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Thomas G. Andrews
Thomas G. Andrews

University of Colorado Denver faculty members Thomas G. Andrews and Jake Adam York each recently received a Colorado Book Award. The Colorado Center for the Book presents the prestigious award annually to Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in 12 categories. The honor is paired with an event that provides readers and writers a chance to meet in person. Altogether, the center honored 14 Coloradans in Aspen late last month.

Jake Adam York
Jake Adam York
Andrews, who is an assistant professor of history, won the award for his book "Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War." The book is based on the 1914 mining strike and Ludlow massacre. The historical book has earned Andrews other national accolades, including a 2009 Bancroft Prize.

York, an associate professor of English, won the poetry category with "A Murmuration of Starlings." The book is a collection of elegy poems and memorializes the black men and women who were killed during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Gardiner Tucker with Chip
Gardiner "Tuck" Tucker with Chip
[Glenn J. Asakawa/University of Colorado]

Gardiner "Tuck" Tucker has been appointed assistant dean of students for student success and retention at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Tucker has an extensive background in higher education, having spent 25 years of his career building experience at CU-Boulder and the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to his appointment as dean of students, Tucker served as the interim assistant dean of students and the director of residence life at CU-Boulder. He received his doctorate in college student personnel administration from the University of Maryland, and earned a master's degree in counseling and human development from St. Lawrence University.

UC Denver Professor Richard Sanders
UC Denver Professor
Richard Sanders

UC Denver Professor Richard Sanders and the College of Arts & Media received a third federal earmark grant for $500,000. The money will fund the National Center for Media Forensics (NCMF), established in 2007 to teach future experts in the field of media forensics, particularly the study of "audio and video fingerprinting." Although still young, the center aims to establish cross-disciplinary, inter-institutional collaborations for research between the Downtown Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus. Jeff Smith, associate director of the NCMF, has worked with Sanders since 2005. Smith said he would like to implement programs now that the center has settled into its new location, which features state-of-the-art equipment and tools used by media forensic investigations. In all, the total support in earmarked funding for the NCMF totals nearly $1.2 million.

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