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February 2014

  spring 2014 fulbright 
  info meetings

Check out one of the Spring 2014 U.S. Student Fulbright Grant informational meetings to learn more about applying for a Fulbright grant for studying, researching, or teaching overseas. These grants are available to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, but who won’t have completed a PhD before October 2014. The deadline for the 2015-2016 Fulbright grants at CU-Boulder is September 8th, 2014.

Informational meetings:

Monday February 3 3-4pm, C4C room S350
Wednesday March 12 3-4pm, C4C room S350
Thursday April 24 3:30-4:30 pm, C4C room S350 

For more information >

1 billion rising is coming to cu-boulder

CU-Boulder, the City of Boulder, and the Boulder Valley School District are working together in support of One Billion Rising, a rapidly growing global movement to end violence against women and girls.  

The movement will be coming to our campus February 14thHere are some key events with graduate student and alumni involvement. All will be held at the UMC. Please RSVP.

10-10:15 a.m.   Welcome and One Billion Rising Film Screening, UMC Gallery

10:15-11:45 and 12:15-1:30 p.m. Read-ins to End Violence
This will be the launch of a new program for K-8 students with readings, discussion, and the activities. Volunteer readers and activity leaders are needed:
RSVP. Led by CU-Boulder Graduate School alumna Jessica Coulson. 

10:15-11:30 a.m.  Guy Talk  
Join campus, community, and student leaders in discussing President Obama’s recent call for a “cultural shift of men” in regards to violence. Brainstorm what this might look like and how to achieve a broader, healthy, vibrant, non-violent cultural norm for masculinity. Graduate student Hugo Cordova will be one of the facilitators.

10:15-11:30 a.m.
   Wake Up, Be Awesome   
Rise to your fullest potential. Energize and empower your body, mind, and heart with a free, guided yoga class led by Registered Yoga Teacher and CU-Boulder graduate student, Lauren Maslen. Namaste

11:50 a.m. Flash Mob!  Join the flash mob by the UMC fountains or the stage by the UMC grill led by CU-Boulder graduate student Amanda Benzin. Learn the dance steps at Or just come watch and/or join in! 

12:15-1:30 p.m. Embrace Conflict, Create Peace
A Boulder Ki Aikido workshop on developing peaceful ways of dealing with adversity, conflict, and aggression. Co-facilitated by Abel Villacorta and alumna and staff member, Merlyn Holmes.

For more info and updates about the events on campus visit, or email

See additional local, national, and global events at

Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop - Student competition

CIRES is sponsoring this competition that is open to graduate students. The deadline is this Friday, February 7. Email Katy Human for details.

winter olympics opening ceremony viewing party

Join the International Students & Scholar Services’ International Students Guides program at the viewing party for the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympics at Dark Horse Bar & Grill. The viewing party will take place on Friday, February 7th at 8 p.m. There will be big screens for your viewing pleasure as well as a burger, fries, and beer/soda for $5.99 with a student ID.

WILD Registration Now Open

Registration for Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Summit II is now open, and the Women's Council organizing it would like to encourage graduate student involvement campus-wide this year.

The one-day Summit will be held on April 4. Registration for students costs $20 and includes lunch. While the venue is large, with a capacity to hold 500 people, it is expected to sell out, so register early if you're interested in attending. For more info >>

help test the library's new website for an amazon gift card

The library is redesigning their website and looking for help. CU-Boulder community members including graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty are encouraged to participate in 30-60 minute usability testing sessions this month. If you’re selected to participate you will received an Amazon gift card. If interested, submit your 
information and availability>>.

Boulder Daily Camera features CU-led study on butterflies
Doctoral student Tobin Hammer and his research team at CU-Boulder's department of ecology and evolutionary biology were featured in the Boulder Daily Camera on February 2. The team's work in Panama and in labs at CU focuses on the "bacterial makeup of a butterly species through its three major life stages." Read about the feature on The Daily Camera.

