A Note on Domestic Violence Awareness Month from Dean Pamela Jansma
As we mourn a member of our community killed last month during an alleged domestic violence incident, we take a moment to reflect on the serious crisis of domestic violence in our community. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and during the COVID crisis the particular evil of family and intimate partner violence has become more pernicious than ever. We will continue to feel the ramifications of lock-down on our relationships for a long time, but for those who were already suffering in silence the quarantine has had unimaginable impacts. Domestic Violence Awareness Month was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that over 10 million people are physically abused by an intimate partner every year. They have put together a toolkit for anyone interested in becoming better equipped to fight domestic violence in our community, information is available at their website. Please make sure we are supporting each other in our lynx community so that no one feels they are alone in facing domestic violence. On Campus, resources include the CU Denver Counseling Center and the CU Denver Psychology Clinic. For online students, counseling services can be accessed through the My SSP phone app for iPhone or Android, or through this website. Beyond our campus, ample 24/7, confidential community resources offering in-person and virtual crisis support include The Real Help Hotline (833-533-CHAT) and the Colorado Crisis Line (844-493-8255).
A Message from CLAS Student Government Association Rep. Juan Gonzalez
I am a first-generation queer-Hispanic student. The first year of my undergraduate education, although online, was made unique with my involvement with student organizations and the Student Government Association. While serving my term as Senator of Legislation and Outreach I virtually helped raise money for the Food Bank of the Rockies, worked to install recycling bins in the dormitories, and participated in the Lead, Emerge, and Advance with Purpose Program.
With my return to campus, now being a second-year student, issues that I have come across stem from transitioning back into an in-person setting. It is important to understand that many students have not been in a traditional class setting since 2019 and are readjusting to an unfamiliar environment. Communication is one issue I wish to address, to reconstruct a line of communication between the college and students. When I ask students as to how they stay in touch with their teachers or are updated with their classes- the answer is “I don’t.” Students are not kept informed, and many are unaware of the resources available to them. Discussions I have held with my peers often involve them wondering, what are better ways to contact my teacher? How can I strengthen my performance? Or where can I seek counseling? Questions that can be addressed simply with better communication.
On my return to campus, now being a second-year student (and still finding my way through campus) I have genuinely enjoyed tabling and getting the opportunity to talk to students! Talking with other students has inspired me to become the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Representative. To help me better serve as the college’s SGA Rep, I created this survey, to rate the performance of the college and provide feedback. Share it with your colleagues, students, and friends within the CLAS.
A number of different factors created Denver’s diagonal streets. The orientation of natural features like the Platte River and Cherry Creek, for example, gave downtown Denver and Auraria their 45-degree angles. The influence of the City Beautiful movement, which focused on grand civic centers and parks, prompted the creation of streets like Park Avenue to connect downtown to different open spaces. Tom Noel, Professor Emeritus of History, explains that the idea of those diagonal roadways is borrowed from Paris.
Back in 2015, the Pew Research Center conducted a poll about vaccine safety that found no partisan difference in attitudes. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans agreed that vaccines were safe for healthy children, which was slightly more than the 87 percent of Democrats who agreed. Nearly all the resistance to COVID-19 vaccines is coming from Republicans. A recent Gallup poll found that a small majority of Republicans – 56 percent – have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. “What happened right away, when we had stay-at-home orders, is that it created an opportunity for those same claims to resonate in an apocalyptic way,” says Jennifer Reich, Professor of Sociology. “It underscored that anti-government, personal freedom ethos: ‘See – we told you that you’d have no freedom.’” Partisanship = Death: How Vaccines Became a Polarizing Issue Governing.com, October 5
Over 200 people gathered at Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville, Colorado, on September 26th, to dedicate a memorial honoring the lives of more than 1,300 individuals buried in unmarked graves in the historic cemetery over a century ago, many of whom were Irish immigrants. Although the memorial will not be complete until fall 2022, the ceremony served as the culmination of years of research and international bonding, and was part of the 2021 American Conference for Irish Studies. Clinical Associate Professor in Political Science James Walsh opened the ceremony with a poem he wrote: “There comes a time after steel and iron and locomotives; after famine and dispersion and separation, when we must collect our dead...” Two Irish Consular Generals were in attendance, along with Colorado State Historian Nicki Gonzales, Colorado AFL-CIO President Josette Jaramillo, and an elder from the Southern Ute nation, who blessed the ground.
The University of Colorado system and campuses will launch the Campus and Workplace Culture (CWC) Survey fall of 2021. The University of Colorado is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all members of our community feel respected, supported, and valued. The purpose of the Campus and Workplace Culture Survey is to gather information from CU students, staff, and faculty about their academic, workplace, and residential environments. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral parts of the CU strategic plan and specific metrics will result from the initial survey and action plans developed post-survey. Progress will be monitored through metrics, action plans and future survey administration. We will use the results from this survey to better understand our existing culture and to identify both strengths and areas of concern in order to make recommendations for creating and sustaining a just, equitable, and inclusive culture at CU. Employees will begin receiving emails tomorrow,...
CU Denver is engaging in a university-wide reading of Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist, and we strongly encourage all members of CLAS to participate!
