April 24, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

A Sher thing: Students, faculty will fete outgoing music dean

After 20 years as dean of the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, Daniel P. Sher will step away from the post in June — but he isn’t going quietly. First, student musicians at the college will dedicate their performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver on May 1 to the outgoing dean. The celebration will continue May 2 with a free, public musical fete by faculty performers at Macky Auditorium, including world premiere performances of “Sher’s Originals,” penned by faculty composers.

Boulder Faculty Assembly honors 2012-2013 Excellence Awardees

On Wednesday, April 17, the Boulder Faculty Assembly (BFA) gathered to recognize the recipients of the 2012-2013 Faculty Excellence Awards. Each spring the BFA presents up to twelve members of the Boulder Faculty Senate with awards for faculty excellence, recognizing their outstanding work. The organization accepts nominees in three categories: excellence in the areas of teaching; service; and research, scholarly and creative work.

Dusinberre, Douglass named President's Teaching Scholars

Three University of Colorado professors have been chosen as 2013 President’s Teaching Scholars, educators who have skillfully integrated teaching and research at a high level throughout their careers at CU.

The title of CU President’s Teaching Scholar signifies the university system’s highest recognition of excellence in and commitment to learning and teaching, as well as active, substantial contributions to scholarly work. CU President Bruce D. Benson solicits annual nominations of faculty for the designation, which is a lifetime appointment.

2013 campus sustainability award winners announced

The campus sustainability awards program was established in 1997 to recognize outstanding individuals and departments demonstrating strong commitments to reducing CU-Boulder’s impact on the environment. This year, congratulations go to James Balog, Robert Dixon, William Franz, Paul Komor, Graham Meriwether, Shimshon Rapaport, Facilities Management Custodial Services, and Housing & Dining Services.

CU-Boulder prof works to shrink error margins in U.S. census data

A person searching through the massive expanse of data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in search of details about a specific neighborhood may increasingly find statistics with colossal margins of error, such as an average income of $50,000 plus or minus $50,000.

A geographer at the University of Colorado Boulder, one of eight nodes of the National Science Foundation’s newly created Census Research Network, has been granted a five-year $1.4 million grant to see if he can change that.

Community Notes

Mark Zoback

CIRES Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Mark Zoback

CIRES is pleased to welcome Professor Mark Zoback from Stanford University as our next guest lecturer in the CIRES Distinguished Lecture Series. Join us for his presentation "The Opportunities and Challenges of Shale Gas Development" on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the CIRES Auditorium-Room 338. Light reception to follow in the CIRES Atrium.


Communication Seminar - May 1

This 2-hour communication seminar focuses on analyzing barriers that inhibit listening skills. Identify skills in speaking clearly, directly, and strategize solutions to communication challenges. If you're committed to enhancing this skill, then this seminar is designed for you! 

To register, please visit the Human Resources training website, or email Yee.Chan@colorado.edu.

Instructor: Omaira Bankston, Organizational and Employee Development.

One Million Acts of Green

CU-Boulder students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to use One Million Acts of Green -- an online sustainability tool and social network that allows participants to build and track sustainability plans, measure the individual and collective impacts of their actions, and share their progress among Facebook friends and Twitter followers. There are more than 100 acts of green from which to choose, from taking public transit instead of driving, to carrying a reusable water bottle, and eating vegetarian at least once a week.

Coping with Stress During Tragic Events – April 25 FSAP forum

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) counselors will provide a psycho-educational forum to discuss our responses to stressful events, and provide coping tools to manage during difficult times. You will leave with an understanding of the social, emotional and physiological responses to tragic events.

Now accepting nominations for the Joanne Arnold award

Know someone who has made contributions to the lives of GLBTQ people at CU and beyond? The University of Colorado Chancellor’s Standing Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues welcomes nominations for the 2013 Joanne Arnold Courage and Commitment Award. Nominations are due April 26, 2013.

Parking maps for visitors

Is your department or office in need of new 2012-2013 parking maps for visitors? Parking Services updates and prints a parking map at the beginning of each academic year that can be used for campus distribution. If you would like a few copies for your office, students, or visitors please let us know!


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