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May 2014

Academic & Administrative Units

VideoCast featured video

James Griesemer(May 27, 2014) This week's featured video comes from the recent Bridges to the Future event on changing and challenging times ahead for higher education. The University of Denver Strategic Issues Panel examined the changes impacting higher education, the forces driving change and the characteristics of organizations in other industries that have survived and even prospered in times of great change. Dr. James Griesemer, Strategic Issues Program director, discussed the panel's report, designed to provide an understanding of these changes to help universities, in Colorado and beyond, think about and prepare to deal with profound changes sweeping higher education. View the video.

DU's Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics seeks study participants

natural knee motion study(May 20, 2014) The Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics in DU's Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science is seeking participants for a study of natural knee motion. Males and females aged 55+ with no history of knee injury requiring surgery are invited to participate. Participation time is one two-hour testing session in the DU Human Dynamics Laboratory, and a knee CT and MRI in a nearby medical facility. X-ray, CT and MRI images of your knee will be acquired along with video-based full-body motion capture. If you are interested, please contact Adam Cyr ( for more information.

DU VideoCast featured video

(May 20, 2014) This week's featured video is from Dr. Peter Laz's presentation at the Provost Luncheon on his research in medical joint replacement implants. Laz directs the Probabilistic Mechanics Lab in the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics and is an associate professor in the Ritchie School for Engineering and Computer Science. In the U.S., 27 million people suffer from osteoarthritis, and Laz's research in joint replacement helps to improve implant design and patient outcomes. View the video.


(May 13, 2014) DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology, tucked away in the Ammi Hyde building on the south side of campus, provides real, hands-on experience to its students. Read the second part of our Q&A with Dean Smith-Acuna.

Staff Advisory Council's SpringFest a success!

(May 13, 2014) Thank you to everyone who participated in SpringFest and the 22nd annual Egg Hunt! We had a great turnout from the DU community with nearly 400 RSVPs! A special thank you to our event sponsors who helped make the event such a success; DU Athletics and Recreation, Sodexo, Welby Gardens, Kaladi's Coffee, Bruegger's Bagels and our amazing DU employees who made this event possible. Bummed you miss our event? Check out our YouTube video and save the date for SpringFest 2015 on April 4.

Profiles in a DU Pioneer Education: Q&A with Dean Shelly Smith-Acuna, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, part one

Shelly Smith-Acuna(May 6, 2014) DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology, tucked away in the Ammi Hyde building on the south side of campus, provides real, hands-on experience to its students. We talked with Dean Smith-Acuna to learn more.




DU VideoCast video of the week

(May 6, 2014) This week's featured video commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. The event was moderated by David Akerson, JD lecturer and trial attorney. Professor Akerson joined the University of Denver Law faculty in 2006 and currently teaches courses in international criminal law, international criminal procedure, and genocide and war crimes. View the video.

Office of Teaching and Learning workshops

Identifying and designing student assignments for program assessment

Monday, May 12, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch provided)
This student learning assessment workshop is designed to provide support for departments and programs engaged in identifying opportunities to assess student learning at the program level. The workshop is for programs at all stages of assessment development. It is not necessary to have attended any previous assessment workshop. More

Voice for the professor

Thursday, May 22, 4-5:30 p.m.
Faculty members across disciplines depend on their voices to communicate clearly. Anne Penner and Greg Ungar, assistant professors in the Department of Theatre, present a workshop on how to most effectively use, and save, your busy voice. More