Learning & Teaching

Noah Finkelstein

Finkelstein named CU’s first Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador

March 04, 2015

Inspired by the past and building toward the future, a new outreach program at the University of Colorado is tapping educators to promote discussion of teaching and learning in schools and communities across the state. Receiving the honor of being named the inaugural Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador is Noah Finkelstein, Ph.D., President’s Teaching Scholar and professor of physics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Faculty in Focus No. 10: The business strategist

Sharon Matusik likes solving problems. Curiosity about how businesses succeed fuels her passion for understanding entrepreneurship and innovation in the context of social systems. Why does one company embrace change and thrive while another company stagnates and fails?

Art student wrings every opportunity out of scholarships

In 2017, Jade Gutierrez will graduate from CU-Boulder with two undergraduate degrees, plus a master’s degree. Quite an accomplishment considering that without the support of scholarships, she might not have been able to attend college at all.

Faculty in Focus No. 9: The research librarian

Although Jennifer Knievel had planned to be a writer, her love of libraries led her down an unexpected career path. Today, Knievel is director of arts and humanities at CU-Boulder’s Norlin Library.

Holy literature, Batman! Superheroes go to college!

Comics and graphic novels are usually thought of as purely entertainment, but at CU-Boulder they also make for a rich and nuanced literature course.

Faculty in Focus No. 8: The environmental journalist

Theft, assault, sabotage and a suspicious death—it's not a description you’d expect to hear about Mt. Everest. It certainly wasn’t what Michael Kodas had imagined when he went there as part of an expedition to write about a husband and wife who had climbed the world’s highest peak 15 times.

Faculty in Focus No. 7: The law professor

Marriane Wesson never planned to be a lawyer, let alone a professor of law. And then almost by accident she became both. Known as Mimi to her friends, she compares her career path to a song by the Dixie Chicks about taking the long way around and not doing things like anybody else.

New benefit: Learn anytime, anywhere with lynda.com

All CU-Boulder faculty, staff and students now have access to lynda.com, an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software applications, as well as creative and business skills. With more than 2,500 courses, lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners and is available from any location with internet access. Start learning at www.colorado.edu/lynda.

Faculty in Focus No. 6: The composer

Colorado’s harsh winter of 1873-74 gave rise to an event that has captivated Coloradans ever since: Alferd Packer, a prospector stranded in the snow in the Rocky Mountains with his friends, forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.

The rich history of the ordeal and resulting trial, societal reactions, and the mystery surrounding it have inspired numerous books and creative presentations. In recent years, CU-Boulder students voted to name the UMC cafeteria the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill, with its slogan, “Have a Friend for Lunch.”

From the Provost: Strategies to help CU students stay on track to graduation

Earning a CU-Boulder degree – one of the most valuable degrees in the nation according to payscale.com and other studies – is the prime objective of all our students, and it’s the reason our faculty, staff and administrators are here. While our campus has always worked to support the success of our students, we are redoubling our efforts in this area as part of the chancellor’s goal to ensure student success. With first semester finals just a month away, we strongly advise you to carefully evaluate your academic progress, and if you are struggling, to take the steps outlined in this article to get back on track.

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