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JUNE 2013

Happy summer!

Call for Proposals: 2013 Diversity & Inclusion Summit
  • Teach us - To affect the change we all want to see.
  • Challenge us - To shift our lives and our culture toward better embracing diversity.
  • Inspire us - To move from talk to action.
  • Connect us - To our allies who can help continue doing this work.
Submit a proposal by June 15.

GTP offers summer training on diversity in the classroom

The Graduate Teacher Program is offering a four-day diversity in the classroom training for TAs and GPTIs July 9-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. The training is free, and graduate teachers do receive GTP workshop credit for the seminar. See GTP website. >>

Help Spread the Word

Your personal contact with potential graduate students is one of the best recruitment tools around. Consider taking some CU publications that the Graduate School has either created or gathered to share on your summer travels. All are free of charge. Place order here.

videos from graduate student awards program on may 3

Congratulations to all the graduate students who received awards during the 2013 Graduate Student Awards ceremony on May 3. Please visit the Graduate School's YouTube channel to watch short videos of some of the winners. In the videos, those who received the Dean's Student Research Grants discuss their research, and the students who received the GPTI Teaching Excellence Awards discuss their teaching philosophies. These videos are just quick snippets of the great work that our graduate students are doing in teaching and research. Congrats!

co Shakespeare festival features grad students

The 56th annual season of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will be held on campus this summer at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, located by Hellems Hall. Several graduate students are involved in the festival this summer, including Nathan Stith, who is an actor; Heidi Schmidt and Hadley Kamminga-Peck, who are dramaturgs and assistant directors; and Greg Thorson, who helped cast the company and works in audience services. Tickets and more information >>

ATLAS Masters students present final projects

Graduate students in the ATLAS Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development (MS-ICTD) program recently presented the work they have accomplished during their practicum semester. Students completed an internship or service project with a company engaged in ICTD efforts, an international development agency, foundation, non-governmental organization, or other organization in the public or private sector. Watch a video of the presentations. >>

The graduate presenters were:

  • Chris Carruth – Participatory media with the South Sudanese diaspora
  • Neil DiMuccio – Usability and scale of microfinance applications in Kenya
  • Mustafa Naseem – Internet policy at Verizon headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • Joellen Raderstorf –Integrating energy and ICT networks in Namibia
  • Isla Schanuel – Aggregated needs/services platform for Broomfield County
  • Abigale Stangl – Texture-based technology for the visually impaired at the Sikuli Lab, CU
  • McClees Stephens – Livelihood and capacity building in the Amazon

workshop series for couples

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is sponsoring a summer workshop, "Strengthening Your Bond: A Couples Workshop Series." This 8-week workshop series for couples is designed to help partners strengthen their relationship, improve communication, and deepen their understanding of themselves and each other. Through research based educational and experiential components couples will gain the tools they need to create a deeper and more meaningful connections. Both partners must attend each workshop and must be CU students. The workshop will be held Wednesdays from 6/12 to 8/7 (not meeting on 7/3) from 4-5:30 p.m. Contact Andrea Iglesias at 303-492-6766 or to register or for more information.

The CU children's center has openings for the fall

The CU Children’s Center has openings this fall for four-year-old children. Join this nationally accredited and diverse program. Openings are for University affiliates only. The center is also accepting applications for future semesters for children ages 15 months to 5 years.

CUSG Executive positions OPEN

The CU Student Government is hiring their executive staff for 2013-2014. This is an amazing opportunity to get involved with CUSG and gain a unique set of leadership skills and policy experience. Executive staff members are paid hourly and typically work between 10-20 hours per week during both the summer and academic year. The deadline to apply was May 31, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. More information >>

Grad Student Feature of the month: Heather underwood

Heather Underwood, a PhD student in the ATLAS Institute's program in Technology, Media and Society, was recently awarded the first-place graduate student award in the 2013 Student Research Competition of the Association for Computing Machinery for her research paper entitled "The PartoPen: Using Digital Pen Software to Improve Birth Attendant Training and Maternal Outcomes in Kenya."

