News & Events: Week of February 27

March 1 CEAS Seminar: Protection of Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based HVDC Systems
The college has a new Auraria Library Faculty Liaison
Call for Nominations: 2012 Staff Service Excellence Award
Green Schools National Conference Feb. 27 – 29

If you have news and events you’d like to share with the college, contact Erica Lefeave.

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March 1 CEAS Seminar: Protection of Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based HVDC Systems

College of Engineering and Applied Science
Spring 2012 Seminar Series
Thursday, March 1, 2012
10 a.m., NC 2607/09

Protection of Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based HVDC Systems
Dr. Jae-Do Park
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
University of Colorado Denver

Abstract
Currently classical thyristor-based high voltage direct current (HVDC) systems hold the market in bulk power transmission. However, recent advances in semiconductor technology have led to voltage source converter based HVDC (VSC-HVDC) systems becoming a viable competitor. Not only is VSC-HVDC a competitor for point-to-point transmission but it has advantages in multi-terminal systems, which have become an attractive option for renewable energy applications such as off-shore wind farms or for distribution in large cities.  As more VSC-HVDC systems are installed, the protection of these systems must be taken into account. A challenge associated with the protection of VSC-HVDC systems is that the fault current must be detected and extinguished very quickly because the converter’s fault withstand capability is low compared to the full load rating. Fault detection is also important, especially on multi terminal systems, in order to isolate the fault and restore the system to working order. This presentation explores the different options and ideas for VSC-based DC system protection including AC and DC protective devices and fault current limiters.

Bio.
Dr. Jae-Do Park received his PhD degree from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in 2007. Dr. Park is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. His research interests are in the energy system applications such as renewable energy sources, energy harvesting systems, flywheel energy storage systems, grid-interactive distributed generation systems, and microgrid systems. Prior to his arrival at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Park worked for Pentadyne Power Corporation in California as the Manager of Software and Controls, where he took charge of control algorithm design and software development for the high-speed flywheel energy storage system. He also worked at the R&D Center of LG Industrial Systems in Korea, where he developed induction machine drive systems such as high-speed elevator drives and general-purpose inverters as a research engineer.

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The college has a new Auraria Library Faculty Liaison

Gayle Bradbeer is the college’s new Auraria Library faculty liaison.  Gayle is your point person for any suggestions you might have for library purchases to support your classes, ideas you might have for connecting library resources to your students, research assistance, etc.

Gayle’s contact info:
Phone: 303-556-2791
E-mail: gayle.bradbeer@auraria.edu

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Call for Nominations: 2012 Staff Service Excellence Award

As you read this, keep in mind that there was not ONE single person nominated for this award from the Denver Campus (which includes both Downtown and AMC). Yes, you read this correctly, NOT ONE NOMINATION LAST YEAR was submitted from either campus location. No one from Denver was recognized; the $1,000 cash award was not disbursed to anyone last year.

University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC) requests nominations of classified staff and professional exempt employees for the annual Service Excellence Award. The award is presented to one qualified individual from each campus (and system administration), and includes a $1,000 cash award to be presented at the All Staff Council Conference on April 13, 2012. Each of the four recipients will be invited to the luncheon, along with his/her nominator, supervisor, and one additional guest.

UCSC is pleased to recognize and reward individuals who have provided outstanding volunteer service to their campus, community/civic/professional activities, and the university as a whole through involvement in staff issues, committee work, teamwork, professional development of peers, and community relations.

ELIGIBILITY
Any active, certified, classified staff or professional exempt employee of the university, excluding the current members of UCSC, is eligible to receive this award. Nominations will be accepted from any staff, faculty, student or administrator within the university. For best results, nominators may need to work with their nominee for a complete nomination packet.

AWARD CRITERIA
Nominations will be judged on the candidate’s service: (Please note, service does not include activities that are part of an employee’s job description or that are directly related to the employee’s current job duties.)

