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Community connections strong among Staff Council honorees

Staff Council’s annual honorees

Four University of Colorado staff members received Service Excellence Awards for their contributions to the university, their campuses and communities during the University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC) Retreat at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU-Boulder.

Social Climate Survey set to relaunch

Social Climate Survey

A revamped CU Social Climate Survey is expected to be distributed this week after the Board of Regents and administrators made changes to the instrument in the wake of concerns about the previous version’s level of identifying information.

Three exceptional CU educators awarded high honors

The title of President’s Teaching Scholar signifies CU’s highest recognition of excellence in and commitment to learning and teaching, as well as active, substantial contributions to scholarly work.

Faculty, staff, students recognized for inclusive excellence

Awardees for 2014 will be recognized at a reception from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 in the first floor conference room at 1800 Grant St. All are invited to attend; RSVP by Tuesday, April 29, to academicaffairs@cu.edu.

Prof sees great future in (malleable) plastics

malleable plastics

Researchers at CU-Boulder have discovered a new kind of plastic that can be reshaped or recycled either by heating or soaking in water. Wei Zhang, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at CU-Boulder Wei Zhang, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, led an interdisciplinary team of researchers that published its findings in the journal Advanced [...]

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Molnar honored as 2014 Distinguished Research Lecturer

Molnar

Peter Molnar of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder has been selected as the 2014 Distinguished Research Lecturer. Few scientists have consistently tackled as broad a spectrum of challenging problems in the physics of the Earth at a fundamental level. What [...]

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Dropping names …

Ken Schroeppel, instructor and director of Professional Engagement for Planning at the College of Architectue and Planning at CU Denver, recently gave three one-hour walking tours of the Denver Union Station project. On March 20 and 22, he guided 75 people as a fundraiser for the Denver Architectural Foundation and, specifically, Doors Open Denver (DoD). [...]

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Applications for PTLC Faculty Researchers being accepted

Funding is available as part of the the President’s Office for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: 2014-2015 President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC). Applications for the 2014-2015 cohort of PTLC Faculty Researchers are now being accepted. Central to the work of the Collaborative is creating and publishing scholarship in teaching and learning that contributes [...]

CU-Boulder student inventions to be demonstrated Saturday at Engineering Design Expo

A deployable fire hose stand designed for the Longmont Fire Department and a heat-resistant mask designed to protect firefighters and fire victims from poisonous fumes will be among more than 90 student inventions showcased at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Engineering Design Expo on Saturday, April 26. The event, which is free and open to [...]

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Five questions for David Reed

Reed

The Boulder native has come full circle, returning to the university where, as a youngster, he once sold sodas at Folsom Field. The former cable TV exec now is a visiting scholar in residence at the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.

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Record $10 million Colorado Law commitment will establish two faculty chairs

Carlene and Byron Chrisman

Byron Chrisman (’66), perhaps one of the University of Colorado Boulder Law School’s most unlikely success stories, attributes his success as a tax attorney and real estate developer to his experience at Colorado Law.

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Fundraising for new athletics facilities celebrated at spring football game

Fundraising for new athletics facilities celebrated at spring football game

The University of Colorado Boulder plans to break ground May 12 on several new athletics facilities and upgrades to Folsom Field after a record-breaking year of private donations.

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to visit CU-Boulder Friday

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to visit CU-Boulder Friday

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will give a free public talk Friday at CU-Boulder, speaking on America’s space program and the challenges and opportunities the space agency will encounter as it moves through the 21st century. The talk, titled “NASA’s Roadmap to Tomorrow’s Missions,” will be at CU-Boulder’s East Stadium Club on the east side of [...]

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Orr named producing artistic director of Shakespeare Fest

Orr

Timothy Orr has been hired as the producing artistic director of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival at the University of Colorado Boulder. Orr has served as interim director since February 2013 and was hired at the conclusion of a nationwide search for a permanent director. Orr has been with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as a performer [...]

Wing to talk computational thinking today at ATLAS

The ATLAS Speaker Series and the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program present Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, this afternoon at CU-Boulder. The event is at 4 p.m. at the ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2, Roser. Why is thinking like a computer scientist much more than programming a [...]

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Guest opinion: Visiting Scholar of Conservative Thought and Policy must strengthen dialogue, not debase it

The system Faculty Council writes to denounce recent statements by CU-Boulder’s Steven Hayward.

