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 Tuesday, December 14, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Photo of CU President Betsy Hoffman, Carl Wieman and Landry Cornell
(L-R) CU President Betsy Hoffman, Carl Wieman and Celeste Landry (wife of Eric Cornell). (Photo/Casey A. Cass)

CU-Boulder Celebrates Carl Wieman, National Professor of the Year
When National Professor of the Year Carl Wieman spoke at the Dec. 6 campus celebration in his honor, he said he had something to reveal that might shock the audience: he isn"t passionate about teaching.

Wieman said his real passion is for students learning. “Science can be comprehensible and predictable rather than mysterious and frightening,” he said. “My goal is to get students to learn that.” >>

In the Spotlight With Susan Avery
They lead major academic divisions and shape the direction and quality of programs for faculty, staff and students. In this series, "In the Spotlight," we ask CU-Boulder deans to give us a glimpse into their personalities by answering questions aimed at providing a unique perspective on "the person behind the desk." Part four of this series features Susan Avery, dean of the Graduate School and vice chancellor for research.>>

Campus Diversity Update
In continuing efforts to promote diversity on campus, some of the initiatives currently underway are the development of departmental diversity plans, the upcoming tenth annual Diversity Summit and an inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium. >>

News Center
Three CU-Boulder Faculty Members Named Distinguished Professors
Three University of Colorado at Boulder faculty members were named distinguished professors by the CU Board of Regents at its Dec. 9 meeting.
U.S. Innovation Hurt By Restrictions On Foreign Grad Students, CU Study Shows
Tight restrictions on student visas for foreign graduate students will hasten the erosion of America's global dominance in innovation, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher.
CU Speech Pathologist Studies Device That Helps Reduce Stuttering
A tiny, hearing aid-like device is revolutionizing speech therapy for some older children and adults who stutter, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder professor.
More News >>


Ending the Year on a Celebratory Note
I enjoyed seeing so many of our faculty, staff and students last week at the reception honoring Carl Wieman's selection as the 2004 U.S. Professor of the Year. This was an exceptional honor for Carl and for the University and a wonderful reason to celebrate together.  >>


CU Cross Country Wins Division I Championships
CU-Boulder"s men"s and women"s cross country teams swept the team titles at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. last month. It is the fourth time in the history of the championships and the second consecutive year that one school has claimed both titles in the same season. CU"s title wins also mark the fifth-straight season that a CU team and/or individual has claimed national championship honors. For more information visit

Notable Scientists Part of CU Physics Department
A number of notable scientists have been professors in the CU Boulder physics department including Frank Oppenheimer, who built the Exploratorium in San Francisco; George Gamov, creator of the Big Bang theory and the genetic code; and Al Bartlett, a national authority on energy and population issues. In addition, the department includes three recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, or “genius grant” as it is commonly known: Deborah Jin, Margaret Murnane and Charles Archembeau.


Physics Department has Outstanding History of Community Service and Outreach
The award-winning Wizard shows have been enthralling elementary and middle school kids for 25 years. "Saturday Afternoon Physics" provides cutting-edge lectures on physics phenomena. The program, now in its third year, gets great attendance from high school students and adults.

Faculty Teaching Excellence Program Publications
Since 1987, the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program has published three volumes in a series featuring articles written by Boulder faculty members on pedagogy. Volume IV currently is in progress. FTEP programs and services assist faculty in enhancing their teaching and technical skills. For more information visit the web site at

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