Briefs 3/2/12

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New dean of graduate school announced

After serving as the associate vice provost for Graduate Affairs for five years, current interim vice provost of the department Jodie Hanzlik has been recently named the new dean of CSU’s graduate school.

Hanzlik worked in the CSU occupational therapy department for 24 years before moving to the graduate school in 2007 and eventually taking over for Peter Dorhout, the vice provost for Graduate Affairs who was appointed as provost at CSU-Pueblo last year.

“Our graduate programs and faculty are world-renowned for their excellence; for those reasons, we are able to attract the best and the brightest students,” Hanzlik said in a university news release. “To serve Colorado State University in a position that has been created to support and enhance such a graduate system is quite an honor. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that await me as the Dean of the Graduate School.”

Changing the face of storm detection

CSU engineering professor V. “Chandra” Chandrasekar was recently honored with an award for innovative excellence for his work on weather radars that could revolutionize how meteorologists detect storms.

According to Todd Headley, the president of CSU Ventures, a program that handles technology transfer for the university, professor Chandra has been dedicated to working in the area of weather prediction and emergency preparedness, already making a difference with emergency services personnel.

“We are proud to honor him for his innovation.,” Headley said in a university news release.

Check out some changes

Parmellee Hall has been surrounded by fencing and construction crews since renovations started last summer, but students and faculty will get a chance to see the building’s progress on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. as part of an open house.

Parmellee renovations include the addition of a fourth floor, new landscaping and renovated interiors and exteriors. As of the end of the fall semester, the north side of the building had been completed and the south side is currently seeing construction.

Parmellee’s renovations are set to be fully completed by June.

Learn about Larimer

For those interested in learning about how our county government functions, the deadline to apply for the nine-week course, Larimer County 101: A Journey Through Larimer County Services, is approaching.

According to a report in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the class will cover topics like the county budget, property taxes, elections, how land use decisions are made and public health. Applicants have until Monday to be considered as one of the 30 participants. The class is set to go from 6 to 9 p.m. from April 5 to May 31.

For more information, contact Deni La Rue at (970) 498-7150 or dlarue@larimer.org.

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