Focus on CU Faculty

January 2015

Colorado researcher says bias is hard to shake

“You may not personally endorse them. You may say, ‘I don’t believe that and I don’t want to believe that,’ ” said Joshua Correll, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at CU-Boulder. “But in a culture that routinely 

communicates the association between black and danger, we all pick up on that information. You and I pick up on it; police officers pick up on it.” CBS 4, Dec. 4

These mammals are hit hard by climate change

A recent meta-analysis led by CU-Boulder professor Christy McCain examined 140 research projects on North American mammals and found that body size is by far the best characteristic to predict how an animal responds to climate change. Bigger animals like foxes, reindeer and bighorn sheep are in danger, but rodents may prove much more resilient. TIME, Dec. 1

An independent fit for Boulder

Alex Cox, British filmmaker and assistant professor to the film studies program at CU-Boulder, doesn’t only know a thing or two about independent filmmaking in Boulder; he’s doing his part. “Bill, the Galactic Hero” is a film studies program and department of theater and dance picture, with the art and art history department and aerospace engineering department lending a hand. Boulder Weekly, Dec. 18

In Navajo country, coal gives life — and takes it, some say

In his book “Fire on the Plateau,” Charles Wilkinson, a public land law scholar at the CU-Boulder Law School, details how the shadow of big coal emerged during the 1960s, when urban consumers across the Southwest sought cheap power without having to deal directly with the environmental downside of coal factories. The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 14

CU-Boulder police hire new deputy chief of support services

The CU-Boulder Police Department has appointed Ken Koch as deputy chief of support services. Koch was previously in law enforcement as the chief of police for the Taos Police Department in New Mexico. Daily Camera, Dec. 18

Universities push harder into realm of startups

Alan Mickelson, associate professor of electrical engineering at CU-Boulder, brought on a Boulder-based entrepreneur to be the chief executive of a spinoff based on his optical communications technology research. Mickelson says building the new company, Red Cloud Communication Inc., requires skills in business and manufacturing that he doesn’t have.  “I feel like my place is in the lab,” he said. The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 17

MAVEN probe piecing together how Mars’ atmosphere escapes to space

“Over the course of the full mission, we’ll be able to . . . really understand the processes by which the atmosphere changed over time,” said Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU-Boulder., Dec. 16


Using penguins to study prehistory

Paleontologists Karen Chin of CU-Boulder and Laura Wilson of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History studied the bones of Hesperornis – a genus of flightless aquatic birds that spanned the first half of the Campanian age of the Late Cretaceous period – from Kansas and the Arctic because bones act as records of major events in a vertebrate’s life. During difficult times of an animal’s life when resources are scarce – such as an Arctic winter or a stressful migration – its bone growth may slow or stop, often leaving a marker known as a line of arrested growth (or LAG). National Geographic, Dec. 12

Daniels Fund grant helps UCCS continue business ethics initiative

Ethics in business is like oxygen, says Venkat Reddy, dean of the College of Business and Administration at UCCS.  “You don’t know it’s out there, but if you don't have it, you’re going to die,” he said. “It’s critical to an organization's success.” UCCS is one of 11 universities in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming that will receive money from the Denver-based Daniels Fund to continue an ethics initiative launched in 2010. The Gazette, Dec. 9

New residency program could help alleviate doctor shortage in Pikes Peak region

The Peak Vista residency program would differ from the CU School of Medicine’s new Colorado Springs branch, which would have third- and fourth-year medical students do clinical rotations across the county. The effort signals Peak Vista's second attempt in as many years to re-establish a residency program. The Gazette, Dec. 21

The surprising origins of the #CrimingWhileWhite movement

The #CrimingWhileWhite movement “can be the start to something great if there are extensive conversations beyond the 140 characters, if there’s real action and work beyond just what we post on our Twitter or Facebook status updates,” said Stephany Rose Spaulding, assistant professor of women’s and ethnic  studies at UCCS. “It can be useful. But it just cannot remain as this performance … this distraction from what people of color need right now when it comes to justice in their community.” The Washington Post, Dec. 4

Choice: Harvard or UCCS?

