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Anna Sher (Biological Sciences) co-authors conservation biology textbook

Anna Sher is co-author of the newly-released "An Introduction to Conservation Biology," first edition, published in April 2016 by Sinauer Associates Press. She joined Richard Primack in authoring this new textbook that combines the readability of Primack's "A Primer of Conservation Biology" with the depth and coverage of his larger textbook, "Essentials of Conservation Biology." The text, which will replace both of these best-selling series, is suited for a wide range of undergraduate courses, as both a primary text for conservation biology courses and as a supplement for ecological and environmental science courses. For the new book, Anna added hundreds of new examples, citations, and figures, balancing foundational literature with the most current scientific findings and technologies for data collection.

NSM hosts the 2016 Front Range Cytoskeleton Meeting

On June 7, more than 100 researchers from the Front Range and beyond gathered in Olin Hall for the 2016 Front Range Cytoskeleton Meeting, organized by Todd Blankenship in Biological Sciences. The event, which included a keynote address by Bruce Goode of Brandeis University, featured speakers and a poster session. The meeting covered the roles that actin and microtubule cytoskeletons play in cell physiology and human disease processes.

Schuyler van Engelenburg (Biological Sciences) awarded Boettcher Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award

Schuyler van Engelenburg has been awarded a $235,000 Boettcher Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award. He is the first University of Denver researcher to receive this honor, which was granted to only 10 Colorado scientists this year. Read more in Biology professor named one of 10 Boettcher Investigators (DU Magazine).

2016 Pioneer Award Winners

A number of NSM faculty and students were honored at the 2016 Pioneer Awards, held May 19 at the Cable Center.

William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award
Nancy Lorenzon

Faculty Advisor of the Year
Nancy Lorenzon

Inclusive Excellence – Respect for Difference Award
Ron Sidwell

American Chemical Society Outstanding Organic Chemist
Madison Schackmuth

James Balafas Award in Organic Chemistry
Colton Petty

Outstanding Freshman in General Chemistry
Sarah McDonald

Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Major Award
David Wideman

Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major
Florence Bachrach

Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
Daniela Battaglioli

Eleanor L. Campbell Memorial Award in Mathematics
Madeline Doering

Herbert J. Greenberg Award in Mathematics
Zachary Adams

Outstanding Students in Mathematics Award
Aurora Simoneau
David Chan
Samantha Brooker
Kiet Lu

Outstanding Senior in Physics & Astronomy
Cameron Hickert
Brian Alpert
Sierra Ashley
Alisha Karatsoupa
Sam Kerber
Jack Maurer
Andrew Torres
Chris Racz

Thomas M. Stephen Memorial Award
Cameron Hickert

Outstanding Student Award
Cameron Hickert Faculty

Faculty Pioneer Award  
Ronnie Pavlov

Congrats to all 2016 NSM Graduate Student Award Winners and Nominees

NSM honored its 2016 Graduate Student Award Winners at the Annual Spring Picnic on May 25.

Excellence in Research Award Nominees: Nitika Dewan (Chemistry), Thomas French (Math), Lukas Sawle (Physics), Diego Pons (Geography), Whitley Lehto (Biology)

Winner: Diego Pons

Excellence in Teaching Award Nominees: Ginelle Rahman (Chemistry), Wesley Fussner (Math), Rachel Bennet (Physics), Joe Quintana (Geography), Emily Wilkinson (Biology)

Winner: Wesley Fussner

Excellence in Service Award Nominees: John Haynes (Chemistry), Drew Ash (Math), Tristan Wolfe (Physics), Grace Kellner (Geography), Elizabeth Barnes (Biology)

Winner: Elizabeth Barnes

Phil Danielson (Biological Sciences) presents on genome technology to Mile High Club of Denver

Phil Danielson delivered a talk, titled "Personalizing Medicine: What YOUR Genes Can Tell Your Doctor," to a meeting of the Mile High Club of Denver on May 16. Speaking before an audience of about 150 attendees, he presented advances in genome technology that are transforming medicine and enabling doctors to practice medicine in a manner that is customized and targeted to the unique genetics of each patient. Since its founding in 1902, the Mile High Club has brought together many of Colorado’s most accomplished individuals and thought leaders to help shape and contribute to a better society for Colorado.

Watch Andy Goetz (Geography) discuss what the new train to DIA means for Denver and DU (video)

Andy Goetz, co-author of the book "Denver International Airport: Lessons Learned," was featured in a video on the DU website explaining the significance of RTD's new train to DIA. Watch A Line & DU on YouTube.