  • Service to the employee’s home campus (50%), including but not limited to, membership and leadership within standing and ad-hoc committees, staff governance organizations, and by the importance of the activity and its benefit to the Campus community
  • Service to the community/civic and professional organizations (30%)
  • Service to the university (20%), including but not limited to, membership and leadership within standing and ad-hoc committees, staff governance organizations, local and state-wide organizations, and by the importance of the activity and its benefit to the University community

PROCEDURE
Nominations packets must be received by Friday, March 9, 2012, and must include (10 page maximum):

    • A completed nomination describing the nominee’s service to the three areas listed above.
    • A paragraph describing the nominee’s current job responsibilities.
    • One letter from the nominator and one additional letter of support from a staff member, a faculty member, or an administrator, based on the award criteria.

Nomination materials will be reviewed by the University of Colorado Staff Council, and recipients will be chosen based on the above criteria. Accuracy of the nominee’s qualifications will be verified by UCSC.

SUBMIT NOMINATION PACKETS TO YOUR UCSC CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE: Deborah Makray: 303-623-1888 | Deborah.Makray@ucdenver.edu

Forms can be found at www.ucdenver.edu/staffcouncil.  Click on Staff Excellence Award.

Nominations will NOT be accepted after March 9.

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Green Schools National Conference Feb. 27 – 29

On February 28, U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will take the stage at the Green Schools National Conference in Denver, providing a high note at what has become the largest annual meeting of the Green Schools Movement. The Secretary and other distinguished speakers, including Deputy Undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Janey Thornton, mayors from several cities, as well as business and education leaders from across the country will address the green schools movement and how it can strengthen our economy, revitalize our schools and ensure access to green school benefits for all.

Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg is pleased to join Deputy Commissioner of Education Dr. Diana Sirko, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Colorado State Representative Any Kerr and President & CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Kelly Brough in welcoming local and national attendees to this historic event.  UC Denver will share their National Research Project on Green Schools and Academic Achievement.

The Secretary’s appearance and the growing popularity of this conference signal a new milestone in Green schools, coinciding with the inaugural year of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) program.  (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html)

Special Discount Code for Colorado residents when they register onsite February 27-29
For Colorado residents, the discounted cost to attend the conference are:
• $265 – for a full conference badge
• $185 – for a one-day badge (February 28 would be the day to attend)
• $150 – for a K-12 student to attend February 27 Student Summit plus full conference

Registration fees include breakfast, lunch and evening networking receptions

Register on site and receive coloradohost discount at the Hyatt Regency Hotel across from the Colorado Convention Center.

If you have questions or if you are registering more than five people from the same organization, call Conference Registration Services at 1-800-280-6218 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific Coast Time or e-mail greeninfo@nationalgreenschools.org

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News & Events: Week of Feb. 20

February 21 CSIS seminar: Jill Locantore, Principal Planner for the Denver Regional Council of Governments
College of Engineering staff give back at Food Bank of the Rockies
Students and faculty: attend a free RTP Company Imagineering Plastics Workshop
Postdoc Research Day needs faculty to judge poster sessions
Be part of the university’s new marketing campaign

If you have news and events you’d like to share with the college, contact Erica Lefeave.

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February 21 CSIS seminar: Jill Locantore, Principal Planner for the Denver Regional Council of Governments

CU Building, Room 490
Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 12 p.m.

PRESENTATION OVERVIEW
The presentation will cover Denver Regional Council of Governments’ (DRCOG) role as the regional planning agency, the challenges and opportunities the Denver region faces as it plans for future growth and development, how the Metro Vision 2035 plan addresses these challenges, how the plan is implemented, and a brief overview of the $4.5 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant that HUD recently awarded the Denver region.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
Jill Locantore is the Principal Planner for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). She supports development and implementation Metro Vision, the Denver region’s long-range plan for growth and development. Jill is also responsible for managing the Denver region’s $4.5 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. Prior to DRCOG she worked as a Transportation Planner for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and as a Communications Specialist for the National Academy of Sciences. Jill holds a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Maryland with a specialization in land use and transportation, and a master’s degree in cognitive psychology from the University of Toronto.

