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High-impact educators, researchers receive CU’s highest faculty honor

Five Distinguished Professors attended Friday's Board of Regents meeting, where they were honored. From left: Lesley Smith, Wendy Macklin, Jack Kroll, Mark Serreze, Heidi Ganahl, Glen Gallegos, Robin Shandas, Mark Kennedy, Irene Griego, Chance Hill, Lee N

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Five Distinguished Professors attended Friday’s Board of Regents meeting, where they were honored. From left: Lesley Smith, Wendy Macklin, Jack Kroll, Mark Serreze, Heidi Ganahl, Glen Gallegos, Robin Shandas, Mark Kennedy, Irene Griego, Chance Hill, Lee Newman, Carole Newlands, Don Elliman, Phil DiStefano, Linda Shoemaker and Dorothy Horrell.

The University of Colorado on Friday added seven members to its roster of Distinguished Professors. The designation is the highest honor awarded to faculty across the CU system’s four campuses.

CU Distinguished Professors are faculty members who demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work, a record of excellence in classroom teaching and supervision of individual learning, and outstanding service to the profession, the university and its affiliates.

Earlier this year, the systemwide advisory board of Distinguished Professors recommended candidates to President Mark Kennedy, who forwarded the names to the Board of Regents for consideration and approval. During its meeting Friday at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the board voted to approve the nominees.

Honorees for 2019 are:

Min Han, Ph.D.

Min Han

Min Han, Ph.D.
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB), CU Boulder

At CU Boulder since 1991, Han has distinguished himself as a national and international authority in molecular and developmental biology. He has run a highly dynamic research program in his lab, addressing cutting-edge problems in diverse biological fields related to human health. He has developed and taught many courses within MCDB while also actively participating in international educational efforts. His impact as a mentor and teacher also is noteworthy, as many former trainees have advanced to significant careers in higher education and industry.

David Korevaar, DMA

David Korevaar

David Korevaar, DMA
Piano, College of Music, CU Boulder

Korevaar is an exceptionally gifted pianist who has performed across the country and around the world. He has built his performing reputation with pianistic mastery of an extensive repertoire and an intelligent approach to interpretation, allowing him to play at the highest levels as a soloist and collaborator. At CU Boulder since 2000, Korevaar’s work combines performance and scholarship, exploring a rich variety of keyboard literatures, the works of composers, and their historical interconnection. His students work as performers, professors and teachers, while also winning prestigious competitions and receiving prestigious grants and fellowships. A leading pedagogue, he is frequently invited to hold master classes at universities, music schools and conservatories around the world.

Wendy B. Macklin, Ph.D.

Wendy B. Macklin

Wendy B. Macklin, Ph.D.
Professor and chair, Cell and Developmental Biology, School of Medicine, CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Since 2009, Macklin has been professor and chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, where she built on decades of outstanding research in understanding the regulation of myelination in the developing brain and of remyelination in adults following demyelination, as in multiple sclerosis. As a pioneer in the field, she developed tools and methods that have transformed how myelin biology in the central and peripheral nervous systems is studied. Many of those tools are in use today in labs across the world. She helped develop a master’s degree program in modern human anatomy that has now trained more than 100 students and has become an integral part of the medical school curriculum.

Carole Newlands, Ph.D.

Carole Newlands

Carole Newlands, Ph.D.
Classics, CU Boulder

At CU Boulder since 2009, Newlands is a scholar of Latin literature and culture whose sophisticated, creative and pioneering explorations and interpretations have established her as one of the world’s finest Latinists. With a research focus on imperial Latin literature and reception studies, Newlands has revealed important elements of Flavian and Augustan culture that had been misunderstood and underappreciated. She has received many prestigious teaching appointments, including the Visiting NEH Professor of Classics at the University of Richmond, and the Fellowship in the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. Through her scholarship, books and mentorship, Newlands’ impact has been recognized as being central in the shaping of a rising generation of Latinists.

Lee S. Newman, M.D., M.A.

