Biology Club Faculty-Student Social October 29th

The Biology Club is hosting the annual Faculty-Undergraduate social on October 29th at 4:30 pm in Ramaley N240. It is scheduled until 6pm but it’s fine to arrive early or late. There will be pizza and beverages served.
This is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about the research being conducted in the EBIO department. Each faculty member will take about 5 minutes to introduce themselves and speak about their research.

For information, contact Ciara Green

Submit your work to the CU Honor Journal

The CU Honors Journal Wants Your Best! Submit today – any category is welcome!

The Journal is an interdisciplinary, student-run publication released every spring by the Honors Program, which showcases the University’s finest undergraduate work. Being selected for publication provides students with the unique opportunity of having their work recognized outside of his/her department and immediate academic circle.

  • ANY undergraduate can submit — you do not have to be an honors student
  • ALL submissions are reviewed blindly — no one will know you’ve submitted. Go for it!


Submission deadline: November 15, 2014

Check it out & submit online:

Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research on Western Public Lands Deadline extended

Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research on Western
Public Lands
We are excited to announce a new fellowship
program to support undergraduate
interdisciplinary research projects on western
public lands. Climate change, population
growth, land use change and intensification of
natural resource extraction are important
drivers that will influence the resilience of
western public lands today and into the future.
Addressing these complex management issues
requires an interdisciplinary approach to these
This fellowship will support 3 undergraduates to conduct honors thesis projects on western
public lands issues. We will consider funding projects that are grounded in science, regulatory
processes and land management policy and planning issues. Undergraduates will be mentored by
CU faculty with encouragement to seek out collaborations with industry and government agency
experts in the fields of cultural and natural resource management.
Eligibility: Must be an undergraduate with a minimum GPA of 3.3. Preference will be given to
students from the departments of Anthropology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Environmental Studies, Geography or Geology who have a demonstrated interest in cultural or
natural resource management or ecosystem management. All research must be presented in an
undergraduate honors thesis within a CU department. The selection committee will seek to
choose students across a range of majors and disciplines. Undergraduate fellows will receive
$3,000 each to conduct their research project. An additional amount (~$1000) will be awarded to
send the fellows to a professional conference to present their findings.
Requirements: Research by the fellows will begin in the spring 2015 semester with the honors
thesis defense scheduled for Fall 2015 or Spring 2016. Fellows will be required to meet regularly
not only with their departmental thesis advisor but also with the other research fellows to
enhance opportunities for collaborative and synergistic research.
Please direct all questions or inquiries to Nichole Barger at
Application: Please send the materials listed below to Nichole Barger at In the subject heading write “Western Public Lands Research –
[your last name]”
1. Curriculum vitae (CV) with expected graduation date.
2. Unofficial transcript.
3. A short letter from a potential thesis advisor stating that they would be willing to serve as
an honors thesis advisor.
4. Description of proposed research (1 page single-spaced). Please list the name of a
potential honors thesis advisor/s and whether they have agreed to serve in this role. The
selection committee is aware that students may just be developing project ideas. A fully
developed project is not required for the application but the student should be able to
clearly describe a potential project.
List of faculty who have expressed interest in serving as honors thesis advisors. Please feel
free to contact any of these faculty.
Nichole Barger
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
E-mail contact:
Dryland ecosystems make up 40% of the global land surface and support one-sixth of world’s
population. Over the past several decades, there has been widespread recognition that increasing
human population pressures and land use intensification across dryland ecosystems has resulted
in extensive degradation or “desertification” across many of these regions. The Barger lab group
addresses questions that not only further our knowledge of the structure and function of dryland
ecosystems, but also address contemporary issues in the management of these systems. Members
of the lab employ a variety of techniques in the fields of soil biogeochemistry, terrestrial plant
ecology, and dendrochronology to further our understanding of human impacts on these fragile
Sharon Collinge
Environmental Studies Program
E-mail contact:
Our research centers on the ecological consequences of human-induced changes to natural
systems. We study the impacts of habitat loss, fragmentation, and restoration on the persistence
of native species, communities, and ecosystems. Students and research associates in the Collinge
lab are engaged in a diverse set of research projects, all united by the theme of understanding
human impacts to native ecosystems.
Deserai Anderson Crow
Environmental Studies Program, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental
Journalism, and on the faculty of the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research.
E-mail contact:
Dr. Crow’s research interests include the role of stakeholders, information, and science in local
and state-level environmental policy, particularly in the American West. She is currently
researching policy responses to the September 2013 floods in Colorado, management outreach
trends related to wildfire mitigation in the West, and the role of narratives in policy processes at
the local and state levels
Jason Neff
Environmental Studies Program
Contact info:
Work in the Neff lab is focused on understanding the biogeochemical cycling of ecosystems and
how human activity is changing those cycles. They have on going studies of carbon and nutrient
cycling as well as studies of vegetation change, wind erosion and atmospheric deposition. Their
western U.S. projects include field study sites in Utah and Colorado using a wide variety of
techniques and tools in the environmental sciences.
Thomas Veblen
Department of Geography
Contact info:
The Veblen lab conducts research on various aspects of forest ecology in the Rocky Mountains
including impacts of bark beetles on forest structure and tree regeneration, fire history and fire
ecology, impacts of climate change on forest disturbances such as fire and bark beetle, and treering
applications in disturbance ecology.
Carol Wessman
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cooperative Institute for Research in
Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Contact info: carol.wessman@Colorado.EDU
The Wessman lab focuses on ecosystem resilience and response to disturbance, particularly as
disturbances overlap and interact. Our projects have been situated in USFS and wilderness area
in northern Colorado and concern disturbance types, such as beetle kill and fire, that are
widespread, of increasing frequency, and which have the potential to significantly impact
ecosystem services important to populations in the western US.
Lisa Dilling
Environmental Studies Program, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental
Sciences (CIRES), Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
Contact info:
Use of scientific knowledge in decision making; climate change science policy; carbon
management and governance; human dimensions of the carbon cycle; scales in decision making
and scientific research. Western public lands topics could be related to climate change adaptation
or carbon management on public lands, basically policy issues related to climate variability and
change on federal public lands.

