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Postdoc awarded fellowship from American Cancer Society

Scott Stuart, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, has been awarded a $150,000 fellowship from the American Cancer Society.

The award supports cancer researchers at the beginning of their careers. He is working with Natalie Ahn, professor of biochemistry, to study the effectiveness of BRAF inhibitors. BRAF is a protein involved in cell signaling and growth; it causes cancer when mutated.

"Early BRAF inhibitors were successful in the lab but largely unsuccessful in the clinic," Stuart said. "But new therapies are showing fairly remarkable responses in the clinic. We want to know why some are successful and others are not. We believe the different responses may be due to targeting different parts of the (protein's) pathway."

Besides covering his salary for three years, the fellowship will help pay for Stuart to attend medical research conferences.

Physicist recognized with national award


Steven Cundiff, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has received the 2011 William F. Meggers Award from the Optical Society of America (OSA).

 The Meggers Award recognizes outstanding work in spectroscopy, the study and measurement of interactions between light and matter. Cundiff, a fellow of JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder, is cited for "contributions to the field of ultrafast spectroscopy of semiconductors, including multidimensional Fourier transform techniques, and for contributions to the development of femtosecond frequency comb technology."

Meggers was a prominent scientist who worked at NIST (then called the National Bureau of Standards) from 1914 to 1958 and is considered by many to be the founder of the American field of spectroscopy.

Pediatrics professor honored


Allison Kempe, pediatrics professor at the University of Colorado Denver, director of the Children's Outcomes Research Program at The Children's Hospital, and director of the Primary Care Research Fellowship in the School of Medicine, was selected as the 2011 Academic Pediatric Association's (APA) Research Award recipient.

The award recognizes the highest level of research excellence and achievement in the field of general pediatrics.

Kempe's research has led to improved child health policies in health disparities among underserved populations, state Children's Health Insurance Programs funding, and immunization delivery, policies and practices. She is a founding member of the APA Research on Telephone Care special interest group.

Professor, researcher recognized by science union

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Timothy Fuller-Rowell and Kristine Larson, both from the University of Colorado Boulder, have been elected fellows of the American Geophysical Union.

Nominated fellows must have "attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences" and have made exceptional scientific contributions to their field.

Fuller-Rowell is a senior research associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science. His current research projects include studying the ionosphere, which is part of the upper atmosphere, and dynamics of the thermosphere, the largest layer of the atmosphere.

Larson is a professor of aerospace engineering sciences whose work focuses on astrodynamics and satellite navigation.

Both will be honored at the union's December meeting in San Francisco.

Environmental Health and Safety honors for Boulder staff, faculty, department

Six University of Colorado Boulder staff and faculty and one department will receive the Environmental Health and Safety Crystal Buffalo Award during an April 29 event.

The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated consistent and exemplary attention to comply with important environmental and safety regulations and practices. Their commitment and cooperation contribute to the safety and well-being of the campus and its environment.

The awardees are:

The Department of Risk Management and its members: Tara Lindsay, Gary Longfellow, Carolyn Peet, Melody West, Paul Williams and Terry Lee; Tarek Sammakia, chemistry and biochemistry; Jerry Greene, molecular, cellular and development biology; Michael J. Marks, Institute for Behavioral Genetics; Christine Seibold, INSTAAR; Christopher Cox, safety manager, facilities management; and Kevin Cooley, small construction projects coordinator, facilities management.

Colorado Springs assembly welcomes new members

Newly elected members of the Faculty Representative Assembly at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs were introduced during an April 8 meeting.

After a year as president-elect, Katie Kaukinen, associate professor, School of Public Affairs, becomes assembly president. Other office-holders for 2011-2012 are:

  • President-elect: Andrea Hutchins, associate professor, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Secretary: Amanda Sinclair, assistant professor, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Faculty Council representative: Elissa Auther, assistant professor, Visual and Performing Arts.

College representatives are:

  • College of Business and Administration: Monique Dooley, associate professor, and Morgan Shepherd, professor.
  • College of Education: Julaine Field, associate professor.
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science: Pam Carter, senior instructor, and Rebecca Webb, assistant professor.
  • Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Jeff Spicher, assistant professor.
  • School of Public Affairs: Lonnie Schaible, assistant professor.
  • Kraemer Family Library: Beth Kumar, assistant professor.
  • College of Letter, Arts and Sciences: Suzanne Cook, instructor; Hilary Smith, assistant professor; and Michele Companion, associate professor.

A fourth LAS representative will be announced following a run-off election.

— Ron Fitz

Dropping names ...


Purdue University's College of Liberal Arts honored University of Colorado Boulder's Michael L. Radelet, along with three other distinguished alumni, during an annual awards banquet April 8. Radelet is a professor in the department of sociology who specializes in studies on capital punishment, particularly that of erroneous convictions, racial bias, public opinion and medical involvement. ... Ken Andrews, instructor of architecture at the University of Colorado Denver and Partner/Architect at Arch 11 Inc., Boulder, was honored as the Young Architect of the Year and Instructor of the Year at the American Institute of Architects Colorado (AIA Colorado) awards gala April 8. ... Laurel Dodds, director of initiatives and continuing and professional education at the University of Colorado Denver, was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Outreach and Engagement Community of Practice of University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) during the association's annual conference April 5-9 in Toronto. ... Laurel Hartley, assistant professor of integrative biology at the University of Colorado Denver, presented a paper at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in Orlando, Fla. The paper, "Pathways to Ecological Literacy: Developing a Biodiversity Learning Progression," pertained to her research with students in grades 6-12. ... Stephen John Hartnett, associate professor and chair of the department of communication at the University of Colorado Denver, delivered the annual Grazier Lecture before the department of communication at the University of South Florida. Titled "Prison Stories: Communication, Social Justice, and Education as Empowerment," Hartnett read poems, showed artistic slides and spoke about teaching in prisons as a means of countering mass incarceration. ... University of Colorado Denver's Charles Musiba, assistant professor of anthropology, recently coordinated excavation work at the Laetoli hominid footprint site in Tanzania. As co-founder of the Tanzania Field School, he led the re-excavation process with a team of invited workers of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. A museum is planned on the site to preserve the footprints. ... Alison Lakin has been chosen interim director of regulatory compliance at the University of Colorado Denver.  Lakin has been at the institution for a number of years working with COMIRB, COI, Human Subjects, InfoEd and other important compliance areas. Lakin will continue to guide COMIRB with Warren Cappell; Lakin will step in for Angela Wishon, who will leave the university May 1.

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