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Teaching Excellence Award: Instructional, Research and Clinical Faculty

Maren T. Scull (Sociology)

Dr. Maren Scull is an Assistant Professor, Clinical Teaching Track in the Department of Sociology.  She uses qualitative methods to conduct research in the areas of deviance, sexualities, gender, and social psychology.  Dr. Scull is passionate about teaching and teaches a variety of classes that align with her areas of expertise such as Deviant Behavior, Introduction to Social Psychology, Sociology of Human Sexuality, and Qualitative Methods.  Her teaching philosophy involves acting as an academic coach rather than an instructor in order to motivate students to be active participants in their own education and to enjoy the process of learning.  Dr. Scull generates an interest in sociology and encourages student engagement by incorporating her own research on male exotic dancers and women in sugar relationships into her teaching.  Dr. Scull is also committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in her courses by including community engagement assignments geared to educating students about the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Teaching Excellence Award: Tenure Track Faculty

Audrey E. Hendricks (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)

Dr. Hendricks is a biostatistician working in the complex nature of human diseases and traits. Her research spans a variety of health and disease projects. Recent collaborative projects include understanding the mechanisms and mediators behind successful nutrition interventions in children and adults. Her recent methodological work is built around the paradigm of flipping the observational unit enabling adjustment and modeling of heterogeneity within large summary datasets. She is proud to mentor many graduate students and to have an active and dynamic undergraduate research group working on important statistical challenges in human genetics. She is passionate about both making scientific advances and training the next generation of statisticians and critical thinkers. She believes that data science literacy is essential for an engaged and functioning society and that a higher level of understanding is and will continue to be needed for the majority of top careers. She strives to remove barriers to learning and success so that students can achieve goals they have dreamt of or never believed possible. It is with these deep-rooted beliefs that she approaches all of her teaching and mentoring. Dr. Hendricks looks forward to continuing to teach and mentor people of all levels in statistics and research. She plans to focus on developing widely accessible modular content and building diverse networks of researchers, mentors, and teachers.

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Teaching Excellence Award: Tenure Track Faculty

Adam Lippert (Sociology)

Dr. Lippert is a sociologist and demographer whose research applies quantitative methods to understand the social determinants of population health disparities. He was a recipient of the 2019 Dean's Award for Graduate Mentoring and has published over 20 research articles since joining CU Denver in 2015, four of which were published with student coauthors. In addition to his teaching activities, he directs the Sociology Department's Graduate Program and regularly supervises student-led projects related to health, demography, and quantitative methods.

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Teaching Excellence Award: Tenure Track Faculty

Annika C. Mosier (Integrative Biology)

Annika Mosier is an Assistant Professor in the Integrative Biology Department at the University of Colorado Denver. Her lab conducts research aimed at understanding microbial community structure and function in the environment. Her research focuses on two primary areas: (1) freshwater microbial nitrogen cycling, and (2) microbial responses to environmental change such as antibiotic pollution and forest fires. This research is accomplished through independent and collaborative projects that involve undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Dr. Mosier brings her enthusiasm for microbiology and research into the classroom setting to engage students by drawing them into the intersection between microscopic life and macroscopic issues. She is particularly passionate about supporting students from diverse backgrounds. She uses the classroom and research lab as an opportunity to educate, train, and mentor underrepresented science students to promote their resiliency and persistence in their degree programs and science careers.

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Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award: Instructional, Research and Clinical Faculty

Emily Wortman-Wunder (English)

Emily Wortman-Wunder is an award-winning essayist and fiction writer, with pieces published or forthcoming in Guernica, Kenyon Review, Vela, Creative Nonfiction, High Country News, and elsewhere. Her book of stories, Not a Thing to Comfort You, won the 2019 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was published by the University of Iowa Press in October 2019. It was also a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Her work draws on her ten years of experience as a wildlife biologist and technical writer, exploring the emotional resonance of place by drawing on history, ecology, landscape art, and folklore. She teaches scientific writing in the English Department at the University of Colorado Denver, both on the Denver Downtown campus and at Anschutz. She is currently at work on a novel.

