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Paul B. Beeson Award honors assistant professor at UC Denver

Heidi L. Wald
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Heidi L. Wald, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of medicine in health care policy research and general internal medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, received the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research.

Wald focuses on patient safety and quality of care in hospitals for geriatric patients. She will use the award money to research methods of reducing urinary tract infections in hospitalized patients, particularly the elderly.

Formerly the Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Program, the award supports scholars from the nation's top medical schools and research institutions whose work and leadership enhance the health and quality of life of Americans, especially among older adults. Scholars receive between $600,000 and $800,000 for three to five years.

Assistant professor receives NIH grant

Antonio Jimeno
Photo courtesy University of Colorado Denver
Antonio Jimeno, M.D., an assistant professor of medical oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, received a $250,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant is part of President Barack Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provides funding to the NIH to help stimulate the U.S. economy by promoting and supporting scientific research. The grant encourages exploratory and developmental research in project development stages.

Jimeno will create a new colony of mice with the money to study squamous cell cancer, a form of malignant cancer that occurs in many different organs and in cells that form a protective layer on the human body.


UCCS names El Pomar Chair for Business, Entrepreneurship

Thomas N. Duening
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Provost Peg Bacon and College of Business Dean Venkat Reddy named Thomas N. Duening (pronounced "Den-ning") the campus's new El Pomar Chair for Business and Entrepreneurship.

Deuning will join fellow chairs Terry Boult and Michael Larson in working through the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization to boost funding, innovation, research and economic development at the university and in the local community.

Having considerable experience from his time as Arizona State University's director of entrepreneurial programs, Deuning said he hopes to make UCCS a key resource for increasing the development of future entrepreneurs and advancing innovation in the Pikes Peak region.

CU-Boulder Announces Provost's Faculty Achievement Award

Laurie Sampsel
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Laurie Sampsel earned the University of Colorado at Boulder's 2009 Provost's Faculty Achievement Award.

Sampsel will receive recognition at the Fall Convocation in October and will receive a $1,000 research or creative work grant and a plaque.

As the faculty director of the Howard B. Waltz Music Library, Sampsel is involved with one of the largest music research collections in the nation and an important branch of the CU-Boulder's library system. The library not only serves the university, but also the community and visiting researchers.


Professor honored for contributions to geoscience

William Emery
University of Colorado at Boulder
William Emery, a professor in the University of Colorado at Boulder's aerospace engineering program, received an award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE). The IEEE is a nonprofit professional organization for the advancement of technology.

The IEEE honored Emery for his contributions to the field of geoscience at its 2009 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. Geoscience is an expanding branch of science that monitors the health of the planet through satellites. More commonly referred to as Earth sciences, the field encompasses all sciences related to planet Earth.


New book examines animal welfare in disasters

Leslie Irvine
Irvine with her pet cat, Punnie


University of Colorado at Boulder Associate Professor of Sociology Leslie Irvine recently published Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters, a book that examines how humans are not the only victims of disasters.

The book explores the predicament of companion animals as well as animal populations on farms, in research facilities, and in the wild when disasters strike.

Irvine has studied the roles of animals in society for the past decade, and she asserts that humans cause most of the risks faced by animals and recommends better stewardship by humans on behalf of animals not only during times of crisis but also on a daily basis.


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