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CLAS Faculty - Maron and Walsh part of prestigious 2015-2016 PLTC Cohort

Marta K. MaroĊ„, Instructor in the Department of Chemistry, and James Walsh, Assistant Professor C/T, received admittance into the 2015-2016 Cohort of the President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC) from the University of Colorado System. The PLTC was established by invitation from the Carnegie Foundation in 2006, and is sponsored by the President’s Teaching Scholars Program. The PTLC seeks to promote the practice of inquiry in teaching and measuring student learning. The aim of the Collaborative is to broaden participation of faculty in the growing interdisciplinary field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and to support peer-reviewed publication and dissemination of research.

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Engau in Canada and Africa while on sabbatical
CLAS Faculty - Engau in Canada and Africa while on sabbatical

During his current sabbatical in Canada, Alexander Engau, Associate Professor of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, and Visiting Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has used the extra flexibility to accept a role as guest lecturer at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Mbour, Senegal.  As part of the Next Einstein Initiative (NEI), Engau is working toward the NEI’s mission: "to enable Africa's brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa's future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency."  Supported by the governments of Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom, and companies like Google, Engau says, “I believe that AIMS and NEI have the potential for a true impact.”

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Gardner on advances in studying male body-image
CLAS Faculty - Gardner on advances in studying male body-image

As men pay more attention to their appearance, researchers are forming a clearer picture of male self-image. Professor Emeritus of Psychology Rick Gardner discusses how new advances in technology and software make it possible to more precisely measure body-image dissatisfaction issues in men.  

Masculinity: Men's makeover
Nature, Oct 7

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Johnson lab discovers a novel mechanism that underlies muscle disease
CLAS Faculty - Johnson lab discovers a novel mechanism that underlies muscle disease

Inherited muscle diseases, or congenital myopathies, are characterized by extreme muscle weakness at birth. Affected patients subsequently develop respiratory complications and require assistance for mobility. Patients with muscle diseases often have defects (or mutations) in a muscle protein known as Tropomyosin. Clinicians have long thought that these defects solely affect the ability of muscle to contract. In their paper entitled “Noncanonical roles for Tropomyosin during myogenesis,” published in the latest issue of Development, the Johnson lab showed Tropomyosin regulates muscle development. In addition, the Tropomyosin mutations that cause muscle disease also disrupt muscle development. These findings demonstrate that defects in muscle development contribute to muscle disease. Integrated Biology Assistant Professor Aaron Johnson recently spoke about these results, and many follow-up studies, at a recent conference at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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Phiel receives alumni award
CLAS Faculty - Phiel receives alumni award

Christopher J. Phiel, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Columbia Education Foundation in Columbia, PA. Phiel is the youngest alumnus to receive the distinction in the seven years it has been awarded.

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Jose publishing on Syrian conflict impact on civilians
CLAS Faculty - Jose publishing on Syrian conflict impact on civilians

Betcy Jose, Assistant Professor in Political Science, recently published a timely article on civilians in conflict zones, including those in war-torn Syria, entitled: "Understanding Why and How Civilians Resort to Self-Protection in Armed Conflict.” The article was part of the latest edition of the esteemed International Studies Review, a publication of the International Studies Association.

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Shelby traveling to talk addiction and bioethics
CLAS Faculty - Shelby traveling to talk addiction and bioethics

Associate Professor of Philosophy Candice L. Shelby’s work on addiction and bioethics has her involved with several events this fall. Earlier this month she traveled to the 51st Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College (the only U.S. college with official ties to the Nobel Institute in Sweden) for a conference focused on addiction. Participants included Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, Denise Kandel, Carl Hart, Bill Moyers, Owen Flanagan, and other world-renowned researchers on mind and addiction. Later this month, Shelby presents at the Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, addressing how the abortion question changes for feminists when it is framed as a matter of competing moral considerations rather than in terms of rights.

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Yeatman collaborating in London while on sabbatical
CLAS Faculty - Yeatman collaborating in London while on sabbatical

On sabbatical this year, Sara Yeatman, Associate Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, has been collaborating with colleagues from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Imperial College. As part of this work, in late October she participated in a UNAIDS Reference Group meeting on modeling pediatric HIV and the need for antiretroviral therapy. She advised the group on how the spread of antiretroviral therapy has affected the relationship between HIV and fertility in sub-Saharan Africa and how the relationship might continue to evolve with improvements in access to the lifesaving medicines.

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