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Wasserman leads fundraising for UC Denver


Matthew Wasserman has begun leading fundraising efforts for the University of Colorado Denver's downtown campus. As a senior director of development for the CU Foundation, Wasserman heads up an effort that in 2008-09 raised $4.8 million for the campus' eight schools and colleges serving a student population of 11,000.

For the past two years, Wasserman has been in charge of fundraising for the UC Denver Business School, which received gifts amounting to $3 million, nearly triple its average annual amount. He has played an integral role in the campaign to create a new home for the school at 1475 Lawrence Court. He also has initiated a campaign fundraising model that mobilizes effective volunteer networks and is now being implemented at other schools on the downtown campus.

"Thanks to Matt's diligence and ingenuity, our campaign is ideally positioned for continued growth and success, as we prepare the school to take a substantial step forward," said Sueann Ambron, dean of the Business School.

Before arriving at the CU Foundation in December 2007, Wasserman worked in numerous fundraising and management capacities in nonprofit and political arenas, including as co-owner and president for the Denver Development Group, which raised money for clients such as the Children's Museum of Denver, the Denver Art Museum and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's re-election campaign.

Founded in 1967, the nonprofit CU Foundation partners with the University of Colorado to raise, manage and invest private support for the university's benefit. Visit www.cufund.org for more information.

Career of 35 years comes to a close


After 35 years working for the university, Kris Watson is looking forward to spending a little more time traveling and concentrating on her hobbies.

Watson, manager for recruitment and selection for classified staff at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is retiring. A send-off party is planned for Friday, Jan. 15.

Watson is a third-generation Boulder native who graduated from Boulder High School and CU-Boulder with a bachelor's degree. She earned her master's degree in public administration from UC Denver in 1995. She worked at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics as a researcher from 1974 to 1995; a year later, she began working for the Department of Human Resources.

An avid traveler, she's planning more trips, including one to Egypt. Her other loves are horses (she is a dressage competitor) and needlework, including knitting, crochet and embroidery.

School of Pharmacy researcher named fellow

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Uday Kompella, Ph.D., was elected as a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). A professor at the University of Colorado Denver's School of Pharmacy, he will be awarded fellow status this year.
Kompella is researching and developing technology that will enable the delivery of medicine to the back of the eye with the convenience of an eye drop. It will have implications for many eye disorders, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

ARVO is an international organization that attracts leading experts in ophthalmic research. The group encourages and helps with research, training, publication and dissemination of knowledge in vision and ophthalmology.

"All my research work related to the eye is typically presented first at the ARVO annual meetings, and input from ARVO members over the years has been extremely helpful in shaping my research and career," Kompella said. "I am delighted that I have been selected to receive the ARVO fellow designation."

Kompella and 251 others will be honored at the 2010 annual meeting of ARVO in May in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

College of Nursing professor, associate dean earns high honor

Karen H. Sousa, R.N., Ph.D., professor and associate dean for research and extramural affairs at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, recently was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a 2009 fellow, one of nursing's highest honors.

Sousa was nominated for the honor by two current academy fellows and was selected by a 15-member committee for outstanding achievements in nursing.

She was recognized for contributions exploring health-related quality of life using methodology to analyze nursing-patient relationships. Her work "provides an avenue for exploring the processes of care and validating the importance of nursing (and provides a) means for verifying the impact nurses make on the lives of patients," said Patricia Moritz, dean of the College of Nursing.

As a scholar, Sousa has been supported through a number of mechanisms including the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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