- CLAS Faculty - Addison helps launch new mentoring initiative for students
A new partnership to retain students, started in the spring by Joanne Addison, Chair of Faculty Assembly, and Associate Professor in the Department of English, and a team of faculty volunteers is providing mentorship to a group of sophomores that the Office of Analytics for Enrollment and Retention (OAER) identified as "at risk" of not continuing with their education. "Faculty was very willing to take on this project and work with the students," said Addison. "The program serves as a model for the ways that Student Affairs and Academic Affairs/Faculty should work together more explicitly." More information about the program is available here.
- CLAS Faculty - Everhart talks presidential imbibing
In an article inspired by a journalists new book, Kevin Everhart, Senior Instructor in the Department of Psychology comments on the question of presidential drinking: "The kind of people who aspire to power take a lot of risks," and "They have a high level of confidence, and the kind of gravitas it takes to proclaim yourself able to lead the free world. And risk-seeking behavior and alcoholism often go hand in hand."
- CLAS Faculty - Johnson and Oleson 2015 Class of Boettcher Foundation Investigators
Last month, the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees announced its 2015 class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. Aaron N. Johnson (left), Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, and Erik B. Oleson (right), Assistant Professor of Psychology, will each receive a grant of $225,000 to cover up to three years of biomedical research activity.
- CLAS Faculty - Masters on the difficulties associated with physical therapy
A recent article on staying motivated in physical therapy drew on the expertise of Kevin S. Masters, Professor and Program Director Clinical Health Psychology. Masters notes it is difficult to change behaviors and commit to PT, mainly because of time constraints, lack of motivation or simply forgetting.
4 Ways to Stick to Your Physical Therapy 'Homework'
US News and World Reports, Aug 31
- CLAS Faculty - Musiba and international team on the major discovery of a new Hominin species
"We found adults and children in the cave who are members of genus Homo but very different from modern humans," said Associate Professor of Anthropology Charles Musiba, when he took part in an international press conference near the discovery of Homonaledi inside the Rising Star Cave in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site outside Johannesburg, South Africa. "They are very petite and have the brain size of chimpanzees. The only thing similar we know of are the so-called `hobbits' of Flores Island in Indonesia."
- CLAS Faculty - Simon awarded NSF funds to study improved cook stoves in India
Gregory Simon, Associate Professor in Geography & Environmental Sciences, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant for $200,000 to examine the influence of carbon financing on improved cook stove projects in India. As Principal Investigator, Simon will make several trips to India over the next few years to collaborate with local organizations in the Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The project, "Financing Strategies and Reducing Carbon Emissions from Cookstoves," will advance previous sustainable development research and present opportunities for graduate student research. This project builds on a recent award winning paper: "Current Debates and Future Research Needs in the Clean Cookstove Sector," which was awarded the 2014 AKN Reddy Award for best paper accepted for publication in the Journal Energy for Sustainable Development.
- CLAS Faculty - Woodhull to speak on dying in Transylvania
Margaret L. Woodhull, Director of the Master of Humanities Program and the Center for Public Humanities, delivered a paper at "Death, Dying and the Disposal of the Body: Eastern and Western Ways of Dying and Death" a conference of The Association for the Study of Death and Society, in Transylvania, at the University of Alba Iulia, Romania, on Sept. 3. Woodhull's paper considers funerary and commemorative monuments for imperial heirs in Classical Rome.
- CLAS Faculty - Barker and Beer remember Jake Adam York
When poet Jake Adam York, Associate Professor of English, died suddenly of a stroke in December 2012 at the age of forty, he left behind an unpublished book of poetry, Abide, and a literary journal, Copper Nickel. This year Abide was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and won a Colorado Book Award; and after a two-year hiatus Copper Nickel has started a new chapter with issue 20, now on the shelves.
Poetry On Civil Rights And Racism Gets A Colorado Book Award
Colorado Public Radio, Aug 3