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COLTT readies event app for 2014 conference

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The Zerista app will give COLTT attendees the ability to build a custom schedule, search and sort directories of attendees and speakers, engage in social media discussions and direct messaging, and much more.

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Orientation improvement, professional development among staff goals for coming year

Boulder Campus Staff Council sets goals at annual retreat

Boulder Campus Staff Council recently reviewed this past year’s accomplishments and set goals for FY2015.

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Board approves $3.28 billion operating budget

CU’s contribution to financial aid is greater than the state’s collective financial aid contributions to all higher education institutions.

Title IX compliance, efforts to reduce sexual harassment and assault outlined

The Board of Regents reinforced its commitment to Title IX compliance, including ending sexual harassment and sexual assault on its campuses and working with victims to ensure speedy and fair investigations into allegations of misconduct.

Board encouraged by diversity strides at CU

The University of Colorado Denver reported to the CU Board of Regents at its June meeting that more than half of its new resident freshmen are a racial/ethnic minority: CU Denver is at 51 percent, UCCS 36 percent and CU-Boulder 29 percent.

Tenure list: June 2014

Some 105 faculty members across the system were granted tenure, effective this summer.

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Regents roundup

New CU-Boulder college approved, capital construction projects move forward, vice president of advancement named, new chair and vice chair elected, more.

CU-Boulder-led team identifies fossils of tiny, unknown hedgehog

CU-Boulder-led team identifies fossils of tiny, unknown hedgehog

Meet perhaps the tiniest hedgehog species ever: Silvacola acares. Its roughly 52-million-year-old fossil remains were recently identified by a University of Colorado Boulder-led team working in British Columbia. The hedgehog’s scientific name means “tiny forest dweller,” said CU-Boulder Associate Professor Jaelyn Eberle of the geological sciences department, lead author on the study. The creature — [...]

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Thweatt named CU-Boulder vice chancellor for administration

Steve Thweatt has been named vice chancellor for administration at CU-Boulder, effective July 1. Thweatt has been serving as interim vice chancellor for administration since March 15. The vice chancellor for administration supervises a division of almost 700 employees and oversees an annual operating budget of $112 million. Areas of responsibility include campus construction, facilities [...]

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Workshop, community discussion to consider healthy sleep

Two upcoming events at CU-Boulder will focus on treating sleep problems and healthy sleep. “Effectively Treating Sleep Problems: Basics and Beyond” is a daylong, continuing education workshop for clinicians and features Dr. Allison Harvey from the University of California, Berkeley, a widely acclaimed expert on the treatment of sleep problems, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. [...]

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National computing leaders to keynote High Performance Computing Symposium

Two of the nation’s leaders in state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure research and development will be the keynote speakers at the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s fourth annual High Performance Computing Symposium in August. Irene M. Qualters, division director of Advanced Cyberinfrastrucre (ACI) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Rajeeb Hazra, vice president of the Intel Data [...]

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CU-Boulder students, elementary schoolers discover ties that bind

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By spending time at Boulder Public Library with CU undergraduates, elementary school students from Boulder County in the Reading Buddies program turn a page in discovering the joy of books.

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Sharing of better business practices on display at annual expo

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CU Shared Practices (CUSP) held its fourth annual Expo and Awards Ceremony June 13 at 1800 Grant St.

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CU to review retirement plans

CU to review retirement plans

Employee Services is undertaking a study to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the 401(a) and 403(b) savings plans, which have not been extensively reviewed in more than 20 years.

Employee feedback helps improve Benefits Enrollment tool

Employee feedback helps improve Benefits Enrollment tool

Work is underway to develop CU’s Benefits Enrollment tool for year-round use, which will accommodate employees with major life events.

English alumnus Dick Shahan donates funds to celebrate Boulder and support graduate students

English alumnus Dick Shahan

English alumnus Dick Shahan recently made a $75,000 gift commitment to CU-Boulder — $50,000 of which has established an endowment to create the Dick Shahan CU-Boulder Undergraduate Writing Competition, expected to generate an annual prize of $2,000 for a prose piece that features Boulder. The additional $25,000 will fund the Shahan Graduate Fellowships in the CU-Boulder English Department, providing an annual $1,000 [...]

