If you’re looking for some reading this summer, there are many excellent options coming from student journals around the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It’s remarkable how much high-quality scholarship and exceptional creativity these publications bring to our community.
The latest to join the pack is Confluence: A Student Journal of Geography and Environmental Sciences. In its inaugural Spring 2022 issue you can read about topics as local as the transformation of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, and avian species richness patterns in Colorado, or as far-flung as jaguar utilization distributions in the Brazilian Pantanal. I was truly blown-away by both the breadth of the subjects and the depth with which our students explore them. A special thanks to Tom Duster, the GES Associate Graduate Director, and Administrative Assistant Meron Ayele for working diligently on the project.
You can round out your summer reading with these other student journals that have been putting out exceptional content for years now:
Copper Nickel was founded by Jake Adam York twenty years ago, and the English department continues its excellence in his memory. A national journal, the Copper Nickel publishes a broad range of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, with a focus on work that considers sociohistorical context. In the latest Spring 2022 issue you can read interviews with poet Maria Nazos or novelist Sequoia Nagamatsu, dive into short fiction about a citizen scientist trying to understand the titular “Climate Suicides,” or see the world through the point-of-view of a man attempting to connect to a “Wasp Queen” (the latter received the Editors’ Prize in Prose for issue 33). Work published in Copper Nickel has appeared in the Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best Small Fictions, and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and has been listed as “notable” in the Best American Essays anthology.
The History department is exceptionally proud to support students and their research via The Historical Studies Journal. Published at the end of each term, it offers students the opportunity to professionally edit and publish their independent research, allowing students to acquire personal experience with the publishing process. In the Spring 2022 issue the topics are as varied as Denver Public School textbooks during the Americanization era, Denver’s hardcore punk scene during the 1980s, outdoor recreation in Post-World War II America, and the United States and Pakistan’s covert relations during the Soviet-Afghan War.
Last but not least, if you need something to take to the pool (not read on a screen) swing by the Political Science department where you can pick up back issues of their student journal Praxis. This journal was not on-line before it went dormant for the last few years during COVID, but the department hopes to revive the journal this year and include an on-line version when the next edition is released.
Whatever you're reading this summer I hope you’re getting a chance to relax and expand your mind.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that has for decades affirmed the right to abortion, only some states across the country will still protect access. “I do not think that voting or donating is enough anymore. The reality is the GOP has created a non-democracy in our country and we need to come to terms with this and realize that we need to be loud in other ways and have bigger demands,” said Chloe N. East, Assistant Economics Professor.
Talk to almost any serious hiker or outdoor-gear enthusiast these days and you’ll hear the same story: stiff and heavy hiking boots are out, flexible and lightweight trail runners are in. “Elite hikers, long-distance hikers — no one is wearing boots above the ankle,” said History Assistant Professor Rachel Gross.
A study along the 71-mile High Line Canal in Denver is creating data points on each new tree the project planted, to help understand the impacts of climate change, drought and pests. Co-led by Chrissy Alba, Assistant Research scientist in the Research and Conservation Department at Denver Botanic Gardens, and Associate Biology Professor Laurel Hartley, alongside CU Denver student researchers, the crews are currently making field calls to give the High Line’s new trees their first annual checkups.
Republican leaders started arguing against vaccine mandates when COVID vaccines were still only theoretical, said Sociology Professor Jennifer Reich. They gained traction despite an obvious inconsistency: Often, the same people who oppose vaccine requirements — arguing that it's a matter of choice — are against abortion rights. Vaccination didn’t used to be so tied to politics, but Reich said, "What's really changed is that in the last two or so years, it's become highly partisan.”
This spring, the CU Denver Learning Assistant (LA) Program celebrated its 10th Anniversary of supporting STEM student success. The LA Program was started in spring 2012 by Laurel Hartley, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, and Robert (Bud) Talbot, Associate Professor of STEM education in the School of Education & Human Development. The LA Program has grown from having 15 LAs working in three courses during the first spring semester in 2012 to having over 110 LAs working with 20 faculty and serving over 1,500 students each semester. Hartley and Talbot have secured over $2 million in funding to conduct research on LA-supported courses and have advised four doctoral students and one postdoctoral researcher. Research shows that students in LA-supported courses are two times more likely to pass than students in the same course without LA support. And pass rates in LA supported courses are at least 10% higher...
