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 Tuesday, April 27, 2010 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Thomas Johnson Receives Denham Harman Research Award
Thomas E. Johnson, professor of molecular behavioral genetics at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics, has received the Denham Harman Research Award for the Lifetime Achievement in Research from the American Aging Association. The award will be presented at the 39th Annual AGE meeting in Portland on June 7. Established in 1978, the award is named in honor of Dr. Denham Harman, co-founder of AGE, and honors a scholar who has made significant contributions to biomedical aging research.

Onye Ozuzu Recognized with Two Diversity Awards
Professor Onye Ozuzu of Theatre & Dance received the CACMA Diversity Service Award presented at the Excellence and Equity Lunch on Thursday, April 15. In addition, Professor Ozuzu is a faculty recipient of the 2009-2010 President's Diversity Award. She will join President Bruce Benson as he recognizes her and the other President’s Diversity Award recipients at a reception at the President’s Office on Thursday, May 6. Also, Onye's Innovative Seed Grant Program application, "African Dance in America: The Archival Project," was reviewed and has been recommended for funding.

Larry Bell and Kim Kreutzer Receive President’s Diversity Award
Larry Bell and Kim Kreutzer of the Office of International Education represent the academic/administrative unit recipient of the 2009-2010 President's Diversity Award. The committee praised the OIE coffee hour and the number of students and faculty who have been brought together by the initiative. President Bruce Benson with recognize them at a reception at the President’s Office on Thursday, May 6. A monetary award of $1,000 is given to each President’s Diversity Award recipient.

Erika Randall Wins Film Festival Showcase Award
“Leading Ladies,” Assistant Professor Erika Randall's new film, has won the Showcase Award at the Sonoma International Film Fesitval. “Leading Ladies” is the first project from Randall (writer, director, co-producer, choreographer) along with Daniel Beahm (producer/director). An experienced choreographer, performer, and professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance, Randall has worked with such lauded dance companies as The Mark Morris Dance Group and Buglisi-Foreman Dance. The screenplay, co-written with her friend Jennifer Bechtel, reflects a history steeped in dance as well as talents honed by a voracious appetite for words in the form of novels, poems, and screenplays. View the trailer here.

Guggenheim Fellowship Awarded to Rennie Harris
Rennie Harris, guest artist in residence in the Department of Theatre & Dance and the founder and artistic director of Rennie Harris Pure movement, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2010. Edward Hirsch, president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, announced on Tuesday that Rennie Harris is among the 180 awarded fellowships to artists, scientists and scholars chosen from a group of some 3,000 applicants. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. The Guggenheim Fellowship will allow Harris to further document the historical content of urban dance, highlight and articulate the voice of youth culture, and challenge the possibilities of Hip Hop dance theater.

Years of Service and Retiree Appreciation
Boulder Campus Staff Council, congratulates and thanks the 90 Boulder campus classified or professional staff who completed 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service in 2009. Congratulations and thanks are also given to the 55 UCB retirees of 2009. An invitation-only awards ceremony will be held April 29 to show appreciation. Please visit the Staff Council website under special events for names of the award recipients.

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