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Colorado Women's Hall of Fame welcomes members with CU ties

Two women with ties to the University of Colorado are among the latest 10 inductees to the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.

The inductees, who will be welcomed on Thursday, March 18, include six contemporary women and four historical women who have significant ties to Colorado and will be honored for their outstanding, enduring contributions to their fields of endeavor.

Miller Greenberg
Elinor Miller Greenberg is an educational innovator, theorist and writer who influences education, civil rights, and women's rights locally, nationally and internationally. As a leader in adult education and adult development, she has worked with major colleges and universities in Colorado, including in her role as former regional director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She also was a guest faculty member of the Harvard University School of Education Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education. Greenberg has written, co-written and edited nine books and more than 200 papers. She was one of the first to create learner-centered educational programs in Colorado as founding director then national coordinator of Loretto Heights College's University Without Walls, an individualized bachelor's degree program for adults utilizing resources from the community.

Jill Tietjen is a registered professional engineer who has spent more than 30 years in the electric utility industry consulting and providing expert witness testimony on behalf of electric utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state regulatory commissions. She has lived and worked in Colorado since 1981, and was director of the women in engineering program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has received numerous awards from engineering, civic and social organizations for her service to her profession and her community.

Tietjen is president and CEO of Colorado-based Technically Speaking Inc. She regularly speaks on women in engineering, historical women in engineering and science and on leadership topics. She co-wrote the locally best-selling book "Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America." She has written or co-written five books and 75 articles, and has been featured in more than 150 articles.

The other four contemporary women who will be inducted during the ceremony are Madeleine Albright, a diplomat and the first woman U.S. Secretary of State; Maria Guajardo, a clinical psychologist and early childhood development specialist; Philippa Marrack, a medical researcher at National Jewish Health; and Ramona Martinez, a politician and the first Latina president of Denver City Council.

The four historical inductees are Hattie McDaniel, actress and first African-American woman to win an Academy Award; Sue O'Brien, journalist and press secretary to Gov. Richard Lamm and campaign manager for Gov. Roy Romer; Bartley Marie Scott, rancher and conservationist from Ouray County; and Alice Bemis Taylor, philanthropist and founder of Colorado Springs Day Nursery (now operating as Child Nursery Centers).

The ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Denver Downtown Marriott. Tickets, $95, may be purchased by contacting jessisnyder@hotmail.com or 303-271-3599, or by visiting www.cogreatwomen.org.

Professor named fellow of British arts society

Robert von Dassanowsky, professor of German and film studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London on Feb. 26. Originally founded in 1754, this multidisciplinary and now international institution encourages public discourse and critical debate by providing platforms for leading experts to share new ideas on social progress. It also "combines cutting-edge research and policy development with practical action." Von Dassanowsky also has been elected to serve a second term as executive council member of the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association, beginning with the organization's conference this May in Vienna.

Fellowship will take professor to London

Arlen D. Meyers, professor of otolaryngology, engineering and dentistry at the University of Colorado Denver, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work in the Business Development Office at King's College London this summer.

A goal of the six-week fellowship is to develop United Kingdom-Colorado bioengineering education and research and development collaborations.

Meyers is an award-winning clinician, researcher, educator and bioscience entrepreneur. He is founder of three bioscience and health care companies, consults to industry and leads several global bioentrepreneurship education initiatives. He has published more 300 books and journal articles.

Myers is a former Harvard-Macy fellow, a National Library of Medicine Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar (bioentrepreneurship).

School of Education dean appointed to governor's council


Lorrie Shepard, dean of the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to the governor's Council for Educator Effectiveness. Shepard is the designee of Rico Munn, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The council, created by executive order on Jan. 13, works to define educator effectiveness and new educator evaluations tied to student growth. The 15 members of the council will tackle education reform at the local level and are tasked with developing and recommending guidelines for adequate implementation of a high-quality educator evaluation system, according to the executive order.


Chemistry professor to receive $50,000 research fellowship


Niels H. Damrauer, professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been chosen as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow. The announcement of the selection of 118 outstanding early career scientists, mathematicians, and economists was made in February. The winners are faculty members at 56 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who receive $50,000 for a two-year period to conduct research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience.



Award honors chair for boosting excitement about math


Eric Stade, professor and chair of the department of mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been given the 2010 Burton Jones Distinguished Teaching award from the Mathematical Association of America's Rocky Mountain Section. The MAA board of governors established Section Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics to recognize outstanding teachers who foster student excitement about mathematics. The honor includes a certificate and honorarium, and automatic nomination for the Deborah and Franklin Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.


Employee groups at University of Colorado Hospital earn kudos

Employee groups at University of Colorado Hospital earn kudos
University of Colorado Hospital President and CEO Bruce Schroffel, second from left, and Chief Operating Officer John Harney, far right, with Rock Solid Economics award winners, from left, Michael MacLauchlan, Chad Chenoweth and Steve Nordstrom.

Two groups of employees received President's Awards for their contributions to the University of Colorado Hospital recently. The awards are for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 (July 1 to September 30, 2009).

Chad Chenoweth, Steve Nordstrom (both of the information services e-business group) and Michael MacLauchlan of finance shared the Rock Solid Economics award for their development of Web-based "scorecards" that display the hospital's performance on its critical success factors and other measures set by the operations and performance improvement team.

The trio's work enables staff to view up-to-date performance metrics online, thus freeing PCs from the need to store space-consuming data. MacLauchlan also developed training programs to assist staff who input the data.

"It is my belief that their project ... has had a significant impact upon the organization's focus on metrics, outcomes and efficiency," wrote Chief Operating Officer John Harney in his nomination.

The 17-member Tobacco Policy Task Force Committee earned the Working Together award. The group, composed of staff from throughout the hospital and a representative from University of Colorado Denver, drafted and secured support for the tobacco-free policy the hospital implemented in July 2008.

"This decision is in keeping with our ethical responsibility as stewards of good health, and is consistent with policy changes both in the Denver area and the national health care delivery market," wrote Bruce Evans, emergency department medical director, in his nomination.

Besides Evans, task force members include Richard Beougher, security program manager; Shaun Carter, lead groundskeeper, engineering services, support services; Cheryl Chessick, associate professor, UCD Psychiatry, Depression Center; Diann Eason, manager, Employee Health and Wellness; Sandra Godcharles, charge nurse/clinical nurse IV, perioperative patient Services; Joseph Hart, manager, engineering services, support services; Monica Jensen-Frimet, purchasing agent, materials management; Julie McLaughlin, clinical pharmacist, pharmacy; Mark Merritt, supervisor, respiratory therapy; Scott Michel, transplant financial case coordinator, transplant financial services; Jeanette Moss, admissions supervisor, CeDAR; Laurie Schirger, program support assistant, case/utilization management; Tyler Smith, writer/editor, development and marketing; Ryan Stone, inpatient supervisor, food and nutrition services; Dave Turnquist, assistant vice chancellor, UCD Facilities Operations; and Andrea VanderMolen, administrative assistant, emergency department.

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