Lee S. Newman

Lee S. Newman, M.D., M.A.
Colorado School of Public Health, School of Medicine, CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Newman plays a critical role in educating the public health workforce and has been a pillar for training in occupational health for the state. His international reputation was built on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of work-related lung disorders, most notably Chronic Beryllium Disease. Most recently he focuses on workplace safety, health and well-being in small businesses and agriculture. Since 1987, he has been affiliated with the CU School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine and the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, which became the foundation for the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH). There, he is a professor in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health and Epidemiology and director of the Center for Health, Work and Environment, which he founded in 2013, and the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center.

Mark C. Serreze, Ph.D.

Mark C. Serreze

Mark C. Serreze, Ph.D.
Geography, CU Boulder

Serreze earned his doctorate at CU Boulder 30 years ago; today, he is a leading authority on Arctic climate. He is director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which, under his leadership, continues to be the world’s leading source for data and information about our planet’s snow and ice. One of the most published scientists in his field, Serreze’s work has significantly improved our understanding of the Arctic’s role in global climate. His books include the award-winning textbook “The Arctic Climate System” and last year’s “Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North,” which has received critical acclaim for its impact on audiences beyond academia.

Robin Shandas, Ph.D.

Robin Shandas

Robin Shandas, Ph.D.
Bioengineering, CU Denver

Shandas is a world-leading bioengineer and exceptional teacher, mentor, researcher and innovator. He has spent his career transforming the boundaries between real-world problems in clinical medicine and the discipline of biomedical engineering. He applies engineering methods, tools and mindsets to solve complex clinical problems, which has resulted in an unusual level of impact through clinical innovation in terms of commercialization and startup companies. Besides his excellence in teaching, research and entrepreneurship, Shandas has further distinguished himself through academic leadership and service, having conceived and built the first Department of Bioengineering in the state. At CU for more than 25 years, his innovative academic programming – including new bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs – bridges the CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campuses.

With these seven new designees, CU has recognized 106 Distinguished Professors since the program’s establishment in 1977.

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Local Foundations Band Together to Expand Childhood Mental Health Workforce

Philanthropic investments double the number of community-based infant and early childhood mental health fellows

Five Colorado-based philanthropic funders came together in a tremendous effort to address the state’s workforce shortage related to infant and early childhood mental health. Their collective investments will double the number of community-based infant and early childhood mental health professionals, through training by the Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Caring for Colorado, Community First Foundation, The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments, the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and ZOMA Foundation assembled in 2018, to build momentum towards expanding the Irving Harris Program. They brought together diverse perspectives to foster collaboration, challenge conventional thinking and spur innovation in infant and early childhood mental health.

“That kind of collective effort is necessary in order to replicate and scale the best solutions, like the Irving Harris Program,” said Rebecca Alderfer, a senior program consultant at ZOMA Foundation. “This opportunity shows how shared objectives can leverage resources to make a bigger impact.”

Lisa Montagu, investment director at Gary Community Investments, said, “We are energized when philanthropy aligns to help launch strategic projects such as this one.”

The funders gathered with a singular focus on improving infant and early childhood mental health. This effort involves removing barriers to care by integrating mental health into the communities where families live and work.

“We strive to create a network of care and support that meets moms, babies and families where they are,” said Noah Atencio, vice president of community impact at Community First Foundation. “We also aim to deepen knowledge and transform the way mothers’ and children’s mental health are cared for throughout pregnancy and postpartum.”

Irving Harris

The Irving Harris Program is led by Director Karen Frankel, PhD, and Co-Director Ayelet Talmi, PhD.  They said, “We are enormously grateful for the collaborative effort and spirit the foundations in the community have brought to addressing the infant and early childhood mental health workforce shortage. Their creativity, courage and commitment are exceptional.”

Over 30 years ago, the concept for infant and early childhood mental health training flourished from a friendship between Robert J. Harmon, MD, a child psychiatrist in the CU Department of Psychiatry, and Irving Harris, retired businessman and founder of the Irving Harris Foundation. Dr. Harmon and Mr. Harris were board members of ZERO TO THREE, a national organization that pioneered the field of infant and early childhood mental health.

