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Professor receives award from Council for Exceptional Children


Phillip S. Strain, professor of educational psychology and early childhood special education at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development, received the Special Education Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children at its 2010 Convention and Expo in Nashville on April 21.

This national award recognizes an individual or team whose research has significantly advanced the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.

"Many different investigators, including Dr. Strain, have studied the issue of inclusion over the last quarter decade, but few — if any — had the impact Dr. Strain has had," said Mark Wolery, professor of special education at Vanderbilt University who nominated him for the award.

For more than 35 years, Strain has translated groundbreaking research into useful educational assessments and interventions that have improved the quality of life for young children with behavioral and developmental disabilities and their families and are now considered best practices in special education.

Among his greatest achievements is the LEAP Program (Learning Experiences and Alternative Programs for Preschoolers), an evidence-based model for preschoolers with autism. Strain has written more than 250 scientific papers in his career. He also oversees ongoing research, development and clinical programs as director of UC Denver's Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center.

Biologist named fellow to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


University of Colorado at Boulder molecular biologist Thomas Blumenthal has joined a group of luminaries elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2010 Class of Fellows. 

Blumenthal, professor and chairman of CU's department of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, is among 229 leaders in the fields of sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs named as fellows this year.

Others elected include astrophysicist Geoffrey Marcy, geneticist Timothy Ley, Pulitzer-winning historian Daniel Howe and Oscar-winning film director Francis Ford Coppola.

Blumenthal is the 21st faculty member to be elected a fellow of the academy while at CU. Three others, including Norman Pace, distinguished professor of MCDB, were elected at other institutions prior to joining the CU faculty.

The 230-year-old academy is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.

CU faculty members previously elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences include three of four of CU's Nobel laureates, three of four of CU's National Medal of Science winners and several of its Guggenheim and MacArthur fellows.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 9 at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

Since its founding by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other "scholar-patriots," the academy has elected leading "thinkers and doers" from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

UC Denver employees recognized for years of service

Chancellor M. Roy Wilson recognized more than 250 University of Colorado Denver employees Tuesday, April 27, during an invitation-only reception. The event marked the service anniversaries of employees in five-year increments. Among this year's honorees are 15 individuals who have worked for the university for 25 years, as well as five with 30 years of service and three employees with 35 years at the university. For a complete list of honorees, visit http://www.cudenver.edu/Who%20Am%20I/Network/Tell/Winter2010/Documents/

Those with 35 years of service are Carolyn Waters, Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) medical library; Larry Garman, administration building services; and Sherron Blanks, School of Dental Medicine (SDM) clinic support services.

Those with 30 years are Scott Johnson, OAA educational support services; Roselee Robison, library; Holly Jones, SDM dental clinic support services; Dawn Rohr, College of Nursing; Ann Wilson, administration.

Those celebrating 25 years are Lynn Lickteig, College of Architecture and Planning; Hillary Fowler, dean's office; Debra Silva, OAA medical library; Cheryl Gibson, OAA student services administration; Azim Azimi, library; Farhad Vakilitabar, library; John Hughes, university police; Lynn Whitten-Erickson, university police; Peter Donohue III, CSA-AVCFO; Ida Lambert, AVCFO administration; Diana Taipalus, finance; Lisa Gates, (SDM) dental clinical operations; Donald Aldrich, dean, School of Medicine; Kelly Farris, School of Medicine; and Marcia McGowan, School of Medicine, pediatric critical care.

Twenty-six faculty members with 25 years of service to the university also were recognized by Chancellor Wilson during a reception earlier this month. Those honored were:

Louise Treff-Gangler, Auraria Library; Lonnie Johnson, dental medicine; Diane Dansereau and Charles Fergusone, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jean Abbott, Mark Abzug, Sylvia Brice, Eric Ennis, John Freed, Frank Frerman, Donald Gilden, Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, Benjamin Honigman, David Kaplan, Lawrence Ketch, Giacomo Meschia, Joseph Morelli, Steven Nordeen, Gail Ryan, Robert Sclafani, James Shore, Mark Spitz, William Wood and Michael Yaron at the School of Medicine; David Ross, School of Pharmacy; and Eric Poole, School of Public Affairs.

Professor trains Minnesotans in health impact assessment


Kevin J. Krizek, University of Colorado Denver 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, delivered an all-day training on Health Impact Assessment for Arden Hills, Minn., on April 16. The training, to prepare a Rapid Assessment HIA, was part of ongoing work with Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul and was based on products from the multiple-award-winning Design for Health Project, completed with Ann Forsyth (Cornell) and Carissa Schively Slotterback (Minnesota), and provides communities with the foundation and knowledge necessary to weave HIAs into their work.

Krizek also was the featured speaker at the annual symposium for the interdisciplinary doctoral program in design and planning at the University of Washington. The symposium, Charting Our Future by Reflecting on Our Past, was conducted April 22-23 to provide students with perspectives on education, tools of the trade and learning and networking opportunities for students.

Dropping names ...


A book by Sam McGuire, assistant professor of music at the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, has been published by Focal Press. "The Video Editor's Guide to Soundtrack Pro - Workflows, Tolls and Techniques" includes quips and information from McGuire's colleague David Liban. ... Graham Billingsley, an occasional lecturer in the University of Colorado Denver's College of Architecture and Planning, was inducted into the elite membership of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows on April 10 at the American Planning Association's (APA) 2010 National Planning Conference in New Orleans. Characterized by colleagues as a titan of the planning profession, Billingsley was recognized as a fellow for his community service and leadership. ... Bruce Goldstein, associate professor of planning and design, College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, is the lead author of "Expanding the Scope and Impact of Collaborative Planning: Combining Multi-stakeholder Collaboration and Communities of Practice in a Learning Network" in the Journal of the American Planning Association. Goldstein also is the lead author of the article "Fire Learning Network: A Promising Conservation Strategy for Forestry" in the Journal of Forestry 108(3):121-125. These articles are available for viewing in the faculty publications display (third floor, UC Denver Building). Both works were supported by $266,000 in awards from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and the Nature Conservancy. ... Barbara Walkosz, associate professor of communication, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, and her colleagues presented "Dosomethingonthe.net: Health Marketing for New Media" and "Effective Strategies for Disseminating a Workplace Sun Safety Program" at the recent Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in Seattle. ...  Dori Biester, former president and CEO of The Children's Hospital, becomes interim director of the Center on Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. Biester will work with the faculty of the center and with the CU Foundation to stabilize the program, raise funds for the unfinished Fulginiti Pavilion, and put together a strategic plan for program growth and development.



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