DPL Honors African-Americans At Juanita Gray Awards and Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame

Denver Public Library will honor the contributions of African-American leaders on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Juanita Gray Community Service Awards and Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame. The event will be held at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, located at 2401 Welton Street.
The Community Service award is named after Juanita Ross Gray, a former library staff member 
and community advocate. The award honors African-American men, women and youth who make outstanding contributions to the Denver Metro area and who exemplify the ideals and spirit represented by Gray’s commitment to the community. The Juanita Gray award winners will be announced at the awards celebration.
President and CEO, Denise Burgess, Burgess Services Inc., a Denver-based construction management firm, will be inducted into the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame. The honor is bestowed upon a Coloradan who has been the first African-American to accomplish a professional goal in their field and/or who has actively supported the African-American community while achieving his or her goal. A community-driven committee works with the library to nominate and select the awardees.
Editor’s note: For a list of the 2018 nominees, visit www.denverlibrary.org

DMNS Welcomes New VP Gabriela Chavarria

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science announced that Gabriela Chavarria, Ph.D., has been named vice president of research and collections. Dr. Chavarria brings more than 20 years of experience in managing teams of gifted professionals and innovative science programs, influencing policy, developing new scientific collections and leading scientists in research efforts both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Chavarria is a recognized visionary leader in the scientific world. Most recently, she was senior science advisor and forensic science branch chief at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Ore.
She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and her master’s and Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University, where she studied under E.O. Wilson, the researcher, naturalist, entomologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. She has conducted research in more than 30 countries throughout the world. She serves on a number of boards and advisory councils, including Science Works Museum in Ashland and the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars at the University of California, Santa Cruz.