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January 2012

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Dean finalists announced

Five finalists for the position of dean of the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences were announced Jan. 11 by Teri Switzer, dean, Kraemer Family Library, and search committee chair. The search will replace Tom Christensen who announced in April 2011 his plan to return to the faculty in June. 

The candidates are as follows:
  • Manuel Avalos, director of research partnerships and innovation, University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
  • Peter Braza, professor of mathematics, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, University of North Florida.
  • Tammy Stone, professor of anthropology, University of Colorado Denver.
  • Elizabeth Throop, visiting associate professor of anthropology and interim dean, Siebens School of Business, Buena Vista University.
  • Kathleen Tiemann, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Dakota.
  • Rex Welshon, associate dean and professor of philosophy, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Tom Christensen

9th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum

The Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF) is a collaborative venture designed to highlight the accomplishments of undergraduates from Colorado College, the United States Air Force Academy, and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. In its eighth year, the conference has grown to over 450 participants and continues to reflect the commitment and dedication of our faculty and staff to our students from all disciplines. Participation in this forum is free for currently enrolled undergraduates of CC, USAFA, and UCCS.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Colorado College and will feature a keynote address by CC Professor Shane Burns, an early colleague of Saul Perlmutter, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for physics.

Burns and Perlmutter searched for supernovae, which are massive exploding stars, when they were graduate students at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1980s. Burns, Perlmutter, and a small group of others began the work that resulted in the 1998 discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe, work that led to Perlmutter’s Nobel Prize.

Shane Burns

Humanities in the news

The Colorado Springs Independent profiled a UCCS faculty member in Studio Visit: Matt Barton’s Ewok Village in Progress, Part I

Matt Barton

Natural science in the news

Pinchuk named Inventor of the Year. Anatoliy O. Pinchuk, assistant professor, Physics Department, was named New Inventor of the Year for UCCS Jan. 17 by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. (More)

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Pinchuk's award in UCCS professor wins Inventor of Year Award.

Anatoliy Pinchuk

Social science in the news

Former adjunct faculty member Frederick “Fred” Campbell, 88, died Dec. 27 following a long illness.  He taught history and political science courses at UCCS from 1986 to 1999. (More)

The Colorado Springs Independent quoted UCCS faculty member Jay Coakley in
Long Live the FONG.

Joshua Dunn, associate professor, Department of Political Science, was recently named to a list of top scholars who contribute to public debates about education. (More)

The Colorado Springs Gazette published a guest column from UCCS faculty member Joshua Dunn in Judge Labato's anti-constitutional opinion is about politics, not law.

The New York Times reviewed a book written by UCCS faculty members Tom Wynn and Fred Coolidge in Book review: How to Think Like a Neandertal.

Joshua Dunn

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