The 105th Distinguished Research Lecture will be presented on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Cristol Chemistry 140 auditorium. The Distinguished Research Lectureship is the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member by the Graduate School. Its purpose is to honor and recognize an entire body of creative work and research.
This year’s recipient of the award, Dr. Owen Brian Toon, will present “Dead Dinosaurs and Nuclear Wars.” Dr. Toon was awarded the American Physical Society’s 1985 Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest for his work on nuclear winter. He studies radiative transfer, aerosol and cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry and parallels between the Earth and planets.
Christo, an internationally renowned artist, will discuss "Over the River," which is a monumental artwork that involves suspending fabric panels above the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the University Memorial Center Glenn Miller Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, I will be presenting my fifth State of the Campus address to faculty, staff, students and the CU community.
This year marks my 40th academic year on the campus as a faculty member, dean and senior administrator, and this year my address will focus on this unprecedented time of change at the university, which I discussed earlier this year in this Chancellor’s Corner column: “Why change and innovation are the keys to our future.”
CU-Boulder’s Program Council is hard at work scheduling a lineup of national and local bands, film screenings, comedy shows and other special events for 2013-14. In the process, the students and volunteers are learning career-making skills in how to run a professional production company.
Professor of Civil Engineering and founder of Engineers without Borders-USA, Bernard Amadei will discuss the intertwined roles of science, technology, and engineering necessary in sustainable human development. The issues of poverty, social justice, shelter, food security, and infrastructure development are only a few of the challenges that require multiple perspectives to develop innovative and sustainable solutions.
The talk will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Math 100, and will be followed by a Q&A.
The University of Colorado has secured Charleston Southern University as the opponent to replace the Sept. 14 Fresno State football game which was postponed due to the record rainfall and subsequent flooding in Boulder, CU athletic director Rick George announced Monday. The game has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19; the kickoff time will be determined once the Pac-12 Conference sets the television schedule for that day next Monday.
A pair of breakthroughs in the field of silicon photonics by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micron Technology Inc. could allow for the trajectory of exponential improvement in microprocessors that began nearly half a century ago—known as Moore’s Law—to continue well into the future, allowing for increasingly faster electronics, from supercomputers to laptops to smartphones.
When the conversation turns to global warming, many Americans are inclined to turn away. And why not?
After all, it’s a vast and complicated subject. Truly understanding it seems to require specialized knowledge most people don’t possess. And perhaps most notably, it’s become such a hot-button political issue that it easily inflames passions.
The trick is figuring out how to reach people without turning them off.
Using the arts to inspire an emotional connection to and a deeper understanding of a difficult subject is the idea behind a series of events at CU-Boulder Oct. 1-6.