This decision was made to benefit the health of not only our campuses but also the communities we call home. Our goal remains having our campus continue to serve our faculty, staff, and students' success and personal growth as we move past this public health crisis and into our collective, brighter future. CU Denver leadership will be providing more specific directives in the coming weeks and months, and until then everyone should refer to the FAQ page. Conversations and meetings about our goals for a healthy and functional campus in the fall will continue.
In that vein, I hope you were able to attend our Lynx Together Faculty and Staff Return Information Session on Tuesday, which provided a lot of good information and updates for summer and fall. I encourage faculty to attend a Lynx Together Listening Session next week as well. As we plan for the “next normal” of operating status on campus, the Lynx Together Faculty Return Team (FRT) is focused on understanding what faculty and staff need to be successful as we transition back to campus. Your perspectives, insights and feedback will be incorporated into a report of findings with recommendations to campus leaders:
Beyond our return to campus, I’d like to continue highlighting the importance of getting everyone in our Denver and Colorado communities vaccinated. Local news has been highlighting how Latinos in Colorado have disproportionately low COVID vaccination rates. You can be a part of the solution to this problem. This Saturday everyone in the CU Denver community is encouraged to volunteer at the Equity Vaccine Clinic at The Stampede On Havana Street (Aurora), Saturday, May 1, from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Sign Up Here to volunteer.
On a very positive note, I’d like to personally thank two Geography and Environmental Sciences students Cris Henriquez (MA, Applied Geography and Geospatial Science) and Jonathan Burton (PhD, Geography, Planning and Design) who’ve been volunteering for a project with the Latino Research and Policy Center to build an on-line map to help communicate with the Latino community in Denver about vaccination sites. Bringing their GIS expertise to the group, they set up a dynamic map (one that the organizers can continually update the site with new vaccination facilities) to communicate information about vaccination sites. This kind of problem solving to better our world is what being a Lynx is all about.
The Food and Drug Administration's decision to take the Johnson and Johnson vaccine out of the American market briefly to look into blood clotting is verification that vaccination system is working well, according to Sociology Professor Jennifer Reich. The pause gave the FDA an opportunity to make sure "vaccines remain exquisitely safe." Even with a highly powered clinical trial, she said, you can only learn so much with 30,000 participants.
A literature review, published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research and authored by D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University and Economics Professor Daniel I. Rees, covers The Public Health Effects of Legalizing Marijuana. This working paper focuses on studies from leading economics, public policy, public health, and medical journals, and considers impacts of legalization on youth marijuana use, alcohol consumption, the abuse of prescription opioids, traffic fatalities, and crime.
The joint English and Philosophy podcast, CultureKlatsch, just released a new episode (Season 2, Episode 4) featuring English Associate Professor Rodney Herring and focused on the changing nature of media discourse around celebrities – particularly as it pertains to the recent NY Times’ documentary on Brittney Spears. Please have a listen and subscribe!
1992 Alum of the English Writing Program, Catherine Wallace Hope, author of the novel Once Again, is pleased to have been selected as a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards. Her on-line reading will take place at 7:00pm on May 5, and anyone interested in attending can register at the Colorado Humanities website.
Graduate student in Biological Anthropology, Gabby Mayne, recently had great success in four different rounds of 3-minute thesis competition talks for her presentation, "Birth: What's Love Got to Do With It?" She received second place in the statewide competition of the Colorado Council of Graduate Students, after receiving 2nd place in the CU Denver Competition, 1st place in the intercampus competition, and second-place at the Western Association of Graduate Schools. Her talk investigates the causes of preterm birth and the power of love as an effective intervention. She was mentored by an inter-campus group of faculty including K. Joseph Hurt, Uwe Christians and Anna Warrener, and collaborated with colleagues on the Anschutz campus in her thesis research.
A research paper written by Ananta Nair for a class for the Masters of Integrated Sciences program has been published in a leading artificial intelligence blog, Towards Data Science. The paper argues that to build artificial general intelligence we must first understand how intelligence arises, and covers the mechanisms needed to scale to higher-order cognition.
The CU Denver Interdisciplinary Studies Council invites all students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to submit a research paper that draws upon scholarly insights and/or research methods from multiple academic fields. In addition, papers that apply disciplinary knowledge to a topic or issue not traditionally associated with that discipline are likewise encouraged.