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Pollock shares education style with CU Advocates

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CU-Boulder physics professor Steven Pollock, named a 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, spoke to a group of about 80 CU Advocates during a June 17 program at 1800 Grant St. Following an introduction in which his [...]

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Update: Social climate survey shows many positives, some room for improvement

The University of Colorado has a tolerant, respectful social climate, according to a recent systemwide survey requested by the Board of Regents, though some areas present opportunities for improvement.

Title IX compliance, efforts to reduce sexual harassment and assault outlined

The University of Colorado Board of Regents last week reinforced its commitment to Title IX compliance, including ending sexual harassment and sexual assault on its campuses and working with victims to ensure speedy and fair investigations into allegations of misconduct.

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CU-Boulder Facilities Management Mentor Program graduates its second class

A group of staff from Facilities Management marked completion of the department’s Mentor Program on May 23 with a celebratory luncheon. It was the second round of staff to complete the nine-month month program, which launched in 2012 and is unique as one of the few formal mentoring programs at CU-Boulder housed within an individual [...]

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Art + Maps exhibit open now at CU-Boulder

A new exhibit, Art + Maps, is open now through Dec. 12 at the University of Colorado Boulder Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library. Works by four local and regional artists are exhibited with items from the Map Library collection. Corresponding maps range from antique maps to aerial photographs; celestial charts to contemporary [...]

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Garage plan gets mixed reviews from regents committee

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The $24.8 million project was advanced by the committee to the full board, along with all other capital projects proposed by all the campuses in their two-year and five-year plans. Regents will consider the proposals at the board’s June 26-27 meeting at CU Denver.

CU leads fifth class of Boettcher Investigators

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Each early career scientist will receive a grant of $225,000 to further groundbreaking work that holds promise for improving human health.

Kansas paycard program offers good case study for CU

Kansas paycard program offers good case study for CU

If the idea of CU abandoning paper payroll checks for paycards alarms you, just look to the state’s neighbor to the east for reassurance of just how useful the university’s new payment type can be.

CU-Boulder moves forward on Title IX officer with appointment of Valerie Simons

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University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano on Tuesday announced that CU-Boulder has hired education and civil rights lawyer Valerie Simons to serve as the director of institutional equity and compliance, effective July 22. The newly created position, which includes the role of Title IX coordinator for the campus, reports directly to DiStefano and [...]

Birzer appointed second Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at CU-Boulder

Bradley J. Birzer has been appointed the second Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy, the University of Colorado Boulder announced last week. Birzer, a professor of history and the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College in Michigan, will begin his one-year appointment beginning in fall 2014. “Dr. Birzer brings impressive [...]

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Berning’s innovative cooking program wins award

Jacqueline R. Berning, professor and chair of the health science department at UCCS and a registered dietitian nutritionist, has been named the recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s 2014 Mary Abbott Hess Award for Recognition of an Innovative Food and Nutrition Effort. The Hess award annually recognizes original work – such as [...]

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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 David T. Flaherty, 61, faculty. April 30, 2014. Loren S. Greiner, 59, faculty retiree. April 30, 2014. CU Denver Christopher M. Utz, 41, faculty. May 15, 2014. CU Anschutz Medical Campus David Armstrong, 48, classified staff. [...]

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New CU study illuminates how cancer-killing gene may actually work

Scientists armed with a supercomputer and a vast trove of newly collected data on the body’s most potent “tumor suppressor” gene have created the best map yet of how the gene works, an accomplishment that could lead to new techniques for fighting cancers, which are adept at disabling the gene in order to thrive. Scientists [...]

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Obituary: Clarence ‘Skip’ Ellis

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Clarence “Skip” Ellis, Clarence “Skip” Ellis, much-loved Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, died unexpectedly on May 18, 2014. He was 71. He grew up in a poor part of Chicago as one of five children. Winning a scholarship to Beloit College in 1960 launched him on a lifelong passion for [...]

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