‘Hot Off the Press’ celebrates faculty authors in the library

19 February 2019

Cambrea Hall

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    The Kraemer Family Library and the Office of Research will recognize more than 20 faculty authors for the first time.

    The event, “Hot Off the Press: Faculty Author Celebration,” is designed to connect students with UCCS faculty authors.

    Jessi Smith, associate vice chancellor, for Research, is helping coordinate the event alongside Martin Garnar, dean of the library.

   “We have so many outstanding faculty authors on campus! It takes so much effort to research and write a book and we want to create a culture that celebrates the scholarship on our campus,” said Smith. “Faculty are producing important books about their scholarship and we want to acknowledge and recognize their contributions.”

    According to Smith, the event is important for both students and faculty on campus because it serves as a unique learning experience.

    “Faculty and students and staff might not even realize the expertise we have right here on campus. Students benefit from learning about the new discoveries that faculty write and publish,” said Smith. “That teacher-scholar synergy is what makes UCCS special, students are learning from the experts in the field and faculty are mentoring students on how to become experts themselves. We all have a lot to learn from each other, and this event will provide a snapshot of the books published in 2018 by our faculty.”

    Smith stated that she hopes the faculty author celebration is successful so it can become an annual event.

    One of the featured authors is Edie Greene, director of psychological science training and psychology professor.

    Greene, along with another author, wrote the book “The Jury Under Fire: Myth, Controversy, and Reform.”

    The book was published in 2017 and is one of many books in the American Psychology-Law Society Series.

    According to the publisher, the book “examines a number of controversial beliefs and myths about juries, is unique in its comprehensive integration of social science research on juries, legal issues and real-world trials, takes legal policymakers to task for expounding reform efforts that often are ineffective and even counterproductive and provides a blueprint for both jury researchers and policymakers interested in using jury research to improve the functioning of the criminal and civil justice systems.”

    “We learned [recently] that our book won the Book Award from our professional association, the American Psychology-Law Society,” said Greene via email.

    Spencer Harris, assistant professor of Sport Management, will also be featured at the event.

    “My work is a study of the major sport legacies that flow from all summer Olympic Games between Atlanta 1996 and Tokyo 2020. I have worked with a number of international colleagues to study the original legacy aspirations of these various summer Games and their vision for positive change and impact and compared this to what actually happened,” said Harris via email.  

    His book has yet to be published, but he is expecting it to be published in the next few months.

    Students who want to find out more about faculty authors and their books can attend the faculty author celebration on Feb. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Apse in Kraemer Family Library.

    Students will have the opportunity to mingle with faculty authors. There will be a display of all featured books as well as refreshments, including a hot chocolate bar.

    The event is free and open to everyone. To RSVP, please click here.