Sandy Wurtele, a professor in the Department of Psychology, recently was appointed as a child protection consultant by the vicar general for the Catholic Church Diocese of Wilmington, Del. In this position, she will evaluate and make public recommendations regarding diocese policies regarding the protection of children and youth from sexual exploitation. Wurtele is considered an expert in the prevention of child abuse. She recently published her third book for parents titled “Safe Connections: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Young Teens from Sexual Exploitation,” published by Parenting Press, Seattle. … Anne Smatla has been named managing director for the 2012 Denver Silent Film Festival (DSFF) scheduled for Sept. 21-23 and presented by the College of Arts and Media. Smatla will work on the day-to-day operations of the festival, including management of marketing efforts and coordinating event logistics. She is a CAM alumna and 2000 graduate of the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She also earned a certificate in 2008 in film preservation from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House. … The second edition of “Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patients' Care” has been published by a group of authors including University of Colorado Denver’s College of Nursing’s (CON) Amy Barton, associate professor and associate dean, Clinical Affairs. CON colleague Gail Armstrong, assistant professor, also authored a chapter. The revised edition, co-published by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Joint Commission Resources, is an essential guide for everyone who has made a personal commitment to improving care. The book also is an invaluable resource for the tens of thousands engaged with the IHI Open School for Health Professions. … Martin Lockley, professor of geology at the University of Colorado Denver, co-authored a paper with Reiji Kukihara that will appear in the February issue of “Cretaceous Research, Dinosaur Freeway Found in Colorado,” that discusses the “Dinosaur Freeway” that ran from Northeast Colorado to east central New Mexico 98 million years ago.
Tom Hutton contributed to this story.