Learning & Teaching

Birzer appointed as second Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy

Bradley J. Birzer has been appointed the second Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy. Birzer, a professor of history and the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College in Michigan, will begin his one-year appointment beginning in fall 2014.

Love of bodybuilding inspires scientific pursuit for Goldwater Scholar Brennan Coffey

Before there were beakers, there were barbells.

Brennan Coffey—one of three CU-Boulder undergraduates to win a coveted Goldwater Scholarship this year for high academic merit—has logged long hours at the gym. An avid bodybuilder, Coffey’s weightlifting sessions have sculpted both his body and his interest in science.

White Center program creates brighter vision for the future

“The moment I got involved in the Marshall-Brennan Project, my life changed,” said Viviana Andazola, who was a 10th grade student at York International High School in the Mapleton School District during the 2011–12 academic year, the first year of Colorado Law’s Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. “I now have a brighter vision for my future.”

Lt. Governor Garcia observes CU’s ‘Literacy Squared’ bilingual model for Literacy Week

As part of Colorado Literacy Week, on Monday afternoon Lt. Governor Joe Garcia visited a highly successful program at Godsman Elementary School in Denver that promotes not only literacy, but biliteracy in Spanish and English. In partnership with the CU-Boulder’s BUENO Center for Multicultural Education, the school has fully integrated the Literacy Squared® model. As a result, Godsman has achieved impressive reading and writing gains in both Spanish and English that have outpaced the district and the state.

Award-winning student video seeks to inspire would-be scientists

University of Colorado Boulder graduate student Emi Tokuda is trying to find effective ways to battle melanoma, a notoriously drug-resistant disease that is responsible for 75 percent of all skin cancer-related deaths. She is the subject of one of a slew of videos recently produced for LabTV, and filmed by Emilie Johnson, a graduate student in journalism at CU-Boulder. The video was recently named a Finalist Award Winner by LabTV at the Tribeca Film Festival.

College and elementary school students teach each other

Professor Kris Gutiérrez has a rule about her after-school program at Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette: “If you’re not having fun, something is going wrong.”

Norton named 2014 President’s Teaching Scholar

Associate Professor Helen Norton, associate dean for Academic Affairs at Colorado Law, was one of three educators named a 2014 President’s Teaching Scholar, recognized for her ability to skillfully integrate teaching and research at an exceptional level. The title of President’s Teaching Scholar signifies CU’s highest recognition of excellence in and commitment to learning and teaching, as well as active, substantial contributions to scholarly work. 

Anderson named 2014 Hazel Barnes Prize winner

Professor Robert S. Anderson of the University of Colorado Boulder’s geological sciences department and Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research has been awarded the 2014 Hazel Barnes Prize, the most distinguished award a faculty member can receive from the university.

Law professor named President’s Teaching Scholar

April 17, 2014

CU system news release

DENVER – Three faculty members from across the University of Colorado system have been named 2014 President’s Teaching Scholars, each recognized as an educator who skillfully integrates teaching and research at an exceptional level.

The title of President’s Teaching Scholar signifies CU’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.

Student's passion for classics leads to treasure hunt with ancient clay tablets

When Christina Chandler transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder as an English major, her advisor pushed her to take a course in classics. It would meet a requirement, the advisor said, and it fit into her schedule.

Chandler, who didn’t think she’d be interested in the subject, was not happy. But she gave in.

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