UNC Today: Thursday, April 3, 2014

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UNC Faculty Scholar Awarded Fulbright Grant

University of Northern Colorado faculty scholar Lucinda "Cindy" Shellito has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study and teach Andean climate and weather in Ecuador, a country with a diverse ecological landscape that's highly sensitive to climate variability and change.

The associate professor of Meteorology will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Cuenca in developing new weather and climate curriculum there connected to research. As part of that research, she will analyze data collected from the university's new observation stations just outside of Cuenca to better understand weather and cycles of climate change in the high-altitude Andes. She will also establish a partnership between UNC and the University of Cuenca.

Shellito's Fulbright project begins in 2015. From February through July, she will teach two semester-long courses covering meteorology, weather forecasting and climatology.

"The courses will complement the university's existing offerings in Andean hydrology and ecology," she said, noting that no meteorology courses are taught there.

She will also collaborate on a field course in mountain weather. Students in the courses will collect and analyze archived local weather data, which will be analyzed along with data from satellites and numerical weather models to support understanding of short-term climate variations in the Andes — a rainfall dependent region affected by El Niño weather patterns and long-term warming shifts.

"We want to better understand the dynamics of atmospheric motion and take the data collected and put it in context of circulation patterns in the world and mountains in general," Shellito said. In the classroom, Shellito said she will incorporate her teaching philosophy of "science through inquiry and helping students understand science by doing science."

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program. For a list of UNC faculty awarded Fulbright grants over the years, visit www.unco.edu/provost/awards/fulbright.html.

"Her endeavors in Ecuador will open new pathways for future international research and educational endeavors, as well as building the reputation of the university internationally," said Ellen Meyer Gregg, acting dean of UNC's College of Natural and Health Sciences.

Blackboard Workshop Sign-Ups Easier with New Online Registration Tool

If you need training on how to design an online course or how to use Blackboard, plan ahead and sign up now for one of the workshops offered by the Instructional Design and Development team April and May. Signing up is quick and easy with the IDD team's new online registration tool. See the Blackboard Support website for workshop descriptions, dates and registration.

Classified Employment Opportunities

  • #217, Administrative Assistant III, full-time, Human Sciences.
  • #1660, Administrative Assistant III, .50 FTE, Science Education.

Only current Administrative Assistant III employees are eligible to apply as transfer candidates. If interested, please submit a state application to Human Resources by April 10.

Faculty Recital Series Wraps Up April 7, 8

Faculty from the University of Northern Colorado's School of Music offer outstanding professional performances in intimate settings during the Artist Faculty Recital Series, which concludes its spring schedule next week with performances by Lei Weng, piano, and Diane Bolden-Taylor, voice.

  • Monday, April 7: Lei Weng, piano; Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave.
  • Tuesday, April 8: Diane Bolden-Taylor, voice; Milne Auditorium. Kepner Hall, 800 17th St.,

Both recitals begin at 8 p.m. Parking in UNC lots is free after 5 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and are available through the Performing Arts Box Office at 351-2200.

For more information, please visit the School of Music's website.

April 10 Read-In Canceled, Readers and Listeners Sought for April 21 Session

The UNC Read-In scheduled for April 10 has been canceled but readers and listeners are sought for the April 21 Read-In commemorating the Holocaust. Read or listen to published works about the Holocaust from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Michener Library. Anyone interested in reading can sign up online for a 15-minute time slot and listeners can drop by as their schedules permit.

The series is co-sponsored by the English Education Program and Michener Library.

For more information about the series, contact Jeri Kraver.

New EHS Newsletter Available Online

A new edition of Bear in Mind, Environmental Health and Safety's newsletter, is now available for reading or downloading on the EHS website.

Call for Proposals: Spring Provost Awards for Travel

The Faculty Research and Publications Board invites full-time faculty to submit proposals for spring Provost Awards for Travel, with a deadline of Friday, April 11. The maximum travel award is $5,000, and on collaborative projects, multiple recipients of a single award will split the funds.

Proposal guidelines and forms are available here.

For more information, contact your FRPB representative or Sherry May.

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