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WCNR E-mail Newsletter

April 2014

News from Around the College

Message from the Dean

John P. Hayes Announced as New Dean of Warner College

Colorado State University announced John P. Hayes from the University of Florida as the new dean of Warner College of Natural Resources, starting June 1.

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Alumni Reunion Registration  Now Open!

Register now for the Warner College Alumni Reunion happening Sept. 5-7, 2014, at Pingree Park! The event is for all Warner College alumni, faculty, and friends.

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Laituri Named Jefferson Science Fellow 

Professor Melinda Laituri has been named a 2014 Jefferson Science Fellow. In this position, she will serve as foreign policy science adviser on water issues.

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Warner College Four-Page Coloradoan Feature

The Coloradoan newspaper ran a special insert in February featuring stories from across the College, including research, alumni news, new programs, and more!

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Recent Awards Highlights

Congratulations to the many faculty, staff, students, and alumni who have been recently recognized for their outstanding work. Here is a highlight of just a few of the fantastic achievements.

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2013 Colorado Forest Report

The 2013 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests was released by Colorado State Forest Service and details forest health throughout the state and mitigation opportunities.

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A Journal By Undergraduates, For Undergraduates

Warner College students are leading the editorial board of CSU's Journal of Undergraduate Research, which features research and creative works from students around the world.

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New Research Finds Elephants Can Distinguish Language

Postdoctoral behavioral ecologist Graeme Shannon uses novel acoustic playback experiments to make unprecedented wildlife behavior discoveries.

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CLTL Semester in Mexico

Twenty students from the Conservation Leadership Through Learning master's program recently completed their semester abroad immersed in conservation learning in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Yellowstone Study Reveals Ecosystem Dynamics

Wolves have been heralded as controversial saviors of Yellowstone, but new research shows geography, climate, and water are equally important.

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Students Visit Endangered Black-footed Ferret Center 

Do you have a BFF? Wildlife biology students got a rare opportunity to learn about and see how biologists are working to save the black-footed ferret from extinction.

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Deep-Sea Drilling Sheds Light on Natural Disaster

Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick joined an international team of 27 scientists on a drilling expedition to study the cause of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

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Mongolian Ministry Award

Professor Maria Fernandez-Gimenez was awarded Honorable Champion of Agriculture and Food Industry in Mongolia for her 20-plus years of international work.

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Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Due April 14

Nominate a Warner College alumnus or alumna for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards - recognizing alumni who have outstanding professional achievements and/or philanthropic and community impacts and who have brought honor to CSU.

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Support Warner College of Natural Resources

CSU and Warner College of Natural Resources is so grateful for the generous support of our alumni and friends who have invested in the continued excellence of our students, faculty, researchers, and programs.

Support the College - Make A Gift to Warner

Your contributions support inspired education, innovative research, and collaborative outreach that is making a global impact on today's toughest environmental challenges.

Joyce Berry

Dear Warner College Alumni, Friends, Faculty, and Staff:

Time has been flying this semester, and I can't believe that April is already here with its brisk winds and sunny afternoons. We have much great news to share with you all and hope you will enjoy the stories in this latest newsletter.

Please be sure to read the exciting announcement of the College's new dean - John P. Hayes from the University of Florida. My official retirement date will be May 31, and Hayes will begin his position as dean on June 1, 2014. Thank you to everyone who dedicated their time and interest in helping the University select an outstanding candidate who will undoubtedly lead the College to great new levels.

The College also recently celebrated a $1 million investment by Chevron to support five new graduate students who will conduct conservation research related to energy development in the Piceance Basin. The Chevron Graduate Fellowship will continue the College's legacy as a leader in comprehensive natural resources research that addresses today's most important issues - such as energy. More news on that in our next issue!

As always at this time of year, the campus is abuzz with many events. Warner College is gearing up for its annual Natural Resources Days celebration April 21-26. This year's NR Days is kicking off with a very special event with John Fielder celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. You can stay up to date with all of our events by visiting the WCNR event calendar online.

And finally, there have been many outstanding achievements across our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. It fills me with great pride to see the amazing people who make up the Warner College community. You are leaders in your fields and the reason our College has such an excellent reputation around the world.

There will be one more newsletter before I retire as dean, so I will wish everyone a happy spring until next time!

My very best wishes, 


Dean Joyce Berry

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