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Levine takes post as chief information officer

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Lawrence Levine, Ph.D., is set to become chief information officer of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He will begin work Nov. 1 under Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Ric Porreca.

Levine will serve on Chancellor Philip DiStefano's executive committee in addition to overseeing more than 150 employees and a $28 million budget. Previously, Levine directed the efforts of 150 employees to build a strategic plan that supported a high-performance server and desktop infrastructure at Harvard University.

Levine has extensive experience in the field of higher education, also having worked at Dartmouth College and Indiana University. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, as well as a master's degree in science and a doctorate degree from Indiana University.

New assistant VP to coordinate budgets, research

Geoff Barsch is the University of Colorado's new assistant vice president for budget and finance.

He will coordinate capital and operating budgets, as well as institutional research. "He brings an enormous amount of experience and expertise," said Kelly Fox, vice president and chief financial officer.

Most recently, Barsch served as budget director at the Colorado School of Mines.

"It's a real privilege to work within higher education because so many bright people are engaged in it," Barsch said.

"They're passionate about what they do. It's very important work in my mind. The state of Colorado and the public in general have a vested interest in how we do what we do."

UC Denver doctors earn grant for Parkinson's research

University of Colorado Denver faculty Curt Freed, M.D., and Wenbo Zhou, Ph.D., won a grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to test new clinical strategies for treating Parkinson's disease.

Freed and Zhou discovered that a drug called phenylbutyrate, approved for treating a form of liver disease, can prevent brain deterioration of Parkinson's disease in animals. The two men will use the grant to study the drug in 12 patients to see whether it can increase the levels of Parkinson's-preventing genes.

To date, the Fox Foundation has funded $149 million in Parkinson's research in the form of its Rapid Response Innovation Awards and associated projects.

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Freed Zhou

School of Medicine exec earns kudos as Outstanding Woman in Business

Cathy Bodine of the University of Colorado School of Medicine is among the winners of the 11th Annual Outstanding Women in Business Awards presented by the Denver Business Journal.

Bodine, executive director of Assistive Technology Partners (ATP) in the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, topped a competitive field in the health care category.

Nominees earned points for innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishments and community leadership. A ceremony announcing the winners and finalists took place Aug. 27 at the Marriott City Center in Denver.

In the newspaper's coverage, Bodine attributed her success to colleagues at ATP.

"I made a decision a long time ago to surround myself with excellence, and the faculty and staff are unbeatable in their focus and dedication," Bodine said. "They're literally the best in the world at what they do." She recently noted that her team has brought in $30 million in sponsored projects to CU over the years.

Look for nomination forms for the 2010 Outstanding Women in Business on the Denver Business Journal Web site in January 2010.

Kayden Awards honor CU-Boulder authors

The Eugene M. Kayden Awards committee at the University of Colorado at Boulder has announced the 2009 winners of the Kayden Book Awards:

  • Claire Farago (Department of Art and Art History), in the art history category, for "Transforming Images: New Mexican Santos In-Between Worlds" (Pennsylvania State University, 2006).
  • Scott Bruce (Department of History), in the history category, for "Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism" (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Honorable mention to Susan Kent (Department of History) for "Aftershocks: Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
  • Stephen Graham Jones (Department of English), in the creative writing category, for "Ledfeather"(Fiction Collective 2, 2008). Honorable mention to Jeffrey Deshell (Department of English) for "The Trouble With Being Born" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

The three winners each will receive a $1,000 research fund, while their departments each will receive $4,000 to host a one-day Author Meets Critics symposium. The awards, which are funded through the Eugene M. Kayden endowment, are intended to foster and promote publication in the humanities, research leading to publication, and the celebration and dissemination of excellent published humanities research.

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