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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.


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.

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.

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.

For those wishing to participate in the seminar via remote log-in, the directions are as follows:
1. Go to the following link:
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.


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, and stay tuned next year for an opportunity to participate.


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.

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 for more information.

Workshop PDF


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:


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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