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CU-Boulder Honors Distinguished Engineers For Contributions

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 19, 2004 Six alumni and a former fund-raiser for the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science were honored with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award at the 39th annual Engineering Awards Banquet on April 16. The awards recognize alumni and special friends of the college who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge and significant contributions in their fields. Dean Robert H. Davis presented the 2004 awards in the categories of education, government service, industry and commerce, research and invention, and a “special” category honoring non-alumni who have provided outstanding service to the college. The recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected for the awards by the Engineering Advisory Council. Enid M. Ablowitz, vice president and director of advancement for the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, was recognized in the special, non-alumni category for her work as a fund- and friend-raiser while serving as the college’s director of engineering development and then assistant dean for advancement, from 1989 to 2001. Her impact is visible in the more than $100 million in gifts for scholarships, fellowships, professorships, endowed chairs and building additions for the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory and the Discovery Learning Center. She also helped to cultivate the $250 million gift that created the CU Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. Lori A. Clarke, professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts, was recognized in the research and invention category for her innovative research in software engineering. Clarke has been recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery, which elected her Fellow in 1998, and by the University of Massachusetts, which awarded her its Chancellor’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1991. Gregg A. Jacobs, head of the Naval Research Laboratory’s Ocean Modeling and Prediction Branch at Stennis Space Center in Missouri, was recognized in the research and invention category for his contributions as an ocean modeler and researcher in satellite oceanography. Jacobs is a world-recognized expert in the use of satellite altimeter data for modeling and monitoring ocean circulation. Vern Norviel, lead attorney of the Patents and Innovations Counseling Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, Calif., was recognized in the industry and commerce category as one of the top intellectual property attorneys and high-tech corporate leaders in the country. In 1996, he was named senior vice president and general counsel of Affymetrix, a biotechnology company that pioneered the “DNA chip” technology. He then played a role in and joined a spinoff of Affymetrix, Perlegen Sciences, a company developing methods for rapid scanning of the human genome for the development of therapeutic and diagnostic products. Lucinda M. Sanders, executive-in-residence for CU’s Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) initiative, was recognized in the industry and commerce category for her outstanding technical and management contributions to the computer science industry. She led a successful career with AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Avaya Inc., where she retired as vice president for research and development. She holds four patents in communications software and is a recipient of the prestigious Bell Labs Fellow award. Marshall L. Silver, chief technical adviser for natural disaster risk reduction for the United Nations Development Program in Vietnam, was recognized in the government service category for his contributions in both education and international service in civil engineering. He was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago, for 25 years and later served as chief technical adviser for the United Nations Development Program in India and Pakistan before taking his current position in Hanoi. Stein Sture, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, was recognized in the education category as an outstanding educator in the field of civil engineering. Sture has been a civil engineering professor at CU-Boulder since 1980, and has served in various capacities from department chair to associate dean. He is an active member of 13 professional and scientific societies and a Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics.last_img read more

Skip Buying Extra Stuff And Take A Vacation Instead, Says CU-Boulder Happiness Expert

first_img Published: May 28, 2007 Shopping for that new high-definition television this summer? Skip it, and take a vacation instead, says a University of Colorado at Boulder psychologist who studies happiness. Assistant Professor Leaf Van Boven has conducted numerous surveys and experiments spanning several years and has found that life experiences, such as vacations, generally make people from various walks of life happier than material possessions. One reason for this is that experiences are more open to positive reinterpretation, or mental editing, than material possessions. And vacations are a perfect example of this, according to Van Boven. “Often we take a vacation and things just don’t always go according to plan,” Van Boven said. “The weather may not be perfect, or you spend hours waiting in line. The nice thing about memory is that we sort of forget about all those inconveniences. We put this very favorable spin on experiences, and that’s harder to do for material possessions, because they are what they are.” It’s not that we block out the negative memories altogether, Van Boven says, but rather that we just don’t remember them with the same force as the good memories. “When I went to Disneyland last summer with my wife and two kids, the whole meaning of that trip was to give the kids this experience of seeing all of those characters and going on the fun rides,” he said. While he did his share of standing in line, that’s not the memory he carries. “In my memory, it’s the rides and seeing the characters and it’s spending way too much money for a hamburger for this idyllic family meal,” Van Boven said. Another reason he cites for hitting the road over buying the new TV is that experiences contribute to social relationships. “They have more of what we refer to as social value, and we know that social relationships are a huge component of well-being and life satisfaction,” Van Boven said. Closely tied to this idea that experiences have more social value is that people also usually have intrinsic motivations for pursuing experiences like vacations. “One of the things that people tell us is that when they pursue experiences they often do so out of a desire to satisfy intrinsic goals, so they will go backpacking or skiing because they want to challenge themselves, they want to push themselves in new ways,” he said. Material things are much less likely to be viewed that way. In fact, Van Boven says people who pursue experiences more than material things are often more popular with others too. “When you are known as being experiential you become a more likeable person than when you are known as a materialistic person,” he said. So how can we get the most out of our vacations? Van Boven has two suggestions that he says are somewhat contradictory. The first is to just relax when planning a vacation. Van Boven says there’s too much pressure to take vacations to the hottest new spots, to appease relatives or to check it off the “go to” list. “We should be worried about taking vacations with the wrong motives,” Van Boven said. “I think we ought to be a little more on guard about the motives underlying the types of vacations that we take.” His other advice is to fit a little more into our vacations. “Sometimes you just want to sit down and relax and not do anything, and that’s great,” Van Boven said. “But the problem is if you spend all your time doing that, what are the memories that you’ll have? “Even if you’re a little bit tired, or tempted to just sit around the hotel room or sit around the beach, maybe it’s worth going out and doing some of those things you really would like to do, because chances are when you look back you’ll forget the fact that you were a little bit tired at that moment,” he said. One other option for vacationers is to volunteer for part of a trip. “I have never, ever heard someone regret helping someone else,” Van Boven said. “Go somewhere, help out and then spend a few days traveling on your own and relaxing on your vacation. That’s a wonderful combination.” Unfortunately several current studies and surveys have shown that Americans are taking fewer and shorter vacations than in years past. “Who knows why Americans don’t take more vacations,” said Van Boven. “I think part of the reason is that it’s very easy to believe that we are going to take a lot of vacations in the future, but for right now, we need to work hard to earn the money so that we can go take these vacations. But we know this doesn’t always happen.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more