Rachel Oliver's mfa thesis concert:

Rachel Oliver’s MFA thesis concert Settle took place last month as she finishes up her three-year program as a CU-Boulder Dance student. Oliver describes Settle as "primarily autobiographical, inspired by life choices, concepts, and experiences."  This intergenerational piece deals with cultural ideals that have been passed on through generations. Throughout the performance, the dancers explore their own values and identities as women.

Oliver is a Montana native, a dancer, and a choreographer who now calls Boulder home. 

Congratulations to Rachel on this wonderful piece and for finishing your MFA!
CU Science Update Features Grad Student Work - In Front of and Behind Camera

The latest episode of the CU Science Update series, on the MAVEN mission to Mars, features graduate student work on camera and behind the scenes. Graduate students Michael Chaffin and Christopher Fowler from LASP discuss their involvement with the MAVEN mission, and Erica Jackson and Lauren Maslen from the Journalism and Mass Communications program produced a segment on the elementary school students who won the MAVEN art contest and now have an image of their artwork en route to Mars aboard MAVEN.   See the video >>

big changes ahead for anthropology phd student chris morris

What should you expect from life after graduate school graduation? Well, if you’re anything like Chris Morris of the Anthropology department there’s a lot to look forward to! As a soon-to-be CU-Boulder alum, Chris has already accepted a tenure-track position at Clarkson University in New York for the fall semester and will be spending his summer teaching two Semester at Sea courses. As if these weren't impressive enough life changes, Chris and his wife Jodi, who currently works in Career Services, are also planning to adopt a child from China this month.

Congratulations to Chris and Jodi on the exciting changes ahead!

ali awarded the 2013 nasa earth and space science fellowship

Applied Mathematics graduate student Ashar Ali was chosen to be the 2013 NESSF fellowship, a prestigious award for $30,000. The fellowship was awarded for his proposal "Investigating the effects of azimuthal structure on ULF-driven particle transport and energization in the radiation belts".
Ali works in the 
Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics Lab under Dr. Scot Elkington.

Congratulations, Ashar!

Beyond Academia
alumni feature: Jessica Coulson

Editor's Note: This is the first in what we hope will become a regular series on alumni who are doing interesting things with their degrees beyond academia. Suggestions of alumni to feature are welcome!

Jessica Coulson is an Anti-Bias Educator who graduated from the School of Education in 2008 with an MA in Education Foundations, Policy, and Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Since graduating she has been teaching in Boulder Valley School District and with her synagogue, Congregation Har HaShem as a classroom teacher and family educator. She’s worked with Reading to End Racism, a program with the YWCA that aims to use children’s literature to facilitate conversations and empower students to see and confront racism and bias in their communities. 

Coulson’s community work has even brought her back to campus, as she is helping to develop the Read-In to End Violence program for the One Billion Rising event on campus February 14.  See info and photo above.

The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows. --George William Curtis



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Fridays 12:10-12:40
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February Learner’s Lunch Series Workshops
Gemmill Library Room MATH 150

Using Evernote to Manage Your Stuff
February 12th 12-1In this session, the presenter will demonstrate several of Evernote's features for managing texts, sounds, images, and handwriting.

Producing Academic Posters that Respect Your Work
February 19th 12-1
Creating beautiful academic posters is mostly a matter of common sense and can all be done with familiar software. We’ll get started with some very simple guidelines and basic design ideas to make your work visually smashing.

Top 3 Mobile Apps for Productivity
February 26th 12-1 
We'll review and demonstrate three applications we use regularly via phone, tablet and web interfaces. Trello, Notability and Dropbox can help you manage your time, read and annotate PDFs, take notes, and manage your files and photos.

Thursday, February 13: Matthieu Talpe (Aerospace Engineering) 

Tuesday, February 25: Jessica Stanley (Geology)

For more information about STEMinars email 
Trubee Davison or visit the group's Facebook.

Graduate Women's Research Symposium 
The Graduate Women's Research Symposium has been postponed to Fall 2014. Please contact if you have questions or are interested in helping organize the event. 


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