Robert Harmon, MD

Both men shared a passion for young children and their developmental needs. Years after their meeting, Harris asked Harmon about creating an infant mental health program in Colorado. This conversation led to the establishment of the Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health in 1996.

The program trains postdoctoral psychology fellows and community professionals with advanced clinical skills in infant and early childhood mental health. Clinical settings include traditional outpatient services, pediatric primary care centers and other medical clinics, early care and education centers, and home-based services.

“Through our work across the state, we regularly interact with Harris trained mental health clinicians who are advocates, experts, leaders and change makers,” said Colleen Church, vice president of programs at Caring for Colorado. “By investing in fellows across the state, who are deeply embedded in their communities, we can support the health and well-being of Colorado’s youngest children and their caregivers.”

Shaleah Dardar, MD

Shaleah Dardar, MD, is one of the more than 90 postdoctoral fellows and community fellows who have completed training through the Irving Harris Program. She currently serves as an assistant professor in the CU Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Dardar said, “I learned that being an Irving Harris Fellow was more than just training. It meant having colleagues who are leaders in the field, working collaboratively with families to promote healthy relationships and well-being in young children, and pushing the field continuously through scholarship and advocacy.”

Philanthropic support from the funders will ensure that more infant and early childhood mental health professionals positively impact the lives of young children, their families and caretakers. Their investment in fellows is a commitment to promoting healthy beginnings for some of our youngest minds.


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Nominations open for CU Excellence in Leadership Award

Nominations open for CU Excellence in Leadership Award

Do you know a University of Colorado faculty or staff member who has participated in the Excellence in Leadership Program?

The Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP) is accepting nominations for the 2019 Excellence in Leadership Award. The submission deadline is Oct. 11.

ELP is a university-wide program that provides opportunities for faculty and staff to become more effective leaders who can successfully address the key challenges of a dynamic university.

The Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes an ELP alumnus who has shown exemplary leadership at the university in one or more areas:

  • Leadership of organizations, departments or teams
  • Leadership of projects, programs and/or research
  • Fiscal management and/or fundraising
  • Student instruction

The award recipient and the nominator will be recognized at the Excellence in Leadership Luncheon and Lecture on Nov. 22 at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel.

Nomination details:

The award is open to ELP alumni who are currently working at the University of Colorado.

Submit the nomination form on the Employee Services website. The deadline to submit a nomination is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.

If you have questions, please contact

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Policy on workplace bullying now in effect

Policy on workplace bullying now in effect

A workplace bullying policy that governance groups called for in recent years has been adopted by university administration.

The approval of APS5059-Workplace Bullying, which took effect on June 1, 2019, was announced by the Office of Policy and Efficiency (OPE).

The systemwide Staff Council and Faculty Council began calls for such a policy in order to foster a climate where workplace bullying is discouraged, and to inform employees that any incident can be subject to discipline.

As adopted, the policy prohibits all forms of abusive workplace behavior, including conduct that is threatening, humiliating or intimidating, as well as work sabotage and any related retaliation.

The policy was reviewed by the campus chancellors and approved by then-President Bruce Benson at the May 30, 2019, TEAM Meeting.

Tamara Terzian, chair of the Faculty Council’s Personnel and Benefits Committee, helped lead an effort to develop the policy, involving a task force and working with administration.

“I feel this sends a clear message to all faculty, staff and hopefully students that we value having a good workplace environment,” Terzian said. “We are committed to creating an environment where everybody is included. We work hard to achieve our individual and community goals.”

Terzian thanked Jeremy Hueth, University Counsel managing associate, for his work in developing the policy. Early in the process, he noted the challenges in developing such a policy, which walks a fine line of regulating conduct – the encouragement of collegiality and discouragement of emotional or psychological abuse in the workplace – without conflicting with academic freedom and freedom of speech.

Terzian said her committee believed it was important to define workplace bullying in policy.

“How can people distinguish between harassment and bullying if you don’t define it? This policy defines it, names it,” she said.