Heather is developing the PartoPen, which is an interactive digital pen-based system that reinforces birth-attendant training, records labor progress, validates form data, and aims to improve maternal outcomes in developing countries. In the image above, Heather is demonstrating the PartoPen functionality to clinic staff in Kenya during an initial field visit in 2011. Read more >>

Grad Students In the News

Eight graduate students have received Fulbright awards to study internationally during the 2013-14 academic year. These students were among a record number of 12 CU-Boulder students to receive Fulbright awards this year. The graduate students who have received awards along with their destination countries include: Ulyana Horodyskyj, Nepal; Elise Pizzi, China; Ian Rowen, Taiwan; Amelia Schubert, China; Eric Simley, Denmark; Levin Sliker, Italy; Andrea Watson, Chile; and Jennifer Wilkening, India. Read more. >>

Dan McGrath, a doctoral student who works at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) recently published a paper on his research work on the significant warming trend influencing the Greenland Ice Sheet. Read more. >>

Jakob Sedig, a doctoral student in Anthropology is spending the summer excavating Woodrow Ruin in southwest New Mexico. He is examining the social, demographic, and environmental transitions that occurred between 900-1000 AD, as well as conducting a broader examination of the site to determine answers to questions such as: How did occupation change through time? How is it similar or different to other Mimbres sites? How many people lived there?

Alan Zarychta, a doctoral student in political science, received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation which will support his studies over the next three years. Read his graduate student feature. >>

MFA in Dance candidates Brooke Gessay, Amanda Greenlee, Cristina Goletti, Rachel Oliver, Kate Speer and Maren Waldman spent May 12-17 dancing in various locales in and around Trinidad Colorado as CU Contemporary Dance Works (CUCDW) company members. CUCDW visited area schools, dance studios, arts councils, and community events as part of the annual dance outreach program offered by the Department of Theater and Dance with support from the CU Outreach Committee.

Avery Bang, an alumna of CU-Boulder's graduate program in engineering, was profiled for her work as the executive director for Bridges to Prosperity, a non-profit that constructs pedestrian bridges in the developing world. Read more. >>

Kate Starbird, an ATLAS PhD graduate who is now a Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) professor at the University of Washington, and CU professor Leysia Palen have received a best paper award at the 2013 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) conference from Feb. 23-27 in San Antonio, Texas. Their paper, “Working and Sustaining the Virtual ‘Disaster Desk’,” follows the trajectory of Humanity Road, a volunteer organization working within the domain of disaster response, from an emergent group to a formal nonprofit. Starbird also recently authored an article, entitled “Returning to My Inner Nerd: Following the ‘Social’ Disruption of Computing,” in the IEEE magazine Computer, which focused the March issue on gender diversity in computing. 

Sarah Vieweg, whose ATLAS PhD dissertation explored the use of Twitter during mass emergencies, was interviewed by Bloomberg television about the use of social media following the Boston Marathon bombings. Vieweg received her PhD in Technology, Media and Society in May 2012 and is a project manager at Oblong Industries. Watch the video. >>
Read her graduate student feature. >>

ATLAS PhD student Josephine Kilde was awarded summer fellowships at Los Alamos National Lab and at Oak Ridge National lab. This summer she will be at Los Alamos National Lab working on developing a web application to train pathway to mathematical concepts and logic for K-12 teachers in reservation schools in Northern New Mexico. Read her graduate student feature. >>

ATLAS Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) master’s student Aaron Vimont will intern this summer at the FCC. He will be working for the Accessibility and Innovation Initiative, which is trying to close the accessibility gap through technology.

