September 25, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Chancellor’s Corner: Take a few minutes for your health

This week, the Be Colorado’s 2013 fall biometric health screenings began on the Boulder campus. I invite you to take a few minutes, schedule an appointment and learn more about your health through the variety of tests offered at the screenings. Seven screenings will be hosted around our campus over the next seven weeks, so you should be able to find a time and a place that works for you. 19 screenings will be held system-wide, and the screenings are open to CU Health Plan-covered spouses or partners as well.

CU-Boulder/NIST physicist Ana Maria Rey wins 2013 MacArthur Fellowship

Ana Maria Rey, a theoretical physicist and a fellow of JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, today was named a winner of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as the “genius grant.” Rey also is an assistant research professor in the CU-Boulder Department of Physics. She teaches undergrauate and graduate classes.

Rey is the eighth CU-Boulder faculty member to win the prestigious award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago.

CU-Boulder Disaster Recovery Fund now over $141,000, fundraising continues

More than 1,000 donors so far have contributed over $141,000 in the last nine days to the CU-Boulder Disaster Recovery Fund, representing a strong and compassionate response to the needs of CU-Boulder students, faculty and staff in the wake of this month’s historic Colorado flood.

New CU-Boulder-led study finds ‘microbial clock’ may help determine time of death

An intriguing study led by the University of Colorado Boulder may provide a powerful new tool in the quiver of forensic scientists attempting to determine the time of death in cases involving human corpses: a microbial clock.

CU-Boulder to hold international conference on slavery Sept. 27-28

The University of Colorado Boulder will host a conference that explores the phenomenon of slavery from a global, historical perspective on Sept. 27-28.

Community Notes

New college subcommittees on Media Production and Media Studies to meet Sept. 26

Two subcommittees helping to plan the proposed new College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) will hold public meetings Thursday, Sept. 26 to share their initial ideas and solicit comments. The subcommittees are among several charged with recommending curriculum and structure for the college’s seven academic units.

The CMCI’s Media Production subcommittee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. in Muenzinger, Room E123. The subcommittee on Media Studies will follow immediately, from 4:15-5 p.m., also in Muenzinger, Room E123.

Alumni Awards

Register for the Alumni Association's 84th Annual Awards Ceremony!

Join us at the historic Hotel Boulderado at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 for the Alumni Association's annual Awards Ceremony. The ceremony is one of the university's longest-standing traditions and is a chance to celebrate the outstanding service and professional achievements of some of CU-Boulder's most outstanding alumni, faculty, staff and students. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served at a reception following the ceremony on the mezzanine of the hotel.

Old Main

8th Annual Fall Convocation

Please join us for a celebration of our outstanding faculty and students. On Friday, Oct. 4, CU-Boulder will host its eighth annual Fall Convocation: A Celebration of Faculty and Student Achievement. It will be held in conjunction with this year’s Family Weekend. Events include speakers throughout the morning and an awards ceremony followed by a reception. The awards ceremony, recognizing Provost’s Achievement Award winners and recipients of tenure and promotion, will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel.

City of Boulder News

City to host Q&A for tenants affected by flood Sept. 26

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the City of Boulder Community Mediation Program will be hosting free Q&A session with local landlord-tenant attorneys. The session is open to the public and will be held in Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attorneys will be on hand to answer flood-related questions and explain legal rights under the Colorado landlord-tenant law including the warranty of habitability.


Time Management Seminar - Oct. 1

Do you find yourself wishing there were more hours in a day? Are you spending a lot of time looking for misplaced items on your desk and your filing cabinets? Getting and staying organized takes discipline and commitment. Attend this workshop to learn how to organize your work and manage clutter and paperwork more efficiently. To register, please visit the Human Resources training website or call 303-492-8103.

New Online Composition Hub offers students online help with class assignments

The Online Composition Hub is a new tutoring service that uses online tools to provide support for students enrolled in online classes. A free service for Continuing Education students, the Online Composition Hub offers access to experienced, student tutors who provide peer-to-peer guidance and review student work.

Innovative conference showcases future of breakthrough energy

In this unparalleled, three-day free-energy conference (Oct. 10-12), enthusiasts from all walks of life will connect with influential scientists, leaders and revolutionaries in the breakthrough energy field.


Request a D2L course now and maximize your course development time

If you're teaching a course in the spring and are planning to use D2L, now is great time to request your course. Requesting your course early will allow you to maximize the available time to develop your course. To request a course, instructors should log in to MyCUInfo and choose the Course Tools tab in Teaching Tools to "Request Desire2Learn Course."  Get started now.


Snow conditioning early bird special

Get into peak physical condition and hit the slopes strong. In this high-energy class you will work on core strength, lower body strength, power, endurance, and agility - a great class to get you ready for skiing, snowboarding or any other winter activities that find you pushing powder. 


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In the News

New updates to CU-Boulder's 2013 flood site

The site now features FEMA-provided widgets which will connect you directly to disaster recovery resources. Also linked on the site are documents detailing who can qualify to receive FEMA assistance, as well as instructions for registering for assistance by telephone.

Also, don't miss: 

FSAP Workshop: Restoring Balance in Times of Trauma and Stress. Feeling overwhelmed trying to adjust to stressful and/or traumatic life events? FSAP invites faculty and staff  to join this interactive workshop on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at 1:15 to 3 p.m. in UMC 382-386. To register, please email or call 303-492-3020.