For four weeks, graduate students from CU Denver will be analyzing faunal material from the Arma Veirana caves site in Italy, blogging about the experience, and posting videos to YouTube. The group is led by Anthropology Associate Professor Jamie Hodgkins and Associate Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (Affiliated Anthropology Faculty) Caley Orr. The students, Kyle Pontieri, Sarah Manassee, Ari Del Olmo Medina, Caitlin Konchan, and Lia Plankenhorn-Farrell, are beyond excited for the incredible opportunity to work in the field and expand their knowledge base and skills in zooarchaeology and anthropological lab work. Alongside their formal duties, they will also have the opportunity to visit local museums and immerse themselves in the local culture and landscape.
The CoorsTek Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DMRSEF) completed their 2022 season by sending five students to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Atlanta, GA.
Aditi Avinash - Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, CO - Douglas County SD Wilson Moyer - Lakewood High School, Lakewood, CO - JeffCO SD Gitanjali Rao - STEM School Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch, CO - Douglas County SD Rhys Hanson - Conifer Senior High School, Conifer, CO - JeffCO SD Adam Rolander - Prospect Ridge Academy, Broomfield, CO - Adams 12 SD
Aditi, Wilson, Gitanjali and Rhys each earned prestigious awards as well as a portion of the $8 million dollars in cash, scholarships and other prizes at this year’s International Fair. Their in-depth work and dedication to research helped these students stand out among over 1800 students from over 90 countries. To volunteer for or...
Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Associate Professor Troy Butler was recently awarded $375,400 by the National Science Foundation for the project, "Advancing the Data-to-Distribution Pipeline for Scalable Data-Consistent Inversion to Quantify Uncertainties in Coastal Hazards” Coastal hazards are a persistent threat to citizenry, industry, and governments worldwide. Of particular concern to US interests are storm surge and flooding from hurricanes in communities stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the western North Atlantic, interactions between Arctic storms and evolving sea ice coverage impacting North American coastal communities, and oil spill spread from sources such as tankers and deep-water drilling rigs. The ability to quantify uncertainties in the modeling and simulation of these coastal hazards is therefore critical to making data-informed decisions about how to best prepare, mitigate, and respond to such hazards. The research team aims to advance state-of-the-art mathematical, statistical, and computational capabilities to address these applications of...
In June, Professor of Philosophy David Hildebrand presented an invited, sponsored keynote entitled “Democratic Habits and the Challenges of Information Technologies” at the conference “Democratic Education Revisited” at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. His paper argued that new, algorithmic and “big data” technologies are tracking and changing the nature of felt experience. Such changes both create new habits and displace older ones. This becomes dangerous insofar as some of those older habits furnish the temperament and skills needed for public inquiries. When the capacity of inquiry is debilitated, the capacity of self-government is undermined; we become less able listen to each other and to our experiences. Given this, the task for educators is to teach the skills of democratic inquiry, respect for experience, and new ways of being critical about the dangerous excesses of private technologies. Funding was provided by St. Gallen University and Philosophische Gesellschaft Ostschweiz.
Dani Slabaugh, current student in the Geography, Planning, and Design PhD program, is the recipient of the Graduate School 2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award.This award goes to a current graduate student or student organization who has made significant contributions to improving the climate of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at CU Denver by addressing key issues with innovation and demonstrating superior leadership and commitment to the enhancement, development and sustainability of DEI excellence.
The Orientation Office is gearing up for the first on-campus orientation sessions in three years. The related Student Success Days will focus on social engagement and student resources, and during these conference style events students will select workshops to attend. This is where you come in. We need campus volunteers to help set up stations, help way-find, mingle, engage, etc. Here is the link to volunteer for orientation July 22, August 5, August 12 , and August 17 (housing & international students only), from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
1. Engage in discussions around transition to include managing relationships, making choices, and adjusting to academic expectations 2. Gain a better understanding of the physical layout of campus 3. Meet a fellow first-year student outside of their School or College 4. Build upon the terminology and language learned at Part 1: Academic Success 5. Meet a...
CU System is hosting an all-campus alumni and friends event at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Registration is required. We’d love to fill the place with Lynx – any CU faculty, staff, students, and alumni are welcome.
CU Denver Building, Room 1100 10:00 - 11:30 am OR 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Active harmer situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because active harmer situations are often over within ten to fifteen minutes, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active harmer situation. The Emergency Management Division of the University of Colorado Denver is offering this 1.5 hour free training that will provide information and instruction for what to do if ever faced with an active harmer incident. Whether you attend the am or pm class, you will leave this class with the skills, and tools necessary regarding campus safety and options available to you. Register here. To learn more about classes offered by Emergency Management for CU Denver, check out the CU Denver Emergency Management Training Calendar.