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Nien-Yin ChangProfessor Nien-Yin Chang has accepted the position of interim dean of the University of Colorado Denver College of Engineering and Applied Science.

UC Denver Provost Roderick Nairn said Chang would begin serving in the role immediately. Chang has been at UC Denver since 1975. He became a full professor in 1985, and served twice as chair of the civil engineering department.

"Professor Chang's encyclopedic knowledge of the college and the Downtown Campus will serve him well in this new role," Nairn told engineering faculty and staff in a May 18 internal memo.

Nairn expects to announce the members of a search committee to find a permanent replacement for outgoing Dean Renjeng Su, who has accepted a position at Portland State University's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The University of Colorado at Boulder has named Russell Moore interim vice chancellor for research and John Stevenson interim dean of the graduate school.

Stein Sture, the campus's interim provost, announced the appointments on Tuesday. Previously, Sture held both positions before succeeding Chancellor Phil DiStefano as provost on May 15.

In a statement, Sture said it was important for the two positions to be separate under the Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan because "each designated responsibility is large enough and important enough to demand its own full-time post."

Moore has served as associate vice chancellor for research since 2006. He was a co-chair of the CU-Boulder Flagship 2030 Task Force on Research, Scholarship and Creative Work, and is a professor in the campus's integrative physiology department.

Stevenson has spent his entire academic career at CU-Boulder as a professor in the English department. He served as chair of the Flagship 2030 Task Force on Graduate Education, and has been associate dean of the graduate school and associate vice chancellor for graduate education since 2005.

Mark J. LoewensteinProfessor Mark J. Loewenstein has been appointed the Monfort Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder Law School.

Loewenstein will begin his tenure in the endowed chair on July 1, according to an announcement by law school Dean David Getches.

Getches said the law school cast a wide net in searching for someone to fulfill the endowment's requirement of a candidate with a national reputation in commercial, corporate, securities or tax law. He interviewed two candidates in person and others by phone. In the end, it was one of the most well-regarded and revered law professors at CU who rose above the rest.

"One of the most frequent comments I have received in talking with leaders in this field is that we likely have the best candidate right here," Getches said. "It has become brightly apparent to me that Mark's expertise and reputation in the field of corporations and business associations is unmatched."

Previously, Loewenstein served as a Nicholas A. Rosenbaum Professor of Law. He has attracted national interest in his field through articles on corporate governance and accountability, and has published several widely used college textbooks.

Professor Sarah KrakoffAssociate Law Professor Sarah Krakoff has been appointed associate dean for research at the University of Colorado at Boulder Law School.

Krakoff succeeds Professor Phil Weiser, who has taken a leave of absence to serve as deputy assistant attorney general for international, policy and appellate matters at the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division.

In announcing the appointment, law school Dean David Getches said Krakoff has already started planning colloquia, workshops and related activities, and plans to issue an agenda for the year ahead. He also thanked her for "taking on this important role in the intellectual life of the school."

Krakoff teaches natural resources law, civil procedure and Indian law. She earned a bachelor's degree at Yale University and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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