Roger Pielke Jr. – professor in the environmental studies program at CU-Boulder, Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and member of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research – is this year’s recipient of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Public Service Award. The award was established in 1998 in honor of Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and is awarded for contributions that have materially enhanced the public’s understanding of the earth sciences, or significantly served decision-makers in the application of scientific and technical information in public affairs and public policy related to the earth sciences. … Lisa Keranen, associate professor of communication at the University of Colorado Denver, organized “Medicine, Health, and Publics,” a preconference devoted to understanding how individuals and groups interface with biomedical and health research and practice in late May in conjunction with the biennial meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA). Keranen will be editing a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities featuring revisions of the most promising research presented at the conference. … Assistant Professor Jeffrey Beall, technical services, Auraria Library, has been honored with the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award. His winning work is “Academic Library Databases and the Problem of Word-Sense Ambiguity,” published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship 37 (Jan 2011): 64-69. ALCTS and its sections honor librarians and information professionals for outstanding and potential achievement in serials, cataloging, acquisitions, published scholarship, preservation, and general technical services librarianship. Recipients are selected by award juries that are composed of their peers. … Kevin J. Krizek, professor of planning and design at CU Denver, co-director of the Active Communities/Transportation (ACT) Research Group, director of the Ph.D. Program in design and planning, and Senior Transportation Fellow in the CU-Boulder Environmental Center, authored the chapter “Cycling, Urban Form, and Cities: What Do We Know and How Should We Respond?” in the book “Cycling and Sustainability,” edited by John Parkin. The book is first in the series “Transport and Sustainability” and was published by Emerald Booksin May 2012.