Harvard University was founded in 1636. UCCS was founded 329 years later, in 1965. Approximately 6,700 undergraduates are currently enrolled at Harvard, while UCCS welcomed 11,132 students to its lively campus this fall. Colorado Springs Independent, Dec. 17

USA Ultimate moves headquarters back to Colorado Springs

Sports Corp. President Tom Osborne said factors that contributed to the decision to return the USA Ultimate – a game played by two teams with a flying disc or Frisbee™ – to Colorado Springs included the possibility of getting interns from the UCCS sports management program and the proposed City for Champions center. The Gazette, Dec. 13

NFL owners approve new personal conduct policy

Barbara Paradiso, director of the Center on Domestic Violence at CU Denver, welcomed the NFL owners’ approval of a new personal conduct policy, saying, “I applaud the NFL for taking this seriously and moving the discussion into policy and for developing a process that’s very transparent.” Wall Street Journal, Dec. 10

Beyond color: 9News discusses race relations

CU Denver professor Ruben Anguiano talks about the importance of preparing students to work with culturally and linguistically diverse families. 9News, Nov. 26

Fair fees? Facing cuts, more schools charge for busing

“It has always been a little unclear whether transportation is the responsibility of the district or the parent,” said Paul Teske, professor and dean of the School of Public Affairs at CU Denver. “While all states guarantee free education, the language used typically doesn't include transportation in a legal sense, so it has been a gray area.” USA Today, Dec. 2

Warning teens of hookah’s dangers is tough sell

Richard Miech, professor of health and behavioral sciences at CU Denver, said he believes teens “see hookah as fundamentally different from cigarette use. Most likely they see it as safer.” USA Today, Dec. 16

The Ethical Professor: My favorite gift this year

Column: Lots of students memorize, but they don’t apply their learning.  They tell, but don’t show.  For example, they tell me they’ve done some critical thinking, but they often don’t demonstrate much critical thinking, which is the goal.  Or, they tell me that there are ethical issues involved in their topic, but they may not actually name any ethical principles, let alone apply those principles to their topic, writes Mitch Handelsman, professor of psychology and a President’s Teaching Scholar at CU Denver. Psychology Today, Dec. 16

Slide show: On the Wing

Alongside many other works at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., hangs a series of photographs by Joann Brennan, a professor and associate dean at CU Denver. Brennan has characterized her work as “a bridge, a vehicle to create and share stories that expose nuances and the paradox of our complex relationship to wildness and the natural world.” The New Yorker, Dec. 8

Help in fight against melanoma

Rene Gonzales at the CU Cancer Center has been fighting melanoma for years. But, during that time, he has seen little progress toward a cure. In fact, for most the diagnosis has essentially been a death sentence. In the past few years, however, all of that has changed. Gonzales admits the progress he has seen in the fight against melanoma something he never expected to see in his lifetime. KRDO, Dec. 8

Running from the seizures

Jacci Bainbridge, a professor in the department of clinical pharmacy and neurology at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, thinks there is something about exercising in the outdoors that helps interrupt the abnormal electrical discharges in the brain that cause seizures. The Atlantic, Dec. 12

Battling middle-age depression in women

Dana Steidtmann, M.D., of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Depression Center, says many women carry genes that cause their depression, but life experiences during middle age can trigger a problem that’s difficult to recover from.  KDVR, Dec. 5


Colorado is the least obese state – but not the healthiest

James O. Hill, executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and co-author of the weight-loss book “State of Slim,” discusses what Coloradans are doing right – and where we still have room to improve. 5280, Dec. 16


Model suggests annual mammo in 40-49 year olds yields significant lifesaving results

R. Edward Hendrick, Ph.D., with the Department of Radiology at the CU School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and colleagues evaluated the implications of recent Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) modeling of benefits and harms of screening to women 40-49 years old using annual digital mammography. Health Imaging, Dec. 14

Questioning the idea of good carbs, bad carbs

“The dogma out there is that a high glycemic index is bad,” said Robert Eckel, a past president of the American Heart Association and a professor at the CU School of Medicine. “I hope that ultimately the glycemic index will be left on the shelf.” The New York Times, Dec. 16

Parents might overestimate marijuana’s effects on kid’s seizures

“I can imagine these poor families, who are just desperate for anything to work,” said the study's senior researcher, Kevin Chapman, associate professor of neurology at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. However, it's concerning that the researchers found “that the biggest predictor of whether you respond was whether you actually moved from out of state.” Live Science, Dec. 8

Red wine might prevent cancer

Researchers from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus found that the chemical resveratrol, found in grapes’ skins and in red wine, blocks the cancer-causing effect of alcohol. “Alcohol damages cells and resveratrol kills damaged cells,” said Robert Sclafani, investigator at the CU Cancer Center and professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics. University Herald, Dec. 4

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