Paula Nelson-Marten, Ph.D., associate professor at the College of Nursing, recently was awarded the Veritas Award by the Center for Bioethics & Humanities. She is the first nurse to receive the award as ”an expression of gratitude for her sustained commitment to the educational mission of the humanities in health care at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus,” reads the citation. … Kevin J. Krizek, professor of planning and design at the University of Colorado Denver, co-director of the Active Communities/Transportation (ACT) Research Group, and director of the Ph.D. program in design and planning, attended an invitation-only Keck Futures conference on Ecosystem Services California, sponsored by the National Academies and the Institute of Medicine. … Jeremy Németh, assistant professor of planning and design and director of the master of urban design program at the University of Colorado Denver, presented a paper “The Cannabis Conundrum: Land Use Policy for Medical Marijuana” at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference in October. The paper, co-written with current MURP students Eric Ross and Wheeler Weber, shows how unprepared cities are in dealing with statewide medical marijuana legalization. … College of Nursing Dean Patricia Moritz, Amy Barton, Ph.D., and Vicki Erickson, Ph.D., joined External Relations Director Terry Biddinger to give a presentation about nurses, nursing, and the CU College of Nursing to the Denver group, Eclectics, on Nov. 4. Biddinger, a member of Eclectics, invited her colleagues to make the presentation to a standing-room-only turnout of 275. … Assistant Professor Danielle Varda, School of Public Affairs, has been awarded a subcontract through the RAND Corp. to use her PARTNER computer tool to develop and validate measures to assess relationships among members of health care coalitions participating in the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). … Jackie Sivahop, MS PA-C, assistant professor in Pediatrics at the Anschutz Medical Campus, recently was featured on the Aurora News Weekly regarding Shaken Baby Syndrome. … Michelle Ellsworth, an assistant professor and co-director of the University of Colorado Boulder’s theater and dance program, recently was awarded one of the country’s most prestigious awards, the United States Artists (USA) Fellowship. Each year, 50 USA Fellowship grants of $50,000 each are awarded to outstanding performing, visual, media, and literary artists. … University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty Vincent A. DiMaria, M.D., (clinical professor, pediatrics), David W. Kaplan, M.D., MPH, (professor, pediatrics), Sharon Langendoerfer, M.D, (associate professor, pediatrics), and Jody L. Mathie, M.D., (associate clinical professor, pediatrics) recently were honored at the 2011 Career Teaching Scholars Awards Grand Rounds. The peer awards are given to faculty and clinical faculty for outstanding teaching over the course of their career. The honors were announced during a luncheon organized by the School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Colorado…. Four members of the University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Police Department served as the official honor guard prior to the Colorado Avalanche-Edmonton Oilers game Nov. 26 at the Pepsi Center. Those serving were Sgt. Deana LoSasso, Officers Kirk Martin, Greg Barthlome and Corey Childers. This team also is available on request to perform similar duties for university events. … Scott Reed, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver, and Min Wang, postdoctoral research associate, received an excellence award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference in Portland for the paper “Electrophoretic Mobility of Lipoprotein Nanoparticle Mimics.” … Diane Dansereau, associate professor of modern languages at the University of Colorado Denver, traveled to Haiti to conduct teaching workshops in French pronunciation for 10 days in early November. She accompanied three members of the Colorado Haiti Project (CHP), a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to extend aid to inhabitants of a rural area called Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince. CHP provides educational and vocational training, health care, and help with nutrition and clean water.