REMOTE LOG-IN
For those wishing to participate in the seminar via remote log-in, the directions are as follows:
1. Go to the following link: https://connect.cuonline.edu/csis_seminar_spring_2012/
2. Enter the discussion as a guest. You will not need a password.
3. If you have further questions regarding remote log-in, please contact Byron Boyle

CU Denver’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems includes the inter-disciplinary IGERT grant, and is presently a joint Center created in partnership between the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. If you are interested in joining CSIS, or would like more information about the Center, please contact Dr. Anu Ramaswami.

For information or comments on CSIS seminar, contact Zeljko Spiric.

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College of Engineering staff give back at Food Bank of the Rockies

As part of the university’s Giving Back Campaign, five staff from the College of Engineering and Applied Science volunteered their afternoon at Food Bank of the Rockies on February 16. Kathryn Brocko, Erica Lefeave, Petrina Morgan, Tom Thuis and Heidi Utt, all from the dean’s office, sorted and packed frozen food that had been donated from local grocery stores. From ham and ground beef to frozen entrees and ice cream, the team joined a handful of other volunteers in packing 25-pound boxes of food to be donated to local churches, organizations and families.

“This was my first-ever volunteer activity, and I felt that it was truly a fun and worthwhile endeavor,” says Morgan. “Giving back actually felt more like getting something.”

“It was great to see the quality of food we were sorting and to realize that folks who are in need can still fix full, balanced meals for their families,” says Lefeave.

In an effort to reduce waste, donated food that cannot be distributed is put aside and donated to a local wildlife sanctuary.

“The personal gratification that comes from knowing you are part of a larger effort to help others is very rewarding,” says Morgan. “I am looking forward to next year’s campaign.”

This is the third year for the Giving Back Campaign. Learn more at ucdenver.edu/givingback, and stay tuned next year for an opportunity to participate.

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Students and faculty: attend a free RTP Company Imagineering Plastics Workshop

The RTP Company is a compounder of engineered thermoplastic materials for injection molded and extruded components in a wide variety of applications. Our materials are used in many industries, including healthcare, automotive, defense & aerospace, electronics, energy, and consumer.

RTP Company is holding a Technical Workshop at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center on Tufts Avenue in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, March 8. The sessions are free of charge and are presented by the actual R&D engineers that have developed the formulations that our company produces for real-world applications. We have designed these presentations so that everyone, from someone that has little engineering background but has some exposure to materials, manufacturing, or part design, to a polymer scientist or an engineer will find them interesting and beneficial.

Below is a link to more information on the Workshop and registration. A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
http://www.rtpcompany.com/news/shows/workshop.htm

NOTE: Four students were offered jobs on-the spot at a similar workshop last year in San Jose, Calif.
If a large group is interested in attending, RTP can provide transportation via shuttle. It is a great opportunity not only to learn something new, but also a great networking forum.

Contact Ed Alvarez at ealvarez@rtpcompany.com for more information.

Workshop PDF

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Postdoc Research Day needs faculty to judge poster sessions

The third Postdoctoral Research Day will be held on the Anschutz Medical Campus on March 2, 2012. We would like to thank those of you who have already volunteered for poster judging. But we still have real NEED for more judges. We have a record number of 82 posters entered and are counting on our faculty to make the poster sessions meaningful. We ask you please to offer your expert services!

We need many judges, but especially to engage more faculty with the expertise in neuroscience, psychiatry, nutrition, kidney disease and metabolism.

Please select one of the following options to indicate when you are available to judge:
[ ] 9:00-10:00 AM;
[ ] 10:00 -11:00 AM;
[ ] both 9:00-10:00 AM and 10:00 -11:00 AM

In order to assign you to the appropriate posters, please provide THREE TO FIVE KEY WORDS to describe your area of expertise.

Reply before February 22, 2012 to: evgenia.gerasimovskaya@ucdenver.edu

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Be part of the university’s new marketing campaign, Feb. 20 and 21

The Office of Marketing and Community Engagement is filming VIDEOS of CU Denver students and faculty that will appear as part of the new marketing campaign launching in March.

Come by and be a part of the buzz! It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.

