Can you feel the vitality returning to the campus? What a fantastic start to the year we’ve had the last couple weeks. Between a rainy-but-buoyant move-in, a sunny and celebratory convocation, and a 50th anniversary block party that did us proud - CU Denver is feeling electric so far this year. I hope all your classrooms have been equally energized and that you are feeling the spark that brought you to education in the first place.
For me, a liberal arts and sciences education is all about exploration and connection. We did amazing work during the pandemic, but the opportunities to expand how and when we reach our students only grow when we are on campus together. The chances to connect with our students and each other that are back on the table now are what being an educator or a staff member in this college all are about. I hope all of you are feeling as ready to take on the year as possible, but if you are having trouble getting back in the swing of things remember to include self-care in your new routine, and to reach out for support when you need it. Our community is strong and we can help each other find ways to feel inspired and stay connected.
On a related topic, I was approached by Morgan DeVito, the Student Government Association (SGA) Vice President, and asked to help spread the word that SGA still has open positions for this year. They are looking for students who are interested in governmental processes, advocacy, and equity; and are looking to hire 6-10 more individuals (commitment varying from 5-15 hours weekly). Please help spread the word about this opportunity in your classes and advising interactions. Getting students from all disciplines politically active while they are young will encourage them to continuing growing into informed and engaged citizens. If you or any student has questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
I’m excited to see this semester underway. As the energy and vitality return to campus I hope you will all join me in smiling at as many students as possible while strolling across common areas and getting reacquainted with the physical space of the university. This really is an exceptional place to be.
In March, the University of Colorado Denver revealed plans to restore and renovate all of the buildings on Ninth Street that the school occupies.
- Brian Page, Associate Professor and Chair of Geography and Environmental Sciences, is working on a project to digitize the history of Auraria by creating interactive maps that show how the area has changed.
- Speaking to a restaurant that once stood on Ninth Street, Clinical Associate Political Science Professor Jim Walsh said at a recent event, “the mission of the Casa Mayan restaurant was a mission of bringing people together across cultural boundaries.”
Rises and ebbs in crimes have more complex contributors than just one or two factors, said Sociology Assistant Professor, Brenden Beck. He pointed to drops in crime in the mid-1990s after a few years of increases, the causes of which criminologists still don’t agree on. Beck said, “And so if we can't even you know, find out what happened globally, across the decade, it's going to be pretty difficult to pin down precise causes of what happened annually in one city like Denver."
The Rainbow Cult series, which launched this month at the Sie FilmCenter, is taking an interactive approach to cult-cinema screenings with props, call-backs, singalongs, costumes and live performances. Assistant Professor of English Andrew Scahill will host the new film series with drag queen DuPri. Scahill, a nationally regarded scholar of horror films, is joining others in the metro area who are eagerly reviving “eventized” screenings, or interactive film parties, in order to reunite audiences who were scattered by pandemic-era shutdowns of public culture.
Esther Sullivan, Associate Sociology Professor, said homeowners will often tolerate "egregious" rent hikes — 50-60% increases in some cases — because moving their homes to a more affordable park is not simple; it's a process that can cost between five and 15 thousand dollars, and then there is the added difficulty of finding a new park to live in.
The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the annual list of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business and two CLAS alumni were in the ranks. Lorena Zimmer MA ’00 in Anthropology, now at Denver Health; and Adrienne Mansanares BA’02 Political Science, now working at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
Aurora native Ahja Fox, English Department Creative Writing alum, was recently selected as the city's new Honorary Poet Laureate. She was selected out of six candidates after an extensive application process, which included a written application, in-person interview and performance of an original work. Fox was sworn in August 8, for a four-year term ending in 2026. Her work has been published in various online and print journals, including Five:2:One, LEVELER, Wrongdoing Magazine, Okay Donkey, SWWIM and Driftwood Press. She also participates in various events across Colorado and co-hosts Art of Storytelling. Past related experience includes managing editor for Homology Lit, assistant poetry editor for Copper Nickel and editor, professor, and academic director for Poetix University.
