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The Friends of the Libraries will be sponsoring the following event on the University of Colorado Boulder campus:



RMNP Centennial


One Park, Many Perspectives:

An Exploration of Rocky Mountain National Park at its Centenary


Thursday, March 5, 2015


Reception 4:00-4:30 pm
Panel Event 4:30-6:00 pm


Norlin Library, 5th Floor




The CU-Boulder University Libraries will host a panel event, sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.


Five CU-Boulder researchers in the fields of history, geological sciences, environmental studies, and linguistics will share how their research relates to the history, environment, and culture of Rocky Mountain National Park. Representatives from the University Libraries will present surprising finds and historical materials in their collections that relate to the centenary.


The panel presentation, which is an officially recognized anniversary event by the National Park Service, will feature:


  • Dr. Thomas Andrews (panelist), Associate Professor in the Department of History
  • Dr. Andrew Cowell (panelist), Professor in the Department of Linguistics
  • Dr. Phoebe Young (panelist), Associate Professor in the Department of History
  • Dr. Jim White (panelist), Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and the Environmental Studies Program and Fellow and Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
  • Dr. Sharon Collinge (moderator), Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program


Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and satisfy their curiosity about the park during a Q&A session with the panelists. Attendees will be inspired to explore Rocky Mountain National Park armed with a greater appreciation and knowledge of its historical, environmental, and cultural importance.


For more information contact Mary Jane Campbell at 303-492-7511.



Thomas Andrews is Assiciate Professor of History at CU-Boulder.

Dr. Andrews’ book, Killing for Coal, was chosen for the 2009 Bancroft Prize by Columbia University, one of the most coveted honors in the field of history. His work has also been featured in The New York Times and The Denver Post.


Andrew Cowell is Professor of Linguistics at CU-Boulder. He has worked extensively with Native American languages, especially Arapaho.

Dr. Cowell has published a grammar of the language and two bilingual text anthologies, and is working on a dictionary and a third anthology. He has also published numerous papers on aspects of the language. He is especially interested in linguistic anthropology - the relationship of language to culture - and several of his articles address issues such as personal names, place names, storytelling, joking, politeness and respect, and musical texts in Arapaho.


Much of his work has been done in collaboration with Alonzo Moss, Sr. and William C'Hair, of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, as part of efforts to document the language as fully as possible, and he speaks Arapaho himself.


Jim White is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and also the Environmental Studies Program at CU-Boulder.

Dr. White is the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. He is the founding Director of Environmental Studies Department at CU-Boulder, which now has about 1,000 majors per year. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of interdisciplinary education, and has worked steadily to break down barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better educate and train students and conduct research in the area of sustainability and environmental change.


His two main research areas are paleo-environmental reconstructions from ice cores and past and modern controls on the carbon cycle. He worked with Danish colleagues to first document the astonishing speed and magnitude of abrupt climate changes as seen in the Greenland ice cores.


He is an author on over 150 peer-reviewed publications, including more than thirty in the high-profile journals Science and Nature. In 2001 he was named a member of ISI Highly Cited, a group of the most highly cited authors that comprises less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers in the geosciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


He has served on a number of national and international committees including the Chairmanship of the Polar Research Board of the US National Academy of Science, two US National Academy studies (chair of one on abrupt climate change), and co-leader of large multi-national research programs, most recently the North-Eem deep ice core in northern Greenland.


Phoebe S.K. Young is Associate Professor of History at CU-Boulder where she teaches and writes about the cultural and environmental history of the modern United States and the American West.

Dr. Young is the author of California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place (University of California Press, 2006) and the co-editor of an anthology entitled Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2015). She has also published articles in the Radical History Review and the Journal of Social History and is currently writing a book on the history of camping and sleeping outside in American life since the Civil War (under contract with Oxford University Press).


She received her PhD in History in 1999 from the University of California, San Diego, and has received multiple awards and grants, including fellowships from the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Council of Learned Societies.


Dr. Sharon K. Collinge is Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at CU-Boulder. Sharon studies how environmental change affects the survival and persistence of native plants and animals.

Dr. Collinge current research focuses specifically on the use of ecological theory to guide efforts to conserve and restore vernal pool ecosystems in California. At CU Sharon has taught courses Conservation Biology, Food and the Environment, and Environmental Science.


Her recently published book, Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes, synthesizes research on the ecological consequences of habitat loss and fragmentation and reviews ways in which science can inform ecological restoration and conservation planning.


She is particularly interested in the interface between environmental science and policy and provides scientific advice for local and national non-profit organizations, as well as government agencies, on matters related to endangered species and habitat protection.


Sharon earned a doctorate in landscape ecology from Harvard University in 1995, and in 1998 she became an assistant professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Sharon was named a 2004 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in recognition of her outstanding leadership ability and desire to communicate scientific issues beyond academic audiences, and was elected as the Ecological Society of America’s Vice President for Public Affairs in 2011.


Sharon has shared her expertise in environmental issues as a lecturer on trips sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History to Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, and China.