Carole Schoffstall, dean emeriti of the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was named a finalist for regional 2010 Florence Nightingale Academy of Nursing Award. She will compete in statewide award process in May. Schoffstall, who was integral in facilitating the merger of Beth-El and the university in 1997, served as dean until her retirement in August 2008. ...Joaquin Espinosa, an assistant professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been named co-leader of the molecular oncology program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Espinosa has been a member of the center since 2005. ... Lois Brink, professor of landscape architecture and associate director of the Colorado Center for Community Development at the University of Colorado Denver, has been appointed to the Living City Block advisory board. Living City Block is a new project in Denver's LoDo aimed at demonstrating the potential of combining environmentally conscious business and economic development with revitalization and livability. ... Cindy Gutierrez, director of teacher education at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver, recently published an article about online community as a pathway to teacher leadership in the Journal of Staff Development. The article highlights the development and implementation of the Online Clinical Teacher Professional Development Unit in Denver Public Schools. ... Barbara Dray, assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development, recently published the article "Teaching is NOT a Profession: How General and Special Education Teacher Education Have Failed." The piece details recommendations to improve teacher education in special education through strong teacher induction and apprenticeships, developing national certification to increase the prestige of the field, and closing the research-to-practice gap. ... Dave Martinez, a staff member at the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is a 2010 recipient of the Marinus
Smith Award from the CU Parents Association. The award recognizes CU-Boulder faculty, staff, coaches and administrators who have made a significant impact on the lives of CU undergraduate students. Nominations are made by CU students and their parents involved in the Parents Association. Martinez will be honored during an April 3 luncheon.
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