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

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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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