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Boulder associate vice chancellor's project recognized

Michael Grant, associate vice chancellor for undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been selected as one of four winners of the American Council on Education (ACE) award to recognize innovative use of technology to promote an internationalism program. The award focuses on the use of technology to help with interaction between U.S. and international students. Grant presented his project last week at the 2010 Internationalization Collaborative annual meeting in Arlington, Va. He will be honored at the ACE annual meeting March 6 in Phoenix.

Assistant professor awarded grant for lung cancer study

Stephen Malkoski, assistant professor of pathology at the University of Colorado Denver and a lung cancer researcher in the Lung/Head and Neck Cancer program, was awarded a two-year, $100,000 Young Investigator Grant from the National Lung Cancer Partnership. Watch a brief interview with Malkoski on the University of Colorado Cancer Center's new YouTube channel.




Psychology professor honored with lifetime achievement award


Tom Pyszczynski, distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. The award is presented to a researcher who has made a sustained contribution to the understanding of self and identity throughout his or her academic career.




'40 Under 40' taps CU-Boulder Career Services director


Lisa Severy, director of Career Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been chosen as one of Boulder County Business Report's inaugural "40 Under 40" honorees. Aside from qualifying ages, winners were chosen based on their contributions to their establishment, significant community involvement in the Boulder Valley and potential leadership. Honorees including Severy will be honored at a networking event on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Boulder Theater and also will be featured in the publication's Feb. 19 edition.



Architecture professor featured in book

Phil Gallegos, associate professor of architecture at the University of Colorado Denver, wrote a chapter, "Early Mentor," in the book "Moving Beyond Borders: Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino Studies," edited by Alberto López Pulido, Barbara Driscoll de Alvarado and Carmen Samora (University of Illinois Press). Moving Beyond Borders examines the life and accomplishments of Julian Samora, the first Mexican-American sociologist in the United States and the founding father of the discipline of Latino studies.

Author explores heritage of southeast Colorado


Rudi Hartmann, senior instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, is a connoisseur of heritage tourism. His book "Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report" shows heritage tourism as an expanding market with great potential in Colorado. Heritage tourism is a growing division of the industry as historic places capture the attention of more tourists. The book contains a study revealing the importance of heritage tourism in relation to Colorado's economy and shares some of the state's most popular heritage tourism sites. For more information on the book, click here.



Diversity and Excellence grant winners named
This year's CU's Diversity and Excellence grants, designed to help faculty and/or staff projects that promote diversity and inclusion, have been announced. Awards of up to $3,000 are made for one calendar year, but may be funded one additional year.

The awardees and their projects are:

  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    Victoria Hand, Craig Schneider, Karen Germann and Collinus Newsome Hutt, School of Education: "Recruiting students from diverse backgrounds into secondary mathematics and science teaching." The school will host a statewide conference that will bring first-generation high school juniors from urban school districts that excel in mathematics and science to learn about CU-Teach and CU-Boulder.

    Anthea Johnson, ATLAS Institute: "Digital CUrrents summer camp." The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society Institute will develop and implement a new session of the camp to engage ethnic minority students in the use of current information and communication technology.

    Susan Moore and Any Thrasher, speech, language and hearing sciences, and Richelle Munkhoff, department of English: "Learning from one another: Personal stories to create a forum for meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion." Stories will be collected, published and disseminated to promote diversity and inclusion.

  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    Traci Freeman, writing center and department of English: "Working with multilingual writers across the curriculum." A series of workshops will prepare faculty and writing consultants at UCCS to support multilingual writers across the curriculum.

    Anthony Cordova, Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness and Community, Barbara Gaddis, First Year Experience and Student Retention, and Brad Bayer and Sabrina Weinholtz, Student Life and Development: "HELP! Helping Ensure Latina/o Persistence through peer mentoring." The goal is to engage Latino/a freshmen and transfer students in the campus community to improve retention rates and academic success.

    Janet Sauer and Christi Kasa-Hendrickson, special education: "Diverse families as faculty." This project will fund the recruitment of multicultural and ethnic minority families from the community that have a child with a disability to become involved in the teacher preparation program at UCCS.

    Corinne Harmon, College of Education: "Inclusivity via digital storytelling." This project provides underrepresented LGBTQI students an opportunity to create their own digital stories through a workshop setting.

  • University of Colorado Denver
    Kim Pierpoint and Evelin Gomez, School of Medicine — Kempe Center: "Promoting awareness of child abuse and neglect from our community youth through artistic expression." The project will culminate in a live theater production followed by a panel discussion.

    Margarita Bianco and Barbara Dray, School of Education and Human Development, and Danny Martinez, CU Succeed Programs: "Opening pathways to teaching: A collaborative pipeline project for diverse future teachers." The project will respond to a state and local need to increase the number of diverse teachers in Colorado and to address the urgent need to increase the diversity within the student population in the School of Education.

    Brenda Allen, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Abby Ferber, Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs): "Knapsack Institute Scholarships for faculty at UCD." This project will provide scholarships for five faculty members at the University of Colorado Denver to attend the institute where attendees receive and share ideas and strategies related to pedagogical approaches to teaching diversity

    Mary Sommerville, Auraria Library: "Displaced Aurarians: A community archive, theater and recruitment project." This project honors former residents of the Auraria neighborhood who were evicted and relocated in the 1970s to permit construction of the Auraria Higher Education Center.

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