For additional information on system policies, go to:  

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CU Supplier Showcase: CU Anschutz

Please join us at the 14th annual Supplier Showcases.  Presented by the CU Procurement Service Center, this series of events provides unparalleled opportunities to meet with suppliers, connect with PSC staff, CU System departments, and campus departments.

Event sponsors Staples and Dell will be featured, along with many CU Marketplace catalog suppliers and new exhibitors.  PSC staff will be available to discuss any procurement topics.

Free parking in the Hyatt parking garage and free shuttle with pick-ups in front of Building 500 approximately every 30 minutes.

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CU Anschutz Women in Leadership Series: Diversity in Leadership with Dr. Shanta Zimmer

CU Anschutz Women in Leadership Series

Diversity in Leadership with Dr. Shanta Zimmer, Senior Associate Dean of Education and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Medicine

Networking Breakfast – 7:00 am

Senior Associate Dean Zimmer’s Presentation – 7:30 am

More information and registration:

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Faculty Council discusses strategic plan process with President Kennedy

The Faculty Council opened its first meeting of the academic year with a full slate of discussion topics, led by President Mark Kennedy, who presented details on his proposed strategic process plan.

The council met Aug. 29 at 1800 Grant St.

CU President Mark Kennedy

CU President Mark Kennedy

Elaborating on slides labeled “Leaning Into the Future,” Kennedy called it “the plan for the plan,” which will be officially presented to the Board of Regents at its Sept. 12-13 meeting at CU Anschutz. The pre-planning process is in a listening phase, Kennedy said, noting that Staff Council had received a similar presentation.

A strategic plan for the CU system is needed to align regents, system administration and the campuses, said Kennedy, who was joined in the presentation by the two co-chairs of the strategic planning process: Sharon Matusik, dean of the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder, and Todd Saliman, system vice president for finance and chief financial officer.

Matusik explained how the pre-plan recommends three strategic pillars. The three overarching themes that drive areas of focus are Affordably Educate, Discovery and Impact, and Fiscal Sustainability.

Saliman stressed that the system strategic plan will not supplant existing strategic plans at the campuses. “We aren’t getting into campus-level execution,” he said. “We’re doing this in order to identify ways to leverage what we already do and do it better.”

Kennedy said the strategic plan must address challenges facing CU and the state, including the fourth industrial revolution and its resulting need for more workers with bachelor’s degrees. At the same time, the number of Colorado high school graduates is predicted to peak in 2025.

As the pre-planning process continues, faculty members are asked to provide feedback via email to Faculty Council Chair Joanne Addison,, or to

During a period of open discussion at last week’s meeting, Addison asked Kennedy about CU’s position on Proposition CC, an initiative on the November ballot asking voters to decline certain tax refunds and have the money instead go toward higher education, K-12 schools and transportation.

Kennedy said that because it is unlikely the Board of Regents would have a unanimous vote on this issue, he does not believe the regents will vote to take a position. Even so, he said he will still honor his pledge to campaign for it, but on his own time with his own resources, as a private citizen and not as CU president.

Also at last week’s Faculty Council meeting:

  • Current leadership of the Board of Regents, Chair Glen Gallegos and Vice Chair Irene Griego, talked with faculty about the strategic planning process and their experience thus far with President Kennedy. “A lot of our detail and work right not is just in finding out who he is and him finding out how we do things,” Gallegos said.
  • Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, discussed the recent release of a Return On Investment report and the work she’s focusing on statewide. “I want us to be a resource for you all,” Paccione told the council, emphasizing her interest in touting concurrent enrollment, boosting cost containment and erasing equity gaps in degree attainment.
  • Patrick O’Rourke, vice president, university counsel and secretary of the board, updated the council on the development of a new climate survey for the CU community. He said he’s enlisting the council’s help in tailoring certain aspects of the proposed survey for CU faculty, staff and students. The survey apparatus is based on the Diversity Engagement Survey, developed in part by the University of Massachusetts and the Association of American Medical Colleges.