- CLAS Faculty - CLAS Students - Integrative Biology students and faculty publish together on the fathead minnow microbiome
Students Adrienne Narrowe and Munira Albuthi-Lantz, from the PhD Program in Integrative and Systems Biology, are authors on a study in the journal Microbiome which examines the effect of environmental triclosan exposure on the collection of microbes inhabiting fish guts. Triclosan is a chemical commonly found in antimicrobial hand soaps and other personal care products, and an emerging environmental contaminant in wastewater treatment plant effluent. The collaborative study, done in the labs of Chris Miller, Timberley Roane, and Alan Vajda in the Department of Integrative Biology, showed that the normal microbiome (the collection of bacteria) inhabiting the guts of the fathead minnow was significantly altered by minute, environmentally relevant levels of triclosan exposure. Fathead minnows are commonly used model organisms in environmental toxicology. The study includes Integrative Biology PhD students, undergraduates, staff, and faculty as co-authors.
- CLAS Faculty - Allen receives Fullbright
Casey Allen, Geography and Environmental Sciences' Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs and Advising, was recently selected for a 2015-2016 Fulbright US Scholar Grant. Allen will be working with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in the Dana Biosphere Reserve training local Jordanian university students to conduct fieldwork that will result in ecotones maps for the DBR in Wadi Dana, as well as working in Petra with the Petra National Trust studying tourism impacts on the decay of cultural heritage stone monuments.
- CLAS Faculty - Beekman awarded fellowship at Harvard Research Library in DC
Chris Beekman, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, recently accepted a year-long fellowship award at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. He will be working on a book detailing his archaeological research in western Mexico.
- CLAS Faculty - Cribari wins Dex Whittinghill Award
RaKissa Cribari, Assistant Professor Clinical Teaching Track, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, is the winner of the 2015 Dex Whittinghill Best Paper Award for the presentation of her paper "Creating Critical Thinkers in an Introductory Statistics Course” at the Joint Math Meetings in January. The award is based on audience ratings of the papers, and Cribari had the highest rating of all 42 talks given. The award will be presented at JMM 2016, held in Seattle, WA, January 6-9.
- CLAS Faculty - Kadel gives keynote and travels to Middle East
Robert Kadel, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, presented a keynote at the 4th International Conference on eLearning and Distance Education, entitled "The Untapped Potential for eLearning: Placing Efficacy at the Heart of Digital Learning Challenges." He then headed to Dubai, U.A.E. and Doha, Qatar to give a workshop called "Transitioning to Digital."
- CLAS Faculty - Robinson speaking out on Right to Rest Act and more
Chair of the Political Science Department Tony Robinson is a much sought after speaker this spring. On April 7th, Robinson hosted a press conference at St. Paul’s Church presenting key findings from a recent report titled, titled “No Right to Rest: The Criminalization of Homelessness in Colorado,” which he co-authored with graduate student, Allison Sickels. Robinson was also the featured speaker at the Mile High Connects Advisory Council, presenting, “Gentrification, Polarization and Social Mixing in the Denver Area: Current Trends and Policy Responses.” On April 28th, Robinson was a respondent and panelist at the History Colorado Center event, “Forward Community Conversations.” Finally, Robinson spoke alongside the Consulate General of South Korea, Mr. Dongman Han, on the impact of South Korea on the US on April 30th.
- CLAS Students - Rodriguez selected for National Geographic internship
Jeannette Rodriguez, an undergraduate Geography major, has been selected for an internship this spring with the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. She will be a social media intern on Team Teach, part of National Geographic’s Education and Children’s Media Marketing. Rodriguez will be responsible for sourcing and creating content to support the mission “to inspire, illuminate and teach” geography. To learn more about National Geographic Society internships, please visit this website.
- CLAS Faculty - Ruskovich receives an O. Henry Award for 2015
English Instructor Emily Ruskovich recently received an O. Henry Award, for the story “Owl," originally published in One Story. The collection, which will be available in September anywhere books are sold, will feature stories from Lydia Davis, Russell Banks, Elizabeth McCracken, and others--twenty-five in all, selected among thousands published this past year in literary magazines.
- CLAS Faculty - Thomas leading NSF funded fellowship program
Deborah S.K. Thomas, Chair and Associate Professor in the Geography and Environmental Sciences Department, is leading Round 4 of the prestigious NSF funded Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program, with Brian Gerber of the School of Public Affairs and Samuel Brody of Texas A&M University. This demonstrably successful mentoring program supports and develops junior faculty to become active scholars in both their individual disciplines and in the broader hazards and disasters research community. The “Enabling Program” has previously mentored three cohorts of new researchers (1996, 2003, 2009). The current 2014 cohort of 22 competitively selected Fellows matched with 11 leading scholars aims to: (1) foster the development of scholars with a career-long commitment to research on hazards, risk, and disasters; (2) contribute to the nation’s future research capacity and infrastructure in these areas; and (3) add important original scientific knowledge to the areas of hazards, risk, and disasters.
- CLAS Faculty - Tracer gives invited lecture in Germany
Professor David Tracer of the Department of Health & Behavioral Sciences and Anthropology gave an invited lecture at the Institute for World Economy in Kiel, Germany, on March 19th, titled “Punish or Perish? Experimental Studies of Cooperation and Justice in Papua New Guinea and Beyond.” The talk critically examined the premise that cooperation in humans is stabilized by the threat of punishment. Using experimental data from Papua New Guinea and Israel, Tracer demonstrated that instead of punishing social norm violators, subjects preferred to compensate the victims of social transgressions at equal or in some cases higher frequency. He suggested that punishment alone is an insufficient explanation for cooperation and prosocial behavior and that other factors such as reputation and indirect reciprocity may better explain cooperation within and across societies.