“A Brighter Future: Improving the Standard of Living Now and for the Next Generation,” edited by Richard Holt, professor, Department of Economics, Southern Oregon University, and Daphne Greenwood, professor, Department of Economics, at UCCS, recently was published by M.E. Sharpe, an Armonk, N.Y., publisher of books and journals in the social sciences and humanities. The 288-page book explores causes of a faltering standard of living in the United States since the early 1980s and what can be done to restore it. The text was created following a 2011 conference at UCCS sponsored by the Colorado Center for Policy Studies with the help of the Elizabeth Cushman Public Policy Fund and the Economics Club. The conference brought together well-known U.S. economists to discuss different aspects of how to improve the standard of living and make it sustainable into the future. … Venu Akuthota, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the CU School of Medicine, is one of the authors of an article in the July 3 issue of “The New England Journal of Medicine” that reviewed the effectiveness and safety of treating lumbar spinal stenosis with epidural injections. The study was also reported in The New York Times, which featured a photo and comments from Bonnie Merenstein, a participant in the study and wife of a former colleague, pediatrician Gerald Merenstein, who died in 2007. … Barbara Weis, a lecturer at the College of Nursing at CU Denver, is serving as the guest editor for “Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease.” She also has published an article titled “CKD and the Interdisciplinary Team: The Logic Behind the Trend” in the journal’s July 2014 issue.