Undergraduate and graduate student winners will each receive $500 and finalists will receive $250. Students may choose to submit a paper they have written (or are currently writing) for any course during the current academic year. Selected essays will also be considered for publication on the College’s Interdisciplinary Studies webpage. Minimum page length for undergraduates is 8 pages, and for graduate students the minimum is 12 pages. Please indicate at the top of your paper whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.
The Enhanced Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome (ELM) study is a 2-year research study comparing two lifestyle programs with the goal to improve health and reverse the metabolic syndrome. Led by Psychology Professor Kevin Masters, the study is seeking people who are 18 years or older and who meet three or more of the following conditions for metabolic syndrome:
· High blood pressure or taking blood pressure medication for high blood pressure
· High blood sugar or prediabetes
· High triglycerides or taking medications for high triglycerides
· Large waist size or waist circumference
· Low HDL (“good cholesterol”) or taking medication for low HDL
Manish Shirgaokar, Ph.D., Spatial Information Transforming Lives
Alicia Cowart, Ph.D., Mapping the Unmapped: Guerilla Cartography
Esther Sullivan, Ph.D., Not ‘Just a trailer park:’ Living Spaces
Lives, Number, & Transformation: GIS Empowering All Peoples
This third webinar session intends to increase awareness as to how Geographic Information System Science, when employed at local levels, can bring community information together in ways that facilitate positive changes which can expand the political power paradigm. Skillful mapping of carefully collected and compiled data graphically illuminates people’s spatial connections and disparity-driven disconnections within a local community. This graphically expressed clarity makes fully visible the diverse stakeholders in each community.
Shirgaokar will discuss his work which endeavors to make transportation system resources more equitable. His work with statistical measures employs GIS tools to better everyone’s lot in their community. Cowart’s presentation will consider movements that bring cartography to a broader audience through increased community...
All faculty and staff are invited to join Chancellor Marks and other CU Denver leaders for the next virtual town hall. Panelists will provide updates and answer questions on strategic planning, our Lynx Together return, employee performance evaluation and compensation cycle, budget updates, and more.
You are invited to a panel focused on the history of the Auraria campus. The event features displaced Aurarians and community activists telling their stories followed by a discussion with community members, student leaders, and Auraria faculty and staff on how to use the campus’s history to plan for the future. The University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University, and the Community College of Denver will be putting on this event in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. It will feature CU Denver's own Public History MA students as discussion leaders.
Here is the list of panelists:
1. Jamie Torres: Councilwoman, District 3, utilized displaced Aurarian scholarship.
2. Ean Thomas Tafoya: Metro State grad, local affairs activist, ran for city council, and Historic Denver board member.
3. Virginia Castro: Auraria Historical Advocacy Council member and community activist. She has been actively involved shaping...
Ever wonder what defunding the police means? Do you wonder what Abolition or Mutual Aid are? This panel will explore these questions and more. Featuring: CeCe McDonald, Jessie Crowe, & The Denver Community Fridges Project. Sponsored by the Philosophy Department, Ethnic Studies Program, Student Life, Communication Department, Black Student Services, Anti-Racist Advocacy & Action, and Students for a Democratic Society.
Online Learning Toolkit is offering a free online course about developing open educational resources for your courses. The OER Sprint course is asynchronous but offers optional synchronous participation for instructor guidance and peer interactions. The course will guide you through the process of creating, peer-reviewing, and publishing OER course materials. Registration for this free course is open now.
On May 17th and 18th CU Denver's first-ever Cross the Quad celebration will be held for pre-registered graduates. Instead of a traditional, seated ceremony, graduates will line up around the Quad at an assigned time and cross the stage in front of the historic Tivoli building to symbolize the completion of their studies at CU Denver. Graduate names will be announced, diploma covers will be presented, and professional photographers will be there to capture the moment. In addition, up to two guests can accompany their grad to the event. Guests will travel around the Quad with their grad in a pod and will cross in front of the stage while their grad receives their diploma cover on stage.
Volunteers are needed on multiple days, including setup on Sunday, 5/16. The roles for this event will be entirely different from previous commencement activities. A number of safety protocols will be in place, including requiring...