As we experience this blast of summer heat (more than enough for even the most ardent sun lover) we can look forward to many upcoming opportunities to gather and celebrate. This weekend’s Juneteenth celebrations around the city and the nation will commemorate the day that enslaved Americans in Texas were finally freed – a full two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But the soon-to-be federal holiday does more than remember a specific date, it reminds all of us about the need to continue to fight for racial equity. In a few weeks we will be gathering to experience the July 4th fireworks displays and cookouts that we missed last year - and I hope we also take time to celebrate the diversity that makes us strong, and remember that this nation of immigrants has to work together to overcome the challenges we continue to face.
I encourage all of you to learn more about how we will continue to be affected by the public health crisis in this country by registering to attend our free summer lecture series (delivered via Zoom) called Conversations About COVID: Where Are We Now And Where Are We Going? Moderated by Marjorie Levine-Clark, this month-long series concerning the current and future status of vital issues related to COVID will feature a short lecture from an expert in the field followed by discussion. Lectures will address a public health overview, the evolution of COVID and its variants, vaccines and vaccination politics, and mental health challenges. More information and registration details can be found here.
Before we know it we will be back on campus welcoming our enthusiastic students back to in-person learning. Please mark your calendars for the in-person New Student Convocation ceremony scheduled for Friday, August 20th, on Tivoli Quad, at 9:30 AM. The brief ceremony will be followed by a Playfair activity hosted by the Office of Student Life & Campus Community and then a welcome lunch back on Tivoli Quad from noon to 1:30pm. More information can be found at the CU Denver Events website, and questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Assistant Integrative Biology Professor Brian Buma's explorations and research in southern Cape Horn were featured in National Geographic Magazine last month, highlighting the finding and documentation of the world's southernmost trees. These forests grow on the inhospitable island of Isla Hornos, one of the top 10 windiest places in the world and surrounded by the dangerous Drake Passage, between South America and Antarctica. Buma was also recently awarded one year grants from Boulder County, Jefferson County, and City of Boulder to look at management actions to reduce carbon emissions from wildfires. The grants will also support a CU Denver Masters Student.
Hailey B. Dennis, Biology Pre-Med Major and Student Assistant in the Dean’s Office, recently wrote an editorial on and testified in support of House Bill 21-1317. The bill unanimously passed in the first committee. Dennis is working to foster awareness for the THC potency research and cannabis culture research that are happening in the state.
Early in Denver’s history, working-class neighborhoods tended to have higher KKK membership rates because those people were more likely to live near or work with immigrants, Jews, Catholics and Blacks, said Tom Noel, Professor of History, during a discussion hosted by History Colorado.
Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Founding Dean of CLAS, Daniel Fallon recently published a new book, Love's Legacy: Viscount Chateaubriand and the Irish Girl. This work of academic scholarship, told in first person as an investigative mystery, explores Chateaubriand's secret sponsorship of the author's great-great-grandfather, Thomas Fallon, to a four-year elite education at a prestigious French Royal Academy. Chateaubriand, considered the founder of French romantic literature, likely believed he was the boy's father.
The boy's mother, Mary Neale Fallon, an Irish woman who surely rescued Chateaubriand in his hour of need while in exile in London, thereby made possible the launch of his writing career. In the course of uncovering aspects of Chateaubriand's hidden life, as disguised in his memoirs and elsewhere, this genealogical investigation, rendered largely as a memoir, explores aspects of 19th century love and romance; intergenerational family oral history; and the value of inheriting, through one...
Professor of Communication Stephen J. Hartnett just published a new book, A World of Turmoil: The United States, China, and Taiwan in the Long Cold War. The United States, the People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan have danced on the knife’s edge of war for more than seventy years. A work of sweeping historical vision, it offers case studies of five critical moments: the end of World War II and the start of the Long Cold War; the almost-nuclear war over the Quemoy Islands in 1954–1955; the détente, deceptions, and denials surrounding the 1972 Shanghai Communiqué; the Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1995–1996; and the rise of postcolonial nationalism in contemporary Taiwan.
Diagnosing the communication dispositions that structured these events reveals that leaders in all three nations have fallen back on crippling stereotypes and self-serving denials in their diplomacy. The first communication-based study of its kind, this book merges history,...
Erik Lucero, Applied Physics Alum, was recently featured on The Artisan podcast for the episode The Art within Quantum Computing. Lucero is now one of the top scientists in Google's Quantum Computing (hardware) division, and an accomplished amateur photographer.
Current Anatomy TA and 2019 Biology Alum, Deseray Sileo was recently awarded a full-ride scholarship for medical school at the University of California Los Angles. She was offered and has accepted the David Geffen Medical Student Scholarship, and will matriculate to UCLA this fall. This is the highest honor awarded to entering UCLA medical students. It is a prestigious merit scholarship, based on demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and exceptional promise.
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In this course participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Participants complete a 2 hour, pre-recorded training prior to the date of the live zoom portion of the training, which is 6 hours long (with a 30-minute lunch break). The appropriate links will be sent to your email at least 1 week prior to the live zoom portion.
Moving from an individual contributor (the doer) to a lead/management position requires new skills, motivations, perspectives, responsibilities, and impact to the organization. This seminar helps identify key skills for communicating to others.
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 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 hybrid in-person and virtual event where attendees will be able to choose their mode of attendance (either in-person or virtual). However, we will post updates about the format of the symposium and registration options at datascience.ucdenver.edu as we realize we may have to revert to a virtual symposium.