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Allen co-edits new book and is celebrated for field-based learning
CLAS Faculty - Allen co-edits new book and is celebrated for field-based learning

Casey Allen, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences and coordinator of Undergraduate Advising, co-edited a new book, Geomorphological Fieldwork, Volume 18 (Developments in Earth Surface Processes). In addition, Allen authored one chapter and co-authored several others. Allen was also recently profiled by his alma mater, Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, for his work mentoring and teaching student in the field. Allen is quoted as saying, "Students always benefit from getting outside the classroom, and my feedback has shown that students consistently appreciate--and want more—fieldwork."

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 Beer book highlighted by Publisher's Weekly
CLAS Faculty - Beer book highlighted by Publisher's Weekly

Publishers Weekly selected The Octopus Game, the latest collection of poetry from, Nicky Beer, Assistant Professor in English, for its PW Picks: Books of the Week. An excerpt from the review: "… clever and arresting…[Nicky Beer’s] energy for collecting trivia can equal the verve of her syntax: a group of eight danseurs photographed a century ago are a “pubescent octet in sepia wash, symmetrically poised/ in borrowed frocks"; in the eponymous game, "[t]wo people sit side by side/ And become each other's arms." Beer's insistence on using octopuses (and squid and cuttlefish) as metaphors does not keep her from exploring—and, at times, flaunting—marine zoology, such as when she writes, "[T]he thousands of real/ octopus corpses washed/ upon" a Portuguese beach years ago. Nor does her attention to the links between human and nonhuman life, to the way that we are all just collections of cells, prevent her from delighting in old forms, especially sonnets and pantoums…"

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Butler explains how math models help predict storms
CLAS Faculty - Butler explains how math models help predict storms

Troy Butler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Science, is in a new video detailing how to improve the predictive capabilities of mathematical models that can help in severe storm forecasting. The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) produced the video featuring Butler along with University of Texas, Austin's Lindley Graham. They address how to quantify uncertainties in the mathematical models used in the prediction of storm surge resulting from hurricanes and tropical cyclones in the Gulf of Mexico, and they offer insight on how this type of analysis may lead to reductions in the human and monetary costs associated with natural disasters. The video was produced at the SIAM 2014 Annual Meeting, where Butler and Graham presented their work at a mini-symposium on inverse problems for coastal engineering and subsurface flow.

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Levine-Clark publishes new book
CLAS Faculty - Levine-Clark publishes new book

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of History, Marjorie Levine-Clark, recently published her new book, Unemployment, Welfare, and Masculine Citizenship: "So Much Honest Poverty" in Britain, 1870-1930 (Palgrave, 2015). This book examines how, from the late nineteenth century through the 1920s, British policymakers, welfare providers, and working-class men struggled to come to terms with changing relationships among unemployment, welfare, and masculine citizenship.

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Lindsey experiences Haiti
CLAS Students - Lindsey experiences Haiti

Shortly after fall commencement, new CU Denver alumnus Chris Lindsey (Biology major, Spanish minor) joined Associate Biology Professor Greg Cronin for 3 weeks in Haiti. He assisted Cronin’s team in transdisciplinary efforts to restore ecosystems and improve livelihoods, while learning about the rich history and culture of the country. During his stay, Chris planted bamboo and food crops, visited fields stabilized with vetiver grass, installed water filters to provide safe drinking water in a rural community whose nearest stream is 2 miles away, recorded music videos at the Citadel and Sans Souci Palace, helped produce a remembrance event on the 5th anniversary of the quake that destroyed Haiti's capital, heard students' creations at music school Royalty Free Haiti, and broke ground for the first commercial-scale aquaponic system in the country. Said Lindsey, "I went to Haiti feeling a little unsure of what I was going to experience, nervous, but excited to see a place I had only read and watched videos about. During my stay, I was fortunate enough to experience what was so special about this country, the people." Lindsey would have liked to stay longer than 3 weeks, but he had to return to Denver to begin his job search.

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Make on end-of-life choices
CLAS Students - Make on end-of-life choices

"My argument -- and the reason I have devoted myself to a fellowship researching, writing, and talking about the issue -- is through communication, we can preserve a patient's wishes, whatever they might be," writes Jeremy Make, Puksta Foundation Fellow and Master's student in the Department of Communication, discussing his research and efforts on the Auraria campus with the Conversation Project. His fliers around campus at the end of last semester generated buzz: "Let's talk about a good death, what do you say? (Snacks included)."

Opinion: Guest Opinions -- Jeremy Make: Talking about the end
Daily Camera, Dec 5

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Miech research in USA Today
CLAS Faculty - Miech research in USA Today

Richard Miech, Professor of Health and Behavioral Science, discussed his research into hookah use among youth, and commented on how future survey questions may drill deeper into youths' perception of hookah. "They see hookah as fundamentally different from cigarette use," he said. "Most likely they see it as safer."

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York book praised posthumously
CLAS Faculty - York book praised posthumously

Jake Adam York's book Abide (Southern Illinois University, 2014) was named a finalist for the National Critics Circle Award. This is wonderful news for York’s legacy as a poet, and the English Department would also like to celebrate the important work done by Brian Barker and Nicky Beer to prepare Abide for publication.

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