Science communication efforts inspire largest gift yet for CU Sustainability Complex

Science communication efforts inspire largest gift yet for CU Sustainability Complex

Inspired by melting glaciers and CU scientists’ efforts to educate the public about mechanisms that drive environmental change, emeritus Department of Communication faculty member Brian Daniell and his wife, Vicki Bynum, have stepped forward to pledge $500,000 toward CU-Boulder’s Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Complex (SEEC).

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A century later, Ludlow Massacre’s impact remains vivid

Ludlow Massacre’s impact remains vivid

“Re-collecting Ludlow,” a panel discussion to commemorate the launch of the Colorado Coal Digital Collection, is set for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Room M549 of the Norlin Library at CU-Boulder.

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Donor-funded peer educator program makes the grade

Donor-funded peer educator program makes the grade

A year ago Erica Rozbruch (ʼ14) noticed that her friends majoring in business were struggling to cope with stress. She decided to leverage her skills as a peer educator for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Colorado Boulder to start a campaign called “How to Be a Happy B-School Student.” She talked [...]

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Shay named dean of CU-Boulder College of Music

Robert Shay

Robert Shay, currently director of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in Columbia, has been appointed to the position of dean for the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder. His appointment will begin Sept. 1. “I have long considered the CU-Boulder College of Music one of the leading programs [...]

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Thomas Jefferson Award winners honored at event

A high-achieving group of academics, all with a great devotion to the humanities and community service, received Thomas Jefferson Awards at a dinner and reception in the Terrace Room, Lawrence Street Center, at the University of Colorado Denver on April 2. This year’s honorees include two faculty members, a staff member and two students, and [...]

Du, George receive patents

The CU Technology Transfer Office recently announced that patents have been granted to university researchers. Yiping Du of the CU Denver departments of psychiatry and audiology has been granted a patent for a novel MRI technique to collect images of both arterial and venous vasculature in a single scan. This technique allows for faster and [...]

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Gessen part of Russian Culture Week at CU-Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder welcomes acclaimed Russian-American author, journalist and LGBT activist Masha Gessen for a discussion of her newly published book, “Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot,” at 7 p.m. April 24 in Eaton Humanities, Room 150. Gessen is a bilingual Russian-American journalist. She is currently at work on a [...]

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Social Climate Survey underway

Social Climate Survey underway

The Social Climate Survey, which requires about 10 minutes to finish, must be accessed via a link included in emails that were sent systemwide on Wednesday.

Kathleen Sebelius to give keynote at CU’s Conference on World Affairs

Kathleen Sebelius to give keynote at CU’s Conference on World Affairs

Sebelius’ address, “The Globalization of Health,” will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Macky Auditorium. All of the conference’s 200 panel discussions, performances and plenaries are free and open to the public.

CU-Boulder prepares for flood season, will test campus text-messaging system today

Flood Safety

The University of Colorado Boulder today will test the CU-Boulder Alerts system on to raise awareness of how the campus community will be notified in case of an emergency. The test will include text messages, emails, social media and website announcements. Annual testing of emergency notification systems is required by the Clery Act, a federal [...]

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Yoshinaga-Itano to be honored for research

Yoshinaga-Itano

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, professor of audiology at CU-Boulder, will be honored by the Lake Drive Foundation for Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Mountain Lakes, N.J. , for her research, which sparked universal newborn hearing screenings and revolutionized the early intervention movement. According to the foundation, millions of newborns worldwide are screened for [...]

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Yin, Watkins awarded patent for novel medication

Two CU-Boulder faculty members, Hang ‘Hubert’ Yin (chemistry and  biochemistry) and Linda Watkins (psychology and neuroscience), recently received a patent for novel drugs modulating the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling pathway. The drugs are useful as an independent treatment for chronic pain, and can also be used to help make opioid painkillers (such as Percocet [...]

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McNowns in Malaysia via Fulbright awards

Lauri McNown, senior instructor of political science at CU-Boulder, is in Penang, Malaysia, on a Fulbright Specialist Award. She has been working with INTI College in their American Studies Program, lecturing on U.S. government as well as reviewing curricular issues for the college. During the fall semester, she taught on the Atlantic Voyage of the [...]

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In memoriam

Names of current and former University of Colorado faculty and staff who have died in recent weeks. List compiled by Employee Services. CU-Boulder Janette Klingner, 60, School of Education professor. March 20, 2014. Read more here. CU Anschutz Medical Campus David W. Talmage, 94, faculty retiree emeritus. March 6, 2014. Read more here.

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