Jeffery Beall of the Auraria Library recently was awarded the Julie J. Boucher Award for Intellectual Freedom at the 13th Annual Colorado Association of Libraries Conference. The award associated with these lectures commends Beall for criticizing “predatory practices” in publishing, despite being faced with a billion-dollar lawsuit. The Julie J. Boucher Lecture Series on Intellectual Freedom honors Julie J. Boucher, an advocate of expression and an opponent of censorship. Boucher (1963–1996) served as associate director of the Library Research Service (LRS) at the State Library, Colorado Department of Education from 1991-1996. She died in a mountain-climbing accident with her husband, Clive F. Baillie, assistant professor, College of Engineering, University of Colorado. … Katy DiVittorio of the Auraria Library has been accepted into the American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders Program. The program promotes librarian leadership and problem-solving. No more than 50 applicants are selected annually. The EL program begins with a daylong session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting and continues with an online learning and networking environment for six months. The program culminates with a poster session presentation to display the results of the project planning work of each group at the ALA Annual Conference. … Lois Brink, a faculty member at CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning in the Department of Landscape Architecture and a longtime advocate of innovative playground environments for children, was a panelist for the keynote session, “The Economic Value of Play,” featured in September at Playful City USA: Leaders’ Summit. Brink has been known for directing the program, Learning Landscapes, which designs and constructs playful environments conducive to reconnecting communities to their public schools, as well as encouraging “participatory learning.” … Lisa Keränen, associate professor of communication, director of graduate studies in communication at CU Denver, gave an invited keynote address at the inaugural Discourses of Medicine and Society Symposium at the University of Cincinnati, Sept. 4-5. Her talk was titled, “Health Security in an Age of Catastrophic Risk.” The symposium brought together leading medical rhetoric scholars from North American to set an agenda for future medical rhetoric/health communication research. Keränen also was one of three invited representatives of the National Communication Association (NCA) at the 2013 Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Oct. 19-22. Keränen spoke about “The New Social Contract: Moving Science Communication from Deficit to Engagement” as part of an NCA session on “Citizen Engagement on Science and Policy.” … Betcy Jose, assistant professor of political science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver, last month published “Civilians vs. Chemicals: Protecting the Right Norm in Syria” on the Foreign Affairs site of the Council on Foreign Relations, which asserts that the U.S.-Russian negotiation cannot minimize the destruction created by war. The article has since been discussed in the some of the most read blogs for politics and political science.