Disability Services Hiring ASK Mentors

Job Description—Academic Skills Kit (ASK) Mentor
Disability Services is hiring students to serve as Academic Skills Kit (ASK) Mentors. ASK Mentors provide skill development assistance in the following areas: notetaking skills, time management skills, organization skills, reading techniques, Livescribe Smartpen demonstrations, test-taking strategies, new to CU, and test proctoring procedures. About 2/3 of this position is responsible for conducting one-on-one hour long study skill sessions with CU students who are registered with the Disability Services office and 1/3 of this position is responsible for tracking and assessing effectiveness and participation in the ASK service.
1. Provide one-on-one skill development assistance to CU students registered with the Disability Services office
2. Evaluate and recommend changes to improve the program
3. Work cooperatively with other Disability Services staff to ensure appropriate training and service delivery
4. Create and update forms, advertisements, and other written materials used in the ASK service each semester
5. Update and improve ASK Mentor training materials, as needed, with Disability Services staff
6. Assist with additional duties as deemed necessary by the supervisor
Required Qualifications:
1. Current CU-Boulder junior/senior undergraduate or graduate student status
2. Must have work study award
3. Excellent time management and organization skills
4. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
5. Excellent interpersonal skills
6. Excellent problem solving skills
7. Ability to work independently
8. GPA of a 3.0 or above
9. Maintain confidentiality
10. Sense of humor—what’s life without laughter!

Desired Qualifications:
1. Experience working with people with disabilities
2. Experience with public speaking, tutoring, or teaching
3. Minimum of a one year commitment to position
4. Experience with marketing (advertisements, flyers, brochures, social media, etc.)
5. Experience creating video, online, or other training materials
Salary: The salary for this position is $10.92/hour. ASK Mentors will be paid bi-weekly.
Hours: The ASK service provides 20 hours of open appointment times per week. The number of hours worked depends on the availability of each ASK Mentor. Hours are flexible but should be scheduled between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday through Thursday. ASK Mentors will not work in June or July.
Start date: October 2014. Training will be provided and paid for.
Application procedure: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Follow the prompts on the Student Employee website to apply for this position. When applying through the website, you must include your resume, fall 2014 course schedule, unofficial transcript, anticipated graduation date, and number of hours you would like to work. Interviews will be scheduled the last week of October 2014.
Equal Opportunity Statement: The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities it operates or in employment. Inquiries to the University of Colorado concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation may be referred to the campus Title IX coordinator at or to OCR at:


