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Boulder professors recognized with prestigious award

Murnane and Kapteyn
Murnane Kapteyn
Professors Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn have won the 2010 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science from the American Physical Society.

The award recognizes Murnane and Kapteyn for "pioneering work in the area of ultrafast laser science, including development of ultrafast optical and coherent soft X-ray sources." Murnane and Kapteyn lead an interdisciplinary research group at CU's Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, where they develop lasers and X-ray sources for experiments in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering.

Sweet to guide new initiatives at UCCS

Charles "Charlie" Sweet will begin work as the executive director of strategic planning and initiatives. Previously, Sweet served CU for almost 20 years, including 13 years as vice president and university counsel, before retiring in 2007.

In his role, Sweet will be responsible for helping guide new initiatives at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, including developing partnerships and coordinating the efforts of the Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium, a group of two- and four-year colleges in the region. He also will be responsible for the implementation of a campus-wide compliance program, and will work in the community with Operation 6035, Colorado Springs' economic development initiative.

The 75 percent appointment is an extension of work Sweet conducted for UCCS for the past several months with the law firm of Holme Roberts and Owen. Funding for his previous and future work will come from a private organization donation to the university.

Naming names ...

Barbara Walkosz, a professor of communication at the University of Colorado Denver, and her colleagues have received a Citation Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine for their research on "Effective Strategies for Disseminating a Workplace Sun Safety Program." The research will be highlighted at the society's annual conference in April in Seattle. ... Stan Soocher, associate professor of music and entertainment industry studies at the University of Colorado Denver's College of Arts and Media, spoke in December to the Nashville Bar Association and Copyright Society of the South on entertainment and copyright law in review.

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