CLAS is organizing reading groups for Spring 2022. These book groups will be a meaningful way to make connections and build trust with your peers and colleagues in talking about race and racism. Through these discussions, we aim to foster a sense of belonging and to engage our community to share responsibility for creating and sustaining a just, safe, and inclusive campus. Get more information and sign-up at the CLAS website.
When you sign up, you will indicate your preferences for joining a discussion group based on scheduling availability. You can also indicate whether you would prefer to read the book on your own or to form your own book group. If you choose to form your own group, we strongly encourage you to have...
Physics alumnus Orrin Shindell, currently an Assistant Professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, recently had a paper accepted in the Journal of Mathematical Biology, “Universality in Kinetic Models of Circadian Rhythms in Arabidopsis thaliana.” The paper assembles several published mathematical models for the molecular control of circadian rhythms in plants, and places these within a common framework for how such periodic oscillations arise and are sustained. The goal has been to understand a prototype for how important living functions - potentially including the development of diseases - arise as transitions in the dynamical behavior of interacting biomolecules.
The project began when Shindell was an undergraduate at CU Denver, advised by Associate Professor Randy Tagg and Clinical Teaching Track Professor Masoud Asadi-Zeydabadi (who in turn had done his PhD work with Tagg). The work reached fulfillment through the extraordinarily diligent computational work of Shindell’s own undergraduate student...
Graduate student in Biological Anthropology, Gabriella Mayne recently published with a team, “Development and validation of an LC-MS/MS assay for the quantification of allopregnanolone and its progesterone-derived isomers, precursors, and cortisol/cortisone in pregnancy,” in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Neuroactive steroids are potent neuromodulators that play a critical role in both maternal and fetal health during pregnancy. These stress-responsive compounds are reportedly low in women with perinatal depression and may be associated with poor pregnancy outcomes in animal models. Chronic stress is a risk factor for adverse birth outcomes. Simultaneous quantification of neuroactive steroids, in combination with stress hormones cortisol/cortisone, provides an opportunity to investigate the synergistic relationship of these analytes within the convenience of one assay. A simple, reliable, and sensitive method for quantifying these endogenous compounds is necessary for further research with the potential to advance clinical diagnostic tools during pregnancy.
The University of Colorado Anschutz Health & Wellness Center is seeking volunteers for the final cohort of the Enhanced Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome (ELM) study, a 2-year research study comparing two lifestyle programs with the goal to improve health and reverse the metabolic syndrome. The ELM trial, led by Psychology Professor Kevin Masters, will compare two different lifestyle programs: a Group-Based lifestyle program that requires participants to attend weekly group classes (Tuesdays from 4:30-6pm) for the first 3 months, biweekly classes for the next 3 months, and then monthly classes for 18 months OR a Self-Directed program that requires participants to read educational tip sheets and follow the instructions on their own. Participants will be randomly assigned to either the group–based program or the self-directed program. The ELM trial is seeking a total of 600 participants from 5 sites across the country, with 120 participants sought from the Denver/Aurora metro...
Join us for CU's only multi-campus hybrid research symposium and professional development conference. Featuring the work of undergraduate researchers from across the CU system, this dynamic event celebrates the achievements of our first-gen and historically underrepresented student scholars. Sponsored by the CU Denver Office of Inclusion & Outreach and TRIO McNair Scholars Program. Register to attend.
The concept of freedom and consensual forms of government were crucial components of politics in the ancient Middle East. When new kings came to power, they frequently presented themselves as liberating the people from slavery and oppression. And despite the tendency of ancient sources to focus almost exclusively on kingship, councils and assemblies also played significant roles in political thought and practice. This lecture will discuss key texts and images that illustrate the dynamic nature of politics in the long history of the ancient Middle East.
Evelyn Becker - Graduate Student in Master of Humanties, focused on Women and Gender Staudies, and Attorney and Former Deputy Communications Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America -"Texas & Its Mess with Reproductive Justice"
Becker will describe the consequences of the Texas abortion ban, especially for low-income women and women of color; explain what the law means for the rest of the United States; and provide an overview of what happens next.
Mia Fischer - Associate Communication Professor - "Protecting Women's Sports? Anti-Trans Youth Sports Bills and the Workings of White Supremacy"
Since 2020, an unprecedented number of anti-transgender youth sports bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the country, totaling well over 100 bills in more than thirty states. These bills seek to bar trans youth, specifically trans girls, from playing
Learn the essential qualities of a leader who sustains success and makes an impact. Presented by Dr. Paul Boulos, the Fall 2021 Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture will examine the intersection of character, competence, and adaptability – model behaviors necessary to create your own luck and change the world. Dr. Boulos is a highly dynamic engineering and technology business leader and philanthropist. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction accorded to an engineer. Students, staff, faculty, and the community are invited. RSVP's requested.
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm CLAS is co-sponsoring Hollaback!, a nationally-known nonprofit organization, to run four online sessions specifically for CU Denver. Develop skills to help fight harassment and bias, and to talk about race and manage conflict. Sign-up as soon as possible as each session is limited to 1000 participants. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Description: Conflict de-escalation requires patience, a willingness to listen, and an ability to see the humanity in everyone. Using Hollaback!’s Observe-Breathe-Connect methodology, we’ll learn how to identify potential conflict before it escalates using our “pyramid of escalation” and how to assess whether de-escalation is the right action. We’ll also learn how to connect with others by validating and de-escalating their feelings — even if we don’t understand them or agree with them. We’ll have...