Monday, February 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
North Classroom Atrium, in the area closest to Speer

Tuesday, February 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tivoli Student Union – Room 260, Experiential Learning Center (near Turnhalle)

Please note: Your CU Denver ID is required to participate

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News & Events: Week of Feb. 13


Feb. 15 CSIS Seminar: Digging Theories in Environmental Policy and Management

Ren and Golkowski receive Chang Junior Faculty Achievement Awards

College calls for Outstanding Staff & Distinguished Alumni Award nominations

MESA competitions scheduled on campus for April

Denver Metro Regional Science Fair needs volunteers

Feb. 20: Town Hall meeting with interim chancellor

The 2012 Conference on Earth and Energy Research abstract submission deadline extended

If you have news or an event to share, contact Erica Lefeave.

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Feb. 15 CSIS Seminar: Digging Theories in Environmental Policy and Management

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) is joining the Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR) for the next two weeks.

WOPPR presents: Sarah Hughes, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Lawrence Street Center, Room 500, 1380 Lawrence Street
WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2012 beginning at 12 p.m.

For information or comments on CSIS seminar, contact Zeljko Spiric (zeljko.spiric@UCDenver.edu).
For information or comments on WOPPR seminar, please see info below.

Digging Theories in Environmental Policy and Management
The complexity found across environmental issues from climate change to environmental justice necessitates the use theories to help practitioners and researchers observe, understand, and act.   To better understand this situation, the Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR) and the Environmental Affairs Working Group (EAWG) are co-hosting a 2012 spring seminar series that seeks to understand the diversity and application of theories across the study of environmental policy and management.  The purpose is to develop a better understanding of the breadth of theoretical approaches, appreciate their differences, find value, and seek out the similarities for innovative future research, policymaking, and management.

All seminars will be recorded and live streamed on the Internet (https://connect.cuonline.edu/WOPPR).  The papers will be posted on the EAWG and WOPPR websites as blogs.

Any questions or comments, contact Tanya.Heikkila@UCDenver.edu.

CU Denver’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems includes the inter-disciplinary IGERT grant, and is presently a joint Center created in partnership between the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. If you are interested in joining CSIS, or would like more information about the Center, please contact Dr. Anu Ramaswami (anu.ramaswami@ucdenver.edu).

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Ren and Golkowski receive Chang Junior Faculty Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Zhiyong (Jason) Ren of Civil Engineering and Assistant Professor Mark Golkowski of Electrical Engineering for receiving the college’s annual Chang Junior Faculty Research Award.

Civil Engineering Professor Nien-Yin Chang and his wife, Mae Chang, established the Chang Junior Faculty Research Award. The Chang’s hope is to encourage junior faculty toward achievement and success during the early stages of their careers, particularly in research productivity in terms of competitive national research funding and first-rate articles in refereed journals.

This award is open to all junior engineering faculty who are assistant professors on tenure track with proven research achievement in an academic year.  Awardees must have major research funding from national funding agencies.

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College calls for Outstanding Staff & Distinguished Alumni Award nominations

The Dean’s Office is accepting applications for two new college-level recognition awards: the Outstanding Staff Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Nominations for these two awards should be submitted to the CEAS Dean’s Office on or before April 1.  The Selection Committee will meet in April to review all nominations and make a determination by April 15.  Please contact Petrina Morgan if you have questions. Nomination forms and the award policies are available here: Outstanding Staff Award | Distinguished Alumni Award.

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MESA competitions scheduled on campus for April

Middle School MESA Day: Friday, April 13

MS MESA Day is a competition held annually for Colorado MESA middle schools, attracting anywhere from 550-700 students from across the state. They participate in various STEM-related events. This year the event will be held at the PE Events Center on the Auraria Campus.

High School Jamboree: Friday, April 27

The HS Jamboree is a competition held annually for Colorado MESA high schools, attracting about 250 students from across the state.  We would love for the School of Engineering to have a table.  This year the event will be held at the PE Events Center on the Auraria Campus.

For more information, contact Anney Grossberg Morris, anney@cmesa.org.