Two New ATOC classes for Spring

We would like to draw your attention to two new courses (ATOC 3050 – Principles of Weather and ATOC 3180 – Aviation Meteorology) that will be offered in spring 2015. Both courses satisfy the college of A&S natural science core class requirements and fulfill upper division requirements for the ATOC minor.

ATOC 3050 will be offered MW 12:00-12:50PM with a recitation section on either Th or F.

ATOC 3180 will be offered T/Th 12:30-1:45PM.

Please contact the ATOC undergraduate advisor (John Cassano, with any questions about these, or any other ATOC, classes.

ATOC 3050: Principles of Weather

Explores the processes that influence middle latitude weather including atmospheric thermodynamics, cloud and precipitation processes, atmospheric dynamics, air masses and fronts, and mid-latitude cyclones. Recitations and homework assignments will allow students to apply these concepts to real weather data through analysis of weather maps, thermodynamic diagrams, and conceptual models. Department enforced prereq., ATOC 1050. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

ATOC 3180: Aviation Meteorology

Familiarizes students with a wide range of atmospheric behavior pertinent to air travel: rudiments of aerodynamics; aircraft stability and control; atmospheric circulation, vertical motion, turbulence, and wind shear; fronts, clouds, and storms. Department enforced prereq., ATOC 1050. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

Barger Lab opening

Nichole Barger’s lab announces a position for an honors student to work on restoration of arid land ecosystems. The successful applicant will be working closely with a PhD student and post-doctoral research associate in my lab to conduct research on biological soil crust restoration on military lands. The student will work closely with Dr. Barger over the next month to submit a proposal to the new interdisciplinary research on western public lands fellowship. The fellowship provides $3000 for a summer stipend and $1000 to attend a national meeting. Students should plan to work on the project this next summer with plans to defend an honors thesis in December 2015 or May 2016.


All requirements for the honors program (e.g. Minimum 3.3. GPA) will apply.


If you are interested please send a brief e-mail of your interest ( and background along with a CV. Fellowship proposals will be due in November, so please contact me ASAP if you have interest in working on this project.


This is a fantastic opportunity to work in restoration ecology!

Majors Fair this Wednesday

Hello Students!


The Majors Fair is coming up! It will be this WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH from 11:00am-3:00pm in the Rec Center Lower Gym. The Majors Fair is a great opportunity to speak with departmental advisors and faculty and to declare that second major or minor you have been thinking about. There will be representatives from all Arts and Sciences Majors, as well as representatives from Engineering; Business; Education; College of Media, Communication, & Information; Music; Career Services; Study Abroad; and Pre-Professional Advising.  Here is some helpful information you need to read before attending:


BUFF ONE CARDS: Bring your Buff One Cards to sign in at the Check In tables.


MAJOR DECLARATIONS: You will be able to declare a major or add another major/minor at the Fair!


QUESTIONS TO ASK: Below is a list of questions you may want to ask when you visit a table:

  1. What are the required courses for this major/minor?
  2. Do you require a minimum GPA or application process to get into this major?
  3. Are some classes in your department open to non-majors so that I can explore this area of study?
  4. Are there departmental/professional affiliations I should join once I choose a major?
  5. Does this major require/allow internships for credit?
  6. Would you suggest volunteer experience as a means to gain more experience and skills in this field?
  7. What are the career opportunities for graduates from this major?
  8. In addition to academic coursework, how can I prepare myself for occupations utilizing this major?
  9. Will a bachelor’s degree in this major prepare me for a job in this field, or will I probably need to pursue graduate work?
  10. What are some advantages of having a dual major or a minor? Would you suggest pursuing a minor?
  11. Are there any clubs or student organizations associated with this major?


I look forward to seeing all of you there, and remember you can attend even if you have a declared major and are thinking about switching to or adding another major!


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