Fred Andreas, assistant professor adjunct of architecture at CU Denver, has been invited to be a featured speaker at the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) international conference in Changsha City, China, on May 25-26. Andreas will present two written papers on Living Wall research and progress and “Eco-Cities: Challenges and Practices,” presenting innovative approaches to sustainable urbanism and zero energy urban projects in Denver. … Four staff members joined UCCS in April. They are: Robert Block, assistant dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science; Roberta Robbins, bookkeeper, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance; and James Wilson and George Cornelius, custodians, Physical Plant. … Martin Huber, professor of physics and director of the integrated sciences program, is a collaborator on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Experiment, which announced at the American Physical Society meeting last weekend that it has seen possible hints of dark-matter particles in its latest result. The result is not statistically significant enough to claim the discovery, or even evidence of dark matter, but it is interesting enough to warrant further investigation. News of this finding also has been published recently in Nature News, Symmetry and Fermilab Today. … Brian Ott, associate professor of communication at CU Denver, delivered a lecture titled, “The Politics and Pedagogy of Art in Postmodernity: Cognitive Mapping and The Bothersome Man” at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on April 12. The essay on which his talk was based has recently been accepted for publication in the Quarterly Journal of Speech. … Lisa Keränen, associate professor of communication, gave an invited plenary presentation, “Technologies of the Self at the End of Life: Pastoral Power and the Rhetoric of Advance Care Planning,” at a national forum, “After the Genome: A Language for Our Biotechnological Future: Rhetoric, Science, Religion, and Ethics,” at Wake Forest University on April 13. The forum provided a location for leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss the vital topic of how language is shaping medical ethics, religion, and competitive visions of our biotechnological future. Baylor University Press launched a book (featuring the presenters’ research) as part of the event.