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Study of retirement plan vendors nears completion

retirement plan vendors

Deserae Frisk, chair of the University of Colorado Staff Council, gave members an update on the project during the governance group’s regular monthly meeting Oct. 16 at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

CU Denver study exposes bias in transportation system design

America’s streets are designed and evaluated with a an inherent bias toward the needs of motor vehicles, ignoring those of bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users, according to a new study co-authored by Wesley Marshall of the University of Colorado Denver. “The most common way to measure transportation performance is with the level-of-service standard,” said [...]

Groups awarded new patents

Two new patents have been awarded to two groups of researchers from CU Anschutz, CU Denver and CU-Boulder. One patent is for improved shape memory polymers, a “smart material” used in many next-generation implantable medical devices. The inventors on the patent are Christopher Bowman, CU-Boulder, chemical and biological engineering; Robin Shandas, CU Denver, bioengineering, and [...]

Mini-School for Public Affairs and Public Health underway

CU Denver faculty have launched the Mini-School for Public Affairs and Public Health, one of four new Mini-Schools that the CU Denver |Anschutz Graduate School initiated in the last two years. They’re modeled after the Mini-Med School that was established 25 years ago. While the previous Mini-Schools on STEM (two), humanities, and arts and architecture [...]

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Mann to speak at event commemorating Sand Creek Massacre

Henrietta Mann, Ph.D., president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, will speak at “Sweet Medicine: The Waters Still Flow,” an event at CU Denver commemorating the 150th anniversary of Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre. All CU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the free event, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. [...]

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Formation of search committee precedes search for CU Denver chancellor

CU President Bruce Benson later this month plans to launch a national search for a permanent, full-time chancellor of CU Denver, a process that includes the formation of a search committee.

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Philanthropy at Work: Carol Hammond

Hammond says that fighting cancer is a passion because of the ubiquitous nature of the disease. Many of her friends are cancer survivors. In addition to her mother, Hammond has lost several good friends and family members to lung and pancreatic cancer.

Election season brings reminder of guidelines on campaign activity

A variety of state and federal laws and regulations govern political expression and conduct in the university workplace.

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Gala raises over $170,000 for combat veterans at CU Denver, CU Anschutz

Army veterans who are now students at CU Denver and CU Anschutz

Gregory Stube, a retired Green Beret and featured speaker at Combat to Classroom: A Salute to Service, politely encouraged attendees to “throw your wallets at this auction” with the goal of transforming today’s soldiers into tomorrow’s leaders. They did just that, raising over $170,000 to fund scholarships for combat veterans at CU Denver and CU [...]

President’s Teaching Scholars talk collaboration, meet with president

The President’s Teaching Scholars Program recently presented two special events where member scholars from across the CU system gathered. The program’s annual fall retreat took place at CU-Boulder. Meeting under the theme of “Collaboration and the Forces of Change,” the scholars discussed their own projects and spoke with CU-Boulder Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Russell [...]

Bosick analyzes odds of victims reporting crimes

Stacey J. Bosick, assistant professor of sociology at CU Denver, presented “Gender Differences in the Relationship between Victimization Reporting and Adult Role Statuses” at the Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology in Prague, Czech Republic, last month. In the United States, at least half of all stranger victimization, that is, incidents in which [...]

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Dodge publishes on discussions in Chinese classrooms

Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge – associate chair and assistant professor clinical track, Department of Communication, CU Denver, International College Beijing – recently published, “Finding the Line in Beijing: Classrooms as Liminal Space,” Chapter 4, in Local Contextual Influences on Teaching (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). In his chapter, Dodge explores the question, “What is ‘the line’ you cannot [...]

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Dropping names …

David P. Tracer, professor and chair of Health & Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver, co-published a chapter titled “Cruel to be Kind?: Effects of Sanctions and Third Party Enforcement on Generosity in Papua New Guinea” (pdf) in the 2014 Sage Foundation volume “Experimenting with Social Norms: Fairness and Punishment [...]

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Stories of Survival examines interpersonal violence

Breaking Silence: Stories of Survival, an interactive exhibit that allows individual participants to hear the voices of those who have been affected by interpersonal violence, is on display at the Auraria Campus Oct. 21-23. A flier for the event is linked here. This is a powerful experience for survivors, support persons, and anyone who wants [...]

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Fall Financial Expos coming to campuses starting Monday

Online registration for Employee Services’ 2014 Fall Financial Expos has closed, but faculty and staff may still register the day of each event by visiting the registration booths. The expos are coming to each CU campus Oct. 21-27. For a full schedule of events, visit All are welcome to attend the Expo’s Dollars & [...]