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Denver Metro Regional Science Fair needs volunteers

We have a large number of students who registered for the Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair this year, which will be held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Wednesday, February 22. We have a number of people who have volunteered, but WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS who can assist with the display and safety judging the morning of the fair from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Display and safety judges play a vital role in the fair starting off smoothly both for the organizers and for the students. You will talk with the students about their projects, make certain that they are complying with safety standards, and check to see that they have all the necessary forms properly displayed.  All projects must pass this to be judged later in the afternoon, so please consider giving of your time to interact with local students and help the fair run smoothly. You will also be provided with a lunch voucher to the museum for your help. If you are willing to help Wednesday morning, please e-mail Jesse Hinckley. Thanks!

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Feb. 20: Town Hall meeting with interim chancellor

On Monday, February 20 at 12 p.m., Don Elliman, interim chancellor of University of Colorado Denver will speak with faculty, staff and students about his vision for the university’s future and will answer questions about his plans.

The Town Hall will be held in the Lawrence Street Center Terrace Room on the second floor.

See more at: http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/newsroom/newsreleases/Pages/Elliman-named-new-chancellor.aspx

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The 2012 Conference on Earth and Energy Research abstract submission deadline extended

The 2012 Conference on Earth and Energy Research (CEER) abstract submission deadline is quickly approaching. CEER is hosted by the Colorado School of Mines Graduate Student Association on March 28-29, 2012. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to February 21, 2012 and is limited to a few paragraphs. All students, graduate and undergraduate, as well as faculty, are welcome to attend.

CEER is an innovative conference experience designed by graduate students for graduate students.

Visit CEERconference.org for more information, to register for the conference, or to submit an abstract (note: abstract submission is only available to students after registration is received). For questions, please contact Cericia at Cericia@ceerconference.org.

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Jason Ren and Mark Golkowski awarded annual Chang Junior Faculty Research Award

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Zhiyong (Jason) Ren of Civil Engineering and Assistant Professor Mark Golkowski of Electrical Engineering for receiving the college’s annual Chang Junior Faculty Research Award.

The Chang Junior Faculty Research Award was established by Civil Engineering Professor Nien-Yin Chang and his wife, Mae Chang. The Chang’s hope is to encourage junior faculty toward achievement and success during the early stages of their careers, particularly in research productivity in terms of competitive national research funding and first-rate articles in refereed journals.

This award is open to all junior engineering faculty who are assistant professors on tenure track with proven research achievement in an academic year.  Awardees must have major research funding from national funding agencies.

Again, congratulations!

News & Events: February 7, 2012

News & Events: Week of February 6, 2012

February 8: CEAS seminar: Face Modeling and Analysis Using Computer Vision Techniques for Biometrics, Biomedical, and Robotic Applications

Faculty and students are invited to attend the 2012 Conference on Earth and Energy Research in March

You’re invited to attend a free RTP Company Imagineering Plastics Workshop

The 2013 President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative is accepting research proposals

Register Now for the CU Women Succeeding Symposium Feb 23-24

Colorado Weigh classes coming to Denver Campus—last chance to register

If you have news and events you’d like to share with the college, contact Erica Lefeave at erica.lefeave@ucdenver.edu.

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February 8 CEAS seminar: Face Modeling and Analysis Using Computer Vision Techniques for Biometrics, Biomedical, and Robotic Applications

College of Engineering and Applied Science
Spring 2012 Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
10 a.m., NC 2607/09

Face Modeling and Analysis Using Computer Vision Techniques for Biometrics, Biomedical, and Robotic Applications

Mohammad Mahoor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Denver

Abstract
One of the important capabilities of a human perception system is to recognize other people faces and understand their emotional expressions. In the past four decades computer scientists and engineers have developed successful facial recognition algorithms. There are two major reasons for this enormous interest on facial recognition: 1) one is the existence of a large number of forensic, security, and commercial applications; 2) the other reason is the demand for design of human computer/robot interactions in multimedia communication systems. For example, using automated facial expressions recognition, new generation of robots can understand their users’ emotions and adjust and react accordingly. One of the emerging research areas that benefit from such technology is robot therapy where robots aim at improving human social life. In this talk, I will give an overview of my research activities in the area of human face modeling and analyzing using computer vision techniques for applications such as biometrics, child emotion development (autistic children) and design of the new generation of humanoid robots for therapeutic applications. In support of this research, I have received an award from NSF in collaboration with CU Boulder and CU Denver Medical School which we aim to develop and use humanoid robots called Companionbots for Proactive Therapeutic Dialog on Depression.

