UNC Today: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Math Camp for Teachers

Middle school math teachers gathered in Estes Park last month not to summit Longs Peak, visit Rocky Mountain National Park, or traverse the Continental Divide on the country's highest continuous paved road like many visitors do each summer, but to reach new heights in math via a UNC initiative. Continue Reading

Forums for Director of Veterans Services Candidates Begin July 24

Enrollment Management and Student Access invites the campus community to attend the following open forums for candidates of the position of Director of Veterans Services:

  • Roberto Roma - Wednesday, July 24; 10:30-11:15 a.m.; University Center Council Room
  • Timothy Marquart - Wednesday, July 24; 1:30-2:15 p.m.; UC Aspen C
  • Robert Small - Thursday, July 25; 3-3:45 p.m.; UC Council Room

Copies of each candidate's resume will be available at the forum.

UNC to Host Women’s Rugby Nation’s Cup July 30-Aug. 7

The University of Northern Colorado will host the best female rugby players from the U.S., England, South Africa and Canada July 30-Aug. 7 during the 2013 Nation's Cup, the highest international women's competition outside of the World Cup. The matches, which will be held on practice field 7 south of Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion, are open and free to the public.

Each team will play the other three teams once in Greeley before moving on Aug. 10 to Infinity Field in Glendale on Aug. 10 for the third-place and championship final matches. Tickets for those matches are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Kids younger than 4 are free.

2013 Nation's Cup Schedule

July 30 (UNC)
- Canada vs. England, 4 p.m.
- USA vs. South Africa, 6 p.m.

August 3 (UNC)
- England vs. South Africa, 4 p.m.
- USA vs. Canada, 6 p.m.

August 7 3 (UNC)
- Canada vs. South Africa, 4 p.m.
- USA vs. England, 6 p.m.

August 10 (Infinity Park - Glendale, Colo.)
- Third-Place Final, 4 p.m.
- Championship Final, 6:15 p.m.

UNC hosted a USA Women's Rugby National Team's training camp in May for the second year in a row.

For more information about the Nation's Cup, visit the USA Rugby website.

Information about West Nile Virus

The campus community is reminded to take precautions such as wearing insect repellant during the West Nile Virus season following the recent discovery of mosquito samples in Weld and Larimer counties that tested positive for the virus. No cases of human illness have been reported in the area. Recommended precautions against West Nile virus include the "five Ds":

  • Drain standing water weekly, since that's where mosquitoes lay eggs.
  • Dusk and Dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions.
  • DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Follow label instructions.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or when in areas where mosquitoes are active.

For more information on West Nile virus and mosquito repellents, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

UNC Seeks Cancer Patients for Exercise Study

University of Northern Colorado researchers are seeking cancer survivors who have just recently completed radiation or chemotherapy to participate in an exercise intervention study at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (RMCRI).

The study is investigating the effect of an exercise program on aerobic fitness, cancer-related fatigue and blood markers of oxidative stress, an indicator of cellular damage.

Eligible participants will be assessed for physical fitness and will have blood drawn once before and after the 12-week study. Individuals are needed for both exercise and non-exercise groups. The exercise group will be supervised for three one-hour exercise sessions a week while those in the control group will continue usual care during the 12 weeks. There is no cost associated with participation. If desired, participants from both groups will be provided with a new exercise plan and an additional three months of supervised exercise sessions following the study.

Full details are available at http://www.unco.edu/rmcri/participate_study.html

To be eligible, participants must be 18-79 year-old, non-smoking, cancer survivors who have completed radiation or chemotherapy within the previous five weeks and are not currently engaged in a structured exercise program. The researchers are seeking a total of 20 people.

UNC researchers include Reid Hayward, RMCRI director, and Chris Repka, research associate at RMCRI and the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Interested participants should contact the study coordinator, Repka, at (908) 419-2767, or christopher.repka@unco.edu.

"The biggest hurdle we're facing with this study is recruiting potential participants within that short time frame following the end of treatment," says Repka. "Often, the further out of treatment cancer patients are, the more they look like their apparently healthy peers. While this is a good thing, it also makes it harder to interpret physiological changes associated with exercise."


RMCRI was founded in 1996 with the purpose of providing exercise interventions for cancer survivors. Years of cancer rehabilitation research indicate that exercise is generally beneficial for cancer survivors both during and following treatment, but the underlying physiological mechanisms for these positive effects have not been characterized at this point. It has been theorized that exercise may protect health tissues from the damaging side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, without conferring similar protection to cancer cells. The researchers are measuring blood markers of oxidative stress, or free radical damage, to evaluate their potential role in the reduction of treatment-associated side effects following exercise training.

Classified Employment Opportunities

  • #1152 - Retail Sales Manager, Bear Logic Computer Store. Bachelor's degree and one year of experience required. Apply by July 26.
  • #1288 - Lead Custodian II. Requires one year of custodian experience. Apply by July 26.

Apply online or in Human Resources, Carter 2002.

New Alumni Association Mobile App Available

The new UNC Alumni Association mobile app includes a wide collection of UNC social media and news along with humorous "life 101" tips, from engagement rings to retirement accounts.The free app is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Facebook, and the web.

To download, simply search any app store for "UNC Bears" or click here.

If you like the app, please share it with your UNC friends.

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