This spring CU-Boulder’s Center for Asian Studies is launching a new Asian Studies minor, open to all students on campus, with the goal of helping students understand Asia as a region beyond one particular nation.
Earlier today, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Steven Leigh informed the Philosophy department that Professor Andrew Cowell will become the department’s new chair. This change is being made based upon recommendations of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women Site Visit Program in a recent report that CU-Boulder leaders are making public today. That report points directly to the need to create a stronger, more inclusive environment for women as scholars and students. Click here for more information about this announcement and to watch a video message from me.
Last fall, Dean Leigh and I announced that we were moving forward to create a School of Environment and Sustainability within the College of Arts and Sciences. We named Sharon Collinge, professor of environmental studies and ecology and evolutionary biology and the current Director of the Environmental Studies program, as Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability.
Professor Collinge will work closely with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and with the Office of Academic Affairs. She will be assisted in this new role by a faculty implementation committee, chaired by Jason Neff, associate professor of environmental studies and geological sciences. Learn more >>
CU-Boulder today is releasing an external review report of its policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment, sexual assault and compliance with Title IX. The report found that the “University’s policies and practices satisfy current legal requirements.” While we are pleased to be in compliance with the federal law, we are a university that wants to exceed expectations. Read more on the actions we are taking to be a leader in Title IX compliance.
For participants in CU-Boulder’s Global Seminar in Tanzania the past two summers, the program is long over. Yet several of the students were so inspired by the experience, they’re still engaged with the program. They’re working to bring a safari guide they met during the program to campus this spring for the Conference on World Affairs.
CU-Boulder is helping to set the standard on implementation of the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and is part of the conversation on the national stage. The Office of Victim Assistance Director Jessica Ladd-Webert is serving on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for VAWA, and the university is months and years ahead of many implementation guidelines and best practices. Learn more >>
Feeling out of synch? The world’s most precise clock is now located on the CU-Boulder campus.
In a laboratory at JILA—a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology—researchers have developed a new strontium atomic clock that has set world records for both precision and stability. It “ticks” 430 trillion times per second.
The University of Colorado Law School announced that Britt Banks has been appointed as Executive Director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment.
For over 20 years, Banks has been a leader in the international natural resources sector, as a senior corporate executive, attorney, consultant, researcher and teacher, having most recently taught at Tokyo’s Waseda University. He has previously taught at Colorado Law, where he graduated in 1988, and currently serves on the Center’s Advisory Council.