At the end of this seminar, Dr. Mahoor and his students will give a demo of NAO, a commercial humanoid robot, which he uses in his research.

Bio.
Dr. Mahoor received the MSc degree in biomedical engineering from Sharif University of technology, Tehran in 1998 and his PhD from the University of Miami (UM), Florida in 2007 in the area of computer vision and pattern recognition. He then worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the department of psychology of UM where he received the Marino Autism Research Institute award for his research on facial expressions analysis of children with Autism. Dr. Mahoor joined the University of Denver in August 2008 where he is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

He has established the image processing and computer vision lab at DU and has received over $1M grants from NSF. His research concentration is on developing automated algorithms for facial image recognition for applications such as biometrics, human-robot interface, and children behavior analysis.  He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious national and international journals and conferences.

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Faculty and students are invited to attend the 2012 Conference on Earth and Energy Research in March

We would like to invite you, your students, and your colleagues at University of Colorado – Denver to participate in the 2012 Conference on Earth and Energy Research (CEER) hosted by the Colorado School of Mines Graduate Student Association on March 28-29, 2012.

CEER is an innovative conference experience designed by graduate students for graduate students.

As graduate students, we have the opportunity to present at technical conferences within our respective research fields. Rarely do these conferences have a platform for providing constructive feedback, helping us grow as presenters and network with other budding scholars. Through CEER, we are aiming to provide graduate students with a novel platform to showcase cutting-edge research.

For Graduate and Undergraduate Presenters

  • Real-time, quantitative feedback from judges (available immediately after presentations)
  • 90-second “slam speech” sessions during lunch (scored by judges)
  • Prizes for the best oral and poster presentations (including a MacBook Pro and iPad)

For Graduate and Undergraduate Students

  • Learn about graduate research opportunities
  • Tours of CSM research laboratories

For Professors and Scientists

  • Volunteer as a judge to provide feedback to students on their presentation skills
  • Network with other judges from industry, government, and academia

For Everyone

  • Attend topical oral and poster sessions showcasing current graduate research
  • PhD Comics Movie Screening
  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Margaret Murnane, Physicist and Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Plenary Speaker Dr. Jennifer Miskimins, Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines

We are focusing this year’s Conference on the five key research themes at Mines: Earth, Energy, Environment, Materials, and Systems Engineering. Poster sessions will be available for each topic, and topical oral sessions will be selected to best suit the abstracts we receive.

Visit http://www.ceerconference.org/ for more information. This webpage can be used to register for the conference, or to submit an abstract (note: abstract submission is only available to students after registration is received).

For questions, please contact Cericia at Cericia@ceerconference.org.

We also welcome undergraduate students who are considering a graduate education and would benefit from experiencing these research presentations. Our abstract submission deadline is February 14, 2012.

We hope to see you there, and thank you in advance for your consideration.
Best wishes,
Cericia Martinez, CEER Conference Chair
Graduate Vice-President, Colorado School of Mines
Zach Aman, Graduate President, Colorado School of Mines
Erich Hoover, Graduate Academic Chair, Colorado School of Mines

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Attend a free RTP Company Imagineering Plastics Workshop

The RTP Company is a compounder of engineered thermoplastic materials for injection molded and extruded components in a wide variety of applications. Our materials are used in many industries, including healthcare, automotive, defense & aerospace, electronics, energy, and consumer. Our business model is to provide tailored materials for thermoplastic components by providing application-specific solutions, from the concept, to the design, and finally to the manufacturing process stage of the project.

As mentioned we will be holding a Technical Workshop at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center on Tufts Avenue in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, March 8th. As a global market manager, and one of the Denver local representatives of RTP Company, I am reaching out to educators and students at University of Colorado Denver that might benefit from the sessions that we will be presenting here. Our sessions are free of charge and are presented by the actual R&D engineers that have developed the formulations that our company produces for real-world applications. We have designed these presentations so that everyone, from someone that has little engineering background but has some exposure to materials, manufacturing, or part design, to a polymer scientist or an engineer will find them interesting and beneficial.

