An autism study by researchers Phil Strain and Ted Bovey from the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development was selected by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Council as one of 20 studies in 2011 that represented significant progress in the field. The council is a congressionally created entity to advance autism research across federal agencies. … Some 124 employees of the University of Colorado Hospital were honored at the Milestones and Retiree Luncheon on April 20 at the Denver Renaissance Hotel in the Stapleton area. Three employees received recognition for 40 years spent with UCH. When Neil Brown (medical records specialist), Joann Fritz (NICU nurse) and Connie Sullivan (Birth Center nurse) joined the hospital, Richard Nixon was president and a situation comedy called, fittingly, “All in the Family” had just debuted. For a list of the honorees and photos, visit http://www3.uch.edu/uchinsider/milestones%202012.pdf … Joern Langhorst, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver, presented a paper at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architects (CELA) conference. In “Valuing the In-Between: Recovering Post-Industrial and Post-Disaster Landscapes,” he compared and critiqued two of the most iconic design projects on post-industrial sites, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord in Germany and the High Line in New York, focusing on the value, instrumentality and aesthetics of urban nature in the discourses on social and environmental justice surrounding urban renewal. … Two Procurement Service Center staff members recently were honored by the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) for their service and commitment to the purchasing profession. PSC Associate Director of Procurement Charlene Lydick won the 2011 NAEP Distinguished Service Award for original, strategic and innovative procurement-related solutions, mentoring new members of the profession, and providing extraordinary assistance to the association. Strategic Contract Manager Duane Tucker received NAEP’s first Volunteer of the Year Award for extraordinary service and commitment to the mission of NAEP and, in particular, for his efforts on behalf of the scholarship program. … CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning’s Janis Nowlan, assistant dean, and T. John Hughes, lecturer in architecture, along with former CAP employee Linda Marie, won second place in The Denver Post’s fifth annual Peeps diorama contest. The 147 entries in this year’s contest included scenes from movies, news, politics and Colorado itself. Their entry was “The Peeple Mourn Loss of Supreme Leader.” The winners were on display in The Denver Post lobby, but you can still view the enlarged diorama photo and video with the winners. … Judy Regensteiner, professor of medicine-cardiology at the University of Colorado Denver, has been accepted into the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. ELAM offers training throughout the year through the Drexel University College of Medicine. … Nancy Smith, dean of Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, presented “A Transformational Partnership: University of Colorado Health System” April 18 at the CU Boulder Retired Faculty and Staff Association’s spring meeting. Smith highlighted the process that led to the University of Colorado Hospital’s selection to lease Memorial Health System and the potential implications for health care in southern Colorado. … Angie Romani, chair of the College of Nursing (CON) Advisory Board at the University of Colorado Denver, has been appointed president of the Sheridan Health Services Board of Directors. Romani has been a devoted volunteer in support of the clinic’s efforts since its inception. She and her husband, Tim Romani, have also underwritten the annual Art of Nursing fundraising event for the CON. Sheridan Health Services is a nonprofit, nurse-managed health care center that provides primary care to children and adults integrated with behavioral health, oral health, and perinatal care to the families of Sheridan and surrounding communities. … Hamilton Bean, assistant professor of communication, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, and his co-author, Edward Comor, University of Western Ontario, collaborated for an article on how the Obama administration has embraced “engagement” as the dominant concept informing U.S. public diplomacy. Their article is in the April edition of the International Communication Gazette, and is titled “America’s ‘engagement’ delusion: Critiquing a public diplomacy consensus.” Despite its emphasis on facilitating dialogue with and among Muslims overseas, this article demonstrates that, in practice, engagement aims to leverage social media and related technologies to persuade skeptical audiences to empathize with American policies. .. Rhonda Williams, associate professor in the Counseling and Human Services Department of the College of Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, recently was named Counselor Educator of the Year by the American School Counselors Association. Williams, who is currently involved in research on adolescent girl issues and understanding the concept of girl bullying, will receive the award June 25 at the association’s annual conference in Minneapolis.