UNC Today: Monday, February 25, 2013

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Use Caution When Traveling on Campus Today

UNC's snow removal crews report that some sidewalks, streets and parking lots on and around campus are icy today after the weekend snowfall and frigid overnight temperatures. Initial spreading of sand and ice-melt is focusing on areas around residence halls and parking lots. Please use caution when walking or driving.

UNC Honored Nationally for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Prevention Program

The University of Northern Colorado is among the winners of the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards, announced today by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA).

The innovation award honors the university for its collaboration on Dangerous Decibels, a multi-faceted, evidence-based intervention program dedicated to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

The program is being recognized for the development, widespread dissemination and cultural adaptation of innovative training strategies shown to positively change knowledge, attitudes and behaviors in youth and adults, including occupational settings (www.dangerousdecibels.org), and applying solid scientific and theoretical basis into all program aspects. The program includes science museum exhibits, virtual exhibits, K-12 classroom programs, educator training workshops, public outreach tools and research. Dangerous Decibels emphasizes the need to protect hearing for a "lifetime" and bridges the occupational and non-occupational noise risks.

Built upon partnerships among the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University, UNC and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the program has received widespread funding and dissemination support by numerous organizations. At UNC, Audiology faculty Deanna Meinke and Don Finan have led related campaigns.

Presented at the 38th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference on Feb. 22 in St. Petersburg, Fla., the awards honor organizations that have shown dedication to excellence in hearing loss prevention practices in the work environment and beyond. The other winners are Vulcan Materials Company and Johns Mansville.

"This year's recipients confirm that the benefits of noise control go far beyond the prevention of hearing loss and make good business sense, as a safe and healthy workforce benefits workers, employers, and the U.S. economy," said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to highlight the innovative work of companies who serve as leaders in this area."

To view the award recipient presentations visit http://www.safeinsound.us/winners.html. For further information please visit www.safeinsound.us.

About the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries and illnesses. Mention of any company or product does not constitute endorsement by NIOSH. More information about NIOSH can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. NIOSH recommends removing hazardous noise from the workplace whenever possible and implementing an effective hearing loss prevention program in those situations where dangerous noise exposures have not yet been controlled or eliminated. For more information about noise and hearing loss prevention research at NIOSH please visit www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise.

Call for Nominations: Graduate School's Century of Scholars Celebration

The Graduate School welcomes nominations of noteworthy alumni who will be formally recognized at the Century of Scholars reception on Friday, April 5. Please consider nominating alumni for one of the following awards:

Century of Scholars Life Time Achievement Award is bestowed on an alumnus who has made significant contributions over their professional and personal lifespan. The honoree will have advanced his/her profession in broad capacities and distinguished his/her work with depth and scope of service and commensurate dedication.

Century of Scholars Service Award acknowledges an alumnus who has generously given of their time and talents for the enrichment of others and the betterment of their communities. This award bestows recognition on those individuals who have demonstrated support of various civic, charitable, philanthropic and social welfare organizations. In the instance where candidates are employed in community service-related professions, the individuals shall have an extraordinary record of service and volunteerism well above and beyond the job description of the position held.

Century of Scholars Research Award acknowledges an alumnus for outstanding achievements in his/her research field.

Century of Scholars Educator Award recognizes an alumnus for individual excellence in teaching. Exemplary teaching incites intellectual curiosity, engages individuals fully in the enterprise of learning, and creates a transformative experience.

Century of Scholars Award recognizes an alumnus from each college who has demonstrated achievement in his/her career or has a record of scholarly achievement within his/her discipline, has provided outstanding service to his/her community and has been an outstanding role model for the UNC community.

Friend of the Graduate School recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership, vision, creativity or generosity to UNC's Graduate School or to a UNC graduate program by increasing the University's reputation for graduate education at the state, national or international level.

Faculty Emeritus Award is awarded to a member of the Emeriti Faculty who made significant contributions during his/her employment to his/her respective graduate program or to graduate education at UNC.

Please submit nominations online to the Graduate School by March 1. The nominator will be the contact person until the honorees are chosen.

How to Nominate a Potential Honoree

Fill out the online nomination form to submit the nominee's contact information, your contact information and a one-page biography of the nominee. In the biography, please detail the nominee's noteworthy accomplishments and how those accomplishments align with the category in which the alumnus is nominated.

Submissions that omit either the current nomination form or exceed the one-page biography will not be considered. Although not required, a curriculum vita or résumé, letters of support or other relevant data may be submitted.

Honorees will be selected by the Graduate Council. The Graduate School will contact honorees with information about the April 5 event.

Please direct all questions to Stephanie Burchett at stephanie.burchett@unco.edu.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week Feb. 25-27

Join the Women's Resource Center as they celebrate Eating Disorders Awareness Week at UNC, Feb. 25-27. Discuss the most common misconceptions of eating disorders, challenge society's current notions of beauty and get in touch with your creative side at the following events:

Mind and Body Fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Monday, Feb. 25 | University Center

Get a henna tattoo or make a button with a positive message to display on a shirt or backpack. Representatives from the different organizations on campus as well as off-campus chiropractic and massage facilities will be there to answer any questions your have.

Canvas and Chocolates 7-9 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 27 | University Center Ballrooms

Paint a picture that that's one-of-a-kind, just like you. Light refreshments will be served, and all art supplies will be provided by the Women's Resource Center. To RSVP, call 970-351-1492 on or before Feb. 22.

Each of these events are intended to help individuals celebrate who they are, and to raise awareness about the difficult world of eating disorders.

For more information, please contact Bernadette Cordova, 351-1492.

Alumni Association to Host LinkedIn Workshop, Networking Event

The Alumni Association will host a LinkedIn Workshop and Networking Event from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Aspen suite in the University Center. Learn about the importance of networking and how LinkedIn can help while you enjoy real-time networking with alumni, students, staff and faculty. A complete schedule is available on the Alumni Association website.

The workshop, hosted by the Student Alumni Association and Career Services, will also feature a Q&A session with members of the Young Alumni Council and the chance to meet local professionals in various fields.

For more information, contact Jeremy Allen, 970-351-3633.

First Year Scholars Announced

Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of UNC's First Year Scholar Award - listed on this web page - who earned a 3.5 or higher GPA in their first semester at the university.

The recipients are invited to the award's annual recognition banquet at 2 p.m. March 3 in the University Center ballrooms, where they'll be presented a token acknowledging their accomplishment and be recognized on stage.

For more information about the event, contact Jaime Ingrisano.

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