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march 2013

Regents approve two new graduate degree programS!

The University of Colorado Board of Regents approved a doctoral degree program in comparative ethnic studies and a new master's and doctoral program in materials sciences and engineering.


The ongoing debate about financial matters between the legislative and executive branches of government has many of us wondering what is going to happen with the funding for a wide variety of areas related to the lives and work of CU graduate students, faculty, and staff. This uncertainty may cause concern and anxiety. In recognition of the ongoing stressor associated with Federal spending, CAPS will be hosting a workshop on dealing effectively with financial stress. All are welcome to participate and to learn effective strategies for managing this specific type of stress. Wednesday, March 13, 1:30 pm, C4C 440S.
For more information, contact Glenda Russell at 303.492.6079 or

nominations sought for UGGS Top TA/GTPI Awards

Nominations are due by 5pm on March 22. >> More details.


Modeled after the successful Dissertation Support Group, the Master’s Thesis Support Group will serve as a drop-in resource for graduate students from any discipline who are working on any aspect of thesis preparation. The group will be very task-focused and the atmosphere will be very friendly. Drop in and see for yourself. Every other Monday, March 18, April 1, 15, 29, 12:30-1:30 pm, C4C 440S
For more information, contact Glenda Russell at 303.492.6079 or

meet president obama's social media team

ATLAS will host an event with members of the social media team behind President Obama's reelection campaign. Come learn about the role of technology, analytics and social networking in a political campaign. The event will be held Wednesday, March 6 from 4-6 pm in the ATLAS Black Box Theater. The event is free but reservations are strongly recommended. Visit the ATLAS website for more information.

CU-Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association Conference

The annual CU-Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association (CUBASGA) Conference will take place on Friday, Mar 8th, and Saturday, Mar 9th. In celebration of the 30th year anniversary of the founding of the department, we have invited Professor Michael Puett from Harvard University to give a keynote speech on "Why Does Ritual Matter?:Theories from Classical China" at 5:00 pm on Friday (ATLAS 102). Professor Sharalyn Orbaugh from University of British Columbia will give another keynote speech on "Selling Research to the Academic Marketplace: A Case Study using WWII Japanese Propaganda" at 10:30 am on Saturday (HUM 250). There will also be student panels and graduate level presentation on topics of poetry, theater and intellectual history in classical and contemporary east Asia.

bullying in the classrooM: Brown Bag Discussion

The Chancellor's Committee on Women will be hosting a Brown Bag Discussion on Bullying in the Classroom on Tuesday, March 19 from noon to 1:30 pm in UMC 457. Typically, 30-50 student conduct cases about bullying in the classroom are reported to Student Conduct per year. Approximately 96% of these reports involve a female professor/instructor and a male student, mostly with the male exhibiting bullying behavior. All are welcome to this discussion. Please contact to RSVP or to get more information.

Research Symposium: Focus on Energy

CU’s Dept of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) will be hosting our inaugural ChBE Research Symposium: Focus on Energy on Thurs, March 7 from 5:00-7:00pm in the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building (JSCBB).  The event will consist of faculty talks from 5:00-6:20 pm followed by a poster session.

Grad Students In the News

Can plants be altruistic? You bet, says study

Chi-Chih Wu, a CU-Boulder doctoral student in the ecology and evolutionary biology department, was involved in this study about the altruistic side of corn.

Q&A with Cathy Lozupone

Cathy Lozupone, a post-doctoral researcher at CU-Boulder, answers questions about her research on stomach bacteria.

Jamie Forde, a PhD student in anthropology, has been awarded a junior fellowship for the next academic year at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, administered by the Trustees for Harvard University, in Washington D.C. The fellowship provides lodging, an office at the facility, and a living stipend, and will support him while writing his doctoral dissertation.

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March 11 - Submit to the Graduate School a typed copy of exact Title of Dissertation.

Also, be sure to look at the Graduation Requirements to make sure you have everything turned in to graduate on time!


The Sequester Semester: Tools for Dealing with Financial Uncertainty, March 13, 1:30 pm, C4C 440S (See description on left.)

Dissertation Support Group
Tuesdays, 1-2:45 pm
C4C S435

Master's Thesis Support Group
Mondays, March 18, April 1, 15, 29, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, C4C 440S (See description on left.)

Grad Speak

A quarterly drop-in discussion group on topical issues related to the graduate student experience.


March 1 - Friday Workshop: Getting Your First Paper Published: Tips from the Trenches

March 1 - Teaching across the Gender and Sexuality Spectrum

March 4 - Using VoiceThread in the Language Classroom

March 5 - Adobe Connect: Online Rooms, Classroom Meetings & More!

March 7 - Teaching and Learning with the PhET Interactive Simulations

March 8 - Friday Forum: Academic Dialogue from a Service or Governance Perspective

March 8 - Inclusive Teaching

March 9 - 2013 Collaborative Preparing Future Faculty Network Forum

March 11 - Expect the Unexpected: Handling Teaching Situations Nobody Prepares You For

March 12 - Social Media in the Classroom: Principles and Practices

March 14 - Teaching Science from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

March 15 - Friday Workshop: Departmental Dialogues You Should Have to Develop Your Portfolio

March 18 - Pedagogy, Viewed Through the Lens of Harry Potter

Upcoming events in March include workshops and panels on interviewing, social media, alternative careers, resumes, and teaching English abroad.  >> More info.

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Learner’s Lunch: ongoing series of free workshops every Wednesday, 12-1, Norlin E113.

  • March 6 - Is Everything a List? Introduction to Workflowy
  • March 13 - Zotero Advanced
  • March 20 - Graphic Design for Non-designers


Learner’s Lunch: ongoing series of free workshops every Tuesday, 12-1, Howard B. Waltz Library Room N285.

  • March 5 - Music and the Law: Copyright and Music
  • March 12 - Refworks and Music Formats
  • March 19 - Voicethread Pt. 2

Learner’s Hour: ongoing series of free workshops every Monday, 4-5pm, MATH 150.

  • March 4 - SciFinder: Chemical and Medical Research Literature
  • March 11 - Web of Science: Interdisciplinary Sciences Research
  • March 18 - GeoRef: Geosciences Research, Maps, & More
  • April 1 - Accessing Science eBooks


March 2 - The Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk)

March 15-17 - Brakhage Center Symposium


March 2 - Leslie Heinzen, violin

March 3 - Adrian Davis, viola
Max Hosmer, tenor

March 9 - Justin Little, saxophone
Nina Fronjian, violin

March 10 - Garret Karlin, tuba

March 13 - Starla Doyal, flute

March 15 - Jacob Beeman, clarinet & Laura Moylan, piano

March 16 - Samuel Welsh, piano

March 18 - Austin Stevens, violin

March 20 - Abby Yeakle, oboe

March 21 - Amy Peck, saxophone
Gregory Cockman, violin

March 22 - Orava String Quartet
Cobus du Toit, flute
Ji Hye Chung, violin



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