Jeff Franklin, professor in English and the associate dean for Undergraduate Curriculum and Student Affairs at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver, published three essays in 2012 in international, peer-reviewed outlets. “The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism in Victorian England, 1870-1900” appeared in Victorian Review (Canada), “The Influences of Buddhism and Comparative Religion on Matthew Arnold” was published in Literature Compass (global, online), and “The Evolution of Occult Spirituality in Victorian England and the Representative Case of Edward Bulwer-Lytton” appeared as a chapter in The Ashgate Companion to Spiritualism and the Occult in the Nineteenth Century (England). Each was a submission invited by the editor. Franklin also participated in four conference panels, one at the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association conference, two at the annual meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and one as an invited speaker on the poetry of James Applewhite at the East Carolina University annual Literary Homecoming. His two essays currently in press are “Buddhism and Modern Existential Nihilism: Jean-Paul Sartre Meets Nagarjuna,” in the Journal of Religion and Literature, and “The Economics of Immortality: The Demi-Immortal Oriental, Enlightenment Vitalism, and Political Economy in Dracula” in Cahiers victoriens & édouardiens. … Amy Barton, professor and associate dean for Clinical and Community Affairs, and the Daniel and Janet Mordecai Chair in Rural Health at the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Denver, gave the welcome address at the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) member conference Nov. 28 in Philadelphia. Barton chairs the board of the NNCC, which includes members from schools of nursing at the University of California San Francisco, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech, among others. The conference focused on innovations in funding, clinical best practices and workforce development as part of the NNCC mission advancing nurse-led health care through policy, consultation, programs and applied research to reduce health disparities and meet people’s primary care and wellness needs. More than 125 clinics in the United States are members of NNCC. … Erica Schwartz, assistant professor, Executive Director of Sheridan Health Services, and director of the College of Nursing’s Midwifery Practices (University Nurse Midwives & The Center for Midwifery), and co-director of PROMISE within the School of Medicine (SOM) OB/GYN Department, was honored with the Extraordinary Service Award at the SOM Annual Medical Staff Dinner at Denver’s Ritz Carlton hotel.