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Boulder professor awarded NASA medal

Jack O. Burns
Jack Burns, professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal at a January ceremony at NASA Headquarters. Burns was recognized for his service as chair of NASA's Advisory Council's Science Committee. The Exceptional Service Medal is awarded for significant, sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creative ability that clearly demonstrates substantial improvements or contributions in engineering, aeronautics, spaceflight, administration, support or space-related endeavors that contribute to NASA's mission.


Veteran administrator leads scholarship development at UC Denver

Scholarships provided through foundations and individuals have been an essential part of college financial aid for generations. To enhance the University of Colorado Denver's scholarship services, scholarship functions in financial aid are being aligned with the Scholarship Resource Office under the direction of Sharon Harper, who joined the university on Jan. 19.

A high priority of Harper's position is to oversee the online scholarship application process and strengthen programmatic partnerships with key foundations, said Frank Sanchez, associate vice chancellor of student affairs.

"Ms. Harper is a talented administrator with a proven record of enhancing scholarship services to students," Sanchez said. "Her leadership with the Scholarship Resource Office will be invaluable as we further develop critical financial resources for a growing student community."

Prior to the move, Harper was at CU-Boulder for 12 years in financial aid, most recently as coordinator of scholarship services. In that role, she emphasized working with donors and students to make the scholarship awarding process easier, as well as ensuring the donors' intent was met and funds maximized. Harper has worked extensively with the Daniels Fund, the Boettcher Foundation and the Denver Scholarship Foundation to create an effective student-donor-school relationship.

Professor's blog peeks inside Olympic pantry

Nanna Meyer, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs assistant professor of health sciences and sports dietitian with the United States speed skating team, who was featured in last week's Newsletter, has launched a blog that offers an inside look at the food being served to the team at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Meyer, along with two graduate students from the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Kelly Ping and Jane Taggart, have posted shopping notes, photos, videos and some healthy recipes in the blog, Food for the 2010 Olympics.


Breast cancer expert to chair conference

Pepper Schedin, Ginger Borges
Pepper Schedin, left, and Ginger Borges
Pepper Schedin, professor of medical oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been elected to chair the 2011 Gordon Mammary Gland Biology Research Conference. She also will co-chair the 2010 conference. Schedin is a world leader in the science of pregnancy-associated breast cancer and young women's breast cancer.

The Gordon Conference focuses on unpublished work and is designed to find the people who are pushing boundaries rather than those with a big body of work. Senior scientists who attend set the tone by fostering an environment of collaboration, cooperation and teambuilding.

Schedin and Ginger Borges, associate professor of medical oncology at the school, are the scientific and clinical leaders of the University of Colorado Cancer Center Young Women's Breast Cancer Translational Research Program. They are national experts in pregnancy-associated breast cancer. As a culmination of a decade's work, Schedin, Borges and cancer center members Scott Lucia and Lisa Hines have a paper in a recent American Journal of Pathology; its abstract is available at the journal's Web site.

Denver professor presents research at national conference


Kevin J. Krizek, associate professor of planning and design, director of the Active Communities/Transportation (ACT) Research Group, and director of the Ph.D. program in design and planning at the University of Colorado Denver, recently returned from the national meetings of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C.

He presented two papers: one co-authored with Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Ph.D. student Eric Stonebraker, and another on his research related to the Access to Destinations Project. He also chaired the committee meeting on Information and Communication Technologies, presided at two paper sessions, and was an invited panelist in a separate section exploring the role of social networking, information and communications technology and travel behavior.


Dropping names ...

Derrick Alex, director of international admissions in the Office of International Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, was appointed to the AIRC Certification Board. AIRC (American International Recruitment Center) is the new organization that will vet agents and recruitment organizations that recruit international students for U.S. universities. ...Shelley Zion and Carlos Hipolito-Delgado, School of Education and Human Development at University of Colorado Denver, and Ben Kirshner, University of Colorado at Boulder, received one of two awards from the Spencer Foundation for research on students' civic engagement. ... Elena Sandoval-Lucero in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver was elected as a new member of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP) Editorial Board for the 2010-2013 term. The journal focuses on shaping research, scholarship and practice in the student affairs field.

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