Below is a link to more information on the Workshop and registration. We would be happy to host as many CU Denver Engineering and Technology students that could attend our seminar and workshop. We will be serving a complimentary continental breakfast, and lunch as a token of appreciation. Please, contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Ed Alvarez
Global Market Manager
RTP Company
(303) 670-8820
ealvarez@rtpcompany.com

Workshop PDF

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The 2013 President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative is accepting research proposals

The CU system is accepting research proposals for the 2013 President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative from now through June 1, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.colorado.edu/ptsp/ptlc/PTLCCall2013.html.

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Register Now for the CU Women Succeeding Symposium Feb 23-24

CU Women Succeeding 10th Annual Professional Development Symposium
“Building Community”
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Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, 2012
University of Colorado Boulder
Please plan to join the CU Faculty Council Women’s Committee for two days of learning, networking and celebrating on the CU Boulder campus.  This year’s symposium features both a Thursday evening networking event and a Friday symposium.  Both events are free for the CU community, including both faculty and staff.

Pre-Symposium Networking Event
Thursday, February 23
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
University Memorial Center, Room 235

Enjoy dinner and a networking opportunity through Network Café where you can meet women in academia and the CCW Women’s Advocacy Award recipients.  The evening will conclude with folklorist Sandra Mizumoto Posey sharing timeless lessons about leadership do’s and don’ts.

CU Women Succeeding Symposium
Friday, February 24
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
University Memorial Center, Glenn Miller Ballroom

Friday begins with a keynote address from Marcy Benson, who has served under two Presidents during a 19-year career in Washington D.C.  and is a member of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Board of Trustees and co-chair of the Creating Futures campaign.

The symposium theme is “Building Community” and there are 21 information-packed sessions to choose from.  Topics range from tips on negotiating, how to be politically savvy at CU, traveling the hormone highway, civil behaviors in the workplace, sexism, stress reduction, mentoring, and management – just to name a few!  You’ll also hear an inspiring talk from the 2012 Gee Award recipient, an individual who advocates for women and continually works to improve the climate for women at CU.


This is a free event for faculty and staff, and breakfast and lunch are included! Register soon – space is limited and seats are filling quickly!  Registration will close on Friday, February 17th.  Click here to register and get more information about this event:
 www.cu.edu/facultycouncil/women/symposium/index.html

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Colorado Weigh classes coming to Denver Campus—last chance to register

Be Colorado is bringing the very popular Colorado Weigh program to the downtown Denver campus with a subsidized Phase 1 class starting in February.  The class is open to all University of Colorado faculty and staff.

Colorado Weigh is a unique 12-week weight loss and long-term maintenance program, taught by registered dietitians.  It puts into practice the world renowned research done at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the area of weight management.  The classes will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays, from February 9 – May 3, excluding Spring Break, in the Lawrence Street Center.

Colorado Weigh is intended for faculty and staff who have at least 5-10% of their starting weight to lose in order to achieve a healthy BMI of less than 25.  If you would like to calculate your BMI, you can do so by going to http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi.

This class is designed for you to be successful.  Behavioral economics research shows that participants who pay for a weight loss class are better motivated, prepared and have lower attrition than those who don’t have some “skin in the game.”  The cost for the Phase 1 class is $240 for University of Colorado Health and Welfare Trust plan participants and $295 for all others. This is a substantial discount from the regular price of $349.  In addition, Trust plan participants can receive a $100 rebate for meeting attendance and logging goals. Trust plans include Kaiser (exempt employees only), UANet, Lumenos, HMO Colorado, and Medicare Primary. The class will be paid through payroll deduction in the amount of $50 per month, until the class is paid in full.

Take this convenient, low-cost and effective class so you, too, can meet your weight loss goals.  To sign up, go to http://www.becolorado.org/.  Classes are capped at 25 participants and they fill quickly, so sign up today!  

For more details on the Colorado Weigh program, go to http://www.coloradoweigh.com/. Email questions to risa.heywood@cu.edu.