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Chemistry professor wins prestigious research award

Hai Lin
Hai Lin
Hai Lin, assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, recently received the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development award, the first for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the second for the UC Denver campus.

The $625, 000 award for the Theory, Models and Computational Methods program supports his research of protein dynamics.

"We are extremely proud that Hai Lin has received a prestigious NSF CAREER research award," said Jim Hageman, associate vice chancellor for research at UC Denver. "His leading-edge contribution in computations of complex molecular structures is being recognized; this award will allow him to advance his work in significant ways and to incorporate new elements of this into his teaching."

Proteins that form channels and pumps for small molecules and ions across cell membranes are critical for all of life. Failure of such proteins to work properly can cause hereditary diseases such as cystic fibrosis, myotonia (muscle stiffness), renal salt loss, deafness, urinary protein loss, kidney stones, osteoporosis and blindness. Understanding the details of the functioning of such proteins and their molecular dynamics is critical to understanding the mechanisms of movements of ions, such as chloride and protons, across membranes.

"Progress made in the research will be integrated directly into the curriculum of my Molecular Modeling and Simulation course," Lin said. "And undergraduate and MS students will participate in the research by doing small subprojects. The research program will be integrated into the LAB COATS (Link to Advanced Biomedical Research Career Opportunities and Training Section) program at UC Denver, the goal of which is to retain undergraduates from underrepresented groups in science and assist them with entry into graduate school and the pursuit of careers in research."

Boulder consortium director offers 'Usable Thoughts' in book

Michael Glantz
Michael Glantz
Michael Glantz has a passion for climate study and a self-proclaimed short attention span. So the director of the Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB) in the Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) and Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) of the University of Colorado at Boulder, has written a book on climate change that is both succinct and understandable.

"Usable Thoughts: Climate, Water and Weather in the Twenty-First Century" functions as a contemplative discourse on climate change.

"Viewing the issue as beyond our reach, and blind faith in technology and engineering, isn't functional," said Glantz, whose work focuses on public outreach and education. Glantz has written numerous books, along with climate-related editorials that may be viewed at his Web site.

The book was created with co-author Qian Ye, a research scientist at the Consortium for Capacity Building, and is based on a large textbook by William Burroughs that Glantz helped put together.

Professor emerita to visit France as invited scientist

Eve Gruntfest
Eve Gruntfest
Eve Gruntfest, a professor emeriti of geography and environmental studies and a researcher at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' Trauma, Health and Hazards Center, will work five months as an invited visiting scientist at a hydrology and environment lab at Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France.

Her visit is co-sponsored by the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers and the department of geography. She will work closely with geographers, meteorologists and hydrologists on flash flood mitigation research with special emphasis on developing ways that integrate social science, hydrology and meteorology.


New business model for music industry examined in professor's study

Storm Gloor
Storm Gloor
Storm Gloor, an assistant professor in the University of Colorado Denver's College of Arts and Media (CAM), was published in the 2009 Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA). His study, "What is 'Choruss' and Should We Sing Along?" examines the origin, philosophies and potential behind a proposed solution to address music piracy.

"Choruss" is the entity that intends to test the concept of allowing consumers to share and/or acquire digital music on an unlimited basis while paying a relatively small monthly fee that would be collected, aggregated, and distributed to copyright owners. Whether consumers, particularly those who acquire content at no cost through unauthorized services, would pay for "Choruss" is one of the many questions to be answered by the related research.

"So much music is acquired without payment to artists and rights holders that if even a fraction of that activity could be monetized and fairly distributed through such a program, it could be vastly beneficial to the music industry," said Gloor, assistant professor of music and entertainment industry studies and area head of the music business program at CAM.

Gloor's research into new models for the music industry contributes to the Music and Entertainment in the Digital Age course he recently developed and is currently teaching.

During the course, CAM students analyze the effects of digital technology on the music industry and how to best develop their career paths given those changes. Students research up-to-the-minute developments in the industry and various philosophies and models related to the future of the music and entertainment business.

MEIEA is an international organization formed in 1979 to bring together educators with leaders of the music and entertainment industries.

Dropping names ...

Dan Tollin
Dan Tollin
Dan Tollin, an assistant professor of physiology and biophysics at the Anschutz Medical Campus, received the Young Investigator Award from the National Organization for Hearing Research at the recent annual meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. ... Ed Cannon, an assistant professor at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver, has published an article on "Queer Theory as Pedagogy in Counselor Education: A Framework for Diversity Training" in the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. ... Chuan Li, in the cancer cell biology program at the School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Colorado Denver, has a new paper in the Feb. 23 issue of Science Signaling, "Apoptotic Cells Activate the 'Phoenix Rising' Pathway to
Farah Ibrahim
Farah Ibrahim
Promote Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration." Listen to the podcast: Science Signaling, Dr. Li. ... Farah Ibrahim, a professor of counseling psychology and counselor education, recently was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Beta Alpha Omega chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) at the University of Colorado Denver. Ibrahim received the honor because she is the longest-term member of the chapter and recognized as an esteemed faculty member, counselor and author.




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