Updates from the Mechanical Engineering Department:
  • Narasimha Boddeti and Xinghui Liu received a $5,820 Dean's Graduate Student Research Grant for their proposal "Wrinkling in Pressurized Graphene Membranes."
  • Callie DeMay, a first-year PhD student, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Esperanza Arab and Nathan Eigenfeld received honorable mentions for the same fellowship.
  • Jose Ordonez, a visiting PhD student, was awarded the Mexican National Prize for best doctoral thesis in natural science. 
  • Levin Sliker, a third-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow has been awarded a year-long Whitaker International Fellowship to study biorobotics at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy. 
  • Jacob Segil, a third-year PhD student has been awarded a summer long Whitaker International fellowship in Pisa, Italy.
  • Zheng Zhang received a $2,000 Beverly Sears Graduate Student Research Grant, sponsored by the CU-Boulder Graduate School.
  • Jun Lui and Xiaokun Gu, current PhD students, received NSF CBET/CMMI travel awards to attend the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.
  • PhD student Kang-Ho Song received the Outstanding Paper Award at the ASME Global Congress on Nano Engineering for Medicine and Biology in Boston.
  • PhD student Ryan King received the Dwight E. and Jessie D. Ryland Graduate Fellowship from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • PhD student Rachel Paietta received a summer fellowship from the Graduate School.
  • The department of Mechanical Engineering awarded 6 summer fellowships to: Narasimha Boddeti, Bradi Briggs, Jim Cezo, Paul Schroeder, Lauren Cooper, and Sajjad Maruf.
  • The department of Mechanical Engineering awarded an Outstanding Dissertation award to Qi Ge.

See also News Service's Graduate Education In-Depth Series.

As CU-Boulder establishes itself as a flagship university that is redefining research and discovery within a global context as presented in the Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan, this will be the first of a series of tips on how to best navigate the global crossroads.

If the world were 100 people, how would it look? Let’s ask ourselves, to what extent is the University of Colorado reflective of that image? If the world had 100 people, there would be 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 people from South America, Mexico and the Caribbean, 5 from the United States of America, 1 person from Australia and New Zealand. That is the snapshot. So as we are thrust into a world where businesses are doing activities across the globe, to what extent are we understanding all the players and are they understanding us?

Source:The State of the Village Report



June 1 - Doctoral deadline to apply online to graduate in August

June 17 - PhD dissertation title deadline

July 12 - Doctoral defense/final exam deadline

July 19 - Masters thesis defense/final exam deadline

July 19 - PhD dissertation submission deadline

July 24 - Doctoral grade change deadline

July 26 - Masters thesis submission deadline

July 31 - Masters grade change deadline

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


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

Master's Thesis Support Group
Every other Monday through the summer, beginning on June 3, 12:30 pm, C4C 440S. Just show up ready to work and make real progress on your thesis. Questions? 303-492-6079

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


June 5 - Course Design: Major Questions to Consider When Designing a College Course

June 11 - Technology for College Teachers: Student-Centered Voice Thread Projects

June 12 - Course Design: Setting Goals & Objectives & Selecting Learning Activities to Match

June 18 - Technology for College Teachers: CU, Resources Outside the Classroom

June 19 - Course Design: Using Bloom's Taxonomy to Frame Your Course Content

June 25 - Technology for College Teachers: Using Google in the Classroom

June 26 - Course Design: Assessing Student Learning and Teaching Performance

July 9-12 - Exploring Diversity and Inclusion in College Classrooms

July 10 - Course Design: Building Classroom Technologies into Your Course Design

July 16 - Technology for College Teachers: Making Learning Visible, Eportfolios in Higher Education

July 17Course Design: Designing Writing Assignments for Your Course

July 23 - Technology for College Teachers: Making Reading Collaborative, Using NB to Promote Reading


Ongoing - Colorado Shakesphere Festival

Ongoing - JEN LEWIN: It's Electric, CU Art Museum

June 9Making Sense of Sound: Vocal Works of Libby Larsen

June 14-16 - A Wrinkle in Time, presented by the CU New Opera Workshop

June 30 - Great American Sing-Along


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