Colorado State Announces New Leadership for Advancement and Warner College of Natural Resources
Colorado State University announced that Joyce Berry, CSU Vice President for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, is returning to the position of Dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources, and Brett Anderson, CSU alumnus and longtime member of CSU’s Campaign Leadership Council, has been named the Vice President for Advancement.
"We are fortunate to be able to call on two strong, proven leaders who have the knowledge and experience to step into these roles and assure we don't lose critical momentum in either the College or our Campaign," said CSU President Tony Frank. "We're enormously grateful to Brett and Joyce for their continued dedication to CSU and willingness to take on these important positions."
Dr. Berry, a Colorado State alumna, will replace Dr. Joseph O’Leary, who recently announced that he is returning to the faculty effective Nov. 1. Faculty members of the Warner College strongly support Dr. Berry’s return. She served as dean of the Warner College from 2004-2006 before she was appointed to Vice President for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives in 2006.
Anderson, a CSU alumnus, has had a successful business career as managing partner of the global business and technology company, Accenture. In addition, he served for the past year as a consultant to CSU in the state’s capital city, leading efforts to strengthen Colorado State’s presence in Denver and building strong connections among Denver-area alumni. He will serve a limited-term appointment as vice president through the conclusion of the campaign in 2012.
USDA Awards CSU $1.2 Million to Further Critical Water Resource Research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Colorado State University two grants totaling $1.2 million to aid in research addressing critical water resource issues. The grants were part of $11 million distributed by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The grants are distributed through the National Integrated Water Quality Program, which aims to address issues such as water quality protection and water conservation. The first project creates a structure for regional and national coordination to reduce program cost and make research. The second project aims to develop and disseminate an innovative open-source web technology called eRAMS that enhances decision makers’ capacity to target conservation practices for sediment, nutrient and pesticide control.
CSU Ethnic Studies Department Receives $1.9 Million for HIV Prevention Program
The National Center for Community Readiness in the Ethnic Studies Department at Colorado State University was recently awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide HIV testing and prevention methods to underserved communities throughout the United States.
The $1.9 million grant began on Sept. 30 and provides funding for the program for the next four and a half years. Pamela Jumper-Thurman, CSU researcher and director of the Center for Community Readiness, is the principal investigator of the grant. The Ethnic Studies Department was one of 30 organizations funded in this $110 million cooperative agreement initiative.
Biochemistry Professor Awarded NIH Grant to Study Ubiquitin
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Professor Robert Cohen, joint professor and senior research scientist at Colorado State University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a two-year $674,000 stimulus grant to understand the function of ubiquitin – a protein in cells that can lead to major disease depending on the path it takes.
Dr. Cohen was one of 19 professors in 12 states to receive a total of $16.5 million in funding through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The grant is part of the NIH Challenge Grant initiative to encourage a range of research projects that will address critical gaps in the basic biomedical and behavioral sciences.
Every cell in the body has a system of hundreds of different enzymes, called ligases, responsible for recognizing protein targets and coordinating their attachment to ubiquitin – a process called ubiquitination. Additionally, there are nearly 100 different enzymes that can help a protein detach from ubiquitin. Defects in ubiquitination and deubiquitination have been implicated in a wide range of human diseases.