Time for action: Faculty, staff, students plan for student success

Time for action: Faculty, staff, students plan for student success

​It’s time for action. That was the message at this year’s 10th annual Undergraduate Experiences Symposium. Since 2005, staff, faculty and students have attended this annual gathering to discuss opportunities for growth of undergraduate education at CU Denver, but this year was all about moving from discussion to implementation. “We’re here to think big, to [...]

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Soocher honored for contributions to entertainment law

Stan Soocher, associate professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies in the College of Arts & Media at CU Denver, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Texas Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute’s Texas Star Award. The award is given to an individual who has made a major and noteworthy contribution to the practice [...]

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Tenure review policy undergoes minor changes

The policy had been held over for final approval to allow System Administration and the campuses to work on some minor revisions to Appendix B of the newly revised policy, as suggested by CU Denver.

CU Denver hosts forum on the future of elections and democracy

CU Denver hosts forum on the future of elections and democracy

The University of Colorado Denver will host a public forum Oct. 9 with Federal Election Commission (FEC) Vice Chair Ann Ravel (event details below). The forum will give the public an opportunity to comment directly on the current state of U.S. elections and campaign finance and what they would like American democracy to look like [...]

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In memoriam: John G. (Jack) Weihaupt


From the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver: John G. (Jack) Weihaupt, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado Denver, died Sept. 15, 2014. He was 84. He came to CU Denver in 1982 as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. After completing his term in that office, he worked in his home [...]

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Schroeppel project wins LoDo Alleys award

Ken Schroeppel, director of Professional Engagement and instructor in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program in the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at CU Denver, has been recognized for his Denver LoDo Alleys studio project. Planning Project Studio is the MURP program’s advanced studio course that provides graduate urban planning students [...]

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Shop for advice at Dollars & Sense Market

You may need to get on a waiting list to attend some of the talks at Employee Services’ Fall Financial Expos, but you’ll have guaranteed access to key financial resources at the event’s central gathering space: the Dollars & Sense Market. While there’s now a waiting list to attend CU Money Talks at three campus [...]

Faculty Council GLBTI symposium to consider health equity

The University of Colorado Faculty Council GLBTI Committee is sponsoring its third annual symposium to provide a forum for faculty, staff and students at CU to exchange ideas and learn new strategies for inclusiveness throughout the university. Theme of the event, set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Trivisible Room, Research [...]

Benson: CU Denver, CU Anschutz Medical Campus to gain greater focus from individual chancellors

Benson: CU Denver, CU Anschutz Medical Campus to gain greater focus from individual chancellors

The campuses will remain administratively consolidated, sharing services such as budget and finance, IT, human resources and communication.

Staff Council looks for early jump on policy reviews

In its first meeting of the new academic year, the University of Colorado Staff Council solidified membership for two committees that will focus on university policies and council engagement. Those committee members then discussed goals for the year.

Solomon delivers engaging talk about solving ozone depletion in inaugural Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Back in the 1970s, grassroots environmentalism in the United States kick-started the movement against chlorofluorocarbons, leading to “an amazing story of science, people and society” and their capacity to solve a major global problem. That was a message delivered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Susan Solomon, Ph.D., the inaugural speaker in the Chancellor’s Distinguished [...]

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Douglas named vice chancellor for CU South Denver


Lisa M. Douglas, associate vice chancellor for budget and finance at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus since 2011, is immediately taking on the role of vice chancellor for CU South Denver, reporting to Jerry Wartgow, CU Denver interim chancellor. Douglas was also recently named chief financial officer (CFO) for CU Denver, [...]

Hai Lin receives Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Hai Lin, associate professor of chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at CU Denver, has been honored with the 2014 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation selected him as one of seven recipients this year. The award supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty at the [...]

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Dropping names …

Dena Samuels, assistant professor in the UCCS Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, recently published “The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World” (Teachers College Press, New York). The 176-page text examines discrepancies between current educational cultural climate and the need to prepare for a growing multicultural population. … University Veterinarian Jori Leszczynski, director of the Office [...]

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Employee Services sets Fall Financial Expos for October

It’s going to be a very money-minded October for CU employees. Amid the really fun parts of this monthlong financial focus (online quizzes, gift giveaways, etc.) will be a valuable centerpiece: you, face-to-face, with experts who can help you set course on the financial path that meets your needs. Employee Services’ Fall Financial Expos, Oct. [...]