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Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Awards: Tenure and Tenure Track Faculty

Gregory Ragland (Integrative Biology)
Dr. Ragland is an evolutionary biologist studying how organisms use dormancy to synchronize their life cycles with variable environments. He is also interested in the development and physiology of dormancy, a fascinating state of suspended animation. Dr. Ragland says, “I have been fortunate to be supported by the CU Denver community and collaborators in this research, allowing our research team to make major new discoveries about how dormancy is regulated, and how it can rapidly evolve in the face of changing climates.” His newest projects investigate the molecular ‘brakes’ that modulate cell proliferation and differentiation during dormancy, and the molecular basis for transcriptional control at very low temperatures. This research has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Austrian Science Fund, The US Department of Agriculture, and CU Denver, and has resulted in 16 peer-reviewed publications including postdoctoral and student authors since 2016. He participates broadly in service to the general scientific community, regularly serving on NSF review panels, organizing symposia, and editing special journal issues. Most recently, he has become a lead editor for Physiological Entomology, a British Royal Society journal.

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Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Awards: Tenure and Tenure Track Faculty

Daniel I. Rees (Economics)
Daniel I. Rees is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado Denver, an IZA Research Fellow, and an NBER Research Associate.  He is also a Co-Editor at the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, an Associate Editor at the Journal of Population Economics, and an Associate Editor at Economic Inquiry.  He received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1986, his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988, and his Ph.D. from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1992. Professor Rees is interested in a wide range of topics including the determinants of risky adolescent behavior and the effects of prenatal stress on child health.  He is currently studying the mortality transition at the turn of the 20th century, the relationship between midwifery laws and maternal mortality, and the long-term effects of smoking on health. ​ 

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Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Awards: Tenure and Tenure Track Faculty

Xiaojun Ren (Chemistry)
Dr. Xiaojun Ren is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver and has made great contributions to the scientific field and the University. Dr. Ren has demonstrated that the master regulators of development (PcG proteins) undergo liquid-liquid phase separation to form liquid droplets that control development. This discovery was selected as “The Year in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC)” to represent the exciting advances and breakthroughs in the field of gene regulation. Dr. Ren has identified new therapeutic targets for pediatric brain tumors (DIPG), which was published in the Nature journal, Nature Communications. Dr. Ren has been awarded a prestigious NIH R01 grant, totaling $1.26 million, and served as a panel member of NIH standard study section. 

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Faculty Leadership and Service Award

jimi adams (Health and Behavioral Sciences)
jimi adams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. From 2016-1019, he served as the director of our undergraduate programs in Public Health. His research focuses on how networks constrain or promote the diffusion of information and/or diseases through populations. He also has a primary interest in leveraging social network theory to improve strategies used in the design and implementation of primary data collection projects, which resulted in his recent book, Gathering Social Network Data (SAGE, 2019). He has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Sociology and Journal of Health & Social Behavior, American Sociological Review and Social Networks.

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Faculty Leadership and Service Award

Peter Anthamatten (Geography and Environmental Sceinces)
Associate Professor Peter Anthamatten arrived at CU Denver in the department of Geography and Environmental Sciences (GES) in 2008. The focus of his research and teaching work is in medical geography, the study of how physical and built environments impact human health, and geospatial science. His primary teaching responsibilities include cartography, spatial statistics, geographic information science, and health geography. Dr. Anthamatten has served in a variety of service capacities in his department, CLAS, and CU Denver. From Fall 2017 to Spring 2019 he served as the Chair of the CU Denver Faculty Assembly where he worked to lead CU Denver’s faculty engagement with shared governance at CU, enhance efforts to work with CU administrators to revise Article V of the Regent’s Laws, review and revise grading and FCQ policies, and advocate on behalf of faculty for broad range of policy and administrative concerns. Starting last fall, he began a term as Chair of the department Geography and Environmental Sciences in CLAS.

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Faculty Leadership and Service Award

Amanda Charlesworth (Integrative Biology)
Dr. Charlesworth has served as Faculty Advisor for CU Denver Biology Club since 2013 and is proud that in 2019 they won the Milo award for Outstand Student Organization. She is also recognized for service to her department as Co-Chair of the Awards, Scholarship and Outreach Committee for assembling an alumni newsletter every semester; as a co-leader for implementing Inclusive Excellence in introductory biology as part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute initiative; and as Associate Chair for leading an effort to codify laboratory coordinator and teaching assistant responsibilities, expectations and grievance processes.Says Dr. Charlesworth, “I grew up in the rural north of England with coal miners, steelworkers and farmers. Although I was aiming for drug design in a pharmaceutical company I ended up researching gene expression mechanisms in eggs and embryos.”  She is currently trying to figure out how RNA granules are assembled in frog eggs and how the frog embryo takes control of its own destiny.