Integrative Biology students Trevor Carter and Katherine Hayes, under the supervision of Professor Brian Buma, recently published in Landscape Ecology, “Putting more fuel on the fire… or maybe not? A synthesis of spruce beetle and fire interactions in North American subalpine forests.” Large scale native spruce beetle outbreaks and fires are major disturbances in high elevation forests throughout western North America. These disturbances have independently impacted hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests in the last decade in Colorado alone. There is concern that these two disturbances will interact with each other in the future to create compound, novel forest conditions. Both fire and spruce beetle outbreaks have been investigated thoroughly as individual disturbances; however, this review is the first to synthesize prior research on spruce beetle and fire interactions to understand the importance of a first disturbance for altering the conditions needed for a future second disturbance, according...
9News recently released a video and post following up on the issues the emergency response system had during the Marshall Fire in December, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. They worked with Associate Professor of Communication, Hamilton Bean, author of the award-winning book Mobile Technology and the Transformation of Public Alert and Warning, and other experts to keep investigating into what went wrong. You can read more about Bean’s work in the area of improving the use of wireless emergency alerts here.
As part of the Fourth European Pragmatism Conference, August 2-5, at the University College London, Professor David Hildebrand organized a four-paper panel entitled “Philosophy, Technology, and Assaults on Democracy.” His contribution, “John Dewey and the Viability of Digital Democracies,” described how new combinations of technology are rewriting the ways democratic citizens reflect, converse, assemble, and inquire. Not only do new and sophisticated algorithms amplify emotion, but they can also distort perception of facts and major events (such as elections and vaccination efficacy). Among the solutions suggested were increased empathy for other perspectives and, critically, our personal ability to take a logical step back from automatic biases and assumptions.
The American dream is a complicated topic. Students in the Level 4 Program of the English Second Language (ESL) Academy at the University of Colorado Denver are well advanced in their study of the English language – but as recent immigrants they are still coming to terms with some of the struggles involved in adjusting to life in America. That’s where inspiring speakers can come in to help and give advice.
With over 35 years’ experience working for Bank of America, Denver Market President Raju Patel connects multi-million dollar business clients to banking, lending and investment teams. He also leads efforts to direct the bank’s resources in the Denver market to address local priorities and help build strong communities.
Patel’s family immigrated to the United States in 1970, and he first spoke to the students about his own family’s struggles to learn English and to settle...
Over the summer, CU Denver transitioned from Techsmith Knowmia to Panopto for video hosting. OIT is aware that you may have questions or need support. The CU Denver Academic Technology and Training team will be offering online training and one-on-one support for any questions you might have about this transition. Please sign up to attend an online training or view the FAQ for additional information. For all immediate questions, the OIT Service Desk is available at 303-724-4357 or 4-HELP or via email. You can access Panopto by clicking on "Panopto Recordings" in any Canvas course or by going to ucdenver.hosted.panopto.com.
The goal of the CU Denver Data Symposium is to bring data scientists across CU Denver and the Denver area together to discuss data science efforts and build community among data scientists and students on campus. The agenda will include a focus on education, research, and industry uses for data-driven science. Arrangements are underway to host the symposium as a mainly in-person event with options to attend or present remotely. Please be sure to indicate on the registration form whether you intend to attend in-person or remotely as it will help with logistics planning. Registration deadline is Monday, August 29th.
Please join Chancellor Michelle Marks and other CU Denver leaders for the September Town Hall. You can submit questions for Chancellor Marks and our panelists ahead of time. You can also ask questions live through the Q&A function on Zoom.
Join a two-day digital BIPOC storytelling workshop to share lived experiences related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the university. Each participant receives a $250 stipend. Eight seats are available for the event on Auraria campus, which will take place from noon to 5pm, Friday, November 11th, and noon-5pm, Friday, November 18th. Facilitators will be Anthropology’s Marty Otañez and Art Therapist Donica Snyder. Funds for the project are provided by the DEI Office and CLAS Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Additional details about the workshop and videos from past workshops are here.