Coloradan Magazine Archives

University of Colorado Boulder

December 2009 Obituaries

Forever Buffs, forever in our hearts. Here are the names of those alumni, staff and friends who have gone to their final reunion. They engaged us during their lives, enriched us with their contributions and we celebrate them here.

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Circles of influence

Recently we celebrated the 100th anniversary of teacher licensure at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While celebrating this milestone, I have been thinking about how all the teachers who have passed through our halls and made a difference in childrens’ lives symbolize the reach of the university.

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Football team starts slowly

The football team struggled during the nonconference portion of its schedule, posting a 1-3 record before starting Big 12 action. It was only the third time in the last 23 seasons that the Buffs have recorded a losing mark after their first four games (along with 2000 and 2006).

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Top seniors set up booters

A difficult early-season schedule for the soccer team resulted in five losses before the official end of summer, but it bolstered the Buffs for a fast start in Big 12 Conference play.

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Spikers start new era with Kritza

The volleyball team defeated Valparaiso in its first match under new coach Liz Kritza and finished the nonconference schedule 5-4. While CU was swept 3-0 in five of the first six conference matches, four of those opponents were ranked in the top 20 in the nation.

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Milewski shines in early season tennis

Senior Monica Milewski won the main singles draw at the season-opening CU Invitational, defeating senior teammate Melisa Esposito in the finals. Meanwhile, Esposito and a third CU senior, Camila Belassi, captured the doubles title.

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Home hoops aplenty in early season

Both basketball teams will play in Colorado plenty of times in the early part of the season. Of the women’s first 14 games, 11 will take place at home and another at Colorado State. The men, meanwhile, will be at home for seven of their first dozen games, in addition to playing another contest
at CSU.

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Barringer wins Shootout at the ranch

Olympian Jenny Barringer started her final season as a Buff athlete in style, setting a record in winning CU’s Rocky Mountain Shootout in early October. She established a record for the 5.8-kilometer at CU-Boulder’s south campus Buffalo Ranch course, posting a time of 19:25.

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We salute you

Ralphie’s Green Stampede, which has made Folsom Field a zero-waste facility during football games since 2008, is being expanded to all athletic events. Last year the Green Stampede resulted in the collection of more than 40 tons of recyclables and compostables, and a 30 percent reduction in overall waste.

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Golfers christen home course

For the first time, the women’s golf team hosted its Heather Farr Memorial tournament at CU’s new home course, the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie. The Buffs finished sixth in the 20-team field, with sophomore Emily Talley placing eighth individually for her first top-10 showing of the season.

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There’s something lurking in my showerhead

Several different types of disease-causing pathogens lurk inside common showerheads, according to a CU-Boulder study led by distinguished professor Norman Pace of molecular, cellular and developmental biology. One in particular, Mycobacterium avium, has been linked to pulmonary disease. It usually affects people with weak immune systems but occasionally affects healthy people.

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Will bar codes stop illegal animal trade?

With many animal species in sharp decline because of a thriving illegal animal trade, CU-Boulder and other researchers have developed sequenced DNA bar codes to identify hunted wildlife species. Such DNA bar codes can help wildlife officials crack down on illegal bushmeat trafficking estimated to net $5 billion to $8 billion annually.

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Don’t try this at home

Subzero temperatures didn’t keep photographer Lucas Gilman (Jour’00) and professional skier Trevor Hiatt inside on Jan. 16, 2008. Hiatt got some top-notch flight time in the Grand Targhee, Wyo., backcountry. Large amounts of snow and severe avalanche conditions made backcountry travel hazardous, but the big cliffs and light snow were just too alluring to pass up, Gilman says.

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December 2009 Editor's Note

Join us in celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Alumni Association’s Forever Buffs program. Last November we launched the program when we eliminated dues and welcomed all undergraduates and alums to a lifetime of services. Forever Buffs aims to create lifelong CU relationships from freshman year through retirement.

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Professor lives suite life in dorm

Dorms have always had a family-type feel, but this fall, Andrews Hall in the Kittredge Complex took the concept one step further when associate professor Scot Douglass of engineering, his wife and two children moved in.

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Syllabus spotlight for spring 2010

This yearlong, highly selective course focuses on values and leadership at the top level of organizations. Six high-level executives visit the class to speak about critical business dilemmas they have faced, and students prepare solutions for the executives to evaluate.

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Social media a possible lifesaver during disasters

In June, Twitter awed the world with its potential for breaking news during the Iranian election protests. Meanwhile, the number of users on Facebook has skyrocketed from 50 million to 300 million users in just two years. As the popularity of online social networking sites increases, assistant professor Leysia Palen of computer science thinks some of the cyberspace chitchat that occurs during a crisis could help save lives.

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Colorado chalks up a century of teacher licenses

More than 100 years ago, those who wanted to teach high school in Colorado merely needed to complete high school. That changed in 1909 when Colorado state legislators created a formal statewide credential for the teaching profession. It required high school teachers to be college graduates, lending status and credibility to educators.

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Campus green effort No. 1 in country

This fall Sierra Club’s magazine named CU-Boulder the top “green” university in the nation, a jump up from its No. 2 ranking last year. And the campus earned the highest grade given on a college sustainability report card by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors project.

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Volume 14, Number 2 December 2009

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and illustrations may be obtained from the editor.

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Fullbacking an aria

It was one of those crossroads moments that defines a life. Former University of Colorado fullback Keith Miller (Art ex’96) faced two divergent paths in 2001. He had been offered a spot as a bass/baritone in Michigan’s Pine Mountain Music Festival, but he had just finished a good workout with the Denver Broncos.

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Healing gets a leg up

As a former point guard who pounded her knees on high school and college hardwoods, Kristi Anseth (PhDChemEngr’94) feels your pain.

As a CU-Boulder researcher in tissue engineering, she’s doing something about it.

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