IN THE SPOTLIGHT
(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.
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.
| The beautiful flagstone sundial by the
east entrance of Norlin Library.
FROM THE CHANCELLOR
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.
AWARDS AND KUDOS
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 www.ncaasports.com.
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
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 www.colorado.edu/ftep/.
Reduced Publication Schedule for Inside CU
Inside CU will be published once during the months of December and
January. We will return to our normal publication schedule February
2005. Happy holidays!
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