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Partner In Philanthropy Award

Anthony Fontana (CLAS Admissions and Recruitment)
The University of Colorado Denver Office of Advancement and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are pleased to present the 2020 CLAS Partner in Philanthropy Award to Anthony Fontana in in recognition of his extraordinary collaboration and commitment to expanding philanthropic support for CU Denver and its students. Anthony started his career in education as a high school Spanish teacher and transitioned to higher education a few years later. He says, “My focus is supporting students through their entire college career, from the moment they first connect with CU Denver until they become proud alumni.” He started at CU Denver in 2015 in the Office of Admissions & K-12 Outreach and transitioned to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2018. Prior to joining the team at CU Denver he worked for the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Outstanding Staff Member Award

Angela Beale (Master of Humanities/Master of Social Sciences)
Angela has been with CU Denver’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences for just over 17 years. One of her favorite parts of her job is being able to work with great faculty and staff within her own program, the Master of Humanities and Social Sciences (MHMSS), as well as connecting with others in departments throughout the college. Angela has served on numerous hiring committees for the Dean’s office as well as other departments within CLAS. Along with other CLAS staff, Angela spearheaded an effort to create a handbook designed to train and assist incoming Program Assistants. She loves getting to know others and dedicates portions of her time to help mentor some of the newer staff in the college. One of her more recent projects has been improving marketing materials and recruiting efforts for her program. Currently, Angela serves as the vice-chair elect for the newly formed CLAS Staff Council.  She is honored to have the opportunity to listen to the concerns of fellow CLAS staff in this position and strives to find creative and positive solutions for them in this role.

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Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award

Sarah K. Fields (Communication)
Sarah K. Fields began her road to being a Professor in Communication when, at the age of seven, she was one of the first girls to play in the St. Louis metro soccer league. She competed at four different universities in a number of sports as a student, picking up various degrees and learning that she could study sports for a living.  She has taught sport studies type courses at multiple universities to graduates and undergraduates; many of those students who went on to improve the sport industry as more informed and critical fans and participants. Dr. Fields’ research topic of sport in American Culture with a particular focus on gender, race, law, and injury has proved popular, and she has published three books and about 75 articles and book chapters.  Since her arrival in CLAS in 2013, she has continued to teach sport focused classes as well as Famous U.S. Trials about non-sport cases.  She has served as CLAS Council Chair, as Associate Dean of Student Success, and on a vast number of committees. In the future, she hopes to improve her golf and curling skills, finish her next book on athlete activism and the law, serve on a reasonable number of committees, and continue to work with the remarkable students of CU Denver.

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University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholar

Campus Award Winner

Laurel Hartley (Integrative Biology)

Associate Professor of Integrative Biology Laurel Hartley was recently given the honor of being designated a University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholar. She joins a prestigious group of more than 50 active Scholars from all four campuses.

Dr. Hartley has a deep interest in improving instruction and inclusion in undergraduate STEM courses. She co-founded the STEM Learning Assistant Program at CU Denver and is a leader in the International Learning Assistant Alliance. She conducts research related to how Learning Assistants (LAs) impact STEM courses. She also conducts research to assess and improve how students understand biological concepts and apply scientific principles, especially concepts and principles related to ecology. She does work at both the undergraduate and grades K-12 levels. She is also has active research in urban ecology, related to monitoring urban wildlife and exploring how factors of urbanization influence wildlife biodiversity and zoonotic disease. As part of this work, she studies how undergraduate students can contribute to authentic ecological research through Course Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs).

Finally, Dr. Hartley has studied the impact of introduced bubonic plague on both urban and rural black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) communities. Dr. Hartley completed a postdoctoral position at Michigan State University, a PhD in Ecology and MS in Biology at Colorado State University, and a BS at Southwestern University. She also briefly worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as the content researcher for an exhibition entitled Dig It! Secrets of Soil. Dr. Hartley plans to continue studying learning, instruction and inclusion in undergraduate STEM.